NATIVE SPIRIT

CARIBBEAN CACAO FARM RETREAT

OCTOBER 22-28, 2017

YOGA RETREAT WITH LA LOMA
JUNGLE LODGE IN THE
CARIBBEAN OF BOCAS DEL TORO

When two hearts recognize one another within the dream, even for a moment they rend the veil of separateness and break and break out of the dream – by touching the mystery that is Love ! –Ram Dass

There is power in beginnings. The Journey to create this retreat feels like it started hundreds or thousands or even life times ago, the same as the ancient tribes who inhabited these lands. Only the Soul knows.

Come join us for an incredible Yoga and Native experience in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Deep inside of you dwells a vast store of ancestral wisdom. Its a sacred, infinite place thats not separate from these great mountains, ocean and infinite skies. If we all were to trace our DNA to the first origins, we would come to know that we are all natives

The Whole idea behind this retreat is to Awaken that which is inside of you, through the connection of the land and your own spirit, so that you can hear the many signs that are constantly around you and in unison and flow guide your life to much more noble ways.

It is simply a matter of learning how to access that wisdom, and this Retreat together with the Healing Foods, Yoga Science, Native Healing can help deepen your connection to the mysterious natural forces around you.

YOGA TEACHERS

Katherine Croston
Carolina Lescure
Special Guest Teacher: Katie Mclaughlin

YOGAS
Flow, Hatha, Kundalini & Native Spirit Healing

ABOUT KATHERINE CROSTON

Katherine loves to Love, her message comes from her Gurus and Masters that Love is the strongest Medicine and you will find in her ways the devotion into everything that she carefully puts, starting from the moment she meets you.

Yoga Retreats in Panama was built 8 years ago by Katherine and her best friend, Sofia, based on the concept that we all deserve to connect back to what is important and real: Nature does that to you. You will find Katherine cooking healthy and yummy foods that will heal and inspire you; teaching some Bhakti Flow a special kind of Yoga that brings in the spirituality and devotion to Life and Yourself. Connects you to the Spiritual Side of your movement and therefore makes you a better owner of your temple, your body, in unison with your breath.

Katherine also teaches Kundalini Yoga under Yogi Bhajan’s teachings, and she mixes this science in her teachings a lot considering that we are living in an era of awakening and constant rapid movement that we need to keep up. Yogi Bhajan’s favorite quote was “Keep up and you will be kept Up”and that is the mantra for this Aquarian age.

Read more about her Yoga Love Project and get free videos, classes and find out more on the collaborations she has now with indigenous tribes and homeless animals under www.theyogaloveproject.com or www.giveandsurf.org

ABOUT KATIE MCLAUGHLIN

Katie McLaughlin, our guest healer for this retreat, is a free spirit, travel lover and shamanic healer who’s mission is to serve the spiritual awakening of everyone who’s is seeking fulfilment and connection. Most of her studies revolve around Peruvian shamanism and the Q’ero community. She’s a graduate from the University of Metaphysics in Sedona, she offers Tarot Readings, Energy Healing therapies and Regressions.

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PRICING

$1600/pp Shared Queen Bed / Deposit $500
$2400/pp Get Your Own Bed/ Deposit $500

*Email love@yorepa.com for rates shorter than a week!

More pricing information

10 HIGHLIGHTS

Daily meditation sessions

Accommodation at La Loma Jungle Lodge & Cacao Farm

Beautiful Jungle Paradise

Meditation & Yoga Science

Morning yoga class (8 a.m.) followed by a healthy brunch

Evening yoga class (5 p.m.) followed by a delicious, wholesome dinner

Additional Activities available throughout the day

Free Tour Around the Cacao Farm

Only Local and Organic Food

Beautiful Rock Pools (Natural Water Pools Onsite)

7 day(s) with instructions

English & Spanish

WHAT'S INCLUDED

2 yoga classes daily

Native Spirit Healing

Accommodation at La Loma Jungle Lodge & Cacao Farm

Daily meditation class

Healthy Morning Breakfast after Morning Yoga

Local Delicious Lunch

Delicious Smoothies before Yoga AM

Free Coffee and Tea all Day Long

Wholesome dinner after evening yoga

Pick-Up from Bocas Airport to Lodge

Drop Off from Lodge to Bocas Airport

NATIVE SPIRIT RETREAT PROGRAM

Travel to one of the most untouched islands and get an amazing week of organic living through the art and science of YOGA, delicious organic eating and Caribbean Jungle vibes.

