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7 Days - Surf, Sand, and Sun Salutations, Yoga Retreat in Panama

Rejuvenating Panama Yoga Retreat

Enjoy surf, sand and sun salutations with Bethany Lee Yoga at the breathtaking Sansara Resort in Cambutal, Panama. An opportunity to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit through deep practice, this retreat will focus on the unique combination of yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The Pacific sets the scene as you detox and build endurance over seven days with morning Tidal Flow and end the days with Yin and Restorative Yoga, accompanied by deep visual meditations. You’ll gain a deeper body awareness, and learn techniques to reduce stress and anxiety in your everyday life. And there’s plenty of time for adventure too! Hike, bike, surf, paddle-board and explore local spots or enjoy spa services and relax poolside.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • One introductory surf lesson
  • Take-home wellness kit from Barefoot Naturals
  • Use of kayaks, snorkel gear, paddle boards, beach cruisers
  • A dreamy beach bonfire and surprise performance
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily organic meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: Tocumen International Airport

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Spa
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Board rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance
  • Patio

Sansara resort is a five-star beach-front resort, surrounded by tropical gardens. Retreat accommodations will be shared cabanas, with individual beds for each guest, in a pristine, new facility. All cabanas have private patios and are just steps away from the salt-water pool and the Pacific Ocean.

Bethany Lee Yoga Panama Retreat Program

Mornings - Salty air, lapping waves, the Pacific Ocean sets the scene for tidal flow yoga, an energizing flow that creates heat in the body. This series builds over the retreat week and allows students to rid the body of harmful toxins and push their practice further. Practice winds down with a simple meditation.

Afternoons – It’s adventure time! Explore beautiful Panama and all it has to offer with unlimited use of snorkel gear and bikes. Surf, hike, SUP, kayak, paddle-board or enjoy indulgent spa services and relax poolside. It’s really up to you!

Evenings – Surrounded by moonlight and beachy breezes, evenings alternate between Yin Yoga/TCM and Restorative Yoga. Through practice, students will learn Qi gong, ocean breathing, meditation and how to activate meridian lines and acupressure points.

These Yin Yoga and TCM techniques reduce stress long-term. Restorative Yoga will provide balance, relaxation and rest, and includes an extended meditation. You’ll have a great night’s sleep! Take what you've learned to practice at home! You'll be equipped with techniques and guided practices that it can fit into your daily routine.

Included excursions

  • Enjoy hiking to the waterfalls and experience the beauty of mother nature in this lush jungle. Go solo, in small groups, or all together! Make your trip what you want!
  • November is one of the best months for surf in Panama! Enjoy one introductory group surf lesson included where you'll learn the beginner steps to catching your first wave.
  • We love Panama and we love a dreamy beach bonfire, but to take it to a new level we'll have a surprise performance too. Experience the beauty, energy and warmth of the friendly traditions of Panamanian culture. More details upon arrival.

Instructors

Bethany Russell
Renee Fussner Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Annie Au Yoga Alliance International (Ashtanga Yoga)
Bethany Lee began yoga to gain flexibility and strength, but soon noticed additional benefits, including better focus, improved sleep and more energy. Wanting to share these benefits with others, she earned her 250-hour E-RYT Certification in Puerto Rico, studying under Power Yoga leader Renee Fussner. For fourteen years, she has brought passion and authenticity to her everyday practice. Her love of Yin Yoga, inspired her to take on additional training and certification (50 hours) in Mexico, studying Yin Yoga combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and meditation.

Location

Come to Escape. Stay to Discover.

Experience laid-back luxury at Sansara. Designed to inspire serenity; the zen-like atmosphere of Sansara blends seamlessly with the lush nature and quiet beauty of the property's grounds. The stunning fusion of traditional design with a tropical twist promises you an experience that is both intimate and inspiring. Featuring extraordinary views of our tropical gardens, each of our 11 cabanas comes equipped with its own private patio and is just steps away from the warm water of the Pacific Ocean.

Enjoy a restful night’s sleep in a plush king, queen or twin sized bed with fine linens and five-star pillows. Each private cabana is equipped with organic bath products, hot water, air-conditioning, and a mini-fridge to keep your refreshments cold. Whether you envision spending your days practicing yoga, surfing at sunset, eating the most delicious cuisine, lazing in a hammock or sipping cocktails around our natural saltwater pool, Sansara has all areas covered. Sansara has eleven custom cabanas. From tropical garden cabanas to oceanfront suites, something for everyone.

Features

Activities

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

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Hammock

Food

Sansaras in-house chef is ready and raring to cater to your every need using the finest, local and seasonal ingredients Panama has to offer. Sansaras restaurant specializes in farm to table food with a majority of the ingredients made in-house.

There is no need to worry about your food allergies, preferences or choices, Sansara's team of chefs are experienced and equipped to handle any diet. Each week is carefully curated with a mix of 3-course dining experiences or family style services to enhance connection and oneness between participants.

From fully raw retreats and fresh fish feasts to juice detoxes, and vegan vacations, Sansara has done it all. However you envision the food experience during your retreat, we have you covered. A fun twist for guests is the Buddha Bar that serves world-class cocktails, spirits, fine wines, and local artisan beers.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Seafood
  • Whole food
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)

During your free time, you may enjoy an ocean-front massage in Sansaras shala and let your senses be rejuvenated. In this fast-paced world we live in, the importance of slowing down and re-charging is ever so important. Treat your body and mind to the gift of a soul-quenching spa-service by Sansara Resort, which offers a diverse range of massage therapies to accommodate to your needs and ensure that you leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated for an extra cost.

Other activities you may endulge in are going on a hike, bike, snorkel, surf, paddle board, escape to the waterfalls, lounge poolside, lay in the hammock, or rest on the beach - whatever you envision, this week will be created just how you like.

More extra activities available for an extra cost are:

  • Visite the on-site restaurant and bar
  • Lay on the beach or in the poolside lounging
  • Horseback riding
  • Fishing tours and sunset boat trips
  • Personalized photoshoots

What's included

  • Luxury accommodation for six nights and seven days
  • Three fresh, local, organic meals provided daily
  • Fresh fruit, local fair-trade coffee, tea and filtered water available daily
  • Take-home Wellness Kit from Barefoot Naturals for each guest (value over 100 USD)
  • One introductory surf lesson included
  • A dreamy beach bonfire and surprise performance
  • Say farewell with a Departure Day Brunch
  • Luxury van transportation to/from one of the recommended Panama City hotels
  • Unlimited use of snorkel gear, beach cruisers
  • Complementary use of SUP and Kayaks
  • Organic spa products and hypo-allergenic bedding and towels in every cabana

What's not included

  • Airfare to Panama City
  • Meals the day/evening of arrival and departure into Panama City Casco Viejo
  • Massages
  • Alcohol
  • Snacks, smoothies, juices
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

How to get there

You will fly into Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and we recommend you come the night before the retreat day so you aren't rushed. We have set hotels to stay at that accommodate any budget. We will pick you up from the hotel in a luxury van and take you to the resort. You will also have the return ride back.

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

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Sunday November 11, 2018
Departure: Saturday November 17, 2018

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 20%. To benefit, book or reserve before August 15, 2018.

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