200-Hour Sacred Earth Yoga Teacher Training



   October 26 - November 23, 2019 / / November 1 - 28, 2020

Journey to the Mayan Heartland for a transformational experience with Atitlan Organics and Awakened Spirit Yoga. Deepen your practice and feel the subtle and profound shifts that happen when you embrace sustainable and holistic practices. Drawing on the wisdom of both ancient yogic philosophy and Mother Earth herself, this 4-week course teaches the foundations of yoga through asana, breathwork, and mindfulness. Embedded within this training is Atitlan Organic's Permaculture Immersion, which gives participants the chance to come into a deeper and more symbiotic relationship with the natural world. Highly recommended for yogis, change-makers, innovators, activists, seed planters, or anyone is interested in transformation.

This 28-day course will cover yoga philosophy, physical alignment, creating safe teaching environments and applied leadership through an experiential approach to learning. This unique program combining ancient yogic wisdom and the intelligence of nature will support you in finding your voice as a teacher and a leader, while aligning to the rhythms of nature. Gain the tools and resources to create and inspire change in yourself and your community with intention, confidence and an expanded perspective. Awaken your potential!




Topics Covered

The Sacred Earth YTT includes a full 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training (recognized by the Yoga Alliance) in addition to a Permaculture Immersion course! Our curriculum is rooted in the connections between Mind, Body and Earth and is designed to leave you inspired and empowered. We will learn to ground this knowledge and experience in the earth and in our actions.  We will be delving into many topics during our time together including:

Anatomy & Physiology in Asana, Cueing, Teaching Methodology, Fostering Safe and Diverse Learning Environments, Yoga Philosophy and Ethics (the Yoga Sutras), all while exploring the intersection between yoga and permaculture! Check out more info on the curriculum here:

200-hour Yoga Teacher Training full curriculum, Sacred Earth Yoga Teacher Training + Permaculture Immersion, October 26 - November 23, 2019, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala with Awakened Spirit Yoga and Atitlan Organics


Activities and Field Trips

  • Opening Mayan Fire Ceremony

  • Tour of Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm and food forest

  • Sharing circles and group activities

  • Lunar Ceremonies

  • Cacao and Sound Ceremony

  • The Permaculture Principles

  • Approaches in Permaculture

  • Yoga Off the Mat

  • Field trip to Quix’aya (“Heart of Water”), an epic self-organized Maya Permaculture-inspired community.

  • Temezcal (Meso-American sauna)




Sample Daily Flow

6:00 am Meditation

6:30 am Yoga & Movement practice

8:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Yoga Philosophy

10:45 am Yoga Lab, Anatomy or Methodology

12:15 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Yoga Philosophy or Permaculture

4:15 pm Yoga Lab, Therapeutics or Methodology

7:15 pm Dinner

8:00 pm Evening activity (meditation, circle, movie or reflection)*

*3 times per week






Your stay at the bambu guest house

The Guest House was opened in 2015 as a site to house permaculture volunteers and students. As such, it was founded out of a deep commitment to meaningful and sustainable living, values which resonate deeply with the yogic tradition. We have continued to develop ever since, striving to always provide the best possible experience for our guests.


Participants of the Sacred Earth YTT have two room options to choose from: 

Rooms, Bambu Guest House

Guest room

The spacious and airy guest room sleeps 4 people comfortably and offers a private bathroom and shower with hot running water, wifi, and a balcony with chairs and a hammock. Beautiful views of the lake and mountains and the soothing sounds of birds and the nearby stream filter into the room, soothing you into peace.   USD $1295

Loft, Bambu Guest House


Our two-level loft sleeps up to 8 people comfortably. Huge panorama windows let in incredible natural light, while the variety of bedding options gives everyone what they'd like. As with all our rooms, the Loft enjoys its own private bathroom and shower with hot water, wifi, and a balcony with chairs and a hammock. USD $1095



Our on-site farm-to-table restaurant features products from neighboring Atitlan Organics Permaculture Farm and other local producers. While here, you will enjoy three delicious and nourishing buffet-style vegetarian meals per day, plus snacks, dessert, and tea, coffee, and filtered water available throughout the day. Our dedicated staff works lovingly to prepare meals which sustain you as you journey into your studies and practice, and we promise that your bellies will be kept just as happy as your hearts and minds are! We pride ourselves on being able to accommodate nearly any dietary requirement, whether that be vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, or other special needs.





