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Join the complete package of surfing, meditation, and yoga retreat in the Pacific of Panama. Indulge yourself in a beautiful scenery of nature, priceless, and untouched of Playa Venao. Enjoy yoga accompanied by the live music, calm your mind in the serenity of meditation, take the chance to learn how to surf, join the chef preparing the meals, and unfold the experience you have never tried anywhere else before. Let's be wild, get nurtured and smile.
You will be staying at Eco Venao, located at the tip of the bay overlooking all of Venao Beach. Eco Venao offers relaxed accommodation like no other boutique hotel in Venao. The rooms are spacious with the eco-friendly and homemade amenities which beautify the rooms.
The retreat will be held inside one of the main houses called La Casona. Located on a prime hilltop, La Casona’s breathtaking view alone is priceless. The colonial style architecture with high ceilings and thick walls combine luxury and solidity, inviting guests to feel comfortable and at home. In order to look out over Playa Venao’s beautiful bay, you may choose to simply lift your head up off the pillow, or step outside onto your own private terrace.
Common spaces include a comfortable living room, terraces in the front and back of the house, and lovingly landscaped gardens, bordered by the birds of paradise blossoms. The large, fully equipped kitchen, in combination with the bold and magnificent dining table, is certain to inspire many enjoyable meals during the retreat. This accommodation will definitely nourish your holiday experience.
Eco Venao is proud to include Playa Venao’s original surfers hostel. It is the fruit of a restoration of the original 50-year-old farmhouse which required vast amounts of patience and dedication. This surfer style dormitory has sweet style bunk beds that can accommodate you for a more affordable experience. The cool wood structure and ceiling fans along with comfortable quality mattresses make this the perfect resting place after a long day of surfing, yoga, horseback riding, and exploring,
During the retreat, you will get the chance to learn more about Bhakti yoga. Bhakti yoga is pure spiritual devotion of love for God. The deity is the beloved and the devotee is the lover. In Bhakti yoga, everything is a manifestation of the divine and all else is meaningless, including the ego. When the bhakta is blessed by the divine grace, he felt an undivided union and non-dual consciousness prevails. Bhakti yoga is regarded as the most direct method to merge in cosmic consciousness.
There is so much relation between surf and yoga as they both add and complete so much to each other. Surf gives you back playfulness that sometimes yogis need, while yoga gives you the flow you need when you are surfing to get some balance. This retreat is not about becoming a professional surfer or a professional yogi, not about riding the biggest wave or achieving a strenuous headstand, but it is about your flow through life and also a lot about how much fun you are having in it.
If you haven’t experienced the bliss of having live music during your yoga class or live Satsang that take you to bliss, this is your opportunity to enjoy for the first time in Panama such a beautiful teacher and relaxing yoga practices.
Katherine Croston is the founder of Yorepa and she loves to travel and visit her teachers worldwide to learn more and keep sharing the love on her retreats. She is obsessed with nature, elevating herself and other people and the power of love. Katherine is also a trained Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga teacher as well as a certified health coach and chef. Her techniques address Vinyasa style alignment, Bhakti yoga in its devotion and lessons in love as well as Kundalini yoga for its power for deep transformation and manifesting the highest self.
Brian began his yoga journey at a very young age with Siddha yoga. Having a background in college athletics and being educated in the health field, he brings a well-rounded knowledge to his practice and teaching. He started his asana practice with Bikram yoga and then evolved to the Barkan method. Brian’s classes are infused with so much love. He says his heart is touched by all styles of yoga so he wants to share his heart with his students.
Kasia has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching for over 10 years. She has trained in a wide variety of styles, with Kundalini being her passion for the past six years. She has attended numerous trainings and annual gatherings in the Kundalini community throughout North America. Kasia has also completed an intensive Kundalini yoga teacher training through the Kundalini Yoga Research Institute (KRI), with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and Gurshabd Singh in Rishikesh India. Kasia Kord teaches Kundalini yoga classes in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
The retreat will be held down Playa Venao and across both Casona and the Beach Town in Panama. Coming to Venao will leave dusty towns behind, entering the rolling hills of the southern tip of the Peninsula of Azuero. A curvy road will take you past cowboys and rice-fields to this beautiful beach full of the sun, surfers across the country, and good times.
The Azuero Peninsula with its white-sand beaches, soft rolling hills, and world-class water sports is the home to Panama’s most attractive small town, Pedasí. A four-hour drive from Panama City, Pedasí is the home base for world class surfing, diving, and a sport fishing. Azuero is famous for religious festivals dating back to Spanish colonial times.
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During the retreat, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinners. The meals are the finest local and organic Ingredients to with the most amazing delicacy but also an experience where you will feel light, nourished, and cleansed from the inside-out. The food will also include food and fresh fruit smoothies. Alcohol is allowed in and you can always bring your own beers or wine to the common kitchen space.
During your free time, you can visit the hills of the Azuero Peninsula to meet the rolling waves of Playa Venao, a surfing paradise capable for various water sport and adventurous activities. You can take extra surfing lessons, enjoy horseback riding, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, bird watching, and trekking which are available upon request.
You will get complimentary authentic Thai massage as part of the package. You may also try various spa treatments available at additional costs.
This 90-minute treatment includes a loofah body polish or body salt scrub that will ease your mind, renew your skin, and delight your senses, followed by a shower and light massage.
The treatments start with an aromatic foot soak, then your feet and legs will be renewed with a massage, and lavished with organic scrubs.
The hair services include hair cuts, styles, and a variety of treatments made for hair.
Body sugaring is a natural alternative to waxing. It is also a skilled ancient Egyptian hair removal practice using a room temperature paste of sugar, lemon juice, and water. Unlike waxing, it leaves no sticky residue, uses not artificial compounds, resins, fragrances, or other potentially caustic chemicals. Sugar waxing will leave your skin smooth and hair free.
All facials include a deep cleanse, exfoliation or scrub, mud masque, and massage of the head, hands, feet, and face. You will be prescribed the best product combination for your skin type which also helps soothe the sun-burnt or damaged skin.
Please book your flight to arrive at Panama City Airport (PTY). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
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