Join the circle. Come to rest, rejuvenate and renew on retreat in the land of eternal spring.

Since 2010, I’ve been leading weekend retreats in Guatemala. My style of yoga is called Yoga Schmoga, and it incorporates hatha yoga asanas, pranayama (breath work), yin yoga and restorative poses, mindfulness practices and meditation. I draw also from the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

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July 20-23 ~ Family Wellness Weekend @ the Pacific Coast

August 1-5 ~ Seven Sacred Directions @ Villa Sumaya

August 5-7 ~ Seven Sacred Directions @ La K’zona

August 18-21 ~ Writing Down the Chakras @ Villa Sumaya

September 8-10 ~ Writing Down the Chakras @ Posada de Santiago

September 21-24 ~ The Path of Beauty @ Villa Sumaya

December 2-9 ~ Writing Down the Chakras @ Villa Sumaya


Wellness Weekend: Chakra Yoga, Art & Cooking ~ 

Workshops will cover mindful eating, walking meditation, chakra basics, creative practice (writing, visual art, music, etc), incorporating seeds, nuts, ferments, preparing easy, minimally-processed, highly-nutritious and delicious dishes, making sprouts, growing greens/radishes & making delicious green smoothies.

The Path of Beauty: Yoga & Mindfulness for All ~

We’ll walk the path of beauty, focusing on breathing, mindful movement, guided sitting/standing/walking meditations, and witnessing the yoga of each moment.

Seven Sacred Directions: Yoga, Ceremony & Celebration ~

We’ll be practicing yoga with a focus on the 7 chakras and 7 sacred directions, celebrating and reflecting with a cacao ceremony and a fire ceremony.

Writing Down the Chakras: Yoga, Meditation & Journaling ~

This will be a weekend to practice conscious being, breathing, moving, relating, expressing, and creating. We will share in the group practices of yoga, mindfulness, meditation, writing and also allow plenty of time for reflection and integration.

General Schedule

Starting Day: arrive & settle in / 4:30 opening circle / 6:30 dinner

Middle Day(s): 7:30 tea & fruit / 8am yoga / 9:30 breakfast / 11:00 workshop or ceremony / 1:00 lunch, free time / 4:30 learning circle and practice / 6:30 dinner

Departure Day: 7:30 tea & fruit / 8:00 closing circle & fire ceremony / 10:30 brunch


About Michelle

I am a believer in the power of poetry, circles and stories. I am the creator of Yoga Freedom and have been teaching hatha yoga since 2002.

Raised in Austin, Texas, my home base since 2012 is Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan highlands, where I enjoy writing, reading, playing with my daughter, teaching, learning, being in nature, speaking Spanglish with my partner, cooking, eating, hiking, swimming, and generally soaking in the present moment.

I’m also a freelance blogger, most notably for Elephant Journal and have self-published a number of inspiring books. Since 2010, I’ve been giving yoga retreats in Guatemala that incorporate spirituality (yoga, mindfulness, meditation); creativity (writing, art, music, dance); good food (mindful eating, healthy vegetarian diet); and community  (ceremony, good company, sharing circles, laughter). Hope to meet and practice with you soon!

Selected Past Retreats10333423_10153038761575400_62735084777936184_o

  • January 21-28, 2017: The Path of Beauty: Yoga, Heartfulness & Writing Retreat @Villa Sumaya
  • Jan 13-15, 2017: Warrior Within @ La K’zona
  • November 11-14, 2016 / The Art of Healthy Living: Yoga, Cooking & Permaculture Weekend @La K’zona
  • August 5-7, 2016 / The Path of Beauty: Yoga & Mindfulness Weekend @ La K’zona
  • November 2015 / Yoga Weekend @ Earth Lodge
  • June 2015 / Yoga & Creativity @ La K’zona
  • June 2014 / Yoga & Mindfulness @ La K’zona
  • March 2011 / Yoga Weekend @ Paredon Surf House/Pacific Coast
  • November 2010 / Grounded in Gratitude @ Earth Lodge
  • May 2010 / Yoga @ Mindfulness @ La Paz / San Marcos La Laguna

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