Although the main focus of the retreat was yoga, a practice that was new to me then, there was much more to it. Tambo Ilusion is blooming with activities and opportunities to connect with nature, yourself and come down again. After and in-between the two hours of yoga classes, I enjoyed swimming in the natural lake, a class in apicultura (beekeeping), a Reiki massage and a guided tour through the jungle, the house's back garden. 


Beekeeping costumes! Image: Berber Meindertsma


The hospitality that Johanne and Armando offer is a rare kind. The warmth and care they have for their guests comes so naturally, you feel like royalty at your friend's home. The spacious tambo (little hut) I stayed in was equipped with a very comfortable big double bed and hammocks outside—a great treat after an intense day of yoga, super food and jungle walks! 


The hammock is the perfect place to nap. Image: Berber Meindertsma


The cooking is delicious and fresh. Johanne knows a lot about nutrition and enjoys sharing her knowledge, recipes and food experiences. I tried many dishes, fruits, seeds and shakes I had never had before and I learned much about their various qualities. 

While enjoying these culinary creations, I have had many great and inspiring conversations. Their enthusiasm and passion for Tambo Ilusion and everything else they do are contagious!


Yoga practice at Tambo Ilusion. Image: Berber Meindertsma


The beautiful jungle surroundings with fireflies and a nocturnal orchestra of birds, monkeys and crickets at night, gave the entire stay a magical touch. After I left, I feel well-supplied with the foundational background of yoga and meditation practices and armed against any kind of stress I might encounter when returning to the working bee life in Europe again.

I am very grateful I visited Tambo Ilusion and I would recommend it to anyone. It has been a highlight of my time in South America! 

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