a yoga + service retreat

The renew retreat

yoga + permaculture + self-care + SERVICE

Explore the intersection between sustainability and yoga in this 6-day healthy living retreat at beautiful Lake Atitlan. Connect to yourself, the earth, and leave a positive handprint by participating in a reforestation project in collaboration with local farmers, addressing ecological and malnutrition concerns in the community. Discover how your health and wellbeing contributes to the health of our planet!


bambu eco guest house
lake atitlán, guatemala
march 31 - april 6 2019

 Imagine waking up to this breathtaking view each morning…


in this retreat…

During our time together we will balance our days practicing yoga and permaculture, contributing to a local service project, immersed in the vibrant culture of Guatemala.

Retreat Highlights

• Wake up to awe inspiring sunrises over Lake Atitlán
• Enjoy daily yoga classes, meditation, philosophy and permaculture
• Learn the tools to live a life in alignment with your highest vision for a healthy and sustainable future
• Introduction to Permaculture, resource conservation, ecosystem restoration, and coffee field diversification
• Plant native avocado trees on a local coffee farm
• Overnight stay at natural hot springs

daily flow

7-830am yoga + meditation
9 breakfast
10 workshop
12 lunch
2pm applied permaculture + service project
6 dinner
8 evening activity

About the Retreat Space

This retreat takes place at the stunning Bambu Guest House, a brand new, eco-friendly building designed in accordance with sustainable principles, proving that natural building can be luxurious.

Enjoy the natural vegetation and lush surrounds from the yoga platform before nourishing your body with local, organic, vegetarian fare prepared with produce from the Atitlán Organics farm (a 5-minute stroll away). The farm-to-table restaurant is run by three young, local, aspiring chefs who are as amazing as they are passionate about what they create and we love being guests at their dinner table!

With several accommodation options each equipped with a bathroom, balcony, comfy beds, super hot water, wifi, and amazing views of Lake Atitlán, it’s easy to settle into this dreamy landscape. Access to the lake is a 10-minute walk from Bambu, and the neighbouring town and eclectic travel hub of San Marcos is a 5-minute boat ride from there or 15-minute tuk-tuk (rickshaw).

retreat Faculty

Rachelle Harvey
Rachelle is a co-founder of Awakened Spirit with a lifelong passion for movement, music, and Mama Nature. As an artist and facilitator, she strives to make the teachings of yoga accessible to everyone by helping others tap into their unique expression and lead a heart-centred life. Her approach incorporates healing movement, yoga, dance, music, and a deep reverence for the earth as a path to embodying the innate creative intelligence available to each of us. She facilitates workshops, retreats and trainings around the earth. Find out more.

Julia Forest
Julia is a passionate voice of the yoga for social change movement and co-founder of Awakened Spirit. With over 15 years of teaching experience, her workshops explore mindfulness, environmentalism and yoga as potent tools to inspire heart centered living and sustainable change. Julia collaborates with like minds to ignite radical innovation and positive change in communities. She facilitates trainings, workshops and transformational retreats around the globe. Find out more.

Shad Qudsi
Shad is a passionate permaculture advocate and enthusiastic teacher who truly believes in the work he is doing. Since 2010 he has developed a very small piece of land located in the traditional Mayan village of Tzununa, on the north shore of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala into a small but profitable farming enterprise focused on salad and cooking greens, goat dairy products, and agrotourism. He oversees four community gardens and is implementing two sustainable locally-run businesses based on the production and local marketing of clean organic food. Find out more.




based on on shared occupancy

$795-995 USD

• 6 nights of shared accommodation at the beautiful Bambu Guest House
• 3 delicious, local, organic meals each day, beginning with dinner on arrival date and ending with breakfast on departure date
• trip to Hot Springs (transportation and entrance fees)
• daily yoga + meditation
• 1 wellness workshop per day 
• participation in a reforestation project

Does not include: Airfare, transportation to the retreat

claim your spot!



Room options will fill up quickly, so please select yours below. Accommodation must be paid in full 30 days prior to retreat start date. We look forward to meeting you!