Hold a group retreat or training in the Mayan Highlands and experience our breathtaking studios.
At Villa Sumaya, we’ve created a sacred and inspiring atmosphere that offers a space to sink in, relax and reconnect with the freedom of inner peace. Our lakefront studio (1,150 sq ft), Blue Tiger Temple, accommodates up to 40 people for yoga or more for meditation, dance, writing, shamanic journeys, art retreats and non-profit or executive team-building workshops.
Tara Temple (650 sq ft) accommodates up to 18 for yoga or more for meditative arts or body movement practices. Both multipurpose studios may be used by individuals and groups with a variety of interests. A wide variety of organizations have enjoyed our quiet setting as a platform for strengthening their work together. Our exotic location offers team building, individual empowerment and an executive get away that will prove to be an unforgettable excursion of a lifetime! Join Zach for a heartwarming week of nourishing food and holistic practices as we share the principles of the Living Yogi lifestyle.
I have never felt the power of Nature and Her healing qualities as much as I did when teaching and practicing at Villa Sumaya. Every winter since 2006, Villa Sumaya has enfolded our groups of creative writers and yoginis in her beautiful arms. For both of us, the week at Villa Sumaya was a transformational experience, and I don’t often use that term. The most wonderful relaxing environment that restores your peace and helps you appreciate life. Villa Sumaya is one of those few places that you can go and finally let go of trying to get more of what you don't need.
You’ve created a very personal, loving and gentle environment. It was a real honeymoon in such a beautiful place. I've had many amazing adventures since those 8 days at Villa Sumaya, yet it still remains the place in the world that I think of as the most peaceful, spiritual and magical. Our Intention is to inspire in you a New Kind of Awakened Consciousness—through ceremony, silent meditation, and group consciousness dialogue we will journey and create together an inspiring vision for ourselves and our local and global community—one that is rooted in ancient shamanic wisdom and the language of nature and calls us to our greatest present and future potential.
Our Facilitator: Metsa Niwue (‘Good Wind’ in Shipibo) is a well known and highly regarded practitioner in the field of Amazonian plant spirit practices and traditions. Villa Sumaya is the ideal venue for a group retreat such as yoga retreats, Shamanic, spiritual or meditation retreat, dance. For those interested in coming to a retreat, we have a list under our Upcoming Retreats page that is quite extensive.
For group organizers we provide an excellent venue that will support you as the group facilitator. So that I am rejuvenated to be the best I can be in my relationships - personal, work and in Society - offering and giving to be of benefit to others! Our secluded, hilltop retreat center provides a quiet environment for spiritual renewal supported by the practices of yoga, meditation and the undisturbed beauty of the natural world.
Scheduled silent meditation and yoga retreats for up to 11 participants are offered throughout the year in an 1840’s renovated New England farmhouse on 100 acres of walking trails, fields, gardens and a spring-fed swimming pond. The yoga and meditation retreats provide a supportive environment to begin or deepen practices, to shed light on habituated patterns of behavior, to take personal time for digesting life experience and to recognize the ease and peace of your True Nature.
The resident teachers, Sunyata (Patricia) and Surya offer the rare opportunity of shared silence during the yoga retreats, except during the sessions. To receive occasional (4 or 5 times a year) e-mail notices of scheduled events please go to this page. The Power Within – Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Retreat with Doron YogaJanuary 16-23 2016 – Booking Specials Available!Start your New Year with a Yoga Holiday – a vinyasa yoga retreat – to the crystal clear lake Atitlan In Guatemala.This holiday retreat is the perfect way to prepare your mind and body for the new year. Doron is a Certified 550 hour Yoga Teacher (ERYT) as well as the director of the Doron Yoga School (RYS 200 and 500).
This list is intended as a response to increasing requests for suggested reading related to the Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat.
However, Sahajananda wishes to reaffirm the idea that this should remain a support for a more spiritual state of aspiration and actual practice of Hridaya Yoga: meditation, continuous awareness, Hatha Yoga.
The exclusive preoccupation with theory, doctrines, and philosophy can in reality be a hindrance. For a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of yoga and the Hridaya Yoga practice, we recommend the Hridaya Intensive Yoga Retreat: Module 1 book, available on Amazon. There are an increasing number of e-books being made available for free download on the Internet. Ramana Maharshi used to refer to Yoga Vasishta frequently and even incorporated six couplets from it in his Supplement to Forty Verses (verses 21 to 27). There are also different other authors and teachers like Nirmala, Nathan Gill, Robert Adams, Sailor Bob Adamson and his disciples – John Wheeler, Gilber Schultz, Mark West, James Braha, etc.
