The Mystical Yoga Farm is a self-directed spiritual retreat center and spiritual living community. Focused on self-sustainability and organic connection with the environment MYF partners with local and global community programs. Our desire is to heal the earth and its inhabitants through connection with nature and Spirit, the source of all of creation.
Some projects recently completed include a brand new eco-shower block, construction with locally available materials, passive solar shower, composting toilets, the design of passive solar multi-functional living spaces, and food-waste-composting. We have a small solar system for recharging appliances and use rechargeable solar lights in our cabins.
The farm comprises 3 wooden bungalows, 5 private cabins, a wood and glass Rancho (with dormitory for 8-10, kitchen, and cafeteria), several composting toilets, one washhouse with hot shower (gas powered, looking for solar thermal alternatives in the meantime), one eco-shower house with rainwater catchment, a traditional stone temascal (sauna) (10 person capacity with cold shower outside for rinsing), an outdoor, circular yoga shala and the large multipurpose Jaguar Hall with 4 private rooms, living room and our newly renovated, glass-fronted yoga studio.
We also recently finished a brand new yoga platform, Abuela, which offers beautiful views of the lake and also houses several rooms. Our Tea House is also a new addition and provides a sacred space to enjoy tea ceremony. Also, pictured, is our ‘Om Dome’, a superdome made entirely of earth-bricks (sandbags) and topped with a cleverly constructed, geometrical colored glass skylights, offering us fantastic acoustics for our evening satsangs and a calming environment for community healing sessions. All of our buildings are constructed by local workmen, with materials sourced from the surrounding area and designs created in-house. We invite innovative people with creative ideas to join us in our living experiment – if this sounds appealing, please contact us about your interest or expertise. We are also interested in stained glass work, work with earth and clay, earthbag construction, construction using recycled materials and re-use of plastic in construction.
The Mystical Yoga Farm is home to an ever-changing, thriving group of volunteers, work-traders, staff and our local team, all gently and intentionally brought together. Together we form a small, conscious community dedicated to living the intentions of Yogic living. We begin our days with meditation on the dock, followed by yoga asana and breakfast blessed and eaten together. We enjoy bringing a depth of intention to our work during the day and reflect on our personal growth and community experience through our evening Satsang gatherings. Life on the Farm is a rare opportunity to slow down and appreciate the real, the truth, the essence of what it is to be alive.
Living Off the Grid
We power our lights, kitchen appliances, computers, and cell phones with solar power, which helps us balance out the needs of a modern community with our remote location and sustainable intentions.
During the Guatemalan rainy season (June through October) we gather rain off of the tin roofs of our bungalows. We expect to collect enough rainwater for everyday use for showering, water plants, and for cooking in our community kitchen. Harvested rainwater will be stored in a combination of holding ponds and freshwater tanks.
Harnessing the mid-day sun, we heat our shower water in our new Eco-Shower Block purely on the sun’s nurturing rays. Using a system of coiled black tubing we heat harvested rainwater for showering.
Flushing toilets and inadequate sewage systems are the main source of pollution on Lake Atitlan, at the same time as being a waste of rich nutrients. When collected properly, composted human waste (just like cow or chicken manure) is a good source of nitrogen for trees. In our composting toilet system we collect urine and human manure, mixing them with ash and plenty of sawdust. This dry composting method minimizes odor often associated with the outhouses of old. When a composting toilet is full, it is “closed off” and left to compost for up to 18 months, at which point the rich fertilizer is safe to be removed and used to fertilize forest orchards and trees.
At the farm, we bring consciousness to all aspects of life. Including our footprint of trash. We try our best to minimize waste by creating eco-bricks, plastic compacted in plastic water bottles, which can then be used as building materials. We ask guests to bring as little packaged goods to the farm as possible. We also encourage women to use menstrual cups: It’s reusable, plastic free, and helps to get in touch with your body by honoring blood as a sacred communion. These menstrual cups can be easily found at any health food store.
We are very fortunate to work with some great organizations in Guatemala.
Help Guatemala maintain food security by keeping native seeds alive.
English, Health, Nutrition, Yoga, Sustainability Education & Projects.
Teaching traditional and sustainable farming techniques to ensure local food sustainability.
Nutrition Education for Women and Families
The Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura – IMAP (Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute) is a Mayan-run, Mayan owned non-profit organization in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala, that has spent the last 12 years empowering Indigenous farmers to combat poverty and malnutrition through permaculture education and by offering training to small farmers on ways to produce and conserve traditional native seeds.
Trees Water People
Trees, Water & People’s mission is to improve people’s lives by helping communities protect, conserve, and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. Their programs in Guatemala aim to decrease fuelwood consumption and, at the same time, improve the health of families and the overall environment.
1 Percent for the Planet
1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of more than 1000 companies that donate 1% of their sales to a network of more than 3000 approved environmental organizations worldwide.
Kiva lenders combat poverty daily by making small loans to borrowers around the world. We believe in fair access to affordable capital for people to improve their own lives.