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Join this surf and yoga retreat and discover the beauty of Panama! Experience quiet and serene beaches, lush and vibrant rainforests, adventurous excursions, delicious food, and a friendly local community of surfers, fishermen, and families. Surf and tap into a slower, simpler, and more natural rhythm of being. You will leave this tropical paradise invigorated, nourished, and in the flow!
During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or a shared room. The first six nights of this retreat will be spent at the Santa Catalina Retreat Center while the last night will be held at the Hotel Riande Granada Hotel.
At Santa Catalina Retreat, all rooms are air-conditioned and have memory foam mattresses, plush pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets, a fan, a mini-fridge, a hair dryer, cable programming, and a television. The rooms also have a locked storage area plus a hammock and outdoor table and chairs.
The rooms include plush beach and bathroom towels and an en-suite bathroom with hot water, toiletries, and lotion. The suites feature a small kitchen, a dining table, and stools for families or large groups.
All rooms have been built using natural sustainable materials including stone, slate rock, natural coal tile, and tropical hardwoods to preserve the environment while providing a blissful haven for you to unwind after a day of surf and yoga. The center has among its facilities a restaurant, a bar, a gym, areas to relax, and a sun deck.
Centric, comfortable and modern, the Riande Granada is located in the business and financial district in the heart of Panama City, steps away from the some of the best shopping areas. The hotel is known for its friendly atmosphere, cozy rooms, and excellent service. All rooms have a safety deposit box, an HD television, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has a meeting and business center, a gym, an outdoor pool, a biergarten, and a restaurant.
During this retreat, you will enjoy the perfect environment for yoga, meditation, and healthy living in a tranquil and unspoiled surf town. Every day will start with a yoga practice followed by a healthy breakfast. Day by day you will deepen your yoga practice, learn how to surf in good company, and discover synergy between riding the wave of your breath and riding the wave of the ocean.
This retreat includes a boat trip to the beautiful secluded white sand beach of Santa Catalina island for stand-up paddle boarding. Additionally, a guided nature hike, sunset horse riding, and a day trip to UNESCO heritage listed Coiba island for snorkeling or diving will be activities available for an extra cost.
Gigi has been a devoted practitioner of yoga since 2006. She is a graduate of Dharma Yoga’s teacher training program, the Anusara immersion program, and the Alchemy of Flow and Form advanced teacher training program. Today she continues to refine and deepen her practice and teaching by studying with her primary teachers. Her classes are strong, focused, supportive, and introspective. Gigi believes that through persistent and dedicated practice we can all better experience life as it is and connect more deeply with the truth and light within us.
Stacie has been a yoga teacher for 10 years. Her teachings have a lineage in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Anusara, and Iyengar yoga styles and are heavily influenced by the universal principals of alignment and smart flow. Stacie believes that yoga practice is a mirror to our everyday lives and can help our perspectives if we learn to surrender and trust the process. In her classes, Stacie emphasizes the importance of self-awareness, alignment, and personal growth. Her teachings are lighthearted, playful, and educational with creative sequences that are ever evolving and changing, just as you are.
This retreat will be held at two beautiful resorts in Santa Catalina, Panama. As a country, Panama is a diverse, incredibly safe and beautiful location with a fantastic tropical climate. Panama city is a modern metropolis and offers all of the amenities and services one can expect from a top city.
Santa Catalina is an amazing surf oasis and fisherman's village five hours from Panama City. This incredibly lush tropical getaway has crashing waves, expansive beaches, and rich rainforests.
Whether you’re learning to surf for the very first time, or starting to perfect that bottom turn, the beaches of Santa Catalina offer some
of the best beach breaks in Central America for beginner and intermediate surfers. One of the best surf locations is Playa Estero, where the surf lessons for this retreat will be held.
Playa Estero is a quiet, super fun, and uncrowded beach break with a gentle sand bottom, breaking left and right. Playa Estero warm waters also offer smaller more gentle waves for beginners on the south side and more challenging waves on the north.
During this retreat, you will be served three daily healthy meals. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meal plans will be available. As for beverages, natural fruit smoothies will be included with each breakfast service, natural fruit juices made with local tropical fruits will accompany each lunch service, and a juice, a soda, or a glass of wine will be served during the dinner service.
Coffee, tea, and fresh fruit will be served every morning from 7 a.m. Chilled filtered water will be available for guests at their leisure. For any additional food or beverages, guests may order and pay the extra fee at the restaurant bar.
The retreat also features a welcome cocktail or mocktail, and dinner at the oceanfront restaurant during the arrival day. Also, depending on the time of your trip and if all guests attend, breakfast or lunch may be arranged at the island in picnic style.
A large variety of birds inhabits the tropical rainforest surrounding Santa Catalina. You may take your own stroll and catch some stunning sights, or the venue can arrange a guided walking tour for you with one of Santa Catalina's local guides for an additional cost.
Coiba Island is one of Panama’s most beautiful places and is a one and a half boat ride from Playa Santa Catalina. Identified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2005, the island is still relatively undeveloped with over 80% of its natural habitat intact. The beaches are exquisite and the island and surrounding areas offer spectacular diving and snorkeling. Santa Catalina has three PADI certified dive centers with trips going out most days you may check out.
You may join a local expert guide for a hike around the Santa Catalina community trail. In there, you will enjoy and learn about the diverse flora and fauna, listen and observe the beautiful forest birds, and take in the incredible view at the top of the trail which is the highest point in Santa Catalina.
Local horseman Pedro and his family can take you on a laid-back or exhilarating ride through the lush forest and beachside according to your preferences for an additional cost. The highlight of this activity is that Pedro's horses are very well looked after and friendly, so you will enjoy this ride whether it's your first time or not.
The venue offers free use of the kayaks and SUP boards with your retreat so may take off right ahead and catch some waves or paddle out to one of the surrounding islands.
During this retreat, aromatherapy massages, Reiki, and trigger point therapy will be available at the center's spa for an additional cost. The sessions will take place in the yoga shala on the waterfront deck.
Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Transfer from and to the airport is included. So Fresh Living will pick you up from the airport.