"I brought a group of my yoga students from our home in Chico, California to Villa Sumaya. Without exception, everyone loved everything about it. The welcoming environment created by the staff, the excellent food, the accomodations, the yoga facilities, the Maya, and the incredible surroundings made our experience one none of us will ever forget. We are coming back next year. "

--Rex Stromness

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Awake in the World

This short is brought to you by the Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival.  Filmed at Villa Sumaya in 2012 it features interviews with Wendy Stauffer, the owner of Villa Sumaya as well as Villa Sumaya teachers, guests, neighbors and local Mayan shaman.  Filmaker: Stacey Stone (4:58)

The Yoga Paradigm: Yoga as Therapy

Ashley Ludman of the Yoga Paradigm introduces the Yoga as Therapy course at Villa Sumaya.  Filmed at Villa Sumaya in 2013.  (3:46)

Views on Awakening

A short film about the teachings of Sensei Doug Duncan.  Sensei offers an 10-day silent retreat every spring at Villla Sumaya.  Features interviews with Wendy Stauffer, the owner of Villa Sumaya. (7:33)

Karma Yoga

Addresses the practice of Karma Yoga.  Produced by Clear Sky Meditation & Study Center in British Columbia which was founded by Sensei Doug Duncan (2:39)




A short blog posting by a Villa Sumaya guest, Elissa Kravetz about her experience at Akasha Ellis’s Kundalini Yoga retreat at Villa Sumaya.  Published on Huffington Post in 2013.


Guatemala: Finding Peace in the Volcano’s Shadow

Published in the travel section of  The Telegraph, a UK publication, October 17, 2011.  Author: Rhymer Rigby

Five Retreats for Yoga

Published in Se Ressourcer, a promotional article produced by Atmosphere in Quebec.

English Translation:

4. Tailor-Made in Guatemala
Villa Sumaya is located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, a huge lake surrounded by three volcanoes and surrounded many villages. This is the perfect place to take a break yoga and it can take any form you want. You can choose the duration (four to seven days) as well as orientation: Yoga, Spanish courses and yoga, yoga and adventure, bird watching are among the many possible combinations. The idea is to allow you to enjoy a personalized stay!

 Made in Guatemala

Hanging Banana RedAn older article published in the Washington Post in 2002, by Susan Harb.

Excerpt from page 4 regarding Villa Sumaya:

I walk two blocks to the dock and flag down a launch. Twenty minutes later I am in heaven at the Villa Sumaya.

Seven tastefully furnished guest rooms face the Toliman Volcano, which I can see from my front door as well as my bed. There are massages, yoga sessions, a sauna and a hot tub, and fresh lake fish and organic greens for dinner and strawberry tart for dessert. I study the lake for hours, watch the clouds form beehive hairdos on the volcano cones, read until I fall asleep at midday, walk the flower-studded grounds, take a swim, hike to Santa Cruz, talk to the fishermen and admire their dugout canoes, hop a launch to Santiago, eavesdrop on the women washing clothes at the water’s edge, join fellow guests — a young couple from Spain — for wine at sunset, watch the flickering lights of San Pedro across the dark lake, rise early to catch the sunrise — but the clouds get there first.

My two-night stay becomes three. I sink into crisp white sheets, pull a cotton comforter up to my chin and slumber like a baby. There is no such thing as a bad night’s sleep at the Villa Sumaya.

 Note:  Villa Sumaya currently has 16 rooms and can accommodate up to 30 guests.

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