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365 Days Meditation Yoga Teacher Training in Colombia

  • La Casa de Loto, El Yarumo #257 La Ceja, Antioquia 055018, Colombia


Long Term Columbia Yoga Teacher Training

Join this yoga and meditation teacher training to heal your mind and body while surrounded by the green beauty of rural Medellin. Michael Kunz and Maria Mercedes will be your friends and guides while you become a yoga teacher and learn gardening and cooking through Karma yoga practices. Embrace the opportunity to deeply get to know yourself and awaken to false perceptions which the materialistic world often creates in you!


  • Daily yoga classes
  • A Reiki alignment treatment
  • Daily guided meditation practices
  • Yoga teacher training certification
  • Gardening and cooking classes
  • Optional Spanish lessons
  • 1 year accommodation
  • Daily Aryuvedic meals

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 10.

  • 365 days with instruction
  • English
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During this training, you will stay in a four-bed shared bedroom at the La Casa de Loto Farm.

During this one-year retreat, you will practice Ayurveda and Karma yoga in a daily basis and guided meditation sessions along with asana and mantra practices. This retreat also offers you time to receive a full Reiki alignment treatment, gardening and cooking classes, and Spanish lessons. At the end of this one-year retreat, you will also be certified as a yoga teacher with continuing education credits.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Breakfast
  • 07:00 House cleaning
  • 08:00 Yoga
  • 10:00 Karma yoga (garden or kitchen work)
  • 12:00 Free time
  • 16:00 Karma yoga (garden or kitchen work)
  • 18:00 Guided meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Open sharing speech
  • 21:00 Meditation and relax
  • Michael Kunz

    Practicing yoga, having Ayurveda treatments, and visiting a Buddhism monastery, also being trained by monks have let Michael reconnect with his true self. His mission now is to share that gift with as many people as possible. You are invited to a journey to come and stay with him to reconnect with your own true self.

  • María Mercedes Lopez

    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.

This training 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.

Nearby places

  • José María Córdova International Airport (JMC) - 25 minutes
  • Medellin - 1 hour
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking nearby
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Dining area

During this training, 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

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

During your free time, you are welcome to play, study, or work at the La Casa de Loto Farm.

During this retreat, one Reiki session per week is included. There are few optional therapies available at additional charge.

Ayurvedic massage

Pause, feel the sacred spots in the body, experience the loving touch of the healing force of the universe and take a step closer to your center. The massage is considered the oldest healing technique in Ayurvedic medicine.

The marmaterapia is a combination massage with acupressure of marma points or vital energy, clearing congestion areas in the physical, emotional, mental, and energetic level. This allows harmonization of the prana flow in the body and thus experience harmonics comprehensive health states. The duration of the massage is one hour and 30 minutes. The price of the session is the following: 90,000 COP for a first time session, 85,000 COP for a frequent session, 160,000 COP for two massages, 234,000 COP for three massages, 304,000 COP for four massages, and 370,000 COP for five massages.


The therapist channels the energy of love and wisdom to the universe for her start of therapy (approximately 10 minutes). This is based on current or patient experiences. In Reiki, soft hand contact and only subtle body contact (a few centimeters above the torso) are used. Reiki therapy can be supplemented with other healing techniques and meditation to help this reunion with your essence.

You are an apprentice to life, and in a way through it life often misses you, you forget who you are: love, wisdom, and innocence. Diseases or manifestation of imbalance occur because you lose the connection with your basic essence, according to your belief, it is the presence of God in you, the unlimited potential in oneself. The duration of the Reiki treatment is one hour and 30 minutes. The price of the session is the following: 65,000 COP for first time session, 50,000 COP for Reiki session.

Other treatments

Other available treatments are chiropractic, muscle energy techniques, lymphatic drainage, auto massage therapy, and seniors, customized massage. Preserve health and reduce disease, it can work in conjunction with traditional therapies and alternative medicine and is in itself a healthy and pleasurable activity. It helps reduces physical and physiological problems, relieve discomfort during pregnancy and postpartum, emotional support, and sports therapies.

With some chiropractic, they unblock the bony part of your body therefore achieving the energy flow, eliminating chronic pain and sciatica and pinched nerves. Then they work the muscles to restore the body's' flexibility, strengthen, and remove tensions and contractions and finally a lymphatic drainage is done to cleanse the body from toxic substances, water, or accumulated fat, helping to activate blood circulation and activating the lymphatic system manager to generate your natural body defense.

It is recommended to leave an hour after meal before attending this therapy. You should bring underwear or bikini that you won't mind to stain, since oils are used. It Is advisable to go to the bathroom before the session, and please note that all massages work within a process, to notice the long-term benefit, it is necessary to continue the treatment.

The duration of every treatment is one hour and a half and the prices are: 90,000 COP for a first time session, 85,000 COP for a frequent session, 160,000 COP for two massages, 234,000 COP for three massages, 304,000 COP for four massages, and 370,000 COP for five massages.

  • 1 daily yoga class
  • 1 daily guided meditation
  • 2 daily Karma yoga practices
  • 3 daily organic Ayurvedic meals
  • 364 nights accommodation
  • A full Reiki alignment treatment
  • Gardening and cooking classes
  • Spanish lessons
  • Yoga teacher training certificate upon completion
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at José María Córdova International Airport (JMC).

