CLOUD FOREST YOGA, AYURVEDA & HIKING RETREAT
+ CERTIFICATE IN YOGA + AYURVEDA HEALING I
FEB. 24 – MAR. 2, 2017

Détails retraite

All levels of yoga students are welcome. Beginners as well as advanced will find benefit in our slow flow and free flow yoga practices that are therapeutically focused.

All levels of yoga students are welcome.

Yoga. Meditation. Ayurveda.

Hiking. Birding. Nature Retreat.

Certificate:  Yoga + Ayurveda Healing I

Come discover the breathtaking mountains of Panama with us.

This is a perfect opportunity to unplug, connect to nature, meet like minded people, deepen your practice and learn how to incorporate ayurvedic healing principles into your life and practice.

(Read about our Nov. 2016 retreat)

Breathtaking Accommodations

We are staying at the beautiful Mount Totumas Cloud Forest eco-lodge located approximately 20 km from Volcàn, Panama and nestled deep in the rainforest bordering La Amistad National Park. The Mount Totumas eco-lodge is only accessible by 4×4 vehicle and is completely off-grid with its own hydro-electrical station, but not offline. There is free WIFI available.

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Imagine waking up to this view!

Private rooms – Private rooms are beautiful, clean and ultra comfortable. All private rooms have a private bathroom with showers. We also have two balcony suites available in the Bellbird Lodge. Suites and rooms are designed to provide each guest a private luxurious space. Private bathrooms have large skylights and planters to create a garden space in your room. (see photos)

Shared rooms – Our shared accommodations are equally as lovely as the private rooms. Couples or close friends have the option of a balcony suite with an unparalleled view. If you are traveling solo and would be ok with sharing a room, no problem. We’ll find you a roommate but will still you have a comfortable bed and your own private space.

Meals

All meals are provided but we also have kitchen facilities available for use.

Volcan’s fertile lands offers the freshest and most delicious produce in all of Panama. Superb, restaurant quality meals homemade with love are among the highlights of our retreat at Mount Totumas. The retreat menu has been carefully crafted by the wonderful team at Mount Totumas. Fresh vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals offered. We can also cater to gluten-free and dairy-free diets.

Diverse curriculum

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Delicious homemade food catered to your needs.

This retreat offers so much more than yoga classes.

Participants have a unique opportunity to take Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow’s Yoga + Ayurveda Healing I and will receive a certificate. This immersion program helps develop and deepen personal practice. Therapeutic yoga practices, meditation, breathing exercises, postural alignment, joint mobility exercises, nutrition counselling and ayurvedic techniques are included.

Imagine waking up in a “cloud forest” and practicing yoga looking over the rainforest. Our workshop style sessions are therapeutic focused and designed for all levels. Meditation, breathing exercises, and ayurveda will also be part of our daily curriculum.

Beginners, dabblers and experienced yoga students are welcome, as there will be options and variations for all levels (for yoga and for hiking). Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program. This certificate can be used as continuing education credits and/or toward a 200 or 300 hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher certification.

This trip will be life changing in a totally wonderful & positive way!

ITINERARY

Day 1

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Our beautiful yoga and meditation space overlooking the mountains and cloud forest.


  • Arrival and greeting in David
  • Transportation from David to Mount Totumas
  • Check-in to Mount Totumas Cloud Forest resort
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Evening session : Orientation

Day 2

  • Tea, Greens and/or local coffee
  • Yoga Ayurveda Flow light morning practice
  • Breakfast
  • Hiking / nature walk  & birdwatching (guided)
  • Lunch
  • Free time –nap, read, write, colour…
  • Yoga Ayurveda Flow afternoon practice
  • Relaxation techniques

    Here in the remote highlands, we have the opportunity to observe close to 200 species of birds including rare hummingbirds and magnificent birds of paradise.

