Awaken! 6-Day Yoga Retreat

April 26—May 1, 2019

Situated in the highlands of Guatemala, Lake Atitlán is the perfect place for a yoga retreat. We are thrilled to be returning for our 7th retreat in this exquisite location.

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This retreat fills up quickly — please book now to secure your place — click here

Join Julie Murphy and Karen Pagano as we explore 5 Steps to Awaken the Heart. Take your yoga beyond your mat, on the magical path of awakening. Yoga, meditation, sacred movement, conscious breath, and more.

Reveal an energized, more balanced you, as you rediscover the beauty of life and you see yourself reflected in it.

What We’ll Explore … 


♦  Yin Yoga Immersion — create space within the connective tissues of the body and the mind

♦  Yoga Nidra Meditation bring clarity and purpose  into your life through the power of intention

♦  Breathing Techniques — create ease in body and mind

♦  Exploration — connect with your thoughts and emotions and gain insight on the inner Self

After daily yoga, let stress dissolve as you hike, swim, kayak, visit the surrounding villages, enjoy a spa treatment…or simply gaze at the ever-changing colors of the lake, as you relax on your private balcony.

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(private bathrooms, private balconies, full views of the lake) 

Double Room — $1,395     

Single Room — $2,400

Disconnect from your tasks and to-do lists. Reconnect, to reveal an energized, more balanced you.

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Lake Atitlán is celebrated worldwide for its peace and beauty. We immerse ourselves in nature in this haven, against a backdrop of fascinating Mayan culture.

Your Yoga Retreat Includes 


  • Scenic setting, with dramatic views of the lake
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Group excursion

  • Delicious meals three times a day

  • Daily yoga and meditation, with two different teachers

  • Group transportation from and to Guatemala City airport (set times)

    What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Additional excursions or treatments

Travel Plans 

Your group shuttle will meet you at Guatemala City airport for transfer to Lake Atitlán. Please book flights that arrive no later than 12 noon on Friday, April 26 and depart 2pm or later on Wednesday, May 1 from Guatemala City.

Secure Your Spot 

There are only 9 rooms available and this retreat fills up quickly.  To secure your spot, payments can be made via bank transfer or by credit card here.

All payments are non-refundable after December 31, 2018. In the event that you cannot attend the retreat and know of someone who can take your place, you may transfer the full amount of your fees paid to the third party, without penalty, when the third party registers with us. 

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


About Karen and Julie

As your yoga retreat hosts, our combined 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.

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

Karen Pagano is considered one of the pioneers of Yin Yoga in South Florida. Her yoga studies took her to Seattle, WA, Bali, and Lake Atitlán, Guatemala for her certifications in Hatha Yoga and Yoga of Sound.  Karen’s teaching emphasizes an awareness of energy flow which allows students to expand joyfully into all areas of their lives.

Julie Murphy discovered the joy of yoga in her home country, South Africa, and has several 200-hour and 500-hour certifications from the US and India. She is well known for her soothing voice and Yoga Nidra guided meditation recordings, enjoyed by thousands around the world. Julie’s Hatha yoga teaching is based on a blend of alignment, yoga philosophy, and a joy for the practice—in body, mind and spirit.

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.

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.

“A fabulous time spent with everyone and especially you and Karen who put together an exceptional experience for all of us.” — Judy B.

“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.