La Casa de Loto is a Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Retreat Center to reconnect with yourself and nature.
Karma Pema Tsering (Tibetan: Long Life Lotus), is a Iyengar yoga, and Buddhist meditation practitioner and teacher who was on a spiritual seek since his parents died when he was a kid. His journey led him to study with many Lamas and Yogis around the world, and finally led him to find a peaceful and happy state of mind. His root guru and main teachers are The Karmapa, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, and Thich Nhat Hanh. To share his experiences and help others begin or advance in spiritual practice, he opened up La Casa De Loto.
Maria is a certified yoga teacher of Yandara Institute, Mexico. She lived one year in a Thai Buddhist monastery as a nun and another year in different ashrams in India. With the desire to share the teachings of meditation and yoga as a way of life, Maria established a space called Sati yoga and meditation, which contains a group of highly trained teachers and classes that print style and personality.
from United States, January 2019
"Wonderful place for self-guided meditation"
Amazing food, beautiful venue, great place to retreat and focus on one’s own meditation practice, focus on meditation over yoga, very respectful co-participants,
from Colombia, December 2018
"Peace and tranquility"
I loved my stay at Casa de Loto such a gorgeous farm with a large backyard to stroll around and enjoy the diverse flora and fauna. The 5 continuous days of silence were perfect and exactly what I needed! Pema did a fantastic job guiding us through the week providing us with tools and answers to connect from within and he gave us an amazing Ayengar yoga session!! The Ayurvedic food was absolutely delicious and Marie was always there to look after us - what a gem! I would also highly recommend to try Carlos Ayurvedic massage - gorgeous energy and magic hands!
from Costa Rica, December 2018
"A piece of paradise❤️🙏"
I loved everything! I learned a lot!
from Colombia, November 2018
"All good ! From a 22 year old aussie backpacker "
Pema Is well qualified, he is great at introducing you to meditation and Buddhist philosophy in a very comfortable setting. The retreat is mainly self motivated and there was a bit of lack or direction. I found this aspect positive. You get the most out of it if you actively seek guidance and ask questions.
The yoga was a perfect touch too.
Food was great and setting was amazing which was very conducive to the practice.
I'd recomend this to anyone interested in meditation/spirituality, or those simply just looking to "get away" for a bit.
from United States, November 2018
"A “Real” sublime experience!"
Although the exquisite vegetarian dishes and the attentive yoga sessions were phenomenal however, the discourses and insightful commentary on meditation and counsciousness were most impresionable.
from Cuba, November 2018
"Grounding & Peaceful Experience"
After traveling for a while, La Casa De Loto was the perfect place for me to ground and connect to myself again. The area is so quiet and filled with nature. The accommodation itself was everything I could have asked for: a comfortable bed, good vibes, amazing food and lots of silence. Above all I found the meditation techniques I learned at La Casa De Loto very inspirational. The no-nonsense approach and clear instructions worked really well for me. During my stay we practiced yoga as well as Qi Gong. I left the retreat with a fully recharged battery and a lot of clarity in my mind!
from United States, August 2018
It is a wonderful retreat to find peace and get in touch with yourself. I enjoyed the silent experience which led to meeting some beautiful people in the end. I recommend this retreat for anyone who wants to get in touch with themselves and limit distractions in a beautiful location!
from United States, August 2018
"Excellent 7 days at Casa de Loto"
I recently completed my first silent meditation retreat at Casa de Loto and had a fantastic experience. Pema was welcoming and warm but gave me the space and solitude I needed to get the most out of my week. The farm is absolutely beautiful and the weather in this part of Colombia can't be beat. Maria is a gem and cooks amazing vegetarian, ayurvedic meals. Keep in mind that the meals are light so if you usually eat a heavier diet or regularly eat meat I'd recommend eating light for a week or so before coming to the retreat.
Every day other than Thursday I followed the self-directed schedule on the website that is punctuated by a guided yoga class and a guided meditation. Yoga is taught by Mauricio who studied with a Tibetan master so if you're used to a Hatha or Vinyasa lineage from India (more popular in the US), you're in for a different style (I ended up really enjoying it). Pema leads you in guided meditations that will blow your mind if you open yourself up.
