GUATEMALA YTT WELCOME PACKET

MYSTICAL YOGA FARM - LAKE ATITLAN

LocatioN

The Mystical Yoga Farm, located near Santiago Atitlan, is unlike any other location we offer. Truly disconnected from the outside world, step into this self-sustainable permaculture farm and learn what it’s like to be one with nature as you connect to the land. The farm is an off-grid spiritual sanctuary focused on healing, transformation, and empowerment!

TRANSPORTATION

** Please put your flight information on the logistics sheet. **

  1. Fly into Guatemala City.
  2. Connect with your fellow students and see if any of them are connecting for a shuttle.
  3. If not, Please book a shuttle at www.santiagoshuttle.com or if you have any questions, please contact info@mysticalyogafarm.com directly to book a private or group shuttle to the Mystical Yoga Farm. They can answer all of your questions about this three to four-hour journey. Click this link for details.

FOOD & WATER

The delicious food is vegan/vegetarian. If you have certain dietary needs or restrictions, please let us know in the spreadsheet sent out by your lead teacher OR always feel free to contact us and let us know ahead of time (i.e., gluten, dairy, nut preferences sensitivities or allergies.)

 

We have purified water throughout the farm. For environmental purposes and convenience, bring a reusable water bottle. In general, do not drink tap water in Central America without first purifying.

 

When traveling outside of your home country it is a good idea to take the extra steps to protect your immune system. If you have never traveled outside of your country, this may make you more susceptible to getting tummy sickness because your body will be exposed to unfamiliar bacteria! Even though our retreat centers have filtered water, we recommend bringing a water filter or water purification tablets. Here are the products we recommend:

 

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter or LifeStraw Water Bottle

Sport Berkey Water Bottle

SteriPen Ultra Water Purifier

Water Purification Tabs

 

MONEY/ATM

Since you have already paid for your room and food, you do not need to carry a large amount with you to the farm. You will need money if you want to buy something from our boutique, go shopping in the nearby town, take a day trip on your day off, take a horseback ride, take Spanish lessons, or anything else that you would like to enjoy.

 

At the airport there are ATMs and cash exchange booths. Once you arrive to the lake, you will have access to ATMS at the nearby towns as well and often the exchange rates at the ATM’s are better than the airport.

CHECK IN

Upon arrival, we will check you into the farm, where you will be guided you through a short orientation and welcomed to your room. Check-in is typically between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the start date of the program.

BOOKS

Here are the 2 required texts you can purchase at your local bookstore or online. Please note that the Manual is INCLUDED in the tuition, and will be there when you arrive.

  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

Purchase one of the following Yoga Sutras books. The choice is yours!

  • Yoga Sutras by Dennis Hill OR The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi

If your course is not a 200hr YTT we’ll send you the recommended books in your logistics email!

YOGA TEACHER TRAINING MANUAL

The Manual is included in the price of tuition and we will have it for you at the start of the course.

OTHER COURSE RELATED ITEMS

Optionally, a neti pot and a tongue scraper are suggested to be used throughout the course, you can purchase these on your own at any health food store. Please also bring any creative tools that enable you to express your gifts such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.

EXTRA DAYS

We would love to have you come early or stay later at the farm. The cost of an extra night is $50 per night if you would like to extend your stay at the beginning or end of your trip. This rate include meals, meditation, yoga and

Satsang. Let us know, and we can reserve the extra days for you. Contact info@mysticalyogafarm.com to book extra nights.

 

We also recommend staying at https://www.thepurposehostel.com/

or https://www.selina.com/guatemala/atitlan.

"WHAT YOU SEEK IS SEEKING YOU"

- Rumi

WHAT TO PACK

  • Journal and/or Notebook (Pens/Pencils)
  • Yoga Mat
  • Yoga Clothes
  • Comfortable Casual Clothes
  • Swimsuit and Sarong
  • Sandals & Walking Shoes
  • Towel
  • Toiletries (Organic & Biodegradable if training is at the Farm including hand & body soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, clothing detergent).
  • Any necessary medication for allergies / Anti nausea / Ibuprofen
  • Organic mosquito repellent.
  • Headlamp with rechargeable batteries (essential).
  • Any Spiritual Books you would like to read or share.
  • Probiotics and or any other appropriate preventative medicine (we recommend bringing lavender and tea tree oil).

We are off the grid and encourage you to bring as little technology as you are comfortable with. If you can go three weeks without your laptop, then try it.

 

Click here and check out our alumni’s online shop. Use the code SYIFAM20 for 20% off!

EXTRA DAYS OFF

Every 5th day is an off day. There will be 3 days off during the training 200 hour training and 3 days off every 6th day during the 300 hour training.

 

During our 200 hour program (Beginning on the first full day -the 2nd day of the training) we will have four days “on” followed by one day off.

LAUNDRY

Laundry can be hand washed at the farm with biodegradable detergent, or if you prefer, you can get the boat or truck to town on the days off and drop your laundry at the lavenderia.

HEALTH

No inoculations are required to enter Guatemala, but it is always best to talk to your doctor and check out the Center for Disease Control for more info here.

SICK DAYS/MISSED DAYS

It is very important that you meet the hours required by Yoga Alliance. We will make arrangements to make up missed days during the program. Typically, it is not a problem and you can get everything completed during the course. If you miss more than 8 hours, we may need to schedule makeup hours at an additional cost.

PASSPORT AND VISA

You do not need to get a visa ahead of time. Your passport will likely be valid for 90 days.

CERTIFICATION

At the end of the course, you will receive your 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification. This course is approved by Yoga Alliance. As a graduate of this program you will qualify to register as a teacher with the Yoga Alliance organization if you choose to.

 

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by phone or email. We are looking forward to having you here to embark on this life-changing journey to shed away layers and become your truest self.

 

We encourage you to begin the practice now, by reflecting on your intentions for yourself and what brought you on this journey. Together we will create a safe and sacred space within our group that will help to reveal the wisdom within and the nature of the Self. This path will ask for self -reflection, growth, and discipline. Your journey will be greatly guided by what you chose to bring to the experience. Open yourself to what is there, leave all expectations behind and enter the clear, crisp perspective and sacred landscape of Bali with an open heart.

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