Upcoming Group Retreats

Jul
1
Sun
Reclaiming your Sacred Center through Ritual, Yoga & Healing Touch with Paola
Jul 1 2018 – Dec 31 2019 all-day

Reclaiming your Sacred Center through Ritual, Yoga & Healing Touch with Paola

Available year-round; inquire for dates!

Learn to bring natural balance into your life through yogic principles, movement, ceremony, and vibrational healing with crystals.

During this week-long workshop, you are invited to:

  • Five two-hour yoga classes infused with healing touch
  • One 1.5-hour massage
  • Heart-opening cacao ceremony
  • Guided ceremonial sweat with essential oils and sound healing

What’s Included

  • 7 nights of deluxe, single accommodation
  • daily vegetarian meals and beverage service
  • all taxes

Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, optional tours & activities

Timing, Pricing & Registration

Available weekly through April 2019! Please send us your date request.

Pricing: $1,850 single in deluxe accommodation

To learn more or sign up, please contact reservations@villasumaya.com.

About the Instructor

paola2016Paola is trained as a nutritionist and has also studied Ayurvedic nutrition extensively in India. She takes the best of both complementary traditions. For the past 13 years, she has been living at Lake Atitlan, where she practices and teaches hatha yoga and offers Ayurvedic massage, Shiatsu and Thai massage.

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.”

Jun
15
Sat
Karlie Lemos & Dana Makover ~ ​A pilgrimage to Lake Atitlan
Jun 15 – Jun 22 all-day

Join Karlie Lemos and Dana Makover on a ​sacred pilgrimage to the distant Mayan stronghold of Lake Atitlan​, Guatemala. Nestled in a landlocked bay on the north shore of beautiful of the lake, our retreat center is located on 18 acres in the traditional homeland of the indigenous Maya. In this private setting, you will discover a deeply healing environment, an open-air yoga studio, and pristine waters surrounded by majestic landscapes including three spectacular volcanoes. This area is known to locals as “the belly button of the Earth,” and it is in this serene natural setting where yoga can do its best work, grounding your body and uplifting your spirits.​

About the leaders.

Karlie Lemos, E-RYT-500, discovered her yoga practice in 1998. In 2005 she completed her 200 hour Hatha teacher training through the lens of Iyengar Yoga. Karlie went on to complete her 500 hour certification under the guidance of Christina Sell, after years spent immersed in Anusara Yoga. Karlie also draws from her background in Ashtanga Vinysasa, Yin and Restorative yoga.

She is known for her skill in sequencing asana and offering safe, well-rounded and grounded practices; as well as being able to meet all students from yoga beginners to seasoned practitioners where they’re at.

She is inspired by the deep well of yoga philosophy and threads these perspectives into her asana classes from a light-hearted and playful perspective. She offers a space for students to use their body as a vehicle for growth, healing, discovery and empowerment.

 

 

 

Dana Makover discovered yoga through a voice teacher who incorporated yoga asana into the art of singing when she was only fifteen years old. Having already suffered from a number of eating disorders and severe anxiety and depression, yoga and singing together created a safe space where being in her body didn’t seem so bad. Having spent her childhood travelling between Israel and Texas, “home” was a loosely defined word. Yoga became a major building block in the long process of making her body into her home.

Dana considers travel a necessary tool for opening her mind and heart. The process of purposely placing oneself in a strange environment surrounded by different sounds, cultures, languages and foods creates more flexibility in the mind than any yoga asana ever could. Through experiencing others in their environments, we learn to better understand ourselves. Travel can truly be a journey to the self through others, a beautifully human way to connect.

For More info HERE

Jun
28
Fri
Aimee Hansen ~ Journey Into Sacred Expression Women’s Writing & Yoga Retreat
Jun 28 – Jul 6 all-day

Join this summer retreat event in a luxury location on Lake Atitlan. Breathe and relax into lakeside luxury as we gather for an inspiring and beautiful week beneath the watch of volcanoes. Join a sacred circle of women in the spirit of reclamation for a creative inner adventure through meditation, yoga, and self-exploratory writing at Villa Sumaya in Santa Cruz, Guatemala. You are invited to take a brave and honest journey into your center to connect with your intuition and express from your core. Within each of us is the call to open our hearts, step into our courage, and animate our own sacred expression.

