Sacred Expression Luxury Women's Retreat, Lake Atitlan

Santa Cruz la Laguna, Sololá Department, Guatemala

Aimee Hansen
  • Email address verified
Aug 12 - 20, 2017
Group size: 6-12
Sacred Expression Luxury Women's Retreat, Lake Atitlan
Santa Cruz la Laguna, Sololá Department, Guatemala

Aimee Hansen
  • Email address verified

Deposit: $600
Aug 12 - 20, 2017
Group size: 6-12

About this trip

This is our luxury retreat option on Lake Atitlan. Breathe and relax into lakeside luxury as we gather for an inspiring and beautiful week beneath the watch of volcanoes. Join a sacred circle of women in the spirit of reclamation for a creative inner adventure through meditation, yoga, and self-exploratory writing at Villa Sumaya in Santa Cruz, Guatemala. You are invited to take a brave and honest journey into your center to connect with your intuition and express from your core. Within each of us is the call to open our hearts, step into our courage, and animate our own sacred expression.

A Stunning Location

Cradled by rural highlands and lush forests, Lake Atitlan is a breathtaking beauty framed by three majestic volcanoes. The lake is known to attract travelers in search of soulful reconnection. Resting in a secluded lakeside cove, Villa Sumaya is an eco-chic sanctuary dedicated to rejuvenation, holistic practices, and preserving Mayan tradition.


This gorgeous location offers expansive views, inviting and comfortable accommodation, delicious and nurturing slow-food meals, juice bar cafe, on-site spa, solar hot tub, fair-trade boutique and wood-burning sauna in unparalleled natural surroundings. Villa Sumaya is an eco-friendly wellness center perfect for self-care, refreshing perspectives and renewing energies. 

A Women's Sacred Journey

Set out on a transformative creative and spiritual journey through daily meditation, yoga and self-exploratory writing as a channel to reveal insight from within. Participate in healing ceremonies that help to call your spirit and stoke your soul voice. Breathe, stretch, relax, and connect with your center while sharing in the experience with other women. This retreat is not about ‘writing’ as a subject or art form. In this retreat, we ourselves are the art form. Every woman has a voice in her own life – we are gathering together to rise it up and own our self-expression.


Inspired by the four shamanic directions and the rising feminine, we embark on a revealing week of re-igniting the voices of our hearts and empowering ourselves as the storytellers of our lives. 

Retreat Highlights

Inspiring lakefront location with expansive volcano views

Daily meditation & yoga practice

Two self-exploratory writing circles on most days 

Scenic lake-side thatch-roofed yoga temple & writing space

8 nights stay in shared or private accommodation

3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day and juice bar

3 sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan, Sound, Dance)

Solar hot tub and on-site spa services

Breaks for swimming, hiking, kayaking, therapies, sauna, relaxing

Optional excursions (village tour, adventure)

Intimate group (maximum is 12 women)

Meditation, yoga, sacred ceremonies, and our intimate sacred circle for writing will be women only and privately held. Meals may be shared with other guests, women or men.

Sample Daily Flow

Guests arrive on Saturday, August 12th afternoon to relax and settle in. We'll open our circle in the evening after dinner. Our daily flow will begin on Sunday, August 13th.


Here's a sample schedule. Please note on two days, we will have only one writing circle to allow some space for excursions.


7:15-9:00 Meditation & Holistic Hatha Flow/Vinyasa Flow

9:00 Delicious Breakfast

10.00-1.00 Sacred Expression Writing Circle/Discussion

1:00-4.00 Delicious Lunch & Free Time

4:00-6.30 Sacred Expression Writing Circle/Discussion

6.30 - 7.30 Delicious Dinner

7.45 Sauna, Circle, Healing Ceremonies (some evenings)


Delicious meals are vegetarian. Chicken/fish ($7 extra per meal) and alcohol can be added to meals at your discretion. 


Relax in a hammock and enjoy the views, swim in the lake, do a meditative walk on nature trails, receive a spa treatment, dip in the solar hot tub & pools, or detox in the sauna in daily breaks.


On two days, we'll hold longer breaks and offer optional group excursions - visits to villages or adventure options. We will also bring in complementary evening sacred ceremonies.

More Retreat Details!

