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EARTH 

DEEP 

7 DAYS 

LAKE ATITLÁN, GUATEMALA

MARCH 1 - 7, 2021

Hosts:

Stephanie Kittell & VJ Bala

 STARTING $1549 USD

6% is donated directly to Space of Love Foundation

AWAKEN YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT:

Your life is a blank canvas, upon which LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES can be painted.

Your HEART holds a SONG that is waiting to be be heard.

Dormant within you lies a wellspring of CREATIVE ENERGY.

Your inner child is longing to come out and PLAY, to EXPRESS!

THE INVITATION: 

We invite you to join us in the fertile and feral lands where our own seeds of deep transformation were sewn - majestic LAKE ATITLÁN, GUATEMALA. Take a break, gain a shift in perspective, and give yourself permission to RE-WILD! 

Discover WHAT'S HOLDING YOU BACK from creative flow.

Learn how to UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVE POTENTIAL, FREE YOUR VOICE & EMPOWER YOUR POSSIBILITIES.

Explore FOCUSING this energy with GREATER PURPOSE.

 

Allow your bare feet to KISS THE EARTH. Breathe the fresh mountain air.

 

Let your playful spirit BE INSPIRED by the colourful and wisdom-rich local Mayan culture.

 

Bask in the panoramic views of fiery volcanoes, serene waters, and wildlife.

 

TUNE IN to Mother Nature’s rhythm, while reconnecting to your own drumbeat. 

THE INGREDIENTS:

With compassionate curiosity - we’ll peel back the physical, mental, and emotional layers that block us. Stirring the source of our boundless creative spirits. The fabric of this transformative journey will be woven with:

  • LOCATION:

    • Deep immersion in Mother Nature, in the Mayan 'Womb of Creation': Atitlán

    • Accommodations: sweet & stylish, comfortable, down-to-earth & in harmony with sustainable living

  • NOURISHMENT:

    • 3 delicious & wholesome plant-based meals per day

    • Unlimited local coffee & herbal teas & filtered water all day

    • Available extra snack purchases

  • DAILY MOVEMENT & STILLNESS PRACTICES:

    • Mindfulness Meditation

    • Embodied Movement Arts

    • Yoga (Hatha, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra, Restorative)

  • DAILY CREATIVE EXPRESSION WORKSHOPS:

    • Word Play & Writing

    • Voice Activation, Rhythm & Song

    • Sacred Sound Medicine

    • Intuitive Movement & Ecstatic Dance

    • Visual Arts

    • Dharma Discussions to drive the questions deeper

  • OFF-SITE EXCURSIONS / SACRED CEREMONIES:

    • SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) & Bouldering Adventure

    • Community Service / Karma Yoga

    • Sauna & Plant Bath

    • Cacao & Sound Shamanic Journey

    • Mayan Fire Ceremony

  • BREAKS TO ENJOY AS YOU FEEL:

    • Swimming

    • Hiking

    • Boating

    • Massage & healing therapies

    • Visiting the Mayan village

    • Rest & reflection

 

THESE PRACTICES ARE OPEN & INCLUSIVE TO ALL:

(regardless of your experience or abilities). And all activities are optional. You are invited to honour your needs and your space. Of course, the alchemy is in the sharing! We’ll be co-creating an intimate container - a loving and encouraging space to connect more deeply within and with each other.

 

THE TAKE-AWAYS:

  • Step into your next chapter: REFRESHED, REJUVENATED & EMPOWERED!

  • Leave with a helpful TOOLKIT of PRACTICES & DEEP EXPERIENTIAL INSIGHTS to continue the creative expansion!

  • You'll remain FOREVER CONNECTED (digitally & spiritually) to your family of Creative Spirits through our private online forums & group chats, to help keep you motivated & inspired.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

This earthy retreat oasis is nestled in the lakeside Mayan village of Tzununá (Kaqchikel for "Home of the Hummingbird”). Wake up to breath-giving views of Lake Atitlán and surrounding volcanoes, and enjoy the peace and quiet of a true immersion with nature. The natural world is our greatest teacher and this newly awakened retreat space is a harmonious co-creation with the Spirits of the land. Enjoy walks through the well-loved permaculture gardens - an abundant array of banana trees, coffee, avocado, veggies, tropical flowers, fresh herbs, and more.

