JUST ADD WATER: PANAMA
A LUXURY YOGA RETREAT with Caitlin Marcoux & Ieva Aldins
YOGA, SURF, SUP and the beautify of PANAMA all await you! Reward your body and give yourself the gift of a renewed spirit with a week’s yoga immersion at Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort: a stunning, boutique yoga retreat center on the Pacific coast of Panama, near Los Buzos, Panama.
Surf the day away or strengthen your yoga practice. This retreat will be designed so that you can go as deep as you like or relax as much as you want. With 90-minute yoga practices in both the morning and evening, students will have their pick of classes to choose from – or attend all. We will explore themes of traditional yoga theory, meditation and asana.
Yoga with Caitlin & Ieva
Both mermaid yoginis teach primarily in New England, and have a combined 30 years of practice under their mats. Caitlin, a Prana Vinyasa teacher, keeps her home base at The Yoga Room, while Ieva, who is trained in the traditional sivananda lineage, is based at Dharma Yoga Nantucket. Both ladies teach SUP yoga for Paddle Nantucket in the summer months.
Yoga practices during this retreat, will be appropriate for new to advanced students, though some exposure to yoga before hand is preferable. Each sadhana, or practice, will run around 2 hours in length. Practice in the morning will generally be solar in nature while our evening sessions will be more lunar.
Sample classes include:
Setting the Foundation: Prepare your body, mind and spirit to settle into the sacred space of retreat with this grounding, earthy and restorative practice. A lengthy guided savasana will help you let go of travel tension and marinate in your intentions for the week ahead.
Prana Vinyasa Yoga is the evolution of energetic vinyasa to realize and enhance the flow of our life. The Pathways of Prana Vinyasa is dedicated to providing a full-spectrum mandala of solar-lunar practice for activating, balancing and nourishing the flow of yoga in daily life – the living of energetic vinyasa. This class will introduce the first “pathways of prana vinyasa”: 10 Namskars and 10 Solar-Lunar Roots/Foundation Sequences that correspond to Embodying the Flow-Mandala of Asana modules as created by Caitlin’s teacher, Shiva Rea.
Restorative Yoga with Ieva: Also known as “Pillow yoga.” In this dreamy class bolsters, blankets and blocks are used to completely support the body for longer held postures. Students are brought into deep relaxation and the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated. Working from this nervous system the body will restore, regenerate, and heal. Muscles are allowed to slowly open and stretch, the immune system is strengthened, energy blockages are released, stress and tension melt away.
Anahata Chakra Vinyasa: Open your heart and ignite your core with this fluid sequence of backbends, and heart fire core work. Explore the wisdom of your inner most guru and stoke the flames of your creativity. Cultivate agni (the fire element) with this challenging and energizing solar flow.
Satya Vinyasa: Get into the Flow of Retreat with a full spectrum vinyasa practice and then fine tune the alignment of your open hip standing poses and seated hip openers – all while exploring the yama (ethical principle) of truth telling. What gets stuck, perhaps in the hips and/or pelvis themselves that keeps us from being our authentic selves and opening up to others.
Root Down to Rise Up: Arm balances and inversions for students of all levels interested in leaving the ground. Taught in kramas, or stages, there will be something for everyone. Not recommended for those with shoulder injuries.
Yoga Nidra with Ieva: Yoga Nidra is a deep form of meditation in which the practitioner is led with awareness into a state of deep sleep while remaining awake. It is here in this state of conscious deep sleep that we can access the subconscious. This is a purifying practice for the mind in which profound healing can take place and samskaras (deep impressions that drive our actions) can be transformed. It is incredibly relaxing, good for combating insomnia, chronic pain, anxiety, stress and PTSD. Treat yourself to this inspired practice. Allow yourself to rest and renew, be supported and nourished as you discover peace and vibrant health.
About Cambutal, Panama:
Where the mountains meet the sea, this quiet and nearly untouched area of Panama provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing vacation experience.
Friends have described Cambutal embodying characteristics of a modern day Jurassic Park. Boasting beautiful and dramatic tidal changes, stunning mountainsides, an abundance of tropical vegetation, endless wild birds and monkeys swinging through the treetops. Cambutal is an ideal place to unwind
and escape to.
