Yoga Retreats

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  • We love co-creating yoga retreats and bringing together a happy gathering of people to enjoy the benefits of yoga, in extraordinary destinations around the world.
  • We choose eco-resorts, hotels and travel experiences that also contribute to the general wellbeing of people less fortunate than ourselves.
  • We work with likeminded people who give back to local communities, as well as those who care about our beautiful planet through their wildlife conservation efforts. In this way, we try to make our small contribution to enhancing the staggering beauty of the world we live in. Join us.


Ignite Your Spark : 7-Day Yoga Retreat  

April 26 – May 2, 2018 

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[[ This retreat sells out quickly. Please contact us below for more info on our next retreat to Guatemala, October/November 2018. ]]

We are thrilled to be returning for our fifth retreat in this magnificent location. Join us to celebrate the light that shines within!

ESCAPE   to the exquisite Lake Atitlán—a place to learn, laugh and grow … a sanctuary for nurturing your inner being

IGNITE   your spark beneath the watch of majestic volcanoes

ENJOY   the perfect blend of yoga, nutritious cuisine, sauna and wellness treatments to discover new sources of energy and vitality

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Explore Antigua, UNESCO World Heritage Site

With its natural beauty and the fascinating culture of the Maya people, Guatemala is the perfect retreat destination. Our retreat includes an overnight stay and excursion in Antigua, a city of rare beauty, major historical significance and vibrant culture.

This 500-year-old city will share her charm with us:

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  • Colonial-era mansions and churches
  • Streetscapes of pastel facades unfold beneath three volcanoes
  • Craft markets with vibrant colors and designs

Your Yoga Retreat Includes 

  • Scenic setting, with dramatic views of the lake
  • 6 nights accommodation (5 on Lake Atitlán, 1 in Antigua)
  • Yoga (for all levels)
  • Meditation
  • Delicious meals (full board on the lake, breakfast in Antigua)
  • Group transportation from and to Guatemala City airport and to the city of Antigua
  • Group excursion in Antigua
  • Plenty of free time for additional excursions and wellness treatments

What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare – plus, please see Travel Logistics here
  • Additional excursions or treatments
  • Lunch/dinner in Antigua


All rooms have private bathrooms, private balconies, and dramatic views of the lake.

Only 9 rooms available — This retreat sells out quickly — book now!  

Light the Spark of Awareness … 

…through yoga, meditation and The Seven Steps to Igniting Your Heart—sacred movement, conscious breath, adventurous journeys, meditations and more.

We will celebrate the beauty of the higher Self, making space to welcome in our unique higher purpose and return home feeling vibrantly alive.

♦  A full Yin Yoga Immersion, creating space within the connective tissues of the body and the mind0963-yogaressa-retreats

♦  Yoga Nidra Awakening, setting your life on a vibrant course through the power of intention

♦  Conscious Breath (Pranayama) to stoke your life force and burn away what no longer serves you

♦  Positive Affirmation, making space for clarity and setting your life on a vibrant course

♦  Playful exploration, philosophical discussion, and embracing the universal heart within as you claim your rightful happiness.

Yoga and meditation daily, with two different teachers. We invite you to dig a little deeper and become curious about taking your yoga beyond your mat, on the magical path of awakening.

In between yoga time, let stress dissolve as you hike, swim, kayak…or simply gaze at the ever-changing colors of the lake as you relax on your private balcony.

Use the contact form below to reserve your space, or for any questions. 

About Karen and Julie

As your yoga retreat hosts, our combined yoga experience spans several decades, across a broad range of yoga styles, including the traditional lineages of this ancient wisdom. We delight in yoga which strengthens the body, calms the mind, and rejuvenates the spirit … leaving you in a delicious state of yoga bliss.

“Karen and Julie are masterful at creating inspirational and uplifting community in spectacular settings around the world”

The connection between Julie and Karen as soul sisters elevates their teaching to a place of joy and delight, plus a fair bit of laughter. Individually, here’s more about them:

Karen Pagano is considered one of the pioneers of Yin Yoga in South Florida. She fell in love with yoga over 25 years ago and completed her 200-hour certification in Seattle, WA and Bali. Karen’s joyous delivery helps students to laugh at their quirks and celebrate their victories, on and off the mat. Her favorite yoga phrase is, “Come Om to yourself”, as yoga brings us back to the happy person that is our essence. This is Karen’s foundation of teaching in Yin, Hatha and Yoga of Sound.

