ALMA program
Alma program
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
June 20 - 26, 2021
Under 10 spots remaining
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Step Away From Your Day-to-Day With the Alma Retreat 
Briefly step away from the hustle of your day-to-day and travel to a beautiful, spiritual lakeside destination in Guatemala with Remote Year's Alma Retreat. Here, alongside a community of like-minded professionals, you will recharge, renew, and reconnect with yourself and those around you. 

This all-inclusive retreat includes a facilitator, daily wellness activities and personal growth sessions, farm-to-table chef-cooked meals, accommodation, Remote Year's signature local experiences, and an incredible team to make your experience unforgettable and transformative.

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Erin - RY Bourdain Program
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who will love this
People who believe that being in the right location with the right people can help you disconnect from the noise and reconnect with what matters - you and the people around you.
What's included
Experiences & Programming
Transport to and
from Airport
On-site team & facilitator
Health & Medical
These are just a few of the amazing humans coming together to bring you a life-changing experience.
Program Leader
Your Program Leader will make your group feel like you’ve known each other forever by organizing community-building experiences and programming, providing on-site support, and helping make the magic happen.
These trained specialists are known for creating daily sessions and workshops to help you get deep, thinking about things you rarely have time for in your daily life. You’ll feel inspired as they guide you on your personal growth journeys.
Local Team
Your local team and our partners are that friend that’s always in the know. They will make sure you feel at home where you’re staying and working. If you haven’t fallen in love with their culture or country after joining their curated local experiences, we haven’t done our job!
Destination: Your Retreat in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Known for being a tribute to the lost underwater city of Samabaj, this breathtaking lakeside destination surrounded by volcanic landscapes radiates spirituality, natural wonder, and local Mayan traditions. 

During your retreat, you can greet dawn with yoga overlooking Lake Atitlan, go for a hike in the beautiful nature reserves and national parks, unwind by taking a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool, and end the day relaxing with your community in the garden. 

The retreat hosts a restaurant, a swimming pool and yoga deck, a coworking space, a movie room, workshop spaces, and peaceful nooks for optimal relaxation.
Yoga Center
Restaurant & Bar
You will be staying in a beautiful retreat center overlooking a pool and garden and just steps away from the lake and beach. We will have exclusive access to the entire property for ourselves. You will be able to choose from 5 living options:
DELUXE PRIVATE - own private room with extra-large double beds and private bathroom
STANDARD PRIVATE - own private room with large double bed and private bathroom
STANDARD TWIN - own single bed in a shared room with shared bathroom
DORM - own bunk bed in a shared room with shared bathroom

The pricing is based on the STANDARD TWIN  package which includes sharing an air-conditioned bedroom with 1 other person (each person will have their own bed). 

You will have options to upgrade (DELUXE PRIVATE or STANDARD PRIVATE)  or downgrade (BASIC PRIVATE or DORM) based on your preference. If you are sharing accommodation, you can specify a roommate or let us match you with someone.
Deluxe Private
(1 person)
Standard Private
(1 person)
Standard Twin - own single bed in a shared room and private bathroom for the room
(2 people)
(~4 people)
Your meals
You will be treated to 3 meals a day, all cooked with fresh ingredients sourced from the local area. We will have a chef on-site cooking delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that honor the local culture and cuisine. If you get hungry, we’ll have snacks. Non-alcoholic beverages are included, but there will be a bar on site for those who want to purchase more than water, soda, or juice.


We curate many activities and experiences, but part of the magic comes from our participants as well. All experiences are optional, so immerse yourself in as many as you would like to, plan some with your community, or take some time out for yourself.
Transport from Guatemala City (GUA) to Retreat Center (~3-4 hrs)
Get settled (free activity)
Family Dinner & Bonfire
Session 1: Orientation & Purpose
Lunch Roulette
Community Competition
Family BBQ by the Pool
Breakfast/Morning Activity
Session 2: Rejuvenation
Lunch & Explore: Local Experience
Afternoon Activity
Family Dinner & Community Time
Breakfast/Morning Activity
Session 4: Renew
Lunch & Explore: Local Experience
Afternoon Activity
Family Dinner & Community Time
Breakfast/Morning Activity
Session 5: Freedom
Explore Day Trip
Family Dinner & Community Time
Breakfast/Morning Activity
Session 6: Commitments
Lunch & Explore: Local Experience
Afternoon Activity
Family Dinner & Community Time
Morning Activity
Community Breakfast & Close
Check out & depart for airport
93% of Remote Year participants have rated their experience positively
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What’s not included?
You are responsible for your flight to and from the retreat destination and all visas and travel insurance needed.
How many people will be on the program?
Program sizes always vary, but we usually have between 25-40 people on each program.
Can I bring my significant other or pet?
Significant Other: Yes, we’d love to have your significant other sign up for the program too and have factored that into our pricing for Double Occupancy shared accommodations. You can both book the shared option and share your preferred roommate later.
Pets: We are not able to support pets on programs currently, but we are going to do our best to continue exploring this option and will update you in the future if it becomes viable.
What is the visitor policy?
The community experience is incredibly important for everyone on this program, so we ask that you do not have any visitors during the retreat. If your significant other or friend wants to join, they are welcome to book a spot.
Which airport should I fly into for pickup?
We will be doing pickups from Guatemala City (GUA) airport at 2-3 scheduled windows within the day. We will share exact times during the onboarding process, but expect the window to be around 10am - 4pm.
Can I specify roommates or food preferences?
Yes, after booking, you’ll receive an Onboarding survey to indicate your living preferences, food restrictions, and allergies.
Will I have wifi and space to work?
Yes, we’ll have wifi throughout the property and areas you can be productive in.
Is there parking?
Yes, if you decide to drive, parking is included free for all participants.
What happens if I get sick during the program?
We have access to a local doctor, local health resources, and health services in close proximity.
What’s the weather/seasonality?
We chose this destination because we think it’s a great time to be in this destination. Please keep updated on weather forecasts.
Is the country safe?
We always work with our safety and security partner, International SOS, to determine the best destinations for each of our programs with your safety in mind.
Where can I find the latest on COVID restrictions?
We will always follow all global and local guidelines. Please check for your country-specific requirements and feel free to use the US State Dept site as a starting point.
Total price of program
Down payment (due at booking)
Program payment (due 6 weeks before program)
This pricing is based on the STANDARD TWIN package. You can upgrade (DELUXE PRIVATE or STANDARD PRIVATE)  or downgrade (BASIC PRIVATE or DORM) based on your preference.

Book with confidence
All bookings are changeable with no fees up until 30 days before the program start. New bookings can be rescheduled up to 1 year from the original program start date. See Terms & Conditions.
What if I have to cancel?
We understand that personal plans may change, so we are waiving change fees up to 30 days before the program starts. You can rebook for a future program up to 12 months from your original program start date.
For extenuating circumstances, please see Terms & Conditions.
When do I need to make the payments?
You’ll need to make a down payment of $
to reserve your spot. Then, you’ll have up to 6 weeks before the program to complete the rest of your payment.
What if I need more flexibility on payments?
If you need help with a payment plan or financing, please reach out to our team for options.
Where can I find the latest on COVID restrictions?
For more information on our approach to COVID, please click here.
What if I have more questions about this program?
Please reach out to us for all inquiries.
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