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8 Days Yoga and Mayan Culture Retreat in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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. This retreat is for travelers, yogis, and adventurers who are seeking a unique experience to connect with the authentic culture and healing nature of Guatemala.

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Loren & Ryann
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  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Closing cacao ceremony
  • Lots of excursions to choose from
  • Traditional Mayan Fire Ceremony
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily organic meals
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: La Aurora International Airport
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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 paddle board 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 an 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, breath, 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.

Sample schedule

  • 06:30 Silent sunrise meditation and tea
  • 07:30 Morning Yoga Flow
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 17:00 Free time: pool, lake, excursions, or spa
  • 10:00 Optional excursion (Spanish class, volcano hike, boat ride, paddle board)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Workshop offering
  • 17:30 Yin / Restorative yoga
  • 19:30 Dinner

Each day of the retreat will include two yoga classes, three meals, and an optional excursion or workshop! You're free to pick and choose what you'd like to participate in, while leaving plenty of space for relaxing, connecting, massages, you name it!

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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kayak, paddle board, relax on the dock, or dare to cliff dive next to the lake!


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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During this retreat, you will be provided with three organic, hand prepared meals a day. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available. Daily juices, coffee, and tea will also be provided.

Nourish your soul with local handcrafted meals lovingly prepared by the retreat center staff. Meals are served buffet-style with the option to eat individually for breakfast and lunch. Some meals may be packed for days with long excursions.

Mealtimes are a huge part of the retreat experience! Guatemala offers a beautiful scenery for us to gather. Family style dinner meals are a tradition during each evening.

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

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Additional yoga workshops, meditations, and group activities
  • Traditional Mayan fire ceremony
  • Closing cacao ceremony
  • Guided travel expertise and travel tips
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily organic meals
  • Daily juices, coffee, and tea
  • Airport transfers
  • Boat transfers to retreat center
  • Goodie bags from the Guatemala Retreat sponsors
  • Spanish lesson (option for additional classes throughout the week)
  • Organization and planning of additional group activities to explore the culture and nature of Mayan heritage and nature

What's not included

  • Flights

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Lotus Retreats will pick you up from the airport.

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 60 days before arrival.

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