Steadiness, Comfort, and Joy: Panama
Yoga, Wellness, and Adventure Retreat with Becky Eschenroeder and J Miles!
Make a resolution to live life with more gratefulness and ease! Join Becky Eschenroeder and J Miles of Richmond, Virginia on a magical yoga journey to beautiful Boca Del Toro, Panama. This retreat is dedicated to giving your yoga practice a reboot, and to replenishing your mind, body, and spirit. With shimmering beaches just footsteps away, un-plan your day around exploring the island, snorkeling in crystal blue water, zip-lining through the forest canopy, schedule a Thai massage, or simply lounge in a hammock enjoying a well crafted beverage. This is one not to be missed!
Accommodations include all meals, with prices beginning at $800.
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See you down south!!
1️⃣ The link to registration is up! You can sign up now to reserve your space.
2️⃣ The dates of the retreat:
May 25-30 (Wed-Mon)
3️⃣ The price includes lodging, meals, airport shuttle, and planned group activities. The pre-sale pricing for the retreat has been tweeked slightly (and thus the overall price) to represent the accommodations available, and the planned activities included in the package. This is an amazing opportunity.
$800 Bunk bed (only a few left)
$900 twin bed
$1000 double bed
4️⃣ We're plotting some sort of virtual info session to discuss the best ways of travel, what the retreat schedule will look like, and what to expect in Panama.
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TRANSPORTATION...ACTIVITIES...ADVENTURE! OH MY!
Palmar Tent Lodge is an eco-friendly, off the grid, luxury camping lodge located on Red Frog Beach, Isla Bastimentos in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Their goal is to offer their guests a unique experience to exist in harmony with the incredible natural environment on their island. Palmar is a place where you can really experience the natural side of Bocas as you spend your days practicing yoga and lounging on beautiful Red Frog Beach and your nights falling asleep to the peaceful sounds of the jungle and the rhythm of breaking waves. The area surrounding the lodge has plentiful wildlife (monkeys, sloths, red frogs, caimans & more) and we are located directly on one of Bocas’ most incredible beaches. They offer private safari style tents as well as larger dorm style tents. The lodge is solar powered and rainwater fed so they place a large emphasis on conservation of resources. Overall the vibe is very laid back and the lodge is a great place to relax and unwind.
Private Safari Tents come furnished with platform beds including comfortable mattresses, linens, towels, mosquito nets, a large lockable trunk, a fan and a lamp as well as a private patio and bucket shower area complete with a pitcher and basin. We have Private Tent options with one, two, or three beds.
The dormitories differ from the private tents in that they are a larger structure, with a tin roof and canvas walls. They each have 3 sets of bunk beds and come furnished with comfortable mattresses with linens, a large locker for each bed, lights and a ceiling fan. The dormitories also feature hand painted floors.
We have two dorm tents, each with six single beds.
The retreat center is located 15 minutes (by boat) outside of Bocas del Toro. Our website provides great details on how to travel to Bocas and the port: http://www.palmartentlodge.com/location.html Another option is to look at Nature Air which flies in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. This way you can take a direct flight from the US to central america and navigate from there. If you fly into Panama City you either must take a bus or a flight. If you take the panama air domestic flight, you must leave the airport you entered and get to the domestic airport. This is really common in panama and there are taxis and shuttles you can find on arrival. If you're more a planner, airlines can sometimes help you book these in advance. Also, if we get folks coming into panama at the same time that need to make the airport transfer, I encourage you to arrange group transportation! When you book your tickets, send us your itinerary and arrival time so we can be sure to get you to the lodge!
You should aim to arrive in Panama City (PTY) to make the May 25 Air Panama 4:00 PM flight that leaves from the Panama-Albrook airport (PAC) to Bocas del Toro (BOC). You may certainly arrive earlier in the day if you wish. The International and Domestic airports are in different locations! Please make sure to leave enough time to get to the Domestic Airport. Travel time takes about 30 minutes but during high traffic times can take longer, so I recommend having 2 or more hours between flights. The customs process has been relatively quick to date. Air Panama only allows booking 3 months in advance, so I recommend waiting until you can book your Air Panama airfare before booking your International flight. The Air Panama website is airpanama.com. I recommend you book that flight directly online or with a travel agent as you cannot search for flights that go from the US directly to Bocas.
For those that travel as a group of 4 or more they can arrange for a group airport transfer between the International and Domestic airports.
Bathrooms and Showers
There are four bathrooms in total with normal, flushing toilets. There are 2 community showers that use rain water and a foot pump. The water is pumped into an elevated 5 gallon container and then use on and off pulleys to control the water flow through the large rain shower head. It's fun! There are 2 other community showers that we recently renovated that use the same rain water however you press a button and the water comes out! It doesn’t take as much work!
The main meeting area at Palmar is the beachfront Lodge which features a full bar and reception area, a coffee and tea station, a book exchange and plenty of board games, tables and chairs for dining, comfortable sofa seating, and a large deck looking out to the sea. All the furniture in the lodge is custom made by local artisans using local materials. Adjacent to the lodge is the restaurant kitchen. Just down the front steps you will find a fire pit, hammocks, outdoor tables and seating as well as beach chairs and umbrellas.
Practice in a serene open-air studio nestled in the jungle, just steps from the beach with a stunning view of the sea. The 24’x24’ open air Yoga Pavilion can fit up to 20 students.
All of your meals for the retreat will be included with your package. We will offer a range of vegetarian meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All food is sourced from local villages and farms when possible. Water and fresh juices with meals will be included, but alcoholic beverages and sodas will be kept on a separate tab that you can settle at the end of your stay. There are two restaurants within walking distance of our resort if you would like a change of pace at any point throughout your stay here.
Although we do not offer internet at the lodge, we do offer it at Palmar Cafe that is a 2 minute walk behind our property. We find that people are better able to connect with each other and with nature when they aren’t connected to the outside world!
In addition to all of the yoga you will be doing, Palmar Tent Lodge is a great home base to explore the beautiful nature found in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. It is common to see a variety of wildlife on the premises and nearby including sloths, capuchin monkeys, the famous red frogs and dolphins. If you are lucky you may even get to see some of the critters that are rare to spot including sea turtles, anteaters or armadillos. There are hiking trails that lead to pristine nearby beaches where you can snorkel and explore. Other popular activities include the Bastimentos Sky zip line canopy tour, trips to the Bastimentos Bat Caves, snorkel tours to the Zapatilla Islands, surfing and surf lessons, SCUBA dive trips, slack lines, kayaking and paddle boarding. As part of your retreat we will be leading you on a Castaway day that includes a beach hike, snorkeling, and a walk back through the jungle. The kayaks, paddle board, surfboards, and slack lines will be available for your use during your stay. There will be plenty of ways to customize your trip to what you or your friends might want to do. There may even be some surprises along the way!
We will be planning on zip lining on the 27th and taking an epic nature hike on the 29th. You are more than welcome to explore other activities during your free time! See the website for more deets.
PLEASE NOTE THAT ONCE YOU HAVE SIGNED UP, WE NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FROM YOU:
1. Domestic and International Flight Confirmations
2. Picture of Passport, Full Name, and Emergency Contact Information
3. Dietary restrictions
4. Any medical conditions we should be aware of
Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or J (email@example.com) with and questions and with the info above!
See you down south!