Upcoming Group Retreats

Feb
21
Thu
Frans ~ Meditation and Culture Retreat with Star Meditations
Feb 21 – Mar 2 all-day

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.

Details and registration please visit www.starmeditations.com.au/retreats or email frans@starmeditations.com.au

About Frans

My journey with meditation began when I was 14 years old, a Japanese friend, Joe, introduced me to meditation. Joe gave me a precious gift, which I will cherish forever.

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.

Feb
23
Sat
Kristina Ahern ~ INSPIRATION, PERSPIRATION, TRANSFORMATION
Feb 23 – Mar 2 all-day

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)

ahernkristina@gmail.com or 952 261-5178.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SantoshaSprings/

Mar
16
Sat
Erika Trice ~ RADIANCE & REFUGE – THE HEALING POWER OF YOGA IN GUATEMALA
Mar 16 – Mar 23 all-day

Join Erika Trice for a week of deep healing on the shores of the Lake Atitlan, described as “the most beautiful lake in the world,” by Alexander von Humboldt. This is the perfect setting for our retreat. Along the lake are a dozen villages where life and customs have changed little over the centuries, each offering a rich and tapestry of food, color, language, and culture.

Each morning will begin with qigong, pranayama, and meditation followed by a dynamic asana practice. The late afternoons/early evenings sessions will explore a softer more inwardly focused practice leading towards meditation. This will be an immersion into the profound healing effects of yoga. Included in our exploration will also be philosophy and chakra work. Between practices, days will be yours to explore, hike, swim in the gorgeous lake or visit the local communities. We will gather together for delicious meals and share our experiences. This week will be an immersion both in asana and in life.

 

Link for more information and to sign up: http://www.internationalyoga.com/retreats/guatemala-erika

E-mail info@internationalyoga.com with any questions!

 

About Erika Trice

 

Erika Trice began studying yoga in 1988 in a variety of styles including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Yin, and Therapeutic Yoga, and has also been a longtime student and teacher of the Oriental Arts of Qigong and Tai Chi. Erika is certified with YogaWorks and currently leads their teacher-training programs in both the United States and Europe. Prior to yoga, Erika spent 15 years training for a career in dance, which she credits for giving her the discipline to work hard and the passion for movement.

Ram Wiener & Nathalie Rukmini Ando ~ Yoga Vacation in Guatemala
Mar 16 – Mar 22 all-day

Discover the breathtaking vistas of cobalt-blue Lake Atitlan uniquely surrounded by some of Guatemala’s largest volcanoes. Join us for a Yoga vacation in Guatemala and watch your workday blues vanish into thin air.

You will stay at a beautiful hotel and retreat center, situated on the picturesque shore of Lake Atitlan. It has an uninterrupted view, punctuated only by a skyline of three perfect volcanoes. Here, you can relax and experience an ideal place for people in search of rest, relaxation, and ageless natural beauty. This unpretentious, thatched-roof complex has comfortable rooms, spacious gardens, a restaurant, and a beautiful facility for Hatha Yoga classes, meditations, and retreats.

The restaurant, with a stunning view of the lake, offers a culinary-conscious menu for vegetarians. A nutritious, eclectic blend of local and international cuisine, created from Guatemala’s cornucopia of fruits and vegetables, is available three times a day. Baked goods are produced daily.
Our daily schedule will include:

Meditations
Two Hatha Yoga classes per day
Presentations from our featured senior presenters
Plenty of free time to swim, sunbathe, go for walks, simply relax, and get to know your fellow travelers

We will plan some trips outside of Lake Atitlan for those interested.

Tuition:

Double: $1,350
Single: $1,595
No triple
$100 off if paid in full by December 31, 2018

No other discounts apply.
Includes three daily vegetarian meals.
Does not include airfare or transportation to and from the airport.

About the leaders

 

Ram Wiener, E-RYT 500, is a 200-hour Yoga teacher trainer and one of our foremost administrators and Yoga teachers at Yogaville. The vice president of Programs, he oversees workshops, teacher trainings, and the Ashram businesses. He is a native of Central America and is fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English. He has organized many successful tours in Mexico, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Italy.

 

 

 

Nathalie Rukmini Ando, RYT 500, teaches Yoga classes and serves as program development director and graphic designer at Yogaville. She is certified in Advanced Integral Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, Stress Management, and Yoga of Recovery. As a teacher, she’s known for her clear instruction and her classes include fun, level-appropriate challenges. A native of Brazil, she speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and English. She is also a fine artist, specializing in oil-on-canvas. See her artwork at www.Nathalie-Ando.pixels.com

 

 

 

Registration Inquiry: arc@yogaville.org

Teachers: ram@yogaville.org, programs@yogaville.org

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Mar
23
Sat
Will Duprey – Fire of Purification Teacher Training
Mar 23 – Mar 30 all-day

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!

