ISTMO Yoga and Adventure Retreat, Panama –
The “Hidden Luxury” Venue for Unforgettable Retreats
Nestled in the jungle, steps away from a secluded tropical beach, and famous for our world-class food and service, ISTMO is the perfect retreat center to host a transformational retreat, participate in a yoga retreat, obtain your yoga teacher training, or take a tropical vacation. Oh, and did we mention? We’re family-owned and operated.
“Istmo is the perfect intersection of natural simplicity and comfort–you’re surrounded by gorgeous Panamanian rain forest vegetation, less than 10 minutes walk to the beach, nature walk and meditation labyrinth on site, and yet you stay in air-conditioned bungalows (with daily housekeeping visits) complete with really nice showers. The food is fantastic… …Istmo is run by great people, and I think they attract great guests! I would absolutely stay at Istmo again and would recommend it to anyone.” – Margaret-Ellen Christensen, NYC
We work with Retreat Leaders to create custom-crafted, life changing retreats. Leave the details to us, so you can focus on your group. Let us help you lead retreats that are personalized, fun, effortless, and transformational.
“As a yoga teacher with experience leading retreats worldwide, Istmo met or exceeded all of my expectations. The chef was able to create meals to meet everyone’s specific dietary requirements AND learned everyone’s names (16 people) at our very first meal. Excursions were thoughtfully planned and super fun. It takes a lot for a retreat center to wow me so much that I want to return, but I will be back and CANNOT WAIT! Thanks, Istmo, for a lifetime’s worth of incredible memories!” – Julia Paddison, Yoga Teacher, Philadelphia, USA
Come as you are, connect through community and travel. Our evolving retreat calendar has a variety of offerings – yoga retreats, meditation retreats, yoga teacher trainings, weekend retreats, women’s retreats, wellness retreats and paddleboard vacations.
“I spent a week at Istmo for a yoga retreat and the experience was amazing. Every dietary restriction was accommodated flawlessly. The yoga shala is lovely and placed where it always had a nice breeze flowing through. The individual cabanas are air conditioned, spacious, comfortable and immaculately clean. The excursions offered diverse experiences to see more of Panama. The property is a 12-15 minute walk to a beautiful and secluded beach. Don’t miss the sunrise over the Pacific Ocean. Istmo will always have a special place in my heart.” – Ro Richards, USA
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“I went to Istmo with my husband a few years back and fell in love with the place as well as the owners, Sean and Ayesha. This is truly a simple, pristine, informal, healing place. Plenty of time to relax, read, go to the ocean, walk the Spiritual Maze or follow the paths in the forest. When you need a time apart, Istmo is the place to come and rest. It’s a Yoga retreat place as well as place for groups to utilize for meetings or bonding time. I brought my best friend here for a “thank you” trip. It was the best present I could give her.” – Hotel Guest
Our location allows you to do as little or as much as you desire. Spend all day lounging at one of our hammock areas, swimming and SUPing at the beach, or discover the varied activities that beautiful Panama has to offer. Our tours include a Cloud Forest hike and visit to a local market, a visit to an Indigenous Embera Village, a day trip to Panama City and the Panama Canal, a stand-up Paddleboard tour to a Mountain Lagoon, and much more…
As a guest commented, “The food alone at ISTMO is worth the trip!” We offer wholesome seafood and vegetarian meals cooked from fresh local ingredients. Our menu has been lovingly crafted by professionally trained chef and owner, Sean Davis. We happily accommodate various diets, from vegan to gluten-free and everything in between.