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Get ready for a powerful week of personal evolution. This tropical transformation integrates holistic health and yoga throughout series of hands on workshops, classes, and tailored cultural experiences. Expect to explore your sense of self, create healthy intentions, and cultivate self practices to encourage healthy and sustainable lifestyle shifts. Expect to return home feeling physically and mentally detoxed with a genuine understanding of true wellness and growth.
You will be staying in one of the natural house bungalows at the resort. All the bungalows are stilt houses and are situated right on the beach. They provide occupants with uninterrupted views of the water and surrounding flora and fauna. The front part of the bungalow is open to the sea and the back is enclosed with high walls. If you want to close the bungalows, it is very easy as they are equipped with canvas curtains.
All beds have orthopedic mattresses and custom-made no see-um mosquito nettings. All bungalows are equipped with a hammock, reading chairs and a coffee table, as well as a locker, and a safe for valuables. Each bungalow is unique and is composed of a terrace, private bathroom with hot and cold water, good lighting powered by a 12 volt solar powered electrical system.
The exclusive features of the superior bungalows are one king-sized bed, a very efficient ceiling fan, and a wooden lounge chair. You will have the option to choose between seven different bungalows.
There are three of these bungalows. Each one is equipped with one orthopedic king-sized bed and one or two single beds.
The master bedroom is located on the upper floor with an elevated king-sized bed and three single beds are available on the lower floor.
There are two orthopedic queen-sized beds.
There are three bedrooms in this bungalow. Two bedrooms contain a queen-sized bed and the third bedroom contains two single beds or a king-sized bed.
This unique program fuses Vinyasa flow yoga with one-on-one wellness coaching sessions, group workshops, traditional healing ceremonies, and a ‘community service give-back’ initiative. You will enjoy a like-minded and supportive community, homemade vegetarian and vegan foods, rejuvenating yoga, and the natural, potent energy of the pristine, lush islands of Bocas Del Toro.
The price of this retreat includes two days of snorkeling in Cayos Zapatillas and Coral Cay, as well as a visit to the indigenous village of Salt Creek.
Lauren is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world, and empowering others to live vibrant and meaningful lives. She is a natural born explorer who lives, learns, and loves around the globe. She has been a dedicated student of yoga for over a decade and she has a fierce desire to practice and share the gifts of yoga. Her vast world travels, diverse yoga experiences, and drive to positively impact the world shines through her teachings. Her classes are a blend of alignment-based and creative Vinyasa flow and reflect a fusion of breath, movement, stillness, and philosophy.
Tory Dube is a holistic nutrition specialist, certified life coach, and certified hypnotherapist through Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. She is the founder of Tory Dube Holistic Health (formerly Hotchickpea, founded in NYC). Tory writes for several health publications, is a children's book author, hosts international wellness retreats, and works with clients around the world. Her classes are a blend of alignment-based and creative Vinyasa flow and reflect a fusion of breath, movement, stillness, and philosophy.
Nestled between jungle and sea, Al natural Resort is a comfortable and private eco-retreat, perfectly integrated into the lush tropical environment of Panama’s pristine islands and Caribbean sea. The retreat is located on the secluded beach of Old Point (Punta Vieja), on the southeast tip of Bastimentos Island in an area renowned for its natural beauty right across from the Zapatillas Keys of the Bastimentos Island National Marine Park in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro.
Your retreat elegantly combines the ancestral craftsmanship of the Ngobe-Bugle Indians with new technologies that allow you to harvest energy from the sun and limit your impact on the ecosystem. The resort is situated on a small secluded beach far from Bocas town, surrounded by lush vegetation and close to the natural wonders of national Marine park.
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The price of this retreat include three daily meals. You will be served island-prepared vegetarian and pescatarian meals with locally-sourced ingredients. The professional kitchen is run by Chef Vincent, who is from Belgium, with the help of highly trained local staff. All meals are based on fresh local products and are served family style in which guests are seated together along a beautiful 15-feet long hardwood table at the new restaurant bar, built in the traditional Ngobe-bugle style and overlooking the sparkling water of the lagoon.
