Come indulge with Mother Nature for a life time experience, with Anahata Eco Yoga Retreats in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Join Shayne Cohen in collaboration with MadhuSun Collective on this 5-days, 4 nights yoga, wellness, and adventure retreat opened to all levels of yoga practitioners.
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is a mystical and exotic region declared by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. It is the land of the Arhuaco, Kogi, Wiwa, and Kankuamo indigenous tribes who through daily meditations and rituals maintain their deep commitment to restoring the balance between the spiritual and the ecological world.
Through the practice of self-love, yoga, meditation, sound baths, kirtan, sacred ceremonies, organic food, daily excursions, and wellness treatments we will heal and recharge. We will also learn about the culture of the Wiwas and explore the jungle, waterfalls, sacred lagoons and mysterious rivers.
The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta has an ecosystem unlike any other. Reaching a height of nearly 19,000 feet, this multi-peaked volcanic massif is the world’s highest coastal mountain. There are multiple ecological zones; wetlands and mangroves along the coast, tropical rain forests, deserts, alpine tundra, and finally at the top are the snow-capped peaks. Thousands of plants and animal species have been found here, including 628 bird species—about as many as in the United States and Canada combined.
Playa Koralia is an eco-chic luxury hotel located on a virgin seashore where the snowcapped Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta tumbles into the the Caribbean Sea. It is one of the dreamiest and most secluded beaches on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.
There are 17 bungalows dotted around Koralia’s grounds with relaxing hammock-strewn porches. Cabins have a touch of rustic jungle romance with open roofed- bathrooms allowing a great perspective of the Sierra Nevada’s starry nights.
Enjoy dining amongst the leafy palm trees in Koralia's open-air dining space and experience the richest and highest quality natural flavors. An organic farm feeds the gastronomic restaurant’s menu.
Playa Koralia prides itself on being the only Sustainable Certified hotel in Colombia.
Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Shayne Cohen grew up as a competitive gymnast, developing strength and flexibility at a very young age. During her college years in New York City, she was initiated into yoga by Sri Dharma Mitra and for the last 29 years she has remained fully committed to her yoga path.
Adriana was born and raised in Bogota Colombia and moved to Miami in 2000. Immediately she became engraved in the arts and culture scene of the city, becoming involved with many local and national art institutions. She’s currently a contemporary art consultant.
Samantha grew up in a small town in New Hampshire surrounded by nature and the mountains. She was raised learning about acceptance, openness and understanding of all walks of life.
We have mindfully curated the Anahata Experience. There are seven energy points in our body known as Chakras. “Anahata,” is the Heart Chakra, where love, compassion and kindness are empowered.
Vinyasa Yoga is an energetic form of yoga where students fluidly move from one pose to the next while synchronizing their breath to their movements. Shayne’s classes integrate a dynamic flow with the application of precise alignment, meditation, visualization, intention and chanting to create an inner journey towards healing and empowerment.
Classes begin with chanting to prepare the mind for a deeper state of consciousness and meditation during asanas (physical practice.) Shayne likes her students to recognize yoga as a sacred practice, she believes if it’s not devotional then it’s not yoga. Each class is designed to systematically stimulate the organs, glands, nervous system and move freshly oxygenated blood to the entire body as you release tension and simultaneously develop faith and intuition.
Thanks to a special permit from its inhabitants, guests of Playa Koralia can discover a true natural treasure forbidden to mass tourism.
This magical Pozo Sagrado is reached after an easy hike into an indigenous reservation. You will encounter multicolored fish that swim in these cold waters and discover beautiful waterfalls where you will experience a hydrotherapy like no other.
Designed for all levels. It can be described as a Ying Yang Yoga class with a mix of Hatha. You will experience a beautiful combination of stress relief and deep stretching engaging not just your body but your mind and spirit as well. Class will finish with a sound bath awakening a sense of love and devotion.
Kirtan is a sing along of mantras, through which we find our way back to our core, our heart and our relationships with each other.
Chanting mantras connect us with the spiritual wisdom. These ancient chants contain a transformative power and healing energy. We will sing, drum and dance to express our love and devotion.
What an experience it was. I enjoyed every second of it. Actually, I did not want it to end.
The way it was all so organize, not a minute went to waste. I learned much and not only Yoga.
Our togetherness, our sisterhood, all made me feel fulfill. I loved the hotel, my room in nature my outdoor bathroom and my hammock in the front. All together made me feel full of love and gratitude.
Our trips added to that feeling and so were my early walks on the beach. The food was beyond tasty. The most gourmet, healthy, nutritious meals I ever had. It also added to my entire good feeling. And the Yoga, what an experience. I loved every minute and did not miss a session. The set up for the classes, the drinks and the hot and cold towels, all served so beautiful, took it to a higher level.
All of our social time together was very enjoyable. The singing, the mandala, the campfire it all added to an unforgettable experience.
I want to congratulate you both, Adriana and Shaynee, for a job WELL DONE!!!
I can't wait for my next retreat with you !!!
Can't even put into words the magic of this weekend! Beyond incredible! Forever grateful... thank you infinity! Love you!! till the next time jungle sisters!
Felt like a dream....
Anahata’s journey took us through this sacred part of the world that led us to see ourselves and the mystical parts of life.
I met friends that now we have a very common bond: Our experiences through the Colombian jungle together.
I highly recommend these retreats as a means for spiritual richness and growth.
To the sexiest, most mystical jungle, where we had the sweetest flow, swam in waterfalls, climbed mountains, met the real avatars, and saw the ocean meet the river.
This is a "Mamo", which the Wiwa's, an indigigenous tribe of the Sierra Nevada, consider to be their spiritual leader. Their lives differ from the rest of the men in their tribe in many ways, but one way stood out to me most. Our translator was explaining that the Mamo's don't see nature as "Mother" Earth. When he began my instant internal reaction was defensive. I thought, "what?! Of course she's 'Mother' Earth! she gives us life!" He procedeed to explain that mothers give everything for their children. Mothers give with no limits. They give without holding back. We take and take from our mothers; we milk our mothers dry. Mothers would die for their children. So instead, Mamo's view earth as a sister, because a sister gives but you respect her boundries. You take but you give back! You use your resources without abusing. You accept her gifts and you protect her. I took this lesson with me in my heart and I hope you will now carry it in your too.
It was amazing! These last days were magical, spiritual, heart opening and so much more. I learned so much from you guys and the beautiful souls that accompanied us on this journey. The magical places we went to allowed us to reconnect with nature! The yoga was physically exhausting and mentally calming. And each activty was planned to perfection. I chanted, I laughed, I cried, and I enjoyed every single momento. It could not have been better. From the bottom of my heart Thank You!
We recommend you schedule with us any of the treatments below before we travel. Limited slots will be available so that treatments do not interfere with our busy daily schedule.