Ayurveda Alchemy: a retreat to restore harmony and balance

About This Event

Join us in beautiful Lago Atitlan, Guatemala as we explore the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, dive deep into the practice of Yoga and reconnect to our innate body wisdom. Through understanding and honoring our individual needs, we nurture the cultivation of health and beauty from within and experience the healing effects of Ayurvedic practices.

Experience the deep connection found through this integrative program as we blend the traditions of Meditation and Yoga with the Ayurvedic system. We will explore Ayurvedic philosophy, Dinacharya, Ayurvedic Aromatherapy and Spritzer making, Ayurvedic Nutrition, Herbalism, Ayurvedic Nighttime rituals and Dosha specific Yoga. Sound healing, cacao, fire ceremonies and optional excursions will complete the experience! This retreat also counts as continuing education hours for Registered Yoga Teachers.

Ayurveda is a branch of Vedic Science. It literally means the knowledge of life and originated in India as the traditional medical system over 5,000 years ago.  The Buddha had an Ayurvedic Doctor. Chinese Medicine’s roots are in Ayurveda. It works both as a preventative and curative medicine. In India today, there are Ayurvedic medical schools training physicians in internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, toxicology & gerontology.

It is not necessary to attend Ayurvedic medical school in order to understand or implement Ayurvedic knowledge into daily life. Ayurveda at its root is a simple, practical science which promotes self-care & preventative medicine. According to Ayurveda, we create our state of health based upon how we interact with our environment. By making choices that support our inner nature we can live harmoniously and in balance.

We invite you to journey with us to the sacred highlands of Guatemala to embark upon this life enhancing experience. This soul journey is curated with ayurvedic wisdom and practices, enriching cultural activities, healing ceremonies, engaging discussion, thought-provoking personal growth activities and a daily practice to integrate your experiences. We host a journey that is deeply personal, supportive and inclusive to meet the intentions of each participant. Each day begins with Intention Setting, Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga Asana as a practice to cultivate deep inner connections and open to the experiences of the day. Organic locally grown vegetarian meals are served throughout and help cleanse and purify the body from the inside out. The day will flow with informative workshops, activities, ceremonies or cultural excursions. Allow the breathtaking beauty of Guatemala’s Lago Atitlan guide you on this path of ritual, self-love and healing.

This experience will be hosted at Villa Sumaya, an Eco-Chic Wellness Center Majestically located on the shores of Lake Atitlan. They are dedicated to rejuvenating holistic practices and healing modalities as well as preserving Mayan traditions and facilitating outdoor adventure in the heart of the Altiplano. Dive deep into the refreshing natural beauty of this stunning landscape. Within the vast, majestic horizons, you’ll find a deeper connection with your heart’s song and a rejuvenated sense of well being.

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Saturday, March 31st: Arrival

2pm: Arrival

4pm: Grounding Yoga Practice

6pm: Dinner

7:30-8:30pm: Group Introduction & Satsang

Sunday, April 1st: Day 1

7:30-9am: Meditation & Yoga

9-10am: Breakfast

10-11:30am: Intro to Ayurveda I

11:30am-1pm: Free Time

1-2pm: Lunch

2-4pm: Free Time

4-5:30pm: Intro to Ayurveda II

6-7pm: Dinner

7:30-9pm: Yoga Nidra 

Monday, April 2nd: Day 2

7:30-9am: Vata Practice 

9-10am: Breakfast

10-11:30am: Intro to Dinacharya I

11:30am-1pm: Free Time

1-2pm: Lunch

2-4pm: Free Time | Ayurvedic Consultations 

4-5:30pm: Lecture: Intro to Dinacharya II

6-7pm: Dinner

7:30-9pm: Meditation & Sound Healing: Guest Teacher

Tuesday, April 3rd: Day 3

7:30-9am: Dinacharya Practice

9-10am: Breakfast

10-11:30am: Intro to Aromatherapy | Spritzer Making 

11:30am-1pm: Free Time

1-2pm: Lunch

2-4pm: Free Time/Ayurvedic Consultations

4-5:30pm: Pitta Practice 

6-7pm: Dinner

7:30-9pm: Restorative Yoga | Aromatherapy 

Wednesday, April 4th: Day 4

FREE DAY: days for excursions, tours, hikes, spa day, etc.

Thursday, April 5th: Day 5

7-7:30am: Self Led Dinacharya

7:30-9am: Kapha Practice 

9-10am: Breakfast

10-11:30am: Ayurvedic Nutrition & the 7 Tastes

11:30-1pm; Free Time

1-2pm: Lunch

2-4pm: Free Time/Ayurvedic Consultations

4-5:30pm: Ayurvedic Nutrition & the 7 Tastes

6-7pm: Dinner

7:30-9pm: Meditation & Ayurvedic Nighttime Rituals

Friday, April 6: Day 6

7-9am: Self-Led Dinacharya

9-10am: Breakfast

10-11am: Final Inquiries

12pm: Lunch

3-6pm: Yoga, Cacao & Fire Ceremony

7pm: Dinner

8:30-9:30pm: Closing Circle & Manifestation Ceremony

Saturday, April 7: Day 7

7 – 8 am: Self-Led Dinacharya

8 – 9 am: Meditation

9 – 10 am: Breakfast

10 am: Departure

Tags: aromatherapy ayurveda healing herbalism meditation selfcare wellness yoga

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  • Ernesto Ortiz   January 22, 2015

      The Mirror of the Gods

    The mirror of the Gods I have been coming to Villa Sumaya for the past 10 years. I have gotten to know the owner and the employees quite well. Sometime I come with groups two times a year and I will continue coming again and again. Guatemala and Lake Atitlan are magical, the indigenous culture is strong and beautiful, that adds a lot for my group experience. Lake Atitlan is nicknamed The Mirror of the Gods, the name I give it is The Playground of the Gods. It is simply a magnificent location, a slice of paradise that you will fall in love with. Villa Sumaya is a refection of the spirituality and love of the owner for the land and the people. She has created a beautiful retreat center that nurtures your soul and your body. The Tara and Tiger temples are beautiful for any spiritual, yoga practice, The food is vegetarian and delicious, the rooms are perfect for a retreat place, many of them with majestic views of the lake and the volcanoes. The staff is friendly and always ready to help, it is uncommon to find one without a smile on their face. I highly recommend Villa Sumaya for a personal or a group retreat. You will absolutely love it. Ernesto Ortiz

  • Araminta Barbour   October 14, 2014

      Villa Sumaya Review

    Villa Sumaya is an incredibly beautiful & unique retreat space . It has been a delight to study and teach here. The staff are incredibly warm, helpful and talented and the temple spaces are inspiring and provide powerful containers for deep work. The rooms and bathrooms and all the spa features, gardens - EVERYTHING is brimming with attention to detail and love of beauty, elegance and colour. It is always such a joy to be at this magical lake!

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