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Sacred Expression Women's Writing & Yoga Retreat, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Villa Sumaya

Santa Cruz la Laguna, Sololá Department


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Find yourself in a magical, luxury setting on Lake Atitlan. Practice meditation and yoga as we look out over lake and volcanoes. Gather for raw, intimate expression with brave and beautiful women in sacred circle for self-exploratory writing. Indulge in fresh, delicious meals. Relax in a hammock. Take a swim. Join candle-lit ceremonies of movement or fire or cacao or sound healing. Fall asleep to the lull of the lake beneath watch of the stars.

“For thousands of years, in tribes and villages around the world, women have come together in circles to share, to teach, to listen, to learn. The pulse of these women still beats within us. Their wisdom flows through time, whispering to us the song of female connection and beauty. We only need to stop long enough and put our ear to our heart to hear the call.”
-HeatherAsh Amara

Retreat Intention:

In a stunning location, you will step back and surround yourself with beauty and nature as we set out on a creative and transformative journey through meditation, yoga, and self-exploratory writing. With the space to breathe, stretch and relax, you will connect with your center and express from your core.

The Sacred Expression Women’s Retreat is not about "writing" as an art form. We ourselves are the art form, and writing is our channel for vulnerability, insight and revelation. Every woman has a voice in her own life - we are gathering together to raise it up. The retreat invites you to explore and embrace your role as the storyteller of your life - encouraging you to open up the narratives you live through so you can step more fully into your self-expression.

Inspired in part by the four shamanic directions, you are invited to take an honest and creative journey to reclaim your inner voice and heart guidance. Each morning, we'll spark our intentions with meditation and yoga, as we awake to exceptional beauty. In our women's circle, we raise inner journey themes and work through them with dynamic, reflective, and creative self-exploratory writing exercises.

Together, we do much more than write. The circle provides a loving and encouraging space to free your inner voices, speak your experience, enliven your possibilities, and connect more deeply within and with each other. The alchemy is in the sharing.

You will also participate in evening ceremonies and gather around fire, as we seek to stoke our soul voices. The Women’s Sacred Expression Retreat was listed #2 among '31 Incredible Writing Retreats to Attend in 2017' by The Write Life.

Retreat Highlights:

Inspiring lakefront location with expansive volcano views
Daily morning guided meditation & yoga practice
Two self-exploratory writing circles on most days
Scenic lake-side thatch-roofed yoga temple & writing space
8 nights stay in shared or private accommodation
3 delicious organic vegetarian meals/day and juice bar
3+ sacred healing ceremonies (eg. Mayan Fire Ceremony, Sound Healing, Cacao, Dance & Movement)
Solar hot tub and on-site spa services
Breaks for swimming, hiking, kayaking, therapies, sauna, relaxing
Optional excursions (village tour, adventure)
Intimate Women's Gathering: Maximum of 12 participants

Daily Schedule:

Guests arrive on Saturday, Jan 27th afternoon to relax and settle in. We'll open our circle in the evening after dinner. Our daily flow will begin on Sunday, Jan 28th.

Here's a sample schedule. Please note on two days, we will have only one writing circle to allow some space for excursions.

7:15-9:00 Meditation & Holistic Hatha Flow/Vinyasa Flow
9:00 Delicious Breakfast
10.00-1.00 Sacred Expression Writing Circle/Discussion
1:00-4.00 Delicious Lunch & Free Time
4:00-6.30 Sacred Expression Writing Circle/Discussion
6.30 - 7.30 Delicious Dinner
7.45 Sauna, Circle, Healing Ceremonies (some evenings)

Relax in a hammock and enjoy the views, swim in the lake, do a meditative walk on nature trails, receive a spa treatment, dip in the solar hot tub & pools, or detox in the sauna in daily breaks.

On two days, we'll hold longer breaks and offer optional group excursions - visits to villages or hiking/kayaking adventure options.

You will also participate in afternoon/evening ceremonies with guest facilitators as we stoke our soul voices and connect with our energies - such as Sound Healing, Traditional Mayan Fire, Cacao Ceremony, and Movement or Dance.

