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15 Days Y.E.S. Spanish, Salsa, and Yoga Retreat in Cali, Colombia

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Carlos Alberto Holguin

Sandra Benaim

Liceth Quintero Fernandez

Simon Roa

Luz Stella Echeverry

Lina del Mar Marín

Reviews (49)

Tabitha Wertheim

from United States of America, August 2019

"Great experience of mindful and informative movement"

With years of experience as a Massage Therapist, I had come to a point of theoretical understanding of how the body moves and functions, how it repairs and heals , and how it reacts to emotion or trauma. With this meditation training , I found myself gently questioning what it is I hold in my body. When I thought I had cleared space from my past , I was surprised to feel as though I've always been jumping over instead of breaking through these energetic blockages in my being.

This subtle work extends so much further than the body, and to think it is all done with the breath, that realization in itself has been the most insightful for me.

For as long as I remember , I have struggled with the capability of my body. Through this training, I've realized it's not the body that changes the mind, but the mind that shapes and arranges the body and the way we see it. What an incredible nurturing feeling , to look inside myself and feel vibrant and whole , anywhere.

I understand I am stubborn, I dont like to feel pushed, or rushed to feel, understand or learn something. The style of instruction here completely supports that, and I could not have asked for more supportive instructors. You come as you are, and you leave as you are. The pace of the classes are more of a suggestion than a rule. If you cant do something , you challenge yourself , but you may begin to understand you can never get there by being forceful.

I recommend this training to deeply connect self to source.

Ana Romero

from Mexico, August 2019

"Unforgettable experience with wonderful people"

This is a life-changing experience guided by some of the most wonderful and loving people in the world.

From the moment you arrive at Ishka, it feels like a different world. You will leave the traffic and noise behind to enter a place filled nature and a peaceful energy.

The course combines the principles of traditional yoga with the Mayan knowledge and approaches it from a place of releasing and pain-free practices in order to progress. As days go by, you will certainly start noticing the positive changes in your body and practice.

I am extremely grateful for Carlos, Simón, Liceth, Lina, Sandra, Samuel, Elena and every single person that made this training possible.

Do not expect luxury accommodation or meals. Beds are comfortable, food is good and local, and showers are cold but great for Cali’s weather.

Do expect a wonderful training, wonderful people, and interesting experiences.

Nathalie Dearte

from United States of America, April 2019

I most appreciated the deep spiritual knowledge of true yoga. Fantastic environment and very professional and warm-hearted teachers. First class translation of all lessons. Highly recommend this training!

Gabrielle Anton

from United States of America, April 2019

"Magical dream land of doing less to accomplish more😜"

I liked everything! These are a quality and authentic group of folks who truly practice what they preach. The foundation of the program is rooted in conscious living and gives a soft opening to the infinite information around this topic.

Carlos is very intelligent, interesting and highly qualified to teach. Simon is excellent at translating to English and adds a lot of enthusiasm! Everyone on the team has a lot of charm, knowledge and personality!! All are loving, gracious and truly welcome each student as family 🥰

The course digs into ego issues so, come with an open mind and heart and you’ll have a great time and learn a lot!!!

PS. I especially appreciate Carlos’s awareness of where each student is at emotionally and mentally. Always providing room to rest and reminding “all things without effort.”

Lucas Seifert

from Colombia, March 2019

"It was the perfect yoga-teacher-training for me. I loved it!"

I enjoyed the 22 days at its fullest. The place is pure magic, the team loving and understanding. There is no duty, no pressure. All you do is because you want to do and if not you don't do it. For me the perfect atmosphere to learn, grow and develop my proper Yoga. When i look back i would say that it was the best investment of time and money i've ever did in my life.

