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6 Day Cultural Immersion and Self-Realization Yoga Retreat Reunion in Magdalena
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Beach Yoga Retreat in Colombia

Gather in Colombia for Lotus Retreat's fifth year retreat reunion with a community of friends and family! Lotus Retreats is calling in a very special group of family for a yoga retreat on the Caribbean coast of the Sierra Nevadas de Santa Marta de Colombia! There is truly something special for everyone to gain from this retreat experience! Begin your yoga practice, expand an existing practice, dive deep beneath the layers of the energetic system, connect with like-minded individuals, build community, and explore the lush land of Colombia for an unforgettable experience. Expect lots of time to rest and play! You’ll be given the opportunity to participate in each class, workshop, and cultural immersion designing the week however you'd like. The pool, beach cabanas, and hammocks are always an available option for extended naps.

Meet the instructors

Loren & Ryann
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Highlights

  • 2 yoga classes a day
  • Access to a private beach front
  • Daily workshops, meditations, breath work, and ceremony
  • 3 farm-fresh, local, and hand-prepared gourmet meals a day
  • Private pool and use of the resort facilities
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
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Accommodation

Gitana del Mar Boutique Beach Resort is located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea in Colombia, South America. The resort lies at the foothills of the impressive and magical Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world’s highest coastal mountain range. This area is referred to as the heart of the world, not only because of it’s geographical location, but more importantly because every single ecosystem exists and thrives in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

It is here in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada, nestled under the shade of majestic coconut palms is a place where you can disconnect from the hectic world and appreciate the simpler things in life. Find harmony with mother earth as she offers up the sun, empty virgin beaches, fresh salt air, and unforgettable panoramic seascapes.

Gitana Del Mar's eco-chic bungalows are the ideal place to relax. Each bungalow is designed with a very distinct architectural feature that the indigenous from the area have been utilizing for hundreds of years; the palm roof. Not only are these structures made from sustainably and locally harvested palm fronds, the vaulted ceiling design keeps the rooms cooler and more fresh than any other available, man-made material.

Let the soothing sounds of the ocean lull you to sleep after a full day on the beach and exploring the area. The simple, clean, and comfortable rooms are equipped with full private bathrooms, outdoor showers, fans, down pillows, and plush sheets and towels.

Program

Each day of the retreat will be spent practicing yoga with the teachers offering a variety of styles, as well as daily meditations, breath work, journal prompts, and workshops tailored to the theme of the day.

Lotus Retreats will offer a variety of cultural immersions to fully experience the natural, cultural, and spiritual beauty of the land! They've designed a very intimate itinerary of offerings to include sacred waterfall treks, river tubing, traditional temezcal ceremony, a Mochila weaving workshop with the indigenous Wayyuu tribe, and a closing Kogi tribe fire ceremony at the end of the week.

Yoga / workshops

The mission during a self-realization and empowerment retreat is to offer daily yoga classes, workshops, and ceremonies to deepen your understanding of self and leave you feeling empowered and connected to your unique life's purpose.

You will gather on the yoga shala twice a day to practice physical asana. Lotus Retreats offers a variety of styles; Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, and Yin tailored to all levels. They also offer daily workshops, meditation, breath work, and sacred ceremony to expose you to a variety of yogic practices.

Indigenous cultures protecting the heart of the world

The four existing indigenous tribes (Kogi, Wiwa, Arhuaco, and Kankuamo people) are ancestors of the pre-Hispanic civilization, known as the Tayrona. They still practice and follow the Tayrona belief of “Aluna”, which is the belief that all reality is created by thought. Every object or being has both a spiritual aspect and a physical reality, both of which originate in thought. These people have been calling the Sierra Nevada Mountains their home for hundreds of years.

They refer to this area as “The Heart of the World” because they believe that what happens in the Sierra Nevada also happens everywhere in the world. They are committed to restoring the equilibrium to earth by daily ritual practices, mental discipline, and meditations. All of their efforts are to help protect the Sierra Nevada and the world from destruction. They have plenty to protect, including multiple ecosystems, such as: wetlands, mangroves, tropical rain forests, desert, alpine tundra, and finally reaching snow capped mountains at the summit.

Instructors

Loren Lotus

Ryann Tillman

Retreat location

You'll reunion at one of Lotus Retreats' favorite retreat centers of the world! The beautiful Gitana Del Mar Beach Resort, located at the base of the Sierra Nevadas De Santa Marta mountains alongside the Caribbean sea. It's lush land harbors a retreat oasis of pure jungle and ocean bliss! Enjoy the jungle pool between cabanas, hammocks, and crashing Caribbean sea.

Food

Yoga is a practice not only on the mat, but in the kitchen! Nourishing yourselves from the inside out is a huge component to a Lotus Retreats week. The Gitana Del Mar gourmet kitchen offers an ever-evolving selection of unique dishes inspirited by the traditional flavors and recipes of Colombia combined with other preparations from around the world.

