7 Days Ladies Adventure Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Veraguas Province, Panama

  • Hotel Santa Catalina, Calle Kenny, Playa Santa Catalina, Santa Catalina, Soná District, Veraguas, Panama

7 Days Ladies Adventure Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Veraguas Province, Panama

  • Hotel Santa Catalina, Calle Kenny, Playa Santa Catalina, Santa Catalina, Soná District, Veraguas, Panama

Energizing Yoga Retreat Panama

If you're looking for that inspirational escape where you can really let go, be yourself, explore within, push yourself to try something adventurous that you never thought possible, and connect with other like-minded passionate women, this is the retreat for you. Throughout this week, you will experience powerful yoga sessions, thrill seeking activities, motivational sessions and deep meditations. You will have a chance to cultivate personal growth through adventure and yoga.

Highlights

  • 1-2 daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Day trip to Coiba National Park for snorkeling
  • Group boat trip for an island yoga class, SUP, and snorkeling
  • 1 surfing lesson at Playa Estero with surfboard and rash guard provided
  • Use of bikes, kayaks, SUP boards, snorkels, and bodyboards
  • Delicious and healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Private return transfer to and from Panama city
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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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

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.

Junior suite

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.

Day 1

Santa Catalina Retreats will pick you up from a central meeting place in Panama city at 10:00 on your retreat start day, March 4. You will arrive in Santa Catalina around 16:00 to check into your rooms, refresh and join for delicious welcome dinner and drinks at sunset.

Day 2 - 6

  • Daily yoga and meditation class
  • Mid-morning surfing session (1 day)
  • Enjoy delicious healthy meals
  • Boat trip to Santa Catalina island for stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, beach yoga and picnic breakfast (1 day)
  • Free time to take to the beach, go hiking, snorkel, horse riding, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, massage or simply kick back in a hammock
  • Day trip to Coiba National Park for snorkeling (1 day)

Day 7

You will all make your way back to Panama City at 10:00 stopping off for refreshments and snacks, arriving around 16:00 so you can make an evening flight home!

  • Group boat trip to the beautiful secluded white sand beach of Santa Catalina island for an island yoga class, stand up paddle boarding, and snorkeling
  • Snorkeling at Coiba National Park
  • Tara Barchalk

    Tara Barchalk is a yoga instructor of Lavender and Lime Yoga.

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.

Nearby places

  • Playa Estero - 5 minutes on foot
  • Town - 10 minutes on foot

Healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be served each day at the hotel’s oceanfront restaurant. 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!

  • Additional surfing lessons
  • Birdwatching
  • Diving
  • Guided hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • 1-2 daily yoga and meditation classes
  • 1 surfing lesson at Playa Estero with surfboard, rash guard, filtered water and fresh fruit
  • 10% Panamanian government tax
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Complimentary access to bikes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, snorkels, bodyboards and surfboards
  • Complimentary moderate speed Wi-Fi in the restaurant social area
  • Delicious and healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Free goodies from the friends of Wanderlove
  • Group boat trip to Santa Catalina island for an island yoga class, stand up paddle boarding, and snorkeling
  • Plush beach / pool and bathroom towels
  • Private return transfer to and from Panama city
  • Snorkeling at Coiba National Park

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by shuttle

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.

Arrival by taxi

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.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 56 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Allie Ragusa
    10 out of 10

    "Santa Catalina Retreats was the perfect way to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the US and melt into the countryside of Panama. Vickie and Sergio were amazing hosts and everyone that I met along the way was equally as splendid. The people in the village truly are so carefree and friendly, which was a breath of fresh air! Our yoga instructor for the weekend, Michelle, was a great girl who gave us the space to create what we wanted for our yoga practice on the retreat. She also had amazing organic food for us! The surfing was held on a sandy beach which was great for beginners or the moderate level. The local boys who taught us were so patient and friendly! If you're an active person and are looking to get away, this is totally for you! I can't wait to visit again!"

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  • Review by A traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing experience! Very well run, staff and instructors were personable and responsive. Perfect amount of organized activities and world class yoga instructor. Will be going again and again."

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  • Review by Meghan Godhin from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I had an incredible time in Santa Catalina. The yoga and surf were revitalizing and the instructors were really wonderful. The food was fresh and made by the local Panamanians. The area is remote and very surf-like, making it feel like a really special and authentic experience."