Katherine studies and teaches the art and science of Kundalini Yoga and compliments it with Native Healing Rituals around her native country of Panama. This retreat will be a beautiful dance between native wisdom and different styles of Yoga such as Kundalini and Vinyasa Flow, knowing that all teachings come from one : we find that these two go perfect in hand with our always signature ingredients which is Love. Expect days filled with yogic wisdom, beach chilling, Jungle Hikes, Eating delicious healing Foods from the Lands, Cacao Immersion and Rituals, Island Trips and Heart Opening experiences that will support your own life’s transformation & exactly what you need.

We have designed a program where every element of your own being will blend with this beautiful place creating and pulsating healing, transforming and awakening you to your TRUTH…we can’t wait to have you here with us.

FOOD

This jungle experience would not complete without the ingredients from La Loma’s working farm.

La Loma farm to table approach will leave you feeling the native wisdom through its rich and fresh ingredients. The food is nothing, but local products from the farm and native to the island. The food experience here is provided by indigenous local employees of the farm. This retreat truly gives back to the land and community of Bahia Honda on Bastimentos Island.

You will start your day with delicious Smoothies and Juices from Fruits that Grow at La Loma, Coffee and Tea available too. After Yoga AM, there will be a fresh breakfast prepared for all with delicious vegetarian and vegan options. We will follow with a healthy and yum Lunch also from veggies and grains from the same farm.

A sweet dinner is prepared also during the early night so your body can digest properly the day. The diet consists of lots of fruit and veggies, is light yet nurturing, grounding and satisfying. A typical dinner would be local Root Veggies such as Yucca, Plantain, Coconut Rice, Roasted Veggies, Curries and Native Cacao Desserts.

Fresh, locally sourced and made with deep intention and LOVE. Our vegan fare is prepared to perfectly nourish you, support your digestion and encourage deep healing from the inside out. And it’s orgasmically delicious.

***Fresh, local seafood is an option for the two days that we will have lunch outside.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

06:30AM-07:45AM Juices, Coffee and Tea Available
07:30AM Yoga Class
08:00AM-09:30AM YOGA AM: A Blend of Kundalini with Flow for your Soul
9:30AM-10:30AM Delicious Breakfast with Home Made Coconut Granola and Tropical Fruits + Chill Time
10:30AM-1:00PM Chill Out Time
1:00PM Healthy & Energizing LUNCH
07:00PM Guided Jungle or Beach Hike OR Chill Time

Indulge in a relaxing spa service, swim at the beautiful natural water pool, snorkel, book a surfing Trip, read or just lounge on the beautiful Jungle and totally re-charge your batteries.

05:00PM-06:30PM Sunset Yoga Over the Water (weather dependent)
07:30PM Dinner

LOCATION

It is difficult to express in a few words what you can feel when you visit the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Only some places around the world keep this particular atmosphere, seductive, primitive and unforgettable. Bocas del Toro captivates its visitors because of its amazing vegetation, its biodiversity, its ancients customs: it is a real biological fantasy…

This is the ideal moment to visit these islands, to time travel and get lost in one of the hundreds of wonderful places that you can enjoy. It is a unique place to find yourself; its lush tropical vegetation, fauna only found in this part of the world, opportunities for diving and snorkeling the unbeatable Caribbean ocean, the possibilities and opportunities for an amazing experience are unbound. With an indescribable and overwhelming natural beauty, added to the great combination of races and ethnicities, living in harmony with indigenous, Western Caribe peoples, Latino’s and extraneros, Bocas del Toro is not just a beautiful archipelago lost in time, blessed by nature — Bocas del Toro is an example of coexistence and multi-cultural respect for everyone. Welcome to Bocas del Toro archipelago …..you will be amused and amazed, tempted beyond belief and for certain you will to take with you priceless memories of a different world. Enjoy your life….. Enjoy Bocas del Toro! Welcome to an unforgettable vacation.

