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7 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in Panama

  • Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort, Calle A Principal, Cambutal, Los Santos 00001, Panama

Panama Yoga Retreat and Surf Camp

Find your flow with Sansara Resort's yoga and surf retreat in the breathtaking Panama. This holiday is dedicated to yoga and surfing so that you can achieve a beautiful dynamic between those two. Sansara means continuous flow and its team wholeheartedly believes that yoga and surfing go hand in hand. Both practices require slowing down, relaxing with the flow, and breathing. In the water, just as on the mat, you will drop your habits and expectations and meet life as it meets you.

Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 5 days of surf instruction
  • 1 complimentary cooking class
  • Complimentary gift and use of bicycles, kayaks, and boards
  • 3 daily healthy and balanced meals
  • 6 nights luxury accommodation
  • Organic bathroom products
  • Airport transfers
  • 6 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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Enjoy pure luxury in one of nine private oceanfront cabanas that have incredible tropical hardwood furniture and original art that has been locally sourced and made. Designed to inspire serenity, the zen-like atmosphere of Sansara blends seamlessly with the lush nature and quiet beauty of the property's grounds. The stunning fusion of traditional design with a tropical twist promises you an experience that is both intimate and inspiring. Featuring extraordinary views of tropical gardens, each cabana has its own private patio which is just steps away from the Pacific Ocean's warm waters.

You will be accommodated in single, double, or triple rooms, all uniquely designed to accommodate one to four adults which is perfect for solo travelers, couples, friends, or families. The rooms are outfitted with luxurious bath products to soften your skin, high-quality linens, air-conditioning, and a mini-fridge to keep your refreshments cold. With an onsite restaurant, pool, spa, and loads of rentals and activities on offer, there is truly something for everyone in Sansara Resort.

Sansara’s signature surf and yoga holidays offer the best of both worlds, and there is no doubt that yoga and surfing are synergistic. The team knows exactly how to make sure you get the most from your experience by the Pacific Ocean. Throughout your time in this vacation, Sansara will be committed to creating an experience that is not only fun but also educational and empowering, both in the water and in the yoga shala.

The objective of this camp is for each individual who participates in it to walk away with a more empowered approach to surfing and yoga, along with the tools that are necessary to cultivate lifetime practices. Sansara's surf director, Nic, believes that the waves of life cannot be stopped but people can learn how to catch and ride them. Jane, your yoga instructor, wants you to leave happy and full of light with an understanding of your unique talents and how you can offer them to the world.

You will meet fantastic and like-minded people who are starting to bein the practice, wishing to deepen your yoga practice, looking to learn or improve your surfing, or wanting to simply recharge with a good book in a private hammock while listening to the waves of the ocean.

Yoga

Sansara is a Sanskrit word that means continuous flow. In yoga, you will achieve this flow through asanas, or postures, which stimulate energy pathways within the body and create blissful change. It is the intensity of people's attachment to the things they value that interrupts this natural flow, thus allowing for stagnation and discomfort. Only by transforming attachments do people enter a space of acceptance and gratitude for every moment in their life.

Sansara’s yoga shala is a beautifully-designed thatched roof rancho facing the Pacific Ocean. The facilities can be used in all weather and the studio comes fully stocked with mats, straps, bolsters, blankets, handcrafted wooden blocks, a sound system, and tropical hardwood floors.

Surf

At Sansara, you have a quick and easy access to beach breaks, point breaks, and reef break surf options. Whatever you’re looking for, the place has got it. With the warm, inviting water surrounding Sansara, there is no need for a wetsuit. Cambutal is home to some of the best waves on the Pacific coast, crashing along beaches that are clean and blissfully empty. The area boasts of a perfect blend of geography and wind, creating prime conditions to satisfy every surfer and surf level.

Complimentary cooking class

Apart from the relaxing yoga and dynamic surf classes, while on holidays, you will have the chance to improve your cooking skills with a complimentary cooking class offered by Sansara Resort.

  • Jane Emerick

    Jane is a marketing gal turned yogi. She has passions for the power of inward focus and the belief in the ability that you can evolve and learn at any age. Jane herself is a life-long learner. She sees teaching as a way to evolve and loves to learn from her students. When she is not on her mat, she is completing her master's in education, mountain biking, surfing, skiing, or snowboarding. Jane loves to go upside down and thinks there is magic in yoga that can be applied to all aspects of life.

  • Leah Oke

    Leah was born in the West Coast of Canada, on Sombrio Beach, BC and has been surfing for 23 years. Being born into a surf family, Leah had her own wetsuit and surfboard- standing up and riding waves by age 7. At 11, she entered her first competition and placed 3rd overall, competing against women twice her age, and it was then that she realized her passion and potential for professional surfing. From 13, Leah has been a sponsored athlete, surfing and competing worldwide. Leah is one of the first Canadian Women to make a living off Professional Surfing, now residing in Panama with her husband.

