INTENTIONALLY INTEGRATING PRACTICES OF GRATITUDE, CONNECTION, HEALING, AND Grounding during our time together as a community
OUTRAGE FATIGUE RETREAT
We’re not going to sugar coat it: these last few years have been pretty damn draining. We sure feel it, and we bet you do, too. Which is exactly why we’ve created this retreat—to give you an opportunity to escape from your day to day and take some time to nourish your soul.
While on the road we have heard many travelers in our community describe being afflicted by something that can only be described as outrage fatigue. Perhaps you feel it too and you’ve been looking for the perfect way to describe these feelings of shock and horror mixed with sheer exhaustion from everything unfolding in the world. How angry can one possible get? Well, the last few years has proven that our outrage has no limits.
We wanted to do something special for our community to address this feeling head on, and give you a chance to press the reset button. 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 escape from these overwhelming forces and appreciate what is good in the world. What’s good in our world? Getting together with you, our people, in this magical place 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 healing 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 scouting destinations, we knew immediately that the Tayrona Region of Colombia was the perfect place for this type of retreat. 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.
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.