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WAVES OF BLISS

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PANAMA YOGA RETREAT JANUARY 9-15 2022

Renew your joyous spirit and dive into a weeklong adventure of heart-centered yoga practices, surf, community and the ocean’s healing powers! Reclaim the precious connection to your internal peace through the perfect pairing of soothing waters and the blissful practices of yoga.

Breath by breath and wave after wave, nourish your soul with this magical yoga adventure in the tropical sanctuary of Panama.

A PREMIERE BOUTIQUE YOGA RESORT IN TROPICAL PANAMA

WE'LL EXPLORE:

  • Twice daily yoga classes – a well balanced variety of intelligent vinyasa flows, restorative sessions, meditations, pranayama and more

  • A deep dive into Bhakti Yoga, the joyous heart-centered expression of the practice enlivened by chanting, mantra, philosophy and storytelling

  • Cultivating more balance and joy in our life through the practice of yoga and surf

  • A courageous new connection with nature in this beautiful oasis off the beaten path

  • Amazing, locally sourced VEGETARIAN cuisine made with pure love

THE SANSARA EXPERIENCE

Sansara Surf + Yoga is an intimate beachfront oasis that specializes in world-class yoga retreats, salty surf sessions and experiential adventures.

The goal: to inspire and be inspired, to encourage the conscientious traveler to tap into their potential and explore new heights. We provide a safe and supportive environment- with an abundance of adventure, nature and fun- for you to explore with like-minded individuals.

Whether you’re a yogi, surfer, adventure-seeker or wellness-inspired traveler, Sansara is a collective, built upon the shared intention of compassion, growth and unity- to deliver the vacation experience you envision.

Retreat to Sansara and spend some time in an untouched, tropical oasis that promises to leave you feeling rested, rejuvenated and replenished.

Learn more about Sansara

ABOUT YOUR HOST

Nat Kendall

San Francisco based yoga teacher & student, musician, surfer and lover of life; Nat Kendall gives reverence to the teachings he has received – helping students nurture their own creative expression and meaningful connection with life. A dedicated student for the last 10+ years, he teaches vinyasa infused with all other limbs of yoga and has studied extensively with Rusty Wells, Janet Stone & Jai Uttal. His devotion-filled classes are invigorating and simultaneously nurturing as he creates a space filled with focus, kindness, laughter, chanting and great music to safely explore the deep benefits of the practice.

TESTIMONIALS

See What Others Have Shared

“I would go back to this retreat 100 times… actually 108 times!”

Ellen B

“I don’t have words to explain how phenomenal this week has been, life changing to say the least. If you do one thing in your life, go on a retreat with Nat Kendall.”

Holly P

“It was one of the best experiences of my life. From walking in the door, I met so many incredible people. It’s been such an incredible experience and I can’t wait to go back.”

Alexa C

“I wanted to dive deeper into my practice, spend time with some incredible humans in this beautiful setting, explore nature and feel grounded — and that’s exactly what happened. Nat brings such a feeling of light and home to every space he’s in.”

Caity M

“Nat’s sharing of the practice is just so sweet and precious - his sharing of stories and song gets to my heart in a way that nothing else ever has. This was such a beautiful opportunity to spend a week with him and everyone who attended in this gorgeous setting. Thank you for creating such a beautiful, welcoming space for us all.”

Texel F

“Nat’s teaching has kept me mindful of how powerful yoga can be for the soul and body… I have never felt so at home in a class and couldn’t imagine a better place to practice. I’ve really returned to life with such contentment and joy. The retreat was amazing, life changing.”

Ryan M

ACCOMMODATIONS

*Prices listed are per person.

Quads/Triples - $1,895

These gorgeously appointed cabanas can accommodate 3 or 4 guests with comfort and luxurious amenities.

 

Frequently asked questions

How do I get to Sansara?


We are located in Cambutal, Los Santos, Panama. The closest airport is Panama City at the Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Once you have landed in Panama, we will have transportation arranged for you to get to the retreat center. This is included in your stay. We recommend arriving the night before and spending an evening exploring Panama City!




Can I arrive early or stay later than the retreat?


Yes. Contact Sansara and let them know when you want to arrive or leave, and they’ll be happy to assist you in making arrangements that best suit your vacation.




What if I’ve never surfed or done yoga?


No need to be intimidated! Everyone has to start somewhere and we provide a comfortable, supportive environment where you can feel safe trying out surfing. Sansara has excellent, fun instructors to help get you started if you want. There are many other activities at the resort and in the surrounding area that will make your trip well worthwhile if you'd prefer to skip the surf.




Do I need a wetsuit?


No. Our water is always an inviting warm temperature so don’t worry about a wetsuit and just enjoy the waves!




What type of ocean break is it?


At Sansara you have quick, easy access to beach breaks, point breaks, and reef break surf options. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got it.




How many surfers will be in my lesson?


Our focus is on making sure you have the best vacation and get the most out of your time, therefore we ensure all lessons are nothing but small, intimate groups.




What should I bring?


Here are a few things you may want to consider bringing with you to make the most out of your holiday: • Yoga mats are readily available, but feel free to bring your own
• Surf boards are available, but feel free to bring your own
• A refillable water bottle
• Several swimsuits, sunglasses, and a hat
• Rain jacket (June – November)
• Yoga clothes
• Footwear for the beach and hiking
• Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil
• Natural bug repellent and sunscreen
• Flashlight or headlamp for evening walks
• Personal toiletries and first aid kit
• Books that you wish to read or donate to the Sansara guest library.
• Cameras, iPads, laptop computers, anything you would like to help capture and share your vacation. Many of the listed items are available from our neighboring surf shop in case you forget, run out or would rather purchase them here!




What’s included in the cabana?


