Heart Wisdom: Yoga + Mayan Cosmovision Retreat / Michelle and Lieke
September 3 - 10, 2022
Join us for a week of intentionally cultivating relaxation, mindfulness, joy, gratitude, and peace in a small group setting (4-12 people). We’ll deepen our yoga and mindfulness practices as we learn about the Mayan cosmovision and calendar through fire ceremony and personal readings.
The Mayan Cosmovision is a worldview in which our interdependence with all of nature is explained through the wisdom of the Mayan calendar and the cycles of the sacred day count.
This work reveals great mysteries to those who are aligned, grounded, and open. You will be guided into a daily meditation, ritual or drum journey to connect with the energies of the day in the Mayan calendar. This will help you understand how to work with the energies of the Mayan cosmovision and let this guide you into a natural creation flow and apply this to your daily life.
These practices will likely open you up to a new perspective on life and facilitate a deeper connection with yourself and a more natural unfolding of your projects, purpose and inspiration.
This retreat is unique in its offering to make the traditional Mayan Cosmovision wisdom accessible by learning directly from Mayan elders.
Our first Mayan fire ceremony will be led by a Mayan spiritual guide called Tata Thomas. He will open the portal of Mayan wisdom through the sacred fire.
In our closing Mayan fire and cacao ceremony with Mayan spiritual guides and traditional midwives Nana Ixquik and her mother Nana Rosalia, you will get the splendid opportunity to experience the heart-opening medicine of cacao from a true lineage of cacao wisdomkeepers. The cacao we will drink is grown from the trees on their land, ritually seeded and processed.
It is truly an honor and a blessing to bring these elders to our retreat and share the medicine with you all. Bringing the Heart Wisdom of the Mayan people to your heart.
Learn how to integrate the Mayan calendar wisdom into everyday life
Unwind and center yourself with daily yoga and meditation practices
Open up to the deep Magic and healing medicine of the Mayan lands
Receive daily ritual journeys to align and awaken to your Soul self
Immerse yourself and fully relax into the lush beauty of Lake Atitlan
Understand your energies, gifts and soulpath through Mayan readings
Day 1: Arrival/check-in 3:00-5:00 pm, Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Opening circle (yoga), Free time, Lunch, Free time, Yoga + writing workshop, introduction to the Mayan calendar and cosmovision, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Mayan fire ceremony, Free time, Lunch, Free time, Yoga + writing workshop, Dinner. Mayan readings in the free time
Day 4: Breakfast, Yoga, guided meditation or drum journey with the Mayan energy of the day, Optional trip to San Juan/San Marcos, Dinner
Day 5: Breakfast, Yoga, transmission, and meditation with the Mayan energy of the day, Free time, Lunch, Free time, Optional cacao or sweat lodge ceremony, Dinner
Day 6: Breakfast, Yoga, Free time, Lunch, Free time, Yoga + writing workshop, guided (drum) journey to connect with the Mayan energies of the day, Dinner
Day 7: Breakfast, Mayan fire ceremony, Free time, Lunch, Free time, Closing circle (yoga + writing), Dinner
Day 8: Breakfast, Check-out 11:00 am.
About the Leaders
Michelle Margaret Fajkus (6 Kej) is a writer and yoga teacher who has passionately shared the practice of yoga with students of all ages since 2002. She has lived at Lake Atitlán since 2012 and has been studying the Mayan calendar and cosmovision since 2015.
Michelle’s yoga style is slow flow mixed with kundalini, yin, pranayama (breathing practices), mindfulness and joyfulness. Her classes are suitable for all levels and body types. She has led yoga, mindfulness and writing retreats in Guatemala since 2010. Learn more about Michelle.
Lieke Moras (10 E’) is a doula and energy worker who passionately guides others through their healing and transformational journeys. She offers womb work, shamanic journeys and energy healing and brings this together with the wisdom of the Mayan calendar.
In 2017, she came to Lake Atitlan to study the Mayan traditions for her MSc in Medical Anthropology. Here, she discovered her profound connection with the Mayan people and their cosmovision. Since then, she has been living with the Mayan calendar on a daily basis and found her own way to integrate this wisdom into the work that she does, letting it guide her creative processes. As a doula, she supports families on their journey of (pre)conception, pregnancy, birth and beyond – bridging worlds and birthing traditions. Learn more about Lieke.
Our first Mayan fire ceremony will be led by Mayan Ajq´ij (spiritual guide) called Tata Thomas. Our closing Mayan fire ceremony will be led by Mayan Ajq´ijab (spiritual guides) and traditional midwives Nana Ixquik and her mother Nana Rosalia. These respected Mayan elders are wisdom keepers of the ancient Mayan traditions and carry deep wisdom and medicine. It is truly an honor and such a dream to bring these elders into our retreat.
- Course tuition (all yoga and Mayan workshops)
- Opening Mayan fire ceremony
- Closing Mayan fire and cacao ceremony
- Two 30-minute personal Mayan astrology readings (one with Lieke, one with Thomas)
- 7 nights of accommodation in a deluxe room (private and shared options available)
- Daily vegetarian meals and unlimited self-serve local Guatemalan coffee, herbal tea and drinking water (vegan and gluten-free options available; fish/chicken may be ordered for an extra fee)
Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, optional ceremonies and activities
Rates & Registration
$2,222 for a single deluxe room
Sign up by August 15 for discounted rates!
$1,995 single room (Bungalow 10 or 20)
$2,145 single junior suite (Lotus House 11-16)
$2,245 single deluxe suite (Ginger Suite 21, 22, 23)
Bring a friend along! Inquire for discounted double room rates.
A 50% deposit is required to hold your space.