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6 Days Family Adventure and Yoga Retreat in Santa Catalina, Panama

Yoga Retreat Panama

Panama's serene beaches and lush rain forests are the perfect location for a family getaway, where kids get exercise, education and entertainment and parents actually get a chance to relax! You will have the opportunity to engage in a range of activities that perfectly suit your image of an ideal holiday. Parents can enjoy some 'us' time during the parent-only yoga classes, private excursions, romantic dinner evenings, and long walks along the beach.

Highlights

  • Surf lessons and excursions
  • Daily family, adult, and kids yoga classes
  • Hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, skateboarding, and cycling
  • Romantic one-on-one time for parents
  • Daily healthy and delicious meals
  • Movie night under the stars
  • 5 nights accommodation

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5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 32
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Accommodation

Accommodation at this beautiful waterfront hotel cannot be beat. Guests can enjoy the infinity pool and kid's pool and play gym, restaurant, bar, chill out areas and sun deck, while they gaze at the majestic Pacific Ocean and world-famous surf break "The Point".

Each room at Santa Catalina Retreat has been built using natural sustainable materials including stone, slate rock and tropical hardwood. Rooms feature memory foam mattresses, plush pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets, AC, fan, safe, cable TV, mini-fridge, private hammock, outside table and seating area.

Ensuite bathroom includes hot water shower, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion, beach/pool and bathroom towels. Suites also feature a small kitchen, dining table and stools, providing added convenience for families with young children.

So Fresh Living Panama Yoga Retreat Itinerary

Discover a family vacation unlike anything you've ever experienced. We welcome you and your little ones (and not so little ones) to spend five nights and six days at a beautiful eco-lodge in Santa Catalina, Panama where you will have the opportunity to engage in a range of activities that perfectly suit your image of an ideal holiday. Parents can enjoy some "us" time during parent-only yoga classes, private excursions, romantic dinner evenings and long walks along the beach.

Kids and teens will be engaged and entertained during our customized, educator developed STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) experiential learning programs, kids' yoga and the little ones' early childhood program. Together, the entire family will be able to surf, stand up paddle, practice yoga, explore, engage and relax with our range of family-friendly experiences brought to you by our team of experts. You will leave this retreat with a stronger bond between your family members. You will be relaxed, nourished, refreshed and invigorated.

Date night

Parents will have the chance to enjoy a romantic date night, including one-on-one time, a lovely dinner, and the opportunity to take a walk down the beach or a dip in the pool, while the children enjoy some music, games, and movies in the yoga shala.

Infants

Private childcare options are available for your infant but So Fresh Living are also always happy to accommodate your littlest family member by including them in the adult experiences. After all, this is a family experience and what suits your family, suits them.

Early childhood

Even the littlest guests deserve a unique, invigorating retreat experience too. So Fresh Living have an early childhood educator and assistant who will be facilitating games and outdoor experiences for your littlest family members. When the parents are participating in their own activities and romantic dinners, the little ones will be occupied, making new friends and memories.

Kids program

Michael Spicer is the master of experiential learning. Children aged five - twelve years will have an amazing, explorative experience learning how science, technology, mathematics, and engineering can help them build and develop amazing things. The kid's program is specially designed to allow for the ultimate outdoor education experience where kids will use their imaginations and deepest passions to create things they have only dreamed of.

Teens

So Fresh Living encourage teenagers to participate in whatever suits them best. They acknowledge that some of the kids programs might not fit their interests just as the adult yoga class might not be their thing. In fact, some of the teens might prefer to lounge by the pool, check out their craft and jewellery-making supplies or ride bikes, rather than take part in any of the planned activities and if that is okay with you, it is okay with them.

Movie night

A good movie and some popcorn can be a magical thing, especially when it is set in the rain forest in their very own yoga shala. Movie night is a chance to snuggle up with the family to enjoy a movie under the stars in their DIY (do-it-yourself) movie theatre.

Crafts

The shade is often a welcome escape from the heat and sun. Even a short rain shower might be the signal you need to tuck away for a relaxing activity. Craft materials and beading supplies await both kids and adults whenever you happen to feel the need for a tranquil experience.

Typical daily schedule

Day 1

  • 10:00 Arrival snacks and orientation
  • 17:30 Family style dinner

Day 2

  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Little ones adventure program (age two - five years) and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program (age six - twelve years)
  • 09:30 Parent’s morning flow
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Family flow
  • 17:30 Dinner

Day 3

  • 08:00 Santa Catalina Island trip and breakfast, picnic, snorkelling, swimming, and beach adventure
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Little ones adventure program (age two - five years) and STEM program (age six - twelve years)
  • 17:30 Dinner

Day 4

  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Little ones adventure program (age two - five years) and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program (age six - twelve years)
  • 09:30 Parent’s morning flow
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Family flow
  • 17:30 Kids dinner and movie night
  • Parent’s date night

Day 5

  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Little ones adventure program (age two - five years) and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program (age six - twelve years)
  • 09:30 Parent’s morning flow
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Family flow
  • 17:30 Dinner and good bye ceremony

Day 6

  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Family flow
  • 11:00 Departure

Additional tours, surf lessons, kayaking SUp, Massages and private yoga can all be arranged according to your preferences and schedule. Additional child care and infant care can also be arranged.

