Journey to the sacred shores of Lake Atitlán for a week of yoga, meditation, ceremony and transformation.
Lake Atitlán, Guatemala is a magical and magnetic place on the planet, located in the Mayan heartland and thought to be the belly button of the Earth. With three majestic volcanoes surrounding the lake shore, this is an authentically powerful place to heal and balance our mind, body and heart.
Discover a deep connection to the heart of the Earth, and your own heart. Relax and renew in our little piece of paradise.
December 2-9, 2017
January 3-6, 2018
For a PERSONAL RETREAT, please contact me to work out the details!
We offer two distinctive locations to fit your budget and style.
Halfway between the pueblos of Tzununa and San Marcos La Laguna is a residential area known as Pasajcap (“white honey” in the local Mayan dialect, Kaqchikel). This quiet, picturesque region is full of trees. Our yoga sessions will take place on the patio of my family’s casita, overlooking coffee trees, shade trees and the magnetic lake, sky and volcanoes.
There are many options for where to stay nearby in Pasajcap or “in town” (San Marcos), ranging from less than $10 per night to $40+.
In Sanskrit, the word Sumaya means “long awaited dream come true.” Nestled into a secluded lakefront cove on the stunning shores of Lake Atitlán and founded in 2000, Villa Sumaya is a spiritual retreat center on 18 acres of sacred Mayan highlands. Villa Sumaya has been featured in Yoga Journal and Taschen’s “Great Yoga Retreats.”
This gorgeous location offers panoramic lake and volcano views; elegantly-appointed, comfortable rooms; truly amazing, nurturing slow-food meals; juice bar and cafe; on-site Harmony Spa with spectacular healers; solar hot tub; fair-trade boutique and wood-burning sauna in majestic natural surroundings. Villa Sumaya is an eco-friendly wellness center ideal for self-care, rejuvenation, reflection and renewal.
Xicoy, the Cacao Spirit, is one of the most playful spiritual guides in ancient Mayan cosmology. A traditional Mayan plant medicine, cacao induces an expansive, mood enhancing quality. It is used to uplift the spirit, open the heart, deepen focus, remove blockages and enhance awareness. Gathering in a sacred circle of celebration, we’ll partake in the ritual sharing of a cacao elixir- an experience that promotes a meditative, reflective state and inspires a profound sense of joy and heartfelt gratitude.
In the traditional Mayan day-count fire ceremony, beautiful offerings are created and consumed, invoking connectivity with source consciousness while prompting us to leave behind our conditioned concept of self and fueling the fire of our sacred life purpose. Resting in the stillness of the fire’s glow, we’re invited to lighten our load and soothe the scars resultant of life’s challenges, cultivating awareness and acceptance of the role we’ve played in the grand scheme of things.
Flow of the Week
Saturday: arrive & settle in / 4:30 opening circle / 6:30 dinner
Sunday: orientation, spa day, lower chakras, sweat lodge ceremony
Monday: lower chakras, journaling, yin yoga, vinyasa flow
Tuesday: heart chakra, metta (loving friendliness), cacao ceremony
Wednesday: heart chakra, hatha & kundalini yoga, pranayama (breath work), Mayan fire ceremony
Thursday: upper chakras, mindfulness, optional San Juan trip
Friday: upper chakras, journaling, meditation, closing circle
Flow of the Day
7:30 tea & fruit / 8am yoga & meditation / 9:30 breakfast / 11:00 workshop or ceremony / 1:00 lunch, free time / 4:30 learning circle and practice / 6:30 dinner
Michelle Margaret Fajkus
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 several inspiring books. Since 2010, I’ve been leading 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).
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. Since 2015, I’ve been the retreat and reservations manager at Villa Sumaya.
- For more details about Michelle’s philosophy and teaching, check out this Levitating Monkey Interview
Ready to Join the Circle?
Pricing & Registration
OPTION 1) Pasajcap
Included In Your Package in Pasajcap:
– Twice daily yoga and meditation sessions
– A splendid, healthy and delicious, locally-sourced organic vegetarian lunch each day
2 days: $108 (4 sessions, 2 lunches)
4 days: $350 (8 sessions, 4 lunches)
7 days: $580 (14 sessions, 7 lunches)
Not included: airfare, airport transfers, accommodations, breakfast or dinner, optional activities, ceremonies and excursions
Suggested accommodations nearby:
- Maya Moon Lodge
- Hummingbird Hostel
- Hostal del Lago
- La Paz Eco-Hotel
- Several of our neighbors have cabins for rent via Airbnb. Please inquire for the list.
OPTION 2) Villa Sumaya
Included In Your Package at Sumaya:
– 7 nights / 8 days private or shared accommodation with lake views and patio seating
– 3 amazing vegetarian meals per day & unlimited coffee/tea/filtered water service
– Twice daily yoga and meditation sessions
– Sacred cacao and Mayan fire ceremonies
– Concierge service to assist with organizing all your transportation, spa services, cultural outings + early arrival and/or extended stays
Double Occupancy: Rooms feature either 2 twin beds or 1 queen — perfect for friends or couples traveling together. $1,495 USD per person
Single Occupancy: Rooms feature a queen or king bed — great for solo travelers and those wishing for more privacy. $1,750 USD
*Not included: airfare, airport transfers, Villa Sumaya staff gratuities, alcoholic beverages, optional activities and excursions
* Shorter stays (minimum 3 nights) are available… please email email@example.com to inquire about specific dates and request a price quote.
* All prices are per person. Rooms are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. All prices are in USD. A non-refundable deposit of $400 will secure your spot. Final balance is due 3 months prior to the retreat. The group is intimate. Space is limited to 12 people. Advance registration required.