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Journey Into Sacred Expression Women's Writing & Yoga Retreat, Lake Atitlan...

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The Yoga Forest

San Marcos La Laguna, Sololá Department


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Find yourself in a magical setting in the forest. Watch the sun rise over the volcanoes. Practice meditation & yoga in an open-air shala with breathtaking views of Lake Atitlan. Gather for intimate and honest expression and sharing with brave and beautiful women in sacred circle. Indulge in delicious vegetarian meals. Join night ceremony by candlelight. Fall asleep to the natural rhythms and sounds of the forest.

“For thousands of years, in tribes and villages around the world, women have come together in circles to share, to teach, to listen, to learn. The pulse of these women still beats within us. Their wisdom flows through time, whispering to us the song of female connection and beauty. We only need to stop long enough and put our ear to our heart to hear the call.”
-HeatherAsh Amara

Retreat Intention:

In a stunning location, you will step back and surround yourself with beauty and nature as we set out on a creative and transformative journey through meditation, yoga, and self-exploratory writing. With the space to breathe, stretch and relax, you will connect with your center and express from your core.

The Journey Into Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat is not about "writing" as an art form. We ourselves are the art form, and writing is our channel for vulnerability, insight and revelation. Every woman has a voice in her own life - we are gathering together to raise it up. The retreat invites you to explore and embrace your role as the storyteller of your life - encouraging you to open up the narratives you live through so you can step more fully into your self-expression.

Inspired in part by the four shamanic directions, you are invited to take an honest and creative journey to reclaim your inner voice and heart guidance. Each morning, we'll spark our intentions with meditation and yoga, as we awake to exceptional beauty. In our women's circle, we raise inner journey themes and work through them with dynamic, reflective, and creative self-exploratory writing exercises.

Together, we do much more than write. The circle provides a loving and encouraging space to free your inner voices, speak your experience, enliven your possibilities, and connect more deeply within and with each other. The alchemy is in the sharing.

You will also participate in evening ceremonies and gather around fire, as we seek to stoke our soul voices. The Sacred Expression Women's Retreat has been listed among the top five recommendations for 'Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend' for three years in a row (2018, 2017, 2016) by The Write Life,

Retreat Highlights:

Surreal & inspiring location with panoramic views

Daily morning meditation & yoga practice

Daily self-exploratory prompted writing sessions

3+ sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan Fire Ceremony, Sound Healing, Cacao, Dance & Movement)

Scenic outdoor thatch-roofed yoga shala & writing space

3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day

Mayan sauna

Permaculture tour upon request

Breaks for swimming, hiking, kayaking, therapies, visiting villages

9 nights stay in shared, beautiful eco-friendly cabanas

Intimate Women's Gathering: Maximum of 12 participants

Daily Schedule:

Guests will arrive on Friday, March 9th (check in is 3pm) to relax and settle in. We'll open our circle in the evening. Our daily flow will begin on Saturday, March 10th.

6.30- 7.00 Meditation

7.00- 8.30 Holistic Hatha Flow/Vinyasa Flow

8.30- 9.30 Delicious Breakfast

10.00-12.30 Spontaneous Writing Exercises/Discussion

12.30-1.30 Delicious Lunch

3.30-6.30 Spontaneous Writing Exercises/Discussion

6.30 - 7.30 Delicious Dinner

7.45 Sauna, Circle, or Healing Sessions (some evenings)

Delicious meals are vegetarian, and organically grown.

We'll include a couple long breaks during our week to relax, hike, swim, or explore the village(s). We'll hold evening sacred fire circles (including Traditional Mayan Fire) and bring in optional evening ceremonies such as sound healing or movement and dance with guest facilitators.

Guests are advised to fly into Guatemala City by noon on March 9th and book return flights for late afternoon on March 18th, or the following day. We can help you to organize an additional overnight stay in San Marcos or Antigua.

Retreat Location and Accommodation:

In the rural highlands of Guatemala, The Yoga Forest perches high in the jungle overlooking Lake Atitlan and three majestic volcanoes.

San Marcos la Laguna is a small Mayan village on Lake Atitlán. It has become a Mecca for international travelers attracted by its beauty, tranquility and diverse options for spiritual exploration and therapy. It is often quoted as the most naturally attractive and peaceful village on the lake.

A stunning location hidden away in the valley behind San Marcos La Laguna, The Yoga Forest offers beautiful shared cabins with comfortable beds, panoramic views, delicious vegetarian meals, yoga, and Mayan sauna in dream surroundings.

Inspired by the creative union of yogic and permaculture principles, this location provides an eco-friendly living experience in harmony with nature for the adventurous of heart.

Retreat guests will stay in shared cabanas of up to 4 people. Made of bamboo frames, adobe walls, cypress, and thatched palm roofs, each cabana features Guatemala furniture, Mayan fabrics, and Indian textiles.

There are no private bathrooms. Showers and compost facilities are outdoors with beautiful views. Cabana living is attuned to the natural electricity-free rhythm of day & night. Private upgrades are available.

A Few Things Women Have Said:

“How ironic to leave a Storyteller Within retreat absolutely speechless.” (Patricia, Nov 2015)

“This retreat will make you laugh, cry, dig, unearth, grow in more ways than you can possibly imagine. You will see first-hand the magic you have within.” (Marie, Nov 2015)

“I can confidently say this experience was transformational. It taught me not only to trust my own feminine intuition, but the collective feminine intuition.” (Kendra, Nov 2015)

“The writing circles gave me a space, and the exercises a format, not only to claim my truth (not to mention discover it!) but to say it out loud.” (Danielle, July 2015)

“I am blown away at the healing power of authentic heart-opening sharing. This experience was deeply moving and enriching for me, a rare opportunity to allow genuine vulnerability.” (Celia, March 2015)

“Aimee’s a beautiful force for good in the name of women.” (Alison, Jan 2016)

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The closest international airport is Guatemala City, four hours away from San Marcos La Laguna. The village of San Marcos La Laguna is easily accessed (via private or public tourist shuttle) direct from the airport or Antigua.

Guests are advised to fly into Guatemala City by noon on day retreat begins, and book return flights for mid/late afternoon on day retreat ends or the following day.

Once we have your travel plans, we can happily arrange your shared or private transportation to The Yoga Forest from the airport, hotels nearby, or from Antigua.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Yes, please do! You can find more information at the website and also get in touch with Aimee with any q's.

Website: www.thestorytellerwithin.com

Email: aimee@thestorytellerwithin.com

What's the refund policy?

Deposit to reserve your space: $450. The balance is required 30 days prior to the retreat start date. Payment is accepted via checking account (US)*, credit card (2.9% added fee)*, Paypal (4.5% added fee) or via bank wire transfer (US or international). If you cancel before 60 days in advance of the retreat start date: 50% of the deposit is refunded. If you cancel 60-31 days in advance of the retreat start date: no refund of the deposit is provided. Unless your spot can be filled within contract, and then 50% of the deposit is refunded. If you cancel within 30 days of the retreat start date: No refund on payment is provided. No refund is provided if you miss the event or part of it for any reason. Storyteller Within reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. Retreats have final confirmation on or before 30 days out. If an event is cancelled, you will be fully refunded your retreat fees. Exception: Storyteller Within is not liable for events beyond all control - such as natural disasters, political upheaval, or other such unexpected circumstances - that would necessitate cancellation of the event.

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