Whether you will be practicing yoga, meditation, writing, creativity or movement, our center has the nourishing setting and necessary equipment to support your program. Simple, eclectic decor with panoramic views, hardwood floors, thatched roofs and elegant altar spaces set the tone for deepening practices. Dedicated to group practice since 2004, this studio has hosted hundreds of groups, ranging from yoga retreats and ceremonial journeys to art workshops and professional trainings. Situated on the top floor of Lotus House, Tara Temple offers a stunning 180 degree panoramic view of the gorgeous skyline. We provide low chairs and white boards, ideal for writing groups as well as long tables and chairs for business or art oriented groups.
We offer all-inclusive buffet meals in our lakefront dining room, as well as snacks and beverages delivered to your group room during break-times. Cultural tours and adventurous outings can supplement your agenda, meeting all the needs of your company’s vision. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page.
This groundbreaking retreat is designed to impart the powerful teachings of the Mayan Calendar. Join Paola and Michelle for a week of renewal as we celebrate life through mindfulness and yoga practice in community. Learn to walk the path towards self-healing, transformation and balanced well being with the wisdom of ancient India. Bring natural balance into your life through yoga, nutrition, living permaculture projects. In this oasis of calm, I find I can use the surrendered energy to make a difference with what I have and who I am. When I feel my patience fading during times of stress, now I close my eyes, picture Villa Sumaya, and remember all that I learned while I was there. This is a one-of-a-kind retreat, combining indigenous traditional knowledge with contemporary spirituality, offering connection to our deepest and most authentic self. He has been exposed to and trained in South and North American indigenous healing ways for nearly two decades.
From the sun-filled rooms, the expansive views create a feeling of openness while relaxing in the intimate atmosphere of a farm built 150 years ago.

Silence is restful, being the mirror of your natural state.  The silent community creates a supportive environment for opening to inner silence, allowing the body and mind to quiet while being aware of conditioned beliefs and the ever available presence of your True Nature.
He was introduced to Yoga and Meditation in 1992 while traveling and studying in the Far East for 2 years. Following the easier alternative which is merely a mental study, we cannot create the proper conditions for revealing our Real Nature, the Spiritual Heart.
Tripura Rahasya was considered by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi as one of the greatest works that expounded Advaita philosophy.
The Brihat (Great) Yoga Vasishta is a work of about 32,000 Sanskrit couplets traditionally attributed to Valmiki, the author of Srimad Ramayana. A condensation of this work was made (by an unknown author) into about 230 couplets, divided into 10 chapters, as this book, Yoga Vasishta Sara. General ideas and topics of Advaita, including surrender, maya, free will, Liberation, etc.
A massive book – and this is only Part 1 of a planned multi-volume work – the index alone runs to 38 pages. He starts each chapter explaining the significance of the terms used by Ramana and Ramana’s general vision and after that he exemplifies this with quotes. We can find here different analogies used by Ramana for explaining the Ultimate nature of Reality and how individuality appears. Forty Verses on Reality. This text presents a synthesis of Ramana’s teaching of nonduality and practice of inquiry and was written at the request of his disciple Muruganar, who wanted a brief summary of Ramana’s teaching. Talks With Ramana Maharshi. This classic book of conversations recorded over the period 1935 – 1939 can be a continuous source of inspiration. Maha Yoga or The Upanishadic Lore in the Light of the Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana. Maha Yoga is the Direct Method of finding the Truth of ourselves. I Am That. Claudiu considers this work to be possibly the most powerful book in its capability to completely change a life.
Who Am I? Includes dialogues about couples and sexuality from the perspective of Advaita, a conversation on art, etc. The Book of Listening. A collection of compilations about Advaita, Yoga, love, art, beauty, etc. The Power of Now. The books of Eckhart Tolle are well known and don’t need a presentation here. Stillness Speaks. A very inspiring booklet of aphorisms about stillness, the reality beyond the mind, ego, the Now, surrender, nature, relationships, death, eternity, the end of suffering, etc. The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. This book features the teachings of the great 19th century Self-realized saint and adept of Advaita, Ramakrishna. But in my opinion their books (especially those of Robert Adams) are not at all a priority.
