Workshops & Retreats

Simple Living, High Thinking Retreat:

Life through the Lens of the Sutras
August 20th - 27th 2022 

"It is essential sometimes to go to retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely, and look at them anew, not keep on repeating like machines whether you believe or do not believe. You would then let in fresh air into your minds."

~ J. Krishnamurti

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Join Anita Sundaram & Raquel Bueno in one of the most magical places on earth. 


Villa Sumaya, our home for the week, is surrounded by a vortex of volcanoes. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala is known for its healing and mystical properties that seekers, feelers  and believers experience upon arrival. The lake lies in the heart of an ancient volcano’s caldera, which filled with water after it’s final eruption 85,000 years ago. “Atitlan” in Nahuatl means “the place where the rainbow gets its colors.” Lake Atitlan and its surroundings make it the perfect backdrop for healing and transformation.  


Our days often run together. We move from one thing to the next often without giving each task a thought. This retreat/workshop is about slowing down, stepping in and growing inward through the guidance of the Yoga Sutras. This ancient and beautiful text is meant to be a lived experience and gives us guidelines to simplify our thoughts while allowing us to find our way, step by step, toward a more balanced and joyful life. Our vibration becomes higher, lighter and simultaneously more grounded. 


A week dedicated to inspire and unlock a connection to greater potential in health through the wisdom of Ayurveda, yoga/meditation, empowerment, community, sacred living and being in relationship with wisdom cultures. We will begin our mornings with a soul nourishing practice that moves gracefully into study of the Yoga Sutras. Afterward, your day will be filled with space to reflect, express (through writing, art, song, poetry or any other way that feels organic to you) and nourish your body through water, optional treatments and the opportunity to walk the sacred land of Lake Atitlan. The evening sessions will be a time for sharing and discussion as the sutras find their way through us. We cultivate connection, inner-knowing, and the gift of divine grace.  


This life-giving retreat offers the relaxed opportunity to live and experience the teachings of yoga and aims to support the essence of “simple living - high thinking”. We all have the ability to know ourselves deeply; sometimes we just need a reminder! Come, be immersed in this rich land, and get to know the people and the practices that will support you on this path. 

See you at the Lake,

Much love,

Anita & Raquel 

Anita Sundaram
My journey in the sacred healing arts began more than thirty years ago. I consider myself a

teacher, a healer, a yogini, a botanical alchemist, and passionate woman who shares her love for

Ayurveda, Yoga, Beauty and the Art of Sacred Living. The fabric that makes up my lifestyle

teachings is infused with the magic of my birthplace, Mysore, India, the spiritual lineage of my

family and years of study with master teachers in a variety of healing modalities. My father, a

general surgeon, had a thirst for all things yogic and blossomed when he retired to India! My

mother, teacher, and mentor Swamini Srividyananda currently resides at the world renowned

Vedanta & Sanskrit Institute, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Pennsylvania. So my path I feel was

destined in service of others. Read more.

Raquel Bueno
Inspired by art, creativity, and belonging, Raquel creates a practice that brings to life the holistic and healing nature of yoga; a practice where everyone belongs. A self-identified biracial Mexican-American, her faith in the practice of “allowing” inspires people of all orientations to simply, yet deeply, access and connect more passionately with spirit. Her teaching style integrates real-life experience and the science and philosophy of yoga; enhancing a spiritual, mental and physical context for your body and mind in the world. Read more.




Pricing & Registration:

Maya Rose Accomodations - Single/$2300 -  Double/$1900 per person

Skyline Bungalows - Single/$2300 per person

Junior Suites - Single/$2500 -  Double/$2100 per person

Luxury Suite - Single/$2900 - Double/ $2200 per person

$500 non-refundable* deposit is required to reserve your space!

*Payments - Venmo & Paypal are accepted 

Final balance due - July 1st, 2022

*Please note that all payments are non-refundable after July 15th, 2022. 

*Deposits are non-refundable.



  • 7 nights accommodations at Villa Sumaya

  • Welcome gift bag

  • 3 beautiful curated meals daily

  • Daily Yoga & Meditation

  • Mayan Fire Ritual

  • Solar hot tub

  • Swimming in the cleansing waters of Lake Atitlan!

  • Lounging on hammocks with views of the Volcanoes

  • Experience local markets and connect with the beautiful people that create and weave local goods ( additional cost for boat )


Not Included:

  • RT Airfare to Guatemala City

  • Shuttle from Guatemala city airport to Villa Sumaya

  • Travel Insurance - highly recommend

  • Spa Services that are offered at the retreat center

  • Gratuities for staff and services

  • Wifi ( nominal charge)

  • Covid testing 

  • Outside excursions 

Please consult the Villa Sumaya website for the Covid guidelines.
*If international travel is not possible due to Covid, the retreat will be postponed per Villa Sumaya’s policies