Take a break from the cold this winter for a unique, culturally-immersive yoga retreat in Panama with holistic instructor, Rachel Haley, and featuring community-based workshops with local fishermen, chefs, and artisans, designed to provide immersive practice in mindfulness.
Between yoga practice, cultural activities, and delicious vegetarian meals, you’ll have plenty of time to relax on the beach, try paddle-boarding, take a walk in the woods, and enjoy the sunny and dry climate of Panama’s Pacific coast.
February 9th - 15th, 2020
Location: Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat in Playa Grande, Panama.
Our retreat leader and yoga instructor is Rachel Haley. She completed her 500 hour registered yoga training in 2012, and since then has drawn on a background in women's health and somatic healing, to combine traditional yoga (Kundalini, Tantra, Bhakti, Ashtanga, and Iyengar) with medicine from dance, shamanistic ritual, mysticism, mythology, and visualization.
Day 1 February 9th (-,-,D): You’ll arrive to Panama City’s International Airport (PTY) and take the hour and a half drive to the retreat center. Upon arrival, we’ll have a healthy vegetarian dinner with local ingredients while discussing the logistics for week. After dinner we will have an Opening Circle to set our intentions for the week.
Day 2 (B,L,D): We will start with a half-hour morning Sadhana exercise to set our daily intention and make progress toward the ultimate expression of a healthy and fulfilling life. Following this we will have an hour and a half morning Yoga Flow, followed but a delicious, vegetarian breakfast with local fruit. After taking a bit of time to digest and relax in the warmth and tranquility of the Panamanian Pacific, we’ll have a Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) class. SUP boarding is an excellent compliment to yoga practice as it develops strength and balance while providing cardiovascular exercise. SUP boarding is easy to learn and will be available throughout the retreat at no additional cost.
We will have lunch just after mid-day, followed by some free time. You are welcome to take out a paddle board, practice yoga on your own, enjoy a walking meditation in the private forest surrounding the retreat or in the stone labyrinth on premises, or simply relax in a hammock or at the beach. Dinner will be served around 6 pm. We will end the day with a restorative yoga session.
Day 3 (B,L,D): After Morning Sadhana followed by Yoga Flow and a healthy breakfast, you’ll have some free time to relax and enjoy the surroundings or take a walking meditation. After lunch we will experience our first community-based activity: a workshop with a local master hat weaver. In rural Panama, straw hats are a rite of passage for men and even a status symbol. Each hat takes dozens of hours to make and costs enough to require saving for over a year for the average Panamanian farmer. You will learn from the craftsman how the hats are woven and actually try weaving yourself. This activity is designed to immerse participants in the local culture and provide a hands-on experience to reinforce the lessons learned during yoga practice: patience, determination, positive mindset, and a focus on the present. Learn from Travel will facilitate and translate this workshop. Dinner will be served back at the retreat. Today will end the day with Yoga Nidra session, a meditative exercise of yogic sleep.
Day 4 (B,L,D): Start your day with a Morning Sadhana and Yoga Flow. Enjoy a healthy locally-sourced breakfast and some free time to relax, paddle, practice independent yoga, or take a walking meditation. After lunch you’ll have some free time and then our second culturally-immersive workshop: a cooking class with a local chef to learn to prepare a traditional Panamanian dish. We will enjoy the fruits of our labor for dinner.
Day 5 (B,L,D): As always we will start with a Morning Sadhana and Yoga Flow, followed by breakfast and free time to enjoy the retreat grounds, the beach, or the forest. After lunch and some time to digest, we will have an Elemental Asana Workshop. During this two-hour workshop we will explore the qualities of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Ether, in connection to our bodies and yoga practice. An understanding of alignment as well as connection to our surroundings can be cultivated through sequences created around the compositional elements of the universe. Awareness of the elements’ presence in asana, pranayama, and meditation deepens the yoga practice. Another healthy vegetarian dinner awaits us this evening. We will end the day with meditation and breath work.