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  • Review by Elle Carr from United States
    10 out of 10

    "We had a wonderful surf and yoga retreat - and everything really was perfect. Great food, great accommodations and service, and great hosts too - all in a beautiful location! It was so worth the journey to disconnect and reconnect back into nature, yoga and surfing. We can't wait to go back!"

    BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Sara McCormick from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "In a last minute search for a break from the big city, I stumbled across Santa Catalina Retreats and made a snap decision to join the Memorial Day retreat! So glad I did, as Vickie and the Santa Catalina crew made my first surf yoga getaway a truly memorable experience. The food, yoga, and scenery were fantastic, but it was the fun-loving dynamic of our group that made the trip complete. I came back feeling refreshed and warm from the inside out. Thanks Vickie, Michelle, and Sergio!"

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  • Review by Simon Kreymerman from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I recently joined Vickie and Sergio with Santa Catalina Retreats and had an overall fantastic time. They are wonderful, generous, gracious hosts and made me feel at ease from the first day. My time in Santa Catalina was filled with activity but while well scheduled (as a daily yoga and surf lesson require) was flexible enough to never feel rushed. The instruction in both yoga and surfing were excellent (thank you Michelle, Keone, and Sergio). Each of the meals I had at the various places in Santa Catalina was a delight - fresh ingredients and presentation combined to great effect. Mid-December was a great time of year to visit, soon after the rainy season in Panama, as the surroundings are green and lush. These and other aspects to my stay combined to create a wonderful, active, relaxing vacation."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Victoria Gordon from New York
    10 out of 10

    "I cannot speak highly enough about Santa Catalina Retreats. Earlier this spring my group and I (from NYC) were met with the open arms of Vickie and Sergio. Every part of the week was perfect— from the incredible surf instruction from legendary surf teacher/adventure guru, Lili, to stand up paddle boarding, to practicing yoga overlooking the lush and sprawling forests of Santa Catalina, and to sampling the local restaurants— this retreat was nothing short of amazing. Vickie and Sergio were “hosts with the mosts”, who made sure to go above and beyond in making us feel welcome and inspired. The magic of this place speaks for itself. Since returning from this rejuvenating, soul-reviving retreat, I have found a new passion in surfing, traveling, and spending as much time in nature as possible. You will not regret retreating with Santa Catalina!"

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  • Review by Meghan Godin from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I had an incredible time in Santa Catalina. The yoga and surf were revitalizing and the instructors were really wonderful. The food was fresh and made by the local Panamanians. The area is remote and very surf-like making it feel like a really special and authentic experience. Vickie was a lovely host and so well organized. She has such a positive energy! The other guests were really wonderful and made the trip really special. Loved it!"

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  • Review by Pedro from Panama
    10 out of 10

    "With the new ocean front restaurant / bar / pool over looking the main surf break this hotel has gone to another level. Along with very comfortable rooms and great service the hotel does offer great value for those looking for more than a hostel or B&B."

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  • Review by Aida C from Ohio, United States
    10 out of 10

    "We were visiting from Cincinnati, Oh. Although I am from Panamanian, I had never been in Santa Catalina before. Took my family and we were a total of 8 individuals. Rooms are beautiful, very subtle but cozy, roomy, bathrooms were cleaned and spacious. One of our favorite things were the hamacas outside. Excellent to relax. The hotel is located close to a lot of small restaurants and the food was delicious. The walk at night was amazing. The pool with view of the ocean was amazing. And the service was the best. Everybody was very helpful and courteous. We are definitely coming back, we are even considering this hotel for our wedding !!!!!"

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  • Review by Rsherman from Panama
    9 out of 10

    "Great place to stay in Santa Catalina. The rooms are clean and the grounds are maintained and well kept. Staff was very helpful. On our next business trip to Santa Catalina, we will surely return for another stay!"

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  • Review by A traveler from Italy
    9 out of 10

    "We were two couples and even if, unfortunately, the hotel was full hand we have to stay all together in a four people room, we felt good: room clean and quite, charming ocean view from swimming pool just to better the food at restaurant."

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  • Review by Jena Jay Hare from North Carolina, USA
    10 out of 10

    "My recent week with Santa Catalina Retreats was wonderful! Vickie and Sergio were the perfect hosts and everything from the welcome reception to the transportation was well thought out and delightful. The food in Santa Catalina was fresh and the experts brought in for the lessons were great as well!"

