YOGA & AYURVEDA RETREAT PANAMA

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9 days / 8 nights

DESCRIPTION This is a perfect opportunity to experience Panama's beauty and positive energy while making your well-being the utmost priority on our brandnew yoga retreats. Come and unplug, connect to nature, meet nice people, and deepen your yoga practice with the guidance of your skilled and intuitive teacher Yasmin. You will have a chance to do yoga, meditate, appreciate nature, daily tours and excursions, and as a bonus, you will get a certificate in yoga and Ayurveda healing! Whether you come solo, as a couple or with a friend, you will immediately be made to feel at home and at ease in our beautiful settings and wonderful community. We do all the extra touches to make your experience truly memorable.

The yoga offered is a slow but steady, vinyasa flow practice that will be workshop style and therapeutic focused. All levels of yoga students are welcome as practices are tailored to suit the individual needs and interests of each student.

Your host, Yasmin, is a Guinness World Record holder for the longest yoga marathon and has taught yoga internationally for over 16 years. Originally from Montreal, she is known for her soulful, yet practical style of teaching. Yasmin offers unique experiences enriched by ayurveda, poetry, music, dance and nature.

RETREAT DATES 2017 + 2018

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Mountain Retreat (Chiriqui Highlands) - MOUNT TOTUMAS 
2018: April 7-15
US$2,750 per person plus 7% tax (double occupancy)* 
Single supplement: US$600 plus 7% tax
*SAVE 40% if you arrive on your own for the main 6-night retreat!

Ocean Retreat in Boca Chica (Pacific Ocean) - BOCAS DEL MAR
2017: September 2-10
2018: June 23 - July 1
US$3,100 per person plus 7% tax (double occupancy)*
Single supplement: US$620 plus 7% tax
*SAVE 30% if you arrive on your own for the main 6-night retreat!
Ocean Retreat in Bocas del Toro (Caribbean) - TRANQUILO BAY 
2017: October 21-29
2018: October 27 - November 4
US$3,100 per person plus 7% tax (double occupancy)*
Single supplement: US$900 plus 7% tax
*SAVE 25% if you arrive on your own for the main 6-night retreat!


INCLUDED Accommodation, meals as specified in the itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner), all land, air and water transportation within Panama, all airport/hotel transfers on scheduled arrival and departure dates, bilingual Yoga Instructor's services and expenses, daily Yoga practices and Ayurvedic workshops, take home Yoga video, completion certificate, services of an in-bound land operator for airline re-confirmations and tour operations, park, museum and related entrance fees, kayaks, snorkeling equipment.

NOT INCLUDED International airfare, gratuities and extras in hotels (telephone calls, laundry, room service), meals not specified in the itinerary, optional tours and Ayurvedic consultations, alcoholic beverages and personal equipment, souvenirs, gifts.

APRIL

mounttotumas Mountain Retreat (Chiriqui Highlands) - MOUNT TOTUMAS 
2018: April 7-15
US$2,750 per person plus 7% tax (double occupancy) 
Single supplement: US$600 plus 7% tax

SAVE 40% if you arrive on your own for the main 6-night retreat!

 Description:


Day 1, Saturday, April 7, 2018 -  Arrive to Panama
On arrival to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, you will be met by an Ancon Expeditions of Panama driver and transferred to your hotel in Casco Viejo, the historical district in Panama City. Tonight, you will meet your host and Yoga teacher Yasmin for a welcome briefing. You may join her for a night walking tour in Casco Viejo and optional dinner at Ochoymedio.
1 night at the CENTRAL HOTEL

