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Ceremonial Arts Intensive Training

August 3, 2024 - August 10, 2024

This introductory sacred ceremonial-arts healing retreat is designed for yoga teachers, wellness guides and retreat facilitators. Over the course of the week, you will experience three of our most distinguished ceremonies with our senior ceremonialist.  She will provide the  groundwork for mentoring you to better embrace the methodology and techniques that create a transformational ceremony experience.  Daily practice and study will illuminate your own growth and your ability to successfully share the art of sacred ceremony with others. Ceremonies featured in this retreat:

  • Sacred Heart-Opening Cacao Ceremony
  • Native-American-inspired Sweat Lodge Ceremony
  • Shamanic Sound Healing Ceremony


Join a small group of like-minded students for the experience and intensive discussions that will deepen your heartspace and develop the expertise necessary to hold space for sacred ceremonies!

You’ll learn:

  • The key elements to making an authentic ceremony
  • Why the role of precise preparation, presentation and space holding are essential to holding safe and sacred space for others
  • How to open the door to this exquisite energy both in your own life as well as for others

What’s Included

  • Course tuition (all yoga, ceremonies, and workshops)
  • 7 nights of accommodation in a deluxe suite
  • Daily vegetarian meals and unlimited self-serve local Guatemalan coffee, herbal tea and drinking water (vegan and gluten-free options available; fish/chicken may be ordered for an extra fee)

Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, additional ceremonies and activities (optional)

Rates & Registration

$2,250 single deluxe suite room (Ginger Suites – based on availability) Bring a friend along! Please inquire for discounted double room rates.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your space.


Paola grew up in the highlands of Mexico and was introduced to Temazcal practice as a teenager. Later, she studied nutrition and became interested in learning different practical tools to support the health and happiness of people and the planet. After graduating as a nutritionist, she traveled to India and Nepal, where she gathered knowledge of Ayurvedic nutrition and massage. While in India, she practiced classical Indian flute, yoga and trained in Ayurvedic massage. After spending a year in Asia, she came to Guatemala. At Lake Atitlan, Paola could finally put into practice all the knowledge she had gathered. She has been living on the mountainside outside San Marcos for 16 years, developing an ecological home and way of living.

Practicing and teaching yoga to people from all over the world who come to this magical lake to heal and find their true nature, she started offering her services at Villa Sumaya as a yoga teacher and massage therapist and found her biggest gift as a space holder for cacao and Temazcal ceremonies.


Paola, Thank you again for presiding over Cacao and sweat ceremonies. You have a gift for decoration and a sweet aura about you. I feel spiritually changed by the ceremonies and so invigorated by the sweat. I will never forget our time together and the hot, cold and salt. Many blessings to you. ~ Pam

Dear Paola, my friend, My heart is so full and my spirit at peace as I wish to express my gratitude to you for this week. It has been a week of spiritual growth, deepened searching and of newly awakened excitement for what is yet to come! Your gentle steadfast spirit has opened my eyes to a new way of moving through life – in tune to the pace of Nature while accepting all the universe has to offer – thank you. I am honored to have traveled into new spiritual realms with your guidance. I was blessed to have shared in your daily life meeting your precious family and visiting your beautiful temple sanctuary. I will never forget you Paola and the truths you exude. Thank you for sharing of yourself and your wisdom. With heartfelt love, Deb Kern

Sometimes we meet extraordinary people that give freely of themselves. You are one of those people. Thank you for all that you did this week. Blessings. ~Jerry

Thanks for sharing your life with us and being a model for building the life of your dreams. It really affected us to see someone able to really practice + ground their spirituality + incorporate it into every aspect of life. You’re an inspiration + keep doing your thing! ~Tara + Mel

Paola, Thank you for being our leader in the temezcal! Your heart, spirit, and presence is beautiful and you were the reason we had such a great experience! ~Jaime

Dear Paola, Thank you for nurturing me with your sweet, motherly, Cancerian love this week! It has been such a gift to get to know you and spend time healing with you. The sisterhood in the sweat ceremony and the amazing swim in the lake after is a memory I will cherish forever. All the best to you beautiful woman! Thanks for being so strong and so tender! With love, Morgan


August 3, 2024
August 10, 2024
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