28 Days Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Mountain Retreat in Colombia

28 Days Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Mountain Retreat in Colombia

  • La Ceja, Vía La Union Kilometro 7, Parcelación La Pastora, Finca 50 Antioquia 055018, Colombia

Ayurveda, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Medellin

La Casa de Loto, in the magical Colombian mountains near Medellin, is a Mindfulness Meditation & Yoga Retreat Center founded by Karma Pema Tsering, a Buddhist Meditation and Hatha Yoga Master. Here we apply mindfulness in all daily activities, training to be present: while eating, practicing sitting and walking meditation, yoga, listening in the daily question and answer and discussion groups, or simply enjoying a cup of tea together.

Highlights

  • Daily walking meditations
  • Shamatha and vipassana instructions
  • 5 guided meditation and yoga classes each week
  • Teachings on 7 point mind training, discussion groups
  • Karma yoga, ayurvedic massages, and Reiki
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Organic meals
  • 20 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English

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During this retreat, you will stay in a three-bed shared bedroom at the La Casa de Loto Farm.

“Life has a meaning and it hasn´t. It depends on who you are. If you really live your life, then life has a meaning. Everybody has a life, but not all of them live. Everybody has the right to be happy, but we have to exercise this right.” - Tibetan Lama and Doctor Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche.

We offer to you a home away from home, and a beautiful, nourishing, simple environment in which to cultivate a peaceful awakened mind. As Pema puts it “You can´t stop the waves of life, but you can learn to surf.” All practitioners are also happily invited to participate practicing Karma Yoga during their stay - whether by helping to prepare meals, cleaning dishes, working in the gardens, or taking care of our animals.

We are open all year round to guests of all race, color, religions and countries who want to embark or deepen on a journey to their inside. We offer programs of: one week, one month, and three months. Included are all classes, organic food and accommodation. Apart you can book Ayurvedic Massages and Reikis. If you want to stay longer and you integrate well into our Sangha (spiritual assembly), then that´s no problem. If you have no financial freedom, please feel free to apply for our volunteering programs.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Shower
  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Guided meditation and yoga
  • 11:00 Question and answers
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Walking meditation
  • 15:00 Discussion group
  • 17:00 Silent meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Noble silence until after lunch
  • 22:00 Lights off

Iyengar and hatha yoga

By paying close attention to anatomical details and the alignment of each posture; Iyengar Yoga is the practice of precision. Poses are held for long periods and often modified with props. This method is designed to systematically cultivate strength, flexibility, stability, and awareness, and can be therapeutic for specific conditions. B.K.S. Iyengar founded Iyengar Yoga and it can be practiced by all.

Single pointed Lamrim meditations

The lamrim, or “graduated path,” is a presentation of Shakyamuni Buddha’s teachings that details the stages in the complete path to enlightenment. In the single-pointed Lamrim Meditation, you focus your mind on one single object at a time, and like this walk through the various stages to liberation. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has recently given new advice suggesting that students follow a lamrim outline and meditate on each subject for two weeks or one month until all subjects have been completed. Rinpoche advised, “The amount of time for meditation is up to the individual, but the general advice is to finish the lamrim in one year,” Rinpoche said. Depending on the duration of your stay, we introduce you to one or various of the Meditations and teach you how to continue this beautiful path.

Noble silence

Here at La Casa de Loto we strongly attach value to deep silence. Thursdays and Sundays all day long and every other day from the end of lunch until dinner. This is very healing. We allow the silence and the calmness to penetrate our flesh and bones. We allow the energy of mindfulness to penetrate our body and mind. We walk, meditate, read, write, study, or do anything else that pleases you, in silence. All with pure awareness of just this one task. We breathe deeply and enjoy the stillness and the freshness. Let us not talk to the other guests, as they need our support too. We can stay alone outside with the trees, the river, the lake and the animals, go for walks, or use our rooms to relax.

It is needed everyone to participate for this practice to be deep and joyful. This is the practice of the noble silence. Thank you for your joyful practice.

  • Pema Tsering

    Pema is a certified Sati & Hatha Yoga and Meditation teacher on a spiritual seek since his childhood. His name “Karma Pema Tsering” translates as Long Life Lotus and now gives name to La Casa de Loto. In Buddhist Meditations and Hatha/ Iyengar Yoga Pema found mental and physical liberation and decided to dedicate his life to share this path to a happiness apart from materialism with others.

This retreat will take place at the La Casa de Loto Farm Coming from Medellín you have 3 options:

  • We can send you a driver to pick you up from the terminal in Medellín,
  • Costs: COP 100.000.
  • Take a bus to La Union and ask the bus driver to stop at Parcelación La Pastora. From the entry it is a 15 minute walk to La Casa de Loto.
  • Take a bus to La Ceja and take a cab from the terminal to La Casa de Loto.

During this retreat, you will be served three daily locally sourced, delicious meals. The food will be Aryuvedic and organic with a fish or chicken option once per day.

There are few optional therapies available at additional charge.

Ayurvedic massages for 160.000 COP and Reikis 85.000 COP.

Ayurvedic Massage Description

Ayurvedic massage is a key part of Ayurvedic therapy. Just as a machine needs to be oiled, the body loves to have its largest organ, the skin, soothed, which is the reason oils are used in this massage. Whether the Ayurvedic massage forms part of a more comprehensive Ayurveda programme or is merely undertaken for the sheer pleasure of a deeply relaxing, indulgent body massage; Ayurvedic massage is one of Ancient India’s best-kept secrets. Over 5,000 years of empirical research has refined Ayurvedic massage into a sublime art, and yet it is still unheard of by many. However, combining skilled knowledge of the body with knowledge of oils and bodywork techniques has resulted in a profound art for balancing the body and mind through the medium of oil massage. Its calm approach means that recipients are not only induced into a relaxed state during the massage, they also often report an improvement in their sleep patterns and general sense of wellbeing. In an ideal world, Ayurvedic massage would be carried out daily to help keep at bay the effects that everyday stresses and strains can have on our minds and bodies. With Carlos we have a great Ayurveda Therapist visiting once a week, who studied this massage techniques in India and Barcelona and practices since many years.

Reiki Description

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."

​A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.

  • 5 weekly guided Hatha/Iyengar classes
  • 5 weekly meditation classes
  • 8 days of Noble Silence
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at José María Córdova International Airport (JMC). Airport transfers is 70.000 COP (24 USD).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Medellin, Colombia

La Casa de Loto is a Mindfulness Meditation & Yoga Retreat Centre to reconnect with yourself and nature.

  • Availability: The Meditation Retreats of this organizer are available 95% of the time.
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28 days / 27 nights

Availability 

This vacation is available all year round from January to December, with arrival on Sunday.

 

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