Guatemala Yoga & Mayan Culture Retreat

Join Lotus Retreats for a week retreat in the magical land of Lake Atitlan. Surrounded by a vortex of volcanoes and energy, Guatemala provides a true sense of connection to Mayan culture & nature.

January 18-25 2020

What's Included:

  • 8-days and 7-nights accommodations at a lakeside beach retreat center

  • 3 organic, hand prepared meals a day (vegetarian, vegan & gluten-free options available)

  • Daily juices, coffee and tea

  • 2 Yoga classes a day with Loren Lotus & Ryann Tillman (Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative & Yin styles for all levels)

  • Additional Yoga workshops, meditations and group activities

  • Traditional Mayan Fire Ceremony

  • Closing Cacao Ceremony

  • Spanish Lesson (Option for additional classes throughout the week)

  • Transportation to/from Guatemala City Airport to Lake Atitlan and boat transfers to retreat center

  • Organization & planning of additional group activities to explore the culture & nature of Mayan heritage & nature

  • Guided Travel Expertise & Travel Tips

  • Goodie bags from our Guatemala Retreat sponsors!

The Experience:

Guatemala is a land of vibrant life, filled with lush vegetation and active volcanoes. This retreat is intended to give you a full immersion of Mayan culture & Guatemalan nature. 

Lake Atitlan lies in the heart of an ancient volcano's caldera, which filled with water after it's final eruption 85,000 years ago. The lake and it's three surrounding volcanoes still hold active tectonic power and people travel from around the world to feel the energy vortex created here at the intersection of Fuego de la Tierra and Paz del Lago. "Atitlan" in Nahuatl (Mayan) means "the place where the rainbow gets its colors." This mystical lake is often called the most beautiful in Central America and has inspired people for thousands for years.

We will practice Yoga daily with workshops & ceremonies in this mountain range overlooking the peaceful Lake Atitlan.

We will have the opportunity to explore the many Mayan villages that surround the lake to experience their forms of art, the creation of chocolate and taste the exquisite fruits of Guatemala. Also offered will be guided treks to the surrounding volcanos, waterfalls and nature attractions.

Experience a sunrise paddle board session or take a dip in the lake to cleanse yourself, followed by a yoga class with breathing techniques and meditation. Each day of our retreat will order an activity or excursion to explore the Mayan culture!

For travelers, yogis and adventurers who are seeking a unique experience to connect with the authentic culture & healing nature of Guatemala. 


  • Dive deep into the refreshing natural beauty of Lake Atitlan’s stunning landscape

  • Our retreat will be hosted at Villa Sumaya - a retreat and wellness center located in Santa Cruz la Laguna, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.

  • Villa Sumaya is dedicated to rejuvenating holistic practices and healing modalities as well as preserving Mayan traditions and facilitating outdoor adventure in the heart of the Altiplano.

  • Majestically located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, this retreat oasis has a dock for sitting along the shore as well as a pool overlooking the waters. 

  • Retreat into each of the elements; along with the lake and pool, there is a hot tub, sauna & massage therapies upon request. The solar-heated, stone hot tub oasis is tucked above a garden lounge. For a detoxifying sweat, indulge in the electric sauna; or request a Chichimeca Sweat Ceremony in the custom-designed lakefront sauna.

  • Each of the rooms at Villa Sumaya provide a lake view & breeze of the area. The rooms are spread throughout the property in cabins & houses with private rooms. Each room also have a private bathroom.

the yoga

  • Practice yoga surrounded by sacred nature, fresh open air and lake views as we move, breath & connect with ourselves and the culture of Guatemala.

  • Each day of the retreat will include physical asana, meditation and pranayama. Most days will start with a 90-minute Hatha, vinyasa flow class to awaken and move the body through sun salutations, basic postures and balancing postures to build your physical practice and understanding of the body.

  • Evening classes will cool down the body with relaxing, restorative and yin poses with longer holds, breathing techniques & meditation.

  • Our classes cater to each practitioner with variations, modifications and options to add-on. We offer physical adjustments and massage throughout class, if desired.

the Excursions

  • Learn to speak Spanish! We will offer a Spanish class at the beginning of the week with the option to add a full week of lessons.

