Yoga freedom can be, and is, practiced anywhere and everywhere, anytime, all the time.

Yoga freedom is the connection to our breath, bodies and heart-minds.

Yoga freedom cultivates gratitude every morning, noon and night for the chance to be here and love and grow and let go.

Yoga encompasses lots besides the common practices of asana (poses) and pranayama (breathing), including service (karma yoga), esoteric practices (tantra) and contemplation of yogic philosophy (jnana yoga).

Yoga is for everyone who strives to be mindful, present and compassionate.

Weekend Retreats

20140804-221341.jpgYin/Yang Yoga & Writing Workshop

Friday ~ 3:00pm arrival, 4:30 opening circle, 6:30 dinner

Saturday ~ 7:00 yoga, 8:30 breakfast, 10:00 opening circle 1:00 lunch & free time for swimming, massage, village tours, etc. 4:00 yin yoga & writing: roots, desire

Sunday ~ 7:30 breakfast, 8:15 Mayan fire ceremony, 1:00 lunch, 3:00 cacao ceremony (sharing circle), kirtan (chanting), writing: gratitude, voice

Monday ~ 7:00 closing circle 9:00 breakfast, 11:00 farewell

What’s Included

  • 3 nights accommodation at the magical Villa Sumaya
  • all meals, coffee/tea/water
  • all yoga classes and writing workshops
  • use of Villa Sumaya facilities (yoga studio, hot tubs, pool, lounges, hammocks, etc)
  • all taxes


Shared room $225 / Q1600

Private room $350 / Q2500

Saturday only Day Pass: $55 / Q400

About the Teacher

michellefajkus2015Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a writer, teacher and retreat leader who founded Yoga Freedom in 2002 in Austin, Texas. Her home base since 2012 has been Lake Atitlán, Guatemala where she lives in an eco cabin with her Colombian partner, daughter, dog and two gatos. Michelle has been writing a columnist for Elephant Journal since 2010 and has written these inspiring ebooks. Michelle’s practice and teachings incorporates hatha yoga asana, writing practice (Natalie Goldberg style), pranayama (breathing), yin yoga, dharma, mindfulness and kundalini yoga.

For more details about Michelle’s philosophy and teaching, check out this Levitating Monkey Interview

Read Retreat Participants’ Testimonials

Sacred Ceremonies


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.

Ready to Join the Circle?

Space is limited to a maximum of 12 participants. A 50% deposit is required to hold your spot.

Email Michelle!


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