A stunning location
Cradled by rural highlands and lush forests, Lake Atitlan is a breathtaking beauty framed by three majestic volcanoes. The lake is known to attract travelers in search of soulful reconnection.

Resting in a secluded lakeside cove, Villa Sumaya is an eco-chic sanctuary dedicated to rejuvenation, holistic practices, and preserving Mayan tradition.

This gorgeous location offers expansive views, inviting and comfortable accommodation, delicious and nurturing slow-food meals, juice bar cafe, on-site spa, solar hot tub, fair-trade boutique and wood-burning sauna in unparalleled natural surroundings.

Villa Sumaya is an eco-friendly wellness center perfect for self-care, refreshing perspectives and renewing energies.

 

Women's Retreat, Lake Atitlan

Retreat highlights
Inspiring lakefront location with expansive volcano views

Daily morning guided meditation & yoga practice

Two self-exploratory writing circles on most days

Scenic lake-side thatch-roofed yoga temple & writing space

8 nights stay in shared or private accommodation

3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day and juice bar

3+ sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan Fire Ceremony, Sound Healing, Cacao, Dance & Movement)

Solar hot tub and on-site spa services

Breaks for swimming, hiking, kayaking, therapies, sauna, relaxing

Optional excursions (village tour, adventure)

Intimate Women’s Gathering: Maximum of 12 participants

Women’s sacred journey
Set out on a transformative creative and spiritual journey through daily meditation, yoga and self-exploratory writing as a channel to reveal insight from within. Participate in healing ceremonies that help to call your spirit and stoke your soul voice.

Breathe, stretch, relax, and connect with your center while sharing in the experience with other women. This retreat is not about ‘writing’ as a subject or art form. In this retreat, we ourselves are the art form. Every woman has a voice in her own life – we are gathering together to rise it up and own our self-expression.

Inspired by the four shamanic directions and rising the feminine, we embark on a revealing week of re-igniting the voices of our hearts and empowering ourselves as the storytellers of our lives.

 

Sample daily flow
Guests arrive on Friday, June 28th afternoon to relax and settle in. We’ll open our circle in the evening after dinner. Our daily flow will begin on Saturday, June 29th.

Here’s a sample schedule. Please note on two days, we will have only one writing circle to allow some space for excursions.

7:15-9:00 Meditation & Holistic Hatha Flow/Vinyasa Flow

9:00 Delicious Breakfast

10.00-1.00 Sacred Expression Writing Circle/Discussion

1:00-4.00 Delicious Lunch & Free Time

4:00-6.30 Sacred Expression Writing Circle/Discussion

6.30 – 7.30 Delicious Dinner

7.45 Sauna, Circle, Healing Ceremonies (some evenings)

Delicious meals are vegetarian. Chicken/fish ($7 extra per meal) and alcohol can be added to meals at your discretion.

Relax in a hammock and enjoy the views, swim in the lake, do a meditative walk on nature trails, receive a spa treatment, dip in the solar hot tub & pools, or detox in the sauna in daily breaks.

On two days, we’ll hold longer breaks and offer optional group excursions – visits to villages or hiking/kayaking adventure options.

You will also participate in afternoon/evening ceremonies with guest facilitators as we stoke our soul voices and connect with our energies – such as Sound Healing, Traditional Mayan Fire, Cacao Ceremony, and Movement or Dance.

Guests are advised to fly into Guatemala City by 1pm on June 28th and book return flights for mid afternoon on July 6th or following day. We can provide hotel recommendations for stays in Antigua or near the airport before or after the retreat.