In line with Permaculture Principle 5, "Always favor biological solutions," the Bambu Guest House is home to two cats which serve as natural pest control and one dog. All three animals are friendly and lovable, and while they never enter the guests' rooms you will be able to enjoy their company in the public spaces of the Bambu Guest House.


Julia Forest of Awakened Spirit Yoga, lead facilitator of the Sacred Earth Yoga Teacher Training + Permaculture Immersion, a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified ytt at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala this October 26-November 23 2019


Julia Forest is an international yoga teacher, women’s health advocate, writer and closet artist who is passionate about health, environmentalism and yoga. She feels most at home wherever she rolls out her mat and finds inner peace and connection from a daily meditation practice. She created the Yoga Leadership and Permaculture Program, the first yoga teacher training program that combines yoga, mindfulness, permaculture and leadership to transform lives and communities.

With more than a decade of teaching experience, Julia believes that yoga comes alive when practiced in every moment. She shares wholeheartedly the many blessings that yoga has brought to her life. Her passion for yoga, social change, connection and community has lead her to share holistic yoga teachings in many countries around the globe.

Rachelle Harvey, facilitator of Sacred Earth Yoga Teacher Training + Permaculture Immersion, a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified YTT at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala this October 26-November 23, 2019


Rachelle is a yoga educator and lifelong student of movement, music, and the arts. Her years of professional experience in the fields of graphic design and art direction inspire how she weaves creativity through the practice both on and off the mat. Her pursuit of somatic study and expression is fueled by the desire to know deeper layers of the Self and come into a greater sense wellbeing through our relationship to breath, the planet, and each other. Her classes are informed by traditional Hatha yoga and inspired by dance and naturally arising movement, resulting in a fluid and therapeutic approach.

Rachelle has studied all over the world and. She currently facilitates movement and sound retreats around the globe, and offers branding and design mentorship to conscious entrepreneurs following pursuits of passion. She is the founder of Folk Collective, an ethical trade initiative that supports artisans around the world while preserving the generational wisdom of craft lineages. She is one of the founding members of Awakened Spirit Yoga and currently hangs hats and stores mats in both Canada and Guatemala.

Kristine Vanderplas, lead facilitator of the Sacred Earth Yoga Teacher Training + Permaculture Immersion, a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified ytt at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala this October 26 - November 23, 2019


Kristine is inspired by the healing power of nature, the beauty in the world around us and the immense wisdom held in our bodies. Her life journey has taken her around the world, driven by the curiosity of human interactions and the eco-systems in which humanity thrives. She is a facilitator of movement, meditation and transformative experiences. Her yoga practice is informed by a deep listening to the body – accessing the wisdom held within to contribute to growth and healing. She is captivated by the potential of nature to heal and spends a great deal of time in the wilderness and working with the elements. Kristine co-created Temple23, a spiritual healing and events center in Toronto in 2015, and has moved on to pursue her wanderlust and desire to live in deeper connection to nature.

Shad Qudsi, Atitlan Organics co-founder and Permaculture facilitator.


Shad Qudsi has 15 years experience in organic and commercial gardening and farming. He is in Permaculture Design and has over 9 years experience in holistic site development and homesteading. Shad originally set out to study mathematics and work in big business, but long ago had a change of heart. In 2010, Shad and wife Colleen founded Atitlan Organics Permaculture farm in the village of Tzununa. He can now be found dancing in his garden. Aside from all of this, Shad is an enthusiastic teacher who truly believes in the work he is doing. Human resiliency cannot be erased from the landscape and now, it is coming back with a gentle loving caress.






Tuition & Application

Tuition for the 200-hour Sacred Earth YTT is $2500 plus accommodation ($1095 or $1295). Please book your accommodations through the Atitlan Organics website using the "Book Your Stay" option above. For more info on the full YTT program and to apply, please visit Awakened Spirit Yoga’s site here:




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