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15 Day YES.Academy: Mayan Yoga, Spanish Classes, and Salsa Dancing Retreat in Cali, Valle del Cauca

IKY Ashram, Cra. 129 # 25 -181, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Spanish, Salsa, and Yoga Retreat in Cali, Colombia

The YES Academy focuses its learning methodology 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. This program based on three pillars; Mayan yoga, Spanish, and salsa dancing. These three elements enable the maximum potential of the participants to learn, interact, relax, and internalize the whole experience and knowledge.

This retreat takes place in an Ashram. Please note this is not a hostel or resort. Life in an Ashram is quiet and relaxed. They do not provide toiletries, towels, or any other personal use item.


  • 20 hours of Spanish group lessons
  • 15 hours of fantastic Salsa dancing lessons
  • 16-hours of conversational Spanish group sessions
  • City tours to Cali's downtown, local markets, and places of cultural and historical interest
  • Daily yoga sessions with Hatha yoga, Mantrams, Vraja yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques
  • Three nights outs to the world-famous salsa night clubs
  • Full meal plan with an ovolactovegetarian menu
  • 14 nights of accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

11 days with instruction in Spanish
The organizer also speaks: English
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
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  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga studio
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

During this program, you have two options of accommodation: shared dorm and private room. Bathrooms and showers are shared. The participants will have access to a shared kitchen 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.

This retreat takes place in an Ashram. Please note this is not a hostel or resort. Life in an Ashram is quiet and relaxed. They do not provide toiletries, towels, or any other personal use item.


The YES Academy program 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).


The different daily yoga sessions will help you develop personal skills of well-being since it is directed towards balancing the four aspects of the being (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual) through its integral Ishka Kankueb yoga methodology. You can participate in activities such as Mantras, Pranayama, Hatha yoga, meditation techniques, breathing techniques, Vraja yoga (the yoga of movement), and yoga Nidra.

The Spiritual Guide, Chakra Raja Kan, Aj Qij, will lead you through the Mayan Cosmovision lectures, where you will get closer to the Mayan wisdom, learn your Mayan zodiac sign and empower yourself with activation rituals such as TUJ (sweat lodge) and sacred fire ceremony.


Practice your acquired skills in the Spanish language during the excursions to local markets and city tours. During your stay, you will get to experience the life of an Ashram while you learn Spanish.


With the salsa lessons, you will be able to discover the city dancing salsa and bachata in the world-famous Latin clubs, and its already included in the price.


Nearby 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.

Daily schedule

It is ten days of classes from Monday to Friday with special activities on Saturdays and free Sundays. During this time, you will take Spanish classes in the morning, and you will strengthen your morning knowledge in the afternoon.

Weekday schedule (some days may vary)

  • 06:30 - 07:00 Mantras and Pranayamas
  • 07:00 - 09:00 Ishka Kankueb yoga
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Morning Spanish class
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Lunchtime and rest
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Afternoon conversational Spanish class
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Ishka Vraja yoga: the yoga of movement
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Sat Sang (optional)
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Salsa class
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Yoga Nidra (meditation)

What you will do

You will develop your Spanish skills to speak and express yourself with the locals through the daily three and a half hours of Spanish. You can practice during the excursions to Cali's downtown and local markets accompanied by your Spanish teacher. You will buy the tropical and exotic fruits and vegetables that are typical of the region, as well as handcrafts in the famous Loma de la Cruz handicraft market.

On Mondays, you will get to participate in a salsa, boogaloo, 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 one hour and a half daily classes and practice your learned skills in the typical clubs of Cali.

Besides, you will develop essential tools through the Integral yoga lessons that focus on the balance of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects through a relaxed and inclusive approach to asanas, meditation and breathing techniques, insightful movement, and energy management techniques.

Cali is recognized for the seven rivers that cross the region. The Ashram is very close to the Pance River. This one is located in the Cali's Farallones National Park where you can bird watch, explore the woods and waterfalls.

