This retreat is for the ocean lovers! The merpeople we are at heart who find the water to be a kin element. Open to all genders, this retreat is also for those that hold dear the influences of yoga, and relationship to spirit.

Embark on a week of nature-based replenishment, where overwater bungalows and locally sourced cuisine provide the backdrop to our inspired practices. Nestled in the exclusive embrace of Bocas del Toro, our retreat center is surrounded by a lush rainforest, home to monkeys, sloths, and vibrant tropical life. Our time together will not only celebrate our connection to the ocean but also honor the rich biodiversity that thrives both above and below the water’s surface.

Every day of our retreat promises a tapestry of experiences – two group sessions filled with slow-flow yoga, meditation, mantra, yoga nidra, dharma discussions, reflection, and ritual. Our days will be bookended by three freshly prepared delicious meals, and ample free time for rest, optional adventures, and the joy of wandering the shores.

Immerse yourself in a truly unique tropical island environment, where the themes of connection, replenishment, and the sacred role of water in ritual will unfold. But that’s not all – we’ve specifically chosen this time of year when the ocean is at its calmest, and the archipelago transforms into a nursery teeming with young, vibrant marine life. Bottlenose dolphins are arriving to birth their babies here in the crystal clear waters, where a constant temperature of 79 °F (26 ºC) allows for an immense diversity of corals and other marine fauna.

Bocas del Toro is not just a backdrop; it’s a living, breathing sanctuary. As one of the most significant sea turtle nesting grounds in Panama, it hosts thousands of hawksbill and leatherback turtles. In September, under the light of the full moon, we’ll witness the magic of nesting, spawning, or hatching sea turtles on an uninhabited island. And yes, you have the opportunity to help these precious beings from the beach to the reef.

This isn’t just a retreat; it’s a sacred journey of self-discovery, a harmonious dance with the elements, and an exploration of the cultural legacy of this stunning region. Having hosted this magical experience for the first time in the spring of 2023, we are beyond thrilled to once again partner with True Nature and our host center for another week of unparalleled beauty and peace in Bocas del Toro.

Come away and let’s co-create a transformational space together, where the ocean’s whispers and the rainforest’s secrets converge to weave a tale of profound connection and joyous play.

  • Group ground transport and boat to/from Bocas del Toro Airport to Retreat Center
  • 6 Nights accommodations                  
  • 3 meals per day (excluding alcoholic beverages) starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
  • 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) 
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)

Accommodations

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 Heeter is a nature enthusiast, adventurer, and life long learner particularly motivated by the intersection of mind/body traditions of the East and modern research sourced in mindfulness and neuroplasticity in the West. A yoga and meditation teacher since 2004 and currently holding 500hr certification, she regards yoga, meditation, and mindfulness as some of the best systems available to sustain health in our body, cultivate stability and resilience in our mind, and open pathways to the luminous heart.

Amie received her first teaching certifications in 2003 and 2004 through the Integral Yoga Institute. In 2007 she began studying with Rod Stryker and received Parayoga Level 1 certification in 2014. Mentorship with Parayoga offered significant training with the subtle 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 teachers, including Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute, and emergent teachers such as Tracee Stanley and Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan among the dozens she’s received from over her 20 years of study. Nature was her first teacher, and continues to be an intimate part of her practice and inspiration. Amie hosts group classes, various Yoga Studies and wellness courses, leads regional and international retreats, and works privately with individuals. Learn more about Amie at her website www.amieheeter.com.

Stephanie Chee Barea

Stephanie Chee Barea is a multicultural Mindset & Leadership Educator with over 24 years of experience teaching embodied healing practices and creating brave spaces for belonging. Founder of The Rangeley Hideaway, Her Festival and mela.yoga, an award-winning sacred learning space in the SF Bay Area, she offers transformational retreat experiences, workshops and personalized coaching for conscious founders and leaders to tap into internal wisdom, establish space for spiritual wellness and create flow in their personal and professional lives. Steph lives in the SF Bay Area with her husband, two children and two cats. She loves to stay active through dance, yoga, surfing, hiking, and paddling – always seeking grace, strength and confidence in relationship to nature.
Steph 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. She published her first mantra album, Igniting Protection, in 2019, and has also been featured on Thrive Global, Omnes.live, WTU Radio, Down East Magazine and The Rangeley Highlander.
Her 1000+ hours of formal training certifications include EYRT-5oo, YCEP, Prenatal Vinyasa, Yoga For Teens, and Vishoka Meditation. Learn more about Steph at her website: www.stephchee.com

Testimonials

 “I had the privilege to attend the Water Lover’s Retreat hosted by Amie and Steph in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro Province in Panama. I thoroughly enjoyed the morning Yoga sessions that revitalized me and provided energy for our daily adventures. Likewise, the Yoga Nidra sessions provided meditation, calmness and relaxation in the evenings. Amie and Steph welcome all levels of yoga with both of them providing alternate positions for the traditional poses. They are very supportive of everyone’s level, which I immensely appreciated. In addition to the yoga sessions, the retreat also offered several excursions that Amie and Steph detailed daily as well as plenty of free time to enjoy and immerse yourself in the local experiences.  Regardless of the destination, know that you are in wonderful and caring hands with Amie and Steph.  I would highly recommend any retreat that either of these lovely ladies host in the future.”  – Laurie, Former Retreat Participant

“Magical! Nurturing! The opportunity of a lifetime! My experience on a retreat with Amie and Steph in Panama was and still is too profound to put into words. Amie & Stephanie flow and teach together gracefully. They brought forth a sense of community, practice, and joy. The memories and teachings I learned will stay with me forever. I cannot be more grateful for the opportunity I had to experience Panama with them. “ –Caroline, Former Retreat Participant

“The experience crafted by Amie and Steph is simply extraordinary. They orchestrated details which were customizable to each attendee to create their own adventure while simultaneously being held in an intimate community. A flexible and adaptive adventure, complete with monkeys, sloths, snorkeling, local culture, chocolate, and a deep grounding in yogic teachings to reveal one’s true nature in a gorgeous setting away from email, traffic and laundry.” – Leela

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.
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 need to transfer to the Marcos A. Gelabert domestic airport (PAC) for the flight to Bocas del Toro (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. 

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 info@truenaturetravels.com and let us know how we can help!

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Shared Accommodations – $2795 USD (Full Price $2995)

Deluxe Shared Accommodations – $3395 USD

Single Accommodations – $4695 USD

Deluxe Single Accommodations – $5495 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.

If you select Deposit Payment, depending on when you registered, your remaining balance will be processed with your credit card on file on the dates indicated on your Confirmation Letter.

  • Registering 6 months or more prior to the retreat date your balance will be broken into 2 payments (6 months prior to retreat + 3 months prior to retreat)
  • Registering less than 6 months prior to the retreat, payment of the full remaining balance will be processed 3 months prior to the retreat.
  • Registering less than 2 months prior to the retreat, full payment will be required upon registering.

**Additional payments can be made at any time through your account up to the final auto payment date.

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

Cancellation

  • 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.

*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 info@truenaturetravels.com.

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