Lake Atitlán, Guatemala Wellness Retreat: Vinyasa Yoga, Movement and Exploration

Event Highlights

  • 6 nights in luxury bungalow
  • 3 healthy meals each day
  • Daily vinyasa yoga + yin & myofascia release
  • Yoga Workshops (Handstands, Myofascia Release, and the Subtle Body)
  • Paddle boarding
  • Volcano Hike
  • Special local, three course meal out
  • Transportation to and from airport


6am - 8am: Tea & coffee
8am - 9:15: Vinyasa Yoga Class
9:15 - 10:15: Breakfast
10:15 - 1pm: Explore the lake (free-time)
1pm - 2pm: Lunch
2pm - 5pm: Explore/Excursions
5pm - 6pm: Yin yoga or myofascia release
6:30pm: Dinner

About This Event

Please join Megan and Shaelyn for six days of yoga, movement

and exploration.  This retreat will be a rejuvenating blend of energizing

vinyasa classes, restorative yin and myofascia release practices and some

outdoor hiking to take advantage of Lake Atitlan’s beautiful backdrop.  In

addition to plenty of free time to soak up the lake, there will be an optional

hike up Volcano San Pedro, an evening out to enjoy a local, three course meal

at Santa Cruz’s non-profit, Café Sabor Cruceño, paddle boarding and an optional

opportunity to volunteer in the community.


6 nights in luxury bungalow3 healthy meals each dayDaily vinyasa yoga + yin & myofascia releaseYoga Workshops (Handstands, Myofascia Release, and the Subtle Body)Paddle boardingVolcano HikeSpecial local, three course meal outTransportation to and from airportTaxes & tips 

Megan and Shaelyn are both Arizona based 500-RYT’s with

experience hosting retreats domestically and Internationally.  

Megan teaches vinyasa, yin and also travels to teach courses on the cakras and energetic body for Teacher Training programs. Additionally, she is a Reiki Master Practitioner, Certified Crystal Specialist and loves sharing mala workshops through her company ‘Moon Malas by Megan’.

Shaelyn specializes in vinyasa yoga and teaching

courses on myofascia release and anatomy in Yoga Teacher Training

programs.  Her style is a mix of Ashtanga based vinyasa classes, with an

emphasis on yoga therapeutics from her studies with Yoga Medicine.  Shaelyn has a special place for Lake Atitlan, as she spent several months living there in 2016 and was also married there!

Venue Highlights

Villa Sumaya is a retreat & wellness center located in Santa Cruz la Laguna on the shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. We 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. Majestically located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, we offer custom designed all inclusive services, to personal, group and family retreats.


We offer a variety of inviting accommodations and luxury bungalows. All of our rooms have warm, inviting décor, private bathrooms, outdoor patios, amazing lake views, orthopedic beds and quality linens.


  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


When you arrive at Aurora Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City, you will go through Immigration, retrieve your bags and exit after
customs. Inside the airport, there are men to help get your bags off the carousel. You can tip them in dollars ($1-2 per bag).
Sometimes they will hand your bags off at the curb to another helper. If this happens, split the tip between them.
We honor and respect everyone’s decision as to how they would like to get to Villa Sumaya. Some guests prefer to make their
own arrangements. This is fine for the experienced world traveler but does not allow us to track you as you travel through the
highlands and by boat to us. If you have never traveled in a developing country, please let us organize your ground
transportation. We do not recommend taking public buses unless you are familiar with this type of travel. In either case, please
inform us of your plans and approximate time of arrival. If you are part of a group retreat, please give your flight and travel
information to your group leader and they will pass it on to us.
If you have a prearranged, private shuttle, your driver will be outside the airport waiting. He will be holding a “Villa Sumaya”
sign (see your email confirmation for more details). If you are traveling with a group, you can safely wait for other guests in the
van. If your flight arrives 3:00pm or later, we suggest that you stay in Antigua or Guatemala City for the night. (See our hotel
suggestions on the last page of this kit.) Typically, whatever hotel you choose will make airport transport arrangements for
you. If they do not provide this service, we are happy to.
Antigua is a quaint, colonial city about 45-60 minutes from the airport. Whether in Antigua or Guatemala City, be sure to ask
about safety in the neighborhood. We do not suggest walking around either city at night. Ask for a reliable taxi service if you
plan to be out late.
Whether you are taking a private or public shuttle, please be sure to be waiting in front of your hotel or designated location on
time. You may want a snack and water for the ride. It is about a 3 hour drive, but with traffic or construction it could be longer.
Approximately an hour into the ride, the roads get curvy and mountainous. If you tend to get carsick, be sure to bring a remedy
that will help you.

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  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Brooke Brownlow   October 01, 2019

      We loved it

    My sister and I found Villa Sumaya when looking for a yoga retreat. She flew from California and I flew from NC. We booked a shuttle with the center's recommended company, Kan Tours, which was great. My sister's flight was a little delayed and when we finally exited into the arrivals lounge, Elias from Kan Tours was there waiting for us. I was worried that the delay may cause him hassle, but no. The drive was a bit more than 3 hours from the airport with a 10m boat ride at the end from Panajchel to the retreat. This place is paradise, truly. The instant we arrived, we relaxed. Our stay included 2 yoga classes with Michelle (who is so sweet and wonderful, a great yoga teacher, too!) We also engaged in a sweat lodge with Paola (another amazing activity led by yet another caring, genuine, down to earth practitioner). All in all, we loved it. The staff are so lovely and the center so very beautiful and peaceful. Oh, and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention just how delicious the food was- every meal was a dance for your tastebuds! I'd recommend walking to Santa Cruz during your stay and visit CECAP, the work happening there is incredible and the high quality art and crafts one can find there are one of a kind. Really, if you want to unplug and get away from it all you'd be hard pressed to find something better than Villa Sumaya.

  • 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!

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Reconnecting with myself after a very crazy few months with a new baby! Just having that feeling of being grounded again. But also having an opportunity to connect with new amazing people. Getting exposed and Inspired by new (to me) yoga instructors (and community). Being in the presence of real, authentic and raw emotion (the whole spectrum).. So many reasons! Alyson

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