So much planning, creativity and connection goes into each retreat. It is an ongoing, intuitive, creative, exploratory process. Each retreat site has a draw. Villa Sumaya, in Lake Atitlan had a ceremonial and historical connection that captured me a few years ago. My friend Robin Carnes, a Yoga Nidra teacher had taken a group of women retreaters to Villa Sumaya and it was on my bucket list, to be ready to take a group to this Mayan jewel. The flights and the distance was daunting, and our regular retreaters would surely be resistant to leaving the beach in favor of the lake. If their eyes could see the beautiful color of the Lake Atitlan, perhaps they would surrender to the call of this spiritual vortex located in Central America.
A calling from above while in Nosara, Costa Rica removed all obstacles and reminded me of our spiritual and deeper purpose for retreat, to come home to our true nature. Villa Sumaya and their staff, reminded us that the Mayan people are first and foremost heart centered. They taught us to slow down and to be grateful for each moment and connection and to tune into our surroundings.