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Yoga Vacation in Guatemala

Info and Terms

Feb. 10–17, 2024

with Swami Asokananda E-RYT 500 & Ram Wiener E-RYT 500

Dear friend,

In today’s nothing-new-under-the-sun-world, invigorating atmosphere is a rare commodity. But, you will find it when you travel with us to the heart of Guatemala’s highland and discover Lake Atitlan’s living and legendary landscape. Lake Atitlan is a beautiful lake, uniquely surrounded by some of Guatemala’s largest volcanoes. It is a stunning sight to behold. Join us and watch your workday blues vanish into thin air. Escape the dark, cold winter and enjoy the warm, bright sun and clear blue skies.

You will stay at a beautiful hotel and retreat center, Villa Sumaya, situated on the picturesque shore of Lake Atitlan. It has an uninterrupted vista, punctuated only by a skyline of three perfect volcanoes. Here, you can relax and experience an ideal place for people in search of rest, reflection, and ageless natural beauty. This unpretentious, thatched-roof complex has comfortable rooms and bungalows, spacious gardens, a restaurant, and a beautiful facility for Hatha Yoga classes, meditations and retreats. The restaurant, with a stunning view of the lake, offers a culinary-conscious menu for vegetarians. A nutritious, eclectic blend of local and international cuisine, created from Guatemala’s cornucopia of fruits and vegetables is available three times a day. Baked goods are produced daily.

Our schedule will include daily meditations, two Hatha Yoga classes per day, and presentations from our featured senior presenters. You will have plenty of free time to swim, sunbathe, go for walks, simply relax and get to know your fellow travelers.

We will plan some trips outside of Lake Atitlan for those interested.

INTEGRAL YOGA LIFESTYLE

Participants on this Integral Yoga vacation are expected to follow a vegetarian diet. Alcohol, smoking or recreational drugs are not permitted.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We will be staying the beautiful hotel and retreat center, Villa Sumaya, situated on the picturesque shore of Lake Atitlan. All rooms have private bath, outdoor space, great décor and orthopedic beds.

COSTS

The cost of the program is $1,560 per person for triple accommodations, $1,675 per person for double accommodations and $1,995 for single accommodations. This includes accommodations for seven nights, 3 daily meals, Meditations and Hatha Yoga classes, evening talks and hotel taxes. It does not include air transportation, transportation to and from the airport to the hotel, special excursions outside the hotel, or tips.

Discounts

If we receive full payment by November 10, 2023, you may deduct $100 from the total amount.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals, with vegan and gluten free options, starting with dinner on Feb. 10, and ending with breakfast on Feb. 17.
  • Hatha Yoga classes
  • Meditations
  • Talks by presenters
  • Unlimited drinking water and tea
  • taxes
  • yoga mats & props
  • shampoo, conditioner, and body soap in guest bathrooms
  • solar hot tub and pool

What’s not included

  • Flights
  • Transportation from Guatemala City to Villa Sumaya, and back
  • wifi – available for $3 per day or $20/week
  • travel insurance
  • extra meals and beverages
  • optional activities and excursions
  • tips
  • spa services

RESERVATIONS

Please fill out a registration form and pay a $500 non-refundable deposit by Nov. 30, 2023. Final Payment is due by Dec. 7, 2023. Please fill out application on our web site or call 1-800-858-YOGA (9642), or 434-969-2084 (from outside US). Email: arc@yogaville.org . if you have any questions.

Once we have confirmed your application we will send you a letter with travel information and a list on what to bring.

PASSPORTS/Visas/Vaccinations

You need a valid passport to enter Guatemala. No visa needed for U.S. citizens. More information can be found here.

CANCELLATIONS

No refunds are possible after December 8th, 2023.

AIRPORT

You fly into the international airport in Guatemala City (GUA). The retreat is located about 3.5 hours from the airport, so plan to arrive in Guatemala City by 11 a.m. on 2/10. We will put you in contact with a local transportation company that arranges safe, direct shuttles and boats to the hotel’s private dock once you have registered. Cost will be between $30-70 per person, depending on the # of people in the van.

We hope you can ‘get away from it all’ and enjoy with us this wonderful vacation. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Ever Yours in Yoga,
Ram Wiener

FACILITATORS

Swami Asokananda took his monastic vows in 1975 from his Guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda. Known for his warmth, intelligence, and good humor, Swami Asokananda’s teachings come out of his own practice and experience while absorbing the wisdom of his Guru. He is one of Yogaville’s primary instructors for Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Trainings. He is currently serving as President of the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City. Prior to this, he served as the President of Satchidananda Ashram–Yogaville and Integral Yoga International.

Ram Wiener is one of the foremost administrators and teachers at Yogaville. He is the President of Integral Yoga Natural Foods, and served as Vice President of Satchidananda Ashram for over 30 years. He is a 200-hr Integral Hatha Yoga Teacher Trainer. Ram is a native of Central America, and is fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English. He has organized many successful and fun tours to Italy, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Peru, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Alaska, Greece, and Egypt.

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