Guatemala Yoga & Mayan Culture Immersion Retreat

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Lotus Retreats
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Jan 18 - 25, 2020
Group size: 10 - 20
Guatemala Yoga & Mayan Culture Immersion Retreat
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lotus Retreats
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12 reviews

$2390
Deposit: $500
Jan 18 - 25, 2020
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

Experience the magical land of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala for a week retreat of yoga practices and Mayan culture surrounded by a vortex of volcanoes. Guatemala is a land of vibrant life, filled with lush vegetation and tectonic activity. Lotus Retreats is traveling to the Sierra Madre mountain range deep in Central American for a full immersion of Mayan culture & Guatemalan nature. 

"Atitlan" in Nahuatl means "the place where the rainbow gets its colors." This mystical lake is often called the most beautiful in Central America and has inspired people for thousands for years.


Surrounded by a vortex of volcanoes, Lake Atitlan is known for its healing and mystical properties that seekers and believers feel upon arrival. The lake lies in the heart of an ancient volcano's caldera, which filled with water after it's final eruption 85,000 years ago. The lake and it's three surrounding volcanoes still hold active tectonic power and people travel from around the world to feel the energy vortex created here at the intersection of Fuego de la Tierra and Paz del Lago.


Deepen your Yoga practice with daily yoga classes, workshops and meditations with Loren Lotus & Ryann Tillman in the Sierra Madres overlooking the peaceful Lake Atitlan. You will have the opportunity to explore the many Mayan villages that surround the lake, hike to jungle waterfalls, and taste the exquisite fruits of Guatemala. 


Experience a sunrise paddle board session or take a dip in the lake to cleanse yourself, followed by a yoga class with breathing techniques and meditation. Each day of our retreat will order an activity or excursion to explore the Mayan culture!

ACCOMMODATIONS

Dive deeply into the refreshing natural beauty of Lake Atitlan’s stunning landscape. Within the vast, majestic horizons, you’ll find a deeper connection with your heart’s song and a rejuvenated sense of wellbeing.


Our retreat will be hosted at Villa Sumaya - a retreat and wellness center located in Santa Cruz la Laguna, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Villa Sumaya is dedicated to rejuvenating holistic practices and healing modalities as well as preserving Mayan traditions and facilitating outdoor adventure in the heart of the Altiplano. Majestically located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, this retreat oasis has a dock for sitting along the shore as well as a pool overlooking the waters. 


Retreat into each of the elements; along with the lake and pool, there is a hot tub, sauna & massage therapies upon request. The solar-heated, stone hot tub oasis is tucked above a garden lounge. For a detoxifying sweat, indulge in the electric sauna; or request a Chichimeca Sweat Ceremony in the custom-designed lakefront sauna.


Each of the rooms at Villa Sumaya provide a lake view & breeze of the area. The rooms are spread throughout the property in cabins & houses with private rooms. Each room also have a private bathroom. Some rooms are lakeside, while the larger suites are higher up and require stairs to climb!

YOGA & WORKSHOPS

Practice yoga surrounded by sacred nature, fresh open air and lake views as we move, breath & connect with ourselves and the culture of Guatemala.


Each day of the retreat will include physical asana, meditation and pranayama. Most days will start with a 90-minute Hatha, vinyasa flow class to awaken and move the body through sun salutations, basic postures and balancing postures to build your physical practice and understanding of the body. 


Evening classes will cool down the body with relaxing, restorative and yin poses with longer holds, breathing techniques & meditation. Our classes cater to each practitioner with variations, modifications and options to add-on. We offer physical adjustments and massage throughout class, if desired. 


Pranayama - for those newer to breathing techniques, we will introduce basic breaths and techniques for guiding our breath and evolving our ability to breathe into a fuller capacity. Each practice will incorporate Pranayama to understand the Prana, or energy we input & expend from our energetic bodies.

