Lake Atitlan at Villa Sumaya

Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala

Dancing Dogs Yoga
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27 reviews
Sep 3 - 10, 2022
Group size: 12 - 30
Lake Atitlan at Villa Sumaya
Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala

Dancing Dogs Yoga
  • Facebook verified
27 reviews

Sep 3 - 10, 2022
Group size: 12 - 30

About this trip

Don't miss this journey to the magical and picturesque shores of Lake Atitlan.  Located in the Guatamala highlands, this retreat center in a unique destination of connection, rest, relaxation, cultural immersion, adventure, and natural beauty. 

The exotic, thatch-roof complexes offer elegantly decorated rooms, with patios and stunning views.   The lush grounds contain tropical flora, medicinal herbs, organic vegetable gardens, and relaxing hammocks.  There is a cafe, healing spa, sauna, boutique, and cozy common areas to gather and connect.

Lake Atitlan is an exotic destination and offers hiking, kayaking, and swimming, and is close to Santa Cruz, San Juan, Santiago and Chichicastenango for exploring.  

World Class Yoga + Meditation

Shelley Carroll founded Dancing Dogs Yoga in 2010 and has been leading retreats and trainings worldwide ever since.  Enjoy daily yoga, meditation, and yoga nidra classes. Our yoga classes are designed for ALL levels of practitioners, so no matter where you are on your yoga journey, you will be challenged and inspired.  We start each day with a vinyasa flow practice and meditation, and on non-excursion days, offer a special afternoon practice, like yoga nidra or yin.


US, Canadian and European Union citizens will receive a 90-day tourist visa upon entering the country. No preliminary arrangements are necessary. If you are visiting from another region, please check your country’s visa requirements.

Getting here

Guatemala is a short plane ride from southern U.S. airports. Aurora International Airport (GUA) is located in Guatemala City. From there, it is about a 3-hour drive to Panajachel and a 15-minute boat ride to our dock.

Transportation is not included in the group rates. We work closely with Kan Tours, a transportation company that arranges safe, reliable and direct shuttles and boats to our private dock. We will bill you before travel once we know your flight information. 

What’s included

  • 7 Nights Lodging
    Choose single, double, or triple occupancy in one of our comfortable rooms or bungalows.
  • Meals
    All meals are included and are vegetarian. Vegan and gluten free available upon request.
  • Yoga + Meditation
    Enjoy daily yoga classes with Shelley and other senior DDY teachers.
  • 24/7 Coffee and Tea
  • Cacao Ceremony
    Indulge in a ritual cacao ceremony featuring locally sourced cacao. Set intentions, open your heart, and take part in a timeless tradition.
  • Fire Ceremony
  • Candlelight Yoga Nidra
    Be lulled into deep relaxation with a candlelight yoga nidra session. The word nidra means sleep, and this workshop will create deep "yoga sleep" in a magical location.
  • Santa Cruz Foodies!
    Visit Santa Cruz + CECAP’s vocational education center where we will learn to cook traditional Guatemalan recipes-- and eat them!
  • Kayaking + Cliff Jump
    You’ll begin from the Villa Sumaya dock and paddle for about 30 minutes to a special cliffjumping spot (with jumps from 3-30 feet above the lake) and swimming area. * You do not HAVE to jump!
  • San Juan Shopping Trip
    Take in the fine art of naturally-dyed and exquisitely handcrafted goods created by the talented Maya who inhabit this quaint village. Explore the weaving and art cooperatives.
  • Airfare
    Contact us if you need help. Book to Aurora International Airport (GUA). From there, it is a 3-hour drive to Panajachel and a 15 minute boat ride to our private dock.
  • Transportation/Transfers
    We work closely with Kan Tours, a transportation company that arranges safe, reliable and direct shuttles and boats to our private dock. We will bill you once we have all of your flight details.
  • Tips/Gratuities
    We recommend budgeting about $10 per day, or somewhere between $70-100. This tip You can add this to checkout and we will handle it for you.
  • El Pico de Cielo
    El Pico de Cielo is 8,200 feet above sea level. We will take a boat to Panajachel and then a pick-up truck to the trailhead for a 45- minute walk to the vista point, where we have lunch!
  • Sweatlodge
    We know this isn't for everyone, but if you are ready for it-- add it on at checkout. HIGHLY recommended!
  • Soundbath
    Add this luxurious experience at checkout.

Available Packages

Shared Room | Triple Occupancy
only 3 left
Deposit: $300
Shared Room | Double Occupancy
6 left

Book early to receive the best room!  This booking is for a shared room with one roommate and either a queen or twin beds. Please specify your preference at checkout and we will do our best to accommodate your request, though we can not guarantee it.  The earlier you book, the higher priority we will give to your preference.   

