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Calle El Playa Estero
Santa Catalina
Panama

+507 6873 4239 | +507 6244 8122

A boutique Surf Yoga and Wellness Retreat in the laid-back surf town of Santa Catalina Panama. Fostering an authentic sense of community in a truly off-grid paradise. 

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We spent a week here for a surf and yoga retreat. What an amazing place without a moment of feeling bored. The accommodation is uber clean, peaceful and the best food you’ll find in most of the country. All the staff went out of their way to accommodate everyone in the retreat and was always smiling and kind. Our retreat hosts were Vicki and Sergio and hands down some of the best people you’ll ever meet. We used the resorts sea kayak and kayaked out to the little island twice (beautiful island by the way) and also their stand up paddle boards. Vicki and Sergio are very helpful and knowledgable. I can’t recommend this retreat enough! It’s also a super short walk down to the surfing beach as well!
— Beth, Colorado
Everybody on this trip was super nice and beyond welcoming. It made for the best trip. The surf instructors were AMAZING as well. There wasn’t one part of this trip I didn’t like. From the staff working behind the bar, to the kitchen, to reception to the surf instructors.. AMAZING!!!
— Emily, Colorado
This trip was a trip of a lifetime. The crew were the most generous and kind people I have ever dealt with. Best location for accommodation, best view from a bar/restaurant, and the beds were very comfy. Can’t wait to go back.
— Amy, Philadelphia
I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our time at the surf and yoga retreat at Santa Catalina the week of Feb 5-11. Though neither Michael or I had never surfed or done yoga before, we had a great time. I think most of it was due to you and Sergio and your wonderful organization and hosting of a large group. I can’t thank you guys enough for all you did to accommodate everyone. You guys are so wonderful and such a great couple! Thank you both for hosting and organizing such a great week in our lives!
— Noelle + Michael, Colorado
I cannot think of a more flawless trip, relaxing, but with a lot of active options, fantastic people, beautiful environment, and some amazing gracious hosts.
— Charles, Portland
Vickie & Sergio (& Kass too!), Thank you all for an absolutely fantastic week in Santa Catalina! I had a wonderful time and loved every minute of my stay. I will never forget our amazing adventures, and I hope I can visit again very soon. THANK YOU again for everything!!
— Kelly, San Francisco
I cannot speak highly enough about Santa Catalina Retreats. Earlier this spring my group and I (from NYC) were met with the open arms of Vickie and Sergio. Every part of the week was perfect— from the incredible surf instruction from legendary surf teacher/adventure guru, Lili, to stand up paddle boarding, to practicing yoga overlooking the lush and sprawling forests of Santa Catalina, and to sampling the local restaurants— this retreat was nothing short of amazing. Vickie and Sergio were “hosts with the mosts”, who made sure to go above and beyond in making us feel welcome and inspired. The magic of this place speaks for itself. Since returning from this rejuvenating, soul-reviving retreat, I have found a new passion in surfing, traveling, and spending as much time in nature as possible. You will not regret retreating with Santa Catalina!
— Victoria Gordon, New York City
Santa Catalina Retreats is one of the most precious experiences you could ever give yourself as it gently reminds you to stop and smell the roses without you even knowing :)
The retreat is located in an untouched part of paradise, that’s part one of the experience you cherish with all your heart once you leave it.
Above all, Santa Catalina Retreats has taught me the importance of simplicity combined with self nourishment...
The twice daily yoga is one thing but when you put that all together with locally-prepared healthy fresh food, surfing, swimming, sleeping, rolling your feet in the sand, picking up rocks just because and laughing with strangers who end up being close friends... you’re pretty much at spiritual ecstasy by day two...
Thank you SCR for re-energizing me and reminding me of what’s important.
— Deanne Constantine, New York
“I recently joined Vickie and Sergio with Santa Catalina Retreats and had an overall fantastic time. They are wonderful, generous, gracious hosts and made me feel at ease from the first day. My time in Santa Catalina was filled with activity but while well scheduled (as a daily yoga and surf lesson require) was flexible enough to never feel rushed. The instruction in both yoga and surfing were excellent (thank you Michelle, Keone and Sergio). Each of the meals I had at the various places in Santa Catalina were a delight - fresh ingredients and presentation combined to great effect. Mid-December was a great time of year to visit, soon after the rainy season in Panama, as the surroundings are green and lush. These and other aspects to my stay combined to create a wonderful, active, relaxing vacation.
Coming away from my trip to Panama I realized that one of the extraordinary things I took away was a glimpse into life, lived, reflecting what I consider the seemingly evanescent aspect of surfing - making the best of a wave that comes your way and coming away with an experience that only becomes tangible when shared with others. If I’m not mistaken, this is what happens on a daily basis in the village of Santa Catalina and the visitors that come in contact with it are left the better for it. Whether meaning to or not, Vickie and Sergio helped me see and feel this and for this I am grateful.”
— Simon Kreymerman, New York
Santa Catalina Retreats was the perfect way to leave behind the hustle and bustle
of the US and melt into the countryside of Panama. Vickie and Sergio were amazing hosts and everyone that I met along the way was equally as splendid. The people in the village truly are so carefree and friendly, which was a breath of fresh air! Our yoga instructor for the weekend, Michelle, was a great gal who gave us the space to create what we wanted for our yoga practice on the retreat. She also had amazing organic food for us! The surfing was held on a sandy beach which was great for beginners or the moderate level. The local boys who taught us were oh so patient and friendly! If you’re an active person and are looking to get away this is totally for you!! I can’t wait to visit again!!
— Allie Ragusa, Florida
I had an incredible time in Santa Catalina. The yoga and surf were revitalizing and the instructors were really wonderful. The food was fresh and made by the local Panamanians. The area is remote and very surf-like making it feel like a really special and authentic experience. Vickie was a lovely host and so well organized. She has such a positive energy! The other guests were really wonderful and made the trip really special.. Loved it!
— Meghan Godin, New York
Everything was so great and well organized. Vickie and Sergio did an amazing job from the beginning to the end. All the instructors were all so helpful and encouraging. I came back to Los Angeles and went surfing. I got up right away because of their great teaching. The food was all so fresh and amazing. I was having so much fun, I could have definitely stayed longer. Wonderful time with amazing people!
— Cerissa Linegar, Los Angeles
We had a wonderful Surf & Yoga retreat - and everything really was perfect... Great food, great accommodations and service, and great hosts too... all in a beautiful location! It was so worth the journey to disconnect and reconnect back into nature, yoga and surfing— We can’t wait to go back!
— Elle Car, New York
In a last minute search for a break from the big city, I stumbled across Santa Catalina Retreats and made a snap decision to join the Memorial Day Retreat! So glad I did, as Vickie and the Santa Catalina crew made my first surf yoga getaway a truly memorable experience. The food, yoga & scenery was fantastic, but it was the fun-loving dynamic of our group that made the trip complete. I came back feeling refreshed and warm from the inside-out. Thanks Vickie, Michelle, and Sergio!
— Sarah McCormick, Vancouver
Amazing experience! Very well run, staff and instructors were personable and responsive. Perfect amount of organized activities and world class yoga instructor. Will be going again and again.
— Rebecca Lay, Sydney

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