Day 2, Sunday, April 8, 2018 - Chiriqui Highlands - Finca Ceriana - Mount Totumas  
acariThis morning you will be transferred to Panama City’s domestic airport at to catch a 50-minute flight to David, capital of the Chiriqui province, in western Panama. Chiriqui is the country´s “breadbasket” contains some of the most breathtaking highland scenery in Central America. After arrival to David Airport, you continue for approx. 90 min. to the Western side of the Volcano. Strategically located between the highlands and lowlands of Chiriqui, Finca Ceriana forms part of a privately protected area for the conservation of flora and fauna in the region. One of its unique characteristics is the number of bird species and other animals from the upper and lower mountain areas. The property is part of the biological corridor that hosts the famous volcanomounttotumasyoga lagoons and a large variety of animal and plant species. The total area counts 10 hectares of protected land and nearly 2 kilometers of nature trails, in addition to one of the most beautiful views to Costa Rica's Golfo Dulce, or sweet golf, and Osa pensinsula as well as to Punta Burica in Panama. Once at Finca Ceriana, you will enjoy a nature hike through 3 km of beautiful trails and then you descend to the lower part of the farm, where we will be expecting you for a gourmet picnic under beautiful Cedar trees. From Finca Ceriana you continue for another 20 kilometers West, and for most part of the journey you will be on a very irregular and rough mountain road which can only be maneuvered by a good 4x4 car until you reach Mount Totumas, the highest eco lodge in Panama at 6,300 feet (1,900 meters). Its mission is to protect and preserve the 400 acres of Mount Totumas Cloud Forest that represent an important buffer zone for the wilderness of La Amistad National Park.  Get settled and enjoy a welcome dinner and yogaorientation with Yasmin.
6 nights at MOUNT TOTUMAS LODGE (BLD)

 
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Day 7

April 9, 2018

April 10, 2018

April 11, 2018

April 12, 2018

April 13, 2018

• Tea & coffee
• Yoga Ayurveda flow light practice
• Breakfast
• Guided nature hike & birding
• Lunch + free time
• Yoga Ayurveda flow practice
• Relaxation techniques
• Dinner
• Evening: Ayurveda healing principles
(BLD)
• Tea & coffee
• Yoga Ayurveda flow light practice
• Breakfast
• Guided nature hike & birding
• Lunch + free time
• Yoga Ayurveda 
breathing and meditation
• Hummingbird happy hour
• Dinner
• Evening: movie
(BLD)
• Tea & coffee
• Yoga Ayurveda flow light practice
• Breakfast
• Nature Walk and hot springs
• Lunch + free time
• Yoga Ayurveda flow practice
• Yoga & Ayurveda for better digestion
• Dinner
• Evening free
(BLD)
• Sleep in
• Breakfast
• Guided nature hike & birding
• Lunch + free time
• Yoga Ayurveda flow PM practice
• Partner yoga & Thai yoga massage techniques
• Dinner
• Evening session: Spa night
(BLD)

• Tea & coffee
• Yoga Ayurveda flow light practice
• Breakfast
• Guided nature hike & birding
• Lunch + free time
• Yoga Ayurveda flow PM practice
• Yoga & Ayurveda for health & longevity
• Hummingbird happy hour
• Closing dinner
• Evening free
(BLD)

DAILY 
Y O G A
RETREAT
P R O G R A M

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Day 8, Saturday, April 15, 2018 - Kayaking, Jansons Coffee Farm, Panama City

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After a Yoga Ayurveda flow light morning practice and reviewing highlights from the week you will enjoy a hearty breakfast at Mount Totumas and then descend with Yasmin in 4x4 vehicles back to the town of Volcan. Experience the Volcano Lakes via sit-on top kayak. Kayaking on Las Lagunas is a special experience because the Lakes are the highest natural lakes and wetlands in Panama and the fifth highest aquatic ecosystem in Central America. While kayaking enjoys breathtaking views, the beautiful surrounding tropical forest, world-class birding, and amazing wildlife.

After a healthy lunch at the Janson’s beautiful family farm, you will learn more about the estate’s award-winning coffee through a brief tour and introduction followed by a coffee and tea tasting. The Janson’s saw that Geisha had proven its excellence and acceptance worldwide. Thus, they decided to increase the production of the Geisha on the Family Farm. Today, the Farm is a ‘Geisha Estate’ with over 50% planted in the Geisha Arabica variecoffeepanaamty of coffee. Janson Geisha is known for its excellence and micro-roasted on the farm in Volcan. The Janson Coffee Farm is at the perfect altitude, has rich volcanic soil, and hosts a special micro-climate that the Geisha Coffee thrives in. Late afternoon you will be transferred to David Airport to catch the domestic flight back to Panama City. You will be dropped off at your hotel in Casco Viejo and Yasmin may join you for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in the old own before you say goodbye. 
1 night at the CENTRAL HOTEL
(BL)

Day 9, Sunday, April 15, 2018 - Depart Panama
Today you will be transferred to Tocumen Airport 2.5 – 3 hours prior to yours scheduled departure flight. Pre- and post-experiences to the beach or other regions of Panama can be added upon request.