A day can easily become filled exploring the miles of picture-perfect pacific coastline, surfing the warm waters, or lounging in a hammock under the trees. The beautiful community of Cambutal awaits you; and we invite you to come flow with us at Sansara.
- Yoga with Caitlin or Ieva each morning & evening (excepting Panama City arrival and departure)
- Transportation to and from Panama City to Sansara, Cambutal (Pick-up/drop-off from one of 3 recommended hotels)
- 7 nights beach front yoga-lux accommodation
- One group surf lesson
- Transfers to and from various breaks and surf beaches
- One kayak or SUP rental
- Unlimited use of snorkel gear
- Beach bonfire (weather permitting)
- Waterfall, tide pool or cave walk excursion
- Ocean front cabana living
- Three delicious meals a day (except on transfer days when snacks are provided for lunch)
- Buffet breakfasts daily
About the cabins:
Enjoy pure luxury in one of Sansara’s eleven private oceanfront Cabanas. Designed to inspire serenity; the Zen like atmosphere of Sansara blends seamlessly with the lush nature and quiet beauty of the properties 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 our tropical gardens, each cabana has it’s 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. Our rooms are designed uniquely to accommodate one to four adults, perfect for solo travellers, couples, friends or families. 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. With an onsite restaurant, pool and spa, not to mention the loads of rentals and activities we offer, there is truly something for everyone here!
Optional Sansara Surf Package:
For an additional $250 per person for the week: Sansara will connect you with one of their own staff surf instructors. You will get 5 small group lessons (limited to 4 people at a time) and there is no additional fee for transport to and from neighboring surf breaks. You board rental and refreshments are included and there can be professional photos taken with the option to purchase.
What’s not included:
- Airfare to Panama City
- Additional excursions
- Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
- Travel insurance (recommended)
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.
The excursions listed below are a small sampling. We recommend that you arrive, settle in and explore before you hone in on your preferred excursions.
Do I need a passport/visa?
US citizens will need a passport to visit Panama, but no visa is required at this time. Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.
What airport should I fly into?
Please fly into the Panama City international airport (PTY). Transfers will be arranged from the airport on arrival and departure days only. Arrival transfers will only be offered for flights arriving before 3pm on arrival day.
How far is the schlep from the airport to the retreat?
It is about a bit of a drive from the city to our particular costal zen-spot. It is a five hour drive from the Pacific coast and your final destination. Sit back and relax and watch this beautiful country fly by and enjoy our culture/nature stops. You’ll be on the beach before you know it.
Do we need to bring our own yoga gear?
This awe-some location does have all you’ll need for your yoga needs. You only need to bring your own stuff if you’re particularly attached to personal gear.
Will we have access to WiFi?
Absolutely. You can be as wired, or unwired, as you’d like.
Is there swimming?
Naturally! Of course, there is the gorgeous Pacific Ocean and multiple beaches to choose from, but there is also a salt water pool at the ready for relaxing.
Can my dietary restrictions/needs be accommodated?
Absolutely. Any dietary need or restriction can be accommodated provided that you notify us at least three weeks in advance. There will be vegetarian and non-vegetarian options at each meal, so you get to choose your own meal adventure.
Do I need to book any of the optional activities ahead of time?
Whether your decide to surf all week or gallop off on a steed there is more than enough time to book these excursions when you arrive. There is so much to absorb that it’s best not to overbook yourself before arrival… see what you feel like when you reach the good life and don’t forget to book in some chill time.
What is the electrical currency/outlet in Panama?
Our friends down south utilize the same plug and voltage as the United States and Canada. If you are coming from another part of the world, a plug adapter and/or converter may be necessary.
What is the currency situation in Panama?
Panama accepts the US dollar as legal tender. They also utilize the balboa so, if you’re lucky, you’ll get some balboa coins to take home with you.
Are there bugs?
We’ll let you know!
What do I need to bring?
Although we don’t recommend you book excursions ahead of time, you’ll want to think ahead a bit when it comes to packing. Treks and horseback riding will require close-toed shoes (ie, not flips or sandals) and a few pairs of long pants won’t go amiss. Your essentials will be your yoga clothes and bathing suit with the rest depending on your appetite for adventure; quick dry clothes for adventure activities will work best.