7 Days Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Medellin Colombia

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

Ayurveda, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat Colombia

La Casa de Loto is an Ayurveda Temple to balance mind and body with practices like meditation, yoga asanas, massages, reikis, and a well equilibrated diet. They teach Iyengar Yoga and one-pointed Lamrim Meditations to groups of maximum 6 people. Located in the beautiful Colombian mountains, just an hour outside of Medellin City. If you feel like having a break from all right- and wrongdoing, gossip and terrible news, they happily invite you to a journey to your inside to reconnect with life. As Tibetan Lama and Ayurveda doctor Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche beautifully determines - “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.”

Highlights

  • Ayurvedic massages and reiki
  • 5 weekly yoga and meditation classes
  • Time to relax and explore the marvelous surroundings
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily Ayurvedic meals
  • 5 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.

Daily schedule

07:00 Shower

08:00 Breakfast

09:00 Yoga and meditation

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Noble silence

19:30 Dinner

21:30 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.

  • Michael Kunz

    Practicing yoga, having Ayurveda treatments, and visiting a Buddhism monastery, also being trained by monks have let Michael reconnect with his true self. His mission now is to share that gift with as many people as possible. You are invited to a journey to come and stay with him to reconnect with your own true self.

  • María Mercedes Lopez

    Maria is a certified yoga teacher of Yandara Institute, Mexico. She lived one year in a Thai Buddhist monastery as a nun and another year in different ashrams in India. With the desire to share the teachings of meditation and yoga as a way of life, Maria established a space called Sati yoga and meditation, which contains a group of highly trained teachers and classes that print style and personality.

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.

During your free time, you are welcome to play, study, or work at the La Casa de Loto Farm.

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.

  • 2 days of Noble Silence
  • 5 weekly guided Hatha/ Iyengar classes
  • 5 weekly meditation classes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Daily Hatha and gentle yoga sessions
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at José María Córdova International Airport (JMC). Airfare Airport transfers are 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.

Verified BookMeditationRetreats.com reviews

  • J
    Review by Jenna Hinshaw from United States

    PROS Pros: Lovely and relaxing experience

    2017-May-08 00:05:50

  • B
    Review by Beatriz Builes Silva from United States

    "Lugar Maravilloso"

    CONS Cons: No tuve ninguna experiencia negativa, todo fue maravilloso.

    PROS Pros: En mi largo caminar por la vida buscando mi paz interior finalmente la encontré en este en este maravilloso y milagroso lugar a través de la meditación guiada por mi instructor, mi maestro Michael. Solo tengo palabras de agradecimiento para con El y su equipo de trabajo que hicieron que esta experiencia fuera muy enriquecedora para mi vida interior. Muchas Gracias.

    Organizer response: Muchas gracias Beatriz, que palabras tan lindas. Te mandamos muchos abrazos.

    2017-Aug-15 11:54:05

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    Review by Michael Foley from United States

    Perfect yoga and relaxation retreat

    PROS Pros: the food, the environment, the yoga and meditation classes, the hosts

    2017-Apr-06 17:56:33

  • Review by Enrique Barrera
    10 out of 10

    "GREAT PLACE FOR YOGA AND MEDITATION, the best week of my life."

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  • Review by So Phia
    10 out of 10

    "La Casa de Loto was an amazing experience. A time of yoga and meditation with wonderful people. Many Thanks to Micol and Maria who made my week."

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  • Review by Karin Krijt
    10 out of 10

    "My full week in La Casa de Loto was just what I needed after 5 months travelling;"

    "practicing yoga and meditation every day, eating healthy Ayurvedic food, having inspiring (and funny) converstations and being surrounded by the cutest animals."

    "It was my first experience with Iyengar yoga and I really enjoyed the way Michael uses this style to teach his classes."

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    "This week definitely recharged me again and I met some amazing people, that made the experience even more precious!"

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    "Thank you all for sharing guys and take care "

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  • Review by Sam Earley
    10 out of 10

    "In a few words, it was great. Everything I had expected and more, what an experience. Michael is a very calm and friendly character with a wealth of knowledge to help you along your spiritual journey. Will definitely book again."

