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Join Dr. Deborah Kern for this sacred pilgrimage to a magical Mayan retreat center on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala where you’ll be soothed by the tranquility of the water, held by the strength of the volcano, enticed by the sweetness of the flowers, and awakened by the wildness of the jungle. This retreat is a call for every woman to love, honor, and express her true self. Come let the practice of yoga reflect the vision of your best self in this land of serene mountains and dancing waters.
Nestled in a landlocked bay on the north shore of this sparkling lake, Villa Sumaya is a retreat center located on 18 acres in the homeland of the indigenous Maya. In this private setting, you will discover a deeply healing environment, an open-air yoga studio, and pristine waters surrounded by majestic landscapes including three spectacular volcanoes. Lake Atitlan has been rising the past five years and Villa Sumaya’s pool is sometimes under water.
Villa Sumaya has a beautiful dock space with lounge chairs and guests are often found sunning on the lake and swimming off the dock. Furthermore, the retreat center also has a beautiful spa area with natural stone solar heated hot tub and a wood-fired sauna. The hot tub is available sun permitting and is complimentary. The sauna must be ordered in advanced and is 30 USD for a one and a half hour sweat. In addition, Villa Sumaya does have laundry service for 3 USD per pound. Please allow 24 hours turn around for the laundry service.
Maya rose rooms include sensational lake view patios and are conveniently located near the courtyard, dining room, gardens, and boutique.
The petite ginger suites have queen beds and great views. They are set a little higher on the property and have great views which are great for single occupancy.
These newest and largest rooms on the property are facilitated with premium views and space. They are higher on the property and require a walk uphill to get to the spectacular views.
This retreat is an opportunity to recharge in a natural setting in which this is a true gift from mother earth herself. Lake Atitlan, the deepest lake in Central America, is often called the belly button of the Earth. It is here, held by the energies of the Divine Feminine, that you’ll journey back to your true essence through dance, yoga, meditation, journaling, quiet time, nourishing food, sacred ceremony, and supportive sisterhood. The world needs you to shine your light as if the person you were born to be.
This retreat will help remember the true nature, rediscover the unique gifts, reclaim comfort, ease, and grace in your body, and also release the past in order to create the life you desire. You’ll feel like yourself again. You will free from self-limiting ideas of what you “should” be doing and who you “should be”, you’ll be filled with energy and clarity to create the life you desire. During the week, you’ll receive daily yoga classes and workshops, healing foods, and sacred Mayan ceremonies. There is also a plenty of time built to rest, receive spa services, explore, play, and adventure. Please note that this retreat is only for women of all ages and movement levels.
Upon arrival on October 21 / 28, 2018, you will enjoy dinner at 18:30 to 19:30 followed by an opening gathering which may be before or after dinner depending on arrival time.
Please note that this schedule is subject to change
Note: Taking into account the travel time to and from the center, One Yoga Global suggests arrivals times from the late morning to mid-afternoon and departures from the late morning to later afternoon.
Villa Sumaya is located on the shores of Lake Atitlan near the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala. This area is known to locals as “the belly button of the Earth” and is in this serene natural setting where yoga can do its best work, grounding your body and uplifting your spirits. Furthermore, the 5,000 feet altitude of Lake Atitlan and its proximity to the equator offers a semi-tropical paradise often referred to as “the land of eternal spring.” The deep caldera walls of the lake form a powerful inverse vortex to the volcanic mountains and ridges above, creating powerful energies and striking natural beauty in this play of opposites.
You will be served delicious nourishing breakfast, lunch, and dinner per day including your dinner upon arrival. The retreat center will also be able to accommodate most special dietary restrictions like allergies, vegan, and non-gluten diets. Villa Sumaya serves wholesome, fresh meals that are simple and delicious. If you are concerned, you can bring some alternative snacks to supplement your meals.
Most meals have a protein source (eggs, beans, cheese, nuts, etc.). If you are on a high protein diet, please let us know in advance. It may be a good idea to bring a protein bar per day. You can also order chicken or fish as a supplement for buffet meals (7 USD per portion). Please note that Villa Sumaya does have meat options on the cafe menu when retreats are not in session.
The meals are abundant and well balanced. If you have extreme allergies or strict dietary needs, you may want to bring some supplemental foods. Villa Sumaya also has a raw fruit and veggie juice bar with exotic smoothies, raw cacao and granola treats, chocolates, kombucha, and other delights for in between meals.
You must drink bottled water. At the center, you will be provided unlimited filtered water. Please bring your water bottle or buy a Villa Sumaya one. However, the center does not sell bottled water (plastic bottles). Furthermore, the center has beer, wine, tequila, and rum cocktails. Healthy smoothies, kombucha and fresh juices and sodas are also available. All of personal and group packages have 24/7 access to teas and coffee as a complimentary service.
Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA).
Please plan your flights to arrive in and depart from La Aurora International Airport (GUA). One Yoga Global will collect your flight details and group you together to share private shuttles to Panajachel. From Panajachel, you will take a short boat ride to the Villa Sumaya’s dock. The shuttle and boat ride will be booked for you by Villa Sumaya. Please budget 50 USD each way for this service. Please note that the price may be less or slightly more depending on how many share your shuttle bus.