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8 Day Yoga and Mayan Culture Retreat in Lake Atitlan

Villa Sumaya, Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala

Guatemala Yoga and Cultural Retreat

Join Lotus Retreats for a week-long yoga retreat in the magical land of Lake Atitlan. Surrounded by a vortex of volcanoes and energy, Guatemala provides a true sense of connection to Mayan culture and nature. You will practice yoga daily with workshops and ceremonies in this mountain range overlooking the peaceful Lake Atitlan.

Meet the instructors

Loren & Ryann
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  • 2 yoga classes daily
  • 3 vegetarian meals daily
  • 3 themed workshops and ceremonies
  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Airport transfers
  • Spanish lesson

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction
Group size: 8-16 participants
Airport transfer included: La Aurora International Airport
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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi

Your retreat will be hosted at Villa Sumaya, a retreat and wellness center located in Santa Cruz la Laguna, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Villa Sumaya is dedicated to rejuvenating holistic practices and healing modalities as well as preserving Mayan traditions and facilitating outdoor adventure in the heart of the Altiplano. Majestically located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, this retreat oasis has a dock for sitting along the shore as well as a pool overlooking the waters.

Retreat into each of the elements; along with the lake and pool, there is a hot tub, sauna, and massage therapies upon request. The solar-heated, stone hot tub oasis is tucked above a garden lounge. For a detoxifying sweat, indulge in the electric sauna or request a Chichimeca Sweat Ceremony in the custom-designed lakefront sauna.

Each of the rooms at Villa Sumaya provides a lake view and breeze of the area. The rooms are spread throughout the property in cabins and houses with private rooms. Each room also has a private bathroom.

If you are traveling solo, Lotus Retreats are happy to pair you up with others in double or triple occupancy. If no pairing is available, single occupancy rates apply.


The experience

You will practice yoga daily with workshops and ceremonies in this mountain range overlooking the peaceful Lake Atitlan. You will have the opportunity to explore the many Mayan villages that surround the lake to experience their forms of art, the creation of chocolate, and taste the exquisite fruits of Guatemala. Also offered will be guided treks to the surrounding volcanoes, waterfalls, and nature attractions.

Experience a sunrise paddleboard session or take a dip in the lake to cleanse yourself, followed by a yoga class with breathing techniques and meditation. Each day of the retreat will order activity or excursion to explore the Mayan culture!

The yoga

Practice yoga surrounded by sacred nature, fresh open air, and lake views as you move, breathe, and connect with yourself and the culture of Guatemala.

Each day of the retreat will include physical asana, meditation, and pranayama. Most days will start with a 90-minute Hatha, Vinyasa flow class to awaken and move the body through sun salutations, basic postures, and balancing postures to build your physical practice and understanding of the body.

Evening classes will cool down the body with relaxing, Restorative and Yin poses with longer holds, breathing techniques, and meditation. The classes cater to each practitioner with variations, modifications, and options to add-on. Lotus Retreats offer physical adjustments and massage throughout the class if desired.

Included excursions

  • Learn to speak Spanish! Lotus Retreats will offer a Spanish class at the beginning of the week with the option to add a full week of lessons.
  • Dive into true Mayan culture with a Mayan fire ceremony and cacao ceremony.


Loren Lotus

Ryann Tillman

Retreat location

Guatemala is a land of vibrant life, filled with lush vegetation and active volcanoes. This retreat is intended to give you a full immersion of Mayan culture and Guatemalan nature.

Lake Atitlan lies in the heart of an ancient volcano's caldera, which filled with water after it's final eruption 85,000 years ago. The lake and it's three surrounding volcanoes still hold active tectonic power and people travel from around the world to feel the energy vortex created here at the intersection of Fuego de la Tierra and Paz del Lago. 'Atitlan' in Nahuatl (Mayan) means 'the place where the rainbow gets its colors.' This mystical lake is often called the most beautiful in Central America and has inspired people for thousands for years.

Unique features


  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Lounge


  • Free Wi-Fi

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Prana, the air or energy we input into our bodies is the quality of the energy we expend. Throughout the retreat week, you will practice conscious and healthy eating habits. Most meals will be vegetarian and prepared in house at the retreat facility.

Lotus Retreats allow for individual breakfast and lunchtimes for guests to sit with themselves or small groups while the dinner times are family-style and all-inclusive with one another! Some meals, lunches on long excursion days will be packed or optional to purchase on your own in free time.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
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)

Explore Lake Towns

Explore the art and creation of Mayan communities as you visit various lake towns; San Juan La Laguna, Santa Cruz, Santiago, San Pedro La Laguna

Fine Art

Take in the fine art of the naturally-dyed and exquisitely handcrafted goods created by the talented Maya. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the weaving and art cooperatives that Guatemala is famous for. Many excursions will be an excellent shopping opportunity, as well as a chance to learn about the artisan crafts of this unique village.

San Pedro Volcano Climb

If you love adventure, then climb to the top of Volcano San Pedro! The trip begins early in the morning with an early or packed breakfast and a boat ride across the lake with your guide.

Other activities

Kayak, Paddleboard, relax on the dock, or dare to cliff dive next to the Lake!

Spa treatments

The on-site wellness center offers an abundant array of services provided by experienced and gifted therapists. Services range from therapeutic massage to energy healing. You can book these treatments at an additional price.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodations at a lakeside yoga retreat center in Lake Atitlan
  • 3 vegetarian meals a day (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free options available)
  • 2 classes a day (Hatha, vinyasa, and Yin/Restorative styles)
  • 3 themed workshops and ceremonies throughout the week with Lotus Retreats facilitators
  • Learn and practice the beautiful Spanish language on-site at Villa Sumaya with one of Lotus Retreats' friendly and experienced Spanish teachers
  • Transportation to and from Guatemala City airport to the Lake Atitlan retreat center

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Excursions and activities (there will be a variety of excursions around the lake that you can register for upon arrival)
  • Add-on Spanish lessons (Lotus Retreats will include 1 class in your retreat package; you may opt into a full week of classes if you wish!)
  • Spa services
  • Tips for resort staff and services

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: La Aurora International Airport Airport transfer included: La Aurora International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 23% 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.

Value for money
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8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 8 participants


Arrival: Sunday January 10, 2021
Departure: Sunday January 17, 2021

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