Exploration is an integral part of all spiritual practices. A true retreat provides the support for the practitioner to go more deeply into their practice. We are supported by the physical space, by our teacher, by our community of fellow students, by the meals that are lovingly prepared for us and the practices that we do. On a retreat, we focus on activities that nourish our spiritual selves. We make space and time for practice, for inward contemplation and for deep rest. The insights, perspective and experience we have on retreat in turn create a wider, deeper and more luminous container for us to live in once we get back home.
Our retreat will be in the placid lakeside of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. Each day will include individual asana and pranayama classes to deepen your connection to your self. Three delicious meals will allow you to nourish yourself in the community of others.
You will also have time to immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring nature and culture of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. The countryside around Lake Atitlán is home to 12 different villages which you may want to explore, plus unique regional markets like you have never experienced.
Organic, vegetarian meals and beautiful accommodations are an important part of this retreat. Each room is beautifully appointed with handicrafts from the local village.
The retreat begins at 3 pm on Saturday afternoon and finishes at 11 am one week later.
Students should have at least 6 months experience in the Iyengar method.
About the Teachers
Carolyn Belko is a devoted pupil of BKS Iyengar. With his blessings she opened the Iyengar Yoga Center of North County in Encinitas, near San Diego California. Carolyn shares yoga succinctly and with enthusiasm. Her application of the art of sequencing coupled with devotion guides students on a steady path. The clarity of the practical philosophy of Iyengar Yoga shines through her classes. She has been training teachers throughout the west and has been staff of the IYA-Southern California training program since 1997.
A leader in the community, Carolyn is one of few to conduct Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics classes. She serves as a volunteer assessor for certification of Iyengar Yoga Teachers across the nation.
Carolyn has been to RIMYI to study at the source regularly, and has received Senior Int. III Certification from Guruji. Immersion in study and art of yoga began for her at the Centre de Yoga Iyengar de Paris, France, where she trained with Faeq Biria, and started teaching.
Heather Haxo Phillips is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor at the Junior Intermediate III level. She is Director of Adeline Yoga in Berkeley, California and has been teaching for nearly 15 years. Heather has traveled widely throughout the world, especially places off the beaten path. She is known for her well-organized events and retreats.
Heather is past President of the Board of Directors for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California. She is also certified as a yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (c-AIYT), a restorative yoga teacher, and registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-500 level instructor. She has specialized training to help students with scoliosis, injuries, women’s health and pre-natal yoga. Heather deepens her own practice by studying regularly with senior teachers and the Iyengar family in Pune.