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8 Days Journey to the Highlands Colombia Yoga Retreat

  • Salento, Quindio, Colombia

Overview

Wellness Getaway and Yoga Retreat in Colombia

Join a wellness retreat in the Colombian highlands that seem to be in a timeless destination. Feel the eco-adventure, a rich Colombian coffee, the cowboy culture, and the magic of the Andean mountains captivate your heart. One of few truly authentic Colombian highland settings, Salento will whisk you away. Immerse in a retreat held against the mountains, while you enjoy some relaxing time and three healthy meals.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice sessions
  • Adventure to hidden hot springs
  • Wellness and yoga experiences for a lifetime
  • Hiking, horse riding, and mountain biking
  • 3 daily locally inspired meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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The hillside villa is nestled a short walk along an old dirt road from the perfect Colombian mountain town of Salento. With stunning views of surrounding hillsides, you will find privacy, spaciousness, and the simple luxury of this well appointed home. The villa will come with daily maid service, a private chef, outdoor and indoor space for yoga, a cozy fire place to warm up to at night (in the rare occasion of a cold evening), and all the other creature comforts you would find in a furnished home.

The retreat subjects you to limitless wellness and yoga experiences to last a lifetime. Join the timeless destination, enjoy the privacy of a luxurious mountainside villa with stunning views of rolling green mountains, and a full time private chef with locally inspired gourmet offerings. All your meals, wellness, eco-adventure, and cultural adventures will be personalized. Daily yoga practices will be customized based on preferences of the group.

Expect to find your flow, a meditative moment, or heart opening posture among beautiful vistas of the welcoming green Colombian Andes. Wake up and revitalize your body, mind, and soul with private yoga instruction followed by customized adventures including epic horse rides across the Andean Cordillera, mountain biking, hiking through the world renowned Cocora National Park home of 200-foot wax palm, and soak in hidden hot springs, reachable by a 30-mile old jeep trail.

Horseback riding

Horseback riding in Salento, Colombia is something all travelers should experience during their visit to our beautiful country. The small town of Salento looks very much like an old western, cowboy town and it’s not uncommon to see people still riding horses to come into town. There are several guides throughout the town that offer horseback rides of various difficulties and lengths.

At some point during a walk around town, there is a very high chance you will be asked if you would like to ride a horse. At La Serrana, you typically work with two guides for the best value and experience. The stunning landscapes surrounding Salento make it a fantastic place for horseback riding. From coffee plantations, to waterfalls, to valleys there are a huge number of things to see and trails to explore.

Hot springs

Quite possibly the most remote and captivating hot springs we have explored, the termales near the town of Santa Rosa de Cabal are set in a highland tropical box canyon at the end of an exciting jeep road. Soak in natural rivers and pools set in an enchanted forest of lush green foliage, as well as luxurious man made spas all fortified with the purest water and minerals.

Mountain biking

Salento is a fantastic location for mountain biking in Colombia. The beautiful, little town is surrounded by lush, green mountains with scenic trails for riding a bike. Mountain biking tours will take you through hills, valleys, rivers, and tremendous vistas along the way. They include the bike, guide, technical support, water, food, and entry to any coffee fincas you may visit. It is also possible during the full moon to take a nighttime ride by moonlight or cycle into the Valle de Cocora.

  • David Bernstein

    David is the founder of Life Force Project. Through travel and experience, he began to feel connected to the life force, which is the universal energy that binds every human, animal, plant, wave, mountain, and cloud. He discovered an inner strength and peace that he had never truly known. He opened his heart to the many lessons of the universe. He listened to the life force, and the world became a magical place full of possibility. It became a world that gives you exactly what you need, when you need it, a world that is always conspiring to support you.

  • Ryan Jaqua

    Ryan is a certified personal trainer and yoga teacher by trade. His abilities stretch across the bandwidth of wellness to cooking, nutrition, life coaching, meditation, and art/music. Through his own example he seeks to foster a greater understanding of the necessity of balanced living and contentment in his students and clients. He seeks to bring to his students the most realized parts of his own yoga practice and life experience. With his roots in Anusara yoga, he has sought out dynamic teachings and practitioners

  • Sydney Doolittle

    Certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Sydney has worked in various gyms over the years and has taught fitness and yoga classes on a yacht in the Mediterranean. She has experience training athletes of all ages and abilities and focuses on strength, conditioning, flexibility, and holistic nutrition education. She has been an avid yoga practitioner since she was a young girl. Her father owns and teaches at Rising Sun Yoga, a renowned yoga studio in Buffalo. As a former gymnast turned coach, she shares her love of yoga by teaching others.

Salento

Set amid gorgeous green mountains 24 kilometers northeast of Armenia, this small town survives on coffee production, trout farming and tourists, who are drawn by its quaint streets, typical paisa architecture and its proximity to the spectacular Valle de Cocora. Founded in 1850, and it is one of the oldest towns in Quindío. The main drag is Calle Real (Carrera 6), which is full of artesanías (local craft stalls) and restaurants.

At the end of the street are stairs leading up to Alto de la Cruz, a hill topped with a cross. From here you'll see the verdant Valle de Cocora and the mountains that surround it. If the skies are clear (usually only early in the morning), you can spot the snow capped tops of the volcanoes on the horizon.