  • Dinner
  • Evening session : Intro to Ayurveda & the elements;

Day 3

  • Tea, Greens and/or local coffee
  • Yoga Ayurveda Flow light morning practice
  • Breakfast
  • Hiking / nature walk  & birdwatching (guided)
  • Lunch
  • Free time –nap, read, write, colour…
  • Yoga, Ayurveda Breathing & meditation
  • Understanding your Ayurvedic constitution
  • Hummingbird Happy Hour
  • Dinner
  • Evening session : Movie night

Day 4

  • Tea, Greens and/or local coffee

    Nothing better than the rain forest, the mountains, the fresh air and some blissful meditation to clear your mind, refresh the body and rejuvenate your spirit.

  • Yoga Ayurveda Flow light morning practice
  • Breakfast
  • Hiking / nature walk  & hot springs
  • Lunch
  • Free time – nap, read, write, colour…
  • Yoga Ayurveda Flow afternoon practice
  • Yoga & Ayurveda for better digestion
  • Ayurvedic nutrition and 6 tastes;
  • Dinner
  • Evening Session : Free time

Day 5

  • Sleep-in
  • Breakfast
  • Hiking / nature walk  & Coffee farm tour
  • Lunch
  • Free time – nap, read, write, colour…
  • Yoga Ayurveda Flow afternoon practice

    Plenty of hiking trails available for all levels of trekking. Guides available.

    Plenty of hiking trails available for all levels of trekking. Guides available.

  • Productive vs non-productive stress and how to balance;
  • Dinner
  • Evening Session : Spa Night

Day 6

  • Tea, Greens and/or local coffee
  • Yoga Ayurveda Flow light morning practice
  • Breakfast
  • Hiking, nature walk & birdwatching (guided)
  • Lunch
  • Free time – nap, read, write, colour…
  • Yoga Ayurveda Flow afternoon practice
  • Yoga & Ayurveda for health & longevity
  • Hummingbird Happy Hour

    How cool would it be to watch monkeys playing in their natural habitat?

  • Closing Dinner
  • Evening Session : Free Time

Day 7

  • Tea, Greens and/or local coffee
  • Yoga Ayurveda Flow light morning practice
  • Breakfast
  • Departure from Mount Totumas

CERTIFICATE

Participants receive a certificate in Yoga + Ayurveda Healing I, which can be used toward a therapeutic yoga teacher training certification or as continuing education credits.

TO BOOK in CANADA :  Contact Travel Agent Rachel Neild – Email: rachel@thinktraveltoday.com
Phone: 1-877-230-6777 or +1-613-230-6222 (office) +1-613-799-6687 (cell)

For more details and/or US bookings contact me: yfgow@yasminyoga.com

INVESTMENT :
$1,329 USD (2 person dorm style with shared bath – Homestead)
$1,489 USD (shared / double occupancy – Bellbird Lodge)
$1,589 USD (single / private occupancy – Bellbird Lodge)

*Canadian pricing available for Canadian participants.

Local to Panama? We have a special price for you! Contact me for details via email yfgow@yasminyoga.com or WhatsApp +1-514-622-8020

What’s included:Yoga+AyurvedaHealingI

  • Airport greeting & transportation from David to Mount Totumas
  • 6 nights accommodation at Mount Totumas Cloud Forest Eco Lodge
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 night to breakfast Day 7
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Guided Hiking / nature walk & birdwatching treks
  • Hot Springs tour
  • Ayurvedic workshops to improve digestion, immunity, energy, sleep, etc.
  • Transportation back to David Airport
  • Take home Yoga Video
  • Certificate in Yoga + Ayurveda Healing I 

What’s not included:

  • Flight to David, Panama
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Optional Coffee Tour
  • Souvenirs and gifts

* If you have special requirements or are interested in pre or post retreat tour of Panama City and/or Bocas del Toro beaches & islands, please let us know and we would be happy to accommodate your requests.

