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8 Day Wildhearted Meditation Retreat in Lake Atitlan, Santa Cruz La Laguna

Villa Sumaya, Lago Atitlán, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Departamento de Sololá, Guatemala

Meditation Holidays in Guatemala

Join a life-changing trip that will awake the beauty, truth, and divinity with you. During this inner journey, you will have the opportunity to free yourself from all the negative things and that are holding you back in life. Immerse yourself into relaxation and consciousness, and discover the power you have to create new things in your daily life. Experience profound freedom, peace, and joy in the heart of Guatemala, and learn how to fall in love with yourself and the precious life you have received.

Meet the instructors

Ashlie
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Highlights

  • Meditation sessions
  • Dance and journaling activities
  • Sacred Mayan rituals and ceremonies
  • Transfer from and to La Aurora International Airport (GUA)
  • Complimentary spa treatment at the retreat’s spa
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: La Aurora International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Tour assistance

In this retreat, you will stay during seven nights at the beautiful Villa Sumaya Eco-Chic Wellness Center, located in Santa Cruz la Laguna on the shores of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. You will have private access to the Lotus House, which features six gracefully appointed rooms, each one equipped with private baths and stone showers.

With stunning lake views, balconies, or glorious garden patios, each accommodation will be double occupancy and roommates will be assigned, unless specific requests are made or you decide to stay in a single room.

Program

During this retreat, you will meet daily with the group and your mentor in the beautiful Tara Temple. In there, you will enjoy majestic panoramic views of the surrounding volcanoes and the raw beauty of the lake below. In this sacred space, you will meditate, write, explore, cry, release, laugh, dance, and connect with your inner-self and with others.

You will also practice stillness meditation techniques that will bring to the surface the deepest truths within you; they are there, waiting for your courage to listen and honor them. You will move your body through the trauma, the grief, and the pain in order to transform them into exquisite joy and lightness of being with a series of inner-reflection sessions that will boost your creativity through writing.

Get ready to let go of your prejudices and experience the world around you with childlike wonder. This new way of seeing life will infuse you with the pure joy of being alive. You will get to know yourself in a whole new way. You will re-discover your beauty, strength, sensuality, and courage, as well as you will fall in love with the new woman you will see in the mirror.

With the guide and company of your mentor and the group, you will experience a newfound freedom to move and be in the world. With profound peace within you, you will touch the very center of your true nature, which will make you love yourself unconditionally and change your life. By the time you leave Guatemala, you will have a new family of open-hearted and like-minded souls that witnessed your journey and held space for your transformation.

Instructors

Ashlie Woods

Location

This retreat will take place in Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. This large endorheic lake does not flow to the sea and is the deepest lake in Central America with a maximum depth of 1,120 feet (340 meters). The local people speak of a 50 to 75-year cycle in which the level of the lake water fluctuates dramatically. For this reason, the Mayas have strategically built their pueblos far above the lakeshore.

There are 12 villages around the lake whose main Mayan spoken dialects are Kaqchikel and Tzutujil. Each village has its own distinctive style, revealed through the traditional dress of the women. This clothing is called traje. The women’s huipíles, or tops, are ceremoniously changed each New Year to reflect the evolving fashion of the Mayan women. Most men now wear western clothing, but if you walk around town, you will undoubtedly spot one or two dressed in the traje of his pueblo.

The lake’s landscape features three volcanoes, which are clearly visible in their supreme grandeur most part of the year. Facing the lake from Villa Sumaya, to the far right sits the oldest volcano, San Pedro, rising to 9,908 feet (3,020 meters).

Directly in front of the retreat center, you will find two volcanoes, although they often appear to be only one. Tolimán is in the front, standing at 10,361 feet (158 meters), and behind Tolimán looms the youngest volcano, Atitlán, at a height 11,605 feet (3,537 meters), which is believed to be the only one that is still active.

Nearby places

  • Guatemala City - 3 hours
  • Panajachel - 10 minutes

Food

During this retreat, you will be served with daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During this retreat, you will have one free day and spaces of down time in which you can enjoy the beauty of Villa Sumaya and explore the surrounding areas of Lake Atitlán. Tours and excursions are available for booking through Villa Sumaya, but exploring by foot and at your leisure is also an option.

You will have time to visit Panajachel, the commercial center of the area, located just 10 minutes away from the retreat center by boat. You can also book a spa treatment at the Harmony Spa, or sip a drink in the juice bar at Café Sumaya Sol, which offers a stunning view of the lake and a culinary-conscious menu for slow food aficionados and eco-epicureans.

Spa treatments

During this retreat, you will be able to enjoy a one-hour treatment in the Harmony Spa at Villa Sumaya. Additional treatments are available upon request at an additional cost.

What's included

  • Meditation, writing, and creativity-boosting activities
  • Sacred Mayan rituals and ceremonies
  • 1 complimentary one-hour spa treatment
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Transfer from and to La Aurora International Airport (GUA)
  • Villa Sumaya's staff gratuities

What's not included

  • Additional meals
  • Additional spa treatments
  • Aifare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Excursions
  • Internet
  • Trip insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Wildhearted Retreats will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by ferry / boat

Most guests like to have a private boat waiting when they arrive in Panajachel. The cost is 25 USD for one to four people, and five USD for each additional person. Public boats run between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. leaving every 30 minutes. Be sure to ask to be taken to the Villa Sumaya dock. The cost is about three USD per person on public boats.

Arrival by shuttle

If you are traveling with a group, you can wait for other arrivals in the van. The cost of the van depends upon how many people are in the shuttle. Prices range from approximately 25 to 100 USD per person. It is a three-hour drive to Panajachel and then a short boat ride to the retreat's dock.

Airport: La Aurora International Airport Airport transfer included: La Aurora International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Saturday July 17, 2021
Departure: Saturday July 24, 2021

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