Valle de Cocora

The retreat will take place in the beautiful Valle de Cocora, in a country full of beautiful landscapes. Cocora is one of the most striking ones as it stretches east of Salento into the lower reaches of the Los Nevados ountains and national park, with a broad green valley framed by sharp peaks. Everywhere you will see palma de cera (wax palm), the largest palm in the world (up to 60 meters tall). It is Colombia's national tree. Set amid the misty green hills, they are breathtaking to behold.

Cocora was the name of a Quimbayan princess, daughter of the local chief Acaime, and means star of water. The valley is part of the Los Nevados National Natural Park, incorporated into the existing national park by the Colombian government in 1985.

Activities
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Hot spring
  • Mountain biking
General
  • Garden
  • Fireplace
  • Yoga deck

Three daily locally inspired meals are provided daily, prepared by the private chef. You are what you eat is not just a popular slogan for Life Force Project. It is important to eat a balanced, nutritious, delicious, and locally inspired food. The food is one of the primary ways in which you revitalize your mind, body, and soul, and enjoy all the exciting activities taking place throughout out the day.

The private chef will be integrating a nutritionally balanced, organic, and local ingredients with the delicious flare of the region. Expect hand squeezed juices made from Colombian tropical fruits you most likely have never heard of, all with detoxifying and vitalizing qualities, local meat, and fish dishes, Colombian specialties made with a nutritious twist, and of course the best coffee in the world.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • 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)

Coffee plantation tours

There are several fincas in the area that offer coffee tours. Don Elias is a small family-run organic plantation where you will be shown around the farm by Don Elias himself, who will explain and demonstrate the process of growing and roasting coffee. At the end of the tour, you will be invited to taste a cup of their delicious freshly roasted coffee.

  • 3 daily locally inspired meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • Adventure to hidden hot springs
  • Daily yoga practice
  • Hiking, horse riding, and mountain biking excursion

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at El Edén International Airport (AXM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Life Force Project will pick you up from the airport.

  • Review by Maggie
    10 out of 10

    "I truly feel so grateful that everything lined up for me to go! It was such a unique experience that could never be recreated again. I loved the location, the food, and having such experienced and knowledgeable teachers (both John and Sarah). The packets of information were a great aid to the learning and getting an aloe plant to work with definitely heightened the experience. Overall, I came back with a stronger connection to nature, myself, and the community around me. I definitely felt like I was on a higher vibration. Oh, and I love the air plant necklace."

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  • Review by Joy
    10 out of 10

    "The entire weekend was inspiring and insightful. The retreat house was magnificent with beautiful views of the water, and a great layout to allow for group intimacy and separateness[ if desired].Jon was a compelling teacher who invited the group to embrace difficult concepts which he made accessible and understandable. He was always available for individual discussions if questions arose. I appreciated his passion and the depth of knowledge about the subject. The food was beautifully prepared and delicious. Paige, went out of her way to respond to each individual 's dietary needs and incorporate them into her menu. The attention to detail in that regard was extraordinary. The paddle boarding and kayaking made for a welcome break, and allowed members a great opportunity to metabolize the complex concepts they were integrating.The weekend flowed beautifully. It was restorative and uplifting."

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  • Review by Gladdie Funke
    10 out of 10

    "Purpose elevates everything we do, makes it a more meaningful place to live. Thank you for uniting us to meditate, activate and create."

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  • Review by Marty Herzog
    10 out of 10

    "I knew David when he was in his corporate role, when he was known as the bulldog. His persistence and go get ‘em attitude served him to lead a successful real estate career. He was the guy you wanted to have a cigar and a scotch with after a long day’s work. I also had the pleasure of traveling with him through Colombia after he decided to break away from the daily grind to embark on his transformational journey. Not only was David an amazing, highly competent and engaging host, but the perseverance I saw behind the office desk transformed seamlessly into a truly inspirational soul searching guide. He’s still the guy I would like to have a cigar and a scotch with - right after a nice long yoga or meditation session."

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  • Review by Halli McQuillan
    10 out of 10

    "During his stay with us at the Peace Retreat, David was always enthusiastic and engaging. He was both serious about his yoga practice yet light-hearted and fun to be around. I look forward to working with David again in the near future."

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  • Review by Robert Wood
    10 out of 10

    "I began working with David as a healer and mentor. Over the years I have seen David’s unshakable commitment to working on healing himself and mastering the techniques that would serve him in passing his passion and his skills onto others. David has always been willing to dig deep within himself to get to ever greater levels of self-realization. What has emerged is an authentic, grounded and wholly compassionate individual with a true love of his life and his work and the skills and techniques to guide others through their own transformational journeys. Now I have the pleasure of working side by side with David to help him turn his dream and his work into a reality."

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  • Review by Trevor Traynor
    10 out of 10

    "Kudos David! The Ranch in Carbondale is beautiful, calming, and an amazing place to open your heart and feel alive. From meditative hikes to group workshops, organic and local foods to soaking in the Jacuzzi under the stars the retreat left me feeling rejuvenated, aware, and with a higher understanding on bringing my aspirations and goals to fruition. David is a great soul and the Life Force Project will certainly bring you one step closer towards enlightenment."

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8 days / 7 nights

Departure:
Saturday February 11, 2017
(8 days / 7 nights)

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