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7 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Colombia

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

Overview

Yoga Meditation Retreat Colombia

Come and journey yourself in this yoga and meditation retreat. Meditation, in particular, provides the inspiration to relate to the spaciousness of life. To begin with, this comes from working with your thoughts. In your meditation practice, you might find that thoughts are constantly rushing through your mind. If you see them as purely thoughts rather than focusing on the subject of your thinking, then there is more space. Discover a deeper meaning through this retreat.

Highlights

  • Daily Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga classes
  • Group and personalized meditation practices
  • Time to relax and explore the marvelous surroundings
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily Ayurvedic meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

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

Daily schedule

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Yoga and meditation
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Karma Yoga, meditation, study
  • 18:00 Dinner preparation and dinner

Yoga

You will feel at every moment that the body and breath are the first step in this union. In a profound sense yoga, it is to experience your loving and luminous essence and it can start giving you a smile.

You will begin with a short meditation to integrate body - mind, then continue with the practice of asanas, and finish with a relaxation (five to ten minutes).

For the beginners, the basic positions of alignment with your details are taught through deep breathing and learning to feel each moment.

For the intermediate, with emphasis on mindfulness, group learns postures that develop flexibility, strength, and concentration are thought during the class.

Alignment yoga, the correct alignment of bones and muscles is done to improve posture habits, prevent disease, discomfort, and improve lifestyle.

Gentle yoga is a class with a slow pace that favors people with some ailment or the elderly. Various asanas and breathing techniques are practiced. It ends with a yoga Nidra relaxation, which gives a deep sleep.

Hatha yoga

It is a part of yoga that focuses on the physical practices. Here, you unite mind and body through breathing and consciousness while performing the asanas in stable and calm posture. This union consciousness-body brings you to the present, where you can feel the essence of love and light that is in you.

Ahimsa, which means non-violence, is the first principle of yoga, so do each posture respecting the process of your body. Beginners and people with a physical ailment or stiffness will be guided for variations or use props such as blankets, buckets, chairs, or ropes to reach each position in peace.

Hatha flow

You will be flowing with movement. Feeling, breathing, each pose flows into an inner dance of movement and energy to do it consciously awakens the inner power to flow, with the strength, endurance, breathing, and flexibility of body and mind.

Meditation

Through awareness on the breath, you will discover that you can feel every moment and in the full presence, you can begin to see clearly the absence and interconnection with everything around you. You will learn techniques to expand this awareness in everyday life, healing and releasing negative patterns.

You live most of life directing your energy outward, looking for happiness outside, believing that happiness lies in the time that follows, in the future. Meditation is to reach, to find, it's to find God in you, to know who you are, and experiencing your soul is an essence to happiness. In a profound sense, meditation and yoga are union with your being. To create this union, you need to be in the present.

In the words of Swami Vishnu Devananda, meditation is a continuous flow of perception or thought, just like the flow of water in a river. A practice wherein there is a constant observation of the mind, meditation brings awareness, harmony, and natural order into life. It helps you dig deep into your inner self to discover the wisdom and tranquility that lie within.

If you are new to meditation, you can begin to meditate without having practiced Hatha yoga. This varies greatly, as some people connect with meditation, for others, it is much easier to start with Hatha yoga through the body. Both practices are complementary. The last main meal should be three hours before practice, if there is a tendency to dizziness for a long time without eating, you may take one hour and a half before practice one glass of yogurt, almonds, or have slow digestion fruit.

Practice

It is a guided meditation with the basic from Anapanasati Sutra, one of the Buddha's teachings based on full consciousness, inhalation, and exhalation. The practice may have different approaches, such as learning to recognize negative thoughts and be able to transform your reality or to focus on your core feeling of love and light. It is done in sitting with legs crossed meditation position, but if there is any physical discomfort or high anxiety, you'll ponder relaxed position.

When you practice group friendship, in Buddhism, it is called Kaliyama Mitta or spiritual friend. The friendship created is invaluable, as together, you decided to heal and take the path of a conscious life and from the heart. Sometimes, the practice of sharing your experiences, in the beginning, permeates your life. The community of spiritual friends is called sangha, which in the classical sense, it is the community of monks and nuns rely on the path to awakening.

  • 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.

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.

Nearby places

  • José María Córdova International Airport (JMC) - 25 minutes
  • Medellin - 1 hour
Activities
  • Massage
  • Reiki
Services
  • Dining area

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.

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)
(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.

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.

Reiki

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.

  • 3 daily meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily Hatha and gentle yoga sessions
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

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

For information about the booking conditions, please send La Casa de Loto an inquiry.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Sam Earley

    "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."

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  • Review by Miriam Jaramillo from Barranquilla, Colombia

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

    "Mis expectativas fueron alcanzadas mis mayores deseos son regresar."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Swann Franceschi

    "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"

    La Casa de Loto Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Bert Schreuders

    "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..."

    La Casa de Loto Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Antonella

    "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 Bert Schreuders

    "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..."

    La Casa de Loto Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Anto Se from New York, USA

    "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

    "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

    "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 a traveler from Sweden

    "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

    "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

    "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

    "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!"

    Innerlove Meditation Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Sara Bustamante

    "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"

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  • Review by Andrea Vargas

    "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!!"

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  • Review by Sofia Brand

    "Un lugar maravilloso, muchísimas gracias por las enseñanzas, volveré!"

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  • Review by Ana M Ramirez

    "Un espacio muy especial para contemplar y reflexionar! Mil gracias por toda la buena energía!"

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  • Review by Mariana Giraldo Guevara

    "La casa de loto... La mejor alternativa para encontrar lo que estás buscando... Paz, tranquilidad y tu ser espiritual."

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  • Review by July Diaz

    "Sencillamente mágico lugar. Maravillosas personas y deliciosa comida!!! Gracias por todo, volveré"

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  • Review by Elsy Yesenia Ortiz H

    "Es un lugar maravilloso, la energía y conexión con la naturaleza hacen que uno viva una gran experiencia. Todo es muy agradable, la atención de Michael y María es genial, la comida es deliciosa y en general todo allí es mágico! Volveremos pronto, gracias por esta grata experiencia!! Stayed in December 2016"

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  • Review by Elsy Yesenia Ortiz H

    "Es un lugar maravilloso, la energía y conexión con la naturaleza hacen que uno viva una gran experiencia. Todo es muy agradable, la atención de Michael y María es genial, la comida es deliciosa y en general todo allí es mágico! Volveremos pronto, gracias por esta grata experiencia!!"

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  • Review by Angela Nieve Garces

    "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

    "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

    "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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Medellin, Colombia

The La Casa de Loto is a place to stay and recover from addictions, burn out, or other stress. It is a place to heal your body and mind.

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This vacation is available all year round except January, with arrival on Sunday.

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