YogArt Retreat

March 19, 2016

- not specified -

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

$1,300 - 1,600



  1. fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
  2. breathe in (air); inhale.

Does the idea of spending a week surrounded by natural beauty, breathing fresh air, eating healthy food, practicing yoga, painting and co-creating inspire you? Then come join yoga teacher Laura Golden and artist Kelley Morris in these stunning surroundings for a unique retreat/vacation/creation experience in the heart of Guatemala’s Mayan highlands on the picturesque shores of Lake Atitlán.


You will enjoy both a yoga and an art class every day, morning meditation, and in the evenings, we will gather together to co-create in any way that moves you: painting, writing, making music, dancing, practicing yoga…whatever form you choose to channel your energy and vision.

Yoga with Laura

Laura will teach a juicy vinyasa flow aimed at opening the body’s energy centers (chakras)—especially the second, Svadishthana, which is related to creativity. All classes will include breathing exercises, yoga philosophy, a brief meditation, and a long, delicious final relaxation. Some experience with yoga is suggested so you can follow the class more easily, but there will be options for all levels, and props are available to modify.


Art with Kelley

Art classes will provide an opportunity for playful, spontaneous expression focusing on the joyful experience and process of creating rather than a final product. No artistic “talent” is needed. Using paint, mixed media, and even elements of nature at times, Kelley will guide participants through projects that explore the inner, more intuitive side, reawakening your colorful, creative spirit!


The Setting

Villa Sumaya is an eco-oriented, full-service retreat center and spa situated right on the lake. Each room is uniquely decorated and includes a private bath and a patio with a view of the three perfect volcanoes surrounding the lake—a magical and magnetic place filled with beauty and energy. It is the ideal place for rest, reflection, rejuvenation and inspiration.

We will be staying in the Maya Rose House, which is ranch style and built around a central a courtyard. Daily classes will be held in the Blue Tiger Temple, a lakefront studio complete with yoga props.

Please bring a journal, and an open heart and mind. All art materials are included in the price of the retreat, but feel free to bring your own as well.

Recommended Reading:

The Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron


Laura Golden is a Jivamukti Yoga 800-hour certified teacher and accredited by Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500). She has been practicing yoga for 25 years, and studied for 10 years directly under David Life and Sharon Gannon, founders of Jivamukti Yoga, before completing their last year-long teacher training program in 2001. Laura taught at the main Jivamukti center in New York City for 5 years, and has been a guest teacher at the centers in Munich, Germany, and Charleston, SC. Laura founded and directed Avatar Yoga Retreats, leading yoga retreats all over the world, until leaving New York in 2006. She has lived in Wilmington, NC, since then, where she teaches at various yoga centers, and she pioneered Standup Paddleboard Yoga with WrightsvilleSUP in 2010. Laura leads retreats, SUP Yoga certification courses, and Yatra Yoga’s 200-hour teacher training courses.

Kelley Morris has been painting and creating since she was a little girl growing up in Winston Salem, NC. Kelley earned her degree in Philosophy and Religion, which she taught at high-school level until 2005, when she decided to pursue a career in the Arts full time. Kelley has also studied Studio Art with a concentration in painting and been a student or an artist in residence in programs throughout the world, including Bolivia, Argentina, Bali and Thailand. She currently resides in Holden Beach, NC, where she runs the Kd Morris Art Gallery & Wine Shop. Kelley is also a certified yoga teacher, and teaches both art and yoga from her gallery and in her new yoga studio, The Breathing Space.


Double Occupancy: $1300 / person
Single Occupancy: $1600 / person

Deposit (Reserve Your Space)

(1) Single Occupancy – Full

**Only pay the balance if you have already paid your deposit of $400
(1) Single Occupancy – Balance
(1) Double Occupancy – Full

**Only pay the balance if you have already paid your deposit of $400
(1) Double Occupancy – Balance

**Your space will be reserved upon receipt of a $400 non-refundable deposit.

What’s Included

  • Morning meditation session
  • One yoga class per day
  • One art class per day
  • Evening co-creation gathering
  • Art supplies
  • Yoga props
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • Unlimited coffee, tea and filtered drinking water

Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Meat or alcohol (which may be purchased on site)
  • Tip for services and staff (suggested $6-8/day)
  • Excursions
  • Spa services

Please contact Laura Golden for additional information or to register: [email protected], (917) 348-6767.

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