 

travel tip & green season
Lake Atitlan has beautiful villages to explore (weaving, artisan) and cultural and wildlife tourist activities. It’s also a gorgeous place to simply soak up the volcano views and nature. On your way from the airport, the UNESCO World Heritage charming streets of Antigua offer many colorful, cultural treasures.

It’s always recommended to stay at the lake and in Guatemala for some extra time and enjoy the beauty, if your schedule allows.

Please note we may be visited by late afternoon or evening atmospheric seasonal rains after warm and sunny days. Though during July and August, the “canicula” usually arrives and the rains disappear completely and we’re left with all the green lush views.

 

“What Women Have Said”

“The power of this circle still gives me tingles. It is the power of togetherness, of shared adversity & joy. Of shared accomplishments and trials. Of reaching deep and sharing our own heart song. Of looking in each women’s face and knowing we belong.” (Maggie, January 2018)

“Our Storyteller Within retreat on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala felt like a week in paradise. During writing circles we explored our inner most desires, re-wrote personal stories that didn’t serve us, and let ourselves be truly honest. Aimee is an amazing facilitator with a stunning ability to inspire and affirm. This retreat has undoubtedly changed the trajectory of my life–I could not recommend it any more highly.” (Mary, August 2018)

“My experience of this retreat was nothing short of magical. I shed toxic stories that held me captive for far too long. I rediscovered parts of myself that were buried somewhere within for indeterminate amounts of time, and even discovered aspects of myself that I never knew existed. I spoke truths that I previously never dared. I danced, stomped, howled at the moon, cried, felt alive in ways I didn’t know were possible, profoundly connected to myself and other beautiful women, and emerged with a light inside of myself that continues to shine brightly even a month after returning to “real” life.” (Ellen, August 2017)

Retreat package includes:

– Daily morning guided meditation & yoga

– Two self-exploratory writing circles on most days

– 8 nights accommodation at Villa Sumaya (double or private)

– Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch & dinner

– Unlimited tea/coffee service

– 3+ sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan Fire Ceremony, Sound Healing, Cacao, Dance & Movement)

– Sauna & night jacuzzi

– Use of swimming pool & solar hot tub

– Base gratuities for the local indigenous staff

– All Taxes

excludes

– Additional options:

Optional excursions (approx $30-60 each)

Spa treatments, massages,($75/hour or $100/1.5 hours) or private saunas ($30)

Meal supplements (fish, chicken $7), alcohol

WIFI ($20 week)

– Flights & transport to the retreat

– Travel insurance (strongly recommended)

More info HERE

Jul
6
Sat
Amberly Fox & Nerissa Sparkman ~ WHEN SUN MEETS MOON: GUATEMALAN YOGA RETREAT TO BALANCE BODY AND SPIRIT
Jul 6 – Jul 13 all-day

WHEN SUN MEETS MOON: GUATEMALAN YOGA RETREAT TO BALANCE BODY AND SPIRIT

Relish seven days and nights along the tranquil shores of Lake Atitlan, “the place where the rainbow gets its colors,” in the highlands of Guatemala. Join Amberly and Nerissa on this physical and spiritual yoga retreat for a week of asana practice, introspection, and relaxation.

Energize your body with the opportunity to take part in multiple daily yoga classes of different styles. We will be offering daily Vinyasa classes as well as the chance to practice more relaxing styles such as Yin and Restorative Yoga. You’ll even have the chance to practice Kundalini to energize not only your body but also to help you align and awaken your chakras. With opportunities throughout the week to strengthen and awaken your vitality in the mornings, there will be time to relax and recharge in the evenings. We’ll spend the week balancing the body’s Sun and Moon energies through yoga, meditation, and adventure to leave you in harmony with nature and in tune with the frequencies of your heart.