For more insight, details, images and reviews of the Sacred Expression Women's Retreat, please go to:

What’s included

- Daily guided meditation & yoga

- Two self-exploratory writing circles on most days

- 8 nights accommodation at Villa Sumaya (double or private)

- Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch & dinner

- Unlimited tea/coffee service

- 3 sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan, Sound, Dance)

- 60 minute therapeutic spa treatment of your choice

- One group wood-burning sauna 

- Use of solar spa pools

- Gratituities for the local indigenous staff

Not included

- Additional options:

optional excursions (approx $30-60 each)

extra spa treatments, massages, or private saunas

meal supplements (fish, chicken $7), alcohol

WIFI access ($20 week)

- Flights & transport to & from the retreat

- Travel insurance (strongly recommended)

Before You Go

Getting There & Away

The closest international airport to Lake Atitlan is Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport, three hours away from Panajachel on Lake Atitlan. From Panajachel, it's a ten minute scenic boat ride to the private dock at Villa Sumaya.


Guests are advised to fly into La Aurora Intl Guatemala City (GUA) by 1pm on the day retreat begins, and book return flights for mid/late afternoon on the day the retreat ends.


Once we have your travel plans, we can happily arrange your private transportation to Villa Sumaya from the airport, hotels nearby, or from Antigua.

Payments, Cancellations, & Refunds Policy

A $600 deposit is required to reserve your space. The balance is required 60 days prior to the retreat start date. If you cancel before 90 days in advance of the retreat start date: 50% of the deposit is refunded. If you cancel 90-61 days in advance of the event, no refund of the deposit is provided, unless your spot can be filled within contract, and then 50% of the deposit is refunded. If you cancel within 60 days of the retreat start date: No refund on full payment is provided. But if we can fill your spot within contract, we'll provide a refund minus the full deposit. No refund is provided if you miss the event or part of it for any reason. Storyteller Within reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. Retreats have final confirmation on or before 60 days out. If an event is cancelled, you will be fully refunded your retreat fees. Nevertheless, Storyteller Within is not liable for events beyond all control - such as natural disasters, political upheaval, or other such unexpected circumstances - that would necessitate cancellation of the event.


Travel Insurance

To protect your investment (including travel costs) against unforeseen circumstances, travel insurance is strongly advised for all participants. Providers such as Travel Guard offer packages (travel, medical, cancellation) with "cancel for any reason" options that must be purchased within 15 days of buying airline tickets or incurring trip costs.

What to Bring

Once you register for the event, we will send you a Welcome Kit with details of what to bring for your retreat week at Villa Sumaya.


There will be opportunities to get local currency (quetzals) both at the airport and at ATM machines along the way if needed. You're also able to pay for optional extras at Villa Sumaya with cash ($USD or quetzals), checks, or credit cards (8% fee).

Available Packages

Double Room - Full Price

Retreat guests will be staying in the beautiful rooms of the Maya Rose house. Maya Rose is a ranch style house with six unique rooms in a row.
All of the Maya Rose rooms have private bathrooms with hot showers and outdoor patios with exceptional lake views. They are centrally located near the courtyard, dining room, gardens, and boutique.

10 left
Deposit: $600
Private Room - Full Price

Private retreat guests will staying in the Maya Rose house, the Skyline Bungalows, or another private space. All of the Maya Rose rooms have private bathrooms with hot showers and outdoor patios with exceptional lake views. They are centrally located near the courtyard, dining room, gardens. The Skyline Bungalows and other privates are gorgeous and located higher on the property, involving some stairs. Once all bookings are in, we will assign the rooms, doing our best to accommodate preferences.

Available until Aug 118 left
Deposit: $600
Upgrade Only - Private Room (for Ellen)

To upgrade to one of the Skyline Bungalows.

only 1 left
Deposit: $600

Double Room - Full Price
Past Trip

Your Organizer

Aimee Hansen
Aimee chases big questions with butterfly nets, only to set them free again. She's always had an irresistible attraction to words and metaphors as a way of playing, provoking, revealing, exploring, understanding, and connecting. Her work explores the power of the stories we tell within our lives and invites a creative and playful adventure in the yoga of perspective.  ​ She works as a freelance writer, writes children stories, plays at poetry, and is writing a book about the storyteller within. She holds a 200+ hr yoga teacher certification. She is inspired and humbled by witnessing how something raw and honest in the human spirit aches to open, when given the invitation. She began Storyteller Within retreats to share in the experience of exploring our humanity and stepping into our courage as women.

Photo Gallery