Colombia Yoga Retreat

January 6-12 // The Heart of The World

WITH Lauren Lee

THE MAGIC

What's Unique

Welcome to one of the most magical places on earth. This area, at the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas is known as The Heart of the World. Known for the famous Tayrona National Park, it is home to to the tallest mountain closest to the ocean which means there are five lush rivers that run from the mountains to the sea. It also means that the wildlife is abundant, hosting 20% of Colombia’s 1921 different bird species, the most in the world. While we could go on about the nature, the most interesting and powerful aspect of this area is that it is home to the Kogi indigenous people. Although there are two other beautiful indigenous tribes, we will be interacting with the Kogi’s most. They are considered the protectors of the earth and are becoming more and more active with modern society to teach us how to save the planet. For this reason we are humbly exciting to spend a week in their land, learning about their ways and learning about ourselves based out of our magical home for the week, Gitana Del Mar.

THE HEART // We designed this trip to bring you to a place that feels so removed from every day life and yet connects you deeply to the thriving nature around you. To create an experience where you empty all of the busy-ness, get cleansed by the ocean and fill back up with the nourishment of community, delicious food and nature. We wanted to take you into one of the most biodiverse places in the world and connect you to a culture that has been thriving in the mountains for centuries and are teaching us how to save the planet. 

OUR PROCESS // Did you know that we build all our trips from scratch? To learn more about our process and what goes into the making of a Yogascapes retreat, click here.

 

THE LIFE ON RETREAT

7 Days of Paradise

Your casita is just a minute walk through the thick Colombian jungle to the wild and desolate coastline.  Set at the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, Gitana Del Mar will be your home away from home as you come back from adventures into the mountains, rivers and beaches nearby. 

We have a couple of delicious activities planned for you and leave the rest of the time for you to either relax at Gitana del Mar, go horseback riding, exploring a sacred swimming hole or get spa treatments. 

We’ll spend an entire day hiking through the Tayrona National Park, where you’ll end up at the a beach paradise. It will be a challenging day but you don’t need to be a very experienced hiker to do this as we will take our time, enjoying the beauty and visiting a Kogi/Tayrona Village along the way. *The park is closed for a month out of the year and don’t think it will effect our trip but won’t know for sure until closer to the retreat. If so there are plenty of other magical adventures to be had that day.

SCHEDULE

 

JANUARY 6
12-3pm – Arrivals at Gitana Del Mar
5pm – Opening Practice and Ceremony
7:30pm – Opening Dinner

JANUARY 7
8am – Morning Yoga
9:30 – Breakfast / Hike to Sacred Waterfall
1:30pm – Lunch
5:30 – Evening Yoga
7:30pm – Dinner

JANUARY 8
8am – Morning Yoga
9:30 – Breakfast // Depart for Optional Activities
1pm – Lunch
5:30 – Evening Yoga
7:30pm – Dinner

 

JANUARY 9
8am – Morning Yoga
9:30 – Breakfast // Depart for Optional Activities
1pm – Lunch
7:30pm – Dinner

JANUARY 10
8am – Breakfast
8:30am – Depart for Tayrona
6:00pm – Restorative Yoga
7:30pm – Dinner

JANUARY 11
8am – Morning Yoga
9:30 – Breakfast
1pm – Lunch
4pm – Kogi Ceremony into yoga & closing ceremony
7:30pm – Dinner

JANUARY 12
Departures

 

 

From the Road

Testimonials & Our Story

“This was my first retreat with Yogascapes and it far exceeded my expectations! The breathtaking location, the wine tasting, the delicious food, everything was just fabulous.”

“Yogascapes is a down to earth, real deal, yoga and adventure retreat company that clearly takes pride in creating life-changing experiences. They plan exceptional trips to amazing places around the world, bring in some of the best teachers, and align the retreat experience with the true culture and personality of the location. I actually feel like I learn so much about the place I’m in when I go on Yogascapes trips in addition to everything else. These retreats are definitely for the yogis and adventurers that want to learn and grow, go on an epic vacation, and are up for being in the moment as the moment unfolds. If you need everything perfectly manicured and polished, it may not be the trip for you. If you want something with a stellar itinerary, heart and spirit, and a staff who cares – then I’d highly recommend it.”

