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Panama Yoga through Spanish Retreat

During this special 7-day retreat in exotic, coastal Panama, you will learn yoga and Spanish simultaneously. In the process, not only will you be getting a healthy dose of relaxation at the beach, but you also can take part in some special excursions and activities to take advantage of the culture and natural beauty that Panama offers.

Top all of this off with comfy, eco-friendly accommodations and healthy, home-cooked tropical fusion meals prepared by a master chef, and you have the makings of an unforgettable holiday getaway.

Meet the instructors

Brenda
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • 1 to 3 Spanish through yoga sessions each day
  • Tour of Panama City, Embera Village, and El Valle
  • Transfers to and from Istmo, Panama City, and the airport
  • Healthy vegetarian or seafood meals
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat for five nights and in Riande Granada Hotel in Panama City for the last one night.

Nestled in the jungle and steps away from a secluded tropical beach, Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat is the perfect retreat center to host your next retreat, participate in a yoga retreat or stand-up-paddleboard holiday, or take a short vacation.

Program

During the sessions, you will experience a stimulating yoga practice while receiving ample amounts of Spanish language input. You will then be able to apply what you have learned during carefully designed, yet fun, communicative activities, and on excursions to restaurants, to a traditional marketplace, to a village of the Embera (one of Panama’s indigenous cultures), and to the sites you will visit on a tour of modern Panama City. However, it won’t go, go, go all the time. There will also be plenty of time to relax, to swim in the Pacific, (just a five-minute walk from the retreat center), to stroll along the pristine, deserted beach, or to just swing in a hammock.

Schedule

Monday

  • 14:00-17:00 Arrival
  • 17:00-19:00 Introductions and Spanish through yoga
  • 19:00-20:00 Dinner

Tuesday

  • 07:30-09:00 Spanish through yoga
  • 09:00-10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30-12:30 Spanish through yoga
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-16:30 Free time (options for massage or SUP rental)
  • 16:30-18:30 Spanish through yoga
  • 19:00-20:00 Dinner

Wednesday

  • 07:30-09:00 Spanish through yoga
  • 09:00-10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00-16:00 Trip to El Valle (lunch, market, and optional short hike)
  • 18:30-19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30-21:00 Spanish through Gentle Vinyasa and Restorative yoga

Thursday

  • 07:30-09:00 Spanish through yoga
  • 09:00-10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30-12:30 Spanish through yoga
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00-16:30 Free time (options fro massage or SUP rental)
  • 16:30-18:30 Spanish through yoga
  • 19:00-20:00 Dinner

Friday

  • 07:00-08:15 Spanish through yoga
  • 09:00-17:00 Embera Village
  • 18:30-19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30-21:00 Spanish through yoga

Saturday

  • 07:30-09:00 Spanish through yoga
  • 09:00-10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Love for Panama City
  • Evening city tour - dinner in the city

Sunday

  • 07:30-08:30 Morning yoga class in Spanish at the Riande Granada Hotel
  • Transport to the airport (breakfast at the Riande Granada Hotel included)

Included excursions

  • Trip to El Valle
  • Trip to Embera Village
  • Evening Panama City tour

Instructors

Brenda Lyons
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Brenda has been teaching Spanish internationally for over 20 years and is an RYT 200-hour yoga teacher with 16 years of experience teaching Vinyasa Flow and Restorative Yoga. She has lived and studied in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, and Panama and has visited every predominately Spanish-speaking country in the world except Paraguay, which is at the top of her list. During her 30 years of teaching in international schools, Brenda has taught qigong, yoga, mindfulness, tai chi, and Shake Your Soul Dance to students and adults at all age levels.

Retreat location

The retreat center features a beautiful 860 square foot yoga studio surrounded by nature and a jungle stream only a 5-minute walk from a secluded beautiful swimming beach with plenty of natural shade from the rainforest that grows close to the water’s edge. On-site is an air-conditioned common room with sofas, books, board games, and a ping-pong table, perfect for escaping the heat of the day. Besides the free-standing bungalows, the property is also dotted with areas that are perfect for relaxation or silent meditation. These areas are always open to our guests. The main rancho has wi-fi access. There is also a short hiking trail through the forest and around a spring-fed pond that is home to a family of dwarf caimans. Keep an eye out for the tamarind monkeys, colorful birds, and other wildlife that live in the area!

Food

You will be served healthy vegetarian or seafood meals daily when on site.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There are the options of massages and SUP (stand-up paddleboard) instruction. No matter what you choose, your body, mind, and soul will be refreshed, rejuvenated, and energized by the end of your stay.

What's included

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • 1 to 3 Spanish through yoga sessions each day
  • Tour of Panama City
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Entrance fee and lunch at the Embera Village
  • Transfers to and from Istmo, Panama City, and the airport (scheduled airport pickup: 2 p.m. on March 19)
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Transportation to all excursions - Embera Village and El Valle
  • Healthy vegetarian or seafood meals daily when on site
  • Daily housekeeping

How to get there

Besides Copa, Panama’s national airline, American, Delta, United, and Spirit all fly to Panama City’s Tocumen Airport from the U.S. Other airlines that fly to Panama City include Aeromexico, KLM, TACA, Avianca, Air France, Turkish Airlines, Air Canada, and Lufthansa.

The retreat provides transfers from Tocumen Airport in Panama City at 10 AM and 2 PM on Monday, the 19th. You can be picked up from any location in Panama City, as well.

You must arrive by 1 PM to catch the shuttle. Otherwise, there is regular bus service to San Carlos from the Albrook Terminal in Panama City (about a US$35 taxi ride from the airport).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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