Cittanupassana Contemplation of the Mind. This is an excellent book about increasing awareness.
Both temples are equipped with yoga props, meditation cushions, bolsters, straps, blocks, blankets, and sound systems. Blue Tiger echoes our intention to cultivate an invigorating environment to support the flourishing of a variety of group and individual practices. Additionally, we can provide accomplished yoga, meditation or breath-work coaches to further enhance your program. Spa services further add a personal touch, leaving your participants and their partners grounded, clear and highly productive. From the surroundings, to the people in the villages, the staff, the center, the food, just everything! As Reiki master, Sundancer and healer, he brings today to the modern contemporary world the awakening to what he calls the language of nature. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way.
Rather it might correspond to the degree of relevance the book has with regard to Hridaya Yoga, the Yoga of the Spiritual Heart. Books by Swamis Sivananda and Krishnananda have long been available but the Sri Ramanasramam only recently made books on the discourses of Ramana Maharshi available.
It is a dialogue between Sage Vasishta and Sri Rama, during which Advaita (the doctrine of nonduality) in its pure form as ajativada (the theory of non-origination, that the world is just a illusion) is expounded. This book contains some of Cohen’s reminiscences – the memories of a man who remained with Ramana for 14 years – as well as the notes he took down during his long residence at Ramanashram. Topics: Destiny and free will, visions, brahmacharya, the world, God, the Self as Reality, Heart and mind, etc.
Topics include: happiness, the illusion of time and space, the science of consciousness, Self-surrender, etc. I consider that Godman had some misunderstandings regarding the Heart, but apart from this, this book represents a very good place to start.
Ramana wrote the verses as they came to him, and Muruganar arranged them in a particular order.
The answers are structured around the essential themes of Ramana: Bhakti and Jnana , mind control, silence and solitude, atman. Ramana often went behind the words that constitute a question to correct the questioner even on the matter of questioning.
The contribution of Osborne to this book is mainly the very good compilation of the answers of Ramana, grouped in essential topics. These discourses are really about transcendence – ”going beyond” – and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj is described as a true Master of the Art of Transcendence. This book includes daily inspiration for all 12 months and is a rather devotional book of Advaita, with good explanations. This book contains many beautiful stories and quotes, but it it may be too much in the frame of neo-Advaita Vedanta.
Byron Kathie uses quite an unusual method related with Advaita for transcending the suffering and limitations. This book (original title: Meditation) describes the Eight Point Program that Easwaran developed. This book is seen as a companion book to Passage Meditation and contains passages for meditation drawn from among the world’s spiritual traditions. This is an inspiring booklet in which Krishnamurti speaks poetically about what meditation is.
The first major text representing the meditational methods of both Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Living Meditiation, Living Insight. A text about naturalness and awareness in Theravadan Buddhism.
In this classic work, Bohm develops a theory of quantum physics which treats the totality of existence as an unbroken whole. It was criticized for pushing the analogies and correlations between science and mysticism too far. A small props closet and two bathrooms complete the functionality of these sacred sanctuaries. Tara Temple is the site of our annual Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, New Year’s Bhakti Fest and house-sponsored two-week silent meditation retreats.

Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.
Many people have asked where the shift originated, and I always pinpoint it at your retreat. Delicious, fresh local food and tropical fruit, Authentic Mayan culture, hiking, swimming, kayaking, and of course lots of yoga with detailed instructions and adjustments.
The topics are: the Self, Self-awareness, Self-inquiry, surrender, meditation, concentration, samadhi , Creation theories and the reality of the world, the nature of God, etc. Ego’s existence is not illusory because it is an instrument, a function in the dynamism of creation. When irrelevant and futile questions were asked, he didn’t want to satisfy the idle curiosity of the questioner or confirm him in his delusions.
The writer tries to communicate his perception of the mystery, and he intersperses his ideas with appropriate traditional and contemporary quotations. This book tries to convey the spiritual message of Nisargadatta using psychological methods (quantum psychology).
He gives practical instructions regarding meditation and how to bring the deep wisdom of the Heart into daily life.
An interesting comparison between consensus consciousness (the normal wakeful state), hypnosis, shamatha, and vipassana. A presentation of the theory and practice of meditation, this is a manual detailing the various stages and practices for training the advanced student. Villa Sumaya is a top rated retreat, owned and run by an American that understands both the Western needs as well as respects and supports the locals. This is also very inspiring because it is charged by the spiritual aspiration emanating in the presence of Ramana. Later, Ramana wrote 40 additional verses, and the original 40 verses were put into a supplement to the 40 verses.
