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Spring Break Yoga Retreat in Panama

hammocks  yoga-studio

Join us over spring break for an international yoga and wellness retreat with Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreats at Playa Grande in San Carlos, Panama.

Who this is for?

Any Loyola student, staff or faculty member who is seeking a relaxing and rejuvenating spring break experience at a beautiful beach!  This retreat serves all levels of yoga from beginner to advanced so yoga experience is not required.  Loyola participants are welcome to bring a non-Loyola guest.


March 6-12, 2022

How to Apply

Spots will be given on a first come first served basis.  There are 20 spots available.  A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by December 1, 2021 to confirm your place in the program.  Final payment of remaining amount will be due January 24, 2022.    

Panama Application

What's included: $2100


  • Round trip airfare from BWI to Panama City
  • Airport transfers from Tocumen Airport (PTY) for all participants arriving and departing at a set time on the beginning and ending days of the retreat


  • Six nights of accommodation in Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreats villas
  • Villas consist of double and quadruple rooms
  • Air conditioning, pillow top mattresses and luxury linens, private bathrooms, and balconies with hammocks and panoramic views
  • Five to eight minute walk to the beautiful beach, Playa Grande
  • Complimentary Wifi in the WiFi area
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Use of facilities including common room, lounge areas, gardens and labyrinth, and nature trail


  • Three healthy vegetarian meals per day (vegan, gluten free and other dietary requests can be accommodated)   
  • Arrival day dinner
  • Departure day breakfast
  • Fruit bowl, tea and drinking water available throughout the day

Daily Yoga   

  • Daily yoga classes including morning power/vinyasa and evening restorative/yin yoga

Mindfulness Sessions

  • Mindfulness sessions aimed at deepening self-connection and self-empowerment 

Included Excursions and Activities

  • Day trip to Panama City and Panama Canal
  • Introductory SUP (stand-up-paddleboard) class on the Playa Grande beach.
  • Use of SUP boards at the Playa Grande beach during your stay
  • Evening bonfire on the last day of the retreat (weather permitting)

Onsite Support

  • Onsite support with a Loyola Office of International Programs staff member, Kaileigh Jolliffe
  • Emergency travel insurance

Non-included Optional Excursions and Activities 

  • Add meat or seafood to meals for $5 per meal
  • Lagunas de San Carlos SUP Beginners Tour or Hike - $60 per person (minimum of 3 people)
  • SUP Mangroves Tour - $60 per person (minimum of 3 people)
  • Embera Village Day Trip - $135 per person (minimum of 3 people)
  • El Valle Day Trip - $60 per person (minimum of 3 people)
  • Surfing Classes $60 per person/class
  • Latin Dancing class $15 per person (minimum of 6 people)
  • Massage $60 per hour

Sample Itinerary 

  • 8:30 am-9:30 am: Vinyasa Yoga
  • 9:30 am-10:30 am: Breakfast
  • 10:30 am-11:00 am: Meditation 
  • 11:00 pm-1:00 pm: Free time
  • 1:00 pm -2:00 pm: Lunch
  • 2:00 pm-5:30 pm: Free time
  • 5:30 pm-6:30 pm: Restorative Yoga
  • 7:00 pm-8:00 pm: Dinner
  • 8:00 pm: Free time

Main House and Dining

main house  dining space


bedroom  bunk beds

bathroom  hammocks


yoga-studio  outdoor-yoga

Stand Up Paddleboard

sup2  sup

Playa Grande

beach  beach2


Contact Us

Phone: 410-617-2910
Office: Humanities 132

Additional contact information


In order to apply, all students must attend a Study Abroad 101 (Powerpoint) session before the application deadline. The application deadline for all Fall, Spring, and year-long opportunities during academic year 2024-25 is December 11, 2024.

The deadline for opportunities taking place during academic year 2025-26 will be announced during the Spring 2024 semester.

Study Abroad 101 (Powerpoint)