For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others;
for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness;
and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
~ Audrey Hepburn
Dharma Yoga Retreats
Dharma Yoga Retreats focus on sharing Buddhist teachings and meditation practice, combined with hatha yoga. These retreats will include periods of silence and optional fasting.
November 7-9, 2014
February 27-March 1, 2015
April 30-May 3, 2015
June 12-14, 2015
Writing & Yoga Retreats
Writing Yoga Retreats focus on cultivating creativity, journaling and writing, combined with hatha yoga, meditation and relaxation practices.
October 17-19, 2014
November 27-30, 2014
January 30-February 1, 2015
March 28-April 1, 2015
Sample Daily Schedule
7:00-8:00 a.m. Yoga and meditation (all things are optional, always ~ go with the flow)
8:30-10:30 a.m. Breakfast & Rest
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Yoga or writing workshop
12:00-4:00 p.m. Lunch & rest/hike/swim/etc
4:00-6:00 p.m. Yoga & meditation workshop or Yoga & writing workshop
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:30-8:45 p.m. Group meditation
We host retreats at various fabulous locations in Guatemala, including the following:
Lake Atitlan: La K-Zona (Cerro de Oro), Casa Colibri (Santa Catarina Palopo), Venado Azul Yoga (Pasajcap), Maya Moon Lodge (Tzununa), La Paz (San Marcos La Laguna), La Fortuna, La Iguana Perdida (Santa Cruz La Laguna)
Antigua and the City: Earth Lodge, G-22
Pacific Coast: Paredon Surf House, Paredon Surf Camp
Accommodation and food costs vary from $20-100 per day (Q150-800 cada día), depending on where the retreat is held and what types of accommodations and meals you choose.
Yoga, meditation and writing instruction and coaching are offered on a sliding scale, based upon the honor system. People who live here at the lake in Guatemala generally have less money than tourists and travelers coming from the US, Europe and elsewhere. I trust that people will pay what they can and what they feel for the yoga and other workshops. Here are the sliding-scale suggestions:
3-day retreats: $100-300+ / Q800-3000
4-day retreats: $150-400+ / Q1200-4000
5-day retreats: $200-500+ / Q1600-5000
So, the total cost (accommodations + food + yoga, etc.) for a retreat could range from $140 / Q1100 (for a local resident of Lake Atitlan attending a 3-day retreat at most affordable location) to $1000 / Q8500 for a (for an affluent visitor from Canada attending a 5-day retreat at our most luxurious location)
Michelle Margaret Fajkus has been practicing yoga for the past 20 years and teaching since 2002. Her style is hatha vinyasa yoga and her teachers are too many to be listed here. She is a secular Buddhist and a Gemini yogini. Her classes and retreats are open to all levels and are usually taught in Spanglish. For more information on Michelle and her yoga, please visit Yoga Freedom!
Some of the retreats will be co-led by other teachers as well. Details on that to follow soon. Collaboration, baby!
To get more information or register for a retreat, please contact Michelle at yogafreedom @ gmail dot com or by phone (in Guatemala) 5703 3989.
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