ACTIVITIES / CULTURAL IMMERSIONS

  • Learn and practice the beautiful Spanish language on-site at Villa Sumaya! Work with one of our friendly and experienced Spanish teachers. You’ll just need a notebook and pen, and they will provide the rest of the resources. We will offer a Spanish class at the beginning of the week with the option to add a full week of lessons.
  • Dive into Mayan culture with a Mayan Fire Ceremony; A Mayan spiritual guide will share a traditional Mayan Day Count Fire Ceremony. We will be encouraged to participate in the ceremony which will include the building of a fire in the ancient Mayan tradition using herbs, chocolate, colored candles, cinnamon, myrrh and copal (tree resin).
  • Cacao Ceremony; Journey home to your heart with Xicoy, the Cacao Spirit, one of the most playful spiritual guides in ancient Mayan cosmology. The Mayans have used Cacao in ceremony for thousands of years to connect with their hearts. 
  • Explore the art and creation of Mayan communities as we visit various lake towns
    • San Juan La Laguna; Take in the fine art of the naturally-dyed and exquisitely handcrafted goods created by the talented Maya. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the weaving and art cooperatives that Guatemala is famous for. Many excursions will be an excellent shopping opportunity, as well as a chance to learn about the artisan crafts of this unique village.
    • Santiago; Take a scenic boat ride across the lake to Santiago. You will visit Maximon, the patron saint and mysterious Mayan spiritual figurehead of Santiago. See a variety of primitive paintings, beadwork and handcrafted woodwork as you learn the fascinating history of Santiago while visiting historic sites. This is one of our most popular guided tours, offering a rare and fascinating insight into this proud and independent village and the life of the modern Maya.
  • San Pedro Volcano Climb; If you love adventure, then climb to the top of Volcano San Pedro! The trip begins early in the morning with an early or packed breakfast and a boat ride across the lake with your guide.
  • El Pico de Cielo Hike; El Pico de Cielo is 8,200 feet above sea level. This hike offers two options to suit different levels of fitness. The more rigorous hike starts from Santa Cruz La Laguna. Alternatively, you may take a boat to Panajachel and then a pick-up truck to the trailhead for a 45-minute walk to the vista point.
  • Kayak, Paddle Board, Relax on the dock or dare to cliff dive into the Lake!

We leave plenty of space for resting, reading, meditating, or just hanging out and integrating all these new experiences. There are lush gardens with hammocks and lounge chairs around the Lake for your pleasure.

FOOD / NOURISHMENT

Prana, the air or energy we input into our bodies is the quality of the energy we expend. Throughout our retreat week, we practice conscious and healthy eating habits. Most meals will be vegetarian and prepared in house at our retreat facility. 


We allow for individual breakfast and lunch times for guests to sit with themselves or small groups while our dinner times are family style and all-inclusive with one another! Some meals, lunches on long excursion days will be packed or optional to purchase on your own in free time.   

GETTING THERE / FAQ

ARRIVALS

Our arrival airport is Guatemala City. We will arrange for transportation from the airport to the retreat center in Lake Atitlan. Arrival information & details will be provided upon booking confirmation. 


We realize the journey is just as much a part of the experience as the destination! We’re here to support you fully on arriving safely to Guatemala & transporting to the retreat center. We provide a shared google document for all guests to input their arrival & departure information as well as the ability to communicate with other guests traveling near the same time. We also have a Facebook group for guests to connect, share questions & interact with one another. 


FAQ

What is the nearest airport to Lake Atitlan?

Guatemala City Airport

Are flights included?

Flights are not included in the retreat week price. Roundtrip flights to/from Guatemala City airport are around $300-$500 USD.

Do I need a Guatemalan Visa?

No Visas are needed. However, it is recommended to check that your passport does not expire within 6 months of traveling to Central America.

How do we get from the airport to the resort?

Transportation from the Guatemala City airport to Lake Atitlan is included in your retreat package! We will arrange arrivals & departure transfers for you once booked.

Are there ATMS in Guatemala?

