We will support you as you create a transformational retreat experience for your community.
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At ISTMO Yoga and Adventure Retreat, we believe that traveling in a group with an inspirational teacher/leader has enormous transformational power. We built our facilities, and designed our services, to support you, the inspirational leader, as you facilitate exploration, connection and transformation in your guests.
We invite Retreat Leaders to come use this space and facilitate hassle-free transformational retreats for their group. We will support your in the process, from start to finish and beyond.
Why is ISTMO the ideal place for my destination retreat?
We are a 5 star rated Retreat Center, our guests love us and previous retreat leaders often return to host subsequent retreats at our center.
Our location, in a rural beach community on the Western Edge of the Isthmus of Panama, just 1 hour 15 minutes away from Panama City, is secluded but not isolated.
Our retreat center is a 5-minute walk to a secluded beautiful beach.
We are 30 minutes away from El Valle a picturesque town nestled in the crater of an extinct volcano.
Istmo is located on 4 acres of land, an acre of which is intact rainforest.
Istmo is a small family run and owned business, you will work directly with the owners and their immediate staff as you plan and run a custom tailored retreat.
Our Facilities at Istmo are thoughtfully designed to facilitate transformational retreats.
We provide luxury air - conditioned accommodations in an idyllic setting surrounded by nature.
Yoga Studio – Our retreat center features a beautiful 860 square foot yoga studio surrounded by nature, has a jungle stream running around it, features beautiful tropical hardwood floors, and is filled with love. Our studio is fully equipped with yoga mats, yoga blankets, straps, blocks, yoga chairs, and bolsters.
SUP Boards – We have a fleet of SUP boards to accommodate your Stand-up-paddle boarding needs. As part of your week-long Retreat Packages, you may choose to include an Introductory SUP class at the Playa Grande Beach, and unlimited use of the SUP boards, at no additional charge. You may also chose to offer you group additional SUP tours to a mountain lagoon, an embera village or the mangroves.
Family Dining Area – Our family dining area with an adjoining bar overlooks the property. You feel like you are eating your meals on the tree tops – surrounded by nature.
Common Room – our air-conditioned Common Room is perfect to escape the heat of the day. It features a large and comfortable room with sofas, books, board games, and a ping pong table. Great place to relax and bond with your fellow travels or members of your retreat group. The Common Room can also be set up for small group meetings and presentations, depending on the needs of the group.
Hammock, Meditation and Relaxation areas – Our property is dotted with areas, including our main Rancho, that is perfect to relax or meditate in silence. These areas are always open to our guests. The main Rancho, has wi-fi access.
Humanity Trail – our property has a short hiking trail through the forest and around the spring fed pond that is home to a family of dwarf caimans. The trail winds through 7 different stations with inspirational quotes about tolerance and compassion. Ideas that the owners embrace.
Labyrinth – Labyrinth walking is an ancient practice used by many different faiths for contemplation, prayer, and spiritual centering. Entering the serpentine path of a labyrinth, the Walker walks slowly while quieting their mind and focusing on a spiritual question or prayer. We encourage the retreat leaders to incorporate the labyrinth into their retreat activities.
Massage – Retreat leaders and participants have the option of including a pampering massage to their retreat package.
Fun Fact: ISTMO is the Spanish word of isthmus, or a small body of land connecting two larger bodies of land. In this spirit, we hope that our retreat center located on the isthmus of Panama, will help bridge connections and personal transformation for our guests.
The Services we provide are personalized and caring.
ISTMO’s menu has been lovingly crafted by owner and Chef Sean Davis, a graduate of a prominent cooking school in New Orleans, Louisiana. We offer a tropical fusion cuisine that blends influences from Latin America, Caribbean, India, Middle East, the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Far East, Southeast Asia, Cajun, Southern US, and the Pacific Rim Islands.
Most of our meals are vegetarian or fish and seafood based; however, we can easily accommodate our guests who are gluten free, vegan or require substitutions because of food allergies.
Our meals are created from what we have grown organically, and supplemented by what we can purchase locally. We make every effort to maintain a light carbon footprint and support local farmers and fisherman, buying the high majority of our produce and seafood within a 20 mile radius.
We understand that each retreat is unique, to support the unique nature of each retreat we offer a wide variety of activities. These include SUPing (stand up paddleboarding) on a mountain lake, hiking the cloud forests, visiting the Panama Canal, visiting a local indigenous community, exploring the mangroves on a paddleboard, visiting a local artisan market, and of course massages and plenty of hammock and beach time! We work with you to craft the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure.