Day 6 (B,L,D): On this last full day of the retreat, we’ll start with Morning Sadhana and Yoga Flow, followed by a delicious breakfast. In the late morning, we will have our final community-based activity: a workshop on mending fishing nets with a local fisherman! Through this activity we will reinforce the concepts of mindfulness, attentiveness, and patience. This will be a unique opportunity to learn about the way of life of rural Panamanians. Learn from Travel will facilitate and translate this workshop. After lunch we will have some free time to enjoy paddle boarding or the other activities available at the retreat, followed by delicious vegetarian dinner in the early evening. We will close the day with a restorative yoga session and, weather permitting, a meditative bonfire.
Day 7 February 15th (B,-,-): Before breakfast we will have a Closing Circle to reflect on our practice and takeaways from the week in Panama. Following breakfast we will arrange for transport to the airport. Depending on the time of your departure, you may wish to spend a few hours in Panama City to see the canal, the historic old town, or other sites. If choosing to spend extra time in the city, you will need to arrange your own taxi or Uber to the airport (aprox. $15).
Please contact us about extending your stay for a private tour of other destinations in Panama, including the Panama Canal, surfing destinations, rain forest and cloud forest ecotourism, and indigenous culture tourism.
You’ll stay in beautiful and sustainably-built eco-lodge in the Panamanian tropical forest, a short walk from the beach. The cabins are equipped with aromatherapy diffusers and feature all modern amenities including air conditioning. Housing is available in double, triple, or quadruple occupancy in cabins with simple yet stylish decor and private bathrooms. Single occupancy available by request.
Early registration before August 31, 2019:
You can save $200 by signing up early!
$2,350/person - double occupancy
$2,255/person - triple occupancy*
$2,185/person - quadruple occupancy*
Regular registration starting September 1, 2019:
$2,550/person - double occupancy
$2,455/person - triple occupancy*
$2,385/person - quadruple occupancy*
*Triple and quadruple occupancy may not be available.
Includes: Six nights of lodging in eco-lodge and retreat center. Three healthy vegetarian meals made with local ingredients each day, starting with dinner on day of arrival and breakfast on day of departure. (Gluten free and vegan options are available. Please contact us to request.) Fruit bowls, tea and drinking water will be available throughout the day. Transportation to and from airport (once on arrival and departure days). Introductory Stand-Up-Paddle board (SUP) class. Use of SUP boards throughout your stay. Evening bonfire on the last day of the retreat (weather permitting). Use of aromatherapy diffusers in the rooms with DoTerra essential oils. Use of gardens, labyrinth, and nature trail. Daily housekeeping. All activities as described in the itinerary.
Excludes: International airfare, travel medical insurance, alcoholic beverages, personal spending, additional optional activities, tips for workshop teachers, and meals not described in itinerary.
We suggest booking airfare to arrive on the afternoon of February 9th and depart in the afternoon or early evening on February 15th. COPA Airlines flies direct from JFK and United flies direct from Newark. Numerous airlines, including Spirit, fly direct from the Ft. Lauterdale/Miami area.
US Citizens receive tourist visas upon entry to Panama without extra charge. Please contact us if you are a citizen of a different country.
Yoga & Interval Strength Training Fusion
special sneak peak event
with Bonnie Giuliano and Rachel Haley
9am class-10am sauna and refreshments
Round out your fitness routine and condition your yoga practice through a dynamic interval program incorporating yoga posturing. We get brave and we get vulnerable by accessing a whole body and heart approach to strength and mindful movement. The program is accessible and adaptable to all- join us for this introduction.
SPACE LIMITED!!!! REGISTER BELOW
For mamas of humans and mamas of creation- join Rosy Mulligan and Rachel Haley for a day of yoga, food, and connection. Morning Yoga Flow with Rachel, Circle Work, delicious organic vegetarian lunch, and afternoon Restorative Yoga Workshop with Rosy.
