Come join us in Panajachel, Guatemala on the beautiful Lake Atitlan.
This will be a mini version of our full scale Stone Soup Family Pop Up. We will meet once a week, each Monday, throughout the month of April and May. We will meet and share events, experiences, and more throughout our time together. The core of Stone Soup Family Pop Up Communities is our community skills share concept. In order for us to effectively create this experience, one member of each family will be required to host a workshop, activity, or another offering, at least once throughout the pop up. Unlike our full scale pop up, you can join any or all weeks throughout the two months. This is more of an informal gathering, a bit of a “pop in”. Click the button for a detailed description for how this works.
We will also collaborate with Konojel, a local organization, to take part in a few service projects. Konojel is a registered non-profit organization in Guatemala and located in San Marcos La Laguna on Lake Atitlan. Their mission is to reduce chronic malnutrition, and endemic poverty in San Marcos by providing programs through which at-risk individuals can raise their standard of living. Konojel’s programs are run by indigenous managers, with administrative assistance from others. Their initiative’s include; nutrition and education programs, women’s entrepreneurship, computer lab and tech programs, as well as a restaurant comedor and mayan co-op. The small fee to attend this two month “mini pop” will mostly be donated to benefit their initiative.
About Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlán is a mass of water in a giant volcanic crater in Guatemala’s southwestern highlands. It’s known for its picturesque Mayan villages and volcanoes. We will gather in “Panajachel” which translates to the white sapote fruit tree, that derives from Kaqchikel an indigenous language, spoken around the lake. The lively town of Panajachel is a popular destination on the lake. Come join us and immerse yourself in nature trails and mountains on the lake while co-creating community.
The Cost to Attend is $50 USD
Note: The cost to attend this pop is much lower for a few reasons. Firstly, we will only meet once a week, and unlike the Bali Pop Up there isn’t a requirement to attend the entire month. You can come any Monday that is convenient for you to attend. This gives people the opportunity to stay almost anywhere on Lake Atitlan, and still be able to make it to Panajachel on Mondays. We will also plan to share some of our time together in the form of service, to Konojel. As we firm this up, we will give you more details.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Visa requirements?
We have written up some basic information on this here: https://stonesouppopup.com/visa-requirements/
Please remember to do your own research as well and get all your papers in order well in advance of your trip.
What is required of me if I attend?
There is a skill share requirement for everyone who attends. This can be anything from teaching a class or running a discussion group to helping with event management or coordinating activities. For more information we encourage you to please read everything we have on how a Stone Soup Pop Up works.
What do I do for housing?
You are welcome to find your own housing in the area of the pop up or sometimes we have more communal housing options available.
If you are interested in communal housing options, please reach out on Facebook and we’ll let you know if there is anything available for this pop up.
If you want to find your own housing, there are several ways to do it.
1. Use Airbnb or another similar website.
2. Contact a real estate agent in the area so that they can help you find options.
3. Ask people in our Facebook group what they have found and if they have any suggestions.
Once you have located a desired home to stay in it is almost always worthwhile to ask them “is this your best price?” In developing countries it is especially common to ask for a better price and this is no different when looking for housing. If you plan to stay for more than a month you will usually get a discount and that discount only gets bigger the longer you plan to stay. Don’t be afraid to ask, it certainly doesn’t hurt.