Journey to the sacred shores of Lago Atitlán for a week of yoga, meditation, ceremony and transformation!
Lago Atitlán is a truly magical and magnetic place on the planet, believed by the Maya to represent the belly button of the Earth. Cradled in the embrace of three volcanoes, the lago is a powerful place to heal and balance our mind, body and heart. Discover a deep connection to the heart of the Earth, and your own heart. Relax and renew in our little piece of paradise.
~ Read Testimonials from retreat participants
September 9-16, 2017
Also offered: April 7-14, 2018
Our Sanctuary: Villa Sumaya
In Sanskrit, the word Sumaya means “long awaited dream come true.” Nestled into a secluded lakefront cove on the stunning shores of Lake Atitlán, Villa Sumaya rests upon 18 acres of sacred Mayan highlands and boasts panoramic views of a trio of spectacular volcanoes. The semi-tropical climate, lush and exotic vegetation and azure waters combine with the grandeur of the volcanoes. There are twelve Mayan villages surrounding the lake, each with its own distinctive style, culture and traditions. Villa Sumaya has been featured in Yoga Journal and Taschen’s “Great Yoga Retreats.”
Meals at Villa Sumaya are lovingly prepared at Café Sumaya Sol and offer a culinary-conscious menu for slow food aficionados and eco-epicureans. A vegetarian-based, eclectic blend of local and international cuisine is created fresh daily from Guatemala’s cornucopia of fruit and vegetables. Breakfast includes a main dish, granola, yogurt, fruit and daily specials. Lunch features a hearty vegetarian main course, organic greens, homemade bread and a local fruit platter. Dinners consist of soup, a vegetarian entrée, seasonal side dishes, organic greens and a scrumptious dessert. Chicken and fish are also available at a small additional cost. All meals are enjoyed while taking in stunning views of the lake.
- 7 nights / 8 days private or shared accommodation with lake views and patio seating
- 3 amazing vegetarian meals per day & unlimited coffee/tea/filtered water service
- Twice daily yoga and meditation sessions
- 3 sacred ceremonies
- Concierge service to assist with organizing all your transportation, spa services, cultural outings + early arrival and/or extended stays
- All taxes
*Not included: airfare, airport transfers, Villa Sumaya staff gratuities, alcoholic beverages, optional activities and excursions
A sweat lodge purification ceremony includes ritualized practices that connect us with Great Spirit and assist us in finding the power of our own unique voice while releasing all that no longer serves. In a traditional handcrafted lodge heated with hot stones and infused with medicinal plants, we’ll share sacred songs and specially prepared herbal tea to help clear and lift the emotional body, leaving you with a great sense of clarity of mind, openness of heart and physical renewal.
Xicoy, the Cacao Spirit, is one of the most playful spiritual guides in ancient Mayan cosmology. A traditional Mayan plant medicine, cacao induces an expansive, mood enhancing quality. It is used to uplift the spirit, open the heart, deepen focus, remove blockages and enhance awareness. Gathering in a sacred circle of celebration, we’ll partake in the ritual sharing of a cacao elixir- an experience that promotes a meditative, reflective state and inspires a profound sense of joy and heartfelt gratitude.
In the traditional Mayan day-count fire ceremony, beautiful offerings are created and consumed, invoking connectivity with source consciousness while prompting us to leave behind our conditioned concept of self and fueling the fire of our sacred life purpose. Resting in the stillness of the fire’s glow, we’re invited to lighten our load and soothe the scars resultant of life’s challenges, cultivating awareness and acceptance of the role we’ve played in the grand scheme of things.
Flow of the Week
Saturday: arrive & settle in / 4:30 opening circle / 6:30 dinner
Sunday: orientation, spa day, lower chakras, sweat lodge ceremony
Monday: lower chakras, journaling, yin yoga, vinyasa flow
Tuesday: heart chakra, metta (loving friendliness), cacao ceremony
Wednesday: heart chakra, hatha & kundalini yoga, pranayama (breath work), Mayan fire ceremony
Thursday: upper chakras, mindfulness, optional San Juan trip
Friday: upper chakras, journaling, meditation, closing circle
7:30 tea & fruit / 8am yoga & meditation / 9:30 breakfast / 11:00 workshop or ceremony / 1:00 lunch, free time / 4:30 learning circle and practice / 6:30 dinner
Michelle Margaret Fajkus
I am a believer in the power of poetry, circles and stories. I am the creator of Yoga Freedom and have been teaching hatha yoga since 2002.
Raised in Austin, Texas, my home base since 2012 is Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan highlands, where I enjoy writing, reading, playing with my daughter, teaching, learning, being in nature, speaking Spanglish with my partner, cooking, eating, hiking, swimming, and generally soaking in the present moment.
I’m also a freelance blogger, most notably for Elephant Journal and have self-published a number of inspiring books. Since 2010, I’ve been giving yoga retreats in Guatemala that incorporate spirituality (yoga, mindfulness, meditation); creativity (writing, art, music, dance); good food (mindful eating, healthy vegetarian diet); and community (ceremony, good company, sharing circles, laughter).My style of yoga is called Yoga Schmoga, and it incorporates hatha yoga asanas, pranayama (breath work), yin yoga and restorative poses, mindfulness practices and meditation. I draw also from the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Since 2015, I’ve been the retreat and reservations manager at Villa Sumaya. Read Levitating Monkey Interview with Michelle
Double Occupancy: Rooms feature either 2 twin beds or 1 queen — perfect for friends or couples traveling together. $1,795
Single Occupancy: Rooms feature a queen or king bed — great for solo travelers and those wishing for more privacy. $2,150
* All prices are per person. Rooms are reserved on a first come, first served basis. All prices are in USD. A non-refundable deposit of $550 will secure your spot. Final balance is due 3 months prior to the retreat. The group is intimate. Space is limited to 10 maximum. Advance registration is recommended.
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