Yoga Retreat

13th - 17th December 2020
Caribbean Coast of Colombia

Program Focus

Mind, Body & Soul
Do you want to recharge, rejuvenate and merge your inner and outer purpose?

The Art of Energy retreats awaken the power of the soul, reconnecting you to the Universal Energy. The retreat is a place of spiritual practice designed to enliven the body, the mind, the emotions and the soul.

Whether you come to rest and renew, begin your spiritual quest, discover your body or continue your growth on a well-travelled path, The Art of Energy will prove to be an awe-inspiring and enlightening journey.

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Mon 13th –  Fri 17th December 2020

We combine the practice of movement and spirituality to enliven the body, stimulate the mind, express emotion, and renew the spirit. Our mission is to empower people to heal their energy and minds through the use of group retreats, workshops, and ongoing community connection. It is our desire to help people restore and renew the inner energy of the human body and mind through education, transformation, and healing.  More specifically we focus on teaching skills and practices that will assist people in changing their lives.  Whether it is ongoing self-doubt or bad life decisions, we want to teach you skills that help you create the life you want.

Creating Lasting Energy
In today’s ever changing world the mind has a tendency to get stuck either in the past or the future, but empowering energy is here and now. You miss the present moment when you are distracted, regretting yesterday or worried about tomorrow. Yet with practical, self-empowering tools using the breath, meditation and movement we can successfully counter the increasing demands of contemporary life. During our signature retreat, you will find out how to access the present moment and tap into the energy of the outside world, inner power and freedom—not just as a concept, but as a direct experience. This is the source of ever lasting happiness.

The 5-day program includes:
All accommodation & meals, 6 yoga classes, one included tour, one mindfulness workshop and an evening ceremony event. Below is a typical retreat program, and the final itinerary will be sent to you a few days before the retreat.

Day 1- Arrival
Free time
Evening yoga and meditation

Day 2- Mind
Mindfulness beach walk and sunrise
Energizing yoga
Free time Optional tour; river tubing
Free time
Yoga and mediation

Day 3- Body
Energizing yoga
Included Tour
Fire dance soul regeneration and Tuki Tuki

Day 4- Soul
Energizing yoga
Included Tour

Day 5- Soul
Energizing yoga and closing
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What to bring: See ‘Details’ further down

The Caribbean coast of Colombia has a wealth of natural beauty. It is punctuated by wide, shallow rivers which run down from the Sierra Nevada mountain peaks of almost 6000m high to the sea just 42km distant, making them the highest coastal mountains on the planet. The jungle rivers, waterfalls & beaches are stunning and unspoilt.


“…healing happens while connecting to nature and tapping into our own healing patterns can allow us to heal more naturally.”

Your beach resort features:

A large 15 meter pool under the palms

A restaurant serving 3 fresh, healthy meals a day & daily tropical fruit juices. We offer Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten free & Dairy free menus upon request.

Organization and planning of day trips and tours to the Parque Tayrona and other local hidden gems of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta with professional, local guides.

A beach-front Yoga Shala & Ocean-Side Palm Temple for classes, workshops, talks & ceremonies.

A beach Spa offering massages & Ayurvedic Services.


Create the life you want

People all around the world have found help in healing through the practices of meditation, mindfulness-based living, yoga, and more.

Everyone who joins the retreat has an opportunity to renew energy levels, revitalize perspectives on life, experience an entirely new state of being, and nourish their body, mind, and spirit.

Our focus is to invite kindred spirits to partake in The Art of Energy retreats to honor their own life’s purpose, to progress in the healing of habitual, self-depleting behaviours, and to begin anew the process of developing the highest form of worship: empowerment of one’s life.

Learn to manage and reduce stress

Enjoy more happiness and enthusiasm

Experience relief from symptoms of depression, anxiety, and seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Sleep better & longer

Suffer less social anxiety

Enjoy more ease in interpersonal relations

Who this program is for…

All who join us must be interested in and committed to personal growth and deep natural healing. Whether you’ve never meditated before or have a life-long practice, our expert guides will teach you practical techniques that can benefit all areas of your life.

You’ll learn valuable tools and practices that bring more resiliency, better communication, and more ease into your life, as well as receive the support you need to continue your journey.

Your retreat includes

Six yoga sessions plus…


8 Eco-chic Bungalows with private bathrooms & 2 large, Luxury Glamping Tents with shared bathrooms

Mindfulness Body Experience

at the mendihuaca waterfalls. We will use all natural body scrubs to cover our body and give loving energy back to ourselves

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

All meals include fresh juice and a dessert at lunch only (unless otherwise specified)

Free drinks
all day long

We have a drink station with water, coffee and teas available  all day


Spa Services

Massages, Scrubs, Reiki & Watsu, including:
Relaxing massage 60 minutes $130,900 , Deep tissue massage  60 minutes  $157,080 , Scrubs & Exfoliations, Coffee · cacao · coconut  40 minutes $138,040, Reiki Session 60 minutes $157,080 , Watsu Session 60 minutes $183,260


Day trip to Parque Tayrona National Park,
River Tubing, Excursion in the Rio Don Diego,
Horseback Ride to Quebrada Valencia (Waterfall), Trips to Sacred Jungle Pools & Waterfalls, Hike to local Kogi / Wiwa Indigenous Village - from $65,000 each


Katie Dondzila

“My mission is to help people regenerate their energy and connect to the body, mind, and spirit through mindfulness meditation and energy flow yoga”


FROM $2,050,000 COP per person

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DATE    13th -17st December 2020

COST  From $2,050,000 COP per person (approx $540USD or €458) including accommodation & food for 4 nights at Gitana del Mar. Accommodation upgrades are available. Each client will have their own individual tab at the resort. We will charge all snack & drinks from our bar, massage / spa services, tours / excursions. To schedule massages, there will be a sign up sheet in our dining area. Excursions, tours and massages must be scheduled one day before. All Spa services are extra.

