The Water Lover’s Retreat! ~ A Yoga, Meditation, and Nature Immersion
Bocas Del Toro, Panama Retreat with Amie Heeter and Stephanie Chee Barea

This retreat is for the sincere water lovers – the merpeople we are at heart, who find the water to be a kin element. This retreat is also for those who hold dear the influences of yoga, meditation, and relationship to Spirit. We will immerse ourselves in this unique island environment, exploring themes of connection, replenishment, and water’s role in ritual to cleanse, hold creative intentions, and carry the vibration of our prayers. We’ll center teachings and practices that celebrate our relationship to the waters, and co-create sacred, transformational space together.

Daily yoga will include breath-centered, vitalizing, slow-flow yoga and breath work (pranayama), meditation, mantra, yoga nidra, writing prompts, dharma talks, and playtime! We will have plenty of free time to explore the gorgeous surroundings of this tropical island oasis and learn about the culture and legacy of this ancient archipelago.

Amie & Steph teach a slow-flow, breath-centered yoga practice intelligently sequenced to bring about specific mental and energetic effects. Their style is inclusive, clear, and warm. As master guides, they know how to hold each individual while also remaining connected to the collective community present in the space.

Amie & Steph highly respect the transformative practices of pranayama, meditation, mantra, and yoga nidra they have received from the tradition of the Himalayan Sages and they consistently infuse their offerings with these more subtle components of yoga practice, connecting to the living roots of this ancient spiritual tradition. Their main influences are the Tantric Hatha Yoga system known as Parayoga, the Himalayan Institute faculty including Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Shari Friedrichsen, emergent teachers Tracee Stanley and Sherri Mitchell, and many more from over 20 years of study and experience. What truly connects Amie & Steph is that Nature was their first teacher, and continues to be an intimate part of their practice and inspiration.

Join Amie & Steph in March of 2023 for a water-lovers retreat in Bocas Del Toro, Panama!

  • 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 (BOC/MPBO) to Retreat Center
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Full Moon Tantric Fire Ritual on the Beach
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)


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.

Amie Heeter

Amie is a nature enthusiast, adventurer, and lifelong learner particularly motivated by the intersection of mind/body traditions of the East and modern research sourced in neuroplasticity in the West. A yoga and meditation teacher since 2004, she regards the systems of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness as some of the best technologies available to sustain health in the body, cultivate stability and resilience in the mind, and open pathways to the heart. Amie began practicing yoga in 1999 while traveling with a friend in Mexico. Like so many, her curiosity led to dedicated practice and soon after the desire to share these timeless, transformative practices. Amie received her first teaching certifications in 2003 and 2004 through the Integral Yoga Institute. In 2007 she began studying with Yogarupa Rod Stryker, founder of Parayoga and received the esteemed Level 1 certification in 2014. Mentorship with Parayoga offered significant training with the practices and profound impacts of pranayama, meditation, mantra, and yoga Nidra. These studies led her into the systems of Sri Vidya, tantra, and the lineage of the Himalayan Masters. Amie continues to study with Rod Stryker, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, and senior teachers of the Himalayan Institute. She hosts group classes, Advanced Yoga Studies courses, and regional and international retreats, and works privately with individuals.

Also a lifestyle photographer, Amie is a visual storyteller who loves to capture the wonder of the world around her. She recently took part in documenting the release of wolves into Isle Royale National Park and photographed an intimate tour in the south of India. She filmed a TEDx talk last fall entitled “The Radical Sabbatical and the Power of Pressing Pause.” She lives in Madison, WI, with her husband and two daughters.

Learn more about Amie at her website

Stephanie Chee Barea

Stephanie Chee Barea is a creator, educator and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Her Festival and founder/owner of Mela.Yoga, an award-winning sacred learning space in the San Francisco Bay Area. She published her first mantra album, Igniting Protection, in 2019, and has also been featured on Thrive Global,, Down East Magazine and The Rangeley Highlander.
She has been weaving malas since 2017, immersing herself in this ancient meditative art as a practice to awaken and express the Sacred Feminine through sound and beauty. With over 22 years of teaching experience, she is both a practitioner and educator of the science and philosophy of Tantric Hatha Yoga and an initiate of the Sri Vidya Tradition – a 5,000 year-old living tradition of the Himalayan Masters. As a lifelong learner, she continues to study and stay close to her teachers Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Jean Mazzei, and Sherri Mitchell Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset. Her 1000+ hours of formal training certifications include EYRT-5oo, YCEP, Prenatal Vinyasa, Yoga For Teens, and Vishoka Meditation.


“Just got back from an unforgettable experience at The Christine Center and a yoga/meditation retreat. It was exactly what my mind, body, and spirit needed…Thank you @amie.heeter for your insightful teachings through your words, movements, and spirit. Thank you to the beautiful women and men who shared this experience, especially those I connected with on a deeper level. This will be with me for quite some time.” – Gina (Past retreat participant)

“Amie’s course guided me honestly and gently to the next stage of my journey, and I am truly grateful. Amie’s course is different from any other yoga course/workshop I have taken in that it is steeped in the ancient yoga philosophy yet described with such relevance to our lives today. Amie’s wisdom and knowledge are inspiring, and the course material was presented in a lighthearted and fun way. The Moon Tier provides a sense of grounding and quiet and for me a sense of preparation.”  – Alexia (Yoga Studies course participant)

“The experience of the Advanced Yoga Studies Course is truly changing me in a way that feels like I can be more of the person I want to be as I walk through this life.  Amie’s guidance and joy about sharing her knowledge of yoga are key for this transformation in me.  The skills and knowledge I have learned are already helping me to BE with the ‘what is’ of life and not fight things as they come my way.  For that alone, I am grateful. I highly recommend the course to anyone, at any stage of life—I am in my 60s now.  The commitment was well worth it.” -Cheryl  (Yoga Studies course participant)

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.

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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/MPBO). You’ll take an international flight to Panama City and then a domestic flight to BOC. 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. 

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

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Shared Accommodations – $2995 USD

Deluxe Shared Accommodations – $3395 USD

Single Accommodations – $4695 USD

Deluxe Single Accommodations – $5595 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.

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In response to COVID-19, True Nature is offering a temporary exception to our cancellation policy. When you sign up for any 2023 retreat, your deposit is fully transferable. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer to another trip or put your deposit ($350) on hold for a future trip until the final payment date.*

We want to make sure everyone feels safe to travel and we are here to help and support you throughout this journey.

*This offer is valid for any new registrations prior to 108 days before the retreat date.

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  • 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.

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