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.
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
Join us on the sacred shores of Lake Atitlán and be immersed in the healing practices of yoga, meditation and Mayan ritual + ceremony for a week of deep rejuvenation and profound transformation!
Lake Atitlán is believed by the Maya to be the center of the universe; the place where God’s seeds of mankind evolved. They also believed that this majestic lake represents the belly button or manipura chakra of the Earth. In human beings the manipura chakra is located at the solar plexus. In both cases, the location on the earth and the place in the body are characterized by the element of fire which governs all processes of transformation. Cradled in the embrace of 3 majestic volcanoes, Lake Atitlán holds the potential for profound metamorphosis of mind, body and spirit. Here, you’ll be supported in finding a deeper connection to the heart of the Earth, and therefore, your own heart, which will allow the song of your soul to be clearly heard and wholeheartedly celebrated. We invite you to sink in, relax and reconnect in a sacred and inspiring setting that fosters complete rejuvenation and a genuine sense of inner peace.
Our flow for the week
We’ll begin our journey together by diving into spiritual alchemy as we move and breathe to create an interrelationship between mind and matter, between self and world.
Spiritual alchemy is concerned with freeing your spiritual self which is trapped within you by the unrefined parts of yourself (e.g. your fears, personal beliefs, etc.).
We will be guided by and aligned with the pace of nature and inspired by Mayan healing traditions as we seek to achieve a state of balance, renewal, and freedom.
In between gathering for yoga, meals or ceremony, there will be ample opportunities to take a dip in the lake or pool, soak in the hot tub, detox in the sauna, rejuvenate with a massage, lounge in a hammock or unwind in the many beautiful spaces dedicated to reflection and relaxation. One need never leave the property unless an optional excursion suits your fancy. If you wish to explore outside the retreat grounds, many choices abound, from visiting a local village, to kayaking and bird-watching, hiking volcanoes, ziplining or taking Spanish lessons. Our Concierge will be happy to assist you in scheduling tours and activities.
* All classes and activities are optional. Our program is designed to meet you where you’re at. We encourage you to participate in a way that best suits your body, mind and spirit.
In the Sanskrit language, the word Sumaya means “long awaited dream come true,” and indeed, Villa Sumaya is the stuff dreams are made of. Nestled into a secluded lakefront cove on the stunningly beautiful shores of Lake Atitlán, Villa Sumaya rests upon 18 acres of sacred Mayan highlands and boasts panoramic views of a trio of spectacular volcanoes. The semi-tropical climate, lush and exotic vegetation and azure waters combine with the grandeur of the volcanoes to set the stage for what visitors describe as a true paradise. It’s an inspiring atmosphere in which the primordial power of nature allows you to let go of your cares, take a deep breath, and embrace the possibility of personal evolution. To add even more interest to this already dramatic landscape, there are twelve villages surrounding the lake, each with it’s own distinctive style, culture and traditions just waiting to be discovered. The beauty and magic of this very special place has sparked the imagination of many, so it comes as no surprise that it’s been featured in Yoga Journal magazine and Taschen’s quintessential book “Great Yoga Retreats.”
Within the grounds of Villa Sumaya, you’ll find everything you need for a supremely comfortable, convenient and relaxing stay, including well-appointed guest rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and gorgeous lake views. The views from the the glassed-in dining room and open-air terrace are just as dazzling and take the retreat dining experience to new heights. A well curated, on-site boutique features an eclectic array of fair-trade handicrafts, apparel, accessories and other treasures made by Guatemalan artisans- perfect for finding just the right mementos and gifts for yourself and your loved ones. If you wish to pamper yourself, Villa Sumaya offers wide variety of world class spa services, including massage (Swedish, Thai, Ayurvedic, Esalen and deep tissue), reiki, reflexology, facials, nail services and ionic foot baths. For a detoxifying sweat, the wood-burning sauna can be reserved for a small charge.
Yoga & Meditation
We’ll gather for classes in the gorgeous Tara Temple which is located on the top of the Lotus House. The yoga sanctuary’s eclectic décor, breathtaking views, thatched roof, elegant altar and a state-of-the-art sound system combine to create a beautiful space in which to explore and expand mind, body and spirit. All props needed to support your practice are supplied.