Living in an Ashram

This retreat takes place in an Ashram. Please note this is not a hostel or resort. Living in an Ashram is quiet and relaxed. We do not provide toiletries, towels, or any other personal use item.

Included excursions

  • Three nights out to the world-famous night clubs to learn and practice Salsa and other Latin rhythms including one "Taxi Dancer" experience.
  • Citytour to the Downtown, local markets, and places of cultural and historical interest.

Retreat location

YES.Academy program takes place at IKY Ashram, located at 50 minutes from Cali's downtown. It's surrounded by nature, and you will have access to classrooms with a whiteboard and video beam.

The Ashram is near to the Pance's river and the Farallones Natural Park. There, you can find more than 600 bird species and many different plants and flowers. Please, consider that, as this location is an Ashram, you must behave accordingly. You will receive detailed information on the matter by mail once you book the retreat.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this retreat, you can find a different variety of food according to the Colombian territory.


  • Arepa (corn tortilla), some days eggs, other days cheese
  • 2 kinds of fruits
  • Oats, raisins and cinnamon
  • Natural tea and chocolate
  • Natural juice


  • Some days rice and some days quinoa
  • Vegetable soups and creams
  • Raw salads every day (cabbage, lettuce, tomato, pimentón, celery, cucumber)
  • Grain (lentils, chickpeas, mung bean)
  • Pasta


  • Potatoes salad
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Green and yellow plantain (in different presentations)
  • Rice
  • Vegetable cream
  • Tomato, basilic, cheese
  • Cooked vegetables

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

TUJ Mayan Sweat lodge (2 hours for up to 7 people)

This activity costs COP 200,000, any group lower or equal to 7 people will pay the same price for 2 hours. Additional person costs COP 30,000 each.

Complimentary dancing sessions

To be defined on-premise. Price may vary depending on the number of people and amount of sessions.

What's included

  • 20-hours of Spanish group lessons
  • 15-hours of Salsa dancing lessons
  • 16-hours of conversational Spanish group sessions
  • Daily yoga sessions: Hatha yoga, Mantrams, Vraja yoga, meditation, breathing techniques
  • 14 nights of accommodation in the selected option
  • Three nights outs to the world-famous Salsa night clubs including one taxi dancer experience (it provides an entrance fee, cover)
  • Citytour to Cali’s downtown, local markets, and places of cultural and historical interest
  • Transportation during the excursions and nights out
  • Full ovo-lacto-vegetarian meal plan, except during the excursions, free day, or checkout day

What's not included

  • Personal hygiene products (Shampoo, soap, hygienic towels, toilet paper, toothpaste, wet towels)
  • Meals or snacks during the city tour, free days and check-out day
  • Public transportation, consumption, food, special needs on your days off
  • Any consumption that is given outside the property
  • Flight fares or transport from and to the airport
  • Washing machine service (available for an additional price)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO).

Arrival by bus

From the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport (CLO), you can take a shuttle to Cali's bus terminal (2 USD per person) and then make an inter-municipal bus to Jamundí (1 USD per person). Please ask the driver's assistant to stop in the restaurant named La Marzorca Tierna. The Ashram is located 50 meters behind the restaurant.

Arrival by taxi

You can take a taxi direct to the property for about 10 USD from the bus terminal or about 40 USD from the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Price information

The price of the program in Colombian Pesos (COP) is as follows:

  • Dorm COP 1.490.000 / per person
  • Single Room COP 1.750.000/ per person  
  • Double Room COP 3.150.000 / two person

The amount to be paid on arrival (excluding the deposit) must be done in cash in COP. The exchange rate applied for the deposit will be the one posted at XE website (The World's Trusted Currency Authority) for the day of payment.  

IKYU is following salubrity and biohazard protocols, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). In order to be allowed to the Ashram, you need to have international health insurance and certification that proves you are healthy, issued with less than 5 days prior to the day of arrival. IKYU has reduced the refund policy in order to better accommodate the situation and offer flexibility to potential travelers.

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