a cultural immersion retreat

lake atitlan, guatemala

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 18th – 25th, 2020

Retreat Leaders:

Loren Lotus

Loren is a devotional curator whose true love and passion is sharing the beauty of the world and the unity of Yoga with all of those seeking...

Ryann Tillman

Ryann believes that yoga has the power to positively transform our lives. She earned her 200 hour yoga teaching...

  • About
  • Yoga
  • Accommodation
  • Activities
  • Food
  • Pricing
  • Travel
  • FAQ

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!

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 Accommodation

  • 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.

Activities & Excursions

  • Spanish Lessons: 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.
  • Mayan Fire Ceremony & Cacao Ceremony: Dive into true Mayan culture with a Mayan Fire Ceremony & Cacao Ceremony
  • Explore Lake Towns: 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
  • Fine Art: 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!

Food & Nourishment

Prana, the air or energy we input into our bodies is the quality of the energy we expend. Throughout our retreat week, we practice conscious and healthy eating habits. Most meals will be vegetarian and prepared in house at our retreat facility.
We allow for individual breakfast and lunch times for guests to sit with themselves or small groups while our dinner times are family style and all-inclusive with one another! Some meals, lunches on long excursion days will be packed or optional to purchase on your own in free time.

Details & Pricing

Save $300 with early bird pricing 3 months prior to retreat start! Early bird pricing ends October 18th 2019.
Single
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Triple
Occupancy
Regular
Price:
$2890
Regular
Price:
$2690
Regular
Price:
$2490
Early Bird
Special:
$2590
Early Bird
Special:
$2390
Early Bird
Special:
$2190

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.

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation 8- days and 7-nights accommodations at a lakeside yoga retreat center in Lake Atitlan.
  • Food Three vegetarian meals a day (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free options available)
  • Yoga Two classes a day (Hatha, vinyasa and yin/restorative styles)
  • Workshops & Ceremonies Three themed workshops & ceremonies throughout the week with Lotus Retreats facilitators.
  • Spanish Lesson Learn and practice the beautiful Spanish language on-site at Villa Sumaya! Work with one of our friendly and experienced Spanish teachers.
  • Transportation To and from Guatemala City airport to the Lake Atitlan retreat center

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Excursions & Activities There will be a variety of excursions around the lake that you can register for upon arrival
  • Add-on Spanish Lessons We will include 1 class in your retreat package; you may opt into a full week of classes if you wish!
  • Spa Services Our on-site wellness center offers an abundant array of services provided by our experienced and gifted therapists. Services range from therapeutic massage to energy healing.
  • Tips For resort staff & services.

Getting There

  • Our arrival airport is Guatemala City (GUA). We will arrange for transportation from the airport to the retreat center in Lake Atitlan. Arrival information & details will be provided upon booking confirmation.
  • We realize the journey is just as much a part of the experience as the destination! We’re here to support you fully on arriving safely to Guatemala & transporting to the retreat center. We provide a shared google document for all guests to input their arrival & departure information as well as the ability to communicate with other guests traveling near the same time. We also have a Facebook group for guests to connect, share questions & interact with one another.

Retreat FAQ

Flights are not included in the retreat week price. Roundtrip flights to/from Guatemala City airport are around $300-$500 USD.
No Visas are needed. However, it is recommended to check that your passport does not expire within 6 months of traveling to Central America.

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.

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

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

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.
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!
We will provide you with a full confirmation email regarding travel & packing tips upon booking!
  • About
  • Yoga
  • Accommodation
  • Activities
  • Food
  • Pricing
  • Travel
  • FAQ

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!

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 Accommodation

  • 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.

Activities & Excursions

  • Spanish Lessons: 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.
  • Mayan Fire Ceremony & Cacao Ceremony: Dive into true Mayan culture with a Mayan Fire Ceremony & Cacao Ceremony
  • Explore Lake Towns: 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
  • Fine Art: 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!

Food & Nourishment

Prana, the air or energy we input into our bodies is the quality of the energy we expend. Throughout our retreat week, we practice conscious and healthy eating habits. Most meals will be vegetarian and prepared in house at our retreat facility.
We allow for individual breakfast and lunch times for guests to sit with themselves or small groups while our dinner times are family style and all-inclusive with one another! Some meals, lunches on long excursion days will be packed or optional to purchase on your own in free time.

