Build Your Soul Vessel

A Journey of Connection

Santa Cruz, Guatemala

February 23-29, 2020

Join us at one of the top retreat destinations in Santa Cruz, Guatemala
Villa Sumaya Lake Atitlan

February 23-29, 2020

Retreat Leaders

kim of nccr

Kim Jeffs, MA, LPCS, SEP (licensed professional counseling supervisor, somatic experiencing practitioner)
Owner of NC Center for Resiliency, PLLC

 About Kim: Kim is currently (beyond) inspired to be working with retreat participants around their connection to their body, mind and spirit. Kim has lead groups and retreats locally for years and has helped with empowering hundreds of people after traumatic life events having worked as a somatically- integrated psychotherapist for the last 17 years. Kim worked for Kripalu for several years (one of the country’s largest yoga and educational retreat centers and where she met her husband, Patrick) and has additionally co-owned a Peruvian travel company. Kim has helped thousands of retreat guests navigate personal and professional retreat intentions and training while away from home. Kim will be a great resource to help you navigate your retreat whether you are a seasoned international traveler or this is your first trip!


Nora Fenner, Yoga Instructor

About Nora: Nora Fenner received her 200-hour yoga certification from Sundari Yoga Studio in 2004 and recently completed her 300hr yoga certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She found yoga through attending fitness classes at her local gym and fell in love! Nora began practicing Ashtanga yoga over 10 years agon and has attended workshops with Manju Jois, David Swenson, David Williams, Angela Farmer, Bryan Kest, Simon Park and a few others. Nora brings a light cheer, peace and a well-balanced physical and mental practice to her classes. She feels the practice guides her to inner peace and strength and she is excited to offer a yoga movement practice each morning of the BYSV retreat! She looks forward to connecting with you.


In 2020 we are traveling to a high vibration spiritual location that is considered a counter vortex between the volcano’s and the lake crater at the gorgeous retreat center of Villa Sumaya. Villa Sumaya has majestic views of the lake, is an all inclusive retreat center and will host our retreat participants with a variety of adventures to local villages, artist markets, coffee plantations, adventures volcano hikes and water sports. You will be introduced to indigenous culture in the highlands of Guatemala where Mayan culture resides. You will explore the depths of volcanic slopes and the lake that spreads out for miles. Its shores reach for and nurture nine lakeside communities, described as a shelter of peace and a place of awe.


Come join us for an internal exploration and journey of self discovery. Build Your Soul Vessel retreats are held as a yearly self growth pilgrimage, bringing together people in community for a wonderful inner and outer journey. We will connect with the innate wisdom of our body using ancient Mayan rituals and somatic healing practices to provide a chance to rest, explore our life course and discover our future’s direction so that we can live a more conscious intentional life all the while incorporating an international adventure!


Single: $2150 per person (Book by 7/1 for EARLY BIRD PRICE $1999)
Shared: $1850 per person (Book by 7/1 for EARLY BIRD PRICE $1699)

Included in your retreat costs:
3 daily vegetarian meals per day (dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day)
Daily morning gentle yoga class with props
Unlimited tea/coffee/water
2 Mayan Healing Rituals: Mayan Fire or Cacao Ceremony & Traditional Chichimeca Sweat Lodge Ceremony
All taxes

Mayan Fire Ceremony:
A Mayan spiritual guide will share a traditional Mayan Day Count Fire Ceremony with your group. You will be encouraged to participate in the ceremony which will include the building of a fire in the ancient Mayan tradition using herbs, chocolate, colored candles, cinnamon, myrrh and copal (tree resin).

Traditional Chichimeca Sweat Lodge Ceremony:
Join us for a traditional Chichimeca purification ceremony. This purifying ceremony includes ritualized practices and heart-centered connection with Great Spirit. Experience our handcrafted lodge, heated with hot stones and medicinal plants to induce profuse sweating. You’ll share sacred songs to open the heart while plant spirits and specially prepared herbal tea help clear and lift the emotional body. This revitalizing sauna circle will leave you feeling inspired and rejuvenated.

Not included:
Transportation to Villa Sumaya including flights
Local tours
Spa services
Chicken & Fish (cost $7 per lunch or dinner)
Specialty drinks
Phone calls
Staff tips (retreat center suggests $7-10 suggested per person per day)

Arriving at the Airport

When you arrive at Aurora Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City, you will go through Immigration, retrieve your bags and exit after customs. Inside the airport, there are men to help get your bags off the carousel. You can tip them in dollars ($1-2 per bag). Sometimes they will hand your bags off at the curb to another helper. If this happens, split the tip between them.

