Upcoming Group Retreats

Jul
1
Sun
Astrology, Tarot and Breathwork with Nirguna
Jul 1 2018 – Apr 30 2019 all-day

Astrology, Tarot and Breathwork with Nirguna

Available year-round; inquire for dates!

Enjoy a week of deep personal journeywork with the spiritual coaching of Deva Nirguna.
The retreat starts with an astrology and Tarot session to see how to open the doors to deeper awareness illuminating your unique path of self discovery.

Together we will create a plan for the week from the following menu of practices: chakra breathing, quantum light breath, kundalini and active meditations, sound healing, massage,  tantra homeplay exercises, use of ethno-medicines, art and creativity sessions.

The personal retreat features 15 hours of one-on-one coaching, including two-hour daily sessions and 3 “check-ins”.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights of deluxe, single accommodation
  • daily vegetarian meals and beverage service
  • all taxes

Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, optional tours & activities

Timing, Pricing & Registration

Available weekly! Please send us your date request.

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

To learn more or sign up, please contact reservations@villasumaya.com.

About the Instructor

As a coach and guide with more than 45 years of experience I can hold the space for you to grow with the wisdom of your heart. I was in India with Osho in the 70’s, was a major assistant in the Sky Dancing Institute of Margot Anand in the 80’s, was part of visionary ethnobotanical journeywork with Ralph Metzner in the 90’s and have been resident here at the Lake since then.

I am an architect, artist, musician astrologer, tarot reader certified massage therapist, Sky Dancing teacher, and Being True To You coach

Holistic Lifestyle Coaching: Yoga and Face Yoga, Raw Food Facials, Cacao Ceremony and Henna with Krystalyn
Jul 1 2018 – Apr 30 2019 all-day

Holistic Lifestyle Coaching: Yoga and Face Yoga, Raw Food Facials, Cacao Ceremony and Henna with Krystalyn

Available December – April; inquire for dates!

Open to your authentic expression and connect with your heart through yoga, art and ceremony.

During this week-long workshop, you are invited to:

  • Daily yoga classes infused with healing touch
  • One hour-long holistic coaching sessions
  • Raw food facial
  • Customized henna body art
  • Heart-opening cacao ceremony

What’s Included

  • 7 nights of deluxe, single accommodation
  • daily vegetarian meals and beverage service
  • all taxes

Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, optional tours & activities

Timing, Pricing & Registration

Available weekly through April 2019! Please send us your date request.

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

To learn more or sign up, please contact reservations@villasumaya.com.

About the Instructor

Krystalyn Norton is an experienced 500 E-RYT and holds two life coaching certifications based on sattvic and esoteric principals. She has trained in postural alignment, yoga therapeutics and internal martial arts. Her yoga classes are holistic and tailored to fit the experience level of the participants, allowing space for growth and transformation.

Jul
7
Sat
Paola Claire ~ Reclaiming your Sacred Center through Ritual, Yoga & Healing Touch
Jul 7 2018 – Apr 30 2019 all-day

Yoga instructor poseLearn to bring natural balance into your life through yogic principles, movement, ceremony, and vibrational healing with crystals.

During this week-long workshop, you are invited to:

  • Daily two-hour yoga classes infused with healing touch
  • One 1.5-hour massage
  • Heart-opening cacao ceremony
  • Guided ceremonial sweat with essential oils and sound healing

What’s Included

  • 7 nights of deluxe, single accommodation
  • daily vegetarian meals and beverage service
  • all taxes

Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, optional tours & activities

Timing, Pricing & Registration

Available weekly through December 2018! Please send us your date request.

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

To learn more or sign up, please contact reservations@villasumaya.com.

About the Instructor

Paola Paola is trained as a nutritionist and has also studied Ayurvedic nutrition extensively in India. She takes the best of both complementary traditions. For the past 13 years, she has been living at Lake Atitlan, where she practices and teaches hatha yoga and offers Ayurvedic massage, Shiatsu and Thai massage.

Jul
14
Sat
Jacci & Lisa ~ The Road Not Yet Taken: A Guatemalan Adventure
Jul 14 – Jul 21 all-day

Journey with us for a yoga vacation to traverse new roads, meet new people, and explore new ways of being in your body and in the world. Each day we will greet the morning with a varied practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation and close most days the same way.

In between, we will explore local sites such as the Chi Chi market and town of Santiago. One day we will hike to El Pico De Cielo with local tour guides and enjoy a picnic lunch at the summit.

The Sanskrit word Seva means service. As part of our week we will practice Seva by supporting a local community. There will be plenty of time for integrating your experience with reading, resting, or just hanging out in the lush gardens or pool area at Villa Sumaya. The trip includes three fresh, vegetarian meals each day (meat options are available at an additional cost).

About the Instructors

Jacci Gruninger

A Santa Fe based yoga teacher, educator and human being, Jacci feels she has been on a journey of awareness and awakening her whole life. She reflects that she was practicing “yoga” before she ever practiced yoga. This way of being alive and present for every experience is what calls to her most deeply and infuses her teaching. She uses the practice of yoga to see how her habits restrict, distract and cause suffering. Using the skill of witnessing, which she learned from her teachers Yoganand Michael Carroll and Sudhir Jonathon Foust, she is now better able to see her habits and open to her life finding more freedom and joy.

As a teacher, Jacci invites her students to go inside and feel rather than focusing on what the pose looks like. She uses the techniques of inquiry, witnessing and allowing to encourage students to be present with their life in the moment.

Jacci has over 1500 hours of training in a wide variety of yoga disciplines in addition to receiving her Masters of Health Science from The George Washington University. She completed her 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga in addition to completing a second 500 hour certification in yoga therapy (ERYT-500). She is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), registered prenatal yoga teacher (RPYT), as well as a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist.

Jacci is the Executive Director of the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts as well as Director of their 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, Basic Prenatal, Restorative Yoga, and Gentle Yoga Teacher Trainings.

Lisa Gulotta

Movement, rhythm, and dance have been my primary sources of joy from earliest memory. A childhood injury at an early age, however, made me conscious of what a gift it really was to be able to move freely. The result has been an inspiring journey through life.

That injury brought me to a renewed relationship to my body and to an even deeper, more conscious exploration of the joy—and the health benefits—to be found in movement.

My journey began when I entered my first dance class at the age of four. Years of training led to dance performance and choreography, gradually evolving into a career in the fitness profession. In my late thirties I discovered yoga. This was a revelation, for it proved to be the culminating discipline that enabled me to integrate all my interests. In my personal life, yoga has become my primary mode of self-expression. In my teaching, it becomes one of three pillars: dance, fitness, yoga.

These pillars support what has turned out to be an even more encompassing love: teaching itself. I realized I had a passion for sharing the joy of movement with others. A significant part of my life, now, lies in helping students open to the sources of joy within their own bodies. I take delight in seeing them respond to what is really a simple truth: Movement is life.

In 2007, I became a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. The same year I also finished my studies with the Cancer Exercise Training Institute and became certified as a Cancer Exercise Specialist.

I continue to study with Elise Miller, a Senior Iyengar Teacher, and have certified with her as a Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer.

Among all these activities, I can honestly say that my proudest moment was the deep satisfaction I felt after creating and completing a special video program for cancer patients and survivors: The Next Step, Vol. 1: Restorative Exercises After Breast Cancer.

For more information or to register, please see True Nature Travels.

Email: info@TrueNatureTravels.com

Jul
21
Sat
Ashlie Woods ~ Wildhearted: Unleash your Life
Jul 21 – Jul 28 all-day

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Experience Profound Freedom

Of all the suffering we experience in life none is more debilitating and unnecessary than the suffering that results from our unexamined beliefs about how things should be. An idea that our life situation should be different, the people around us should be different and perhaps the most unsettling of all, that we should be different.

To cultivate a wild heart is to break free from the prison of shoulds and to not only accept and love yourself but to celebrate yourself and the unique gifts you bring to the world. Only when we are free can we truly create our lives.

You are beautiful.

You are worthy of all that you desire.

You are a brilliant creator with the power to create your life.

Everything you could ever want is waiting for you.

This is your time.

We will meet daily to meditate, write, share, dance, laugh, cry, play and create. Together we will explore, discover, release and celebrate. You will experience newfound freedom to move and be in the world. You will experience profound peace. You will touch the very center of your true nature which is unconditional love itself and it will change everything. You will leave Guatemala with a new family of open-hearted and like-minded souls that have witnessed your journey and held space for your transformation. The connections you will make are priceless.

What’s Included

  • The life-changing work we will do together.
  • Transfer from Guatemala City to Lake Atitlan and back to the airport on departure day.
  • 7 nights double occupancy accommodation at the beautiful Villa Sumaya Eco-Chic Wellness Center. (Single rooms available for an additional $400)
  • 3 healthy and delicious vegetarian meals a day.
  • Sacred Mayan Rituals and Ceremonies.
  • An hour treatment at the Harmony Spa.
  • Gratuity for the staff at Villa Sumaya.

It’s my intention to make your trip as seamless and easy as possible. I’ve included everything in the total retreat price including transfers and gratuities so that you don’t have to worry about additional costs adding up as you go. It’s all taken care of and designed with the fullest experience in mind.
The costs not included are your airfare to/from Guatemala and the optional things like added excursions and spa treatments, meals you elect to eat outside of Villa Sumaya, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, trip insurance and internet (available for $20/week however I encourage you to unplug).

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My journey to freedom began over a decade ago when I attended a weekend workshop and discovered that I wasn’t broken. That life-changing moment propelled me along an endless path of self-love and authentic living. In the decade since, I’ve come to know the wholeness of who I am, to trust my intuition for guidance and to believe that I am worthy of what I most desire.

Wildhearted Retreats were born out of this deep knowing and what I have come to call a Divine Download, a vision that struck me and spoke directly to my heart. I have answered that call and am doing the work I am meant to do in this world. It is my passion and an absolute joy!

My approach is one of compassionate investigation. I operate from a basic belief that you are incredibly powerful and perfectly whole. My gifts are in my ability to provide a safe space, to listen beyond what is said and to ask questions that take you right to the heart of the matter. The courage to be honest with yourself and with me is key to your growth and the results you will produce. No one can do the work for you but you don’t have to do it alone. I will walk beside you and lovingly reflect back to you the truth that has always been there wanting to be seen – you are powerful, beautiful and worthy beyond measure.

Registration

For more information, please visit ashliewoods.com or email ashlie@ashliewoods.com.

Jul
31
Tue
David Ault ~ Unconditional Love in Action
Jul 31 – Aug 7 all-day
Aug
11
Sat
Aimee Hansen ~ Storyteller Within: Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat
Aug 11 – Aug 19 all-day

Listed among top 5 recommendations for ‘Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend’ for three years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018). Join a women’s sacred circle for a creative inner journey in stoking your soul voice with meditation, yoga, and self-exploratory writing. Together we form an intimate circle for reflecting, releasing, and discovering. Created for all women who want to reveal their own truths, connect to their intuition, re-ignite their soul voice, feel empowered in their self-expression (whatever form it takes), and be inspired as the courageous storyteller of their own lives…this retreat is a gathering of women in the spirit of reclamation.

