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what is included


  • 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
December 21 - December 27, 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.


6.30 – 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 26th of December we share time connecting and reflecting on the experiences. Integration is a key aspect to the journey.

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The cost for the retreat, including all meals, accommodation and teachings is as follows:
DORM (Four private beds, shared bathroom) – $845 USD

PRIVATE ROOM (One bed, shared bathroom) – $1.025 USD

TREE HOUSE & COTTAGE (Private house for one person, private bathroom) – $1.195 USD

FOREST CABIN & CASA BLANCA (Private house for one person, private bathroom) – $1.395 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.

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