Won Dharma Retreat Center, Aug 4th & 5th, 2016 (Saturday to Sunday).
Saturday 1 DAY option now available.
You are invited to join us for 2 days and 1 night to experience a weekend of unmasking ourselves through in-depth meditation, Soul Medicine yoga, breath work, practical Q&A, divine feminine community immersion, stillness in nature, morning Seon practice, vegetarian meals, and a specialized one on one reflective discussion time with a spiritual teacher and professional photographer. Retreat begins at 10am on Saturday and ends with lunch on Sunday afternoon. You are welcome to come early for 7:30am breakfast and registration The cost of this retreat is in the chart below and all meals are included, prepared by the Won Dharma staff (special dietary needs can be accommodated).
Accommodations are peaceful and relaxing, the atmosphere is beautiful and quiet, and the meals are excellent. For more information about the Won Dharma Center you may visit their website at www.wondharmacenter.org. Registration deadline is July 22, 2018. For more information, please contact Kathy Abeyatunge at (518) 928-8881 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Day Rate (10am-9pm)
Cost Per Person Per night (Sat-Sun)
We ask retreat guests to bring a bath towel and hand towel, as well as personal toiletries (i.e. bath soap, hand soap, etc.). We will provide one bath and one hand towel for each guest. Additional towels, or a change of towel mid-week is not available. Guests may use the coin-operated washers/dryers located in the Placeless Zen guesthouse to wash their towels and clothing.
It is highly recommended that dorm guests bring a reading light, ear plugs and a sleeping mask. The dorm space is not suggested for light sleepers or loud snorers.
We can provide gluten, soy and dairy-free options only and will not be able to accommodate all food sensitivities. It may be necessary for a participant to bring his/her own food. A refrigerator for retreat participants is available in the Dining Hall for guests to store their own food.
Day long DEEP Nourishment for the MAMA energy that keeps everything moving along. Join Rachel Haley and Rossie Pope-Meyer for another Unwind and RE-wild event, in magic land (the upper Hudson Valley in May). Our bellies will be filled with amazing food, our bodies will melt with gentle yoga and massage, our spirits lifted with a guided hike, and our hearts filled with authentic connection.
MAY 13, 12-5, Malden Bridge, NY $150
Please Pre-Register here for the retreat, as space is limited
Restore and raise your vibration at our monthly yoga and sound bath sessions. A passive, restorative yoga practice is paired with vibrational therapy brought through various sources of sounds such as singing bowls, tuning forks, didjaridoo, and drums.
About Lev: Lev Natan is certified as an Integrative Sound and Music Practitioner through The New York Open Center's Sound & Music Institute. He utilizes sound healing to create a safe and creative space for his clients to access the deeper intelligence and creative imagination that’s necessary to effectively navigate life, relationships, career, and health in these times of change. A musician his whole life, Lev awakened to the healing power of sound through spiritual and musical traditions from cultures around the world, including the Chasidic Tradition of Judaism, spiritual traditions of Brazil and Peru, Tuvan Throat Singing, and Native American spiritual traditions.
April 17, 6:15-8:15 pm
551 Harlemville Rd., Hillsdale, NY
$25-45 Sliding Scale Day Of Event (cash only)
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Upcoming Sound Baths:
May 4, 6-8 pm
June 15, 6-8 pm
4 Class Series Beginning April 9
$48 for Series, Pre-Registration Preferred!
Mettabee Farm & Arts
551 Harlemville Rd., Hillsdale, NY
Stretch, strengthen, relax, and play in this class for all levels and yoga experience for ages 12-18. Using yoga postures, breath work, and meditation we will cultivate the integration of mind, body, and heart in the rapidly evolving teen.
