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

Ishka Center - Yoga - Spanish Academy - Feldenkrais and Guest House, Cra. 129 # 25 -181, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Spanish, Salsa, and Yoga Retreat Colombia

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Colombia.

The YES Academy learning methodology is focused on living a cultural and insightful experience that allows you to acquire and practice communicative skills in the Spanish language by interacting with local people, while refining your syntax during the grammar group classes. Along the Spanish language classes, you have the option to attend salsa dancing lessons, that will lead you to interact later, during the scheduled excursions, with local people in the downtown, local markets, cultural and historic places of interest, and world-famous Latin night clubs! Additionally, you can cultivate inner balance and maintain peace of mind during our daily yoga sessions, where you will learn and develop skills of well-being.

Meet the instructors

Simon & Lina del Mar
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Highlights

  • 16 hours of salsa lessons
  • 30 hours Spanish group class
  • 15 Integral yoga sessions included
  • 10 hours of conversational Spanish group sessions
  • Language certificate of level A1.1 verifying 60 hours of Spanish
  • City tour to Cali's downtown and local markets
  • Nights out to typical Salsa dancing clubs
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


11 days with instruction in Spanish
Spoken languages: English, French, Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 16
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

During this program, you have two options of accomodation, both in shared appartments. You can either stay at a shared dorm accomodation with bunk beds or a private room in a shared appartment. Bathrooms and showers are shared. The participants will have a kitchen at their disposition with a fridge. There is a typical restaurant nearby and a supermarket where the participants can taste the local food of Colombia and, more precisely, of the Valle del Cauca department.

Program

The Y.E.S-Spanish Academy proposes the learning of Spanish as a foreign language as a way to get familiar with the Colombian culture and also to approach the nuances of it. During the classes, you will develop your communicative skills (it is not a grammar-based course).

Practice your acquired skills in the Spanish language during the excursions to local markets and city tours. You also have the possibility of practicing and integrating your learnings through the optional yoga and salsa courses in the property. The yoga course could help you develop inner skills of well-being since it is directed towards balancing the four aspects of the being (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual) through its integral methodology. With the salsa course, you will be able to discover the city dancing salsa and bachata in the world-famous Latin clubs, these options are included in the price. Nearby the academy, there is the Pance River, where you can enjoy the sunset at the Cali's Farallones National Park, home of 600 different birds, butterflies and more than 40 types of orchids, while you practice your Spanish.

It is 10 days of classes from Monday to Friday with free weekends. During this time, you will take Spanish classes in the morning and you will strengthen your morning knowledge in the afternoon.

Sample schedule:

  • Morning Spanish class: 08:00 - 10:00
  • Yoga session: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Afternoon conversational Spanish class: 15:00 - 17:00
  • Salsa class: 17:30 - 19:00

What you will do

You will develop your Spanish skills to speak and express yourself with the locals through the daily 4 hours of Spanish, which you can practice during the organized excursions to downtown Cali and local markets accompanied by your Spanish teacher. Here, you are going to practice Spanish by buying the tropical and exotic fruits and vegetables that are typical of the region, as well as handcrafts in the famous Loma de la Cruz handcraft market.

On Mondays, you will get to participate on a salsa, bougaloo, and chachacha class with the locals at the famous salsa dancing clubs.

Furthermore, Cali is known in the world as the capital of salsa, so you will get the opportunity of learning salsa in the one hour and a half daily classes and practice your learned skills in the emblematic clubs of Cali (optional, included in the price).

In addition, if you choose, you can accompany this amazing experience through the development of inner tools through the Integral yoga lessons that focus on the balance of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects through a comfortable and inclusive approach to asanas, meditation and breathing techniques, insightful movement, and energy management techniques.

Cali is recognized because of the 7 rivers that cross the region. The property is very close to one of them which is the Pance River, this one is located in the Cali's Farallones National Park where you can bird watch, explore the woods and waterfalls. At the end of the retreat, if you wish to continue with your learnings, IKYU will provide you with the contact information of a specialized guide that will take you to live and share with the Misak indigenous community of Silvia - Cauca, Colombia.

Sample program

During this retreat, you will have one group class of Spanish every day, as well as a discussion group class where you can learn how to express your ideas and opinions in Spanish. Every morning, at 10:30 a.m., you can join a yoga session and, at the end of the day, you will have a salsa class to release and enjoy.

The retreat includes city tours to Cali in order to practice Spanish while you shop and exchange with locals, as well as nights out to typical salsa dancing clubs to test the skills you've acquired in the Salsa classes. It takes minimum 10 people to do the retreat.

