New Years Guatemala Retreat with Akasha

New Years Guatemala Retreat with Akasha



27 Dec 12:00 - 03 Jan 12:00 - Santa Cruz La Laguna
Villa Sumaya, Guatemala

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Celebrate 2019 and your "New Beginning"

Yoga & Meditation Retreat Dec 27 2018 - Jan 3 2019

This winter journey with us to the highlands of Guatemala and let the long winter months of darkness drift away as you play along the shores of Lake Atitlan, “the most beautiful lake in the world” as quoted by novelist Aldous Huxley when he visited Guatemala. The climate is fantastic. Warm during the day and cool at night. It’s the “closest thing to Eden on Earth” (Lonely Planet).

Villa Sumaya at Lake Atitilan is an ideal setting to reflect, heal, rejuvenate and welcome in this New Year together. We will fill our days with yoga and other activities like hiking, swimming, kayaking and massage. We will set our intention to heal ourselves, those around us and mother earth. Love to all, light to all, and peace to all.



Open your heart and expand your confidence for the New Year with yoga for your body, mind, and soul as Akasha Ellis, and friends present a wonderful Bhakti experience you’ll never forget. Strengthen your body & mind practicing Ashtanga and Kundalini yoga and open your heart and rejuvenate your soul through beautiful chants.

Mornings will begin with a group Kundalini Sadhana (kirtan/meditation and kundalini yoga set) followed later by a led Ashtanga or Mysore session that will leave you feeling enriched and re-energized.

During the day there will be time to explore and enjoy the amenities of Villa Sumaya and local Mayan villages or just relax and enjoy your surroundings. The center features a solar hot tub, pool, sauna, places to hike, a beautiful lake to swim, kayak or paddleboard and villages to explore for a nice day trip. You will have access to a broad range of wonderful and talented healers. Their expertise includes intuitive energy healing, reiki, massage, Ayurveda, Feldenkrais, Tarot reading and more. There are also plenty of wonderful spots to relax, nap or read a book.

Most afternoons we will meet once again to practice a restorative Kundalini set, a guided meditation or explore Somatic Yoga as taught by Thomas Hanna. The evening session will leave your muscles relaxed, heart open and your mind and body ready for a restful night.

This retreat is open to all levels.

About Akasha: Akasha became a student of the renowned master teacher of Kundalini yoga, Yogi Bhajan, at the age of 11. In his twenties, while living and working in India, Akasha began studying Ashtanga yoga with Pattabhi Jois’s nephew, Vishwanath. Akasha currently offers classes, workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings all over the world. He is also owner of Birmingham Yoga, a yogo studio. As Akasha believes “a teacher must teach what they know”, this retreat will reflect his personal approach and will include the traditions of Kundalini and classical Ashtanga for a heart-centered experience that will leave the student toned, stretched, centered and open, from the inside out. To learn more about this retreat email akashaellis@gmail.com.

To learn more about Akasha’s background: birminghamyoga.com/portfolio/akasha-ellis-3/

Scheduled Activities: This is a tentative schedule. All sessions are optional.

Morning:
5:00 - 7:30am Morning Sadhana (kundalini yoga, pranayama and meditation/chanting)
8:30 - 9:30am Breakfast
10:30 - 12:30pm Led Ashtanga/ Mysore

Afternoon:
12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 - 4:30pm Free time

Some Late Afternoons and Evening:
5:00 - 6:00pm Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, Somatic Yoga
6:30 - 7:30pm Dinner

We will also schedule at least one half day excursion and have the opportunity to visit some of the local villages in the area. There are 16 villages mostly accessible by boat.

Registration and Fees:

Space is very limited this year and we expect to sell out early. In order to reserve, please pay 50% deposit. Balance is due by October 1, 2018

Rates 2018-2019:
Tier One Price - Save $200 if deposit is paid before May 1
Tier Two Price - Save $100 if deposit is paid before Sept 1
After Sept 1, prices as follows:
Triple $1,350
Double $1,475.00
Private single rooms $2,075-$3,200 (subject to availability)
Each room will be assigned based upon registration on a “first come” basis. You can request your roommate or one will be assigned.

Payment options:
Pay in full or pay in two installments. First installment due upon registration and remaining balance is due Oct 1st. If registering after Oct 1 full payment is due upon registration.

Price includes:
Lodging for 8 days and 7 nights
Three gourmet vegetarian meals per day (chicken and fish available upon request at an additional charge)
All yoga classes
Unlimited tea and coffee service
Filtered water

Our retreat begins Dec 27 with dinner and ends Wednesday Jan 3 mid morning after breakfast.

Passports are required for travel to Guatemala from the US. A visa is not required.


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