Katie Criscuolo

from United States of America, March 2019

"Intuitive, compassionate, meditation-based yoga training "

I did the teacher training in March 2019, and I highly recommend this program to someone who wants to deepen their meditation/yoga practice with highly skilled teachers. The reason why their price is so low is because they don’t want to make money off of yoga (similar to ashrams in India) and because they believe yoga should be accessible to everyone in order to help heal the planet, NOT because their training is sub-par. This is not a “you pay for what you get” situation. Carlos is the main teacher, but you will also receive classes from other members of the team on things like anatomy, biomechanics, and Ayurveda. You will learn breathing techniques and how to maneuver the energy in your Everything is in english&spanish. This program is not heavily based in asana, meaning that a head stand is not the main priority (but you will work on it). It is more spiritual. The ishka team tries their hardest to make everything really comfortable. The accommodations are basic—outside showers, hard mattresses, etc— but it’s not meant to be a five star hotel experience. You are in nature, and the center is surrounded by beautiful trees, hummingbirds, and the ishka kitties. The food is healthy and basic vegetarian. Nothing too fancy but made with love. And if you don’t like a certain meal, there is a restaurant and smoothie shop within walking distance.

If you go in with an open heart and a willingness to learn, you will have a wonderful, if not life changing, experience.

Anastasiya Smolina

from Colombia, March 2019

"Unique experience. Definitely coming back!"

I don't have enough words to describe it. I think like this will be clear: I'm defiantly coming back :D

It was my first teaching training and I can’t imagine what can be better! Every moment, every class was so full-fill and interesting, I always couldn’t wait for the next one! So grateful for this wonderful time!

This school is a beautiful place with magic team. All classes translated to English. Everything is in harmony there. The way Carlos is teaching is just WOW! Fresh and fun, very flexible, always positive and full of love, very deep! The best!

Here you will learn WHAT IS YOGA. It will turn your world upside down (and your body as well, haha) when you’ll get to know how to work with your body and learn an excellent technics to get any posture you want, without any pain or force, but with joy and pleasure. You’ll learn how to meditate and you'll do it a lot, luckily! Work much more dipper than just physical part. And just become happy!

Definitely totally recommend!!! If you have chance to do it — you are really fortunate!

Simone Parianos

from Australia, January 2019

"Phenomenal experience that habours unimaginable self growth"

I liked the way the course was taught, it was different to all the yoga I had practised and the retreats I had previously been to. At first I was a little skeptical but by the end I noticed amazing shifts in my own body and consciousness that I had never achieved before this course.

This retreat has also given me the skills to share what I have learnt as a instructor and I can confidently say I will continue my learning and practising in connection with the Ishka Center and their amazing team there.

Thanks to everyone involved during that beautiful 3 week experience ♡

Marissa Aurora

from Costa Rica, December 2018

"Wonderful, unique, experience"

I really enjoyed how the schedule of the training was catered to the interests and abilities of the students. The focus on integration of all aspects of yoga (breath, meditation, energy movement, philosophy and asanas) into practice was especially valuable and something other classes i have taken did not include (having focused mostly or entirely on asanas). The food also exceeded my expectations with a good variety of whole-food dishes and included salads almost every day. The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. Overall, a very valuable growing experience for me as an individual and as a yoga practitioner.


from Colombia, December 2018

"Not as advertised"

The Feldenchrist method, though rather dull to do, was effective. We learnt how to fall from inversions without fear which was useful and learnt exercises to increase flexibility on our joints and also about the fractal system of our skeleton. The volunteer's sessions were really well thought out and enjoyable. The salsa class and other workshops from outside teachers were a welcome break. The studio and yoga space is nice, the garden and trees are beautiful. There was a strong emphasis on meditation and we practised that quite a lot.

Eline Freim

from Colombia, October 2018

"Life changing experience "

This yoga teacher training teaches you a profound and spiritual approach to yoga, and takes you back to the true meaning of yoga. The philosophy and yoga style is unique and very interesting!

During the course you get to know yourself and your body in a completely new way; and it will benefit you for the rest of your life.

The instructors are all truly amazing and welcoming, and the atmosphere was incredible. I loved every single day, and can highly recommend this course.

Laura Dublino Belles

from United States of America, October 2018

"Fantastic experience"

I loved the learning experience, the quality of the topics discussed, the way space is held for you personal development, the focus on philosophy and the essence of the yoga practice, the respect level between companions and teachers, the challenge of detachment, the raising of consciousness, the care of the staff. Wonderful!

