Colombia Self-Realization & Empowerment Yoga Retreat

Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

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Lotus Retreats
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Jul 16 - 22, 2023
Group size: 10 - 20
Colombia Self-Realization & Empowerment Yoga Retreat
Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Lotus Retreats
  • Facebook verified
23 reviews

$NaN
Jul 16 - 22, 2023
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

Gather in Colombia with Lotus Retreat's community of friends & family! We're calling in a very special group of Lotus Retreats family for a 7-day and 6-night Yoga Retreat on the Caribbean coast of the Sierra Nevadas de Santa Marta de Colombia!


We'll reunion at one of our favorite retreat centers of the world! The beautiful Gitana Del Mar Beach Resort, located at the base of the Sierra Nevadas De Santa Marta mountains alongside the Caribbean sea. It's lush land harbors a retreat oasis of pure jungle and ocean bliss! Enjoy the jungle pool between cabanas, hammocks and crashing Caribbean sea. 


Each day of the retreat will be spent practicing Yoga with our teachers offering a variety of styles, as well as daily meditations, breath work, journal prompts and workshops tailored to the theme of the day.


We will offer a variety of cultural immersions to fully experience the natural, cultural and spiritual beauty of the land! We've designed a very intimate itinerary of offerings to include sacred waterfall treks, river tubing, traditional temezcal ceremony, a Mochila weaving workshop with the indigenous Wayyuu tribe and a closing Kogi tribe fire ceremony at the end of the week.


There is truly something special for everyone to gain from this retreat experience! Begin your Yoga practice, expand an existing practice, dive deep beneath the layers of the energetic system, connect with like-minded individuals, build community and explore the lush land of Colombia for an unforgettable experience.


AND ~ Expect lots of time to rest and play! You’ll be given the opportunity to participate in each class, workshop and cultural immersion designing the week however you'd like. The pool, beach cabanas and hammocks are always an available option for extended naps.

Your hosts

Meet Loren Lotus

Your host Loren Lotus has hosted over 25 retreats around the world with Lotus Retreats! She's a passionate yogi, facilitator and event organizer who puts her entire heart and soul into curating spaces for community to gather. Loren will be sharing daily Yoga classes to get into our bodies, clear energy and make space for new wisdom to be shared. She is also an avid Kirtan singer and will be sharing the medicine of music, movement & meditation throughout the weekend. 


Meet Ryann Tillman

Ryann believes that yoga has the power to positively transform our lives. She teaches a Hatha inspired class with an emphasis on breath, awareness, and body control. She aims to make each class feel steeped in Indian tradition and lineage. Her path also led her to Fascial Stretch Therapy(fst) as a way to help speed the physical healing/recovery process and flexibility that yoga offers. With yoga and fst Ryann has a passion to guide people towards a more connected, positive, and healthy life.

Location / Accomodations

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.


It is here in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada, nestled under the shade of majestic coconut palms is a place where you can disconnect from the hectic world and appreciate the simpler things in life.  Find harmony with mother earth as she offers up the sun, empty virgin beaches, fresh salt air and unforgettable panoramic seascapes.


Gitana Del Mar's 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.

Yoga / Workshops

Our mission during a Self-Realization & Empowerment Retreat is to offer daily yoga classes, workshops and ceremonies to deepen your understanding of Self and leave you feeling empowered and connected to your unique life's purpose.


We will gather on the Yoga shala twice a day to practice physical asana. We offer a variety of styles; Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin tailored to all levels. We also offer daily workshops, meditation, breath work & sacred ceremony to expose you to a variety of Yogic practices.

Excursions / Cultural Immersions

EXPLORE the beauty of Colombia each day with organized group immersions to surrounding natural parks, waterfalls and rivers. Parque Tayrona is a main attraction in Santa Marta along with the Mendihuaca waterfall and river tubing down the Rio Don Diego. The Sierra Nevada mountains are gushing with sacred fresh water pools for us to explore & experience with the guide of our native, Juan. 