Optional pre- and post tours available.


ACCOMMODATION

Central Hotel Casco Viejo

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The historic hotel is located in the Casco Antiguo of Panama City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, next to the Panama Interoce¬anic Canal Museum and facing the Plaza de Independencia. Located opposite the Cathedral, the hotel is just steps away from the Municipal Palace, and is close to the Presidential Palace, along with other attractions in the area. The Central Hotel opened its doors for the first time in 1874. It hosted guests such as Theodore Roosevelt and Count Ferdinand de Lesseps among other public figures of the time. The Central Hotel was the first hotel in Panama, serving as a “rendezvous” for all of the passengers who traveled to the American continent, and becoming famous throughout the western hemisphere for offering high-style European and American services at reasonable prices. Construction work on the building has been completed. This work consisted of totally restructuring the building while maintaining the façade and respecting the original structure. The hotel is unique given its location, modern appearance, history, and institutional connections. The hotel features 135 rooms, a pool, restaurant, bar and Spa.
Address: Plaza de la Independencia, Casco Viejo, Panama City
Website: www.centralhotelpanama.com


Mount Totuma Cloud Forest Lodge

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Mount Totumas´ cabins were built from sustainable timber harvested from the reserve´s 2nd growth forests and, where possible, dead or dying trees were harvested. Mount Totumas supports the local cottage industries and all the furniture in the cabins was made by local craftsman using the lodge´s own timber. The Bellbird Lodge has offers five rooms: Bambito Suite (1 King and 2 Twin beds), Calandria (1 Queen and 1 Twin bed),  Colibri (1 Queen and 1 Twin bed), Geisha (2 Twin beds) and Mamacillo Suite (1 King and space to add 1 Twin bed). All rooms come with a private bathroom and the upper suites even come with a private balcony offering stunning views over the cloud forest. Mount Totumas is powered with renewable energy from micro hydro power station and guests can enjoy free Wifi Internet. Chef Alma brings her expertise in Asian and European cuisine and creates dishes that have the power to pull guests away from the views out the window.
Address: Mount Totumas Cloud Forest Resort, La Amistad International Park
Website: http://www.mounttotumas.com


JUNE / SEPT

Ocean Retreat in Boca Chica (Pacific Ocean) - BOCAS DEL MAR
2017: September 2 - 10
2018: June 23 - July 1
US$3,100 per person plus 7% tax (double occupancy) 
Single supplement: US$620 plus 7% tax

SAVE 30% if you arrive on your own for the main 6-night retreat!

Description:

Day 1, Saturday, September 2, 2017 -  Arrive to Panama

On arrival to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, you will be met by an Ancon Expeditions of Panama driver and transferred to your hotel in Casco Viejo, the city’s historical district and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, you will meet your host and Yoga teacher Yasmin for a welcome briefing. You may join her for an optional dinner at Ochoymedio and Jazz concert at the Danilo Perez Jazz Club (meal costs & cover not included).
1 night at the CENTRAL HOTEL

Day 2, Sunday, September 3, 2017 - Casco Viejo - Panama Canal - Gulf of Chiriqui   
casco viejo yoga10:00 hrs – Depart the Central hotel for a walking tour in Casco Antiguo. In 1673, after the devastating pirate attack, Panama City was moved some 7.5 km west, to a small peninsula at the foot of Ancon hill, closer to the islands that were used as the port and near the mouth of a river that eventually became the entrance of the Panama Canal. The relocated town, known today as Casco Antiguo or the Historic District of Panama, not only had better access to fresh water but could be fortified. Most outstanding are the various churches as well as the Presidential Palace, originally built in the late 17th century and partially reconstructed in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, revealing example of the transformations that characterize the Historic District as a whole. Today Casco Antiguo is home to a lot of artists, galleries, handcraft markets, restaurants, vibrant night life and a wonderful mix of colors, people and flavors. 

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Join Yasmin for an exquisite sensory Panamanian chocolate journey that begins with the discovery of the cocoa tree to a lifetime of unforgettable chocolate tasting experience in the historical district. You will have the chance to taste a variety of types, feel aromas, and flavors of cocoa followed by a healthy lunch.

