Join Karen for an oceanside getaway to Cambutal, Panama. Often described as “the wild West meets Hawaii” Karen’s Enlighten Up yoga retreat found the perfect destination! Revitalize your mind, body, and spirit with relaxation and adventure in Panama’s Azuero Peninsula. Known for its intriguing Castilian culture and exotic natural seascapes, this refreshing slice of our planet will enlighten you on many levels.

There’s something to be said and felt about having awareness these days, and Karen is all about tapping into her inner wellspring that enables her to live, breathe and make moves with an enlightened spirit of hope. She loves providing space both on and off the yoga mat, to enable others to do the same.

Enlighten Up is a good-vibes-only yoga retreat. Karen firmly believes smiling and laughter illuminate your soul, so plan to be delighted by the revival of your senses during an out-of-this-world week of cultural experiences, beachside activities, and wellness. Karen will lead slow flow, and power vinyasa flow yoga classes each day in the yoga shala’s natural surroundings. Whether you’re new to yoga or an advanced practitioner, Karen’s engaging teaching style makes her classes enjoyable for all levels.

You’ll have plenty of personal breathing space while building connections to amazing people who become “family” as we journey together enjoying great food, creating fun memories, and having thoughtful conversations throughout the week.

Register today and Enlighten Up with Karen, March 6-12, 2022 in Cambutal, Panama for an extraordinary personal and cultural discovery that will energize your life, your relationships, and expand your global awareness.

  • 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 Tocumen International Airport (PTY)  to Retreat Center
  • One Dry Land Group Surf Lesson
  • Rentals for SUP and/or Kayak
  • Unlimited use of snorkel gear and bicycles
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Personal retreat time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)


Located at the southernmost point of Panama in the Azuero Peninsula, Cambutal is a small village in the province of Los Santos and is approximately six hours away from the country’s capital, Panama City. From tropical garden cabanas to oceanfront suites, there is something for everyone.

We believe the best adventures are off-the-beaten-track, which is why we have strategically placed ourselves exactly there, at the end of the road in Panama. Whether you crave hiking through the mountainside, deep-sea fishing in the Pacific, galloping along the beach – or simply relaxing – we promise, your spirit will be sparked with us!

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.

Karen Cutrona Turner

Owner/Lead Trainer, UbU Yoga & Fitness, RYS

Karen is a 500 hour experienced registered yoga teacher. In 2014, she opened her own school where she offers individual and small group teacher training certification programs, YACEP workshops, as well as yoga classes and private instructions. Karen is trained in kripalu, power yoga, hatha yoga and vinyasa flow.


“Karen’s great enthusiasm and mojo provide such a positive experience and the video sessions are amazing…Keep up their great work!” – Howard K.

“Karen is one of the most thoughtful, caring, and posture-alignment specialists I ever met. She is a true yogi in the sense that her passion for the practice stems from deep within her. She exudes a spirit of peace you can’t miss.”  – Tina T.

“I just returned from Santa Teresa from a retreat hosted by Karen Cutrona Turner, It was the most amazing experience of my life. True Nature went above and beyond with the organization of the trip and all of our accommodations. They handled everything for us. Tropico Latino was a magnificent resort and the staff was wonderful. Can’t wait for my next True Nature adventure.” – Deb F.

The Yoga Shala is a beautifully designed open air space with tropical hardwood floors, a traditional thatched roof, and a 10,000 Buddhas mural, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There are 12 private oceanfront cabanas that boast a Zen-like atmosphere and blend seamlessly with the lush nature and quiet beauty of the property’s grounds. The stunning fusion of traditional design with a tropical twist promises you an experience that is both intimate and inspiring.

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:

  • Horseback riding
  • Boat rides
  • Hikes
  • Surf lessons
  • Kayak
  • SUP boards
  • Bicycle rides
  • 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 Tocumen International Airport (PTY). 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!

Group Accommodations – $2695 USD 

Shared Accommodations – $2795 USD

Deluxe Shared Accommodations – $3195 USD 

Luxury Shared Accommodations – $3495 USD

Single Accommodations – $3895 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.

Sign Up with No Risk

In response to COVID-19, True Nature is offering a temporary exception to our cancellation policy. When you sign up for any 2022 or 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.

True Nature Travels is closely monitoring the situation regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus and its impact on global travel. For more information click here.

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