  • Review by Anto Se from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Even the fact that I wanted to stay longer but I couldn't, my short time here was amazing! The healthy food you are gonna eat is prepared with a lot of love and passion. You can deeply connect to nature, is perfect for yoga, meditation, reading and know the hostesses, who are very very nice! Thank you so much, Mike, María, Samy and Mila. I hope I can come back soon for more days! "

    La Casa de Loto Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Sam Earley
    10 out of 10

    "Michaels yoga retreat was a great experience, I learned a lot about the benefits of yoga and meditation and techniques to improve my ability to practice this wonderful expression of spirituality. Michael has a wealth of knowledge in this area and guides you through it with calm and patience. Try it out for yourselves. You won't regret it."

    The Yoga Meditation & Ayurveda Temple Medellin website, edited

  • Review by Emanuelle Caporrella
    10 out of 10

    "I first met Pema or Michael two years ago. As I grew up in Italy (macho land), he first seemed to be a crazy guy to me with all his meditation and yoga. But seeing him basically serene and happy all of the time, I thought I have to try whatever he is doing. Since then, I have taken three retreats with him and it is incredible how my life has changed. I have learned so much through the practices - to simply let life flow and not taking things too personally. I have gained lots of mental and physical strength and a confidence which now allows me to lead the life I always wanted. Michael and all the rest of the Sati team are amazing beings and I highly recommend his classes and retreats. Hasta pronto."

    The Yoga Meditation & Ayurveda Temple Medellin website, edited

  • Review by Sam Earley
    10 out of 10

    "In a few words, it was great. Everything I had expected and more, what an experience. Michael is a very calm and friendly character with a wealth of knowledge to help you along your spiritual journey. Will definitely book again." website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "I did a seven-day course with Michael and it was great! He is a great teacher and we became good friends."

    Innerlove Meditation Facebook fan page, edited

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Searching the web for retreats in Medellin lead me to Michael's yoga retreat. At that time, I was seeking a structured and peaceful environment that offered yoga, meditation, and a wholesome space to escape a frenetic hostel lifestyle and alleviate myself from intense anxiety and the self-destructive decisions I was making. Upon arriving at the Ayurveda temple, I was surprised to find that the yoga retreat would not take place in the mountains of Medellin, but rather in a large apartment. My initial disappointment very quickly past when Michael greeted me at the door with a presence of absolute tranquility and warmth. I immediately was overcome with the confidence that the peaceful being before me would be integral in my healing and soulful development."

    "Michael's program offered a structure perfectly suited to my needs. He led me on two guided meditations daily, provided the opportunity to practice yoga every day at a nearby studio, access to a wonderful Ayurvedic healer, as well as Reiki, meditation, and massage practitioners of various backgrounds and experience. Michael went above and beyond the expectations of a retreat facilitator. Over the course of the month, Michael and I grew close and developed a wonderful relationship. He counseled me and helped me immensely with personal issues, offering advice and suggestions in a respectful manner. His openness and authenticity helped me to share with him and allowed the relationship to develop into a friendship."

    "I immensely enjoyed cooking with Michael, dining out occasionally, taking nature walks, going on day trips, and meeting his close circle of friends. I found the yoga retreat to be very flexible and tailored to suit my needs. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have met Michael, who served as a healer and role model. I learned so much, more so from observation and reflection as opposed to Michael instructing me in a teacher-like manner. He introduced me to some amazing people who all inspired me with their selflessness and desire to help others. I am so appreciative to these individuals who were all integral in helping me to return to a positive space and cultivate beneficial lifestyle choices."

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  • Review by Reina Busch
    10 out of 10

    "I am sure that Michael is a Buddha. He has got great views and also is a very nice teacher. Please don't decide to become a monk. We need people like you outside of monasteries!"

    Innerlove Meditation Facebook fan page, edited

  • Review by Ella
    10 out of 10

    "Staying with Michael is one of the best things I have ever done! I booked for two weeks and ended up staying for five. Michael has put together the perfect combination of daily meditation, yoga, and medical check ups. The yoga center is full of friendly and experienced teachers, and the Ayurvedic doctor is knowledgable and caring. Michael teaches new ways to meditate based on Tibetan Buddhism and provides a very compassionate and calm space for meditation."

    "My time in Medellin gave me space to return to my center, and focus on my mental and physical health. It is all encompassing! I learnt so much about Buddhism and taking care of myself. I am so grateful for the experience. Thanks again, Michael. If you are looking for a space to re-center, this is it!"

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  • Review by Angela Nieve Garces
    10 out of 10

    "De las mejores experiencias de mi vida, espero regresar, la atención de Michael, es excelente y la clase de yoga, Maria es muy amable, es un lugar hermoso lo recomiendo 100% a los que quieran un encuentro con sigo mismos."

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  • Review by Josh Caposh from Medellin, Colombia
    10 out of 10

    "La casa del loto es un lugar espectacular, yo sentí una energía muy positiva. El agua la tierra y estas plantas hermosas te dan toda la tranquilidad y la fuerza para meditar y recargar tu energía interior. Mike y Maria y Sami son mis amigos los quiero mucho y los agradezco por recibirme a mi y a mi hijo Elio. Y mike es también un excelente profesor de Yoga y de meditación! Volveremos pronto. Gracias!"

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  • Review by Cristian Muñoz
    10 out of 10

    "En verdad es un paraiso. Para meditar y estar en contacto con la naturaleza. Y la buena atencion se Michael y Maria. Dios los guarde. Pase fabuloso."

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  • Review by Miriam Jaramillo from Barranquilla, Colombia
    10 out of 10

    "Fue una experiencia maravillosa, tanto el lugar como Las prácticas fueron perfectas. "

    "Mis expectativas fueron alcanzadas mis mayores deseos son regresar." website, edited

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