Is food included?
Yes, we offer three vegan, delicious & sattvic meals out of the ashram kitchen that are included in our YTT rates. Bringing your own stash of vegetarian additives and preferred treats is always a good idea. :)
Do you have WiFi?
Kinda. As we like to support an environment dedicated to spiritual practice and awareness, wifi is available at certain times each day depending on the event schedule & Guatemalan technology, so be aware that the connection is not super fast, audio calls usually work, video calls not really.
Do you have yoga mats and meditation cushions or do I need to bring my own?
Yes, we do, but we still recommend bringing your own for so many reasons.
Do you offer work-exchange/scholarships/additional discounts?
We do have a Karma Yoga Program
, mostly just for longer periods of time, but check in with us if you intend to stay more than one month. We always give priority to "old students" familiar with the space and teachings and to those with skills in carpentry, cooking, plumbing, sustainability etc..
What should I bring?
- Comfortable clothing including something warmer for the mornings & evenings, swim suit if you are planning to swim in the lake or the river
- Your personal products and supplements (there is a health food store with a fairly big choice 10 min away by boat, yet prices are quite high due to everything being imported); as we are using some of the grey water for the permaculture gardens we ask to use only nature-friendly body care products
- We encourage you to bring your own yoga mat. However, simple yoga mats, meditation cushions and benches are also available at the ashram
- Notebook and a pen
- Any sacred objects you would like to have with you
How about insects etc?
We find it important to live in symbiosis with nature, adapted to the moderately tropical climate here. Due to the altitude there are very few mosquitos and no Malaria or Zika. However, harmless spiders, ants and the ocasional scorpion (painful, but not dangerous) are part of everyday life here.
Our course dates are given from arrival day to departure day. Kindly arrive by 5 pm if possible, later arrivals are fine though, all courses start in the morning. The LAST BOAT to us leaves Panajachel at 7.30 pm, if you miss it, there are numerous options to stay there and boats from 6 am onwards to reach the ashram before the courses begin.
Checkout is 11 am.
I heard there is no toilet paper at Mahadevi. How does it work?
In short, toilet paper is unhygenic and unecological, pls watch this short video
That said, you are welcome to bring your own, but we strongly encourage you to try our 'bum showers'. After a brief adjustment period you will see the advantages, many guests even install one at their own place after staying with us for a while.
Tzununa/San Marcos La Laguna:
When is the high season on Lake Atitlan?
The high season runs from November through April, the main difference during quiet season (May-October) is that the afternoons can be rainy. The mornings however (and even many evenings) are still gorgeous and it is very green. Many people actually prefer the 'green season'.
Is there a bank or ATM?
The closest ones are in San Marcos & San Pedro, a few min by public transport, but they are sometimes empty.
We accept GTQ, USD, EUR & Paypal on site.
Are there any shops nearby?
In our village Tzununa there are only a few little local shops with not much choice. However, you can find almost anything (including imported goodies) in the shops and fruit & veggie stands in the village of San Marcos, 15 min by three-wheeler taxi ($2) from Mahadevi Ashram. The health food stores in San Pedro and Pana have even more choice.
What is the climate like?
While at a tropical latitude, our altitude is 4,500 ft/1.500 m, so during the day we enjoy around 20-25°C / 70-80°F year-round, but it can still feel chilly in the early mornings and when it's raining. Good to keep long sleeves handy, but it's never under 10°C/50°F at night. From May through October there is rain in the afternoons (less so in July/Aug), while November through April is largely dry. Many agree that the Lake has the perfect climate over all and call it 'the Land of Eternal Spring'. Generally, be ready to live much closer to nature and her forces than in any city.
What are the dining options?
Tzununa has very limited dining, we serve all vegan, sattvic & delicious meals at the ashram. There are several good restaurants in San Marcos, about 15 min by boat or three-wheeler taxi ($2) or a very beautiful 45-min walk.
How about swimming in the lake?
This is a wonderful experience as the lake has hot springs at its bottom, which keeps the temperature warmer than expected at this altitude. You can just walk down to the lake beach from the ashram or visit one of several amazing spots to dive off of. There is even a scuba diving outfit a couple villages over to explore the underwater ruins etc. There is no algae problem anymore.