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8 Days Freedom Meditation and Yoga Retreat Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat Guatemala

Experience the journey to the sacred shores of Lake Atitlan for a week of daily yoga and meditation, sacred ceremony, and transformation. Discover a deep connection to the heart of the earth and your own heart. Relax and renew in the little piece of paradise in Guatemala. The daily vegetarian meals will complete your healthy mind and body within the week of retreat. So, wait no more and enjoy this once in a lifetime retreat!

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Scheduled journaling sessions
  • Sacred cacao and Mayan fire ceremonies
  • Unlimited coffee / tea / filtered water service
  • 3 amazing vegetarian meals per day
  • 7 nights’ accommodation

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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You will be accommodated in Villa Sumaya. In Sanskrit, the word Sumaya means “long awaited dream come true”. Nestled into a secluded lakefront cove on the stunning shores of Lake Atitlan, Villa Sumaya is a spiritual retreat center on 18 acres of sacred Mayan highlands. Villa Sumaya has been featured in Yoga Journal and Taschen’s “Great Yoga Retreats.”

Yoga Freedom Guatemala Yoga Retreat Program

Sacred ceremony

Xicoy, the cacao spirit, is one of the most playful spiritual guides in ancient Mayan cosmology. A traditional Mayan plant medicine, cacao induces an expensive, mood enhancing quality. It is used to uplift the spirit, open the heart, deepen focus, remove blockages, and enhance awareness. Gathering in a sacred circle of celebration, you will partake in the ritual sharing of a cacao elixir, an experience that promotes a meditative, reflective state, and inspires a profound sense of joy and heartfelt gratitude.

In the traditional Mayan day-count fire ceremony, beautiful offerings are created and consumed, invoking connectivity with source consciousness while prompting you to leave behind your conditioned concept of self and fueling the fire of your sacred life purpose. Resting in the stillness of the fire’s glow, you are invited to lighten the load and soothe the scars resultant of life’s challenges, cultivating awareness, and acceptance of the role you have played in the grand scheme of things.

Flow of the week


  • Arrive and settle in
  • 16:30 Opening circle
  • 18:30 Dinner


  • Orientation
  • Spa day
  • Lower chakras
  • Sweat lodge ceremony


  • Lower chakras
  • Journaling
  • Yin yoga
  • Vinyasa flow


  • Heart chakra
  • Metta (loving friendliness)
  • Cacao ceremony


  • Heart chakra
  • Hatha and Kundalini yoga
  • Pranayama (breath work)
  • Mayan fire ceremony


  • Upper chakras
  • Mindfulness
  • Optional San Juan trip


  • Upper chakras
  • Journaling
  • Meditation
  • Closing circle


  • Departures

Flow of the day

  • 07:30 Tea and fruit
  • 08:00 Yoga and meditation
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Workshop or ceremony
  • 13:00 Lunch, free time
  • 16:40 Learning circle and practice
  • 18:30 Dinner


Michelle Margaret Fajkus
Michelle is a believer in the power of poetry, circles, and stories. She is the creator of Yoga Freedom and has been teaching Hatha yoga since 2002. Since 2010, she has been giving yoga retreats in Guatemala that incorporate spirituality, creativity, good food, and community. Her style of yoga is called Yoga Schmoga, and it incorporates Hatha yoga asanas, pranayama (breath work), Yin yoga, and restorative poses, mindfulness practices, and meditation. She draws also from the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Lake Atitlan is a magical and magnetic place on the planet, located in the Mayan heartland and thought to be the belly button of the Earth. With three majestic volcanoes surrounding the lake shore, this is an authentically powerful place to heal and balance your mind, body, and heart.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Meals at Sumaya are lovingly prepared and offer a culinary-conscious menu. The delicious vegetarian cuisine is created fresh daily from Guatemala’s cornucopia of fruit and vegetables. Breakfast includes a main dish, granola, yogurt, fruit, and daily specials. Lunch features a hearty vegetarian main course, organic greens, homemade bread, and a local fruit platter. Dinners consist of soup, a vegetarian entrée, seasonal side dishes, organic greens, and a scrumptious dessert. Chicken and fish are also available at a small additional cost. All meals are enjoyed while taking in stunning views of the lake.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

There is an optional San Juan trip you can do during this retreat.

Spa treatments

You will immerse in a spa day on the second day of the retreat.

What's included

  • 3 daily vegetarian meals and unlimited coffee / tea / filtered water service
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • All taxes
  • Concierge service to assist with organizing all your transportation, spa services, cultural outings and early arrival and / or extended stays
  • Sacred cacao and Mayan fire ceremonies
  • Twice daily yoga and meditation sessions

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Villa Sumaya staff gratuities

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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