For more testimonials, click here.

YOUR TEACHER

Lauren Lee

Lauren Lee is an E-RYT 500 teacher and a dedicated student on the path of yoga. She has a fierce desire to learn and share the gifts of yoga with others.

Lauren’s intelligently sequenced classes are inspired by Hatha, Vinyasa and Anusara, and invite practitioners explore all of their layers through body, mind and heart. Her classes are accessible, empowering and inspire each individual to step into their strength, grace and wisdom to encourage an awakening of the collective.

Connection to the heart and community is central to her teaching.

Lauren is inspired by life’s experiences (both beautiful and challenging) that create the platform for us to practice our yoga of the mat and integrate deeply into the totality of our being. She follows her heart and shares her journey through her many projects and collaborations, leading immersive retreats and trainings worldwide. Lauren is founder of Raise Your Beat (online platform for inspiration through holistic living) Wild Vibes (celebration of music, yoga & art through festivals and retreats that give back to charity) and devoted assistant to Suzanne Slocum-Gori (Ibiza based yoga instructor, owner of One Yoga in Vancouver). 

YOUR HOME

Gitana Del Mar

Our 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. Our simple, clean and comfortable rooms are equipped with full private bathrooms, outdoor showers*, fans*, down pillows and plush sheets and towels.

Currently, we have 5 private Bungalow each with one queen bed and one twin bed. We also have 2 Standard Bungalows with 3 single beds each, which is perfect for families & children, retreats and small groups. We have 2 Bungalow Suites and the Bungalow Selva with hot water showers.

*In order to maintain our sustainable and low energy consumption practices, they do not have A/C (Air Conditioning) in the rooms, and our showers at Gitana del Mar do not have hot water.

Gitana del Mar We focus on using locally sourced ingredients and creating healthy food options for your daily nourishment.  Imagine picking fresh star fruit and mango off of the trees, and being served cold coconut water after a long morning yoga practice…yum!

Aside from our oceanfront Yoga Rancho, Gitana del Mar also offers kayaking, local waterfall hikes, river floats in inner tubes, jungle treks nearby, massage and spa services and much more.  If you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, there’s no shortage of either here!

THE JOURNEY

Travel Info

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.

Gitana del Mar Boutique Beach Resort is located just 15 minutes from the entrance of Parque Nacional Tayrona, and a beautiful one hour drive from the burgeoning historical downtown center of Santa Marta and the Simon Bolivar Airport.

Our nearby airports are:

Santa Marta (Domestic flights only) – 1 hour drive
Barranquilla International Airport (BAQ) – 2.5 hours drive
Cartagena International Airport (CTG) – 5 hours drive

Upon your reservation or group booking you will receive detailed directions and/or coordinated transport to and from the resort.

 

THE BACKBONE

Of Every Yogascapes Retreat

Our mission is to connect people to their deepest purpose/truths, wellbeing and inspiration. We combine vibrant yoga and wellness teachers with incredible guides, local culture, nourishing food, inspiring adventure and a crew of fun-loving people from around the world. Along this journey, you’ll have a Yogascapes Guide supporting you every step of the way, from signing up to helping you on a glacier. 

While every single retreat we create is unique based on the local culture, incredible teachers, the time of year and the environment, every experience is built on the following pillars.

 


 

MOVEMENT &  MEDITATION
Each retreat is filled with a mix of yoga, mantra, mudra, meditation and more. To learn more about the specifics of this retreat, check out the schedule or contact us. 

 

FREE TIME & OPTIONS
When you come on a yogascapes retreat, nothing is mandatory and we build in plenty of time for you to be own your own, to rest more, to explore more, or to be open to whatever shows up. 

