Saturday - January 14
You will arrive in Guatemala City for a group departure at 2 pm in a private van. Once we arrive at Lake Atitlan, we will board a private boat to transport you to the Villa Sumaya retreat center, which is located on the shores of the lake in a private cove. Upon arrival, you will settle into your room and then have a Welcome Dinner, which is served buffet style. After dinner, we will have a group gathering in the Temple, which is our dedicated yoga space for the week.
Sunday - january 15
Sunday's adventures include getting acquainted with our retreat center and its grounds, which sits on nearly 20 acres of gardens. We will also tour our local village, Santa Cruz. During our tour, we will visit CECAP, the local vocational education center that educates Mayan youth in skills such as sewing, weaving, carpentry and culinary. We will have a lunch prepared by the students of CECAP. (check out this video about CECAP).
After the tour, there will be plenty of downtime for rest and relaxation. In the late afternoon and evening, we will offer a breathwork classes, dinner and a gentle yoga coupled with a Shamanic Journey. The shamanic journey will be facilitated by Colleen Sperati, who is a Charlotte-area Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner.
Monday - January 16
Monday will begin with a morning yoga flow class with Sydney. We will explore slowly flowing, fluid movements reminiscent of water flowing. Breakfast will be served after this gentle class. Following breakfast, we will depart for our first excursion to Reserva Natural Atitlan, a local nature preserve. Here, we will hike to a beautiful waterfall, experience a breathing meditation and have the chance to feed the local monkeys! The preserve also offers zip lining, which is an option for an additional fee.
After returning from the nature preserve, we will offer a late afternoon breathwork class followed by dinner.
Tuesday - January 17
The day begins with an Earth Flow yoga class with Sydney, focusing on your lower body for deep opening in hips and legs. After the class, enjoy breakfast and then we leave for a tour of 3 Mayan villages with a scenic boat ride.
You will learn the fascinating history of the villages while visiting numerous historic sights. This tour offers rare and fascinating insight into these very proud and independent villages and the life of the modern Maya who inhabit this region. You will also find a wide variety of paintings, naturally dyed handicrafts, beadwork and woodwork during your tour. This excursion is an excellent shopping opportunity, as well as, a chance to learn about the artisan crafts of these unique village.
After we return from the villages tour, you will enjoy dinner and be able to enjoy the sauna, which is reserved for our group only.
Wednesday - January 18
Wednesday is a free day to do as you please. You are welcome to explore the lake on your own, go swimming, enjoy a spa service or attend one of several classes and optional activities that we will offer. Following breakfast, Sydney will teach a fun and unique Kaleidoscope yoga class followed by Mandala making and coloring. Later in the day, Jonathan will teach a Massage 101 class, where you will learn the basic and fundamental moves to help you give a massage that makes others melt.
thursday - january 19
For those participants who love adventure, this intense climb to the top of Volcano San Pedro is remarkable. The trip begins early in the morning with a “to-go” breakfast and a boat ride across the lake with your guide. The walk up to this majestic peak is 4 hours.
You will eat your packed lunch perched in the heavens of Lake Atitlan. After your well-deserved break, you will descend for 2 hours back to the lake. Our boat will transport you back to Villa Sumaya. This activity is only for those who are in good athletic shape. It is much more than a casual walk as the ascending climb is equivalent to hundreds of sets of stairs.
friday - january 20
On Friday, you will experience a Mayan Sacred Fire Ceremony conducted by a local Medicine man. Mayan fire ceremonies are elaborate and powerful, offering an opportunity to use the source of light to amplify our intentions. Following the ceremony, you will have the opportunity to receive a private reading from the shaman, which is highly recommended.
SATURDAY - JANUARY 21
Following breakfast, we will provide group transportation back to Guatemala City airport.