INTENTIONALLY INTEGRATING PRACTICES OF GRATITUDE, CONNECTION, REJUVENATION, AND personal growth during our time together as a community
NEW YEAR RETREAT
Looking for a solution for your New Year quandaries? Look no further. If anyone knows what a struggle it can be to lock down quality New Year's Eve plans, it's us. We've all participated in our fair share of NYE let downs, paid exorbitant amounts of money for the sheer privilege of getting inside somewhere (anywhere), and witnessed countless New Year's breakdowns from fellow revelers out on the cold streets of whatever city we happened to be in at the time... maybe even participated in said breakdowns ourselves...
If you don't know what on earth we're talking about here, consider yourself lucky. For the rest of you, you know this struggle all too well. Which is why we couldn't be more excited to offer you this solution.
Join us in Colombia, in the literal-middle-of-nowhere, for an epic 6 days of relaxing on the beach, exploring the jungle and doing some good in the community. If this sounds slightly familiar, alas, you are right.
Our August retreat was such a success that we were looking for an opportunity to do it again. Then, somehow everything fell into place and our friend Nina of Gitana del Mar (our home base for the retreat) reached out to say that they had a last minute cancelation over New Year 2020. The timing couldn't have been more perfect and we jumped at the chance to secure this idyllic place on the beach. We will have entire beach resort to ourselves to ring in 2020.
The start of a new year holds great significance for many. It’s an opportunity to consider what you have to be grateful for the year past, and reflect on what’s to come. What better time to focus on your own personal growth and transformation than at the end of one year and the beginning of another.
El Camino has always been about more than travel. We’re about making connections and making a difference. We’re about forging through the tough times and coming out the other end a better person. We all deserve a moment to depart from the overwhelming forces in our own lives and appreciate what is good in the world. What’s good in our world? Getting together with you, our people, in this restorative setting that is bursting with natural beauty and serenity.
In true El Camino form, we have created an itinerary that finds a balance between relaxation and adventure. We’ve selected extraordinary experiences that harness the power of the group dynamic that would be difficult to do with only a few people. But this trip has an important and meaningful twist: it was designed to incorporate intentional moments of gratitude, reflection and grounding as we seek out a source of rejuvenation and connection through the landscape that surrounds us. We’ll do these things together, as a community of travelers—not as individuals but as a whole.
When we were presented with the opportunity to reserve the entire beach resort for a New Year celebration, we just knew that it was meant to be, and that this was the perfect place to ring in 2020. The Tayrona Region of Colombia is one of our favorite places on earth for a handful of reasons. We have always been struck by the calming forces of this magical place—maybe it is the four indigenous villages that serve as the caretakers of this part of Colombia, or the sacred waterfalls surrounded by tranquil jungles. Whatever it is, this is the one place we have come back to time and time again to realign ourselves with what’s most important. As we close out 2019 and reflect on everything that we have accomplished and all that we have to be grateful for, this idyllic setting will serve as the perfect place for us to realign ourselves for what’s to come in 2020.
Venture to a coastline unlike any other in the world; Gitana del Mar Beach Resort which is nestled between the oldest colonial town in South America—Santa Marta—and the deserts of Guajira. It’s where the Sierra Nevada Mountains plunge into the Caribbean Sea, creating surreal and cerulean views of tropical lagoons at the base of snow-capped mountains.
Surround yourself in the endemic wildlife, which creates a bewildering array of colors. The fruit is ripe, the food is fresh and prepared with all the passion that only a few hundred years of tradition could provide.
Connect with fellow travelers and new friends over poolside chats, beachside yoga, floating down calm rivers, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, BBQs under star-lit skies, and visiting one of Colombia’s most majestic landscapes—Tayrona National Park. We’ll have plenty of free time to relax in whatever way suits us best, but we’ve also set aside some time each day to participate in uplifting exercises that tap into themes of gratitude, connection and vulnerability.