 

Accommodations are sweet and stylish, comfortable, down-to-earth and in harmony with sustainable living, with options to share space or choose privacy. The Hobbit House (double occupancy) is a cozy, grounding and earthy abode, while Inti Cabin (triple occupancy) is a spacious sun-filled space. Our Furnished Tents (single occupancy or double occupancy couples) include mattress and bedding for comfort and warmth, and allow a deeper reconnection with Mother Nature.

 

Facilities include shared compost toilets with an epic volcano & lake view, spacious & private outdoor spring-fed solar-powered shower with regular visits from hummingbirds and butterflies. 

Wifi and charging stations are available in the common spaces, though we suggest you take the opportunity to unplug digitally and plug in to nature.

Hammocks, garden spaces, ceremonial fire pit, temazcal (sauna), and the spacious outdoor kitchen & lounge offer many places to rest and reflect or connect with your new friends. And the lakeshore is just a short walk away, down a dirt road.

The open-air (with roof) yoga/ movement/ meditation platform & workshop space is hand crafted with local love from quality teak and bamboo materials, and is outfitted with yoga mats, straps, blocks, cushions, and blankets. The view of the lake and volcanoes is not to be missed. Spirit sings here!

Meals are nutritious, delicious, entirely plant-based vegan, homemade with love, well-balanced with quality ingredients, mostly organic, and locally-sourced - often right from the property’s own permaculture gardens!

You’ll enjoy three abundant vegan meals per day, with optional snack purchases available any time. A variety of teas, local coffee, and purified drinking water are available throughout the day as you desire.

HOBBIT HOUSE

HOBBIT HOUSE

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1669 USD per person

HOBBIT HOUSE

HOBBIT HOUSE

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1669 USD per person

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HOBBIT HOUSE

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1669 USD per person

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HOBBIT HOUSE

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1669 USD per person

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HOBBIT HOUSE

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1669 USD per person

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HOBBIT HOUSE

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1669 USD per person

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HOBBIT HOUSE

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1669 USD per person

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HOBBIT HOUSE

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1669 USD per person

HOBBIT HOUSE

HOBBIT HOUSE

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1669 USD per person

HOBBIT HOUSE

HOBBIT HOUSE

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1669 USD per person

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HOBBIT HOUSE

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1669 USD per person

HOBBIT HOUSE

HOBBIT HOUSE

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1669 USD per person

HOBBIT HOUSE

HOBBIT HOUSE

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY $1669 USD per person

INTI CABIN

INTI CABIN

TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

INTI CABIN

INTI CABIN

TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

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INTI CABIN

TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

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TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

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TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

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TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

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TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

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TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

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TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

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INTI CABIN

TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

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INTI CABIN

TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

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TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

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TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

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TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

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INTI CABIN

TRIPLE OCCUPANCY $1625 USD per person

FURNISHED TENT

FURNISHED TENT

SINGLE $1599 USD pp or DOUBLE $1549 USD pp

FURNISHED TENT

FURNISHED TENT

SINGLE $1599 USD pp or DOUBLE $1549 USD pp

FURNISHED TENT

FURNISHED TENT

SINGLE $1599 USD pp or DOUBLE $1549 USD pp

FURNISHED TENT

FURNISHED TENT

SINGLE $1599 USD pp or DOUBLE $1549 USD pp

FURNISHED TENT

FURNISHED TENT

SINGLE $1599 USD pp or DOUBLE $1549 USD pp

FURNISHED TENT

FURNISHED TENT

SINGLE $1599 USD pp or DOUBLE $1549 USD pp

FURNISHED TENT

FURNISHED TENT

SINGLE $1599 USD pp or DOUBLE $1549 USD pp

FURNISHED TENT

FURNISHED TENT

SINGLE $1599 USD pp or DOUBLE $1549 USD pp

FURNISHED TENT

FURNISHED TENT

SINGLE $1599 USD pp or DOUBLE $1549 USD pp

FURNISHED TENT

FURNISHED TENT

SINGLE $1599 USD pp or DOUBLE $1549 USD pp

FURNISHED TENT

FURNISHED TENT

SINGLE $1599 USD pp or DOUBLE $1549 USD pp

FURNISHED TENT

FURNISHED TENT

SINGLE $1599 USD pp or DOUBLE $1549 USD pp

FURNISHED TENT

FURNISHED TENT

SINGLE $1599 USD pp or DOUBLE $1549 USD pp

SHARED SPACES

SHARED SPACES

Living in harmony with Mother Nature.