Please click HERE for more details.

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.

ABOUT WILL

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.

Website and e-mail:

Mar
24
Sun
Martha Whitney ~ Awaken Your Good Heart
Mar 24 – Mar 30 all-day

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!

Service

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.

Exploration

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

To find our more, please view the full retreat description or email explore@worldsoflighttravel.com

Mar
30
Sat
Marcia Appel & Merry Beth ~The Poetry of Guatemala: Retreat into Yoga and Reflection
Mar 30 – Apr 6 all-day

This retreat with leaders Marcia Appel and Merry Beth Freienmuth centers on yoga, rest, and reflection spiced with camaraderie and enjoyment. The sumptuous eco resort Villa Sumaya, perched on Lake Atitlan, will be our home for most of this nine-day journey. When we arrive in Guatemala City, we will acclimate the first two days in Antigua – the country’s first capital and a walkable small city renowned for its architecture, history, and culture. Interspersed among periods of yoga, meditation, and excursions will be poetry readings and discussions, if you wish to join, from two of Guatemala’s most beloved poets.

Your 9-day retreat includes:

Ground and water transportation to Antigua on March 28 and to Villa Sumaya on March 30 and April 6 return to Guatemala City
Two nights’ lodging with breakfasts at our Antigua hotel
Three daily wholesome, well-presented vegetarian meals at Villa Sumaya. Chicken and fish are optional at an additional charge
Two daily yoga classes and one daily meditation practice; two water aerobics classes and two tai chi classes
Thatched-roof studio with mats, props, hardwood floors and panoramic views to practice in
Traditional Mayan Fire Protection Ceremony
Optional group excursions
Group tipping including for transportation and included activities

Cost (Airfare not included)
Double Occupancy (2 twin beds or 1 queen) $1995/ea
Single Occupancy (2 twin beds or 1 queen) $2395
Double Occupancy – Suite (king bed) $2195/ea

About Your Retreat Leaders

Green Lotus Yoga & Healing Center was founded in 2007 to bring community-based integrative yoga and wellness centers to the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Our mission is simple: to offer people the opportunity to grow from the inside out. Partners and teachers Marcia Appel and Merry Beth Freienmuth love sharing Green Lotus and its mission with thousands of students, practitioners, teachers, and healers in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. They commit themselves to creating community – sangha – so that students and clients support each other as they explore their individual journeys. Deep friendships and support systems have evolved over the years in the refuge called Green Lotus. The partners own Green Lotus Group, LLC which operates centers in Lakeville and Mendota Heights, an accredited yoga teacher training school, and the licensing division.

Contact info:

Retreats@greenlotusyogactr.com

greenlotusyogactr.com

 

 

Apr
3
Wed
Sarah Butcher ~ Hydrotherm Massage Certification Course
Apr 3 – Apr 6 all-day

This course offers a fantastic opportunity for massage therapists to become certified in Hyrdrotherm Massage. This unique style of massage is designed to reduce stress and “wear and tear” on the therapists body while providing the highest quality massage experience to the client.

Hydrotherm originated in the U.K. It is the brainchild of John Holman, a massage therapist who envisioned Hydrotherm to reduce the common wrist and back injuries that many massage therapists deal with throughout their career.

This system works with two warm water cushions that support the client in perfect spinal alignment, allowing them to lay on their back throughout the massage. The therapist works on the back of the body from underneath, using the clients own body weight for pressure. This promotes superior relaxation for the client and a safer way of working for the therapist!

Hydrotherm is a postgrad course for certified massage therapists. In this 2 day you will learn to set up and work with the Hydrotherm system. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive certification to practice Hydrotherm massage.

Please see the official Hydrotherm website http://johnholmantherapysolutions.co.uk/hydrotherm/

to find about more about this incredibly innovative and effective style of massage.

What’s included:

-Two days of hands on Hydrotherm training.

-A manual and an official certification upon completion of the course.

– All levels therapist friendly Yoga session – each day.

-Three nights at Villa Sumaya with all meals included.

Dates: October 9-12, 2018, November 27-30, 2018, April 3-6, 2019

Cost:

Traveler Option: Single room occupancy $860 Double room occupancy $710

Luxury Option: Single room occupancy $890 Double room occupancy $740

Triple room occupancy $695

 

Please contact Sarah Butcher for reserving your place and booking:

innervoice82@gmail.com

More info HERE

Apr
6
Sat
Marion Crampe, Natasha Wang & Gaby Borrayo ~ The Lake Pole Camp
Apr 6 – Apr 13 all-day
Join us for an 8 day holiday of pole tricks and relaxation at the beautiful Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, where you not only are going to learn from world-class instructors but you can unplug and unwind in our lake-front-view eco-chic hotel.
 
