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Dive into inner and outer mindfulness exploration in breathtaking Guatemala, with Neurosculpting Institute founder, Lisa Wimberger. Activate your spirit on the picturesque shores of Lake Atitlan, situated in the heart of the Mayan Highlands. Relax into the refreshing natural beauty of this stunning landscape during your stay at Villa Sumaya, and enjoy an uninterrupted vista punctuated only by a skyline of three perfect volcanoes, while Una leads you in a deep and gentle yoga practice.
On your arrival and departure day, you will be accommodated in Guatemala city at Hotel Tikal Futura for the two night's stay in Guatemala city, because of its complimentary shuttle from the airport, luxury rooms, and great buffet breakfast. Rooms are either two queens (double), or one king (single or couple).
During the retreat, you will be accommodated in private, shared or double rooms at Villa Sumaya. Villa Sumaya retreat center and guesthouse is serendipitously situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Atitlan in the heart of Guatemala’s highlands. With an uninterrupted vista punctuated only by a skyline of three perfect volcanoes, Villa Sumaya is the ultimate high for romantics and adventurers in search of rest, reflection, and ageless natural beauty.
The exotic thatch roofed complexes have twenty comfortable and elegantly decorated rooms, with patios, and modern accommodations. They have two stunning studios with wood floors, magnificent lake views, altars, props, and sound systems. Sumaya’s lush grounds include hammocks, tropical flora, medicinal herbs, and organic vegetable gardens. Additionally, the facilities include a café, juice bar, a healing spa, hot tub, sauna, and plenty of cozy common areas.
The bamboo and lotus house is the newest complex (completed in 2014), and it offers luxury accommodations varying in size. All the rooms have majestic lake-view balconies, posh modern stylized bathrooms, and elegant antique furnishings. Just a small climb from the courtyard, both 17 and 19 are suites with appointed seating areas. Room 17 has a fireplace for chilly nights, as well as a handmade hammock on the patio. Room 18 features a built-in window seat and a lake view desk to inspire your creative sensibilities. If you are ready for a romantic getaway, book a room in the bamboo house.
There are three cozy, handcrafted bungalows with unique charm and gorgeous views. All have queen beds, are spacious, and perfect for singles or couples.
The charming Maya Rose complex has seven rooms varying in size and décor. Room one is first on the veranda while room seven is the farthest from the courtyard. All rooms include sensational lake view patios. Conveniently located near the courtyard, dining room, gardens, and boutique, these are the best rooms for anyone with mobility issues.
Explore your inner landscape with life-long healing brain-based meditation techniques. Adventure outward to experience the colorful Mayan culture and local traditions. This retreat will allow you to dive deep with the next generation of meditation technology. You'll learn how to merge ancient wisdom with the most powerful mind training to calm your spirit and heal you deepest wounds. You'll enjoy plenty of time for relaxation and exploration of the rich and ancient Mayan culture. Within the vast majestic horizons of Atilan, you’ll find a deeper connection with your heart’s song and a rejuvenated sense of well-being.
You will go on a full day excursion for exploration of other lake towns.
Una Viggiani is an artist, yogini, world traveler, and inspired instigator. She earned a degree in fine art from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her master's degree in education at the University of Denver, but ultimately learned the most by traveling the world on a solo journey that lasted two years and took her to 22 countries. While in Costa Rica, she discovered the Nosara Yoga Institute, which allowed her to become certified with Yoga Alliance, as well as find her new calling as a yoga teacher.
Lisa Wimberger is the founder of the Neurosculpting Institute. She holds a Masters degree in education from the University of Stonybrook, NY and a Foundations certification in NeuroLeadership.
Lake Atitlan is a beautiful volcanic lake in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The region encompasses the lake and the towns around them. Panajachel is best known, and a good entry point, but more off the beaten track are San Pedro La Laguna or the village of San Marcos. Due to the region's popularity, other towns along the lake, such as Santa Cruz la Laguna and San Juan, are now starting to see growing tourism.
The lake is a magical place where the energy is apparent, bringing each person back to themselves. The location of Santa Cruz offers some of the best most dramatic vistas on the lake. Each village has its own character. Villa Sumaya is tucked away in the bay of Paxanax on a large lake front property surrounding by lush vegetation. Everywhere you look there is beauty.
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The homemade buffets are abundant and freshly prepared in the kitchen daily. Each meal is balanced to meet the nutritional needs of the retreatants.
Breakfast buffets includes a main dish, granola, yoghurt, fruit, and daily specials.
Luncheon buffets comprise a hearty vegetarian main course, organic greens, homemade bread, and a colorful fruit platter.
Dinner buffets contain soup, vegetarian entrée, seasonal side dishes, organic greens, and a scrumptious dessert.
The extensive self-service hot beverage bar offers over 30 alluring teas, while the coffee bar features organic artisan coffee from a local co-operative. Tea and coffee service is available 24/7 with no extra cost to those with retreat packages.
Additionally, Villa Sumaya sells local beers, wine, home made margaritas, and cuba-libres, for those looking to relax with a cocktail.
The experienced and dedicated practitioners of harmony spa service from Villa Sumaya will provide you with a session that is customized especially to your needs. Harmony spa service has developed an extensive menu of services that offers a holistic approach to healing.
The price of the spa services is 60 USD for a 60-minute session, 90 USD for a 90-minute session, and 120 USD for a 120-minute session.
The spa offers the following treatments and therapies: acupuncture, energy healing, facial, ionic foot baths, manicures and pedicures, meditation instruction, private yoga sessions, reflexology, Reiki, sports, Swedish, and Esalen massages, Thai massage, women's health and wellness.
Note that some treatments have different pricing that you can check at reception when you arrive.
You have to book your flights to La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala city.
Bella Retreats recommends you arrive on January 20 and departure on January 29.
Bella Retreats will meet you at 9 a.m, on Saturday, January 21, 2017 for a group shuttle departure to the lake. The drive to Panajachel is about three hours (about one hour into the ride the roads get curvy and mountainous). If you have issues with car sickness, be sure to bring a remedy that will help you.
Once in Panajachel, you will take a 15 minute boat ride to Santa Cruz.