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SHARED SPACES

Living in harmony with Mother Nature.

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SHARED SPACES

Living in harmony with Mother Nature.

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SHARED SPACES

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SHARED SPACES

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SHARED SPACES

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SHARED SPACES

SHARED SPACES

Living in harmony with Mother Nature.

RETREAT GALLERY

Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Intuitive Painting
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - SUP in Lake Atitlan
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Morning Meditation
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Play!
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Yoga Practice
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Restorative Yoga
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Creative Expression Workshops
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - SUP in Lake Atitlan morning
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Dharma Discussions
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Sound Medicine
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Partner Mirroring Workshop
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Community Connection
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Returning to the Earth
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Cacao Ceremony & Shamanic Journey
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Preparing Our Plant Baths
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Facilitators VJ Bala & Stephanie Kittell
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Fire Ceremony
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Mayan Fire Ceremony with Izabel & Izaias
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Leading With The Heart
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Yoga Shala
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Meditation Space
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Sauna
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Sauna (close)
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Sauna (inside)
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - SUP & Sun
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - The docks at Tzununa
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Hammock Time
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Outdoor Hang Out Space
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Outdoor Kitchen & Gathering Space
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Outdoor Solar Spring-Fed Shower
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Outdoor Solar Spring-Fed Shower 2
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Outdoor Solar Spring-Fed Shower 3
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Outdoor Compost Toilet
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Outdoor Compost Toilet 2
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Outdoor Compost Toilet 3
Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - INTI CABIN outside
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Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - HOBBIT HOUSE Doorway
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Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - FURNISHED TENT
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Awaken Your Creative Spirit Retreat - Sunset & Stretches

YOUR CO-FACILITATORS

STEPHANIE KITTELL

Yoga/ Movement/ Mindfulness Facilitator, Songbird, Media Producer & Compassionate Creatrix

BFA, RYT 500, E-RYT 200, Embodied Arts Movement & Mindfulness, 

100 Hr Sound Ceremony

From: Toronto, Canada

Currently thiving in: Guatemala

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VJ BALA

Business & Life Coach, Yoga Teacher, Musician, Producer, Electrical Engineer & Ethical Entrepreneur

 BSc. Eng, RYT 200,

100 Hr Sound Ceremony

From: Kolkata, India

Currently thriving in: Toronto, Canada

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GUEST FACILITATORS

ANANDA & COBY

Through Pura Vidya ('Pure Wisdom of Self'), these life partners & master teachers help allow the two ancient traditions of Yoga & Shamanism to be better understood & more accessible. 


Teaching cleansing techniques in order to quiet the mind and deepen meditation ('by quieting the mind we will live in harmony with our soul's purpose').

"Your spirit carries infinite wisdom.  Release the ego to meet your true self and the true nature of the universe will be revealed."

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IZABEL & IZAIAS

Izaias & Izabel work together as activists & promoters of Mayan ceremonies & ancient wisdoms, dedicated to rescuing, conserving & preserving the Mayan sacred sites & practices.

Through Mayan fire ceremonies, traditional Mayan healing practices, Mayan Nahual readings, and heart-opening cacao ceremonies; these lovers, parents & healers, are following the path that was meant for them while providing opportunities for those who choose to work with these sacred medicines.

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STARTING: 

$1549 USD

Flights & Ground Transportation not included (though we will happily consult with you to provide the options best suited to you, your flow, and your budget). Lake Atitlán is located 3-5 hours from the Guatemala City airport. It’s advisable to book shuttles in advance. Available options and pricing will be dependent on arrival times, but are typically in the range of $30-$50 USD/person one-way for shared transport. Private Transport available for $150 USD one-way.

6% is donated directly to Space of Love Foundation

 

DAILY SCHEDULE:

This is a suggested daily schedule that may ebb and flow to best facilitate our journey together.

