The Fire Within: Yoga, Meditation & Ceremony to Access Your True Power / Alex Holiday & Paula DancingEagle Coyne
November 5 - 12, 2022
The old Mayan way of seeing the world is to understand that all of life’s energies need to be fed, for each one to be courted like a precious lover. This retreat invites you to embrace yourself with this kind of nourishment, respect and attention. Allow yourself to receive the support that you have been yearning for on your sacred journey. Villa Sumaya, on the northern shore of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, means “the place of dreams” and “where dreams come true”. Come home to yourself in this exquisite place.
Our power ceremony takes us to Guatemala’s Lago Atitlan, the “Umbilicus of the Universe”, or in the Tzutujil Maya language, the “Rumuxux Ruchiuleu”. Called the world’s most beautiful lake, Atitlan, is an ancient crater filled with jade colored water and is ringed by 3 magnificent volcanoes. A fourth, “Fuego”, can be seen smoking in the distance. The shores of this sacred lake are still graced with Mayan villages, each one a unique indigenous culture of beauty and wisdom. This magical place helps inspire us to recognize and rekindle the sacred fire within us.
Our retreat will be an immersion of transformative yoga (all levels welcome), bhakti, pranayama, healing and empowerment ceremonies, evocative movement and music, cultural excursions and intimate experiences with the power of Nature. While balancing all the elements, we are focusing our attention on the Fire Within, as mirrored by the forces of Nature surrounding us. Practice self-mastery of your Inner Fire from the moment you set your intentions to step into this extraordinary experience of a lifetime. And we’ll be relishing in the spaciousness of BEING….time to rest in a hammock, to breathe, to dream, to swim, to play and laugh, to journal, to simply en-JOY. Peak empowerment thrives in balance with deep rest, in harmony with all of your needs.
For a combined 40 years, your Guides, Alex Holiday and Paula DancingEagle Coyne, have been respectfully studying and integrating a cosmology that originated in this part of the world, as well as being highly experienced Yoga and Meditation teachers. We’ll share Ayurvedic expertise, Qoya movement (dance), and other ceremonies designed to support your personal intentions and greatest well-being. With reverence, we’ll lift the veil of the familiar to perceive into the Mystery.
We will gladly assist you through the process of booking and planning our travel arrangements.
- 7 night accommodations at the beautiful Villa Sumaya Eco-Chic Wellness Center, on the beautiful shore of Lake Atitlan
- 3 healthy and delicious, home cooked, well balanced, vegetarian meals daily (chicken and fish available at extra cost)
- Daily accessible yoga practice, including asana, meditation, pranayama, (mat & props provided)
- Intentionally curated ceremony and excursions
- Filtered water and unlimited coffee / tea
- Solar Hot Tub
- Refreshing dips in the lake
- Flight to/from Guatemala City
- Transport to/from Villa Sumaya (car + boat transfer). Transport will be arranged by us, at your own cost.
- Extras: Beer/wine or any snacks from the Villa Sumaya Smoothie/ Juice Bar
- Spa treatments (at on-site Harmony Spa)
- Tips for Villa Sumaya staff
* We HIGHLY RECOMMEND consulting us before organizing travel arrangements and purchasing flights as we can advise according to the retreat schedule. As with any travel, we recommend buying trip insurance.
$1950 – Per person in a double accommodation.
$2050 – Per person in a double accommodation.
$2450 – Per person in a single accommodation
$2150 – Per person in a double accommodation.
Paula DancingEagle Coyne has been on a pathway of integrating and sharing transformational practices all her life. Passionate about healing, growth and the embodied spiritual experience, she has trained to bring together potent methods of healing and transformation from various traditions, encompassing the needs of Spirit, Emotions, Body and HeartMind. She is a Clinical Psychologist, Reiki Master, Certified Yoga teacher, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction facilitator, and has been initiated in leading the feminine dance form called “Qoya”. She is sanctioned to teach and to guide ceremonies based on the wisdom of Nature after over 20 years of study and practice with her Earth Wisdom teachers. Since 1976, she has worked with diverse populations and feels honored to have heard thousands of stories often in support of recovery from trauma. She provides continuing education experiences for health professionals and yoga teachers, as well as local and international retreats. “All beings everywhere have the inherent right to become happy and free. We are all made to heal. And as we do, our world becomes more vibrant and whole.” This belief guides her work.
Alex Holiday is a lifelong student of nature, movement and transformational practices. Alex has logged over a thousand hours of yoga teaching where she is passionate about creating accessible classes for everyone and every body. Her teaching is rooted in the principles that if you change your energy you change your mind. Alex’s meets students where they are at, reminding them to drop judgment while approaching practice with love and humor. Her knowledge is rooted in the teachings of Tantra, Ayurveda, and Earth Wisdom. She is an Ayurvedic health coach, yoga teacher, sanctioned ceremonial guide, wife of an adorable husband, cooker of delicious things and expert joy maker.