Beach Yoga Paradise in Panama
(plus+ SURFING and SUP!)
April 15 – 21, 2018
After the next few months of cold winter weather will you be ready for an early installment of sunshine and beach yoga bliss? If so, plan ahead and join Maria Santoferraro and Lisa Meranti for an epic week of sun salutations, daily downward dogs, sunbathing, paddle boarding, sand, and surf in the tropical Paradise of Panama. Your boutique oceanfront address for 6 nights and 7 days is the Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort located in stunning Cambutal, Panama.
Each morning (after you pinch yourself that you are in Paradise) head on down to the oceanfront yoga shala (meeting place/pavilion) for a yoga and meditation session with spectacular views, followed by a delicious, healthy breakfast. Afternoons you decide between chillaxing by the pool or beach, a spa treatment, or perhaps something a bit more adventurous like standup paddle boarding with Lisa, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, or bike riding. A fresh lunch is served each afternoon in the restaurant and then you can go back to enjoying the afternoon.
In the evening enjoy relaxing sunset yoga sessions that include restorative yoga, yin yoga, myofascial release, Reiki, essential oils, chanting, and different forms of meditation including Yoga Nidra. After class make your way back to the restaurant for a three-course dinner and lots of laughter and lively conversation with your fellow yogis.
Experience the joy and flavor of dining on fish from just beyond the surf break and fresh vegetables from the neighbor down the road. This is fresh and healthy living at its purest form. Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated for all three of the daily included meals.
The week’s yoga practices, suitable for all levels, will be infused with joyous and uplifting teachings. This will be a week all about enjoying nature and being outdoors while taking some much-needed time for rest, reflection, healing, and transformation. A week to disconnect from the stress of everyday life and reconnect to what makes your mind, body, and spirit soar.
If you love being near the beach and water activities, this is the retreat for you! Check out these offerings:
Standup Paddling (SUP) and SUP Yoga with Lisa Meranti
I’m thrilled to say that Yogini Goddess Lisa Meranti will provide one complimentary paddle boarding/SUP Yoga class. After this class, you are welcome to use the boards on your own when they are not being used for other classes (they are included in the retreat package), or take more paddleboard/SUP Yoga classes with Lisa. Glide on water and experience Panama’s stunning coastline while enjoying breathtaking views and exotic sea life from your paddleboard. If you have never done a downward dog or practiced savasana on a paddleboard you are in for a big treat.
Don’t know how to surf? No worries, Sansara has a world-class surf program in the pristine waters of Cambutal, and your retreat package includes one complimentary surf lesson. If you want to surf more, their professional certified surf instructors are highly trained and motivated to help you go beyond that first Hang Ten. You can choose 2,3,4, and 5-day learn to surf packages.
Experience the area’s best snorkeling sites situated in a beautiful protected bay. All the necessary equipment is available onsite, ready for you to explore the reefs right outside of your cabana.
Sansara is in a protected bay that is perfect for beginners, and kayaks are available onsite for your use.
Grab your journal and sense of adventure, and get ready to soak in the energy of a group of awesome yogis. You’ll head home refreshed with new friendships, memories to share about your surfing and paddleboard adventures, and a joyful heart, ready to rock your newfound bliss.
TRANSPORTATION TO SANSARA & ENJOYING THE SIGHTS IN PANAMA CITY
It is recommended that you fly into Panama City on Saturday, April 14. A list of three hotels will be provided with a price range between $100-$200/night including breakfast. You are welcome to make your own reservation at one of these three hotels or to book your own. If you would like to share the expense with a roommate, just let us know when you make your retreat reservation and we can assist with this. Maria will be arranging a group dinner and sight-seeing excursions on this day for those who wish to participate. One of the options is a guided tour of the Panama Canal.
On Sunday, April 15, the included luxury van transportation will pick up retreat participants at the three recommended hotel locations at 9:00 AM. If you decide to stay at a different hotel you will need to taxi to one of the pickup locations.The scenic drive to Sansara is five hours and will include a few stops along the way to see the sights, stretch, and have lunch. The vans are air-conditioned and have wi-fi.
On April 21 after an early morning yoga practice and breakfast at the resort, you will depart back to Panama City in the included van transportation. For participants with departing flights the same day as the retreat checkout, we recommend no earlier than a 6:00 pm departure flight time if you want to partake in the complimentary shuttle back to Panama City. Maria will plan another group dinner and more sightseeing adventures in Panama City on the afternoon/evening of April 21, including a visit to the Saturday Street Market, so plan to use these travel days to immerse yourself in the culture, cuisine, and sights of Panama City.