Victor Hjalmar

from Sweden, October 2018

Amazing place. Amazing energies. Amazing teachers! Thank you!

Jonathon Hood

from United States of America, July 2018

"For those seeking a deeper spiritual experience "

Ishka is a beautiful place filled with beautiful. The experience was unique, and and fun.

Miriam Eriksen

from Norway, July 2018

"A life changing experience"

I found a completly new way to look at yoga. This course is amazing. The teachers are wonderful and the atmosphere is marvelous. For those who are interested in doing a course I really encourage them to do so. This course allows you to deepen your knowledge in a profound way. And I can really feel the improvements from just 21 days. So it will be awesome to continue my self practice to integrate all I have learned during this course.

Noémi Fülöp

from Hungary, May 2018

"My exciting 22 days in Ishka Yoga Instructor Course, in Cali"

I liked Carlos since the first day to be honest, he was straight and exact most of the time. I loved the complexitiy of the course and that all very well built up exercises, asanas whatever we call them. Simón, Mariana, Samuel, Lizeth and the cooking ladies - they all did a great job, thanks a bunch for all of them :) I enjoyed so much the inipi ceremony and thanks God i had some great mates from the class, i am so grateful to be there and have so much great memories forever :) Muchas gracias por todos and spread love, big hugs : Noémi Budapest

Richard Guilbaud

from Haiti, May 2018

"thank you ISHKA for giving me all these tools!!"

i liked the method

Anna Van Schaardenburgh

from Costa Rica, May 2018

"Very interesting"

That the training is authentic and not just classical or modern yoga. I learned a lot of new things and I'm happy to learn that yoga is not about tension and pushing yourself, but about relaxation.


from France, August 2019

"Experiencia increíble "

L’approche et la compréhension des mouvements à travers le corps, le flux d’énergie, la respiration.... La méditation !!!

Merci, je n’attendais rien en particulier mais je suis vraiment ravie. Il est plus important en yoga d’écouter son corps, le respecter avant même d’essayer des asanas qui pourraient nous faire mal sans même sans rendre compte!

Coralie Maccagno

from Ecuador, August 2019

"Una experiencia muy intensa y muy profonda"

Me fuí al instructorado sin muchas expectativas. Quería conocer más sobre la Yoga y la meditación (casí no conocía nada) y había leído que esta experiencia es fuente de cambios espirituales. Así que reservé mi cupo con esta curiosidad y nada más.

La formación es muy intensa, es verdad. 20 días con clases desde la 6:30am hasta las 6pm y más ! Mucha practica, muchas charlas, muchos cambios internos en tan poco tiempo que al fin de las 3 semanas estaba feliz de que se terminará ! Pero vale la pena.

Hablamos de muchos temas distintos, tuvimos practicas de Yoga de distintas formas, es un gran aprendizaje. Pero, estoy convencida de que lo tan fuerte que puede ser esta experiencia, no esta para todo el mundo. Hay que estar listo a cambiarse, a recibir esta enseñanza, y a descubrir la yoga de una forma más espiritual, más interna.

Así que, a los que estan listos por grandes cambios, les recomiendo a 100% de entregarse a esta practica ! Los demás, talvez no lo van a aprovechar como deberia ser, y talvez necesitan mas tiempo, mas experiencias antes de lanzarse adentro de este instructorado ;)


from Mexico, August 2019

"Llegue a Iky, por un impulso interno, sin expectativas"

La extraordinaria experiencia en este mágico lugar, me hizo sentir como en casa, desde el primer momento.

Iky, me aporto herramientas físicas y espirituales que reforzaron conocimientos y afloraron nuevas facetas al crisol que soy, llenándolo de energía y alegría e implementando nuevos hábitos, para una mejor comprensión de lo Holistico que somos los seres humanos.

La visión, que el cuerpo es Inteligencia, Consciencia y Movimiento, que te lleva al estado máximo de relajación, mediante el reconocimiento, la atención, la suavidad, la alegría y el amor así ti mismo!

