SACRED SPIRIT YOGA & MEDITATION RETREAT
Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala
November 3 - 10th, 2018
Join us on the sacred shores of Lake Atitlán and be immersed in the healing practices of yoga, meditation and Mayan ritual + ceremony for a week of deep rejuvenation and profound transformation!
Lake Atitlán is believed by the Maya to be the center of the universe; the place where God’s seeds of mankind evolved. They also believed that this majestic lake represents the belly button or manipura chakra of the Earth. In human beings the manipura chakra is located at the solar plexus. In both cases, the location on the earth and the place in the body are characterized by the element of fire which governs all processes of transformation. Cradled in the embrace of 3 majestic volcanoes, Lake Atitlán holds the potential for profound metamorphosis of mind, body and spirit. Here, you’ll be supported in finding a deeper connection to the heart of the Earth, and therefore, your own heart, which will allow the song of your soul to be clearly heard and wholeheartedly celebrated. We invite you to sink in, relax and reconnect in a sacred and inspiring setting that fosters complete rejuvenation and a genuine sense of inner peace.
Our flow for the week:
We'll begin our journey together by diving into spiritual alchemy as we move and breathe to create an interrelationship between mind and matter, between self and world.
Spiritual alchemy is concerned with freeing your spiritual self which is trapped within you by the unrefined parts of yourself (e.g. your fears, personal beliefs, etc.).
We will be guided by and aligned with the pace of nature and inspired by Mayan healing traditions as we seek to achieve a state of balance, renewal, and freedom.
In between gathering for yoga, meals or ceremony, there will be ample opportunities to take a dip in the lake or pool, soak in the hot tub, detox in the sauna, rejuvenate with a massage, lounge in a hammock or unwind in the many beautiful spaces dedicated to reflection and relaxation. One need never leave the property unless an optional excursion suits your fancy. If you wish to explore outside the retreat grounds, many choices abound, from visiting a local village, to kayaking and bird-watching, hiking volcanoes, ziplining or taking Spanish lessons. Our Concierge will be happy to assist you in scheduling tours and activities.
* All classes and activities are optional. Our program is designed to meet you where you’re at. We encourage you to participate in a way that best suits your body, mind and spirit.
In the Sanskrit language, the word Sumaya means “long awaited dream come true,” and indeed, Villa Sumaya is the stuff dreams are made of. Nestled into a secluded lakefront cove on the stunningly beautiful shores of Lake Atitlán, Villa Sumaya rests upon 18 acres of sacred Mayan highlands and boasts panoramic views of a trio of spectacular volcanoes. The semi-tropical climate, lush and exotic vegetation and azure waters combine with the grandeur of the volcanoes to set the stage for what visitors describe as a true paradise. It’s an inspiring atmosphere in which the primordial power of nature allows you to let go of your cares, take a deep breath, and embrace the possibility of personal evolution. To add even more interest to this already dramatic landscape, there are twelve villages surrounding the lake, each with it’s own distinctive style, culture and traditions just waiting to be discovered. The beauty and magic of this very special place has sparked the imagination of many, so it comes as no surprise that it’s been featured in Yoga Journal magazine and Taschen’s quintessential book “Great Yoga Retreats.”
Within the grounds of Villa Sumaya, you’ll find everything you need for a supremely comfortable, convenient and relaxing stay, including well-appointed guest rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and gorgeous lake views. The views from the the glassed-in dining room and open-air terrace are just as dazzling and take the retreat dining experience to new heights. A well curated, on-site boutique features an eclectic array of fair-trade handicrafts, apparel, accessories and other treasures made by Guatemalan artisans- perfect for finding just the right mementos and gifts for yourself and your loved ones. If you wish to pamper yourself, Villa Sumaya offers wide variety of world class spa services, including massage (Swedish, Thai, Ayurvedic, Esalen and deep tissue), reiki, reflexology, facials, nail services and ionic foot baths. For a detoxifying sweat, the wood-burning sauna can be reserved for a small charge.
Yoga & Meditation:
We’ll gather for classes in the gorgeous Tara Temple which is located on the top of the Lotus House. The yoga sanctuary’s eclectic décor, breathtaking views, thatched roof, elegant altar and a state-of-the-art sound system combine to create a beautiful space in which to explore and expand mind, body and spirit. All props needed to support your practice are supplied.
Ritual & 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 expansive, 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, we’ll 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.
Mayan Day-Count Fire Ceremony
In the traditional Mayan day-count fire ceremony, beautiful offerings are created and consumed, invoking connectivity with source consciousness while prompting us to leave behind our conditioned concept of self and fueling the fire of our sacred life purpose. Resting in the stillness of the fire’s glow, we’re invited to lighten our load and soothe the scars resultant of life’s challenges, cultivating awareness and acceptance of the role we’ve played in the grand scheme of things.
Dining & Cuisine:
Meals at Villa Sumaya are lovingly prepared at Café Sumaya Sol and offer a culinary-conscious menu for slow food aficionados and eco-epicureans. A vegetarian-based, eclectic blend of local and international 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 Café Sumaya Sol kitchen specializes in raw homemade treats, including cacao bliss balls, fruit rolls, granola bars and savory sprouted flax crackers. Try the delicious, homemade cranberry biscotti or selection of hand-crafted chocolate confections. Baked goods are produced daily and the juice bar features exotic smoothies as well as a refreshing, home-brewed strawberry ginger kombucha. There’s also an extensive self-service hot beverage bar that offers over 30 varieties of tea along with a coffee bar featuring organic, artisan coffee from a local cooperative.
