Come and help around our Spiritual Retreat Center in Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala



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  • Description


    We are an eco-chic wellness center located on the majestic shores of Lake Atitlan. We are dedicated to rejuvenating holistic practices and healing modalities as well as preserving Mayan traditions and facilitating outdoor adventure in the heart of the Mayan highlands.

    It is our ongoing vision to build a more ecologically-sustainable, natural sanctuary. We apply permaculture, alternative energy technology, and ancient Mayan agricultural techniques to achieve our goals. We have designed and implemented several living permaculture projects to energize a model ecosystem that promotes prosperous interdependence with the Earth. Our intention is to reconnect individuals with new holistic understandings of green principles in their own daily life.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Helping with Tourists
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is an opportunity to be immersed in the local Maya culture, enjoy the slower life of a retreat center on the lake, deepen any practices you are currently cultivating, enjoy the wonderful meals and food served here at our center, take advantage of our hot-tubs and on-site offerings and enjoy the local communities here on the lake. Volunteers can learn Spanish, study Kaqchikel, enjoy the spectacular landscape and visit the twelve incredibly diverse villages surrounding the lake. As a retreat center, there are also often yoga and/or meditation classes that are open to our volunteers upon invitation from group leaders (though we do not have daily/weekly public offerings).

  • Help


    We are looking for the following:

    1. an individual to assist us with our marketing plan and the use of social media to ensure that it is inline with our branding. It is preferable that the volunteer would have experience working within a marketing position and/or working with different social media apps; and

    2. a couple to come help with the everyday management and duties of running our spiritual retreat center as well as serving as hosts for our many guests.

    We're seeking a high level of organization, computer skills, sociable nature and a positive attitude. We will start with a few weeks to learn the ropes and can potentially extend the position.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    On-site guest room and three meals per day in exchange for (max 25 hours/week) 5 hours of work per day, five days per week. Your guest room may be shared with another volunteer. You may also be asked to move rooms depending on the needs of the center, but we will try our best to have you move as little as possible.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This large endorheic lake (one that does not flow to the sea) is the deepest lake in Central America with a maximum depth of 1,120 feet (340 meters). The local people speak of a 50-75-year cycle during which the level of the lake water fluctuates dramatically. For this reason, the Maya have strategically built their pueblos far above the lakeshore.

    There are 12 villages around the lake. Each village has its own distinctive style, revealed through the traditional dress of the women. This clothing is called traje. The women’s huipíles, or tops, are ceremoniously changed each New Year to reflect the evolving fashion of the Mayan women. Most men now wear western clothing, but if you walk around town, you will undoubtedly spot one or two dressed in the traje of his pueblo. The two Mayan dialects spoken on Lake Atitlán are Kaqchikel and Tzutujil.

    The lake’s landscape features three volcanoes. Facing the lake from our place, to the far right sits the oldest volcano, San Pedro, rising to 9,908 feet (3,020 meters). Directly in front of the Villa are two volcanoes, although they often appear to be only one. In front is Tolimán, standing at 10, 361 feet (158 meters) and behind Tolimán looms the youngest volcano, Atitlán, at a height 11,605 feet (3,537 meters). Volcán Atitlán is the only one of the three believed to still be active, though its last eruption occurred in 1853. Most of the year, the volcanoes are clearly visible in their supreme grandeur.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    On-site guest room or nearby guest house and three meals per day in exchange for maximum of 5 hours of work per day, five days per week.

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