This yoga retreat in Colombia is made for all you city folk who just need to get away from it all and be in pristine nature with amazing people, nourishing food, healing sun and waters, rich jungle, and playful, dynamic, powerful yoga with Chelsey. Enjoy the yoga, adventure, nourishment, home, and unique feeling of being away from it all with such a strong community!
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Gitana del Mar Boutique Beach Resort is located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. The resort lies at the foothills of the impressive and magical Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world’s highest coastal mountain range. This area is referred to as the heart of the world, not only because of its geographical location but more importantly because every single ecosystem exists and thrives in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
During this retreat, you will stay in a triple room with private bathroom. The Eco-Chic Bungalows at Gitana del Mar Boutique Beach Resort are the ideal place to relax. Each bungalow is designed with a very distinct architectural feature that the indigenousness from the area has been utilizing for hundreds of years the palm roof.
Not only are these structures made from sustainably and locally harvested palm fronds, the vaulted ceiling design keeps the rooms cooler and more fresh than any other available man-made material. There's no air conditioner or hot water.
Chelsey Korus’ teaching and movement philosophy come from her passion for life and her inspiring nature that allows her students to live their best life. As a perennial student herself, she approaches her life through the lens of constant learning and is able to share her wisdom to help other achieve their brightest and best futures. A notable yoga instructor based in Los Angeles, Chelsey infuses her classes with the movement knowledge she has gained through over a decade of alignment-based yoga asana immersion, classical ballet, capoeira, and daily acrobatic training.
The retreat location is here in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada, nestled under the shade of majestic coconut palms is a place where you can disconnect from the hectic world and appreciate the simpler things in life. Find harmony with mother earth as she offers up the sun, empty virgin beaches, fresh salt air, and unforgettable panoramic seascapes.
Gitana del Mar is a relaxing world where time moves slowly and you can reflect and appreciate all that life and nature have to give. Escape for a while to live by the sea. Feel the raw energy of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Discover peace on empty, white sand beaches. Rise with the sun over the Caribbean and fall asleep counting falling stars in the Milky Way.
The four existing indigenous tribes (Kogi, Wiwa, Arhuaco, and Kankuamo people) are ancestors of the pre-Hispanic Civilization, known as the Tayrona. They still practice and follow the Tayrona belief of “Aluna”, which is the belief that all reality is created by thought. Every object or being has both a spiritual aspect and a physical reality, both of which originate in thought. These people have been calling the Sierra Nevada mountains their home for hundreds of years.
They refer to this area as “The Heart of the World” because they believe that what happens in the Sierra Nevada also happens everywhere in the world. They are committed to restoring the equilibrium to Earth by daily ritual practices, mental discipline, and meditations.
All of their efforts are to help protect the Sierra Nevada and the world from destruction. They have plenty to protect, including multiple ecosystems such as wetlands, mangroves, tropical rain forests, desert, alpine tundra, and finally reaching snow capped mountains at the summit.
Through all these varied ecosystems, thousands of species of plants and animals have been identified, including dozens of which can only be found here. For example, almost 630 different bird species have been identified here, more than the US and Canada combined.
Many rivers also flow from the mountains including three large ones that empty some of the freshest water in the world right onto beaches. These stunning rivers are all within a 15-minute drive from the property and provide fun adventures, calming fresh water, and breathtaking vistas.
Please book your flight to arrive at Simón Bolívar International Airport (SMR) (1-hour drive), Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (BAQ) (2.5-hour drive), or Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) (5-hour drive).
Upon your reservation or group booking, you will receive detailed directions and / or coordinated transport to and from the resort.
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