PANAMA

Enjoy a Panama yoga retreat that brings you the best of the city and a soul-warming island adventure.  Find your yoga, surf, SUP and sunshine on our exclusive Bocas del Toro hideaway. We fell in love with Panama, city and coast, and want our yogis to leave feeling like they know Panama, so, we’ve got you covered.

Our Panama yoga retreat includes everything from the moment you touch down until we drop you back off at the airport. Bonuses of The Travel Yogi’s yoga retreats in Panama include pre- and post-retreat night hotels, an exclusive walking tour of Casco Antiguo (a UNESCO heritage site), group meals and guides with you in the city supplying answers to just about everything (these guys know their Panama)!

So get ready to hit the local, and much envied, clear Caribbean waters of Panama. This small island community is the perfect paradise to deepen your yoga practice, relax, sail, surf, explore and stargaze.  The remarkable location and additions exclusive to The Travel Yogi trips make this the perfect yoga retreat spot for the adventure travel-loving yogi.

Available Retreats

Tacos & Transformation Bocas del Toro Yoga Retreat

Elizabeth Rowan

May 13 - 20, 2017
Because yoga in paradise isn’t enough, we’ve landed this year’s top Travel+Leisure’s Best Places to Travel dream destination of Bocas del Toro, Panama for our next adventure! Might want a swimsuit, passport and a one­way ticket for this one… Caribbean waters, coral reefs, ocean- front digs, tin roofs and transformation await. An archipelago in Central America that’s a veritable surf life haven is our home for yoga two-­a-­days, guided meditations, specialty workshops, ritual and deep relaxation (tan lines, tacos and shaded savasanas too). Sleepy surf town vibe meets yogi wanderlusters tribe in one dope dream destination.  ¡Vamanos!
From $2,595.00

Yoga Paradise in Panama

Jessica Bellofatto

November 18 - 25, 2017
Picture this: Yoga twice a day overlooking the ocean, learning to surf or honing your skills in tropical waters (no wetsuit required!), lazy lunches with great conversation followed by a walk on the beach or a book (or snooze) in a hammock, sailing the tepid blue Caribbean and paddleboard yoga in the gorgeous turquoise waters of the Caribbean, and so much more… Making the #1 spot on Travel and Leisure’s Best Places to Travel should clue you in to the magic and beauty of this destination. Expect vigorous, transformational Yoga sessions in the mornings, with a strong emphasis on alignment and correct bio-mechanics,…
From $2,595.00

Elizabeth Rowan - May 13-20, 2017
Starting at $2295 **Sold Out**

Jessica Bellofatto - November 18-25, 2017
Starting at $2295

Vytas Baskauskas - Dec 27, 2017 – Jan 3, 2018
Starting at $2295

Caroline Graham-Wood - January 20 – 27, 2018
Starting at $2295

Veronica Rottman - February 10-17, 2018
Starting at $2295

Mia Togo - March 17 – 24, 2018
Starting at $2295

Dianne Bondy - April 7-14, 2018
Starting at $2295

Panama Yoga Retreats

Accommodations

Panama City

Deplane in historic comfort at the Central Hotel in Panama City.  This boutique lux hotel bookends our island time with all of the comfort and amenities you can expect: delicious food, amazing spa and luxuriously appointed rooms. Enjoy top notch service and all the flavor of Casco Antiguo right outside your door.

Bocas del Toro

Get ready for barefoot elegance, island style. Each Island Plantation room is designed and decorated with natural comfort in mind. All rooms have gorgeous open-air bathrooms, front pool-facing patios, overhead fan for evening comfort (though the ocean breezes keep you cool) and a zen style that eases you into ‘island time’.

Many rooms have one king bed and one twin with private bathrooms while the one upstairs suite shares a bathroom between two rooms with the trade off of a hammock-ed porch and amazing ocean and monkey-dwelling tree views.

What to Expect

Teachers will set their yoga schedule, generally mornings and evenings, prior to departure. Schedules will go out with final yoga retreat information to participating yogis.

