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Dee is a certified massage therapist and lifestyle consultant in Ayurveda, helping people balance their body, mind and spirit. Dee hails from Paris, France and is fluent in spoken English. Also a qualified yoga teacher, Dee uses these ancient sciences and her intuitive gift for healing to empower her clients to experience self-healing. All her treatments are infused with a touch of energy healing. Testimonials: I just want to say my girlfriend and I had an amazing time at Villa Sumaya. From the food, to the staff, the beautiful property with amazing lake views and beautiful sunsets. We did an…

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Marcelo has ventured into the universe of channeling universal vital energy through Reiki. His unique therapy incorporates acupressure techniques from Shiatsu, as well as Thai massage, Reflexology and Reiki. Marcelo has merged these techniques into a perfect combination to facilitate interaction between the physical body (the densest one) to the subtle body (which is closer to the Soul). He understands that with the help of universal vital energy, we can discover greater harmony on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Our being is composed of four bodies: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. When we have imbalances in any of them, the other bodies…

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Mark Elmy

Hailing from the east coast of England, Mark Elmy started studying the Mayan Calendar in 1998. His first unofficial fire ceremony was held in Merlin’s Cave, beneath Tintagel Castle in Cornwall UK, in August, 2000. In a tidal cave, surrounded by earth and water, Mark lit the fire and the wind arrived, making the fire burn like a blowtorch. He had found his path. Mark continued to perform impromptu ceremonies on occasion. In February, 2010, Mark met his teacher, Don Rigoberto Itzep. After several years of working with him, Mark began his official training and initiation as Aj Q’ij. Mark…


Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a heart-centered teacher, writer and creator of YOGA FREEDOM. She has been joyfully teaching since 2002 and has led yoga and mindfulness retreats in Guatemala since 2010. Michelle offers modifications for all levels, from beginner to advanced, all ages and body types. Her teachings incorporate centering, intention-setting, hatha poses, vinyasa flow, dharma/Buddhist teachings, yin yoga, conscious breathing, chakra chanting, mindfulness, writing and relaxation. Michelle has been an integral part of the Villa Sumaya reservations team for the past 4 years and has lived on Lake Atitlan since 2012.

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Nicole / Nicolasa

Nicole is a linguist, teacher and cultural anthropologist with over 20 years experience instructing both children and adults. Nichole’s teaching style is interactive and engaging, employing a sense of humor and delight for the process while embracing real-life conversational vocabulary.  As a cultural anthropologist, she’s able to share stories and observations about cultural mores, values, dress and history, as well as local traditions that add an extra richness and authenticity to this retreat.  While she is a native English speaker from Texas, Nicole has called Guatemala her home since 2013, living in several indigenous communities while immersing herself in Guatemalan…

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  Paola 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               Her bodywork offering is a fusion of Ayurvedic, Shiatsu and Thai massage. This is an invigorating massage that stimulates vital energy channels and points, infusing more energy into your system, helping you detox and restore your body, soothing your emotions and relaxing your…