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Retreat with me...
To Guatemala!


Rhythm & Flow - A Retreat to Lake Atitlán, 

November 16th - 23rd, 2024

Join Grace Millsap (she/her) for a week-long vacation of your dreams. In Sanskrit, Sumaya means a long-awaited dream come true, while in Arabic it translates as a little piece of paradise. Both of these definitions mirror the energy found at Villa Sumaya - a gem when it comes to style, service, and sustainability. 


Every retreat with Grace is curated with love, magic, and respect as core tenants. We will join together in community and engage in the traditions of movement, pranayama, meditation, and inquiry - as tools towards self-discovery and personal growth.

You can expect practices geared towards connecting with one's personal rhythms and seasons and find more flow off your mat.


*This can count towards Elemental Moon's 300-hour YTT (Ayurveda for Yoga teachers with extra opportunities for community discussions, lectures, and required assignments)

Our home away from home: Villa Sumaya!

Villa Sumaya is located in Santa Cruz la Laguna on the shores of Lake Atitlán. It was conceived in 2001 with the purchase of the lakefront Maya Rose House, originally the vacation home of a Guatemalan family. The center now includes a restaurant with splendid lake views that offers a blend of local and international vegetarian cuisine, fair-trade boutique stocked with local treasures and custom designed Eco Sumaya crafts, lush gardens, hammocks and cozy shaded or full sun sitting areas, solar heated hot tub and wood burning sauna, as well as four healing huts with a full-service spa.

Villa Sumaya is dedicated to rejuvenating holistic practices and healing modalities as well as preserving Mayan traditions and facilitating outdoor adventure in the heart of the Altiplano.

Each room at Villa Sumaya is truly unique, all with outdoor spaces and lake views. There are options for many budgets, beds and privacy. 

What's Included?

7 nights/8 days accommodations at Villa Sumaya

Private transport to/from GUA airport

Boat ride to private dock in Santa Cruz la Laguna

3 daily meals - blend of local and international vegetarian cuisine

2 daily Yoga classes or workshops to rejuvenate your mind and body

2-3 off-site excursion tbd based on season

Sound journey with local musicians

Fire ceremony with local healers

*CEU's for Yoga Teachers (25 hours)


What’s not Included:

Plane tickets

Massage/spa services


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About Lake Atitlán:

Imagine an immense body of water sparkling in the sunlight, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes covered with blooming wildflowers. Welcome to  Lake Atitlan - located in the heart of the Guatemalan Highlands, and is the deepest lake in Central America. 


The weather has been called “perfect” — temperatures hover around 70s-80s during the day and 50s-60s at night. No need for heating or air conditioning. With dozens of towns sprinkled around the shores of the lake, each with a unique pulse and peek into Mayan culture.   

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The Tree House Bungalow

This unique room is perched on the top of the Villa Sumaya property.

  • Accommodates 1-2

  • Queen bed

  • Red velvet sitting area

  • Private, exotic bathroom with a 100-year-old Chipilin tree and stunning views

  • Large patio and hammock, with lake view.

  • 107 Stairs from main courtyard


Room: 230 ft² Patio: 210 ft²    Single: $2795

                                                        Double: $2195

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Fire Suite

This gorgeous, spacious suite is the ground floor of a two-story house in the heart of our center.

  • Accommodates 1-2 

  • King bed

  • Fireplace with cozy seating area

  • Panoramic bay windows with seating area

  • Large writing desk

  • Kitchenette with bar

  • Private patio with a handmade hammock

  • 50 Stairs above main courtyard


Room: 934 ft² Patio: 325 ft²    Single: $2995

                                                        Double: $2595

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The Roost Bungalow

Our Writers’ Roost is perched on the top corner of the center - 5-10 minute hike above the courtyard.

  • Accommodates 1-2

  • Queen bed

  • Private bathroom

  • Supreme views of the lake and volcanoes

  • Cozy patio with loveseat

  • Private hammock in colorful garden area

  • 112 Stairs from main courtyard


Room: 239 ft² Patio: 117 ft²    Single: $2695

                                                      Double: $2095

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Air Suite

This gorgeous suite serves as the ultimate  hideout or self-care haven. Ideal for an unforgettable personal retreat getaway.

  • Accommodates 1-2 

  • King bed

  • Antique, hand-carved doors and furniture

  • Comfortable velvet seating area

  • Pristine white marble bathroom​

  • Spectacular, panoramic views from room 

  • 70 Stairs above main courtyard

Room: 465 ft² Patio: 100 ft²    Single: $2995

                                                        Double: $2595

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Water Suite

This warm and welcoming deluxe suite is located on the second floor of a two-story house in the heart of our center. 

  • Accommodates 1-2 

  • King bed

  • Outstanding view

  • Elegant bathroom with deep soaking tub and outdoor shower

  • Cozy reading nook

  • Spacious patio with seating for two

  • 65 Stairs above main courtyard


Room: 375 ft² Patio: 240 ft²   Single: $2995

                                                       Double: $2595

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Cozy Corner Bungalow

This secluded, brick and thatched-roof hut is surrounded by lush vegetation. 

  • Accommodates 1-2

  • Queen bed

  • Large private bathroom with stunning view

  • Artistically-crafted river rock shower 

  • Cozy outdoor space with panoramic views

  • 70 Stairs above main courtyard


Room: 102 ft² Patio: 114 ft²    Single: $2595

                                                       Double: $1995

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Maya Rose Room 2

This cozy lakefront room is close to the main courtyard and ideal for budget travelers.

