7 Day "Wanderlust" Yoga & Surf Retreat in Santa Catalina Panama

Organizer:
Vickie Mogensen
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IMAGINE A SURF + YOGA RETREAT IN A TRANQUIL, OFF-GRID AND AUTHENTIC LOCAL VILLAGE. AN UNTAPPED PARADISE WHERE NATURE MEETS THE LOCAL CULTURE AND WORLD-CLASS SURFING AND DIVING SURROUNDS YOU. THIS IS A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN TAP OUT FROM CITY LIFE AND COMPLETELY DECOMPRESS. COME H...
IMAGINE A SURF + YOGA RETREAT IN A TRANQUIL, OFF-GRID AND AUTHENTIC LOCAL VILLAGE. AN UNTAPPED PARADISE WHERE NATURE MEETS THE LOCAL CULTURE AND WORLD-CLASS SURFING AND DIVING SURROUNDS YOU.

THIS IS A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN TAP OUT FROM CITY LIFE AND COMPLETELY DECOMPRESS. COME HOME FEELING MORE RELAXED AND ALIVE THAN YOU’VE EVER BEEN.

DAILY SURF + YOGA WILL ENLIVEN YOUR MIND AND BODY. FEEL NOURISHED IN THE GOODNESS OF LOCALLY SOURCED FRESH FRUITS AND VEGGIES AND ORGANIC SEAFOOD EACH DAY. REVEL IN THE RAW NATURAL BEAUTY OF SANTA CATALINA SHARING WITH OUR COMMUNITY OF GENUINE FRIENDLY LOCALS AND LIKE-MINDED TRAVELERS.

DEEPEN YOUR YOGA PRACTICE IN OUR OCEAN-FRONT SHALA WITH PREMIUM MANDUKA PRO MATS AND OUR CREW OF EXCEPTIONAL SENIOR INSTRUCTIONS. ALL YOGA ALLIANCE CERTIFIED WITH MANY YEARS EXPERIENCE TEACHING. YOUR PRACTISE EACH DAY BEGINS WITH A FIERY FLOW, A BLEND VINYASA AND HATHA. POST SURF AND MORNING YOGA, YOU’LL END YOUR DAYS WITH AN INCREDIBLE OR RESTORATIVE CLASS.

SEE YOUR SURF SKILLS SOAR WITH OUR PERSONALIZED INSTRUCTION - You'll be paired with no more than 2 other guests at the same level with your instructor to ensure you receive the best coaching and personalised attention to really progress.

YOU'LL ALSO ENJOY ONE OF THE BEST BEACH BREAKS IN CENTRAL AMERICA FOR BEGINNER SURF, ESTERO BEACH. THIS IS the place you dream about, where you can paddle out early morning and be the only surfer out there. Or take in a mind-blowing sunset session. This beach is long and beautiful. With a soft sand bottom so it’s safe and forgiving for beginners. And for those with experience we’ll take the more challenging waves out back. Our property also backs onto The Point, a world-famous right point break for Intermediate - Advanced surfers.

BY SURING WITH US, YOU'LL ALSO BE SUPPORTING OUR INCREDIBLY TALENTED SURF INSTRUCTORS get out there and share their talents with the world.  Most who retreat with us might not even know that OUR SURF INSTRUCTORS ARE THE TOP SURFERS IN PANAMA! Oli Camarena is the 4x National Champ and runner up in the ISA World Surfing World Games last year.
Kelvin Gonzalez Just got back from the World Surfing Games in Japan where he was competing against current world #1 Gabriel Medina in his heat.

Your Hosts

Vickie & Sergio

Ex Marketing Director and Lawyer, Vickie & Sergio both quit their corporate lives in New York and Buenos Aires more than 5 years ago, to found Santa Catalina Surf & Yoga Retreats. Both with a passionate love for the ocean, outdoors......and a calling for a simpler life ...
Ex Marketing Director and Lawyer, Vickie & Sergio both quit their corporate lives in New York and Buenos Aires more than 5 years ago, to found Santa Catalina Surf & Yoga Retreats. Both with a passionate love for the ocean, outdoors......and a calling for a simpler life 🙂

You can read more about Vickie's journey in Forbes Women:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/celinnedacosta/2017/03/29/how-a-new-york-expat-gave-up-corporate-to-become-a-solopreneur-in-the-tropics/#551775a9344d

NIKKI MARTIN

NIKKI MARTIN - 200HR RYT VINYASA, 200HR TEACHER TRAINER, 50HR RYT YIN, LULULEMON AMBASSADOR Nikki came to yoga in 2012, drawn by the strength, grace and physical challenge of yoga and a desire to forge a path to peace and happiness in her life. She quickly fell in love with th...
NIKKI MARTIN - 200HR RYT VINYASA, 200HR TEACHER TRAINER, 50HR RYT YIN, LULULEMON AMBASSADOR

Nikki came to yoga in 2012, drawn by the strength, grace and physical challenge of yoga and a desire to forge a path to peace and happiness in her life. She quickly fell in love with the practice and how it enriched all facets of her life - physical, mental, spiritual and philosophical.

As a teacher she is passionate about providing space, permission and guidance for her students to connect with and listen to their own bodies and what they need in the moment, while challenging them to step into, or out of, discomfort when it serves. To that teaching style she adds her love of fiery and challenging Vinyasa, arm balances, playful transitions, and the time and space to experience the breath and be present in the body, despite the distractions of the mind.

Nikki is a full time yoga teacher, Lululemon Ambassador and published author. This dynamic and creative side of Nikki emanates through her classes.

Nikki’s classes can best be described as an energy based flow. Powerful and dynamic, movement based Vinyasa for the mornings and in the evening some slow flow combined with deep stretch to settle the body.

