200 hr ytt:
NOVEMBER 5 – DECember 2, 2017

72 hr PDC:
DECember 3– 16, 2017

DECember 17– 22, 2017


(the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute)

lake atitlán, GUATEMALA

Are you ready to grow?

Journey with us to one of the most beautiful places on earth! Immerse yourself in the rich tradition of yoga and discover how sustainability principles can radically shift the way that you live.

This unique program integrates ancient yogic wisdom, the intelligence of nature and the principles of permaculture to create positive change on an individual and community level. Empower your highest potential! 

We also offer the opportunity to crowdfund your tuition. Want to engage community directly in your transformational journey? Find out how below.




• Yogis interested in deepening their practice
• Changemakers, innovators, activists and teachers
• Counselors and human rights workers
• Yoga teachers seeking to deepen their facilitation and community building skills
• Practitioners interested in new tools and approaches to designing and creating change
• Seed planters


200 HOUR YOGA Teacher Training PROGRAM

Leadership, community, self care + earth care

• Enhance your understanding of the foundational aspects of this ancient practice through asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, kriyas, philosophy, anatomy, lifestyle, ethics, and Ayurveda
• Learn form, benefits and cautions of principal asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques) and kriyas (cleansing techniques)
• Gain knowledge in anatomy and the physical/mental benefits of yoga
• Discover the subtle energy of yogic anatomy and how the chakras work
• Learn about Ayurveda, nutrition, and the yogic diet
• Explore Ashtanga philosophy (the Eight-fold path)
• Study and discuss the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Explore various teaching methodologies, including modifications for age, focus and common injuries/conditions
• Become skilled at creating various class-styles: beginner, intermediate and an introduction to prenatal yoga
• Gain experience through a teaching practicum and receive feedback in a supportive environment
• Find your own unique expression as a yoga teacher
• Release self-limiting beliefs and step into your power as a leader!

Course Overview + FEATURES

• Build your personal practice and gather concrete tools to embody the wisdom of The 4 Paths of Yoga, and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
• Gain a greater understanding of the neurological, emotional, and physical effects of yoga
• Learn how to nurture compassionate relationships, healthy families and a peaceful, sustainable world through the practices of yoga and mindfulness
• Address issues of diversity, social justice, inclusion, and safety in a variety of contexts
• Discover the benefits and challenges of introducing yoga and mindfulness practices to diverse communities
• Explore the potential of matching ecological integrity with human needs through permaculture design and sustainable living practices
• Connect with nature to inform your journey
• Discover your own unique set of assets and tools
• Learn and experience participation-based tools that support project management and community impact projects in a new and different way through hands-on teaching
• Learn and apply sustainable project design tools to support a local community project
• Better understand how to design and manage a project in alignment with your values, skills, passion and leadership style
• Engage your community through crowdfunding, leveraging the power of the collective to support sustainable projects

Awakened Spirit Yoga is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School (RYS 200) adhering to the strict guidelines of the Yoga Alliance. Intimate classes allow our dedicated team of teachers to provide personal attention, expert guidance and personal feedback to students throughout our trainings.



72+ HOUR Permaculture Design Certification


Permaculture is the harmonious, sustainable integration of landscapes and people. This approach teaches us the interconnectedness of all life through direct observation, conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems that have diversity, stability, and resilience. This holistic exploration of sacred ecology and yoga is one way to integrate our practice into everyday life and inspire change in the world! Read more HERE.


This year we are so excited to collaborate with IMAP! The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute (Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura) is a non-profit organization based in Guatemala. It was founded in 2000 by a group of local people concerned with the serious environmental, social and cultural problems affecting the nation. They established an ecological education center to promote permaculture techniques, local biodiversity conservation, production of organic food, and a seed bank that strives to reconstruct the Mayan seed heritage.

Incorporating a combination of field trips, work experience, numerous guest facilitators, and design practicals, this course provides participants with much more than the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate. It is a foundational experience for a new way to see the world. Learn how to capture energy, become a producer, and respect and encourage diversity. There is a special focus on indigenous knowledge and how permaculture relates to this well-established world view. Students will gain the benefit of exposure to two different sites, with the first week of the PDC taking place at the Meso-American Institute of Permaculture, and the second at Atitlan Organics.


This two-week intensive course goes above and beyond the full 72 hour curriculum as laid out by the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia’s PDC curriculum and follows Bill Mollison’s Designer’s Manual.

Topics include:
• Permaculture theory and principles from a diverse group of leaders in the field
• Sacred ecology: How sustainability deepens our understanding of yoga
• Land assessment, observation, and plant identification
• Water systems: The ability to implement basic grey water and composting systems necessary for sustainable dwelling
• Animal Systems: Aquaculture and integrated livestock management
• Vegetable production & agroforestry: Designing food production systems for yourself and others, preservation, and value added products
• Plant guilds, propagation, seed saving, and germination
• Natural building theory & techniques
• Design Project: In small teams students will conduct a local land assessment, client interview, and present your ideas for a permaculture design suitable to the project.


Training Faculty

Yoga & Social Permaculture: Julia Forest & Kristine Vanderplas
Permaculture: Shad Qudsi




Want to immerse yourself in an energy-conscious, off-grid, resourceful community of like-minded folk? This is the place! Enjoy delicious vegetarian meals, breath-taking views, and freedom of expression while re-discovering your true nature and connection to Mother Earth.

Shad and the team at Atitlán Organics consider small-scale food production and localized resource utilization the wave of the future. They are proud to spread the good word of permaculture, nutrient dense food production, local resource utilization, and other sustainable practices, as these are the areas where positive change can be most effective in our lives and communities.