Details & Pricing

Save $300 with early bird pricing 3 months prior to retreat start! Early bird pricing ends October 18th 2019.
Single
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Triple
Occupancy
Regular
Price:
$2890
Regular
Price:
$2690
Regular
Price:
$2490
Early Bird
Special:
$2590
Early Bird
Special:
$2390
Early Bird
Special:
$2190

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.

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation 8- days and 7-nights accommodations at a lakeside yoga retreat center in Lake Atitlan.
  • Food Three vegetarian meals a day (vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free options available)
  • Yoga Two classes a day (Hatha, vinyasa and yin/restorative styles)
  • Workshops & Ceremonies Three themed workshops & ceremonies throughout the week with Lotus Retreats facilitators.
  • Spanish Lesson Learn and practice the beautiful Spanish language on-site at Villa Sumaya! Work with one of our friendly and experienced Spanish teachers.
  • Transportation To and from Guatemala City airport to the Lake Atitlan retreat center

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Excursions & Activities There will be a variety of excursions around the lake that you can register for upon arrival
  • Add-on Spanish Lessons We will include 1 class in your retreat package; you may opt into a full week of classes if you wish!
  • Spa Services Our on-site wellness center offers an abundant array of services provided by our experienced and gifted therapists. Services range from therapeutic massage to energy healing.
  • Tips For resort staff & services.

Getting There

  • Our arrival airport is Guatemala City (GUA). We will arrange for transportation from the airport to the retreat center in Lake Atitlan. Arrival information & details will be provided upon booking confirmation.
  • We realize the journey is just as much a part of the experience as the destination! We’re here to support you fully on arriving safely to Guatemala & transporting to the retreat center. We provide a shared google document for all guests to input their arrival & departure information as well as the ability to communicate with other guests traveling near the same time. We also have a Facebook group for guests to connect, share questions & interact with one another.

Retreat FAQ

Flights are not included in the retreat week price. Roundtrip flights to/from Guatemala City airport are around $300-$500 USD.
No Visas are needed. However, it is recommended to check that your passport does not expire within 6 months of traveling to Central America.

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.

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

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

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

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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.

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Loren Lotus

Creative & Director of Lotus Retreats 

Instructor & Retreat Leader

Certifications:

  • B.S Kinesiology, Indiana University
  • 500-Hour E-RYT, YogaWorks, Los Angeles
  • 200-Hour ERYT Passion Yoga School, Costa Rica
  • 85-Hour PRYT, La Lupa Via Prenatal School

Loren is a devotional curator whose true love and passion is sharing the beauty of the world and the unity of Yoga with all of those seeking it. She is continuously inspired by Yogic teachings of our everyday life and the practice of Yoga, on and off the mat. Every day is an opportunity to grow & live your life like a Lotus flower, reaching your true potential and fulfillment.

Loren believes her dharma and work is to inspire others to live a fulfilling life path with purpose and passion. On the mat, she teaches a variety of Yoga class styles including Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative and Yin. Her alignment-based training and study of Kinesiology has fueled her fascination with the human body, mind and eternal soul.

Ryann Tillman

Yoga Instructor & Fascial Stretch Therapist

Certifications:

  • 500-Hour RYT, Passion Yoga, Costa Rica
  • 200-Hour ERYT, Ayur Eco Ashram, Mysore India
  • Fascial Stretch Therapist, Stretch To Win, Arizona

Ryann believes that yoga has the power to positively transform our lives. She earned her 200 hour yoga teaching certification while living and studying in an ashram in Mysore, India. She traveled to the birthplace of yoga in search of a traditional and authentic yoga education and experience. Once back in the states she became a full time yoga teacher and never looked back. 

She teaches a Hatha inspired class with an emphasis on breath, awareness, and body control. She aims to make each class feel steeped in Indian tradition and lineage. After a few years of teaching she decided that it was time to drive deeper into the transformational healing side of yoga and expand her knowledge as a teacher and student. She earned her 500 hour teaching certification in the magical jungles of Costa Rica with Passion Yoga.

Since her time in the jungle Ryann still teaches classes full time and teaches in yoga teacher trainings. Her path also led her to Fascial Stretch Therapy(fst) as a way to help speed the physical healing/recovery process and flexibility that yoga offers. With yoga and FST Ryann has a passion to guide people towards a more connected, positive, and healthy life.

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