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Sumaya Radiance Retreat | Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

  • Villa Sumaya guatemala (map)

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” — Kahil Gibran

Lake Atitlán is believed by the Maya to be the center of the universe where God’s seeds of mankind evolved.  Villa Sumaya is nestled in a landlocked bay on the north shore of beautiful Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Located on 18 acres in the traditional homeland of the indigenous Maya. This area is known to the Maya as the belly button of the Earth.  Villa Sumaya looks directly across the lake at three spectacular volcanoes.

Villa Sumaya is located at an altitude of 5,000 feet.  Its proximity to the equator offers a high plane semi-tropical paradise often referred to as “the land of eternal spring.” The deep caldera walls of the lake create a powerful inverse vortex to the volcanic mountains and ridges above, creating tremendous beauty and distinct natural challenges to work with.

In Sanskrit, Sumaya means a long-awaited dream come true while in Arabic it translates as a little piece of paradise. Both of these definitions mirror Villa Sumaya's hearts’ intentions and inspire service. The logo is a Mayan glyph found in Chiapas, Mexico representing the fountain of life or the budding growth of a flower, and this too moves us ever forward.

Join Chelsea Winters for seven nights of heart opening exploration of this little piece of paradise.  We will breath, move, feel and delve deeper into the nature of our surroundings steeped in Mayan culture, and explore the nature of ourselves.  All yoga levels are welcome.

$750 non-refundable deposit holds your space with the remainder due Dec 1, 2019.  First ten signs ups will receive early bird pricing with $100 off prices below. Early bird pricing is now sold out.

* Room availability is on a first come, first serve basis. 

*Past Retreat Yogis, ask about a repeat yogi discount! 

Cancellation policy: Should you need to cancel your space, all payments become non-refundable if you cannot fill your spot. If you can fill your spot with a replacement yogi, you will receive all payments back, less $350.


  • Sensational Lake Front Patios • Convenient Location • Easy accessibility (queen in single or double for a couple; two twin beds in double):

  • single occupancy- $2,050

  • double occupancy- $1,625

  • triple occupancy- $1,525 (this is a tighter accommodation and best for close friends traveling together on a budget)


  • Luxurious accommodations • Majestic lake view balconies • Elegant, hand-selected furnishings (King bed in single or double for a couple; queen and 1 or 2 twins in double and triple):

  • single occupancy- $2,150-2,225 (depending on suite/bed configuration)

  • double occupancy- $1,700-1,800 (depending on suite/bed configuration)

  • triple occupancy- $1,650


  • 7 nights in lake front accommodations with warm, inviting décor, private bathrooms, outdoor patios, amazing lake views, orthopedic beds and quality linens.

  • Twice daily yoga asana, pranayama and mediation classes with Chelsea, or a guest teacher/guest ceremony, in a sacred and inspiring yoga temple. Simple, eclectic décor with panoramic views, hardwood floors, thatched roofs and elegant altar spaces set the tone for deepening practices.

  • Sacred Cacao Ceremony- In the spirit of the ancient traditions, join us in a sacred circle of ceremony and celebration centered around the sharing of a cacao elixir. Pure cacao is an authentic plant medicine used to uplift the spirit, deepen focused meditation and strengthen our reconnection with heart centered awareness. Known as the “food of the Gods,” cacao has an expansive, mood-enhancing quality that helps us gently shift blockages while realigning us with the path of the heart.

  • Sound Healing Ceremony

  • Cultural day trip to local village with component of Bhakti yoga

  • Evening of Kirtan- Kirtan is the ancient practice of call-and-response singing. It is an easy, joyful, heart-opening practice from the Bhakti Yoga path. Chanting sacred mantras with live music brings our mind, heart, and body together in a hypnotic and harmonious flow of love. Joining our voice as One we open the door to experience the goal of all Yoga – Merger with the Divine.

  • 3 delicious, healthy, locally sourced meals daily, tastefully prepared and artistically presented- inviting in a true Mayan flair. Meals will take a healthy approach to vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Chicken or seafood will be available for an additional $7/portion. Unlimited filtered water, juice and teas.

  • Airport shuttle and ferry coordinate to Villa Sumaya (cost of shuttle not included)

  • Unlimited sunsets and star gazing

  • Unlimited use of private pool and swimming in the lake

  • Local State & Hotel Tax

  • Unlimited potential for adventure, soul searching and fun!


  • Flight to and from Aurora Airport in Guatemala City

  • Cost of transportation to and from Villa Sumaya. Villa Sumaya can assist in the booking of an airport shuttle from Guatemala City to Lake Atitlan, about a 3.5 hour drive. A swift boat ride from the Lake Atitlan ferry dock will bring you from Panajachel to the Villa Sumaya dock. Shuttle and ferry prices vary based on amount of people traveling together... roughly $40/pp one way for a full shuttle and boat.

  • Additional excursions and activities (Villa Sumaya can assist in booking a variety of well-priced excursions including kayak tours, hiking to the local volcanoes, local cuisine cooking classes, village tours)

  • Massage and healing at Villa Sumaya; private hot tub or sauna

  • Sweat lodge or other additional ceremonies

  • Alcohol from Villa Sumaya's bar, or additional food at Villa Sumaya, such as chicken or seafood portions, kombucha, smoothies or food in town

  • Wifi is available, but not included. $3/day or $20 for the week.

  • Travel insurance (recommended): As times become more turbulent, travel insurance that would cover the costs of a canceled trip, is recommended. While this has never happened thus far, it is best to be prepared for an act of Man or Mother Nature that might prevent this trip from occurring.

I look forward to sharing sun and space with on the sacred shores of Lake Atitlan!