Studying Permaculture and Natural Building at Atitlán Organics will fast track your understanding of how to interact with natural systems. The educational impact of Atitlán Organics is not only inspirational, it is also a fully-functional, profitable, and off-the-grid permaculture farm. The systems they have in place allow both visitors and students to experience the principles of permaculture in real time. They run their own sustainable hotel onsite called Bambu Guest House – a brand new, natural building boasting bathrooms and balconies in each room, new comfy beds, wifi, super hot water, and amazing views of the surrounding lake, mountains, and rivers. Lodging is shared, but private. The Bambu Guest House has a Farm-to-Table Restaurant that serves delicious and filling organic meals mainly composed of Atitlán Organics products, with some help from other local farms. Currently, Atitlán Organics supplies all: milk, yogurt, cheese, salads, cooking greens, honey, coffee, chicken, taro root, pigeon peas, and herbs to the restaurant. 




• In-depth training 5.5 days a week
• 1.5 days of unscheduled time to study and explore
• 4 weeks of accommodations at Atitlán Organics – community living focused on harmonious relationships with the planet
• 3 delicious, organic vegetarian meals per day
• 200 hour Awakened Spirit Yoga Teacher Certification (YTT)*
• Cacao and sound ceremony
• Fermentation workshop
• Daily yoga and meditation classes
• Illustrated Awakened Spirit Yoga Teacher Training Manual

*received upon successful completion of the program

Personal Rewards

• Discover the resources, inspiration, and community support you are seeking to change lives through yoga
• Connect to your inner teacher and learn how to leverage your skills and strengths with your unique purpose
• Nourish your mind, body and spirit, and be provided with the tools to create positive change with intention, confidence, and a fresh perspective
• Return home with a renewed sense of purpose and passion, expanded networking and community organizing skills, and the heartfelt inspiration you need to continue making a difference in the world




Use Crowdfunding to Engage Your Community!

Participants are encouraged to crowdfund for their tuition. This is an opportunity to engage your community with your journey from the very beginning and bring awareness to the projects that you will design and support during the training. There is also the option to raise funds beyond your tuition to use toward a passion project of your own design, or a community project that you choose to become more involved with during the training.

Crowdfunding gives your community an exciting way to invest in viable solutions that have an impact. If you are interested in crowdfunding, we provide a step-by-step guide and resources to support your crowdfunding campaign!


$3650 USD

Includes: YTT, PDC + 5-day Yoga Service project in the Tzununa community of Lake Atitán.
Price covers: Entire course including all classes, workshops, written materials and supplies.
Lodging and airfare are not included (accommodation pricing below).

OPTION B: TUITION FOR 200 HouR YTT + SEVA PROJECT (single certification)

$2600 USD

Includes: YTT + 5-day Yoga Service project in the Tzununa community of Lake Atitlán.
Price covers: Entire course including all classes, workshops, written materials and supplies.
Lodging and airfare are not included (
accommodation pricing below).

Accommodation (food + lodging):

$1150 USD

Guests will be housed in eco-hotel Bambu Guest House during the training. Each room sleeps 4-5 people comfortably, and most rooms are screened and have electricity. Wifi is available in the common area.
Price covers: Accommodation at Bambu Guest House and 3 organic vegetarian meals per day. 1 week accommodation at IMAP is also included in the course fee for students participating in the dual certification YTT + PDC.

Total Investment

Dual Certification YTT, PDC + Seva 7 Week Program:
$3650 Tuition + $1150 Accommodation =

$4800 USD


Single Certification YTT + Seva Project 5 Week Program:
$2600 Tuition + $1150 Accommodation =

$3750 USD




Step 1: Fill Out the Application form

Step 2: Secure your booking

Deposit: $500 USD*
Full Tuition: $3650 USD (Dual Certification YTT + PDC) // $2600 USD (Single Certification YTT)
*Deposit is non-refundable.

Option 1: PayPal

Note: An 8% PayPal fee will occur.

Option 2: Bank Transfer

Note: Once your deposit has been made we will notify you by email that your place on the course is secure.
Full payment must be received 14 days prior to the start of the course.
Learn about our refund policy here.



Accomodation Payment Details

IMPORTANT: Payment for accomodation is sent directly to Bambu Guest House.
Please wait to pay for accommodation until receiving confirmation of acceptance into the program.

Deposit: $500 USD
Full Accommodation Fee: $1150 USD

Option 1: PayPal

Note: An 8% PayPal fee will occur.

Option 2: Bank Transfer

Note: Accommodation payment must be paid in full to Bambu Guest House 14 days prior to the start of the course.




“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see. Julia guided me during my 200 hour yoga teacher training and I’m very grateful for her yoga asana, therapeutics and anatomy classes. I love her deep knowledge of the practice and her calm and healing presence.”

Bettina, Thailand


“Julia gave me one of the most singly empowering pieces of advice I have received in my years: believe in what you have to offer to the world. She blends her deep knowledge and belief of the physical, physiological, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga with harmony, grace, and love. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor to encourage me on my journey of learning to become a yoga teacher!”

Hannah, Seattle


“Julia embodies deep love and peace. She has a healing grace about her that is palpable by her presence alone, honed from much diligent devotional work in yoga and beyond. As a yoga teacher, she carries profound wisdom that nurtures soulfulness in all who are guided by her. She evokes the marrying of truth and beauty and is force of relentless blessing.”

Darren, Toronto

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