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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!

Retreat 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

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
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Accommodation

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.

Yala Collective Colombia Yoga Retreat Schedule

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 excursions

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.

Instructors

Francesca Lo Cascio
Over the years, Francesca progressively refined her studies in Vinyasa yoga in India at Richikesh's Tattvaa Centre and in Paris with Mika de Brito and Gerard Arnauld, focusing her practice in a very strong Yang approach. During her travel to Bali, she followed a training on chakra balancing techniques with Jana Johnson. Moved to the US, she deepened her practice and teaching on Yin with Paulie Zing. Happy to follow yoga path, she currently focuses her attention and studies around psychology, bioenergy, and meditation.
Carolina Daza
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
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.

Retreat location

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.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Yogic
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 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

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Lunches and dinners in Cartagena and Barranquilla
  • Private excursions, adventures, and external classes
  • Private massages and therapies sessions

How to get there

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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