Join us on the adventure of a lifetime, as we journey on a 9 day Mayan Discovery Retreat to one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. You will fall in love with the natural beauty of the breathtaking Lake Atitlan and the three majestic volcanoes, Atitlan, San Pedro and Toliman that surround it.
Our Mayan adventure will begin in the gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua. We will spend 2 nights here. This is a must see destination, full of colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and picturesque surroundings. Our exquisite hotel is close to the city centre, allowing plenty of opportunities for leisurely walking, visiting museums and immersing ourselves in Mayan culture.
For the following 7 nights, our home will be a serene wellness eco resort, boasting spectacular views of Lake Atitlan. The resort offers beautifully decorated private rooms, natural lush gardens, sauna, solar heated pool and hot tub, a fair trade boutique gift shop, a juice bar and many inspirational, relaxing places to hide away with a good book.
During our stay, we will take part in relaxing meditation sessions including chakra breathing and sound healing as well as traditional Mayan ceremonies. We will explore the culture of the Mayan people.
There will be plenty of time for relaxation, massages or healing sessions, or to just soak in the stunning views from one of the many colourful hammocks. If you enjoy more adventurous activities you can kayak on the lake or hike up a volcano.
This is a very special retreat guaranteed to captivate the imagination and soothe the spirit.
I am an experienced and registered Meditation Facilitator with ACHS (Australian Centre for Holistic Studies), and a member of the Australian Meditation Association, the Won Buddhist Centre and involved with Kriya yoga.
Star Meditations was born from the passion and joy I receive every day from meditating. I teach and facilitate a variety of meditation methods, to help people reconnect with themselves, balance their energies and create harmony with the divine energies of the universe, in order to control their stress, anxiety and depression levels.
Meditation does not have to be spiritual. Those not interested in the spiritual level of meditation can still meditate and reap all the stress relieving and relaxation benefits. I will teach you to experience life in a more relaxed way to attract a more beautiful, positive energy, which will result in a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Nourish and replenish your body, mind and heart, while being surrounded by spectacular views of majestic volcanoes, lush vegetation and the breathtaking blue waters of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala…known as one of the most beautiful and energetically spiritual places on earth. Join Kristina Ahern for her 3rd year of leading yoga participants on a journey of self discovery and transformation at the serene and welcoming Villa Sumaya. The incredible palpable energies, naturally healing surroundings and kindness of VS staff and the locals of Lake Atitlan are the perfect backdrop for her teachings.
Kristina’s yoga retreat at Villa Sumaya is more than a ‘resort experience’….it is truly a LIFE experience! Past retreat participants confirm this sentiment:
“The yoga retreat at Villa Sumaya far exceeded my hopes and expectations! The tranquil setting of Villa Sumaya on the shores of Lake Atitlan with its gracious and attentive staff provided a perfect backdrop for our yoga retreat. Our incredible yoga instructor, Kristina Ahern, led us on a week-long physical and spiritual journey, providing helpful guidance and adaptations to meet each individual’s needs and capabilities. The schedule allowed plenty of time to relax, reflect, explore our surroundings and participate in a number of unique personal and cultural experiences located within the retreat center and surrounding villages. It truly was a transformative experience and one that I will cherish for a lifetime!” ~ R.C. 2018
“My first impression of Villa Sumaya was of ease and openness. The staff gave the impression of sincerely caring for our well-being. My room was comfortable and beautiful and the meals were delicious and plentiful. Also, unlike so many that claim to be environmentally friendly, Villa Sumaya truly lives up to the moniker “eco-retreat center”.
Kristina led a twice-daily practice that was transformational. The theme she chose for the week was ideal for the setting and level of the participants. With her gentle guidance in this palpably spiritual environment, I felt that my practice was opened to another level.” ~ J.L. 2017
INSPIRATION, PERSPIRATION, TRANSFORMATION: this 3-word model created by T.K.V. Desikachar for progression toward one’s potential in life and yoga will be explored during this weeklong retreat. With nearly 20 years of teaching and chanting experience within the Krishnamacharya/T.K.V. Desikachar tradition….creativity, compassion and a deep connection to the sacred within the natural world are woven into the fabric of Kristina’s approach. Each individual participant is honored and respected according to his/her capabilities and is gently encouraged to uncover personal potential with lightness, compassion and kindness toward self.
