Wild seas, snow-capped mountains, winding rivers, tropical rain and dry forests, hidden waterfalls, deserts, treeless plains and more, form the stunning terrain of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. This holy land harbors an enormous variety of ecosystems for being within a relatively small & contained space. As a result it is home to some of the most unique species of plants and animals on the planet. It has been named “The Heart of the World” by its oldest inhabitants, the Kogi and Arhuaco Indians, because they affirm that the well-being of the Earth is controlled by the well-being of their 19,000 foot pyramid-shaped mountain. One of the few tribes to survive the Spanish conquistadors, the “Elder Brothers”, as they call themselves, believe their sacred mission is to maintain the balance and harmony of Mother Earth.
Within the folds of this land rests Palomino, a seaside town hugged by two rivers at the foot of the Sierra Nevadas, the tallest coastal mountain range in the world. The rough & wild ocean has saved this portion of the coast from Western development and the spiritual stronghold of the Indians has preserved a purity and created an energy that both soothes the soul and sustains the enlivened spirit that emerges in Cartagena’s bustling, vibrant streets. The beach is a serene setting where fishermen can be watched going out in boats made from carved-out tree trunks, or once in a while, the indigenous can be seen collecting shells or performing ritual in front of ocean, where they believe all life began. Within the town center, although only holding 4,000 people, the relentless pulse of Colombian culture can be felt: from the fruits and crafts hanging in the open-air markets that seem to dance to the pumping beats to the eateries that lure hungry mouths in with meats, empanadas and arepas (Colombian version of tortillas!) being grilled on the streets.
Check out of winter’s chill with us, and lay your body down on the sun-soaked beaches while absorbing the richness of the Heart of the World. We will explore the varied landscapes and energies outside and inside ourselves and discover how the mission of the Kogi & Arhuaco parallels the truest goals of Yoga: oneness, connection, union, and healing. Through the support of yoga, meditation, ritual and community, be guided on a journey from the head to the heart. Discover how your heart is the the bridge between heaven & earth = the mystical & mundane, the spiritual & physical worlds. Learn how to see the world through the heart again and how you can be a better steward of Mother Earth. You’ll leave feeling rooted & open-hearted, with a sense of freedom in your body and spaciousness in your mind. Return home with your body full of high vibrations from the holy Sierra and your mind reflective on the interconnectedness of all life.
La Sirena, meaning “the mermaid”, is a small rustic eco-hotel owned by a Colombian woman within a coconut forest on a stunning semi-private beach on the Caribbean Sea. An answer to the call of the indigenous for the unification and restoration of Mother Earth, La Sirena is also a project which maintains the principles of permaculture. It is a sacred space that seeks to engage in community programs, works to reforest areas of the property, and cares for an on-site plantation full of fruit trees and vegetable gardens. The water from the tap is delicious & drinkable as it is sourced from the pristine mountains. The cabanas were designed with indigenous building techniques in mind and made with local, natural materials. The insides are sweet & simple and feel as if they are breathing in and out with the surroundings.You’ll be inspired by the fact that even the decor is created from nature! Shower under a blue or starry sky in a canopy of palm trees while watching hummingbirds buzz for nectar and listening to birds make melodies.
The kitchen is run by a deeply soulful Colombian woman named Paula who lived for years in the mountains with the indigenous where she raised her family. You can feel the reverence she holds for the land in each bite of food and the meals are served like a ritual and presented as an art. Arepas, coconut rice, plantains, and other vegetarian delights with a local flair give you a taste of the Colombian Caribbean diet. And you can’t go to the coast without eating freshly caught fish for dinner! Refresh yourself with tropical fruit and fresh juice which include exotic options like papaya, lulo, and star fruit, picked with love from La Sirena’s farm. Each alimento (Spanish for both “food item” and “nourishment”) will light up your body and your soul.
Yoga in the Heart of the World Early Bird Prices:
Triple Cabaña: $1,597
Double Cabaña: $1,797
Single Cabaña: $2,097
A non-refundable deposit of $497 saves your space.
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