“For thousands of years, in tribes and villages around the world, women have come together in circles to share, to teach, to listen, to learn. The pulse of these women still beats within us. Their wisdom flows through time, whispering to us the song of female connection and beauty. We only need to stop long enough and put our ear to our heart to hear the call.” – HeatherAsh Amara

Glimpse of the Retreat

Find yourself in a magical, luxury setting on Lake Atitlan. Practice meditation and yoga as we look out over lake and volcanoes. Gather for raw, intimate expression with brave and beautiful women in sacred circle. Indulge in fresh, delicious meals. Relax in a hammock. Take a swim. Join candle-lit ceremony. Fall asleep to the lull of the lake beneath watch of the stars.

Retreat Intention

In a stunning location, you will step back and surround yourself with beauty and nature as we set out on a creative and transformative journey through meditation, yoga, and self-exploratory writing. With the space to breathe, stretch and relax, you will connect with your center and express from your core.

The Journey Into Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat is not about “writing” as an art form. We ourselves are the art form, and writing is our channel for vulnerability, insight and revelation. Every woman has a voice in her own life – we are gathering together to raise it up. The retreat invites you to explore and embrace your role as the storyteller of your life – encouraging you to open up the narratives you live through so you can step more fully into your self-expression.

Inspired in part by the four shamanic directions, you are invited to take an honest and creative journey to reclaim your inner voice and heart guidance. Each morning, we’ll spark our intentions with yoga, as we awake to exceptional beauty.
In our women’s circle, we raise inner journey themes and work through them with dynamic, reflective, and creative self-exploratory writing exercises. Together, we do much more than write. The circle provides a loving and encouraging space to free your inner voices, speak your experience, enliven your possibilities, and connect more deeply within and with each other. The alchemy is in the sharing.

You will also participate in afternoon/evening ceremonies with guest facilitators as we stoke our soul voices and connect with our energies – such as Sound Healing, Traditional Mayan Fire, Cacao Ceremony, and Movement or Dance.

The Journey Into Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat has been listed among top 5 recommendations for ‘Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend’ for three years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018) by The Write Life.

Sample Daily Flow

7:15-9:00 Meditation & Holistic Hatha Flow/Vinyasa Flow
9:00 Delicious Breakfast
10.15-1.00 Sacred Expression Writing Circle/Discussion
1:00-4.00 Delicious Lunch & Free Time
4:00-6.30 Sacred Expression Writing Circle/Discussion
6.30 – 7.30 Delicious Dinner
7.45 Sauna, Circle, Healing Ceremonies (some evenings)

Note: On two days, we’ll hold longer breaks (holding only one afternoon or evening writing circle) and offer optional group excursions – a visit to a local village or kayak/hiking adventure option.

The Facilitators

Aimee Hansen

Aimee Hansen has always had an irresistible attraction to words and metaphors as a way of playing, provoking, revealing, exploring, understanding, and connecting. Her intensive studies with an intuitive mentor who called her “the storyteller” and her own passion for human insight started her on an ever curious and unfolding journey into the nature of perception. Her work explores the power of the stories we tell within our lives and invites a creative and playful adventure in the yoga of perspective. She works as a freelance writer as well, and her passions include writing children stories and poetry.

She is inspired and humbled by witnessing how something raw and honest in the human spirit aches to open, when given the invitation. She created the Storyteller Within retreats to share in the experience of exploring our humanity and stepping together into our courage as women.

 

 

 

Heather Daya Rideout

Heather rubbed a genie’s lamp and went on a magic carpet-ride with yoga in 1999 when she set off for her first big backpacking journey to Nepal. The moment she landed in Kathmandu, she knew something inside of her had come home.  A graduate of over 600 hours with Asheville Yoga Center’s teacher training programs, her adventures with yoga and global travel have taken her to living abroad extensively since 2008. She has led classes, workshops and retreats in Nicarauga, Morocco, Bali, India, Guatemala, Malaysia and Thailand.  Heather’s teaching shares inspiration from the cultures of these magical places, places that constantly teach her how to most live yoga by being immersed in the energy of the current moment.Heather is dedicated to guiding others on a path of exploring full-spectrum yoga in ways that liberate them to move, breathe and live more from the heart.  Whether she is leading Vinyasa Flow, Yin or Restorative classes, Heather integrates a mix of creativity blended with a down-to-earth nature that invokes a soulful, breath-inspired journey suitable for all.  She is fascinated by the messages taught in yoga philosophy, storytelling and mythology, so these elements often enrich her offerings.  At the core, Heather wants to remind you of being curious, introspective, grateful, authentic and balanced…so you can take care of yourself and dive fully into this sometimes wild, crazy and amazing ride called Life.
Read more about Heather at www.wanderyoga.com

Words from Women Who Attended This Retreat in 2018:

My experience of this retreat was nothing short of magical. I shed toxic stories that held me captive for far too long. I rediscovered parts of myself that were buried somewhere within for indeterminate amounts of time, and even discovered aspects of myself that I never knew existed. I spoke truths that I previously never dared. I danced, stomped, howled at the moon, cried, felt alive in ways I didn’t know were possible, profoundly connected to myself and other beautiful women, and emerged with a light inside of myself that continues to shine brightly even a month after returning to “real” life. Aimee‘s own courage, passion, and unwavering honesty made the Storyteller Within journey possible for me. Aimee created a space that invited each individual woman to find her voice and let it echo loudly and proudly for all to hear, while also helping to weave a connection between the women in the group that made the experience truly meaningful. I am steeped in gratitude to her, and cannot recommend this retreat highly enough. (Ellen, August 2017)

There are some people who, within minutes of meeting them, you know that you will never forget. Aimee Hansen is this person. Her unique and uncanny ability to lead a retreat that shakes, breaks, and ultimately empowers women is some of the most beautiful talent I’ve ever been lucky enough to witness. She thinks of every detail, hangs on to every word, and makes every single woman feel seen. Over the course of one week, I filled an entire notebook with words, thoughts, emotions, trying to adequately capture the magic that occurred. I’ve never been so happy to say: I completely failed. Because this retreat isn’t something that can ever be regurgitated or described in a way that will do it justice. You will just have to take the leap & go. (Avani, January 2018)

Retreat Rate:

8 nights, 9 days including arrival & departure
Double Room, Mayan Rose House: $1,695
Private Room upgrade: $400
Private Suite upgrade:  $470
Early bird available from now until June 11th, 2018

includes

– Daily guided meditation & yoga

– Two self-exploratory writing circles on most days

– 8 nights accommodation at Villa Sumaya (double or private)

– Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch & dinner

– Unlimited tea/coffee service

– 3+ sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan, Sound, Dance)

– One group wood-burning sauna

– Use of solar spa pools

– Gratituities for the local indigenous staff

– All Taxes

Find Out More

To find out more about the Women’s Sacred Expression Retreats, please go to: The Storyteller Within or email aimee@thestorytellerwithin.com.

Aug
18
Sat
Michelle Margaret – The Path of Beauty
Aug 18 – Aug 19 all-day

Yoga & Writing Weekend Retreats

 

AUGUST 18-19     *     SEPTEMBER 1-2     *      SEPTEMBER 22-23

*Minimum 3 participants

 

Enjoy a weekend getaway to relax and recharge with a heart-opening yoga practice designed to accommodate all levels, ages and body types. Participate in a writing circle, focused on introspective journaling and optional sharing, clarifying your life goals by tapping your creative muse and inspiring new growth. Take home healthy habits and life-empowering practices that will enhance your personal well being and nurture your intuitive intelligence.

 

Saturday
11:00 opening circle (intention setting, yoga, journaling)
1:30 lunch & free time (swim, soak in the hot tub, hang out in a hammock, treat yourself to a spa treatment, etc.)
4:00 afternoon workshop (yin yoga, pranayama/breathing, chanting, writing/journaling, mindfulness)
6:30 dinner

Sunday
7:30 morning flow (gentle stretching, pranayama/breathing, journaling)
9:00 breakfast
10:30 closing ritual: sacred sauna ceremony
1:00 lunch

What’s Included

  • All yoga & writing workshops
  • One night accommodation in a gorgeous room or suite {private and shared options available}
  • Four amazing meals {2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast} and unlimited self-serve coffee/tea/water
  • Sacred sauna ceremony

Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, optional tours & activities

Pricing & Registration

Shared room — Q1000
Private room — Q1300

*Minimum 3 participants

To learn more or sign up, please contact reservations@villasumaya.com.

 

About the Instructor

Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a longtime yoga teacher, writer/blogger, and heart-centered human being. She has been  joyfully teaching yoga for over sixteen years and has facilitated yoga and mindfulness retreats in Guatemala since 2010. Her classes are suitable for all levels, ages and body types and incorporate hatha, vinyasa flow, dharma yoga, yin yoga, pranayama/breath work, chanting, mindfulness and relaxation. Please visit  Yoga Freedom for more information about Michelle.

Aug
25
Sat
Jess & Zach Poitra – For the Love of Shakti
Aug 25 – Sep 1 all-day

Villa Sumaya is a place where all of nature sings with the vibration of sacred expansion. When we intentionally open our hearts to the power of meditation further enhanced with the ancient path of plant medicine, we begin to walk anew upon the path of beauty. Please join me for this unique expression of sound healing within the sacred circle. This extraordinary journey of sacrament and song invites us to dive into the unknown in order to recreate ourselves in all-new, bright and beautiful ways.

We will be bringing the relationship between the divine feminine and the sacred masculine back into balance within the loving and receptive container of the divine mother– with ceremonies, integration circles, and heart-opening meditations.

Women, men, couples and families welcome. Childcare is available.

For full retreat details and curriculum, click here.

For reviews and accolades, click here.

What’s included

8 Days/7 Nights of deluxe accommodation

4 Plant medicine meditation ceremonies

Mayan Fire Ceremony

15 Guest Maximum

Pricing- $1750 pp/shared room – $2050 pp/private queen room

Retreat/registration information: here

Retreat leader’s name: Jess & Zach Poitra

 

 

More info about Jess Poitra here

Sep
1
Sat
Michelle Margaret – The Path of Beauty
Sep 1 – Sep 2 all-day

Yoga & Writing Weekend Retreats

 

AUGUST 18-19     *     SEPTEMBER 1-2     *      SEPTEMBER 22-23

*Minimum 3 participants

 

Enjoy a weekend getaway to relax and recharge with a heart-opening yoga practice designed to accommodate all levels, ages and body types. Participate in a writing circle, focused on introspective journaling and optional sharing, clarifying your life goals by tapping your creative muse and inspiring new growth. Take home healthy habits and life-empowering practices that will enhance your personal well being and nurture your intuitive intelligence.