We honor and respect everyone’s decision as to how they would like to get to Villa Sumaya. Some guests prefer to make their own arrangements. This is fine for the experienced world traveler but does not allow us to track you as you travel through the highlands and by boat to us. If you have never traveled in a developing country, please let us organize your ground transportation. We do not recommend taking public buses unless you are familiar with this type of travel. In either case, please inform us of your plans and approximate time of arrival. If you are part of a group retreat, please give your flight and travel information to your group leader and they will pass it on to us.

If you have a prearranged, private shuttle, your driver will be outside the airport waiting. He will be holding a “Villa Sumaya” sign (see your email confirmation for more details). If you are traveling with a group, you can safely wait for other guests in the van. If your flight arrives 3:00pm or later, we suggest that you stay in Antigua or Guatemala City for the night. (See our hotel suggestions on the last page of this kit.) Typically, whatever hotel you choose will make airport transport arrangements for you. If they do not provide this service, we are happy to.

Antigua is a quaint, colonial city about 45-60 minutes from the airport. Whether in Antigua or Guatemala City, be sure to ask about safety in the neighborhood. We do not suggest walking around either city at night. Ask for a reliable taxi service if you plan to be out late.

Whether you are taking a private or public shuttle, please be sure to be waiting in front of your hotel or designated location on time. You may want a snack and water for the ride. It is about a 3 hour drive, but with traffic or construction it could be longer. Approximately an hour into the ride, the roads get curvy and mountainous. If you tend to get carsick, be sure to bring a remedy that will help you.


Arriving in Panajachel

Once you arrive in Panajachel, your shuttle driver will drop you off at the dock area. You’ll then be taking a 15-minute boat ride to our dock. We highly recommend taking a private boat and will arrange one for you upon request. Your shuttle driver will call ahead so that your boat will be waiting. For 1 to 4 people, the cost is $25 and for 5+ the price is $6 per person. Private boats arranged through Villa Sumaya can be added to your personal bill. There is an additional $15 surcharge for private boats departing between 7pm-6am. Public boat transportation from Tzanjuyu (“san-who-you”) dock is available roughly every half hour from 7:00am to 7:30pm. The price is about Q20 per person ($3.00), and you will need to pay the driver in local currency upon exiting. Ask in advance to be dropped off at the Villa Sumaya dock. This is very important as it is a 20-minute walk from the main Santa Cruz dock (with luggage this would be very difficult).

Arriving at Sumaya

Although Guatemala is a quick flight from the USA, it is a different world. Although Spanish is the official language, Mayan dialects are spoken by the majority of indigenous people. Our managers speak English and Spanish and are happy to do translations for housekeeping and kitchen staff. In Guatemala, things are conducted at a more relaxed pace, and we enjoy life by slowing down. This heart-centered perspective is a relief for guests coming to relax and unwind. Be patient, as things often take more time to resolve here than you may be accustomed to. Feel free to ask again if something you requested did not get done. For any maintenance issues, please make a note on our “Maintenance Log” clipboard hanging by the office in the courtyard. A smile and a sense of humor go a long way towards accomplishing your goals. Our English-speaking staff will be close by to help. Please note – if your stay coincides with a group retreat, buffet meals will be served at designated times, typically 8:30am, 1:00pm and 6:30pm. Breakfast is $10, Lunch $12 and Dinner $20. Snacks and smoothies can be ordered between meals. At other times of the year, guests can order off the menu.



Kan Servicios
(Alberto 5354.3894)

For transportation, here are the rates:   We can arrange your private arrival shuttle and boat upon request. For a quick reference, private shuttle prices are outlined in the table below:


Guatemala City to PanajachelAntigua to Panajachel
1-2 people $1201-2 people $100
3 people $45 each3 people $35 each
4 people $35 each4 people $30 each
5+ people $30 each5+ people $20 each


The private boat service is $25 for 1-4 people, $6 per person if there are at least 5 passengers.

In case of delayed or missed flights, be sure to call your driver regarding your shuttle. You will be charged if he is not notified with 6+ hours’ notice as the driver has already been dispatched to the airport.