The lush gardens and laid back luxury of our lake-front-view hotel provide the perfect backdrop to a week of pole tricks, stretching, sunshine and deliciously healthy food.
 
Instructors: Marion Crampe, Natasha Wang and Gaby Borrayo
Here’s what’s included in your Pole Retreat: (all packages)
 
• 8 days (7 nights) stay at a beautiful Eco Chic Retreat Hotel in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
• 12 hours of workshops over 7 days with our amazing Instructors. 
• Morning energising stretch classes.
• Transportation from Antigua Guatemala to the place of the Pole Camp in Lake Atitlan and back.
• Plenty of free time to get to know the beautiful towns and people around the lake and to enjoy the hotel features.
• Full board: 3 daily delicious vegetarian meals (chicken and fish available for additional cost)
• Water, coffee and tea available all day. 
• 1 hour massage
• Welcome and Farewell dinner.
• On site studio with lake views and brand new X-Stages (1 student per pole)
• Small Classes maximum of 10 in each group. 
• Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes.
• Welcome bag and gift
• Daily housekeeping
 
You might also enjoy (optional):
•Take private classes with our instructors for more one-on-one attention.
•Why not take a professional photoshoot and show all your friends and followers your new pole skills.
  •                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
THESE SERVICES ARE AT AN ADDITIONAL COST AND MUST BE ARRANGED PRIOR TO ARRIVAL.
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 What’s not included:
•Flights
•Travel insurance
•Airport transfers to the meeting point in Antigua Guatemala (available at extra cost)
•Alcoholic Beverages.
•Lunch on arrival day or departure day (to be taken at local restaurants at additional cost)
•Breakfast on arrival day
•Lunch and dinner on departure day
Prices and packages information available at our website www.yourpolecamp.com
 
Instagram, facebook /  thelakepolecamp
Apr
13
Sat
ISTA Level 2 – The Spiritual Sexual Shamanic INITATION
Apr 13 – Apr 19 all-day

 

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:

www.istalatinamerica.com

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

 

 

May
20
Mon
Nikki Myers ~ The Yoga of 12 Step Recovery in Antigua and Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
May 20 – May 24 all-day

Join Nikki Myers for her 2nd international Y12SR Retreat – this time we are headed to the magical land of Guatemala!

Guatemala is blessed with rich Mayan culture, offering a deep and humble beauty, steeped in tradition, ritual, costume, and community values.

This journey will commence in the ancient, gorgeous colonial city of Antigua, where we will spend the first 3 nights. Here we will immerse ourselves in the cultural, in addition to attending 12 step meetings and engaging with the local recovery community.

One of the Americas’ most enchanting colonial cities, in its day Antigua was one of the great cities of the Spanish empire. The beauty of the city itself is the main attraction, particularly its neat cobbled streets and grand Baroque-style colonial buildings.

For days 4 through 7, we head to the breathtaking region of Lake Atitlan. where we will stay for our last 4 nights. The enchanting beauty and peace of Lake Atitlan, where the elements of the earth are extremely powerful and abundant.

Relax and renew in the midst of exquisite nature and the panorama of three majestic volcanoes. You can swim, hike, kayak, visit local villages and have ample time to rest and replenish, in addition to attending 12 step meetings and engaging with the local recovery community in the nearby village of Panajachel.

Nikki will lead us through daily Y12SR meetings and practices along this adventure!

Please stay tuned for exact dates, details and pricing.

About The Leader

Nikki Myers developed Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) in 2004. Nikki is an accomplished yoga therapist, teacher and somatic experiencing practitioner. She is the founder of CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health in Indianapolis, IN. From her personal struggles with addiction, Nikki is quick to tell the world, “The 12-step program and Yoga saved my life – one is my lifeboat, the other my launching pad.”

Jul
6
Sat
Retreat
Jul 6 – Jul 13 all-day
Jul
13
Sat
You are my Son, my Moon, and all my Stars – Maricarmen Wilson
Jul 13 – Jul 20 all-day

A first! Inspired Shakti offers a retreat for Mothers and Sons: If you can affect positive change… you MUST! . Being a mother to only boys has been the greatest blessing. Boys are wonderful. Men are beautiful. Mama yoginis ( mothers, aunties, female caregivers ) of boys 10-14 join me in this most incredible ADVENTURE retreat to Guatemala at one of my favourite locales, Villa Sumaya in Lake Atitlan. Everything you can imagine and more in a week …Climbing Volcanos, Cliff jumping, Zip-Lining, Lake swimming in one of the worlds most scenic locations, the gracious and ancient Guatemalan culture and delicious food, Downtime + Uptime, and MUCH MORE ( lots of YOGA! and meditation!).