Agradezco al Amoroso equipo de Iky, por su dedicación, pasión, entusiasmo, paciencia y alegría.

Graciela Dáubeterre Arias

from Venezuela, April 2019

"Extraordinaria experiencia."

Realmente me gusto todo, La calidad de los instructores, espectacular, mucha entrega y dedicación, el ambiente, la comida, las señoras de la cocina, la atención, todo me gusto, es inmejorable!!!

Carmen Dejori

from United States of America, April 2019

"The best place to connect to yourself! Yoga and much more..."

i came without expectations and i dont want to leave anymore. 😊 this place is just magical. i dont want to call it a yoga retreat cause it is much more. In the yogateaching you learn how to connect soo deep with your body through biomechanics and you ll get a very subtle feeling of how you are moving in a soft way towards selflove. Your body same as your mind becomes smooth lovly and very flexible. You learn a lot about your mind with looots of meditation and you get to learn strategies for the body and mind wich you will be able to use in daily life to make life more easy. Also the teaching of mindfulness helps very much to connect and understand how your brain is working and how you can change it with awareness. The mayan teachings and ceremonies are magic and very beautiful! doesnt matter if you speak spanish or english! the training is in spanish and the translation is very fast and clear. if you speak both languages even better you have a second chance to follow if you drifted away and you will improve unconsciosly your language skills. the food is amazing! healthy and tasty. lots of veggis and fruits. its colombian style so you will enjoy lots of rice cooked with love. all the critical points i v been reading here like toilet, shower kitchen ect they were able to solve.

Miguel Feliciano

from Puerto Rico, March 2019

"Great YTT in the beautiful Colombia"

Carlos Holguin is a very knowledgeable teacher. The approach is classic yet fresh. He teaches a kind method of self love and self care.

Gallus Suter

from Ecuador, March 2019

"Relacion precio-calidad optimal"

Ya fui a varios cursos/retiros de yoga y ese curso de certificacion tiene la mejor relacion precio-calidad. Instruccion de yoga clasica y autentica. Instructores muy profesionales y co-estudiantes del mundo entero. Ademas, el centro Ishka esta cerquita de la ciudad de Cali, una ciudad muy atractiva para visitar


from Costa Rica, January 2019

"Recommend if you don’t expect anything."

Coming to Ishka, for me, was less about being able to teach Yoga afterwards. Wich of course is a nice side effect and also very useful. But the actual reason I chose to go there was for learning about myself, my mind and my body. And that’s what I definitely did.

The 3 weeks where pretty intense. Not only challenging in a physical way but also challenging for the mind. Which for me was a great experience. We really got deep into meditation and movement. We got to know and understand the roots of Yoga.

In the lessons we learned a lot about the anatomical part specifically of the different movements and also the importance of the breath. We moved in ways I didn’t even know my body was able to, nor did such movements ever cross my mind :D We had really interesting Workshops with Doctors, Professors and Specialists. The synesthesia lesson was one of my favorite experiences. We learned about Ayurveda. Also the daily food was nourishing and gave me good energy.

All in all it wasn’t what I expected. Guess because I wasn’t expecting anything but a better connection to myself. And that’s what I found and I’m grateful for it. Big thank you for this experience and to everyone who made it possible.

And hey also I’m able to officially teach Yoga now. Which as I said wasn’t the actual reason I signed up for this, but Yoga calms my life and gives me balance which I would be happy to share with the world.

Muchísimas Gracias Ishka!


from Germany, December 2018

"Überlegt es Euch ganz genau"

Die Menschen, die dort arbeiten sind herzlich und haben immer ein Lächeln auf den Lippen. Viele Teilnehmer aus den vorherigen Kursen kommen zu Besuch oder gar für länger zurück, unterstützen, kochen und helfen, wo sie können. Die Feldenkreismethode ist super! Ich hätte gern mehr davon gehabt. Innerhalb weniger Tage erreichte ich eine Flexibilität, die ich vorher nicht erwartet hatte. Es gab auf jeden Fall merkliche Fortschritte für jeden in der Gruppe. Es wurde viel Wert darauf gelegt, die verschiedenen Übungen nur so weit auszuführen, wie es für uns persönlich ohne Schmerzen möglich war. Während der Übungen sollten wir möglichst die Augen schließen - so wurde uns von einem Vergleich mit anderes Kursteilnehmern abgeraten, schließlich ginge es beim Yoga mit Nichten darum, gut auszusehen. Es wurde viel gelacht, wofür mitunter auch die Spanisch - Englisch Übersetzungen von Simon verantwortlich waren. Er ist super und immer fröhlich.