Xicoy, the Cacao Spirit, is one of the most playful spiritual guides in ancient Mayan cosmology. A traditional Mayan plant medicine, cacao induces an expansive, mood enhancing quality. It is used to uplift the spirit, open the heart, deepen focus, remove blockages and enhance awareness. Gathering in a sacred circle of celebration, we’ll partake in the ritual sharing of a cacao elixir- an experience that promotes a meditative, reflective state and inspires a profound sense of joy and heartfelt gratitude.
Mayan Day-Count Fire Ceremony
In the traditional Mayan day-count fire ceremony, beautiful offerings are created and consumed, invoking connectivity with source consciousness while prompting us to leave behind our conditioned concept of self and fueling the fire of our sacred life purpose. Resting in the stillness of the fire’s glow, we’re invited to lighten our load and soothe the scars resultant of life’s challenges, cultivating awareness and acceptance of the role we’ve played in the grand scheme of things.
Dining & Cuisine
Meals at Villa Sumaya are lovingly prepared at Café Sumaya Sol and offer a culinary-conscious menu for slow food aficionados and eco-epicureans. A vegetarian-based, eclectic blend of local and international cuisine is created fresh daily from Guatemala’s cornucopia of fruit and vegetables. Breakfast includes a main dish, granola, yogurt, fruit and daily specials. Lunch features a hearty vegetarian main course, organic greens, homemade bread and a local fruit platter. Dinners consist of soup, a vegetarian entrée, seasonal side dishes, organic greens and a scrumptious dessert. Chicken and fish are also available at a small additional cost. All meals are enjoyed while taking in stunning views of the lake.
The Café Sumaya Sol kitchen specializes in raw homemade treats, including cacao bliss balls, fruit rolls, granola bars and savory sprouted flax crackers. Try the delicious, homemade cranberry biscotti or selection of hand-crafted chocolate confections. Baked goods are produced daily and the juice bar features exotic smoothies as well as a refreshing, home-brewed strawberry ginger kombucha. There’s also an extensive self-service hot beverage bar that offers over 30 varieties of tea along with a coffee bar featuring organic, artisan coffee from a local cooperative.
Included In Your Package
- 7 nights / 8 days en suite accommodation with lake views and patio seating
- 3 vibrant, prana-packed, vegetarian meals per day + unlimited coffee/tea/filtered water service
- Daily yoga and meditation
- 2 Sacred Mayan ceremonies
- Full use of retreat grounds and complimentary amenities
- All taxes
Additional Cost for Spa Services, Wifi ($3/day – $20/week), and Meat with Meals ($7 per meal)
Travel to Site is NOT Included (e.g., flight, transportation on mainland, food during travel)
Rooms + Pricing & Registration
All rooms are beautifully appointed with warm, inviting décor, Guatemalan antiques, private baths, outdoor patios, amazing views of the lake and volcanoes, orthopedic beds and high-quality linens.
Lotus House hosts six rooms with two rooms on each of the three floors, all gracefully appointed rooms with private baths and stone showers that offer stunning lake view balconies or glorious garden patios. Tara Temple is on the top floor. Lotus House is easily accessible to all of Villa Sumaya’s amenities.
Single Occupancy: $2,395
Double Occupancy: $1,795 per person
Triple Occupancy: $1,595 per person
To secure your room on retreat, please register with a $250 non refundable deposit by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. For more information, please visit www.bindu-studio.com or www.angelluciayoga.com.
ERYT500, RYS200, YACEP, LMT, CHHC Owner and Director of Bindu Yoga Studio, experienced registered yoga teacher, Thai Yoga Therapist, body-worker, teacher trainer, retreat leader, Holistic Health Counselor and long time practitioner of meditation. Teaching yoga and guiding students deeper into their own mysteries for the past 20 + years has been a gift! I’ve had the honor and privilege to teach yoga in a youth runaway shelters, homeless shelters, underprivileged communities, and persons recovering from addiction, to prominent athletes, political figures, and many high profile clients from the music industry to film celebrities. Teaching to such diverse groups of people has given me great understanding in basic emotional, psychological, and physical human needs and the ability to work with all walks of life whether in group settings or privately. With the many years of experience and varying clientele I have developed a broad approach to working within each individuals unique needs and desire for their practice. I look forward to meeting you!
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.
