Heal Thyself is a very important yoga retreat calling to all women. It is for all women to awaken and to understand that you are not competing with anyone. During your retreat, you will work with women rituals and the most basic healing works from the lands, incorporating thy foods, the circles of trust, and the yogic sciences. This retreat is made to love and empower each other as human beings.
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You will be accommodated in Coco Hill Bastimentos. Each jungalow is private and wonderfully comfortable. There is a large double bed with hand crafted mosquito net to ensure cool breezes while you sleep, and four screen sliding doors opening to create the effect of living in the trees. There is wrap-around balcony with a beautiful view of the Caribbean Sea and the south side of Isla Colon where you can laze away the afternoons in the hammock.
Elegant bathroom with hot water shower that is large enough to hold a party opens onto the verandah and also has a fantastic water view. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, including jungalows. Coco Hill is also LBGTQI friendly. The gardens are all organic and are filled to over-flowing with tropical fruits, vegetables, nuts, and herbs. The many birds that inhabit it, along with the famous three toed sloths, make it peaceful and serene.
Guests have access to the hang out area, the gardens, and the vegan or vegetarian restaurant. Wizard beach is only a 30 minutes walk away and Up In The Hill chocolate farm is only seven minutes away. The path can sometimes get muddy when it rains, an umbrella and gum boots is available for you to use. Although Coco Hill Bastimentos have their own lights on the path down to the town of Old Bank, but they also have flashlights for you.
After dinner you have some rest time and afterwards you can go to sleep.
Katherine Croston is the founder of Yorepa and she loves to travel and visit her teachers worldwide to learn more and keep sharing the love on her retreats. She is obsessed with nature, elevating herself and other people and the power of love. Katherine is also a trained Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga teacher as well as a certified health coach and chef. Her techniques address Vinyasa style alignment, Bhakti yoga in its devotion and lessons in love as well as Kundalini yoga for its power for deep transformation and manifesting the highest self.
Katie McLaughlin is a shamanic healer whose mission is to guide, help, and assist people in the process of reconnecting to their inner power, intuition, and source of infinite love within. Her gentle approach will serve you in personalized ways to leave retreat feeling vibrant, expansive, and completely in sync with your natural cycles. She’s a student of Peruvian shamanism, metaphysical sciences, and a certified past-life regression therapist. Through her studies and kind words, she aims to be a helping hand in whatever process help is required, lovingly, and gently.
Michelle Hardie is one of the instructors in the Heal Thyself women's gathering retreat.
This retreat will take place in Bocas del Toro, Panama. It is difficult to express in a few words what you can feel when you visit the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. Bocas del Toro captivates its visitors because of its amazing vegetation, biodiversity, and ancients customs. It is a unique place to find yourself. It is a lush tropical vegetation, fauna can only be found in this part of the world.
You will get some opportunities for diving and snorkeling in the unbeatable Caribbean Ocean and the possibilities for this amazing experience are unbound. With an indescribable and overwhelming natural beauty, added to the great combination of races and ethnicity, living in harmony with indigenous, Western Caribbean peoples, Latino’s, and extraneous, Bocas del Toro is not just a beautiful archipelago lost in time.
Blessed by nature, Bocas del Toro is an example of coexistence and multi-cultural respect for everyone. Visit Bocas del Toro Archipelago, you will be amused and amazed, tempted beyond belief, and for certain you will take some priceless memories back home with you.
Isla Bastimentos is the largest of the islands in the Archipielago De Bocas Del Toro. The people here are from West Indian descent, they are warm and friendly with that relaxed Caribbean vibe. Loud music, laughter, and Gali-Gali (a mix of Spanish-English creole that is native to the island) can be heard as you walk around the town of Old Bank. They love having a good time and celebrations are taken seriously there.
