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5 Days Family Tai Chi Retreat in Panama

  • Istmo Retreat Center, Playa Grande, Panama

Relaxing Tai Chi Retreat in Panama

Join Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat and bring the whole family on this relaxing and fun-filled tai chi holiday in Panama. You and your family members will enjoy a retreat full of exciting activities and the benefits of practicing tai chi. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. If you are ready to take a break from the stresses of daily life and enjoy quality time with the family, then this holiday is for you.


  • 1 daily kids tai chi
  • 2 daily adult tai chi classes
  • Visit a local market for shopping
  • Stand up paddle boarding on the beach
  • Cloud forest hiking in El Valle
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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Double rooms

You will truly unwind when you enter our stand-alone air-conditioned bungalow, a delightful oasis of comfort and tranquility that blends seamlessly into the natural backdrop of the jungle that surrounds the property. The double room comes equipped with two full-sized beds, outfitted with pillow-top orthopedic mattresses, and luxurious linens for your ultimate comfort.

Each bungalow features balconies with seating and hammocks, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mini-refrigerators with complementary drinking water, and private bathrooms with hot water showers. Stay connected with free wireless in the centrally located hammock gazebo. Amenities of the double room include free Wi-Fi, complimentary parking, complimentary tea, daily housekeeping, healthy breakfast, private bathrooms with hot water showers, luxurious linens, complimentary drinking water, mini-refrigerator, ceiling fans, air-conditioning, pillow-top orthopedic mattresses, and balconies with seating and hammocks.

Quad rooms

Unwind at the spacious and inviting air-conditioned bungalow with plenty of comforts and amenities, a soothing oasis, nestled among trees offering a seamless natural backdrop. With two bunk beds, each offering a full bed below and twin bed on top, both outfitted with pillow-top orthopedic mattresses and luxurious linens, there's room for the whole family or group.

Each bungalow features balconies with seating and hammocks, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mini-refrigerators with complementary drinking water, and private bathrooms with hot water showers. Stay connected with free wireless in the centrally located hammock gazebo. Enjoy a healthy breakfast before beginning another day in paradise. Amenities of the quad room include balconies with seating and hammocks, complimentary tea, private bathrooms with hot-water showers, luxurious linens, mini-refrigerator, healthy breakfast, complimentary parking, daily housekeeping, free Wi-Fi, complimentary drinking water, pillow-top orthopedic mattresses, ceiling fans, and air-conditioning.

This retreat is designed to be a wonderful experience for the whole family, offering a variety of activities balancing adventure and relaxation. A highlight of this retreat is the tai chi easy classes. The gentle, easy movements of tai chi, which promote mindfulness, are appropriate for all ages and sizes.

Younger children will participate in fun tai chi classes that stimulate their imaginations and lead their bodies through energetic movements, while participants aged 12 and above will leave with instructions for a tai chi form that they can practice at home in just five minutes.

Other activities for the whole family include stand-up paddleboard (SUP) in a mountain lagoon, SUP yoga, a cloud forest hike, a visit to a local market, and a salsa night with dance instruction for both kids and adults. This retreat will be full of fun and opportunities for families to spend quality time together.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • 15:00 - 17:00 Arrival at Istmo, free time
  • 17:15 -18:00 Kids tai chi (kids 6 years old and above)
  • 18:15 -19:00 Evening tai chi session for adults
  • 19:00 Dinner and introductions

Day 2

  • 07:00 - 08:00 tai chi for adults and kids 10 years old and above
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:00 Stand-up paddle board at San Carlos mountain lagoons and optional hike
  • 12:00 - 15:00 Drive and boxed lunch
  • 15:00 - 17:30 Free time or optional activities
  • 17:15 - 18:00 Kids tai chi (kids 6 years old and above)
  • 18:15 - 19:00 Evening tai chi session for adults
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 07:00 - 08:00 tai chi for adults and kids 10 years old and above
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 15:00 Cloud forest hike (El Gaital, El Valle), visit to the El Valle market, and lunch at El Vale
  • 12:00 - 14:00 Lunch in El Valle (not included in the price)
  • 15:00 - 17:30 Free time or optional activities
  • 17:15 - 18:00 Kids tai chi (kids six years old and above)
  • 18:15 - 19:00 Evening tai chi session for adults
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner

Day 4

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Tai chi for adults and kids 10 years old and above
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Morning beach paddle
  • 13:00 Lunch at Istmo or at a local restaurant (taxi and lunch are not included in the price)
  • 15:00 - 17:30 free time or optional activities
  • 17:15 - 18:00 Kids tai chi (kids 6 years old and above)
  • 18:15 - 19:00 Evening tai chi session for adults
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner salsa classes

Day 5

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Tai chi for adults and kids 10 years old and above
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast and free time
  • 12:00 - Check-out
  • Brenda Lyons

    Yoga Alliance International (Restorative Yoga)

    Brenda gives workshops in mindfulness, tai chi, and yoga to both kids and adults. She has been teaching K-12 students in international schools over the past 25 years. She studied tai chi and qigong in China, Taiwan, Malaysia, and the U.S and has a professional license through the National Qigong Association. Brenda is also a Yoga Alliance licensed yoga teacher with additional certifications to teach yoga for kids, yoga for teens, yoga for stress relief, and Restorative yoga. She has given workshops and retreats all over the world, most recently in China, Panama, Ethiopia, and Aruba.

This retreat will take place at Istmo Retreat Center, Playa Grande, Panama. Istmo Retreat Center is located just over an hour from Panama City in the beach community of Playa Grande and is just a five-minute walk from the beach. The center is an amazing tropical oasis surrounded by a rich rainforest and classes are held in an indoor screened area, on an outdoor platform in the shape of a labyrinth, and at the beach.

Nearby places

  • Beach - 5 minutes
  • Panama City - 1 hour
  • Hiking
  • Shopping
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Hammock
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

Istmo's menu has been lovingly crafted by owner and Chef Sean Davis, a graduate of a prominent cooking school in New Orleans, Louisiana. It offers a tropical fusion cuisine that blends influences from Latin America, Caribbean, India, Middle East, the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Far East, South East Asia, Cajun, Southern US, and the Pacific Rim Islands.

Most of the meals are vegetarian or fish and seafood-based. However, guests who are gluten free, vegan, or require substitutions because of food allergies can be accommodated. The meals are created from what have grown organically and supplemented by what can be purchased locally. Istmo makes every effort to maintain a light carbon footprint and supports local farmers and fisherman, buying the high majority of the produce and seafood within a 20-mile radius.

  • Cloud forest hiking
  • Salsa night with dance instruction
  • Stand up paddle boarding at a mountain lagoon
  • Visit a local market

Massage services are available for 60 USD per hour.

  • 1 daily kid's tai chi through storytelling class for ages 6 to 11
  • 2 daily adult tai chi classes for ages 12 and up
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • A cloud forest hike in El Valle
  • A visit to a local market
  • Child supervision during the adult tai chi classes
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Salsa night dance instruction for all ages
  • Stand-up paddle board (SUP) at a mountain lagoon
  • SUP on the beach
  • Transportation to all activities

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Cyn818 from Florida, USA
    10 out of 10

    "A wonderful place to escape from the city that is near, yet so far away. The hosts are indeed in tune with what their guests need and want. The food is delicious and the space very clean and refreshing. Highly recommend!"

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  • Review by Alexbaylak from Regina, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "My mother and I spent a week at the Istmo retreat. We could not have been more pleased with our stay! The rooms were very comfortable and homey. There is beautiful beach (which we basically had to ourselves) just a short walk away. The staff were incredibly welcoming, accommodating and were a pleasure to spend time with. The dogs were super friendly, easy going and a joy to have around. "

    "Neither my mom and I are experienced at yoga, but Ayesha adapted to our needs, while still pushing us to improve our practice. The yoga studio created a unique relaxed experience where you were able to enjoy the classes while listening to the surrounding nature."

