Saturday, January 25, 2020 - Friday, January 31, 2020
Gitana del Mar Beach Resort, Colombia
The next EAT STRETCH NAP™ Retreat is to Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. This theme for 2020’s EAT STRETCH NAP™ Retreat is Find Yourself in the Heart of the World. It’s all about the study of Dharma, your life’s purpose, using Yoga, Ayurveda, Meditation and the healing wisdom of the sacred land we’re on as our guide. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is referred to as the “Heart of the World,” not only because of it’s geographic location and the fact that it’s the world’s highest coastal mountain range, but because every single ecosystem exists and thrives there — how amazing is that?? It’s also the home of four existing indigenous tribes, the Kogi, Wiwa, Arhuaco and Kankuamo people, who gave this area the name “The Heart of the World” because they believe that what happens in the Sierra Nevada also happens everywhere in the world. These communities are committed to restoring the equilibrium of Earth through daily ritual practices, mental discipline and meditations…which is exactly what an ESN Reteat is about - restoring balance in our personal lives in order to positively effect and change the world around us. Gotta love the unplanned, [but totally not random ;)] synchronicity in our missions.
Next year’s 7 day, 6 night retreat is designed to help you connect and move forward with your soul’s true purpose, while enjoying the beauty and wisdom of mother nature. It’s meant to help you embrace the yin and yang of life. Our Retreat takes place Saturday, January 25, 2020 through Friday, January 31, 2020 at Gitana Del Mar Retreat Beach Resort, located right on the beach! - off the shores of the Caribbean Sea in Colombia, South America.
Here’s what you need to know:
Gitana Del Mar Retreat Beach Resort in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia.
Saturday, January 25, 2020 through Friday, January 31, 2020
To get to Gitana Del Mar Retreat Beach Resort:
Option 1 (recommended route): Buy roundtrip tickets to/from Cartagena Airport (CTG)
Fly into Cartagena (Rafael Núñez International Airport) on Friday, January 24. Stay in Cartagena for one night at a hotel or Airbnb of your choice. Get picked up by Gitana Del Mar’s private shuttle, van or taxi service for a 4.5-5 hour drive to the retreat center. Yes, it’s a long drive - but we tested it and it is WORTH it! Especially because you’ll be able to hang out and enjoy Cartagena. On your way home, do the same thing! Leave Gitana Del Mar on Friday, January 31. Stay a night or two in Cartagena, then fly home! Cartagena is a fun city to explore whereas we can’t say the same for Santa Marta or Barranquilla because we didn’t spend time there.
Option 2: Buy roundtrip tickets to/from Santa Marta International Airport (SMR)
Buy a flight that lands you in Santa Marta (Simón Bolívar International Airport ) sometime during the day on Saturday, January 25 and take off on Friday, January 31. Then enjoy a 1.5 hour drive to and from Gitana Del Mar in a private taxi.
Option 3: Buy roundtrip tickets to/from Barranquilla Airport (BAQ)
Buy a flight that lands you in Barranquilla (Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport) sometime during the day on Saturday, January 25 and takes off on Friday, January 31. Then enjoy a 3 hour drive to and from Gitana Del Mar in a private taxi.
Option 4: Mix it up and do a combination of all of the above
That being said, your ground transportation to and from Gitana Del Mar is NOT included in the retreat price because it will depend on how you want to get there. There are some really cost saving, longer ways and there are really convenient, shorter ways. So it really depends on your budget and style of traveling. In terms of figuring out the cost of ground travel for you - let’s wait on this til we get closer to date! It will require figuring out what time people land and matching you all up.
your accommodations in either Eco-chic Bungalows with private bathrooms or large, Luxury Glamping Tents with shared bathrooms
3 fresh, healthy meals a day & daily tropical fruit juices (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free & dairy free options available)
twice daily yoga + meditation classes by EAT STRETCH NAP™ Retreat Leaders Brian and Cat in a peaceful, beachfront yoga shala
beautiful, private 15 meter saltwater pool under the palms to swim in the sun in all day, or all night under the stars
workshops, ceremonies and surprises along the way :)
What’s not included
optional eco-adventures! i.e. horseback riding, waterfalls, natural jungle pools, river floats, a visit to Parque Nacional Tayrona, etc.
optional spa, ayurvedic treatments, reiki healings, intuitive card readings, holistic coaching, or akashic record readings
alcoholic drinks [they’re available! just not included in your retreat investment ;)]
The investment depends on your accommodation type. There are 5 different types. Below you’ll find a picture of the room type, followed by the pricing structure.
Single Eco-Chic Bungalow Suite with private bath (1 queen bed) // ***SOLD OUT***
Regular Retreat Rate: $3895
Early Bird 10% off Rate (good through September 25, 2019, save $389): $3506
Double Fancy Private Suite with private bath (1 queen, 1 twin bed) // only 1 room available
Gitana’s “honeymoon suite,” secluded, private + closest to the ocean
Regular Retreat Rate: $3095 per person
Early Bird 10% off Rate (good through September 25, 2019, save $309): $2786 per person
Double Eco-Chic Bungalow Suite with private bath (1 queen, 1 single bed) // only 2 rooms available
Regular Retreat Rate: $2895 per person
Early Bird 10% off Rate (good through September 25, 2019, save $289): $2606 per person
Double Luxury Glamping Tent with shared bath (1 queen, 1 twin bed) // only 2 rooms available
Regular Retreat Rate: $1995 per person
Early Bird 10% off Rate (good through September 25, 2019, save $199): $1796 per person
Triple Eco-Chic Bungalow Standard with private bath (3 single beds) // only 1 room available
Regular Retreat Rate: $1895 per person
Early Bird 10% off Rate (good through September 25, 2019, save $189): $1706 per person
$500 non-refundable deposit due to secure spot
50% of total investment due October 25, 2019
50% remaining balance due November 25, 2019
your retreat leaders
CAT ALDANA - 500 HOUR ADVANCED YOGA INSTRUCTOR, AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONER + HOLISTIC HEALER
Cat Aldana is the Founder of EAT STRETCH NAP™ and 7+ year Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500). She is a Master Aerial Yoga Teacher Trainer of the nationwide chain, AIR® Aerial Fitness and a widely sought after corporate wellness consultant and speaker. Her passion for yoga stems from her contagious love for dance, holistic wellness and personal + professional development. Cat's fun loving + energetic personality, deep empathy, and gentle motivation create an extraordinary atmosphere of calm in all her classes and inspire her students to trust their inner wisdom and strength.
BRIAN WITTEN - 500 HOUR ADVANCED YOGA INSTRUCTOR AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONER + FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SPECIALIST
Brian Witten is a Fitness and Yoga Instructor with over 10 years of study and practice in Kinesiology, Health + Exercise Science and Yoga. Brian's understanding of the human body and movement blends Western science and Eastern philosophy in a way that is unique + awe-inspiring. He incorporates traditional yoga techniques along with conscious movement practices to create deeply revealing experiences, transformative for both the body and mind. He believes that any health or fitness goal can be achieved with a practice of conscious movement to strengthen awareness + gain a deeper knowledge of self.
SO you wanna come?
Step 1: Fill out a Retreat Application Form. We don’t let just anyone come on the retreat, we want to make sure it’s a great fit for both of us!
Step 2: Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you applied. We’ll review your application and set up a phone call with you in the next week so we can get to know each other.
Step 3: If everything goes fantastically and it all feels right - send over your $500 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot!
That’s it! We’ll send you payment reminders, packing info + all that jazz once you’re signed up!