Journey with us for a yoga vacation to traverse new roads, meet new people, and explore new ways of being in your body and in the world. Each day we will greet the morning with a varied practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation and close most days the same way.

In between, we will explore local sites such as the Chi Chi market and town of Santiago. One day we will hike to El Pico De Cielo with local tour guides and enjoy a picnic lunch at the summit.

The Sanskrit word Seva means service. As part of our week we will practice Seva by supporting a local community. There will be plenty of time for integrating your experience with reading, resting, or just hanging out in the lush gardens or pool area at Villa Sumaya. The trip includes three fresh, vegetarian meals each day (meat options are available at an additional cost).

Sample Schedule 

Day 1
Following your day of travel, which culminates in a splendid 45-minute boat-ride across Lake Atitlan, we’ll have an opening ceremony to gather us all together and end the day on a relaxing and peaceful note.

Day 2
Start the day with morning yoga (not too early) to gradually awaken and energize, in the beautiful lakeside Blue Tiger Temple. After a delicious breakfast, enjoy a spacious day of your own design. Explore Sumaya’s beauty and let the weariness of travel wash away. Perhaps you’ll choose to swim, kayak or get a massage. Late afternoon yoga will unwind and restore you.

Day 3
Following morning practices to open the body and heart, we’ll adventure into nearby shaman caves and explore the world of Mayan mysteries. With late afternoon yoga we’ll dive into the divine inner landscape of the human body.

Day 4
Morning practices and a hearty breakfast are followed by an unforgettable hike to El Pico De Cielo, which, at 8,200 feet above sea level, offers a spectacular view of the Atitlan basin below. Gain keen insight into the culture and people of Guatemala from expert local guides. Our day ends with a well-earned restorative yoga session to unwind and release.

*Schedule subject to change. A full schedule will be provided to participants one month prior to the trip.

  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
  • Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
  • Daily Yoga Practices
  • Karma Yoga Service Project 
  • Tour of ChiChi Market
  • Tour of Santiago
  • Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)

Accommodations

The retreat will be held at an intimate full-service lakefront hotel and yoga center on Lake Atitlan. All rooms have breathtaking views,natural decor, and outdoor spaces. The property has lush gardens, a full-service spa area with a hot tub and a sauna, a fair-trade boutique, a juice bar, and many places to hide away with a good book. Their cafe offers nourishing homemade vegetarian meals. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets are abundant, and fish and chicken are available for an additional fee.

Jacci Gruninger
A Santa Fe based yoga teacher, educator and human being, Jacci feels she has been on a journey of awareness and awakening her whole life.  She reflects that she was practicing “yoga” before she ever practiced yoga.  This way of being alive and present for every experience is what calls to her most deeply and infuses her teaching.  She uses the practice of yoga to see how her habits restrict, distract and cause suffering.  Using the skill of witnessing, which she learned from her teachers Yoganand Michael Carroll and Sudhir Jonathon Foust, she is now better able to see her habits and open to her life finding more freedom and joy.
As a teacher, Jacci invites her students to go inside and feel rather than focusing on what the pose looks like.  She uses the techniques of inquiry, witnessing and allowing to encourage students to be present with their life in the moment.
Jacci has over 1500 hours of training in a wide variety of yoga disciplines in addition to receiving her Masters of Health Science from The George Washington University.  She completed her 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga in addition to completing a second 500 hour certification in yoga therapy (ERYT-500).   She is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), registered prenatal yoga teacher (RPYT), as well as a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist.
Jacci is the Executive Director of the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts as well as Director of their 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, Basic Prenatal, Restorative Yoga, and Gentle Yoga Teacher Trainings.
Lisa Gulotta
Movement, rhythm, and dance have been my primary sources of joy from earliest memory. Achildhood injury at an early age, however, made me conscious of what a gift it really was to be able to move freely. The result has been an inspiring journey through life.
That injury brought me to a renewed relationship to my body and to an even deeper, more conscious exploration of the joy—and the health benefits—to be found in movement.
My journey began when I entered my first dance class at the age of four. Years of training led to dance performance and choreography, gradually evolving into a career in the fitness profession. In my late thirties I discovered yoga. This was a revelation, for it proved to be the culminating discipline that enabled me to integrate all my interests. In my personal life, yoga has become my primary mode of self-expression. In my teaching, it becomes one of three pillars: dance, fitness, yoga.
These pillars support what has turned out to be an even more encompassing love: teaching itself. I realized I had a passion for sharing the joy of movement with others. A significant part of my life, now, lies in helping students open to the sources of joy within their own bodies. I take delight in seeing them respond to what is really a simple truth: Movement is life.
In 2007, I became a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. The same year I also finished my studies with the Cancer Exercise Training Institute and became certified as a Cancer Exercise Specialist.
I continue to study with Elise Miller, a Senior Iyengar Teacher, and have certified with her as a Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer.
Among all these activities, I can honestly say that my proudest moment was the deep satisfaction I felt after creating and completing a special video program for cancer patients and survivors: The Next Step, Vol. 1: Restorative Exercises After Breast Cancer.
  • Tours of Local Villages
  • Tours of Local Mayan Markets
  • Mayan Ceremonies
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Zip-lining

*Price of Activities are not included in tuition unless free or listed under inclusions.

Spa

Harmony Spa is one of the gems of this retreat center. They offer services from massage to esoteric readings to ionic foot baths and more. All therapists are very experienced and offer their healing services on-site for reasonable prices.

Please be sure to review Our Policies.

Registration

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Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A one-time $35 Service and Administration Fee will be added to the tuition rate.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Getting There

You will be booking your flights for the Aurora Airport in Guatemala City (GUA). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.


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Travel Insurance

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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