Yoga, SUP + Surf in Panama, March 19th-26th, 2016

Just Add Water: Panama

Just Add Water: Panama

Reward your body and give yourself the gift of a renewed spirit with a week’s yoga immersion with Caitlin for a 7 night getaway at Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort: a stunning, boutique yoga retreat center on the Pacific coast, near Los Buzos, Panama. Surrounded by the stunning beauty of Cambutal, Sansara is a boutique beachfront oasis offering an inspiring fusion of yoga, surfing and elegantly crafted accommodations. Sansara boasts 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. Included in this retreat will be 2 daily yoga practices with Caitlin, unlimited access to Sansara’s saltwater pool, the unfettered beaches of Los Buzos, and three meals a day at Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort’s beautiful, inviting beach and pool front restaurant. Sansara is also scheduled to open a full service Spa in mid-2015 for those attendees wishing to pamper themselves even more.

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, SUP and Surf Retreats with Caitlin Marcoux

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.

HeartCore Flow: 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 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.

Just Add Water: Puerto Rico 2015 {photo by Katie Kaizer}

What’s included:

  • Yoga with Caitlin 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

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.

Retreat dates: March 19th – 26th, 2016

This epic retreat will be limited to 17 people. Registrations are secured through Retreat Guru.com 

Cancellations within 8 weeks of retreat date are non-refundable. Since last minute injuries, illnesses, work emergencies, or deaths in the family unfortunately do happen, we HIGHLY recommend travel insurance. Check out the website Travel Insurance Review, which gives an overview of travel insurance needs and companies with an option to review quotes from different companies. You have the option to purchase travel medical insurance in the case of getting injured while on the trip.

What’s not included:

  • Airfare to Panama City
  • Additional excursions
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Gratuities

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Optional Excursions

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.

FAQs

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.

Sansara Bunkbeds

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 Nicaragua?
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.

Add on Sansara’s Surf Instruction package for an additional $300 per person and receive 5 small group lessons, transport to different surf breaks if necessary, board rental, refreshments and professional photos taken with the option to purchase and 1 complimentary SUP rental.

For more about the surf at Sansara, please visit:

Playa Venao Surf Report

Swell Info

Buoy Weather

Just Add Water: Nantucket. Yoga, SUP and Nature Retreat

Nantucket Yoga, SUP and Nature Retreat: September 17th-20th, 2015

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Escape to the beautiful island of Nantucket for an all-inclusive getaway. This retreat, which will be co-hosted by Caitlin Marcoux and Caroline Pope Peavy, will help you replenish your prana and nurture your sense of well-being. Deepen your connection to yourself and the natural beauty of Nantucket, with 2 daily

yoga and SUP yoga practices, nature hikes with Nantucket Walkabout, a guided bike tour with Nantucket by Bike, and a paddle tour of Nantucket’s stunning harbor. Enjoy historic downtown Nantucket, bike to some of the most incredible beaches on the east coast, and enjoy the local music scene at the world-famous Cisco Brewery. With a thoughtful balance of outdoor adventure as well as down time to simply relax pool side, this retreat has something for everyone.

Nantucket Harbor by Katie KaizerCaitlin & Caroline have a combined 12 years of yoga teaching experience, and have been yoga besties since meeting at a Kathryn Budig workshop at Kripalu in 2010. Together they will offer a full-spectrum practice, both solar and lunar in nature, with the intention of helping you find a deeper sense of equanimity throughout mind, body and spirit. Practices will be appropriate for all levels, and will address the needs and wants of the group. You can read Caitlin’s yoga bio here, and Caroline’s here.

Just Add Water: Nantucket will be capped at 12 participants to ensure that each student receives individualized attention, plenty of hands-on assists and the most detailed yoga and paddle instruction.

We hope with this miticulously-crafted retreat, introduce you to the natural beauty of the island Caitlin calls home, to deep your yoga practice, demystify the burgeoning art of standup paddle yoga, and highlight some of the other special people and services Nantucket has to offer.

