* SOLD OUT * GUATEMALA - Ignite Your Spark!

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Julie @yogaressa Murphy
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Apr 26 - May 2, 2018
Group size: 10-20
* SOLD OUT * GUATEMALA - Ignite Your Spark!
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Julie @yogaressa Murphy
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Apr 26 - May 2, 2018
Group size: 10-20

About this trip

** SOLD OUT! **  [[ Please see our next retreat to Guatemala here, October/November 2018. ]]  We are thrilled to be returning to the beautiful Lake Atitlán, for our fifth retreat in this magnificent location. This April/May trip includes an overnight stay and excursion in Antigua, a city of rare beauty and vibrant culture. 

Join Julie Murphy and Karen Pagano to celebrate the light that shines within! Dig a little deeper and become curious about taking your yoga beyond your mat, on the magical path of awakening.

Light the Spark of Awareness … through yoga, meditation and The Seven Steps to Igniting Your Heart—sacred movement, conscious breath, adventurous journeys, meditations and more.

We will celebrate the beauty of the higher Self, making space to welcome in our unique higher purpose and return home feeling vibrantly alive.


•  A full Yin Yoga Immersion, creating space within the connective tissues of the body and the mind

•  Yoga Nidra Awakening, setting your life on a vibrant course through the power of intention

•  Conscious Breath (Pranayama) to stoke your life force and burn away what no longer serves you 

•  Positive Affirmation, making space for clarity and setting your life on a vibrant course

•  Playful exploration, philosophical discussion, and embracing the universal heart within as you claim your rightful happiness

In between yoga time, let stress dissolve as you hike, swim, kayak, enjoy a spa treatment…or simply gaze at the ever-changing colors of the lake.

We invite you to disconnect from your tasks and to-do lists, and reconnect to reveal an energized, more balanced you.


Our retreat hideaway is safe and secluded, with no vehicles or traffic. We have chosen Lomas de Tzununá, with the most dramatically beautiful views we’ve seen on any of our many Lake Atitlán visits. Maria and Thierry describe it as “A View with a Room” - and they’re right!

This family-run wellness resort is secluded and intimate, dedicated to providing the perfect sanctuary for a peaceful getaway. Thierry and Maria are also committed to the local community, working to improve literacy rates and increase opportunity for learning and earning.

All rooms have private bathrooms, and private balconies with spectacular views of the lake. 


After our stay on the lake, we pause to explore Antigua and stay overnight for an easy departure home the following day. Antigua is a city of major historical significance, with striking 17th-century ruins, colonial-era mansions and churches, and craft markets with vibrant colors and designs.


Some people arrive on the day, some people come earlier and leave later, to extend their stay — whatever helps you create most ease for your travel.

Your group shuttle will meet you at Guatemala City airport for departure to the lake no later than 12 noon on Thursday, April 26 and will return Wednesday, May 2 in time for a noon departure flight (or later) from Guatemala City. The trip from the airport to the lake is 3.5 hours on good roads, by private vehicle. If your travel plans are different, we can arrange a private shuttle for you, at an additional cost.

If you choose to stay arrive early and stay on the lake, you may make your way directly to Lomas de Tzununá to check in on the afternoon of April 26. 


To secure your spot, please pay in full, as there are only 9 rooms available and this retreat fills up quickly. Payments can be made via bank transfer or by credit card on this WeTravel website..

All payments are non-refundable after January 31, 2018. In the event that you cannot attend the retreat and know of someone who can take your place, you may transfer the full amount of your fees paid to the third party, without penalty or additional fees, when the third party registers with us. 

Please contact us if you need to discuss a payment plan if that would make it possible for you to come on this magical retreat.


“Thanks a million, best time ever. Looking forward to our new adventure. But first, let me savor this one. Namasté.” – Céline C.  

“It was an amazing experience that I cannot explain to anyone. I feel so at peace. I can’t stop thinking about this trip and all the memories and all the special people. Namaste.” — Jojo F.

“What an adventure, many happy memories and life changes. Julie and Karen, thanks to you for creating such an amazing experience. Each of you is remarkable and together you are magic. Namaste’.” — Ruth M.

See more about our retreats here.