 

Saturday
11:00 opening circle (intention setting, yoga, journaling)
1:30 lunch & free time (swim, soak in the hot tub, hang out in a hammock, treat yourself to a spa treatment, etc.)
4:00 afternoon workshop (yin yoga, pranayama/breathing, chanting, writing/journaling, mindfulness)
6:30 dinner

Sunday
7:30 morning flow (gentle stretching, pranayama/breathing, journaling)
9:00 breakfast
10:30 closing ritual: sacred sauna ceremony
1:00 lunch

What’s Included

  • All yoga & writing workshops
  • One night accommodation in a gorgeous room or suite {private and shared options available}
  • Four amazing meals {2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast} and unlimited self-serve coffee/tea/water
  • Sacred sauna ceremony

Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, optional tours & activities

Pricing & Registration

Shared room — Q1000
Private room — Q1300

*Minimum 3 participants

To learn more or sign up, please contact reservations@villasumaya.com.

 

About the Instructor

Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a longtime yoga teacher, writer/blogger, and heart-centered human being. She has been  joyfully teaching yoga for over sixteen years and has facilitated yoga and mindfulness retreats in Guatemala since 2010. Her classes are suitable for all levels, ages and body types and incorporate hatha, vinyasa flow, dharma yoga, yin yoga, pranayama/breath work, chanting, mindfulness and relaxation. Please visit  Yoga Freedom for more information about Michelle.

The Yoga People – Mandala Vinyasa, Yin Yoga & the Elements
Sep 1 – Sep 10 all-day

MANDALA VINYASA & THE ELEMENTS

A journey into the Mandala Vinyasa Classes Laboratory, learn to move 360 degrees around our mats, breathing and flowing through poses, inversions and introspection having each day a particular Element as our intention.

Certification: 30 hours Certification by The Yoga People / Yoga Alliance
Applies to The Yoga People 500 Hour Teacher Training Program – Yoga Alliance
Teachers: Dulce Aguilar & Jamie Clarke
Dates: 1st – 4th September 2018
Venue: Villa Sumaya | Santa Cruz la Laguna, Atitlan, Guatemala

Investment

Regular price $480 USD
EARLY BIRD $380 USD by securing your place before 01/June/2018

Cost does not include accommodation and meals. To secure your place a $250 USD registration fee is required; this is part of the tuition cost. Full payment is required 1 month before the course begins.

What’s included

  • Tuition
  • Materials
  • Yoga Alliance Certification

YIN YOGA & THE ELEMENTS

Join us on a 4-day intensive honoring Nature and the role that it plays inside of us. We will explore the introspective practice of Yin Yoga on a journey through the elements and the group of muscles that help us activate them.

Certification: 30 hours Certification by The Yoga People / Yoga Alliance
Applies to The Yoga People 500 Hour Teacher Training Program – Yoga Alliance
Teachers: Jamie Clarke (Magnetic Eagle) & Dulce Aguilar
Dates: 6th – 9th September 2018
Venue: Villa Sumaya | Santa Cruz la Laguna, Atitlan, Guatemala

Investment

Regular price $480 USD
EARLY BIRD $380 USD by securing your place before 01/June/2018
To secure your place a $250 USD registration fee is required; this is part of the tuition cost. Full payment is required 1 month before the course begins.

Cost does not include accommodation and meals.

What’s included

  • Tuition
  • Materials
  • Yoga Alliance Certification

For more information, please visit http://theyogapeople.com/yoga-teacher-training-guatemala/

About the teachers: The Yoga People

Dulce Aguilar

SINCE HER ENCOUNTER WITH YOGA, DULCE AGUILAR BEGAN A JOURNEY OF RE-CONNECTION WITH HER TRUE SELF. THIS HAPPENED WHEN SHE WAS 23 YEARS OLD IN A SMALL STUDIO IN MONTERREY MEXICO, SINCE THEN SHE DECIDED TO DEDICATE HER LIFE TO SHARE HER PASSION FOR YOGA & HEALING THROUGHOUT AMERICA, EUROPE & ASIA.

 

 

 

 

Jamie Clarke

JAMIE FOUND HIS JOURNEY INTO YOGA, WHILE LIVING IN SAN FRANCISCO IN 2001. IN ALMOST A MAGICAL TWIST OF SERENDIPITY, HE COLLIDED WITH HIS YOGA PATH JUST AS HE WAS STRUGGLING TO GET OVER THE SUDDEN DEATH OF HIS MUM. SINCE THEN YOGA HAS BECOME HIS JOURNEY, HIS MEDICINE, AND THE PORTAL THAT ALLOWS HIM TO VISIT A VERY PEACEFUL PLACE INSIDE HIMSELF. HE IS BLESSED THAT HE CAN NOW HELP OTHERS TO FIND THEIR SERENITY WITHIN THEMSELVES.

Sep
8
Sat
Paola ~ Reclaiming your Sacred Center through Ritual, Yoga & Healing Touch
Sep 8 – Sep 15 all-day

Reclaiming your Sacred Center through Ritual, Yoga & Healing Touch with Paola

Available year-round; inquire for dates!

Learn to bring natural balance into your life through yogic principles, movement, ceremony, and vibrational healing with crystals.

During this week-long workshop, you are invited to:

  • Five two-hour yoga classes infused with healing touch
  • One 1.5-hour massage
  • Heart-opening cacao ceremony
  • Guided ceremonial sweat with essential oils and sound healing

What’s Included

  • 7 nights of deluxe, single accommodation
  • daily vegetarian meals and beverage service
  • all taxes

Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, optional tours & activities

Timing, Pricing & Registration

Available weekly through April 2019! Please send us your date request.

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

To learn more or sign up, please contact reservations@villasumaya.com.

About the Instructor

paola2016Paola is trained as a nutritionist and has also studied Ayurvedic nutrition extensively in India. She takes the best of both complementary traditions. For the past 13 years, she has been living at Lake Atitlan, where she practices and teaches hatha yoga and offers Ayurvedic massage, Shiatsu and Thai massage.

Sep
15
Sat
Introduction to Ayurveda: Nutrition, Lifestyle, Massage and Yoga (for your body type) with Dee
Sep 15 – Sep 22 all-day

Available year-round; inquire for dates!

Learn how to create your Self-healing daily routine thanks to Ayurvedic and Yogic principles.

Connect and harmonize with your Nature.

Experience healing therapies designed to balance your vital energies (also known as dosha: Vata, Pitta, Kapha).

Understand the wisdom of the elements through workshop talks, yoga classes and daily routine.

Self-heal into awareness.

During this week-long workshop, you are invited to:

  • Five 1.5- hour yoga classes – themed on the elements & / doshas
  • Three therapies to balance and heal each dosha (Vata, Pitta, Kapha)
  • One dosha reading
  • Three lifestyle workshops

What’s Included

7 nights of deluxe, single accommodation

daily vegetarian meals and beverage service

all taxes

Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, optional tours & activities

 

Timing, Pricing & Registration

Available weekly through April 2019! Please send us your date request.

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

 

To learn more or sign up, please contact reservations@villasumaya.com.

About the Instructor

Dee Leborgne is a certified massage therapist and lifestyle consultant in Ayurveda, helping people balance their body, mind, and spirit.

Also a qualified yoga teacher, Dee uses these ancient sciences and her intuitive gift for healing to empower her clients to access their own inner resources and experience self-healing.

All her treatment are infused with a touch of energy healing.

 

 

 

 

Sep
22
Sat
Astrology, Tarot and Breathwork with Nirguna
Sep 22 – Sep 29 all-day

Astrology, Tarot and Breathwork with Nirguna

Available year-round; inquire for dates!

Enjoy a week of deep personal journeywork with the spiritual coaching of Deva Nirguna.
The retreat starts with an astrology and Tarot session to see how to open the doors to deeper awareness illuminating your unique path of self discovery.

Together we will create a plan for the week from the following menu of practices: chakra breathing, quantum light breath, kundalini and active meditations, sound healing, massage,  tantra homeplay exercises, use of ethno-medicines, art and creativity sessions.

The personal retreat features 15 hours of one-on-one coaching, including two-hour daily sessions and 3 “check-ins”.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights of deluxe, single accommodation
  • daily vegetarian meals and beverage service
  • all taxes

Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, optional tours & activities

Timing, Pricing & Registration

Available weekly! Please send us your date request.

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

To learn more or sign up, please contact reservations@villasumaya.com.

About the Instructor

As a coach and guide with more than 45 years of experience I can hold the space for you to grow with the wisdom of your heart. I was in India with Osho in the 70’s, was a major assistant in the Sky Dancing Institute of Margot Anand in the 80’s, was part of visionary ethnobotanical journeywork with Ralph Metzner in the 90’s and have been resident here at the Lake since then.

I am an architect, artist, musician astrologer, tarot reader certified massage therapist, Sky Dancing teacher, and Being True To You coach.

Michelle Margaret – The Path of Beauty
Sep 22 – Sep 23 all-day

Yoga & Writing Weekend Retreats

 

AUGUST 18-19     *     SEPTEMBER 1-2     *      SEPTEMBER 22-23

*Minimum 3 participants

 

Enjoy a weekend getaway to relax and recharge with a heart-opening yoga practice designed to accommodate all levels, ages and body types. Participate in a writing circle, focused on introspective journaling and optional sharing, clarifying your life goals by tapping your creative muse and inspiring new growth. Take home healthy habits and life-empowering practices that will enhance your personal well being and nurture your intuitive intelligence.

 

Saturday
11:00 opening circle (intention setting, yoga, journaling)
1:30 lunch & free time (swim, soak in the hot tub, hang out in a hammock, treat yourself to a spa treatment, etc.)
4:00 afternoon workshop (yin yoga, pranayama/breathing, chanting, writing/journaling, mindfulness)
6:30 dinner

Sunday
7:30 morning flow (gentle stretching, pranayama/breathing, journaling)
9:00 breakfast
10:30 closing ritual: sacred sauna ceremony
1:00 lunch

What’s Included

  • All yoga & writing workshops
  • One night accommodation in a gorgeous room or suite {private and shared options available}
  • Four amazing meals {2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast} and unlimited self-serve coffee/tea/water
  • Sacred sauna ceremony

Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, optional tours & activities

Pricing & Registration

Shared room — Q1000
Private room — Q1300

*Minimum 3 participants

To learn more or sign up, please contact reservations@villasumaya.com.

 

About the Instructor

Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a longtime yoga teacher, writer/blogger, and heart-centered human being. She has been  joyfully teaching yoga for over sixteen years and has facilitated yoga and mindfulness retreats in Guatemala since 2010. Her classes are suitable for all levels, ages and body types and incorporate hatha, vinyasa flow, dharma yoga, yin yoga, pranayama/breath work, chanting, mindfulness and relaxation. Please visit  Yoga Freedom for more information about Michelle.

