The Retreat

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Join us for a five day yoga and meditation retreat in Tayrona Parque, Colombia where we will explore how to access and develop a grounded sense of inner well- being, a more available and open space of mindful awareness, and deeper insight into how to better overcome mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering.

Ana Velasco will be leading daily yoga and pranayama classes focused on healing and strengthening the body and Scott Tusa will be guiding daily embodied meditation classes and dharma talks focused on healing and opening the compassionate heart. There will be delicious food by local chef Marie Noelle, and plenty of time to enjoy the beach!

This is a rare opportunity to learn and practice in one of Colombia's natural treasures, surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountains and it's amazing indigenous communities.

The retreat will be held at Yoga Tayrona, located in the semi-private Bay of Gairaca, not far from the city of Santa Marta, Colombia. The natural surroundings and beach access are perfectly suited for yoga and meditation, allowing deeper rest, healing, and inner transformation.

The Teachers

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Scott Tusa is a Buddhist teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. Ordained by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, he spent nine years as a Buddhist monk, with much of that time engaged in solitary meditation retreat and study in the United States, India, and Nepal. He teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology extensively in group and one-to-one settings, and supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche's Pundarika Sangha as a practice advisor. He trained in Buddhist philosophy and meditation with some of the greatest living masters since his early twenties, including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Tulku Sangag Rinpoche. 

Ana Maria Velasco Ana Velasco is a yoga teacher and artist with more than 17 years of teaching experience. Ana’s unique expertise and nurturing/healing style is the result of two decades of practice and a full-time commitment to teaching people of all ages, backgrounds, and physical conditions. She was certified by Om yoga, Jivamukti Yoga School, and Yoga4Cancer teacher trainings in New York City. Ana is the founder of Neem, an organization dedicated to offering yoga as an alternative therapy for under privileged people affected by war and violence around the world. Ana has lead retreats and workshops worldwide (USA, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Germany and Switzerland). She lived among the Tayrona indigenous communities (Kogi, Wiwa and Arhuaco) from La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia, where she learned from the wise men and women’s unique relationship to the earth. She has offered over a dozen retreats at Yoga Tayrona, which remains her favorite place to teach. She is a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and continues to teach one-on-one yoga classes in the New York City area where she also works as an artist.

The Place

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Bahía Gairaca, Tayrona National Park, (1 Hour form the City of Santa Marta). Tayrona National Natural Park is a protected area in the Colombian northern Caribbean region and 34 kilometers (21 mi) from the Caribbean city of Santa Marta. The park presents a biodiversity endemic to the area of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range presenting a variety of climates.

The retreat will be held at Yoga Tayrona in the beautiful Bay of Gairaca, Tayrona Park. This is a sacred bay for the indigenous Tayrona people (Kogi, Arhuaco, Kankuamo and Wiwa).

There will be delicious home made food cooked by Marie Noelle, a local chef who has lived in La Sierra Nevada and learned from the wisdom of the indigenous communities for the last two decades.

The Details

Thursday 2/6 - Arrival

2:00pm: Meet at the Centro Comercial Zazué (Mall) - 5 minutes from Simon Bolivar Airport in Santa Marta

5:00pm: Welcome and orientation

6:00pm: Restorative Yoga

7:00pm: Dinner

Monday 2/10 - Departure

6:00am-8:00am - Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation

9:00am - Breakfast

10:00am-1:00pm - Personal time/Beach

1:00pm - Lunch

3:00pm - Departure from Yoga Tayrona to Santa Marta (approximately 2 hours from the Tayrona Park to Simon Bolivar Airport Santa Marta)

Sample Daily Schedule 2/7-2/10

6:00am-8:00am - Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation

9:00am - Breakfast

10:00am-1:00pm - Personal time/Beach

1:00pm - Lunch

4:00pm-6:00pm - Meditation & Dharma Talk

6:00pm-7:00pm - Restorative Yoga

7:00pm-8:00pm - Dinner

Tuition + Lodging


Cost: $800 (for non-residents of Colombia) (this includes all classes + five nights (shared rooms) + delicious vegetarian meals) (There is a $300 non-refundable deposit due upon registering. The remaining balance will be automatically debited on January 6th 2020) If you are a non-resident of Colombia please register through the link below.

If you are a current resident of Colombia please contact Lulu Cordoba to register:

Retreat insurance is available in case of last minute cancellations or emergencies. Travel Guard can provide a trip policy that covers your retreat fees in full. To contact, call:  800-826-1300


“The Tayrona retreat with Ana and Scott was more than I could have known to hope for. Their kindness, depth of experience and humor created an environment in which we all felt supported and could grow, irrespective of our own level of experience. From beginners to seasoned practitioners there was always an element of practice that resonated with us. The location is (literally) breathtaking, nestled into the Sierra Nevada on one the few beaches along that coastline which is safe for swimming (i.e. like a big bath, bring your snorkel!), also far from other holiday makers or visitors. The accommodation and food are simple and wholesome, not unlike being invited into a temporary home. Looking forward to my next retreat with them!” ― Talia Radywyl

“This section of the Tayrona National Park is stunningly beautiful. It’s a perfect natural setting to  “go deeper” while enjoying morning asana and meditation practice &  fresh, natural, and local foods prepared with love. Afternoons were free for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking in the clear blue ocean or just soaking up the sun on the practically private beach.  Evenings were great for meditation and Dharma talks (or swimming under the full moon).  This paradise was totally uncommercial and pure, allowing one to connect with nature and oneself. I met lovely people from different parts of the world and reinvigorated my practice. Thank you Ana and Scott!” ― Deb Tangen