Alchemy Student Graduation

22nd – 29th May 2021
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This May, we’re excited to be able to offer our students a tightly held space at The Yoga Forest, where you’ll come together with some of your peers for the final stage of training: Graduation!  The Yoga Forest is a sanctuary within the mountains looking out over Lake Atitlán towards volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlán. It is surrounded by natural springs and is a natural reserve in order to honor the land and the heritage of its people. Come and join us, connect to each other and create space for transformation and self healing.

SIMPLE, RELAXED, AND OFF THE GRID

There are 16 spaces for graduating and leading a Breathwork session.

Past & current students and mentors are also welcome to join to learn, celebrate and gather as a community.

 

 

The Alchemy Student Graduation retreat has been highly curated to offer you the most holistic approach to healing and learning available.

 

YOUR STUDENT BREATHCAMP EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

  • Daily breathwork (student led for graduation) and education sessions: Unlock the power of conscious breathing as you already know it. Gain insights and awareness from holding space for your peers, from angeling support, and your personal breathwork practice. Deepen your knowledge with further workshops relating to your practice, including bodywork, appropriate touch, boundaries, and ethical practice, and increase your level of understanding tenfold as we work in person. Release any final unresolved blocks in your work, and become embodied in your expanded awareness.

  • Constructive, reflective feedback: Enjoy daily feedback circles to help you grow exponentially in self-awareness and inform your practice.

  • Opportunity to make changes in your life: Using fun exercises, deep inquiry, and the breath, learn what it feels like to work as a team with your fellow students and discover your unique way of offering the breath. Get traction where you need it most, and transform relationships into vibrant co-creativity in this loving, supportive, community of practice.

  • Optional daily yoga and meditation sessions led by the Yoga Forest: An essential practice to harmonize the body, mind, and spirit, these daily yoga/meditation sessions are a crucial tool in the development of self-awareness and healing process. 

  • Healthy, vegetarian mealsNourish yourself on all levels and fuel and energize your body while you work, with our healthy, nutrient-rich, plant-based meals every day. 

  • Comfortable, beautiful accommodation options:Book your place according to your budget and your personality. Some prefer shared rooms and dorms, others private space to replenish and restore. Whatever your preference, we can meet your needs. 

Put all your hard work and commitment to your studies into practice. With the guidance our team offers, you’ll develop the confidence to move from student to professional and offer breathwork to the world. Remember that first spark of interest, the moment when you first heard the call? Now you get to see the fruits of your inspiration manifest. Congratulations!

Once registered you will receive a full program (including guidelines for your breathwork offering) for the Camp and a schedule once you arrive.

THE LOCATION

The Yoga Forest,

San Marcos La Laguna,

Guatemala

Click Here For a Map of The Yoga Forest

More than just a retreat center, The Yoga Forest shares a conscious business model integrating three pillars in a balanced practice of earth care, people care and fair share. Integrating our understanding of what it is to be a conscious business, through social, ecological and economic structures, we recognize that this journey will be ever unfolding. Through their non-profit Forest Family Foundation, they strive to support and integrate conscious living practices in the local community through humanitarian and ecological projects, while sharing the principles of working within nature creating interactive landscapes of beauty and productivity.

The Yoga Forest has been built using various natural and traditional building methods. They use solar energy for hot water, natural grey water filtering systems for their kitchen and outdoor showers, and outdoor composting toilets to return your offerings to the earth. They try their best to produce as little waste as possible and continue to explore new endeavors to create a more sustainable retreat lifestyle.

San Marcos

There are tasty restaurants, shops and activities in San Marcos, walking distance down the mountain. There is a waterfall hike in Tzunana, a neighbouring village (walk, tuktuk, or boat ride away). Activities: cacao, yoga, dancing, kirtan,workshops are also offered in these two towns. You can visit neighbouring towns by boat: San Juan (women’s collective, nature dies, beautiful cloth & clothes) San Pedro (a great healthfood store with cafe) and Panajachel (cafes & shopping). There is more than enough experiences to stay longer. Consider leaving space before or after the breathcamp to immerse yourself in this area.

The Yoga Forest aims to work more and more in the local community of San Marcos through its Forest Family Foundation through providing funding and collaboration with other local organisations around the Lake basin.

The Yoga Forest hosts a vegetarian and Guatemalan inspired kitchen. They can accommodate gluten-free and vegan diets. They serve local organic produce whenever is possible and prepare their delicious vegetarian meals with love. They can cater to certain dietary restrictions, such as vegan and gluten free.