This retreat will take place in Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort in Cambutal, Los Santos, Panama. Located at the southernmost point of Panama in the Azuero Peninsula, Cambutal is a small village in the province of Los Santos, about five hours away from the country's capital, Panama City. Where the mountains meet the sea, this quiet and nearly-untouched area of Panama provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing vacation experience.

Cambutal has been described as embodying characteristics of a modern Jurassic Park, boasting beautiful and dramatic tidal changes, stunning mountainsides, an abundance of tropical vegetation, and endless wild birds and monkeys swinging through the treetops. Cambutal is an ideal place to escape and unwind. A day can easily be filled exploring the miles of picture-perfect pacific coastline, surfing the warm waters, or lounging in a hammock under the trees.

Nearby places

  • Panama City - 5 hours
  • The nearest ATM - 20 minutes
Activities
  • Boating
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Board rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Free bicycle
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

All three daily healthy and balanced meals are included in the price of this retreat. Experience the joy and flavor of dining on fish from just beyond the surf break and fresh vegetables from the neighbor down the road. This is a fresh and healthy living at its purest form. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let Sansara know prior to your arrival so they can make sure to accommodate your needs without diminishing your dining experience.

If you're feeling adventurous, Sansara can help you organize a series of activities and some excursions at additional costs. You can choose from the following offers.

Cycling

Complimentary with your stay is the use of the resort's bicycles, so hop on and tour the area with the wind in your hair.

Fishing

Cruise the Panamanian Pacific coastline, known as tuna coast, and witness the amazing views and abundance of natural wildlife. For those wishing to fish, you can look forward to catching tuna and mahi-mahi.

Hiking

Enjoy guided or unguided nature hikes through Panama’s pristine nature reserves. The nearby Cerro Hoya National Park is just one of the beautiful hiking options where you may see monkeys, macaws, coatis, iguanas, gigantic rainforest trees, and stunning orchids.

Kayaking

Enjoy a refreshing paddle on the Pacific Ocean. Sansara is located in a protected bay that is perfect for any beginners, and kayaks are available onsite for your use.

Onsite pool

Cool off in the stunning open-air saltwater pool overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Snorkeling

Experience the area’s best snorkeling sites situated in a beautiful protected bay. All the necessary equipment are also available onsite, ready for you to explore the reefs right outside of your cabana.

Stand-up paddling (SUP)

Glide on water and experience Panama’s stunning coastline while enjoying breathtaking views and exotic sea life from your paddleboard. Additional packages for SUP instruction are available for those who want to learn to or improve their skills during their stay.

Waterfall excursion

Travel through the forest, rivers, and mountains for the most amazing waterfall trip and cliff jumping experience, coupled with stunning views of the jungle.

You can book massages and spa treatments at additional costs. All massages are available for 60 or 90 minutes. You may choose from the following offerings:

Lomilomi

This is a traditional Hawaiian massage renowned for its soothing, flowing, and relaxing dance-like deep strokes. Palms and forearms are used to knead soft tissues with oil, while incorporating passive stretching techniques to loosen muscles and joints through mobilization. This is a relaxing and therapeutic variation for deep massage with no pain.

Ancient Greek

This is a traditional Grecian massage with principles that trace back to Egyptian medicine and are further formulated by Hippocrates’ teachings. This is a unique therapeutic massage that uses dry brushing with powder to stimulate the nervous system, full-body oil massage, foot reflexology, and cupping along the meridian energy lines and specific muscle groups. It is a restorative massage that releases tight and tense muscles.

Deep tissue

This is a sports massage targeting specific muscle groups to warm and soften tissue, help heal scar tissue, and flush toxins. This deep massage relieves muscle pain and speeds up recovery from muscular exertion. Using strong and intense direct pressure, rubbing, kneading, vibration, tapping and myofascial techniques, it helps to release patterns of tension and restore suppleness.

Sansara special

This uses a combination of relaxation and deep therapeutic techniques to address problem areas and reestablish balance. It includes practices drawn from classical western, deep tissue, shiatsu, tui na, acupressure, Hawaiian, Thai, Egyptian, and Taoist massages.

  • 1 complimentary cooking class
  • 3 daily healthy and balanced meals
  • 5 days of world-class surf instruction
  • 6 nights luxury accommodations
  • Complimentary use of bikes and kayaks
  • Complimentary use of surfboards and stand-up paddleboards
  • Complimentary welcome gift
  • Daily sunrise and sunset yoga classes overlooking the Pacific Ocean
  • Luxury van transportation from and to Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
  • Organic bathroom products, high-quality linens, and beach towels
  • Airfare
  • Alcohol, other drinks, and snacks
  • Any additional activities, services, or trips
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Recommended travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

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

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.