The morning practice will include asana, pranayama and chant to inspire, energize and ‘open up’ the body, breath and heart. In the afternoon, the focus will turn more inward with gentle movement, mantra japam, ritual, visualization & meditation. There will be enough time between the sessions for you to relax & assimilate the morning practice, schedule healing sessions or participate in other activities offered through Villa Sumaya. Wednesday is the scheduled day off (can be changed with group consensus). Kristina is keeping the group to a maximum of 14 participants to support the energetic cohesiveness of the group and the development of meaningful relationships within it. Note that group activities and tours can be scheduled depending upon interest and energy (at extra cost)
No yoga experience is required for this retreat…only a willingness to step outside of what is familiar, supported by a seasoned yoga teacher (Kristina is certified E-RYT500 with Yoga Alliance, IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist and trained Vedic Chant teacher) a sanga of retreat participants and the caring & attentive staff of Villa Sumaya.
As a gesture of respect and generosity toward the indigenous Mayan culture in Guatemala, a portion of each participant’s tuition will be donated to Multi-Colores http://www.multi-colores.org, a non-profit formed by the owners of Cultural Cloth http://www.culturalcloth.com to support Mayan artisans in the Lake Atitlan area. In the past 2 years, retreat participants have helped fund work stations designed for rughooking and empowerment leadership programs for the Multi-Colores women. We will take time to visit their offices located in Panajachel to see their beautiful work during our stay. There are also many other opportunities to support the indigenous people during your time in Guatemala. You may want to consider arriving a few days early or staying a few days after the retreat (or both) to further immerse yourself in the Guatemalan cultural experience.
Included in the Retreat:
7 nights accommodation at Villa Sumaya (tax included)
3 vegetarian meals per day (meat/fish/alcohol extra)
Twice daily yoga sessions: 10:30 a.m -12:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Held Sunday, Feb. 24th through Friday, March 1st (Wed. off)
Registration & Pricing:
**$500 non-refundable deposit reserves your space!
Extra early bird (paid before 7/15/18)
Early bird (paid before 9/15/18) Full price (paid after 9/15/18)
Single: EEB $1895, EB $2045, Full $2195
Double: EEB $1595, EB $1745, Full $1895
Triple: EEB $1495, EB $1645, Full $1795
**All registration fees must be paid in full by Nov. 15th, 2018
**Price does not include air, ground or water transportation.
To register or with questions, please contact Kristina Ahern (owner of Santosha Springs Yoga & Wellness)
firstname.lastname@example.org or 952 261-5178.
Retreat with YogaFresh to the sacred shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Surrounded by three volcanoes, this uniquely picturesque and tranquil location will be the perfect backdrop to help you move closer toward your deepest purpose and life’s fulfillment. During our 8 day (7 night) retreat at Villa Sumaya, we will explore alignment-based vinyasa, yin & restorative yoga, barre, pranayama and meditation led by YogaFresh’s senior teachers.
Beyond the mat, you will enjoy all that Villa Sumaya has to offer including eco-chic accommodations, three delicious meals daily, a lakefront lounge, pool, solar-heated hot tub, spa, boutique and plenty of free time to relax, explore the local communities or take in the views. Lake Atitlán, Guatemala is unlike any other destination in the world. Our retreat will immerse you more fully into your life’s purpose so that you can return feeling renewed, inspired and more passionate about life.
About the leaders:
Please visit: http://yoga-fresh.com/yf-instructors/ to find out about each of your experienced and knowledgeable RYT 500 hour teachers that will be your guides on retreat!
Your retreat guides include:
Shannon & Billy Sadler
Emily Rose Duea
Stress slips away and your true nature returns, bringing you Back to Peace, Back to Nature, Back to Bliss!
Join Jennifer Brooke and Harriet Alterowitz for a fun winter getaway at Villa Sumaya, an exquisite retreat center seductively situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Villa Sumaya is an eco resort with full services for adventure travelers wanting to hike, kayak and explore. There is also plenty of time for reflection, rest and relaxation. This romantic retreat center offers elegantly decorated private rooms, spacious grounds, hot tub, sauna and natural refuge gardens.
Yoga classes are open to all levels of experience. Non-yoga spouses, partners and friends are welcome to join us!
Upon arrival to Guatemala, we will spend 2 nights in Antigua, a place of rare beauty, major historical significance and vibrant culture. It is a must see destination! Our hotel is close to the city center to allow for leisurely walking, visiting museums and familiarizing yourself with Mayan culture prior to our departure to Lake Atitlan.
