The Doron Yoga & Zen Center (DYZC) at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala is an education center of the flexitarian method in which yoga (including meditation and pranayama) holistically meets Zen, permaculture, dance, philosophy, art, and nutrition, where international guests meet first-hand the Mayan culture. Embodying Doron’s book (The Yoga Lifestyle) and years of international teaching experience, the DYZC is dedicated to teaching and leading people to positively and holistically transform their lives through many different programs, including yoga trainings and retreats, and regular discussions. Each will return to their families with happier and calmer minds; knowledge of Ayurveda, small-scale organic farming, and healthier cooking habits. We will also offer free programs and trainings to local Mayans. Doron is already teaching and mentoring a local Mayan adolescent on his path to becoming a yoga teacher.
We purchased land; are connected to electricity, spring and river water, for house and permaculture use, respectively; created a septic system; are cultivating flourishing organic gardens; completed one house, with a second ongoing (Casa Feliz or Happy House); and laid the elevated yoga shala (studio) foundation along the river, with great lake and volcano views. Thanks to the generous $10,000 donation of Kent Putnam, a beautiful, powerful curved local stone and concrete retaining wall supports the front of the shala, as well as some of the foundation. The yoga shala will have 43 reinforced concrete pillars to support the floor.
This shala construction project costs $30,000:
- $10,000 a riverside retaining wall
- $4,000 wood floor with accompanying supporting beams
- $7,000 beautifully designed and sound-proofed lamina, bamboo, and wood roof
- $600 stone stairway and path up to the shala
- $2,000 fixed bamboo wall
- $5,000 wooden and glass sliding doors
- $1,000 bathroom
- $400 Lotus pond
All prices are based on local experts and neighboring business owners’ estimates and advice. Any savings in the process will be used to create a beautiful Zen-like garden, so that silence of mind can begin as we approach the sacred space.
We would love your support to create the natural, harmonious environment envisioned on its own land! We would love even more for you to become a part of our new DYZC sangha (community). We are offering you – or someone you sponsor (partnership recommendations available) - amazing experiences here in return for your support in making this happen. We will hold a gratitude ceremony for all those supporting.
$30,000: Your own private retreat center! A deluxe month for up to 10 guests, including daily private sessions, temascal (Mayan Sauna), base retreat components*, Zen Dance, guided meditations, and more!
$10,000: Your own private retreat! A deluxe week for up to 10 guests, including daily private sessions, temascal, base retreat components*, Zen Dance, guided meditations, and more!
$3,700: A 22-day yoga teacher training certification program for yourself or sponsor someone else and fulfill their dream and help better the world. Includes the training fee, meals and accommodation
$1,800: A 7-day bliss retreat for 2 persons: base retreat components* and two 60 min private consultations/yoga class
$1,000: A 7-day bliss retreat for 1 person: base retreat components* and one 60 min private consultation/yoga class
$700: A 4-day bliss retreat for 1 person: base retreat components* and one 60 min private consultation/yoga class
$500: A deluxe weekend for 2: base retreat components*, a private room, meals, and 2 private yoga sessions
$297: 3 private sessions with Doron (Skype or in-person)
$180: 8 weekly fire ceremony prayers for you or whomever you dedicate
$120: A 60 min Skype call with Doron to help you set a healthy yoga lifestyle! Learn how to keep your individual needs balanced (weight, food, yoga meditation and spiritual coaching)
$100: $100 discount on any DYZC program of your choice
$100: Free 90 min massage at the DYZC
$50: $50 discount on any DYZC program of your choice
$25: 1 Doron Yoga Manual (PDF) and lots of gratitude!
$20: Doron’s famous deluxe, super power smoothie and bliss ball enjoyed with the beautiful lake views from the DYZC
You name it: Any amount you wish to give. A gratitude certificate will be emailed to you.
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*Unless stated otherwise above retreats include double occupancy rooms, a daily yoga class, meals, pizza night around the fire place, a complimentary smoothie and bliss ball, lake swimming, river dipping, and more.