Join us on the adventure of a lifetime, as we journey on a 9 day Mayan Discovery Retreat to one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. You will fall in love with the natural beauty of the breathtaking Lake Atitlan and the three majestic volcanoes, Atitlan, San Pedro and Toliman that surround it.
Our Mayan adventure will begin in the gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua. We will spend 2 nights here. This is a must see destination, full of colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and picturesque surroundings. Our exquisite hotel is close to the city centre, allowing plenty of opportunities for leisurely walking, visiting museums and immersing ourselves in Mayan culture.
For the following 7 nights, our home will be a serene wellness eco resort, boasting spectacular views of Lake Atitlan. The resort offers beautifully decorated private rooms, natural lush gardens, sauna, solar heated pool and hot tub, a fair trade boutique gift shop, a juice bar and many inspirational, relaxing places to hide away with a good book.
During our stay, we will take part in relaxing meditation sessions including chakra breathing and sound healing as well as traditional Mayan ceremonies. We will explore the culture of the Mayan people.
There will be plenty of time for relaxation, massages or healing sessions, or to just soak in the stunning views from one of the many colourful hammocks. If you enjoy more adventurous activities you can kayak on the lake or hike up a volcano.
This is a very special retreat guaranteed to captivate the imagination and soothe the spirit.
My journey with meditation began when I was 14 years old, a Japanese friend, Joe, introduced me to meditation. Joe gave me a precious gift, which I will cherish forever.
I am an experienced and registered Meditation Facilitator with ACHS (Australian Centre for Holistic Studies), and a member of the Australian Meditation Association, the Won Buddhist Centre and involved with Kriya yoga.
Star Meditations was born from the passion and joy I receive every day from meditating. I teach and facilitate a variety of meditation methods, to help people reconnect with themselves, balance their energies and create harmony with the divine energies of the universe, in order to control their stress, anxiety and depression levels.
Meditation does not have to be spiritual. Those not interested in the spiritual level of meditation can still meditate and reap all the stress relieving and relaxation benefits. I will teach you to experience life in a more relaxed way to attract a more beautiful, positive energy, which will result in a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Discover the breathtaking vistas of cobalt-blue Lake Atitlan uniquely surrounded by some of Guatemala’s largest volcanoes. Join us for a Yoga vacation in Guatemala and watch your workday blues vanish into thin air.
You will stay at a beautiful hotel and retreat center, situated on the picturesque shore of Lake Atitlan. It has an uninterrupted view, punctuated only by a skyline of three perfect volcanoes. Here, you can relax and experience an ideal place for people in search of rest, relaxation, and ageless natural beauty. This unpretentious, thatched-roof complex has comfortable rooms, spacious gardens, a restaurant, and a beautiful facility for Hatha Yoga classes, meditations, and retreats.
The restaurant, with a stunning view of the lake, offers a culinary-conscious menu for vegetarians. A nutritious, eclectic blend of local and international cuisine, created from Guatemala’s cornucopia of fruits and vegetables, is available three times a day. Baked goods are produced daily.
Our daily schedule will include:
Two Hatha Yoga classes per day
Presentations from our featured senior presenters
Plenty of free time to swim, sunbathe, go for walks, simply relax, and get to know your fellow travelers
We will plan some trips outside of Lake Atitlan for those interested.
$100 off if paid in full by December 31, 2018
No other discounts apply.
Includes three daily vegetarian meals.
Does not include airfare or transportation to and from the airport.
About the leaders
Ram Wiener, E-RYT 500, is a 200-hour Yoga teacher trainer and one of our foremost administrators and Yoga teachers at Yogaville. The vice president of Programs, he oversees workshops, teacher trainings, and the Ashram businesses. He is a native of Central America and is fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English. He has organized many successful tours in Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Italy.
Nathalie Rukmini Ando, RYT 500, teaches Yoga classes and serves as program development director and graphic designer at Yogaville. She is certified in Advanced Integral Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, Stress Management, and Yoga of Recovery. As a teacher, she’s known for her clear instruction and her classes include fun, level-appropriate challenges. A native of Brazil, she speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and English. She is also a fine artist, specializing in oil-on-canvas. See her artwork at www.Nathalie-Ando.pixels.com
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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!
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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.
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.
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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!
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.
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.