 

NOURISHMENT
We love food, period. Delicious, healthy, beautiful, thoughtful food that nourishes the body and inspires the creative soul. Food is where we come together to replenish our bodies and where our community is built.

 

SENSORY EXPLORATION
Traveling is adventure of the senses and we build each trip to open our senses up to the world and be open to the world through our senses.  

 

DEEP LEARNING & INTEGRATION
We believe the experiences that last a lifetime are the ones in which you are learning and integrating what you learn into your life. Our teachers and guides create unique opportunities for deepening and expansion of your practice.

REST AND REJUVENATION
We know that life is overwhelming at times and our nervous systems beg not only for the medicine of adventure, but for deep rest and rejuvenation. A week of quiet nights and deep sleep, time for napping and giving yourself permission to do nothing at all. 

 

ACTIVATING CREATIVITY & PURPOSE
Our mission is to connect people to their purpose by exposing them to practices, people and places that bring out their deepest truths and desires. Each one has the intention to bring you into a deeper connection with yourself and your true gifts. 

 

COMMUNITY & SUSTAINABILITY
Come with no story to defend and no judgement to be had. Meet people who will change your life and/or share in all the ups and downs. Connect to old friends and family in a new way, on a retreat, or when you go back home. Our own healing is the healing of the planet and so we work work with eco-lodges and companies that have similar ethos and missions. 

 

​Giving Back: 2 trees are planted every retreat sign up to help protect our planet and natural resources. At check out, we also offer you the opportunity to give to inspiring local and international projects. Find out more here.

JOIN THE JOURNEY

January 6-12, 2019


HOW TO SAY YES TO A JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME.

STEP 1: Learn all about the trip; the theme, the teachers, the venue, the location, our policies, past photos, etc.
STEP 2: Choose a room below and reserve your spot as soon as you’re ready for early bird prices and best options.
STEP 4: You’ll get a confirmation + 3 emails leading up to your trip preparing you for an amazing adventure.
STEP 5: Drive, fly or boat to meet our team and group in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

ANYTIME:
Write us at help@yogascapes.com or call us at 510-629-9191 if you have any questions about the trip, how to sign up or anything else that comes up along the way.
By reserving your space through placing your deposit with us, you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement. Please read all details below.

INCLUDES

6 nights accommodation at Gitana Del Mar
3 Delicious Meals Daily
All yoga & Movement classes with Lauren (1-2 daily)
1 group tubing trip
1 hike to sacred lagoon
1 group hike in Tayrona National Park (if open)
Kogi Cermony
Yogascapes support staff

What is not included?

Optional activities (horseback riding, day trips, Kayaking, SUP), tips, massage, and extra food and drink are not included.
Neither Airfare nor Airport Transfers are included.

Brace yourself, you will be taken to a booking page where you get to choose your specific room.

 

YOUR INVESTMENT

Choose Your Room

POLICIES & TERMS

Get Clear Before You Purchase

We encourage those that can’t afford the full price option to sign up early for the lowest price. We strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Please inquire about payment plans.  We can split up your payments to make it work, however final payments are due 60 days prior to the start date of your retreat.

By reserving your space through placing your deposit with us, you are agreeing to the stated policies in our Agreement.  Please read in full and please note:

If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit. If cancellation takes place between 30-60 days prior to your departure, 50% of the trip price will be forfeited. If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to your departure date, 100% of the trip price will be forfeited.

YOGASCAPES reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary by our team, trip leaders, teachers or partners. In the rare case of a cancellation on the part of YOGASCAPES (due to political unrest, dangerous weather, or low sign-ups)  we will offer a transfer to another trip or a full refund of your funds. We require all participants to purchase travel insurance and highly encourage them to purchase “cancel for any reason” to protect them against the rare chance of cancellation.

All prices are per/person and include a non-refundable deposit of $250 for domestic trips and $500+ for international trips.  Final payments for deposits are due 60 days prior to departure.

 

 

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