Julie Murphy discovered the joy of yoga in her home country, South Africa. Many Oms later, she completed her 200-hour certification in the US and began teaching in 2007. Her 500-hour studies took her to India for a deeper understanding of yoga. Julie is also editor of Today’s Yoga magazine and is well known for her soothing voice and Yoga Nidra recordings, enjoyed by thousands on Insight Timer. She is inspired by yoga as a way for anyone to reach their full potential—in body, mind and spirit.

Yoga Retreat Testimonials 

“It was an amazing experience that I cannot explain to anyone. I feel so at peace. I really miss you and my new yogi friends. Friends that I know I will have for a long time. I can’t stop thinking about this trip and all the memories and all the special people. Namaste.” — Jojo F.

“What an adventure, many happy memories and life changes. Julie and Karen, thanks to you for creating such an amazing experience – like Jojo, I often come back to the memories with a smile. Each of you is remarkable and together you are magic. Namaste’.” — Ruth M.

“LOVED it.  Yes there was a wonderful mood set. Thank you and Karen, for that. Yes the lake and volcano helped to set the mood.  But you helped provide an awesome experience.” — Sue B.

“Lake Atitlán is such a magical place and the entire yoga retreat you put together was an unforgettable experience for me. Look forward to seeing you again soon.” — Amanda G.

“It was simply heavenly!!!!  Cannot wait for the next one!!!   Such joy!!!” — Denise.

“You guys did a wonderful job – very organized and just what the doctor ordered. Mucho gracias!” — Kristine DH

“Thank you both so much for creating a new world for all of us…and most especially, moi!!! It was simply awesome to be with such amazing souls. I’m still soaring!” —Denise F.

“Thanks a million, best time ever. Looking forward to our new adventure. But first, let me savor this one. Namasté.” — Céline C.

“Thank you for your sweetness and kind attention. Looking forward to seeing you at yoga some time soon. Thanks again for all the laughs. The best medicine.” — Stacy B.

“I am still processing Costa Rica’s profound impact on me, spiritually. I feel like I have new eyes and new ears. My awareness has reinforced one of my favorite phrases: As Above, So Below. As Within, So Without.” — Kim L.

“Thank you so much for a beautiful, fulfilling, and highly packed emotional (and funny) yoga retreat. I LOVED Costa Rica.” — Patty L.

“I rave about my yoga retreat, as it did me such a world of relaxation and a different way to approach everyday life, especially with my stressful job. I practice my breathing in situations, and I even coach some of my fellow workers and their stress now.  Take care, and thx you and Karen for opening this world up to me  🙂 ” — Deb L.

“The retreat is a life-changer, hard to describe in words especially to an outsider but it calls for us to stop, see, feel and hear who we are and appreciate the environment around us.  I give it a 10 ++++.  Villa Sumaya was a wonderful, peaceful retreat, a perfect setting to create that mood.  I enjoyed everyone also, bonding easily with like-minded people.  You and Karen gave soooo much of yourselves. Thank you.” — Hedy S.

“The yoga was great! Two super instructors who were very connected with their students.” — Mattie S.

“Loved the daily program, loved the extras. Loved the place and its charm, loved the nurturing, extra attention to all details. Frankly, it was simply perfect and will be a lifetime memory!” — Denise F.

“Great food,  authentic atmosphere.  I felt better in my yoga practice and felt  HAPPY.” — Jestena B.

Interested in Other Retreat Destinations? 

We will gladly arrange a yoga retreat for your group, personalized to your specific needs – use the contact form above to tell us where and when you’d like to go, the size of your group, and what kind of yoga most interests you.


3 Responses to Yoga Retreats

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  2. We have been hearing fabulous things about Guatemala! Please post and share…..

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    • Yogaressa says:

      It’s a beautiful part of the world and I could easily add “Another Ten Reasons To Go On a Yoga Retreat To Guatemala”. Just spectacular. Watch out for more photos, coming soon on the Retreat page. Thanks for stopping by to say hello from Bali.


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