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If you have never been to Venao, Panamá, you are in for a treat. If you are returning for your second time, or your 20th time, you will understand the call of this magical place. This retreat is not about becoming a professional surfer or a professional yogi, is not about riding the biggest wave or achieving a strenuous headstand, but it is about your flow through life and also a lot about how much fun you are having in it. The surf boho chic culture and beach will be the home for a week of yoga, surf, meditation, relaxation, and top line fun.
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Eco Venao is located at the tip of the bay overlooking all of Venao Beach. Eco Venao offers relaxed eco-chic accommodation like no other boutique hotel in Venao. Rooms are spacious, and all the amenities are eco-friendly and home made in Panama with the finest ingredients. If you are looking to get away from it all, look no further. The retreat will be held down and across both the Casona and the beach town, which are just a 5-minute walk from each other.
The retreat will be held inside one of the main houses called La Casona. Here is where you will all be sleeping if you choose to be inside a deluxe room. Located on a prime hilltop, La Casona’s breathtaking view alone is priceless. The colonial style architecture with high ceilings and thick walls combine luxury and solidity, inviting guests to feel comfortable and at home.
In order to look out over Playa Venao’s beautiful bay, you may choose to simply lift your head up off the pillow, or step outside onto your own private terrace.
Common spaces include a comfortable living room, terraces in the front and back of the house, and lovingly landscaped gardens, bordered by bird of paradise blossoms. The large, fully equipped kitchen, in combination with the bold and magnificent dining table, is certain to inspire many enjoyable meals during the retreat and where you will all nourish your holiday experience.
Depending on the number of people Yoga Retreats in Panama accommodates, Eco Venao also rents other houses around the same property that have the same facilities, but with some other different touches. All lovely and more adorable than the other one.
Eco Venao is proud to include Playa Venao’s original surfer's hostel. It is the fruit of a restoration of the original 50-year-old farmhouse, which required vast amounts of patience and dedication. The time and love that has been put into the lodge can be felt the minute you enter it, and is often commented on by guests.
This surfer style dormitory has sweet style bunk beds that can accommodate you for a more affordable experience. The cool wood structure and ceiling fans, along with comfortable quality mattresses make this the perfect resting place after a long day of surfing, yoga, horseback riding, exploring, or simply having too much fun.
Wake up to the sound of howling monkeys and go to sleep with the hypnotizing sound of the waves rolling onto the sand right out front.
Check out the options for your stay at La Casona (more luxurious space), private casitas or inside the hostel dorms. Either option is great, and Yoga Retreats in Panama is confident you will find something you like.
When Katherine and her partner Sofia moved 6 years ago to this Area of Panama, they completely fell in love with Venao. There was something about its simplicity that the city never gave them and they really wanted to learn. Not much time passed so that they learned about the love of home cooking, home reading, long walks on the beach, and splurging some days on a few beers out in the local bar. They engaged in new activities of course such as learning how to surf.
The fun part of all is that they still don´t know how to surf, and maybe never will, but also accepting that is part of the big lesson surf has on them. There is a lot of surrendering to do with nature and the waves of the ocean are to me a mirror of their own life.
They never forget Pema Chodron saying that life will always come and hit them like a big wave, but the magic started right there when you can watch the sky from above, all full of sand up to your ears and eyes, and still be able to come back up, and surely have a great laugh.
There is so much related between surf and yoga, and they both add so much into each other. Surf gave them back that playfulness that they sometimes don’t have as yogis. Yoga gives to the flowy surf some balance and both together make great lovers.
They always try to remind themselves to have some time and a space to dedicate to them and to their inner child. Let’s be wild and playful and come to play, get nurtured, and smile.
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.
