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Yoga Retreat Panama

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Join YogaOne Studio for this yoga retreat in Panama and enjoy daily yoga classes and delicious meals. Engage in various activities like pampering yourself with a massage, taking surfing lessons, stand-up paddle boarding, or just hang out at the beach. Experience luxury and relaxation as YogaOne Studio offers you the very best in holistic vacations.

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Meg & Kimberly
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  • 2 yoga practices daily
  • Unlimited use of snorkel gear and bikes
  • Complimentary rental for kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding and towels and free organic spa products
  • 3 healthy, balanced, and locally produced meals daily
  • Fresh fruits, coffee, tea, and filtered water daily
  • Transfers throughout the retreat
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


9 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The accommodation options are on private, double, triple, and quadruple room basis.

Hotel at Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo is a World Heritage Site and you will be staying at a hotel in the district for your first and last nights in Panama.

Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort

You will be staying for six nights in 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 the tropical gardens, each cabana has its own private patio and is just steps away from the warm water of the Pacific Ocean. Each cabana has incredible tropical hardwood furniture and original art that has been locally sourced and made. The rooms are designed uniquely to accommodate one to four adults, perfect for solo travelers, couples, friends, or families.

Each cabana is outfitted with luxurious bath products to soften your skin, high quality linens, air-conditioning, a mini-fridge to keep your refreshments cold, and safety deposit box to stow your valuables away. Sansara has an onsite restaurant, pool, and spa, not to mention the loads of rentals and activities offered, there is truly something for everyone.

Sansara offers different configurations, king sized beds, two queen beds, or a twin bed option, the choice is yours when you make your reservation. The linens are sustainable, and all of the pillows are hypoallergenic.



At Sansara, you have quick and easy access to beach breaks, point breaks, and reef break surf options. With the warm, inviting water surrounding Sansara, there is no need for a wet suit. Cambutal is home to some of the best waves on the pacific coast, crashing along beaches that are clean and blissfully empty.

The area boasts a perfect blend of geography and wind, creating prime conditions to satisfy every surfer. Sansara offers a full range of surf boards for rent. If you are looking for something specific, please contact them prior arrival so they can accommodate your needs.

At Sansara, small and intimate group instructions as well as private sessions are offered. Regardless of your skill level, the experienced and friendly instructors will make sure you will stay safe and get the very most out of your lesson and time in the ocean.

Retreat itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday, March 18, 2017

Upon arrival at Tocumen International Airport (PTY), a complimentary shuttle will be arranged for you into Casco Viejo. The retreat group will have rooms paid and reserved at a hotel in Casco Viejo. Please note that meals are not provided for this day. YogaOne Studio will arrange a meeting place for the group for dinner.

Day 2 - Sunday, March 19, 2017

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up around 09:00 by a complimentary shuttle and head off to your home for the next six nights, Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort. The journey will take about five hours.

Day 3 to Day 7 - Monday to Friday, March 20 to 24, 2017

You will have two yoga practices each day, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Fresh fruits, local fair trade coffee, tea, and filtered water are available for you to consume daily. You will have one complimentary rental for kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding and unlimited use of snorkel gear. Complimentary bikes are also offered for exploring the area.

Day 8 - Saturday, March 25, 2017

Check out at 09:00 after breakfast. At approximately 14:00 or 15:00, you will arrive into Panama City. Rooms have been reserved and paid at a hotel in Casco Viejo for that evening. Lunch and dinner are not provided.

Day 9 - Sunday, March 26, 2017

For your departure, a complimentary shuttle will bring you to Tocumen International Airport (PTY).


Meg Galarza
Maharishi International University (Ayurveda Practitioner)
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga)
Meg Galarza, E-RYT 500, is the founder of YogaOne Studio with locations in Cedarburg and Fox Point, Wisconsin, USA. Meg leads students in Vinyasa flow classes that are powerful, creative, and ever-changing. She blends music, clear instruction, multi-dimensional sequencing, and hands-on​ adjustments in a way that assists students to let go and drop into the flow. Meg is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with an approved and active Registered Yoga School (RYS).
Kimberly Manthey
Kimberly blends a lot of knowledge and 12 years of yoga experience to create a vigorous, yet luxurious approach to her Vinyasa classes. Her classes can be strong and sweaty, or slow and nourishing, but always full of fun, great music, and lots of heart and humor. Kimberly’s intention is to provide an opportunity for people to explore the common thread of breath, body, and spirit in a happy, healthy environment.


The retreat will be held in Cambutal, Panama. Located at the southernmost point of Panama in the Azuero Peninsula, Cambutal is a small village in the province of Los Santos, and is approximately five hours away from the country's capital, Panama City.

Nearby places

  • Panama City, 5 hours
  • Tonosi, 20 minutes



  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala


  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library


Three healthy, balanced, and locally produced meals will be served to you daily. Fresh fruits, coffee, tea, and filtered water are also available for you to consume every day. Experience the joy and flavor of dining on fish from just beyond the surf break and fresh vegetables from Sansara's neighbor down the road. This is fresh, healthy living at its purest form.

Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort only serves fresh, in season, and local ingredients that will leave you feeling perfectly pampered and undeniably full. Below is a sample of the resort's restaurant menu for you to enjoy. These are subject to change without prior notice. Please contact Sansara prior to your arrival if you have any dietary restrictions so that they can happily accommodate your needs.

Things to do (optional)


Bikes are complimentary with your stay, so hop on and tour the area with the wind in your hair.