There are ATMs to withdraw Guatemalan currency. We also recommend bringing US currency and converting for Guatemala cash at money exchanges. 

Is there Wifi at the retreat center?

Yes, we have included the cost of Wifi in your retreat package.

Do I need any vaccinations traveling to Guatemala?

There are no vaccines needed traveling to Guatemala. It is advised to only drink water from filtered sources and avoided drinking any tap water from the sink or shower. Please check the CDC Website for further information on vaccines & health precautions when traveling abroad. 

I want to be in a triple occupancy but I am traveling solo. Can I be paired up?

Yes, we are happy to pair you up with others in a double or triple occupancy. If no pairing is available, single occupancy rates apply.

I am traveling alone! Will I be able to meet up with other traveling guests at the airport?

Yes! We have a Facebook group for all booked guests and aim to connect everyone prior to their travel into Guatemala so you can arrange meet ups and share taxis. We know traveling to a foreign country can be intimidating so we are here to guide you along the way!

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Each day of the retreat will include 2 yoga classes, 3 meals & an optional excursion or workshop! You're free to pick & choose what you'd like to participate in, while leaving plenty of space for relaxing, connecting, massages.. you name it!


6:30am Silent sunrise meditation and tea

7:30am Morning Yoga Flow

9am Breakfast

10am-5pm Free Time; Pool/Lake; Excursions or Spa!

10am: Optional Excursion (Spanish Class, Volcano Hike, Boat Ride, Paddle Board)

1:00pm Lunch

4:00pm Workshop Offering

5:30pm Yin / Restorative Yoga

7:30pm Dinner

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    8- days and 7-nights accommodations at a lakeside yoga retreat center in Lake Atitlan
  • Food
    Three vegetarian meals a day (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free options available)
  • Yoga
    Two classes a day (Hatha, vinyasa and yin/restorative styles)
  • Workshops & Ceremonies
    Three themed workshops & ceremonies throughout the week with Lotus Retreats facilitators
  • Spanish Lesson
    Learn and practice the beautiful Spanish language on-site at Villa Sumaya! Work with one of our friendly and experienced Spanish teachers.
  • Transportation
    To and from Guatemala City airport to the Lake Atitlan retreat center
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Excursions & Activities
    There will be a variety of excursions around the lake that you can register for upon arrival
  • Add-on Spanish Lessons
    We will include 1 class in your retreat package; you may opt into a full week of classes if you wish!
  • Spa Services
    Our on-site wellness center offers an abundant array of services provided by our experienced and gifted therapists. Services range from therapeutic massage to energy healing.
  • Tips
    For resort staff & services

Available Packages

Maya Room Double *Early bird- Oct 18
Available until Oct 18, 201910 left

Maya Rose rooms are lakefront, close to the main courtyard. Hear the tranquil lapping of the lake from these inviting rooms, with outdoor space & private bathroom areas.   


$2,390 Early bird price though October 18th

$2,690 Regular price

$2390
Deposit: $500
Maya Room Single *Early bird- Oct 18
Available until Oct 18, 20195 left

Maya Rose rooms are lakefront, close to the main courtyard. Hear the tranquil lapping of the lake from these inviting rooms, with outdoor space & private bathroom areas.    


$2,590 early bird discount though October 18th

$2,890 Regular price

$2590
Deposit: $500
Ginger Jr. Ste Double *Early bird- Oct18
Available until Oct 18, 20194 left

Ginger Jr Suite rooms are perched on the top of the retreat property, perfect for couples and those preferring more privacy. It is a 5-10 minute walk from the main courtyard & dock. All rooms are lakeview! 


$2,390 Early bird price though October 18th

$2,690 Regular price

$2390
Deposit: $500
Ginger Jr. Ste Single *Early bird-Oct 18
Available until Oct 18, 2019only 2 left

Ginger Jr Suite rooms are perched on the top of the retreat property, perfect for couples and those preferring more privacy. It is a 5-10 minute walk from the main courtyard & dock. All rooms are lakeview! 