Sep
29
Sat
Elspeth, TJ, & Ashleigh _ GUATEMALA YOGA RETREAT
Sep 29 – Oct 4 all-day

ABOUT

Ready to unwind and dig deeper into your practice? Join Highland Yoga for a yoga retreat this fall at Villa Sumaya, located on the picturesque shores of Lake Atitlan in the heart of the Guatemalan highlands. This retreat will include a little bit of everything–vinyasa flow, yin, meditation, spa days, Mayan fire rituals, and plenty of time for exploring the rich culture of Guatemala. Prepare to reconnect with yourself, rekindle your sense of adventure and curiosity, make new friends, and leave feeling balanced and rejuvenated.

DATES

Saturday, September 29 through Thursday, October 4, 2018.

PRICING

Depending on accommodation type, pricing ranges from $950-$1250.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner Daily  – fresh, locally grown cuisine

Unlimited drinking water/juice/specialty retreat teas

2 yoga classes daily

Workshops

Daily meditation and journal

Mayan fire ritual

ADDITIONAL EXCURSIONS & AMENITIES

Exploring nearby villages and markets

Mayan sweat lodge

Volcano hike

Kayaking tour

Spa services

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare/transportation to and from airport.

HOW TO SIGN UP

In order to reserve your spot, a non-refundable deposit of $600 is required. Payment in full is due no later than July 20, 2018. Please note that all payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Payment may be made by credit card, check, or cash.

Please email elsie@highland-yoga.com with any questions or to move forward with booking.

We hope you will join us for this vacation in paradise!

More info Here 

TJ MANGRUM

TJ is a 200 hour RYT and 200 hour YogaHour trained yoga instructor. TJ’s love for yoga began with love for physical health and developed into a deeper love when her mind and body began working together to create a moving meditation. Having grown up an athlete, TJ brings heat and intensity into her classes while maintaining space for her students to explore their spirituality. TJ believes in the power of proper alignment and patience with the body. TJ infuses a fiery practice with a spiritual connection the the heart.

ASHLEIGH WHELAN

Ashleigh never thought she would end up a yogi, much less a yoga teacher, but she is so glad she did! We can’t always predict how things will turn out, but through yoga we can learn to adjust how we respond. Yoga helps us live more mindfully by connecting the body, mind, and spirit, and it opens our hearts to make more room fo r love. Ashleigh completed her RYT-200 at Highland Yoga, but her journey has just begun. She is enlivened to be a life-long student of yoga asana and yoga philosophy.

ELSPETH BROTHERTON

Searching for ways to cope with stress and anxiety, Elspeth discovered yoga and was quickly hooked during her final year of law school. She explored a wide array of asana practices before finding her home in Vinyasa.

A classically trained pianist, Elspeth is known for her carefully curated playlists, powerful sequences and intuitive breath cues, all of which intend to compel her students ever deeper into their minds, bodies and breathing.

Elsie completed her 200-hour teacher training in Dallas, Texas at Uptown Yoga and has since taught over 2000 hours of yoga classes accruing her E-RYT designation. Elspeth and her husband John are the founders and owners of Highland Yoga. She received her J.D. from Emory and practiced as a litigator in Dallas and Atlanta before taking to the mat full time.

Oct
6
Sat
Swami Asokananda and Kālyana Karine Amalric – Yoga & Holistic Health
Oct 6 – Oct 12 all-day

Swami Asokananda and Kālyana Karine Amalric

Come and nourish your soul at the exclusive Villa Sumaya located in Santa Cruz La Laguna in the heart of the Mayan highlands on the shores of Lake Atitlán believed by the Maya to be the center of the Universe where God’s seeds of mankind evolved.

Dive deeply into the Integral Yoga Institute and Kalyana Ka healthy life style. Enjoy a daily yoga practice that includes an early morning meditation, and two Hatha Integral Yoga classes (morning and afternoon) overlooking the beauties of the lake. Listen to presentations by Swami Asokananda and Kālyana that will emphasize the ultimate goal of yoga – the quietude of the mind. Rejuvenate and end each day with guided deep relaxation called Yoga Nidra, a healing technique that brings about a deep sense of surrender and helps to let go of what no longer serves you. Learn how to create your daily routine with Kalyana – simple actions that will have a profound effect on your well being. Be in the presence of a Mayan shaman and experience a powerful healing ceremony.

Savor delicious and nutritious foods, an eclectic blending of local and international vegetarian cuisines. Make the best of your free time – relax, read, write, swim, kayak, sunbathe, go for walks, linger at the spa, explore the neighboring villages etc. It’s your vacation, remember to do what makes you feel good.

Return home refreshed and inspired with the tools to keep this positive momentum in motion.

 

Price per person – Double occupancy per room with private bathroom, from $1550 USD

PRICE FOR A COUPLE – Bring someone you care for with you to share this precious sojourn
and save – Double occupancy per room with private bathroom, from $2950 USD

Includes :

Accommodation for 6 nights in the charming wellness center Villa Sumaya; three daily copious vegetarian meals.
Two Integral Hatha yoga class daily
One half an hour morning meditation
One daily evening deep guided relaxation
One workshop about how to create your daily healthy routine
One workshop about The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
One ceremony with a Mayan Shaman
Transportation in bus round trip airport – wellness center

Website link:
https://www.inspiredyogatravels.com/

Website:
www.inspiredyogatravels.com

About the teachers:

KALYANA KARINE AMALRIC

Kālyana is her Sanskrit name, Karine is her French one. Born in France now based in New York; she was introduced to yoga in India in 2003, and has been practicing since then. She graduated from Integral Yoga Institute, in NYC, Asanas and Pranayama : Level I 200-Hour; Asanas and Pranayama : Intermediate Level II 176-Hour, Gentle and Chair training 100-Hour; and Raja Yoga, the philosophy and psychology of yoga 80-Hour.

She is as well a certified kids yoga teacher, graduated from Kidding Around Yoga school.
Kālyana is a passionate, spiritual, and artistic person, also dedicated, and practical.
Her background is rich in travel, fitness, nutrition and creative work, all formative experiences that have helped her teach spiritual well being, wholeness, and healthy living.
Her everyday life embraces yoga, meditation, organic living, and the learning of spiritual teachings. This routine helps her to convey a sense of stability, and mindfulness to students, and others.
As an Integral Yoga Hatha teacher she approaches each class as a complete yoga practice, experiencing chanting, asānas or physical poses, a guided deep relaxation, prānayama or breathing techniques, and a brief meditation.
She created her company Kālyana Ka in 2015 and created Inspired Yoga Travels in 2016 as her passion is to create and lead people around the world. One country; one theme. ‘Inspired’ stands for creativity; ‘Yoga’ stands for learning a healthy life style, and Travels/Vacations for FUN, as she believes life is meant to be fun, and lived in joy!

SWAMI ASOKANANDA

Monk since 1973, he is one of Integral Yoga’s foremost teachers, known for his warmth, intelligence, and good humor. His teaching comes out of his own practice and experience, since he has absorbed the wisdom of his guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda, since the age of 19. While he enjoys sharing the practical wisdom of the Yogic philosophy (especially that of the great Indian scripture the Bhagavad Gita), he also loves his practice of Hatha Yoga and is one of our primary instructors for Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. In the past, he has served as the president of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville® and Integral Yoga® International; he is currently the President of the New York Integral Yoga Institute.

Oct
11
Thu
Gioconda Parker ~ International 200-Hour Teacher Training in Guatemala
Oct 11 – Oct 28 all-day

 

Join Wanderlust and Gioconda Parker for our first ever 200-hour teacher training retreat. Our teacher training program is inspired by the Wanderlust Festival experience, and as at our festivals, you will be treated to world-class yoga instruction and a journey of self-discovery and exploration in the beautiful setting of Guatemala. Your experience will be one-of-a-kind as you immerse yourself in a community of like-minded and inspired yogis dedicated to daily practice and learning.

Wanderlust Teacher Training Retreat will give aspiring teachers and seasoned practitioners the chance to deepen their knowledge and refine their practice in this transformational immersion. With the new experience and understanding acquired during your Wanderlust Teacher Training, you will have a greater command of your practice, have the tools and knowledge to sequence, create and teach an effective vinyasa flow class and be prepared to dive deeper into the method that most inspires you. We don’t expect everyone who completes the 200-hour training to become a teacher, but whatever your path, the Wanderlust Teacher Training will guide you to your true north.

 

About the Leader

Gioconda has been practicing and teaching yoga for the past 20 years. Along with two decades of yoga training and practice, she holds a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in Peter Levine’s Trauma Therapy technique. She currently resides part-time in Austin, part-time in the mountains of Colorado and part-time on the road sharing yoga as a guest teacher and a guest teacher trainer at both the 200 and 300-hour levels. In addition to leading yoga classes, yoga training/immersions, and yoga retreats, she also has a private practice where she combines her unique skill sets to offer support to clients who are in transition and looking to integrate past experiences to live in the present with more joy and vitality.

 

Oct
21
Sun
Deb Kern ~ Sacred Women’s Retreat 1
Oct 21 – Oct 27 all-day

The time is now…

This is a call for every woman to love, honor and express her true self.

 

Join Dr. Deb Kern for this sacred pilgrimage to a magical, Mayan retreat center on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala where you’ll be soothed by the tranquility of the water, held by the strength of the volcano, enticed by the sweetness of the flowers, and awakened by the wildness of the jungle.

 

Lake Atitlan, the deepest lake in Central America, is often called the belly button of the Earth. It is here, held by the energies of the Divine Feminine, that you’ll journey back to your true essence through dance, yoga, meditation, journaling, quiet time, nourishing food, sacred ceremony and supportive sisterhood.

The world needs you to shine your light as the person you were born to be.

This retreat will help you:

* Remember your true nature

* Rediscover your unique gifts

* Reclaim comfort, ease and grace in your body

* Release the past in order to create the life you desire

You’ll feel like yourself again.

Free from self-limiting ideas of what you ‘should’ be doing and who you ‘should be,’ you’ll be filled with energy and clarity to create the life you desire.

 

About the leader:

Deb Kern, Ph.D. is a teacher of vision, a sought-after intuitive guide, health scientist, author and speaker. She has studied with medicine women in Costa Rica, shamans in Bali, and Ayurvedic masters from India to California. A former nurse, health educator, and scientist, Deb conducted a groundbreaking study proving that mind/body integrated approaches to exercise were more effective at reducing anxiety than conventional approaches to exercise. Deb is also a yoga therapist, NIA black belt teacher, and creatrix of PranaShakti–a mind/body movement form.