All rooms have private bathrooms, outdoor spaces, stunning decor, comfortable beds and fantastic views.

Deposit: $300
Private Room | Single Occupancy
only 3 left

Book early to receive the best room!  This booking is for a private room.  All rooms have private bathrooms, outdoor spaces, stunning decor, comfortable beds and fantastic views.

Deposit: $500

Available options

El Pico de Cielo Boat Ride + Hike
Sweat Lodge
Sound Bath
Tribal Dance Lesson

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Dancing Dogs Yoga
27 reviews
Dancing Dogs Yoga is a kickass, feel good Yoga community. Shelley Carroll has been leading trainings and retreats for over a decade, and each trip promises connection, adventure, and to leave you feeling Zen AF.


PARADISE!! This was my first time traveling to the Dominican Republic. Being at the Dominican Tree House Village was a new experience as well. The sounds of nature and gentle rain showers were relaxing. The excursions were fun and the food delicious. The yoga and meditation experiences were so healing and much needed. I met some amazing people and DDY Travels made sure I had everything I needed including travel information. I’m so excited to participate in the next yoga retreat!!
By Kendra G for That Yoga Jungle Life on 18 Sep, 2021
Such an Amazing Experience. I am so thankful for all he wonderful people I met on this trip. I would 100% join for another trip!
By OLIVIA F for That Yoga Jungle Life on 16 Sep, 2021
One of the most unique experiences I’ve ever been on! The treehouse village is like something from a story book and this was such a cool and fun experience. I went into the retreat without any expectations or prior research and Shelley knocked it out of the park. DDY did not disappoint. I was absolutely blown away by the location, the excursions, the planning, and the experience. I loved everything from the zip lining, to the waterfall excursion, the ATVs and the catamaran tour. The yoga was so incredible. I tried new styles of yoga I never had before. The cocoa ceremony at the beginning was such a great way to start us off. Everyone was so kind and so great to hang out with. I will absolutely be back and 100% will be going on more DDY retreats!
By Mersiha R for That Yoga Jungle Life on 15 Sep, 2021
Truly one of those trips I will remember, forever. The treehouse was unreal, the excursions were beyond. Oh! And there was yummy yoga, too! Pretty much the whole time I was there, I just kept feeling so very lucky to have these experiences. To top it off, I made some amazing new friends. Already looking at upcoming retreats! hmmmmm, Tulum!
By Stacy S for That Yoga Jungle Life on 15 Sep, 2021
Where do I even start?! This wasn’t a “trip” or “vacation” or even a “yoga retreat”. It was a whole EXPERIENCE. A life changing one. Not only did I get the full jungle life experience I expected, but I made deep connections with a group of amazing people. From those that led the retreat, to many who attended, to the beautiful locals who guided us. I knew coming into this, I didn’t want to stay at the “Four Seasons”, so to speak. I wanted to be submerged into the life of locals. I wanted to EXPERIENCE the Dominican Republic for real. And if you know anything about island life, as I would as an Islander myself, you’d know to expect the unexpected. It’s the friggin’ jungle! Bugs, spiders, rainfall, and more are expected. I also know that when I travel, I like to allow the universe to guide me. So you’re not gonna catch me on the sidelines complaining. You’re gonna find me living the experience to the fullest. Which I did. The Dominican Treehouse Village was a phenomenal property. I felt like I was home, in the Fiji Islands. The open air treehouse and main dining hall, etc. were lovely! The beautiful stone and rope pathways, to bonfire pits and the yoga dome - all gorgeous! Make sure you’re ready to walk! The local chefs prepared fresh food, fruit, coffee and rum drinks for us daily. I chose an all inclusive plan and was so glad I did. I didn’t have to worry about a thing. Literally woke up, and coffee was ready for me, followed by morning yoga to which a buffet breakfast was ready after! The excursions were amazing! I was able to ATV, zip line, go on a catamaran cruise, horseback ride to the waterfalls, etc. I loved daily yoga or the ability to skip if I wanted to sleep in. I never felt forced into doing anything. My only suggestion would be to split excursions to only one a day. But did I have the best freakin’ time?! Hell yes! The days were just a bit too long. That being said, Shelley and the DDY team will forever be a part of my heart and extended “framily”. Thank you for this amazing EXPERIENCE! Should I do my laundry now and start packing for the next one? ;) With love, Naz
By Nazia A for That Yoga Jungle Life on 15 Sep, 2021
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