Wisdom of the Elements
Adventure Retreat

DECEMBER 8 - 14, 2019
LAKE ATITLAN, GUATEMALA
VILLA SUMAYA ECO RETREAT CENTER

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This is your invitation to
P-A-U-S-E.

Breathe deeply.


Ask yourself - honestly - how would it feel to:

get a little wild and adventurous in foreign lands to expand your mind, fortify your body, and just let loose?
…fully embrace, embody, and express the passionate purpose within your heart?
…indulge your spirit as you surrender to a magic wonderland of lush mountain forests, jaw-dropping volcanoes, healing fresh waters, intoxicating Mayan cultural traditions, and the infinite Wisdom of the Elements?


You probably answered that it would feel Pretty. Damn. Good.
It should! You deserve nothing less. 


Join your tribe of fellow soul voyagers in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala and experience this life-changing journey for yourself! 
Lake Atitlán is believed by the Maya to be the center of the universe where God’s seeds of mankind evolved.
One moment on her stunning shores and it’s easy to understand why.

 
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WHAT TO EXPECT ON AN "ADVENTURE RETREAT"

Begin each day with gentle sunrise yoga, meditation techniques, journaling processes, and soul-provoking conversation on how to courageously cultivate your dream life by harnessing the potent energy of the five great elements – Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.

The cosmic insights you unfold in these introspective contemplative practices will be balanced and activated by “extrospective” adventurous excursions to sacred ceremonial sites, indigienous homes, healing centers, local Mayan pueblos and more. 

Speedboats, pick-up trucks, winding mountain road shuttles and your own two feet will take you to places that dreams are made of. Color, texture, wonder, inspiration and enthusiasm await you in each moment!

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WHAT GOODIES ARE INCLUDED?

As the retreat unfolds, allow yourself to be spoiled from top to bottom, inside and out, with lots of other included goodies:

• 7 day / 6 nights at the serene, luxurious lakefront eco retreat center, Villa Sumaya
• ALL locally-sourced Gourmet Vegetarian Meals
• Healing Therapeutic Massage and Reiki
• Mayan Astrological Fire Ceremony + Blessing
• Temescal Herbal Rebirthing Ceremony
• A 90-minute personal Mayan Astrological reading *before* the retreat to align you with this potent, ancient energy and prepare you for the adventure
• Traditional Mayan weaving and textile workshop inside a local, indigenous home. Experience the culture first-hand and make a piece to take home!
• Sunrise hike and Mayan history experience
• PLENTY of down time to laze in a hammock, swim or float in the lake, bathe in the sun, read, nap, and just BE

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LOVE NOTES FROM PAST SOUL ADVENTURERS

“There was an ever-present sense of organic magic that tied us directly to the land, the air, the water. Each workshop was an amazing unexpected experience… provided an opportunity to create, the hikes were epic in the best way, and our [fire ceremony] was beyond exceptional. Very bonding!” 

“Such a healing, cleansing, empowering retreat… just what I needed to come back into myself.”

“You are such a beautiful soul and I am so grateful to have you in my life. Absolutely love what you created with this retreat. So supportive and heart-opening.” 

“Thank you for giving us this space to be! It was life changing!”

“From the moment of the opening ceremony… [the retreat] was highly creative and powerful. Instant connection to the elements.”

 

VILLA SUMAYA

Our wonderful home-sweet-home is a stunning lakeside eco center called Villa Sumaya. In Sanskrit, Sumaya means a long-awaited dream come true while in Arabic it translates as a little piece of paradise. Both definitions mirror the center’s intentions and inspire its service. The logo is a Mayan glyph representing the fountain of life or the budding growth of a flower, and this too moves the center ever forward. Many Mayan hands have contributed to the creation of this paradise and the center’s ongoing connection with indigenous neighbors has been mutually respectful, rich and gratifying. Everything you find here – every brick, every paving stone, every piece of window glass and decorative tile -- has been lovingly transported to Sumaya by boat and then carried by hand and strong back to its respective location. It is Villa Sumaya’s sincere desire that your experience in this natural refuge will enhance your lives as much as it has theirs.

 

ACCOMODATIONS

Wisdom of the Elements is purposefully a very intimate retreat…
only 10 spaces available! 

Pricing below is ALL INCLUSIVE every activity, ceremony, meal, excursion, and included goodie you see listed above.
However, it does not include airfare to/from Guatemala City or ground transportation to Lake Atitlan.
But I’m here to serve as your personal travel guide for booking the easiest, fastest, or most adventurous route. Just ask!

