Explore in depth the dynamics of practice, teaching, and meditation in the bright light of the Dynamic yoga training. It is a unique sensitization and awakening methodology that naturally and dynamically gives context, sense, and safety to every awareness practice and any yoga style. In the midst of lush tropical forest and only steps away from a secluded Pacific beach, immerse yourself in a generous and restorative practice to create a stable ground for self-practice and enjoyment.
The retreat center has seven air-conditioned bungalows all with pillows, top mattresses and luxury linens, private baths, and balconies with panoramic views of the property. The center can accommodate up to 22 people. Their facilities include a hardwood floor yoga studio surrounded by forest and a small stream, stand-up paddleboard classes or rental, a short nature trail through the forest on the property, a full size walking meditation labyrinth, and an air-conditioned living room which is a perfect place to hold intimate talks with your group, a gazebo with hammocks, family dining and bar area.
Each bungalow at the retreat center features balconies with seating and hammocks, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mini-refrigerators with complementary drinking water, and private bathrooms with hot water showers. Stay connected with free wireless in their centrally located hammock gazebo. Enjoy a healthy breakfast before you begin another day in paradise.
A delightful oasis of comfort and tranquility, truly unwind when you enter their stand-alone air-conditioned bungalow that blends seamlessly into the natural backdrop of the jungle that surrounds the property. Istmo double room comes equipped with two full-sized beds, outfitted with pillow-top orthopedic mattresses and luxurious linens for your ultimate comfort.
A spacious and inviting air-conditioned bungalow with plenty of comforts and amenities. Unwind in this soothing oasis, nestled amongst trees offering a seamless natural backdrop. With two bunk beds, each offering a full bed below and twin bed on top, both outfitted with pillow-top orthopedic mattresses and luxurious linens, there is a room for the whole family or group in these stunning accommodations.
This retreat offers a great opportunity to live a rich and profound experience in nature, learning, training, and deepening your awareness and well being while being fully supported by expert tutors. Whether you choose to enjoy this retreat as training immersion (personal or professional) or vacation retreat, you will be nourished with daily yoga and meditation practice, wholesome and delicious vegetarian food, silence, beautiful walks, ocean swims and views, time to relax and connect with yourself, and so much more.
Based entirely on action and experience, this retreat or immersion constitutes a comprehensive grounding in yoga posture practice that can serve as a powerful basis for both satisfying self-practice and effective teaching. Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat offers you abundant hours of practice every day including three unique Dynamic yoga practice series with specific emphasis and benefits (individually adaptable) and a gradual development of meditation practice. Explicative and contextualizing talks, group dialogues, and special workshops to clarify techniques.
You will be provided with invaluable tools to fertilize your experience and deepen your understanding both of how to practice and what to teach. The course will be supported by abundant and comprehensive study materials and personal tutorials with the teacher. It is self-complete, open, and suitable for everyone, from complete beginners to advanced level, including experienced teachers of any style. You will find deep benefits from this retreat. Even if you are not interested in teaching, this course is completely relevant, helpful, and applicable to any activity, and any student or teacher dynamic.
All classes will be taught in English with some support in Spanish if needed. This immersion can be taken independently or as part of the 200 hours Dynamic yoga personal and teacher training course.
The Dynamic yoga training method is a unique and revealing methodology of somatic self-inquiry that recalibrates body, mind, action, and perception. It uses soft rhythmic movements to prepare the body for genuine stillness in classical yoga postures, integrating the dynamic of the bandhas in your whole body, so that deep intimacy with breath, body, mind, and consciousness becomes effortlessly possible.
Deep, systematic sensitivity to sensation allows the natural alignment of inherent integrity to be generated directly by the body. No matter what your age, experience, flexibility, or strength, Dynamic yoga allows you to access and enjoy the eight limbs of yoga practice by flowing diligently from movement into deep stillness, and into the meditative mind explored in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
José Luis Cabezas
José Luis is an expert in helping people and training professionals to access the intelligence of consciousness directly through the body. He is one of only two Senior Trainers of Dynamic yoga worldwide, having worked closely with Godfrey Devereux and The Dynamic Yoga Training Method for over 16 years. Appreciated for his vast experience and understanding of the dynamics of yoga, his wholehearted dedication and comprehensive, sensitive and down to earth way of teaching, José Luis has trained hundreds of teachers internationally.
This retreat will take place in Playa Grande, San Carlos, Panama. Istmo Yoga and Adventure is family owned and operated yoga retreat center located at Playa Grande, San Carlos. It is one hour and fifteen minutes outside of Panama City and 10 minutes from the town of Coronado. The property is situated on four acres of land, an acre of which is intact rainforest, it is a beautiful five minutes walk from the tranquil Playa Grande Beach, which is infrequently visited and has natural shade from the trees growing close to the water’s edge.
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Three delicious meals, ovo-lacto vegetarian and made from fresh local ingredients, will be served daily. Drinking water and herbal teas are available throughout the day. Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat could accommodate various diets, from vegan to gluten-free, and everything in between.
