Join Lotus Retreats for an incredible retreat experience at the Gitana Del Mar Beach Resort in Colombia! You will dive deep beneath the layers of your being as you explore the chakra system (energy hubs along the spine). On this retreat, each day you will focus on a specific chakra to cleanse and balance, leaving you to feel rejuvenated and refreshed! There will also be time to explore individually and adventure to the surrounding national parks, rivers, sacred waterfalls, and more!
On this retreat, for 6-days and 5-nights, you will be accommodated at an eco-boutique beach resort located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia next to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains. In this beautiful venue, you will enjoy spending your time relaxing under one of the natural palm roof bungalows that keep the rooms cool and cozy.
Each of the bungalow suites in Gitana del Mar Boutique Beach Resort has one queen bed and one twin bed whereas the standard bungalows have three single beds each. The rooms are equipped with full private bathrooms, outdoor showers, fans, down pillows, plush sheets, and towels.
On this retreat, you will be guided to enjoy daily yoga classes every morning and evening to reinvigorate yourself. All levels of yogi are welcomed and no previous experience is necessary. The purpose of this retreat is to revive your creative fire and explore different practices on developing the tools to develop your own personal practice for self-realization.
Each day you will focus on a specific chakra to cleanse and balance yourself until you feel rejuvenated and refreshed. There will also be time to explore individually and adventure to the surrounding national parks, rivers, sacred waterfalls, and more.
The retreat will begin on Monday, July 24th and you will begin it by having a lunch at noon. Once all participants arrive, you will have an evening yoga class or activity. You are expected to arrive as early as possible to have your first day to explore. The retreat will conclude on Saturday, July 29th at 11:00. You will rise for morning sadhana (yoga class) and have breakfast afterward. Departure time is at 11:00, but you are welcome to stay later and pay for lunch and depart when needed that day.
In addition to daily yoga workshops as well as walking and seated meditation, you will also clean your chakra system through physical asana (postures) and movement, pranayama (breathing techniques), dance, partner yoga, ceremony, and more. At the end of the retreat, you will enjoy the festive moon ceremony celebration on the beach.
The retreat will take place in the enchanting Gitana del Mar Boutique Beach Resort. It is located in the Tayrona area of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia, just past Parque Tayrona on the Troncal del Caribe highway kilometer 46. There is no marker for the resort on the main road because it is a private resort.
As the world's highest coastal mountain range, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta area is often referred as the heart of the world because of its impressive location and its magical inhabitants that exist and thrives here. The venue is also close to the lush jungles and tropical beaches of Colombia.
During this retreat, you will be served with three daily organic, farm-fresh handcrafted gourmet meals that have a different menu every day. This includes fresh fruit juices, bottled water, coffee, and tea. Pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free meals are all options available upon request as long as you let Loren Lotus know in advance prior to your visit. In addition, please let Loren Lotus know when you make your reservation if you have any allergies or if there are certain foods you do not eat so that the chefs know in advance.
The kitchen works with the local fishermen of the area to bring whatever is fresh straight to your plate. This sea-to-table approach combines healthy ingredients together in a coastal themed, fusion-style menu with Colombian, Latin, and Asian flavors. The ever-evolving selection is a unique combination of the traditional dishes and flavors from Colombia with other recipes from around the world.
Loren Lotus is passionate about supporting the community and using the most local ingredients available which include fruits, veggies, and herbs from their own gardens as well as fresh-caught fish and seafood from the regional fisherman. As one of the most spectacular culinary traditions in Colombia, tropical juices will also be served daily. The plethora of seasonal fruits includes passion fruit, starfruit, guava, lulo, mango, pineapple, etc. Fresh fruits and herb-infused cocktails are also available per request.
From the bar, you can order cocktails, beer, wine, liquor, sodas, smoothies, additional fruit juices as well as various snacks. All of these are at an additional cost and are not included in the retreat rate. If you choose to bring your own bottles or wine or liquor, please be aware that they will be subject to a corkage fee.
Please book your flight to arrive at one of the main airports, Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) in Cartagena. You can also book your flight to arrive at two other main airports, Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (BAQ) in Barranquilla or Simón Bolívar International Airport (SMR) in Santa Marta. The recommended airlines are Avianca, LAN, American, JetBlue, COPA, and United. The flights to Simón Bolívar International Airport (SMR) usually takes one stop in Bogota.
It is recommended flying to Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) and exploring the rich culture and history of this city. Cartagena is a 4.5 hours shuttle to the resort while Barranquilla is 2.5 hours from the resort. Santa Marta is the closest airport at 1.5 hours from the resort. Loren Lotus recommends you taking the MarSol shuttle directly from where you are to the Gitana Del Mar Beach Resort.
You can go to Gitana del Mar Boutique Beach Resort by taking MarSol air-conditioned shuttle bus. It is a good recommended shuttle service. From Cartagena, the shuttle will cost 60.000 COP or 15 USD and departs at 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Loren Lotus can also arrange a private shuttle upon request.