Paradise In Panama with Shakti
Bocas Del Toro, Panama with Lauren O’Brien & Kelly Carter

Pack your bags and get ready for the retreat of a lifetime! Join Lauren & Kelly for Paradise in Panama! This is our 10th international retreat…and this time we’re going to the beautiful Bocas Del Toro in Panama! 

This week will include daily meditation, power yoga practices, restorative classes, and a whole lot of fun.

All levels are welcome on Shakti retreats and it’s a wonderful way to learn, grow and explore your yoga practice. 

Throughout the week you will have plenty of time to rest, play and tap into the beauty and culture of your surroundings. Enjoy swimming in the Caribbean Sea (located right outside your over-water bungalow), walking the beautiful coastline, exploring nearby islands, and eating deliciously prepared local cuisine. Participate in excursions like island-hopping on a boat, snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, deep-sea fishing, exploring the land via ATV, or taking a boat trip through the surrounding mangroves to spot sloths, toucans, and monkeys! Or take time to relax with a massage and read in a hammock with an ocean view. 


Each day can be a new adventure. You can rise with the sun or sleep in! We offer meditation and an energizing yoga class in the morning ( not too early) and most evenings have a restorative or special class before dinner.  Yoga will take place in an oceanfront bungalow-style studio. Following yoga and breakfast, there will be plenty of free time to explore or relax. Lunch and dinner are provided daily in the on-site restaurant. You are also welcome to explore the food on the surrounding islands whenever you’d like. We often partake in special ceremonies and yoga practices that are part of the culture of the area and are always a special treat.    

Retreats are one of our favorite ways to connect, make new friendships, nourish the mind, body, and soul, AND have wonderful new adventures. 

We love to travel and explore new places and hope you will join us in Paradise!

Shakti love,

Lauren & Kelly

  • 6 nights accommodations 
  • 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • Group Ground Transportation to/from   Bocas del Toro Airport to Retreat Center
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
  • 1 Complimentary Mangrove Tunnel Sloth Excursion 
  • Complimentary Rentals for SUP and/or Kayak and Paddle Boats 
  • Unlimited use of snorkel gear 
  • Pre-Arrival Soap Gift Box full of information on the Islands to support the local indigenous community
  • Beach Bonfire Celebration (weather permitting)


This secluded island retreat venue is a unique gem in the islands of Bocas del Toro, Panama. Step away from reality and stay in one of the 10 incredible over-the-water bungalows with glass bottom floors and private decks. From there you can swim and snorkel in the crystal blue waters.

A wonderful local island staff is there to support you and your group with anything you need.  Appreciate true tranquility in an unforgettable site that embraces the essence of True Nature.

During your stay, enjoy mouthwatering, wholesome food, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, with meals that feature local fish, farm-raised poultry, and local fruits and vegetables. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available.

Kelly Carter 

I began practicing yoga in 2006. It didn’t take long until I started to see the impact the practice was making in my life.  I am passionate about my practice and have the desire to share yoga with the world. I am a certified Baptiste yoga teacher and 500hr certified Dharma Yoga teacher.

Building the Shakti community with my sister Lauren has been one of my greatest accomplishments. This community has come together through a shared love of yoga and continues to grow and expand outside the studio walls. I am inspired by the leaders and teachers at Shakti Power Yoga and leaders from the Baptiste community who motivate me to continue to move forward and expand my boundaries. 

Leading workshops, teacher training, and destination retreats bring me so much joy, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to co-lead retreats with my closest friends and family.  I’m so grateful for the gift of yoga which makes me a better wife, mother, friend and human.

Lauren Farina

I first started teaching in 2009. I am blessed by many teachers in my life and have learned powerful lessons from each along the way. I have learned through this practice every day is an opportunity for growth and to connect with others. I am Baptiste Certified, and my practice and teachings are rooted in the Baptiste Methodology. I am also 500hr and 800hr Dharma Yoga teacher. Through studying with Sri Dharma Mittra I have cultivated more compassion and peace in my life and I am honored to be able to teach the techniques and practices he has shared with me. 

I Co-founded Shakti Power Yoga in Nashville in 2012 with my sister, Kelly Carter. It has been the biggest blessing in my life and biggest teacher. I am grateful for our community and the space we have created together. Teaching, leading Teacher training, International retreats, and building community has brought me purpose and so much joy to my life. I am grateful I can be a service to others by sharing my passion and always continue to be a student on and off my mat.  In my teaching and practice, my intention is to create a powerful connection with myself and others and to be open to what is right in front of me in each moment. I believe kindness, presence, patience, and gratitude is the key to happiness and endless possibilities. Shakti Love. 

While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:

  • Paddle Boat
  • Boat Rides
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayak
  • SUP boards
  • Educational tours
  • And MORE!

*Price of some Activities are not included in tuition unless free or listed under inclusions.

Please be sure to review Our Policies.


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Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.

Getting There 

You will be booking your flights for the Bocas del Toro Airport (BOC). Most international flights will fly into Panama City (PTY) where you will transfer (by private shuttle) to the Marcos A. Gelabert domestic airport (PAC) for the flight to Bocas del Toro (BOC). A private charter flight from Panama City to Bocas del Toro will be booked through True Nature once you register.

Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.

Travel Insurance

We cannot emphasize more the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, especially as travelers, “life happens.” Whether it’s family, work, mother nature, or a change of heart, it is important to be prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans. Often for less than $150, you can purchase a travel insurance policy and be protected in the event that you need to make a change or need to be covered financially prior to or during your trip. 

We have partnered with two insurance companies: Trawick International and CSA Travel Insurance (available for U.S. Residents only). 

Read more about our insurance partners and their policies here. We encourage you to research the insurance company and policy that best meets your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you have questions about traveling abroad? After you register, we will provide you with a Participant’s Package with helpful information. Also, be sure to check out our Participant FAQs. If you have other questions, feel free to write to us at and let us know how we can help!

Shared Accommodations – $2995 USD

Deluxe Shared Accommodations – $3595 USD

Single Accommodations – $4895 USD

Deluxe Single Accommodation – $5895 USD

Paying an initial non-refundable deposit of $350 and $35 Payment Processing Fee (added to the tuition rate upon registration) will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip.

For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.


  • Initial deposits and the $35 registration fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • 50% of payments are refundable up to 90 days before a retreat excluding the initial deposit and the $35 registration fee.
  • 89 days prior to a retreat, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment. The $35 registration fee is not refundable.
  • True Nature Travels is not responsible for any loss incurred due to currency conversion rates.
  • Full tuition is refunded* if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment.

*Refundable amounts do not include applied credits.

If you wish to cancel your spot on a trip you must submit your cancellation by email to

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