 

Testimonials:

My friend and colleague Dr. Deborah Kern, who I would trust with my LIFE, is giving a rare opportunity for women. I can’t even begin to express how heavenly and empowering Deb’s work is. If you are so moved, sign up NOW while there is still some space.

~Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

Within a safe, supportive environment, an Intensive with Deb Kern engages the mind, opens the heart, awakens the body, and touches the soul. Like Dr. Deb herself, it encourages us to recognize and honor the sacred within.

~Shannon Kring Bruset

What an amazing experience! The way she crafts her class is so insightful. It’s like she has some secret pathway to see inside your heart and life and then gives you exactly what you need!! I left her class feeling exhausted yet energized – and closer to God and myself.

~ Jill Bates, Tulum participant

 

Oct
28
Sun
Deb Kern ~ Sacred Women’s Retreat 2
Oct 28 – Nov 3 all-day

The time is now…

This is a call for every woman to love, honor and express her true self.

 

Join Dr. Deb Kern for this sacred pilgrimage to a magical, Mayan retreat center on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala where you’ll be soothed by the tranquility of the water, held by the strength of the volcano, enticed by the sweetness of the flowers, and awakened by the wildness of the jungle.

 

Lake Atitlan, the deepest lake in Central America, is often called the belly button of the Earth. It is here, held by the energies of the Divine Feminine, that you’ll journey back to your true essence through dance, yoga, meditation, journaling, quiet time, nourishing food, sacred ceremony and supportive sisterhood.

The world needs you to shine your light as the person you were born to be.

This retreat will help you:

* Remember your true nature

* Rediscover your unique gifts

* Reclaim comfort, ease and grace in your body

* Release the past in order to create the life you desire

You’ll feel like yourself again.

Free from self-limiting ideas of what you ‘should’ be doing and who you ‘should be,’ you’ll be filled with energy and clarity to create the life you desire.

 

About the leader:

Deb Kern, Ph.D. is a teacher of vision, a sought-after intuitive guide, health scientist, author and speaker. She has studied with medicine women in Costa Rica, shamans in Bali, and Ayurvedic masters from India to California. A former nurse, health educator, and scientist, Deb conducted a groundbreaking study proving that mind/body integrated approaches to exercise were more effective at reducing anxiety than conventional approaches to exercise. Deb is also a yoga therapist, NIA black belt teacher, and creatrix of PranaShakti–a mind/body movement form.

 

Testimonials:

My friend and colleague Dr. Deborah Kern, who I would trust with my LIFE, is giving a rare opportunity for women. I can’t even begin to express how heavenly and empowering Deb’s work is. If you are so moved, sign up NOW while there is still some space.

~Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

Within a safe, supportive environment, an Intensive with Deb Kern engages the mind, opens the heart, awakens the body, and touches the soul. Like Dr. Deb herself, it encourages us to recognize and honor the sacred within.

~Shannon Kring Bruset

What an amazing experience! The way she crafts her class is so insightful. It’s like she has some secret pathway to see inside your heart and life and then gives you exactly what you need!! I left her class feeling exhausted yet energized – and closer to God and myself.

~ Jill Bates, Tulum participant

 

Nov
3
Sat
Angel Lucia – Sacred Spirit Yoga & Meditation Retreat
Nov 3 – Nov 10 all-day

Join us on the sacred shores of Lake Atitlán and be immersed in the healing practices of yoga, meditation and Mayan ritual + ceremony for a week of deep rejuvenation and profound transformation!

Lake Atitlán is believed by the Maya to be the center of the universe; the place where God’s seeds of mankind evolved. They also believed that this majestic lake represents the belly button or manipura chakra of the Earth. In human beings the manipura chakra is located at the solar plexus. In both cases, the location on the earth and the place in the body are characterized by the element of fire which governs all processes of transformation. Cradled in the embrace of 3 majestic volcanoes, Lake Atitlán holds the potential for profound metamorphosis of mind, body and spirit. Here, you’ll be supported in finding a deeper connection to the heart of the Earth, and therefore, your own heart, which will allow the song of your soul to be clearly heard and wholeheartedly celebrated. We invite you to sink in, relax and reconnect in a sacred and inspiring setting that fosters complete rejuvenation and a genuine sense of inner peace.

Our flow for the week

We’ll begin our journey together by diving into spiritual alchemy as we move and breathe to create an interrelationship between mind and matter, between self and world.

Spiritual alchemy is concerned with freeing your spiritual self which is trapped within you by the unrefined parts of yourself (e.g. your fears, personal beliefs, etc.).

We will be guided by and aligned with the pace of nature and inspired by Mayan healing traditions as we seek to achieve a state of balance, renewal, and freedom.

In between gathering for yoga, meals or ceremony, there will be ample opportunities to take a dip in the lake or pool, soak in the hot tub, detox in the sauna, rejuvenate with a massage, lounge in a hammock or unwind in the many beautiful spaces dedicated to reflection and relaxation. One need never leave the property unless an optional excursion suits your fancy. If you wish to explore outside the retreat grounds, many choices abound, from visiting a local village, to kayaking and bird-watching, hiking volcanoes, ziplining or taking Spanish lessons. Our Concierge will be happy to assist you in scheduling tours and activities.

* All classes and activities are optional. Our program is designed to meet you where you’re at. We encourage you to participate in a way that best suits your body, mind and spirit.

Location

In the Sanskrit language, the word Sumaya means “long awaited dream come true,” and indeed, Villa Sumaya is the stuff dreams are made of. Nestled into a secluded lakefront cove on the stunningly beautiful 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 to set the stage for what visitors describe as a true paradise. It’s an inspiring atmosphere in which the primordial power of nature allows you to let go of your cares, take a deep breath, and embrace the possibility of personal evolution. To add even more interest to this already dramatic landscape, there are twelve villages surrounding the lake, each with it’s own distinctive style, culture and traditions just waiting to be discovered. The beauty and magic of this very special place has sparked the imagination of many, so it comes as no surprise that it’s been featured in Yoga Journal magazine and Taschen’s quintessential book “Great Yoga Retreats.”

Within the grounds of Villa Sumaya, you’ll find everything you need for a supremely comfortable, convenient and relaxing stay, including well-appointed guest rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and gorgeous lake views. The views from the the glassed-in dining room and open-air terrace are just as dazzling and take the retreat dining experience to new heights. A well curated, on-site boutique features an eclectic array of fair-trade handicrafts, apparel, accessories and other treasures made by Guatemalan artisans- perfect for finding just the right mementos and gifts for yourself and your loved ones. If you wish to pamper yourself, Villa Sumaya offers wide variety of world class spa services, including massage (Swedish, Thai, Ayurvedic, Esalen and deep tissue), reiki, reflexology, facials, nail services and ionic foot baths. For a detoxifying sweat, the wood-burning sauna can be reserved for a small charge.

Yoga & Meditation

We’ll gather for classes in the gorgeous Tara Temple which is located on the top of the Lotus House. The yoga sanctuary’s eclectic décor, breathtaking views, thatched roof, elegant altar and a state-of-the-art sound system combine to create a beautiful space in which to explore and expand mind, body and spirit. All props needed to support your practice are supplied.

Cacao Ceremony

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.

Mayan Day-Count Fire Ceremony

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.

Dining & Cuisine

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.

The Café Sumaya Sol kitchen specializes in raw homemade treats, including cacao bliss balls, fruit rolls, granola bars and savory sprouted flax crackers. Try the delicious, homemade cranberry biscotti or selection of hand-crafted chocolate confections. Baked goods are produced daily and the juice bar features exotic smoothies as well as a refreshing, home-brewed strawberry ginger kombucha. There’s also an extensive self-service hot beverage bar that offers over 30 varieties of tea along with a coffee bar featuring organic, artisan coffee from a local cooperative.

Included In Your Package

  • 7 nights / 8 days en suite accommodation with lake views and patio seating
  • 3 vibrant, prana-packed, vegetarian meals per day + unlimited coffee/tea/filtered water service
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • 2 Sacred Mayan ceremonies
  • Full use of retreat grounds and complimentary amenities
  • All taxes

Additional Cost for Spa Services, Wifi ($3/day – $20/week), and Meat with Meals ($7 per meal)
Travel to Site is NOT Included (e.g., flight, transportation on mainland, food during travel)

Rooms + Pricing & Registration

All rooms are beautifully appointed with warm, inviting décor, Guatemalan antiques, private baths, outdoor patios, amazing views of the lake and volcanoes, orthopedic beds and high-quality linens.

Lotus House hosts six rooms with two rooms on each of the three floors, all gracefully appointed rooms with private baths and stone showers that offer stunning lake view balconies or glorious garden patios. Tara Temple is on the top floor. Lotus House is easily accessible to all of Villa Sumaya’s amenities.

Single Occupancy: $2,395

Double Occupancy: $1,795 per person

Triple Occupancy: $1,595 per person

To secure your room on retreat, please register with a $250 non refundable deposit by emailing binduyogastudio@gmail.com or angelluciayoga@gmail.com. For more information, please visit  www.bindu-studio.com or www.angelluciayoga.com.

Retreat Guide

Angelina Lucia

ERYT500, RYS200, YACEP, LMT, CHHC Owner and Director of Bindu Yoga Studio, experienced registered yoga teacher, Thai Yoga Therapist, body-worker, teacher trainer, retreat leader, Holistic Health Counselor and long time practitioner of meditation. Teaching yoga and guiding students deeper into their own mysteries for the past 20 + years has been a gift! I’ve had the honor and privilege to teach yoga in a youth runaway shelters, homeless shelters, underprivileged communities, and persons recovering from addiction, to prominent athletes, political figures, and many high profile clients from the music industry to film celebrities. Teaching to such diverse groups of people has given me great understanding in basic emotional, psychological, and physical human needs and the ability to work with all walks of life whether in group settings or privately. With the many years of experience and varying clientele I have developed a broad approach to working within each individuals unique needs and desire for their practice. I look forward to meeting you!

Kim & Rod – A Journey to the Heart
Nov 3 – Nov 10 all-day

“The greatest journey a man can take is the eighteen inches from his head to his heart.” –Andrew Bennett

Embark on a sacred pilgrimage to the mystical shores of Lago Atitlan, Guatemala. Join Rod Hairston and Kim Goyette for a week-long, fully integrative “Journey to the Heart”.

Lago Atitlán is a truly magical and magnetic place, believed by the Mayan culture to represent the belly button of the Earth. Cradled in the embrace of three volcanoes, the lago is a powerful space to heal and balance our mind, body and heart.

Through engaging self-discovery workshops, yoga, meditation, chanting, ritual, ceremony and dance, awaken a deep connection to the heart of the Earth, the heart of your Spirit and the heart of your Mind.

What’s included

7 nights / 8 days private or shared accommodation with lake views and patio seating.