  • Dive into true Mayan culture with a Mayan Fire Ceremony & Cacao Ceremony

  • Explore the art and creation of Mayan communities as we visit various lake towns; San Juan La Laguna, Santa Cruz, Santiago, San Pedro La Laguna

    • Take in the fine art of the naturally-dyed and exquisitely handcrafted goods created by the talented Maya. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the weaving and art cooperatives that Guatemala is famous for. Many excursions will be an excellent shopping opportunity, as well as a chance to learn about the artisan crafts of this unique village.

  • San Pedro Volcano Climb; If you love adventure, then climb to the top of Volcano San Pedro! The trip begins early in the morning with an early or packed breakfast and a boat ride across the lake with your guide.

  • Kayak, Paddle Board, Relax on the dock or dare to cliff dive next to the Lake!

the food

  • Nourish your soul with local handcrafted meals lovingly prepared by our retreat center staff. All meals are organic with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

  • Meals are served buffet style with the option to eat individually for breakfast & lunch. Some meals may be packed for days with long excursions.

  • Mealtimes are a huge part of the retreat experience! Guatemala offers a beautiful scenery for us to gather. Family style dinner meals are a tradition during each evening.


Each day of the retreat will include 2 yoga classes, 3 meals & an optional excursion or workshop! You're free to pick & choose what you'd like to participate in, while leaving plenty of space for relaxing, connecting, massages.. you name it!

6:30am Silent sunrise meditation and tea

7:30am Morning Yoga Flow

9am Breakfast

10am-5pm Free Time; Pool/Lake; Excursions or Spa!

10am: Optional Excursion (Spanish Class, Volcano Hike, Boat Ride, Paddle Board)

1:00pm Lunch

4:00pm Workshop Offering

5:30pm Yin / Restorative Yoga

7:30pm Dinner

to reserve your space:

A $500 nonrefundable deposit is requested to reserve your space. Remaining payments are due prior to 60 days of retreat start.

Payment plans are available with monthly or bimonthly payments.

If traveling solo, we can pair individuals in double or triple occupancies. If we are unable to pair you with a partner, single occupancy rates apply.

Spaces are limited and first come, first serve! Prices listed are per person.

Save $300 with early bird pricing 3 months prior to retreat start! Early bird pricing ends October 18th 2019.

triple OCCUPANCY - $2190

Triple Occupancy $2490

Double occupancy - $2390

Double Occupancy $2690

single occupancy - $2590

Single Occupancy $2890

One of a kind. Word can’t describe how phenomenal this place, the staff, the food, and this country are. If you want a heart opening experience, look no further
— Lotus Retreats Guest

for more information, schedule a call to answer any questions and learn more!


What is the nearest airport to Lake Atitlan?

Guatemala City Airport

Are flights included?

Flights are not included in the retreat week price. Roundtrip flights to/from Guatemala City airport are around $300-$500 USD.

Do I need a Guatemalan Visa?

No Visas are needed. However, it is recommended to check that your passport does not expire within 6 months of traveling to Central America.

How do we get from the airport to the resort?

Transportation from the Guatemala City airport to Lake Atitlan is included in your retreat package! We will arrange arrivals & departure transfers for you once booked.

Are there ATMS in Guatemala?

There are ATMs to withdraw Guatemalan currency. We also recommend bringing US currency and converting for Guatemala cash at money exchanges.

Is there Wifi at the retreat center?

Yes, we have included the cost of Wifi in your retreat package.

Do I need any vaccinations traveling to Guatemala?

There are no vaccines needed traveling to Guatemala. It is advised to only drink water from filtered sources and avoided drinking any tap water from the sink or shower. Please check the CDC Website for further information on vaccines & health precautions when traveling abroad.

I want to be in a triple occupancy but I am traveling solo. Can I be paired up?

Yes, we are happy to pair you up with others in a double or triple occupancy. If no pairing is available, single occupancy rates apply.

I am traveling alone! Will I be able to meet up with other traveling guests at the airport?

Yes! We have a Facebook group for all booked guests and aim to connect everyone prior to their travel into Guatemala so you can arrange meet ups and share taxis. We know traveling to a foreign country can be intimidating so we are here to guide you along the way!

What should I pack?

We will provide you with a full confirmation email regarding travel & packing tips upon booking!