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8 Days Adventurous Surf and Yoga Retreat Panama

Bridge to Adventure Yoga and Surf Retreat Panama

Riding the waves of life as well as the sea require that you first find your center and then rise up to explore your potential. Situated in the heart of Central America, Panama is the perfect place for this process to ripen. Surrounded by the sea, bridging North and South America, youll have the opportunity to dive deeper into yoga, culture, surfing, and the audaciousness that is Panama.


  • One group surf lesson
  • Two daily yoga classes
  • A guided tour of the Gamboa rain forest
  • Transport to and from Panama City International Airport (PTY)
  • One kayak or SUP rental and unlimited use of snorkel gear
  • Guided city walking tour of Casco Antiguo
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • 3 delicious meals a day

Skill level

  • Beginner


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Panama city

Deplane in comfort at the Bristol hotel in Panama City. This boutique luxury hotel bookends our island time with all of the comfort and amenities you can expect: delicious food, amazing spa and luxuriously appointed rooms. Enjoy top notch service and all the flavor of Panama City right outside your door.

Bocas del Toro

Get ready for barefoot elegance, island style. Each Island Plantation room is designed and decorated with natural comfort in mind. All rooms have gorgeous open-air bathrooms, front pool-facing patios, overhead fan for evening comfort (though the ocean breezes keep you cool) and a zen style that eases you into ‘island time’. Many rooms have one king bed and one twin with private bathrooms while the one upstairs suite shares a bathroom between two rooms with the trade off of a hammock-ed porch and amazing ocean and monkey-dwelling tree views.

Travel Yogi Panama Yoga Retreat Program

The yoga practice mirrors the process of learning to surf. Through daily meditation, pranayama and Vinyasa flow, you will bridge your core work and centering to balance your asanas. Youll explore your unique potential through individualized variations and bridge all that mat work with the rhythm of the Pacific waves. Off the mat youll find center on your surfboards where both beginners and experts are welcomed, enjoy amazing cuisine, and soak up an unforgettable Panamanian experience.

This unique retreats blend of sun, surf, and self will help you not just center and refresh but open the door to new possibilities by bridging the gap between work and play, sun and sea, and heart and soul.

Debra, the instructor, will set the yoga schedule each day on the coast, generally during mornings and evenings. While your time in Panama City is guided so that you can soak up as much of the culture and vibe as possible, your time on the coast can be spent surfing, chilling, kayaking, swimming, waterfall exploring, etc.

Typical arrival to Panama City

  • Arrive into Panama City (no later than 15:00) with transfers to hotel
  • Guided tour of UNESCO heritage site of colonial Casco Antiguo
  • Welcome dinner and fun in Casco Anitguo restaurant

Typical retreat day

  • Light and easy morning breakfast, which includes coffee, tea, granola, and fruit
  • Wake up and roll morning yoga
  • A much welcomed and delicious breakfast
  • Free time to hit the waves, snorkel, bike ride, chill, explore, or massage into bliss
  • Recharging lunch
  • Kayak through the afternoon, tidal pool walk, stand up paddle board time, or back to relaxing
  • Unwind Restorative or Yin yoga session of yin
  • Delicious evening dinner with new friends and amazing sunsets

Typical return to Panama City

  • Departure from the coast and return to Panama City
  • Relax, souvenir shopping, and explore
  • Drive past the canal and explore the Gamboa rainforest at one of its most active times of day
  • Final group dinner, hugs, and goodbyes before the next days departure home

Included excursions

A guided city walking tour of Casco Antiguo, a UNESCO world heritage site, a naturalist guided tour of the Gamboa rainforest, and a waterfall, tide pool, or cave walk excursion are included in the price.


Debra (Debbi) Murphy
Exploring the mind-body connection is Debbi’s life work. After years in the academia researching and teaching subjects that elevated one or the other half of that equation (doctorate in exercise science, master’s degree in counseling psychology), she turned her attention to the study of yoga, a perfect nexus of both.


This retreat will take place in Panama. This small coastal community is yoga surf giddy and the perfect paradise to relax, sunbathe, and stargaze. The remarkable location and additions exclusive to The Travel Yogi trips make this the perfect spot for the adventure-travel-surfboard-carrying-culture-loving yogi.



  • Boating nearby
  • Cooking classes
  • Fishing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala


  • Free Wi-Fi


The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

The days are yours to explore the beach, surf, swim, enjoy your massage, or to book one of the optional excursions as listed below. Excursions and spa services can be arranged by the retreat center at no additional charge. Yoga is always optional and at your discretion.

The excursions listed below are a small sampling. It is recommended that you arrive, settle in, and explore before you hone in on your preferred excursions.

Beach bonfire

Is there anything better? Each week, weather permitting, the beach will fire up for your own endless summer moment.

Cooking class

Loving the nosh? Take a healthy knowledge home with you as you chop your way through a complimentary cooking class as you get your gourmet skills on.

Fishing tours and sunset boat trips

Cruise the Panamanian coastline and soak up the beautiful views and wildlife. Fishing enthusiasts can expect some tuna or mahi mahi on the line.

Horseback riding

Gallop through the surf and explore other beaches on your steed.

Movie under the stars

Regardless of whether the flick is Yoga Woman or one of Hollywoods classics, this is how yogis do the drive-in movies.

Snorkel gear

There's no end to underwater exploring and so there's no limit to the snorkel time during the week. Gear is always available to check out.

Spa treatments

Bliss out with any of the amazing massage options while the ocean drifts you off.

Stand up paddle board or kayak

Pick your poison and choose either one complimentary stand up paddle board or kayak rental.


The stars are truly unbelievable in Panama at night. With little to no ambient light pollution, lay down and waste away the hours looking up and geek out with constellation sightings and a brilliantly apparent milky way.

Surf breaks

Different strokes for different folks. Transportation is available each day of the retreat on the coast to local beaches and breaks.

Surf lesson

Always wanted to try? There's one group lesson with your name on it.

Waterfall, cave walk, or tide pool excursion

All depending on the weather, season or tide, the groups will head out for a Panamanian nature exploration.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodations in Panama City hotel on arrival and pre-departure night
  • 6 nights beach front luxury accommodation
  • Beach bonfire if the weather permits
  • Buffet breakfasts daily
  • Cooking class
  • Guided city walking tour of Casco Antiguo, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Naturalist guided tour of the Gamboa rain forest
  • One group surf lesson
  • One kayak or stand up paddle board rental
  • Three delicious meals a day (except on transfer days when snacks are provided for lunch)
  • Transfer to and from Panama City to the beach
  • Transfers to and from various breaks and surf beaches
  • Transportation to and from Panama City International Airport (PTY)
  • Unlimited use of snorkel gear
  • Welcome dinner in a Casco Antiguo restaurant
  • Yoga sessions each morning and evening with Debra (excepting Panama City arrival and departure

What's not included

  • Additional excursions
  • Airfare to Panama City
  • Alcohol, souvenirs, or personal items
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

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

The Travel Yogi will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.


  • Panama City - 5 hours
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