10 Days Heart and Eyes Wide Open Transformational Journey Within 100hr YTT Course in Boquete, Panama

Event Highlights

  • 100hr certificate towards a 200hr or 300hr Yoga Teacher Training with YiA Yoga
  • Yoga Alliance® Transformational School & Continuing Education Provider (YACEP)
  • Katherine Sophia is an experienced Master Space Holder for profound transformation
  • Be embraced by the sheer lush beauty of Boquete in safety, nature and calming energy
  • Experience the immense healing powers of Breathe and Believe connected breathwork
  • Leave feeling fully empowered to be the author of your life and fully present in your body
  • Unite and expand with your transformational tribe and make lifetime connections
  • Maximum of 15 students per transformation for proper individual attention


Arrival and departure days

Check-in begins anytime after 1 p.m. on the first Friday of your transformational session and check out is the second Sunday at 10 a.m. Students are able to come both before and after the training dates based on availability at the retreat center. The opening circle will begin at 6 p.m. on the first day of your journey. Please arrive in all white clothing and bring a framed 4 by 6 picture of just yourself and a journal.
Daily schedule

07:30 Perfecting your morning rituals: Gratitude journaling, soul journaling, meditation, yoga, dance, exercise, nature, breathwork, etc.
08:30 - 09:00 Guided group meditation
09:00 - 09:30 Morning connection
10:00 - 11:00 Morning transformation session
11:00 - 12:00 Morning movement
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00 Nature exploration and soul journaling
15:00 - 16:30 Afternoon transformation session
16:30 - 17:00 Closing circle
17:00 - 18:00 Dinner break
18:00 - 19:00 Optional evening activities (yoga, inspirational movies, bonfires, games, arts and crafts, etc.)

About This Event

The greatest spark for transformation starts with complete acceptance as you are. All the beauty of your luminous light and the shadows it casts. It is stepping into the awareness that these two energies work together united in perfect harmony. This acceptance catapults you into the present moment of sweet surrender and unconditional love. It is from this space of having your heart and eyes wide open that you enter into deep awareness and you realize that you are not broken. You realize that all the answers you seek already exist within and always have. You come to know that inside each and every one of us lies an unwavering joy and peace that you simply must choose to connect to, to remember. This transformation is open to people of all ages, physical levels, and religious and spiritual paths. If you can breathe, you can join.

Unite with YiA Yoga to accomplish the most valuable work you can do in this lifetime, to come home to your highest selves and surrender into the sweet embrace your innate states of unconditional love, bliss, clarity, connection, health, awareness, and trust. To tune your systems back to the places where you feel most aligned, most alive, most in love, in harmony.


This transformation is designed to be suitable for adults of all ages, religious and spiritual backgrounds. Together, you will practice the power of love and gratitude, which crosses all cultures, beliefs, and philosophies.

Come exactly as you are in mind, body, and spirit.

No preparations are needed to attend this transformation except a desire to align and live a life abundant with joy, health, love, clarity, pleasure, and purpose. You will engage in physical activities but can accommodate all body designs, strengths and limitations.

All of the activities, experiences, and classes are optional. This is your transformation and YiA Yoga trusts you know what tools work best for you.


The course/hours count as Continuing Education hours for Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®) only.


YiA International School of Personal Transformation & Yoga offers life-changing trainings, workshops, and retreats around the world. YiA is a Yoga Alliance® Registered Yoga School and YACEP® Continuing Education Provider offering both beginner and master level trainings. Upon completion, for those who desire to become a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance® these hours can count towards your 200hr or 300hr certification with YiA Yoga. For those who are already RYTs, you will be able to submit the transformational retreat hours for Continuing Education Credit through the YACEP® school. For those who just seek the transformational experience, these hours weave and embed in your mind, body and spirit, the most important space within.

Do you have the courage to take off the mask of perfection and veil of unawareness and show up as you are? To see the beauty of it all? To feel the freedom, the acceptance, the light? When you are real, it is when you truly heal, and when you do this, you empower others around you to do the same. You empower universal healing and pure surrender. You drop your weights and weapons and expose your hearts to one another, your most powerful weapon.

You unite as one, perfectly imperfect. Instead of seeking out the differences in one another, you start to see and feel that you are kindred in spirit. That there are no differences between you; you are the same. All here in the name of remembering that each one of our unique designs was make in the name of love, in perfect energy and harmony. It is this knowing, you seek to return to, this universal truth. You are here to break down the layers of brick and mortar that you have built to protect your heart, to crumble the walls that are dimming your light. The burst of energy that ignited your spirit at the moment of conception that created fireworks all around you are the sparks of the universal love we all desire to connect back to.

During this transformation, you will be reminded of the immense power that resides in the awareness of each one of your heart centers and united as a sacred tribe and family, you will empower one another to fully step into the potential of your being. You will delve deeper into taking on the responsibility of being the author and creator of your own life. You will experience throughout your entire system what it feels like to be in full alignment with the bright light inside each one of you. You will re-write parts of your story that are not serving you. You will surrender deeply into the immensely transformational power of now, and create a clear and aligned vision for the abundant life that calls to you every day.

You unite together in a tribe to soothe the battle wounds of life to then reconnect to the space of wholeness that is within to create a magical vision for the future. To feel into the profound intelligence of the human energetic design that holds all the answers you seek. To be held so deeply in a space of love, that you feel fully empowered to expose all aspects of your being vulnerability, even the pieces of yourself you have been told are immoral, or incorrect. Through this life-changing journey, you come to experience the oneness that is within everything and start to live your life from that empowered space of connection.