Aside from nature excursions; we'll also offer 


Mendihuaca Waterfall- Journey to one of Colombia's most beautiful waterfalls alongside the Mendihuaca river. These crystal clear cleansing waters rush from the snowcap mountains of the Sierra Nevadas de Santa Marta. For many, these waters represent the divine feminine flow that nurtures the many communities that live along it. Enjoy a day hike and trip to the waterfall for cleansing ceremony & divine time spent in nature. 


Rio Don Diego- Float down our favorite river for a day of relaxing, rafting and restoring in the nature of the river and jungle all around us. We'll hike the trail up the river and raft our way down, all the way to where the river mouth meets the crashing Caribbean sea for us to jump back and forth between the two. 


Parque Nacional Tayrona- Located just 10 minutes away, this park is one of the jewels of Colombia covering 58 square miles of land and 6 different beachfront bays. Kogis and Arhuaco people still live within the park and visitors can visit the ancient village of Pueblito while hiking around. There are over 180 species of mammals and over 300 species of birds living in the park, some of which can only be found in this area.


Visit to Indigenous Village – This informative and cultural tour includes a 1 drive to a local indigenous culture’s pueblo in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You will learn about their style of architecture, how they preserve and care for their land, crops and families, as well gain insight into the daily lives and farming practices of these wise and spiritual people. 


Minca – You can visit Minca on a day tour, it is approx. 2 hours from our resort. Minca is a small town nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and lost among the lush vegetation, and is known for its coffee farms and its beautiful Pozo Azul ( Blue Lagoon). Minca is rich in history and is an ecological paradise with the crystalline waters of the river Minca and its immense green vegetation that keeps the archaeological history of its ancestors. This wonderful scene served in the past as the habitat of the Tayrona culture and today are found in the highland indigenous peoples belonging to Kogi, Arhuaco, Wiwa and Kankuamo.


The Cuidad Perdida (Lost City) Trek – This 5 day trek will take you through the Sierra Nevada mountains to what has been referred to as “Colombia’s Machu Pichu”. The ruins and terraces of the city were discovered in 1975 by an archeologist who dates the site back to around 700 A.D. The city is believed to be one of the biggest of the Tayrona indigenous culture. The tour consists of 3 days hiking up to the site and 2 days hiking down. The trip is not strenuous and includes about 4-5 hours of light hiking per day. All three meals are provided  daily along with lodging on the trail. During the trek you will encounter numerous different micro-climates, as well as experiencing breathtaking views in every direction, including the impressive snow capped peaks at the summit.


Indigenous Cultures Protecting the Heart of the World

The four existing indigenous tribes (Kogi, Wiwa, Arhuaco and Kankuamo people) are ancestors of the pre-Hispanic Civilization, known as the Tayrona. They still practice and follow the Tayrona belief of “Aluna”, which is the belief that all reality is created by thought. Every object or being has both a spiritual aspect and a physical reality, both of which originate in thought. These people have been calling the Sierra Nevada Mountains their home for hundreds of years.


They refer to this area as “The Heart of the World” because they believe that what happens in the Sierra Nevada also happens everywhere in the world.  They are committed to restoring the equilibrium to Earth by daily ritual practices, mental discipline and meditations. All of their efforts are to help protect the Sierra Nevada and the world from destruction. They have plenty to protect, including multiple ecosystems, such as: wetlands, mangroves, tropical rain forests, desert, alpine tundra and finally reaching snow capped mountains at the summit.

Nourishment

Yoga is a practice not only on the mat, but in the kitchen! Nourishing ourselves from the inside out is a HUGE component to a Lotus Retreats week. The Gitana Del Mar gourmet kitchen offers an ever-evolving selection of unique dishes inspirited by the traditional flavors and recipes of Colombia combined with other preparations from around the world.


Three gourmet meals are included daily during the retreat week. The kitchen can accommodate any vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free requests as long as you let us know in advance.