from Ecuador, November 2018

"Gracias totales"

La enseñanza, la comida y la buena vibra de la gente y el lugar :)

Gonzalo Barros

from Uruguay, October 2018

"Un proceso interior maravilloso"

Ambiente muy amoroso, donde reina la paz, buena energia, amor y compasion. Una experiencia maravillosa de mucho crecimiento y aprendizaje


from United States of America, October 2018

"Una experiencia increíble, los elijo una y otra vez "

Me gustó todo lo que compartimos en los 21 días, desde el gran aprendizaje que nos brindó Carlos, hasta el hambiente familiar que se vive cada día, es una experiencia increíble, donde los elijo una y otra vez.

Si vas en busca de trabajar tu cuerpo físico con yoga, estás en el lugar equivocado, aquí vas aprender más que eso, conocer tu cuerpo por completo, tanto externo cómo interno, sentarte a meditar y sea algo que lo disfrutes a pleno y al salir de ahí, los vas a seguir haciendo porque te das cuenta que es tan bien para ti, que no vas a dejar un día de meditar y hacer yoga.

Hay que vivir esta experiencia porque es única y te va servir para toda tu vida, seas o no profesor, sino para tu vida misma.

Corey Tschudin

from Costa Rica, October 2018

"Probably the on of the Best Yoga teachment in the World "

Alles und mehr .... super kann ich jedem empfehlen

Tanja Neuhofer

from Spain, October 2018

"Eine lebensverändernde Erfahrung"

Ich habe soviel gelernt und erfahren über mich und meinen Körper, Geist und Seele. Carlos trägt soviel Wissen in sich und hat eine einzigartige Weise dies zu vermitteln. Simon ist ein hervorragender Übersetzer und hat immer ein Lächeln auf den Lippen. Es war eine wunderbare Erfahrung und hat mein Leben verändert. Tausend Dank, ihr leistet tolle Arbeit mit ganz viel Herz.

Lucie Traineau

from United States of America, October 2018

"Un maravilloso desarrollo personal a través del arte YOGA"

Este retiro es una maravilla. El lugar es lleno de amor. La comida es rica y variada y muy equilibrada, el lugar es hermoso con un jardín tropical propicio para meditar, el dormitorio es cómodo, y el équipo es increíble y muy muy profesional. El precio es muy acesible y así lo quieren manejar: dar la posibilidad a todos de elevar sur conciencia. Este retiro es mucho mas que una introducción par ser profesor de yoga sino un viaje interior acompañado con mucha dulcura y pedagogia hasta reencontrarse a si-mismo😍 Muchisimas gracias.

Toni Hohmann

from Ecuador, October 2018


Der Aufbau des Kurses war so ausgelegt, dass wirklich jeder sensationelle fortschritte gemacht hat und wir gelernt haben unseren Körper in Positionen zu bringen, ohne unsere Nerven und Muskeln zu verletzen. Es ist eben kein Ashtanga viniasa yoga Kurs! sondern eine Ausbildung basierend auf die mikro biomechanik des Körpers. Angelehnt an feldenkreis und Maya yoga. Carlos hat uns viel über die lernfähigkeit des Körpers bzw. unseres Nervensystems gelehrt. Ein weiterer wichtiger Part ist pranajama. Ohne diese praktik ist klassisches yoga schlecht vorstellbar. Und letztendlich, warum wir asanas und pranajama betreiben, dass Meditieren und das verbinden unserer chakras.