$2,590 Early bird price though October 18th

$2,890 Regular price

$2590
Deposit: $500
Ginger Suite Triple *Early bird- Oct 18
Available until Oct 18, 2019only 3 left

 Nestled in the trees, the deluxe Ginger Suites are the most glamorous suites and a favorite of many of our returning guests and group leaders. Ideal for romantic getaways or extra-special personal retreats. Make yourself at home in this cozy suite, conveniently located just above our solar hot tub and electric sauna.  

 

$2,190 Early bird price though October 18th

$2,490 Regular price


$2190
Deposit: $500
Ginger Suite Double *Early bird-Oct 18
Available until Oct 18, 20198 left

Nestled in the trees, the deluxe Ginger Suites are the most glamorous suites and a favorite of many of our returning guests and group leaders. Ideal for romantic getaways or extra-special personal retreats. Make yourself at home in this cozy suite, conveniently located just above our solar hot tub and electric sauna. 


$2,490 Early bird price though October 18th

$2,790 Regular price

$2490
Deposit: $500
Ginger Suite Single *Early bird- Oct 18
Available until Oct 18, 20194 left

Nestled in the trees, the deluxe Ginger Suites are the most glamorous suites and a favorite of many of our returning guests and group leaders. Ideal for romantic getaways or extra-special personal retreats. Make yourself at home in this cozy suite, conveniently located just above our solar hot tub and electric sauna. 


$2,690 Early bird price though October 18th

$2,990 Regular price

$2690
Deposit: $500
$2390
Deposit: $500

Maya Room Double *Early bird- Oct 18

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Lotus Retreats
12 reviews
Expand and enhance your vision of the world and your practice of Yoga with a Lotus Retreats week in paradise! Our retreat weeks offer a diversity of yoga classes, philosophy, workshops, sacred ceremonies, Kirtan music and enlightening group activities to deepen all areas of your physical, spiritual, and mental being. We combine the practice of Yoga in connection to sacred nature with culture excursions to adventure and explore each country and it's unique offerings! We believe there is a whole world to see and want to show you how beautiful each unique country is. Our team is a group of passionate, well traveled Yoga instructors, workshop facilitators, musicians and devoted practitioners who are passionate about sharing their love & knowledge of Yoga with the world! Lotus Retreats currently hosts in Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Guatamala and Bali.

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I had a great time! I met some amazing & beautiful people, did some great yoga & got a great glimpse of the Balinese culture in the week I spent there.
Great trip! The food was amazing and seemed like there was something for everyone! The people were incredibly friendly and helpful and Lotus Retreats staff (Loren and Ryann) did a fantastic job coordinating the details of this yoga retreat.
My 1st time to do yoga 🧘‍♀️ retreat & it was the best. The people, the place the activities were all entirely beautiful. The instructors Loren & Ryann Tillman were the best guide we’ve had both so inspiring that I will do yoga 🧘‍♀️ again with them. Good relationships don’t just happen, they take time, patience & two people who truly want to be together ... Loren & Ryan mabuhay ! L o v e ❤️💕 Evangeline Lara
I enjoyed the experience of being disciplined to wake up early every morning and evening to practice alignment/yoga as for the healthy treats. Definitely will recommend. Thank you!
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Amazing experience. Will definitely do more with Lotus!
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I had the opportunity to deepen my practice / experience the beauty of Tulum Mexico with Lotus Retreats and would do it again in a heartbeat! The Lotus Retreats crew quickly created a space of loving community, increased awareness, and intentional practice within the first few hours of our retreat and it only got better from there! These retreats are special. Humanity in raw form. I'll be back for more, no doubt!
By Travis Perkins on Oct 02, 2018
Loren's yoga retreats are one of my favorite ways to replenish my soul and body with fresh new prana energy, inspiration, beautiful scenery, amazingly tasty food, and like-minded new friends from all over the world. Loren, you can count me in every time!!! :-) Pascal
By Pascal Nicolas on Jul 18, 2018