FREE YOUR VOICE: Embody Your Expression Guatemala Retreat is NOW open for enrollment.

Free Your Voice

Free the colours of your voice and embody your authentic expression

A transformational retreat experience to empower you to move through fear and step into your courage as you embody the truth of who you really are.
This life-changing experience will support you to overcome shyness, reclaim your joy through creative expression, and unapologetically speak your truth.

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Free Your Voice: Embody Your Expression

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Your Guides along the Journey

Astaria Light

Astaria is a certified Sound Healing Practitioner, Reiki Master, Shamanic Medicine Practitioner, Vocal Activation Coach, and trained Counsellor.
As a Voice Midwife, she assists those who have been disconnected from their expression, silenced by trauma and patriarchal programming, to reclaim their birthright to be all of who they are with courage and confidence. She guides people to embody their most authentic nature, liberating the full spectrum of their energetic signature. She inspires the emergence of creativity and the sharing of our unique soul gifts.
Astaria facilitates safe spaces for clients to dive deep into their healing journey, awaken truth, and connect with the heart. Using her multidimensional voice, along with many other instruments, she shares healing sessions with clients and community gatherings to help individuals experience a deeper connection with themselves. She knows that all beings have a unique voice to share and she empowers this voice into freedom by offering the techniques that she has learned along her throat chakra healing journey.

Martha Mankowitz

Martha has chosen a mission dedicated to curating sacred containers in which people can rise together in their power. This has allowed her to be the magnet and driving force for many life-changing group healing experiences, including a 9-day women’s retreat called Release Rewild & Rise.
Alongside Empowering Events Production, Martha is an NLP and Embodiment Practitioner, and is passionate about bridging the gap between Science and Spirituality. As a Mind Magician and Quantum Hacker, she guides people through releasing illusions and layers of inauthenticity, identifying limiting beliefs, and helping to reprogram their minds to clear the way for their hearts to lead.
She has blended her divine intuition with tools from Psychology and Shamanism, to create a unique approach to guide people through rapid transformation, called Quantum Hacking. It is comparable to a merging of Hypnosis and NLP. Using Quantum Hacking, she works 1-to-1 with clients to assist in releasing trauma and rewiring disempowering patterns.

Wherever you are on your journey of expressing yourself, you are not alone!

We are also on the same path, intimately familiar with that anxiety and constriction. There was a time when we too felt trapped by silence as we watched others blossom, wondering when we’d gain the courage to speak, to sing, to shine. Similar to how you likely feel now, we just got tired of it holding us back!

Through deep work and beautiful, lighthearted play, we came out on the other side with tools and practices that have forever changed us. Now we want to share them with you. We learned to use the vibrations of the voice to shift and align our thoughts, to break through the fear, find healing, and reclaim our own power.

Say this mantra to your self in the mirror:

“My voice is important. I speak my truth and my emotions with ease. I am fully heard. My truth is valid. I always find the right words to say. I trust in my truth and my voice. I honor my truth and my voice fully.”

a Little bit more about astria

Astaria was a fashion designer turned sound healer and voice empowerment guide. After receiving a life-threatening health diagnosis and being told she would die if she didn’t go on medication for the rest of her life, she said no to the drugs, quit her career and dove deep into her healing journey. She was determined to discover a way to heal herself naturally.
Up until this point, Astaria had spent most of her life in silence, fearing any moment that required her to speak. She had dreams of singing, but didn’t think it was possible due to how fearful she felt to use her voice.
She was told she had Hashimotos, a thyroid auto-immune disease, and soon discovered that the thyroid is directly connected to the throat chakra. Many years of repressed trauma and unspoken truths had caused a major blockage in her expression.
At the age of 31, Astaria began to open her voice, by sharing her truth more vulnerably with others, making strange sounds, and singing for the first time in her life.

2 years after this health diagnosis and after many dark nights of the soul facing her shadows, she received results from lab tests revealing that she had healed herself from this mysterious ‘incurable’ disease, naturally. It was working with vibration, the healing power of her own voice, and shifting her mindset that assisted on this journey. She is so honoured and delighted to now guide others to free their voice.

