A sailing, surfing, yoga new year's adventure retreat.
Take a yoga adventure like no other… Live a pirate's life!
The Explore Panama Retreat is for yogis looking for an adventure outside of their comfort zone. If you are looking for the ultimate vacation, where you can sail, surf and fish this retreat is for you! Live on a boat, sail, surf, fish, expand your yoga practice and open yourself up to connecting in a totally new environment.
Each day begins and ends with personalized, small group yoga sessions on a deserted island, followed by surfing, swimming, snorkeling, island exploring, and of course, playtime on the beaches. Sail the islands of Bocas, experience the Caribbean culture, and explore a part of the world that few people will ever see.
Gain a new outlook on your life. Start the new year with more adventure everyday. Live simply in this all inclusive retreat!
ABOUT BOCAS DEL TORO
It is difficult to express in a few words what you can feel when you visit the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Only some places around the world keep this particular atmosphere, seductive, primitive and unforgettable. Bocas del Toro captivates its visitors because of its amazing vegetation, its biodiversity, its ancients customs: it is a real biological fantasy… This is the ideal moment to visit these islands, to time travel and get lost in one of the hundreds of wonderful places that you can enjoy. It is a unique place to find yourself; its lush tropical vegetation, fauna only found in this part of the world, opportunities for diving and snorkeling the unbeatable Caribbean ocean, the possibilities and opportunities for an amazing experience are unbound. With an indescribable and overwhelming natural beauty, added to the great combination of races and ethnicities, living in harmony with indigenous, Western Caribe peoples, Latino’s and extranjeros, Bocas del Toro is not just a beautiful archipelago lost in time, blessed by nature -- Bocas del Toro is an example of coexistence and multicultural respect for everyone. Welcome to Bocas del Toro archipelago …..you will be amused and amazed, tempted beyond belief and for certain you will to take with you priceless memories of a different world. Enjoy your life….. Enjoy Bocas del Toro!
ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATIONS
Life on a Sailboat
Accommodations are aboard the sailboat. Life aboard a classic monohull bluewater sailboat or catamaran….the is the ultimate way to see Bocas Del Toro!!! The quarters are small but you will have all you need. Some people will choose to sleep outside under the stars. The temperatures in January range from 70 - 90 degrees.
We have a 43 foot monohull, and 52 foot catamaran, which both sleep 8 guests in cabins as well as a couple of hammocks and single spots under the stars. Both are beautiful boats and extremely well-kept. The boats are Big Enough, But Not Too Big. This is a luxury retreat but not in the standard view of luxury. We will be living on boats with shared accommodations. You can choose to room with a friend or loved one, a new friend you meet on the trip or choose to sleep under the stars on the deck of the boat.
Blue water sailboats are the ultimate in offshore sailboats. They're intended for long-distance ocean sailing, often crewed by live-aboard sailors who have cut loose from conventional onshore living choosing a life of seaborne travel and adventure. Luckily the weather in January in the Bocas is calm and beautiful, we will be smooth sailing.
ABOUT THE FOOD
Fresh Healthy Food and Drink!
3 healthy meals a day are prepared by your personal chef/crew aboard the sailboat. The chef loves to include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and some of the freshest fish you’ve tasted in your life. Dietary restrictions? Let us know and we’ll take care of you.
- Sunrise Vinyasa and sunset yoga taught by Lindsay
- Accommodations in shared cabins aboard a beautiful, well-kept bluewater sailboat.
- 3 fresh and healthy meals a day including fish straight from the ocean
- Snacks and drinks
- Wine or beer with the evening meal
- All equipment for activities (surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, volleyball, fishing gear, SUPs etc.)
- 2 Surf Lesson and board rental
- Visitor fees to each island
- Sailing tour of the Bocas Del Toro Archipelago
- A pirate theme party
In Bocas, we don’t do itineraries, and you won’t see a clock unless you bring one. Wake up with the sun, practice yoga on the beach, enjoy a delicious and healthy breakfast, followed by a day of playing in the islands. Sailing, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and easy treks are all options for your days, and finish the day with sunset yoga, followed by a bonfire on the beach.
