8 Days Ocean Paradise and Yoga Retreat in Panama

  • The Bristol Hotel, Zona 10, Aquilino de la Guardia Avenue, Panama City - Island Plantation Hotel, Bar, and Restaurant, Playa Bluff road, Bocas Del Toro, Panama

Blissful Yoga Retreat Panama

Imagine yoga sessions twice a day overlooking the ocean, lazy afternoons with great conversation followed by a walk on the beach, a book, or a nap in a hammock, sailing the tepid and blue Caribbean, and paddle boarding in its the gorgeous turquoise waters. These are what you can look forward to, and so much more, in this holiday with Jessica Bellofatto Yoga. Pack your bikini and some sunscreen and get ready for a Thanksgiving week vacation that is way better than any turkey dinner.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Guided city tour of Casco Antiguo
  • Group catamaran sail and snorkel
  • Guided nighttime beach walk to watch the turtles lay eggs
  • Group flights from Panama City to Bocas del Toro
  • Two delicious daily meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be accommodated at the Island Plantation Hotel in Bocas Del Toro for five nights. Get ready for island-style barefoot elegance. Each room was designed and decorated with natural comfort in mind. All rooms have gorgeous open-air bathrooms, pool-facing front patios, overhead fan for evening comfort (though the ocean breezes will keep you cool), and a zen style that eases you into "island time".

Many rooms have one king-sized and one twin bed and private bathrooms, while the one upstairs suite shares a bathroom between two rooms with the trade off of a porch with hammock, and amazing ocean and monkey-dwelling tree views.

This retreat also includes two overnight stays at the Bristol Hotel in Panama City during the arrival day and the final retreat night before departing from Panama. This boutique luxury hotel polishes your island time with all of the comfort and amenities you can expect such as delicious food, amazing spa, and luxuriously appointed rooms. Enjoy top notch service and all the flavors of Panama City right outside your door.

During this retreat, you can expect vigorous and transformational yoga sessions in the mornings, with a strong emphasis on alignment and correct bio-mechanics. There will be a total of six morning yoga sessions, as there will be none for the arrival and departure days. During the later part of each day, you will experience sweet, mellow, and restorative yoga sessions that will allow your body to recover from the day's adventures and activities.

Sample itinerary

Typical arrival into Panama City

  • Arrive into Panama City with transfers to the hotel
  • Guided tour of Casco Antiguo
  • Welcome dinner in a Casco Antiguo restaurant
  • Time to get ready for the next day’s flight to Boca del Toro

Typical retreat day

  • Light and easy morning nourishment (coffee, tea, granola, and fruit)
  • Morning yoga session
  • Breakfast
  • Personal free time
  • Available group activities
  • Evening yoga
  • Delicious evening dinner with new friends and amazing sunset views

Typical return to Panama City

  • Fly out of Bocas del Toro and return to Panama City
  • Time to relax, souvenir shopping, and city exploration
  • Final group dinner, hugs, and goodbyes before next day’s departure home

A guided and walking city tour of Casco Antiguo (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), catamaran sail and snorkel group trip, and guided nighttime beach walk to watch the turtles lay eggs or to watch the babies head out to sea (seasonal) are included in the price of this retreat. You will also have a group flight to reach your accommodation in Bocas del Toro from Panama City.

  • Jessica Bellofatto

    Jessica has been practicing yoga for 24 years. She started at the original Jivamukti Yoga Studio in East Village, New York. She completed her 500-hour training in 1997 at the Jivamukti Yoga School under the guidance of Sharon Gannon and David Life. She spent many hours studying the Anusara, Iyengar, and Ashtanga styles and is currently pursuing certification in Ashaya yoga, which sprouted from Anusara, with Todd Norian. Jessica is also a triathlete, an avid surfer, and the owner of KamaDeva Yoga.

This retreat will take place in the Isthmus of Panama, which is home to some of the purest natural beauty in Latin America. This location has dense tropical rainforests, wide savannas, coral reefs bursting with aquatic life, and delightfully-deserted beaches. The latest idyllic spot to emerge on travelers’ lists is Bocas del Toro, an archipelago made up of nine islands and hundreds of cays and islets.

This small island community is the perfect paradise to deepen your yoga practice, relax, sail, surf, explore, and stargaze. Get ready to hit the local and much-envied clear Caribbean waters of Panama.

All delicious daily breakfasts and dinners are included in the price of this retreat. Your welcome dinner will be held at a restaurant in the Casco Antiguo area.

If you're feeling adventurous, Jessica Bellofatto Yoga can help you arrange additional activities or excursions at an additional cost, examples of which include surfing classes or stand-up paddle (SUP) yoga sessions.

  • 6 morning yoga sessions
  • 7 evening yoga sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airfare to Bocas del Toro from Panama City
  • Catamaran sailing and snorkeling group trip
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • Guided and walking city tour of Casco Antiguo
  • Guided nighttime beach walk to view turtles
  • Transfer from and to Albrook "Marcos A. Gelabert" International Airport (PAC)
  • Transfer from and to Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
  • Welcome dinner in a Casco Antiguo restaurant
  • Airfare to Panama
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Any additional activities, excursions, or services
  • Highly-recommended travel insurance
  • Lunches
  • Souvenirs and other personal expenses
  • Stand-up paddle yoga sessions
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Transportation to Panama City on arrival day

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Jessica Bellofatto Yoga will pick you up from the airport.

