Upcoming Group Retreats

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


– 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.

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.

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 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


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 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

Roni Yaari ~ Relax and Explore Yoga Retreat in Guatemala
Jan 5 – Jan 12 all-day


 Click HERE to join us for 7 life changing nights of yoga, healing, and adventure on the beautiful shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala!

Walk out of your room every morning to breathe in the magic of nature surrounding you; sun shimmering on the water, a breeze gently rusting the trees, the silhouette of volcanos in the distance. Nourish your body with fresh, mouthwateringly delicious vegan meals. Relax and rejuvenate with daily yoga, trance dance, and meditation in styles specific to each day’s adventures within our own private, sacred space overlooking the lake. Enrich yourself in sacred ceremonies and trips to experience the life and culture of local Maya communities. Explore jungles, mountains, and villages on hikes for a variety of fitness levels and experience.

Allow Roni to hold space for you, whether yours is a journey of healing, self-discovery, exploration, or something left to be discovered. We cannot wait to share this journey together.

January 5th-12th, 2019

Note from Roni about Dhamma/Dharma:

What makes our retreats unique is our dedication to remaining connected to service. As we allow ourselves to receive the beauty of the lands we visit, having been maintained by the local people, we always aim to demonstrate our gratitude by giving back. 10% of profits from all retreats will be donated to local projects and organizations working to serve members of their community. Many of our trips will also include donating a few hours of our trip to do something to bring a smile to others in some way, such as a performance or activity with local children, maintaining an active cultural exchange, giving ours as we receive theirs. Keep an eye out for updates and details on the chosen organization for each retreat!

*Registration closes November 1st or when spots are all filled. Reserve your space TODAY!*


What’s Included:

  • 7 Night Accommodation
  • Airport Shuttle & Boat
  • 3 Delicious Meals Daily
  • Unlimited Tea, Coffee, Water
  • Daily Classes
  • Visit to Local Village
  • Mayan Fire Ceremony
  • Cacao Ceremony
  • Kayaking Adventure


About Roni:

It is often said of Roni that she has the wisdom of a woman and the soul of a child. And as such, combined with her artistic talents, her insights, and her relentless pursuit of the practical truth, she is truly a unique character. While she is a self-taught dancer, painter, and in general an artist regardless of the media, she has also developed an uncanny awareness and understanding of our physical and mental selves, starting as a child, which she has always felt compelled to share with those around her.

After traveling the world she began teaching classes at the age of 24, and by 2006 took over as the owner of Inner Spirit Yoga Center in East Northport, New York. To this day Inner Spirit serving the community, through healing events and donation based classes.

There is no shortage of teachers who have studied for hundreds of hours and who have taken countless different classes, but there is definitely a shortage of teachers who were born with the insights and awareness that yoga tries to instill in all of us, and who also have the passion and desire to share that with the world around them. There is definitely a shortage of teachers who actually “live” yoga and don’t just “do” yoga, and who have the ability to pass that on to others by inspiring them through personal example and their own way of being. This is who Roni is, and this is what her students have come to expect from both her and the center.

“My ultimate goal is to reach peace and to assist others in doing the same. I believe it is critical for us to understand and to take full responsibility and ownership for our emotions, end always treat others with the same kindness and compassion we desire for ourselves. Viewing the world in a positive light is an empowering choice that we must constantly choose- one that can transform our lives. For years, I have had the privilege of sharing these life-altering principles and techniques with my students, both at home and abroad, in the hope that they will spread that love and understanding wherever their lives take them.” –Roni Yaari

You can experience one of her many classes (Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha, Meditation, Sound Healing, & more) at Inner Spirit. Keep an eye out for upcoming retreats, workshops, seminars, and teacher trainings for a one of a kind journey of healing and self-discovery led by Roni!


