Wake up, sleepy heart!
— Frida Kahlo

The Way of the Heart

Do you want to feel your heart more?

Listen to its voice of wisdom.
Speak from your heart to others.
Feel its warmth and presence.
Share your divine goodness and spark.

Do you ever ask yourself:
How can I embody more kindness in my life?
How can I slow down and go deeper?
How can I restore my heart after hard times?
How can I make decisions in alignment with my truth?

Like the heart, the answers to these question are gentle.
They require going within for quiet reflection.
It can feel scary to follow the way of the heart
since it doesn't always follow commonly accepted ideas of success.

What if I told you the only measure of success is
the place where your decisions come from?

What if any decision you make is the right decision
as long as it is sourced from your heart?

If these words feel like an answer to a prayer, this retreat is for you.

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The Guatemala retreat will help you reconnect with your heart
by feeling the physical sensation of truth in your body and following it.

When you leave, your heart's voice will sound loud and clear.
You will start to tap into it more for guidance when making decisions.

You will feel softer and more responsive to other people.
You will see the divine spark in others and receive their love more.

Your heart will feel activated and open.

If you want this activation, you are ready for this retreat now.

This is an invitation for you to show up as you are today.
Not a year from now after you’ve finished that project, lost 10 pounds,
reorganized your home, or met the love of your life.

It’s the call of your emotional freedom, waiting for you to come claim it.

Freedom from the barriers within you
that block you from receiving love.

Freedom from expectations and people pleasing.

Freedom to follow your own sweet heart
no matter where it leads you.

It’s also the call from your heart that, when put into the air,
helps the rest of your tribe find you.

“Qoya is about returning to the Self - the natural self, the feminine self, the self that desires and delights in every morsel of being alive. There are so many gifts inherent in this practice. After years of dedicating myself to disciplined practices for achievement, Qoya was the first thing that allowed me to sense and fully savor. THIS is where the magic is. My willingness to relish wakes  me up in ways that much of my previous training and effort never could.”

VIRGINIA R, Past Retreat Attendee


January 20, 2018
6:30-7:30pm: Dinner
8pm: Opening Ceremony

Sample Daily Schedule (subject to change)
7-7:30am: Optional Breathing and Meditation
8:30-9:30am: Bountiful Breakfast
10:00am-12:30pm: Qoya Class
1pm-2pm: Lovely Lunch and time to rest
2:30pm-6:30pm: Afternoon Adventure, Workshop, or Free Time
6:30-7:30pm: Free Time and Delicious Dinner
7:30-10pm: Evening Ceremonies (Gratitude Despacho, Cacao, Fire and other Visionary Ceremonies)

January 27, 2018
8am: Morning Meditation and Breathing
8:30-9:30am: Breakfast
10am - 11am: Qoya Class
Blessings for your next adventure

*There will also be SURPRISES that are guaranteed to deepen your connection to the Western notion of pilgrimage as a spiritual journey reflected historically in the practices and perspectives of earth-based mother cultures, which may include things like:

-visits to artisan markets run by women's collectives

-cacao ceremony

-fire ceremony with a local shaman

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On this retreat, you will:

+ immerse yourself in Qoya movements and philosophies

+ feel true heart connections with other women

+ learn practices to tap into and trust the way of your heart

+ experience indigenous rituals and culture

+ heal your body with nourishing food and rest

+ spend time in nature to rejuvenate your soul

+ be gentle with yourself to restore your energy

+ take inspired action to follow the way of your heart

“Imagine for a moment you had your very own guardian angel who not only insured you danced wildly and stopped in silence at sunsets, but also one that reminded you gently to step outside of your limits and into the possibilities of laughter, love and the divine.

In this retreat, you have two angels. The first is Rochelle Schieck, the kindest type of fierce and the fiercest type of kind, who will bring you to your feet and move you through the labyrinths of devastation, wisdom and beauty.

The second angel you will discover is yourself, open-hearted and aware, designing inner wings that are ready to do the work of being in service to your highest destiny and most divine path.

And along the way, there is delicious healthy food, exquisite self care, arousing waters, deeply wonderful synchronicity, reminders of the sweetness of life, and a joyous goddess community.

Finally, the best part is at the end of the weekend, you get to hug Rochelle tightly goodbye and bring that second angel home and begin to dwell in divine possibility.”

WENDY C, Past Retreat Attendee


The retreat will be held at a retreat center by the beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. It is a place I was called to visit for many years, and when I answered the call, I knew immediately what truly sacred ground it is. It is easily one of the top 3 places I’ve ever been. In a country where almost half of its population remains indigenous, there is a sincere reverence of spirit that fills the air, and if you let it, your heart. Now, my desire is to take you where I was called so you can experience the call of the water yourself, the strength of the volcano, the sweetness of the flowers, the abundance of the jungle, and most importantly, the quiet.


This retreat is for women only. All ages and movement levels are welcome.

Single Room means you will have the room to yourself.
Shared Room means you will have a roommate.

Your tuition includes:

  • 7 nights eco accommodation
  • 3 meals a day of delicious, nourishing food
  • Qoya classes and rituals
  • 1-hour massage

Your tuition does not include:

  • travel to Guatemala
  • shuttle to the retreat center
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Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel for any reason and we can find a person to take your spot, we will refund the amount paid minus a $250 administration fee. If we cannot find a person to take your spot, there are no refunds; however, you can transfer your paid spot to someone else, so you can send a friend or family member to the retreat in your place.

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Across time and culture, many people's life journeys have led them to align with the way of the heart. 

For those who are inspired to bring their heart into movement, ritual, community, and ceremony, we'd be honored to gather with you in service to love.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ What time of day does the course start, and what time does it finish?

It starts with dinner at 6pm on the 20th, and ends at 11am on the 27th! We recommend that you arrive around 4pm on the 20th to have time to settle in before dinner.

+ How do I get to the retreat center?

Villa Sumaya, our retreat center, is located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala near the village of Santa Cruz La Laguna. The Villa is only a 10 minute boat ride from Panajachel, which is a 3 hour drive from Guatemala’s international airport in Guatemala City. Private shuttles from the airport may be organized via email at reservations@villasumaya.com. Payments for shuttles will be paid directly to the shuttle company. Local boat transportation from Panajachel’s Tzanjuyu (sounds like san-who-you) dock is available every half hour (more or less) from 7:00am to 5:30pm, after 5:30pm there are two more boats at 6:30 and 7:30pm. Price is about Q20 per person (about $3.00). Ask the boat driver to drop you off at the Villa Sumaya dock; otherwise you will have a 15 minute walk from the main Santa Cruz dock. We recommend for late arrivals (after 5:30pm) that you order a private boat. This can be arranged at the docks starting at $25.00 per trip with 1-2 people and $25-30 for 3-5 people. Villa Sumaya can also arrange for private boats at any arrival time. If you would like for us to organize a private shuttle from the Airport or Antigua, and/ or a private boat from Panajachel to our dock, just email reservations@villasumaya.com in advance. Private boat fees can be added to your guest bill, but shuttle fees must be paid to the driver. They accept U.S. dollars or Guatemalan Quetzals.

+ If I arrive a day early, will Villa Sumaya allow me to pay for an extra night and stay there?

You can contact them directly to arrange this at reservations@villasumaya.com.

+ I have more questions! Who do I contact?

Any questions we haven't covered here? Email us at info@qoya.love.