WAVES OF BLISS
PANAMA YOGA RETREAT FEBRUARY 11-17 2024
This is no ordinary retreat, this is an EXPERIENCE. Not only will we dive into the transformational practice of yoga and Bhakti yoga, we will also have many opportunities to experience all that Panama has to offer in this beautiful, remote corner of the coast; from surfing to horseback riding, waterfall hikes to tide pools... this MAGICAL week in paradise will be transformational beyond what you could even imagine.
A PREMIERE BOUTIQUE YOGA RESORT IN TROPICAL PANAMA
Twice daily yoga classes – a well balanced variety of intelligent vinyasa flows, restorative sessions, pose workshops, 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, surf and other amazing Panamanian excursions
A courageous new connection with nature in this beautiful oasis off the beaten path: stroll the beach at sunrise, guided waterfall hikes and more
Gourmet dining, locally sourced VEGETARIAN cuisine made with pure love by some of Panama's top chefs
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
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.
See What Others Have Shared
"What an amazing journey that was!!! I'm so thankful to you and the entire group for that experience."
“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.”
"I am so grateful to Nat for leading me here to have my heart and mind cracked wide open and filled with both deep understanding and peace. What a tremendous joy to connect with friends, old and new. And to return home to yoga with Nat. I discovered a well of peace and wisdom this past week."
"I had such an amazing time. It sent me down memory lane in all the right ways. Your knowledge shows the perseverance you've put into your faith - and the purity of your heart."
"What an amazing week in Panama! So much gratitude to Nat and Sansara for creating a safe space to open and heal (and have a ton of fun)!
“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.”
*Prices listed are per person.
What happens after you register? Once we receive your registration information and deposit, you'll receive a welcome email with all of the necessary details about travel, shuttle, next steps and more. We'll then ask for your flight & hotel info to arrange your pick up in Panama City so we can shuttle you to Sansara for a week in paradise. It's that easy.
Retreat Center InformationFeathered Pipe Ranch PH: (406) 443-0430 Address: 2409 Bear Creek Rd, Helena, MT 59601 https://featheredpipe.com/
I'm new to the practice. Will this retreat be ok for me?Yes. Nat offers classes that will meet all levels where they are: beginners, intermediate or advanced. We have an incredible team of assistants to help with modifications and variations to support everyone's unique practice.
Sold out! The accommodation I wanted is full, what can I do?If you'd like to get on the waitlist for the retreat, or a specific accommodation, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you'd like. Spaces very rarely open back up, however if they do, we'd love to get you into your first choice.
What is the daily schedule?7:30AM-9AM Morning Session (Meditation and japa mantra followed by asana and discussion) 9:30AM Breakfast 1:00PM Lunch 4PM-6PM Afternoon session (Chanting, asana with moments to breakdown poses, discussion) 6:30PM Dinner One day mid week we'll do an optional river float and picnic. The time in between sessions is free time to connect with fellow teachers and guests or simply explore the trails, lake, Ranch, etc.
Arrival/Departure ScheduleArrive: Saturday, July 20th Check in after 3pm. If you arrive earlier, please enjoy strolling around the ranch, getting to know your fellow participants and the land. (*If rooms are open earlier they’ll let you in sooner) 5pm - Opening circle & light practice 6:30pm Dinner & Orientation Depart: Friday, July 26th *We recommend departing flights no earlier than 12pm on departure day. 7:30-9am Final practice, closing circle 9:30am Breakfast Check out of rooms by 10am Guests are welcome to stay at the Ranch until their flight leaves that day.
Exploring Montana before or after?Please plan some extra time to explore this state! The Ranch itself is halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks (3 hours by car in either direction), so you might consider coming a few days early or staying a few days after your retreat to take in one or both of these natural treasures. *Once your travel is confirmed, please email us at email@example.com with your arrival/departure time and airline.
To which airport should I fly?We recommend the Helena Regional Airport. Missoula International Airport and Bozeman International Airport are also feasible points of arrival but will require a two hour commute via bus or auto that you will need to coordinate on your own.
How do I get from Helena or the airport to the Ranch?For retreats with Nat Kendall at Feathered Pipe the shuttle service is complimentary and can pick you up at the Helena airport or anywhere locally in Helena. For the airport, our driver will meet you at baggage claim wearing a Feathered Pipe t-shirt. We are now grouping some pick-ups, so you may have a 30 minute wait. Please send flight arrival/departure information to firstname.lastname@example.org For hotels or B&B's, send us your location for pickup and we'll coordinate with you. For day of arrival questions, please call Eric at (406) 442-8196 with any updates or last minute travel changes.