3 amazing vegetarian based meals per day including one meal with chicken/fish per day.

Unlimited coffee/tea/filtered water service.

Twice daily yoga and meditation sessions (10-classes).

Workshops – You will be guided through five transformative workshops to awaken the wisdom of the heart and unleash the continuous connection with the body, mind and spirit. In a principle-based, holistic way, you will develop heart practices that you can use in any and every aspect of your life.

Cacao Ceremony – Journey home to your heart with Xicoy, the Cacao Spirit, one of the most playful spiritual guides in ancient Mayan cosmology. The Mayans have used Cacao in ceremony for thousands of years to connect with their hearts. This Cacao Ceremony is steeped in ritual and reflective heart circle meditation. Be warned: your heart will expand beyond your imagination leading to pure bliss, laughter, joy, allowing for more of who you are to shine. There will be a post ceremony dance circle to follow.

Fire Ceremony – A Mayan spiritual guide will share a traditional Mayan Day Count Fire Ceremony to help you release anything that is holding you back from radiating your divine self. This experience includes the building of a fire in the age old Mayan tradition using herbs, chocolate, colored candles, cinnamon, myrrh and copal.

Chichimeca Traditional Purification Ceremony – Join us for a traditional Chichimeca style purification ceremony. This offering includes ritualized practices and heart-centered connection with Great Spirit. You’ll share sacred songs to open the heart while plant spirits and specially prepared herbal tea help clear and lift the emotional body. This revitalizing sauna circle will leave you feeling inspired and rejuvenated.

Yogic Sacred Trance Dance – In every culture from the beginning of time, our ancestors have used dance to connect with nature, connect with themselves and call on the support from energies around them to bring wisdom, prosperity, health and good fortune into their lives. Through music and movement, yogic trance dance provides the perfect conditions to go deeper into ourselves and experience our limitless power.

Concierge service to assist with organizing all your transportation, spa services, cultural outings, early arrival and/or extended stays.

All taxes

NOT INCLUDED:

Airfare to Guatemala City (airport code GUA)
Spa Services at Harmony Space Spa available onsite
Excursions and Side Trips
Alcoholic Beverages
Wifi access available at a minimum charge of $3/day or $20/week (or free access from the lobby using the Villa computers)
Transfers
Boat Shuttle across the lake to Villa Sumaya
Staff gratuities

Pricing & registration:

Triple Occupancy: — perfect for friends traveling together or solo females. $1,700 (includes tax)

Double Occupancy: — perfect for friends or couples traveling together. $1,900 (includes tax)

Single Occupancy: – great for solo travelers and those wishing for more privacy. $2,300 (includes tax)

* All prices are per person. Rooms are reserved on a first come, first served basis. All prices are in USD. A non-refundable, but transferable deposit of $500 by July 31, 2018 will secure your spot. Final balance is due 3 months prior to the retreat. The group is intimate. Space is limited to 12-rooms up to 26-people maximum. Advanced registration is required.

Payment plans are available upon request. Your deposit plus four equal monthly payments can be set up as needed. Final payment is due by August 3, 2018.

REGISTRATION:

Please click on the link for retreat details and to register today!

Contact Kim Goyette at meditationmutha@gmail.com

 

About the teachers:

Rod Hairston is one of the fastest growing authorities in America in the area of human potential. As a dynamic speaker, coach and author, he has helped over 500,000 people transform their behavior and realize outstanding, long lasting results through Growth U programs and other arenas. Rod’s passion for developing and coaching has inspired training and integration programs that impact individuals world-wide. His highly acclaimed book, Are You Up For the Challenge? Six Steps to Lasting Change, Starting Now…Not Someday, is helping thousands of people realize results in all areas of their life. He is an avid believer that: “The life you have, you’ve created – with your thinking and emotions.” One of his sayings is: “What’s hard to do in the beginning is easy to live with in the end.” And he believes that a person should be most concerned with the habits they create for their life.

 

Kim Goyette is a yogini, mother and lover of life. As an international teacher and student of yoga and co-owner of Fitness 4 Mind and Body, Kim empowers her students to have wellness of mind, body and spirit. She believes everyone comes from a place of wholeness and encourages students to have acceptance, compassion and loving-kindness toward themselves and others. Kim supports an integrated experience by guiding asana from the foundation of breath incorporating practices of pranayama, mantra, mudra, meditation, and personal ritual. Kim enjoys teaching Hatha, Hatha Flow and Yin yoga, where students have the opportunity to venture deeper into the mind-body connection. She provides individual adaptations for postures to ensure practicing yoga is accessible and safe for all whom she teaches. Kim believes students should walk away from a yoga class feeling nourished and rejuvenated. Her classes focus on the individual needs of each student, as she nurtures their development and personal growth.

Nov
10
Sat
Amanda & Paria – Yoga Adventures in Guatemala
Nov 10 – Nov 17 all-day

Join Amanda Negrette and Paria Mirazimi on a peaceful getaway to Villa Sumaya. A weeklong yoga retreat located on one of the worlds most beautiful lakes, Lake Atitlan, where you will dive deeply into the refreshing, natural beauty of this majestic landscape.

Take time on this retreat to find a deeper connection to your hearts song and rejuvenate your sense of wellbeing. Explore your roots and your true beauty through the practice of yoga twice a day, meditation, journaling and holistic vegetarian diet. Villa Sumaya is the perfect environment to support you in enhancing a holistic practice that is healing. There will also be lots of time to explore the beauty that surrounds you as Villa Sumaya is perfectly located on the shores of Lake Atitlan.

Accommodations and Costs

Single Occupancy $1840 USD
Double Occupancy $1525 USD
Triple Occupancy $1420 USD

A $600 deposit is required at time of booking to reserve your spot and is non-refundable.
Final payment is required by September 1st 2018.

For further inquiries or to book please contact: jcollins@travelonly.com

What’s Included

  • 7 days, 7 nights accommodation at Villa Sumaya, Guatemala
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals daily
  • Airport transfer to and from Guatemala City Airport
  • 2 yoga classes daily taught by Amanda and Paria
  • Coffee, tea and snacks throughout the day
  • San Pedro Volcano hike
  • Walking tours
  • Bird watching tours
  • Kayak rentals

*Airfare NOT included*
Tours and Activities (NOT included)
Spa Treatments (1hr $75 USD – 1.5hr $100 USD – 2hr $130 USD)

About the Teachers

AMANDA NEGRETTE

Amanda took her first Moksha Yoga class back in 2009 and was hooked from day one. When she decide to do the teacher training in Montreal 2011, she had no idea how much it would change her life. Amanda continues to be inspired each and every day by fellow teachers but as well as the dedication of the students from each studio she teaches at. Since her training in 2011, she has continued to dedicate herself to learning. She has completed her Moksha Advanced training in 2012 and Moksha Flow in 2013. She is also trained in Acro Yoga, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, pre/post natal and Aerial Yoga. When Amanda is not teaching/practicing, she enjoys other types of physical activity such at Aerial circus arts, hula hoop dance and pole fitness. Travelling the world is also one of Amanda’s biggest passions

“Yoga is a way of life. It is about being your truest self in all situations. it has helped me to find myself and where i belong. Yoga is a personal journey which allows you to become aware of the things that are important to you. Through my practice i have discovered more about myself and my body and about my place in this world. It has taught me, and continues to teach me, how to let go of the things that I cannot control as well as the things that no longer serve me. It has taught me to appreciate both what I have and who I have in my life.

Every time I step on my mat, i know that i am on a journey to something new. Yoga is a place of no judgement or expectations. It is a place where I feel free to express myself through breath and movement. It is a place where i feel accepted and it instills in me a feeling that I can take with me anywhere i am in this world. I practice yoga because I love the way it makes me feel. It grounds me down and keeps me connected with who I am. Yoga has taught me patience, both with myself and the people around me. Yoga has also shown me how to be a better person than i was yesterday.” – Amanda Rae

PARIA MIRAZIMI

Being involved in the world of yoga since 2007, Paria is dedicated to sharing her passion for yoga with her students, placing emphasis on how mental, emotional, and physical health attribute to ones true sense of being, expression of self, happiness and ones fulfillment of life. Paria combines her knowledge and experience in psychology, mindfulness, dance, and various forms of yoga, to create classes emphasizing the connection to the self, love, growth and evolvement, in order to find a deeper connection within, with others, and everything else in life. She is dedicated to creating and holding space for students to heal, transform and unfold breath by breath.

“I believe that yoga creates a path to truth, to learn and experience your full potential, to explore, adventure, grow and evolve continuously. Yoga is the dance of life.” – Paria Mirazimi

Eran & Batya ~ The alchemy of living- Yoga Ayurveda and Transformation
Nov 10 – Nov 17 all-day

Imagine you were given a week in which all the layers of yourself—body, mind, emotions and spirit—were nourished and taken care of. In which you were given knowledge and practical tools to carry on back into your daily life.

Our retreat offers the space to rest, cleanse, and energize on all levels. We are creating for you a rich and tranquil environment for learning, relaxation, and transformation.

You will emerge nourished and replenished knowing how to integrate this wisdom into your life.

The Alchemy of living is held in a beautiful retreat center on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

During the Alchemy of living you will immerse in daily yoga, deep relaxation and meditation sessions. (Suitable for all levels, no previous experience needed).

Integrating the ancient teachings of Ayurveda for harmony and well-being, you will receive practical guidelines for a healthy daily ROUTINE, DIET and DETOX to illuminate your entire being.

We will also be weaving in transformational work using guided visualizations, group process, movement, cacao ceremony, and much more… 

The Yoga & Meditation practices will facilitate:
– Cultivating the fundamental principles of awareness, concentration and relaxation
– Expanding the Consciousness and liberating the Creative dormant energy
– Aligning the Body-Mind-Spirit
– Balancing the nervous and hormonal systems
– Self-healing and mind balance

The Ayurvedic teachings will explore:
– Ayurveda & Yoga philosophy, Cosmology and Psychology
– Overview of the different body-mind archetypes
– Ayurveda’s approach to health & well-being
– Life style, food and medicine in Ayurvedic thought
– Daily routine guidelines according to constitution and season

The pillars of life according to Ayurveda
– Ayurveda’s approach to proper digestion- how to kindle the inner fire (boosting metabolism)
– Ayurvedic Diet- The potency and post digestion effect of the six tastes
– Home detox & rejuvenation practices –
– Recognizing imbalances- Diagnostic tools: pulse, body and face
– Yoga & Meditation in the light of Ayurveda
– Integration of knowledge and skills

The transformational work will include:
– Understanding your mind better
– Practical ways to handle your thoughts and emotions in your day to day life
– Connecting with your inner child and awakening your inner elder
– Communicating with the body
– Cleansing subconscious materials from the cells and encoding new information and possibilities

Retreat Offerings

Yoga
Meditation
Yoga Nidra/Deep relaxation
Ayurveda
Cacao ceremony
Temazcal
Movement and dance
Group process
Guided visualization
Birth into being
Breath work
Delicious healthy meals

Pricing & Registration

EARLY BIRDS: $1349 (Until August 31st)
$1499 (from September 1st)
To inquire or sign up, please email thealchemyofliving@gmail.com

About Eran

Eran Dolev is an experienced practitioner of Ayurveda, Yoga & Meditation, combining in his therapy a vast knowledge to promote your healing and well-being. Gaining years of training, practice and experience in India, Australia and Israel, he brings a holistic and integral approach. Certified by IAA- International Ayurveda Association, Tel-Aviv University & Satyananda Yoga Academy.