Getting there / FAQ

We realize booking a trip and travel can be an intimidating experience! We're here to support you along the way and make the journey just as enjoyable as the destination. Please follow this link for full details on getting to Colombia and guidance with flights & transportation. Please email us with any specific travel questions and we're happy to help! info@lotusretreats.com


Which airports can I fly into?

- You can fly into Cartagena (CTG), Barranquilla (BAQ) or Santa Marta (SMR) Please view link for full details on how to arrive to Colombia!


When are final payments due?

- Final payments are due within 60-days of retreat start; December 6th


What if I am traveling solo and want to book a double or triple occupancy?

- We love this and encourage meeting new friends! We do our best to pair you in a triple or double occupancy. If no options are left, you may have to pay for single occupancy. 


Will I need a negative Covid-19 test?

- In order to enter Colombia, you will need proof of a negative Covid-19 test within 72hours of travel.


Will I need a Covid-19 vaccine?

- As of December 14th, a proof of vaccine has been required to enter Colombia. Because of this, we are postponing our retreat until proof of a negative test is mandated. 


What if we can't get to Colombia because of Covid-19?

- We have hosted 5 retreats successfully since Covid-19 and do our absolute best to stay up to date on Covid-19 travel restrictions. If we cannot travel to Colombia, all payments ~ aside from your nonrefundable deposit, will be returned. Your nonrefundable deposit can be transferred to another retreat or location.


What’s included

  • Accommodations
    6-days and 5-nights at Gitana Del Mar Boutique Beach Retreat Center
  • Meals
    3 farm-fresh, local & hand-prepared gourmet meals a day! (Vegetarian, Vegan & Gluten-free options available)
  • Daily Yoga Classes
    2 Yoga classes a day (morning and evening) (Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin & Restorative styles)
  • Workshops
    Daily workshops, meditations, breath work & ceremony are included
  • Beach Resort Access
    Access to a private beach front, private pool & use of the resort facilities
  • Wireless Internet
  • Airfare
  • Transportation
    Public shuttle or private taxi to the resort is needed (we will help you arrange this!)
  • Additional Excursions
    Additional excursions and spa services will be added to your room tab
  • Tips
    Please plan accordingly to tip the resort staff & spa for additional services!

Available Packages

Luxury Glamper - Triple
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Camp in style! 3 twin sized beds in a spacious outdoor, covered, "glamorous tent". Each glamper has windows and it's own patio space, set apart and more private than the Bungalows. Each room is equipped with a safety box, towels, and cleaned daily. (NO hot water). 

Can book with friends or be paired with new friends. 


Early bird: 1644

Regular price: 1844 after November 6th 


A $500 nonrefundable (but transferrable) deposit is requested to reserve your space; all remaining payments are due within 60 days of retreat arrival by December 6th.

Payment plans are available!

$1,844
Deposit: $500
Standard Bungalow - Triple
Available until June 16, 2023only 3 left

Enjoy your own individual Twin Sized Bed in a Triple Occupancy with a beautiful private outdoor shower, high ceilings & ceiling fan. Standard bungalow rooms are closest to the pool & kitchen with private entrances and outdoor views. Each room is equipped with a safety box, towels, and cleaned daily by the lovely housekeeper Flor.  Can book with friends or be paired randomly with new friends. 


Early bird: 1888

Regular price: 2088 after November 6th 


A $500 nonrefundable (but transferrable) deposit is requested to reserve your space; all remaining payments are due within 60 days of retreat arrival by December 6th.

Payment plans are available!

$2,088
Deposit: $500
Standard Bungalow - Double
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Share a queen bed or two separate queen/twin beds with a beautiful private outdoor shower, high ceilings & ceiling fan. Standard bungalow rooms are closest to the pool & kitchen with private entrances and outdoor views. Each room is equipped with a safety box, towels, and cleaned daily by the lovely housekeeper Flor. 


Early bird: 2208

Regular Price: 2408 after November 6th


A $500 nonrefundable (but transferrable) deposit is requested to reserve your space; all remaining payments are due within 60 days of retreat arrival by December 6th.

