Wild Beauty: A Women's Retreat 2023

Santa Catalina, Panama

JC
Jovinna Chan
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Feb 6 - 14, 2023
Group size: 12 - 14
Wild Beauty: A Women's Retreat 2023
Santa Catalina, Panama

Jovinna Chan
  • Email address verified

$NaN
Feb 6 - 14, 2023
Group size: 12 - 14

About this trip

Wild Beauty:  A Women's Retreat 

8-night Retreat in Santa Catalina, Panama


It takes courage and determination to set yourself free. Freedom that comes not from feeling you can do anything you want but comes from a bold embodiment of who you truly are. This winter retreat is to realign ourselves with the rhythm of Nature and receive Her teachings about the power of being embodied. We will play and practice yoga, pranayama, dance, meditation, eat, laugh, nap, walk, share, conjure, dream, and love during our time together.


Let’s uplift each other, share our aspirations, and actualize the potential in us. 


Join Jovinna on a journey to an Oceanside Oasis Village, Waluaa in Santa Catalina, Panama. May we use this time to reconnect with our Wild Muse, to recognize each other and to co-create a magical field for remembering and reinvigorating our innate awe and beauty.  This is the time for radical rest,  rejuvenation and coming fully alive!


On this retreat, you will enjoy daily Sunrise yoga classes, Morning sessions and Evening sessions in our beautiful yoga shala, with incredible ocean views and immersed by nature. Three delicious meals featuring local fresh fruits and seafood fresh from the Pacific Ocean will be served each day. Vegetarian options available.


When not in classes or sessions, time will be yours to to spend  as you choose: swimming in the infinity pool or lounging in the waterfront sundeck with views of the world-class surf break 'The Point',  surfing in the ocean, reading, biking, or just watching the sunset.  Kayaks, bikes, SUP boards, surfboards, skateboards, and snorkels are all  available at no extra cost.


The oceanfront  studio and deck puts you front and center to the healing properties of  nature. Be inspired by the jungle and listen to the waves crash against  the shore in savasana. Check out their website and watch their video to see the beauty of this hidden gem.  You can also check out their Instagram account.  https://www.instagram.com/waluaasurfyoga/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=


Note:  If we have not met before and you are interested to go on this trip, please email me at jovinna@gmail.com to schedule a time to chat and see if this trip is right for you.  

What’s Included?

Daily yoga, meditation, movement and dharma talk & sharing classes

Hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, skateboarding, surfing, and cycling

Transportation to/from Santa Catalina Resort

Special SUP Boarding Santa Catalina Island Day Trip

Bonfire

3 healthy and delicious meals per day

Complimentary glass of beer or wine with each evening meal

8 nights at the Santa Catalina Resort

Welcome cocktails

Magic

Friendship

What’s not Included?

You will need to arrive in Panama City the day prior (Feb 5) to the beginning of the retreat. Transfer (included) to SCR will be on Monday Feb 6 at 8am.  Please note that it is a six hour bus ride from Panama City to Santa Cantalina.  


We will return on Tuesday Feb 14 to Panama City around 5pm.  Please plan to stay another night in Panama City (Feb 14).


For those two nights in Panama City, the whole group stayed in Best Western Plus Panama Zen during the Jan 2022 retreat.  I am currently researching another hotel for us to stay for those two evenings (Feb 5 and 14) at Panama City.  Stay tuned. 


If you want to explore options on your own, we suggest a visit to Booking.com for most competitive rates. Hotel options (suggested by SCR)… 

Grace Hotel

Courtyard Marriot

Country Inn & Suites

Riande Urban Hotel

Saba Hotel

Best Western Plus Panama Zen (I stayed at this hotel last year.)  

Group tipping for driver and hotel staff.

Any extra excursions:

Opportunities excursions or surfing lessons can be arranged through the resort at very affordable rates. Stand Up Paddling tours, hiking, or even horseback riding can be arranged. Day trip to Coiba National Park for diving of snorkeling.

Cancellation Policy

The $500 deposit is non-refundable.

Refunds minus $500 non-refundable deposit before November 30, 2022.   

No refunds after November 30, 2022.

Balance due by November 30, 2022.


We HIGHLY recommend that you consider purchasing Travel Insurance.  Travel insurance companies like TRAWICK AND TRAVEL GUARD policies that  insure your investment in case you need to cancel (including “cancel for  any reason” coverages), coverages for expenses incurred due to weather  & travel delays, personal property loss and emergency travel medical.  Please review policies carefully to choose the coverage you need.


https://www.trawickinternational.com/?agent=10244

https://advisors.travelguard.com/buy?ta_arc=313786&pcode=&agencyemail=info@oneyogaglobal.com


In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit  or your reservation to another person as long as you notify Jovinna or Tracy 21+ days in advance. Due to arrangements made with our vacation  hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy.


Credit Card payment fees are 2.9% for Visa/MC  and 3.9% for Amex. 

US bank transfers are free. 


Processing fee of 1% + 30 cent/transaction is added at checkout.

Before You Go

Be sure to have a passport and get travel insurance for peace of mind. We will provide information about any updates an COVID Traveling Protocol a couple months before and close to dates of travel. 