Typical Arrival Into Panama City:

  • Arrive into Panama City with transfers to hotel
  • Guided tour of UNESCO Heritage Site of colonial Casco Antiguo
  • Welcome dinner and fun in Casco Anitguo restaurant
  • Get ready for the next day’s short group flight to the islands

Typical Yoga Retreat Day:

  • Light and easy morning nosh (coffee, tea, granola & fruit)
  • Wake up and roll morning yoga
  • A much welcomed and delicious breakfast
  • Free roll – hit the waves, snorkel, bike ride, chill, explore or massage into bliss
  • Sail through the afternoon, beach walk, surf, SUP or pool time
  • Unwind yoga – yin, restorative or ramp it up with your fearless leader
  • Delicious evening dinner with new friends and amazing sunsets

Typical Return To Panama City:

  • Fly out of Bocas and return to Panama City
  • Relax, souvenir shop and explore
  • Final group dinner, hugs and goodbyes before the next day’s departure home

What’s Included:

  • Yoga each morning & evening (excepting Panama City arrival and departure)
  • 2 nights accommodations in Panama City hotel (arrival and pre-departure night)
  • Guided city walking tour of Casco Antiguo – a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Welcome dinner in a Casco Antiguo restaurant
  • Group flights from Panama City to Bocas del Toro
  • Transfers to and from the Albrook airport
  • 5 nights beach front yoga-lux accommodation
  • Group catamaran sail and snorkel
  • Guided nighttime beach walk to watch the turtles lay eggs or to watch the babies head out to sea (seasonal)
  • Ocean front cabana living
  • Two delicious meals a day
  • Transportation to and from Panama City (PTY) airport (on arrival & departure days only)

What’s not included:

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

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 yoga retreat center at no additional charge. Yoga is always optional and at your discretion.

The excursions listed below are a small sampling.  We recommend that you arrive, settle in at the yoga retreat, and explore before you hone in on your preferred excursions.

 

Optional Excursions

SUP, Kayak or Surf
Pick your poison and we’ll do our best to get you out into the water with the best conditions.

Stargazing (aka “ooooh” and “ahhhh”-ing)
The stars are, truly, unbelievable in Panama at night.  With little to no ambient light pollution, lay down and waste away the hours looking up and geek out with constellation sightings and a brilliantly apparent milky way.

Massages
Bliss out with any of the amazing massage options while the ocean drifts you off…

Fishing Tours & Sunset Boat Trips
Cruise the Panamanian coastline and soak up the beautiful views and wildlife.  Fishing enthusiasts can expect some tuna or Mahi Mahi on the line.

Horseback Riding
Gallop through the surf and explore other beaches on your galiant steed. Bocas and Bluff Beach has some of the cutest horses! You can choose from jungle or beach rides to soak up the beautiful scenery…

 

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?
The Travel Yogi has you covered when it comes to your domestic flight! We’ll get you all to the Albrook airport for the quick 50-minute flight to Bocas del Toro.  From there it is approximately a 30-minute drive to our location.  We’re giving you the best of city life as well as the secluded charm of the island.  Only about 15 minutes of the drive is on a paved road, with the last half going a bit slower on a dirt road with the ocean on your right and tropical lushness on your left.

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 yoga 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 Caribbean with options ranging from surf waves and rolling waters to the still bath-like waters of La Piscina.  Or, if you want to forgo the walks and ocean exploration, you can relax just outside of your room at the pool.

Can my dietary restrictions/needs be accommodated?
Absolutely.  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 culinary 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 block off 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?
Like all beautiful tropical location, yes, there are bugs.  While we do recommend that you take a mozzie spray, the natural ocean breeze generally keeps these guys at bay.

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 will work best.

What is the weather like?
Bocas has it’s own microclimate that can be quite different from other areas of Panama.  The trade-off for some of the rains is also a green, tropical lushness that is unique to these islands.  The average daytime temperature is almost always in the low to mid 80s with evening temperatures consistently staying in the low to mid 60s.  The ocean temperature is also consistently, and beautifully, in the low 80s (nice!).  November, December and January are the wetter months while September leads off as the driest month followed by October, February and March.