Ayurvedic Alchemy

March 31 – April 7, 2018

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Ayurvedic Alchemy Retreat

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Join us in stunning Lago Atitlan, Guatemala for our yearly Ayurveda Retreat.  During our 8 day Ayurveda Retreat we will explore the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, dive deep into the practice of Yoga and reconnect to our innate body wisdom.

Through understanding and honoring our individual needs, we nurture the cultivation of health and beauty from within and experience the healing effects of Ayurvedic practices. 

Experience the deep connection found through this integrative program as we blend the traditions of Meditation and Yoga with the Ayurvedic system. We will explore Ayurvedic philosophy, Dinacharya, Ayurvedic Aromatherapy and Spritzer making, Ayurvedic Nutrition, Herbalism, Ayurvedic Nighttime rituals and Dosha specific Yoga. Sound healing, cacao, fire ceremonies and optional excursions will complete the experience! This retreat also counts as continuing education hours for Registered Yoga Teachers.

A Retreat to Restore Harmony and Balance


  • Daily Meditation
  • Daily Yoga (Yoga for the doshas)
  • Introduction to Ayurveda: Philosophy, Dinacharya, Aromatherapy, Herbalism & Nutrition
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Sound Healing
  • Mayan Fire Ceremony
  • Cacao Ceremony

Free Time Options:

  • Relaxation and Spa
  • Ayurvedic Consultation
  • Hikes from Villa Sumaya
  • San Pedro Volcano Climb or Pico del Cielo Hike
  • Shopping Trip to Panajachel
  • Coffee Tour
  • Guided Village Tours
  • Kayaking


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Ayurveda is a branch of Vedic Science. It literally means the knowledge of life and originated in India as the traditional medical system over 5,000 years ago.  The Buddha had an Ayurvedic Doctor. Chinese Medicine’s roots are in Ayurveda. It works both as a preventative and curative medicine. In India today, there are Ayurvedic medical schools training physicians in internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, toxicology & gerontology.

It is not necessary to attend Ayurvedic medical school in order to understand or implement Ayurvedic knowledge into daily life. Ayurveda at its root is a simple, practical science which promotes self-care & preventative medicine. According to Ayurveda, we create our state of health based upon how we interact with our environment. By making choices that support our inner nature we can live harmoniously and in balance.

We invite you to journey with us to the sacred highlands of Guatemala to embark upon this life enhancing experience. This soul journey is curated with ayurvedic wisdom and practices, enriching cultural activities, healing ceremonies, engaging discussion, thought-provoking personal growth activities and a daily practice to integrate your experiences. We host a journey that is deeply personal, supportive and inclusive to meet the intentions of each participant. Each day begins with Intention Setting, Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga Asana as a practice to cultivate deep inner connections and open to the experiences of the day. Organic locally grown vegetarian meals are served throughout and help cleanse and purify the body from the inside out. The day will flow with informative workshops, activities, ceremonies or cultural excursions. Allow the breathtaking beauty of Guatemala’s Lago Atitlan guide you on this path of ritual, self-love and healing.

Tara Temple meditation setup in Guatemala

This experience will be hosted at Villa Sumaya, an Eco-Chic Wellness Center Majestically located on the shores of Lake Atitlan. They are dedicated to rejuvenating holistic practices and healing modalities as well as preserving Mayan traditions and facilitating outdoor adventure in the heart of the Altiplano. Dive deep into the refreshing natural beauty of this stunning landscape. Within the vast, majestic horizons, you’ll find a deeper connection with your heart’s song and a rejuvenated sense of well being.

Read more about the resort here: http://villasumaya.com/


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Paavani Ayurveda retreat leaders Leah Klatt and Trudy Collings

Leah Klatt & Trudy Collings, Co-founders of Paavani Ayurveda, share a passion for developing skin & body care products that carry on the tradition of Ayurveda. They are devoted to sharing this ancient wisdom with the world. In addition to their Ayurvedic skin care line and Ayurvedic body therapies clinic in Nevada City, California, they host educational workshops & presentations throughout the year, as well as dedicate a large portion of their website to Ayurvedic Education & Philosophy. They believe the more people that understand the ways of Ayurveda, the healthier our world will be. They dream that one day all families will have the ability to raise their children with the principles of Ayurveda and that the world will find healing solace through each individual’s cultivation of personal balance.

Leah & Trudy, bow to the the inspiring forces of the community in which they are blessed to call home. This healing, energetic center in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, is home to the sacred Yuba River, vast horizons of wild, natural beauty & creative people who influence them daily. The women give thanks to the powerful energy of this community and the support that it has offered to pursue their passions. Furthermore, the women seek inspiration & guidance through yoga & its philosophy, song, dance, shamanic journeying and travels around the world.


To Register Select an Option Below

Other Costs

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  • Transportation to Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
  • Ground transport to Villa Sumaya
  • Optional body therapies and treatments
  • Optional day off activities


Saturday, March 31st: Arrival

2pm: Arrival

4pm: Grounding Yoga Practice

6pm: Dinner

7:30-8:30pm: Group Introduction & Satsang

Sunday, April 1st: Day 1

7:30-9am: Meditation & Yoga

9-10am: Breakfast

10-11:30am: Intro to Ayurveda I

11:30am-1pm: Free Time

1-2pm: Lunch

2-4pm: Free Time

4-5:30pm: Intro to Ayurveda II

6-7pm: Dinner

7:30-9pm: Yoga Nidra 

Monday, April 2nd: Day 2

7:30-9am: Vata Practice 

9-10am: Breakfast

10-11:30am: Intro to Dinacharya I

11:30am-1pm: Free Time

1-2pm: Lunch

2-4pm: Free Time | Ayurvedic Consultations 

4-5:30pm: Lecture: Intro to Dinacharya II

6-7pm: Dinner

7:30-9pm: Meditation & Sound Healing: Guest Teacher

Tuesday, April 3rd: Day 3

7:30-9am: Dinacharya Practice

9-10am: Breakfast

10-11:30am: Intro to Aromatherapy | Spritzer Making 

11:30am-1pm: Free Time

1-2pm: Lunch

2-4pm: Free Time/Ayurvedic Consultations

4-5:30pm: Pitta Practice 

6-7pm: Dinner

7:30-9pm: Restorative Yoga | Aromatherapy 

Wednesday, April 4th: Day 4

FREE DAY: days for excursions, tours, hikes, spa day, etc.

Thursday, April 5th: Day 5

7-7:30am: Self Led Dinacharya

7:30-9am: Kapha Practice 

9-10am: Breakfast

10-11:30am: Ayurvedic Nutrition & the 7 Tastes

11:30-1pm; Free Time

1-2pm: Lunch

2-4pm: Free Time/Ayurvedic Consultations

4-5:30pm: Ayurvedic Nutrition & the 7 Tastes

6-7pm: Dinner

7:30-9pm: Meditation & Ayurvedic Nighttime Rituals

Friday, April 6: Day 6

7-9am: Self-Led Dinacharya

9-10am: Breakfast

10-11am: Final Inquiries

12pm: Lunch

3-6pm: Yoga, Cacao & Fire Ceremony

7pm: Dinner

8:30-9:30pm: Closing Circle & Manifestation Ceremony

Saturday, April 7: Day 7

7 – 8 am: Self-Led Dinacharya

8 – 9 am: Meditation

9 – 10 am: Breakfast

10 am: Departure

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