Suggested Packing List

Here's our suggestion:

  • Plenty of comfortable yoga gear & clothes you can dance and move freely in. We have Manduka PRO mats and props ready for you
  • Journal and Pen
  • A book to read
  • Tight fitting swim wear if you wish to take surf lessons and a rashguard for sun protection if you have one 
  • Lots of sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, bug spray
  • Medication that you need
  • Towels are optional - we have beach/pool towels and bath towels for your stay
  • Fun and beautiful clothes/dresses for dining 
  • Rubber soled sandals / flip flops 
  • Closed toe  shoes for hiking and if you wish to do horse-back riding 
  • Water bottle so you can re-fill on the go
  • Flashlight or your cell phone light for walking around the village in the evening
  • Dry bag if you would like to go to Coiba National Park for an amazing day trip of island hopping, diving / snorkeling
  • Please remember to BRING CASH with you as there are no ATMs in Santa Catalina
  • A copy of your travel insurance details
  • Don't forget your PASSPORT!

Other Useful Things to Know

Do you know? 

  • The currency used in Panama is USD. 
  • The power outlet used in Panama is the same as the U.S. 
  • Cash is preferred for any extra activities you would like to do. Credit cards are accepted with a 7% fee or PayPal with a 4.5% fee .    
    • Surf Lessons 1 hr: $45
    • Horse-riding 1 hr: $40
    • Massage  1 hr: $60-$80 
    • Guided Nature Hike 2 hrs: $20
    • UNESCO Coiba National Park Day Trip: Snorkeling 8 hrs: $90, Diving 8 hrs: $160-$190
  • Included with your evening meals is a glass of wine or beer,  plus non-alcoholic beverages. For any additional drinks or food you  would like just order at the bar. You can pay as you go or close out by  credit card or cash at the end of your stay. 
  • Whilst walking around town, feel free to say 'Buenos'  to passerby! And as we are in a rural village, please be mindful when when coming  back from the beach and remember to stay dressed. 
  • We have laundry facilities available. $7 per load for wash and dry, with cash payment at reception. 
  • The tap water in our hotel is safe and delicious to drink. 
  • We have complimentary wifi in our restaurant social area. 
  • Hotel, restaurant and activities staff gratuities are not  included. If you would like to make a gratuity, we will kindly take  a collection at the end of your stay.
  • There is a safe in your room for your passport and wallet. 
  • IMPORTANT! As most of our meals are served family style, so please  let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary preferences you  would like us to be aware of.

Current COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

Panama is open to international travelers, keeping the safety and health of tourists and locals our top priority.


Visitors from all countries are welcome to visit Panama, however,  non-vaccinated travelers or travelers with less than 2 (two) doses will  have to present a negative COVID-19 test for entry. For more information  on entry and testing requirements, refer to the Prior to Traveling Tab.

For more details, please refer to the During Your Visit tab.

Last update on July 11, 2022.
Protocols will be updated on an as-needed basis.


Please visit https://www.tourismpanama.com/plan-your-vacation/advisories/  to read more about the current COVID-19 travel info. 

Available Packages

Double Occupancy Junior Suite
Available until January 5, 2023only 2 left

Each room has been built using natural sustainable materials including stone, slate rock, natural coal and tropical hardwood. Rooms feature  memory foam mattresses, plush pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets for a  wonderful night's rest. AC, fan, safe, cable TV and mini-fridge. Plush beach, pool and bathroom towels. Ensuite bathroom includes hot water  shower, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion. Enjoy your own private hammock and deck chairs.
To View the Room

  • Double Occupancy with Twin Beds
  • Kitchenette
  • Table + Chairs
  • 2 Seater Sofa
  • Private Bathroom 
$2,750
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy Standard Room
Available until January 5, 20236 left

Each room has been built using natural sustainable materials including stone, slate rock, natural coal and tropical hardwood. Rooms feature  memory foam mattresses, plush pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets for a  wonderful night's rest. AC, fan, safe, cable TV and mini-fridge. Plush beach, pool and bathroom towels. Ensuite bathroom includes hot water  shower, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion. Enjoy your own private hammock and deck chairs.


To View the Room.

  • Single Occupancy with King Bed or Twin Beds 
  • Private Bathroom 
$3,150
Deposit: $500
Single Occupancy Junior Suite
Available until January 5, 20236 left

Each room has been built using natural sustainable materials including stone, slate rock, natural coal and tropical hardwood. Rooms feature  memory foam mattresses, plush pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets for a  wonderful night's rest. AC, fan, safe, cable TV and mini-fridge. Plush  beach, pool and bathroom towels. Ensuite bathroom includes hot water  shower, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion. Enjoy your own private hammock and deck chairs.


To View the Room

  • Single Occupancy with King Bed 
  • Kitchenette
  • Table + Chairs
  • 2 Seater Sofa
  • Private Bathroom 
$3,450
Deposit: $500
$NaN


Itinerary

Day 1
Pick up in Panama City and Arrival at SCR

We will be picked up at 8am for the drive to Santa Catalina Resorts. We shall begin our journey of unwinding, traveling together for 6 hours, yes SIX, by bus.  This could be a deal breaker for you or you could see it as an experience like a pilgrim, willing to take the long way home.   Plus, we'll make it fun!


The first four hours are on a highway and then last two hours we will drive through some stunning country roads.  


5pm - Opening Ceremony

6pm -  Dinner and Cocktails


Please note that itinerary is subject to change.

Photo by E Fernandez on Unsplash

Who’s Going

Your Organizer


JC
Jovinna Chan
Jovinna, E-RYT 500, YACEP, a world traveler who leads transformational programs about love and being fully alive through Yoga, Meditation, and Conscious Dance. She had served as the Assistant Dean, 200-and 500-hour teacher trainer for the Kripalu School of Yoga. She is the co-founder of Pranotthan School of Yoga and the co-director of the year-long Acharya Intensive program. She is a certified Soul Motion™ and LetYourYogaDance. www.jovinna.com