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