HERE’S WHAT PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Sample daily schedule…

  • Yoga/Meditation
  • Brunch – 10am
  • Breathwork (open to the public so you get to know the community)
  • Workshops
  • Group Shares/feedback
  • Breathwork/Workshops
  • Fruit all day
  • One complimentary group Sauna
  • One complimentary group Fire
  • One complimentary group Plant Bath
  • Free time for integration
  • Dinner is at 5 PM.

​*Airfare and travel to and from airport not included

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PRICING:

Price per person, including meals and accommodation for all 7 days.

Shared Room (triple share)

450$USD
  • Single beds, 2/3 people sharing / price pp

Double Room (double share)

532$USD
  • 2 people sharing / price pp

Semi-private single

614$USD
  • (attached to the Yoga Shalas and therefore people may hear classes throughout the day from their accommodation.) 1 person

Private single

696$USD
  • (1 person)

AoB Team

Emily Ray Henderson

Emily is a certified Wellness Counselor, Reiki Master, Massage Therapist, 500 HR-RYT Yoga Instructor and Facilitator with The Kula Collective, & Alchemy of Breath Trainer.

Emily uses a compassionate and intuitive approach to integrate mind, body & spirit to assist people in making change, creating balance and finding joy and passion in life. 

Emily loves magic, cacao, dancing and connecting with nature and the ancient cultures of the world. She has a lightness of heart that is contagious and works gently but deeply with people through their transformation.  

Kerry Veitch

Kerry is an Alchemy of Breath Practitioner and a Facilitator Trainer. She has been connected to conscious connected breathwork since she was 19 and has also trained as a Rebirthing Breathwork Practitioner and energy therapist. She serves the British Rebirth Society as a committee member, and founded the first UK annual Festival that celebrates all kinds of Breathwork www.festivaloflife.co.uk. This year the event will be held in Glastonbury UK. Kerry now works with her aunt Lynn Veitch who has been a Breathwork practitioner for 40 years, hosting online events, and has her own 1:1 offerings, and weekly Thursday evening online breathwork sessions.

Vaclav

“This experience brought me a clear perception of the reality of my current situation. It gave me structure and calm. I let go of the ever-present control, feeling spacious, my outer and inner worlds together: the perfect ground to make important decisions and roll on light-heartedly with life. If someone thinks about giving it a try…just do it, don’t hesitate! Thanks to all the breathers, thanks to Anthony…you are my family”

Sergio

“This is such an opportunity to connect to my self and to deal with so many emotional things. I feel all the things I’m attached to which have no purpose. All the fears and traumas that I have faced, I now feel blissful in the most complete way. The breath makes me focus on my true self and all my potential. Thank you all for the sharing, the love and the commitment.”

Nadja

“Thank you, Anthony, once again every breath reveals and brings me closer to myself – and towards the language of my heart. There was a lot of understanding and forgiving, just perfect timing. Muchas gracias.”

Attila

“I gather with my child and melt each other by breathing together, exhaling loud. His fear was ‘growing up’ and reached the realization that he is me so it is our fear ‘taking responsibility for my life’. Thank you very much, Anthony. Every time we work together new windows are opening. Gratitude.”

FAQ:

Yes, we really encourage you to come for the full 7 days to gain the full experience. You will need to attend the full amount of time to graduate. 

Guests are advised to stay onsite as there is plenty of accommodation and you can gain more from your experience by living with fellow students, providing a supportive community for everyone. It is also a hike to the yoga forest from other accommodation so for ease it is recommended highly. (ask Emily about this 😉

Yes. When you go through the registration form, you’ll come across a room request form where you can request anyone you would like to share a room with. If you’re booking last minute we may not be able to accommodate your request but we promise to do the absolute best we can!

If you have any food allergies, please list them in the relevant section on the registration form.

Plan to arrive into Guatemala City Aurora (code GUA) International airport.

From there, please keep in mind that it is still a half day journey to The Yoga Forest, so be sure to arrange a flight to arrive one day prior to the day the training program begins. It takes approximately 3.5 hours to get from the airport to the Lake.

