Back to Bhakti Retreat with Ali & Olivia

Tzununa, Guatemala

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17 reviews
Jan 7 - 14, 2023
Group size: 10 - 21
Back to Bhakti Retreat with Ali & Olivia
Tzununa, Guatemala

17 reviews

$NaN
Jan 7 - 14, 2023
Group size: 10 - 21

About this trip

Back to Bhakti Retreat

a journey of discovery to self love, connection, and the joy of living


Expand and escape with Ali Chin Smyth and Olivia Beaton to Lake Atitlan, a stunning crater lake located in the heart of Guatemala. This retreat will offer you just what you need to cultivate growth in 2023 and feel inspired to step into a new year as the best version of yourself.  Your heart will crack wide open as we honor ourselves, community, and culture as we explore the beauty of Lake Atitlan.


What can you expect on this retreat?


Our journey begins with an overnight stay in the colonial city of Antigua, where our community will gather and connect for the first time. You'll have time to explore the unique architecture, boutiques, bars and restaurants of Antigua. On day 2, we will make our way to Lomas de Tzununa, a lakefront hotel with a relaxing vibe, and stunning views of Lake Atitlan.


Our time together will include daily, optional, yoga classes with Ali & Olivia, locally sourced meals, two included cultural and adventure-driven excursions, and moments for you to recharge in the stunning hillside grounds of Lomas de Tzununa and Lake Atitlan.  Our retreat center features an on-site pool, temazcal sauna, and restaurant / lounge area, all available for you to enjoy!


The most beautiful part of our journey together is you can design exactly what you need to leave this retreat feeling more alive than how you arrived.  Unravel and restore on the lake, at the on-site pool, in the sauna.  Overcome and become through adventure, zip lining, hiking, kayaking.  Learn and experience through cooking classes, weaving classes, visiting local markets.


If you're ready to expand into yourself, into community, into 2023, this retreat is calling.


Here's how you can get started...


A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space on this retreat. Your trip balance is due 120 days out from the retreat start date. If you would like to set up a payment plan for your trip balance at no additional cost, please email info@solseedretreats.com. 

What’s included

-7 nights / 8 days in Guatemala, including:

*6 nights, 7 days lodging at Lomas de Tzununa, located right on beautiful Lake Atitlan

*1 night's lodging, dinner and breakfast in the beautiful, colonial city of Antigua

-3 locally sourced meals daily plus unlimited tea, coffee and filtered water

-Daily yoga classes with Ali and Olivia

-1 guided hike to San Marcos and entrance to Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve, where we will spend the afternoon lounging lakeside and cliff jumping (if you dare!) + time for town exploration.

-Visit to the cultural village of San Juan + demonstration at a women's weaving cooperative

-Free use of on-site swimming pool & temazcal sauna 

-Round-trip transfers to and from Guatemala City (GUA) if you adhere to our flight parameters (will be emailed once trip minimums are hit)

Not included

-Roundtrip airfare to GUA (Guatemala City)

-Gratuities ($30 - $50 per person is super nice for the week, but always optional)

-Massages & energy healing sessions (can be booked directly at Lomas de Tzununa)

-Other optional excursions

-Required travel insurance

Passport & Immunization Requirements

You must have a valid passport to travel to Guatemala. Please check your passport expiration date and make sure it is valid for at least 6 months after the end date of your retreat. 


As of April, 2022, to enter Guatemala you must have ONE of the following: 

  • For all travelers aged 12 and over:  Evidence of receiving a complete two-dose COVID-19 vaccination course (or one dose for Johnson & Johnson), with the final dose being administered at least two weeks before beginning your trip to Guatemala; or
  • For all travelers aged 10 and over:  Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test from a certified lab conducted no more than three (3) days prior to check in at the airport or arrival at the land border.

SolSeed is uncertain exactly what the VISA and Immunization requirements may be at the time of your retreat. However, you can stay up to date by visiting the CDC's guidelines regarding Guatemala's requirements here

Cancellation Policy

All retreats include a $500 non-refundable / non-transferable deposit, which is required to hold your spot on the trip. Any balance payments made are also non-refundable / non-transferable. SolSeed Retreats can only make an exception to these terms if:

  1. The host government forbids us to visit as tourists.
  2. The host government forbids our vendors from hosting us as tourists.
  3. The US government forbids us to travel to the host country as tourists.

