SEEK & DISCOVER: RETREAT TO LAKE ATITLAN WITH 3 BRIDGES YOGA

Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala

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19 reviews
Mar 4 - 11, 2023
Group size: 10 - 28
SEEK & DISCOVER: RETREAT TO LAKE ATITLAN WITH 3 BRIDGES YOGA
Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala

19 reviews

$NaN
Mar 4 - 11, 2023
Group size: 10 - 28

About this trip

Escape with Stephanie Paolini, owner of 3 Bridges Yoga, and Whitney Knowlton to Lake Atitlan, a magical crater lake located in the heart of Guatemala. 


This retreat will provide you with the perfect opportunity to explore a remote, sacred part of the world that will open your heart and your perspective to what could be. 


Our trip begins with an overnight stay in the beautiful city of Antigua, where the group will gather. You'll have time to explore the unique architecture, rooftop bars & restaurants, and boutiques of Antigua prior to meeting up for a welcome dinner that evening. We highly recommend coming in a night early, if you can, to enjoy even more time in this city!


On day 2, we will make our way to Isla Verde, a lakefront hotel with a tranquil bohemian vibe, and stunning views of Lake Atitlan. Once there, you will have ample opportunity to experience the Mayan culture of Lake Atitlan, connect with nature, practice yoga in community, and create your own adventure.


Our days will include daily yoga classes with Stephanie & Whitney, locally sourced meals, two included excursions, and plenty of time for relaxation and reflection amongst the peaceful grounds of Isla Verde. Our retreat center features a lakefront sauna, hot tub, and restaurant / lounge area, all available for you to enjoy!


Outdoor lovers will have ample opportunity to partake in many activities throughout our week including: kayaking, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, horseback riding, zip lining, and paragliding, to name a few. Cultural activities include local cooking, weaving, and beading classes. Boat rides are readily available to visit neighboring Mayan villages where you can enjoy local foods, markets, and some of the best textile and arts shopping in Central America.


Come experience Guatemala with 3BY and an amazing group of humans. This week will change your life, if you let it. 


A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot on this retreat. The balance is due 120 days before trip departure. Payment plans can be set up at no extra charge. Simply email info@solseedretreats.com to inquire. 


Please read on for important info on: What is Included, What is Not Included, Passport, Immunization & Covid-19 Entry Requirements, Our Cancellation & Refund Policy, and Required Travel Insurance.

What’s included

-7 nights / 8 days in Guatemala, including:

*6 nights, 7 days lodging at Isla Verde, located right on beautiful Lake Atitlan

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

-Daily yoga classes with Stephanie and Whitney

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

-1 guided hike to San Marcos and entrance to Cerro Tzankujil Nature Reserve where we will enjoy lunch and spend the afternoon lounging lakeside and cliff jumping (if you dare!)

-1 group visit to a Women's Weaving Cooperative in San Juan la Laguna 

-Unlimited use of lakeside sauna and hot tub 

-Round-trip transfers to and from Guatemala City (GUA) if you adhere to our flight parameters

Not included

-Roundtrip airfare to GUA (Guatemala City).  FLIGHT PARAMETERS will be emailed out once trip minimums are met. Please refrain from booking flights until then.
-Gratuities ($30 - $50 per person is super nice for the week, but always optional)

-Massages, which can be booked directly at Isla Verde

-Optional Excursions: check out our Free Day Activity Guide for more info

-Required Travel Insurance

Passport & COVID-19 Entry 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. 


Effective March 11, 2022, passengers who are neither Guatemalan citizens nor Guatemalan residents will be required to present 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 Rapid 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.

Stay up to date on Guatemala Entry Requirements here: https://gt.usembassy.gov/alert-covid-19-2/

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 and AMEX Members who have purchased their travel insurance through those respective agencies.


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.


Please make sure you purchase a plan that includes coverage for COVID-19 related trip cancellations and trip interruptions as not all do.

Cancellation & Refund 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 entry 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.

Available Packages

Red Suites - Shared Bedroom
only 3 left

This spacious suite sleeps up to 5 people comfortably. All guests will have their own bed - some on the first level, and some on the second "loft" level of the suite. This suite has one shared bathroom, as well as an outdoor deck with stunning lake views.


CLICK HERE for photos of these suites.


If you have any people you would like to room with, please indicate their names upon sign up. If you are traveling solo, this is also a great option, and we will pair you up with like minded roommates. 


*Hot water in all rooms is solar based, and quantities are limited. It is not always available on demand. 


**This room is also about a 5 minute walk uphill from lake level. It involves stairs. If you have mobility issues, please book the Garden Suites.

$2,099
Deposit: $500
Garden Suites - Shared Bedroom
4 left

This spacious, new suite features 2 floors and 2 full bathrooms and sleeps up to 4 people very comfortably. It also includes a large, outdoor deck area. 


