Heart of the World Spiritual Retreats

About This Center

Spiritual retreats led by author John Lundin. Retreats are one-on-one for individuals and couples. Retreats are all-inclusive, including accommodations, all meals, meditation instruction, spiritual guidance, and excursions to the surrounding natural attractions. The Center is located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia, which the UN has recently named the most irreplaceable bio-reserve on the planet! Each personal one-on-one retreat is led by John Lundin, author of The New Mandala - Eastern Wisdom for Western Living, written in collaboration with the Dalai Lama, and Journey to the Heart of the World, written with the indigenous elders of la Sierra Nevada. Week-long all-inclusive retreats cost less than US$500, and round-trip airfare from cities in the US start at less than US$500.

This retreat changed my life! I was raised as a Christian, but considered myself to be 'non-religious.' And I was a true beginner at both meditation and yoga. John Lundin and the staff at the various venues made everyone feel comfortable. And his teachings and guided meditations - informed by his time with the Dalai Lama and the indigenous elders of Colombia, no less - truly changed my life! Everything was included - accommodations, meals, side trips into the nature - were included so I was freed up to concentrate on my spiritual work and growth for a most fulfilling week-long experience.

Venue Highlights

Located n the Heart of the World, la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia, that the UN has named 'the most irreplaceable bio-reserve on Earth.'


The Center uses several venues in Minca, with hammocks to luxury accommodations. Private rooms, doubles for couples, and hostel accomodations available.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • Bicycles

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Meals will generally be light, to facilitate mindfulness meditation, but will also include a variety ,from regional 'fast food' to gourmet, with or without meat.


Transportation is provided from Santa Marta. Details with your booking.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To give my ego a break from all these construction projects. Layth

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.