ITINERARY

Thursday:

11:30-12:30 Students arrive
1:00pm Catered organic, vegetarian lunch at our private home Oasis
2:00pm Nature Hike with Walkabout Nantucket
4:00-5:30pm Yoga with Caroline
5:30-6:30pm Yoga Nidra with a special guest teacher
7:00pm Catered Organic vegetarian dinner at the Oasis
8:00pm Reflections, journaling and setting intentions for the weekend

 Friday:

6:30-7:30am Breakfast-granola, yogurt, fresh fruit, bread, coffee and tea
8:00-9:30am Fluid Flow SUPYoga with Paddle Nantucket
10:00-11:30am Yoga with Caroline
12:00pm Catered organic, vegetarian lunch at our private home Oasis
1:00-3:00pm Free time to bike into town, or out to the Madaket beaches
3:30-5:00pm Yoga with Caitlin
5:30-6:30pm Sunset Paddle with Caitlin
7:30pm Catered Organic vegetarian dinner at the Oasis

Saturday:

7:00-8:00am Breakfast-granola, yogurt, fresh fruit, bread, coffee and tea
8:00-9:30am Fluid Flow SUPYoga with Caitlin
10:00-11:30am Yoga with Caroline
12:00pm Catered organic, vegetarian lunch at our private home Oasis
2:00-4:00pm Bike tour to Cisco Brewery with Nantucket by Bike
4-6:00pm return to the Oasis via taxi, or stay at the Brewery to enjoy more live music and local color
7:00pm Happy Hour: relax, unwind, meditate, get a massage – we will arrange for you at request
7:30pm Dinner on the town. We will endeavor to go out as a group to one of Nantucket’s many stellar restaurants. (this is the only meal not included in the retreat price)

Sunday:

7:00-8:00am Breakfast-granola, yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee and tea
9-10:15am Yoga with Caitlin at The Yoga Room
11-12pm Catered organic, vegetarian lunch at our private home Oasis
 12-2pm  Departures

Traveling to and from Nantucket:

The island of Nantucket, which is 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, is an adventure in and of itself. There are daily flights from Boston as well as the much closer, and smaller airport of Barnstable, on the Cape.

Nantucket can also be reached by boat. There are two ferry services from Hyannis, MA: the Steamship Authority and Hy-Line Cruises. Both services offer traditional slow boats, and high speed catamaran shuttles.

For Info on all things Nantucket:

Rates below include all activities, 8 catered meals, and accommodation for 4 days and 3 nights

4 Stunning single rooms with Queen size beds: $1,300

1 Double with 2 Twin beds: $1,00 per person

1 Quad with 4 Twin beds: $900 per person

1 Deluxe King for 2 people: $1,200 per person

More about the Oasis:

Enjoy all the amenities of an exclusive boutique hotel without the hassle. Our retreat will base itself out of a stunning in-Town compound featuring a bright and airy pool cabana, gorgeous pool, and meticulously landscaped half acre lot, less than .2 miles to Main Street, downtown Nantucket.

First Floor: Pull into your white shelled, spacious parking and enter through covered porch. Upon entering you are greeted by gorgeous open floor plan that leads out to the spectacular pool and outdoor spaces. Top of the line kitchen – marble counters with matching island that has bar seating, custom cabinets and high-end appliances. Living room centers on the gas fireplace with flat screen TV above, coffered ceilings and French doors to back deck and pool. Dining room has seating for at least 8. Off of the great room is a comfortable den/office with two walls of all windows. Beyond the great room is the luxurious master bedroom which has vaulted ceilings with fan, ship lap trim, French doors to pool area, walk-in closet with custom shelving and marble bathroom with double vanity and walk-in shower. Opposite the great room is the mudroom entrance with separate laundry including sink and folding table. Powder room.

Second Floor: Enter onto vaulted ceiling landing. Second floor master bedroom with cathedral ceilings with fan, ship lap trim and beautiful Carrera tile bath with double vanity, glassed shower and soaking tub. Second bedroom with cathedral ceilings with fan, vertical ship lap and earth toned tile bath with glassed shower. Third bedroom with cathedral ceilings and fun, blue tiled bath with glassed shower.

Basement: Luxuriously finished with 9’6″ ceiling heights. Large media room with built-in TV and shelving. Ping pong, wet bar and wine storage off of the media room. Bedroom with multiple windows. Workout room. Tiled bath. Utility room. Exterior entrance.

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SUP Yoga retreat: Puerto Rico March 2015

SUP, Yoga & Surfing Retreat in Puerto Rico with Caitlin Marcoux & Jessica Bellofatto

March 2015 SUP, Yoga & Surfing in Puerto Rico

Just Add Water

March 18-22nd, 2015

Rincon, Puerto Rico

Seasoned teachers Jessica Bellofatto of Kama Deva Yoga & Paddle Diva in East Hampton and Caitlin Marcoux of Nantucket SUP Yoga & The Yoga Room in Nantucket, are thrilled to be teaming up for the first time to offer you a truly special experience.  Join them for daily yoga on the deck of our private home with incredible ocean views, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) lessons & tours emphasizing stroke technique to increase speed and efficiency, SUP YOGA on the water, daily runs or walks, delicious, organic, locally sourced meals prepared by an amazing local chef, massages, relaxation, and more!

