Open Your Heart & Free Your Voice

  • Saturday, January 4, 2025 - Friday, January 10, 2025
  • Villa Sumaya, Santa Cruz, Sololá Department
Open Your Heart & Free Your Voice

Open Your Heart and Free Your Voice: A Transformative Yoga Retreat in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Discover the profound connection between heart and voice through the powerful practices of Kirtan, Bhakti, Kundalini, and Sattva Yoga. Join Ananda Das and Stacey Vann in the serene and picturesque surroundings of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, for an immersive retreat that will awaken your spirit and elevate your soul.

What You’ll Experience:

  • Heart-Opening Practices: Engage in yoga and meditation techniques that open your heart, fostering compassion, love, and emotional healing.
  • Voice Liberation: Through Kirtan and vocal exercises, free your voice and express your true self with confidence and joy.
  • Community Connection: Connect with like-minded individuals in a supportive and nurturing environment, creating lasting bonds and shared experiences.
  • Cultural Immersion: Experience the rich culture and natural beauty of Guatemala, enhancing your retreat with local excursions and cultural activities.

Why Lake Atitlan?

Lake Atitlan, nestled in the highlands of Guatemala, is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and serene atmosphere. Surrounded by majestic volcanoes and lush greenery, it provides the perfect backdrop for deep spiritual practice and personal transformation.

Sample Day

  • 7:00 am – 8:00 am Sunrise Meditation
  • 8:00 am – 10:00 am Morning Sadhana
  • 10:30 am – 11:30 am Brunch
  • 12:00 pm -1:00 pm Voice Activations
  • 1:00 – 4:00 pm Free time
  • 2:00 pm Smoothie & Snack
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sound Healing, Meditation, Dharma Talk, Movement Practice
  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Collective Song Circle: Attendees Offering Song and Mantra
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm Dinner
  • 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Kirtan

Your Stay: Villa Sumaya | Eco-Chic Wellness Center 

The stunning all-inclusive Villa Sumaya is a retreat and wellness center located in Santa Cruz on Lake Atitlán. Here they are dedicated to rejuvenating holistic practices and healing modalities as well as preserving Mayan traditions.

The retreat center has a total of 26 rooms, suites and bungalows. The different accommodations are cozy and set beautifully into the hillside. All accommodations have a nice outside space which is either a deck, a small patio or terrace views of Lake Atitlan and the Volcanoes. We will be reserving the whole facility for our group to ensure a beautiful container.

Villa Sumaya serves delicious buffet-style meals and can accommodate to a variety of dietary requirements. Most meals have a protein source (eggs, beans, cheese, nuts, etc.). If you are on a high protein diet, just let them know in advance. You can also order chicken or fish as a supplement for buffet meals ($7 per portion).

The Villa Sumaya’s on-site spa offers revitalizing, therapeutic healing treatments to help you restore your radiant health as an add-on during our immersion.

Your Guides for this Retreat

Ananda Das

Ananda Das is an accomplished Bhakti Yoga teacher and kirtan artist. With over 16 albums and 3 million streams, his soulful mantras and music deeply resonate within the global yoga community. He is a Master Sattva and Kundalini Yoga teacher and is the founder of the Modern Bhakti Yoga Academy. He offers a 300 hour teacher training as well as hosts an online membership platform. Whether through his powerful chants or insightful teachings, Ananda Das guides students toward profound spiritual and personal growth. 

Stacey Vann

Stacey Vann is an esteemed Kundalini yoga teacher since 2001 with a commitment to the Kundalini tradition that shines through in her inspirational and intuitive classes weaving the ancient practices of kriyas, meditation, mantra, and sound.. Stacey’s expertise and passion makes her a beloved figure in the yoga community, guiding students to delve deeper into their spiritual practice. Stacey is the founder of the Mahabhuta Yoga Festival, Gathering Under the Stars, Galactic Child Yoga, and owner of Breathe Yoga and Wellness Center in Pensacola, Florida where she leads 200 and 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training programs. 

Arrival Guide to Villa Sumaya on Lake Atitlan

1. International Arrival: Most visitors will begin their journey by flying into La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City, which is the primary gateway to Guatemala. 

2. Ground Transportation to Panajachel: From Guatemala City, you can take a shuttle or a private taxi to the town of Panajachel, which serves as the main access point to Lake Atitlan. The drive typically takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. Villa Sumaya works exclusively with our trusted transportation company, Kan Tours. Contact them to arrange private shuttles or boats for your convenience, 24 hours a day. Please note, these costs are not inculded in your stay. 

3. Boat from Panajachel to Villa Sumaya: Once in Panajachel, head to the public docks. Villa Sumaya is accessible by a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan. Boats to the retreat center are available regularly throughout the day, and the journey across the lake offers breathtaking views of the surrounding volcanoes and highlands. The ride takes approximately 30 minutes. You will need to ask the regular boat taxis to drop you off at Villa Sumaya’s private dock. 

4. Arrival at Villa Sumaya: Upon docking at the Villa Sumaya’s private pier, you will be greeted by the tranquil ambiance and warm hospitality that defines the retreat. The staff can help with luggage and guide you to your accommodation.

  • Check-In: 4 PM
  • Check-Out: 11 AM

5. Local Tips:

  • Travel Light: Since the final leg of the journey involves a boat ride, it’s advisable to travel light.
  • Weather Preparedness: The weather can be variable; pack layers to accommodate sunny days and cooler evenings.
  • Currency: While US dollars are widely accepted, having some Guatemalan quetzales for smaller expenses is recommended.

Embarking on the journey to Villa Sumaya not only brings you to a place of peace and rejuvenation but also offers a chance to witness the stunning landscapes and vibrant culture of Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan region.


It’s important to note the following details regarding the deposit for your stay:

  1. Payment Plans Available: Select the room style you want and then upon check out there is the option for a payment plan or to pay in full. 
  2. Cancellation Policy: Please be aware that all payments made are non-refundable. Should you need to cancel, payments can be used for a future trainings or retreats.

For inquiries or to schedule a free consultation call, please email or

Understanding these terms will help you plan accordingly and make informed decisions regarding your booking and potential changes to your travel plans.This policy is designed to be fair and transparent, acknowledging the complexities of event planning while also considering the needs and circumstances of our participants.

Join Us!!

Step into a journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth at Lake Atitlan. Open your heart, free your voice, and embrace the transformative power of yoga, meditation, and sacred music. This retreat is an invitation to rediscover your true essence and connect deeply with yourself and others in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.

Reserve your spot today and embark on a life-changing adventure in the heart of Guatemala.


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