2010–2023 Writings
by Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Now is the perfect time to plan your summer getaway! But what will you get out of it? Here are the top four reasons to pack your bag and head south.

(Scroll down for four options for retreating with me in Guatemala in the coming months!)

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1. Recharge and rejuvenate.

Retreat is a surefire way to opt out of the daily hustle and savor the moment. Even for just a week, immersing yourself in Lake Atitlan’s stunning natural beauty is a healing balm. Take time to lounge, take in stunning sunrises and sunsets, eat delicious and nutritious meals, and explore the colorful Mayan culture.

2. Escape the heat.

Summer temperatures are brutal in much of North America. Here, in contrast, you’ll thrive in the gorgeous weather at Lake Atitlan. Guatemala is known as the land of eternal spring. In June, July and August, we enjoy temperate 75-degree days with typically sunny mornings and cozy afternoon or evening rains. It gets down to 60 or so at night, so bring a light sweater or shawl.

3. Cultivate self-love.

What better gift can you give yourself than a week of self-care, learning, novelty and connection? In a small-group setting, we’ll practice awareness, acceptance, compassion and kindness through yoga, ritual, writing, sharing and simply being.

4. Learn new skills.

Whichever retreat you choose to participate in, you’ll be creating special experiences and learning and growing immensely through both formal and informal lessons each day. Go home feeling renewed and inspired with a plethora of practices to continue employing in your daily life.

Consider joining one of these 4 fabulous retreat offerings this summer:

Sacred Solstice Retreat
June 17-24, 2023
Indulge in daily yoga practice, three sacred Solstice ceremonies throughout the week and plenty of downtime for additional spa services, relaxing, reading, writing, reflecting and connecting with fellow travelers.­

Learn more

Ceremonial Arts Intensive Training
June 24 – July 1, 2023
Are you a yoga teacher, wellness practitioner or retreat leader looking for new skills and techniques to share with your community? This program, led by my friend and teacher Paola Caire, explores three special rituals: Sacred Heart-Opening Cacao Ceremony, Native-American-inspired Sweat Lodge Ceremony and Shamanic Sound Healing Ceremony.­

Learn more

­Yoga and Mayan Cosmovision Course
July 8-15, 2023
Gather for a week of intentional learning while cultivating relaxation, mindfulness, and gratitude. Deepen your yoga and mindfulness practices as you study the basic elements of Mayan cosmovision and the sacred Mayan calendar through fire ceremony, yoga-based workshops and personal readings.­

Learn more

Yoga and Wellness Retreat
August 8-13, 2023
Indulge in daily yoga practice, as well as a memorable Mayan fire ceremony, cacao workshop and sampling, hikes, village tours and much more with an intimate group of like-minded yogis and travelers.
Learn more

Free ebook: Introduction to the Sacred Mayan Calendar
Grab your free download today and learn the basics of the 20 nahuals (day signs) and 13 energetic tones with straightforward, accessible descriptions and journal prompts.

This is a great foundation for the Mayan Cosmovision Course.
Download now­

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