If SolSeed must further postpone or cancel the trip for any of the above reasons, all registrants will receive a refund of all deposits paid less $200.


If you refuse to comply with the laws of the host country, region, town, etc; SolSeed will not consider this a valid reason for receiving any refund. SolSeed will ensure to the best of their abilities that all registrants comply with all then current laws and regulations. Registrants are personally responsible for complying to local laws, at their own expense. Such expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Proving adequate vaccination status
  2. Providing a negative PCR test(s)
  3. Providing proof of adequate travel insurance

Required Travel Insurance

The purchase of travel insurance is required for this trip. 


Most policies protect you against potential trip delays or cancellations due to airline issues, family emergencies, illness, injury, etc. The travel insurance will also demonstrate to the host country that you are able to pay for any emergency services which may be necessary during your stay.


SolSeed is not authorized to sell travel insurance. Any offer to purchase travel insurance that you encounter during the checkout process are third party offers. You are free to select your own policy provider. If you would like to review options in a convenient online marketplace, we like what www.insuremytrip.com has put together. We have also had great experience with Trawick International and their customer service, and heard very good things from AAA Members who have purchased their travel insurance through AAA.


We strongly encourage you to speak with a travel insurance agent to discuss your specific coverage needs, and to clear up any questions you may have relative to travel insurance coverage, including questions about COVID-19

About Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan is a magical, 50 square mile, crater lake located in south-east Guatemala. At its deepest point, it’s over 1,100 feet! It’s approximately a 3.5 hour drive from Guatemala City and 2 hours from the beautiful colonial city of Antigua. Surrounded by majestic volcanoes and cultural Mayan villages, Lake Atitlan is the perfect place to disconnect, explore, and open your heart and perspective to what could be.


The climate at Lake Atitlan is also perfection, and incredibly complimentary for yoga classes, as well as outdoor adventuring. From January - April, daytime highs average a comfortable 75 - 80 degrees. Evenings are cooler, with temperatures in the low 60’s / high 50’s, perfect for sleeping. At a mile high in altitude, warm days of swimming and exploring are followed by cool nights in flannels by the fire, or relaxing in the wood-fired sauna.


Nature lovers will be overjoyed with the many outdoor activities available. From volcano hiking, to sunrise kayak and stand-up paddle boarding, to horseback mountain rides and zip lining tours, there’s ample opportunity to connect with and enjoy this incredible land.


When you aren’t immersing yourself in nature, there’s plenty of Mayan Culture to soak in! Lake Atitlan is surrounded by several towns, all accessible via public and private boat, each unique and worth exploring. Don’t miss out on textile shopping in San Juan, the people watching in Panajachel, cliff diving in San Marcos or the restaurant and bar scene in San Pedro.

Available Packages

Quad Occupancy Room with Private Bath
only 1 left

This unique room is a great option for a group of friends, or a few solo travelers. 


This mini-suite is set up as two bedrooms, each with a set of bunk beds (2 people per bedroom), with an adjoining bathroom between the two bedrooms. 


All 4 inhabitants of the two bedrooms will SHARE one bathroom with on demand hot water.


This room also has stunning lake views. 


**If you have someone you would like to room with, please indicate their name upon sign up, or else we will pair you with a like-minded roommate. Depending on how registration goes, this room might be co-ed.**

$1,899
Deposit: $500
Triple Occupancy Room with Private Bath
4 left

This room features one double bed and set of twin bed bunk-beds, sleeping a total of 3 people. This room also includes a private bathroom with on demand hot water, and a private deck overlooking Lake Atitlan. 


**If you have someone you would like to room with, please indicate their name upon sign up, or else we will pair you with a like-minded roommate. Depending on how registration goes, this room might be co-ed.**

$1,999
Deposit: $500
Double Occupancy Room with Private Bath
4 left

Perfect for two friends seeking a bit more privacy, or a couple, this room features one double bed and one twin bed, sleeping a total of 2 people. This room also includes a private bathroom with on demand hot water, and a private deck overlooking Lake Atitlan. 


**If you have someone you would like to room with, please indicate their name upon sign up, or else we will pair you with a like-minded roommate. Depending on how registration goes, this room might be co-ed.**

$2,299
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy Room with Shared Bath
only 2 left

Ideal for the solo traveler seeking their own private space, this room features one queen bed and stunning views of Lake Atitlan.


This room SHARES a bathroom with one other person / bedroom, and features a shower with on demand hot water.


