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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Panama.
Imagine a surf and yoga retreat in a tranquil, off-grid and authentic local village. An untapped paradise where nature meets the local culture and world-class surfing and diving surrounds you. This is a place where you can tap out from city life and completely decompress. Return home feeling more relaxed and alive than you’ve ever been. Welcome to santa catalina retreats!
Hotel Santa Catalina's beachfront accommodation offers an infinity pool, restaurant and 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.
09:00 Depart Panama City
15:00 Arrive to Santa Catalina
15:00 - 17:00 Welcome drinks, relax, and explore
17:00 - 18:00 Yoga
18:30 Sunset cocktails and dinner
Feel free to do as much or as little as you like. Optional activities are not included in the package rate.
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.
Eva´s spiritual journey began in 2000 after completing her university degree in History of Art. This took her to India, where she fell deeper into this practice leading her to take her Training at the Satyananda Ashram, where she not only mastered her yoga practice but also deepened into meditation and a yogic lifestyle. Coming from the Satyananda tradition, Eva facilitates eclectic Yoga classes, a blend of different styles depending on the experience level and needs of students. Hatha Yoga, Yin, Pranayamas, Dance, Meditations, Laughter yoga, Thai-Yoga and Yoga Nidra are part of the journey.
ISA Certified Surf Instructor & Pro Surfer - Current National Panama Champ - ISA #2 World Surfing Games 2018
ISA Certified Surf Instructor & Pro Surfer - Sub Champ Panama Nationals 2018
ISA Certified Surf Instructor
GAYLE WORTH - 200RYT POWER YOGA, NLP LIFE COACH, REIKE LEVEL 1 & 11 - Gayle serves up an incredible morning flow focusing on conscious breath with vigorous and mindful asanas. Her evening classes you can expect a gentle flow to warm up your body, then unwind with some restorative and end with Yoga Nidra to help slow down the mind and connect it with your body and spirit. Gayle is a master when it comes to meditation and guided imagery, allowing you to transcend into natural levels of relaxation.
NIKKI MARTIN - 200HR RYT VINYASA, 200HR TEACHER TRAINER, 50HR RYT YIN, LULULEMON AMBASSADOR - Nikki came to yoga in 2012, drawn by the strength, grace and physical challenge of yoga and a desire to forge a path to peace and happiness in her life. As a teacher she is passionate about providing space, permission and guidance for her students to connect with and listen to their own bodies. Nikki’s classes can best be described as an energy based flow. Powerful and dynamic, movement based Vinyasa for the mornings and in the evening some slow flow combined with deep stretch to settle the body.
Santa Catalina in Veraguas, Panama is an ideal location to unplug, slow down and enjoy the beauty of nature. All you have to do here is enjoy, be looked after as well as do some fantastic yoga and surf. About a five-hour drive south west of Panama City on the Pacific Coast lies Santa Catalina. With its remote location, the village remains fairly undeveloped since being discovered by adventurous surfers in the 70's.
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.
Being fairly secluded, the closest town with ATM, pharmacy, and large grocery is in Soná, about an hour away. There are 2 local stores with the basics, and a local fruit and vegetable truck that passes through every other day.
Santa Catalina Retreats' accommodation is hosted at the picturesque Hotel Santa Catalina that is owned by local surfer Kenny Meyers. Only a five-minute walk to Playa Estero and a ten-minute walk into town. Being secluded and nestled into nature, the property backs onto the pacific ocean giving you your own private beach at high tide. The accommodation also offers the most spectacular view of the world-famous surf break "the point" (La Punta).
The tranquil 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.
You will be served daily delicious healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners every day. Get ready to enjoy delicious healthy family style meals with a local flare.
Breakfasts include a mix of local fresh fruit salads, yogurt, granola, eggs or omelets, pancakes, whole wheat toast and fresh bread from the local bakery, gluten-free vegan breakfast muffins, tea, coffee, juices, and fruit smoothies.
Lunches and dinners are primarily seafood given the abundance of fresh local organic seafood available including red snapper, sea bass, tuna, mahi-mahi, lobster, clams, and shrimp, all served up by local resident chefs in their own unique and flavorsome way. Meals are served with a variety of healthy sides including rice, plantains, yucca, various salads and soups, quinoa, beans, and fruit.
A delicious variety of vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free meal plans are readily available. Meats and chicken are also available on request. Beverages include natural fruit smoothies with breakfast, natural fruit juices with lunch (all using local tropical fruits). They serve Argentinian and Chilean wines or local beer (one serving per person) with your evening meal, as well as fruit-infused sparkling water.
For any additional food, drinks, smoothies, juices, and others you would like to enjoy beyond what is served at each meal, you are welcome to order and pay directly at the restaurant bar at any time throughout the day. The restaurant is open from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm every day. Local Boquete coffee and a variety of teas and milk are served every day. There is a chilled filtered water station for you to re-fill on the go.
Completely unwind with a massage session by our certified therapists. Treatments include deep tissue, relaxing massage and Thai yoga massage. Sessions take place in the privacy of your yoga Shala, on our waterfront deck.
Tocumen International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Santa Catalina Retreats will pick you up from the airport.
If you would like to join the transfer from Panama City to Santa Catalina, please be at the arrivals gate of Tocumen International Airport (PTY) no later then 8:00 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 before or at 9:30 a.m. Please book your return flight at 6:00 p.m. onwards on your final retreat day because the transfer will arrive into Panama City around 4:00 p.m.
The closest international airport is Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City. If you are coming from the USA, Copa Airlines (Panama’s national airline) and United have direct flights from New York and Los Angeles and starting as little as 455 USD (return). Santa Catalina Retreats loves Copa Airlines as the service on board is always great and it includes a hot meal with wine, beer, spirits as well as onboard entertainment.
Getting to 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 include premium transfers to and from Panama City to ensure your journey is completely stress-free. The shuttles are super comfy and equipped with Wi-Fi, air conditioner and water. You will make a stop at a local supermarket on the way so you can stock up on anything you need for the week. To join the transfer, please kindly observe Santa Catalina Retreats' pick up times and see planning your trip.
Taxis are easy, safe and abundant. There is an authorized taxi stand outside the main exit of the airport. If traveling alone, you will 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 to make it cheaper. The drive into town is about 30 minutes, give or take some traffic.
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