"What you are looking for

is what is looking"

¬ St Francis of Assisi



The Hermitage is a Solitary and Dark Retreat Center, set on the shores of Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala.

We have several beautiful, peaceful cabins and rooms and two Dark Retreats for meditators who are looking to dive deeper into their own practice in a beautiful, quiet and natural environment.

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All cabins and rooms have a stunning view of the surrounding volcanoes and lake, access to our extensive gardens full of fruit trees and flowers and a private beach front for swimming.

Our two purpose-built Dark Retreats offer those with a steady meditation practice the opportunity to retreat alone in complete darkness and sensory deprevation.

Solitary and Dark retreats include...

Create your own retreat with us at the hermitage. You can select the number of days, weeks or months, your accommodation, and how many delicious home cooked meals you would like delivered to you each day.

All Solitary and Dark Retreats are supported with delicious and wholesome vegetarian meals each day and access to an excellent library of spiritual books. Also available are individual guided meditation or yoga classes and one-on-one retreat guidance.

Practitioners may choose a retreat of any length from a minimum of five days up to many months and can structure their daily schedule according to their own needs and experience.

The Hermitage family is at the center of this beautiful property and the children are a part of the natural environment. The family welcomes practitioners seeking inner silence, or an integrated 'practice community' and accepts all traditions and practices.

The Hermitage is a wifi-free zone and we do not rent our center to outside groups.

The hermitage Family

We are taking care of you

The founders of The Hermitage, Emma Carruthers and Severin Geser, and their two children Benzra and Nila, are here to support you during your retreat for anything you might need. Whether it is a new meditation technique, spiritual advice, a nourishing meal or a playful giggle, we would love to have you join our quiet little paradise on the lake, and welcome you to join our Hermitage family.

Benzra Geser


Severin Geser

Co Owner

Emma Carruthers

Co Owner

Nila Geser


Solitude isn't loneliness.
Solitude is when the entire universe seems
to surround and hold you quietly.

¬Victoria Erickson

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+502 4816 1361

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We do not answer emails on Sundays. Thank you for your understanding.

San Pablo La Laguna
Lake Atitlan – Guatemala