Please note that there is a $40 surcharge for shuttles traveling between 7pm – 5am.

Private shuttles will be added to your guest bill at Villa Sumaya. It is customary to offer a small tip to your driver. $5-7/Q40-50 is appropriate.


Thank you for choosing Villa Sumaya for your stay on Lake Atitlan! Our intention is to co-create a magical retreat experience with you. The resort will be hosting our retreat guests for overnight stays, daily meals, excursions and facilities for our gatherings. We will start each day with yoga or embodied movement on the beach. Villa Sumaya is excited to make your stay a wonderful experience!

ONLY 6 ROOMS AVAILABLE for our 2020 retreat!

Adults of any gender are welcome to attend the retreat. Children are welcome at the retreat center for an additional housing/meal fee and on site childcare can be arranged during retreat programing times.

2 Housing Options:
Our retreat guests will be staying in the Lotus House where each room is spacious with private baths, balconies and beautiful views of the lake, volcanoes and gardens.

Single Room: Queen or King Bed with twin bed

Shared Room: Twin bed in a triple room 

Arrival & Departure

Check-in Time: 3:00pm – 8:30pm

Check-out Time: 11:00am

*extended stays can be arranged beyond the retreat dates directly with the retreat center by contacting

Miscellaneous Information

  • Electricity is 110V, just like in the U.S.
  • We do not have hair dryers
  • The weather here is typically cool (sweater weather) in the early mornings and evenings. During the day it’s usually between 70- 90°F. Air conditioning and heat are not necessary. May, June, September and October are the green times with rain common in the afternoons and overnight.
  • We offer laundry service for $3 per pound.
  • We provide unlimited purified drinking water. If you are with a group or on a personal retreat, unlimited tea and coffee are available from our 24/7 beverage station.
  • Wireless is available throughout most of our center. Wi-fi is $3/day or $20/week.
  • Babies and children under 5 can be accommodated at a rate of $15/day (to cover food and additional services).
  • Yoga props are available in the studio spaces. This includes mats, straps, blankets and blocks.
  • We provide shampoo, conditioner and body soap in your room.



Tours and Hikes:

  • Santa Cruz (our village)
  • Santiago (largest village)
  • San Juan/San Pedro (Crafts)
  • Santa Catarina/San Antonio (walking tour of 2 villages)
  • Chi Chi Market (one hour drive)
  • Kayak/Hike to San Marcos
  • Climb San Pedro Volcano (must be in excellent physical condition)
  • Hike to El Pico de Cielo
  • Bird Watching Tour
  • Coffee Farm Tour & Tasting

Around Sumaya:

  • Kayak and SUP rentals
  • Swimming in lake
  • Hiking
  • Shopping in our Fair-Trade Boutique
  • Spa Services
  • Hot Tub or Sauna


    • Swedish
    • Thai
    • Deep Tissue
    • Reflexology
    • Ayurvedic Massage
    • Shiatsu


    • Hot Tub (complimentary, sun permitting)
    • Electric Sauna ($30) *maximum 6 people
    • Pool (complimentary)


    Take time for resting, reading, or just hanging out and integrating all your experiences. There are lush gardens with hammocks and lounge chairs for your pleasure.


  • Intuitive Healing
  • Reiki
  • Breath Work
  • Chakra Breathing


    • Acupuncture
    • Astrology Readings
    • Feldenkrais
    • Wellness Counseling
    • Mayan Fire Ceremony
    • Private Yoga Lessons
    • Meditation Sessions
    • Nutritional Consultations


    • One hour – $75
    • One hour and a half – $100
    • Two hour – $130


    Our store offers an eclectic selection of locally-made, artisanal handicrafts, Eco Sumaya Designs and treasures to take home as souvenirs from your stay.




Mail $450 deposit or payment in full via check payable to: NC Center for Resiliency, PLLC with “BYSV 2020 retreat” in the memo line. Once we receive your contact form via website and check in the mail, we will reserve your spot on the upcoming retreat!

*Due to our desire to keep the cost of the trip affordable, we will be requesting check payments only at this time. Payment options with credit cards can be arranged for an additional fee including flexible payment plans.

EMAIL: kjeffs@nccenterforresiliency for payment plan options


We accept US dollars ($50 or $100 bills in excellent condition only, please), Guatemalan Quetzals, US personal checks, PayPal and Visa and Mastercard credit cards. There is a 5% fee on credit cards. There are ATMs in Panajachel and other large towns on the lake. Some guests bring a few hundred dollars for incidentals.