Pay DAY OF cash or check
Credit card payment HERE
Elemental Asana with Rachel Haley
Held at Supersoul Yoga, 25 Main St., Chatham NY
REGISTER HERE https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/mainclass
Explore the qualities of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Ether, in connection to our bodies and yoga practice in this 2 hour workshop. An understanding of alignment as well as connection to our surroundings can be cultivated through sequences created around the compositional elements of the universe. Awareness of the element's presence in asana, pranayama, and meditation deepens the yoga practice. This workshop is accessible for all levels of practitioner, even beginners.
Now is the time! This day retreat will wake us to the sacredness of suffering - the path of liberation. Using Heart of Wisdom practices we will walk through our self-created fire and presence the simple extraordinary ordinariness of being human. Humility, vulnerability...the wholeness of surrendering to everyday life, just as it is.
Gentle Yoga, meditation, journaling, reflection, and discussion will be our vehicles for exploration. Vegetarian dinner provided.
Facilitated by Kathy Abeyatunge (Won l Yeon) Won Buddhist Practitioner/studying lay Minister. Trained in Sacred Circle and a certified Waldorf teacher and Rachel Haley, 500HR RYT.
Held at the Won Dharma Center 361 State Route 23, Claverack, NY 12513
Join us for a transformative 6 days/7 nights on the Azuero Peninsula of Panama. Daily yoga classes, workshops, and beautiful meals create the foundation for this opportunity to untangle from life. The pace will be slow, allowing space to become quiet and nurture the bits of ourselves that speak too softly in our day to day. If seeking more action, every day can be filled with surfing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, and many other active possibilities.
Set at Eco Venao, a 346 acre reforestation project and eco-lodge, the retreat offers a place to "Re-wild" or reset our bodies, minds, and souls to a rhythm we know deeply from our primal existence. The rustic beauty of Eco Venao appeals to all travelers and seekers, offering luxury amenities, eco-tourist activities, and surfer charm. The resort is secluded but a short walk away from restaurants, shops, and nightlife.
7-10am Light Breakfast
8am Sadhana and Meditation
10am Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class
12-4 Unwind & Re-wild: Hiking, Surfing, Snorkling, Sleeping, etc...
5 Evening Gentle Flow/Restorative Yoga
8 Optional Workshops
Cost per person is $1830 for 6 days and 7 nights (does not include airfare to Panama, but does include transportation from airport). Accommodations will be based on individual needs- shared rooms/beds, single beds, single rooms. Meals are included but not alcoholic drinks. For more information please CONTACT us. Registration below.
Rossie Pope-Meyer is a Panamanian-American living the Hudson Valley. She is a Nutritionist, educator and food justice advocate. She is a dedicated yoga student, avid adventurer, and mama of two that follows the sun. Rossie is passionate about organizing and developing around food, farming, and health.
Rachel Haley, 500hr RYT. Drawing on a background in women's health and somatic healing, Rachel combines the wisdom of the traditional yoga systems including Kundalini, Tantra, Bhakti, Ashtanga, and Iyengar schools with medicine from dance, shamanistic ritual, mysticism, mythology, and visualization. The energetic focus of the practice is grounded in extensive knowledge and attention to body mechanics and alignment in asana. Her teaching style is versatile and can easily apply knowledge to the individuals and groups specific needs.
Restorative Yoga with Rachel Haley
Sound Therapy and Acupuncture with Lev and Sarah Natan
Settle into the darkest time of the year with restorative yoga that will pull us into our own light that lives inside of us. The practice will be gentle but expansive using breath work, meditation, sound therapy and solstice point acupressure and acupuncture. Drawing on the energy of the winter solstice, we will complete our time with a circle gathering around the fire. Our time will be a release, a realignment with the season and cycles as well as reminder of our own burning brilliance, even in the dark.
Friday, Dec 22, 6-8pm
By Suggested Donation $20-$45
Mettabee Farm 551 Harlemville Rd., Hillsdale NY 12529
Please Pre-register below
If wishing to pay by Credit Card, please click below. SLIDING SCALE $25-45 Donation. Cash or check only the day of event.
