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7 NIGHTS/ 8 DAYS RETREAT

LAKE ATITLÁN, GUATEMALA

FEB 26 - MAR 4, 2024

Hosts & Lead Facilitators:

STEPHANIE KITTELL & VJ BALA

Guest Facilitators:

  • COBY & ANANDA (Plant Medicine & Shamanic Ceremonies)

  • IZAIAS & IZABEL (Mayan Fire Ceremonies & Cosmology)

$2,389 to $2,699 USD 

Flights & Ground Transportation not included.

$88 is donated directly to Space of Love Foundation.

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A DEEP RETREAT DESIGNED TO HELP YOU STEP INTO THE PRESENCE & POWER OF YOUR HEART, GUIDED & SUPPORTED BY THE GREAT WISDOM OF MOTHER NATURE'S MEDICINES.

 

WHY ARE YOU HERE?

Maybe you’ve been locked up in the concrete jungle far too long, and are craving a deep immersion in nature. Perhaps you’ve lost sense of your true nature and are ready for a re-set, a letting go, a life pivot, a step in a new direction. Maybe your pragmatic mind has been steering your life ship and you’re disconnected from the intuition of your heart. There might be a knowing that a part of you is yearning to be free from unhealthy habit patterns and judgements, to express, play, love and be loved!

 

So, we’ve got the medicine for that...

WHAT IS HEART MEDICINE?

Heart Medicines are practices, tools, rituals, traditions, and plant teachers that help you step into a more empowered presence of heart; in life, business, and relationship. For all your relations.

This is your opportunity to engage with a variety of lovingly selected heart medicines, in a supported and safe container, to see what lights you up and reignites the clarity you seek to thrive!

 

 

OUR JOURNEY INCLUDES THESE HEART MEDICINES:

YOGA, MINDFULNESS & MOVEMENT ARTS

Together, we will harmonize body, heart & mind through movement, meditation, and breath practices. We’ll explore ancient traditions that help you thrive in a modern context, while creatively embodying & expressing the heart’s capacity to guide you through life with greater awareness, adaptability, and ease.

 

HEART TO HEART DHARMA DISCUSSIONS

We’ll drive life’s questions deeper into the heart of understanding, uniting science & spirituality. These juicy workshops will help align your heart and mind, expanding your possibilities.

 

SACRED SOUND & SONG

Our explorations in vibrational resonance will help you harmonize with the frequencies of love, free your voice, and express your heart’s truth, in tune with the rhythm of all life.

LEMONGRASS PURGE

This plant-powered purgative will help to cleanse your body and clear your mind, creating space for the deeper energetic cleansing work of subsequent plant medicine journeys. You'll also learn how to embrace purging in a healthy and holistic way, as a tool for your overall wellness.

 

SHAMANIC JOURNEY

We’ll enter into a shamanic sound journey through the three worlds of the serpent, puma, and condor - guided by the ancient Meso-American plant medicine of Cacao (for heart opening), along with Sananga (for clarity of vision), and Rappeh (for clarity of connection).

 

MAYAN FIRE CEREMONY & COSMOVISION READINGS

In the Mayan tradition, the fire is considered the Ear of the Universe. Here, as we build the ceremonial fire, we’ll release what is ready to be burned away, offer our prayers & intentions, humble our hearts to the great unknown, and receive the ancient mayan wisdom teachings.

 

2x WACHUMA (SAN PEDRO) PLANT MEDICINE CEREMONIES

Together, we will journey through the day with the grandfather medicine, the divine masculine, a stoic and wise cactus that slows the thinking mind and brings your heart back to stillness and presence, to witness the spirited interconnectedness of all beings.

 

AYAHUASCA PLANT MEDICINE CEREMONY

We’ll also journey through the night with the sounds of the Icaros (medicine songs) and the grandmother medicine Ayahuasca, the divine feminine, a jungle vine that lifts the veil between the physical and spirit world, and teaches you the profound lessons you are ready to receive.

