Retreats and Workshops

What are the Retreats all about ?

Too often we’re afraid to try because we’re afraid we’ll make mistakes but when we allow ourselves to be creative, to let our imagination run beyond our fears

We tap into our intuition

The more we tap into our intuition

The more we are in alignment with our purpose and that part of ourselves that sees the big picture like a bird’s eye view who sees on the other side of the hill what’s in store for us

Here you will take a break from the chaos and hectic pace of civilization, you will be able to recharge your internal batteries, disconnect from civilization, reconnect to nature, yourself and each other and this just a jeep ride away from the hostels in Armenia and Salento

You will meditate, explore and experiment with your own creativity, work on your subconscious mind through understanding the chakra system and the power of gratitude, get a clearer vision of your purpose through coaching and exercises, you will flush your body with family style dinners cooked over a bonfire and lemon cleanse

 

Retreats Overview

Tap Into Your Intuition

In a left brain society where emphasis is on logic, rational decision making, the right part of our brain is atrophied. When we develop our imagination, we develop the right side of our brain which controls our imagination, our intuition, the part of ourselves that sees the big picture, we tap into our internal power

The Art of Being Grateful

Our conscious minds and subconscious minds influence our world and the lives we create or wish to create so learning to mater the mind seems to be essential if we are to create and mold a life that reflects our wishes and desires

 

“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day unless you're too busy.
Then you should sit for an hour”

This is not your 4 AM hard core Vipassana meditation

Meditation can be unsettling at first and just like a muscle needs to be worked on and developed with time

So we set aside some time to quiet down our minds and stay in the void for as long as we feel comfortable

Then we try to stay a little bit longer beyond the comfort zone

Finally each person exits the practice when they feel they are no longer in the zone

Buddha was asked –

What have you gained from meditation?

He replied “Nothing”

However, let me tell you what I have lost

 

Anger

Anxiety

Depression

Insecurity

Fear

 
 

 

You will learn the basics of Astrology, how to read your chart, how to read ephemeris to read transits, what each house means, what each sign is associated with

You will need to have your exact time of birth. Id you do not have it, ask your mom, I am pretty sure she remembers the time her bundle of joy came into the world :), you will also find it on your birth certificate

Bringing Awareness to Our Subconscious

We are more than just our bodies and we are much more than what we see. We are energy fields that vibrate at a certain frequency. Our eyes and senses do not see these frequencies just as we do not see or sense infra red lights, wifi emissions, radio or television . Yet they do exists. We influence the vibrations we emit by how we feed our bodies and minds. Working and understanding the Chakra system allows us to understand where imbalances in our lives come from and how to remedy them

 

Finding Your Purpose

Most of us don’t know how to build a computer but we enjoy the benefits of it, we enjoy what it allows us to do, it is an awesome tool at our disposal. Astrology is the same. Planets are constantly moving and affecting the energy field of the Earth. We live in that Energy Field. Think about it, the Moon is able to influence oceans. Now think about this, we are more than 80% made of water …. Astrology is a map of how the planets were positioned at the time of our birth and how they affected us, they reflect how we saw the world around us at this particular time and place, they reflect the characteristics we embody, they reflect the challenges we will have to face, the lessons that need to be learned and the potentials we may evolve into if we do the work laid out for us. As the planets move every day, they influence this map on a regular basis activating certain areas that need to be worked on and assimilated before we can move on to the next phase. If we do not then we repeat the class and the same events will continue to show up in our lives again and again until we pass the class and are able to move on to the next grade

 

Cleanse and Detox

In a left brain society where emphasis is on logic, rational decision making, the right part of our brain is atrophied. When we develop our imagination, we develop the right side of our brain which controls our imagination, our intuition, the part of ourselves that sees the big picture, we tap into our internal power


Dream - Explore - Discover

Creativity can be expressed in many various ways

  • It can be expressed in painting, drawing
  • It can be expressed in writing and hand lettering
  • It can be expressed in music
  • I can be expressed in cooking
  • It can be expressed in photography
  • It can be expressed in the stillness of meditation using the power of our thoughts to create a new version of ourselves, a new expression of ourselves, an outcome we build with our focus
  • It can be expressed in gardening
  • It can be expressed in chopping and carving wood, turning bamboo into incense holders, candle holder, music instruments
  • It can be expressed in crafting macrame bracelets, dream catchers

 

What matters most is that we express ourselves in a way we never have before because it felt uncomfortable, uneasy or unfamiliar, to experiment the creative process

What should i expect to gain from this retreat ?

Astrology Coaching

When you start to study and understand astrology, you enter into a fascinating world. Most of us don’t know how to build a computer and how to technically make it work but we all enjoy what we are able to do with it. Astrology is the same, it is a powerful tool once we start to know how to use it. You discover so much about yourself, where you’re coming from, where you’re heading.

You will learn the basics of Astrology, how to read your chart, how to read ephemeris to read transits, what each house means, what each sign is associated with

You will need to have your exact time of birth. Id you do not have it, ask your mom, I am pretty sure she remembers the time her bundle of joy came into the world :), you will also find it on your birth certificate

What You Can Expect From Me

I am a life long student, seeker, searcher, fundamentally passionate about the workings of the mind, the human psyche, its power, its resourcefulness, its capabilities, figuring out where we come from, why we’re here and what are we supposed to do, what is our mission as a human species, how did we evolve, what is our goal, what is our mission.

I have studied philosophy, psychology, astrology. metaphysics for many years, touched on quantum physics.

