Villa Sumaya
  • $625.00 – Program Price

Slow Flow Yoga & Writing Retreat – February 2022


February 12 - 19, 2022

Join Michelle for a week-long immersion in nature at Villa Sumaya (Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala). Intentionally slow down, revitalize and reconnect with your inner self through the practices of yoga, mindfulness and self-reflective writing. Spark your sense of wonder in a lush nature sanctuary near the peaceful shores of Lake Atitlan. Gaze at the incredible vistas of volcanoes, sparkling water, and vast sky.

With strong Mayan communities in the region, strong indigenous traditions prevail, including the sacred Mayan fire ceremony, which we’ll partake in during the retreat. Our exquisite retreat center is an ideal sanctuary for your inner and outer journeys. Villa Sumaya exudes comfort and features panoramic views of the lake and volcanoes. Enjoy healthy and delicious vegetarian meals and herbal teas.

Our twice-daily workshops weave yoga and ritual with writing and mindfulness practices. Open to all levels of experience!

In a small-group setting, through the guided practices of yoga, breathing, meditation, relaxation, and tuning in to our energy and intuition, we will align with our heart’s deepest desires and watch our unique purpose for being on the planet unfold.

The yoga style we’ll practice is slow flow — a mix of hatha yoga, mindful vinyasa flow, and yin yoga. The sessions also incorporate breathing practices, meditation and chanting/toning at the end of the class, along with a 20-minute writing period, optional sharing and finally, guided relaxation at the end with sound healing.

Open to all levels from novice to expert. Take home healthy habits and empowering practices that will enhance your personal well being and nurture your intuitive intelligence.

Day 1: Arrive and Ground

It’s ideal to book a morning flight that arrives in the early afternoon in Guatemala. From La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City to Lake Atitlan, it’s a scenic drive (approximately 3.5 hours) across Guatemala’s mountainous landscape. In Panajachel, you’ll board a private lancha for a 10-minute boat ride to Villa Sumaya’s dock.

The retreat center offers spacious rooms with private bathrooms and patios/balconies with lovely lake and volcano views. Gathering together this evening we’ll enjoy a delicious welcome dinner full of fresh, ingredients while meeting one another and setting our intentions for the retreat.

Days 2-7

We spend time each day in sessions that weave breath, movement, meditation, and writing. There’s also plenty of free time for massage, hot tub, rest, swimming, hiking, and exploring Mayan villages.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:00 breakfast
  • 9:30-11:00 yoga
  • 1:00 lunch
  • (optional) 2:00 ceremony (Mayan fire, sweat lodge, sound healing)
  • 4:30-6:00 yoga + writing workshop
  • 6:30 dinner

Day 8: Departure

In the morning, we’ll close our adventure together. You’ll depart Lake Atitlan heading for La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City… or spend a couple of days in Antigua, a picturesque colonial city, to integrate your experiences and learnings from the retreat.

Find out more, ask questions, and register!

About Michelle

Michelle is a yoga teacher and freelance writer. She fell in love with yoga at age 12, found the Buddha in California at 23 and moved from Austin to Guatemala at 29, ten years ago. Michelle trained in Hatha yoga and Dharma yoga in Austin and has been teaching yoga since 2002. Since 2012, she has called Lake Atitlan home. She has worked in the reservations department of Villa Sumaya since 2015. Learn more about Michelle.

What’s Included

  • Course tuition (two daily sessions, 1.5 hours each)
  • Mayan fire ceremony
  • 7 nights of accommodation in a beautiful room (private and shared options available)
  • Amazing vegetarian meals and unlimited self-serve local Guatemalan coffee, herbal tea and drinking water

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

Rates & Registration

Private room: $1850 USD
Double room: $1500 per person

Please email for more information or to join this retreat.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your space.


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