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  • Review by Jena Hare from United States

    "My recent week with Santa Catalina Retreats was wonderful! Vickie and Sergio were the perfect hosts, and everything from the welcome reception to the transportation was well thought out and delightful. The food in Santa Catalina was fresh and the experts brought in for the lessons were great as well!"

    Santa Catalina Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Deanne Constantine from United States

    "Santa Catalina Retreats is one of the most precious experiences you could ever give yourself as it gently reminds you to stop and smell the roses without you even knowing."

    Santa Catalina Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Allie Ragusa from United States

    "Santa Catalina Retreats was the perfect way to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the US and melt into the countryside of Panama. Vickie and Sergio were amazing hosts and everyone that I met along the way was equally as splendid. The people in the village truly are so carefree and friendly, which was a breath of fresh air! Our yoga instructor for the weekend, Michelle, was a great gal who gave us the space to create what we wanted for our yoga practice on the retreat. She also had amazing organic food for us! The surfing was held on a sandy beach which was great for beginners or the moderate level. The local boys who taught us were oh so patient and friendly! If you’re an active person and are looking to get away this is totally for you! I can’t wait to visit again!!"

    Santa Catalina Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Cerissa Linegar from United States

    "Everything was so great and well organized. Vickie and Sergio did an amazing job from the beginning to the end. All the instructors were all so helpful and encouraging. I came back to Los Angeles and went surfing. I got up right away because of their great teaching. The food was all so fresh and amazing. I was having so much fun; I could have definitely stayed longer. Wonderful time with amazing people!"

    Santa Catalina Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Elle Car from United States

    "We had a wonderful surf and yoga retreat - and everything really was perfect… Great food, great accommodations and service, and great hosts too, all in a beautiful location! It was so worth the journey to disconnect and reconnect back into nature, yoga, and surfing. We can’t wait to go back!"

    Santa Catalina Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Sarah McCormick from Canada

    "In a last minute search for a break from the big city, I stumbled across Santa Catalina Retreats and made a snap decision to join the Memorial Day retreat! So glad I did, as Vickie and the Santa Catalina crew made my first surf yoga getaway a truly memorable experience. The food, yoga, and scenery was fantastic, but it was the fun-loving dynamic of our group that made the trip complete. I came back feeling refreshed and warm from the inside-out. Thanks Vickie, Michelle, and Sergio!"

    Santa Catalina Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Rebecca Lay from Australia

    "Amazing experience! Very well run, staff and instructors were personable and responsive. Perfect amount of organized activities and world class yoga instructor. Will be going again and again."

    Santa Catalina Retreats website, edited

  • Review by Jean Becker from Washington, USA

    "I'm a certified yoga instructor and studio owner from Seattle, Washington, so of course while on vacation in Santa Catalina, Panama, attending a yoga class was on my bucket list. Michelle Miller, yoga instructor and studio owner, is a talented teacher with a gentle soul who gets to live and practice in a breathtaking location. The class I took from her was a gentle Hatha flow in her beautifully appointed tree house studio overlooking the jungle, with a consistent breeze and ocean sounds. Michelle's style is very personal, precise, and clear and I found her to be a very knowledgeable instructor. She made what is typically a difficult practice for me seem easy. Thanks Michelle! As a professional yoga instructor, I would highly recommend Michelle and her studio to any level student and I hope to have the opportunity to work with her again someday in the future."

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  • Review by Taina JC

    "I've traveled a lot in the last few years doing yoga everywhere I go and Michelle is one of my most memorable yoga teachers. She has a laid back, yet appropriately challenging approach that allowed me to do pretty difficult poses for the very first time with ease. Her class follows a comfortable pace, is set among an amazing setting, has an incredible view, and she's just a gem! Truly one of my favorite teachers in the world and a must while in Santa Catalina."

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  • Review by A. Figueroa from United States

    "Michelle is a teacher who knows her stuff well. The narrative of the class is humorous and grounding. It is a slow flow, alignment based Vinyasa class grounded in humor and real talk. She keeps class relevant without all the mushy gushy holier-than-thou yoga jargon."

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Veraguas, Panama

Santa Catalina Retreats provides wellness as well as yoga retreats to a new untapped destination in a tranquil authentic beach village and hidden gem of Central America.

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7 days / 6 nights

Availability

Arrival: Sunday March 4, 2018
Departure: Saturday March 10, 2018

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