FACILITATORS

Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow, BA, ND, E-RYT 500

  • Yoga teacher, E-RYT 500 – 16 years teaching experience
  • Naturopathic Doctor, CPMDQ
  • Ayurvedic Practitioner
  • Guinness World Records™ Record Holder, longest yoga marathon (32 hours)
  • Yoga Teacher Training Facilitator
  • Producer of five acclaimed yoga videos
  • Owner of Loft108 in Old Montreal

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My teaching is based on Ashtanga Yoga and blends therapeutic principles of Ayurveda with elements of dance and creative movement. I have been teaching yoga 16 years and I use my experience to teach people how to tailor their yoga to suit their unique needs and aspirations. Each practice begins with creation of a heart-stirring intention with the purpose of cultivating Sustainable Yoga for Long-term Happiness. What follows is an individualized approach with myriad variations to satisfy each participant. I also incorporate poetry, music and occasionally, blindfolds to give my students a rich experience. This work is highly transformative and yet, we keep it light and we have fun. More about me.

Bruce

Bruce Chase-Dunn, ERYT 500

A California native, Bruce Chase-Dunn is a committed yoga teacher with a background in Ashtanga yoga and  yoga therapy. He also teaches wall yoga, restorative yoga, yin yoga and guided meditation. Bruce is a graduate of Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow’s 300-hour YTT and has a 200 hour Yoga Therapy certificate as well. He has over 1500 hours teaching experience, and does one-on- one yoga and yoga therapy for clients. His specialty in yoga therapy is the alleviation of anxiety and depression through the use of yoga breathing techniques and specific asanas. Bruce has always loved the outdoors, hiking, cycling, and learning more about yoga.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

I am new to yoga. Does the retreat cater to beginners to advanced?

We tailor each practice to the participant, from newcomer to advanced. We take the time to create adaptations and accommodate each participant’s needs and objectives. The focus of the workshop style practices is therapeutic, so you will get personal attention and fulfilling experience.

Is the flight included in the retreat price?

It is not included, as flight prices change everyday. However, Rachel Neild, our travel agent will get you the best deal possible and the earlier you book, the better. We planned this trip around the direct flights to Panama City from Montreal and Toronto with Copa Airlines and Air Canada. From Panama City, it is only a short domestic flight on Copa or Air Panama to David, the city not far from Volcan. Rachel can assist you or you are welcome to book your flight separately.

Can I arrive earlier or stay longer?

Yes, you can! You are welcome to communicate directly with travel agent Rachel Neild to sort out these details or you can arrange them yourself. Just let us know your plans. After all, you may want to take the opportunity to visit Panama City or the beaches around the famous surf area of Bocas de Toro.

Who attends this kind of retreat? Is it ok that I am coming alone?

Absolutely! This retreat is an opportunity to meet people from all over the world with similar interests in travel, adventure and recreation. It is perfect for the solo traveler interested in visiting Panama in a semi-guided tour and experiencing new things. This retreat is also a wonderful occasion for friends and couples to connect away from every day life. The program is designed to give participants time to connect with others through the program and also offers a lot of free time to connect in nature and enjoy some good rest and relaxation. (Please note that the fees vary from single to shared rooms. We are happy to find you a roommate if you prefer double occupancy.)

Do I have to participate in all scheduled activities?

We have designed the schedule to enhance the time we will be sharing in Panama by balancing group and alone time. There is no obligation to any aspect of the schedule. Should you feel like being more independent, we simply request that you inform us, so we know you are safe.

Is this an alcohol-free trip?

This is your choice. Although alcoholic beverages are not included in the retreat package, it’s totally fine with us if you would like wine, beer or something else. We will also stop at a grocery store on the way to the Mount Totumas where you can pick up snacks and any other refreshments.

Is this retreat completely vegan?

No, we will offer fish and chicken. However, we will always have vegetarian and vegan meal options available. The menu has been carefully crafted to be wholesome and delicious. After all, the region of Volcan boasts the best food in the whole country.