La Casa de Loto is a mindfulness meditation and yoga retreat center, high up in the magical Colombian mountains near Medellin, founded by Pema Tsering. They teach you and practice samatha, analytical meditations, Tibetan yoga, and a way how to integrate meditation into your life so you can become more loving, conscious, relaxed, and prevent many diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson, depression, and insomnia.
During this holiday, you will stay in a beautiful space in nature, away from society and healthy vegetarian meals. For accommodation, you will have a cabin with two private rooms and a dorm. The two private rooms share one bathroom. The dorm is shared with five other retreaters and has two bathrooms.
La Casa de Loto offers you a home away from home and a beautiful, nourishing simple environment in which to cultivate a peaceful awakened mind. The center is open all year round to guests of all race, color, religions, and countries who want to embark or deepen on a journey to the inside.
The programs are of one week, one month, and three months starting each Sunday. Included are retreat guidance, all classes, organic vegetarian food, and accommodation. Apart, you can book ayurvedic massages and Reikis. "Every now and then we need a break from society and come back to rest in our inner temple to rediscover the true magic of life.”
Tibetan or Hatha yoga is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing us for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.
At La Casa de Loto we focus a lot on the breath, trying to create a flow of energy during the classes to help release mental and physical blockages. Yoga here is on the spiritual side of it more than the physical one. It is instructed mostly by Mauricio. He teaches yoga for more than 20 years and lives on a solitary mountain retreat dedicated to practicing for ten years.
You will allow silence and the calmness to penetrate your flesh and bones. You will allow the energy of mindfulness to penetrate your body and mind. You will walk, meditate, read, write, study, or do anything else that pleases you, in silence.
All will be done with pure awareness of just this one task. You will breathe deeply and enjoy the stillness and the freshness. You will stay alone outside with the trees, the river, the lake, and the animals, go for walks, or use the rooms to relax. It is needed that everyone participates in this practice for it to be deep and joyful.
The lamrim or the “graduated path” is a presentation of Shakyamuni Buddha’s teachings that details the stages in the complete path to enlightenment. In the single-pointed Lamrim meditation, you will focus your mind on one single object at a time and walk through the various stages to liberation. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has recently given new advice suggesting that students follow a lamrim outline and meditate on each subject for two weeks or one month until all subjects have been completed.
Rinpoche advised “The amount of time for meditation is up to the individual, but the general advice is to finish the lamrim in one year”. Depending on the duration of your stay, you will be introduced to one or various meditations and teach you how to continue this beautiful path.
This retreat will take place at the La Casa de Loto Farm at el Yarumo, La Ceja town in Medellin, Colombia. The farm is located in a conservation area, in a peaceful, safe and calmed space surrounded by 13,000 square meters of avocado, lemon, and orange trees and gardens. The center is located in the beautiful Colombian mountains near Medellin.
During this retreat, you will be served three daily locally sourced, delicious meals and a snack for teatime. The food will be vegetarian and organic.
During your free time, you are welcome to play, study, or work at the La Casa de Loto Farm.
There are few optional therapies available at additional charge.
Pause, feel the sacred spots in the body, experience the loving touch of the healing force of the universe and take a step closer to your center. The massage is considered the oldest healing technique in Ayurvedic medicine.
The marmaterapia is a combination massage with acupressure of marma points or vital energy, clearing congestion areas in the physical, emotional, mental, and energetic level. This allows harmonization of the prana flow in the body and thus experience harmonics comprehensive health states. The duration of the massage is one hour and 30 minutes. The price of the session is the following: 90,000 COP for a first time session, 85,000 COP for a frequent session, 160,000 COP for two massages, 234,000 COP for three massages, 304,000 COP for four massages, and 370,000 COP for five massages.
Other available treatments are chiropractic, muscle energy techniques, lymphatic drainage, auto massage therapy, and seniors, customized massage. Preserve health and reduce disease, it can work in conjunction with traditional therapies and alternative medicine and is in itself a healthy and pleasurable activity. It helps reduces physical and physiological problems, relieve discomfort during pregnancy and postpartum, emotional support, and sports therapies.
With some chiropractic, they unblock the bony part of your body therefore achieving the energy flow, eliminating chronic pain and sciatica and pinched nerves. Then they work the muscles to restore the body's' flexibility, strengthen, and remove tensions and contractions and finally a lymphatic drainage is done to cleanse the body from toxic substances, water, or accumulated fat, helping to activate blood circulation and activating the lymphatic system manager to generate your natural body defense.
It is recommended to leave an hour after meal before attending this therapy. You should bring underwear or bikini that you won't mind to stain, since oils are used. It Is advisable to go to the bathroom before the session, and please note that all massages work within a process, to notice the long-term benefit, it is necessary to continue the treatment.
The duration of every treatment is one hour and a half and the prices are: 90,000 COP for a first time session, 85,000 COP for a frequent session, 160,000 COP for two massages, 234,000 COP for three massages, 304,000 COP for four massages, and 370,000 COP for five massages.
The therapist channels the energy of love and wisdom to the universe for her start of therapy (approximately 10 minutes). This is based on current or patient experiences. In Reiki, soft hand contact and only subtle body contact (a few centimeters above the torso) are used. Reiki therapy can be supplemented with other healing techniques and meditation to help this reunion with your essence.
You are an apprentice to life, and in a way through it life often misses you, you forget who you are: love, wisdom, and innocence. Diseases or manifestation of imbalance occur because you lose the connection with your basic essence, according to your belief, it is the presence of God in you, the unlimited potential in oneself. The duration of the Reiki treatment is one hour and 30 minutes. The price of the session is the following: 65,000 COP for first time session, 50,000 COP for Reiki session.
Coming from Medellín you have three options:
A driver can pick you up from the terminal in Medellín. The cost is 100,000 COP (approximately 34 USD).
Please book your flights to arrive at José María Córdova International Airport (JMC).
You can take a bus to the La Union and ask the bus driver to stop at Parcelación La Pastora. From the entry, it is a 15-minute walk to La Casa de Loto.
You can also take a bus to La Ceja and take a cab from the terminal to La Casa de Loto.
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