“I offered two successive yoga retreats using Araminta´s Sanctuary as the yoga practice space. It was wonderful! The views are spellbinding, the space is fragrant with flowers and banana leaves, there is a clean bathroom on site, the possibility of superfood smoothies post-practice, AND a Temescal (Traditional Mayan) sauna. It was exactly what I hoped to offer my retreat participants– ease, but also a strong sense of Guatemala. It was wonderful to incorporate local food and practices like the Temescal sauna with yoga asana and meditation. Furthermore, Araminta was really communicative and forthcoming. Retreats require plenty of logistics. Araminta was a dream to work with!” – Maiga Milbournehttp://maigamilbourne.com/

“We hosted a 4-day workshop on Tantric Rituals at the Sanctuary and felt it was the perfect space for it. The size, atmosphere, view and privacy were perfect for our purposes and we felt well taken care of.” Arpita & Arjuna, YogaRetreatGuatemala.com

We held our wedding celebration for the community where we live at The Sanctuary. The white buildings, beautiful flower-garden and spectacular view on Lake Atitlan is already a romantic place to be, with christmas lights, candles and white flowers we changed the Sanctuary into our own space. We shared food, drinks and conversations, when DJ Duncan joined us with 1940s music. Turning up to some more funky grooves our night turned into an even more happier event and we danced with young and old for some hours. We lit a few wishing balloons to close this beautiful, warm and loving celebration of our new married life. Thánk you, Araminta, for hosting us!” – Lucie & Diego, 2015

“It’s been a huge blessing holding our Sound Healing Ceremonies at The Sanctuary. Araminta created a beautiful sacred space that is an ideal for workshops and gatherings, and the views of Lake Atitlan are breathtaking.” – Chris Eagle, 2014

“Araminta’s retreat space on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala is simply paradise. An amazing space with even more amazing views, you feel both at home and in heaven at the same time. Plenty of open roof top terraces to relax in hammocks or watch the sunset over volcanoes and be grateful to be alive. Modern facilities tastefully decorated, there isn’t a better place to stay on the lake.”  – Tracy Wares – filmmaker: www.tracywares.com

“The Sanctuary is magical and mystical gone luxurious. I couldn’t imagine a more inspiring place to host our writing workshop. A volcano meets your eye and the Lake Atitlan wraps around you, pulsing with perspective and creative energy. The comfort of the space, full of color and giant cushions, asks you to open your heart and linger. A breeze blows by, and you know poetry is born here.” Aimee Hansen

“The view is so gorgeous in the workshop space that the birds, mountains and lake always caught my attention as the dream unfolded.” AK

“I stayed at Araminta’s beautiful house in December 2013 and ran an evening event talk there. What a joy. Both Araminta and her house were a dream come true. The house is in the perfect position set on the lake with amazing views of the volcano, its so close you can almost touch it. The house is just a couple of minutes walk from the centre of town which is really handy. But even though its so close you would not notice in the house as its so quiet and private. Araminta was very helpful and lovely, she has a sweet heart and know lots about the town and culture. I highly recommend… Love to all.” Andrew Barnes – www.awakeningwithin.com.au

“This is a beautiful place with breathtaking views. The house is less than 5 minutes from the center of town – a great location. There is a full-time worker that provides help and security. It is a great place to stay. One of the nicer houses that is close to town with all the conveniences of first world living. And the best part is eating right from the terrace garden.” – Daisy Schlackman

“I recently had the opportunity to stay at the Sanctuary for a month leading Yoga Juice Cleanse retreats. What a sublime & serene place to stay in! Upon entering the Sanctuary you are greeted with a 200 degree view of Lake Atitlan and the most prominent volcano San Pedro. Walking down the path you are surrounded by banana trees, a jungle of green leafs and colorful flowers everywhere. Having lead retreats at several centers around the lake, the Sanctuary was an excellent choice. Running retreats, it is convenient to have everything in one location with the flexibility to move according to the timing of the group. The Sanctuary provides the possibility to rent two luxurious full bedrooms w/ private bathrooms, a large kitchen with filtered water and everything you need including a pizza oven, dining area, sauna, guest toilet and a large workshop space with a stunning view of the lake. More than that my students felt embraced and supported by the energy of the herbal garden, birds, and aloe vera that we used for the sauna! One of my students commented on how many diverse birds were present in one location. Another student mentioned how there was such a nice energy about the Sanctuary. During meditation students had the opportunity to close their ears with a piece of fresh cotton from the tree just behind the workshop space! The Sanctuary is very conveniently located just a few minutes walk from the center. This is ideal as it is quieter and yet provides the opportunity for students to visit the town center. Moreover, it provides tourists already passing through San Marcos La Laguna the opportunity to join in the retreat. The Sanctuary was well tended to by their very friendly gardener Roberto, Manager Tim and Elvira who cleans the space every week. Araminta was very considerate and supportive in helping prepare for the retreats and even posted the Yoga Juice Cleanse Series on her website. I highly recommend working with Araminta to create the retreat space you need for your group as well staying at this very special home!! With the amount of consideration that Araminta has taken to ensure high satisfaction, I’m sure she would take very good care of your home as well.” Xihuitl Juliette Salas (2015)

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