There was no WiFi and I had no cell reception (Verizon) but that turned out to be a blessing. The complete lack of connectivity this retreat provides was exactly what I didn't realize I was looking for.
from Colombia, April 2018
"Best week I have ever taken"
The finca was so tranquil, Pema is an incredible instructor of meditation filled with wisdom and anecdotes with which to understand deep concepts, the food was amazing, and really just the space for your thoughts to settle. I never write reviews but I feel obliged to share how incredible this was and encourage you to just book it - it'll be the best decision you make all year.
from Colombia, January 2018
"Meaningful lessons to incorporate into everyday life"
I am deeply appreciative of this experience and have already started recommending it! This week was a rare opportunity to allow the mind to settle and to learn more about meditation as an analytical process. The silence can be difficult but is absolutely beneficial to delve into deeper levels of consciousness. At the start of the week, we were able to discuss as a group how silent we wanted to be which really created a supportive environment. I am bringing back many lessons to incorporate into my everyday life including disciplined daily meditation, mindful eating, nobel silence (whenever possible!), walking meditations and the important of participating in retreats throughout the year. I look forward to sharing much of this with my community back home (in Mozambique)... and maybe even starting my own retreats!
The added bonus was toward the end of our time together when we were able to finally talk and learn about each other. Among our group was a hypnotist, human rights advocate, and international ballroom dancer! It was amazing to learn more about people I had already felt connected to although we rarely spoke during the entire week!
Thank you Pema for your dedication and commitment!
from Colombia, January 2018
"The perfect retreat"
A mind expanding experience, if you respect it. The ideal place for an introspective journey; 1 step further towards enlightenment. Who do you find when there is only you? The food is fresh and delicious, but served with minimalism mind, as are the accommodations. A different type of “vacation”. Once you shed your ego, and need for what you think you want, the nature and teachings will bring you to a new level of clarity. Pema provides ancient Buddhist techniques in his meditation and beautiful yoga sessions - just the perfect guidance. He also gives extra guidance if you ask, and doesn’t push his beliefs on you. Pema operates the place with pure love and wants to keeps the costs down for those who want to grow with love and respect. This place is a hidden treasure, and should be experienced first hand!
from United States, May 2017
Lovely and relaxing experience
Cecilia Esperanza Garzon Castrillon
from Colombia, January 2019
"UNA EXPERIENCIA ÚNICA Y ENRIQUECEDORA "
Todo me pareció excelente y apropiado para el objetivo propuesto para el viaje, los espacios y en general todo me gusto .
from Panama, October 2018
"Un lugar místico "
El lugar en si, tiene una abundante vegetación y fauna, excelente para encontrar paz en el interior, hay una tranquilidad inmensa, la comida fue muy buena y mi objetivo fue alcanzado. Con seguridad volveré.
Elise Leon Morales
from Dominican Republic, October 2018
"Une expérience qui change la vie "
Cela a été une expérience intense en émotions et mentalement pour moi. Je n’aurais pas pu être introduit à la méditation d’une meilleure manière, l’horaire imposé avait une balance parfaite qui permettait une autonomie dans son exercice de méditation. La séance de yoga du matin prenait aussi tout son sens en rapport avec le reste, Sophie a une manière d’enseigner très douce et complète. Peema était parfait dans son rôle de “guide spirituel”, il est aussi très ouvert à répondre et à parler de sujet différents et surtout de méditation. La nourriture est fabuleuse et fait avec amour. Muchas gracias a Peema y Maria por esta semana, sentí mucho amor y paz a dentro de mi y también alrededor. No solamente es una práctica de una semana pero es una enseñanza que se practica todos los días y toda la vida.
Alejandro San Juan
from Argentina, September 2018
El lugar es magico, super recomebdable!
from France, August 2018
I didn't expected a silent retreat (no talking from Sunday evening to Friday) but it was a great spiritual experience
from Chile, April 2018
junto con el maravilloso lugar y la calidad humana de las personas que nos atendieron todo el tiempo como Maria y Gloria. La sencillez y sabiduria con que Perma me llevo a encontrar muchos sentimientos dentro de mi corazon y encontrar respuestas a muchos cuestionamientos sin lugar a dudas un regalo que dara frutos en un futuro...lleno de amor y gratitud.
from Mexico, April 2018
"Excelente experiencia en la Casa del Lotto"
Practico meditación bajo la Budista en la Ciudad de México y este retiro fue un gran experiencia complementaría para mi práctica.
Mishel, María, Gloria y el querido instructor de Yoga, son seres de Luz que te transmiten amor, compasión y felicidad.
Muchas gracias, seguramente regresaré pronto
from United States, February 2018
"Ein wunderschönes Paradies in den Bergen Nähe Medellin "
Traumhafte Finka, toll geführte Meditationen gut tuendes Yoga, hervorragende Verpflegung und familiäre Hosts vor Ort - ein perfekter Ort um in Stille abzuschalten!
Vielen Dank für die wohltuende Zeit und den interessanten Input
Joanna De Jong
from Netherlands, December 2017
"Helende retraite in een paradijselijke omgeving"
De waarde van meditatie werd me weer helemaal duidelijk door de aandachtige begeleiding en persoonlijke aandacht van Pema. Ook de Iyengar yoga was heel goed, de essentie van de houding.
