Journey Into Sacred Expression Women's Writing & Yoga Retreat - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
- Villa Sumaya
- Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
- Jan 27, 2018 - Feb 4, 2018 (9 days)
- $1895 (Double Room) & $2295 (Private Room)
Find yourself in a magical, luxury setting at Villa Sumaya on Lake Atitlan. Practice meditation and yoga as we look out over lake and volcanoes. Gather for raw, intimate expression with brave and beautiful women in a sacred writing circle. Indulge in fresh, delicious meals. Relax in a hammock. Take a swim. Join candle-lit ceremony. Fall asleep to the lull of the lake beneath watch of the stars.
Inspiring lakefront location with expansive volcano views
Daily meditation & yoga practice
Two self-exploratory writing circles on most days
Scenic lake-side thatch-roofed yoga temple & writing space
8 nights stay in shared or private accommodation
3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day and juice bar
3 sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan, Sound, Dance)
Solar hot tub and on-site spa services
Breaks for swimming, hiking, kayaking, therapies, sauna, relaxing
Optional excursions (village tour, adventure)
Intimate group (maximum is 12 women)
Meditation, yoga, sacred ceremonies, and our intimate sacred circle for writing will be women only and privately held. Meals may be shared with other guests, women or men.
A Sacred Women's Journey:
Breathe and relax into lakeside luxury as we gather for an inspiring and beautiful week beneath the watch of volcanoes. Join a circle of women in the spirit of reclamation for a creative inner adventure through meditation, yoga, self-exploratory writing, and sacred ceremonies at Villa Sumaya in Santa Cruz, Guatemala.
You are invited to take a brave and honest journey into your center to connect with your intuition and express from your core. Created for all women who want to reveal their own truths, connect to their intuition, re-ignite their soul voice, feel empowered in their self-expression (whatever form it takes), and be inspired as the courageous storyteller of their own lives…this retreat is a gathering of women in the spirit of reclamation.
This retreat is not about ‘writing’ as a subject or art form. Every woman has a voice in her own life – we are gathering together to raise it up and own our self-expression. The Women’s Sacred Expression Retreat was listed #2 among ’31 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2017′ by The Write Life.
Cradled by rural highlands and lush forests, Lake Atitlan is a breathtaking beauty framed by three majestic volcanoes. The lake is known to attract travelers in search of soulful reconnection. Resting in a secluded lakeside cove, Villa Sumaya is an eco-chic sanctuary dedicated to rejuvenation, holistic practices, and preserving Mayan tradition.
This gorgeous location offers expansive views, inviting and comfortable accommodation, delicious and nurturing slow-food meals, juice bar cafe, on-site spa, solar hot tub, fair-trade boutique and wood-burning sauna in unparalleled natural surroundings. Villa Sumaya is an eco-friendly wellness center perfect for self-care, refreshing perspectives and renewing energies.
Sample Daily Flow:
Guests arrive on Saturday afternoon to relax and settle in. We'll open our circle in the evening after dinner. Our daily flow will begin on Sunday.
Here's a sample schedule. Please note on two days, we will have only one writing circle to allow some space for excursions.
7:15-9:00 Meditation & Holistic Hatha Flow/Vinyasa Flow
9:00 Delicious Breakfast
10.00-1.00 Sacred Expression Writing Circle/Discussion
1:00-4.00 Delicious Lunch & Free Time
4:00-6.30 Sacred Expression Writing Circle/Discussion
6.30 - 7.30 Delicious Dinner
7.45 Sauna, Circle, Healing Ceremonies (some evenings)
Delicious meals are vegetarian. Chicken/fish ($7 extra per meal) and alcohol can be added to meals at your discretion.
Relax in a hammock and enjoy the views, swim in the lake, do a meditative walk on nature trails, receive a spa treatment, dip in the solar hot tub & pools, or detox in the sauna in daily breaks.
On two days, we'll hold longer breaks and offer optional group excursions - visits to villages or adventure options.
Retreat guests will be staying in the beautiful rooms of the Maya Rose house, Skyline Bungalows, or Lotus House.
Maya Rose is a ranch style house with six unique rooms in a row, each varying in size and having its own unique touches of colorful decor. All of the Maya Rose rooms have private bathrooms with hot showers and outdoor patios with exceptional lake views. They are centrally located near the courtyard, dining room, gardens, and boutique. Lotus House hosts six modern 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. Lotus House is easily accessible to all of Villa Sumaya’s amenities.
