Silent Meditation and Yoga Retreat Colombia

La Casa de Loto is a mindfulness meditation and yoga retreat center high up in the magical Colombian mountains near Medellin, founded by Pema Tsering. They teach you and practice samatha, analytical meditation, Tibetan yoga, and a way how to integrate meditation into your life so you can become more loving, conscious, relaxed, and prevent many diseases like Alzheimer, Parkinson, depression, and insomnia.

Retreat highlights

  • 5 weekly yoga classes
  • Practice of Noble Silence
  • Daily analytical meditation
  • Walking and silent meditations
  • Relaxing Ayurvedic massages and Reikis
  • Daily organic vegetarian meals
  • Question and answers rounds
  • 13 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 9

Airport transfer available:
Jose Maria Cí³rdova International Airport (US$24 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Wireless internet

During this retreat, you will stay in a beautiful space in nature away from society and healthy vegetarian meals. For accommodation, you will have a cabin with two private rooms and a dorm. The two private rooms share one bathroom. The dorm is shared with five other retreaters and has two bathrooms.

La Casa de Loto Colombia Yoga Retreat Program

La Casa de Loto offers you a home away from home, and a beautiful, nourishing simple environment in which to cultivate a peaceful awakened mind. The center is open all year round to guests of all race, color, religions, and countries who want to embark or deepen on a journey to the inside.

They have programs of one week, one month, and three months starting each Sunday. Included are retreat guidance, all classes, organic vegetarian food, and accommodation. Apart, you can book ayurvedic massages and reikis. "Every now and then we need a break from society and come back to rest in our inner temple to rediscover the true magic of life.”

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Silent meditation
  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Walking meditation
  • 09:00 Guided yoga
  • 11:00 Silent meditation
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Walking meditation
  • 15:00 Guided analytical meditation and questions and answers
  • 16:00 Teatime
  • 18:00 Silent meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 22:00 Lights off

Tibetan and Hatha yoga

Tibetan or Hatha yoga is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing us for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.

At La Casa de Loto, we focus a lot on the breath, trying to create a flow of energy during the classes to help release mental and physical blockages. Yoga here is about the spiritual side of it more than the physical one. It is instructed mostly by Mauricio. He teaches yoga for over 20 years now and lived on solitary mountain retreat dedicated to practice for ten years.

Noble Silence

You will allow silence and the calmness to penetrate your flesh and bones. You will allow the energy of mindfulness to penetrate your body and mind. You will walk, meditate, read, write, study, or do anything else that pleases you, in silence.

All will be done with pure awareness of just this one task. You will breathe deeply and enjoy the stillness and the freshness. You will stay alone outside with the trees, the river, the lake, and the animals, go for walks, or use the rooms to relax. It is needed that everyone participates in this practice for it to be deep and joyful.

Single pointed Lamrim meditations

The lamrim or the “graduated path” is a presentation of Shakyamuni Buddha’s teachings that details the stages in the complete path to enlightenment. In the single-pointed Lamrim meditation, you will focus your mind on one single object at a time and walk through the various stages to liberation. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has recently given new advice suggesting that students follow a lamrim outline and meditate on each subject for two weeks or one month until all subjects have been completed.

Rinpoche advised “The amount of time for meditation is up to the individual, but the general advice is to finish the lamrim in one year”. Depending on the duration of your stay, you will be introduced to one or various meditations and teach you how to continue this beautiful path.

Instructors

Pema Tsering
Pema is a Buddhist Meditation and Iyengar Yoga practitioner and teacher. His root Gurus and most important teachers are His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Lama Dechen Losang Chöma, Losang Sherab Sherpa, and Losang Dawa.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place at the La Casa de Loto Farm at el Yarumo, La Ceja town in Medellin, Colombia. The farm is located in a conservation area, in a peaceful, safe and calmed space surrounded by 13,000 square meters of avocado, lemon, and orange trees and gardens. The center is located in the beautiful Colombian mountains near Medellin.

Nearby places

  • José María Córdova International Airport (JMC) - 25 minutes
  • Medellin - 1 hour

Food

During this retreat, you will be served three daily locally sourced, delicious meals and a snack for teatime. The food will be vegetarian and organic.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

There are a few optional therapies available at additional charge. The Ayurvedic massages are available for 160.000 COP and the Reikis for 85.000 COP.

Ayurvedic massage

The Ayurvedic massage is a key part of the Ayurvedic therapy. Just as a machine needs to be oiled, the body loves to have its largest organ, the skin, soothed, which is the reason oils are used in this massage. Whether the Ayurvedic massage forms part of a more comprehensive Ayurveda programme or is merely undertaken for the sheer pleasure of a deeply relaxing, indulgent body massage.

The Ayurvedic massage is one of ancient India’s best-kept secrets. Over 5,000 years of empirical research has refined Ayurvedic massage into a sublime art and yet it is still unheard of by many. However, combining skilled knowledge of the body with the knowledge of oils and bodywork techniques has resulted in a profound art for balancing the body and the mind through the medium of oil massage.

Its calm approach means that the recipients are not only induced into a relaxed state during the massage but they also often report an improvement in their sleep patterns and a general sense of wellbeing. In an ideal world, Ayurvedic massage would be carried out daily to help keep at bay the effects that everyday stresses and strains can have on our minds and bodies. Carlos, a great Ayurveda therapist, studied these techniques in India and Barcelona and practices for many years.

Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and it is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through you and is what causes you to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then you are more likely to get sick or feel stressed, and if it is high, you are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words, Rei, which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life's force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy". A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including the body, his emotions, the mind, and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and wellbeing.

What's included

  • 5 weekly guided Hatha or Iyengar classes
  • 5 weekly meditation classes
  • 4 days of Noble Silence
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • All meals

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at José María Córdova International Airport (JMC). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The transfers cost around 70.000 COP (approximately 24 USD).

Airport: Jose Maria Cí³rdova International Airport Airport transfer available: Jose Maria Cí³rdova International Airport (US$24 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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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This vacation is available all year round from January to December, with arrival on Sunday.

 

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