For more info bocasdeltoro.travel

ACCOMMODATIONS

LA LOMA JUNGLE LODGE & CACAO FARM

La Loma is all about the outside and the outside here is glorious – towering trees, deep green mangrove bays and glittering beaches. Whether you’re swinging in a hammock as blue Morpho butterflies drift by, wandering jungle trails or peeling cacao beans you’ll discover first-hand the magnificence of this tropical island.

We’ve handmade only 4 ranchos each inconspicuously sited in the verdant jungle. Using vernacular architecture, we’ve designed beautiful simple retreats made from naturally fallen trees, sustainably harvested lumber and other renewable natural materials such as bamboo and wild cane. Each rancho has a private bathroom with a hot water shower, comfortable beds with enormous canopy mosquito nets and furniture crafted on-site from local materials.

Solar panels provide power for subtle lighting and ceiling fans. Water is supplied from on-site springs and rain catchment systems. There are no TVs or air conditioners at La Loma only the exuberant sounds of the jungle, cool breezes from the bay and binoculars to watch life in the treetops.

You’ll need to be fit to stay at La Loma; three of our four ranchos are accessed by a steep 5–7 minute climb. The views are worth the hike.

$1500/pp Shared Double Room/ Deposit $500
$2300/pp Shared with Your Own Bed
/ Deposit $500

BOOK RETREAT

Wire transfer is also available at:

Banistmo
Katherine Croston
Savings Account
#0100680223

The remaining balance is due two months in advance.

Cancellation Policy – Read Carefully

If you cancel your registration 3 months before, your payment will be refunded.

If you cancel your registration 2 months before, we will refund 50% of your payment.

Within the same month, all payments are final and will not be refunded.

For more questions ask us to our email

love@yorepa.com

YOGA Retreats in Panama reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary by our team, trip leaders, teachers or partners. In the rare case of a cancellation on the part of YOGA Retreats in Panama (due to political unrest, dangerous weather, or low sign-ups) we will offer a transfer to another trip or a full refund of your funds.

THINGS TO KNOW

SEASONAL INFORMATION

Healthy, delicious vegetarian, 100% organic & local Juices & meals will be provided using locally grown organic fruit and vegetables on every yoga retreat. Health and nutrition expert including Katherine Croston, part of the Yoga Retreats in Panama team will create the recipes used during this Retreat. All meals are based on the principles of good nutrition, health and good taste.

There is no meat or fish on the yoga retreats menu. All the food is vegetarian although we are open to accommodate different diet needs upon requests, please let us know about your needs. We use seasonal and local products that you will be amazed at, so we do not have a specific menu to offer before retreat… but you can trust us on this one that it will be a very important part of retreat ! YUM.

September and October are one of the most beautiful months in Bocas del Toro, at a season that is described by most like the Ïndian Summer”within the rainy season these months Bocas is at its best.  Expect beautiful sunny days, the ocassional rain showers that keep it all green and lush beautiful with cooler mornings and nights.

Clear Waters and Smooth Ocean are also character of this season, in case you are interested in beach chilling, snorkeling, SUP Yoga or more we can offer those tours to you at great prices. It is great season for beautiful endless summer days anyways.

We can’t wait to see you and share some many new adventures with you. Namaste!

* October is also High Season in Panama, so make sure to reserve your spot with time :).

