There will be no Guatemala Retreat in 2013 as Patricia and Surya will be traveling in India during the time this retreat is normally held. The Mexico retreat will be held in early March.
Opening to Presence
w/ Surya Chandra Das & Patricia Brown Villa Sumaya, Guatemala
About the Retreat
This yoga and meditation retreat with Surya Chandra Das & Patricia Brown will be held at Villa Sumaya in the heart of Guatemala’s beautiful highland region.
Villa Sumaya is located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, described by novelist Aldous Huxley as the most beautiful lake in the world. With an uninterrupted vista punctuated only by the skyline of three perfect volcanoes, Villa Sumaya is the utmost for those in search of rest, reflection and ageless natural beauty. This unpretentious thatched roofed complex with spacious gardens, a restaurant, hot tub, sauna and outdoor pergolas are all hidden in the natural surrounding of this beautiful setting. Accessible by boat only, the retreat center offers a quiet and deeply restful environment with panoramic views of three volcanoes on the far side of the lake. Villa Sumaya's world-class yoga and meditation hall has a lake front location with full panoramic views, glass pyramid skylight and cascading waterfall.
This yoga retreat is suitable for anyone regardless of age, ability or previous experience in yoga and meditation. Surya and Patricia bring 31 years of teaching to this unique 8 day retreat, inviting you to expand your experience of yoga as a vehicle for awakening, liberating body and mind from old patterns, cultivating the capacity for inner listening on and off the mat and opening to the spacious presence that you are.
There will be ample time to soak in the hot tubs, take a sauna, have a massage, hike in the adjacent hills, swim in the lake, explore one of more of the Mayan villages around the lake or simply relax in the beauty and quiet of Villa Sumaya.
Play the following video to get a feeling for Lake Atitlan and Villa Sumaya.
Additional information about this retreat and some testimonials from prior participants may be found hereor click on the images of Pages 2 & 3 above right.
A page of frequently asked questions is found here. We suggest you review these questions and answers before registering to better understand the nature of the retreat.
The fee for the retreat is $1,150 for double accommodations and $1,550 for private,
including lodging, three delicious vegetarian meals a day and all sessions. Fish or chicken is available for individuals at an additional cost.
The yoga retreat begins on Saturday eveningFebruary 11th with dinner and ends Saturday morning February 18th about mid-morning after breakfast.
For additional information on registering for this retreat go here.
To learn more about the teaching go here and and their approach or style of teaching is here and here.
Please go here to find additional information and photos about Villa Sumaya, the Mayan villages situated on Lake Atilan and details for travel on the Villa Sumaya web site.
A participant in the 2008 retreat took a number of photographs that can be seen as a slide show on shutterfly here.
Passports are required for travel to and from Guatemala from the U.S.