Testimonials

  • Review by Deborah Spera

    "A yoga practice exists to anchor you in the here and now while reminding you of your greatest potential spiritually. As a result of that reminder, the body gives way to incremental moments (inches really) that provide enormous pathways of possibility. When I met Jess I hadn’t done a handstand in 22 years, i hadn’t contemplated the splits in even more. I had given up what I thought my numerical age allowed. Jess reminded me that who we are and what we are are defined by practice and faith and belief in possibility. As I remembered what it was to do a backbend and a headstand, so I also remembered and discovered not only who I am, but who I am meant to be. Only a great teacher can provide a light to that path. And Jess is and has always been for me a great teacher. A reminder of my spiritual being and a true beacon of joy."

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  • Review by Christy Turlington Burns

    "I have known Jessica Bellofatto since she became certified from Jivamukti many years ago. She has always been a gifted teacher and an inspiring spirit. She was always the epitome of a yogini, which is why I chose her to represent my Nuala yoga inspired clothing line for our first catalogue. She is a beautiful soul inside and out. I continue to learn from her every time I am in her presence and I am grateful for the opportunity always."

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  • Review by Giulio Martini

    "In a sky full of yoga stars, Jessica’s shines most brightly. She is a natural teacher of yoga in all its aspects and her classes are rare, perfectly formed gems. Afterwards, I always feel satisfied and I am always hungry for more."

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  • Review by Shira Barzilay

    "I had been going on a yearly yoga retreat with Jessica (and Lois the first year) for a few years. Each time, I emerged with a rising feeling of power, a clarity in my heart, and an unmistakable sense that I wished I didn’t have to wait until next year to experience this again. When an email arrived in August of 2012, announcing a teacher training in East Hampton with Jessica and Lois, my first reaction was, “I don’t want to be a teacher, but 10 weekends of instruction and hands-on practice, now that may be even better than a one week retreat!” I knew I wanted to invest in the deepening of my practice, because as anyone who commits to yoga can say—it is the answer. I cannot compare my time spent on my mat to anything else, and now with the knowledge I have gained—bringing it into my daily life—driving the kids around, washing the dishes, and dealing with people—has made all my interactions and life work so much better. If you are considering this teacher training, go with your gut, trust yourself, invest in yourself. Doing so will take you to new heights. Trust Jess and Lois. Don’t underestimate yourself."

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  • Review by Paula Didonato

    "Dear Jessica and Gina, I am so full of gratitude for this past weekend and for my relationship with each of you. This weekend was incredible. It was so powerful to be in the company of you both. You set an example of what it is possible. You are both such wonderful role models. The experience helped to rekindle my determination to work hard and nurture my practice. I have been on a journey to find my spiritual apex through yoga while creating a sustainable business. This goal often seems like an impossible dream. Watching you both gave me renewed hope and I am very grateful. I think the example that you set in working together is one that the women that attended your conference will benefit greatly from. I can’t imagine what my adult life would have been like if I had spent the weekend with the likes of you both when I was in my 20's and 30's. You should be very proud of yourselves and hopefully you recognize the impact you are having on many many women. I love you both. Thank you for your generosity and inclusivity."

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  • Review by Robbie Luitjen from Tulum, Mexico

    "I just spent a week at a yoga retreat lead by Jessica Bellofatto in Tulum, Mexico. Amazing almost sums it up. It was my first of hopefully many more. I went alone and was the oldest. Yet, I never felt it in the best possible ways. The staff at Amansala was spot on and the food was healthy and delicious."

    "Jessica and Iris are extremely experienced. The constant hands on attention was such a plus. Jessica is the best instructor I’ve ever experienced in my 20 years of yoga. Although, I just met them it was as though I’d known them for years."

    "The ocean being feet away and the additional excursions between yoga and eating was a win-win. Did I say I loved it!? What a wonderful way to meet new women of like mindedness of all ages. Thank you Jessica for your devotion and attention to detail. See you next year!"

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  • Review by Barbara Demetz from Tulum, Mexico

    "Jessica, You have no idea what kind of positive impact you made on me. I adored your personality and your amazing skills as a yoga teacher, we were very fortunate that we met you and your family and all the nice yogis we got to know in Tulum. My first yoga class here in Boise was almost a shock, I missed your voice and your energy. I will definitely always look into your schedule for your yoga retreats and make sure I will join you again. Thanks again for a fabulous week at Amansala."

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  • Review by Amanda Jesenof from Rincon, Puerto Rico

    "The only thing I didn’t like about this trip was that it had to end! Jessica is a fabulous teacher and I loved all of the personalized attention she’s able to give with a group of this size. In four days, I became more confident in my yoga skills than I have in the last few years. The location for the retreat is absolutely unbeatable and the food was delicious; this will definitely not be the last time I go on one of Jessica’s retreats!"

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  • Review by Megan Toufexis from Rincon, Puerto Rico

    "This trip gave me the opportunity to focus on myself, my yoga, and find an inner peace I needed. It was fun, full of adventure, sunsets, delicious food and a gifted yoga instructor with a wonderful laugh!"

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  • Review by Rita-Marie Murphy

    "Thank you so very much for such a wonderful Stand up paddle boarding yoga experience! I was so looking forward to the weekend course and it was greater than I anticipated. I was extremely impressed with the level of experience and professionalism that both you and Jessica demonstrated."

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New York, United States

Jessica Bellofatto is the founder and director of JBYoga Studio in East Hampton, New York, USA. Regularly, she offers yoga retreats in USA and abroad.

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8 days / 7 nights

Availability

Arrival: Saturday November 18, 2017
Departure: Saturday November 25, 2017

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