Spend your days doing as much or as little as you like, all while enjoying homemade vegetarian meals and immersing yourself in the culture of the Maya in “the land of eternal spring.” Included in your tuition are an authentic Maya Shaman ceremony and a volunteer opportunity to give back to the local community with a Karma yoga service project. Reconnect with Mother Nature with opportunities for kayaking, hiking, visiting local villages, or a simple morning walk. Want to take it a bit easier? Spend the day relaxing by the pool. Feel the need to be pampered? A full-service spa and sauna are available to nourish tired muscles after long adventurous days.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
7 Nights Accommodations
3 Delicious Vegetarian Meals Each Day
Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
Daily Yoga Practices
Karma Yoga Service Project
Shaman Ceremony
Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)

About the leaders

AMBERLY FOX

Nerissa and Amberly are friends and yoga studio partners, who want to offer students a comprehensive yoga practice and retreat. They are two sides of a coin, one yin and the other yang, so they can provide an individualized practice based on each student’s needs. Nerissa offers a more challenging, strenuous practice to get you out of your comfort zone. Transformation and growth are never comfortable. Amberly offers a more relaxed and nurturing practice to help you reset. Together, they are bound together like the sun and moon, and their aim is to help you find more balance and harmony in your life.

 

NERISSA SPARKMAN

 

LINK FOR SIGN UP:

https://truenaturetravels.com/retreats/yoga-guatemala-amberly-nerissa/

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

flowyogastudioarvada@gmail.com

Jan
4
Sat
Elizabeth Brumfield ~ SACRED SOUND HEALING & YIN YOGA RETREAT
Jan 4 – Jan 11 all-day

Reconnect with your natural self and heal in a magical way amidst the Sacred Mayan Energy of Lake Atitlan.

Heal and restore your body with daily Yin Yoga classes gazing out at Lake Atitlan and its two majestic volcanos. Yin Yoga is essential to our Yang active lifestyle. This slower-paced yet challenging class will improve circulation, improve flexibility, release fascia and improve joint mobility. It also brings a balance to internal organs and heightens our flow of chi (or prana).

In addition to our daily Yin Yoga classes, enjoy rejuvenating, nightly 432hz Crystal Bowls, Tibetan Bowls and Planetary Gong Sound Healing sessions in our gentle wooden shala. Sound Healing is an effective tool for influencing our emotional and physical bodies. Each unique sound vibration resonates with our energetic and physical planes to offer the following benefits:

Guatemala Yoga Retreats Releases Emotional Trauma
Induces Complete Relaxation
Unlocks blocked emotions
Relieves anxiety and stress
Decreases depression
Normalizes Blood Pressure
Relieves Physical Pain
Experience two Shamanic Breathwork workshops, optional hikes and explorations, delicious cultural vegetarian food, and more!

Join our tribe of positive, spiritual yogis looking for magic among the ancient energies of Lake Atitlan. It will be an adventure you won’t soon forget.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
7 Nights Accommodations Guatemala Lake Atitlan Villa Sumaya
3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
Daily Yoga Practices
Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)

About the Leader

Elizabeth Jane “EJ” Brumfield has been teaching yoga around the world for more than 6 years; from Colorado to India, Malta to New Zealand, The Maldives to Indonesia.
She is an E-RYT 500 Yoga Instructor, certified SUP Yoga Instructor, certified Yin Instructor, certified Reiki Practitioner, Sound Healing Practitioner, and Breathwork Facilitator.
She has been a lead teacher for multiple 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings in Malta and India. Elizabeth has lead Yin Yoga Teacher Workshops, 4 weeks Beginner Series, has assisted and hosted retreats, and worked at numerous Yoga Festivals around the world.
Her classes—described as “poetry in motion”—offer heartfelt instruction, challenging sequences, intelligent alignment, empowering philosophy, and a playful open atmosphere.
When she isn’t healing, Elizabeth is a novice herbalist, loves to hike mountains, write poetry, paddle-board, get lost in a book, drink tea, travel, and live simply.

Link to sign up:

https://truenaturetravels.com/retreats/yoga-guatemala-elizabeth/

 

Apr
25
Sat
Chelsea Winters ~ Sumaya Radiance Retreat
Apr 25 – May 2 all-day

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.

RETREAT INCLUDES:

  • 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!

For inquires and details:

www.ChelseaWintersYoga.com