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8 Days Magical Realism Yoga Retreat in Colombia

  • Casa Coraje, Dibulla, La Guajira, Colombia - Casa La Fe, Calle 2 de Badillo #36-125, Centro Cartagena, Colombia

Overview

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Colombia

Yala Collective is thrilled to announce for the first time a journey at one of the teachers' Caribbean homeland, Colombia. Carolina Daza has been practicing and teaching yoga around the globe for a decade and for the first time will be hosting, together with Francesca Lo Cascio, a unique Colombian magical realism Yala journey. Enjoy a week of pure wellness for the deep regeneration of your body and mind!

Highlights

  • Daily meditation and yoga classes
  • Enjoy the famous "Batalla de Flores" carnival
  • Natural adventures and city tours in Cartagena and Barranquila
  • Journey from Palomino, Cartagena, and to Barranquila
  • Carnival's history talk and folkloric dancing lesson
  • Daily vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 10.

  • 8 days with instruction
  • English, French, Italian, Spanish
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During this retreat, you will be staying for five days at Casa Coraje, socially-responsible house in Palomino. It is a foundation started by renown singer Naty Botero who has been working on assisting, preserving, and improving the lives of indigenous children by providing education, healthcare, and food. This unique yoga program will reboot the spark of colorful magic in your life. After staying at Casa Coraje, you will continue your journey and stay at Cartagena for three days.

Sunday - February 19, 2017

  • 12:00 Pick up at the Santa Marta Airport
  • 15:00 Arrive at Casa Coraje in Palomino
  • 18:00 Welcome circle and meditation
  • 20:00 Vegetarian dinner

Monday - February 20, 2017

  • 08:00 Pranayama, meditation, yoga, and deep relaxation
  • 10:30 Healthy brunch
  • 14:00 Beach time
  • 18:00 Yin yoga class
  • 20:00 Vegetarian dinner

Tuesday - February 21, 2017

  • 08:00 Pranayama, meditation, yoga, and deep relaxation
  • 10:30 Healthy brunch
  • 14:00 Beach time
  • 18:00 Yin yoga class
  • 20:00 Vegetarian dinner

Wednesday - February 22, 2017

  • 08:00 Pranayama, meditation, yoga, and deep relaxation
  • 10:30 Healthy brunch
  • 14:00 Beach time
  • 18:00 Yin yoga class
  • 20:00 Vegetarian dinner

Thursday - February 23, 2017

  • 08:00 Pranayama, meditation, yoga, and deep relaxation
  • 10:30 Healthy brunch
  • 12:30 Transfer to Cartagena
  • 18:00 Arrival to “Casa La Fe” in Cartagena
  • 19:00 Walking around Cartagena at night and dinner

Friday - February 24, 2017

  • 08:00 Pranayama and meditation
  • 09:00 Local breakfast
  • 10:30 Walking and bike city tour
  • 14:00 Local lunch
  • 17:00 Castillo de Salgar tour
  • 20:00 Dinner time and walking around the city

Saturday - February 25, 2017

  • 07:00 Local breakfast
  • 08:00 Transfer to Barranquilla
  • 11:00 Batalla de Flores “Carnaval de Barranquilla”
  • 19:00 Dinner in Barranquilla

Sunday - February 26, 2017

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Relax in Barranquilla
  • 14:00 Lunch time and farewell

Included in the total cost of this retreat are journey from Palomino to Cartagena and then Barranquilla, visit to the famous "Batalla de Flores" carnival in Barranquilla, Castillo de Salgar tour, and city bike tour in Cartagena.

  • Francesca Lo Cascio

    Francesca is an Italian architect and interior designer who expresses her creative flair in her job just as much as in everything she puts her mind to in her everyday life. Francesca has found the perfect recipe for inspiration and inner balance gleaned through her travel experiences, the practice of yoga, healthy living, and eating also in terms of cultural and spiritual insight.