About Batya

Batya Goller has had a private practice as a therapist for over a decade and has worked with groups and individuals all around the world. Combining the teachings of eastern and western psychology, the theory of Neo–Humanology, and many years of self-inquiry and healing. M.A. in Social Work, Neo-Humanology therapist, Birth into being facilitator

Nov
24
Sat
Melanie Phillips ~ Activate: Vitality, Abundance & Soul Purpose An Ayurvedic Yoga & Energy Healing Retreat & Program
Nov 24 – Dec 1 all-day

Are you ready to be free from your past and create a life in greater alignment with your soul’s purpose?

Can you imagine living from a clear and centered space with a nervous system that feels resourced and rejuvenated?

Breakthrough blockages that are keeping you spinning in circles (low energy, lack of self-worth/ boundaries, confusion, lack of direction).

This retreat experience merges working: somatically through yoga, Ayurveda, movement and dance; energetically with Energy Healing techniques and facilitated healings; experientially with daily ritual and sacred ceremony; and through the powerful dynamic of being with like-hearted individuals.

You’ll come away with the tools you need to make healthier choices unique to your Ayurvedic constitution, and master your mental and emotional blind spots.

Let’s get you living a life YOU love and feeling inspired and whole.

About the Leader

Melanie Phillips (CAS, BFA, ERYT), stumbled and fell before finding the strength to rise back up again. Having walked through chronic illness and extraordinary loss, Melanie embraces Ayurveda, yoga and intuitive medicine as a primary means of how we can all re-emerge from darkness. As a 19 year full time yoga teacher and member of NAMA – National Ayurvedic Medical Association – Melanie created The Madhuri Method, a method that effectively treats symptoms and diseases of the mind, body, and emotions leading to a truer relationship to joy, acceptance and personal empowerment.

She is a Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Teacher Trainer and Energy Healer, offering: Ayurvedic Yoga training for teachers, 1 on 1 work with clients and an online Inner Empowerment Mentorship program. All of her offerings are rooted in guiding her clients back to remembering their wholeness, love, and worth.

Melanie is the co-author of “Your Irresistible Life: 4 Seasons of Self-Care through Ayurveda & Yoga Practices that Work” and released her Best Selling book, “Living After Loss: A Soulful Guide to Freedom” in the spring of 2018.

Dec
1
Sat
Terri Cooper Space ~ Chakraology: Sacred Self Retreat
Dec 1 – Dec 8 all-day
Join Terri Cooper Space, on her much celebrated Chakraology Retreat. This 7 night yoga journey will take place at Lake Atitlan, a sacred site in Guatemala with a deeply preserved Mayan culture.

Enjoy luxury accommodations, delicious healthy food and breathtaking views of the Lake and three majestic volcanoes from our home at Villa Sumaya. This tranquil setting is the ideal environment to do the powerful inner work of Chakraology.

What is Chakraology?
Chakraology is the scientific study of the human energy body. This modality identifies energetic and/or physical misalignments, clears blockages, and restores vitality and balance.

Chakraology uses a WHOLE SELF, Three Limb Approach that acknowledges trauma as the root cause of chakra imbalance. Trauma creates physical and/or emotional pain, sending our chakras out of balance. This in turn further impacts our social/emotional well-being and physical health.

About Terri:

Terri Cooper Space is a teacher to yoga teachers. She has led more than 25 yoga teacher training courses, certifying hundreds of inspiring leaders, and facilitates advanced trainings for professional yoga teachers.  She is the owner of 305 Yoga, a karma yoga studio in Miami, USA, and is the Founder of Connection Coalition, a not for profit organization that partners with schools, jails, shelters, foster homes, and rehabs to bring yoga, meditation & mindfulness to youth in crisis across the US and abroad.

Internationally, Terri serves as a faculty member for Off The Mat, Into The World and she is the co-author of All You Can Yoga’s Teacher Training Curriculum with facilitators  across South America, Europe and the US.


Known for her strong spiritual message delivered through an uncensored teaching style, Terri drives a slow yet challenging vinyasa practice with an accent on alignment and safety. Terri’s specialty is her mastery of the chakra system, and her ability to take students through a personal transformative experience that aligns and balances the chakras. She has developed Chakraology, as a body of work that uses a whole self approach with a three limb system guiding students into awareness, re-alignment and self healing.

Terri is committed to diversifying the face and shape of yoga, and can be found at conferences and festivals spreading the message that yoga is for bodies of all size, color and level of experience.

The Food:
Included in your retreat are three organic, locally sourced, DELICIOUS vegan/vegetarian meals each day made with consciousness and love by local health food chefs. -including coffee, juice, and snacks. Special dietary needs (including animal protein) can be made available, with advance notice and additional fees.

Bring a friend or travel alone, and we’ll assign you a roommate or two.

Retreat Costs: 
Single accommodations- $2599 (limited availability)
Double accommodations- $2125
Triple accommodations- $1720

Payment plans available.
A. Pay in Full (save $100)
B. Pay 50% now (includes non-refundable deposit) , and 50% in another single installment
C. Pay $500 (non-refundable) deposit now, and break remaining balance up into 4 equal payments.

Included in the rates:
– accommodations/ food/ unlimited water, tea, coffee
– Group Shuttle from La Aurora International Airport (GTE) Guatemala City to Panahachel
– Water Taxi from Pana to Villa Sumaya
– Complete Chakraology program
– Traditional Mayan ceremonies

Not included:
– airfair
– additional shuttles if your arrival does not align with the group travel schedule
– spa services, additional excursions, juices

Complete this google form to apply.
https://goo.gl/forms/r5cjhqbVJx51gzYr2

Testimonials:

“This is a truly life changing experience led by a master facilitator and beautiful soul. Assessing myself through this lens has been one of the most insightful and clarifying processes I have done for myself. Anyone who has the opportunity to do this in one week should absolutely jump on it!”

– ELLENIT SERRANO

“Terri provided a safe place to dig deep and identify the things that prevent you from being fulfilled in life. More importantly, she teaches you the tools needed, that were never available before to make true, lasting and deep transformation. If you have the opportunity to participate, do it!”

– PAULA V. GOLDSTEIN

Dec
8
Sat
Lama Mark Webber ~ Overcoming Turbulent Emotions: discovering one’s innate purity through Vajrasattva and Dzogchen {Silent Retreat}
Dec 8 – Dec 16 all-day

Please join Lama Mark in 2018 for an eight-day discovery of innate great purity through Dzogchen transmissions. Held at Villa Sumaya in the tropical region of Lake Atitlan, the retreat is surrounded by three volcanoes, open big sky and water views.

Discovering that all our taints, sins and confusion are non-other than the energy display of the mind—and ultimately pure—is a giant wake up. It is great love. It is expansive compassion and is profoundly freeing. Though hidden for a time, innate purity of awareness is what we have all day and night. As close as our nose, we just have to listen, study, reflect and meditate to see it. We can all discover this primordial awake mind and free ourselves and others from bewildering  emotions.

The transmissions Lama Mark will give:

  • The Preliminary Liberation Instructions of the Drikung Gongpo Yangzab Lineage
  • The Vajrasattva meditation, a practice by Terton Mebar Rinchen Phuntsog (16th cent.)
  • The Secret Means of Attainment of Guru Padmasattva, Pacifying Sin and Obscuration, introduced in the Vajrasattava practice but expanded into a profound yoga. Revealed by Mebar Rinchen Phuntsog as part of the Yangzab Dzogchen cycle.
  • Commentary and instructions on essential purity from Dzogchen teachings of view, meditation and conduct.

There will be opportunities for interviews with the teacher.

 

Lama Mark (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen) has been studying and teaching Buddha-dharma for over forty years. For thirty years his main root teacher was the great Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche who taught all three cycles of the Buddha’s teachings, including Abhidhamma, Vipassana in the lineage of Mahāsi Sayādaw, generation and completion stage practices of the Tantrayana and Mahamudra/Dzogchen of many lineages, especially of the Karma Kagyu and Sakya. More recently under the guidance and request of Drikung Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Lama Mark has been teaching principally the richness of the Drikung Mahamudra and Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen traditions.

Lama Mark has a deep and long term interest and collaboration in a number of scientific fields and the arts which he integrates with the teaching of Buddhism.

His compassionate activities demonstrate a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states. Lama Mark’s emphasis with practitioners and students is on uncovering pure Dharma to reveal its extraordinary benefits and share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.

For more information on Lama Mark please see:

http://www.markwebber.org

http://www.markwebber.org/about/audio/

www.facebook.com/lamamarkwebber/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/NamgyalYangzab/about/

https://www.dharmacentre.org/our-teachers.html

http://crystalmountain.org

Registration & Pricing

Maya Rose 2-6 and Skyline Bungalows 9, 10 & 20:
Single accommodation:  $895
Double accommodation: $675 per person

Lotus House, Maya Rose 7 and Ginger Suites 8 & 18:

Single accommodation: $1,015
Double accommodation: $895  per person
Triple accommodation:   $800  per person

Ginger Suites 17, 19 & 21:
Single accommodation: $1,200
Double accommodation: $1,015 per person

What’s Included

  • Accommodation for 8 nights
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • Unlimited tea, coffee and filtered water
  • Use of the temples, hot tub and all taxes

Not included:

  • $100-$200 per person toward travel expenses of Lama Mark. If we receive more participants than we are anticipating, this shared travel expense will be less.
  • $50 per person towards the sadhana, texts, and materials
  • Dana (Donation to teacher)

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon booking and 50% of the balance due 60 days before the retreat. Final payment due during your stay at our center.

Financial Aid: Inquiries regarding personal requests for partial work-trade scholarships will be considered. Please send us your proposal and vision as to why you’d like to participate and how you’d like to offer your energetic or monetary exchange.

For more information or to register, please email reservations@villasumaya.com

Dec
15
Sat
Shifting Consciousness through Expanded Awareness with Kirsten
Dec 15 2018 – Mar 15 2019 all-day

Shifting Consciousness through Expanded Awareness with Kirsten

Available December – March; inquire for dates!

Experience a profound discovery of self through awareness techniques, touch, movement and energy activation, leading to greater intuition, creativity and well-being.