In the afternoon, you will visit the Panama Canal Visitors’ Center at Miraflores Locks where ships can be seen transiting the waterway. The 3 floor exhibit halls will provide information about the history, engineering and current 
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events related to the Panama Canal. Then you will be dropped off at Panama City’s domestic airport at to catch a 50-minute flight to David, capital of the Chiriqui province, in western Panama. Chiriqui is the country´s “breadbasket” contains some of the most breathtaking scenery in Central America.  From the airport, you will be transferred on a 1-hour ride to Boca Chica. Bocas del Mar Hotel is on the mainland and overlooks the Gulf of Chiriqui Marine National Park. The hotel’s own dock is perfect to set off from on trips to visit the islands. Travel in style in the hotel’s own very comfortable 26ft excursion boat or center-console fishing vessel. The national park, created in 1994, covers 60 square miles (150 square km) of glistening ocean and over twenty magnificent islands dripping in luxuriant green forest and blessed with many palm tree-fringed beaches. When looking out from the hotel, you see Isla Boca Brava opposite to the right (not in the national park) and to the left Isla Linarte, the start of the national park proper. Just around the corner a world of easy and enthralling exploration opens up to you. The islands are a treasure trove of water and nature, where Spanish galleons and pirates once sailed. There are also many inland options to explore near the hotel. Get settled and enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation with Yasmin. 
6 nights at HOTEL BOCAS DEL MAR
(BLD)
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DAILY Y O G A
RETREAT 
P R O G R A M
 
Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Sep 4 2017

Sep 5, 2017

Sep 6, 2017

Sep 7, 2017

Sep 8, 2017

• Tea & Coffee
• Yoga Ayurveda flow light practice
• Breakfast
• Kayaking
• Lunch + free time
• Yoga Ayurveda flow PM practice
• Relaxation techniques
• Dinner
• Evening session: Ayurveda healing principles
(BLD)
• Tea & Coffee
• Yoga Ayurveda flow light practice
• Breakfast
• Whale Watching
• Lunch + free time
• Yoga Ayurveda flow PM practice
• Yoga and Ayurveda for better digestion
• Dinner
• Evening free
(BLD)
• Tea & Coffee
• Yoga Ayurveda flow light practice
• Breakfast
• Island nature hike
• Lunch + free time
• Yoga Ayurveda breathing and meditation
• Dinner
• Evening session: Sunset Mangrove Boat Tour
(BLD)

• Sleep in
• Breakfast & leisure
• Optional horseback riding
• Lunch
• Yoga Ayurveda flow PM practice
• Partner yoga & Thai yoga massage techniques
• Dinner
• Evening session: Spa night
(BLD)

• Tea & Coffee
• Yoga Ayurveda flow light practice
• Breakfast
• Island Discovery (beach, snorkeling,  picnic lunch)
• Yoga Ayurveda flow PM practice
• Yoga & Ayurveda for health and longevity
• Closing dinner
• Evening free
(BLD)

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Day 8, Saturday, September 9, 2017 - Gulf of Chiriqui - Panama City

After breakfast you will be offered a last Yoga Ayurveda flow light mor
ning practice. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure with optional activities or Spa services at Hotel Bocas del Mar before you will be transferred midafternoon to David Airport to catch the domestic flight back to Panama City. You will be dropped off at your hotel in Casco Viejo early evening and Yasmin may join you for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in the old own before you say goodbye.
1 night at the CENTRAL HOTEL 
(BL)

Day 9, Sunday, September 10, 2017 - Depart Panama 
Today you will be transferred to Tocumen Airport 2.5 – 3 hours prior to yours scheduled departure flight.

Pre- and post-experiences to other regions of Panama can be added upon request. 



ACCOMMODATION

Central Hotel Casco Viejo

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The historic hotel is located in the Casco Antiguo of Panama City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, next to the Panama Interoce¬anic Canal Museum and facing the Plaza de Independencia. Located opposite the Cathedral, the hotel is just steps away from the Municipal Palace, and is close to the Presidential Palace, along with other attractions in the area. The Central Hotel opened its doors for the first time in 1874. It hosted guests such as Theodore Roosevelt and Count Ferdinand de Lesseps among other public figures of the time. The Central Hotel was the first hotel in Panama, serving as a “rendezvous” for all of the passengers who traveled to the American continent, and becoming famous throughout the western hemisphere for offering high-style European and American services at reasonable prices. Construction work on the building has been completed. This work consisted of totally restructuring the building while maintaining the façade and respecting the original structure. The hotel is unique given its location, modern appearance, history, and institutional connections. The hotel features 135 rooms, a pool, restaurant, bar and Spa. 
Address: Plaza de la Independencia, Casco Viejo, Panama City
Website: www.centralhotelpanama.com