Both Jessica and Caitlin are long time traditional yoga teachers who have both taken their yoga practice beyond the conventional studio and onto the water. Each share a passion for paddling, SUP racing and meditating on the water. While Jessica, who is a Boga Yoga Ambassador, has been one of the pioneers in the now booming field of SUP Yoga, Caitlin owns her own SUP yoga studio on the island of Nantucket. Each of these fabulous instructors teach at yoga festivals and lead workshops and retreats around the world. Both women are former dancers, mothers, SUP racers, and life long yoginis. They each bring their own style and unique flavor to both the mat and the board. 

Yoga teacher, Caitlin Marcoux

Yoga teacher, Caitlin Marcoux

What’s SUP Yoga?

All of our SUP yoga classes are designed to help students find the peace and tranquility they’ve come to expect from a traditional yoga studio class, but will challenge them to navigating the dynamic and constantly changing environment of the open ocean. The fluidity of a SUP Yoga practice can help students find a deeper connection to themselves as well as cultivating a reverence for their natural surroundings. With stunning tropical Rincon as the backdrop, students will feel strongly connected to the land and sea. 

Rincon, Puerto Rico

The beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Can I get a couple sides of Yoga with that?

Yes! With two classes a day taught by two different teachers, plus SUP yoga, students will be exposed to a range of traditional and contemporary yoga flows, as each teacher will structure classes based on what you need, crave and love. Vinyasa-based classes may included Dynamic Flow, Slow Flow, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and even mini Asana Clinics focusing on alignment and technique for entering and finessing more advanced poses, should that interest you.

Daily Activities

There will be ample down time. Participants can choose to do as much or as little as they desire. The early morning can be set aside for running or walking, a dip in the ocean, or a lazy morning of reading pool-side. Later in the morning, practice yoga with Caitlin or Jessica, and then spend your afternoon surfing or stand-up paddling. Jessica and Caitlin will offer a second yoga class in the early evening to further unwind before everyone sits down at the spacious outdoor dining area to a locally sourced and beautifully prepared dinner.

Yoga teacher, Jessica Bellofatto

Yoga teacher, Jessica Bellofatto

Optional Activities

Other activities that we can pre-arrange prior to the trip include hikes in a local rainforest, mountain bike tours, snorkeling trips, SCUBA diving, sailing, horseback riding on beaches and trails, parasailing, fishing charters and you can also learn to surf or hone your surfing skills!

This retreat is limited to 10 participants, ensuring a lot of personal attention for both deepening your yoga practice, getting yourself on a SUP for the first time, or becoming a stronger paddler. Spots have begun to fill already!

Sample Schedule

7:00-8:00am Breakfast-granola, yogurt, fresh fruit, bread, hard boiled egg and smoothies
8:00-9:30am SUPYoga, surfing, or free time
10:00-11:30am Yoga with Caitlin or Jessica
12:00pm Lunch provided by us at the beach food stands, or we will take a run up to the deli
2:00-3:00pm SUP clinic with a focus on technique, SUP Yoga or surfing
5:30-7:00pm Sunset Yoga with Caitlin or Jessica
7:00pm Happy Hour: relax, unwind, meditate, get a massage
7:30pm Dinner at the house: locally sourced and prepared on premises: healthy vegetarian and meat options. (one dinner out on the town – not included in price)

Rates

triple-  $1750 per person
double $1900 per person
single  $2250 per person
*We have three singles, 2 doubles, and one triple available.

Reservations and Flights

We recommend Jet Blue flights to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

Register for This Retreat

STEP 1: Please click here to pay the $500 RETREAT DEPOSIT. If you do not already have an account with Jessica Bellofatto Yoga you will be asked to create one.
STEP 2: Contact Jessica Bellofatto to secure your rooming preference. Please note that accommodation types are limited, and will be granted on a first-come first serve basis, but are not secured until paid in full. Rooming preferences changed at a later date may still be liable for the full cost of the room initially reserved. Email: jessica@jessicabellofattoyoga.com

Cancellation & Refund Policy

The $500 deposit is non-refundable. The full balance is due 8 weeks prior to the retreat date. Cancellations prior to 8 weeks will receive a refund of monies paid, minus the $500 deposit. Cancellations within 8 weeks of retreat date are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Since last minute injuries, illnesses, work emergencies, or deaths in the family unfortunately do happen, we HIGHLY recommend travel insurance. Check out the website Travel Insurace Review, which gives an overview of travel insurance needs and companies with an option to review quotes from different companies. You have the option to purchase travel medical insurance in the case of getting injured while on the trip.