Upcoming Group Retreats

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

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


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).

WHMX-72About Ashlie

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.


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

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

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


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


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


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


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






Jamie Clarke


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


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.


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


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


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

Unlimited drinking water/juice/specialty retreat teas

2 yoga classes daily


Daily meditation and journal

Mayan fire ritual


Exploring nearby villages and markets

Mayan sweat lodge

Volcano hike

Kayaking tour

Spa services


Airfare/transportation to and from airport.


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 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 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.


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.

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:


About the teachers:


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!


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.

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


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)
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.


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.

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 Nidra/Deep relaxation
Cacao ceremony
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

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.

Jason Calsyn ~ Deep Bliss Yoga Retreat
Feb 9 – Feb 16 all-day

Join us for this week-long retreat to Villa Sumaya, on the gorgeous Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. This will be a perfect opportunity to rejuvenate and escape the Pacific Northwest winter. We will focus on casting off the accumulated weight of the previous year and making room for new growth. Each day will begin and end with our yoga practice, with the intention of opening our hearts and being receptive to possibility. In between, we will make new friends, explore exotic spaces, and relax deeply into ease and joy. We’ll balance the opportunity for self-work with the equally valuable chance to find peace and stillness.


Pricing: $1400/$1800 (shared/single accommodations)
Included: 2 yoga classes per day (hatha or flow class in the morning and restorative or yin in the evening), 3 vegetarian meals per day, group events including a Mayan Fire Ceremony, Chichimeca Sweat Lodge, Cacao Ceremony, and a tour of one of the local villages.

Not included: Transportation to/from the retreat center, alcohol, tips for the local staff. There are also many other optional activities such as hikes (climb a volcano!) and kayaking, as well as a spa with massage and other therapeutic services, which are available at additional cost.

Group size is limited to 18 guests.

A $500 non-refundable deposit reserves your spot.

Early bird special!

Sign up before June 1 and take $200 off the total price!

About the leader:


Jason Calsyn (RYT-500, E-RYT 200) has been teaching yoga in the United States and Southeast Asia since 2012. He has trained at Maui Hot Yoga on Maui, Hawaii and at Sampoorna Yoga in Goa, India. He teaches several styles, including Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Vinyasa Flow, and Yoga Nidra. Jason believes that a good yoga practice balances physical, mental, emotional, and energetic elements. He is the owner of Mystic Monkey Yoga in Port Townsend, WA, USA.


Website – mysticmonkeyyoga.com

Email: mysticmonkeyyoga@gmail.com

Frans ~ Meditation and Culture Retreat with Star Meditations
Feb 21 – Mar 2 all-day

Join us on the adventure of a lifetime, as we journey on a 9 day Mayan Discovery Retreat to one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. You will fall in love with the natural beauty of the breathtaking Lake Atitlan and the three majestic volcanoes, Atitlan, San Pedro and Toliman that surround it.

Our Mayan adventure will begin in the gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua. We will spend 2 nights here. This is a must see destination, full of colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and picturesque surroundings. Our exquisite hotel is close to the city centre, allowing plenty of opportunities for leisurely walking, visiting museums and immersing ourselves in Mayan culture.

For the following 7 nights, our home will be a serene wellness eco resort, boasting spectacular views of Lake Atitlan. The resort offers beautifully decorated private rooms, natural lush gardens, sauna, solar heated pool and hot tub, a fair trade boutique gift shop, a juice bar and many inspirational, relaxing places to hide away with a good book.

During our stay, we will take part in relaxing meditation sessions including chakra breathing and sound healing as well as traditional Mayan ceremonies. We will explore the culture of the Mayan people.

There will be plenty of time for relaxation, massages or healing sessions, or to just soak in the stunning views from one of the many colourful hammocks. If you enjoy more adventurous activities you can kayak on the lake or hike up a volcano.

This is a very special retreat guaranteed to captivate the imagination and soothe the spirit.

Details and registration please visit www.starmeditations.com.au/retreats or email frans@starmeditations.com.au

About Frans


My journey with meditation began when I was 14 years old, a Japanese friend, Joe, introduced me to meditation. Joe gave me a precious gift, which I will cherish forever.

I am an experienced and registered Meditation Facilitator with ACHS (Australian Centre for Holistic Studies), and a member of the Australian Meditation Association, the Won Buddhist Centre and involved with Kriya yoga.

Star Meditations was born from the passion and joy I receive every day from meditating. I teach and facilitate a variety of meditation methods, to help people reconnect with themselves, balance their energies and create harmony with the divine energies of the universe, in order to control their stress, anxiety and depression levels.

Meditation does not have to be spiritual. Those not interested in the spiritual level of meditation can still meditate and reap all the stress relieving and relaxation benefits. I will teach you to experience life in a more relaxed way to attract a more beautiful, positive energy, which will result in a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Jen & Harriet ~ Back to Bliss Yoga Adventure/Retreat
Mar 9 – Mar 16 all-day

Stress slips away and your true nature returns, bringing you Back to Peace, Back to Nature, Back to Bliss!

Join Jennifer Brooke and Harriet Alterowitz for a fun winter getaway at Villa Sumaya, an exquisite retreat center seductively situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Villa Sumaya is an eco resort with full services for adventure travelers wanting to hike, kayak and explore. There is also plenty of time for reflection, rest and relaxation. This romantic retreat center offers elegantly decorated private rooms, spacious grounds, hot tub, sauna and natural refuge gardens.

Yoga classes are open to all levels of experience. Non-yoga spouses, partners and friends are welcome to join us!

Upon arrival to Guatemala, we will spend 2 nights in Antigua, a place of rare beauty, major historical significance and vibrant culture. It is a must see destination! Our hotel is close to the city center to allow for leisurely walking, visiting museums and familiarizing yourself with Mayan culture prior to our departure to Lake Atitlan.

9-Night Retreat Package includes:

  • 2 nights lodging in Antigua with 2 breakfasts at our delightful downtown hotel
  • 7 nights at Villa Sumaya in a luxury room with private bath and gorgeous views
  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals daily at Villa Sumaya with optional chicken or fish available at an additional charge
  • 2 classes daily with Jen and Harriet including active asana, restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation…special evening activities
  • Traditional Mayan Fire Protection Ceremony
  • 1 group excursion
  • Ground and water transport from Antigua to Villa Sumaya on March 9 and from Villa Sumaya to GUA airport on March 16
  • Group tipping including group transport & included excursions

Not Included:

  • Airfare to Guatemala City & airport transport to Antigua
  • Lunch and dinners outside of Villa Sumaya, alcohol or special drinks
  • Body work or extra service and personal tipping for services & staff

To learn more or sign up, please visit Guatemala Details or Register Here.

Email Jennifer Brooke for inquiries: Jbrookemt@gmail.com or Harriet Alterowitz:  hattieyoga@gmail.com