Lake Atitlan, GUATEMALA
with Sonia Azad
September 2-9, 2017
Join Emmy award winning journalist and yoga teacher Sonia Azad for a sacred pilgrimage to the distant Mayan stronghold of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.
Nestled in a landlocked bay on the north shore of the beautiful lake, our retreat center is located on 18 acres in the traditional homeland of the indigenous Maya. In this private setting, you will discover a deeply healing environment, an open-air yoga studio, and pristine waters surrounded by majestic landscapes including three spectacular volcanoes.
This area is known to locals as “the belly button of the Earth,” and it is in this serene and natural setting where yoga can do its best work, grounding your body and uplifting your spirits.
The 5,000 foot altitude of Lake Atitlan and its proximity to the equator offers a semi-tropical paradise often referred to as “the land of eternal spring.” The deep caldera walls of the lake form a powerful inverse vortex to the volcanic mountains and ridges above, creating powerful energies and striking natural beauty in this play of opposites. During your week, you’ll receive daily yoga classes and workshops, healing foods, and sacred Mayan ceremonies. There is plenty of time built in to rest, receive spa services, explore, play, and adventure!
On and Around Lake Atitlan, many options and extras are available including:
- Boat rides around Lake Atitlan
- Hiking the San Pedro Volcano
- Climbing El Pico del Cielo
- A shopping excursion to Panajachel
- Guided village tours to Santiago, San Juan, Santa Catarina, San Antonio, and the Chichicastenango Market
The opportunity to recharge in a natural setting such as this is a true gift from mother earth herself. Let the practice of yoga reflect the vision of your best self in this land of serene mountains and dancing waters.
Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s
Villa Sumaya is located on the shores of Lake Atitlan near the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna.
Please plan your flights to arrive in and depart from Guatemala City. We will collect your flight details and group you together to share private shuttles to Panajachel. From Panajachel, you will take a short boat ride to the Villa Sumaya Dock. The shuttle and boat ride will be booked for us by Villa Sumaya. Please budget $50 each way for this service. (This may be less or slightly more depending on how many share your shuttle bus).
Taking into account the travel time to and from the center, we suggest arrivals times late morning to mid afternoon, and departures late morning to later afternoon.
A valid passport is mandatory to enter Guatemala. Visitors from the USA, Canada, and most European countries do not need visas. You will automatically receive a 90-day tourist visa upon entry.
What to bring:
- A hat for sun and for chilly nights (we will be at high altitudes of close to 5,000 feet)
- A bathing suit, and a cover-up or sarong
- A windbreaker or raincoat
- Layers for cool mornings and evenings
- Warm weather clothing for sun protection
- A shawl, sweatshirt, poncho or fleece (one warm thing for cold mornings and evenings)
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- A flashlight (we sell eco-flashlights in our store)
- Insect repellent
- Walking shoes or sport sandals
- Homeopathic remedies
- Nutribiotic (grapefruit seed extract) tablets–these come highly recommended and can help bad travelers’ stomachs
- Vitamins/energy drinks
- Dramamine (for car sickness) for the winding roads to Panajachel
- Any prescriptions
- Feminine hygiene products
Food and other comforts
- Decaf coffee, decaf black tea, or other special teas if desired–WE DO NOT HAVE DECAF COFFEE IN GUATEMALA
- Clocks and hair dryers
- Laptops–wireless is available in most of our center for a daily or weekly fee. Limited uploading and downloading permitted.
- Any other items that will make you feel at home such as iPad, headphones
- A snack for airplane and shuttle ride to hotel (3 hours)
- Books and magazines (the center loves donations for the guest library)
- A current passport, airplane tickets, and other form of ID (bringing a photocopy of these is recommended)
- Personal checks, cash, or travelers checks to pay for incidentals and spa treatments are preferred. Credit cards have an 8% fee.
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Does Villa Sumaya accommodate special diets?
Yes! Our center does accommodate most special dietary restrictions like allergies, vegan and non-gluten diets. We serve wholesome, fresh, meals that are simple and delicious. If you are concerned you can bring some alternative snacks to supplement your meals.
Is the water safe to drink?
You must drink bottled water. At our center we provide unlimited filtered water. Bring your water bottle or buy a Villa Sumaya one. We do not sell bottled water (plastic bottles).
Will there be enough protein?
Most meals have a protein source (eggs, beans, cheese, nuts, etc.). If you are on a high protein diet, please let us know in advance. It may be a good idea to bring a protein bar per day. You can also order chicken or fish as a supplement for buffet meals ($7 per portion). We do have meat options on our cafe menu when retreats are not in session.
Should I bring my own snacks?
The meals are abundant and well balanced. If you have extreme allergies or strict dietary needs, you may want to bring some supplemental foods. We also have a raw fruit and veggie juice bar, with exotic smoothies, raw caco and granola treats, chocolates, kombucha and other delights for in between meals.
What drinks do you serve?
We have beer, wine, tequila, and rum cocktails. Healthy smoothies, kombucha and fresh juices and sodas are also available.
All of personal and group packages have 24/7 access to teas and coffee as a complimentary service.
Is there laundry service?