Een onvergetelijke week, afgesloten met een fantastische Ayurvedische massage van Calalina. Een beter begin van mijn reis door Zuid-Amerika kon ik me niet wensen!
from Chile, December 2017
I had an amazing week at casa the loto. amazing. I did not really know what to expect but I really wanted to live a real learning experience. And thats what I did. That was not an artificial retreat. We really learn how to move our life toward these practice and I believe in what pema teach. I felt a big change and I was only there one week. we really went to the sources. It was pur. Also, the place is a paradise and the food is just delicious. I'm verry very gratefull for that week that is going to help me so much for the rest of my life!
from Iceland, August 2018
"Exceeded my expectations"
I spent four weeks at Casa de Loto and feel I could not have chosen a better retreat. The atmosphere of the place is very tranquil and the people involved are knowledgeable and open. I learned so much from Pema and found endless moments of peace and introspection. My free time there was mostly spent outside reading in the grass, walking around the area, meditating, contemplating. The food was very good and there were always snacks available and tea/coffee, which was lovely. I had a private room which was kept very clean, as well as the whole area. In my opinion going here is ideal for those who are in need of a break or want to dive more into meditation and/or spirituality. I feel that I grew in numerous ways during my time there and have created many new and positive habits. Thank you all at Casa de Loto for this time!
from Colombia, February 2018
"Regarding the weather"
The people at La Casa del Loto were very nice to let me borrow a sweater and warm socks because it was too cold and I brought very light clothes.
from Canada, November 2017
The food was was good and healthy. The property landscape is very well kept. Gloria the cook is very friendly and positive. The guided meditation by Pema following his yoga classes was new each day and very good.
from United States, April 2017
"Perfect yoga and relaxation retreat"
the food, the environment, the yoga and meditation classes, the hosts
from Switzerland, December 2018
This retreat was a very enriching experience for me. We had the whole week in silence, which is very valuable because you can only have such an experience in such a place. It was hard, but it revealed a lot to me and I could learn an incredible amount. The food was fantastic, the "staff" very kind and helpful and the dogs just cute! I would definitely come back! Thank you Pema!
from Switzerland, August 2018
"Great retreat & life-changing experiences"
The retreat place up in the mountains is perfect with everything you need to calm down, including silence (no talks) is just perfect. Friendly dogs and two cats (normally I’m afraid of them but here they are just lovely), great teachings with Pema (in english and spanish) and body-massages like Ayurveda or Chinese, Reiki. And lovely Marie who cooks delicious vegetarian ayurvedic food. Lot of nature around you which makes this place so beautiful. I already miss it and would go everytime again. Thank you Pema for everything.
from Colombia, December 2017
The place is really beautiful, the food is awesome and I learned a lot about Yoga and Meditation. I highly recommend the Aryuveda Massage, Cata is incredible, and also the Reiki with Mercedes. Maria and Gloria are so nice and helpful.
Pema does his best to convey his teaching and has the best intentions. Good luck and lots of light :)
from Colombia, November 2017
"Lugar de desconexion "
Me encanto el lugar, la comida, Danna y Toto y las personas que nos acompañaron en las clases y en el lugar.
Beatriz Builes Silva
from United States, August 2017
En mi largo caminar por la vida buscando mi paz interior finalmente la encontré en este en este maravilloso y milagroso lugar a través de la meditación guiada por mi instructor, mi maestro Michael. Solo tengo palabras de agradecimiento para con El y su equipo de trabajo que hicieron que esta experiencia fuera muy enriquecedora para mi vida interior. Muchas Gracias.
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After spending three weeks at La Casa de Loto, I can say that it was a life changing experience! I really enjoyed being in this peaceful and conscious environment. Following Michael's teaching and guidance helped me a lot to reconnect with myself. Thank you to the whole family for the experience! I wish you all the best!Stayed in January 2017
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I loved every minute of my stay at the Finca. Michael is a great teacher and I loved the healthy food. I saw wonderful birds and enjoyed the company of Samantha and Maria...
Nuestro tiempo en La Casa de Loto fue sencillamente maravilloso! Gracias por la bonita energía, la enseñanzas, el tiempo de yoga y meditación, y por supuesto la deliciosísima comida, q continuaré implementando en mi vida de acuerdo a mi dosha personal, Kapha :) Besos y abrazos a todos esos seres mágicos de La Casa de Loto
Un lugar que me permitió deconectarme para encontrarme...llegue a casa con el corazón llenito!! a María, sami, Michael y los peludos de cuatro patas mil gracias por su acogida!!!! nos hicieron sentir parte de la familia!!! Volveré pronto!!
Un lugar maravilloso, muchísimas gracias por las enseñanzas, volveré!