Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
Situated in the highlands of Guatemala, Lake Atitlán is the perfect place for a yoga retreat. In this peaceful haven, we take delight in immersing ourselves in nature, against a backdrop of fascinating Mayan culture. Lake Atitlán is celebrated worldwide for its peace and beauty, with views of the volcanoes across the ever-changing colors of the lake.
[[ June 2018: We were deeply saddened by the suffering caused by the eruption of Volcán de Fuego. If you would like to contribute to helping people put their lives back together, one of the organizations recommended by our friends in Guatemala is Yo Me Uno, who are administered by UNICEF and who are collecting funds for the victims of the volcanic eruption.
There are also trusted friends on Lake Atitlán who are purchasing medical supplies to take directly to doctors and medical workers. If you would like to know more, please contact us at Om@yogaressa.com. 100% of your donation will go towards relief efforts. We are so looking forward to returning to Guatemala in October, to contribute in our own way, through our yoga retreat.
Thank you. ]]
Celebrate Life! 7-Day Yoga Retreat
October 31- November 6, 2018
** ONLY ONE ROOM LEFT ** This retreat sells out quickly. Please click the “Book Now” button to secure your space.
We are thrilled to be returning to the beautiful Lake Atitlán, for our sixth retreat in this exquisite location.
Enjoy the colorful Giant Kite Festival and the Día de los Muertos celebrations – two joyful experiences of indigenous and Guatemala culture.
Join Julie Murphy and Karen Pagano to awaken and celebrate the light within!
Reconnect with the magic of life. Reveal an energized, more balanced, you.
ESCAPE to our retreat hideaway at 5,100′ above sea level, in the highlands of Guatemala, for the perfect blend of yoga, nutritious cuisine, sauna and wellness treatments
REDISCOVER new sources of energy and vitality
CELEBRATE the beauty of life and you see yourself reflected in it
Vibrant Mayan and Guatemalan Culture
Sumpango Giant Kite Festival: Experience a taste of Guatemalan culture as we visit this famous annual festival. Here, we’ll see giant kites made of cloth and paper that the local communities have been working on for months. This age-old practice has its roots in ancient Mayan culture, with intricate patterns and designs of religious and folklore themes. The kites convey inspirational messages of unity, love, faith, respect for traditions, and respect for Mother Earth.
Día de los Muertos Celebration: Also known as the Day of the Dead, this is the perfect mix of indigenous and Guatemala culture coming together. It is a day when Guatemalans remember and celebrate their deceased loved ones — but it’s far from a sad occasion. The festivities unfold in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy, demonstrating love and respect for passed family. We will enjoy this celebration with a local guide who will explain the traditions and meanings of the local festivities.
Your Yoga Retreat Includes
- Scenic setting, with dramatic views of the lake
- 6 nights accommodation (4 on Lake Atitlán, 2 in Antigua)
- Yoga on the lake (for all levels)
- Delicious meals (all breakfasts, 4 dinners, 3 lunches)
- 2 Guided cultural excursions (Giant Kite Festival and Día de los Muertos celebration)
- All group transfers (Guatemala City airport, city of Antigua, two excursions)
- Plenty of free time for additional excursions and wellness treatments
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare – please see Travel Info below
- Additional excursions or treatments, some meals (see above)
- Lunch/dinner in Antigua
Reveal an energized, more balanced you, as you rediscover the beauty of life …. and you see yourself reflected in it.
What We’ll Explore …
♦ Yoga Nidra Awakening, reconnecting with yourself through the power of intention
♦ Conscious Breath (Pranayama) to stoke your life force and burn away what no longer serves you
♦ Playful exploration, and philosophical discussion … inviting ease into the body, clarity in the mind and laughter in the soul.
Yoga and meditation daily on the lake, with two different teachers. Become curious about taking your yoga beyond your mat, as you reconnect with the magic of life.
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.
TRAVEL info for October/November, 2018 Guatemala Retreat …
Your group shuttle will meet you at Guatemala City airport. To be on our group transfers, please choose flights that arrive in Guatemala City no later than 12 noon on Wednesday, October 31 and depart no earlier than 12 noon on Tuesday, November 6.
If you travel outside of these times, you will need to make your own way, and we can arrange a private shuttle for you, at an additional cost. Some people choose to come earlier and/or leave later, to do more exploring.
The group transfers we provide are:
10/31: Guatemala City airport to Antigua
11/1: Antigua to the excursions and to Lake Atitlán
11/5: Lake Atitlán to Antigua
11/6: Antigua to Guatemala City airport
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 retreats 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.
“Thank you both once again for an amazing experience. It is obvious to me , how much hard work you put into this. Every day was special …every day was memorable…every day I looked forward to what magic you had planned for us!” — Clay G.
“Thank you for such a wonderful experience. You guys truly go above and beyond!” — Lauri M.
“Thank you for an unbelievable yoga retreat. Thank you for being so organized, with great communications in advance of the trip, for choosing and getting us to such an amazing hotel venue and last but not least for your excellent and compassionate yoga and spiritual leadership. It was a 5 star magical experience for me … things are still unfolding for me as I continue to embrace my Lake Atitlan intention.” —Karen G.
“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.
“I loved every minute of it. Beautiful memories of special moments and experiences. I will be dreaming of the next retreat.” — Sarah B.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“You guys did a wonderful job – very organized and just what the doctor ordered. Mucho gracias!” — Kristine
“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.
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