Journey Into Sacred Expression Women’s Writing & Yoga Retreat / Aimee Hansen
June 28 - July 6, 2019
Join this summer retreat event in a luxury location on Lake Atitlan. Breathe and relax into lakeside luxury as we gather for an inspiring and beautiful week beneath the watch of volcanoes. Join a sacred circle of women in the spirit of reclamation for a creative inner adventure through meditation, yoga, and self-exploratory writing at Villa Sumaya in Santa Cruz, Guatemala. You are invited to take a brave and honest journey into your center to connect with your intuition and express from your core. Within each of us is the call to open our hearts, step into our courage, and animate our own sacred expression.
A stunning location
Cradled by rural highlands and lush forests, Lake Atitlan is a breathtaking beauty framed by three majestic volcanoes. The lake is known to attract travelers in search of soulful reconnection.
Resting in a secluded lakeside cove, Villa Sumaya is an eco-chic sanctuary dedicated to rejuvenation, holistic practices, and preserving Mayan tradition.
This gorgeous location offers expansive views, inviting and comfortable accommodation, delicious and nurturing slow-food meals, juice bar cafe, on-site spa, solar hot tub, fair-trade boutique and wood-burning sauna in unparalleled natural surroundings.
Villa Sumaya is an eco-friendly wellness center perfect for self-care, refreshing perspectives and renewing energies.
Inspiring lakefront location with expansive volcano views
Daily morning guided meditation & yoga practice
Two self-exploratory writing circles on most days
Scenic lake-side thatch-roofed yoga temple & writing space
8 nights stay in shared or private accommodation
3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day and juice bar
3+ sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan Fire Ceremony, Sound Healing, Cacao, Dance & Movement)
Solar hot tub and on-site spa services
Breaks for swimming, hiking, kayaking, therapies, sauna, relaxing
Optional excursions (village tour, adventure)
Intimate Women’s Gathering: Maximum of 12 participants
Women’s sacred journey
Set out on a transformative creative and spiritual journey through daily meditation, yoga and self-exploratory writing as a channel to reveal insight from within. Participate in healing ceremonies that help to call your spirit and stoke your soul voice.
Breathe, stretch, relax, and connect with your center while sharing in the experience with other women. This retreat is not about ‘writing’ as a subject or art form. In this retreat, we ourselves are the art form. Every woman has a voice in her own life – we are gathering together to rise it up and own our self-expression.
Inspired by the four shamanic directions and rising the feminine, we embark on a revealing week of re-igniting the voices of our hearts and empowering ourselves as the storytellers of our lives.
Sample daily flow
Guests arrive on Friday, June 28th afternoon to relax and settle in. We’ll open our circle in the evening after dinner. Our daily flow will begin on Saturday, June 29th.
Here’s a sample schedule. Please note on two days, we will have only one writing circle to allow some space for excursions.
7:15-9:00 Meditation & Holistic Hatha Flow/Vinyasa Flow
9:00 Delicious Breakfast
10.00-1.00 Sacred Expression Writing Circle/Discussion
1:00-4.00 Delicious Lunch & Free Time
4:00-6.30 Sacred Expression Writing Circle/Discussion
6.30 – 7.30 Delicious Dinner
7.45 Sauna, Circle, Healing Ceremonies (some evenings)
Delicious meals are vegetarian. Chicken/fish ($7 extra per meal) and alcohol can be added to meals at your discretion.
Relax in a hammock and enjoy the views, swim in the lake, do a meditative walk on nature trails, receive a spa treatment, dip in the solar hot tub & pools, or detox in the sauna in daily breaks.
On two days, we’ll hold longer breaks and offer optional group excursions – visits to villages or hiking/kayaking adventure options.
You will also participate in afternoon/evening ceremonies with guest facilitators as we stoke our soul voices and connect with our energies – such as Sound Healing, Traditional Mayan Fire, Cacao Ceremony, and Movement or Dance.
Guests are advised to fly into Guatemala City by 1pm on June 28th and book return flights for mid afternoon on July 6th or following day. We can provide hotel recommendations for stays in Antigua or near the airport before or after the retreat.
travel tip & green season
Lake Atitlan has beautiful villages to explore (weaving, artisan) and cultural and wildlife tourist activities. It’s also a gorgeous place to simply soak up the volcano views and nature. On your way from the airport, the UNESCO World Heritage charming streets of Antigua offer many colorful, cultural treasures.
It’s always recommended to stay at the lake and in Guatemala for some extra time and enjoy the beauty, if your schedule allows.
Please note we may be visited by late afternoon or evening atmospheric seasonal rains after warm and sunny days. Though during July and August, the “canicula” usually arrives and the rains disappear completely and we’re left with all the green lush views.
“What Women Have Said”
“The power of this circle still gives me tingles. It is the power of togetherness, of shared adversity & joy. Of shared accomplishments and trials. Of reaching deep and sharing our own heart song. Of looking in each women’s face and knowing we belong.” (Maggie, January 2018)
“Our Storyteller Within retreat on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala felt like a week in paradise. During writing circles we explored our inner most desires, re-wrote personal stories that didn’t serve us, and let ourselves be truly honest. Aimee is an amazing facilitator with a stunning ability to inspire and affirm. This retreat has undoubtedly changed the trajectory of my life–I could not recommend it any more highly.” (Mary, August 2018)
“My experience of this retreat was nothing short of magical. I shed toxic stories that held me captive for far too long. I rediscovered parts of myself that were buried somewhere within for indeterminate amounts of time, and even discovered aspects of myself that I never knew existed. I spoke truths that I previously never dared. I danced, stomped, howled at the moon, cried, felt alive in ways I didn’t know were possible, profoundly connected to myself and other beautiful women, and emerged with a light inside of myself that continues to shine brightly even a month after returning to “real” life.” (Ellen, August 2017)
Retreat package includes:
– Daily morning guided meditation & yoga
– Two self-exploratory writing circles on most days
– 8 nights accommodation at Villa Sumaya (double or private)
– Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch & dinner
– Unlimited tea/coffee service
– 3+ sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan Fire Ceremony, Sound Healing, Cacao, Dance & Movement)
– Sauna & night jacuzzi
– Use of swimming pool & solar hot tub
– Base gratuities for the local indigenous staff
– All Taxes
– Additional options:
Optional excursions (approx $30-60 each)
Spa treatments, massages,($75/hour or $100/1.5 hours) or private saunas ($30)
Meal supplements (fish, chicken $7), alcohol
WIFI ($20 week)
– Flights & transport to the retreat
– Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
More info HERE