"Comfort, care and loving kindness in the most beautiful setting imaginable."
★★★★★ "Wonderful food, gracious hosts."
"Beautiful location on Lake Atitlan. Comfortable, contemporarily designed rooms. Access to location and near-by villages by boat. Wonderful food, gracious hosts. Yoga practice in the morning on a veranda overlooking the lake."
- Peter & Deborah, Chicago, Illinois
"When I signed up for this retreat, I was hoping for a good experience, but to my delight, it was a great one. Located on the mountain-and volcano-ringed Lake Atitlan, Casa Rosada is a modern haven of architecture and art warmed by the gracious hospitality of Dita and John. My room overlooked the lake, and I watched the sunrise from my bedroom rooftop every morning. Each meal prepared in the open kitchen was a thoughtful and artistic presentation of the freshest organic produce
The day's outings were of the type it would not have been possible to arrange if it were not for Dita's dedicated engagement to assist the local villages. We visited a women's weaving cooperative, a coffee grower, a local school, had lunch in a Guatemalan home where we tried our hand at making tortillas, and we were blessed in a shaman ceremony--and that was just one afternoon in one village. Each morning (and optional afternoon), we were inspired in our practice of yoga by our instructor, Molly Cofman, on the terrace as the waves lapped at the shore. The trip was the perfect integration of yoga and cultural immersion. Oh, and did I mention the afternoon massages? And the dinner at an organic farm outside of Antigua? Yes, it was that wonderful."
- Donna Speigal, Chicago, Illinois
★★★★★ "Paradise Found!"
"We were the beginners on the Anzan Atitlan retreat, but it mattered very little that we had not practiced yoga to any great extent before our arrival. Our retreat leaders immediately put us at ease, giving us a couple of private lessons before the retreat started, making us feel like an important part of the community from the first day. If the practice of yoga is to open the mind and body to new experiences, then Anzan Atitlan is the perfect setting to begin the practice. From the moment you step off the boat, you are transported into paradise. The grounds are lushly planted with exotic flowers, plants and fruit trees, rooms are spacious and immaculate, and meals are choreographed works of art set in a dining room that literally hangs over Lake Atitlan, an ancient volcanic lake set in the Guatemalan highlands. Our days begin early with Yoga practice to the rising sun, followed by a healthy breakfast of fresh bread, fruit, salad, eggs and an assortment of honey, jam, yogurt and so much more. Each day brings a new experience in cultural immersion from visits to a weaving cooperative, environmental talks on the lake, and blessings by a local shaman. Each evening returns us to our compound for optional yoga practice, quiet visits with new friends or individual meditation, reading or relaxation, followed by a sumptuous dinner prepared with all natural ingredients from around the lake. Dita and John were not only exquisite hosts, but lovely examples of careful stewardship of the many rich resources of the Atitlan region. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect place to recharge the weary body, mind and soul! Many thanks,"
- Bill and Christine Griffith, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Excellent Experience!" ★★★★★