Villa Sumaya, featured in Taschen's Great Yoga Retreats, is an eco oriented, full service, retreat center, and hotel, serendipitously situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Atitlan (at 1,500 ms/4,500 ft ASL). With an uninterrupted vista punctuated only by a skyline of three perfect volcanoes, Villa Sumaya is the ultimate high for romantics and adventurers in search of rest, reflection and ageless natural beauty. Our unpretentious, thatch roofed complexes, have luxurious rooms, private baths and patios. Our property boasts spacious gardens, café/bar, gift shop, hot tub, sauna, and outdoor pergolas that are all set beautifully in the natural surroundings. We specialize in group packages that can accommodate up to 33 guests comfortably and also cater to individuals who want to create their own personal retreat. There are lots of great options! We are located in Santa Cruz la Laguna on Lake Atitlan, in Guatemala, a 15 minute boat ride from Panajachel.See more events in this venue
Join us for a yoga retreat that combines mindfulness, compassion, and action in the heart of Guatemala, the Land of the Eternal Spring. On this unique trip, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in yogic practices, experience the beauty of Guatemala, and offer your services to the local community. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and we hope you’ll join us!
The trip begins in the historical, picturesque city of Antigua, where we’ll spend two days sightseeing and working with Common Hope, a nonprofit organization that assists in improving living conditions and education for the underserved in Guatemala. We’ll have the opportunity to meet local residents and offer our time to a meaningful community volunteer project. We’ll also practice yoga and meditation daily, enjoy local restaurants and nightlife, and engage in cultural activities. Next, we’ll head to Villa Sumaya, a first-class yoga retreat center that sits on the treasured Lake Atitlan, known for its jaw-dropping vista of mountains and volcanoes. At Villa Sumaya, we’ll delve more deeply into our yoga practices, eat delicious local food, and take part in activities on and around the lake.
Yoga and Meditation
We’ll practice yoga and meditation daily. Yoga will be geared toward all levels; newer practitioners will have the opportunity to learn the basics of yoga, while more advanced practitioners will have the opportunity to take their practices to new depths. There will be silent periods observed during the mornings.
Karen’s classes are spacious, rhythmic flows that focus on building prana, concentration, and strength, and offer an opportunity to move into a space of meditation and inquiry. Karen will also offer writing exercises as a way of tapping into the creativity that can flow in the retreat setting. Laurie’s classes are carefully sequenced alignment-based flow classes that focus on creating mindfulness through movement. Laurie will also lead the group in hiking yoga as a means to experience, and connect more deeply with, the beautiful and inspiring natural surroundings.
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