Upcoming Group Retreats

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

Jan
12
Sat
Sharon Hills-Bonczyk ~ Rest, Renew, and Revitalize
Jan 12 – Jan 19 all-day

Led by a family of Kripalu yoga teachers, this retreat will nourish your soul and deepen your practice. One group will focus on the art & science of Ayurveda and healthy lifestyle. The other group, comprised of experienced yogis and meditators, will dive deep into advanced practice. Both groups include pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra, journey dance, and asana practice in addition to village excursions and other activities.

About the leader

Sharon Hills-Bonczyk is the founder and owner of 5809 YOGA, a cozy, in-home, neighborhood yoga studio in southwest Minneapolis. She is a transformational Kripalu yoga teacher and ayurvedic educator.

A yoga practitioner for over 35 years, Sharon offers classes, private sessions, workshops, and leads yoga and meditation retreats to paradise settings around the world. In addition to her home studio, she teaches at the Marsh in Minnetonka and at Normandale College. She offers all levels of yoga practice in addition to yoga nidra (deep relaxation), meditation training, restorative, and therapeutic yoga for those with physical issues. As an an ayurvedic educator, she offers guidance in finding balance through lifestyle and nutrition.

Sharon has a background in Community Health Education. Her 15 years in healthcare included supervision of 80 staff and oversight of the Family Services department at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. She has presented locally and nationally on a variety of health, parenting, and service excellence topics. She previously ran a school camp clinic in Michigan for 5 years and taught birth & parenting classes, attending home and hospital births for more than a decade.

Sharon grew up overseas, one of 6 children in a missionary/teacher family, and served in the Peace Corps in the Fiji Islands with her husband of 37 years. Her husband and two of her three children are also yoga teachers.

With knowledge and strong commitment to healthy lifestyle and healing through inner medicine, Sharon delights in introducing people to meditation and yoga that works for them. Her goal as a yoga teacher is to help each person find greater ease, strength, flexibility, and mindfulness in their life; greatly increasing their capacity for joy.

 

Feb
16
Sat
Angela Botta & Yuval Samburski – 5th Annual Yoga, Reiki + Excursions Retreat
Feb 16 – Feb 23 all-day

 

Yuval and Angela are SO excited to RETURN to THE LAKE and host their 5th Annual YOGA, REIKI and EXCURSIONS Retreat at Villa Sumaya eco-chic wellness and retreat center in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.   Villa Sumaya

In this pristine corner of the world, nestled between a serene lake and three majestic volcanoes, come set an intention to purify and recharge the elemental energy stores inside you by escaping to the truly magical and magnetic energy of Lake Atitlan and Villa Sumaya.

This incredible off-grid holiday will be a perfect WINTER GIFT to yourself where you’ll get to nourish and reconnect + unwind and recharge your prana, vitality and spirit.

Our bodies digest not only the food we eat but all of the sights, sounds, people, and energy surrounding us in our busy lives. This Presidents’ Day weekend, escape your daily routine and come deepen your practice, by emphasizing clarity and play! You’ll have space to explore both movement and stillness, making way for a new perspective. Breathe, meditate, and receive Reiki from both Angela and Yuval while setting the groundwork for your own self-healing. Explore the body in space, take time to flow mindfully and also slow down to investigate key actions required for a step-by-step approach in how to achieve a posture.

Excursions as always are included! Experience a sacred Mayan fire ceremony led by a local Shaman, San Pedro volcano hike, and visit local villages like San Juan for a colorful artisan craft shopping excursion and San Marcos for swimming + cliff jump.

There will also be lots of free time to lay in a hammock, soak in the sun, journal or, indulge in soothing bodywork at the Harmony Spa. You will feel inspired and fully supported to find your own pace and to give yourself exactly what you need at every moment!

As always, we attract an incredible community of yogis + friends and our week together will be a beautiful, deep, hilarious, healing, active, and inspiring version of each of us! With no demands on your time or expectations other than to be who you are, perfectly, right now, this magical week filled with raw natural beauty and healing will ignite the fires of transformation deep within.