Cristina Monroy

from Colombia, October 2018

"Experiencia Maravillosa"

El contenido del curso excelente muy completo, donde integran cuerpo y mente mediante practicas y herramientas para interiorizar y expandir conciencia y hacen que vivas una experiencia de yoga real centrada en los diferentes tipos de respiración y con una técnica única de movimiento basada en la Cultura Ancestral Maya. El instructor Carlos Holguin Sacerdote Maya es un Maestro que te iniciará en un camino espiritual donde potenciarás todo lo que eres y se te ha olvidado.

Cornelia Schwab

from Peru, July 2018

"More than worth it ;)"

Really Nice atmosphère, very friendly People a great Garden and healthy yummy Food :) also it’s about Yoga, Not Religion which is why it was so good! I enjoyed it all a lot!

Reyes Escriva

from Spain, July 2018

Ha sido una experiencia maravillosa. He aprendido mucho del yoga y meditacion y sobre todo estar conmigo misma. Es un tipo de yoga mas mental que fisico. Me ha encantado el lugar y las instalaciones. Los instructores estan muy preparados y son muy amables. El desayuno es buenisimo y la cocinera cocina con mucho amor y todo esta riquisimo. Una experiencia para aconsejar. Me he sentido como en casa y espero volver algun dia😍😍😍

Mariana Bueno Noya

from Mexico, July 2018

"una experiencia mas alla de mis expectativas"

Cuando me dirigia hacia Cali, no sabia lo que me esperaba pero si que tenia total apertura y disposición. Me encontré con un hermoso proceso, justo lo que deseaba mi corazón. He aprendido muchísimo de Carlos y cada una de las personas que hicieron parte de mi instructorado. El ha desarrollado una manera de transmitir el yoga desde sus fundamentos originales y genera un acercamiento e interiorizacion del yoga de manera profunda.He conectado con el yoga y sobre todo la meditación de una manera que no conocía pero que a la vez se sentía autentica, profunda, coherente, familiar. Lo recomiendo muchísimo sobre todo si estas buscando algo real.

Esther Paricio

from Peru, July 2018

Me gusto el entorno naturaleza, el equipo de trabajo, la metodologia de aprendizaje yoga, feldenkrais, la calidad humana, para mi fue un crecimiento personal en mi camino muy acertado

Juan Sacristan

from Canada, April 2018

El programa pretente un proceso espiritual de las personas que participan, no solo formacion.

Lars Dirksen

from Colombia, June 2019

"Great retreat"

The teaching style

Alina Rojas

from United States of America, June 2019

"Excellent YES program "

The YES program was great and besides learning Spanish, Yoga and Salsa with awesome teachers who really care about their students’ success, I also met wonderful people who made my experience unforgettable and joyful. Highly recommended!

Josie Duggan

from Brazil, May 2019

"Great couple of weeks!"

I had a great time while staying at Ishka. Lina and Simon were always so energetic and engaging which was good as the days could be tiring sometimes but the activities were fun. I personally really enjoyed the salsa and the teacher Sophie was great! Thanks again guys

Louis-andré Fortin

from Canada, March 2019

"The teacher were just amazing."

The teachers were nothing short of amazing.

Adonis Bunghis

from United States of America, February 2019

"All in one"

ISHKA is a nice retreat where people can enjoy yoga, salsa and at the same time learning Spanish. I had excellent teachers and trainers: Lina and Simon. They did their best in sharing their knowledge and experience. They embody all qualities that a teacher should have: talent, humor, patience, empowerment and perpetually appreciating and encouraging. I recommend them full heartedly. Spanish classes, salsa and yoga was awesome. Garden is beautiful and the yoga cats funny.


from Colombia, February 2019

"Great Spanish, yoga and salsa retreat in the making!"

I loved the Spanish lessons. I thought it was a good routine of starting the day off with 2 hours of Spanish then returning to it later on in the afternoon. The overall vibe and energy of the location was beautiful, so close to the city but was a peaceful getaway that allowed us to focus on all the information we were given. Simon and Lina (Spanish and yoga professors) were amazing. They completely made this retreat as great as it was. They were nothing but positive, understanding and caring. Truly two beautiful human beings!