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Yoga and Surf Holiday in Panama

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Living life in the big city, everyone needs a chance to step aside from the fast pace and hustle. So if you're craving the beach, nature and wide-open spaces, join this retreat in beautiful Panama. You will have time and space to disconnect, reset, plus have some fun! You'll enjoy yoga and surf in the remote and authentic surf village of Santa Catalina and be nourished in the goodness of super healthy fresh foods and local organic seafood each day. Come home with a sun-kissed glow, stronger surfing skills, a reinvigorated yoga practice, and feeling more relaxed and refreshed then you've ever been!

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  • 1 daily surf lesson
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Boat trip for beach yoga class and SUP
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Healthy, local meals
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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All the rooms have memory foam mattresses, plush pillows, and Egyptian cotton sheets. The rooms include fan, air-conditioning, fridge, blow dryer, cable TV, and a locked storage area. Each room has their own hammock, table and chairs outside. 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 yoga and surf.


Day 1 - Arrival

  • A luxury shuttle from Santa Catalina Retreats will pick you up from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) at 12:00, and 13.00 in front of the American Trade Hotel in Casco Viejo if you've arrived to Panama City the evening prior or earlier in the day.
  • Enjoy a break stop on the way for a meal and refreshments. Arrival into Santa Catalina around 21:30.
  • You will join for a welcome drink and fresh fruits under the starts at the waterfront restaurant of the hotel.

Day 2 - 4

  • Integrated Vinyasa yoga class in the morning;
  • Surf session;
  • Delicious healthy breakfast and lunch with a local flare - you will dine at the hotels waterfront restaurant, as well as other restaurants in the village providing a unique and immersive experience.
  • Free time in the afternoon; relax at the beach or by the pool, go snorkeling, horseback riding, bike riding, kayaking, stand up paddle, enjoy a massage, or just chill in a hammock.
  • Early evening restorative yoga class;

Day 5 - Departure

  • A luxury shuttle from Santa Catalina Retreats will depart from the hotel at 9:30 in the morning, making a lunch stop on the way and returning you back into Panama City or Tocumen International Airport (PTY) at around 16:00.


Michelle Barge
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
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. Michelle's passions and knowledge for polo, horseback riding, travel, fine foods and wine make her the perfect yoga teacher for this retreat.


Santa Catalina Hotel

The picturesque Santa Catalina Hotel, owned by local surfer Kenny Meyers. Secluded and nestled into nature, the property backs onto the Pacific ocean giving you your own private beach access at hide tide and a spectacular view of the world-class surf break 'The Point'.

The tranquil location makes it the perfect place to take some time out and reset. You can relax by the infinity pool and sun deck, or the waterfront restaurant. Chill on a hammock with a good book, or sprawl out on the spacious lawns.

Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina is about a five-hour drive south west of Panama City on the Pacific Coast. With its remote location, the village remains fairly undeveloped 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.

Nearby places

  • Playa Estero - 5-minute walk
  • Santa Catalina Town - 10-minute walk



  • Diving
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio


  • Board rental
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance


You will enjoy delicious healthy breakfasts and lunches with a local flare. You will also have welcome drinks and fresh fruit on your first night of the retreat.


Dinners on your 3 activity days are not included, as well as your last day breakfast and meals/refreshments during your break stops on the complimentary transfer. You will be provided with information on the local restaurants in town and suggestions on places to dine each evening.

Things to do (optional)

Bird watching

A large variety of birds inhabit the tropical rainforest surrounding Santa Catalina. You can take your own stroll, and catch some stunning sights, or you can arrange a guided walking tour with one of Santa Catalina's local guides. Coiba Island is an especially superb area for a guided tour.

Diving and snorkeling

Coiba Island is one of Panamas most beautiful places, one and a half-hour boat ride from Playa Santa Catalina. 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, so you can dive or snorkel into your retreat week.

Horse-back riding

Local horseman Pedro and his family can take you on a laid-back or exhilarating ride through the lush forest and beach side, you set the pace. Pedro's horses are very well looked after, and are very friendly. You'll often find one or two taking a solo stroll through the streets of Santa Catalina.

Kayak and stand up paddle boarding

You can have free use of the retreats kayaks and SUP boards with your retreat stay. You can take off right out back of the accommodation, catch some waves or paddle out to one of the surrounding islands. If it's your first time for SUP, you can arrange a class with a local instructor. Both kayaking and SUP are great for upper body and core strength and a lot of fun.

Spa treatments

Completely unwind with certified massage therapist Michelle Miller. Offering a range of treatments including deep and connective tissue massage, Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, sports massage. Thai and shiatsu. Michelle combines these styles to create a healing massage to suit your specific needs.

What's included

  • 3 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 4 night accommodation
  • Boat trip to Santa Catalina Island for beach yoga, SUP, snorkel, and picnic breakfast
  • Complimentary City/Airport transfers
  • Complimentary access to bikes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, snorkels, and surf boards.
  • Complimentary moderate speed WiFi in the Hotel's restaurant area.
  • Daily surf lessons
  • Twice Daily yoga sessions
  • Welcome drinks and fresh fruit.

What's not included

  • Breakfast on your final departure day
  • Dinners on your 3 activity days
  • Plane ticket

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

Santa Catalina Retreats will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Alternatively, if you would like to make your own way to/from Santa Catalina, Santa Catalina Retreats are happy to provide you with directions for taking the bus and taxi's, or if you plan to drive there (there is secure on-site parking as well).

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