Our Story

Istmo Adventure and Yoga retreat was a dream that became a reality of the co-founders and managers Sean Davis and Ayesha Irani Davis.


Panama is our adopted country, and we love it and are inspired by it!  When the Isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, it changed life on Earth in many countless ways.  Today this bridge of life hosts an astonishing wealth of biodiversity and is the nexus of a multitude of connections- climatic, biological, and cultural- that link the globe.

ISTMO is the Spanish word for isthmus or a small body of land connecting two larger bodies of land. In this spirit, we hope that our retreat center will help bridge connections and personal transformation for our guests.
Sean was born and raised in Galveston, Texas on the Gulf Coast.  His whole life he has lived close to and had a special connection with the ocean. He has traveled extensively around the world and has lived and worked as an educator in Chile, Colombia, and Panama.  For the past eight years, he has been a SUP practitioner and instructor, leading tours around the waterways of Panama. He attended cooking school in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a former Emergency Medical Technician, and a proud father of two.
Sean is the chef and SUP instructor at Istmo!

Ayesha was born in Bombay, India and moved to the United States at the age of 13.  She served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay.  Her love for travel and adventure led to work as an Environmental Engineer in different countries throughout Latin America.  In Panama, she met Sean Davis <3 and finally settled down to have family and create this dream called Istmo.  Her pride and joy is her family and two babies – Noah and Kamila!
Ayesha’s finds great purpose in help people helping others 🙂  Through clear and consistent communication she will work with you personally to make sure all the details as you Host a Retreat at Istmo are flawless.

We look forward to sharing our slice of paradise with you!