Website Link: http://innerspirityoga.com/retreat/

Email: info@innerspirityoga.com

Carmen & Moises Aguilar – Yoga & Meditation Retreat
Jan 20 – Jan 26 all-day

Escape the winter and join us for a week of yoga, meditation, nature and sun in the beautiful Villa Sumaya located on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. This idilic location is the perfect place to unwind from our busy schedules and get a well deserved yoga vacation.  We will do yoga every day with Carmen Aguilar (instagram.com/cyogalab) following her unique cyoga style. Come ready not only to relax but also to take your practice to another level, explore new asanas and find a renewed motivation to keep practicing. Her husband Moises, who has been meditating for more than 25 years, will be in charge of the daily meditation class.

We will start the day with Meditation right after breakfast, followed by a daily yoga class, which will take us all the way to lunch. After lunch the rest of the day is all yours to indulge at the lake, go kayaking, do some shopping at the mayan markets, or even go hiking in one of three majestic volcanoes. This is the fourth year Carmen and Moises host their winter yoga and meditation retreat and students keep coming back year after year. This is a week to make new friends, enjoy life, good food, the sun and nature while practicing yoga and meditation in an idilic setting.

About the Teachers

Carmen Aguilar is an international teacher – labchicago.com and instagram.com/cyogalab – leading workshops and yoga trainings around the world. She currently owns a yoga studio in Chicago with her husband Moises where they hold regular classes, workshops and Teacher Trainings. Her classes are known for being intense, informative and motivational, very focused on intelligent sequencing and peak poses. Carmen’s goal is to not only stretch your body but also your mind though an intense asana practice.
Moises Aguilar, her husband, is the perfect compliment to Carmen’s intense style, focused on adjustments and meditation. He teaches Adjusting techniques around the world with his wife as well as meditation workshops.
For more information or to register, please visit: www.labchicago.com.
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

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:


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.

Karlie Lemos & Dana Makover ~ ​A pilgrimage to Lake Atitlan
Jun 15 – Jun 22 all-day

Join Karlie Lemos and Dana Makover on a ​sacred pilgrimage to the distant Mayan stronghold of Lake Atitlan​, Guatemala. Nestled in a landlocked bay on the north shore of beautiful of the lake, our retreat center is located on 18 acres in the traditional homeland of the indigenous Maya. In this private setting, you will discover a deeply healing environment, an open-air yoga studio, and pristine waters surrounded by majestic landscapes including three spectacular volcanoes. This area is known to locals as “the belly button of the Earth,” and it is in this serene natural setting where yoga can do its best work, grounding your body and uplifting your spirits.​

About the leaders.

Karlie Lemos, E-RYT-500, discovered her yoga practice in 1998. In 2005 she completed her 200 hour Hatha teacher training through the lens of Iyengar Yoga. Karlie went on to complete her 500 hour certification under the guidance of Christina Sell, after years spent immersed in Anusara Yoga. Karlie also draws from her background in Ashtanga Vinysasa, Yin and Restorative yoga.

She is known for her skill in sequencing asana and offering safe, well-rounded and grounded practices; as well as being able to meet all students from yoga beginners to seasoned practitioners where they’re at.

She is inspired by the deep well of yoga philosophy and threads these perspectives into her asana classes from a light-hearted and playful perspective. She offers a space for students to use their body as a vehicle for growth, healing, discovery and empowerment.




Dana Makover discovered yoga through a voice teacher who incorporated yoga asana into the art of singing when she was only fifteen years old. Having already suffered from a number of eating disorders and severe anxiety and depression, yoga and singing together created a safe space where being in her body didn’t seem so bad. Having spent her childhood travelling between Israel and Texas, “home” was a loosely defined word. Yoga became a major building block in the long process of making her body into her home.

Dana considers travel a necessary tool for opening her mind and heart. The process of purposely placing oneself in a strange environment surrounded by different sounds, cultures, languages and foods creates more flexibility in the mind than any yoga asana ever could. Through experiencing others in their environments, we learn to better understand ourselves. Travel can truly be a journey to the self through others, a beautifully human way to connect.

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