Payment plans are available!

$2,408
Deposit: $500
Standard Bungalow - Single
only 3 left

Enjoy your own single occupancy with a comfortable queen bed and private outdoor shower. Each room is equipped with a safety box, towels, and cleaned daily by our lovely housekeeper Flor. 


Early bird: 2888
Regular Price:  3008 after November 6th


A $500 nonrefundable (but transferrable) deposit is requested to reserve your space; all remaining payments are due within 60 days of retreat arrival by December 6th.

Payment plans are available!

$3,008
Deposit: $500
Treehouse Bungalow - Double
only 2 left

Enjoy a private, two- story Bungalow tucked away in the jungle gardens of Gitana under beloved Mango Trees with gorgeous views all around. Designed with all wood and selected Bamboo details, this gorgeous space has a opened living room, balcony with views of the beachfront forest and the most incredible private bathroom with outdoor shower. Ideal for a couple the room has a King bed that can also turn into two twin beds.


Early bird: 2444

Regular Price: 2644 after November 6th 


A $500 nonrefundable (but transferrable) deposit is requested to reserve your space; all remaining payments are due within 60 days of retreat arrival by December 6th.

Payment plans are available!

$2,644
Deposit: $500
Selva Bungalow - Single
only 1 left

The Bungalow Selva is an all wood bungalow and is our most private and exclusive option. It has a one (1) queen bed and one (1) single bed as well as a private bathroom with open air shower and hot water. This is the closest option to the beach and there is also a private sitting garden in front of the bungalow. A shared queen bed plus individual twin bed. Hot water included. 


Early bird: 3188

Regular price: 3388 after November 6th


A $500 nonrefundable (but transferrable) deposit is requested to reserve your space; all remaining payments are due within 60 days of retreat arrival by December 6th.

Payment plans are available!

$3,388
Deposit: $500
Family Bungalow - Quad
4 left

Enjoy a private family bungalow tucked away in the jungle gardens of Gitana with gorgeous views all around. Designed with all wood and selected Bamboo details, this gorgeous space has the most incredible private bathroom with outdoor shower. The room has a King bed and 2 twin beds or can be arranged with 4 individual twin beds. Must be booked as a group.


Early bird: 1444

Regular price: 1644 after November 6th


A $500 nonrefundable (but transferrable) deposit is requested to reserve your space; all remaining payments are due within 60 days of retreat arrival by December 6th.

Payment plans are available!

$1,644
Deposit: $500
Family Bungalow - Triple
only 3 left

Enjoy a private family bungalow tucked away in the jungle gardens of Gitana with gorgeous views all around. Designed with all wood and selected Bamboo details, this gorgeous space has the most incredible private bathroom with outdoor shower. The room has a King bed and 2 twin beds or can be arranged with 4 individual twin beds. Must be booked as a group.


Early bird: 2280

Regular price: 2480 after November 6th


A $500 nonrefundable (but transferrable) deposit is requested to reserve your space; all remaining payments are due within 60 days of retreat arrival by December 6th.

Payment plans are available!

$2,480
Deposit: $500
Family Bungalow - Double
only 2 left

Enjoy a private family bungalow tucked away in the jungle gardens of Gitana with gorgeous views all around. Designed with all wood and selected Bamboo details, this gorgeous space has the most incredible private bathroom with outdoor shower. The room has a King bed and 2 twin beds or can be arranged with 4 individual twin beds. Must be booked as a group.


Early bird: 2644

Regular price: 2844 after November 6th


A $500 nonrefundable (but transferrable) deposit is requested to reserve your space; all remaining payments are due within 60 days of retreat arrival by December 6th.

Payment plans are available!

$2,844
Deposit: $500
Family Bungalow - Single/Private
only 1 left

Enjoy a private family bungalow tucked away in the jungle gardens of Gitana with gorgeous views all around. Designed with all wood and selected Bamboo details, this gorgeous space has the most incredible private bathroom with outdoor shower. The room has a King bed and 2 twin beds or can be arranged with 4 individual twin beds. Must be booked as a group.


