Chakra Savvy Retreat
with Jessica Goulding
May 7-14, 2022
Join Jessica Goulding 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.
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.
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:
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)
Walking shoes or sport sandals
Nutribiotic (grapefruit seed extract) tablets–these come highly recommended and can help bad travelers’ stomachs
Dramamine (for car sickness) for the winding roads to Panajachel
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.
Jess Goulding (E-RYT 500) has been teaching Hatha Yoga since for over 15 years, after having been introduced as a student in 1995 as part of her dance training at University of Texas at Austin. Her original certification was completed in New York City in the alignment-based Anusara™ method, where she began learning of the therapeutic effects and applications of yoga. Since this time, she has studied with numerous master teachers in the physical, mental, spiritual, and philosophical aspects of yoga, and in 2018 she earned her certification as a IAYT Yoga Therapist through the multi-year comprehensive training program at Yoga Yoga in Austin, Texas.
In addition to the thousands of public classes Jessica has taught, she also has hundred hours working one-on-one with individual clients. Jessica enjoys bringing the rich healing methods of yoga to all the challenging aspects of life, such as stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, chronic disease, and injury. Her keen eye for body mechanics, quick wit, easy laugh, and depth of understanding of the yogic teachings make yoga Jessica a easeful and skillful teacher to be with in a group setting and one on one.
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. Most have 2 beds and will be sold as doubles. One has a Queen bed and can be a double or single.
Double Occupancy: $2095 per person
Single Occupancy: $2595
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: $2595
PETITE and PREMIUM GINGER SUITES
PETITE GINGER SUITES – set higher on the property (so several flights of stairs) the junior suites are beautifully 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: $2695
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. All are unique.
We have two suites available with King bed only, and one with King bed and twin bed.
Double Occupancy: $2395 per person
Single Occupancy: $2895
Your week includes: 7 nights accommodations, yoga classes with Jess, 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, 2022. No refunds after February 15, 2022. 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 March 2022, unless other arrangements are made.
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