Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in 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 meditations, Tibetan yoga, and a way how to integrate meditation into your life so you can become more loving, conscious, relaxed, and prevent many disease like Alzheimer's, Parkinson, depression, and insomnia.
Airport transfer available:
Jose Maria Cí³rdova International Airport (US$24 per person)
During this retreat, you will be staying in a beautiful space in nature, away from society and healthy vegetarian meals. For accommodation, you 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 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.”
Tibetan or Hatha yoga is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which helps 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 on 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 practicing for ten years.
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.
This retreat will take place at the La Casa de Loto Farm, in the magical Colombian mountains near Medellin, just an hour outside of Medellin City. The home is located in a beautiful, nourishing, simple environment in which you can cultivate a peaceful awakened mind.
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.
During your free time, you are welcome to play, study, or work at the La Casa de Loto Farm.
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.
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 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.
Coming from Medellín you have three options:
A driver can pick you up from the terminal in Medellín. The cost is 100,000 COP (approximately 34 USD).
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).
You can take a bus to the La Union and ask the bus driver to stop at Parcelación La Pastora. From the entry, it is a 15-minute walk to La Casa de Loto.
You can also take a bus to La Ceja and take a cab from the terminal to La Casa de Loto.
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