Istmo's menu has been lovingly crafted by owner and Chef Sean Davis, a graduate of a prominent cooking school in New Orleans, Louisiana. They offer a tropical fusion cuisine that blends influences from Latin America, Caribbean, India, Middle East, the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Far East, South-East Asia, Cajun, Southern US, and the Pacific Rim Islands. Most of the meals are vegetarian or fish and seafood based; however, they can easily accommodate their guests who are gluten free, vegan or require substitutions because of food allergies.
Their meals are created from what they have grown organically and supplemented by what they can purchase locally. Istmo makes every effort to maintain a light carbon footprint and support local farmers and fisherman, buying the high majority of their produce and seafood within a 20 miles radius. During your morning walk, you may see them down at the beach on Playa Grande, buying the catch of the day for your dinner.
For first timers and beginners, Istmo offer a two hours introductory class at Playa Grande, San Carlos with 45 minutes of guided practice. The class will be focusing on safety aspects and SUP techniques followed by one hour and 15 minutes of supervised practice time. The cost is 40 USD per person with equipment included.
This tour includes a one hour or more paddling session down a beautiful calm river which meets Lake Gatun. You will have an ethno-cultural tour of an Embera village, dance show, and traditional lunch. The tour also includes return trip on a motorized dug-out canoe, and it is about one hour and 45 minutes drive. Istmo needs at least 48 hours advance notice to organize this trip. The price for two or more person is 130 USD per person while for a single person the price is 190 USD. Although this trip only includes a low impact paddle, previous SUP experience is required.
Paddle to and around beautiful Pacific Farallon Island known as the nesting ground for frigate birds and pelicans. At lower tides, you can paddle through a cave that traverses the island. The tour includes a one and a half hour paddle on the Pacific Ocean around Farallon Island and it is about 15 minutes drive from the retreat center. This is a generally low impact paddle, however, due to the unpredictable wind, it can become a more strenuous paddle. Intermediate paddling experience required. The price for two or more person is 70 USD per person while for a single person the price is 120 USD.
The Lagunas de San Carlos is a beautiful mountain lagoon surrounded by a forest area, making it the perfect place for beginner stand-up paddleboards to practice. The laguna is 45 minutes scenic mountain road drive from Istmo, and the temperatures are cooler due to the altitude. There is also a nice 45 minutes hike up to the top of the hill with nice views of the area. The tour includes transportation (45 minutes driving time each way) and two hours of SUP instruction and supervised paddle at the Lagunas. On the way back to Istmo, you will stop for lunch in Coronado (lunch will be at your own expense).
This tour leaves at 10:00 and you will return to the center at 14:30. The price for two or more person is 60 USD per person while for a single person the price is 95 USD.
Paddle around the rainforest islands and through the remains of a flooded forest on this man-made lake which is an extension of the Panama Canal. The tour includes transportation (one hour 20 minutes each way) and two hours of paddling on the calm fresh waters of Lake Gatun. On the way back to Istmo, you will stop for lunch at your own expense. The price for two or more person is 70 USD per person while for a single person the price is 120 USD. Although it is a low impact paddle, previous SUP experience is required.
This tour is an excursion to Chame Mangroves. The tour includes two hours paddle on calm water through beautiful mangroves, and it is about 30 minutes drive from the retreat center. Although it is a low impact paddle, previous SUP experience is required. This tour is tide dependent, and leave based on the tides. The price for two or more person is 60 USD per person while for a single person the price is 95 USD.
At Istmo, they provide SUP board rentals for experienced paddlers. Board rental is 20 USD for one and a half hours. Paddlers are required to transport the boards to and from the beach. They do provide a hand trailer that can carry one to two boards.
Istmo offers weekly yoga classes for their retreat center guests. Their yoga classes are held every Saturday and Sunday starting from 08:00 to 09:15. The class fee is 10 USD per person per class.
At an additional cost, you can experience the benefits of massage therapy including reduced pain, improved pain, improved circulation, increased immune efficiency, enhanced focus, and more.
Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY).
From the airport, you can take a taxi to take you to the bus station from where to pick the bus to Coronado. From Coronado to the retreat center, you can hire a taxi which will cost you around 10 USD.
From the airport, you can take a taxi to the Albrook Bus Terminal. From the Albrook Terminal you can take a bus to Anton or Penenome (they leave every 15 minutes), and tell the bus driver you want to get off at Las Uvas where the turn-off to El Valle is located - there is a big Delta Gas Station there.This will be a one hour and 45 minutes bus ride.
From the bus stop, you can cross the Inter-American highway using the pedestrian overpass and go right (away from Panama City) on the shoulder of the Inter-American highway towards the entrance to Playa Grande.
Turn into the entrance to Playa Grande - it will be on your first left - and walk down the street (staying to your left at the fork in the road) for around 15 minutes. The entrance to the property will be to your left, in-between two small speed bumps on the road. A sign that says “Istmo” will be on the far fence of the entrance. Walk down to the reception and they will be there to greet you.
You can also take a bus to Coronado and after the taxi until Istmo Retreat Center.