Included excursions

Guests will enjoy a boat trip to Santa Catalina island where the entire family can enjoy some fun on a white sand beach, snorkeling in turquoise waters, and a picnic under swaying palms.

Instructors

Lauren Spicer
Lauren Spicer is a certified holistic nutritionist, registered yoga instructor, project management professional, and founder of So Fresh Living. Through her online magazine, So Fresh Mag, and her services in education, retreats, and tourism, she offers transformational experiences. Lauren's true passion is fostering wellness and personal growth from yoga and fitness to nutrition and holistic health.
Michael Spicer
Michael Spicer is a passionate educator, specializing in imaginative education and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), an experiential, exploratory method of teaching. Michael has been working at the International School of Panama, engaging his students in activities and experiences beyond that of a standard classroom. His excitement for building outdoor education and hands-on learning is contagious. Children attending this retreat will leave with a brightened imagination, a sense of accomplishment, and the motivation to do great things.
Marla Diaz
Marla Diaz is a mom to Garrett and Lily. She is also a Certified Yoga Instructor who has enjoyed 20 years of practicing and sharing yoga with hundred of people around the world. Marla is passionate about yoga, family, surf adventure and community. She continually searches for opportunities to bring these four elements together for her clients and in her daily life. She is a firm believer that getting out in nature is essential to our well being.Through a variety of retreats and hospitality services, Marla provides meaningful and inspirational experiences to each of the guest at our retreats.
Clare Jenkinson
Clare Jenkinson is an experienced, caring and vibrant educator with over a decade of experience in early childhood education and swim instruction. She owns an incredible pre-school based in the historic district of Panama City Panama and also offers swim lessons to students of all ages. Clare provides her students with exciting and inspiring experiences and activities.

Location

This retreat will take place in Santa Catalina hotel, Panama. It is set in the perfect location to explore local wildlife, tropical islands, and coral reefs. You will have the opportunity to engage in family friendly activities as well as unique, age specific activities with plenty of time to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate in between.

Features

Activities

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

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Baby sitting
  • Child care
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

Food

"Pescao" restaurant offers an incredible view of the pool and ocean, providing an ideal location to enjoy every meal. The chef serves healthy, hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners with fresh local produce. The seafood is caught daily by local fishermen in our neighborhood and the flavors are unforgettable.

Included in your dining experience:

  • Your welcome cocktail or mocktail, and dinner at our oceanfront restaurant on your group’s arrival
  • 3 delicious healthy meals per day for each of your activity days, plus breakfast on your departure day
  • Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meal plans are readily available
  • A natural fruit smoothie with each breakfast service
  • Natural fruit juices with each lunch service (all using local tropical fruits)
  • Juice, soda or glass of wine with dinner ( a wide range of additional beverages available at an extra cost)
  • Coffee, tea and fresh fruit are served every morning from 7am
  • Chilled filtered water

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Seafood
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)

Stand-up paddling tours, hiking, horseback riding, and surfing can be arranged to enhance your experience further. 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.

The lessons are held at a quiet, super fun, and uncrowded beach break with a gentle sand bottom, breaking left and right, the location offers smaller, more gentle waves for little ones and beginners on the south side and more challenging waves on the north. It is the perfect beach break to begin surfing.

Skateboards, bicycles, stand up paddle boards, surf boards, kayaks, body boards, and snorkels can all be arranged from the retreat center.

Spa treatments

Parents will each enjoy a complimentary 30-minute massage. Treatment options include a variety of massages, Reiki, and trigger point therapy. Sessions take place in the privacy of the yoga shala or on the waterfront deck. Additional treatments are available upon request fro and additional cost.

What's included

  • Specialized kid's activities and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) projects
  • Early childhood (ECE) program for young children
  • Family, adult, and kids yoga classes, daily
  • Sunset nature hike
  • Snorkelling, kayaking, skateboarding and cycling
  • Excursion to a pristine tropical island
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Movie night under the stars
  • Beach bonfire
  • Date night and refreshing adult time for parents
  • 3 kid-friendly healthy and delicious meals each day
  • Family size rooms and suites
  • Photography of your experience
  • Welcome cocktails and guest gift package
  • 5 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Additional child care options including private babysitter
  • Additional excursions
  • Surf lessons
  • Transportation from and to Panama City and Santa Catalina

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Monday November 5, 2018
Departure: Saturday November 10, 2018

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