    "Sean was a wonderful tour guide that showed us many incredible places by paddle board and car that ranged from the lagoons to my personal favourite, the Embera Indigenous village. Our week the perfect 'amount of busy, we got to see many different things while still getting to relax and have some of our own down time. "

    "The meals Sean made were incredible! My mother and I have a combination of gluten free and vegan between the two of us, but Sean accommodated our needs. Each day I was excited to taste what Sean had prepared! "

    "I would definitely recommend this retreat to anyone!"

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  • Review by ChristinayClaudio from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "We stayed for 2 nights and had an amazing experience. The place is very well integrated into nature, the bungalows are spacious, tastefully decorated and very clean. Our Golden Retriever liked to explore the beautiful surroundings and was very welcomed..It was all so good that we dare to try our first yoga class with Ayesha (one of the owners)."

    "When in Panama, we will definitely come back. "

    "Many thanks to Sean, Ayesha and all the staff"

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  • Review by a traveler from Panama City, Panama
    10 out of 10

    "I led a weekend Qigong Retreat at Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat Center in San Carlos, Panama. The experience with the owners, Ayesha and Sean, was extremely positive from beginning to end. Although I dealt with Ayesha mainly through Skype and e-mail, I was immediately impressed by her warmth and willingness to troubleshoot any problems that arose. Her help started with setting up a Facebook page to advertise the retreat, continued with suggestions on prices, and advertising. Over the weeks leading up to the retreat, Ayesha continued to gently offer suggestions in a timely manner. Being only an hour and 30 minutes from Panama City, Istmo is conveniently located both for people living in Panama and those flying in from abroad, making it an ideal location for retreats. The center has modern cabins which can accommodate about 20 participants as well as the retreat leader. The area for classes is a screened-in room surrounded by greenery and well supplied with yoga mats, chairs, blocks, and four ceiling fans. I asked for vegetarian meals for the participants, but the option of fish and seafood is also available. The meals are cooked by Sean and are served buffet style at a long wooden table where the participants and group leader can get to know each other and share experiences. I was impressed by the fact that Sean so easily adapted to the gluten and sugar free requirements of a couple of the participants. What's more, the most frequently repeated word during the meals was “delicious”. For a small, reasonably priced retreat center at a tropical beach, I can't recommend Istmo enough. Sean and Ayesha offer a professional experience with a personal touch. Room Tip: All cabins have a great view and a hammock on the porch."

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  • Review by Diane Rouxel from Paris, France
    10 out of 10

    "Beautiful place and nice people. I really liked the decoration of the room. The beach is really enjoyable! Food is good and dogs are friendly. Definitely going back for yoga, stand up paddle, and beach."

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  • Review by Skye W. from Playa Coronado, Panama
    10 out of 10

    "It's a peaceful setting tucked away in the jungle yet a few minutes walk away to one of the most beautiful beaches. The food was delicious and the atmosphere very calm. Added bonus was the yoga studio! Surrounded by the jungle and hard wood floors. I loved it!"

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  • Review by Mohsin A. from Chattanooga, US
    10 out of 10

    "We had a wonderful stay with Sean and Ayesha, the owners and hosts of this charming lodge. The accommodations are clean and comfortable, with gorgeous trees and plants on the property. A lovely beach is five minutes walk, and access to the Pan-Am is easy - a really convenient location for Pacific beach access, or to head to El Valle, or the interior of Panama. Service was courteous and very helpful. They provided excellent suggestions about our Panama vacation, and arranged surfing lessons, as well as our next hotel reservation. Food was delicious, locally sourced, and healthy. Dinner every evening was a special treat, great food, tasteful ambience, and wonderful conversations! I already look forward to staying here on my next Panama trip."

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  • Review by Paula B. from Valencia, Spain
    10 out of 10

    "Istmo is an amazing place full of good vibes, beautiful, clean, and surrounded by nature. Yoga classes are great and also an ideal place for practice. It has a beautiful garden too. Food, is delicious and the owners are nice."

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San Carlos, Panama

Panama's Premier Yoga Retreat Center is located steps away from a Pacific beach. The ISTMO Tropical SUP Adventure and Yoga Retreat Packages are the perfect way to explore Panama and relax!

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