Hotel Bocas Del Mar

Nestling amidst a stunning tropical paradise and away from any city or busy towns, Bocas del Mar Hotel overlooks the Gulf of Chiriqui and is the perfect base for discovering the region being the gateway to the Gulf of Chiriquí Marine National Park with its many luxuriant green islands, palm-tree-fringed white beaches and an incredible variety of wildlife. Located at approximately 1 hour from David Airport, the hotel provides a perfect oasis for relaxation. The hotel consists of sixteen large bungalow-style guest rooms, architect designed with a beautiful contemporary style, modern features, views of nature & ocean plus, above all, plenty of space; perfect for restoring body and soul in. The rooms all come with AC, satellite TV, safe free Wifi, walkin closet, private bathroom with shower and separate bath tub including toiletries and hair dryer. There is an own private dock at the hotel along with a comfortable excursion boat with a daily tour schedule, ideal to go beach-hopping or set off on a sports fishing trip. The hotel´s trip program is varied and you can choose among a variety of excursions and activities (not included) or simply relax in the infinity pool.
Address: Boca Chica, Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama
Website: http://www.bocasdelmar.com/

OCTOBER


Ocean Retreat in Bocas del Toro (Caribbean) - TRANQUILO BAY 
2017: October 21 - 29
2018: October 28 - November 4
US$3,100 per person plus 7% tax (double occupancy) 
Single supplement: US$900 plus 7% tax

SAVE 25% if you arrive on your own for the main 6-night retreat!

Description:


Day 1, Saturday, October 21, 2017 -  Arrive to Panama

On arrival to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, you will be met by an Ancon Expeditions of Panama driver and transferred to your hotel in Casco Viejo, the city’s historical district and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, you will meet your host and Yoga teacher Yasmin for a welcome briefing. You may join her for an optional dinner at Ochoymedio and Jazz concert at the Danilo Perez Jazz Club (meal costs & cover not included).
1 night at the CENTRAL HOTEL

Day 2, Sunday, October 22, 2017 - Casco Viejo - Panama Canal - Bocas del Toro 
casco viejo yoga10:00 hrs – Depart the Central hotel for a walking tour in Casco Antiguo. In 1673, after the devastating pirate attack, Panama City was moved some 7.5 km west, to a small peninsula at the foot of Ancon hill, closer to the islands that were used as the port and near the mouth of a river that eventually became the entrance of the Panama Canal. The relocated town, known today as Casco Antiguo or the Historic District of Panama, not only had better access to fresh water but could be fortified. Most outstanding are the various churches as well as the Presidential Palace, originally built in the late 17th century and partially reconstructed in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, revealing example of the transformations that characterize the Historic District as a whole. Today Casco Antiguo is home to a lot of artists, galleries, handcraft markets, restaurants, vibrant night life and a wonderful mix of colors, people and flavors.
 
chocolatepanama
Join Yasmin for an exquisite sensory Panamanian chocolate journey that begins with the discovery of the cocoa tree to a lifetime of unforgettable chocolate tasting experience in the historical district. You will have the chance to taste a variety of types, feel aromas, and flavors of cocoa followed by a healthy lunch.
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In the afternoon, you will visit the Panama Canal Visitors’ Center at Miraflores Locks where ships can be seen transiting the waterway. The 3 floor exhibit halls will provide information about the history, engineering and current events related to the Panama Canal. 
 
