7 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in Panama

  • Hotel Santa Catalina, Route to Playa Estero, Playa Santa Catalina, Soná, Soná District, Veraguas Province, Panama.

7 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in Panama

  • Hotel Santa Catalina, Route to Playa Estero, Playa Santa Catalina, Soná, Soná District, Veraguas Province, Panama.

Incredible Panama Yoga Retreat

Living life in the big city, you will need a break from the pace and hustle bustle. So, if you're craving the rejuvenating powers of the beach, waves, and a blissful surfer haven, join Santa Catalina Retreats in beautiful Santa Catalina, Panama. Combining a yoga class each day with an invigorating daily surf session, you’ll return home with a sun-kissed glow, stronger surfing skills, and a reinvigorated yoga practice.

Highlights

  • 4 yoga classes
  • 4 surfing lessons
  • Diving or snorkeling at Coiba Island
  • Daily healthy breakfast and lunch
  • Filtered water and fresh fruit
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Private group transfer
  • 6 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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On this yoga retreat, you will stay for 6 nights at Hotel Santa Catalina. All the rooms there have memory foam mattresses, plush pillows, and Egyptian cotton sheets. the rooms include fan, air conditioner, fridge, blow dryer, cable television, and a locked storage area. There are also a hammock and outdoor table plus chairs for the perfect relaxation spot.

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.

Secluded and nestled in nature, the property backs onto the pacific ocean, giving you your own private beach at hide tide. It also offers the most spectacular view of the world-famous surf break "the point" (la punta). The accommodation offers some facilities for you such as:

  • Swimming pool
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service
  • Free Wi-Fi internet and cable TV

Notes

  • No smoking is permitted inside of the rooms
  • No illegal drugs are permitted at the property
  • Pets are generally not allowed

Yoga

Santa Catalina Retreats will give you daily yoga practices. The yoga style includes Hatha and Vinyasa. This yoga retreat will be focusing on the breath, fundamental postures, and having fun playing with new challenges. All levels are welcome as the instructors will adapt poses to suit your ability.

Yoga is also a perfect complement to surfing and it will help you develop your strength, flexibility, and balance. It is especially great for stretching out the shoulders, back, and opening the hips after your surf session.

Your yoga classes will be varied between 1 to 2 hours, with between 1 - 2 classes each day depending on your retreat. Santa Catalina Retreats will provide your mat and props, and iced water for every class. Just bring some comfortable yoga gear and you are ready to go.

To embrace the natural beauty of Santa Catalina and ground your practice, Santa Catalina Retreats often combine a class where you can get your feet in the sand. They couple beach yoga with classes in their tranquil open-air yoga shala with ocean views and their waterfront yoga deck.

You'll experience your yoga classes, listening to the calming sounds of the ocean, and the abundant sounds of wildlife all around you.

Surfing

The daily surf lessons will be held at the warm waters of Playa Estero. One of the best beach breaks in central America. A quiet, fun, and uncrowded beach with a gentle soft sand bottom, breaking left and right, offer smaller more gentle waves for beginners on the south side and more challenging waves on the north.

Your surfing classes are 1 hour each day. The water is warm all year round so no need for a wetsuit, but Santa Catalina Retreats will provide you with a rash vest for comfort and extra protection from the sun. They have a range of soft and hard boards, so you can feel confident you’ll you have the right board for your level.

Class time each day will vary depending on the tides, but generally, you’ll be out in the early morning. And if the tides are in their favor, you’ll also enjoy a spectacular sunset session.

Itinerary

Day 1

Santa Catalina Retreats will pick you up from Panama City at 12:00 at a central meeting place in Casco Viejo, usually in front of Hotel Casa Panama. They will make a stop for food and refreshments on the way. You will arrive at Santa Catalina around 18:00 to check into your rooms, re-fresh, and join for a sunset welcome cocktail and supper.

Day 2 - 6

There will be morning yoga class every day. The styles include Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. The surfing sessions will be held in the mid-morning. Delicious healthy breakfast and lunch will be served daily. There will be also evening yoga class.

You will have free time where you can enjoy the beach, snorkel, horse ride, kayak, sup, massage, or just chill in a hammock. There will be a day trip to Coiba Island for diving or snorkeling. Evening yoga classes' style will be Restorative yoga.

Day 7

You'll make out way back to Panama City at 10:00 and arrive around 16:00 so you can make an evening flight home.

You have the choice of underwater experience at Panama's UNESCO heritage listed Coiba National Park: includes snorkeling / fun dive (for guests with their open water certificate) / or try discover scuba diving if you don't have your open water certification yet and would love to take the first step into diving with a certified dive master.

  • Alex Canepa

    Laughing River Yoga Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)

    Alex is a long-time practitioner of yoga with specialized mindful resilience yoga training. With a background in gymnastics and dance, Alex has always loved playing with strength building movements, creative flows and exploring the full potential of the anatomical body. As her practice grew, she began to appreciate the healing effects of slower flowing classes coupled with pranayama techniques, working to stretch and strengthen the musculoskeletal system while relaxing the nervous system. Alex dedicates herself to creating a safe space for people to find both comfort and confidence.

  • Michelle Barge

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Michelle Barge has been practicing yoga since 1996 following a life dedicated to classical ballet and teaching yoga and leading global retreats since 2008. Her style fuses her training in traditional Hatha yoga schools, Iyengar, and Ashtanga with her training in core strength Vinyasa flow. Michelle brings a deep meditation practice to her classes through her knowledge of many forms of Buddhist and Hindu meditation. Michelle's passions and knowledge for polo, horseback riding, travel, fine foods and wine make her the perfect yoga teacher for this retreat.

This yoga retreat will be held in Santa Catalina, Panama. The location makes it the perfect place to disconnect and take some time out. You can chill on a 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.

Nearby place

  • Playa Estero - 5 minutes' walk

You will be served daily delicious healthy breakfast and lunch. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available. Dinners are not included in the price at a waterfront restaurant, as well as the best local restaurants in the village providing a deliciously unique and immersive experience.

  • Bicycling
  • Birdwatching
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage treatment
  • Stand up paddle boarding

Massage treatments are available at an extra cost.

  • 4 surfing sessions
  • 4 yoga classes
  • Diving or snorkelling at Coiba Island
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Complimentary (moderate speed) Wi-Fi in the restaurant social area
  • Daily delicious healthy breakfast and lunch
  • Filtered water and fresh fruits
  • Plush beach / pool and bathroom towels
  • Private group return transfer to and from Panama City
  • Use of board and rash guard
  • Welcome cocktail and supper
  • Evening meals
  • Horse-riding
  • Massage treatment
  • Meals and refreshments during the transfer

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). If you would like to join the transfer from Panama City to Santa Catalina, please be at the arrivals gate of the airport no later than 10 a.m. on your retreat start date. If you are already in Panama City, Santa Catalina Retreats will pick you up at a central meeting point in Panama City no later than 12 noon. The pick-up is included in the price.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 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!"

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  • 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."

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  • 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!"

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  • 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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