If you and a friend are registering together, and desire your own sleeping space but are happy to share a bathroom, this is also a great option for you! 

$2,599
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy Room with Private Bath
only 2 left

Ideal for the solo traveler seeking their own private space, this room features one double bed and one twin bed. This room also includes a private bathroom with on demand hot water, and a private deck overlooking Lake Atitlan. 

$2,699
Deposit: $500
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SolSeed Retreats offers adventure and wellness retreats to exotic, off-the-beaten-path locations like: Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Guatemala, Panama and Colombia. We aim to build community and broaden our perspectives through experiential travel. We believe whole heartedly that traveling changes lives. Take the leap and join us on your next adventure abroad! For more info, visit www.solseedretreats.com. All offers of travel are not valid to residents of Washington, Iowa, Hawaii and Florida.

Reviews

This trip was an A+++. The hotel was beautiful, in a great location - can walk to town or beach, or take a quick cab ride. The staff was professional, considerate, friendly. Everything was so luxurious. The food at the hotel was superb. The spa and the grounds - beautiful, clean, peaceful. This review probably does not seem real - but it is. It was a magical trip. The planned excursions were very well organized. The drivers and guides - wonderful, friendly, helpful, eager to share their knowledge. And the drivers were so skilled! Driving in the Azores is no joke! The dinners out were amazing. You all really did a great job making us feel pampered, showing us the amazing sights and tastes of the Azores. Oh- and the picnics from Maria. So Wonderful! We were just sad we could not have a cooking lesson at her house. Finally - Tina is a gem. She made it all run smoothly and it was a joy to get to know her.
By Margaret C for Adventure to the Azores with Brenna Matthews on 15 May, 2022
MD
This twice rescheduled trip from 2020 did not disappoint! The Azores are a very special place- spectacular views, great food and a great group of people. We had dinner together every night which I think really helped people to to know each other. I think the balance of activities and off-time was just right. We could explore in own and everyone got to do just what they wanted. Stephanie and Katie kept our practices fun and challenging! They have always been two of my favorite teachers so I was looking forward to get to know them better. Two super special women! It was so great to meet Kristin and Ian after two years! I would go on another one of their trips without hesitation! Tina kept everyone informed and took us to some really special places! I will miss Tina Time! Thank you!!! Maggie D-D
By Maggie D for Adventure to the Azores with 3 Bridges Yoga on 14 May, 2022
My first yoga retreat, and I can't imagine ever topping this experience. I knew the yoga practice would be great under Petra's leadership — as always, she skillfully planned classes for the range of experience of participants, and brought so many extra dimensions: a theme that carried through the whole week and related to the physical setting, a peaceful meditation before the morning practice, etc. I didn't know what to expect from the accommodations at Santa Barbara Eco-Beach resort, which were beautiful, comfortable, and quiet, surrounded by well-designed, low-key coastal landscaping. Felt like you were in nature yet pampered. Fabulous kitchen, could go on and on about the food. Nice staff (some a little short on English, and planning for massage appointments could have been better). Solseed personnel were always friendly and efficient, made sure we knew all Covid testing protocols. Our local rep unfortunately had to isolate for much of the week, but she was always there to deal with questions. The people contracted to lead hikes and cater picnics were terrific. And São Miguel island itself was a revelation: I was happy to experience and learn about this gorgeous and fascinating place; also happy to be there in a quiet season. Tourism pressure will no doubt grow but I hope they can deal with it and not lose the character of the place.
By Diana L for Adventure to the Azores with Petra Ledkovsky van Aarem on 09 May, 2022
Amazing trip from start to finish! Yoga was wonderful, great people. Loved the hiking trips with Maria picnic. Accommodations were exceptional comfortable and spacious and beautiful. Food was excellent, fresh and delicious. Breakfast was very slow and could have been more efficient. Loved the farmhouse meal. Loved the experience!
By Elizabeth K for Adventure to the Azores with Petra Ledkovsky van Aarem on 07 May, 2022
Exceptional trip! Beautiful location in the Azores and a perfect mix of schedules and free time. Tina, guide with a great deal of local knowledge was helpful, fun and responsive. Kristen and Ian are very skilled at putting trips together that highlight local scenery and people. Highly recommend traveling with Solseed!
By Tara H for Adventure to the Azores with 3 Bridges Yoga on 07 May, 2022
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