This retreat will divinely teach us how to embrace our shadow. Using heart of wisdom practices we will walk thought our self-created fire and wake to the simple extraordinary ordinariness of being human. Opening to the wholeness and humility of surrendering to everyday day life, just as it is. Join us for Meditation, Yoga, Dharma talks, Walking the path practice, Vegetarian Dinner, and Kirtan. Registration below.
Facilitated by Rachel Haley and Kathy Abeyatunge (Won Ji yun)
Held at the Won Dharma Center, http://www.wondharmacenter.org/
Usher in the awakening of your divine feminine at our beautiful Hudson Valley Spring Retreat. Restore your connection to our Earth, bringing healing to yourself and our planet together. Immerse yourself in connection to the natural world, a high vibrational sisterhood, and an opportunity to relax into a slower rhythm of being. We heal the earth with the awareness of our hearts and bodies connection to the divine feminine- reclaiming the medicine we all have available to give and receive.
All three days will be softly filled with several different types of yoga, reiki sessions, meditations, and ritual. We will also be offering special coaching workshops geared towards reclamation of the divine feminine, nutrition and mindful eating practices/cooking workshop, rituals, bonfires, a kirtan, and delicious organic vegetarian meals. The beautiful grounds at Hogle Hill House are surrounded by a pond and hiking trails, as well as an outdoor deck, and tons of space for quiet alone time. This weekend will be full of rest time, as well as time for connection and rejuvination.
Cost with Overnight Stays: $800, including all meals and materials. Link for payment below.
Cost for Local Attendees (no overnight stays): $500, including all meals and materials. Link for payment below.
Stella Metzner, Reiki Master, Eating Psychology Coach. Stella Metzner has worked as a fashion stylist for almost 20 years. She also, co-owned an Arts and Crafts boutique called SPACECRAFT from 2008-2011 in Williamsburg Brooklyn. In 2008 Stella developed some health issues which inspired her to learn several healing modalities. She became certified in Reiki level 1 and 2, and recently trained in two separate Master programs. Stella has practiced Reiki now for 6 years, and is also teaching Reiki in Brooklyn and in upstate New York. Stella is also a certified Eating Pyschology Coach after graduating from the Institute for the Psychology of Eating in 2014. Through all of this Stella has also been learning to work with herbs, and tinctures, and the ancient healing technique for women called V-Steam, or Yoni Steam. She has combined all of these healing modalities along with styling, crafting and artwork, to help her clients get to their highest goals and their best self. Not only does Stella work with individual human clients, she also has several animal clients and can work with clearing unwanted energy in homes and offices. And she officiates weddings!! See website for details. www.stellafay.com
Alaina Schwartz, Transformational Coach/Mentor. Alaina Schwartz was a lawyer in the music industry for almost 18 years. Her career culminated as the Executive Vice President of the the largest independent music company in the world earning mid-6-figures. She was working 60-70 hours a week in a culture that didn't support women and having a family. She knew there was more for her and had a burning desire inside. So she walked away from radical success as a lawyer to follow her heart. After trying several careers mostly focusing on the healing arts, spending tens of thousands of dollars, and a major health crisis, she discovered her purpose in life: helping high performing leaders and change agents live their life on purpose and fully step into it to create a life with meaning, happiness and fulfillment...and monitize it. She also helps women reclaim the divine feminine and intimacy in relationships. She has created a 6-figure transformational coaching/mentoring business in upstate NY where she gets to play with her son and her favorite cat of all time. https://www.linkedin.com/in/alaina-schwartz-b1220891/
Rachel Haley, 500HR RYT. Drawing on a background in women's health and somatic healing, Rachel combines the wisdom of the traditional yoga systems including Kundalini, Tantra, Bhakti, Ashtanga, and Iyengar schools with medicine from dance, shamanistic ritual, mysticism, mythology, and visualization. The energetic focus of the practice is grounded in extensive knowledge and attention to body mechanics and alignment in asana. Her teaching style is versatile and can easily apply knowledge to the individuals and groups specific needs.
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