9-Night Retreat Package includes:
- 2 nights lodging in Antigua with 2 breakfasts at our delightful downtown hotel
- 7 nights at Villa Sumaya in a luxury room with private bath and gorgeous views
- 3 delicious vegetarian meals daily at Villa Sumaya with optional chicken or fish available at an additional charge
- 2 classes daily with Jen and Harriet including active asana, restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation…special evening activities
- Traditional Mayan Fire Protection Ceremony
- 1 group excursion
- Ground and water transport from Antigua to Villa Sumaya on March 9 and from Villa Sumaya to GUA airport on March 16
- Group tipping including group transport & included excursions
- Airfare to Guatemala City & airport transport to Antigua
- Lunch and dinners outside of Villa Sumaya, alcohol or special drinks
- Body work or extra service and personal tipping for services & staff
Now you are ready to immerse yourself in the practice of yoga. This is one of two modules comprising Hathavidya’s 300hr teacher training: The Living Energy Immersion Program. This program manifested so that the modern student and teacher can integrate yogic philosophy where it counts — living fully!
Retreats impart a full immersion into a living yoga practice. The process works from within and is modeled after years of study accumulated by living with a teacher in a traditional manner. Simply — a retreat from your day-to-day and an immersion into yoga.
Here you will also interact with a broad spectrum of practitioners in an authentic community.
This enhanced curriculum for practitioners and teachers is a cultivated space full of invaluable tools on manipulations of physical and energetic systems — the power of yoga!
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Whether your goal is to teach yoga or authentically integrate your studies into the day to day, we are glad you’re here!
Hathavidya is an inclusive yogic science comprised of principles that purify, empower and uplift the spirit toward creating clarity and elevating the human experience.
What does all that mean?
Hathavidya makes traditional yoga accessible and applicable in the modern world.
By utilizing the in-depth development of various lineages within hatha and siddha, the focus is on knowledge and how the tools work for you.
Although there is a growing number of trainings in yoga communities, Hathavidya offers programs to communicate profound lessons, a larger knowledge base and a dedicated learning environment for you.
Certification is easy to come by; true knowledge shapes your life.
International yoga teacher, writer, storyteller, Will Duprey practices pranayama and meditation and is known for effortlessly combining classical theory with contemporary yoga methods.
With over 15 years of teaching and consulting on yoga teacher trainings globally, his unique mentorship program provides deep knowledge and balance among different styles of yoga. In addition to his own writing, Will has contributed to publications such as: teach.yoga, OmStars and has a regular column in YogaLife Magazine Malaysia. Will is the founder of Hathavidya yoga teacher training school and is currently penning a poetic translation on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
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On the Shores of Lake Atitlan… Awaken Your Good Heart
Awaken Your Good Heart is for those who want to nurture their spirit. This all-inclusive, eight day journey includes twice daily yoga classes, morning meditations, hikes through vibrant villages, cultural and artistic activities, plenty of time for rest and exploration, and opportunities to share your joy, curiosity and love of life with local children. Slow to the world and reconnect to your wholehearted self in this transformative retreat.
- Imagine being inspired by the beauty of the natural world with morning fresh-air pranayama and meditation.
- Imagine spaciousness in your body, mind and heart with two daily yoga classes.
- Imagine engagement and generosity as you participate in a rich service project and explore neighboring artistic communities.
- Imagine rejuvenating with times of quiet and contemplation, play and connecting, restorative yoga and deep rest.
Villa Sumaya is the perfect sanctuary to support your practice and your spirit. Sink deeply into the beauty and tranquility of the retreat center with its bamboo forests, lush gardens, tropical flowers, and sweeping views of Lake Atitlan. In such a uniquely mindful setting, awareness sharpens, the body quiets, the mind clears, and space opens for delight and understanding to naturally unfold.
Yoga & Meditation
Our days will begin with morning meditation followed by a deeply nourishing, rejuvenating and integrative yoga practice. The flow of each afternoon class will be responsive to the day’s activities and will include pranayama, asanas, and meditation. Each session is lovingly planned to meet the needs of all participants; everyone from the beginner to the longtime practitioner is welcome!
One of our retreat days will be devoted to service. We’ll move our awareness into the community by meeting with leaders of a local organization, learning about their programs, and participating in projects that support their work. This day of active service is an opportunity to connect more deeply with those in the community and to honor the truly remarkable work that they do each day.
Ancient Maya traditions are alive in the highlands of Guatemala. We will participate in a powerful fire ceremony with a Mayan Day Keeper, visit with a woman who weaves traditional textiles, wander through an outdoor market, and tour a village where life-size murals depict scenes from daily life. We will also have the chance to explore the colonial city of Antigua and spend the afternoon visiting the handcraft markets and walking the cobblestone roads of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Awaken Your Good Heart includes time that is intentionally unscheduled so that you can listen to your body, mind and heart and create the perfect week for yourself: take a dip in the Lake, stroll into town for some sightseeing, indulge in a spa treatment, go on a hike, rent a kayak, hang out in your hammock, read on your private patio, enjoy a smoothie or a cocktail by the pool, or sit on the dock and breathe in the tranquility and ease of Lake Atitlan.