A $400 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your space and reserve your desired accomodations.
Payments in full are preferred, but we can certainly work out a payment plan if necessary (available in 2 or 3 installments).

 

Maya Rose Studios
Double Accomodation

CHARMING LAKEFRONT ROOMS WITH 2 TWIN BEDS, ANTIQUE CRAFTED FURNITURE, EN SUITE BATH, PRIVATE OUTDOOR PATIO WITH SPACIOUS SEATING AND BEAUTIFUL VOLCANIC VIEWS

SIX SPACES AVAILABLE

EARLY BIRD - $1488 per person {Feb 14 - May 14, 2019}
STANDARD PRICING - $1688 per person
{May 15 - Aug 14, 2019}
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER - $1888 per person {Aug 15 - Nov 15, 2019}

 

Maya Rose Studios
Private Accomodation

CHARMING LAKEFRONT ROOMS WITH 1 queen BED, ANTIQUE CRAFTED FURNITURE, private en suite BATH, PRIVATE OUTDOOR PATIO WITH SPACIOUS SEATING AND BEAUTIFUL VOLCANIC VIEWS

TWO SPACES AVAILABLE

EARLY BIRD - $1788 per person {Feb 14 - May 14, 2019}
STANDARD PRICING - $1988 per person
{May 15 - Aug 14, 2019}
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER - $2188 per person {Aug 15 - Nov 15, 2019}

 

Skyline Bungalow
Private Accomodation

stand-alone brick and thatched-roof huT Surrounded by lush vegetation, queen bed, large private river rock bathroom, indoor/outdoor living with stunning panoramic volcano views

**ONLY ONE SPACE AVAILABLE**

EARLY BIRD - $1888 per person {Feb 14 - May 14, 2019}
STANDARD PRICING - $2088 per person
{May 15 - Aug14, 2019}
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER - $2288 per person {Aug15 - Nov 15, 2019}

 

Ginger Suites
Luxury Private Accomodation

SWEEPING PRIVATE ATTACHED VILLA, elegant rooftop lounge, QUEEN BED, PRIVATE BATH, STONE FIREPLACE, CUSTOM ANTIQUE WOODWORK, LARGE PATIO WITH COLORFUL SEATING AND DRAMATIC LAKE/VOLCANO VIEWS

**ONLY ONE SPACE AVAILABLE**

EARLY BIRD - $2088 per person {Feb 14 - May 14, 2019}
STANDARD PRICING - $2288 per person
{May 15 - Aug 14, 2019}
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER - $2488 per person {Aug 15 - Nov 15, 2019}

 

FAQS and
NEED-TO-KNOW DETAILS

 

When does the retreat begin and end?

We begin at 5:00pm CST on Sunday, December 8, 2019.
You may check in to our beautiful host venue anytime after noon.

I HIGHLY recommend that you plan to arrive to Guatemala at least day early on December 7th. You can spend the night in Antigua and be very close to Lake Atitlan on the day our retreat begins. Travel in Guatemala can be unpredictable and take longer than expected.

The retreat ends at 9:30am CST on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
Check out is at 11:00am.

If you wish to come early or stay late, let me know and I will be happy to help arrange.

 

How do I get there? 

STEP 1 - Take Flight
The best airport to fly in to is Guatemala City / La Aurora (airport code GUA). 

STEP 2 - Cover Ground
Lake Atitlan is roughly 3.5 hours from Guatemala City. Your destination village at the Lake is called Panajachel (Pa-na-ha-shell). Be sure to consider this travel time when looking at arrivals to make sure you get to the Lake well before our start time of 5pm.

You can take a private shuttle (~$100), a public shuttle (~$25), or - for the truly adventurous and budget-minded! - a local Guatemalan Chicken Bus. The shuttle company I use and love is Xocomil Tours. You can view their schedule and book online. Xocomil can pick you up at the airport or at your hostel if you arrive early. 

STEP 3 - Sail Away
Your shuttle/chicken bus will drop you off right at the dock in Panajachel. Your final leg of the journey is to take a 20 minute Lancha ride (motorized lake boat) to the Lodge.

Tell the Lancha driver that you are going to Villa Sumaya- it is a private dock and they will make a special stop for you. It's not uncommon that they forget along the way, so I always try to sit very near to the driver in the back or their assistant in the front so I am seen and their memory is jogged. 

