A Shamanic Yoga - Soul Journey

Villa Sumaya

Jaya Lakshmi And Ananda Das
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Dec 14 - 21, 2019
Group size: 1 - 25
A Shamanic Yoga - Soul Journey
Villa Sumaya

Jaya Lakshmi And Ananda Das
  • Email address verified
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22 reviews

Dec 14 - 21, 2019
Group size: 1 - 25

About this trip

Are you looking to experience more shamanic practices and wisdom into your life?  How about incorporating it into your yogic and meditation teachings and practices? Then please consider joining us on this transformational Soul Journey to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. 

Few places in the world are more conducive to bring presence, awe and wonder like Lake Atitlan.  We auspiciously timed it so that the retreat leads up to the Winter Solstice, a time where Yogic and Mayan traditions consider to be the most potent times of the year for ceremony and spiritual practices.  

Is this Soul Journey for You?

Over this week, you will be exposed to a living indigenous and shamanic culture that dates back over 4,000 years.   You will experience fire and cacao ceremonies from Mayan shamans trained in age old lineages.  In addition, we will be sharing mantra chanting, Kundalini Yoga, and our own version of a cacao ceremony.  We will also share ways in which you can integrate the ancient with the modern, the shamanic with the yogic.  

This retreat with help deepen your love and practice of chanting, bhakti, kundalini yoga, and ceremony in a majestic and elevating environment.  We will sing and dance our hearts open, rejuvenate, relax, and explore yoga as a practice of embodying spirit in a heart opening and devotional way.  Through daily meditation and chanting you will refine your perspective of these practices and yourself. 

The retreat is open to all people and of all levels of yoga and kirtan experience.  Each participant will practice according to their individual needs guided by Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda. Loving care, attention and support for your experience will always be available.  This retreat is truly a gift to yourself!

This will be our second time returning after an absolutely phenomenal first retreat in 2016.  Please check out this video that was made from this same retreat two years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWJoykxa75E&feature=youtu.be

*If you want to bring your family (children), we would love that!  Please contact us to arrange that and for pricing discounts. 

What a prior retreat participant said about our retreats: Click Here.

What to expect?

-Stunning retreat center and spa set on the lake

-Daily Kundalini Yoga (All Levels) with live music by us. One of us will lead while the other serenades.

-Evening chant circles

-Cacao Ceremony led by us.

-Mayan Ceremonies led by local shamans

-Outings to various towns on the lake by boat

-Natural Hot Springs in beautiful hotel 

-Mayan arts and crafts shopping 

-Daily swims in the lake

-Volunteering at a local woman's collective

*To take a yoga class with us or just get a feel, click here.  

*To see live videos of our music, click here

Villa Sumaya

We will be staying at the beautiful Villa Sumaya Retreat Center in a small village called Santa Cruz.  Villa Sumaya is right on the lake with absolutely stunning views of the three volcanoes that tower over the lake.  Check out this video of the location, click here. The rooms are beautiful and tastefully decorated.  For more on the center, visit: VillaSumaya.com.  You will be held in a nurturing and healing environment by Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda as well as the loving and supportive staff at Villa Sumaya.

Sample day at the Altar of Love Retreat:

-7am-9am: Yoga led by Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda (daily offerings of Kundalini Yoga and meditation as well as a few Anusara and Vinyasa Flow influenced classes)

-9am: Breakfast

-10am-1pm: Free time

-1pm: Lunch

-4pm-6pm: Afternoon activities (cacao ceremony, Chanting workshop, yoga, or meditation)

-6:30pm: Dinner 

-8pm-9pm: Chant Circles/Free Time

All Inclusive Program Offers the Following:

  • Lodging
  • Three delicious vegetarian meals a day.  {The restaurant offers a variety of Guatemalan, American and European Cuisine.}
  • Transportation on outings.
  • Mayan Fire Ceremony led by local shaman

Outings Include boat trip visits to these lake towns:

  1. Panajachel: Natural Hot Springs in a beautiful hotel and incredible shopping/crafts
  2. San Marcos: Beautiful park on the lake with a jumping platform and beautiful swimming.  Also the hub of the Yoga culture on the lake.  
  3. Santiago: The largest purely indigenous city in the world (over 50,000 people) with site seeing and shopping in traditional Mayan markets. 

*Pricing goes up $75/person after Sept. 1st.  and again $75 more after Nov. 1st. 

Travel and Flight Details:

 *Passport must be valid for entry into Guatemala. Please be aware that the retreat does not include transportation to and from airport to Villa Sumaya.  We recommend you fly into Guatemala City which is the closest airport. Airfare ranges in price throughout the year. You will need to book a shuttle or private van (a little more expensive but worth it!) to get to Panajachel which is the main town on the Lake.  From there you will take a ‘taxi boat’ to get to Santa Cruz, where Villa Sumaya is located.  Please take a look at Villa Sumaya's Welcome Kit.  It has much of the information you may need in order to book this trip.  To view it, click here.


We strongly recommend our guests to purchase Travel Health Insurance. We will ensure your stay is peaceful, safe, and lovingly guided, however it is wise that should you need immediate attention you have insurance for your own personal well being.

Hope you can join us!!

