ONE LAST SPOT! New Year’s Retreat: Myofascial Release and Yoga on Caribbean Beach


Spend 6 nights / 7 days (Dec 30, 2018-Jan 5, 2019) reNEWing your mind, body and spirit as we transition to a new year with ocean viewsvibrant yogaluxurious self-myofascial release and locally sourced sea-to-table food (with founder of physical therapist, interdisciplinary yoga teacher Dr. Ariele Foster).

This week is truly a re-treat, an eco-experience that will create breakthroughs in your yoga practice and beyond.

See details and register here


New Years Week Yoga Retreat in Buritaca, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia Yoga Retreat with Dr. Ariele Foster

UPDATE Dec.8th – one spot has re-opened in a 3 person bungalow with two women. Please email with any questions.

Fill your heart up to the rim. 

I’m so excited to announce this New Year’s Week beachfront eco-yoga retreat on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. My love for Latin America runs deep and I cannot wait to adventure southward. Please join me for a renewal 😉 week dedicated to profound body and spirit wellness Dec 30, 2018-Jan 5th, 2019.

There’s something else that makes this retreat so very special: our afternoon practices will emphasize self myofascial release, a practice that deeply compliments yoga asana, but is in itself a skill of self-care that will enhance the rest of your life.

** 30 Contact Hour CEUs will be issued for Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists ** 

 “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

-Mark Twain

ariele foster smiling bindi yoga retreat

At this movie-set-like, magical Caribbean beachfront, surrounded by stunning, snow-capped mountains and the nearby Tayrona National Park, your days will be filled with vibrant yoga, mantra, meditation, self-care and self-myofascial release.

Soak in the energy and rejuvenate in the sacred elements of sun, earth, sand, sweat, and cacao. Oh, and totally delicious food. 


Because the best things in life aren’t things.

The hidden little town of Buritaca lays to the east of Tayrona National Park, where the fresh water Buritaka River empties into the crystal clear Caribbean sea. 

We will stay in eco-chic bungalows, each individually designed, with hand-made traditional palm-leaf roofs made from sustainably and locally harvested palm fronds.

Each bungalow has its own private bathroom and semi-outdoor shower.

Our yoga practice shala is open on three sides to the view of the ocean and palm trees. We will fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean, and take dips in either salt water or the pool. 

The retreat center, Gitana del Mar, is dedicated to light presence on the earth. 


Breakfast of arepas (traditional Colombian corn cake), eggs, homemade granola and fresh fruit.

Feast three times a day on locally-sourced, gourmet Sea-to-Table meals. The menu is fusion-style (Colombian, Latin and Asian flavors), integrating the most local ingredients available, including fruit, veggies and herbs from the retreat center’s own gardens and fresh-caught fish and seafood from regional fisherman.

Fresh, tropical juices will be available and may include: Passion Fruit, Star fruit, Guava, Lulo, Mango, Pineapple, etc. Bottled water, coffee and tea will also be available.

The kitchen can accommodate any vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and allergy needs.


In addition to twice-daily yoga, activities (free of charge) include: pool, use of paddleboards, hammocks, beach-time.

Massage & Therapeutic baths and scrubs are available in the retreat spa for additional price.

Day trip options (which will have a small fee) include:

  • Tayrona National Park
  • Ciudad Perdida (needs confirmation)

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

-Saint Augustine

YOGA & Self-Myofascial Release CLASSES

Yoga/Self-myofascial classes will be offered twice daily and will last 1.5-2 hours each. They are open to all levels. Afternoon practices (it will be warm) will be more focused on myofascial release.  

Beginners are welcome to join the retreat, though a little background in yoga asana (poses) is helpful. More experienced students can expect to have breakthroughs in advanced asana.

In addition to asana and myofascial release, we’ll explore pranayama, mudra, mantra, chanting and meditation techniques. Classes will leave you feeling both restored and expanded.

Myofascial release

Our friends, Rad Roller, are generously sponsoring this retreat, and ALL ATTENDEES with receive a FREE Point Release Kit (a $65 value), that we will use during the week (and of course, beyond). 

What’s included?

The retreat price is inclusive of everything you will need on site: 2 daily yoga classes, all on-site meals, drinks, towels, sheets and room/board. There’s even a lending library, and a private shuttle Sunday morning from Cartagena is included.

Day trips and guided hikes may have nominal fees (typically less than $25). Participation in each activity is optional, though highly recommended:

  • Morning and evening 1.5-2-hour yoga classes daily
  • Local shaman-led fire ceremony
  • Free time for day trips and lounging
  • Pool time 
  • Access to stand up paddleboards and kayaks
  • Shuttle from Cartagena (or Santa Marta airport) to the retreat center on Sunday December 30th

Let yourself be completely cared for in this all-inclusive yoga retreat.

We recommend the purchase of travel insurance for this trip.

Not included:

– Airfare to / from Colombia – Excess baggage fees – Visa or passport fees – Travel insurance – Alcoholic beverages – Gratuities – One way shuttle — Other personal expenses

If none of the housing options work for your needs, please email for alternative arrangements. 


Daytime highs average in the mid-80s (Farenheit). Rain is not common this time of year. Nights will be in the mid 60s.


You may fly into either Cartagena (Jet Blue, Spirit Air) or Santa Marta (via Bogota). Cartagena is a 4.5 hour private shuttle ride (shuttle to the retreat center is included in the price of the retreat) to our retreat center so please arrive Saturday in Cartagena. Santa Marta airport is only accessible via domestic flights, so you have to go through Bogota first (you would fly into Bogota Saturday or earlier). You could fly into Santa Marta on Sunday. Santa Marta is 1 hour and 15 minutes from our retreat center (shuttle to the retreat center is included in the price of the retreat).   

Please note: this is the most popular time of year to vacation near Cartagena. Please book your Saturday night stay ASAP or email to coordinate your stay with a fellow traveller. 

What to Pack
  • Sandals or flip-flops as well as sturdy hiking or tennis shoes
  • Clothing layers, including clothes for yoga, a swimsuit or swim trunks (or quick dry clothes) for jumping in the ocean, long sleeves or a cardigan for the evening, light colored breezy long sleeves, pants or skirts to help keep the sun at bay during the day, and light pajamas for nighttime. Wool socks may come in handy for both hiking (if you choose)
  • Brimmed hat and sunglasses
  • Toiletries (all natural, biodegradable), including good sunscreen
  • Cash (or credit card) for exchange for local currency for day trips, tips, etc.
  • Yoga mat (optional — see below)

Manduka eKO-Lite Travel Mat – weighs 2 lb

Yoga mats (and props) are available for use onsite if you choose not to travel with your own. If you choose to bring your own, we recommend the Manduka eKO Super Lite folding Travel mat (for ultra light travel) or the Manduka eKO Lite for a little  more cushion. You can place them over one of the mats at the retreat center.

Please do reach out to me if you have any questions. Share this event with friends or RSVP on Facebook. I look forward to seeing you!

to ease and joy and sunshine and self-care, 


To learn more details and to register, including pricing, lodging availability, and more, please see:

 (please email with any questions). 


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