All inclusive:

7-night accommodations at the beautiful Villa Sumaya Eco-Chic Wellness Center, on the picturesque shore of Lake Atitlan

3 healthy and delicious, home-cooked, well balanced, vegetarian meals daily (chicken and fish available at extra cost)

Daily yoga practice, including asana, workshops, meditation, pranayama, restorative and hands-on reiki with essential oils (mat & props provided)

Excursions (included): Sacred Mayan fire ceremony with local Shaman, San Pedro volcano hike, San Juan colorful artisan craft shopping excursion, San Marcos swimming + cliff jump.

WiFi included

Filtered water and unlimited coffee / tea

Not Included:

Flight to/from Guatemala City

Transport to/from Villa Sumaya (car + boat transfer)

Spa treatments (at on-site Harmony Spa)

Tips for Villa Sumaya staff

* All levels of practitioners are welcome; however, a reasonable level of physical fitness and experience with vinyasa yoga is assumed.

* Optional dream circle or cacao ceremony with Nicole Gnutzman.

 

About the leaders:

About Angela Botta and Yuval Samburski: Angela and Yuval are NYC-based yoga instructors and teacher trainers. Both are E-RYT 500, YogaWorks Certified and lead retreats and teacher trainings all over the world. Known for smart, mindful, fluid sequencing with clear instructions of alignment, breath awareness and core stabilization throughout each practice. You, as the participant, will have space to self-explore your body and your mind. As Angela and Yuval are both reiki masters, healing work is an integrated part of most sessions.

Angela Botta is a native new yorker, and feels she is the most honest and true version of herself on her mat! Teaching is an extensive part of her own spiritual journey, and she encourages students to continually seek, question, and explore; unfolding through each practice and trusting our inner teacher in every moment. angelabotta.com

With experience in performance and art, Yuval Samburski is inspired by all creation and the undeniable power of breath and meditation. His teaching is personal, nurturing and humorous, allowing for self-observation and a true teaching and learning experience between him and his students. YBoogie.com

Rates are as follows:

$2400 single occupancy

$2100 double occupancy

Please note:

Retreat dates are Saturday 2/16 – Saturday 2/23

$650 non-refundable deposit secures your spot. All payments are non-refundable. Please email us with any questions or for more information at:

Angela ~ ang303@yahoo.com

Yuval ~ uvyoga@gmail.com

We hope you’ll join us!

Namaste~

Angela and Yuval

Feb
23
Sat
Kristina Ahern ~ INSPIRATION, PERSPIRATION, TRANSFORMATION
Feb 23 – Mar 2 all-day

Nourish and replenish your body, mind and heart, while being surrounded by spectacular views of majestic volcanoes, lush vegetation and the breathtaking blue waters of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala…known as one of the most beautiful and energetically spiritual places on earth. Join Kristina Ahern for her 3rd year of leading yoga participants on a journey of self discovery and transformation at the serene and welcoming Villa Sumaya. The incredible palpable energies, naturally healing surroundings and kindness of VS staff and the locals of Lake Atitlan are the perfect backdrop for her teachings.

Kristina’s yoga retreat at Villa Sumaya is more than a ‘resort experience’….it is truly a LIFE experience! Past retreat participants confirm this sentiment:

“The yoga retreat at Villa Sumaya far exceeded my hopes and expectations! The tranquil setting of Villa Sumaya on the shores of Lake Atitlan with its gracious and attentive staff provided a perfect backdrop for our yoga retreat. Our incredible yoga instructor, Kristina Ahern, led us on a week-long physical and spiritual journey, providing helpful guidance and adaptations to meet each individual’s needs and capabilities. The schedule allowed plenty of time to relax, reflect, explore our surroundings and participate in a number of unique personal and cultural experiences located within the retreat center and surrounding villages. It truly was a transformative experience and one that I will cherish for a lifetime!” ~ R.C. 2018

“My first impression of Villa Sumaya was of ease and openness. The staff gave the impression of sincerely caring for our well-being. My room was comfortable and beautiful and the meals were delicious and plentiful. Also, unlike so many that claim to be environmentally friendly, Villa Sumaya truly lives up to the moniker “eco-retreat center”.