During this week-long workshop, you are invited to daily sessions with healing touch.

 

What’s Included

  • 7 nights of deluxe, single accommodation
  • daily vegetarian meals and beverage service
  • all taxes

Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, optional tours & activities

Timing, Pricing & Registration

Available weekly through March 2019! Please send us your date request.

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

To learn more or sign up, please contact reservations@villasumaya.com.

About the Instructor

Kirsten has studied personal empowerment techniques for more than twenty-five years while living and traveling in Europe, Australia and the United States. Her intuitive abilities to tune into the soul essences of an individual’s needs and desires empower the client to become a facilitator of their own healing. Her approach is gentle, grounded and powerful.

Dec
16
Sun
Rabbi Shefa Gold ~ Entering into Deep Practice: A Vacation to Nurture Your Soul
Dec 16 – Dec 23 all-day

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I believe that the goal and purpose of all Jewish Spiritual practice is to learn how to live every moment in the loving awareness of God’s Presence.  That constant and devoted awareness transforms the heart and becomes the source of every action, and the fount of every relationship.

In our tradition we call that loving awareness Devekut, which literally is translated as cleaving. Deuteronomy 4:4 says You that cleave to YHVH your God are alive, all of you, today. This verse lays out the 3 essential qualities that the practice of Devekut cultivates in us: Chayyim, Kulchem, HaYom. Life, Wholeness and Presence.

Villa Sumaya is one of the most beautiful and healing places on earth. There on the shores of the sacred lake, we will share an exploration of Life, Wholeness and Presence, through chant, sacred text, silence and the sharing of our hearts. Our retreat will include an ancient Mayan ceremony for the solstice, a glorious celebration of Shabbat, daily excursions into the Guatemalan countryside and the opportunity to engage with some of the most gifted healers anywhere.

Each day, awaken to Greater Vitality, Connection, Integration and Presence. Experience an authentic Mayan Shaman and a fire circle, or a Mayan Cacao ceremony. Enjoy 3 amazing meals a day, daily yoga classes, beautifully decorated and restful accommodations, kayaking and swimming, Bird-watching, excursions to local villages and festivals, and healing body work.

Villa Sumaya is an eco-conscious, family-run, full-service spiritual retreat center with stunning practice space, charming rooms, lush gardens, kayaks, hot tub, full service spa, fair-trade boutique, juice bar, delicious buffets, hammocks galore and more! Weather in December is sunny and in the 70s.

 

About Your Leader

Rabbi Shefa Gold is credited with re-awakening the ancient art and magic of Hebrew Chant. She is a leader in ALEPH: the Alliance for Jewish Shefa-C-pic1-1-180x150Renewal and received her ordination both from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (z”l). She is the director of C-DEEP, The Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. She teaches workshops and retreats on the theory and art of Chanting, Devotional Healing, Spiritual Community-Building and Meditation.

Rabbi Shefa composes and performs spiritual music, has produced ten albums, and her liturgies have been published in several new prayerbooks. She is the author of Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land and In the Fever of Love: An Illumination of The Song of Songs, both published by Ben Yehuda Press. Her latest book, published by Jewish Lights, is The Magic of Hebrew Chant: Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love.

By combining her grounding in Judaism with a background in Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, and Native American spiritual traditions, Rabbi Shefa is uniquely qualified as a spiritual bridge celebrating the shared path of devotion. She was selected by The Jewish Daily Forward (forward.com) as one of the most inspiring rabbis in 2015. Learn more about Rabbi Shefa.

 

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Villa Sumaya is an eco-conscious, family-run, full-service spiritual retreat center  featured in Taschen’s Great Yoga Retreats. Set in the heart of the Mayan Highlands on the magnificent shores of Lake Atitlán, you can enjoy uninterrupted vistas of the lake and its three stunning volcanoes. A short and beautiful boat ride from Panajachel, Villa Sumaya is a healing sanctuary amongst the ageless natural beauty of Mother Earth.

The property has well-equipped yoga spaces (temples), lush gardens, a swimming dock and kayaks, hot tub and sauna, a full service spa, fair-trade boutique, juice bar and many places to hide away with a good book. Their cafe offers nourishing allergy-sensitive, abundant and delicious buffets and 24/7 coffee and tea. Optional outings include: boating to local villages, hiking volcanos, craft markets, birdwatching, and service projects among others. Weather in December is sunny and in the 70s.

Accommodations

Choose from single, double, or triple rooms, decorated with folk arts and crafts, each with breathtaking views of the lake and a personal balcony or patio. Take in the vistas of the verdant volcanoes and the tranquil waters of Lake Atitlán, or rest in the many hammocks on the property.

Pricing & Registration

Room Rates (including 3 sumptuous meals, coffee/tea all day, sauna/hot tub, swimming, and all day access to our inspiring sacred space for chanting and yoga, and taxes).

Single:    $2,000

Double:    $1,700

If you want to go on a local excursion from Villa Sumaya, go to a Mayan ceremony, rent a kayak, have bodywork, or a smoothie at the juice bar, those cost a modest additional amount.  Tips are extra as well. Spouses/partners of chanters are welcome!

Travel to Villa Sumaya

Airfare is purchased separately, and flights take about 2.5 hours from southern U.S. airports like Miami, Dallas, or Houston to Guatemala City. Prices will go up because of the holidays, so book asap!  Villa Sumaya arranges for a comfortable shuttle to pick up guests arriving at the airport, (it takes about 3 hours to get to the lake) and arranges for a boat for the last 10 minute boat ride across the lake. Plan on the better part of a day to travel to this secluded spot, but its stunning beauty is well worth the trip.  Some visitors like to extend their stay to see Antigua, a beautiful historic city between Lake Atitlan and Guatemala City, before or after the retreat.

U.S. and Canadian and EU citizens need their passport and they get a 90 day visa upon entry into Guatemala…no advance arrangements or vaccinations are needed.  The site and travel to it are safe.

A deposit of $500 per person is requested to hold your spot, and then 50% is due 60 days prior to the retreat, and the balance is due one week before our week at Villa Sumaya.

Contact info@villasumaya.com with any questions and to reserve your place on this incredible vacation!

Book soon! Space is very limited and it is filling fast!

Dec
23
Sun
Amy Raven & Alexis Ware ~ Embody the soul
Dec 23 – Dec 27 all-day

We are of the belief that life isn’t just about work or play, growth or fun but a fluid continuum with the conscious creation of balance with an emphasis on wholeness, evolution, integration, and embodiment. We decided to combine forces and all of our superpowers to create Raven Retreats, “Embody the soul”.

Explore the Embodiment of the Soul through conscious application of dance, yoga, sound and energy healing to a personal and collective experience in a pristine setting to re-pattern and encode the cells of the body, the conscious/ subconscious mind. Ignite energetic and emotional bodies remembering lightness, fun, joy, and connection. With the exploration and acceptance of all the human emotions including the sum of all human experiences. We come together to laugh, cry, and play. Choosing to connect with ourselves, each other and the divine. Learning to get inside and traveling outside of our bodies. This will be no ordinary retreat. For the first time ever, we combine the power of ThetaHealing® to restructure the subconscious belief systems with that of sound and movement to clear blockages, release stagnation. Fully claim the beauty of who you really are!

 

About the leaders:

Amy Raven was first exposed to yoga at an early age when dragged to a Saturday 6 am class to be supportive of her mothers best friends new endeavor. At that time she wasn’t aware that this moment would shape her life in a deeply positive way. Growing up in California gave her many choices of yoga styles to practice, (so many limbs to the tree). In 2006 She completed her 200hr YA in Hatha yoga at All About Yoga with Kathleen Grace Santor, In this training, she discovered the true jewel of yoga was not just asana. She studied with Paul Grilley at the bodies exhibited. She curiosity lead her to workshops & yoga conferences to exploring her own personal practice. Amy Raven discovered her passion for pole dancing & aerial arts around the same time. Combining the passions she started teaching workshops that liberated women “The Dance of the Divine Goddess”. With the love of travel, she has taught and performed around the world. She has furthered her support to women by becoming a doula with Birthing from within and teaches prenatal yoga. Thirsty for more “Satya” or “truth” of this ancient practice called yoga she journeyed deep in the jungle of Bali to find her teacher Uma Idler. The School of Sacred Arts, where she added 300 hrs YA in Tantra, Hatha, and Ayurveda this gave her understanding of peoples needs with practice & nutrition. Meditation chanting & breath work gave her to a new level of connection. She realized healing her self would create ripple effects in her family and community. She discovered healing through sound from Guy Douglas. The experiences were so profound she invests in a set of gold quartz crystal sound bowl to share the healing vibrations in her our community. She studied at the Breath Center in Ojai, Ca with Micheal Brain Baker. She has studied meditation and massage at Esalen Institute, Thai yoga therapy in Ojai, She volunteers at Bhakti/ Shakti fest in the kitchen, performs aerial at transformational festivals, is a raw food chef, Acro yoga enthusiast, holds woman circles, teaches sacred sexual empowerment & tantra for couples. She loves the great outdoors! Her life’s mission is to radiate light from the heart to illuminate darkness within her self. “Let us be united in co-creation for the greater good of all. One must have the realization that there is no separation. SAT NAM! “

 

Alexis Ware, L.Ac., MSTCM, founder of Theta School of Magic (2010), is an energy expert and life strategist from Los Angeles, CA specializing in the art of energetic communication and the wake up of desire. A licensed acupuncturist with 10+years experience as a professional ThetaHealer®, Alexis is an authority on upgrading subconscious belief systems to bring clarity to desire and create the life of one’s dreams. Alexis has taught classes all over the United States: LA, New York, Chicago, Vermont, San Francisco and most recently in Istanbul, Turkey on the power of unconditional love and the effects of subconscious beliefs on health, happiness, and success. Alexis holds a Masters degree in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (PCOM San Diego, 2009), is a certified ThetaHealer® and ThetaHealing® instructor, Reiki Master and life coach with three years comprehensive training in Orgasm and coaching (OneTaste®), a passion for Human Design and a penchant for all things evolution. Alexis brings her 10+ years of experience as a ThetaHealer to guide you safely, with complete love, acceptance and zero judgment to the depths of your subconscious mind to face your fears, your doubts, your desires and your shadow. You will have the opportunity to release your subconscious and energetic blocks to clarifying, claiming and living your desires and allowing the joy, passion, money, love, sex, success and whatever else you truly and deeply want into your daily life experience. As aThetaHealer, she guides safely, with complete love, acceptance and zero judgment to the depths of the subconscious mind to face your fears, doubts, desires, and shadow. Given the opportunity to release subconscious and energetic blocks to clarifying, claiming and living desires and allowing the joy, passion, money, love, sex, success and whatever else truly and deeply one desires in daily life experience.

Contact info:

RavenRetreats.com

AmyRaven.com