More Retreat Program Details:
Call in the four directions & feminine energy:
The four directions (embodied by the serpent, the jaguar, the hummingbird, and the eagle) provide a thematic framework to inspire our sacred journey. They beckon you to an adventure of higher levels of perception and connection, to detach from self-limiting stories and come back to your heart and your courage.
You are inspired to become more aware of how you influence your reality. You are invited to envision your life into greater beauty. You will plunge deeper into the center of your wild, knowing and beautiful feminine nature, calling her to rise in strength as we journey.
Meditate & practice yoga in nature:
With daily guided meditation and yoga, you reconnect with the direct sensory experiences of your breath and your body, and become increasingly aware of the power and influence of the energy you bring to each moment.
Meditation and yoga support you to reach beyond your daily thoughts and become more present to the moment and to yourself. Through stillness and movement, you listen deeper within, open up, and release.
Allow raw creative expression:
In our women's circle, we raise inner journey themes and work through them with dynamic, reflective, and creative self-exploratory writing exercises. In addition to verbal writing prompts, we may bring in movement, images, nature, or sound. You will find that prompted writing gives you a key inside, and somehow you are more able to sneak past your internal filters to unlock fierce personal truths and insights.
The circle provides a loving and encouraging space to free your inner voices, speak your experience, enliven your possibilities, spark your imagination, and connect more deeply to energies within and with each other. The alchemy is in the daring greatly - it's in the sharing.
Explore and open y(our) stories:
With raw expression, we will play at exploring the inner stories that constrain us and limit our perception, such as character roles we play, limiting beliefs we animate, narratives we create and recreate, and the words that entrap us. You will open the possibility to transcend these ‘creative blocks’ of your creative energy. You will practice giving your feelings form, putting them into motion and expression so they can transform.
You will play with the creativity of perspective, exploring how to rewrite your experiences, reclaim your narratives, and own your role as the storyteller of your life. You will let awe in and invite back mystery. As you explore your inner stories with honesty and compassion, you will feel your voice begin to emerge more authentic and true.
Gather in ceremony:
We participate in evening healing sessions (sound, movement) and ceremonies for renewing wise and wild guiding energy. These will complement the writing journey in reclaiming your heart and soul voice.
- Daily guided meditation & yoga
- Two self-exploratory writing circles on most days
- 8 nights accommodation at Villa Sumaya (double or private)
- Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Unlimited tea/coffee service
- 3 sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan, Sound, Dance)
- 60 minute therapeutic spa treatment of your choice
- One group wood-burning sauna
- Use of solar spa pools
- Gratituities for the local indigenous staff
- Additional options:optional excursions (approx $30-60 each)
- extra spa treatments, massages, or private saunas
- meal supplements (fish, chicken $7), alcohol
- WIFI access ($20 week)
- Flights & transport to & from the retreat
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
Getting There & Away:
The closest international airport to Lake Atitlan is Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport, three hours away from Panajachel on Lake Atitlan. From Panajachel, it's a ten minute scenic boat ride to the private dock at Villa Sumaya.
Guests are advised to fly into La Aurora Intl Guatemala City (GUA) by 1pm on the day retreat begins, and book return flights for mid/late afternoon on the day the retreat ends.
Once we have your travel plans, we can happily arrange your private transportation to Villa Sumaya from the airport, hotels nearby, or from Antigua.
Payments, Cancellations, & Refunds Policy
A $600 deposit is required to reserve your space. The balance is required 30 days prior to the retreat start date.
If you cancel before 90 days in advance of the retreat start date: 50% of the deposit is refunded. If you cancel 90-61 days in advance of the event, no refund of the deposit is provided, unless your spot can be filled within contract, and then 50% of the deposit is refunded. If you cancel within 60 days of the retreat start date: No refund on full payment is provided. But if we can fill your spot within contract, we'll provide a refund minus the full deposit. No refund is provided if you miss the event or part of it for any reason.
Storyteller Within reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. Retreats have final confirmation on or before 60 days out. If an event is cancelled, you will be fully refunded your retreat fees. Nevertheless, Storyteller Within is not liable for events beyond all control - such as natural disasters, political upheaval, or other such unexpected circumstances - that would necessitate cancellation of the event.