My goal is to share this with you

I believe in becoming the best version of ourselves which oftentimes means to first bring light to the subconscious mind and what lurks in the shadows

I believe we have massively chosen to incarnate in this area so we could bring the necessary changes so we could evolve into a new era, I mean, let’s face it, we cannot continue this way if we want to have a tomorrow worth living for. I believe it is our job and our duty to bring about this new age

I wish for you to have light bulb moments while you’re here

I wish for you to get insights about your life, your dreams, your passion

I wish for you to get a clearer idea of where to go next, what to do, what steps to take to follow your passion

The Environment

This place is magical and not only because I love it but it has triggered changes in some who have come here, having them face and come to terms with lingering issues or getting clear on what directions they wanted their lives to be heading, changing their majors once they went back home to study

The average year long temperature is about 22-25 degrees celsius so we fully take advantage of the outdoors

There are only 2 seasons here, what we call spring and winter aka rainy season

No noise but jungle sounds

Beautiful hikes and creeks to swim in

A 45 minute hike will take you to the small village of Quebrada Negra where you will find a bakery, wifi spot

To build an environment where we feel free to experiment with our creative potentials. To allow ourselves to make mistakes and then try again

A place to reconnect with the Simple Life

Bamboo huts, jungle showers

A jeep ride away from Armenia, the land is located on a cacao farm where you will have the opportunity to recharge your batteries, ground yourself in nature, meditate, work on your inner potentials

 
 
 
 

Sustainable Living

Learning to live on the land and become self reliant and self sufficient as much as possible revealed itself to be quite a challenge, especially when you’ve only lived in cities your entire life.

But as time went on and things got more organized, I wouldn’t have it any other way although there is still a lot to be done.

I learn about growing food, to build with local materials, to turn recycled items into arts and crafts, to harvest rain water, build a beer can solar panel, a solar oven, a rocket mass oven, natural fridge, bicycle washing machine and more …

Next Retreats
Next Retreats

July 4-7, 2019

July 15-18, 2019

What if I can't make it on those specific dates ?

What's included and
How much does it cost ?

New Moon July 3-6, 2019

INew Moons are the perfect time to start anything, to start a project or … a retreat.

How Do I Get to The Retreat ?

Mystic Banana is located about 12 km from the city of Armenia in Quindio amidst banana and coffee plantations.
Surounded by lush nature, bamboo forests, cacao trees and so much more
Far enough that you will feel in the middle of nowhere yet a jeep ride away from civilization.
Where to catch the jeep in Calarca to get to Mystic Banana Near Armenia 2019

SEVERAL OPTIONS

  • Take a communal jeep better known here as Willyz at 4PM – 7000 pesos per person
  • Charter a private jeep – 40 to 45000 pesos for the jeep
  • Call my neighbor who most days will make a detour on his way home around 12-1PM for a cheaper price
  • Take a moto taxi
  • Take the hourly jeep but you will need to hike about 1 hour – 4000 pesos per person.
Willyz old Navy jeeps typical of the coffee region

CALLING MY NEIGHBOR

  • El Zorro at 311 639 8561
  • He is in town most days and will meet you around 12-1PM in the PARQUEADOR of the Supermarket PROGRESO
  • This is the loading area in the back of the supermarket where you can leave your backpacks free of charge while you are in town
  • He will probably charge 25-30000 pesos unless you charter him for another time then he will charge you the regular rate of 40000 pesos
Following signs on the trail to access Mystic Banana

MOTO TAXI

  • You will find moto taxi waiting in front of the PROGRESO
  • However they usually charge a lot more than the moto taxi whose phone numbers are listed below
  • They charge about 12-15000 pesos per person
  • FELIZ                                          300 380 7322
  • CHRISTIAN                               320 311 9781
  • ANOTHER CHRISTIAN            312 805 0470

From anywhere in Armenia, take a bus to CALARCA LA GALERIA, about 15-20 minutes (2300 pesos per person).

Here you will find street vendors, supermarkets, ATMs, wifi spot, bakeries, cafes…


Willyz old Navy jeeps typical of the coffee region

COMMUNAL JEEP AT 4PM

  • Look for the jeep GRANADA
  • Most certainly driver and passenger will know you are going to Natalia’s and will show you where to get off
  • Get off at the sign LAS MIRLAS
  • Walk down 100 meters, pass between the 2 houses
  • Follow the orange arrows down the dirt path for about 200 meters
  • You’re here
On the jeep ride to Mystic Banana

HOURLY JEEP WITH 1 HOUR HIKE – (fewer on Tuesdays and Thursdays)

4000 Pesos per person

  • Take the jeep QUEBRADA NEGRA
  • Get off at LA CHICHONERA where the paved road leads to a dirt path
  • Follow the path until you reach the sign LAS MIRLAS
  • Walk down 100 meters, pass between the 2 houses
  • Follow the orange arrows down the dirt path for about 200 meters
  • You’re here

LEAVING US

  • You can catch the 6 AM jeep from the top

 

  • You can hike about 30 minutes fro the bottom of the land and catch the hourly jeeps. You could come up this way but the entrance of the land can easily be missed

CHARTER A PRIVATE JEEP

  • You will find drivers waiting by the jeeps during the day
  • Just tell them you’re going to Natalia’s
  • You can call the following drivers whom i know will not cheat you
  • EL ZORRO          311 639 8561
  • EL GATO            311 736 8076
  • JOSE                  310 464 1489

DO NOT TAKE A TAXI. Most likely they will tell you they know the way but they won’t

COMING WITH YOUR OWN CAR – You will be able to park your car at my neighbor’s who will watch over it for a tip. Note, if it is raining, you will only be able to make it with a 4×4 as part of the road is a dirt road

As a Non Profit All Proceeds Go Towards

Maintaining and upgrading the facilities.
Growing a food forest.
Buying tools.
Buying arts and crafts supplies.
Building an extensive library to study medicinal plants, permaculture, eco construction, aromatherapy, the chakra system, ayurveda…
Building a yoga platform