 

SAUNA & PLANT BATH

In community, we’ll sweat out physical and energetic toxins; clearing space for new beginnings, and steeping in the intelligence and healing properties of plants.

STAND UP PADDLE BOARD (SUP) ADVENTURE in LAKE ATITLÁN

Deepen your intimacy with the Mayan 'Womb of Creation', Lago Atitlán, by paddling into the heart of her waters. Enter into this moving meditation with reverence and wonder, guided by SUP Yoga Certified Facilitator, Stephanie.

 

DEEP IMMERSION IN NATURE

We invite you to join us in the fertile and feral lands where our own seeds of deep transformation were sewn - majestic Lake Atitlán (the Mayan ‘Womb of Creation’), in the volcanic highlands of Guatemala. Take a break, gain a shift in perspective, and give yourself permission to re-wild as your bare feet kiss the Earth.

 

NOURISHMENT

We’ll enjoy 3 delicious and wholesome plant-based meals per day, with unlimited coffee, herbal teas from the garden & triple-filtered drinking water. Extra snack purchases are available.

 

​TIME & SPACE FOR REST & REFLECTION 

We offer this fertile ground for you to process and integrate your experiences and surrender into softness.

INTEGRATION & AFTERCARE

With ongoing support and guidance post-retreat, discover how to integrate the insights into your life after our week together, as the journey continues to blossom within you. 

 

 

​THIS JOURNEY IS OPEN & INCLUSIVE TO ALL

All activities are optional. No experience is necessary. Though some gentle preparation is encouraged (we will provide this information when you inquire about booking). 

 

You are invited to honour your needs, your space, and your heart’s knowing. 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:

  • You will step into your next chapter REFRESHED, INSPIRED & EMPOWERED!

  • You'll also leave with a helpful TOOLKIT of PRACTICES & DEEP EXPERIENTIAL INSIGHTS to continue your journey along the Heart Path.​

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

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Casa Kula is a regenerative project and retreat oasis meant to nurture the land, strengthen the local community and create a space conducive to healing and celebration.It 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, including 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 (SEE BELOW).

 

WASHROOMS & SHOWERS: Facilities include multiple shared dry toilets (clean, natural, sustainable, giving back to the Earth) with an epic volcano & lake view; as well as spacious & private outdoor spring-fed solar-powered showers with regular visits from hummingbirds and butterflies. All within a 30-second walk from any accommodation.

 

WIFI & ELECTRICITY: Wifi is available in the common spaces, though we suggest you take the opportunity to unplug digitally and plug in to nature. All accommodations, except tents, have electricity.

LOUNGE SPACES: Hammocks, gardens, 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.

 

PRACTICE/ CEREMONY PLATFORM: The open-air (with roof) platform 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 & BEVERAGES: Nutritious, delicious, plant-based vegan and vegetarian, homemade with love by Chef Manola, 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 triple-purified drinking water are available throughout the day as you desire.

Shared: INTI (SUN) & QUILLA (MOON) CABINS
$2,489 USD pp (triple & quad occupancy)

Spacious wood cabins with palm roofs, sun-filled large windows, upper and lower levels (each with own entrance) & private deck. Has electricity & secure doors/windows. Inti Cabin has 2 single beds (upper, lower level) & 1 double bed on lower level. Quilla Cabin has 4 single beds, 2 on each level. 30-second walk to shared toilet and shower facilities.

Private: NEW GARDEN CABAÑAS
$2,699 USD pp (single occupancy)

$2,489 USD pp (double occupancy for a couple)

Cozy, bright, wood cabins with private entrance and patio, for those who'd like their own space. Has electricity & secure doors/windows. 1 queen bed per cabaña. 30-second walk to shared toilet and shower facilities.

Private: FURNISHED TENTS
$2,389 USD pp (single occupancy)

Includes palm palapa (roof) over the tent, single mattress and bedding for comfort and warmth - for privacy & a deeper reconnection with Mother Nature. Electricity available in scommon areas. Valuables can be stored in safe in main building.