Only a couple of spots left for this most exciting and special opportunity .. Affordable double or triple occupancy pricing.

$795 deposit holds your spot for BOTH mom and son(s).
“ You are my Son, my Moon, and all my Stars” – Villa Sumaya, Guatemala 2019

 

Retreat cost includes:

8 days /7 nights of yoga and workshops,

Seven nights of lodging at a beautiful lake front resort,

Three healthy and delicious meals per day,

*Round trip transfer to and from airport

*Taxes.

*A very special gift for each yogini….and so much more!

NOT INCLUDED :

* Alternate arrival/departure days incur additional transport costs.

* Spa and wellness treatments* Optional excursions and tours

* Airline fees/fares and general resort and travel costs/tips.

Retreat Schedule is set for Optional Excursions.

Group and Individual : * San Pedro Volcano Climb * Kayak Paddle and Cliff Jumping * Hiking El Pico del Cielo * Ziplining * Town and Pueblo shopping excursions * Mayan Fire Ceremony * Chichimeca Sweat Lodge Ceremony* .. subject to modifications and changes-

Reservations:

* $795.00 Registration deposit required to hold your retreat space for BOTH mom and son(s) .

Early Bird Room Rates for 2019 : Book by March 13th!

SHARED: Double Occupancy $3500.00 including airport shuttle transport fees

* Refunds and Cancellations :

Refund less deposit ($795.00) before March 1st . No refunds after March 1st 2019.

You may transfer your reservation to another person as long as you notify Maricarmen Wilson/Inspired Shakti in advance.

In case of cancellation by Inspired Shakti, you will receive a full refund. Due to special arrangements made with the retreat centers and hosts, there is no exception to this policy. $795.00 initial deposit holds your space. Total fees can be paid at one time or in two installments with all final payments due 120 days before retreat date. No exceptions.

Purchasing travel insurance is always recommended but not required.

Deposit PayPal and info : http://www.inspiredshakti.com/retreats/

 

Jul
22
Mon
ALYSSA SNOW ~ UNCOVERING YOUR ESSENCE: A SPIRITUAL YOGA RETREAT IN GUATEMALA
Jul 22 – Jul 29 all-day

Join Yoga Teacher, Shaman, and Spiritual Teacher Alyssa Snow in a weeklong exploration to deepen your connection to your highest self and open to love. We are Spiritual Beings having a Human experience, yet we navigate the world as human beings having spiritual experiences every once and a while. In this magnificent retreat on Lake Atitlán, we will learn how to shift that balance. Located in the homeland of the indigenous Maya, Lake Atitlán is a magical setting referred to as the belly button of the earth – the center of the universe where God’s seeds of mankind evolved. Immersed in this vibration, you will experience kundalini yoga, hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, shamanic drumming, and led sharing circles. In all of this, Alyssa will guide you to unravel the patterns that do not serve you so that you can open to the magic of the light within you. Deepening your exploration, local shamanic healers will facilitate a sweat lodge to release old energy and a cacao ceremony to open the heart and invite in the new. In addition to plenty of time spent relaxing and being present in this spectacular retreat setting, we will also have a day of karma spent volunteering.

ABOUT TRUE NATURE

True Nature has been a pioneer in the Global Travel and Yoga Retreat Industry for the past 10 years. Founded in 2003, True Nature began as a yoga retreat center in Costa Rica, where its founders and staff learned firsthand about the many facets of group travel and retreats. The TN Team is inspired to support our teachers and students from around the world with the knowledge and experience they have gathered over the past decade. At True Nature we pride ourselves on creating long-term personal relationships with our community of teachers and students. We are passionate about our work and are committed to providing the best service possible to all whom we have the privilege to work with. Whether you are student searching for your next global adventure, or a leader looking to take your teachings somewhere new and exciting, True Nature is here to support, guide, and craft a flawless experience.

More info HERE

Nov
2
Sat
Suzanne Hauserman ~ Flow Yoga Adventures
Nov 2 – Nov 9 all-day

 

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.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner Daily (one dinner excluded) – fresh, locally grown cuisine
Unlimited drinking water/juice/specialty retreat teas
Daily Yoga
Evening Meditation or Yoga Nidra
Mayan Fire Ritual
Cacao Experience and Ritual
Private Water Taxi to Villa Sumaya

ADDITIONAL EXCURSIONS & AMENITIES
Spa Services
Exploring nearby villages and markets
Volcano hike
Kayaking tour

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.

TEACHER BIO:


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.

 

For more information:

https://www.wetravel.com/trips/yoga-adventures-in-guatamala-flow-yoga-adventures-yoga-hiking-life-guatemala-53247977

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