Lake Atitlan, GUATEMALA

with Siri Bahadur Khalsa and Sarah Sullivan

June 5-12, 2021

Join Siri Bahadur Khalsa and Sarah Sullivan on a ​sacred pilgrimage to the distant Mayan stronghold of Lake Atitlan​, Guatemala. Nestled in a landlocked bay on the north shore of beautiful of the 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 natural setting where yoga can do its best work, grounding your body and uplifting your spirits.

Lake Atitlan Yoga Guatemala 2016
Lake Atitlan Yoga Guatemala 2016
Lake Atitlan Yoga Guatemala 2016
Lake Atitlan Yoga Guatemala 2016
Vacation Details
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:

  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Diving
  • Zip-lining
  • Waterskiing
  • Boat rides around Lake Atitlan
  • Birdwatching
  • 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.

Lake Atitlan Yoga Guatemala 2016
Lake Atitlan Yoga Guatemala 2016
Lake Atitlan Yoga Guatemala 2016
Lake Atitlan Yoga Guatemala 2016
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).

For ease of travel, please arrive as early as possible on day 1 for airport pick up and transfer to Villa Sumaya. Some of you may choose to arrive in Guatemala City one day early for morning pick up on Saturday, if so, we recommend Hotel Barcelo. (They offer a free airport shuttle and Villa Sumaya will pick you up from here) The retreat ends with breakfast on the last day.  Afternoon flight departures are preferred, although any time can be accommodated.  Please note that you will need to leave Villa Sumaya approximately 5 hours before your scheduled flight departure.

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:

Clothing
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
Sunglasses
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

Health
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
Eyeglasses
Feminine hygiene products

Food and other comforts
Decaf coffee, decaf black tea, or other special teas if desired–there is no 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.

Additional Frequently asked Questions and Answers
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.

Lake Atitlan Yoga Guatemala 2016
Lake Atitlan Yoga Guatemala 2016
Lake Atitlan Yoga Guatemala 2016
Lake Atitlan Yoga Guatemala 2016
Teachers
Erika Kluthe - One Yoga Teacher

Siri Bahadur Khalsa

Siri Bahadur has been practicing Kundalini Yoga since 1973 in Dallas, Texas. Since then he has taken steps to deepen his practice, first beginning to teach (in 1976) the style taught by Yogi Bhajan, then training Kundalini Yoga teachers in 1998 in Austin, Texas and around the world. He is a 500 hour certified Kundalini yoga teacher and a professional teacher trainer.

As a result of a lifelong interest in music, Siri Bahadur’s teaching centers around sound – sound in its many forms – that of breath, voice, instruments, and nature. He uses guitar, gongs, crystal bowls and, of course mantra to align the body mind and spirit with the essential Self, the base of our individual being. He teaches drop-in classes, workshops, retreats, and personally guided programs designed for your particular needs and intentions. [Read more about Siri Bahadur]

Erika Kluthe - One Yoga Teacher

Sarah Sullivan

In 1999, Sarah took her first teacher training; a combined Hatha and Kundalini training at Santa Monica Yoga, followed by a second training at the same studio with Julian Walker and Rick Gould. Sarah then earned 650 hours in the healing arts, including massage therapy at the California Healing Arts College, integrative healing arts at The Shiatsu School of Massage and Visionary Craniosacral work with the Milne Institute. She completed a “Yoga Ed” teacher training, to teach children in 1st-8th grade at Esalen.

Sarah teaches both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga suitable for all levels, inspired by the lineages of Krishnamacharya, Iyengar, Patabhi Jois (Ashtanga) and Yogi Bhajan (Kundalini). She teaches students to listen to their inner teacher, while building strength and flexibility, increasing mobility and energy, and enhancing relaxation and discipline.  [Read more about Sarah]

Accommodations

MAYA ROSE ROOMS AND BUNGALOWS

MAYA ROSE ROOMS include lovely lake view patios and are conveniently located near the courtyard, dining room, gardens and boutique.

Double Occupancy: $2095 per person
Single Occupancy:  $2695



BUNGALOWS
set higher on the property with lovely views, Bungalows have 1 Queen bed and are great for couples or single travelers

Double Occupancy: $2095 per person
Single Occupancy:  $2695

 

PETITE and PREMIUM GINGER SUITES

PETITE GINGER SUITES –  set higher on the property (so several flights of stairs) the junior suites are beautifuly decorated rooms with private patios and lake or panoramic views.  We have one junior suite with queen bed, and one with queen & twin bed available.

Double Occupancy: $2295 per person
Single Occupancy:  $2795

 

PREMIUM GINGER SUITES – set higher on the property (so several flights of stairs) these deluxe suites are the most spacious and luxurious. Featuring seating areas, spacious patios with panoramic views, antique woodwork and more.  We have one Suite available with King bed, and one with King bed and twin bed.

Double Occupancy: $2495 per person
Single Occupancy:  $2895

 

 

 

 

Your week includes: 7 nights accommodations, yoga classes with Siri Bahadur and Sarah, 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day, a special shamanic blessing ceremony and a sacred cacao ceremony.

Not included: Airfare to Guatemala, airport shuttle, and short boat ride (we will help organize, please budget $30-$50 each way), as well as any gratuities you’d like to offer to the retreat center staff (suggested is $35-$60), spa services, and additional excursions.

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.

Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($495) before February 15, 2021. No refunds after February 15, 2021. 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. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy.

If you place a deposit, the balance due will be set to charge in equal installments starting the month after deposit through April 2021, unless other arrangements are made.

We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance. Travel insurance companies like TRAVEL GUARD offer policies that insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to to weather & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical.  Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.