Oli, Keisy, Kelvin, Keone

Jean Carlos (Oli) Camerena / ISA Certified Surf Instructor & Pro Surfer - 4 x National Panama Champ - ISA #2 World Surfing Games 2018 Kelvin Gonzalez / ISA Certified Surf Instructor & Pro Surfer - Sub Champ Panama Nationals 2018 Neftalí (KEISY) CÁceres / ISA Certified...
Jean Carlos (Oli) Camerena / ISA Certified Surf Instructor & Pro Surfer - 4 x National Panama Champ - ISA #2 World Surfing Games 2018
Kelvin Gonzalez / ISA Certified Surf Instructor & Pro Surfer - Sub Champ Panama Nationals 2018
Neftalí (KEISY) CÁceres / ISA Certified Surf Instructor

About the Venue

Santa Catalina Retreats

Our retreats are hosted at the picturesque Hotel Santa Catalina. Secluded and nestled into nature, the property backs onto the Pacific Ocean providing the most spectacular view of the world-famous point break "The Point". With your own private beach access at high tide, you ca...
Our retreats are hosted at the picturesque Hotel Santa Catalina. Secluded and nestled into nature, the property backs onto the Pacific Ocean providing the most spectacular view of the world-famous point break "The Point". With your own private beach access at high tide, you can take out a Kayak, Surfboard or Stand Up Paddle-board at your leisure. Or simply enjoy the incredible views from the infinity pool, yoga deck, and restaurant. Bikes, surfboards, bodyboards and snorkels are all complimentary for your stay. Along with broadband wifi. All our rooms have been built using natural sustainable materials, preserving the environment while providing a comfortable haven for you to unwind after a day of Surfing and Yoga. Our spacious rooms feature memory foam mattresses, plush pillows and cotton linens for a wonderful nights rest. Each room has A/C and fan for your comfort. Cable TV, safe, fridge, towels, ensuite bathroom with hot water shower along with shampoo, conditioner and body-wash. Outside on your garden patio you have a hammock, sun-deck chairs and table to enjoy and completely wind down.

Additional Info

There's so much more to do in Santa Catalina, Panama. With some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world at nearby Coiba National Park, horseback riding, kayak, and SUP. Plus Spanish lessons! Just let us know what you’re interested in and leave it with us. Massage | $60 - $80 for 60 min, depending on treatment type Completely unwind with a mas...
There's so much more to do in Santa Catalina, Panama. With some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world at nearby Coiba National Park, horseback riding, kayak, and SUP. Plus Spanish lessons! Just let us know what you’re interested in and leave it with us. Massage | $60 - $80 for 60 min, depending on treatment type Completely unwind with a massage session by our range of certified therapists. Treatments can include Thai Yoga Massage, Tok Sen, Deep Tissue, Balinese and Swedish Relaxation. Horse Riding | $35pp Let Santa Catalina’s local horseman take you on a wonderful ride through the fincas and beaches. We’ll begin with an easy ride through the fincas and take in beautiful vistas, then finish with a breathtaking ride along Estero Beach for sunset. Suitable for beginner to advanced riders. Spanish Lessons | From $45pp Lean a Language, Change your Experience. With a Spanish traveler program by Angela, a Certified International Baccalaureate Spanish B teacher. Volunteer programs can also be arranged where students assist English lessons at our local primary school. Lessons take place at ‘Panama Spanish School’. Guided Nature Walk | From $12pp Join our local guide Javier for a stunning coastal walk. Take in the ocean views, learn about the local wildlife, flora and fauna and pass remote villagers on the outskirts of town. Diving + Snorkeling Day Trip at Coiba National Park | Snorkeling $80 New Diver $190pp Certified Diver $160pp Coiba Island is one of Panama’s most beautiful places, a 1 hour boat ride away. Identified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2005. The beaches are exquisite and the island and surrounding areas offer some of the most spectacular diving and snorkeling in the world. You are likely to see everything from dolphins, turtles, manta rays, octopus, sharks and an abundance of beautiful tropical fish. And depending on the season, the whale migration. Biking, SUP Boarding, Kayaking - all complimentary.
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What's Included

  • check 6 nights at our beautiful oceanfront accommodation. Enjoy the sublime infinity pool, restaurant/bar and sun deck while you bliss out at the majestic Pacific Ocean and world-class surf break.
  • check 5 daily morning Vinyasa / Hatha classes and 5 daily evening Restorative / Yin classes at our oceanfront yoga studio, with Manduka PRO mats and luxury quality props
  • check 5 daily Surf lessons with our all local pro instructors at Playa Estero, just 400m away. sessions include your board + rashguard, videos/photos of your session, shuttle to/from the beach + personalized classes with no more than 2-3 students per instructor
  • check Boat trip to the secluded beaches of Santa Catalina Island for SUP boarding, beach combing, chilling and invigorating swims in the calm crystal blue waters. Along with a heavenly picnic lunch with fresh caught ceviche and ice cold local beers :). Magical beachbonfire. Premium round trip group transfer to and from Panama City and Santa Catalina including yummy vegetarian homemade snacks and water for your journey.
  • check Welcome drinks and dinner on your arrival under the stars. Delicious, healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. You'll dine at our waterfront restaurant as well as local restaurants in the village so you can immerse yourself in the rich, colorful and flavorsome cuisine prepared by local chefs. Freshly brewed local coffee from Boquette served daily along with a variety of teas and milks Natural fruit juices and smoothies served daily with breakfast and lunch. A range of Argentinean and Chilean wines or local beers (1 serve pp) and fruit infused sparkling water for you to savor each evening meal.
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