LOCATION   Gitana Del Mar Beach Resort, Kilometer 46 vía Riohacha. Santa Marta, 470001. Colombia (Click map for google maps)

To confirm the retreat reservation and block out your dates on our calendars, we require an initial 25% deposit of the Retreat Total.* The second 25% deposit is due 4 months prior to your arrival. *The remaining 50% balance is due 45 Days prior to arrival/check-in.*** The first two 25% deposits can be made via Paypal “Friends & Family” to, via Paypal Invoice (payable with credit/debit card) or via wire transfer to our USA bank account. Please let us know which option you prefer.** We require the final 50% balance to be paid via Credit/Debit card (not via Paypal or US Bank Transfer).

You can provide us with your card details via phone. This final payment can also be paid upon arrival with your card, pending approval from Gitana del Mar. Any additional guests will be added to this final balance.

If Gitana del Mar has to cancel the retreat for any reason, we will give you a full refund of any deposits paid.If the retreat is cancelled for acts of God (Tsunami, earthquakes, storms) or civil unrest then we return all deposits minus the first $1,000 US.If the Retreat Leader cancels the retreat, all the deposits are non-refundable as detailed below:If the retreat is cancelled within 4 months (120 days) of check-in date, client receives 50% refund of deposited amount to date (first 25% deposit). If the retreat reservation is cancelled within 60-120 days prior to check-in date, client receives 25% refund of deposited amount to date.If the retreat reservation is cancelled within 0-45 days prior to check-in date, client receives NO refund. All refunds are subject to a 10% Processing Fee.


How much money should I bring?

Ideally, between $500,000 – $800,000 COP. This will help cover your tours, transports, tips for staff and guides, some of your bill upon check out etc. IN OUR AREA ONLY COLOMBIAN PESOS ARE ACCEPTED. WE DO NOT ADVISE TO BRING US DOLLARS OR EUROS. IT IS EASIER TO USE YOUR ATM CARD AND TAKE OUT PESOS.

Is there an ATM nearby?
The closest ATM is in Santa Marta (over 1 hour away). Please get cash out in the airport or in the city of Santa Marta on your way here.

How much do the tours cost?
Tour prices range from $80,000 COP – $250,000 COP per person depending on the tour/adventure.

What should I bring for my vacation at Gitana del Mar?
• Bathing suits
• Yoga clothes
• Flip flops
• Shoes for hikes (like sneakers or tevas)
• Light long pants for evenings (It can get cooler in the evenings)
• Long sleeve t-shirts or rash guard to shield from sun when you go river tubing (not necessary but helpful)
• Sun hat
• Sun glasses
• Sunblock
• Bug repellent
• Books to read on time off or journal to write • Reusable plastic water bottle (BPA Free)
• Flashlight or headlamp
• Camera, Go Pro

How long is the drive to Gitana del Mar?
Cartagena – 4.5 Hours in Private Car or Van Transport. In Marsol Van Service – 5 to 6 hours
Barranquilla – 3 Hours in Private Car or Van
Santa Marta – 1 Hour & 15 Min in Private Car or Van

What are options for transportation to/from Cartagena?
Private taxi – Contact us for pricing and organization. The trip in a private transport is about 4.5 hours.
Marsol Van – Contact Marsol directly for pick up points, pricing and reservations. Your hotel in Cartagena can most likely help your organize transport with Marsol to Gitana del Mar. The cost is around $80,000 COP per person and the trip is about 5.5 hours. We can help you organize your trip from Gitana del Mar to Cartagena once you arrive. Typically the only vans that will come all the way to Gitana del Mar (Parque Tayrona area) leave Cartagena around 6:00am and 10:00am. Your Cartagena hotel should organize and make your reservation for you. The vans that leave Gitana del Mar and arrive in Cartagena leave around 9:00am and 3:00pm from the resort.

Is the ocean good for swimming?
The ocean (Caribbean Sea) on our beach is a wild and open ocean. It can be rough with big waves and strong currents. There is always some current, even if the waves are small. It is not recommended for young children to swim when it is rough and to never be in the ocean without parent supervision. There are no lifeguards on the beach and you must always take caution when entering the ocean. Swim at your own risk.

What kind of food do you serve?
Our kitchen prepares fresh and healthy food in a variety of different styles. Our Chef’s Daily Menu offers a new and different menu option each day. Our plates feature fish, seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. Our menu focuses on Colombian ingredients and traditional preparations with American, Thai and Mediterranean flavors and influences.

What if I have a food allergy or do not like certain foods?
Please let us know via email about your food allergies and preferences upon booking and securing your reservation.


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