In the yoga tradition, the sacred lake, source-place of all creation, is the exquisite space of the heart, symbolically called the lake of the heart.
Eliot warmly invites you to take part daily in yoga practices of asana, meditation, chanting, contemplation and the study of inspiring sacred texts intended to open the channels that take us deeply into the space of the heart, source place of all creation.
2.5 hour morning asana
sunrise and sunset meditations
3 delicious vegetarian meals
elegant and comfortable accommodations
beautiful gardens for rest and relaxation at Villa Sumaya.
Accommodations and meals
prices per person (txs incl)
Single occupancy $1065 – $1240 US
Double occupancy $855 – $925 US
does not include airfare or transportation
$425 CDN (txs incl) per person
detailed information at
Eliot’s greatest delight arises in teaching yoga to guide students to discover the beauty and magnificence of their true Self. Though her passion for the connection of all things has led her to study holistic nutrition, ReiKi healing and yoga, her preferred medium is teaching yoga. She completed Anusara Teacher Training in 2010 and certified in hatha yoga. She gratefully continues the study and refinement of asana under the guidance of certified teachers in the Iyengar tradition.
Not only is she committed to continuously hone her skills to practice and teach asana, but as a long-time meditator and student of non-dual Tantra, she also elegantly weaves higher teachings into her classes as a way of bringing students deeper into the subtler realms of experience.
Eliot teaches to support the increase of awareness and to empower students to align with their highest potential in their bodies, their minds and their hearts. Her wholesome classes follow the rhythms of the moon and always include aligned asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation.
About the practices
Āsana (yoga postures)
Eliot teaches asana according to her own practice and experience. During an asana class, she pays close attention to the students strengths and needs and adapts her classes to support each student accordingly. Though her classes emphasize proper body alignment that Eliot continuously studies and refines, she also weaves the teachings of yoga elegantly into the poses to guide students to the subtler realms of the Self and expand their awareness.
Prāṇāyāma (breathing techniques)
Breath awareness brings us into greater intimacy with our bodies and is a vehicle for our awareness to travel into subtler, peaceful and yet powerful realms of the Self. During retreat, Eliot teaches prāṇāyāma every afternoon.
Thanks to Eliot’s continued studies within the tradition of non-dual Tantra and sacred scripture, she has acquired a love for sacred Indian chants and mantras. Having experienced the beneficial power of chanting herself, she is grateful to be able to share them with others.
During the sacred times of the rising sun and the setting of the sun, Eliot guides students to repose their awareness in the continuous rising and setting pulsation in the heart center and infuse with the rich and uplifting essence of the highest Self.
This year’s retreat will be founded on selected verses from various sacred texts from India, with particular emphasis on the energies of sun and moon.
Exceptionally this year, Eliot’s sister, Maya archeologist Mary Jana Acuña, will be offering short lectures on the symbolism of sun and moon energies according to the Maya tradition. Between Eliot and Mary Jane, they will energetically connect mystical traditions and provide students wisdom teachings to connect to their own inner currents.
Participants will be invited to be in silence during a determined period of time in order to enjoy more fully the inward turning of awareness.
Every year Eliot offers retreat students the opportunity to participate in a beautiful and powerful protective fire ceremony celebrated by a Maya Guide.
The price for lodging and food is given separately from Eliot’s teaching fees because Villa Sumaya charges in US dollars.
Prices , taxes included [per person]
Lotus House rooms:
Single occupancy $1065 US
Double occupancy $ 855 US
Single occupancy $1240 US
Double occupancy $ 925 US
What is included?
Three delicious and nourishing vegetarian meals daily and ongoing coffee and tea service
Elegant and comfortable accommodations for seven nights
Yoga with Eliot
$425 CDN (taxes included) per person
Morning and evening meditation practice
2.5-hour morning asana practice and guided study
2-hour afternoon restorative and prāṇāyāma practice
a fire protection ceremony with a Maya guide
What is not included?
-Airfare to and from Guatemala
most students find deals of approx. 750$-800$ if shopped in advance.
-Transportation to and from Villa Sumaya
Shuttle : approx. 180$ US round trip for a single person.
If participants share a shuttle, the price is distributed amongst them to up to $70 per passenger round trip
Boat: $30 US round trip
-Any additional snacks and beverages during your stay
-Any additional spa and tour services
Registration (check, cash or transfer)
Deposit of $500 US upon registration
Total payment required by December 15, 2017
Please make all payments to the name of Eliot Acuna
In case of cancellation before December 15, 2017, you will be reimbursed minus a CDN $350 fee.
The total amount is non-reimbursable after December 28, 2017.