There are answers to questions on a variety of topics of concern to those still trapped in the illusory world, as well as many wonderful, direct, and penetrating statements.
My opinion is that he doesn’t succeed, simply because he just expresses a theoretical understanding of Advaita. LeShan, a clinical psychologist who has spent more than 30 years working with cancer patients, takes the approach that meditation is not mysterious; he presents a variety of meditation techniques, from different perspectives. He teaches with extreme detail, shares a lot of informative tips both for body and mind, and keeps the class flowing with a fun energy infused with humor.Doron is a trained chef, a certified nutrition consultant (registered with the AADP), an artist and a long time Zen student. As one of the devotees put it, “All our questions are from our standpoint, and Sri Bhagavan’s replies are from his standpoint.
The key topics addressed are happiness, ignorance, world, soul, God, the nature of the Self and the means for realizing this, and the role of devotion. How about some specific yoga workshops to expand your yoga horizons and take you to a new level? How about eat tropical fruit and local Guatemalan cuisine?
It has very short and essential affirmations since it is structured as a book of aphorisms.
Sometimes this is wrongly interpreted as a demand to be altruistic or to fight with the ego in order to destroy this “impostor.” This will only enhance the ego, nourishing it with attention and importance. The questions are not only answered, but are also undermined.” It is a comprehensive book of about 700 pages. Made fresh with health conscious ingredients, love and care.Do you like to be around like-minded people and create new friends? You may learn about Ayurveda, a new mind focusing technique or simply how to get that head stand with ease.
Something much more profound is intended, namely a radical shift in our sense of who we are: from self (personal) identity, we aim to move to Self Identity -from ahamkara to atman.
Doron always has people leave his retreats with new long-lasting friendships.Would like some time for yourself? He is observant and compassionate at the same time.Doron works towards bringing the experience of yoga on the mat onto all levels of life.
By perseverant practice of discrimination (viveka) and self-inquiry (using the question “Who am I?”) this identification with the ego fades away, allowing the Self to reveal itself more and more. Doron is a teacher of the full spectrum of yoga, creating a healthy sustainable bliss onto all layers of life.
There is no better place than this spiritual lake surrounded by the power of the mountains.Would you like to see ancient cultures alive today? Just walking distance away is Santa Cruz, where locals still where traditional clothes and practice traditional ways of living. There are also specific tours to some special villages near by with experienced English-speaking guides.Would like to support the local economy and bring home some awesome crafts and gifts? We are in constant transitions and knowing to flow through them in ease, makes life much more blissful.Deepen your yoga practice, get awesome workshops to master yoga asana, make yoga philosophy practical, relax into yin, and have time to get your yoga questions answered. You can see men and women wearing traditional clothing, growing coffee, weaving their unique tapestries or hosting traditional ceremonies. Surrounded by quiet volcanoes, old school wooden fishing canoes, and small villages around. The center supports both creating community and new friends, as well as space for quiet time and being present.Why Doron? Want someone to look at you and your practice as a unique individual?
Someone with trained eyes and lots of experience that may help you break through those long-lasting challenges. Do you want someone mature that can see you beyond your body and help you thrive spiritually and mentally? A yoga teacher in the traditional sense – someone who practices and teaches the entire spectrum of yoga. Doron spent many months this past year in training, including 4 moths in India and completing 3rd series teacher training with Tim Miller. Return home with a clean mind and lots of amazing gifts – many hand-made in Guatemala for very reasonable prices.
If you are arriving late afternoon or evening book to stay overnight in Antigua and we can organize shuttle pick-up for you in Antigua.Testimonials“Although I have practiced yoga for nearly six years, my week in Samasati allowed me to experience the practices of yoga at a different level. I have never gone on a trip without friends or family so it was with some interpretation that I signed up for the week retreat. What I experienced has set me on a new course that I love – and my family notices, I am more at peace.
Mary since joined 2 more international retreats to Guatemala.“This workshop has been one of the best I have ever taken. The information he has covered has been extremely interesting for me and he has done a great job addressing everyone’s questions and needs. Absolutely inspiring and motivating.” Anonymous – Esalen Workshop feedback form“I have to say again that you teach a very good class.
I have practiced with many teachers over the years, few of them stand out and you are definitively one of them.

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