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7 Days "Wanderlust" Yoga Surf Retreat in Santa Catalina Panama

Santa Catalina Retreats, Calle Playa El Estero, Calle Kenny, Santa Catalina, Veraguas, Panama

Yoga Surf Retreat in Santa Catalina Panama

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!

Meet the instructors

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Michelle, Eva, Jean Carlos (Oli) , & 4 More…
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Highlights

  • 5 daily morning and 5 daily evening yoga classes
  • 5 daily surf lessons with surfboard and rash guard
  • Boat trip to the secluded beaches of Santa Catalina Island for SUP boarding
  • A range of local beers, Argentinean and Chilean wines with your evening meal
  • Welcome drinks and dinner on your arrival under the stars
  • Delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners every day
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 20
Airport transfer included: Tocumen International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Board rental
  • Child care
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

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.

Program

Day 1

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

Day 2

  • 07:00 Coffee, tea, and fruits
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Surf practice
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:30 Optional free surf
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Sunrise yoga class
  • 07:00 Coffee, tea, and fruits
  • 07:00 - 16:00 Optional Coiba National Park day trip for snorkeling or diving
  • OR
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Optional free surf
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 17:00 - 18:30 All join for a surf practice
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 4

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Optional sunrise horse riding
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Surf practice
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:30 Optional free surf
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yoga
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 5

  • 06:00 Optional free surf
  • 07:00 Coffee, tea, and fruits
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 14:00 SUP boarding and lunch at Santa Catalina Island
  • 15:00 - 16:30 Surf
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 6

  • 07:00 Coffee, tea, and fruits
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga class
  • 09:15 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Surf practice
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Optional free surf
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Optional sunset nature hike
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 Closing beach bonfire
  • 17:00 - 18:30 All join for a surf practice
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 7

  • 07:00 Coffee, tea, and fruits
  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Depart Santa Catalina
  • 14:30 Return to Panama City

Feel free to do as much or as little as you like. Optional activities are not included in the package rate.

Instructors

Michelle Barge

Eva Sion

Jean Carlos (Oli) Camarena

Kelvin Gonzalez

Neftali (Casey) Caceres

Gayle Worth

Nikki Martin

Retreat location

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.

Distances

  • Town - 10 minutes on foot
  • Playa Estero - 5 minutes on foot
  • Soná - 1 hour

Unique features

Activities

  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Local market
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee
  • Detox juices
  • Soda
  • Tea
  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Seafood
  • Fruitarian
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Diving and snorkeling at Coiba National Park
  • Fishing trips
  • Guided nature hike
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Stand up paddle boarding

Spa treatments

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.

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes in our at our oceanfront yoga studio, with Manduka PRO mats and luxury quality props. Morning classes are a fiery Vinyasa flow or Hatha with our evening classes winding down with a Restorative / Yin practice
  • Daily personalized surf lessons with local instructors
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • A range of local beers, Argentinean and Chilean wines with your evening meal (1 serving per person) and fruit-infused sparkling water with each evening meal
  • Boat trip to the secluded beaches of Santa Catalina Island for SUP boarding, beach combing, chilling and invigorating swims with a heavenly picnic lunch with freshly caught ceviche and ice cold local beers
  • Chilled filtered water on tap for you to refill
  • Complimentary shuttle transport around Santa Catalina village
  • Complimentary bathroom toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion
  • Delicious, healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day
  • Evening beach bonfire under the stars
  • Freshly brewed local coffee from Boquette served daily along with a variety of teas and milk
  • Natural fruit juices and smoothies served daily with breakfast and lunch
  • Plush beach, pool, and bathroom towels
  • Premium round-trip group transfer to and from Panama City and Santa Catalina including vegetarian homemade snacks and water
  • Surfboard, rashguard, videos or photos of your surf session
  • Shuttle to and from the beach
  • Unlimited access to bikes, SUP boards, surfboards, bodyboards, kayaks, and snorkels
  • Welcome drinks and dinner on your arrival
  • Complimentary wifi

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Gratuities for the staff
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and drinks during the shuttle transfer

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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.

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, 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.

Airport: Tocumen International Airport Airport transfer included: Tocumen International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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