Island Yoga Retreat
A Week of Wellness in Panama’s Bastimento Island
1st- 8th March 2020
Come and experience the cleansing power of Yoga in Bocas del Toro in this hidden Central American paradise, close to Costa Rica.
Ataraxia is a beautiful secluded and solar-powered lodge situated in a former cacao plantation and nestled between the jungle and coral reefs of the Caribbean sea. It’s the perfect place to withdraw from our busy lives.
During this seven-day immersive Yoga and meditation retreat, we will be nourished and recharged by the elements, locally sourced food and lots of tropical heat and sunshine. (March is the driest month of the year with average temperatures around 25° C / 77° F, but can reach highs of 31° C / 88° F.)
A typical day will begin before breakfast with morning meditation, pranayama breathing exercises, and gentle yoga. Sometimes these sessions may include some Pilates exercises to improve postural awareness and core strength.
After breakfast you are free to be as active or chilled as you wish. But remember you are on an ActiveFantastic retreat – we like adventure!! There will be opportunities to visit neighbouring islands in the archipelago, go surfing or visit the beach (a mile away). Or stay in the resort and kayak around mangrove swamps or snorkel around the reef garden. (Equipment provided.) The site is also a bird watcher’s paradise, with sightings of hummingbirds, parrots and pelicans common. The local wildlife includes sloth, monkeys, anteaters, armadillo and caimans.
The lodge is completely sustainable, using solar energy and purified rainwater. (There is wifi if you need it, but on all my retreats, I encourage everyone to unplug and disconnect.)
Towards the end of the day there is then an additional yoga class or special workshop. All meals are vegetarian and the week is alcohol and caffeine-free. Although this can be daunting, you will be amazed by the difference it makes and will help to ensure you get the most out of the yoga practice.
I am recommending San Jose (SJO) Costa Rica as the arrival hub for all international flights. This is especially important if you are doing the extra few days in Costa Rica afterwards (we are heading to the Arenal Volcano region for two nights in the rainforest and natural hot springs).
A second flight is required from San Jose (SJO) to Bocas del Toro (BOC).
For those of you who need to be back in London by Tuesday, there is a good flight combination I found on Skyscanner-
29th Feb – BA London Gatwick 08.05———-San Jose 13.40
8th March – Iberia San Jose 17.15 ———–London Heathrow 14.55
NOTE – the return flight from Bocas del Toro arrives in San Jose at 14.40 so best to allow a minimum of 2 hours before your international flight if you are leaving that day.
Flights to and from Bocas are not daily!
It is possible to fly to Panama City (PTY) but connections to Bocas (BOC) are not as good.
I have a more detailed travel information pack available on booking. firstname.lastname@example.org
A variety of rooms are available –
Large ocean view ‘Jungalo’ with double bed or two singles- £1,195 per person
single occupancy -£1,400
Smaller double/triple room in the main house – £950
single occupancy – £1150
To reserve your place a £350 non-refundable deposit is payable on booking with the outstanding amount due 6 weeks before departure.
Please make sure you have appropriate travel insurance to cover all eventualities.