2022 offerings: May 21-28 // September 3-10
Join Michelle for a week of intentionally cultivating relaxation, mindfulness, joy, gratitude, and peace in a small group setting (2-8 people). We’ll deepen our yoga and mindfulness practices as we learn about the Mayan cosmovision and calendar through fire ceremony and astrological readings.
The Mayan Cosmovision is a worldview in which our interdependence with all of nature is explained through the wisdom of the Mayan calendar and the cycles of the sacred day count. This work reveals great mysteries to those who are aligned, grounded, and open.
You will be guided into a daily meditation, ritual or drum journey to connect with the energies of the day in the Mayan calendar.
This will help you understand how to work with the energies of the Mayan cosmovision and let this guide you into a natural creation flow and apply this to your daily life.
These practices will likely open you up to a new perspective on life and facilitate a deeper connection with yourself and a more natural unfolding of your projects, purpose and inspiration.
Day 1: Arrival, Dinner
Day 2: Breakfast, Opening circle (yoga), Free time, Lunch, Free time, Yoga + writing workshop, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Mayan fire ceremony, Free time, Lunch, Free time, Yoga + writing workshop, Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, Yoga, Optional trip to San Juan/San Marcos, Dinner
Day 5: Breakfast, Yoga, Free time, Lunch, Free time, Optional cacao or sweat lodge ceremony, Dinner
Day 6: Breakfast, Yoga, Free time, Lunch, Free time, Yoga + writing workshop, Dinner
Day 7: Breakfast, Mayan fire ceremony, Free time, Lunch, Free time, Closing circle (yoga + writing), Dinner
Day 8: Breakfast, Departure
About the Leaders
Michelle Margaret Fajkus (6 Kej) is a writer and yoga teacher who has passionately shared the practice of yoga with students of all ages since 2002. She has lived at Lake Atitlán since 2012 and has been studying the Mayan calendar and cosmovision since 2015.
Michelle’s yoga style is slow flow mixed with kundalini, yin, pranayama (breathing practices), mindfulness and joyfulness. Her classes are suitable for all levels and body types. She has led yoga, mindfulness and writing retreats in Guatemala since 2010. Learn more about Michelle.
Lieke Moras (10 E’) is a doula and energy worker who passionately guides others through their healing and transformational journeys. She offers womb work, shamanic journeys and energy healing and brings this together with the wisdom of the Mayan calendar.
In 2017, she came to Lake Atitlan to study the Mayan traditions for her MSc in Medical Anthropology. Here, she discovered her profound connection with the Mayan people and their cosmovision. Since then, she has been living with the Mayan calendar on a daily basis and found her own way to integrate this wisdom into the work that she does, letting it guide her creative processes. As a doula, she supports families on their journey of (pre)conception, pregnancy, birth and beyond – bridging worlds and birthing traditions. Learn more about Lieke.
Heart-centered Mayan spiritual guides will join us to lead Mayan fire ceremonies at the beginning and at the end of the week.
- Course tuition (all yoga classes, yoga + writing workshops)
- 2 Mayan fire ceremonies
- Two 30-minute personal Mayan astrology readings (one with Lieke, one with Thomas)
- 7 nights of accommodation in a deluxe room (private and shared options available)
- Daily vegetarian meals and unlimited self-serve local Guatemalan coffee, herbal tea and drinking water (vegan and gluten free options available; fish/chicken may be ordered for an extra fee)
Not included: transportation costs, tips to Villa Sumaya staff, optional ceremonies and activities
Rates & Registration
Deluxe private room: $2195 USD
Private bungalow: $1995
Double room: $1695 per person
Please connect with Michelle for more information or to join this retreat! (A 50% deposit is required to hold your space.)