The additional costs would be:

  • Full day trip to spectacular Zapatillas Islands – coral forests, ray and big fish snorkeling and idyllic beaches – $35 per person (includes $10 National Park entrance fee)
  • All day Long Beach and Polo Beach hike–$10 per person
  • Bahia Honda Bat Cave Trip with Indigenous guide–$20 per person

Cacao Wellness Treatment in our jungle spa–using the highly beneficial properties of cacao and jungle herbs, the cacao wellness treatment includes a full-body massage with plant-infused oils and herbal compresses, a body exfoliation using cacao, and a facial and head massage with cacao butter–$120 per person

There are a range of other massage options that you can book before – hand including:

  • relaxation massage–$50 per person for a one-hour massage
  • deep tissue massage–$70 per person for a one-hour masage
  • traditional thai massage–$90 per person for a 90-minute massage
  • herbal compress treatment–powerful massage with the warm softness of herbal compresses–$100 per person for a 90-minute massage
  • thai-style foot massage–$45 per person for a 30-minute massage

OTHER THINGS TO DO

RENT YOUR OWN ATV WITH FLYING PIRATES
One of the best ways to explore Isla Colón is by ATV/quad bike, and the people at Flying Pirates, based on their own 600-hecatre finca (farm) on the way to Playa Bluff, can oblige. They rent out more than 30 of the fat-tired vehicles for use on or off-road, including 15km of trails on private land. The beach is off-limits.

You’ll be transported to and from downtown Bocas. There’s an information and booking truck in the center. Free beers and hot showers included after your day out.

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STAY LONGER AND LEARN SPANISH WITH HABLA YA SPANISH SCHOOLS
This Spanish-language school, with branches in Boquete and Panama City, has a solid reputation. It offers a Spanish for Travelers course that lasts four hours and costs US$55. Classrooms are air-conditioned. Special rates available on lodging in its own dorms and in private rooms with host families.

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VISIT THE NATIVE COMMUNITIES AND GET TO SPONSOR A CHILD’S EDUCATION WITH GIVE AND SURF
Give and Surf directly serves a population of over five hundred Ngobe community members living in the communities of Bahia Roja, Bahia Honda, and Solarte. These impoverished, remote communities survive mainly off subsistence living without electricity, running water, clean drinking water, and bathroom facilities. The area is provided insufficient government education for grades 1st-6th and has a limited number of resources and opportunities for prosperity.

For these reasons Give & Surf aims to provide substantive, hands-on, real world assistance and programs to a hundred and thirty children ages three to sixteen. Give & Surf has constructed and developed two schools in Bahia Honda and Bahia Roja that provide the following: a daily preschool and kindergarten, summer school, surf outreach mentorship program, after school program, Adult and Elementary School english programs, music program, and community development initiatives. Give & Surf and its supporters also sponsor the continued education of thirty students through a sponsorship program that provides the necessary transportation and school supplies needs of students ages 13-18.

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Island Hop for a Few Days or More

Since Bocas it’s an archipelago and there are tons of things to do around the different islands, we truly recommend that if you are staying longer to take a day or two to island hop. Did you know that the majority of the locals know how to drive boats but very few drive cars? So Cool !

Destinations include Isla Carenero (US$1), Isla Bastimentos and Isla Solarte (US$5) and Red Frog Beach (US$8). Scheduled boats leave for Almirante (20 minutes, US$6) every half-hour. Staff is trained in safe boating and sustainable-tourism practices.

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DINE OUT LIKE A LOCAL
While Bocas it’s a pretty small place to be, there are so many GOOD and varied options to eat out and most of them you will find to be absolutely different and in gorgeous settings.

We recommend EL ULTIMO REFUGIO

One of the best restaurants in Bocas town, this mellow North American–run place on the edge of the sea specializes in Caribbean and seafood dishes, with fare such as red curry calamari and miso-crusted grouper on the chalkboard. Service is friendly and the tranquil location makes it a great spot for a quiet, romantic dinner.

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Additional Info PDF

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