CREATE Retreat

Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

SY
4 reviews
Apr 20 - 25, 2020
Group size: 9 - 20
CREATE Retreat
Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

4 reviews

$1475
Deposit: $350
Apr 20 - 25, 2020
Group size: 9 - 20

About this trip

Ignite your fire, find your power, and CREATE your reality.

Join me on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia at the foot of the magical Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains as we focus on creative living and breaking through boundaries. Learn the power of the mind and how to release the mental chatter to find peace. Follow your heart to your truest desire to create your life on your terms. Let go of limiting belief systems and move through blockages that are holding you back from your greatness. 

Set in a sacred power place named the Heart of the World by the local tribes, where the vibrance of the jungle meets the wild sea and mountains lays Giana Del Mar Boutique Beach Resort, our gypsy-chic sanctuary for the week, the perfect setting to shift your perspective and allow your imagination to soar with our uniquely designed Chakra Yoga classes, meditation, workshops, and activities. Reset your mind, body, and intention to align with your soul purpose.

About

Adventure to the magic paradise of the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, South America. Spend 6 days letting go of limiting beliefs, exploring your authenticity, breaking through blocks, healing, and finding your power. We will have morning Chakra Yoga classes designed to identify where our energy is blocked, evening restoring sessions, and creative workshops like dance, vision board making, action plan design, self talk, Earth mandala making, and more to inspire your unique creative expression. During your free time explore the jungles, rivers, waterfalls and beaches of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Or, take a day to visit the famous Parque Tayrona. We will be provided world class meals prepared with local and fresh flavors.

Location

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 is a relaxing world where time moves slowly and you can reflect and appreciate all that life and nature have to give. Escape for a while to life by the sea. Feel the raw energy of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Discover peace on empty, white sand beaches. Rise with the sun over the Caribbean and fall asleep counting falling stars in the Milky Way.

Sample Schedule

7am-9am Yoga and Meditation

9am-10am Breakfast

11am-1:30am Free Time or Workshop

1:30pm-2:30pm Lunch

2:30pm-5pm Free Time or Activity

5pm-6:30pm Restoring Session

7pm-8:30pm Dinner

* All workshops and classes are optional. You create your retreat experience. There will be two yoga classes daily and one creative activity, dance, or workshop.

Things to do


  • Hiking
  • Waterfalls & Natural Jungle Pools
  • River Tubing
  • Horseback riding
  • Private Scuba Diving Excursions
  • Bathing in one of the many rivers that flow from the Sierra Nevada to the Sea
  • Massage services

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.

Accommodations

The 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. There are now two African Safari tents available with real beds and shared bathrooms. The safari tents are surrounded by beautiful palm trees and have real beds and their own patio.


 Let the soothing sounds of the ocean lull you to sleep after a full day on the beach and exploring the area. The simple, clean and comfortable rooms are equipped with full private bathrooms, outdoor showers*, fans*, down pillows and plush sheets and towels.


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

Food

The Gitana kitchen is focused around a fresh, sea to table approach that combines healthy ingredients together in a coastal themed, fusion-style menu with Colombian, Mediterranean and Asian flavors. In addition to local and regional fish, seafood, and chicken, our rotating menu also features unique vegetarian and vegan offerings. Gitana is passionate about supporting the community and using the most local ingredients available, including fruit, veggies and herbs from our own gardens and fresh-caught fish and seafood from our regional fisherman.

Tropical juices are one of the most spectacular culinary stars of Colombia, which is why we honor and serve them here daily. Our plethora of seasonal fruits includes: Passion Fruit, Star fruit, Guava, Lulo, Mango, Pineapple, etc. Each of our daily meals features a fresh juice or infused water. 

Indigenous Cultures

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.

Through all these varied ecosystems, thousands of species of plants and animals have been identified, including dozens of which can only be found here. For example, almost 630 different bird species have been identified here, more than the US and Canada combined.  Many rivers also flow from the mountains, including three large ones that empty the some of the freshest water in the world right onto our beaches. These stunning rivers are all within a 15 minute drive from the property and provide fun adventures, calming fresh water and breathtaking vistas.