You should be prepared to be invited in for a drink and something to eat while you are in the neighborhood. You can walk through lush tropical jungles, where sloths lazily hang from trees, to reach amazing beaches. The brightly colored but poisonous, red dart frog is also found here. Hiding amongst leaf litter and inside the well of Bromeliads, it’s toxic skin is attributed to a diet rich in formicine ants.
The Parque Nacional Marino de Bastimentos was Panama’s first marine park. Established in 1988, it protects various areas of the Bocas Del Toro Archipelago including parts of Bastimentos and the Cayos Zapatillas. Diving or snorkelling the coral reefs and mangroves is an unforgettable experience. A multitude of starfish of various shapes and colors are just below the surface of the clear blue waters.
Soft corals and sponges fill the calm, warm waters known as the Galapagos of the Caribbean. The Ngobe-Bugle village is at the end of a long canal cut through the mangrove forest. Living in wooden, thatched roofed huts with no electricity or running water, the indigenious villagers still practice subsistence farming.They travel to nearby islands by hand-crafted canoes. There is a school and a handicrafts store where hand made colourful woven bags and jewellery can be bought.
You will be served vegan meals. Yoga Retreats in Panama encourages you to eat green and lively food which will help you to nourish, vibrate, and re-connect with nature. All organic and local delicious food to help you in detoxicate your body and feel beautiful.
You can go for diving or snorkeling during your free time. You can also take a boat rides to nearby places. There are always boats running between Isla Bastimentos, Isla Caranero, and Isla Colon for between 1 USD to 3 USD per person. There are boats available to go to Red Frog Beach which are of 5 USD per person. These rates go up after 7 p.m.
You can also do other activities such as:
One of the best ways to explore Isla Colón is by ATV or quad bike. The people at Flying Pirates, based on their own 600-hecatre finca (farm) on the way to Playa Bluff, can oblige. They rent out more than 30 of the fat-tired vehicles for use on or off-road, including 15 kilometer of trails on private land. The beach is off-limits. You will be transported to and from downtown Bocas. There’s an information and booking truck in the center. Free beers and hot showers are included after your day out.
This Spanish-language school, with branches in Boquete and Panama City, has a solid reputation. It offers a Spanish for travelers course that lasts four hours and costs 55 USD. The classrooms are air-conditioned. There are special rates available on lodging in its own dorms and in private rooms with host families.
Give and Surf directly serves a population of over five hundred Ngobe community members living in the communities of Bahia Roja, Bahia Honda, and Solarte. These impoverished, remote communities survive mainly off subsistence living without electricity, running water, clean drinking water, and bathroom facilities. The area is provided insufficient government education for grades first to sixth, and has a limited number of resources and opportunities for prosperity.
For these reasons Give and Surf aims to provide substantive, hands-on, real world assistance, and programs to a hundred and thirty children ages three to sixteen. Give and Surf has constructed and developed two schools in Bahia Honda and Bahia Roja that provide the following: a daily preschool and kindergarten, summer school, surf outreach mentorship program, after school program, adult and elementary school English programs, music program, and community development initiatives.
Give and Surf and its supporters also sponsor the continued education of thirty students through a sponsorship program that provides the necessary transportation and school supplies needs of students ages 13 to 18.
Since Bocas is an archipelago and there are tons of things to do around the different islands, Yoga Retreats in Panama truly recommends that if you are staying longer to take a day or two to island hop. The destinations include:
Scheduled boats leave for Almirante every half-hour. You can take a boat ride in 6 USD and journey will take 20 minutes. Staff is trained in safe boating and sustainable-tourism practices.
While Bocas is a pretty small place to be, there are so many good and varied options to eat out, and most of them you will find to be absolutely different and in gorgeous settings. Yoga Retreats in Panama recommends El Ultimo Refugio. One of the best restaurants in Bocas town, this mellow North American run place on the edge of the sea specializes in Caribbean and seafood dishes, with fare such as red curry calamari and miso-crusted grouper on the chalkboard. The service in the restaurant is friendly, and the tranquil location makes it a great spot for a quiet, romantic dinner.