Yes, we do have laundry service for $3 per pound. Please allow a 24 hours turn around for the laundry service.
Communications….. Internet and Phone?
We do have 2 computers with complimentary internet service for quick email check-ins. If you’d like to have internet service on your own device we charge $3.00 a day or $20.00 for the week. Calls to the U.S. are $1.50 per minute.
Do I need to bring my yoga mat or props?
We have mats, blankets, blocks, straps, eye pillows, and some folding chairs. In most cases, you are all set. But if you want to bring your owns props, that is fine. We appreciate any mat donations.
What type of electricity do you have?
Same as the United States. No adapters necessary.
Do I need to bring shampoo, lotion, hair dryer, and a towel?
We provide soap, shampoo and conditioner. Please bring your own lotion and hair dryers. There are towels in the room for bathing and beach towels to use in the spa area at reception.
Is there a pool, sauna or hot tub?
Lake Atitlan has been rising the past 5 years and our pool is sometimes under water. We have a beautiful dock space with lounge chairs and guests are often found sunning on the lake and swimming off our dock.
We have a beautiful spa area with natural stone solar heated hot tub and a wood fire sauna. The hot tub is available sun permitting and is complimentary. The sauna must be ordered in advanced and is $30 for a 1.5 hour sweat.
Can someone with mobility issues get around?
If you have slight mobility issues, we can most likely accommodate you. Getting off boats and onto docks, walking on stone paths and stairs can be super challenging to impossible for those with moderate or severe issues.
An Emmy-award winning journalist, Sonia is a Dallas-based health & wellness television reporter for ABC-affiliate WFAA.
Additionally, Sonia is a certified yoga instructor who has been practicing for more than 15 years. Her introduction came during her time in the dance department at The University of Texas at Austin. Since then, Sonia has experienced various disciplines of yoga around the world—from Nicaragua, to France, Mexico and The Netherlands. Most recently, Sonia led a New Year’s retreat with One Yoga Global to North Iceland.
Sonia’s passion is guiding beginners through their discovery of movement. A trained dancer and marathon runner, Sonia’s gentle, alignment-based Vinyasa flow classes are the perfect cross-training grounds for athletes who may just be stepping into yoga classes for the first time. Her classes are designed not to further aggravate the body, but instead to foster grounds for healing and opening — in the body and the mind. She believes that through a consistent practice, students can translate the gifts discovered on the mat into living with more presence, patience, gratitude and courage off the mat.
Sonia holds advanced degrees from Northwestern University’s law school and Medill School of Journalism. She has merged her love of healthy living, adventure travel, yoga & storytelling to offer a dynamic and mindful series of classes for this retreat.
The bungalows are cozy, handcrafted rooms with unique charm and gorgeous views. BUNGALOWS ARE SOLD OUT
Bungalow 9 is our comfy thatched-roof lookout room with an expansive vista and rustic charm. Featuring one queen bed and a spacious bathroom built imaginatively into the hillside. RESERVED
Bungalow 10 is an intimate accommodation showcasing a vaulted roof, antique wooden headboard, one queen bed, romantic seating area and a 100-year-old Chipilean tree in its sizable bathroom. The private patio contains a handmade hammock and a sitting area with an outstanding view. RESERVED
Bungalow 20 is the “Writers’ Roost,” a romantically-appointed room with a glorious view and a secluded location featuring a queen bed with an antique carved headboard and a large white wicker writing desk. With enchanting artwork and a beautiful Turkish hanging, this room is a charmer. RESERVED
We have a number of beautiful Maya Rose Rooms available. All rooms include sensational lake view patios and are conveniently located near the courtyard, dining room, gardens and boutique. 1 queen bed or 2 twin beds.
3 rooms and one male roommate space still available
Double Occupancy: $1795 per person
Single Occupancy: $2195
A deposit will hold secure your space and we’ll contact you about setting up payments for the balance.
The newest complex offers luxury accommodations. They have majestic lake view balconies, and elegant antique furnishings.
Ginger Suite 8 is a suite with a queen bed and twin bed in a separate room. It has a great deck and great views. AVAILABLE
Ginger Suite 18 features a queen bed, patio, built in window seat and volcanic views. – RESERVED
Double Occupancy: $1995 (per person)
Single Occupancy: $2495
A deposit will hold secure your space and we’ll contact you about setting up payments for the balance.
7 nights accommodations
Yoga classes daily with Sonia
3 delicious vegetarian meals per day
Shamanic blessing ceremony
Special group trip to Santa Cruz
Optional excursions include: Local village tours, kayak excursion with a hike, a volcano climb, a zip line tour, a day trip to San Juan, and more.
Airfare to Guatemala
Airport shuttle, and short boat ride (we will help organize, please budget $30-$50 each way),
Gratuities you’d like to offer to the retreat center staff (suggested is $35-$60),
Wifi is available for a small daily or weekly fee
Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($495) before May 15, 2017. No refunds after May 15, 2017. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global 21+ days in advance. In case of cancellation by One Yoga Global, you will receive a full refund of all funds received by One Yoga Global. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver to participate. If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through July 1, 2017, unless other arrangements are made.
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