  • Accommodates 1-2 people

  • 2 twin beds

  • Private bathroom

  • Lakefront patio with lovely view



Room: 207 ft² Patio: 128 ft²    Single: $2395

                                                        Double: $1895

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Maya Rose Room 3

This cozy lakefront room is close to the main courtyard and ideal for two friends to share.

  • Accommodates 1-2 people

  • 2 twin beds

  • Private bathroom

  • Lakefront patio with lovely view



Room: 207 ft² Patio: 110 ft²    Single: $2395

                                                        Double: $1895

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Maya Rose Room 4

Hear the tranquil lapping of the lake from this inviting room, ideal for solo travelers or couples.

  • Accommodates 1-2

  • 1 queen bed or two twin beds

  • Private bathroom

  • Large hammock

  • Lakefront patio with beautiful views


Room: 203 ft² Patio: 160 ft²    Single: $2395

                                                      Double: $1895

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Maya Rose Room 5

This adorable lakefront room is a gem that can be enjoyed by one or two guests.

  • Accommodates 1-2

  • 1 queen bed or two twin beds

  • Private bathroom

  • Lakefront patio with great view

  • Handmade hammock


Room: 209 ft² Patio: 255 ft²    Single: $2395

                                                      Double: $1895

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Maya Rose Room 6

This lovely, lakefront option features a bedroom and lovely outdoor space.

  • Accommodates 1-2

  • 1 queen bed or two twin beds

  • Private bathroom

  • Lakefront patio with gorgeous views


Room: 225 ft² Patio: 70 ft²    Single: $2395

                                                      Double: $1895

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Maya Rose Room 7

This is the most spacious and private of the Maya Rose rooms.

  • Accommodates 1-2
  • One queen bed
  • Private bathroom
  • Private lakefront patio with exceptional views 
  • Large hammock


Room: 418 ft² Patio: 136 ft²    Single: $2395

                                                      Double: $1895

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Early Bird VIP Offer

Pay your deposit by May 1st and you will also receive:

  • 1 60-minute massage

  • 1 20-minute photo session with professional photographer

  • $100 discount on room selection

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A Typical Day on Retreat:

Rise and shine like the sun

Light snacks + coffee

Morning practice


Free time/Adventure time


Free time/Adventure time

Afternoon Practice


Free time

Rest and rejuvenate like the moon

Meet Grace

Grace Millsap (she/her) is currently located in Charlotte, NC (Catawba Land). Her passions are rooted in science and equality, which inform her teaching of Yoga, and how she shows up in the world.


Grace studies, and teaches, from a long lineage that believes that life is inherently beautiful, and that the path of Yoga is a tool set to better navigate the many twists and turns.

Grace is a 500 ERYT, a YACEP provider, and an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor. Her classes, whether restorative or flow, are infused with her passions, and quest for magic and joy.

Other joys: chasing sunsets, discovering the "best" taco while traveling, and puppy love with random beach dogs



This yoga retreat was so special and magical.  The thoughtfulness showed through the diversity of teachings, knowledge shared and their respect and love for all living things. Grace’s passion is seen in their movements and heard in their beautiful voices. I am so grateful for this experience, to take a pause , to laugh, to cry, to be, to connect with other beautiful souls on their own spiritual evolution and gain a deeper connection with myself. Thank you and much love!

Grace  provided an amazing experience for us. Every detail of the trip was handled gracefully from the moment we landed at the airport to our departure. It was so nice to be able to come on vacation without having to plan out much of anything. You could tell they put a lot of hard work and consideration into planning this trip & I feel so grateful to have been a part of it. I look forward to traveling with them again!

Truly amazing time. I found a grounding and a re-centering of my soul and consciousness. The workshop helped me grow as a person and feel more confident about who I am and how I live my life. Living from the heart can be scary, but also deeply rewarding.

The amount of love and planning that went into this retreat was so obvious. i appreciated all of the different forms of yoga we practiced, as well as gaining an understanding of the local culture. I swam in a waterfall, did yoga on the beach as the sun rose, pet some local puppies, rode horses as the sun set and I made friends that i hope to have for a lifetime. The past few years have been hard for almost all of the world, and what a gift to find some healing surrounded by such beauty and love.

Grace did a wonderful job. They found a great resort in a beautiful location. ... They were quick to respond to my emails leading up to the trip. The accommodations were very comfortable, and I felt connected to nature while we were there. The food was fantastic. We had led twice daily yoga classes in a variety of styles, and they imparted a lot of intention and themes into our practice. The experience was healing. They also did a fantastic job of balancing activities with free time, and there were several fun activities / excursions. Overall the trip was great - checked all the boxes!

Cancellation and Payment Policies:

$500* deposit required to reserve your space

33% of balance due February 1st, 2024

33% of balance due July 1st, 2024

Final balance due October 1st, 2024

Need a different payment plan? email me!

Grace Millsap Yoga & Ayurveda, LLC (GMYA) is a small business with a big heart. This cancellation policy helps to cover our large financial investment with our local partners, which are non-refundable upon securing dates for retreats. 


If you cancel in writing 90 days or more before travel:  GMYA will hold the full amount paid on your behalf and reserve it as a credit for your use towards a future retreat within 24 months of your originally scheduled retreat dates. 


If you cancel in writing 45 - 89 days before travel: GMYA will allow you to apply 50% of the total retreat cost to a future retreat within 24 months your originally scheduled retreat dates, however all other payments made will be lost.

Any cancellation less than 45 days ahead of the start of the retreat will lose ALL value paid.

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