Included In Your Package:
– 7 nights / 8 days en suite accommodation with lake views and patio seating
– 3 vibrant, prana-packed, vegetarian meals per day + unlimited coffee/tea/filtered water service
– Daily yoga and meditation
– 2 Sacred Mayan ceremonies
– Full use of retreat grounds and complimentary amenities
– All taxes
*Additional Cost for Spa Services, Wifi ($3/day - $20/week), and Meat with Meals ($7 per meal)
Travel to Site is NOT Included (e.g., flight, transportation on mainland, food during travel)
Rooms + Pricing & Registration:
All rooms are beautifully appointed with warm, inviting décor, Guatemalan antiques, private baths, outdoor patios, amazing views of the lake and volcanoes, orthopedic beds and high-quality linens.
Lotus House hosts six rooms with two rooms on each of the three floors, all gracefully appointed rooms with private baths and stone showers that offer stunning lake view balconies or glorious garden patios. Tara Temple is on the top floor. Lotus House is easily accessible to all of Villa Sumaya’s amenities.
Single Occupancy: $2395
Double Occupancy: $1795 per person
Triple Occupancy: $1595 per person
To secure your room on retreat, please register with a $250 non refundable deposit by emailing email@example.com
TUSCANY, ITALY YOGA RETREAT
SEPTEMBER 2-9, 2017
Welcome to Benvenuti, a beautiful estate nestled in the Tuscan hills. The estate is set amongst 28 hectares of gardens, vineyards, orchards, olive groves and natural woodlands. It is conveniently located 15 minutes drive from the medieval city of Lucca, 30 minutes from Pisa, and just 1.5 hours from Florence. The villa is a fully and lovingly restored 17th century home with spacious rooms and simple elegant furnishings. There is a swimming pool in the midst of the garden, grassy areas with stunning views, a secret garden, bubbling fountains and sheltered places wafting with the scent of jasmine where you can relax, read or meditate.
Wine, olive oil, herbs, fruit and vegetables are all produced on the estate and provide the essential ingredients for the deliciously fresh and organic vegetarian meals.
Everything is optional for the week. You can start your day with yoga, a sunrise hike, or sleep in and join the group for a leisurely breakfast after. Throughout the day there will be activities that you can partake in as you choose.
For anyone wanting to learn how to ride horses, or to work on their form, or to compare how yoga is to "riding with your mind" you can join Ashleigh Sanderson who will be offering sessions in biomechanics, body, and spatial awareness. The stables are a short drive away and the horses are magnificent.
For more information on what Ashleigh does, please visit her site at www.kudaguru.com
3 fresh organic vegetarian meals daily (excluding one dinner eaten out midweek and luch during the day trip)
Fruit, water and herbal teas are available throughout the day
Yoga mats, blankets, blocks, belts, bolsters and towels
Pick up and drop off at Lucca bus or train station or Pisa airport on arrival and departure day (times to be confirmed)
Accommodations at Villa Benvenuti
Shower gel & soap by luxury brand Ortigia
Wine produced from the estate at dinner
use of swimming pool and all facilities within the grounds of the villa
Hiking trails around the property
One horse lesson with Ashleigh
What's not included:
Excursions outside the villa or transportation for excursions other than those specified
Massages and Holistic treatments
Private yoga lessons with Angel
MACHU PICCHU, PERU
JULY 29 - August 5th, 2017
TOTAL DAYS: 8 days / 7 nights
CUSCO: 2 days / 1 night in Cusco
MACH PICCHU: 1 day at Machu Picchu
WILKA T'IKA: 5 days / 6 nights at Willka T’ika
GUIDES: 7 days guided service
TRANSPORT: Quality buses and tourist train
- Yoga & Meditation
- Use of Chakra Gardens, multi-purpose studios, fire pit and meditation shalas
- Organic gourmet vegetarian meals daily when at Willka T’ika
- Guided tour around the Seven Chakra Gardens
- Authentic Andean offering and fire ceremony with Qero Pakko healer
- Visit to an Andean Mountain School
- Hiking the P’isaq ruins, ceremony, and shopping in the famous market
- Visit to Urubamba’s authentic market, Seminario Pottery Studio, and alpaca factory store
Willka T’ika is in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Located at Paradero Rumichaka, 2 kilometers from Urubam- ba, an 80-minute drive from the Cusco airport, and a 30-minute drive from Ollantaytampu train station (which takes visitors to Machu Picchu). With ancient sites to see throughout the valley, Willka T’ika is the perfect central location for our retreat.
Our sustainable guest rooms reflect the textures and colors of the Andes. They are made from natural earth materials and adorned with local artwork. The recently renovated cozy garden rooms offered in our program, are tucked away in charming areas throughout the gardens, and have one queen
bed or two twin/double beds. Modern bathrooms ensure that you have ample supply of hot water. Each room is named for the Andean medicinal plant that grows at its doorstep.
Retreat packages include transport in modern vans and buses. A Willka T’ika agent will meet our group arriving together in Cusco at around 11:30 a.m. One group transfer to our comfortable hotel in an excellent location is included. Guests who arrive earlier or later may easily take a taxi within the airport grounds to the hotel.
Willka T’ika is at an altitude of 9,400 feet. Wear a hat and protect your skin from the intense sun. May to September offer the sunniest days averaging 70F, however the nights are colder dropping to 35-40F.