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8 Day Adventure and Flow Yoga Retreat in Santa Cruz La Laguna, Lake Atitlan

Villa Sumaya, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala

Guatemala Yoga Retreat

Ready to unwind and explore Guatemala? Join Suzanne of Flow Yoga Adventures for a yoga and 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, 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.

Meet the instructors

Suzanne
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Highlights

  • Daily Vinyasa yoga classes
  • 2 evening meditation or yoga Nidra
  • Mayan fire ritual and cacao experience
  • Private water taxi to Villa Sumaya
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Yoga studio

Villa Sumaya’s exotic, thatch-roofed complexes feature 20 comfortable, elegantly-decorated rooms with patios, as well as two stunning studios. Sumaya’s lush grounds contain hammocks, tropical flora, medicinal herbs, and organic vegetable gardens. The facility also is home to a cafe, juice bar, healing spa, hot tub, sauna, boutique, and plenty of cozy common areas.

Villa Sumaya offers several different types of accommodations, including single or double occupancy rooms. Roommate requests are honored.

Ginger: Triple occupancy

Three twin beds. Located on the second floor of the four-story complex. This room makes an excellent double or triple accommodation. Features:

  • 3 twin beds
  • private bath with a handcrafted stone shower
  • elegant balcony with amazing panoramic lake views
  • room dimensions (in square feet) bedroom: 230, bathroom: 60, patio: 450

Ginger: Double occupancy

Features:

  • queen bed
  • private bathroom
  • large outdoor space
  • handcrafted hammock
  • exceptional views from room and patio
  • must have a roommate book with you or separately - none will be assigned

This room requires a small hike up a stairway away from the center of the hotel and would not be a good choice if you have mobility issues.

Ginger: Single occupancy

Ginger suites are the most luxurious accommodations. This gorgeous junior suite 18 was completed in late 2014 to meet the growing demand for high-end rooms. Featuring:

  • queen bed
  • antique woodwork
  • modern stylized marble bathroom
  • candlelit patio with panoramic views
  • charming window seat and take in the beauty of Lake Atitlan

Please note: Junior Suite 18 is located on the hillside and requires a climb of 50 stair steps. Room dimensions (in square feet) bedroom / studio: 185, bathroom: 64, patio: 58.

Maya Rose: Single occupancy queen

  • private bath
  • large outdoor patio with handmade hammock
  • charming decor and gorgeous views from both the room and patio

Maya Rose: Double occupancy

  • private bath
  • large outdoor patio with handmade hammock
  • charming decor and gorgeous views from both the room and patio
  • close to the main building, less steps
  • must have a roommate - non assigned. Can sign up together or separately.

Skyline Bungalow: Single occupancy Q

The 'Writers’ Roost' is located a 5-10 minute hike (up 112 stairs) above the courtyard; perched on the top corner of the Villa Sumaya property. This private room can accommodate 1-2 people. Features:

  • queen bed with an antique carved headboard
  • outstanding view of the lake
  • large wicker writing desk that calls you to the task at hand
  • enchanting artwork and a beautiful Turkish hanging
  • cozy patio with a loveseat perfect for two
  • private bathroom with electric hot running water in the sink and shower
  • private hammock in the gorgeous tropical garden
  • this would not be a good choice if you have mobility issues
  • room dimensions (in square feet) bedroom / studio: 194, bathroom: 45, patio: 117

Program

Mayan fire ceremony - Gratitude

In traditional Mayan day-count fire ceremonies, beautiful offerings are created and consumed, invoking awareness and interconnectivity with source consciousness. Resting in the stillness of the fire’s light invites you to journey into the depth of your hearts. Gathering together in appreciation, you honor all living things. The crackling radiance of the ceremonial fire brings you face-to-face with the wisdom of the ancient instincts to gather in ritual celebration. Within the silent surrender to the blazing glow, you drop into the depth of your spirit’s own true nature.

The Maya remind us to dwell in the innocent heart of the child, prompting us to leave behind our busy minds and conditioned concept of self. Attentively energizing sacred practice, you unplug from the daily grind, lightening your load of heavy stories, and soothing the scars of life’s simple twists of fate. Honoring your beings as one with all, you align with the cycles and flow of nature, cultivating compassion and awareness for your part in the grand play. Intentionally pulsing the inner exploration of your own evolutionary consciousness, you fuel the light of your sacred purpose.

