Yuval and Angela are SO excited to RETURN to THE LAKE and host their 5th Annual YOGA, REIKI and EXCURSIONS Retreat at Villa Sumaya eco-chic wellness and retreat center in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Villa Sumaya
In this pristine corner of the world, nestled between a serene lake and three majestic volcanoes, come set an intention to purify and recharge the elemental energy stores inside you by escaping to the truly magical and magnetic energy of Lake Atitlan and Villa Sumaya.
This incredible off-grid holiday will be a perfect WINTER GIFT to yourself where you’ll get to nourish and reconnect + unwind and recharge your prana, vitality and spirit.
Our bodies digest not only the food we eat but all of the sights, sounds, people, and energy surrounding us in our busy lives. This Presidents’ Day weekend, escape your daily routine and come deepen your practice, by emphasizing clarity and play! You’ll have space to explore both movement and stillness, making way for a new perspective. Breathe, meditate, and receive Reiki from both Angela and Yuval while setting the groundwork for your own self-healing. Explore the body in space, take time to flow mindfully and also slow down to investigate key actions required for a step-by-step approach in how to achieve a posture.
Excursions as always are included! Experience a sacred Mayan fire ceremony led by a local Shaman, San Pedro volcano hike, and visit local villages like San Juan for a colorful artisan craft shopping excursion and San Marcos for swimming + cliff jump.
There will also be lots of free time to lay in a hammock, soak in the sun, journal or, indulge in soothing bodywork at the Harmony Spa. You will feel inspired and fully supported to find your own pace and to give yourself exactly what you need at every moment!
As always, we attract an incredible community of yogis + friends and our week together will be a beautiful, deep, hilarious, healing, active, and inspiring version of each of us! With no demands on your time or expectations other than to be who you are, perfectly, right now, this magical week filled with raw natural beauty and healing will ignite the fires of transformation deep within.
7-night accommodations at the beautiful Villa Sumaya Eco-Chic Wellness Center, on the picturesque shore of Lake Atitlan
3 healthy and delicious, home-cooked, well balanced, vegetarian meals daily (chicken and fish available at extra cost)
Daily yoga practice, including asana, workshops, meditation, pranayama, restorative and hands-on reiki with essential oils (mat & props provided)
Excursions (included): Sacred Mayan fire ceremony with local Shaman, San Pedro volcano hike, San Juan colorful artisan craft shopping excursion, San Marcos swimming + cliff jump.
Filtered water and unlimited coffee / tea
Flight to/from Guatemala City
Transport to/from Villa Sumaya (car + boat transfer)
Spa treatments (at on-site Harmony Spa)
Tips for Villa Sumaya staff
* All levels of practitioners are welcome; however, a reasonable level of physical fitness and experience with vinyasa yoga is assumed.
* Optional dream circle or cacao ceremony with Nicole Gnutzman.
About the leaders:
About Angela Botta and Yuval Samburski: Angela and Yuval are NYC-based yoga instructors and teacher trainers. Both are E-RYT 500, YogaWorks Certified and lead retreats and teacher trainings all over the world. Known for smart, mindful, fluid sequencing with clear instructions of alignment, breath awareness and core stabilization throughout each practice. You, as the participant, will have space to self-explore your body and your mind. As Angela and Yuval are both reiki masters, healing work is an integrated part of most sessions.
Angela Botta is a native new yorker, and feels she is the most honest and true version of herself on her mat! Teaching is an extensive part of her own spiritual journey, and she encourages students to continually seek, question, and explore; unfolding through each practice and trusting our inner teacher in every moment. angelabotta.com
With experience in performance and art, Yuval Samburski is inspired by all creation and the undeniable power of breath and meditation. His teaching is personal, nurturing and humorous, allowing for self-observation and a true teaching and learning experience between him and his students. YBoogie.com
Rates are as follows:
$2400 single occupancy
$2100 double occupancy
Retreat dates are Saturday 2/16 – Saturday 2/23
$650 non-refundable deposit secures your spot. All payments are non-refundable. Please email us with any questions or for more information at:
Angela ~ email@example.com
Yuval ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you’ll join us!
Angela and Yuval
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)
email@example.com or 952 261-5178.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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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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