Each of our beachfront cabanas is equipped with a full in-suite washroom, air conditioning, North American power outlets, mini fridge, and private patio. We have room options for up to 4 people; we offer different configurations, king sized beds, two queen beds, or a twin bed option- the choice is yours when you make your reservation. Our linens are sustainable high quality fibers, and all pillows are hypoallergenic. The showers is stocked with complimentary organic soap, shampoo, and conditioner. *Hairdryers and irons are available upon request at reception.
**Sansara is located beachfront with each cabana offering either exquisite ocean views, or views of the surrounding gardens.




Do the cabanas have air conditioning?


Not to worry, you’ll be able to keep cool at night as all of our accommodations include air conditioning for your comfort.




What can I expect when it comes to food at Sansara?


You can expect to eat very well! This will be a VEGETARIAN retreat, no meat and no fish. But we will have colorful, nutrient rich meals lovingly prepared for us daily. Please email our team with any dietary preferences. namaste@natkendall.com




Is the resort accessible to those with disabilities?


Yes, Sansara is accessible. Please contact us prior to arrival so we can ensure the most optimal arrangements are made to make the most of your vacation.




Do you have Internet/TV?


At Sansara we believe in the importance of disconnecting to reconnect, however we do understand the need to keep in touch with those at home. We have WIFI throughout many parts of the resort and available for all guests. Sansara is in an area with no cell reception, however just a short bike ride away at the start of the road, you will find full reception. Individual televisions are not provided in your room, but we do offer movie nights under the stars!




Are the electrical outlets the same as North America? Do I need to bring an adapter?


No, you will not need an adapter if you are travelling from North America as electrical outlets are North American.




Do I need to bring a yoga mat?


Sansara does have mats, however if you have a mat that you prefer using, we highly recommend bringing it and labeling it. Sansara does have blocks, blankets and bolsters as well.




Where is the beach?


Sansara is situated beachfront with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean at your doorstep. You are steps away from finding yourself sitting under the sun, playing on the beach, enjoying endless miles of beach combing, snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up-paddling, and surfing all right outside the doorstep of your beachfront cabana!




What is the weather like?


With the average temperature holding steady in between 82 and 91 degrees Fahrenheit (Between 28 and 33 degrees Celsius), you’re bound to love the weather at Sansara no matter what time of year you plan your trip to Cambutal! Chilly nights are a rarity and we recommend you pack for the sun. Cambutal, Panama is seated in the arco seco, or the “dry Pacific arc”, a nickname given to the area because of the low rainfall it experiences during its rainy season. Here is an overview of what to expect from the weather in Cambutal and a few other details to help you plan your trip at the optimal time for you: Dry Season (December through May) This is the peak season for surfing, river/waterfall excursions, hiking, and optimal sun-tanning. Experiencing little to no rainfall each day leaves you feeling sun-kissed and refreshed by the warm ocean waters.




How far is the nearest town?


We are located in the beach community of Cambutal. There are minimal shops on the beach, which is part of the appeal. However there are some local corner stores, a coffee shop, and few great restaurants nearby. The closest neighboring town (20 minute drive) is Tonosi. There you can find Bank services (ATM), bigger grocery stores and a few clothing store options.




What currency should I bring and how much? Is there an ATM or Bank close by?


The currency in Panama is USD dollars and the nearest ATM is approximately a 20 minute taxi drive away. Travellers cheques are not recommended and many places will not accept credit cards as well. We recommend bringing a little extra money for shopping, dining and excursions. We do accept credit cards at Sansara.




Do I need vaccinations? Do I need to worry about malaria?


When travelling to Panama, you do not need special vaccinations and you do not have to worry about infectious disease or Malaria in this part of the country. However, we always recommend speaking to your healthcare provider prior to travelling anywhere.




Is the water drinkable?


All water is safe to drink right out of the taps on Sansara's property. We have an onsite well and filter system providing you with purified, deliciously cold, thirst quenching water.




Do I need insurance?


We always recommend making sure you have the insurance coverage you feel comfortable with. And, travel insurance during the time of COVID is mandatory should anything unforseen shift.




Are there any safety concerns or crime?


The Province of Los Santos is a very safe place. Minimal, if any, petty crime exist in Cambutal, however Sansara does have 24 hour security at all times to ensure guests feel safe and allow you to truly relax and enjoy the amazing beachfront experience of your vacation. For your own peace of mind, we always recommend guests keep valuables and important documents locked in your in room safe during your stay as Sansara cannot be held responsible for any missing items.




What time is check in and check out?


Check in is at 3:00 pm and check out is at 11:00 am.




Can I do laundry?


Yes, we offer a laundry service at an additional charge.




Do you have a swimming pool?


Our resort features a beautiful saltwater pool with views of our tropicals gardens and the Pacific Ocean.




What will the yoga schedule be? What will the yoga be like?


We'll gather for early morning sessions and afternoon sessions on most days, depending on other excursions and adventures. Plan on two sessions for most days. Each practice will be an all levels class with modifications available. Expect a good balance of stronger vinyasa, deep flows and restorative as the week unfolds. We'll also explore Bhakti yoga through chanting, meditations, story telling and more.




Do the staff speak English?


The majority of Sansara staff speak fluent English. This is also a great opportunity to test out your Spanish if you wish!




What about COVID?


We are a go for this retreat! The most important thing to do is buy trip insurance – this is mandatory in case anything shifts at all as things evolve. Should the whole retreat get cancelled due to travel restrictions we will move your deposit to the following year. Otherwise, book confidently and join us for an amazing retreat!




Is the deposit NON-REFUNDABLE?


Yes. The deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE. However, if the retreat is cancelled due to any unforseen circumstances given the COVID situation, the deposit can be applied to the 2022 retreat.





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