A Shamanic Yoga - Soul Journey

Villa Sumaya

5 reviews
Dec 14 - 21, 2019
Group size: 1 - 25
A Shamanic Yoga - Soul Journey
Villa Sumaya

5 reviews

Deposit: $500
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
  • Airfare
  • Airfare Transport
    Transportation to/from airport to Villa Sumaya

Available Packages

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

Deposit: $500
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Queen size bed with private bedroom and bathroom.  *Pricing goes up $75/person after Nov. 1st. 

Deposit: $500
10 left

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
only 3 left
Deposit: $750
Deposit: $500

Shared Room (Double)
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Jaya Lakshmi And Ananda
5 reviews
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda 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 12 albums since 2011 and our favorites in the mantra music genre. They are also well loved for their grounded, heart centered, and fun yoga classes with live music. Their retreats incorporate not only their incredible offerings but also cultural adventures as well. Join these two for heart opening magic!


So much to say about this transformational experience. For me the Big Island is my jam. I go there often. Experiencing my island with these two beautiful souls and the people they brought together was magical. The retreat center was peaceful and beautiful. The Sunset from our private oasis on the hillside of Kealakekua Bay breathtaking. The food delicious and plentiful with our private chef. It was all I love and needed on my island at that time. Great spirits, yoga, chanting, beaches , water, sun, swimming with the ancient history keepers. Music from the heart with heartfelt souls dancing into the night. Yes it was that good. Lisa B
It was a dream come true! Our lovely, talented hosts, the gorgeous setting, beautiful live music, yoga with chanting, delicious food, and the other guests were all so wonderful! Also loved our darling chef Maria & insight visit with Kumu a wise Hawaiian gentleman.
Amazing trip! My first retreat and I would definitely come back! Great serene location for yoga and views of the bay. If you need some time away from the craziness of life and time to connect with yourself and nature I'd recommend this trip. Annanda & Jaya were amazing integrating music, yoga and coordinating the whale and dolphin trip. Thanks so much. Be sure to rent a car.
It was the best trip of my lifetime!!!! Meticulously choreographed by Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda Ji, it was blissfully divine. Villa Sumaya, where they choose to offer their retreat, was simply outstanding!!! Not only was it magnificent architecturally, they offered an array of unique services, they have the most efficient and friendly staff, and their 3 vegetarian per day is yummy. I look forward to being there again soon.
I absolutely loved this trip! It combined just the perfect set of elements that truly allowed my spirit to soar into a place of pure bliss. Jaya Laksmi and Ananda are beautiful souls and what is transmitted through their music and teaching is something that touches me deeply. I loved the location at the Sacred Earth Temple. The environment was relaxing and absolutely stunning. The circular space of the temple with windows that showed the most amazing view of land meeting ocean meeting sky soothed my soul and activated my senses. I also loved the crytsalline energy in the space. The meals were amazing and I enjoyed the eating area. The accomodations were perfect for me as I kind of love a little more wild and a little less of the day to day conveniences. It was joyful for me to leave my room and walk to the composting toilet especially in the early morning as it gave me an opportunity to see the star lit sky ... I got to see galaxies I never ever would have seen otherwise. I also enjoyed not having electricity. It was a nice contrast and made me feel closer to the earth. I know the one complaint that I heard from others had to do with the accomodations. I feel if this were more designated spaces for retreat participants to stay then some others would have been more comfortable. However, for me personally, I LOVED my bed, my view, my roomate Janelle and having to walk outdoors to use the bathroom and shower. I truly enjoyed all aspects of this trip! The boat rides were exquisiste, the music blew my heart wide open, the Maui land connects me so deeply with the Earth and Sky; the pure love, wisdom, humbleness and playfulness transmitted by Lakshmi and Ananda was a gift (of course:) and all of the particiapants became soul family almost instantly. I am just so happy that I went on this journey! Love Everlasting!


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 Howell on Oct 25, 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 Henderson on Oct 25, 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 Oct 18, 2019
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