Discovering Birth Retreat

Sun, 14 July 2019, 4:00 PM - Sat, 27 July 2019, 12:00 PM [CAST]

Atitlan Organics, Tzununa, Lake Atitlan, 38383, Guatemala


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Event Information

Sun, 14 July 2019, 4:00 PM - Sat, 27 July 2019, 12:00 PM [CAST]

About the Event


Birth is unique, powerful, transitional. It provides the woman and the couple a passage into motherhood. It rebirths her as a woman, and offers a foundation and source of strength and empowerment for the rest of her life. In this course we rediscover birth by diving into the physical, emotional and spiritual realms of pregnancy, birth and creation. Join us and explore how we can empower women throughout this process, and how we can connect again to our roots and source.


Food and Lodging:

Course participants stay at the Bambu Guest House, which is a brand new, natural building boasting bathrooms and balconies in each room, comfy beds, wifi, hot water, and amazing views of the lake, mountains, and rivers. The Bambu Guest House is proof that natural building can be clean and luxurious. Lodging is shared in bright, spacious rooms. 

Beautiful accommodations

Nourishing and delicious meals!

Working closely with nearby Atitlan Organics, the Bambu Guest House has a farm-to-table restaurant that serves up delicious and filling plates mainly composed of Atitlan Organics and other local farm products. Currently, Atitlan Organics supplies all of the milk, yogurt, cheese, salads, cooking greens, honey, coffee, chicken, taro root, pigeon peas, and herbs to the Bambu Guest House restaurant.The restaurant is run by three young, local, aspiring chefs named Antonio, Reynaldo, and Rodrigo. They are amazing!

All food, snacks, coffee, tea, and frescos are included in the course, as well as lodging for the duration at the Bambu Guest House. Three delicious meals a day are served buffet style, as well as coffee and teach througe!

Travel and Logistics


The course starts on Sunday, July 14, 2018 at 2 pm. Participants are welcome to come and check in at the Bambu Guest House any time before 2:00. Once the course starts, all food, lodging, training, and travel are covered by the tuition and accommodations tickets. The course ends Saturday, July 27th. We can help arrange shuttles to/from the airport, Antigua, or anywhere else for that matter. Just let us know if you need this service.  We can accommodate most any request, including vegan, gluten free, dairy free, etc.



Coming from Antigua, you would go to Panajachel which is about 2-3 hours away and one of the three big towns on the lake. From Panajachel, take a boat (lancha) at the public dock. Tell the captain that you are going to the town of Tzununa ("Zoo-new-nah") which is three public stops from Pana. When you disembark at the public dock of Tzununa, take a tuk-tuk (a little three-wheeled vehicle) to "El Bambu." The tuk-tuk will cost Q5 per person and the lancha should be Q15-Q20 per person. When you get to El Bambu, go through the gate and up to the main building. Someone will show you to your room. As noted, we are in the small town of Tzununa, quiet and still "undiscovered." From the guest houst yo uare less than a 10 minute walk to the lake and less than 20 meters from beautiful rivers. You are a 45 minute walk or a 10 minute tuk-tuk ride to the town of San Marcos la Laguna. There you can find many places to eat, drink, listen to live music, get a massage, etc. Again, we can help you get to the lake from Antigua or the airport, or from anywhere. Just let us know and we can arrange a shuttle for you.

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About the Organizer

Hannah Deriemaker is a professional and licensed midwife who fell in love with Guatemala. In 2011, she finalised her training by working for several months in the labor and delivery ward in Nyakibale, Uganda. After this intense experience, she worked for several years as the medical director of a Belgian/Guatemalan NGO (Vivir en Amor) located in a remote village in the mountains of Huehuetenango. Here she specialised in attending birth at home and attending obstetrical emergencies in remote and low resource settings. She worked side by side with traditional Guatemalan midwives and developed a deep and unique sense of what it truly means to be a midwife. Hannah was taught by traditional midwives on how to use herbal medicine during and after pregnancy, the use of the temazcal (Mayan sauna), and traditional Maya abdominal massage. In 2016 she started working in a clinic in Rio Dulce but was called to Lago Atitlan to start attending births at home from the expat community. After attending several home births at the Lake, she became pregnant and delivered her beautiful son at home at the shores of the lake in early 2017. Hannah is part of the Belgian Board of Directors of Vivir en Amor and is in the process of creating a Guatemalan NGO called K Aslemal (Life) with the traditional midwives of San Marcos La Laguna.