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8 Day Sumaya Radiance Yoga Retreat in Santa Cruz la Laguna, Sololá

Villa Sumaya, Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala

Guatemala Yoga Retreat

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.

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  • 2 daily yoga asana classes
  • Pranayama and meditation classes
  • Sacred cacao ceremony and sound healing ceremony
  • Cultural day trip to a local village with a component of Bhakti yoga
  • Unlimited use of the private pool and swimming in the lake
  • 3 healthy, locally sourced meals daily
  • 7 nights accommodations

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

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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:

Maya Rose rooms

  • Sensational lakefront patios
  • Convenient location
  • Easy accessibility (queen in single or double for a couple; two twin beds in a double room)


Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit
  • 06:15 Optional sunrise and inquiry
  • 08:00 Solar practice
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 16:30 Lunar practice or special ceremony
  • 18:30 Dinner

The retreat includes:

Sacred cacao ceremony

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.

Sound healing ceremony

Cultural day trip to a 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 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 Winters

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This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Yogic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights in lakefront 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
  • Sound healing ceremony
  • Cultural day trip to a local village with a component of Bhakti yoga
  • Evening of kirtan
  • 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 USD / 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 the private pool and swimming in the lake
  • Local state and hotel tax
  • Unlimited potential for adventure, soul-searching, and fun!

What's not included

  • Flight to and from La Aurora Airport (GUA)
  • Cost of transportation to and from Villa Sumaya (Villa Sumaya can assist in the booking of an airport shuttle from Guatemala City to Lake Atitlan, about a 3.5-hour drive. A swift boat ride from the Lake Atitlan ferry dock will bring you from Panajachel to the Villa Sumaya dock. Shuttle and ferry prices vary based on the amount of people traveling together, roughly 40 USD per person one way for a full shuttle and boat)
  • Additional excursions and activities (Villa Sumaya can assist in booking a variety of well-priced excursions including kayak tours, hiking to the local volcanoes, local cuisine cooking classes, village tours)
  • Massage and healing at Villa Sumaya
  • Private hot tub or sauna
  • Sweat lodge or other additional ceremonies
  • Alcohol from Villa Sumaya's bar or additional food at Villa Sumaya, such as chicken or seafood portions, kombucha, smoothies or food in town
  • Wi-Fi is available, but not included (3 USD / day or 20 USD for the week)
  • Travel insurance (as times become more turbulent, travel insurance that would cover the costs of a canceled trip is recommended. While this has never happened this far, it is best to be prepared for an act of man or mother nature that might prevent this trip from occurring)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday November 21, 2020
Departure: Saturday November 28, 2020

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