ISTMO is proudly a family owned and operated business. The owners Sean and Ayesha will personally work with you to make sure that you and your guests are comfortable and taken care of.
As the retreat leader, all you have to do is show up and share your gifts with your clients. We take care of all the nitty-gritty details, making sure both you and your retreaters are comfortable and taken care of. This allows you to focus on providing your retreaters with a transformational journey and awesome retreat experience!
If you decide to host a retreat that is open to all participants, we support you with your marketing efforts, using our platforms to spread the word about your retreat, and promote you as a teacher.
We have successfully hosted more than 40 retreats in the last four years. Many of our past retreat leaders are so happy with our services, that they return to host subsequent retreats at our center.
Let us support you as you bridge connections and create a transformational retreat in the amazing country of Panama - the bridge of the world!
“Istmo is a magical find in Panama. From negotiating our stay, to directions to get there and arranging transportation, Istmo was the BEST choice for one of my Retreats... The beds in the cabins were the most comfortable I have slept in... The Food was quite exquisite and prepared with LOVE. An explosion of delicious flavors prepared by Sean himself who prides himself to give a “Cajun”, New Orleans, kick to it... The servers and staff were delightful and super friendly. The Yoga room is encrusted among gorgeous trees making our practices a FULL retreat by itself. If I could, I would give it 10 stars. DEF coming back!!!”
- Cristiane Machado - Yoga and Zumba Teacher from St. Petersburg, Florida.
“I led a 6 day yoga retreat here, and it was perfect! The yoga studio is well outfitted, the best I’ve encountered in Central America. The food is nourishing and delicious, and they accommodate to all diets and needs. The rooms are well-appointed, the bed and pillows are great quality, with everything you need in a spacious cabin, complete with a hammock. The bathrooms are all ensuite, and are themselves modern, clean and roomy. Each is equipped with a large supply of shampoo, conditioner and body wash, so save some room in your luggage and leave yours at home. The rooms have a small mini fridge that keeps your water cool. There is a safe in the room, but I felt no need to use mine. The best part is the warm, supportive, peaceful, fun, and welcoming spirit you receive from hosts, Sean and Ayesha. Their warm touch, inspired by their own connection to yoga practice, makes this a fantastic place to hold a retreat. I couldn’t recommend this place more highly.”
Jennifer Whitney - Yoga and Meditation Teacher from Brooklyn NYC
“ISTMO went above and beyond my expectations. I recently hosted a two week long Yoga immersion training course at ISTMO, and they treated our group like family. Their generous hospitality is unforgettable. In addition to great service, we enjoyed fresh food, locally sourced meals, and comfy and spacious boutique bungalows! ISTMO’s entire property is something special- from the main house, to the Yoga studio, labyrinth, and hammock gazebo. Secluded but with easy access to a stunning, quiet beach (both black and white sand) and numerous waterfalls in the area. We felt we were truly enjoying an authentic experience in the Panamanian rainforest!!”
Kali Kennedy - Yoga Teacher Trainer from Tucson, Arizona
“Way before our trip started, Ayesha was professional, straight-forward and prompt with her emails. She answered hundreds of questions for us and made sure that we were taken care of. She arranged an airport pick-up for us and everything went really smoothly. The grounds are beautiful, peaceful and inspiring. Birds, flowers and trees everywhere. I love the hammock pavilion with a view! It was very easy to slip into "yoga vacation" mode, which is exactly what I wanted my guests to feel. We were greeted with ice cold hibiscus tea and shown our lovely accommodations in very clean cabanas, tucked into the trees. The yoga studio is a great space, that makes you feel like you are in nature. It's a great benefit that they offer mats, blocks, straps, and blankets. Istmo is a short walk to the beach, which we took advantage of to watch the sunset each evening and go swimming. The add-on activities that Istmo arranges are wonderful additions to the trip. Some of us enjoyed stand-up-paddling, while others had a great time on the El Valle tour, which included a trip to a zoo and canopy zip lining. One of the highlights of Istmo is the quality of the food. Sean (co-owner) is a fabulous chef. The meals were perfect portions, delicious and nutritious. It was so great to have fresh fruit and fresh juice waiting for us after our morning yoga session. The smoothies for sale are also amazing! Sean, Ayesha, and their two kids, are super friendly and made us feel very welcome. I recommend Istmo for a retreat!”
Ilene Price - Kayak Tour Operator from Anchorage, Alaska