Your Voice is your most powerfull instrument!

Your voice is your most powerful healing instrument for creation, empowerment, and sovereignty.

You can literally create the life of your dreams through the manifestation tool of your voice.

First, you must clear what’s in the way of your expression, next listen and connect in with your soul calling, then free your voice as a way to embody your soul signature frequency.

We will be journeying together through these initiations, crossing the threshold of what holds you back into a world where you get to be the version of yourself that you dream of.

We will be activating our throat chakra with the intention of being able to share the truth of who you are, so that you can embody that which you desire to create in this lifetime.

Everything is made of vibration. Every part of you is singing a song.

Let’s listen and open up the songlines of our body, to restore harmony and wellness in our being.

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Our Sacred Alchemy

With Your Soul’s Purpose

Join us in guided meditations, sound ceremonies, chanting, journaling exercises, art therapy, and other creative modalities to tune into the deepest part of our yearning – the voice within that’s calling us into communion with our divine self and our mission.

The Obstacles

Through fire ceremonies, lake plunging, toning, vocal activation & other modes of expression, we will move through the threshold of transformation. We will enter deep into the healing process and transmute our pain into power.

Your Soul Song

We’ll use group work, 1:1 coaching, and various practices to help you hear your voice and learn how to express it. Through intuitive movement, cacao ceremony, and soul embodiment, you’ll connect with your soul voice and free your authentic expression.

Our Retreat Location

Villa Sumaya, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Villa Sumaya is a retreat and wellness center nestled in the lush environment of Santa Cruz la Laguna, majestically located on the shores of the gorgeous Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. 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. Villa Sumaya is an enchanting nature sanctuary retreat offering many amenities and an unforgettable experience.

This healing retreat center is full of warmth, the opportunity for self-reflection, insight, and restful rejuvenation. Villa Sumaya is a haven to many, and it is an honor for us to share this magical gem with you.

Dive deeply 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 wellbeing.



Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Believed by the Mayans to be the center of the universe, Atitlán is surrounded by a dozen highly preserved Mayan villages and three dormant volcanoes. It is also known as the ‘Womb of the Earth’ and is a powerful vortex for healing, transformation, and becoming your true self.

All along the majestic shores of the lake, grow many beautiful flowers. You will be delighted by the vibrant colours of nature and the local people.

Lake Atitlan is the place from which the rainbow gets its colors. You’ll be sure to activate your colors whilst here and walk away feeling a little brighter.

Your Experience Includes

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

20% of the total ticket value is non-refundable.
80% of the total ticket value is refundable until midnight of September 11th.

If you are not permitted to enter Guatemala for any reason, we cannot accept liability or responsibility for this. If you have concerns, we recommend taking out “Cancel For Any Reason” travel insurance with your trip.

Flight Information

You will book your flight into the La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City (GUA). Because Lake Atitlan is a 3-hour commute from the Guatemala City International Airport, you will then take a shuttle once you land. (Be sure to arrange your flight to arrive in the daytime, otherwise, you may need to book a hotel and then shuttle in the next day).

COVID Information

Due to the rural location of Lake Atitlan, there have been very few cases in the Maya villages themselves. Our stay at Villa Sumaya will be secluded in nature with extra sanitization precautions taken by the small retreat staff to ensure safety.
Guatemala has now re-opened its borders to international travelers. You must have a negative Covid-19 test that’s less than 72 hours old to enter the country and for your departing flight back to the United States. Our retreat center, Villa Sumaya, will arrange on-site Covid-19 testing for ease in fulfilling your travel requirements.

At the moment, a negative COVID-19 test that’s no more than 72-hours old must be presented in order to enter and leave the country. Villa Sumaya will provide on-site testing so you can fulfill your further travel requirements with ease.
Please check for updates on Guatemala’s travel requirements here. Trip cancellation insurance is the best assurance policy when planning travel within this new and evolving world we’re living in.



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Droplets of Inspiration

Astaria, your sound journeys are such a pleasure to experience, each time is so unique and sends me off on such a unique high vibration journey, thank you.

Leith P.

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