If you have time/desire, you can go to Antigua at least a day early and stay the night – Antigua is a pretty colonial town and a tourist hub of the country and nearly all transportation runs through here. There are shuttles every hour from the airport to Antigua (Q100, 45mins-1.5hr depending on traffic)

  1. From Antigua direct- Get an 8am or 9am collective shuttle (or 9-10m private shuttle) direct to San Marcos la Laguna (Q100), 3.5-4.5hrs depending on traffic, roads and weather). You can also come via San Pedro la Laguna if there are no shuttles leaving for San Marcos la Laguna (Q100), 3.5-4hrs). If on a San Pedro shuttle service, either get off the shuttle in San Pablo la Laguna and take a tuk-tuk (Q5) to San Marcos la Laguna (the next town over), or go all the way to San Pedro and then take the ‘lancha’ boat (Q10) to San Marcos.
  2. From Antigua via Panajachel – From Antigua take a morning collective shuttle service (Q90) approximately 2.5hrs to Panajachel. From Pana take a ‘lancha’ boat (Q25) from the public dock (muelle publico) to cross the lake to San Marcos La Laguna. The lancha leaves every 30mins until 7.30pm and usually takes around 1 hour.

3. Private Shuttle – this is the easiest way!

Private shuttles are recommended and can be arranged for a direct service from the airport to San Marcos La Laguna Guatemala city to San Marcos La Laguna for a cost of Q550 for one or Q650 for two.  The driver will meet you on arrival at the airport, or hotel if you would like one from Antigua.

Please arrange your private shuttle directly with Martha Herrera de Rivera (she is on FB as well under Emily’s friends). Her what’s app is: +502 3073 0413 and say that Emily Ray Henderson referred you so she knows you are part of our group.

Get your driver to drop you at the basketball courts in town.

PRIVATE SHUTTLE CANCELLATION NOTICE: Please check with Martha & ensure that you give her 24 hrs notice of cancellation or you will need to pay for the ride.

Hotel Recommendations near Airport: Hostel Novo, Quetzalroo, Hotel Dos Lunas, Hostel Villa Toscana, Mariana’s Petit Hotel

Hostel Recommendations in Antigua: A Place to Stay – If you are staying at the Yoga Forest, you receive a 10% discount! Contact them on their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/A-Place-to-Stay-Hostel-172308802844967/)

Hotel Recommendations in Antigua: Hotel Mesón de Maria, Meson Panza Verde, Hotel Convento Santa Catalina, and Villa Santa Ana-Ricardo (sleeps 10 and you book the whole place) good for small groups!

Wifi is available for guests for an additional fee. The rates are as follows: $5/day, $10/3 days, $20/week.

If you need access to regular/strong internet, please buy a local sim card at the airport (you will see a Tigo stand as you arrive) and you can buy and pay for data packages in San Marcos. Data connection at the yoga forest is strong. Wifi is ok for simply emailing, texting etc.

Wellness services, special requests added to meal plan, specialty & hot drinks, snacks, internet, phone calls.

Guatemala is open for tourism, the only requirement for entry is a negative COVID test dated within 96 hours prior to arrival. 

Please keep up to date with required paperwork / testing that may be necessary either on exit or entry. All planning and logistics for the breathcamp will be compliant with current COVID-19 regulations.

This is 72 hrs for USA. Not sure for other countries.

For those who wish to arrive the day before in order to leave plenty of time to get to The Yoga Forest, options are to arrive to San Marcos a day early & stay the night in a hotel/hostel (La Paz, or Lush are recommended), or contact The Yoga Forest for availability the night prior and arrange a private shuttle direct (through Martha above) to San Marcos from the airport so that you settle in a day early.

Check out for guests is at 12:00pm on Saturday 29th May.

We’re sorry but due to high demand, your reservation is only confirmed once payment has been made and we cannot hold rooms for you.

Weather in San Marcos La Laguna is usually very mild. Most days the temperature is around 17-24 degrees Celsius, however due to the altitude here at Lake Atitlån (1500m), nights can be as low as 8 degrees. Bring layers. Warm in day and cold at night.

Guatemala has a dry season (November to April) and a wet season (May- October) each year. July and August are often also dry with a break in the rains. Please pack accordingly for stays during the wet season.

Guatemala is a beautiful country, from the people to the culture to the landscapes, offering amazing experiences to any traveler. Safety is as much a consideration here as in any developing country you may visit or in any touristed area where economic disparity exists.

If it will be your first time to Guatemala, or you are a concerned traveler, we always recommend private transport for peace of mind. Please aim for a morning arrival before 12pm at the airport, or spend a night in Antigua and come the next day.

While traveling and when visiting towns and villages, we advise mindfulness. Don’t flash expensive devices or carry large amounts of cash. Theft tends to be petty and opportunistic. Take care with your valuables and lock them away safely. During your stay at The Yoga Forest, 24/7 security is provided on the property as well as secure storage for valuables in their office safe.

 – IMPORTANT –

Alchemy of Breath reserves the right to change the order of events, faculty and staff.