Getting here

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, now offering flights from Miami) – 1 hour drive

Barranquilla International Airport (BAQ) – 2.5 hours drive

Cartagena International Airport (CTG) – 5 hours drive

Recommended Itinerary

Fly into Cartagena, a beautiful historic city decorated with colonial architecture and vibrant colors. Stay in Cartagena 1 or 2 nights before heading to Gitana Del Mar. We will arrange an included private taxi shuttle that will pick participants up in the morning of April 20th at a specific time. Departure from Gitana to Cartagena will be arranged at the resort and is not included in the price. Participants are encouraged to take a group taxi or for a cheaper option a public shuttle is available. Shuttle takes 4-6hrs. On departure day you can choose an evening flight or stay one more night in Cartagena and leave the following day.


If arriving in Santa Marta or Barranquilla, Taxis can be arranged through the resort and will not be included in the price.

Payments and Cancellation

A non-refundable $350 deposit is required to reserve your spot. 50% of balance due by December 1, 2019 and remaining balance due by March 1, 2020.  Early-Bird prices available until October 1, 2019. Enter promo code EARLYBIRD. 


Payment plans available. Early-Bird pricing not available through 3rd party bookings.


If canceled by Oct. 1, 2019 refund available for any money paid excluding deposit. If canceled before Jan. 1, 2020, 50% of money paid will be refunded, excluding deposit. After Jan. 1, 2020, no refund available.

What’s included

  • All hand-crafted meals
    3 World-class meals a day
  • 5 Nights Accommodation
  • Meditations
    Become the observer of your thoughts, instead of a slave to them.
  • Yoga classes
    Chakra Yoga and Restoring Sessions
  • Workshops
    Thought awareness and creating your reality through your thoughts
  • Pool and beach access
  • Daily Beverages
    Fresh tropical juices, coffee, and tea
  • Arrival transportation
    Private transportation from Cartagena morning of the 20th
  • Dance Classes
    Salsa and/or Zumba
  • Vision board Making
  • Earth Mandala Making
  • Closing Bon Fire
  • Departing Transportation
    Can be arranged at the resort
  • Travel Insurance
  • Specialty Beverages
  • Spa Services
  • Additional Tours
  • Additional Activities
  • Parque Tayrona Visit

Available Packages

Bed in Shared Bungalow (Female) 3 Beds
Available until Mar 01, 20205 left

Up to 3 people. Includes private open shower. 

$1475
Deposit: $350
Shared Double Bungalow Suite (2 or 3ppl)
Available until Mar 01, 2020only 2 left

Private suite for 2-3 people, price is per person. Includes private bathroom. One queen and one twin or 3 twins. 

$1595
Deposit: $350
Private Single Bungalow Suite (1 person)
Available until Mar 01, 2020only 1 left

Private room with private bathroom.

$1785
Deposit: $350
Private Safari Glamping Tent (1-3ppl)
6 left

Sturdy African Safari Tent with real beds, patio, and shared bathroom. For 2 ppl $1395. *A favorite amongst guests.

$1485
Deposit: $350
$1475
Deposit: $350

Bed in Shared Bungalow (Female) 3 Beds

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SY
SatyaShala Yoga
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Reviews

This whole retreat had a wonderfully relaxing, fun, community vibe. Anna does a wonderful job planning and executing a well-balanced event with a combination of meditation, asana and restorative work. She provides a good deal of free time and encourages time together, but maintains an accepting attitude toward those who are less inclined to join the group. The overall feeling during this retreat embraced the true spirit of yoga.
GD
I had a great time ! The resort was family style and rather noisy and action packed with nearby activities. if you are looking for restsul quiet place , this is not it . The accommodation were nice , condo style for us with the use of the kitchen living room and deck. The food was good if you like buffet style serving breakfast lunch and dinner .... delicious but repetitive , same food for the whole weekend ! Not much else on site in terms of restaurants . Everything shuts down at 9pm. If you are hungry afterwards you gonna drive outside the resort . Anna was a wonderful attentive host ! Love her to death ! She is amazing yoga Instructor. Her yoga classes were awesome !!
Anna’s retreat in Tahoe was fantastic. She’s an excellent yoga teacher and provided a comfortable and relaxing experience. I had a great time meeting new people and experiencing a rejuvenating weekend.
KB
An incredible phenomenal experience would love to do it again I cannot wait for the opportunity. It was a great bonding experience for my sister and I