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The Yoga Forest – San Marcos, Guatemala

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Nestled above infamous hippie town, San Marcos, lies The Yoga Forest. It’s a beautiful walk through a trail marked by painted rocks that twists past houses and through a sparse forest until you come to a gate marked “The Yoga Forest”. Upon entering, there are close to 100 hundred steer stairs left for you on your journey and they are well worth it. Once you breathlessly make it to the top of the stairs, there is an open concept kitchen waiting for you with plenty of filtered water to gulp…read more

A Guide to Yoga at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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The drive itself to Lake Atitlan reveals the majesty of one of the most mystical lakes in the world in perfect measure. From Antigua, it’s two full on hours of winding roads at break neck speeds that can make even the steeliest traveller queazy. Approaching Solola, you get squeezed through road blocks of Mayan men in traditional clothing and cowboy hats on narrow streets, winding up and down volcanic mountains. And then the foliage breaks and you get a clear view of the lake below and it’s serene vista is…read more

Retreating into Darkness

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Jyotir is a long time friend and no-nonsense hippie on what we call “the path” around these parts. He’s also old hat at sensory deprivation meditation and agreed to tell us his thoughts on dark retreats. *** I took my first dark retreat in Guatemala, in a vacant building on a dirt road between two towns on Lake Atitlan. The top half of the building was unoccupied (except perhaps by the ghosts of my imagination) and the bottom half was four  adobe walls with a hobbit-sized door and no windows….read more

Have Baby, Will Travel: Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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I have been traveling by myself since I was 4, yes 4! My parents lived a three hour plane ride from each other and since it was the 80s, kids were more independent then, and they just decided to put me on a plane twice a year to fly across the country and see my dad. I practically came of age in an airport. By the time I was 26, I had moved to New York alone at 18 and then did a year in University in England; traveled around…read more

Mystical Yoga Farm-Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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I had the pleasure of spending the weekend at the Mystical Yoga Farm near Santiago on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala this weekend. It’s the off season right now, so my friend Grace and I had the place all to ourselves. Luckily, my good friend Jah is the manager and put together a lovely getaway package for us. For $45 USD a night you get to stay either in a dorm or a private casita, have three delicious meals which are made from produce grown on the farm as much as…read more

Getting My Chant On With Yoga’s Rockstar-Krishna Das

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It’s been 6 years since Krishna Das has been through Toronto. And I had the pleasure of seeing him at Metro Hall, a stunningly gorgeous gothic church with a few hundred other old hippies. Who’s Krishna Das? This white guy right here. He’s the best selling western call-and-response artist of all time, he’s even been nominated for a Grammy. He also sounds a bit like Dave Matthews if that’s your thing. So Kirtan is a form of Bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion. There’s a lot of chanting in all Bhakti…read more

Las Piramides San Marcos, Guatemala

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Las Piramides Del Ka is located in the tiny hippie enclave of San Marcos on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. It’s one of the longest standing centres in a town filled with healers, yogis, mystics and of course, weirdos. But Las Piramides is the real mccoy. You can tell the moment you walk through the gates into their extensive gardens-the vibe is mas tranquilo. I first heard of it when i was traveling through Central America in December of 2013. I kept meeting these hyper focused normal men and women (mostly young…read more