You will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the shaman after for personalized reading based on your birth date.

Cacao ceremony

In the spirit of the ancient traditions, join Flow Yoga Adventures 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 us gently shift blockages while re-aligning us with the path of the heart.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Enjoy the villa

Your first day is about settling into your home for the week. You begin with yoga in the morning, a lovely breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will also set up healing treatments for the week and discuss your week ahead.

Day 3: Hike and evening yoga

You start your day with an optional local hike. You'll take a water taxi to a neighboring town to begin, and catch a cup of the best Guatemalan coffee after. Evening yoga will be Restorative with meditation.

Day 4: Fire ceremony

You begin your day with the local shaman walking you through a fire ceremony. You'll meet up for sunset yoga.

Day 5: Yoga yoga yoga

Morning yoga and evening Restorative yoga are your bookends of the day. Fill the rest up with massages, exploring the lake, or just relaxing.

Day 6: Yoga, kayaking, and hiking

Morning yoga followed up by kayaking and optional hiking. Opportunity to try some cliff jumping for the adventurous!

Day 7: Yoga and cacao

You begin your day with yoga in the shala and meet up later for a cacao ceremony, where you sip on cacao and experience the warming quality of this local drink as you share and look back on your week together.

Departure day 8: Head back to Guatemala City Airport

You leave your beautiful home today. Shuttles can be arranged for the three-hour drive back to Antigua or the airport in Guatemala City.

Included excursions

  • Mayan fire ceremony
  • Cacao closing ceremony

Instructors

Suzanne Hauserman

Retreat location

This beautiful retreat center is located right on the lake, a quick water taxi from Panajachel. It is located on a hill so stairs are inevitable. Every room has a lake and volcano view for you to see every morning! The yoga shala as well sits up above for you to see the views during your yoga practice.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Spa

General

  • Balcony
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Yoga studio
  • Patio

Services

  • Tour assistance

Food

Every day, you will be provided with fresh, locally grown vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One dinner will be excluded. Chicken or fish can be added to lunch and dinner for 7 USD per meal. There are unlimited drinking water, juice, and specialty retreat teas. A juice bar is available to you during the day if you'd like to purchase a smoothie, juice, or cocktail.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Exploring nearby villages and markets
  • Hike at a neighboring town (2-4 hours)
  • Kayaking tour
  • Healing treatments range from massages to Chinese acupressure and medicine
  • Sweat ceremony

Harmony Spa

The onsite spa offers an array of holistic services and a staff of dedicated and experienced professionals. Treatments encompass a wide range of healing modalities, including Swedish massage, energy work, acupressure, wellness counseling, Ayurvedic massage and consultation, deep tissue massage, and Tao belly massage. Treatments vary by season; please inquire about services available during your stay.

Spa treatments

  • Swedish neuro-lumbar massage
  • Thai massage
  • Reiki
  • Reflexology
  • Energy therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Ayurveda consultations
  • Ayurvedic massage
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Facial treatments
  • Body and energy sessions

Prices

  • 1 hour – 75 USD
  • 1 hour and a half – 100 USD
  • 2 hour – 130 USD

What's included

  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, dinner (one dinner excluded)
  • Unlimited drinking water / juice / specialty retreat teas
  • Daily yoga
  • 2 evening meditation or yoga Nidra classes
  • Mayan fire ritual
  • Cacao experience
  • Private water taxi to Villa Sumaya
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Exploring nearby villages and markets
  • Healing treatments
  • Chicken or fish for lunch or dinner (7 USD per meal)
  • Sweat ceremony
  • Kayaking or hiking excursion
  • Alcohol- can be purchased at the dining room

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). From there, you’ll take a three-hour drive to Panajachel and a 15-minute boat ride to the retreat dock. Flow Yoga Adventures can connect you with a transport from either Antigua or Guatemala City, or you can arrange on your own. From Panajachel, you will be picked up by a private water taxi to Villa Sumaya.

Arrival by shuttle

Shuttle to Lake Atitlan cost:

1) Guatemala City to Panajachel

  • 1-2 people 120 USD
  • 3 people 45 USD each
  • 4 people 35 USD each
  • 5 or more people 30 USD each

2) Antigua to Panajachel

  • 1-2 people 100 USD
  • 3 people 35 USD each
  • 4 people 30 USD each
  • 5 or more people 20 USD each

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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 April 24, 2021
Departure: Saturday May 1, 2021

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