Then you will be dropped off at Panama City’s domestic airport at to catch a 60-minute flight to Isla Colon, the main island of the province Bocas del Toro. The islands of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago have been called the Galapagos of the Caribbean. They are located in the extreme western part of the country, only 25 miles from the Republic of Costa Rica. This Archipelago has the perfect combination of historical and cultural traditions, with a charming variety of aquatic species, coral reefs, mangroves, beaches with crystal clear water and undisturbed jungles with all the flora and fauna you can imagine. Without any doubt, the most famous visitor to this piece of paradise was the Admiral Christopher Columbus on October 6, 1502 on his fourth and last trip to the Americas. He entered with two vessels into a wide bay, now called Almirante Bay, took in provisions on the present Bastimentos Island and careened a ship in the vicinity of Carenero Island.tranquilobaydock
After a 25-minute boat ride you will reach your eco lodge located on Bastimentos Island. Enjoy the quiet dock by the water, a wrap-around porch overlooking the bay, a relaxing outside, lush rainforest and tropical weather.
Get settled and enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation with Yasmin. 
6 nights at TRANQUILO BAY ECO LODGE
(BLD)

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DAILY Y O G A
RETREAT 
P R O G R A M

 
Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Oct 23, 2017

Oct 24, 2017

Oct 25, 2017

Oct 26, 2017

Oct 27, 2017

• Tea & Coffee
• Yoga Ayurveda flow light practice
• Breakfast
• Kayaking
• Lunch + free time
• Yoga Ayurveda flow PM practice
• Relaxation techniques
• Dinner
• Evening session: Ayurveda healing principles
(BLD)
• Tea & Coffee
• Yoga Ayurveda flow light practice
• Breakfast
• Beach excursion with picnic lunch
• Yoga Ayurveda flow PM practice
• Yoga and Ayurveda for better digestion
• Dinner
• Evening at leisure
(BLD)
• Tea & Coffee
• Yoga Ayurveda flow light practice
• Breakfast
• Wildlife Watching
• Lunch + free time
• Yoga Ayurveda breathing and meditation
• Dinner
• Evening session: Movie night
(BLD)

• Sleep in
• Breakfast
• Nature Hike
• Lunch
• Yoga Ayurveda flow PM practice
• Partner yoga & Thai yoga massage techniques
• Dinner
• Evening session: Spa night
(BLD)

• Tea & Coffee
• Yoga Ayurveda flow light practice
• Breakfast
• Snorkeling
• Lunch
• Yoga Ayurveda flow PM practice
• Yoga & Ayurveda for health and longevity
• Closing dinner
• Evening at leisure
(BLD)
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Day 8, Saturday, October 28, 2017 - Bocas del Toro - Panama City
slothpanamaAfter a flow light yoga morning practice and a hearty breakfast, you have the rest of the day to enjoy the rainforest, mangroves, or ocean before you will be transferred in the afternoon to Bocas Airport to catch the domestic flight back to Panama City. You will be dropped off at your hotel in Casco Viejo early evening and Yasmin may join you for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in the old own before you say goodbye.
1 night at the CENTRAL HOTEL
(BL)

Day 9, Sunday, October 29, 2017 - Depart Panama 
Today you will be transferred to Tocumen Airport 2.5 – 3 hours prior to yours scheduled departure flight. 



Pre- and post-experiences to other regions of Panama can be added upon request. 



ACCOMMODATION

Central Hotel Casco Viejo


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The historic hotel is located in the Casco Antiguo of Panama City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, next to the Panama Interoce¬anic Canal Museum and facing the Plaza de Independencia. Located opposite the Cathedral, the hotel is just steps away from the Municipal Palace, and is close to the Presidential Palace, along with other attractions in the area. The Central Hotel opened its doors for the first time in 1874. It hosted guests such as Theodore Roosevelt and Count Ferdinand de Lesseps among other public figures of the time. The Central Hotel was the first hotel in Panama, serving as a “rendezvous” for all of the passengers who traveled to the American continent, and becoming famous throughout the western hemisphere for offering high-style European and American services at reasonable prices. Construction work on the building has been completed. This work consisted of totally restructuring the building while maintaining the façade and respecting the original structure. The hotel is unique given its location, modern appearance, history, and institutional connections. The hotel features 135 rooms, a pool, restaurant, bar and Spa. 
Address: Plaza de la Independencia, Casco Viejo, Panama City
Website: www.centralhotelpanama.com