  • Carolina Daza

    Carolina, also known as "the global yogini" is a multi-faceted artist and globe trotter. She completed her Yoga Alliance 500-hour Ashtanga yoga teacher training in Paris with Gérald Disse and Linda Munro at Ashtanga Yoga Paris and has been leading retreats for numerous years. Her teachers of pranayama, Ayurveda, and yoga philosophy are Sri OP Tiwari, Suddhir Tiwari of Kaivalyadhama Institute, and Smta Hansayi Jayadeva from The Yoga Institute in Mumbai.

Your journey will set off north in the sacred Sierra Nevada region, in the midst of the Parque Tayrona natural reserve, where Wayuu and Kogui indigenous groups live, followed by a delightful stay at the legendary walled treasure of Cartagena de Indias and shaken up by the culturally rich Carnaval de Barranquilla, surprisingly, the second-largest carnival in the world, celebrated since the 19th century (a UNESCO Heritage honoring its magnificent folkloric expression).

Cartagena de Indias is the undisputed treasure of the Caribbean coast, a fairy-tale queen of magical realism, legends, and superbly restored beauty in the midst of an impressive 13 kilometers of centuries-old colonial fortress walls. The historic old town seems like a fairy tale maze of cobbled alleys, balconies sprouted with colorful flowers, and massive churches that decorate the plazas.

Barranquilla, where Carolina was born and raised, is Colombia’s fourth-largest city, a busy commercial port that has served as a melting pot of cultures and religions. Famous colombians residents include Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez (with the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude near), Latina star actress Sofia Vergara, and Shakira, famous for her singing and dancing.

Be prepared to dance, dance, live and laugh. Don’t miss this opportunity of feeling and living for one week the purest Colombian magical realism.

Daily vegetarian brunch and diner are included in the total cost of this retreat, with the exclusion of lunches and dinners while in Cartagena and Barranquilla. You will be served purely fresh local vegetarian food while being surrounded by crystalline Caribbean waters that will surely re-energize your soul.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

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

  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
  • 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)
  • 1 ticket to "Batalla de Flores" carnival
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers from Simón Bolívar International Airport (SMR)
  • Carnival's history talk and folkloric dancing lesson
  • Daily vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • Daily Yin and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga sessions
  • Morning class of meditation and pranayama
  • Natural adventures and city tours
  • Transportation from Palomino, Cartagena, and to Barranquila
  • Airfare
  • Lunches and dinners in Cartagena and Barranquilla
  • Private excursions, adventures, and external classes
  • Private massages and therapies sessions

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at El Dorado International Airport (BOG) and take a connecting flight to Simón Bolívar International Airport (SMR). Transfer from and to Simón Bolívar International Airport (SMR) are included. Yala Collective will pick you up from the airport.

  • Review by Ludovica from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "It was my first experience with the yoga and it was absolutely fantastic! Francesca with her energy, her music, and her method of teaching let me feel all the benefits of this discipline. She knew that was my first time and she stopped every time I needed it. The group was so nice, there were people coming from every where! The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic - on the beach during the sunset -amazing! Can't wait to do it again!"

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  • Review by Michela from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "We spent a nice yoga vacation in Sicily, in Marsala with Yala Collective, who provided a warm welcome and a full program of activities. Every morning we practiced yoga with the talented teacher Francesca. It was suitable for all levels and awakened the energies of body and mind. There was good vegetarian Sicilian-inspired cuisine with Antonella who taught us recipes and gave suggestions. Interesting and fun excursions well-organized in the most beautiful places in the province of Marsala. I hope to participate again in the upcoming holiday yoga Yala Collective!"

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  • Review by Cristina from France
    10 out of 10

    "There are experiences that change your life or where you simply confirm whether the direction taken is the right one. Immersed in nature, surrounded by forest, breathing and moving the body in harmony with your surroundings. All accompanied by a healthy and creative power, with cooking classes and design taught by people who know and love what they do, and do it well! Thanks to Frank for his impeccable yoga, deep and effective, and its vital energy that accompanies you in every movement and breath. Thanks to Ophelie who with voice and guitar accompanies you in deeper meditation and with magic hands gives flavor and color to the table. Thanks to Renato who with his great heart welcomed us with open arms in this corner of paradise."

