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Yoga and Permaculture in Guatemala!

Journey to the Mayan Heartland for a transformational experience with Atitlan Organics and Awakened Spirit Yoga. Deepen your practice and feel the subtle but profound shifts that happen when you embrace sustainable and holistic practices. Drawing on the wisdom of both ancient yogic philosophy and Mother Earth herself, this 4-week course teaches the foundations of yoga through asana, breathwork, and mindfulness. Embedded within the training is Atitlan Organic’s Permaculture Immersion, which gives participants the chance to come to a deeper and more symbiotic relationship with the natural world. Highly recommended for yogis, change-makers, innovators, activists, seed planters, or anyone who believes in transformation.

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Our immersive curriculum is designed to leave you inspired and empowered! Covering topics such as: technique, teaching methodology, yoga philosophy and ethics, the intersection between Permaculture and Yoga and more, you’ll definitely take away a new perspective and heightened appreciation for how yoga can transform your life. For more detailed info, please see our full curriculum below.

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Your Stay

Participants will stay at the Bambu Guest House in Tzununa, a small village on the shores of Lake Atitlan.  The “Bambu” was opened in 2015 as a site to house permaculture volunteers and students. As such, it was founded out of a deep commitment to meaningful and sustainable living, values which resonate deeply with the yogic tradition.

You will settle into the rhythms of nature during your stay at the beautiful naturally-built hotel nestled into the mountains surrounding Lake Atitlan. Wake to the sounds of running water from the nearby stream and enjoy sunrise over the lake and volcanoes from your balcony; nourish yourself with organic and farm-fresh meals made with love by our friendly and attentive kitchen staff; become inspired by the amazing teachings of Awakened Spirit Yoga on the beautiful  yoga platform; hike 15 minutes to neighboring Atitlan Organics to see the world in a whole new light thanks to Shad’s permaculture teachings; unwind with a hot shower and catch up with loved ones over wi-fi (or chill out with a book from our extensive library); and if you’re lucky, catch a nighttime volcano show from Volcan Fuego.

Lodging is shared in light and spacious rooms, each one equipped with a private bathroom with hot water, a balcony overlooking the lake and volcanoes, and wi-fi. Communal space includes a comfy open-air lounge and dining room and a breath-taking yoga platform. Three vegetarian meals per day are provided, as well as snacks, tea, and coffee.

Participants of Sacred Earth have two room options to choose from:

GUEST ROOM: The spacious and airy guest room sleeps 4 people comfortably and offers a private bathroom and shower with hot running water, wifi, and a balcony with chairs and a hammock. Beautiful views of the lake and mountains and the soothing sounds of birds and the nearby stream filter into the room, soothing you into peace.

LOFT: Our two-level loft sleeps up to 8 people comfortably. Huge panorama windows let in incredible natural light, while the variety of bedding options gives everyone what they’d like. As with all our rooms, the Loft enjoys its own private bathroom and shower with hot water, wifi, and a balcony with chairs and a hammock.

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The Bambu Guest House’s on-site farm-to-table restaurant features products from our farm and other local producers. During your stay, you will enjoy three delicious and nourishing buffet-style vegetarian meals per day plus snacks and dessert, and tea, coffee, and filtered water available throughout the day. The dedicated staff works lovingly to prepare meals which sustain you as you journey into your studies and practice, and we promise that your bellies will be kept just as happy as your hearts and minds are! We pride ourselves on being able to accommodate nearly any dietary requirement, whether that be vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, or other special needs.

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Tuition for the 200-hour Sacred Earth YTT is $2500 plus accommodation. Participants may choose between the Bambu Guest Houses’s  ($1095 Loft or $1295 Guest Room). For more info or to apply, please write us at info@atitlanorganics.com


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Full Curriculum:


  • This includes analytical training and guided practice in asana, pranayama, kriyas (purification), chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. Daily yoga and meditation practice.
  • Introduction to prenatal yoga.


  • Communication skills such as group dynamics, time management, and the establishment of priorities and boundaries
  • How to address the specific needs of individuals and special populations
  • Trauma sensitivity training and teaching one on one sessions
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, assisting and adjusting
  • Qualities of a teacher & teaching styles
  • Form, method of teaching, benefits and cautions of principal asanas (postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques) and 2 kriyas (cleansing techniques)
  • Learning to create various class-styles: beginner, intermediate and an introduction to prenatal yoga: each class having either a very mindful, flowing sequence, or dynamic, depending on your nature as a yoga teacher, and the students present in any given class
  • Teaching methodology, including modifications for age and common injuries/conditions, how to create a grounded and inspired space for teaching/learning, the use of voice, prenatal modifications, etc.
  • The Five Categories of Asana: The trainee will practice and learn the key poses in each category of asana (standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, and inversions) and will begin to develop a relationship to both the form and the function of these different categories
  • Maps of Alignment: Trainees will achieve comprehension of the alignment maps for each of the five categories of asanas through observation and experience of how the poses in each category share a common foundation, and how to build upon this foundation.
  • The student learning process, learning styles based on doshas
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga (including marketing and legal)


  • Human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, fascial chains theory, etc.)
  • Energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, 5 pranas, koshas, etc.)
  • Anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.)


  • The study of yoga philosophies and introduction to traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Bhagavad Gita)
  • Self-reflection, independent study
  • Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma
  • Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher – student relationships and community
  • Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)
  • Introduction to Ayurveda, nutrition, and the yogic diet


  • Practice teaching as the lead instructor
  • Receiving and giving feedback
  • Observing others teaching
  • Assisting students while someone else is teaching


  • Complete Atitlan Organics Introduction to Permaculture Course
  • Permaculture ethics and principles and their application to farming and lifestyle
  • Gardening, including garden design, garden bed preparation, and planting
  • Landscape design via Permaculture Zones
  • Earthworks, including swales and contours
  • Water systems, including catchment, banana circles, and swales
  • Animal husbandry, including chicken and goat care