Upcoming Group Retreats

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

Astrology, Tarot and Breathwork with Nirguna

Available year-round; inquire for dates!

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

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

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

What’s Included

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

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

Timing, Pricing & Registration

Available weekly! Please send us your date request.

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

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

About the Instructor

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

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

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

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

Available December – April; inquire for dates!

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

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

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

What’s Included

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

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

Timing, Pricing & Registration

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

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

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

About the Instructor

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Included

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

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

Timing, Pricing & Registration

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

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

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

About the Instructor

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

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

Yoga & Writing Weekend Retreats

 

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

*Minimum 3 participants

 

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

 

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

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

What’s Included

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

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

Pricing & Registration

Shared room — Q1000
Private room — Q1300

*Minimum 3 participants

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

 

About the Instructor

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

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

Yoga & Writing Weekend Retreats

 

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

*Minimum 3 participants

 

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

 

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

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

What’s Included

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

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

Pricing & Registration

Shared room — Q1000
Private room — Q1300

*Minimum 3 participants

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

 

About the Instructor

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

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

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

Available year-round; inquire for dates!

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

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

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

What’s Included

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

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

Timing, Pricing & Registration

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

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

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

About the Instructor

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

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

Available year-round; inquire for dates!

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

Connect and harmonize with your Nature.

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

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

Self-heal into awareness.

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

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

What’s Included

7 nights of deluxe, single accommodation

daily vegetarian meals and beverage service

all taxes

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

 

Timing, Pricing & Registration

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

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

 

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

About the Instructor

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

Astrology, Tarot and Breathwork with Nirguna

Available year-round; inquire for dates!

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

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

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

What’s Included

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

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

Timing, Pricing & Registration

Available weekly! Please send us your date request.

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

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

About the Instructor

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

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

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

Yoga & Writing Weekend Retreats

 

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

*Minimum 3 participants

 

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

 

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

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

What’s Included

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

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

Pricing & Registration

Shared room — Q1000
Private room — Q1300

*Minimum 3 participants

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

 

About the Instructor

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

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

The time is now…

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

 

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

 

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

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

This retreat will help you:

* Remember your true nature

* Rediscover your unique gifts

* Reclaim comfort, ease and grace in your body

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

You’ll feel like yourself again.

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

 

About the leader:

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

 

Testimonials:

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

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

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

~Shannon Kring Bruset

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

~ Jill Bates, Tulum participant

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Leader

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Terri:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Complete this google form to apply.
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Testimonials:

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

– ELLENIT SERRANO

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

– PAULA V. GOLDSTEIN

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

Shifting Consciousness through Expanded Awareness with Kirsten

Available December – March; inquire for dates!

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

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

 

What’s Included

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

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

Timing, Pricing & Registration

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

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

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

About the Instructor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About Your Leader

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

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

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

 

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

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

Accommodations

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

Pricing & Registration

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

Single:    $2,000

Double:    $1,700

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

Travel to Villa Sumaya

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

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

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

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

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

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Lauren & Lisa ~ Guatemala Magic Yoga + Healing Retreat
Jan 5 – Jan 12 all-day

Embark on a journey to your truest self. Relax, align, and connect with Lauren Leduc, yoga instructor and studio owner, and Lisa Lola, energy healer and owner of Lisa Lola Healing Arts on a path to paradise. Enjoy yoga, mediation, healing, sacred ritual, and adventure on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

For more information or to sign up, please visit Lauren Leduc Yoga or Lisa Lola Healing Arts or email laurenashleyleduc@gmail.com.

About the Teachers

Lauren Leduc, E-RYT200, Founder of Karma Tribe Yoga and Pop-Up Yoga KC

Lauren is a dedicated yoga teacher and entrepreneur with the unique gift of cultivating connection and community. She believes that yoga is beneficial to everyone and is passionate about creating accessible experiences and opportunities for students to find a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them.

Lauren has a fun, challenging, intelligent, and present teaching style loved by thousands of students. After completing her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 through Frog Lotus Yoga, Lauren began teaching public classes and workshops within the community of Kansas City. In 2015, Lauren founded Pop-Up Yoga KC, which creates donation-based yoga events drawing hundreds of students. Upon the success of Pop-Up Yoga KC, Lauren created Karma Tribe Yoga, Kansas City’s Premiere Non Profit and Donation-Based Yoga Studio. In 2016, Lauren was voted “Best Yoga Instructor” by Pitch Weekly Readers, taught multiple workshops, led yoga retreats in Mexico, Thailand, and Bali, and moved Karma Tribe Yoga to its beautiful new location in Midtown, Kansas City.