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  • Review by Noemie Elkrieff from France
    10 out of 10

    "This week in Tuscany was an uncommon experience for me. I came to the retreat to reload and get some inspiration for the company I am building. I left with way more than inspiration! The women with whom I shared the week were all so kind and caring that I left with a feeling of being supported by the team. I moved on and took big decisions. Between her mantras and marvelous dishes, Ophlie inspired me to take care of myself by eating more vegan and being grateful for what I have. The yoga lessons of Francesca were absolutely the kind of yoga I like to do - sportive but not too hard so that at the end of the week we had all improved even if our level of yoga was not the same. She also took very good care of us through massages with essential oils and inspiring chakra meditations. I would recommend this yoga retreat to everyone who wants to share the values of Yala Collective: take care of yourself, love your body, share your love and become yourself in contact with the others. Thank you to Francesca and Ophlie but also to all the team of marvelous women I met. I am sure we will keep in touch and I can't wait for the next retreat in Portugal!"

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  • Review by Jenny from Beirut, Lebanon
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga retreat in Tuscany exceeded my expectations and by far!It was magical! The place, the practice, the yoga, the food, the excursions, but mostly the people! Everything was extremely well organized yet without being restrictive. Loved every minute.The villa we stayed in was unique, modernly equipped but with a traditional authentic touch. Located in the middle of a chestnut forest, the scenery and the surroundings are spectacular and ideal for a morning / afternoon walk/jog.Francesca and Ophlie were great hosts, spoiling us with their genuineness and kindness. Francesca's yoga practice was adapted to all levels and her teaching very generous, precise and focused. By the end of the retreat, one could definitely see how well each of us improved. Ophlie's dishes were exotic, fresh, unexpected, healthy and yummy! The food in itself was an experience! We were also lucky to have Renato come and show us how to make Pici (fresh pasta specialty of the region). The best pasta I've ever had. It was delicious! Thank you Renato!The visits to the nearby villages and the spa experience were also very good!Francesca, Ophlie and all those who took part in this journey, thank you for making this retreat an unforgettable experience, full of positive energy and where i was lucky to meet such great people who i can now call friends. I would definitely come back!"

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  • Review by Dora from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "An experience with Yala Collective is a complete experience. Every single moment was organized and carried out with love and kindness, those things that make you feel good by receiving them. They make you feel important and part of a group, even though the group was only just created. The pleasure of sharing magic moments with someone is unique. Unfortunately I could not complete the week with them , but even those few days together were able to give me peace and serenity. Thanks to all the team for what they do at Yala."

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  • Review by Brigette from Perth, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "The week was absolutely magic. The serenity of the location, the energy of our teachers and new friends, and the food could not have been better! We dedicated each day to a sacred chakra and the result was incredible. Francesca is a wonderful teacher, and as a treat Celine came to the retreat and we were blessed with a second teacher. These two amazing yogis taught our morning session together, and it was great because they were able to demonstrate the partner yoga and help us further our postures. The sessions were very energetic and full of trust. Ophlie, the master of our vegan kitchen, was so kind, intuitive, and loving with our food! We would finish our yoga with a juice or smoothie and then commence a vegan cooking class together. I'm not vegan or vegetarian but the food was incredible. It was a real highlight, and it was wonderful creating it all together! We had excursions, activities and workshops each afternoon, plus downtime and so much laughter. Singing, dancing, tears. Highly recommended! I would love to be part of the next retreat!"

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  • Review by Marie Guegan from France
    10 out of 10

    "Francesca's yoga class is very well balanced and she knows how to please the group by finding a level that fits everyone. She is very careful and discreet but knows when one needs help or adjustment. A retreat with her is advised as her spirituality and devotion goes far beyond the 2 hours of the practice. Grazie Francesca!"

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  • Review by Victoria from France
    10 out of 10

    "Last weekend I was able to enjoy a lovely two day session of Vinyasa yoga in Marsala...at last! Francesca's classes were just great, dynamic and powerful but with a lot of stretching and relaxation too, exactly what I needed. Not to mention the beautiful location, at sunset, and with the view of the sea. Looking forward to the next session!"

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Arrival: Sunday February 19, 2017
Departure: Sunday February 26, 2017

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