Kasia has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching for over 10 years. She has trained in a wide variety of styles, with Kundalini being her passion for the past six years. She has attended numerous trainings and annual gatherings in the Kundalini community throughout North America. Kasia has also completed an intensive Kundalini yoga teacher training through the Kundalini Yoga Research Institute (KRI), with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and Gurshabd Singh in Rishikesh India. Kasia Kord teaches Kundalini yoga classes in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Carolina is committed to guiding and assisting people to reconnect with the Divine Source, combining her therapies with several sacred techniques such as Thai massage, reflexology, dance, and meditation. She also offers her own healing medicine of cacao. She enjoys traveling and finds her passion in promoting awareness of the body, mind and soul connection. She teaches Restorative yoga, holds yoga gatherings for kids and runs Thai massage, dance, and Acro yoga workshops.
Leonela has dedicated her life to working on the dynamics of movement. Her parents encouraged her passion for gymnastics, whose art she rediscovered with the introduction of yoga. Inspired by love and energetic work, this connection resulted in a multidimensional therapeutic path. She became one of Acroyoga’s youngest certified teachers. Curious to expand in her practice, she also dedicated to the various meditation approaches and Thai massage therapies. Exploring various styles of these wonderful practices, she feels that expression through movement is liberating and healing.
A 35-minute flight to Pedasi from Panama City´s domestic airport or a 4.5 hours' car ride from Panama City, Venao Beach is one of Panama’s most beautiful beaches facing the big blue Pacific ocean. Coming to Venao, you will leave dusty towns behind, entering the rolling hills of the southern tip of the Peninsula of Azuero. A curvy road will take you past cowboys and rice-fields to this beautiful beach full of sunlight, Playa Venao surf, and good times.
The Azuero Peninsula with its white-sand beaches, soft rolling hills, and world-class water sports is home to Panama’s most attractive small town, Pedasi. A four-hour drive from Panama City, Pedasi is the home base for world class surfing, diving, and sport fishing. An increasing number of foreigners are moving to the area attracted by the beautiful scenery and friendly people with this special small town at the center of it all. The region is also famous for countries best carnival celebrations in Las Tablas and as the cradle of Spanish colonial culture.
Pedasi, the center of tourism activity in Azuero, benefited as the birthplace of Panama’s only woman president Mireya Moscoso (1999 - 2004), who beautified the town and built the locals recreational and other facilities. Pedasi is now hands down Panama’s most attractive small town, low key, no ugly commercial signs and friendly where Panamanians hang out on their front porch at night and foreigners come and go to local restaurants, businesses, and nearby beach, fishing, and surfing venues.
The town has a good beach, Playa del Toro. Nearby activities include sport fishing, surfing, snorkeling, horseback riding and whale watching in season. Pedasi is 30 minutes from Venado Beach, one of the best surfing beaches in Central America.
The Azuero Peninsula has attracted a small roster of celebrities, including Hollywood movie stars and the rich and famous who have bought large tracts of land as nature reserves, exclusive getaways or simply as investment properties. It has three upscale residential resort communities: Azueros and the beachfront communities of Andromeda and Costa Pedasi.
Azuero is famous for religious festivals dating back to Spanish colonial times. Many towns have 17th and 18th-century churches. It is also home to Panama’s best carnival celebration in Las Tablas where thousands gather for a colorful, exhilarating, and raucous event.
Countryside life in the Azuero Peninsula is largely unchanged since the turn of the century. Visitors relish the way life slows down as if one were traveling back in time. People are friendly and prices are low.
The town of Chitré on the way to Pedasi is a good place to grocery shop and stock up on other supplies. It has large grocery and hardware stores, movie theaters, 3-star hotels, American fast food joints, etc. Here, the urban and traditional worlds comfortably mix. You will see both country people on horseback and businessman in SUVs talking intensely on cell phones.
Yoga Retreats in Panama will be cooking and hosting all of your breakfast, lunch, and dinners during this retreat. They cook with the finest local and organic ingredients to make out of your week the most amazing delicacy but also an experience where you will feel light, nourished, and cleansed from the inside-out. They include food and fresh fruit smoothies. Alcohol is allowed in and you can always bring your own beers or wine to the common kitchen space.
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