The cost is 15Q (~$2). Don't ask. Just have change ready and give it to the driver when you arrive at Villa Sumaya. He may ask you to pay en route - this is normal, it just helps him speed up the process of stopping at a private dock. 

STEP 4 - Come get a big welcome hug from me and your Retreat SoulFam at the Lodge!

 

What's the money situation?

The local Guatemalan currency is Quetzales (symbol Q or q).
Current conversion rate is $1 = 7.5Q.
Be sure to check for most current info just before you travel.

You can exchange US dollars at the airport, but the conversion rate is much less. I suggest only converting enough for your ground transport - max $50.
There are ATM's in Panajachel and other villages at Lake Atitlan. 

DO NOT BRING AN EXCESS of USD$ and plan to exchange at the Lake. It can be VERY difficult and most exchange places only accept $50 and $100 notes in perfect mint condition. I highly recommend only bringing enough for your transportation to the Lake and exchange at the airport before you set out into Guatemala. You can visit ATM's in Antigua or at Lake Atitlan for a fairly reasonable rate. 

 

If I arrive in Guatemala before the retreat begins, where should I stay?

This is dependent on your flight's arrival time at GUA. The last public shuttle departs at 2:00pm. If you arrive after, you'll either need to stay in the City or book a private shuttle elsewhere. 

I highly recommend you experience Antigua, a very quaint, picturesque colonial town built on ruins. It's adorable! Great night life, beautiful walking tours of the city, a ton of travelers and hostel options, and - if you've got longer to spare - chocolate making tours and multi-day volcano hikes. Red hot lava, people! Antigua is about 1 hour from Guatemala City and 2.5 hours from Panajachel. Many, many travelers use this as a stop-over city when flying in/out of GUA. 

My favorite site to use is www.booking.com. You can secure amazing "deals of the day" on hotels and hostels within all budget ranges, and the reviews are pretty spot on . A favorite in Antigua among past retreaters is El Hostal.

 

What should I bring to the retreat?

Great question! The following are Must-Have's:

-- Comfy Clothes! In which you can move well, breathe well, and just BE. Dress in layers, as the Lake can be quite chilly at sunrise and in the evening, but very sunny and warm during the day.
-- Large Refillable Water Bottle. Purified water provided at Villa Sumaya - you can fill up before we head out for the day.
-- Good Walking Shoes. Hiking boots aren't necessary, but do be prepared to climb a mountains. Don't worry -- it’s moderate, we will go slow and I promise our destination will be VERY worth it! The altitude is quite high at the Lake - 5,000 feet. So will we pace ourselves accordingly. 
-- Headlamp or flashlight
-- Small daypack or other "hands free" type of bag for our day excursions.
-- Bathing Suit. You'll have lots of time to swim and float in an inner tube to enjoy the healing waters of mama Atitlan.
-- Umbrella or light rain jacket
-- A Sacred Item for our SoulFam Altar. Anything special and sweet that represents a piece of your heart... a crystal, a special photo, a souvenir, spiritual momento, family heirloom, etc.
-- Toiletries, sunscreen, bug spray, and your own personal essentials. If you forget something, no worries. You can purchase just about anything you'll need at the Lake. 
-- Any extras that make you feel warm and fuzzy
-- An open heart <3

Bedding, towel, yoga mats, props and purified drinking water are provided.

You'll also receive a special Retreat Journal upon arrival (spoiler alert!), so no need to bring a notebook. Of course, if you have a special personal journal or pen, feel free. 

 

What's the weather situation?

Expect temps of 70+ degrees during the day and mid 50's at night. Plan accordingly.

 

Do I *have* to participate in every activity?

This is YOUR retreat. You are the Shaman, you are the Guru, you are the Nurturer of your own Soul. If something doesn't feel like a Fuck Yes!, then feel free to sit it out and enjoy space. 

That said, I will be there to instigate each of us to push past the boundaries of what's comfortable and flirt with the unknown, the terrain where true awakening and transformation take place. You'll thank me ;) 

 

What is the cancellation policy?

A $400 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your space and reserve your desired accomodations.
Payments in full are preferred, but we can certainly work out a payment plan if necessary - available in 2 or 3 installments

Cancellations made on or before August 15 may receive a refund of 50% of total amount paid (minus deposit).

Cancellations made after August 15 will not be eligible for a cash refund, however 50% of total amount paid (minus deposit) will be made available in the form of a program voucher to be applied to any future workshop, retreat or private healing session.

 

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