Tranquilo Bay Eco Lodge
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Tranquilo Bay is your home base to explore the islands and highlands of Western Panama. Only 20min boat ride from Colon Islan, the lodge is located on the Bastimentos National Park Island where you can enjoy tranquility and nature right outside your cabin door. So, unpack, settle in, and experience this unique tropical location in the rainforest overlooking the Caribbean Sea! Tranquilo Bay has six deluxe air-conditioned cabanas, beautiful views, adventure activities, personal attention, and fine cuisine. Each cabana features a large bathroom, walk-in shower, own water heater and AC along with a large, covered elevated porch area. Your stay at Tranquilo Bay includes all meals (breakfast, lunch or boxed lunch for your tours, soups, salads and sandwiches, appetizers during cocktail hour preceding dinner and a delicious 3-4 course dinner each night). The activities at Tranquilo Bay range from beach outings, diving, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, jungle hiking, bird watching, and fishing.
Address: Bastimentos Island, Province of Bocas del Toro, Panama
Website: www.tranquilobay.com



ABOUT YASMIN


yasminyoga  ABOUT YASMIN

• Yoga teacher, E-RYT 500
• Naturopathic Doctor, CPMDQ
• Ayurvedic Practitioner
• Guinness World Records™ Record Holder: longest yoga marathon (32 hrs)
• Yoga Teacher Training Facilitator
• Producer of five acclaimed yoga videos

“My teaching is based on Ashtanga Yoga and blends therapeutic principles of Ayurveda with elements of dance and creative movement. I have been teaching yoga 15 years and I use my experience to teach people how to tailor their yoga to suit their unique needs and aspirations. Each practice begins with creation of a heart-stirring intention with the purpose of cultivating Sustainable Yoga for Long-term Happiness. What follows is an individualized approach with myriad variations to satisfy each participant. I also incorporate poetry, music and occasionally, blindfolds to give my students a rich experience. This work is highly transformative and yet, we keep it light and we have fun.

I teach people how to tailor their yoga to suit their unique needs and aspirations. Each practice begins with creation of a heart-stirring intention with the purpose of cultivating Sustainable Yoga for Long-term Happiness. What follows is an individualized approach with myriad variations to satisfy each student. I also incorporate poetry, music and occasionally, blindfolds to give participants a rich experience. This work is highly transformative and yet, we keep it light and we have fun.”

NOTES


DISCLAIMER

  • Prices and itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however they are subject to change due to tidal/weather or local conditions, availabilities or factors beyond our control.
  • This program includes a bilingual Yoga Instructor accompanying the group throughout the entire itinerary. Some activities and services are optional and subject to extra fees.
  • The program runs with a min. of 6 participants and a max. of 12 participants
  • For domestic flights within Panama each passenger is allowed 1 bag of up to 30.8 lbs (14kg). For flights to David, Medellin, Cartagena and San Jose (Costa Rica) each passenger is allowed 1 bag of up to 66 lbs (30 kg). 
  • Carry-on luggage is limited to 8.8 lbs. (4 kg).
  • Passengers are responsible for excess baggage fees and are subject to US$1.00 per extra pound and only allowed depending on flight occupancy.
  • Name or date changes on flight tickets are subject to a penalty of US$25 plus 7% tax (per change, per route)
  • Ticket cancellations with more than 30 days before your trip are subject to a service fee of US$25 per ticket (taxes included). Within 30 days from your arrival our regular cancellation policies apply.
  • Penalty for no show is 100% of all applicable fares, taxes and surcharges.
  • Surcharge for transportation of a surf board is US$30 per item per route.

WHAT TO BRING

MOUNTAIN RETREAT

OCEAN RETREAT

• Yoga clothes - clothes to bend and stretch in
• Yoga mat and 2 foam blocks
• Meditation shall or light blanket (optional)
• Hiking shoes or rubber boots with good grip
• Clothes, quick-dry (it's very humid in Panama)
• Warm clothes, but not too warm. Light layers.
• Rain gear
• Windbreaker
• Comfortable clothes to lounge in
• Socks & under garments
• Flip-flops, sandals, sneakers
• Bathing suit for hot springs
• Camera
• Journal & writing supplies
• A good book to read
• Hiking day back pack
• Binoculars (if you have them)
• Water bottle
• Insect repellant
• Sunscreen
• Hat
• Toiletries and personal medications
• Money in small denominations (US Dollars)
• Yoga mat and 2 foam blocks
• Meditation shall or light blanket (optional)
• Light clothes, quick-dry 
• Rain gear
• Windbreaker
• Comfortable clothes to lounge in
• Socks & under garments
• Flip-flops, sneakers
• Bathing suit
• Camera
• Journal & writing supplies
• A good book to read
• Hiking and beach day back pack, water-proof
• Binoculars (if you have them)
• Water bottle
• Insect repellant
• Sunscreen
• Hat
• Toiletries and personal medications
• Money in small denominations (US Dollars)


