7 Days Meditation & Yoga Mountain Retreat in Medellin, Colombia

Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Retreat Colombia

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La Casa de Loto is a non-religious meditation and yoga retreat centre, high up in the magic Colombian Mountains. Their main intent is to teach you a clear path, including the ancient practices of Samatha (calming the mind), Vipassana (insight into the true nature of reality), Yoga Asanas (postures), and Pranayama (breathing exercises). To support your stay and inner growth, they also imply a guided practice of noble silence for some days each week. This practice is extremely helpful to support your stay and to cultivate a peaceful mind. All doubts can be cleared in the daily question and answer rounds after the guided meditation sessions. Each Sunday, visitors from all over the world come here to attend the retreats and enjoy the spiritual atmosphere of the place. Everyone, who wants to learn how to practice, advance in practice, and be away from society and stress for a while, is happily welcome.

Meet the instructors

Pema & María Mercedes
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Highlights

  • 5 yoga classes
  • Join a Qigong class
  • 5 guided meditation sessions
  • Daily question and answer rounds
  • Mountain walks and in-house massages
  • Spend various days in noble silence
  • Daily Ayurvedic organic food
  • 7 days accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer available:
Jose Maria Cí³rdova International Airport (US$24 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
14:00

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Program

La Casa de Loto offers you a home away from home and a beautiful, nourishing simple environment in which to cultivate a peaceful awakened mind. The center is open all year round to guests of all race, color, religions, and countries who want to embark or deepen on a journey to the inside.

All retreats are guided by Karma Pema Tsering, a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, and a scholar and practitioner of tibetan Buddhism and Zen. He lived and studied in various buddhist temples around the world, and teaches in a modern, non-dogmatic way. His emphasis is on the ancient practice of Samatha (calming the mind), Vipassana (insight into the true nature of reality), yoga asanas (postures), Pranayama (breath work), analytical meditation and to teach you how to include these practices into your daily lives, so you can become more relaxed, loving, and conscious - and make a change in this world.

They have programs of one week, one month, and three months starting each Sunday. Included are retreat guidance, all classes, organic vegetarian food, and accommodation. Apart, you can book ayurvedic massages and reikis. "Every now and then we need a break from society and come back to rest in our inner temple to rediscover the true magic of life.”

Visitors from all over the world come here to attend courses and enjoy the spiritual atmosphere of the place for study and practice. Absolutely everyone who isn´t scared of animals, silence and nature is welcome. certified yoga teachers with at least three years teaching experience, who want to learn well the art of Meditation, can apply as volunteers.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 Mindfulness Meditation
  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Walking meditation
  • 09:00 Guided yoga
  • 11:00 Mindfulness Meditation
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Walking meditation
  • 15:00 Guided analytical meditation and questions and answers
  • 16:00 Teatime
  • 18:00 Mindfulness Meditation
  • 22:00 Lights off

Tibetan or Hatha yoga

Tibetan or Hatha yoga is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which helps bring peace to the mind and body, preparing us for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.

At La Casa de Loto, we focus a lot on the breath, trying to create a flow of energy during the classes to help release mental and physical blockages. Yoga here is on the spiritual side of it more than the physical one. It is instructed mostly by Mauricio. He teaches yoga for over 20 years now and lived on solitary mountain retreat dedicated to practicing for ten years.

Noble Silence

You will allow silence and the calmness to penetrate your flesh and bones. You will allow the energy of mindfulness to penetrate your body and mind. You will walk, meditate, read, write, study, or do anything else that pleases you, in silence.

All will be done with pure awareness of just this one task. You will breathe deeply and enjoy the stillness and the freshness. You will stay alone outside with the trees, the river, the lake, and the animals, go for walks, or use the rooms to relax. It is needed that everyone participates in this practice for it to be deep and joyful.

Single pointed Lamrim meditations

The lamrim or the “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 will focus your mind on one single object at a time and 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”. Depending on the duration of your stay, you will be introduced to one or various meditations and teach you how to continue this beautiful path.

Instructors

Pema Tsering
Karma Pema Tsering (Tibetan: Long Life Lotus), is a Iyengar yoga, and Buddhist meditation practitioner and teacher. His root guru and main teachers are H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Lobsang Sherab Sherpa, and Losang Dawa. To share his experiences and help others begin or advance in spiritual practice and obtain physical regeneration, he opened up La Casa De Loto.
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.

Location

This retreat will take place in Medellin, Colombia.

Features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Reiki

Food

During this retreat, you will be served three daily locally sourced, delicious meals, and a snack for teatime. The food will be vegetarian and organic.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

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

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Dharma study
  • Farmwork
  • Gardening
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Walks
  • Massages
  • Reiki
  • Qi Gung

Spa treatments

There are a few optional therapies available at additional charge. The Ayurvedic massages are available for 160.000 COP and the Reikis for 85.000 COP.

Ayurvedic massage

The Ayurvedic massage is a key part of the 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.

The 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 the knowledge of oils and bodywork techniques has resulted in a profound art for balancing the body and the mind through the medium of oil massage.

Its calm approach means that the recipients are not only induced into a relaxed state during the massage but they also often report an improvement in their sleep patterns and a 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. Carlos, a great Ayurveda therapist, studied these techniques in India and Barcelona and practices for many years.

Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and it is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through you and is what causes you to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then you are more likely to get sick or feel stressed, and if it is high, you 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's 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 the body, his emotions, the mind, and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and wellbeing.

What's included

  • 5 guided meditations
  • 5 yoga classes
  • 1 Qi Gong class
  • Some days of noble silence
  • Inteactive days to get to know and share experiences with other retreaters
  • Daily question and answer rounds
  • Mountain walks
  • Reiki
  • Ayurvedic organic food
  • 6 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional activities

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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

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