CLICK HERE for photos of these suites.


*Hot water in all rooms is solar based, and quantities are limited. It is not always available on demand. 


If you have any people you would like to room with, please indicate their names upon sign up. If you are traveling solo, this is also a great option, and we will pair you up with like minded roommates. 

$2,399
Deposit: $500
Double Occupancy Cabin with Private Bath
6 left

Perfect for two friends seeking a bit more privacy, or a couple, these beautiful tree house style cabins all have private, open air showers & baths, brand new decks, and stunning views of Lake Atitlan.


Can be set up with two twin beds, or one queen bed. Please let us know your preference upon booking & your roommate's name.


CLICK HERE for photos of these cabins. 


*NOTE: These cabins are a 5-10 min walk UP HILL from the lake and require walking up many stairs, so please let us know if you have physical limitations and require a room that is a shorter walk and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Those with serious physical limitations should book the Garden Suites.


**Hot water in all cabins is solar based, and quantities are limited. It is not always available on demand. 

$2,699
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy Cabin w/ Private Bath
only 3 left

Ideal for the solo traveler seeking their own private space, these beautiful tree house style cabins all have private, open air showers & baths, brand new decks, and stunning views of Lake Atitlan.


CLICK HERE for photos of these cabins.


*NOTE: These cabins are a 5-10 min walk UP HILL from the lake and require walking up many stairs, so please let us know if you have physical limitations and require a room that is a shorter walk and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Those with serious physical limitations should book the Garden Suites.


**Hot water in all cabins is solar based, and quantities are limited. It is not always available on demand. 

$2,999
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

IW
I had a wonderful time. Great food, good company, and many thanks to Solseed for planning the excursions and to 3BY for reviving my love for Yoga. My first time doing a retreat far exceeded my expectations. See you On the trails next time! 🧘‍♀️⛰🥾
By Irene W for Adventure to the Azores with 3 Bridges Yoga on 17 May, 2022
My week to the Azores overall was terrific. I do have some thoughts: I would've liked only one free day to do what we wanted on our own versus two. The retreat was really only four full days and I felt overwhelmed to have to make decisions about where to go and what to do with so few days to see the island as it was. I expected it to be done for me, having signed up to go to a place I knew very little about. One day gives us an opportunity to lay low, or explore, or whatever, but two was one too many. Also, I think a short excursion on the arrival day would've been nice, since we arrived so early. Tea plantation? Trip into Ribeira Grande to walk around, find grocery/bank/shops and get essentials for the stay? I felt it was sort of wasted time and it would've been a great opportunity to get our bearings. Not sure Tina is an asset to SolSeed. She is quirky, which in itself isn't bad, but she made bizarre comments about things that I felt were not appropriate in her position. While at the restaurant that first night out at her friend's place she told us all "everyone told me not to go here but this woman is so wonderful", ouch. Also, couldn't she have called before we arrived to help her friend get ahead on the cooking? That was a long dinner. Too long, and I felt we were a burden on that poor woman, as much as she wanted our business. Seems like it was personal to Tina, not necessarily in our best interest, though. She also made such a big fuss about eating fish whole, and animal bones, and her distaste for any bones in any of her food, and then at the farm to table restaurant (which was by far the best evening!) she proceeded to talk about her sex life in more detail than proper- yikes! She tried to discourage us from going to the Terra Nostra gardens on our free day because she said we would want hours in the hot springs and we wouldn't have enough time, which was just wrong as we went anyway and had a ball. I told her I was staying through the weekend, and how do I get to Pico? Instead of encouraging me she flat out told me the weather was too iffy and travel between the islands was difficult. Perhaps that's true during the winter months but the next few days were just fine and I wished I had just gone. I'm sure there are plenty of good things about Tina but I just never felt helped by her. Sorry, but this is my honest feedback about the trip. Because I booked myself extra time on the island after the retreat ended I was able to go to Lagoa do Congro (amazing) and Nordeste. I highly recommend scheduling these places as an additional day trip for the retreat since they really were spectacular. I would've been sad not to see those two had I heard later on how beautiful they are. I loved the hotel where we stayed in Santa Barbara, and the yoga Steph and Katie taught was perfect. Along with Paolu and Gary and all the drivers the day trips and hikes were fabulous, at Furnas and Sete Cidades, with all the information Paolu had to give. Maria's lunches were spot-on delicious. Hang onto to her, she's a huge asset! Both Kristen and Ian are very enthusiastic and I enjoyed their company when they could join us. All in all this retreat got me to one of my bucket list places, and it really was a marvelous trip. I met fun people and came home rested and feeling strong. More hiking!!! Regards, Jules Grant
By Jules G for Adventure to the Azores with 3 Bridges Yoga on 16 May, 2022
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
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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
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