TIPPING
Due to frequently asked questions from our clients about suggested guide & staff gratuities, we would like to provide you with the following universal tipping guidelines:

Local guide: US$10.00 per person/day
Transfer driver: US$2.00 per person
Tour driver: US$5.00 per person/day
Tour boat driver: US$5.00 per person/day
Hotel bellman: US$1.00 per person per suitcase
International airport bellmen (red caps): US$1.00 per piece of suitcase


AYURVEDA
A sister-science to yoga, Ayurveda is a healing modality which is also indigenous to India. It has been practiced as a medical system for more than 5000 years and is still highly effective and widely used. The word Ayurveda means “science of life” or “lore of life” in Sanskrit. The guiding principle of Ayurveda is to promote health through the balance of the five natural elements; earth, water, fire, air, and space (ether).

Due to the unique qualities of these elements, it is believed that their pairing creates three distinct energetic constitutions or “doshas”. Within the human body, the three doshas are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each has specific mental attributes and handles certain functions, such as digestion, hormonal activity, and communication.

VATA
Vata is composed of air and space elements and controls all movements in the body’s circulation, breath, voice, transportation of nutrients to cells, communication between nerves and excretion of waste. Vata is also associated with creativity and adaptability.

PITTA
Pitta, comprised of fire and water elements, is responsible for digestion, metabolism of nutrients and production of cell energy. Pitta also ignites our passion, courage and intelligence.

KAPHA
Kapha is made up of earth and water elements and handles bones, lubrication, cell membrane structure as well as growth and development from fetus to adult. Emotionally, Kapha is also about compassion, reliability and memory.

AYURVEDA HEALING
Ayurvedic treatments include custom food plans, daily routines, herbal remedies, poultices, breathing techniques, yoga, and other therapies such as oleation, massage, and chakra balancing.

YOGA
Born in India more than 5000 years ago, yoga was originally practiced strictly by men for the purpose of spiritual development. Away from the distractions of women and family life, these yogis spent their time in long periods of meditation.

They developed yoga asanas (postures) in order to build their stamina and bring balance to the physical and energetic bodies. This pre-meditation ritual became known as “Hatha yoga” or “sun-moon yoga”, referring to the solar and lunar energies, as well as to other opposing, yet complementary, forces.

The word “yoga”, in its rudimentary connotation, stems from the Sanskrit word “yuj”, which means to connect or to unite. Thus by definition, everything people do, be it making a salad or making love, can be a yoga and a union of supreme consciousness.

YOGA AND AYURVEDA HEALING I - COURSE AND CERTIFICATE
This retreat offers so much more than yoga classes. Participants have a unique opportunity to take Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow's Yoga + Ayurveda Healing I and receive a certificate. This immersion program helps develop and deepen personal practice. Therapeutic yoga practices, meditation, breathing exercises, postural alignment, joint mobility exercises, nutrition counselling and Ayurvedic techniques are included.

Learn simple principles to support digestion, sleep, graceful aging, immunity, weight management, increased energy and general happiness and well-being. The intention of Yoga + Ayurveda Healing I is to offer life enhancing tools to better understand oneself, to promote healing and improve our quality of life: mind, body, and spirit.

The curriculum for this certification will include:

Morning yoga practices to loosen up, boost energy, and feel great - all levels welcomed
Afternoon or evening yoga practices to wind down, release tension, and rest - all levels welcomed
Meditation practices - postural alignment, mantra meditation, mindfulness meditation, and visualization
Pranayama breathing exercises - learn eight therapeutic breathing practices
Daily nature walks and appreciation - best way to reduce stress
Healthy, delicious meals - learn how to enjoy your food and digest it too
Workshop on Introduction to Ayurveda and the Elements
Workshop on Understanding Your Ayurvedic Constitution
Workshop on Ayurveda for Better Digestion and Immunity
Workshop on Productive versus Non-productive Stress and How to Balance
Workshop on Ayurvedic Nutrition and Six Tastes.
Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. This certificate can be used for personal development, continuing education credits, or towards a 200 or 300-hour therapeutic yoga teacher certification.
 

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