Villa Sumaya
  • Maya Rose House 2 & 3 – $1,899.00
  • Skyline Bungalow 9 – $1,899.00
  • Skyline Bungalow 10 – $1,899.00
  • Skyline Bungalow 20 – $1,899.00
  • Lotus House #11, 12, 15 – $1,999.00
  • Lotus House #13, 14, 16 – $1,999.00
  • Lotus Suite 8 – $1,999.00
  • Ginger Suite 19 – $2,099.00
  • Ginger Suite 21 – $2,099.00
  • Ginger Suite 22 – $2,099.00
  • Ginger Suite 23 – $2,099.00

Slow Flow Yoga & Writing Retreat


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Join Michelle for a week-long immersion in the elements, yoga, self-reflective writing, and the beauty of nature at Villa Sumaya (Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala).

Together, we’ll intentionally slow down, revitalize and deepen our spiritual practice.

Get ready to spark your sense of wonder in the energetic vortex of Lake Atitlan. It’s an everyday gift to gaze at the incredible vistas of volcanoes, sparkling water, and vast sky. This exquisite retreat center is an ideal sanctuary for both inner and outer journeys.

With strong Mayan communities in the region, indigenous traditions prevail. Villa Sumaya’s local and international  staff are here to serve you. Each day, we’ll partake in healthy and delicious vegetarian meals.

In a small-group setting, the guided practices of yoga, breathing, meditation, relaxation empower us to tuning in to our energy and intuition. We focus on our connection with the four elements of earth, water, fire and air through chakra-balancing poses, breath exercises, meditations and stream-of-consciousness-style writing practice—as well as a sacred sweat lodge ceremony for purification and gratitude.

The yoga style we practice is slow flow — a fun fusion of mindful vinyasa flow, dharma yoga, kundalini and yin yoga. The afternoon sessions incorporate two 10-15 minute writing periods with suggested sentence starters and optional sharing.

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/mid 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.

Villa Sumaya 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
  • 9:30-10:45 yoga
  • 1:00 lunch
  • (optional/some days) 2:00 ceremony (e.g., cacao circle, sweat lodge, sound healing)
  • 4:00-5:30 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 town, to integrate your experiences and learnings from the retreat.

Find out more, ask questions, and register!

What’s Included

  • 7 nights of deluxe accommodation (private and shared options available)
  • Amazing vegetarian meals
  • Unlimited self-serve local Guatemalan coffee, herbal tea and drinking water
  • Course tuition (all yoga and writing workshops)
  • Sweat lodge ceremony
  • All taxes

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

Rates & Registration

Private room: $2099 USD
Double room: $1799 per person

Please email for more information or to join this retreat!

A 50% deposit is required to hold your space.


Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a heart-centered teacher, writer and creator of Yoga Freedom. She has…
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