By Lina Eme|2018-10-26T05:07:02+05:00October 26th, 2018|Travel stories|Comments Off on Flowing in silence on the shores of Lake Atitlan
At about 1500 meters above sea level and surrounded by three volcanoes, the Lake Atitlán is one of the most peaceful places on earth.
Water, volcanos and harmony
In our passage through Guatemala, we discovered an incredible place. A place that takes us to the earth, to the connection with the environment in an organic way, in complete harmony. It is a meditation and peace silence retreat called “The Hermitage”.
In the heart of Guatemala, in San Pablo La Laguna, on the shores of Lake Atitlán, at about 1500 meters above sea level and surrounded by three volcanoes, which rise majestically around the lake, is this bend of peace.
An extra-ordinary experience of peace
We did not know much about what we were going to find, because we got there on the recommendation of a friend of the owner, but we can share that in this place we lived a very special experience.
The Hermitage is a project that allows us to live retreats of meditation, peace, darkness or simply enjoyment and contemplation of a time in solitude. No need to travel to the other side of the world in search of something different to disconnect from the hectic routine and just looking for an extra-ordinary experience.
It is there, amid that vortex of energy of the earth that is Lake Atitlán, this place is ready for us: every stone of the place was taken from its own soil. But is not its architecture that impacted us so much (despite of being spectacular and having an incredible house in a tree), but rather what you can experience there.
The center was built with the local people of the Tzutujil community (part of the Mayan community endemic to the area), respecting their place and traditions. In fact, it is beautiful to feel so inside of a Mayan town in which you can barely communicate in Spanish.
Breathtaking view over the lagoon
One of the things I like the most about traveling is to find lessons in every place I visit. Traveling is always an intimate, highly personal experience, a deep encounter with the essence, with our challenges and fears, a way to meet deeply about my life and travel companion.
Our passage through this place allowed us to connect as we had not done for a long time with the environment and silence. And no wonder, in this place you live at another pace. The cellphone signal does not work, there is no internet or television, the light depends on what the solar panels load ready to cover what is necessary.
So, if you’re looking for a truly immersive experience of peace, this is the place you should go. We had a breathtaking view over the lagoon and in the mornings, I enjoyed watching the fishermen in the area looking for their food.
And it’s not about the rhythm of the Lake as such. Lake Atitlán is extremely diverse, each of its villages on the banks has its own personality, but this was one of the most beautiful experiences in our journey through this place.
The power of silence
I was fascinated to feel that we were in “pause”. It was as if being there had connected me with the simplicity of life on the water’s edge. One of the most beautiful lessons that this place left me was thepower of silence.
We talk a lot. I talk a lot, I talk tons, that’s why I write in this blog, to get the thousands of words that get stuck in my chest after each trip.
Visiting the Hermitage made me listen to myself from within, to realize the power of the furtive glances that shun you so as not to have to express the unnecessary. Visiting The Hermitage made me hear that: Silence. And the flow. The gentle bumping and flowing of the waves on the shores of the lake. And my own flow, my calm and feminine flow; and watching that flow, that soft knocking, in silence, I felt like water.
I invite you to watch the video of this magical experience in our YouTube channel:
USEFUL INFO about The Hermitage:
Address: Camino by moille, San Pablo La Laguna, Guatemala
Lina Eme Tangarife is one of the founders of Vamossomewhere.com. She is Colombian and since she recalls, she has been an adventurer. She loves to dance, to sing, to take pictures and to write about the sensations and the lessons she finds in her path. It is always weird to speak about itself, so let’s simplify: Hi, I’m Lina Eme, I’m in love with life and I write here about what I love, most of the time.