Three gourmet meals are included daily during the retreat week. The kitchen can accommodate any vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free requests as long as you let them know in advance.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Explore the beauty of Colombia each day with organized group immersions to surrounding natural parks, waterfalls, and rivers. Parque Tayrona is a main attraction in Santa Marta along with the Mendihuaca waterfall and river tubing down the Rio Don Diego. The Sierra Nevada mountains are gushing with sacred fresh water pools for you to explore and experience with the guide of a native, Juan.

Aside from nature excursions; Lotus Retreats will also offer:

Parque Nacional Tayrona

Located just 10 minutes away, this park is one of the jewels of Colombia covering 58 square miles of land and 6 different beachfront bays. Kogis and Arhuaco people still live within the park and visitors can visit the ancient village of Pueblito while hiking around. There are over 180 species of mammals and over 300 species of birds living in the park, some of which can only be found in this area.

Visit to indigenous village

This informative and cultural tour includes a 1 drive to a local indigenous culture’s pueblo in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You will learn about their style of architecture, how they preserve and care for their land, crops and families, as well gain insight into the daily lives and farming practices of these wise and spiritual people.

Minca

You can visit Minca on a day tour, it is approximately 2 hours from the resort. Minca is a small town nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and lost among the lush vegetation, and is known for its coffee farms and its beautiful Pozo Azul ( Blue Lagoon). Minca is rich in history and is an ecological paradise with the crystalline waters of the river Minca and its immense green vegetation that keeps the archaeological history of its ancestors. This wonderful scene served in the past as the habitat of the Tayrona culture and today are found in the highland indigenous peoples belonging to Kogi, Arhuaco, Wiwa and Kankuamo.

The Cuidad Perdida (Lost City) trek

This 5-day trek will take you through the Sierra Nevada mountains to what has been referred to as “Colombia’s Machu Pichu”. The ruins and terraces of the city were discovered in 1975 by an archeologist who dates the site back to around 700 A.D. The city is believed to be one of the biggest of the Tayrona indigenous culture. The tour consists of 3 days hiking up to the site and 2 days hiking down. The trip is not strenuous and includes about 4-5 hours of light hiking per day. All three meals are provided daily along with lodging on the trail. During the trek you will encounter numerous different micro-climates, as well as experiencing breathtaking views in every direction, including the impressive snow capped peaks at the summit.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 3 farm-fresh, local, and hand-prepared gourmet meals a day (vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available)
  • 2 yoga classes a day - morning and evening (Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, and Restorative styles)
  • Daily workshops, meditations, breath work, and ceremony
  • Access to a private beach front, private pool, and use of the resort facilities
  • Wireless internet

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Public shuttle or private taxi to the resort is needed (Lotus Retreats will help you arrange this)
  • Additional excursions and spa services will be added to your room tab
  • Tips - Please plan accordingly to tip the resort staff and spa for additional services

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrrive at Simón Bolívar International Airport (SMR), Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (BAQ), or Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG).

The first day of the retreat will begin with lunch at noon. You will have an evening yoga class / activity once everyone arrives. Lotus Retreats would love for you to arrive as early as possible to have your first day to explore!

If you are arriving later than lunch, let Lotus Retreats know and they will save your lunch for you or you can opt out of lunch the first day.

The last day of the retreat will conclude at 11 a.m. You will rise for morning sadhana (yoga class) and breakfast following. Departure time is 11 a.m. but you are welcome to stay later and pay for lunch and depart when needed that day. Lotus Retreats recommends traveling through Cartagena and other Colombian cities following the retreat!

Airline recommendations

As far as airlines go, Lotus Retreats suggests: Avianca, LAN, or American. All these will get you to Cartagena, Barranquilla, or Santa Marta (usually via one stop in Bogota.)

You can take a private shuttle or public shuttle to Gitana del Mar, called the MarSol Shuttle with A/C and is a good recommended shuttle service. Lotus Retreats can also arrange for a private shuttle.

Travel tips

Flights to and from Cartagena from the USA tend to be 600 - 700 USD. Lotus Retreats recommends flying into Cartagena to spend some time in its historic city and take a shuttle to the Gitana Del Mar beach resort. The MarSol bus will cost around 60,000 - 70,000 Colombia pesos or 15 - 20 USD.

You can also fly into Barranquilla or Santa Marta for a shorter ride and Lotus Retreats can arrange for taxi service from either of these locations. Lotus Retreats also has hotel recommendations in each city so please don’t hesitate to ask!

Arrival by shuttle

MarSol is the trusted shuttle service of Colombia. Have your Airbnb, hotel, or hostel arrange for pick-up from MarSol during the morning of the retreat. The MarSol shuttle will drop you off directly at the resort. Lotus Retreats can also arrange private van service and help with arranging Marsol if needed.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 46% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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