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.
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:
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.
$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
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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.
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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.
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
*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-
* $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.
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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