What is Included:
- Six (6) nights lodging at Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort in Cambutal, Panama
- Luxury Van Transportation to and from Panama City (from a designated hotel location) to Sansara, Cambutal
- Three (3) healthy balanced meals each day; with local produce and fresh seafood – includes arrival day dinner and departure day breakfast
- Two (2) yoga practices a day overlooking the Pacific Ocean (Morning yoga classes will be led by both Maria and Lisa, and Sunset Yoga class with Maria)
- Fresh fruit, local fair-trade coffee, tea and filter-water available daily
- One (1) intro to Surf Lesson
- One (1) intro to Standup Paddleboarding/SUPYoga class with Lisa
- One (1) guided hike/waterfall tour
- Complimentary use of SUP boards, kayaks, snorkel gear, and bikes for exploring the area
- Cooking class
- Beach bonfire
- Afternoon seva (selfless service) project in observance of Earth Day to show our appreciation to Mother Earth and the beautiful beaches of Cambutal
- Hypo-allergenic bedding and towels
- Cool off in the stunning open-air saltwater pool overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean (beach towels provided)
- Organic bathroom products
Enjoy pure luxury in one of nine private oceanfront cabanas that have incredible tropical hardwood furniture and original art that has been locally sourced and made. Designed to inspire serenity, the zen-like atmosphere of Sansara blends seamlessly with the lush nature and quiet beauty of the property’s grounds. Featuring extraordinary views of tropical gardens, each cabana has its own private patio which is steps away from the Pacific Ocean’s warm waters.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Airfare to Panama City – Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
- Overnight accommodations in Panama City on Saturday, April 14 and if necessary on Saturday, April 21
- Meals prior to the dinner at resort on April 15 and after the breakfast at the resort on April 21
- Additional excursions, surf lessons and/or rentals
- Travel insurance (recommended)
INVESTMENT – One Room Left that can be either Quad or Deluxe Double Occupancy
Quad Occupancy $1,785 – 1 Available
Triple Occupancy $1,885
Deluxe Double Occupancy $2,495 – 1 Available
Deluxe Double Occupancy Suite $ 2,585 Single Occupancy $ 3,285 (only 1 available)
If you are traveling alone and would like to be paired up with another retreat guest for double/triple/quad occupancy, please let us know and we will pair you with matching participants. Prices include taxes and fees.
Deposit and Final Payment Policy
Step 1) Full payment is required per person to reserve your retreat space and is non-refundable. Click the PayPal button below to make your payment, or contact Maria about paying via check. Please review the Terms & Conditions before making your reservation.
Step 2) Once we’ve received your deposit, you will be contacted to confirm room selection, dietary restrictions, and with travel arrival/departure logistics.
All payments are non-refundable. In the event of cancellation on our side, your entire payment will be refunded.
Maria Santoferraro, joy spreader, E-RYT 500 yoga teacher, storyteller, and always a practicing yoga student lives near the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, Ohio. After spending over 25 years as a stressed-out corporate executive she needed a detox from an unhealthy Blackberry addiction, lack of sleep, and an aching back caused by scoliosis. She sought out a healthier lifestyle and is grateful to have found her physical and spiritual release through the practice of yoga. Today she is living a balanced and blissful life, teaching beach yoga, leading international yoga retreats and yoga teacher trainings, providing inspiration on her blog the Daily Downward Dog, creating meditation videos for Hang 10 Meditation, and contributing her writing to Elephant Journal, Daily Cup of Yoga, and MindBodyGreen. Her playful, heart-opening teaching combines meditation, breath, alignment, and asana in slow-flowing vinyasa yoga classes that incorporate inspirational class themes, music, chanting, laughter, and the spiritual teachings of yoga to create a peaceful environment where students can quiet their minds, let go of fear and stress, and experience a deep sense of healing, relaxation, and joy.
Lisa Meranti, RYT 200 yoga teacher, ACA SUP Level 1 paddle instructor, and SUP Yoga instructor, and forever a nature adventurer, and environmental educator. Her classes will bring all of these elements together to help you slow down, be present and feel connected to mind, body, and planet. Lisa founded OneTreeLove in 2015 and has been practicing yoga since the age of 16 and loving trees since birth. She has been working professionally for over 13 years connecting people with nature in Northeast Ohio. With degrees in environmental sciences and nonprofit management, Lisa applies them to teaching environmental education, yoga, and nature stewardship. Other certifications include MiniYogis Kids Yoga, Street Yoga Trauma-Informed Yoga, Yin Yoga, Red Cross First Aid/CPR, and Bridges out of Poverty. Lisa leads outdoor adventures and yoga classes in parks, studios, waterways, schools, libraries, homes, and youth care facilities to help others connect mind, body, and planet.
If you are feeling adventurous, Sansara can help you organize excursions at additional costs. You can choose from the following:
Cruise the Panamanian Pacific coastline, known as tuna coast, and witness the amazing views and abundance of natural wildlife. For those wishing to fish, you can look forward to catching tuna and mahi-mahi.
Enjoy guided or unguided nature hikes through Panama’s pristine nature reserves. The nearby Cerro Hoya National Park is just one of the beautiful hiking options where you may see monkeys, macaws, coatis, iguanas, gigantic rainforest trees, and stunning orchids.
Sansara Resort offers a diverse range of massage therapies to accommodate to your needs and ensure that you leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated (ranging from 60 to 90 minutes) and are at an additional charge to your retreat. Styles of the massage offered are relaxation, deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, cranial sacral therapy, and reiki healing.
Travel through the forest, rivers, and mountains for the most amazing waterfall trip and cliff jumping experience, coupled with stunning views of the jungle.
Guided SUP Estuary Tour
Catamaran Guided Tour
Horseback Riding – Guided River/Beach ride
Where the mountains meet the sea, located at the southernmost point of Panama in the Azuro Peninsula, Cambutal is a small village in the province of Los Santos, and is approximately five hours away from the country’s capital, Panama City. This quiet and nearly untouched area of Panama, provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing retreat experience.
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 this winter. Sansara is in the beach community of Cambutal. There are minimal shops on the beach, which is part of the appeal.
However, there are local corner stores, restaurants, and a coffee shop nearby. The closest neighboring town, 20-minute drive away, Tonosi, is where you can find an ATM, bigger grocery store, and a few clothing shops.