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.
This five-day retreat will be held in partial silence, with each day divided into sessions of practice and instruction. The focus will be on the Barchey Künsel ngöndro liturgy from the Chokling Tersar, however the teaching and practice sessions will be applicable to anyone’s dharma practice as they will cover major Buddhist themes in depth. The instructions will also be applicable to any ngöndro liturgy within the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. So all are welcome!
"To stop your mind does not mean to stop the activities of mind. It means your mind pervades your whole body." – Shunryu Suzuki (Zen Monk)
Meditation happens in both the body and the mind. Yet in our quest for more mental and spiritual clarity, we often leave the body behind. This unconscious habit makes it difficult to develop a connection to deeper states of meditative awareness that are required for us to progress along the spiritual path.
In this seven day mindfulness retreat we will dive deep into modalities directed at helping you move your practice from a conceptual top-down (disembodied) approach to a non-conceptual integration of body-mind awareness. Through the calm and clear presence we will cultivate in our embodied awareness practices we will develop the ground to allow deeper facets of the spiritual journey to unfold. Evening Dharma talks will support the theme of our daily meditations and provide guidance on how to better overcome mental and emotional habits that cause unnecessary suffering.
Each meditation practice and Dharma talk will be directed to making a lasting, meaningful impact on your practice. Retreatants will be invited to sign-up for a one-to-one check-in with Scott during the retreat to help deepen individual insights and clarify challenges that may arise in the practice sessions. In support of our practice we will also be observing noble silence during the retreat.