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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!