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  • Guided Meditation

  • Guided somatic meditation

  • Sound bath

  • Guided relational communication exercises (dyads)

  • Lectures on topics around Metta (loving-kindness) and Karuna (compassion) and the power of the Heart

  • Relaxing and revitalizing yoga

  • Breathwork

  • Embodiment Practices

  • Time for walks in the beautiful nature of the surroundings of lake Atitlán

  • Christmas Eve vigil (night long ceremony)

  • optional temazcal sessions

  • Three delicious vegetarian meals per day

  • Accommodation in either the dormitory, private room or private cabin.

  • Access to beautiful permaculture gardens, private beach and dock for practice

Christmas Retreat with Severin Geser and Katrin Piepenbreier
21th December - 25th December 2023


During these 5 days retreat, identification with the false personality, rigid beliefs, and preconceived ideas will be gradually exposed. Old layers will be shed and we also gradually recognize that we have been conditioned to worship success and are often paralyzed or terrified by fear and therefore create separation. However, human nature is one of closeness, deep & empathic listening, caring and being together. And this is what we want to return back to during this retreat.


Through guided embodiment practices such as breathwork, voice activation, hatha yoga, conscious movement, emotional discharge, ritual and guided relational exercises, somatic and sitting meditations, participants seek a direct experience of the core of their being. 


This is a time of coming together as ever changing and evolving, raw human beings and aiming to foster love and connection with each other and all. We will conclude with a vigil (night long ceremony) on Christmas Eve which will be open for everyone in the community to join.


6.00 – 8.30am – Morning Practice
8.30 - 9.30 - Dyad

9.30 - 10.30 - Breakfast

10.30 - 11.30 - Dyad
11.30 - 12:00 - Soundbath

12.00 - 13.00 - Dyad

13.00 -16.00 - Lunch & Break

16.00 - 17.00 - Breathwork

17.30 - 18.00 - Emotional Discharge

19:00 - 20.00 - Dinner

20.00 -21.00 - Evening Dyad/ Meditation


In every ceremony, space is safely and lovingly held by experienced guides. On the 25th of December we share time connecting and reflecting on the experiences. Integration is a key aspect to the journey.

Hello, I'm Katrin!

Being a former project manager in an advertising agency, I know how difficult it is to slow down and connect with our hearts. 2016, I therefore dedicated my life to explore ways to foster this connection. These days, I am an international teacher, mentor, and artist supporting beings in embodying their most authentic spiritual expressions in this human reincarnation. My aim is to introduce somatic-based tools to embody Love and deepen one's capacity for intimacy and connection to enable people to create the lives and relationships they yearn for. 


Out of my own deep love for various teachings I came across, I am nowadays bridging feminine spiritual practice, sacred sexuality, conscious relationship, somatic awareness techniques, self-inquiry, meditation, Hatha Yoga and ritual in my offerings.

My teaching style is grounded, innovative, deeply mystical, evocative and rooted in fierce love to wake the innate wisdom within each of us.

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The cost for the retreat, including all meals, accommodation and teachings is as follows:
DORM (Four private beds, shared bathroom) – $565 USD

PRIVATE ROOM (One bed, shared bathroom) – $675 USD

TREE HOUSE & COTTAGE (Private house for one person, private bathroom) – $775 USD

FOREST CABIN & CASA BLANCA (Private house for one person, private bathroom) – $875 USD

Hello, my name is Severin.

I left Switzerland in 2008 where I worked as an Accountant and ever since have dedicated myself to the exploration of the Self.
In 2009 I was living and studying for one year Ashtanga Yoga with my teacher Carlos Holguin in Colombia. Shortly after I spent over a year as Buddhist Monk in a controversial Monastery in Thailand. I traveled further and dedicated myself to intensive studies of the Kabbalah at Las Piramides in Guatemala. That's also where my fascination for Astrology arose. I did numerous silent retreats with Hridaya in Mexico and have been working at their center for several years. Through the teachings of Sahajanada I got introduced to the Dark Retreat . 

In 2014 me and my partner bought land in Guatemala and started to build our first Dark Retreat which was the beginning of the Hermitage. Ever since we have been guiding and hosting, Silent-, Dark- and Group Retreats here at Lake Atitlan.


The Hermitage is a family owned retreat center founded by Severin and Emma Geser, who are both commited meditation practitioners and qualified meditation and yoga retreat leaders. They live with their children on the shores of Lake Atitlan and offer their beautiful property up for all those looking for solitude and peace.


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