What if I arrive early?If you plan to be in the Helena area prior to the date when your retreat begins, several options are available for you to consider. If space is available, you may stay at the Feathered Pipe Ranch, but please call the office in advance to discuss this possibility. There are also plenty of hotels or Bed and Breakfast’s around Helena. Our shuttle service is happy to pick you up at your hotel on arrival day. We will contact you at your hotel to arrange your pick-up. There is plenty to do and see in Helena. Contact the local Chamber of Commerce at (800) 743-5362 or www.helenachamber.com
What time should I depart on the final day?We will have a short morning practice and closing circle on the final day. Ranch ROOM check-out is 10 am on the final day but you're welcome to take advantage of the Ranch until your shuttle departure. If your flight is not scheduled to depart until later in the day, we will be happy to accommodate you and take you to the airport accordingly. Please inquire with the office if you’d like to explore extending your stay at the Feathered Pipe beyond your retreat experience as this option is available on a limited basis.
Massage and BodyworkThe Ranch is happy to boast that we have some of the best body workers around. Professional massage and bodywork is available during all retreats. Introductions to our bodyworkers and details about how to sign up and where to go for your session will be shared at the retreat orientation and appointments can be made then. It’s a good idea to sign up early as their schedules often fill quickly!
How do I contact the “outside world?"While we encourage a mindful unplug from devices, we understand if you need to stay connected. You may have to walk out up to the parking lot for cell phone service as we are at the very end of the road up in the Rockies, but there is wireless Internet access within the Main Lodge, Dining Hall and Chalet via the magic of satellite dishes! It’s best not to count on reliable cell phone or high-speed Internet service while you’re at the Ranch. If you need to be reached in an emergency, you can share the main phone number of the kitchen with family and friends.
What can I expect when it comes to food at the Ranch?You can expect to eat very well! We are fortunate to have access to organic food through the Real Food Deli and Market in Helena – Montana’s first and only certified organic grocery store. 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. email@example.com
And what about other amenities?We provide bedding, towels, and all the amenities you’d expect with indoor lodging. There is a cedar wood bathhouse with showers, a sauna, a hot tub and massage rooms. Outdoor lodging guests have their own private storage nook for toiletries and personal effects in the bathhouse. The bathhouse is no more than a five-minute walk from any accommodation.
Laundry?The Ranch provides a laundry service, sending your laundry to town and returning it the next day for a small charge.
Do I need to bring a yoga mat?The Ranch does have mats, however if you have a mat that you prefer using, we highly recommend bringing it and labeling it. The Ranch does have blocks, blankets and bolsters as well.
What should I bring?Of course you’ll need comfortable clothing to practice in. Outside of practice, the atmosphere is casual so please dress for your comfort. Clothes you’ll potentially need include: shorts, t-shirts, a rain jacket, slacks or jeans for chilly evenings, light daytime attire, bathing suit, and a warm sweater or jacket for our delightfully cool summer evenings. Don’t worry about bedding – we have more than enough to keep you warm whether you are in the Main Lodge or snuggled up toasty in a yurt, tent or tipi. Bring comfortable walking or running shoes for wandering here and there throughout the Ranch grounds, and slippers or socks for wearing in the Main Lodge as we do not allow outdoor shoes on the Main Lodge room floor. You will need a travel alarm clock, flashlight and water bottle. Also bring cash for bodywork, Shanti Boutique purchases and end of retreat staff tips.
Cancellation PolicyCancellation Policy Cancellations require a written notification via email to firstname.lastname@example.org Cancellations made between 90 days and your arrival date: 100% of the payments will be forfeited. The deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE to another guest or future retreat. We understand that there are sometimes extenuating circumstances, please email us if this is the case. Travel Insurance Recommended In the event of cancellation at any time, for any reason, and by any party, Nat Kendall Yoga and the Feathered Pipe Foundation WILL NOT be held responsible for refund of airline tickets, ticket change fees or other travel expenses. For these reasons we encourage you to purchase travel insurance to protect your investment.
Covid ProtocolsRead about the Feathered Pipe Covid Protocols here: https://featheredpipe.com/feathered-pipe-yoga-travel/covid-19-safety-protocols/