The levels of Spanish are organized into modules. For example, the first language level proposed is A1.1 (Complete beginners). After you have finished the course, you’ll receive a language certificate that will verify that you attended 60 hours of Spanish classes. This is not a valid language diploma.

Content Spanish lessons level A1.1 (beginners)

  • ¿Quién eres tú? / Who are you?
  • Presentation of oneself, personal information
  • Verbs: ser, estar, llamarse, vivir en presente del indicativo (introduction to the origin of the Spanish language)
  • Interrogation: ¿cuál?, ¿cómo?, ¿dónde?, ¿quién?
  • Pronouns: yo, tú, usted (vos) de acuerdo con la situación (formal or informal)
  • Numbers (1-1000) / Alphabet
  • Families around the world - Colombian families / Cali’s families
  • Adjectives
  • Indigenous and rural families
  • My family - Communities (cities and villages)
  • Daily activities (city and rural fields)
  • Verbs: ir, necesitar, querer, preferir en presente del indicativo
  • Shopping in the city
  • My city - My town
  • Colombian gastronomy - Typical dishes from Cauca
  • Ask for food in a restaurant or local shop
  • Express my favorite dish
  • Verbs: gustar, encantar, etc.

Included excursions

  • Excursions to local market to practice the acquired Spanish skills and taste the variety of tropical fruits and vegetables
  • Excursion to Cali's downtown to learn about Cali's lifestyle and history
  • Excursion to traditional salsa night clubs to practice the salsa learnings and to exchange with the locals

Instructors

Simon Roa

Lina del Mar Marín

Retreat location

This retreat will take place at Ishka Center, a well-being center 50 minutes from Cali's downtown. Surrounded by nature, you will have acces to classrooms with a white board and video beam. The center is located near Pance river and the Farallones Natural Park, where you can find more than 600 bird species and many differente plants and flowers. The location offers the possibility of participating in the Inipi Ceremony held sundays.

Food

During your retreat, you will have access to two kitchens and fridges to store your food and prepare your meals. You can also go to the different restaurants nearby or order through the food delivery services.

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

Things to do (optional)

After the program, IKYU will give you the option of continuing your learnings at an additional price, through intercultural work, where you can discover territories and rural as well as indigenous communities. With them, you can practice what you have learned, but before all, there is a possibility to know the different processes that are going forwards in matters of peace and spiritual harmony.

That is why the route that is planned is directed towards giving you experiences such as getting to know the process of the coffee that is labeled as one of the best in the world, especially the coffee that is produced in Cauca department, that has the distinction by the Coffee grower’s federation of being origin kind for its taste and flavor.

During the tour, you will also share with the Misak and their different spiritual and peace-building processes. In the route, you will go through some municipalities and landscapes that you can watch and know a little, as it is the case of the city of Popayan (Cauca’s capital), you will cross moors between others.

Afterward, you will get to an archeological place named San Agustín and its wonderful landscapes, you will follow the route to the Tatacoa desert where the tour ends and you will go back to the place where we started, it is approximately 12 days of adventure and learning.

This kind of proposal intends to present the country and its magical territories in a different way, but before all that, you can give to the communities that you are going to visit an acknowledgment for their work and organization.

For the tour, you need to have an adventurous spirit, to enjoy the open-air fields, walking, to let yourself be surprised by the wonderful landscapes that you can appreciate and that are willing to give you a spiritual and peace learning.

What's included

  • 15 Integral yoga session
  • 30 hours of Spanish group classes
  • 10 hours Spanish discussion group sessions
  • 16 hours of salsa lessons
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • City tour to Cali's downtown (4 hours)
  • City tour to typical market (4 hours)
  • Entrance to typical salsa dancing club
  • Transportation during the excursions and nights out
  • Language certificate verifying 60 hours of Spanish level A1

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Food during the complete course
  • Transport from and to the airport
  • Hygiene products
  • Washing machine service

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO). From the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO), you can take a shuttle to Cali's bus terminal for 2 USD and then take a taxi to Ishka Center for a minimal charge of 10 USD. You may also take a taxi from the airport directly to Ishka Center, which costs around 25 USD. In order to arrive to the property, you have to take the Via Cali - Jamundí Highway in direction to Jamundí; the property is located at 500 meters from the Antonio Jose Camacho University and behind the Mazorca Tierna restaurant. Once you book the retreat, we will send you an email with a map and further information.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 15 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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