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  • Review by Miriam Jaramillo from Colombia
    10 out of 10

    "Fue una experiencia maravillosa, tanto el lugar como Las prácticas fueron perfectas. "

    "Mis expectativas fueron alcanzadas mis mayores deseos son regresar."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Swann Franceschi
    10 out of 10

    "After spending three weeks at La Casa de Loto, I can say that it was a life changing experience! I really enjoyed being in this peaceful and conscious environment. Following Michael's teaching and guidance helped me a lot to reconnect with myself. Thank you to the whole family for the experience! I wish you all the best!Stayed in January 2017"

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  • Review by Bert Schreuders
    10 out of 10

    "I loved every minute of my stay at the Finca. Michael is a great teacher and I loved the healthy food. I saw wonderful birds and enjoyed the company of Samantha and Maria..."

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  • Review by Antonella
    10 out of 10

    "Even the fact that I wanted to stay longer but I couldn't, my short time here was amazing! The healthy food you are gonna eat is prepared with a lot of love and passion....You can deeply connect to nature, is perfect for yoga, meditation, reading and know the hostesses, who are very very nice! Thank you so much Mike, María, Samy and Mila � I hope I can come back soon for more days! "

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  • Review by Bert Schreuders
    10 out of 10

    "I loved every minute of my stay at the Finca. Michael is a great teacher and I loved the healthy food. I saw wonderful birds and enjoyed the company of Samantha and Maria..."

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  • Review by Anto Se from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Even the fact that I wanted to stay longer but I couldn't, my short time here was amazing! The healthy food you are gonna eat is prepared with a lot of love and passion. You can deeply connect to nature, is perfect for yoga, meditation, reading and know the hostesses, who are very very nice! Thank you so much, Mike, María, Samy and Mila. I hope I can come back soon for more days! "

    La Casa de Loto Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Sam Earley
    10 out of 10

    "Michaels yoga retreat was a great experience, I learned a lot about the benefits of yoga and meditation and techniques to improve my ability to practice this wonderful expression of spirituality. Michael has a wealth of knowledge in this area and guides you through it with calm and patience. Try it out for yourselves. You won't regret it."

    The Yoga Meditation & Ayurveda Temple Medellin website, edited

  • Review by Emanuelle Caporrella
    10 out of 10

    "I first met Pema or Michael two years ago. As I grew up in Italy (macho land), he first seemed to be a crazy guy to me with all his meditation and yoga. But seeing him basically serene and happy all of the time, I thought I have to try whatever he is doing. Since then, I have taken three retreats with him and it is incredible how my life has changed. I have learned so much through the practices - to simply let life flow and not taking things too personally. I have gained lots of mental and physical strength and a confidence which now allows me to lead the life I always wanted. Michael and all the rest of the Sati team are amazing beings and I highly recommend his classes and retreats. Hasta pronto."

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  • Review by a traveler from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "I did a seven-day course with Michael and it was great! He is a great teacher and we became good friends."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Searching the web for retreats in Medellin lead me to Michael's yoga retreat. At that time, I was seeking a structured and peaceful environment that offered yoga, meditation, and a wholesome space to escape a frenetic hostel lifestyle and alleviate myself from intense anxiety and the self-destructive decisions I was making. Upon arriving at the Ayurveda temple, I was surprised to find that the yoga retreat would not take place in the mountains of Medellin, but rather in a large apartment. My initial disappointment very quickly past when Michael greeted me at the door with a presence of absolute tranquility and warmth. I immediately was overcome with the confidence that the peaceful being before me would be integral in my healing and soulful development."

    "Michael's program offered a structure perfectly suited to my needs. He led me on two guided meditations daily, provided the opportunity to practice yoga every day at a nearby studio, access to a wonderful Ayurvedic healer, as well as Reiki, meditation, and massage practitioners of various backgrounds and experience. Michael went above and beyond the expectations of a retreat facilitator. Over the course of the month, Michael and I grew close and developed a wonderful relationship. He counseled me and helped me immensely with personal issues, offering advice and suggestions in a respectful manner. His openness and authenticity helped me to share with him and allowed the relationship to develop into a friendship."

    "I immensely enjoyed cooking with Michael, dining out occasionally, taking nature walks, going on day trips, and meeting his close circle of friends. I found the yoga retreat to be very flexible and tailored to suit my needs. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have met Michael, who served as a healer and role model. I learned so much, more so from observation and reflection as opposed to Michael instructing me in a teacher-like manner. He introduced me to some amazing people who all inspired me with their selflessness and desire to help others. I am so appreciative to these individuals who were all integral in helping me to return to a positive space and cultivate beneficial lifestyle choices."