Ignite your spark beneath the watch of majestic volcanoes. We are excited to co-create this sacred journey with you!

What’s included

All prices are per person and include: 

• 5 nights accommodation at Lomas de Tzununà, Guatemala 

• 1 night accommodation in Antigua, Guatemala

• Group excursion in Antigua

• Delicious meals (full board on the lake, breakfast in Antigua) 

• Daily yoga and meditation on the lake, with two different teachers

• Group transportation from and to Guatemala City airport (set times)

• Group transportation to the city of Antigua, Guatemala 

What's Not Included

• Airfare

• Additional excursions or treatments

• Lunch/dinner in Antigua

Before You Go

What will the weather be like?

Highs during the day can reach 80℉, and the evenings and early mornings can be a cool 60℉. It’s best to pack layers and something warm, as well as a rain poncho/jacket.  

Do I need a travel visa?

No visa required for US citizens, just a valid passport, with minimum six months validity on arrival in Guatemala. For non-US citizens, please check with your embassy if you require a visa.

Is there Wi-Fi?

Yes, there is access to Wi-Fi. We understand you may want to be in touch with family/friends at home, but remember, this is also your chance to unplug and immerse yourself in nature!

Anything else?

Travel can be an adventure outside of our comfort zone. And it is through these adventures that we learn and grow. Please remember things will be different to how they are at home … which is exactly why we travel … so we ask you to bring an open mind, your sense of humor and a smile in your heart!

About Us

The connection between Julie and Karen as soul sisters elevates their teaching to a place of joy and delight, plus a fair bit of laughter. Individually, here’s more about us:

Karen Pagano is considered one of the pioneers of Yin Yoga in South Florida. She fell in love with yoga over 25 years ago and completed her 200-hour certification in Seattle, WA and Bali. Karen’s joyous delivery helps students to laugh at their quirks and celebrate their victories, on and off the mat. Her favorite yoga phrase is, "Come Om to yourself”, as yoga brings us back to the happy person that is our essence. This is Karen’s foundation of teaching in Yin, Hatha and Yoga of Sound. 

Julie Murphy discovered the joy of yoga in her home country, South Africa. Many Oms later, she completed her 200-hour certification in the US and began teaching in 2007. Her 500-hour studies took her to India for a deeper understanding of yoga. Julie is also editor of Today’s Yoga magazine and is well known for her soothing voice and Yoga Nidra recordings, enjoyed by thousands on Insight Timer. She is inspired by yoga as a way for anyone to reach their full potential—in body, mind and spirit.

Available Packages

Double (per person sharing)

Per Person Sharing, 2 People per Room

Private bathroom

On Lake Atitlan: Private balcony overlooking the lake

Available until Apr 20th
Single Room

Per Person , 1 Person per Room

Private bathroom

On Lake Atitlan: Private balcony overlooking the lake

Available until Apr 20th
Pre-paid Traveler

Participant has paid Karen or Julie directly - only valid when approved by email from Julie


Double (per person sharing)
Deadline Passed


Lake Atitlan
Day 1 to 5

We will depart Guatemala City airport and make our way to Lake Atitlan, each mile taking us further away from life as we know it and closer to a place of peace and tranquility. 

Our days on the lake include daily yoga and meditation, optional cultural excursions and the chance to truly retreat. 

We typically begin with breakfast overlooking our magnificent surroundings, followed by morning yoga or workshop activity. Then a delicious lunch and free time to enjoy as you wish (a sauna? a massage treatment? an excursion? a hike?). Yoga activity in the late afternoon before we meet together for our evening meal.

In between yoga time, let stress dissolve as you hike, swim, kayak, enjoy a spa treatment…or simply gaze at the ever-changing colors of the lake.

Your Organizer

Julie @yogaressa Murphy
I’m a meditation and yoga teacher from South Africa and in a former life, I was a business exec in the demanding high-tech industry. Yoga Nidra is ‟my thing” - I am thrilled at how my guided meditations are enjoyed by thousands of people around the world. When I'm not immersed in meditation, yoga and photography, you may find me cuddling dogs, sipping fermented grape juice, eating chocolate, and watching Dancing With The Stars (true confession).