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  • Writer's pictureAshlee Sunshine

The Mysterious Disappearance of Nancy Ng at Yoga Retreat in Guatemala

In the picturesque setting of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, the serene atmosphere of a yoga retreat took a dark turn on October 19, 2023, when Nancy Ng, a California woman, mysteriously disappeared. The incident has become a hot topic on Google’s trending list, capturing the public’s attention due to conflicting narratives and unanswered questions.

The conflicting stories surrounding Nancy’s disappearance add layers of mystery to an already perplexing case. The witness accompanying her on a kayaking excursion claimed she drowned after jumping into the lake to swim. Nancy’s family, however, disputes this account, pointing out that she wasn’t a strong swimmer and questioning the witness’s actions or lack thereof during the alleged incident.

Further complicating matters, the organizer of the yoga retreat, also the resort owner where Nancy was staying, informed her family that she had left the retreat early and checked out. This contradicts both the witness’s version and video evidence placing Nancy on the lake the day she vanished.

Local authorities, after finding Nancy’s kayak and belongings on the lake’s shore, concluded that she drowned, closing the case. Nancy’s family, unconvinced, enlisted a private search and rescue team, deploying helicopters, drones, boats, and divers, yet found no trace of her. The family suspects foul play and believes Nancy might have been kidnapped or harmed by someone at the retreat.

Adding to the complexity, fellow tourists from the retreat have been largely uncooperative with the investigation. Some swiftly returned to the US, while others remained tight-lipped. Nancy’s family speculates that these individuals may hold crucial information or have witnessed events shedding light on the case.

Amidst the uncertainties, Nancy’s family and friends refuse to relent in their quest for answers and justice. A social media campaign and a GoFundMe page have been launched to raise awareness and funds for an extensive search. As the FBI and the State Department continue their investigation, the disappearance of Nancy Ng remains a haunting enigma, leaving the public eager for resolution in this baffling and tragic tale.

Watch this haunting last video of Nancy before she disappeared. Courtesy of New York Post on TikTok-

Nancy Ng’s disappearance serves as a stark reminder of the importance of thorough research when selecting travel destinations, even in seemingly idyllic settings like yoga retreats. While the serene surroundings might create an illusion of safety, it’s crucial to delve deeper into the location’s security measures and past incidents. Travelers should not solely rely on the perceived tranquility of a yoga retreat but should instead prioritize personal safety. Checking reviews, researching the retreat’s reputation, and understanding the local area’s safety dynamics can contribute to a more informed decision. The unfolding mystery surrounding Nancy Ng underscores the necessity of approaching travel choices with vigilance, ensuring that the pursuit of tranquility does not compromise one’s safety. Travelers must recognize that, regardless of the setting, diligence is key to safeguarding oneself in unfamiliar territories.

At Sunshine Paradise Retreat, ensuring the safety and well-being of our guests is paramount. We take pride in crafting a secure and supportive environment through the delivery of exceptional customer service and careful selection of our retreat locations. Presently, our retreats unfold amidst the serene beauty of Topanga Canyon, California, just a short 20-minute drive from Malibu, situated on an exclusive private estate. Our meticulous choice of venues and exclusivity reflects our commitment to providing a tranquil setting where individuals can reconnect with their inner harmony through yoga, meditation, and holistic well-being practices. At Sunshine Paradise Retreat, we dedicate ourselves to delivering impeccable customer service, enveloping our guests in the luxurious embrace of nature. For those seeking a transformative retreat experience, we invite you to explore more about our offerings on our website at

Written By Ashlee Sunshine

Creator of Sunshine Paradise Retreat

At Sunshine Paradise Retreat, our mission is to foster a safe and supportive sanctuary where individuals are guided in rediscovering their inner harmony through yoga, meditation, sound healing, nutrition, and holistic well-being, all within a luxurious natural setting, while delivering impeccable customer service.

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