Rejuvenation! Join Mind the Mat’s Winter Yoga Retreat, Cartagena & Caribbean Coast of Colombia, Feb. 18-24, 2017

Yoga is one way to connect with others and to our highest self. We all feel stuck or blocked sometimes, and in those moments it can feel like we are the only one having this experience. Yet, it is a human experience we all share. Join us for a retreat on the breathtaking Caribbean Coast of Colombia, South America. Students of all levels are welcome.


This will be a time for self-exploration and rejuvenation. You will learn yogic practices to generate greater awareness and transform blockages into personal power, love, and freedom. Exercises will include yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, group discussion, time for silence, as well as learning from local indigenous people who have used nature as their guide for centuries. The retreat will take place at an eco-lodge retreat center, Viento Solar, on the beachfront of the Caribbean coast.



Our hotel in Cartagena

We’ll arrive at Cartagena airport on Saturday, February 18, and spend the night at an upscale boutique hotel in Cartagena, a burgeoning tourist city with beautiful colonial architecture, gourmet food, street artisans, cafés, and fashion.


We will depart for Viento Solar Retreat Center on Sunday, February 19, and return to Cartagena on Friday, February 24. Viento Solar is a nature reserve with comfortable but rustic accommodations. The food is home cooked and delicious. The staff is like family, and the natural setting is breathtaking. Upon return to Cartagena, participants may choose to stay for the weekend in Cartagena. (For information on booking hotels for additional nights, contact me.) 



Hotels in Cartagena (nights of February 18 & 24)

Transportation to and from Cartagena airport to hotel on February 18 & 24

Transportation to and from Viento Solar Yoga Retreat Center

Lodging and meals at Viento Solar Retreat Center

Not included


Food in Cartagena

Optional additional purchases made by retreat participants

Optional additional nights in Cartagena

Optional Massage and Bodywork (If you would like to book a session with Sara or Michael while on retreat, the cost is $120 per session.)

Cost of Retreat


Retreat Leaders 



Sara VanderGoot, co-owner of Mind the Mat, RYT 500, Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Thai Yoga Practitioner

Michael Peterson, e-RYT 500, Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Thai Yoga Practitioner

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Sara VanderGoot, CMT, e-RYT 200, RYT 500, is Co-founder of Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga and Director of Mind the Mat Yoga Alliance certified teacher training program. Sara is an experienced Registered Yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. She studied Interdisciplinary Yoga with Don and Amba Stapleton in Nosara, Costa Rica and at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Sara is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, licensed by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Sara has been practicing massage therapy, including specialties Prenatal Massage, Postpartum Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Thai Yoga Massage, in Del Ray, Alexandria for over 15 years and a yoga instructor for 7 years. At Mind the Mat she specializes in Prenatal Yoga, Postpartum Core Yoga, Mommy and Me Core Yoga, Partners Yoga, and Hot Flow Yoga. Sara frequently acts as a birth companion for many of her clients, doing massage and yoga during labor and delivery to facilitate comfort during both medicated and unmedicated births. Before becoming a massage therapist and yoga instructor, she was a lawyer in the Washington D.C. area and found that the healing practices of massage and yoga brought a balance to her life that she had been searching for.

Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga was founded in 2008 by Megan Brown, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Polestar Certified Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation and Sara VanderGoot, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher (e-RYT 200, RYT 500). In their private practices as physical therapist and massage therapist respectively Megan and Sara observed that many of their clients were coming in with similar needs: relief for neck and shoulder tension and low back pain as well as a desire for more flexibility in hips and legs, stability in joints, and core strength.

Together Megan and Sara carefully crafted a curriculum of Pilates and yoga classes to address needs for clients who are pregnant, postpartum, have injuries or limitations, who are new to Pilates and yoga, and for those who are advanced students and are looking for an extra challenge.     

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