Kristina led a twice-daily practice that was transformational. The theme she chose for the week was ideal for the setting and level of the participants. With her gentle guidance in this palpably spiritual environment, I felt that my practice was opened to another level.” ~ J.L. 2017

INSPIRATION, PERSPIRATION, TRANSFORMATION: this 3-word model created by T.K.V. Desikachar for progression toward one’s potential in life and yoga will be explored during this weeklong retreat. With nearly 20 years of teaching and chanting experience within the Krishnamacharya/T.K.V. Desikachar tradition….creativity, compassion and a deep connection to the sacred within the natural world are woven into the fabric of Kristina’s approach. Each individual participant is honored and respected according to his/her capabilities and is gently encouraged to uncover personal potential with lightness, compassion and kindness toward self.

The morning practice will include asana, pranayama and chant to inspire, energize and ‘open up’ the body, breath and heart. In the afternoon, the focus will turn more inward with gentle movement, mantra japam, ritual, visualization & meditation. There will be enough time between the sessions for you to relax & assimilate the morning practice, schedule healing sessions or participate in other activities offered through Villa Sumaya. Wednesday is the scheduled day off (can be changed with group consensus). Kristina is keeping the group to a maximum of 14 participants to support the energetic cohesiveness of the group and the development of meaningful relationships within it. Note that group activities and tours can be scheduled depending upon interest and energy (at extra cost)

No yoga experience is required for this retreat…only a willingness to step outside of what is familiar, supported by a seasoned yoga teacher (Kristina is certified E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance, IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist and trained Vedic Chant teacher) a sanga of retreat participants and the caring & attentive staff of Villa Sumaya.

As a gesture of respect and generosity toward the indigenous Mayan culture in Guatemala, a portion of each participant’s tuition will be donated to Multi-Colores http://www.multi-colores.org, a non-profit formed by the owners of Cultural Cloth http://www.culturalcloth.com to support Mayan artisans in the Lake Atitlan area. In the past 2 years, retreat participants have helped fund work stations designed for rughooking and empowerment leadership programs for the Multi-Colores women. We will take time to visit their offices located in Panajachel to see their beautiful work during our stay. There are also many other opportunities to support the indigenous people during your time in Guatemala. You may want to consider arriving a few days early or staying a few days after the retreat (or both) to further immerse yourself in the Guatemalan cultural experience.

Included in the Retreat:

7 nights accommodation at Villa Sumaya (tax included)

3 vegetarian meals per day (meat/fish/alcohol extra)

Twice daily yoga sessions: 10:30 a.m -12:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Held Sunday, Feb. 24th through Friday, March 1st (Wed. off)

Registration & Pricing:

**$500 non-refundable deposit reserves your space!

Extra early bird (paid before 7/15/18)

Early bird (paid before 9/15/18)   Full price (paid after 9/15/18)

Single: EEB $1895, EB $2045, Full $2195

Double: EEB $1595, EB $1745, Full $1895

Triple: EEB $1495, EB $1645, Full $1795

**All registration fees must be paid in full by Nov. 15th, 2018

**Price does not include air, ground or water transportation.

To register or with questions, please contact Kristina Ahern (owner of Santosha Springs Yoga & Wellness)

ahernkristina@gmail.com or 952 261-5178.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SantoshaSprings/

Mar
16
Sat
Erika Trice ~ RADIANCE & REFUGE – THE HEALING POWER OF YOGA IN GUATEMALA
Mar 16 – Mar 23 all-day

Join Erika Trice for a week of deep healing on the shores of the Lake Atitlan, described as “the most beautiful lake in the world,” by Alexander von Humboldt. This is the perfect setting for our retreat. Along the lake are a dozen villages where life and customs have changed little over the centuries, each offering a rich and tapestry of food, color, language, and culture.

Each morning will begin with qigong, pranayama, and meditation followed by a dynamic asana practice. The late afternoons/early evenings sessions will explore a softer more inwardly focused practice leading towards meditation. This will be an immersion into the profound healing effects of yoga. Included in our exploration will also be philosophy and chakra work. Between practices, days will be yours to explore, hike, swim in the gorgeous lake or visit the local communities. We will gather together for delicious meals and share our experiences. This week will be an immersion both in asana and in life.

 

Link for more information and to sign up: http://www.internationalyoga.com/retreats/guatemala-erika

E-mail info@internationalyoga.com with any questions!

