Free your soul this new year with an immersive yoga retreat with two of SoulShine Power Yoga's most phenomenal yoginis Alex Canepa and Sarah Quinttus. During this yoga retreat, you will dive deep into your practice, the ocean waves and your deepest desires. Use this week to strongly manifest your 2018 and see the year unfold as you shed layers around your heart to set your soul free!
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Hotel Santa Catalina's beachfront accommodation offers an infinity pool, restaurant / bar, yoga shala, and yoga deck. All rooms have been built using natural sustainable materials including stone, slate rock, natural coal tile and tropical hardwoods, preserving the environment while providing a blissful haven for you to unwind after a day of surf and yoga.
Santa Catalina Retreats wants to make your experience as natural and comfortable as possible. They believe you can enjoy quality retreat accommodation without the high prices. That's why all of the rooms have memory foam mattresses, plush pillows, and Egyptian cotton sheets. The rooms include fan, air conditioner, fridge, blow dryer, cable TV and a locked storage area.
There is also a hammock and outdoor table and chairs for the perfect relaxation spot. You can chill on the hammock with a good book, sprawl out on the spacious lawns, lounge by the pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean or enjoy a sunset drink at the restaurant bar.
Standard rooms at Hotel Santa Catalina Panama will comfortably accommodate up to four guests, including air conditioning, ceiling fan, en-suite private bathroom with hot water and blow dryer, closet with a secured key-locker feature, refrigerator, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi internet, and outside terrace with hammocks, chairs, and table. The rooms include either four single (twin) size beds or one king-size bed with two single (twin) size beds.
Suite rooms can accommodate one to three guests. The rooms have one king-size bed and one single bed or the option of three single beds. All suites include a complete kitchenette (including coffee maker, microwave, electric stove, sink, pot / pan, dishes, glasses, utensils, etc.), safe (safety box), private bathroom with hot water and blow dryer, 32-inch satellite TV, air conditioning and ceiling fan, coffee table with two chairs, as well as terrace with hammocks, table and chairs.
During this yoga retreat, you will go on a group boat trip to the beautiful secluded white sand beach of Santa Catalina island for stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, and a delicious picnic breakfast or lunch.
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Alex is a long-time practitioner of yoga with specialized mindful resilience yoga training. With a background in gymnastics and dance, Alex has always loved playing with strength building movements, creative flows and exploring the full potential of the anatomical body. As her practice grew, she began to appreciate the healing effects of slower flowing classes coupled with pranayama techniques, working to stretch and strengthen the musculoskeletal system while relaxing the nervous system. Alex dedicates herself to creating a safe space for people to find both comfort and confidence.
Sarah was first exposed to yoga in the spring of 2011 at a Bikram class, but it wasn’t until several months later when she found Hatha yoga that she truly fell in love with the practice and its teachings. In the fall of 2013, Sarah traveled to Nepal for three months and started a truly committed daily practice and studied at an Ashtanga center. Upon returning home to Vermont, her practice continued to grow and she entered a teacher training program at Lexington Power Yoga in Massachusetts. Sarah is excited to inspire her own students by passing down the traditions of this beautiful practice.
This yoga retreat will take place at Hotel Santa Catalina in Santa Catalina, Panama. It is only a five-minute walk to Playa Estero and a 10-minute walk into town. Secluded and nestled into nature, the property backs onto the Pacific Ocean, giving you your own private beach at high tide. It also offers the most spectacular view of the world famous surf break, The Point (La Punta).
Santa Catalina is a charming and tranquil village, filled with raw natural beauty, about a five-hour drive south west of Panama City on the Pacific Coast. Wonderful islands surround Santa Catalina, it's worth exploring. Plus, it's a great work out! The tranquil location makes it the perfect place to disconnect and take some time out. At high tide, you can also take the kayaks and stand up paddle boards out for a paddle.
This village is a hidden gem of Central America, a natural paradise still relatively untouched since being discovered by adventurous surfers in the 70s. Embrace the friendly community of locals and immerse yourself in the simple lifestyle and laid back pace that Santa Catalina offers. Still fairly secluded, the closest town with ATM, pharmacy, and large grocery is in Soná, about an hour away. So best to stock up on any essentials on the drive into town.
With a handful of small, locally owned hotels, restaurants, and bars, and with cows and horses roaming the nearby fields and streets, you'll instantly feel the laid-back vibe that has made Santa Catalina a haven for surfers, adventure travelers, and dedicated relaxation seekers. There are two local stores with the basics, and a local fruit and vegetable truck that passes through every other day.
You will be greeted by a welcome cocktail, dinner, and drinks on arrival. Delicious healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be served for each of your five activity days, plus breakfast on your departure morning. You'll be dining at the waterfront restaurant, as well as the best local restaurants in the village providing a deliciously unique and immersive experience. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options are available.
Dining in Santa Catalina is relaxed, inexpensive and delicious. All restaurants are open-air and the food is homemade and super fresh. Seafood caught daily by the fisherman includes red snapper, lobster, tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, crab and jumbo shrimp, all served up in the local restaurants in their own unique and flavorsome way.
The favorite is the red snapper ceviche and lobster tacos. In addition to seafood, there's also tasty wood fired pizza, Italian, Argentinean and authentic Panamanian food. Santa Catalina Retreats will give you all the tips for dining out during your welcome dinner. You can also buy seafood directly from the fisherman in town and cook up on your own!
Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY).
If you are coming from the U. S., Copa Airlines (Panama’s national airline) and United have direct flights from New York and Los Angele, starting as little as 455 USD return.
Getting to Hotel Santa Catalina from Panama City can be tricky for your first visit as you need to navigate the local bus systems. For this reason, Santa Catalina Retreats includes premium transfers to and from Panama City to ensure your journey are completely stress-free. If you would like to join this transfer, there will be a shuttle leaving at 10.30 a.m. on your retreat start date (January 6, 2018) from a central meeting point in Panama City. The shuttles are super comfy and equipped with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and water. You'll make a stop at a local supermarket on the way so you can stock up on anything you need for the week.
Taxis are easy, safe and abundant. There is an authorized taxi stand outside the main exit of the airport. If traveling alone, expect to pay up to 35 USD to Casco Viejo. You can also agree to wait for other passengers and split the fare to make it cheaper. The drive into town is about 30 minutes, give or take some traffic.
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