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La Casa de Loto, in the magical Colombian mountains near Medellin, is a silent mindfulness meditation and yoga retreat center founded by Karma Pema Tsering, a Buddhist meditation and Hatha yoga teacher. Here, they apply mindfulness in all daily activities training to be present while eating, practicing sitting, and walking meditation, yoga, listening in the daily questions and answers and discussion groups, or simply enjoying a cup of tea together.
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During this retreat, you will stay in a three-bed shared bedroom at the La Casa de Loto Farm.
They offer you a home away from home and a beautiful, nourishing, simple environment in which to cultivate a peaceful awakened mind. As Pema puts it “You can´t stop the waves of life, but you can learn to surf.” All practitioners are also happily invited to participate practicing Karma yoga during their stay, whether by helping to prepare meals, cleaning dishes, working in the gardens, or taking care of their animals.
They are open all year round to guests of all race, color, religions, and countries who want to embark or deepen on a journey to their inside. “Life has a meaning and it hasn´t. It depends on who you are. If you really live your life, then life has a meaning. Everybody has a life, but not all of them live. Everybody has the right to be happy, but we have to exercise this right.” - Tibetan Lama and Doctor Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche
By paying close attention to the anatomical details and the alignment of each posture, Iyengar yoga is the practice of precision. The poses are held for long periods of time and often modified with props. This method is designed to systematically cultivate strength, flexibility, stability, and awareness, and can be therapeutic for specific conditions. B.K.S. Iyengar founded Iyengar yoga and it can be practiced by all.
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.
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.
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, Pema Chódrón, Lama Dechen Losang Chöma Rinpoche, Losang Sherab Sherpa, Lama Tarchin, Losang Dawa, and his Yoga teachers Maria Mercedes Lopez and Carlos Echeverri. When opening up La Casa de Loto Pema made his dream come true to create a non-religious Meditation and Yoga retreat centre in Colombia open to everyone. A place beyond all right and wrongdoing to embark on a journey to your inside.
This retreat will take place at the La Casa de Loto Farm Coming from Medellín you have 3 options:
During this retreat, you will be served three daily locally sourced, delicious meals. The food will be Aryuvedic and organic with a fish or chicken option once per day.
There are few optional therapies available at additional charge.
Ayurvedic massages for 160.000 COP and Reikis 85.000 COP.
Ayurvedic massage is a key part of 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; 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 knowledge of oils and bodywork techniques has resulted in a profound art for balancing the body and mind through the medium of oil massage. Its calm approach means that recipients are not only induced into a relaxed state during the massage, they also often report an improvement in their sleep patterns and 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. With Carlos we have a great Ayurveda Therapist visiting once a week, who studied this massage techniques in India and Barcelona and practices since many years.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we 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 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 body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.
Please book your flights to arrive at José María Córdova International Airport (JMC). Airport transfers is 70.000 COP (24 USD).
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