TRAVEL and TRANSPORTATION INFO
We will all meet on Sunday January 3rd at the Red Frog Marina in Bocas del Toro… read on to find out how to get their on your own or come with the group! Check back as we will update this section and will also be in communication with you all about the best way to travel once you register.
Getting to Bocas del Toro
Getting to Bocas takes a little extra time but it’s worth it!
First Stop is Panama City:
The international airport is Panama City Airport (PTY), Tocumen Airport, which is located in the outskirts of Panama City. It may be necessary to spend a night in Panama City which means you may want to book your round trip flight for January 2nd and 10th.
Panama City is a very interesting city worth spending some extra time in to explore.... We would ascribe it like Miami meets New Orleans!
Panama City Accommodations:
We recommend the following hotel for its cleanliness, quiet and budget options:
Magnolia Panma in Casco Viejo: It has both a hostel budget option as well as private luxury rooms available.
Panama City's hotels have one of the highest occupancy rates in the world so if you are spending a night over there and want to reserve a good room at a decent price, the sooner you book it, the better.
Traveling from Panama City to Bocas:
Traveling from Panama City to Bocas del Toro is fairly straight forward. The airport is located on Isla Colon, the archipelago's main island and is also known as the Isla Colon International Airport (BOC).
To travel from Panama City to Bocas del Toro there are mainly 3 options. We recommend flying but you may want to adventure overland.
- Fly from Panama City to Bocas del Toro (45 minutes)
- Take a bus or private transport from Panama City to Almirante (10 - 11 hours) and a boat to Bocas del Toro (30 minutes)
- Take a bus, shuttle or private transport to Colon (45 minutes - 2 hours) and then Ferry Boat from Colon to Bocas del Toro (12 hours)
Flying on Air Panama
Air Panama lies out of Albrook Airport, the domestic airport, which is located within the city.
Air Panama has a 30 pound (14kg) baggage allowance and on their website they say that: "any excess baggage is accepted as baggage conditional and subject to available space inside the aircraft. If there is available space it will be sent on the same flight, otherwise it will be sent on the next flight". More info about Air Panama's baggage policy here. To this date we have NEVER heard of someone not being to take all of their luggage on a flight from Panama City to David so no worries! What we can't tell you is exactly how much it will cost but people tend to pay between $5 - $25 for additional luggage (sorry, but they change what they charge so check out their websites if you want up to date info!)
Either way try to Pack Light!
It is also possible to get to Bocas by flying into San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), but keep in mind you will have to go through customs twice and that there is also $28 international departure fee from Costa Rica.
A sailing, surfing, yoga new year's adventure retreat. Take a yoga adventure like no other… Live a pirate's life! Gain a new outlook on your life.
Lindsay is an Annapolis, Maryland native who developed her love for the sea through sailing, surfing, stand up paddling and travel. She moved to Colorado with the intention of staying for a winter season and heading to Southern California but fell in love with the mountains, rivers and yoga community in the Denver area. Her adventurous personality and love of the mountains and tropics has fueled the search for the perfect setting to take her practice out of the yoga studio and into nature.
Lindsay is a senior Yoga teacher at Kindness Yoga, Denver's top yoga studio, and is on staff offering their 200 hr yoga teacher trainings and international retreats. When Lindsay isn’t busy teaching, she can be found competing in Stand Up Paddle events across the country on rivers, lakes and oceans. Lindsay has many podium finishes in SUP and is known as the fastest woman in Colorado! As a yoga teacher, Lindsay is a 200 hour E-RYT with Yoga Alliance and finishing her 500 hour yoga certification in 2014. She has over a decade of yoga experience, is a certified personal trainer, and an ambassador for Oakley Women, Sawyer Paddles, Pistachio Chewy Bites, and Boardworks SUP.
She was awarded as one of the top yoga teachers in Denver in 2013 by the Mile High Yoga Experience, has led the largest, 1,200 person, yoga class in Denver for Yoga Rocks the Park and most recently she has been a presenting SUP Yoga Instructor at Wanderlust Yoga Festivals.See more photos and other events by this presenter