On the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala sits a dreamer’s paradise at  Villa Sumaya.  In Sanskrit Sumaya means a dream that has found its time.  This natural refuge offers beautiful vistas of dormant volcanoes, and is the perfect location for a yoga retreat that speaks of finding your dreams through renewal.

Villa Sumaya Lake Atitlan Volcanoes by Nevin Elgendy
Villa Sumaya Lake Atitlan Volcanoes | Photo: Nevin Elgendy

This November join Registered Yoga Teacher Melinda Abbott and Certified Life Coach Nevin Elgendy on an unforgettable Yoga and Life Coaching Retreat that promises to help you, “dust off your fears, doubts and hesitations and watch you soar towards your greatest self.”

Sunset over Volcano at Lake Atitlan Guatemala Photo by Villa Sumaya
Sunset at Lake Atitlan Guatemala | Photo: Villa Sumaya

November is a glorious time to travel to Guatemala with promises of sunny days and stunning sunsets that dip into the volcanoes rising majestically over Lago de Atitlan, the deepest lake in Central America, This week long Yoga and Life Coaching Retreat runs from November 26th to December 2nd, and can be your road to renewal.

According to ancient Mayan beliefs, Lake Atitlan is the centre of the universe.  It is therefore the perfect place to centre yourself.  On 18 acres of secluded lakefront, this simple, rustic place is where you can find peace, and can take the time to dive deeper into your inner being.

With the help of Nevin Elgendy, “a Martha Beck Certified Life Coach, you can learn to spot your habits, tendencies, and limiting beliefs that keep you stuck.”  Complimented by daily Yoga sessions led by Melinda Abbott, this retreat is in fact a dream come true.

Yoga Retreat at Villa Sumaya Lake Atitlan Photo by Robin Duryea
Yoga at Villa Sumaya Lake Atitlan | Photo: Robin Duryea

“Our days,” says Melinda, “will begin with 90 minutes of Vinyasa Yoga and meditation work, followed by  life coaching sessions by Nevin that will help us address our mindset – ultimately looking to see what has created the reality that we live in, and what is shaping our present and our future. We will work towards letting go what is no longer useful, and embracing our potential for brilliance. This will be a life changing week to say the least!”

Meditation at Villa Sumaya Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Photo: Villa Sumaya

Harmony Spa at Sumaya offers a multitude of treatment packages that include various massage styles as well as Ayurvedic and energy treatments. Reiki and Reflexology are also on the menu.  Can you imagine the deep sense of relaxation and renewal in this slice of paradise?

Yoga and Life Coaching Retreat at Villa Sumaya by Nevin Elgendy
Photo: Nevin Elgendy

While at Sumaya you have the option of attending a Mayan Fire Ceremony.  The occasion allows for intention setting and letting go of all that holds you back.  There is no doubt that you will emerge renewed and refreshed.

This is your yogic journey to renewal.  Book your retreat today.  Join Melinda and Nevin this November.  Don’t let your chance at renewal slip away.

To help you get there Melinda and Nevin are offering 4 lucky readers the opportunity to receive 25% off when you book with a full payment.  Those who make a full payment at time of booking also receive a private 60 minute yoga session and a private 60 minute life coaching session.

The Giveaway is now ended.  The Winners Are:

Danielle Magee
Kathy Cakebread
Sierra Heavin-Hunter
Shannon Baas


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A Yogis Road to Renewal at Villa Sumaya

  1. I find my best renewal after each hot yoga practice. I also find renewal looking into my husband’s eyes and seeing him smile with me. Lastly, I find great renewal when I gaze into my student’s faces after they have grasped the concept I have just taught them.

  2. I find renewal when I walk at the park..it clears my head,gets my body moving and I can look at the beautiful scenery and recharge.

  3. I find renewal at a local park near the water. I’m not lucky enough to live near the ocean but I do have the great lakes.

  4. I find renewal at our local Beach! The sand and waves bring me so much calm and peace!

  5. I find renewal after my cycling around the guild wheel in Preston,great scenery and good workout.

  6. I find renewal when I wake up before my kids and have some free time in the crip mornings.

  7. I find renewal when I am at camp, relaxing in the wilderness in quiet is always so peaceful!

  8. I find renewal sitting on a surf board in the middle of the ocean. Nothing better to clear the mind of all life’s stresses and worries.

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