 

Guests will arrive on March 1st (check-in is 2pm onwards) to relax and settle in. We'll share dinner and open our circle in the evening. Our daily flow will begin on March 2nd.

6:30 AM - 7:00 AM - Meditation

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM - Yoga/ Movement

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Breakfast

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Creative Expression Workshop/ Discussion

12.30 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:30PM - Rest

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM - TBD (Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Bouldering/ Rock Climbing, Nature Hike, Community Karma Yoga Activities, Sound Bath, Traditional Mayan Sauna, Cacao Ceremony & Shamanic Journey, Ecstatic Dance, Free Time to rest & reflect & explore, etc.) 

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Dinner

7:45 PM - 9:00 PM - TBD (Some evenings we'll hold sacred fire circles & other surprises!)

 

 

On our final day, March 7th, we will have closing ceremony, breakfast, and then departure.

 

Guests are advised to fly into Guatemala City before noon on March 1st and book return flights for the late evening of March 7th, or the following day. We can help you to organize any additional overnight stays in Tzununá, neighbouring hotspot San Marcos or vibrant Antigua - as well as the appropriate ground transportation.

THE INCIDENTALS

Additional services available to you throughout your stay include:

  • On-site Massage, Mud/Plant Baths, Ayurvedic Consultations, Shamanic Illumination

  • Private Boat Tours, Stand Up Paddleboard & Kayaking

  • Intro to Permaculture with Granja Tzikin

  • Essential Oils Distillation & Herbal Healing lessons with neighbouring Casa Curativa

  • Just name your desire, and we’ll make it so!

 

THE INTERCONNECTEDNESS:

 With gratitude, 6% of all proceeds (meaning, everything you give us) will be donated directly to SPACE OF LOVE FOUNDATION, our non-profit organization that remains ready to serve the ever-changing needs of our international communities, in real-time, with real heart. Currently, our resources are supporting the following:

  •  NEW LEAF FOUNDATION Supporting the mental, emotional, physical and social well-being of marginalized youth in CANADA.

  • FOREST FAMILY FOUNDATION Sewing the seeds of change through humanitarian and ecological projects in indigenous Lake Atitlán, GUATEMALA.

THE INTEGRATION - CONTINUING THE JOURNEY:

Our dearest retreat location hosts, Ananda and Coby, also serve as experienced and sought-after shamanic journey facilitators. They have extended a special offer for our group, should you decide to stay for an additional 4 nights (March 7 - 11) to dive deeper into your creative awakening. If you are curious, please email us for info: connect@spaceof.love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND THEN SOME....

Following the experience, as you integrate the learnings:

 

  • You're invited to schedule ONE-ON-ONE CREATIVE CONTINUATION CONSULTATIONS with VJ & Steph, with 20% DISCOUNTED RATES of $48 USD/HR.

 

  • You'll also have access to A PRIVATE ONLINE GROUP FORUM for all participants to continue expressing and sharing in the alchemy and support of community.

  • Guests of our Awaken Your Creative Spirit Online Retreat also receive a 15% DISCOUNT on all future INTERNATIONAL & ONLINE RETREAT EXPERIENCES.

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS:

We recommend that you purchase refundable or flexible flight tickets (most airlines are offering complimentary changes to flight dates). If unexpected COVID-19 related travel restrictions require us to cancel the retreat, or prohibit you from attending, we will gladly give you a full refund.

With COVID-19 travel restrictions and government regulations changing moment to moment in Guatemala and your home and/or flight transit countries, we are remaining up to date with current information. We can advise you accordingly. Please connect with us to discuss: connect@spaceof.love

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BUT DON'T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT...

JOHN

The retreat was magical! Steph and VJ created a truly welcoming and warm environment for all of the retreat participants to feel a sense of community and belonging during and even after the retreat.

I'm very grateful.

OLIVIA

I’m a different person now and not because I’ve already implemented all of the teachings and learnings, but because I am now open to them, noticing them, and learning from them.

SOPHIE

Reflecting on how damn LUCKY I was to have a week of experiencing such joy and centeredness before the universe decided it was time to put it to the test in a big way!