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 “a long-awaited dream come true” and “a little piece of paradise”. 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”. Atitlan, called the world’s most beautiful lake, 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, 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 Coyne have been respectfully studying and integrating a cosmology that originated in this part of the world, and are both highly experienced Yoga and Meditation teachers. We’ll share Ayurvedic expertise, Qoya movement (dance), and other transformational 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.
As with every journey we guide, 10% of our profits will be donated toward the well-being and culture of the local people. Our retreat will be the only event at Villa Sumaya during this special week. All Covid safety practices will be carefully observed. Proof of vaccinations is required to enter the country of Guatemala.
- 7 nights of accommodation at the beautiful Villa Sumaya Eco-Chic Wellness Center, on the shore of Lake Atitlan
- 3 delicious, healthy, 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
- Excursion fees
* We highly recommend consulting us before organizing travel arrangements and purchasing flights as we can advise according to the retreat schedule. Once you register, we’ll share more information with the group about details. As with any travel, we recommend buying trip insurance.
* An optional few days in the beautiful colonial city of Antigua (before or after our retreat week) is a great option for extra experience in Guatemala. We are happy to help with advice and hotel bookings. A guided experience may be available at additional cost if there is sufficient interest. Please let us know.
Pricing – A $500 non-refundable deposit secures your spot.
All the rooms are beautifully curated with colorful local textiles.
You will wake up to views of the lake and volcanoes!
Maya Rose rooms / Skyline Bungalows (Basic Tier)
$2250 – Per person in a single accommodation.
$1950 – Per person in a double accommodation.
Lotus House (Middle Tier)
$2350 – Per person in a single accommodation
$2050 – Per person in a double accommodation.
Ginger Suites (Top Tier)
$2450 – Per person in a single accommodation
$2150 – Per person in a double accommodation.
Paula 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, budding astrologer, and has been initiated in leading the movement- as- Medicine practice 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 guiding 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.