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 jungle chic sanctuary is the perfect setting to shift perspective and allow the spirit to soar.
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.
Gitana del Mar Boutique Beach Resort is located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea in Colombia, South America. The resort lays 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.
7am-9am Yoga and Meditation
11am-1:30am Free Time or Workshop
2:30pm-5pm Free Time or Activity
5pm-6:30pm Restoring Session
* 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Anna is a 700+ hour International Yoga & Meditation Teacher and Holistic Health Advisor with an emphasis on Transformation and Spirituality. Anna’s mission is to create spaces for transformation, healing, and shifting perspectives through travel and yoga. An avid traveler, she has taught and trained in many different countries around the world including Thailand, Bali, India, Panama, Guatemala, Colombia, Costa Rica, and California, where she is from. After traveling and spending extended amounts of time in magical places around the world and spending years in her own transformation, Anna is excited to bring people to her favorite locations and share tools of ancient teachings that have radically transformed her. Anna’s retreats specialize in wellness, yoga, meditation, healing, transformation, nature, and amazing food, of course.
Anna's focus is on self love, and Self Realization through mindfulness and meditation. Her asana classes can be described as Hatha Flow, Chakra Yoga (energy center awareness), breath work, meditation, and restorative.
Monica is a certified 500-hour teacher from the U.S. with over 600-hours of training. Drawn to yoga off and on since 1997, it was ultimately the thing that helped Monica to find more freedom, and it continues to do so. After attending a yoga retreat in Nicaragua in 2014, she realized how unhappy she was and how disconnected she had become from herself and what she truly wanted. She then began the process of change and left her job, relationship, country, and the societally approved path to follow her heart and pursue her lifelong dream of living abroad.
As such, she believes yoga is a tool of transformation that helps us move beyond the past, social conditioning, unconscious habit patterns, limiting beliefs, and our small separate sense of self in order to rediscover our true nature. It's her life's work to share this with others as she believes that to change the world we must start with ourselves, and as we reconnect with ourselves, we reconnect with others and the planet for the ultimate benefit of all.
A former scientist and one time wilderness therapy field guide, she brings her scientific mind and sense of adventure to her teaching. Monica is currently excited to incorporate into her sessions her studies in Yoga Nidra, polyvagal theory, and the intersection of yoga, mindfulness, neuroscience, and embodiment.
Up to 3 people. Includes private open shower.
Private suite for 2-3 people, price is per person. Includes private bathroom. One queen and one twin or 3 twins.
Private room with private bathroom.
Sturdy African Safari Tent with real beds, patio, and shared bathroom. For 2 ppl $1395. *A favorite amongst guests.