Villa Sumaya
  • Maya Rose Group Rate Single – $1,232.00
  • Maya Rose Group Rate Double – $847.00
  • Skyline Bungalow Group Rate Single – $1,232.00
  • Skyline Bungalow Group Rate Double – $847.00
  • Lotus House Group Rate Single – $1,232.00
  • Lotus House Group Rate Double – $917.00
  • Lotus House Group Rate Triple – $812.00
  • Ginger Suite Group Rate Single – $1,337.00
  • Ginger Suite Group Rate Double – $1,022.00
  • Ginger Suite 21 Group Rate Triple – $882.00

Date & Time Details: February 25 - March 3, 2023

Location: Villa Sumaya

Women Who See in the Dark / Araminta Barbour

February 25 - March 4, 2023


  • A circle of women gathering to rejuvenate, celebrate and explore their untapped creative power.
  • A week in paradise held in a luxury retreat space on the shores of the most beautiful lake in the world.
  • Nurturing practices designed to restore your inner peace combining darkness meditation, dreamwork, art and creative expression.
  • Deep inquiry through tantric and shadow integration practices.
  • Delicious healthy meals, yin yoga, saunas, hot tubs, hammocks and divine accommodation.



Stillness and silence are key values of this retreat. Women’s vitality and creativity requires pause from overwhelming to-do lists. By bathing our eyes in darkness, we are able to relax deeply, rejuvenate our nervous systems and brain chemistry. Melatonin production changes and our natural receptivity returns. The reactive pattern to grab and cling to external forms recedes as our inner vision reasserts itself.

Consumer culture bombards our senses, especially our vision. The beauty of starting and ending each day of this delicious women’s retreat with darkness meditation, eyes open – helps reset the neurology and chemistry of the body bit by bit.


Our part as women is not only to love ourselves but to reorient ourselves to love & respect rather than emasculate men. Toxic programming about men can dampen our vision and perpetuate conflict. The Women Who See in the Dark Retreat is a unique offering for women designed to shift ourselves and our relationship to men by undertaking initiations for our own inner masculine. This path brings immense insights, deep integration and a flowering of authenticity and intimacy with our brothers.


What lies behind our personas? Being strong and independent often disguises desire and pain. Under the mask of auto-sufficiency, fear and competition grow. In truth, emotional values are not recognized, and vulnerability is hidden behind the need to prove strength.


Lucid dreaming is the art of becoming conscious within your dreams. That “aha” moment when you awaken inside a dream while you are still asleep! You can then interact and direct the dream at will. Normal rules of reality do not apply.

Developing lucidity in dreams is an ancient mystical discipline – a gateway that develops and sharpens your awareness. It is also a great developer of your shamanic capacities allowing you to cross levels of consciousness.


Each day we look at an archetype and explore its shadow. Our culture is afraid of death, darkness, and pausing. It doesn’t value its place or honours its links to the cycle of rebirth. Instead, we tend to focus on increase and accumulation at all costs. Anything that is linked to decrease usually triggers deep-seeded fear. By exploring archetypes such as the Victim, Rescuer, and Seducer we uncover our strategies to cling to increase. Piercing these shadows brings harmony, freedom and a resurgence of life force.


Many of us have lost touch with our inner artist. Together we’ll reclaim our unlimited access to manifestation through play. We will reconnect through spontaneous expression. Women innately know to gather and heal by sharing their journeys while crafting with their hands. Through creativity we will uncover lost parts and vision ourselves anew.


The Daily Journey

Each day centers around a core question. This inquiry leads to deep reflections answered through an expressive process – poems, theatre, touch, dance, art and storytelling. These daily activities are framed by a morning and evening Darkness Meditation and Community Dream Work. Different nourishing, restorative practices are sprinkled throughout the week to allow digestion of what is being revealed.

Early morning

  • Movement & Stillness ~ Awakening subtle body channels through meditation & movement


  • Electricity & Magnetism ~ Recognizing dark masculine and feminine archetypes, their wisdom & resources.


  • Emptiness & Fullness ~ Nourishing the body with a delicious menu & time to rest in nature.


  • Inquiry & Revelations ~ Discovering what is ready to unfold
  • Themes for exploration include Blood Mysteries, Beyond Fairy Tales, Honoring Creative Power, Saint &Whore, moving through evolving archetypes


  • Vertical & Horizontal ~ Enjoying tastes, scents, touch, sounds, colors, opening the senses…


  • Expression & Introspection ~ Sharing with transparent honesty while listening in spaciousness

Into the Night

  • Vision & Expansion ~ Activating the third-eye with Tratak, Dream rituals & Darkness Meditation


∞ Your Guide ∞

Araminta Barbour

Araminta is a Lead Facilitator with The International School of Temple Arts, Founder of The Sanctuary Guatemala, and co-founder of the Women Who See in The Dark retreats. She has guided intensive, transformational retreats in over 20 countries specialising in tantric shamanic teachings, and sacred sexuality. Guatemala and Lake Atitlan has been her home for 16 years.

“My life’s path has been shaped most deeply from the sudden death of a partner when I was 19 and the deep grief, travel, and questioning of collective beliefs that his loss led me to.

I now support people to transform painful experiences into power, heal from parental and relationship wounding, step-free from sexual or emotional abuse, and navigate the psychological hurdles to self-acceptance, self-belief, and self-love. My deeper focus is awakening to expansive levels of Self untangled from collective consciousness.”

Araminta utilizes skills from Meditation, Non-dual Spirituality, Shamanism, Sacred Sexuality, Tantra, Breathwork, Yoga, Bodywork, Shadow Integration, Evolutionary Astrology, Emotional Release, and Initiatory rituals. Her teachings aim to bring together the tools and maps that reactivate our full human capacities. Araminta’s core passion is the process of radical self-acceptance – the inner marriage of love with power.

“In 2016, Komala Lyra and I launched Women Who See in The Dark as the ultimate retreat we always wanted to take. A mixture of resourcing ourselves with profound depth of enquiry. This event has been hosted around the world. It now returns to Guatemala where it was seeded and is updated with new Lucid Dreaming teachings to further our inner work with our subconscious.”

Special Guests:

Araminta will be accompanied by gifted local guest teachers in yoga, sound healing and transformation. Announcements coming soon!