What people said about the retreat three years ago:

It's hard to find the right words to describe the experience I had with Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda at their retreat in Guatemala, but I'll take a stab at it: "amazing," "divine," and "blissful" come to mind. Nestled upon the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan, the setting was like paradise, and in addition to our daily yoga practice, we were treated to delicious, organic, locally-produced vegetarian/vegan meals, daily excursions to explore the nearby places of interest, music, storytelling, a cacao ceremony, did I leave anything out? We all bonded as a group and formed lasting friendships in a way that is truly rare. Can't recommend this adventure highly enough!  -Bob MacColl ~Long Beach, CA

"I’m so grateful for the time I’ve spent on retreat with Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda. These experiences have profoundly impacted my journey – deepening my connection with sacred sound, mantra, and yoga, as well as the land and local culture. I felt nourished and held in a space where it was easy to relax, practice living a healthy and intentional lifestyle, and simply enjoy the beauty of my surroundings and the connections that were forming – some of which have turned into life-long friendships!" Maggie Taurick

What’s included

  • Loding
  • Food
  • Boat Trips
  • Mayan Fire Ceremony

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Airfare Transport
    Transportation to/from airport to Villa Sumaya

Available Packages

Shared Room (Double)

This option is for women open to sharing a room with another person.   *Pricing goes up $75/person after Nov. 1st. 

Deposit: $500

Queen size bed with private bedroom and bathroom.  *Pricing goes up $75/person after Nov. 1st. 

Deposit: $500

Queen size bed with private room and bathroom.  *Pricing goes up $75/person after Nov. 1st. 

Deposit: $750
Shared Room with a Friend or Relative
Deposit: $750

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Jaya Lakshmi And Ananda Das
22 reviews
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda Das are a dynamic duo that have specialized in offering mantra and English heart songs, Kundalini and Sattva Yoga, Ecstatic Dance (Kirtronica) and cacao ceremony. They have released 16 albums since 2011 and are favorites in the mantra music genre. They are also well loved for their uplifting, heart centered, and transformative yoga classes. Their retreats incorporate not only their incredible offerings but also cultural adventures as well. Join these two for heart opening magic!


Thank you both so very much! What a beautiful and special time to spend together. The outdoor time was so nourishing, yoga was wonderful and the sangha was epic. Love and blessings, Ana
By Ana P for Sedona Solstice Soul Journey | Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda Das on Jul 01, 2023
Simply magical. The people were wonderful, the food was nourishing and delicious, and the yoga and singing filled my soul. This is a trip I'll remember for the rest of my life. It was exactly what I needed to recenter and recharge.
By JESSICA B for Sedona Solstice Soul Journey | Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda Das on Jun 24, 2023
I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt joy of attending the Maui Alter of Love Retreat. Both Lakshmi and Ananda were such gracious and wonderful facilitators that made this retreat so special for me. I experienced amazing music, playtime, beach time, community, singing, dancing, daily yoga, cacao ceremony, laughter, wisdom satsangs, whale watching, snorkling, gourmet food and so much more. It was a blissful journey I will never forget and look forward to experiencing more retreats from these beautiful beings of love and light. Gratitude to Lakshmi and Ananda.
By Bruce C for Maui Altar of Love Retreat | Music, Yoga, Ocean Adventures & Healing on Feb 14, 2023
This was the trip of a lifetime! The setting and accommodations were perfect. Having the beach right across the street, we saw a beautiful sunset each night while listening and singing along to Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda's beautiful music. I enjoyed so much learning all the breathing exercises and different types of yoga and the devotional practices. It was an atmosphere of respect and friendliness and I enjoyed conversing with all the other participants. And the food was sensational! I would highly recommend this retreat which also offered opportunities to snorkel as well.
By June B for Maui Altar of Love Retreat | Music, Yoga, Ocean Adventures & Healing on Feb 05, 2023
This was my 3rd retreat with Jaya Lakshmi. She shares her many talents generously. The music, the yoga, the food, other participants, time in the ocean-could not have been better. Ananda also gives 100%. Truly an inspiring, soul nurturing, loving, authentic experience. Unforgettable delight for the whole being. Thank you!!!
By Dee W for Maui Altar of Love Retreat | Music, Yoga, Ocean Adventures & Healing on Feb 05, 2023
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A beautiful musical and magical spiritual journey we will remember for a lifetime. Perfect balance of kundalini, music & chants, ceremonies, great vegetarian food, new friends, and exciting adventures. During our whale excursion, we summoned these wonderful great beings with music and drumming. On our first swim, a Momma and baby whale approached us and came eye to eye with us, then offered a high 5 with its fin before cruising back into the wild deep blue from whence they came. Wahe Guru! Lakshmi and Ananda led us to this magical experience. They are great musicians, teachers, guides, and just wonderful people we feel grateful to have gotten to know and become friends with. Hence we are headed to the Guatemala retreat and look forward to another magical journey. Sat Nam, Fez & Kellye
By Kellye H on 25 Oct, 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our retreat in Hawaii with Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda. So much so that we are doing it again! The intimate chanting every evening was a dream come true. The whale excursions were an amazing experience that we will never forget! Waking up with kundalini yoga and the accompanying live music was fantastic. The cacao ceremony was a deeply enriching experience. Our whole family was made to feel very welcome and we created friendships that will last a lifetime. The kirtronica on the last evening was an absolutely blast, heart opening and uplifting! Looking forward to more adventures and much love to Jaya Lakshmi and Amanda. Wahe Guru!
By Ryan & Bobbi H on 25 Oct, 2019
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda create the most amazing space, whether it’s an Alter of love Weekend or a Hawaii retreat, they truly hold sacred space. The love that they share with the world is incredible. Kirtronica, kundalini Yoga, Music, Chanting, cacao. They bridge so many modalities and tickle your heart of life. You allways leave with a new sense of self, love, and connection. Give Thanks ?
By Ocean Travelers on 18 Oct, 2019
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