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15 Days YES.Academy Yoga Retreat with Español and Salsa at IKY Ashram in Cali, Colombia

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

Spanish, Salsa, and Yoga Retreat in Cali, 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 with 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 at IKY Ashram, where you will learn and develop skills of well-being.

Highlights

  • 30-hours Spanish group class
  • 16-hour of salsa dancing sessions
  • 15-hours of conversational Spanish group sessions
  • Daily Yoga sessions: Hatha yoga, Mantrams, Vraja yoga, meditation, breathing techniques
  • Suitable for any level of Spanish you have, from Absolutely beginners to advanced speakers
  • City tours to Cali's downtown and local markets
  • Nights out to typical salsa dancing clubs
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


11 days with instruction in Spanish
The organizer also speaks: English
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. During your stay, you will get to experience the life of and Ashram while you learn Spanish. You also have the possibility of practicing and integrating your learnings through the optional salsa courses in the property.

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 methodology. You can decide to participate in any of our activities such as Mantras, Pranayama, Ishka Kankueb Yoga (Hatha Yoga), meditation techniques, breathing techniques, Vraja Yoga (the Yoga of movement) and Yoga Nidra.

With the salsa course, 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.

It is ten 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:

  • Mantras and Pranayamas: 6:30 am - 7:00 am (optional)
  • Ishka Kankueb Yoga: 7:00 am - 9:00 am (optional)
  • Morning Spanish class: 10:00 am - 12:00
  • Lunchtime and rest: 12:00m - 2:30 pm
  • Afternoon conversational Spanish class: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Breathing techniques: 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm (optional)
  • Vraja Yoga (Yoga of movement): 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm (optional)
  • Salsa class: 5:30 - 19:00

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 organized excursions to downtown Cali and local markets accompanied by your Spanish teacher, where 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 the one hour and a half daily classes and practice your learned skills in the typical 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. You can arrange your schedule by choosing the activities you want from what we offer at the Ashram.

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.

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.

The retreat includes city tours to Cali 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. We reserve our right to cancel the retreat/program for any reason.

Our methodology is suitable for all levels. You will improve your skills.

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 and handicraft market 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

Retreat location

This retreat will take place at IKY Ashram, 50 minutes from Cali's downtown. Surrounded by nature, you will have access to classrooms with a whiteboard and video beam. The ashram location is near the Pance river and the Farallones Natural Park, where you can find more than 600 bird species and many different plants and flowers. We offer the possibility of participating in the Inipi Ceremony held on Sundays.

Please, take into account that, since this location is an Ashram, you must behave accordingly to that. You will receive detailed information on the matter by mail once you book the retreat.

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 different restaurants nearby or order through the food delivery services.

They have a special arrangement with the restaurant in front of the Ashram for students. It is crucial to understand that it is only an arrangement, the Ashram doesn't benefit from the price of the menus, and it is not responsible for the food. Different Menus offered by the Mazorca Tierna Restaurant for 22.000 COP per day.

Breakfast

  • Option 1: Arepa de Choclo (sweet corn arepa) with Colombian cheese or soy mozzarella cheese. Choose between chocolate, coffee, tea, or herbal infusion.
  • Option 2: Eggs as your preference, white corn arepa or rice. Choose between chocolate, coffee, tea, or herbal infusion.
  • Option 3: Fruit salad. Choose between chocolate, coffee, tea, herbal infusion.

Lunch and dinner

  • Option 1: Soup of the day, white rice, salad, avocado, lentils protein in passion fruit sauce
  • Option 2: Spinach cream, white rice, salad, avocado, chickpeas protein in mushroom sauce
  • Option 3: Carrot cream, white rice, salad, avocado, green pea in the bittersweet sauce

No animal protein included. Available for an additional price. You must let IKYU know if you are planning to take this option in advance to arrange the portions with the restaurant. This option is only valid if you decide to take the complete package during your stay, which is to say a minimum of 10 days.

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

  • Daily Yoga activities: Daily yoga sessions: Ishka Kankueb yoga (Hatha yoga), Mantrams, Vraja yoga (movement yoga), pranayamas, meditation, Breathing techniques
  • 30 hours of Spanish group classes
  • 15 hours of 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

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Meal plans or any food during the complete course
  • Transport from and to the airport
  • Hygiene products
  • Washing machine service

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 (USD $2 per person) and then take an inter-municipal bus to Jamundí (USD $1 per person). Please ask the driver's assistant to stop in the restaurant named La Marzorca Tierna.

Arrival by taxi

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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