Cancellation Policies

Retreats are 100% transferable but 0% non refundable due to retreat center policies and our limited space on the retreat.

Staff Gratuities

We recommend leaving a tip of between $7-10 per day. This dana (offering) goes to the entire staff; from the gardeners (who also carry your bags) to kitchen staff and housekeeping to the local managers. There is no need for additional tipping to our staff. Please tip massage therapists and tour guides separately.

Changing Dollars to Quetzals

If you have a chance to exchange money in a U.S. airport, we recommend getting $100 to start off. In the Guatemala City Airport, there is an exchange desk. Once you are near our center, there are banks and ATMs in Panajachel where you can change dollars ($50 or $100 bills in excellent condition only). At Villa Sumaya, we are unable to change large amounts of money.


    • hat – for sun and for chilly nights (We are at an altitude of 5,000ft)
    • bathing suit, cover-up or sarong
    • sunglasses
    • windbreaker
    • raincoat/umbrella (May/June, Sept/Oct)
    • layers for cool mornings and evenings
    • sunny and warm weather clothing
    • shawl, sweatshirt, poncho or fleece
Getting Around
    • sunscreen
    • lip balm
    • flashlight (we sell eco flashlights)
    • insect repellent
    • walking shoes or sport sandals
  • homeopathic remedies
  • highly recommended – grapefruit seed extract tablets for bad travelers’ belly
  • vitamins
  • dramamine (car sickness medicine) for winding roads to Panajachel
  • any prescriptions
  • eyeglasses
  • tampons
For Practice
  • yoga mats, meditation bolsters and props, only if you want your own special ones Other comforts
  • decaf coffee or decaf black tea – DECAF COFFEE IS NOT AVAILABLE HERE
  • clocks and hair dryers
  • electronic devices – wifi is $3/day or $20/week. We request that guests do not upload or download large files.
  • snack for airplane and shuttle ride to hotel (3 hours)
  • books and magazines
  • notebook/journal
  • your PASSPORT and a copy of it, airplane tickets and other form of ID
  • Personal checks (3), cash or travelers checks to pay for incidentals and spa treatments. Credit card transactions add on 5% fee.
  • Villa Sumaya Wish List – if you have a yoga mat or props in good condition and would like to donate it, we would be grateful.


Are children welcome to attend?
The retreat center welcomes children. Family services can be arranged with the resort for $5/hr for childcare and the babysitter will stay on location with your children while you attend the BYSV programing. Unfortunately due to the nature of our retreat, children will not be allowed in the retreat programing portion of this trip. They are most welcome to attend tours you wish to go on and join you for meals.

In addition to childcare rates, the housing rate is $75 per day for children 6-12 years old; $45 for kids 3-5 years old (for 3 vegetarian meals per day and the room shared with their parent); $25 per day for children 0-2 years old. The retreat center can connect you with a babysitter who will come to the center. The cost is Q40 ($5) per hour.



Contact Kim Jeffs at for pricing information, availability or any questions you may have.




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If you are a hotel guest, please contact us with any questions at  Important Phone Numbers (dial 502 for Guatemala): Villa Sumaya 4026.1390 or 4026.1455 Kan Servicios (shuttle service): 5354.3894


Build Your Soul Vessel in Sumaya

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When I first arrived at NCCR, I didn’t believe it was possible to live a life free from anxiety, a life connected to hope. I was completely disconnected from my dreams, my body, and my own inner power. Kim brought me back into alignment with my physical body, providing me with an awareness I sorely needed and now apply daily. I recommend working with Kim without hesitation. Your future YOU will thank you for it! OK, now I’m fully crying!!! I LOVE YOU, KIM!

~Mara T.

It was hard for me to trust, which made it challenging to connect with others. That’s when I started working with Kim at NCCR. Her firm but compassionate approach helped me learn to trust, not just her, but my ability to evaluate my relationships with others, as well as to value my needs. Kim’s support was invaluable when crisis jeopardized my well-being. Most recently, I was a participant on a women’s retreat hosted by Kim. Getting away from the stresses of everyday life to enjoy some revitalizing time helped me clarify my goals for the future, and create a supportive network of other women.

~Emily D.