Immerse and Renew Your Psyche and Spirit: Roots & River Yoga Retreat / Machelle Lee
December 15 - 21, 2023
You are invited on a unique personal and cultural retreat experience that you will remember for a lifetime. Beyond the studio and beyond the mat, dive into new depths of your being and your yoga practice in the spiritually charged highlands of Guatemala, often referred to as “the land of eternal spring.” Immerse and nurture yourself in natural beauty, daily rejuvenating yoga, garden to table cuisine, special rituals, mind broadening cultural exposure and so much more.
This 9 day/8 night adventure will begin in the old capital city of Antigua, built in the 1500s, and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will spend two nights at the beautiful Quinta de las Flores hotel. You will be able to explore Antigua’s cobblestone streets that are lined with preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced homes and buildings, colonial churches and ruins. You will be free to wander this small city to admire its historic architecture, enjoy incredible cuisine, experience open air markets, and people-watch in the Parque Central (central plaza).
On Friday, December 15th, we will take a private shuttle to the Sololá region for a six (6) night stay at Villa Sumaya Retreat Center on the breathtaking shores of Lake Atitlan.
Each day will include one to two yoga classes (Yin Yoga and Gentle/Slow Flow) with incredible views of the lake and volcanoes from our own private yoga studio, the Tiger Temple. You will be served three delicious meals each day. Some days will include special rituals, ceremonies and cultural outings you can join. You will also have ample free time to create the retreat that soothes your soul. Surely, friendships will be forged that will enrich your life in so many ways for years to come.
Machelle Lee, MA, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Founder of Roots & River Yoga Studio, Machelle has 30 years of experience as a yoga teacher and massage therapist. She holds a Masters Degree in Mythology and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and earned 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training in yoga psychology.
Machelle leads weekly classes, workshops, guest lectures in 200 and 300 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings and international retreats. Her passion and specialty is Yin Yoga, its theory and practice both for joint and fascia health, but also as a form of self-acupressure in line with the teachings of traditional Chinese medicine energy lines.
Committed to serving students in a way that best fits their unique abilities and anatomic structure, Machelle combines anatomy, storytelling, archetypes, poetry, neuroscience, psychology, and Five Element Meridian Theory across a variety of yoga styles in a way that is aimed at facilitating a creative and grounded approach to self-development.