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Calle El Playa Estero
Santa Catalina

+507 6873 4239

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. 



Our approach

At Santa catalina retreats, our yoga style includes Hatha, Vinyasa, ashtanga and Kundalini. Focusing on the breath, fundamental postures and having fun playing with new challenges.  All levels are welcome as our instructors will adapt poses to suit your ability.

Yoga is also a perfect compliment to surfing - developing your strength, flexibility and balance. Especially great for stretching out the shoulders, back and opening the hips after your surf session! 

our yoga classes vary between 1 - 2 hours, with between 1 - 2 classes each day depending on your retreat. we provide your mat + props, and iced water for every class. just bring some comfortable yoga gear and you are ready to go :)

Yoga class locations

to embrace the natural beauty of Santa catalina, and ground your practice, we often combine a class where you can get your feet in the sand, literally :)  we couple beach yoga with classes in our tranquil open-air yoga shala with ocean views and our waterfront yoga deck. you'll experience your yoga classes listening to the calming sounds of the ocean and the abundant sounds of wildlife all around you.

beach Yoga

beach Yoga

Ocean view pool side yoga deck

Ocean view pool side yoga deck

yoga shala with ocean view



Michelle Barge has been practicing Yoga since 1996 and teaching in studios, in corporate environments with Balance Integration and in the public school systems through Bent on Learning since 2006.   

She has been leading global retreats since 2008 and has led retreats in Jamaica, Costa Rica, Mexico, Italy and Panama as well as the Standard Hotel Miami. She teaches an integrated Vinyasa practice focused on proper alignment and building core strength. Focusing on proper alignment helps her students tap into the metaphysical benefits of the practice. Her style fuses her training in traditional Hatha yoga schools – Iyengar and Ashtanga – with her training in Core Strength Vinyasa Flow. Michelle brings a deep meditation practice to her classes as well having studied many forms of Buddhist and Hindu meditation.

In keeping with a holistic lifestyle and alternative healing Michelle also incorporates the use of essential oils in her practice and meditation -- using essential oils to heal, soothe and increase meditation having studied with Bridget Shields. Michelle has studied, practiced and taught in some of the top yoga studios in New York City and continues to train under some of the leaders in the field. 

Michelle's passions for horseback riding, surf and ocean life and well as fine wines, organic, healthy foods and wellness cross over into all retreats Michelle leads. 

hear from michelle's students:

'Michelle is a teacher who knows her stuff well..  the narrative of the class is humorous and grounding..  It is a slow flow, alignment based Vinyasa class grounded in humor and real talk. She keeps class relevant without all the mushy gushy holier-than-thou yoga jargon'. - A. Figueroa | 'Michelle's class is funky (great music!) and fun with a deep appreciation of the classical 8 limbs' - Kali S. | 'Michelle is an amazing and dynamic yoga teacher.  Imagine a mix of Audrey Hepburn and Dorothy Danridge walking into teach your yoga class and brought compassion, humor and wisdom that reflects years of teaching and personal spiritual inquiry – that is Michelle!' - S. Johnson

Santa Catalina Retreats Surf Yoga Wellness Panama

Michelle effortlessly demonstrates Warrior III during our Island Yoga class

Aurora Brenes, 200 RYS - vinyasa, Ashtanga

Aurora is a Panamanian certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor with a deep practice in both Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga. Aurora has had the opportunity to study with great teachers including; Seane Corn,
Melanie Fawer, Nathalie Croix, Bryce Yoga, Day Christensen,
Kino Mc Gregor, and Mariela Cruz.

Aurora embodies a deep respect for the tradition and lineage of Yoga, which is experienced through her classes. Her classes are a blend of alignment based asana practice, spirituality, energy work, and meditation. Aurora has been able to share her knowledge in the US and Panama; in studios, private classes, public events, workshops, and retreats.

Aurora is also a Holistic Health Coach Graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her passion and focus is on helping people heal through food and finding a deep connection between mind, body, and soul, to feel vibrant and empowered. Aurora has just returned from 9 months of a self-discovery journey throughout Asia. In her travels she spent her time deepening her yoga studies, venturing herself into the art of Thai Yoga Massage, and exploring herself

You can follow and learn more about Aurora on Instagram @lapetiteyogini 

Aurora Brenes

Natalia de Diego, 200CYT hatha & Gendai Reiki Ho Level 1, 2 & 3

Yogini, surfer, mermaid, nature lover, and energy healer. Natalia is a happy and dreamy young woman who teaches Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Kundalini and Power Yoga, integrating her classes with meditation, pranayama, healing, aromatherapy and daily inspiration.

She has experience leading community and private classes, retreats, workshops, classes in festivals and was the co-founder of Yoga con Causa, a yoga fundraiser.

in addition to yoga, she is an energy healer and life coach. She believes in the combination of all of her learned tools to change lives. She makes personal plans to help others and herself to manifest their wildest dreams. She is a firm believer in the power of love. Love is everything. LOVE is all

You can follow and learn more about natalia on Instagram @sunset_daydream

Natalia Di Diego


Teresa is an Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga instructor and holistic nutritionist. From a young age she has had a curiosity to always learn and grow which led her to the path of educating others on their well-being. She was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in 2013 and completed her 200 hour teacher training with Abhinam Yoga school in South Goa, India. Ashtanga has remained the core of her personal practice and the foundation of her classes.

Teresa is guided by the passion of inspiring others to connect to themselves and find the courage to live an authentic life best suited for them. She likes to remind her students that yoga is meant to connect the mind, body and soul instead of merely being a good workout. She focuses on breathing and the flow of movement to find your true power which is in your spirit.

What can students expect from your classes?

A combination of grounding meditation, pranayama and creative asana – expect a challenging class that will guide you to move, play and connect.


Brenda Lyons, 200RYT, M.A - vinyasa, qigong, tai chi, mindfulness

Brenda has been involved in health and wellness since she was a teen. During her 30 years of teaching in international schools, Brenda has taught Qigong, Yoga, Mindfulness and Tai Chi to students of all ages. She has also published articles internationally in health and well-being. Her aim in all of her teachings is to inspire and empower people through physical movement to tap into the healing energy within for better health and a feeling of well-being.
28 years ago, Brenda was introduced to Tai Chi and Qigong when she moved to Taipei, Taiwan to teach at the American School. 8 years of study later, Brenda had fulfilled her dream of learning a Tai Chi sword form. Since then, Brenda has studied with Qigong masters in Malaysia, USA and China. Brenda has taught at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York, and also taught Tai Chi and Qigong in Singapore, Panama, Malaysia, Ethiopia and Venezuela. 
Brenda has been practicing yoga since she was 14 years old, and it was post 9/11 and her evacuation from Islamabad, Pakistan, where she was teaching at the time, that gave her the impetus to deepen her practice through a teacher training course at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California. Over the past 15 years has studied with master teachers Shiva Rea, Erich
Schiffman, Baron Baptiste, and Angela Farmer, and has earned additional certifications in teaching Yoga for Stress Relief, Yoga for Seniors, Creative Yoga for Kids, Kripalu Yoga in the Schools for Teens, and Partner Yoga.  
is a licensed instructor for the .b (Dot B) Mindfulness in Schools Project for grade 6-12 students, a facilitator for the Mindful Ambassador program, and trained in the signature Google Mindfulness program – Search Inside Yourself.  By combining these three leading approaches, Brenda has significantly helped students develop their metacognitive skills, self-awareness, and resilience.

Brenda Lyons
Brenda Lyons