Cruise the Panamanian pacific coastline and witness the amazing views and abundance of natural wildlife. For those wishing to fish, you can look forward to catching tuna and mahi mahi.


Enjoy guided or unguided nature hikes through Panama’s pristine nature reserves. The nearby Cerro Hoya National Park is just one of the beautiful hiking options where you may see monkeys, macaws, coatis, iguanas, gigantic rain forest trees, and stunning orchids.


Enjoy a refreshing paddle on the Pacific Ocean. The retreat is in a protected bay that is perfect for any beginners. Kayaks are available onsite for your use.


Explore the reefs right outside of your cabana.

Stand-up paddle boarding

Glide on water and experience Panama’s stunning coastline while enjoying breathtaking views and exotic sea life from your paddle board.


Travel through the forest, rivers, and mountains to the most amazing waterfall and cliff jumping, coupled with stunning views of the jungle.

Spa treatments

Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort offers a diverse range of massage therapies to accommodate your needs and ensure that you will leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Active bodywork

Working to release and restore soft tissues, active body work focuses on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive movements. Treatments are site specific and require participation from the recipient, requiring the engagement of certain muscles while the therapist provides targeted tissue work and assisted stretches. This type of body work greatly compliments an active yogi or surfer. A 90-minute session costs 120 USD.

Deep tissue massage

Appreciate the strong and intense connection of your muscles with deep muscle work that both improves flexibility and relieves pain. This massage combines stretching, releasing tense muscles, and helps prevent injury.

  • Deep tissue massage - 60 minutes cost 80 USD and 90 minutes cost 110 USD
  • Deep tissue and foot massage - 90 minutes cost 130 USD

Shiatsu massage

Shiatsu is an ancient healing system, combining broad and targeted acupressure, stimulation and manipulation of energy line, and assisted stretches. A Shiatsu massage costs 120 USD for 90 minutes.

Swedish massage

Working with the major muscular groups in a soft and integrative way, Swedish massages give you a sense of relaxation and comfort.

  • Swedish massage - 60 minutes cost 75 USD and 90 minutes cost 105 USD
  • Swedish massage and Reiki - 90 minutes cost 125 USD
  • Swedish massage and foot massage - 90 minutes cost 125 USD

What's included

  • 2 yoga practices daily
  • 3 meals daily
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Beach bonfire
  • Complimentary bikes
  • Complimentary rental for kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding
  • Daily fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and filtered water
  • Free organic spa products
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding and towels
  • Surf lessons
  • Transfers throughout the retreat
  • Unlimited use of snorkel gear

What's not included

  • Additional excursions, surf lessons, and rentals
  • Airfare
  • Alcohol
  • Gratuities
  • Massage
  • Meals for the arrival and departure in Casco Viejo
  • Snacks, smoothies, and juices
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Driving directions from Panama City

  • Begin by exiting Panama City via the Bridge of Americas, Puente de las Américas.
  • The highway is called Pan-American Highway. Continue on this highway for approximately three hours towards the town of Divisa.
  • Prior to arriving to Divisa, there are billboards advertising the town of Pedasi, this is the direction you want to head to and this is also where you turn off from the Pan-American-Highway.
  • The turn off is on the right, leading you to a small overpass above the highway. You are now on route to Chitre and then to Las Tablas.
  • Upon entering Las Tablas, continue straight down the main road until you hit a two-way stop.
  • The town square will be on your right and a lime green building called Electronic Café will be in front of you.
  • Continue to go straight with a slight veer to the left until you approach a fork in the road.
  • There will be a dental clinic in front of you and a small blue sign on your left with an arrow directing you to turn left to Tonosi.
  • Turn left then take your first right. A big yellow, red, and black sign will be in front or above you.
  • You are now on the road to Valle Rico, this beautifully paved mountain road is approximately more than an hour drive.
  • As you descend the mountain to the valley bottom, approach a fork in the road then turn left.
  • Continue straight for another four minutes. You will hit a dead end.
  • Turn right and five minutes later, you will arrive at Tonosi.
  • Upon entering Tonosi, there will be a gas station to your right; this will the last stop to refuel before Cambutal.
  • Straight from the gas station and on your left is an ATM located at the Banco Nacional; this will be the last place to get cash.
  • With the Banco National on your left and the town square on your right, turn right and continue on that road. It will veer slightly to the left and you shall continue that way.
  • A big, blue Cambutal sign left with a few beach towns will be on your left.
  • It will be 20-minute drive from Tonosi to Cambutal. You will pass signs for Bucaro and Guanico as you drive.
  • Upon entering Cambutal, drive through the quiet community and continue towards the beach access road.
  • Drive along the coast where you will soon approach Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort; the friendly team will be eagerly anticipating your arrival.
  • Please be aware of the speed limits, as there are many police with radars along the highway roads.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Transfer from and to the airport is included. YogaOne Studio will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by bus

The Albrook bus terminal is on the west side of Panama City near the canal, the smaller airport where you can catch regional flights, and it is right next to the huge Albrook shopping mall. This is a very large and active bus terminal. Buses to everywhere go from this terminal. You should buy a ticket to Las Tablas. Upon arriving at Las Tablas, change buses requesting the Tonosi bus via Cambutal.

Arrival by shuttle

If you are travelling with a large group, you can book a private van via Hostel ride.

Arrival by taxi

Maxi Taxi Panama and Lumo Luxury in Motion offers car services to Cambutal. For prices and reservations, please contact them directly.

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