Villa Sumaya
  • Skyline Bungalow 10 – $1,995.00
  • Skyline Bungalow 20 – $1,995.00
  • Lotus House #11, 12, 15 – $2,145.00
  • Lotus House #13, 14, 16 – $2,145.00
  • Ginger Suite 21 – $2,195.00
  • Ginger Suite 22 – $2,195.00
  • Ginger Suite 23 – $2,195.00

The Path of Beauty: Living from the Heart through Yoga + Ritual / Michelle and Ash

December 30, 2022 - January 7, 2023

Wrap up 2022 and ring in 2023 in the midst of beauty and celebration. Immerse yourself in a slice of paradise in picturesque Antigua and on magical Lake Atitlan in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala for a week of yoga, creativity, community and culture!

Clarify your vision, purpose and truth by tapping your creative flow and inspiring new growth. We’ll spend the first four nights at a beautiful hotel in Antigua and the last four nights at Villa Sumaya, a world-class retreat center on the shores of Lake Atitlan.

Guatemala is a magical place for healing, growing and incubating dreams. Walking the path of beauty, we are ever grateful to the magic miracle of life happening now. We realize that every moment we have the choice to open, expand, heal and grow.

In an intimate group of new friends, through the shared group practices of yoga, breathing, meditation, relaxation, and tuning in, we will align with our heart’s deepest desires and watch our unique purpose for being on the planet unfold.

Together, we will stretch, flow, sit, stand, breathe, dance, sweat, swim, laugh and cry. Join the circle as we recharge with a heart-opening yoga practice designed to accommodate every body.

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.

What’s Included

  • All yoga workshops
  • Sweat lodge ceremony
  • Cacao tribal dance
  • Healing sound bath
  • 4 nights of accommodation in Antigua, Guatemala
  • 4 nights of accommodation at Villa Sumaya, Lake Atitlan {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 tours & activities


Rates and Registration

Single $2,023
Double $1,895 per person
Triple $1,695 per person

Please email to join this retreat.

About the Teachers

Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Michelle is a heart-centered teacher, writer and creator of Yoga Freedom. She has been gratefully teaching yoga since 2002 and has led retreats in Guatemala since 2010. Michelle offers an accessible, rejuvenating slow flow practice for all levels, all ages and all body types. Her classes incorporate centering, intention-setting, hatha yoga poses, vinyasa flow, dharma/Buddhist teachings, yin yoga, conscious breathing, chakra chanting, mindfulness, pranayama (breathing practices) and deep relaxation.

A former advertising copywriter and bilingual elementary school teacher, Michelle has been an integral part of the Villa Sumaya reservations department since 2015. Michelle is also a freelance writer, editor and translator and has written for Elephant Journal since 2010. Hailing from Austin, Texas, she moved to Guatemala in 2009 and has lived on Lake Atitlan with her husband, daughter and cats since 2012.

Ash Fletcher

Ash is a perpetually developing yogini. She grew up on a family farm in South Dakota, where she developed her understanding of community and the peace in Nature. Since that wholesome beginning, she has become a sojourner accepting her spirit of wanderlust and experiencing diverse cultures and communities.

Yoga found Ash during her training as a dancer. The in-depth kinesthetic wisdom provided through the ancient heart of yoga appealed to her, and she began daily practice and teaching of yoga at age 18. Her travels and studies have taken her through 49 of the United States and throughout Central and South America as well as Europe. Studying dance and movement and performing professionally through her undergraduate years, she developed her strengths as an artist.

Later, Ash’s passion to teach led her to earn her BS in Education and after 4 years in outdoor education and 4 years in the classroom, she earned her MA in International Education. For the past decade, she has served as program director for Wholesome Living, Inc. With her bright and playful spirit, Ash joyfully works to promote healthy and regenerative practices for everyone.