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Lake Atitlán is believed by the Maya to be the center of the universe, where God’s seeds of mankind evolved from. Villa Sumaya is nestled in a landlocked bay on the north shore of beautiful Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. It is located on 18 acres in the traditional homeland of the indigenous Maya. This area is known to the Maya as the belly button of the earth. Villa Sumaya looks directly across the lake at three spectacular volcanoes.
In Sanskrit, Sumaya means a long-awaited dream come true, while in Arabic it translates as a little piece of paradise. Both of these definitions mirror Villa Sumaya's heart’s intentions and inspire service. The logo is a Mayan glyph found in Chiapas, Mexico representing the fountain of life or the budding growth of a flower, and this too moves ever forward.
Join Chelsea Winters for seven nights of heart opening exploration of this little piece of paradise. You will breathe, move, feel, and delve deeper into the nature of the surroundings steeped in the Mayan culture and explore nature by yourselves. All yoga levels are welcome.
Villa Sumaya is located at an altitude of 5,000 feet. Its proximity to the equator offers a high plane semi-tropical paradise often referred to as “the land of eternal spring.” The deep caldera walls of the lake create a powerful inverse vortex to the volcanic mountains and ridges above, creating tremendous beauty and distinct natural challenges to work with. Single and double occupancy accommodations are available:
In the spirit of ancient traditions, join 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 your reconnection with heart-centered awareness. Known as the “food of the gods,” cacao has an expansive, mood-enhancing quality that helps you gently shift blockages while realigning you with the path of the heart.
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 your mind, heart, and body together in a hypnotic and harmonious flow of love. Joining your voice as one, you open the door to experience the goal of all yoga - merger with the divine.
Chelsea received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at Yandara Yoga Institute in December 2012. In April 2015, she received her 400-hour yoga teacher certification also at Yandara Yoga Institute and now looks forward to completing her 500-hour training. While at Yandara, Chelsea also studied Reiki and completed her Reiki certification. Chelsea has been a registered member of Yoga Alliance since November 2012.
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