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Full Circle Awakening Katrin Piepenbreier The Hermitage Lake Atitlan Guatemala Meditation Embodiment Ritual

Katrin Piepenbreier

21-Day Intensive Transformation Retreat

Jan 16 - Feb 6, 2023
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Hearing the call, facing the hidden, embracing the light

A 21-Day intensive into the core of the human experience, incarnating through undivided love

Difficult times require profound practices based on self-love, self-knowing, equanimity and resilience. It is essential to connect with our heart and follow its calling, freeing the body and heart from the emotional armor that prevents one from giving and receiving the depth of love we all desire. Learning the art of patience, true listening and adaptability enables one to remain centered and organically let go of what no longer serves.


This 21-day journey is a pilgrimage to your very core. It is a profound journey of self-exploration: rejuvenating the body, clearing the mind, and opening the heart to undivided self-acceptance. You will learn to honor and recognize the connection to all life through an attitude of gentleness towards yourself and others through a wide variety of heart centered modalities such as meditation, profound communication exercises (dyads), conscious movement, somatic experiencing, ceremony and ritual, breathwork, yoga, psychodrama therapy, prayer and physical detoxification that invites one to experience one's innate sense of freedom.

This journey is for you if you want to 


  • learn how to let go of shame and guilt

  • cultivate a loving understanding of your own conditionings and wiring by past experiences and upbringing

  • go beyond victimhood and passivity

  • transform past hurt, old wounds, and self-sabotaging patterns into revelations of profound love and trust

  • claim your responsibility for your life 

  • learn to express, process and resolve your emotions fully in a supportive environment

  • commit to love in its purest expression and practice noticing when you’ve forgotten love

  • learn how to relate with yourself and others in a small, intimate container of max. 16 participants

This journey can bring up difficult emotions. A person should feel comfortable in the setting and feel ready to face surfacing wounds, unprocessed emotions and deeper layers of oneself. A commitment to personal development and going beyond personal limitations is required.







The only way to claim your innate sense of freedom is by nurturing the longing to be free so it will grow greater than the fear of pain. This is the first step towards an openness that supports the journey of discovery and letting go of one’s deepest beliefs, patterns and conditioning. Going right into the Heart of the matter through unraveling and (re-) discovering with our innate, integral divine creative power. Cultivating the understanding that life is an unfolding journey and each mode of growth is very different. 

If you feel the call, come and join us in this journey and arrive in a place and community where each is welcome to be themselves, co-creating a field of loving presence that is rooted in basic human needs and desires: to express oneself, to share your story and your message with others, and to connect with those around you on a deeper level and thus discover unconditional love as the essence of life.



What is included


  • Guided Meditation

  • Guided somatic meditation

  • Sound bath

  • Guided relational communication exercises (dyads)

  • Relaxing and revitalizing yoga

  • Breathwork

  • Embodiment practices

  • Emotional Discharge practices

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

  • Tantric Rituals

  • Shamanic Rituals

  • Community living

  • Optional temazcal sessions

  • Group excursions to nearby sites

  • Three delicious vegetarian meals per day (Dinner at arrival on January 16, breakfast at checkout on February 6)

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

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



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  • Self-Regulation practices

  • Co-Regulation Practices

  • Connection to the Elements

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  • Yoga

  • Conscious Movement

  • Breathwork

  • Somatic Practices

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  • Dyad practices

  • Self-Reflection Practices

  • Rituals & Ceremony

  • Psychodrama Practices



  • Loving-Kindness & Heart Coherence Meditations

  • Physical Detox with healthy vegetarian food


  • Exploring the difficult and scary parts of oneself 

  • Exploring unprocessed emotions

  • Mandala of Truth

  • Relational Dyads*

  • Vocalisation

  • Creative writing exercises

  • Guided visualizations

  • Conscious Movement

  • Dance

  • Music & Sound

  • Feldenkrais

  • Somatic experiencing

  • Yoga

  • Meditation

  • Fundamentals of Astrology

  • Breathwork

  • Rituals

  • Connecting with the Elements

  • Triple Vagal Method

*Dyads are enquiry sessions that are held with two people. One listening in stillness the other communicating their direct experience of this moment in response to the question provided by the retreat leader. After five minutes the roles change.  This is repeated for 30 or 40 minutes and is followed by a break. The effect is stunning… each Dyad clears the mind of the day-to-day chitchat and gives space to authentic self to be. ‘To know the answer directly’ in the traditional practice of Zen this is known as a Satori… A glimpse of enlightenment or more simply: to realize your Self.


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Severin Geser


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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the location


The location of this journey into the heart is at a beautiful retreat center situated on the edge of the incredible Lake Atitlan in Guatamala. Beautiful Lake Atitlan is a sacred lake in the Guatemalan Highlands, a little hidden away world where an indigenous Mayan way of life is still preserved and a stunning, quiet natural beauty abounds.​


The Hermitage is set on the shores of the lake surrounded by towering volcanoes, native trees and wildlife.

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There are dorms, private rooms, one treehouse and other private huts available at their respective prices which you can find below. 



6.00 – 8.00 Morning Practice
8.00 - 9.00 Dyad

9.00 - 10.30 Embodiment Practice


10.30 - 11.30 Breakfast
11.30 - 13:00 Morning Session


13.00 -16.00 Lunch & Break

16.00 - 16.30 Breathwork or Emotional Discharge

16.30 - 17.30 Dyad

17.30 - 18.30 Embodiment Practice

18.30 - 19.00 Soundbath or Temazcal

19.00 - 20.00 Dinner

20.00 -21.30 Evening Session

Every other evening will be free for personal practice, contemplation and integration.




The cost for this 21-day intensive retreat, including all meals, accommodation, teachings is as follows:

DORM (Four private beds, shared bathroom) – $1.950 USD

PRIVATE ROOM, 4 Available (One bed, shared bathroom) – $2.650 USD

TREE HOUSE & COTTAGE (Private house for one person, private bathroom) – $3.350 USD

FOREST CABIN & CASA BLANCA (Private house for one person, private bathroom) – $3.550 USD

The Hermitage is closed for the 4 days following this intensive for an optional integration time exclusively reserved for retreat participants. You can book this period separately, if you wish to.


We highly recommend in any case to allow for at least 7 days of integration and transition time after this retreat before you pick up your daily life again.

Optional eight weeks online integration course with various recorded meditations, embodiment practices, inspiring short lectures and prompts, weekly calls and a one hour personal coaching session with the teacher of your choice for an additional 800,00 USD. Amount of personal coaching sessions can be adjusted as needed, any additional session can be booked for 110 USD/ 60 Min.

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“Listen to the dream within you.

It is there,

in whatever puts stars in your eyes and makes your heart sing.


Listen to your feelings,

and you will hear who you are

and what you must do.


Listen to your needs,

and you will know where to find

what you are looking for.


Listen to the wisdom within.

It is trying to lead you to your destiny.


Listen to the song in you,

and your life will be one of harmony.


You will be

who you are meant to be.

You will be complete and at peace

and happier thank you’ve ever been


If only you listen to the dream within you.”


- Nancye Sims

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