Guests are advised to fly into Guatemala City by 1pm on Jan 27th and book return flights for mid-late afternoon on Feb 4th or the following day. We can provide hotel recommendations for stays in Antigua or near the airport before or after the retreat.

Retreat Location and Accommodation:

On the shores of the magical Lake Atitlan, beneath the watch of three majestic volcanoes, Villa Sumaya lies in a secluded cove and offers an eco-sanctuary dedicated to rejuvenation, holistic practices, and preserving Mayan tradition. Enjoy expansive views, comfortable accommodation, delicious meals, beautiful open spaces, on-site spa services, solar hot tub, pool, Mayan sauna and more in gorgeous natural surroundings. Villa Sumaya is an idyllic setting for refreshing perspectives, renewing energies, and reviving inspiration.

Retreat guests will be staying in the beautiful rooms of the Maya Rose house, Skyline Bungalows 9 & 10 or Ginger Junior Suite 8. Maya Rose is a ranch style house with six unique rooms in a row, each varying in size and having its own unique touches of colorful decor. All of the Maya Rose rooms have private bathrooms with hot showers and outdoor patios with exceptional lake views. They are centrally located near the courtyard, dining room, gardens, and boutique. The Skyline Bungalows are located higher on the property, involving some stairs. Bungalow 9 is our comfy thatched-roof lookout room with an expansive vista and rustic charm, featuring a queen bed and a spacious bathroom built imaginatively into the hillside. Bungalow 10 is an intimate accommodation showcasing a vaulted roof, queen bed, romantic seating area and 100-year-old Chipilean tree in its sizable bathroom, as well as a private patio with a handmade hammock and a sitting area with an outstanding view. Once all bookings are in, we will assign the rooms, doing our best to accommodate preferences.

A Few Things Women Have Said:

“How ironic to leave a Storyteller Within retreat absolutely speechless.” (Patricia, Nov 2015)

“This retreat will make you laugh, cry, dig, unearth, grow in more ways than you can possibly imagine. You will see first-hand the magic you have within.” (Marie, Nov 2015)

“I can confidently say this experience was transformational. It taught me not only to trust my own feminine intuition, but the collective feminine intuition.” (Kendra, Nov 2015)

“The writing circles gave me a space, and the exercises a format, not only to claim my truth (not to mention discover it!) but to say it out loud.” (Danielle, July 2015)

“I am blown away at the healing power of authentic heart-opening sharing. This experience was deeply moving and enriching for me, a rare opportunity to allow genuine vulnerability.” (Celia, March 2015)

“Aimee’s a beautiful force for good in the name of women.” (Alison, Jan 2016)

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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The closest international airport to Lake Atitlan is Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport, three hours away from Panajachel on Lake Atitlan. From Panajachel, it's a ten minute scenic boat ride to the private dock at Villa Sumaya.

Guests are advised to fly into La Aurora Intl Guatemala City (GUA) by 1pm on the day retreat begins, and book return flights for mid/late afternoon on the day the retreat ends.

Once we have your travel plans, we can happily arrange your private transportation to Villa Sumaya from the airport, hotels nearby, or from Antigua.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Yes, please do! You can find more information at the website and also get in touch with Aimee with any q's.

Website: www.thestorytellerwithin.com

Email: aimee@thestorytellerwithin.com

What's the refund policy?

A $600 deposit is required to reserve your space. The balance is required 30 days prior to the retreat start date. If you cancel before 90 days in advance of the retreat start date: 50% of the deposit is refunded. If you cancel 90-61 days in advance of the event, no refund of the deposit is provided, unless your spot can be filled within contract, and then 50% of the deposit is refunded. If you cancel within 60 days of the retreat start date: No refund on full payment is provided. But if we can fill your spot within contract, we'll provide a refund minus the full deposit. No refund is provided if you miss the event or part of it for any reason. Storyteller Within reserves the right to cancel any program at any time. If an event is cancelled, you will be fully refunded your retreat fees. Nevertheless, Storyteller Within is not liable for events beyond all control - such as natural disasters, political upheaval, or other such unexpected circumstances - that would necessitate cancellation of the event.

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