 

About Erika Trice

 

Erika Trice began studying yoga in 1988 in a variety of styles including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Yin, and Therapeutic Yoga, and has also been a longtime student and teacher of the Oriental Arts of Qigong and Tai Chi. Erika is certified with YogaWorks and currently leads their teacher-training programs in both the United States and Europe. Prior to yoga, Erika spent 15 years training for a career in dance, which she credits for giving her the discipline to work hard and the passion for movement.

Mar
23
Sat
Will Duprey & Lisa Benner – Fire of Purification
Mar 23 – Mar 30 all-day

Now you are ready to immerse yourself in the practice of yoga. This is one of two modules comprising Hathavidya’s 300hr teacher training: The Living Energy Immersion Program. This program manifested so that the modern student and teacher can integrate yogic philosophy where it counts — living fully!

Retreats impart a full immersion into a living yoga practice. The process works from within and is modeled after years of study accumulated by living with a teacher in a traditional manner. Simply — a retreat from your day-to-day and an immersion into yoga.

Here you will also interact with a broad spectrum of practitioners in an authentic community.

This enhanced curriculum for practitioners and teachers is a cultivated space full of invaluable tools on manipulations of physical and energetic systems — the power of yoga!

Please click HERE for more details.

Whether your goal is to teach yoga or authentically integrate your studies into the day to day, we are glad you’re here!

Hathavidya is an inclusive yogic science comprised of principles that purify, empower and uplift the spirit toward creating clarity and elevating the human experience.

What does all that mean?

Hathavidya makes traditional yoga accessible and applicable in the modern world.

By utilizing the in-depth development of various lineages within hatha and siddha, the focus is on knowledge and how the tools work for you.

Although there is a growing number of trainings in yoga communities, Hathavidya offers programs to communicate profound lessons, a larger knowledge base and a dedicated learning environment for you.

Certification is easy to come by; true knowledge shapes your life.

ABOUT WILL

International yoga teacher, writer, storyteller, Will Duprey practices pranayama and meditation and is known for effortlessly combining classical theory with contemporary yoga methods.
With over 15 years of teaching and consulting on yoga teacher trainings globally, his unique mentorship program provides deep knowledge and balance among different styles of yoga. In addition to his own writing, Will has contributed to publications such as: teach.yoga, OmStars and has a regular column in YogaLife Magazine Malaysia. Will is the founder of Hathavidya yoga teacher training school and is currently penning a poetic translation on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

 

Website and e-mail.

Mar
30
Sat
Yvonne Kingsley ~ SPRING AWAKENING: A YOGA JOURNEY IN GUATEMALA
Mar 30 – Apr 6 all-day

Join Yvonne on this retreat in Guatemala to explore a nourishing blend of vinyasa flow, kundalini kriya, pranayama, and meditation. Immersed in the beauty of Lake Atitlan, you will cultivate greater awareness to self and connection to nature, creating the internal conditions for clarity, healing, and transformation. These are potent practices that help you direct your energy in a conscious and purposeful way.

Each morning you will move your body dynamically to build vitality and overall well-being. In the afternoon, you will dive into pranayama and meditation to connect more deeply with your internal experience. Between practices, days will be yours to explore, hike, swim in the gorgeous lake or visit the local communities. We will gather together as a community for delicious meals and to share our experiences.

 

 

Link for more information and to sign up:

http://www.internationalyoga.com/retreats/guatemala-yvonne

E-mail: info@internationalyoga.com with any questions!

About Yvonne Kingsley

 

Yvonne, E-RYT500, is deeply committed to living and sharing the path of yoga. She encourages students to bring greater awareness, curiosity and compassion into their practice. Her classes are grounded and intentional, incorporating rhythmic flow; attention to alignment; and intelligent sequencing that weaves together strength, flexibility and balance. Inspired by the power of yoga to transform her life, she left a decade-long advertising career, dedicating herself to helping others find a clear and centered place within themselves. Yvonne believes that awesome potential exists within every person and that the holistic practice of yoga gives us the tools to live a more conscious, vibrant and purposeful life. Yvonne completed her 500HR Vinyasa/Kundalini training with Kia Miller, diving deep into the subtler aspects of pranayama, kriya, mantra and meditation. Yvonne continues to develop her knowledge of alignment, anatomy and sequencing, recently completing an advanced 300HR training with Jason Crandell.