The day starts with a breakfast composed of an array of fresh tropical fruits, coconut meat, healthy cereals, freshly-squeezed orange juice, eggs cooked to your liking, locally baked breads, marmalades, cheese, and of course, great Panamean ground coffee. After a morning of activity, or just relaxing, guests will enjoy a wholesome lunch with international flavors which could consist of different salads, middle eastern falafel and tzataziki sauce, Mexican quesadillas with fresh guacamole, tortilla, or Panamean “fish balls”, just to name a few.
All meals are served with homemade bread freshly baked and natural fruit juices, such as maracuya (passion fruit) and lemonade. Delicious lunch packs of sandwiches and fresh fruits are prepared for guests who are going to a whole day excursion. Dinner time at Al Natural is a very unique and a special experience. As you make your way over, you will be amazed at the transformation the restaurant has taken with its many brightly lit candles and soft music playing in the background giving it a romantic and magical feeling.
This is a great time to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail and catch up with the other guests. Some recommended cocktails include the very popular and delicious passion fruit daiquiris, margaritas, and pina-coladas. The three-course gourmet dinner, prepared by the talented and fun loving Chef Vincent, is often the high time of the day. His European background combines Creole and Belgian flavors which come together on a symphony of colors and tastes that keep everyone enthralled. For example, a typical start to the meal may be a delicious fresh tuna carpaccio topped with lime, avocado, onions and saffron, which is then followed by an entrée consisting of the day’s fresh catch of fish, lobster, or shrimp.
These are always prepared in his unique sauces and accompanied with different sides. Afterwards, Vincent will present a dessert that will tantalize taste buds as he elegantly combines local fruits with, for instance, shredded coconut, organic cacao, and local rum. This is just one example of a myriad of possibilities of meals that are served. All dinnertime meals are served with red and white wine. The kitchen is very accommodating to people with dietary restrictions, children, and vegetarians.
A range of unique experiences and adventures are available to book in conjunction with the scheduled activities for an extra cost. The surrounding area of the resort is beautiful, very peaceful. There is a small beach made of very fine sand in front of the bungalows which can be narrow depending on the tides. Nearby, at less than eight minutes down the beach, there is a wide and very attractive long stretch of beach for you to enjoy and relax freely.
The beach of Old Point is great to stroll or play racket ball. Find your perfect private sun bathing spot or go swimming in the lagoon in front of Al Natural Resort, where it is nice and always safe. At the end of the pier, there are a very practical and comfortable stairs to reach the water. You can also kayak and snorkel at the reefs just in front of your bungalow by using the sit-on kayaks and the snorkel equipment of the resort.
Corals are also accessible by swimming from the beach. You can discover them by yourself at the nearby mangrove rivers and the Indian village of Salt Creek by kayak. Standup paddle boarding in the lagoon is very fun and easy.
Many animals can be spotted near the cabins and in the nature trails of the resort and those in the vicinity, such as night monkeys, white face monkeys, Jesus Chris lizards, sloth, caimans, as well as many birds. The nature trails allow you to get to the other side of the points on the open sea side, where there are other beaches wilder and more exposed to the waves of the Caribbean Sea.
The second story of the restaurant on the resort has a great game-room with many board games, which makes a great place for yoga lovers. They also have a recreational building with a ping-pong table. The dock and its hammocks is the perfect place to unwind and watch the sunset.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bocas del Toro "Isla Colón" International Airport (BOC). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Tory Dube will pick you up from the airport.
As a land travel alternative, buses operate between the cities of Panama and David to the port of Almirante.
Comfortable and fast water taxis connect the port of Almirante to the town of Bocas del Toro, on Colon Island. This journey would take approximately 20 minutes, and would cost you about 5 USD. Please use either the water taxi company called Bocas Marine Tours or the one called Transporte Torres, as their office in Bocas are located at a three-minutes walk from the Al Natural Resort landing in Bocas. Upon arrival, please go to the left on main street when leaving their office in Bocas.