Early bird: 3208

Regular price: 3408 after November 6th


A $500 nonrefundable (but transferrable) deposit is requested to reserve your space; all remaining payments are due within 60 days of retreat arrival by December 6th.

Payment plans are available!

$3,408
Deposit: $500
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Lotus Retreats
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Expand and enhance your vision of the world and your practice of Yoga with a Lotus Retreats week in paradise! Our retreat weeks offer a diversity of yoga classes, philosophy, workshops, sacred ceremonies, Kirtan music and enlightening group activities to deepen all areas of your physical, spiritual, and mental being. We combine the practice of Yoga in connection to sacred nature with culture excursions to adventure and explore each country and it's unique offerings! We believe there is a whole world to see and want to show you how beautiful each unique country is. Our team is a group of passionate, well traveled Yoga instructors, workshop facilitators, musicians and devoted practitioners who are passionate about sharing their love & knowledge of Yoga with the world! Lotus Retreats currently hosts i

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Simply wonderful. This trip was the perfect combination of yoga, meditative reflection, and cultural exploration. The family at the Samadhi resort was incredibly warm and welcoming. All of the food was made with ingredients straight from their garden and every meal was delicious and perfectly portioned. The excursions were all accompanied by local guides who shared the fascinating history of the ruins we visited. Loren and Ryann both have such sweet nurturing spirits and are excellent yoga teachers. The classes provided a great balance of challenge and focused attention to the areas we needed. Loren and Ryan also worked to foster and strong bond of community within the group. Peru is stunning but it’s the friendships that truly make the experience great.
By Autumn M for Peru: Cultural Immersion & Yoga Retreat (March 2022) on 17 Mar, 2022
Lotus Retreats is an amazing organization! Loren answered all my questions prior to booking and the trip was super well-planned and communicated. Loren + Ryann are the best yoga instructors and ceremony facilitators! Knowing no-one prior to joining, they made me feel included and welcomed to the group from the very beginning. In addition, the sessions were thoughtfully planned and executed and the yoga was great! Both instructors provided modifications and hands-on adjustments throughout the classes. Overall, I would highly recommend Lotus Retreats to anyone looking to build connections, to deepen their yoga practice, or to travel to beautiful places with like-minded people.
By Rachelle C for Mexico | Self-Realization & Empowerment Retreat ~ Reunion on 28 Feb, 2022
This Ojai retreat was beyond magical. I was welcomed by the most wonderful group of people and have memories that will last a lifetime..I mean hidden hot springs?! Yes please!! This is my second time booking with Lotus Retreats. Loren creates an amazing atmosphere so that we can all learn and share from each other while experiencing some beautiful places. I can't wait to book another one!!😍
By Nicole C for Ojai Valley Weekend Yoga & Hike Retreat on 18 Mar, 2021
Amazing group of participants and facilitators. Fun and relaxed environment allowing everyone to participate in group activities and do their own thing when desired. Highly recommend!
By Bryan A for Ojai Valley Weekend Yoga & Hike Retreat on 10 Mar, 2021
I had a great time with wonderful people, accommodation, incredible scenery, fun excursion trips and excellent yoga classes. Our instructors were outstanding, very experienced and knowledgeable. Our group was small, but lovely.
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I had the opportunity to deepen my practice / experience the beauty of Tulum Mexico with Lotus Retreats and would do it again in a heartbeat! The Lotus Retreats crew quickly created a space of loving community, increased awareness, and intentional practice within the first few hours of our retreat and it only got better from there! These retreats are special. Humanity in raw form. I'll be back for more, no doubt!
By Travis P on 02 Oct, 2018
Loren's yoga retreats are one of my favorite ways to replenish my soul and body with fresh new prana energy, inspiration, beautiful scenery, amazingly tasty food, and like-minded new friends from all over the world. Loren, you can count me in every time!!! :-) Pascal
By Pascal N on 18 Jul, 2018