Recently, Lauren earned a certification in Thai Yoga Bodywork, completed the first module of Advanced Teacher Training through Frog Lotus Yoga, and was hired as head teacher for Yoga Buzz Kansas City. She stays connected with her students and community through her current offerings and is currently planning upcoming retreats, Karma Tribe Yoga 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, and Heartland Yoga Festival.

Lisa Lola

Lisa Lola is an energy healer who provides energetic balancing and supportive services to assist individuals along their own spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical journey’s. Her purpose is to help people heal themselves so they are free to power-fully choose and live the life they desire.

Lisa Lola offers and combines a list of services that has been shown to assist people in their own healing though chakra balancing, channeling, reiki, past life regression, access bars, guided meditation, and essential oils. Lisa also leads workshops, classes and weekend retreats on energy healing, chakra education and balancing, heart opening, grounding and emotional well-being.

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

Mar
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Abby & Skip Hampton Yoga Healing Arts
Mar 9 – Mar 16 all-day

INFO COMING SOON

 

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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.

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Martha Whitney ~ Awaken Your Good Heart
Mar 24 – Mar 30 all-day

On the Shores of Lake Atitlan… Awaken Your Good Heart

Awaken Your Good Heart is for those who want to nurture their spirit. This all-inclusive, eight day journey includes twice daily yoga classes, morning meditations, hikes through vibrant villages, cultural and artistic activities, plenty of time for rest and exploration, and opportunities to share your joy, curiosity and love of life with local children. Slow to the world and reconnect to your wholehearted self in this transformative retreat.

  • Imagine being inspired by the beauty of the natural world with morning fresh-air pranayama and meditation.
  • Imagine spaciousness in your body, mind and heart with two daily yoga classes.
  • Imagine engagement and generosity as you participate in a rich service project and explore neighboring artistic communities.
  • Imagine rejuvenating with times of quiet and contemplation, play and connecting, restorative yoga and deep rest.

Villa Sumaya is the perfect sanctuary to support your practice and your spirit. Sink deeply into the beauty and tranquility of the retreat center with its bamboo forests, lush gardens, tropical flowers, and sweeping views of Lake Atitlan. In such a uniquely mindful setting, awareness sharpens, the body quiets, the mind clears, and space opens for delight and understanding to naturally unfold.

Yoga & Meditation

Our days will begin with morning meditation followed by a deeply nourishing, rejuvenating and integrative yoga practice. The flow of each afternoon class will be responsive to the day’s activities and will include pranayama, asanas, and meditation. Each session is lovingly planned to meet the needs of all participants; everyone from the beginner to the longtime practitioner is welcome!

Service

One of our retreat days will be devoted to service. We’ll move our awareness into the community by meeting with leaders of a local organization, learning about their programs, and participating in projects that support their work. This day of active service is an opportunity to connect more deeply with those in the community and to honor the truly remarkable work that they do each day.

Exploration

Ancient Maya traditions are alive in the highlands of Guatemala. We will participate in a powerful fire ceremony with a Mayan Day Keeper, visit with a woman who weaves traditional textiles, wander through an outdoor market, and tour a village where life-size murals depict scenes from daily life. We will also have the chance to explore the colonial city of Antigua and spend the afternoon visiting the handcraft markets and walking the cobblestone roads of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Awaken Your Good Heart includes time that is intentionally unscheduled so that you can listen to your body, mind and heart and create the perfect week for yourself: take a dip in the Lake, stroll into town for some sightseeing, indulge in a spa treatment, go on a hike, rent a kayak, hang out in your hammock, read on your private patio, enjoy a smoothie or a cocktail by the pool, or sit on the dock and breathe in the tranquility and ease of Lake Atitlan.
Nourish yourself…experience the power and beauty of Lake Atitlan.

About the Group Leader

Retreat guide, Martha Whitney, has designed a week full of both depth and lightheartedness. Martha is known for offering a mindful, inspiring and welcoming yoga environment that fosters self-acceptance and embodied well-being. Her in-depth training in anatomy, movement and breath allows her to artfully guide postures that access body ease and aliveness. Her classes are skillfully designed to be accessible to a range of bodies and skill levels. Martha has been teaching yoga and offering body-mind therapy for over 25 years. She offers Yoga and Meditation retreats in Vermont and Quebec, inspiring joyful connection to our inner and outer landscapes.

To Find Out More

To find our more, please view the full retreat description or email explore@worldsoflighttravel.com