Nourish yourself…experience the power and beauty of Lake Atitlan.
About the Group Leader
Retreat guide, Martha Whitney, has designed a week full of both depth and lightheartedness. Martha is known for offering a mindful, inspiring and welcoming yoga environment that fosters self-acceptance and embodied well-being. Her in-depth training in anatomy, movement and breath allows her to artfully guide postures that access body ease and aliveness. Her classes are skillfully designed to be accessible to a range of bodies and skill levels. Martha has been teaching yoga and offering body-mind therapy for over 25 years. She offers Yoga and Meditation retreats in Vermont and Quebec, inspiring joyful connection to our inner and outer landscapes.
To Find Out More
- Guided tours to the local villages around lake Atitlan
- Because The Lake Pole Camp location is far from big cities it is difficult to get good internet connection, and when you do it can be expensive. The hotel offers wifi signal for an extra cost of $20 all week per person.
- Airport transfers to and from Antigua Guatemala
Join us for the ISTA Level 2 – The Spiritual Sexual Shamanic INITATION – at the awe-inspiring location of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala held at the deluxe venue, Villa Sumaya. Led by Rex McCann and co-faciliated by Araminta Barbour and one other ISTA faculty to be announced.
ISTA (International Schools of Temple Arts) is part of a planetary transformational movement where human consciousness is being opened to its source as love and harmoniously integrating with other sentient kingdoms and dimensions. In particular ISTA works with spirituality and sexuality as two expressions of the life force. Our vision is a world where humans have a peaceful, delightful, shameless, fearless and loving relationship with their own bodies, sexuality, emotions, hearts, minds and spirit.Level 2 guides the participant through a series of self-initiations that say goodbye to old patterns of relating and anchor the identity in the deep self that is already free, inherently loving and dynamically creative in the world.
To Register, or to find out more about ISTA and Latin America Events visit:
While deepening the experience of ISTA Level 1, the Level 2 training shifts focus from the healing and integration of the personal self to the transpersonal realms, providing an alchemical container for transformation through group practice, ritual and meditation.
This week provides the teachings and experiences we should have had around our spirituality, our relationship with the transpersonal and its integration with the personal and universal. This provides us with the opportunity to take initiation – to shift our identity into the soul and become the source of our own life, love and empowered expression in the world. Its symbol is the offering up of the heart. Once the life is ‘given up’ or ‘taken over’ by this deeper part of ourselves then we are ready for the greater mysteries – the identification with the universal life of our cosmos and planet. The self becomes a source of inflowing current to our surroundings enabling others to awaken, initiate and transform. We become a creative force in our environment.
The Shamanic initiation – its core is death and rebirth. This overcomes the fear of death in the base chakra and also sets the shaman apart from the tribe in order to serve the tribe in a special way. It is an essential component to the integration of sexual and spiritual worlds because it results in the transcendence of ego and the dedication of ones awakened powers to the collective. The result is Power.
The Sexual Initiation – In Level 2 we explore the integration of our sexual life force energy in the unification process of our masculine and feminine, animal and angelic aspects. The result is Love.
The Spiritual Initiation – Meditation training and essential identity inquiry open us into our primordial awareness and provide a taste of sunyata or the void experience. Each individual has an opportunity for deeper levels of their being to be contacted, honoured and integrated. The result is Presence.
ISTA Level 1 is a prerequisite of this training. You can join the Level 1 in Guatemala at Villa Sumaya February 2-8th, 2019 and at locations all over the world.
FIND out more: www.istalatinamerica.com
Ready to unwind and explore Guatamala? Join Suzanne for a Yoga + Adventure retreat this fall at Villa Sumaya, located on the picturesque shores of Lake Atitlan in the heart of the Guatemalan highlands. This retreat will include a little bit of everything–vinyasa flow yoga, evening meditation, spa days, Mayan fire rituals, and plenty of time for exploring the rich culture of Guatemala. Prepare to reconnect with yourself, rekindle your sense of adventure and curiosity, make new friends, and leave feeling balanced and rejuvenated.
Depending on accommodation type, pricing ranges from $1345 -$1950. Includes all your meals, a Mayan ceremony, daily yoga, daily mediation, and a special Cacao experience and ritual. We offer up to 8 payments to help break up the cost with a deposit required at sign up. Full price must be received by 10/1/19; we will adjust your payment plan if needed to help make this happen.
Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner Daily (one dinner excluded) – fresh, locally grown cuisine
Unlimited drinking water/juice/specialty retreat teas
Evening Meditation or Yoga Nidra
Mayan Fire Ritual
Cacao Experience and Ritual
Private Water Taxi to Villa Sumaya
ADDITIONAL EXCURSIONS & AMENITIES
Exploring nearby villages and markets
HOW TO SIGN UP
In order to reserve your spot, a non-refundable deposit is required. Payment in full is due no later than October 1, 2019. Payment plans are offered at 8 payments but can be modified if you are short on time till the trip. Please note that all payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. Deposit is non-refundable. No refunds for any payments or cancelations can be honored after 8/15/19. Substitutions can be made if you have someone who wants to buy your spot. Please inform us asap if this happens. *Travelers insurance suggested to cover any last minute cancelations or family emergencies you can’t forsee.
Suzanne has been teaching Vinyasa/Power Yoga for over 12 years and owns a studio in Colorado where she offers and leads retreats all year long and worldwide! She is also a Rolfer (bodyworker) specializing in body mechanics and anatomy; studying how the body moves and how it can move more efficiently! In the summer she leads Paddleboard Yoga classes on the water. In her classes you can plan to be challenged and energized in her flows to music as well as to feel a deep sense of grounding and peace to support your retreat. Her evening meditation classes will be based in breathwork, utilizing Yoga Nidra as well to help nurture the serenity and peace.
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Join Chelsea Winters for seven nights of heart opening exploration of this little piece of paradise. We will breath, move, feel and delve deeper into the nature of our surroundings steeped in Mayan culture, and explore the nature of ourselves. All yoga levels are welcome.
- 7 nights in lake front accommodations with warm, inviting décor, private bathrooms, outdoor patios, amazing lake views, orthopedic beds and quality linens.
- Twice daily yoga asana, pranayama and meditation classes with Chelsea, or a guest teacher/guest ceremony, in a sacred and inspiring yoga temple. Simple, eclectic décor with panoramic views, hardwood floors, thatched roofs and elegant altar spaces set the tone for deepening practices.
- Sacred Cacao Ceremony- In the spirit of the ancient traditions, join us in a sacred circle of ceremony and celebration centered around the sharing of a cacao elixir. Pure cacao is an authentic plant medicine used to uplift the spirit, deepen focused meditation and strengthen our reconnection with heart-centered awareness. Known as the “food of the Gods,” cacao has an expansive, mood-enhancing quality that helps us gently shift blockages while realigning us with the path of the heart.
- Sound Healing Ceremony
- Cultural day trip to local village with a component of Bhakti yoga
- Evening of Kirtan- Kirtan is the ancient practice of call-and-response singing. It is an easy, joyful, heart-opening practice from the Bhakti Yoga path. Chanting sacred mantras with live music brings our mind, heart, and body together in a hypnotic and harmonious flow of love. Joining our voice as One we open the door to experience the goal of all Yoga – Merger with the Divine.
- 3 delicious, healthy, locally sourced meals daily, tastefully prepared and artistically presented- inviting in a true Mayan flair. Meals will take a healthy approach to vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Chicken or seafood will be available for an additional $7/portion. Unlimited filtered water, juice and teas.
- Airport shuttle and ferry coordinate to Villa Sumaya (cost of shuttle not included)
- Unlimited sunsets and star gazing
- Unlimited use of private pool and swimming in the lake
- Local State & Hotel Tax
- Unlimited potential for adventure, soul searching and fun!
About the leader:
Chelsea was first introduced to yoga as a freshman in college at the University of New Hampshire and has been practicing since. A long time vegetarian with a passion for the outdoors, it was a natural fit. An active person, initially drawn to the physical practice, the movement of the asanas and the strengthening aspect. As Chelsea did more yoga and her practice deepened, she soon became aware of the mental and spiritual changes that yoga was having on her. How her whole attitude and outlook could shift from a single yoga class. Yoga has taught Chelsea many life lessons. It has taught her presence and breath and has made her more aware of her natural surroundings. It has taught Chelsea to pause and appreciate the little things, and how truly small we are in this big world.
Chelsea received her 200HR yoga teacher certification at Yandara Yoga Institute in December of 2012- this one choice has changed her life. In April of 2015, she received her 500HR yoga teacher certification, also at Yandara Yoga Institute. While at Yandara, Chelsea also studied Reiki and completed her Reiki Certification. Chelsea has been a registered member of Yoga Alliance since November of 2012.
Chelsea is a face of the Vail Yoga Community as a Lululemon Ambassador. When not teaching in the Vail Valley, you can find Chelsea running both local and international yoga retreats, skiing, hiking, camping, rafting, selling real estate or exploring outside with her husband and border collie mix, Buka!
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