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  • Review by Reina Busch
    10 out of 10

    "I am sure that Michael is a Buddha. He has got great views and also is a very nice teacher. Please don't decide to become a monk. We need people like you outside of monasteries!"

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  • Review by Ella
    10 out of 10

    "Staying with Michael is one of the best things I have ever done! I booked for two weeks and ended up staying for five. Michael has put together the perfect combination of daily meditation, yoga, and medical check ups. The yoga center is full of friendly and experienced teachers, and the Ayurvedic doctor is knowledgable and caring. Michael teaches new ways to meditate based on Tibetan Buddhism and provides a very compassionate and calm space for meditation."

    "My time in Medellin gave me space to return to my center, and focus on my mental and physical health. It is all encompassing! I learnt so much about Buddhism and taking care of myself. I am so grateful for the experience. Thanks again, Michael. If you are looking for a space to re-center, this is it!"

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  • Review by Sara Bustamante
    10 out of 10

    "Nuestro tiempo en La Casa de Loto fue sencillamente maravilloso! Gracias por la bonita energía, la enseñanzas, el tiempo de yoga y meditación, y por supuesto la deliciosísima comida, q continuaré implementando en mi vida de acuerdo a mi dosha personal, Kapha :) Besos y abrazos a todos esos seres mágicos de La Casa de Loto"

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  • Review by Andrea Vargas
    10 out of 10

    "Un lugar que me permitió deconectarme para encontrarme...llegue a casa con el corazón llenito!! a María, sami, Michael y los peludos de cuatro patas mil gracias por su acogida!!!! nos hicieron sentir parte de la familia!!! Volveré pronto!!"

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  • Review by Sofia Brand
    10 out of 10

    "Un lugar maravilloso, muchísimas gracias por las enseñanzas, volveré!"

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  • Review by Ana M Ramirez
    10 out of 10

    "Un espacio muy especial para contemplar y reflexionar! Mil gracias por toda la buena energía!"

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  • Review by Mariana Giraldo Guevara
    10 out of 10

    "La casa de loto... La mejor alternativa para encontrar lo que estás buscando... Paz, tranquilidad y tu ser espiritual."

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  • Review by July Diaz
    10 out of 10

    "Sencillamente mágico lugar. Maravillosas personas y deliciosa comida!!! Gracias por todo, volveré"

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  • Review by Elsy Yesenia Ortiz H
    10 out of 10

    "Es un lugar maravilloso, la energía y conexión con la naturaleza hacen que uno viva una gran experiencia. Todo es muy agradable, la atención de Michael y María es genial, la comida es deliciosa y en general todo allí es mágico! Volveremos pronto, gracias por esta grata experiencia!! Stayed in December 2016"

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  • Review by Elsy Yesenia Ortiz H
    10 out of 10

    "Es un lugar maravilloso, la energía y conexión con la naturaleza hacen que uno viva una gran experiencia. Todo es muy agradable, la atención de Michael y María es genial, la comida es deliciosa y en general todo allí es mágico! Volveremos pronto, gracias por esta grata experiencia!!"

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  • Review by Angela Nieve Garces
    10 out of 10

    "De las mejores experiencias de mi vida, espero regresar, la atención de Michael, es excelente y la clase de yoga, Maria es muy amable, es un lugar hermoso lo recomiendo 100% a los que quieran un encuentro con sigo mismos."

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  • Review by Josh Caposh from Colombia
    10 out of 10

    "La casa del loto es un lugar espectacular, yo sentí una energía muy positiva. El agua la tierra y estas plantas hermosas te dan toda la tranquilidad y la fuerza para meditar y recargar tu energía interior. Mike y Maria y Sami son mis amigos los quiero mucho y los agradezco por recibirme a mi y a mi hijo Elio. Y mike es también un excelente profesor de Yoga y de meditación! Volveremos pronto. Gracias!"

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  • Review by Cristian Muñoz
    10 out of 10

    "En verdad es un paraiso. Para meditar y estar en contacto con la naturaleza. Y la buena atencion se Michael y Maria. Dios los guarde. Pase fabuloso."

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Medellin, Colombia

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