Yoga Sanctuary Guatemala Service + Yoga Trip San Juan de la Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
*We have put a temporary ‘hold’ on this endeavor, but very much want to hear from you if you are interested in this Karma Yoga. :)
If you want to travel to Guatemala, 'the Land of Eternal Spring', and share yoga, life, and peace through building homes with indigenous people and teaching yoga in local schools and orphanages, this trip is for you! As a nonprofit, the project is funded through fundraising and personal finances.
All are welcome! A wonderful opportunity to take your yoga OFF YOUR MAT and into the WORLD as you take a leap of faith, bonding with new friends and old, offering selfless service and receiving abundant love and joy!
The primary purpose of our trip is to build a home for a poor, coffee-farming family and teach yoga to school teachers and children in a beautiful, small Mayan village in Guatemala. We will also spend one day at an HIV/AIDS orphanage in Guatemala City. Our days will be filled with hard work and great joy!
Once we reach the village of San Juan, we will rise with the sun each morning in the "Land of Eternal Spring," overlooking Lake Atitlan, to practice yoga together. After a tasty breakfast, we will walk to our work-sites and build a 10x12 'block house' alongside the family who will live in this house. In the afternoon, you have the option to lead and teach yoga at the village school. At the end of the trip, we will spend a day in Santa Cruz, a little yoga village across the lake, eating fresh food, practicing yoga overlooking the lake and resting before heading to Antigua, the historic capitol city, for sightseeing and shopping. Consider traveling with your teenager, your partner, or your friends to deepen this life-changing experience. (Minimum age 15yrs).
Shelley Pagitt will be facilitating the Yoga Sanctuary group. She and her husband have been traveling and working in Guatemala for 27 years, and are excited to return this year with our Yoga Sanctuary and Solomon's Porch Communities to share this wonderful opportunity to be a blessing in the world.
We will meet together four times before embarking on this life-changing trip in order to gain insights into ourselves and learn about the culture as well as about fund-raising and trip details. We will also host a chili cook-off with the Solomon’s Porch community to raise funds for the homes we will build.
We will also read and discuss the book The Four Agreements, a beautiful and practical book to help guide our personal and cooperative voice and actions as we work and play together.
Come to one of the following meetings to learn more! We will have stories, photos, and answers to your questions. We will post the Informational Meeting times online.
Costs & Fund Raising
The total trip costs is $2600, includes 10 days of travel, housing and food, as well as building materials and local foreman’s salary in San Juan. If you wish to purchase your own airfare, trip costs will be reduced by $800. Participants are encouraged to include your family, friends, and co-workers in this service trip by asking for tax-deductible donations to cover the cost of the home and trip costs, which makes this a worthwhile endeavor for ALL! Yoga Sanctuary will provide guidance in fund-raising. We will also host a chili cook-off fundraiser for family and friends in March.
Start thinking about this opportunity and let the possibility brew for the summer. A $300 commitment fee payable to Solomon's Porch holds your spot and is the down payment for your plane ticket.
Shelley Pagitt is excited to lead this trip and return to San Juan where she has a 20-year relationship with many local friends. Please contact her with any questions.
A reflection on Yoga Sanctuary Guatemala Service + Yoga Trip 2017
Everyone is welcome! Is this your year for a life-changing experience?
Your tax deductible donation goes directly to building materials and local mason.
We are grateful for your support! (Please state Yoga Sanctuary in the memo line)