The Path of Beauty: Yoga, Mindfulness & Writing Retreat
About This Event
Immerse yourself on the path of beauty at Lake Atitlan in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala for a week of yoga, creativity, community and culture! Clarify your vision, purpose and truth by tapping your creative flow and inspiring new growth.
Sacred Lake Atitlan is a spectacular site for healing, learning and dreaming. Walking the path of beauty, we are ever grateful to the simple miracle of life happening now. We realize that every moment we have the choice to open, expand, heal and grow. We learn to live from the heart. We dedicate the merits of our heart-centered actions to the benefit to all beings without exception, including ourselves.
In a small-group setting, through the guided practices of yoga, breathing, meditation, relaxation, and tuning in to our energy and intuition, we will align with our heart's deepest desires and watch our unique purpose for being on the planet unfold.
The yoga style we'll practice is slow flow -- a mix of hatha yoga, mindful vinyasa flow, and yin yoga. The sessions also incorporate breathing practices, meditation and chanting/toning at the end of the class, along with a 20-minute writing period, optional sharing and finally, guided relaxation at the end with sound healing.
Open to all levels from novice to expert. Take home healthy habits and empowering practices that will enhance your personal well being and nurture your intuitive intelligence.
Michelle is a yoga teacher and freelance writer. She fell in love with yoga at age 12, found the Buddha in California at 23 and moved from Austin to Guatemala at 29, ten years ago. Michelle trained in Hatha yoga and Dharma yoga in Austin and has been teaching yoga since 2002. Since 2012, she has called Lake Atitlan home. She has worked in the reservations department of Villa Sumaya since 2015. To learn more about Michelle, please visit (contact info blocked).
Mayan fire ceremony
7 nights of accommodation in a beautiful room (private and shared options available)
Amazing vegetarian meals and unlimited self-serve local Guatemalan coffee, herbal tea and drinking water
Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, optional ceremonies and activities
Rates & Registration
Private room: $1850 USD
Double room: $1500 per person
Please email (contact info blocked) for more information or to join this retreat.
A 50% deposit is required to hold your space.
Early-bird discount: 10% off if booked before January 30.
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Adrian Gianforti December 03, 2019
I had a wonderful time at Villa Sumaya and would absolutely return. The only thing I'd change is staying longer considering Lake Atitlan can be tough to get to from Guatemala City airport and three days there was not nearly enough time. I appreciate the service staff's help and guidance during my time there. The food was INCREDIBLE as well! Absolutely worth mentioning.
Whitney Dupuis November 09, 2019
Villa Sumaya truly is the most amazing place I have ever been. The people, the lake, the rooms, the food, the energy, the gardens, the healers, the animals.....the list goes on. EVERYTHING about this place is beautiful. If you are even remotely thinking of visiting...It is a must!
Jennifer October 28, 2019
I was recently at Villa Sumaya for a Vinyasa yoga retreat, and it was an incredible experience. Villa Sumaya accommodations were amazing, beyond my expectations. The accommodations were beautiful and clean, the staff was super nice and always helpful. The food was healthful and delicious. The view of the lake is unbelievable. It can be a long travel day to get to this little piece of heaven, but it was completely worth it. This is truly a special and magical place to be, I can't wait to visit again.
Shaelyn Delgado October 27, 2019
My teaching partner and I hosted a retreat of 19 people here and it was fantastic. The village the retreat center is located on is my favorite on the lake and the retreat center is very organized and incredibly safe. The staff is amazing and there are so many great details that go into making the place a very beautiful and serene place to disconnect. We hope to be back next year!
Brooke Brownlow October 01, 2019
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 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 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!