First, I feel called to express my deep gratitude to Arpi, Arjuna, Emma, and Kaivalya Yoga Hostel. Earlier this month, I participated in their 5-day Silent Meditation Retreat and while this sort of retreat may not be suited for all (check out their website for more details), it encouraged me to experience and release some of my fears and discomfort, relax into simply BEing, and to consider the question: "who am I?" While the retreat was challenging for me, I found inspiration, new levels of softness and peace, a budding connection to the transcendent self, and a blossoming wonderment for the beauty of life. I truly feel that these realizations were made possible by the beautiful people named above, the retreat they facilitated, and the setting of Kaivalya.
Perhaps it is important to clarify that I fully understood the setting I was entering PRIOR to my travels: Kaivalya is a budget "backpackers" style hostel, though it seems to mainly serve as a yoga and meditation school / retreat space. The accommodations are modest, clean, and secure, and while the space was noisy at times (due to neighbors and dogs), I was able to sleep at night. The bathrooms are communal and clean, with hot water in the showers, and YES, it is necessary to bring along your own soap, towels, toiletries. There is a shared kitchen that seems to be stocked with all basic cooking, eating, and dish-cleaning necessities. And yes, there are certain food restrictions at Kaivalya, based upon the yogic tradition and ideals taught in the classes offered.
**If you do the Silent Meditation Retreat, sign up for the meal-plan! Arpi prepared 3 absolutely delicious vegan meals per day and fresh tea with every meal. Seriously, eating her food is like eating LOVE**
Overall, staying at Kaivalya and participating in the 5-day Silent Meditation Retreat were incredible ways to welcome 2013. I would absolutely return to Kaivalya to attend another retreat or any of their yoga classes, meditations, or Kirtan chants. Thank you Kaivalya, and bright blessings to you all!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Important! Kindly note that as from July 2015 we've moved to the newly build enchanting and peaceful Mahadevi Ashram in Tzununa (3km from San Marcos). We are happy and humbled to welcome dedicated and curious practitioners into this Sacred Space created with Love and Selfless Service in order to provide a truly inspiring and conducive environment for a deep dive into your Heart. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mahadevi Ashram And Kaivalya Yoga School Guatemala/San Marcos La Laguna