Lake Atitlan, Guatemala Wellness Retreat: October 19-25, 2019

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We are so excited to announce one more retreat this year in October!  Shaelyn and I spent a lot of time researching the ideal location and are so happy we decided on Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Shaelyn spent several months living walking distance from this retreat center in 2016. This village was one of her favorite spots during her year of travel, so much so that she brought a group here later that year to get married!

The retreat will be a nice blend of yoga classes taught by Shaelyn and I, fitness and hiking offerings led by Jose and Chris and some of our favorite cultural excursions.

More on Lake Atitlán from the Villa Sumaya website:

Lake Atitlán is believed by the Maya to be the center of the universe where God’s seeds of mankind evolved.

This large endorheic lake (one that does not flow to the sea) is the deepest lake in Central America with a maximum depth of 1,120 feet (340 meters). (án) The local people speak of a 50-75-year cycle during which the level of the lake water fluctuates dramatically. For this reason, the Maya have strategically built their pueblos far above the lakeshore.

There are 12 villages around the lake. Each village has its own distinctive style, revealed through the traditional dress of the women. This clothing is called traje. The women’s huipíles, or tops, are ceremoniously changed each New Year to reflect the evolving fashion of the Mayan women. Most men now wear western clothing, but if you walk around town, you will undoubtedly spot one or two dressed in the traje of his pueblo. The two Mayan dialects spoken on Lake Atitlán are Kaqchikel and Tzutujil.

The lake’s landscape features three volcanoes. Facing the lake from Villa Sumaya, to the far right sits the oldest volcano, San Pedro, rising to 9,908 feet (3,020 meters). Directly in front of the Villa are two volcanoes, although they often appear to be only one. In front is Tolimán, standing at 10, 361 feet (158 meters) and behind Tolimán looms the youngest volcano, Atitlán, at a height 11,605 feet (3,537 meters). Volcán Atitlán is the only one of the three believed to still be active, though its last eruption occurred in 1853. Most of the year, the volcanoes are clearly visible in their supreme grandeur.

At an altitude of 5,000 feet in the Guatemalan highlands, our climate has been referred to as the “land of eternal spring.” Our two predominate seasons -- wet/tropical and dry/sunny – are somewhat unpredictable these days, but periods of rain typically begin in May. In July and August, we often experience a phenomenon called the canícula, which brings hot, relatively dry weather. September and October are typically rainy, while the time between November and April brings brilliant sunsets, sunshine and dry days and nights. Our climate -- combined with the grandeur of the lake, the views of the volcanoes and the lush vegetation -- sets the stage for what our visitors have described as a true paradise.


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