Where is the retreat? Bastimentos Island , Bocas Del Toro
How do I get there? Fly from Panama City to Bocas Del Toro for group boat transfer.
Closest Airport? Panama City > Bocas Del Toro
Transfer Incl/Cost? Boat transfer included. 11 am Departure from Bocas Del Toro. If missed, private boat transfer can be arranged for for $50 per trip.
Start Time: 5:30 pm on the first day
End Time: After breakfast on the last day
What’s Included? Beachfront Accommodations, All Meals on Retreat, Daily Yoga Classes with Gillian, Snorkeling & Surfing, Jungle Treks, White Sand Beaches and Great Company.
What’s not Included? Optional activities, tips, massage, and extra food and drink are not included.
Optional Activities: Kayaking, SUP, Hobie Cat can be arranged
How active is this retreat? This retreat is well balanced, with abundant time for relaxing paired and fun jungle hikes, daily yoga and surfing. This is your retreat, so it can be as active as you would like it to be.
Rooming Options: Standard & Superior Bungalows with shared or private accommodations
Amenities: Orthopedic mattresses, custom-made no see-um mosquito nettings, a hammock, reading chairs, coffee table, locker and a safe for valuables. Private bathroom for each bungalow, hot and cold water, solar powered lighting. Superior bungalows have a king bed, ceiling fan and lounge chair. Beach mats provided but not beach towels.
What is the food like? Local, fresh, wholesome. Guests have always raved about the food and we look forward to sharing it with you.
Food & Dietary Restrictions can be accommodated
Wi-fi/Cell Service/Electricity: No wifi, 110 volt electricity in restaurant.
Weather: Warm and possible tropical rains, (avg 82°F).
Currency/Cash/CC: The Balboa, but American Dollars in cash only accepted.
Visa & Vaccines: Passport needed valid to 6 months after departure date.
Language Spoken at Destination: Spanish, English and French.
Travel Insurance: YOGASCAPES requires each trip member to purchase individual travel insurance for their trip. We suggest that you include “cancel for any reason” with your policy. You must purchase travel insurance that includes medical coverage. You can find more details here.
Here is our general retreat packing list and our tips for the plane. For this retreat in particular, don’t forget to pack:
– Bathing Suit
– Sun Protection
– Sarong & Sandals
– Good book
– Reusable Water Bottle
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What can I expect on a YOGASCAPES retreat?
You can expect to explore the most incredible parts of the world, savor delicious flavors daily, and dive into incredible yoga with the best yoga teachers in the world.
Do I need yoga experience?
We welcome yogis of all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced practioners. Yoga retreats are not just for the yogi who practices every day and can touch the floor with their elbows. Our retreats offer opportunities for growth and new experience, no matter how much time you have spent on your mat. Regardless, we suggest keeping an open mind and trying out practices that might be new to you.
How do I pick which yoga retreats to go on?
Start by exploring the Escapes page to see what’s out there, and trust your instincts! We travel to all corners of the world, so whether you are looking to unplug at a tropical oasis, soak in hot springs just a short drive from the city, or gaze into the starry sky in the desert, we offer it all! Check out this blog for more ideas to get you started, and if you have questions, ask!
Can I go on a Retreat by myself?
Yes! About half our participants come alone and often come away with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a yoga retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment.
How many people will be on the retreats?
Our group sizes depend on which trip you are joining. They reflect our desire to be small and intimate for having a good teacher to student ratio while keeping in mind the joy and community that can come from a certain size group. The trips generally range from 15-25 guests.
What food can I expect?
We will provide almost all of the meals during your trip (2-3 daily), as described in the trip description. We always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include organic, fresh ingredients as often as possible. Please let us know as soon as you sign up for the trip or before you sign up if you have any special needs; food allergies or other allergies, or any other special needs or conditions, dietary or medical.
What should I bring?
Please see trip description for additional items, but you should generally bring: yoga mat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, headlamp, book, journal, reusable water bottle, and a little sense of adventure!
How much free time do we have?
Our retreats include a healthy balance between group activities and solo free time to relax, read a book, take a walk, etc. The days that we have outings planned we will go lighter on the yoga and we generally build in time for participants to go off on their own or simply stay at our retreat center.
When will I receive trip details?
Upon registration, you will receive a welcome message with general trip information. As the date approaches you will receive trip reminders and specifics relevant to your retreat.
Please refer to the “what’s included” section of each trip for more details, but typically we include all lodging, all breakfasts and most other meals. Each trip varies, but we like to include 1-2 excusions and leave the other days for optional activities. All yoga classes are included. Some trips will include transportation from the airport and all trips will include transportation for listed included activities!
When should I book?
We offer discounts for signing up before certain dates, so the earlier you sign up the better your price may be. Check the specific trip you are interested in to make sure you sign up before the next deadline!
Do I need to book my own flight?
You are responsible for booking your own flight. Each trip will have suggested arrival and departure details based on when we know you need to be in the airport and you can always send us the itinerary before booking if you want to double check it’s correct!
How do I get from the airport to the retreat center?
For most retreats you are responsible for your own airport transfer unless stated otherwise. You can always request support booking your transfer and we are usually able to pair people up to share in the cost.
What is the currency and where do I get it? How much cash will I need?
All of the activities highlighted on the trip page are included in the price. However, we will have free time for you to explore on your own. If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs but we will definitely help you arrange anything.
Can I arrive early and stay late?
You will need to purchase your flights in order to arrive/depart by given dates and time ranges for your specific trip. If you choose to arrive earlier or later than given day/time you will be responsible for the cost of transportation needed to join up with the group. We always encourage you to to explore the area, if that option is available to you. At some locations you will be able to arrive early or stay late at the venue itself, while at other locations you will need to stay elsewhere.
Is travel insurance mandatory? How do I purchase it?
Travel insurance for all of our international yoga retreats is mandatory. Unfortunately we cannot allow participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us before. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight.
We highly recommend that you add “cancel for any reason” to your policy. Although normal trip cancellation will cover you for illness or injury, or for a travel companions illness, injury or death, it is limited to these. With “cancel for any reason” you will receive a percentage (usually 75%-100%) of all pre-paid costs. With this coverage if something comes up, a wedding, a new job opportunity, etc. or if YOGASCAPES has to cancel due to weather, staff injury or illness or other unforeseen reasons, you will be covered. *This option needs to be purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit.
We suggest this policy from Travel Guard or similar:
Travel Guard – Gold(Protect Assist) w/ Cancel for any reason http://www.travelguard.com/
For more information please contact the Insurance provider you are looking to purchase with or contact us
Is my ticket refundable?
If cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to your departure date any payments made will be refunded minus your deposit. If cancellation takes place between 30-60 days prior to your departure, 50% of the trip price will be refunded OR 100% of the trip price minus the deposit will be credited toward another trip. If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to your departure date, 100% of the trip price will be forfeited.
Do you have discounts available?
We offer a limited number of early-bird prices and students/teachers/artist rates to make our trips as accessible as possible. We also offer occasional giveaways and specials that can be seen by following us on Facebook.
Please contact us directly if you are interested in payment plan. We want to make our trips accessible to as many people as possible and are open to setting up a payment plan in certain situations.