You cannot change your past, but you can change how you tell your story. You can arrive in the present moment seated in the sweet embrace of surrender and trust and move into your future with unwavering clarity of your unique path and purpose that you are being called to and guided to every day, every moment.

You are invited to step into you. All of you. All of your potential. All of your strengths and all of your weaknesses. To step into your purpose and calling. To return home to bliss, love, and awareness.

Come prepared

To connect to the never-ending universal love within

To explore the intelligence of the energetic body

To expand your connection to your heart center

To enter into the present moment

To see the beauty all around you

To meditate, breathe and expand

To remember who you are

To create a clear vision

To breathe

To forgive

To love

To be

Yoga is not just about getting on your mat and doing the postures. Yoga is a path to guide you on this journey called life. It is the process of becoming who you truly are at your core, your highest self. It is about learning to love yourself, those around you and life! It is about shining your light into the world to be of service to others. It is about learning to truly listen to your body. To connect with nature and spirit. To connect with others as one.

It is about being kind. Showing compassion for others and for yourself. It is about finding your truth and living your truth. It's about seeing life as a world of abundance. It's about knowing that at this moment, everything is exactly as it should be. It's about moving forward with clear awareness and vision. It is about learning to use your energy wisely and not allowing unnecessary negative energy to take over your being.

It is about letting go of attachments, knowing the only thing that is consistent is change. It's about learning to flow like water, gracefully over the bumps along the way. It is about getting knocked down and always getting back up with a new perspective. It is about accepting that the light produces the shadow in perfect harmony. They go hand in hand, working in unison.

Just doing yoga postures will not change your life, but doing the work that goes along with the postures will.

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self. (Bhagavad Gita)

What's Included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily guided meditations
  • Breathe and Believe connected breathwork sessions
  • Soul journaling
  • Gratitude exercises
  • Vision boarding
  • Yoga classes
  • Nature hike
  • Hot springs water blessing
  • Ice bath experience
  • Ecstatic movement
  • Beach graduation ceremony

What's Not Included

Additional excursions and activities
Spa treatments
Airport transfers

Venue Highlights

Boquete is the heart chakra of Mother Earth. She embraces you with her lush tropical natural beauty with her mountains, rivers, flowers, and rainbows. She is nothing shy of breathtakingly beautiful. She will hold you close to her heart with her calming energy but beware, you may never want to leave. It has happened to many.

"I have traveled the world & never seen anything more beautiful then the natural beauty of Boquete! It is the place I call home. The place where I feel most safe, most held, most connected, most grounded and deeply rooted. My love for her will never waiver." - Katherine Sophia

Boquete is ecotourism and adventure travel capital of Panama, you name it, Boquete has it. For extreme adrenaline junkies, you can go white water river rafting down the Chiriqui Viejo River, go rock climbing in Bajo Mono, fly through the jungle on the zip lines of Palo Alto or go waterfall repelling or cliff jumping at Canjilones Canyon.

For beach enthusiasts, consider a trip to the archipelago of Bocas del Toro to indulge in the relaxing chill Caribbean vibe, hop over to San Blas islands to experience the rich history and culture of the Kuna Indians, or go island hopping from Boca Chica where you can see and experience an abundance of sea life on Isla Coiba.

For coffee lovers, Boquete is home to the most expensive and best coffee in the world and a tour is a must. If you are up for a hike, Boquete has unbelievable trails for hikers of all levels. For a challenging trek and a chance to view both oceans from Panama's highest point, hike and camp to the top of the Baru Volcano, or step into La Amistad National Park and walk the footpath of the Quetzals Trail. The abundance of lush rainforest, animals, and waterfalls will take your breath away.

For a relaxing afternoon, you can soak the day away in the natural hot springs of Caldera or go for a leisurely horseback ride through the rolling mountains with breathtaking views or go on a bird watching tour.


San Miguel Boutique Cabañas

On-site lodging is available at the beautiful San Miguel Boutique Cabañas. This charming hotel is surrounded by beautiful lush gardens creating a serene natural environment for you to delve into your transformation journey. Each cabaña has three bedrooms, kitchen, breakfast bar, living room, hot water, and Wi-Fi. There are also hammocks to relax in outside with social areas to enjoy the perfect of weather of Boquete. The accommodation allows you to bring friends and family with you on your journey shall you so desire. YiA Yoga also offers an array of other various lodging options to suit your needs.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping


Meals are not included, but private catering is available upon request. Each of the on-site villas has a full-service kitchen and within walking distance of the villas, there are several grocery stores and restaurants. Many times the students cook and eat together both inside the resort and outside in the beautiful town. There are more restaurants per capita in Boquete than anywhere else in Panama. Whatever you crave, they have it!

Whether you desire an evening of fine dining or an inexpensive quick meal, you can find restaurants featuring local and international cuisine including Mexican, Italian, Peruvian, American, Chinese, Argentinian, Japanese, and of course delicious Panamanian. It also hosts several adorable coffee and chocolate shops and an abundance of delicious bakeries.


Arrival by airplane

The closest airport to Boquete is Enrique Malek airport in David (DAV), which is an hour flight from Panama City, Panama. Transfer to and from the airport is available upon request for the cost of 45 USD. It is a 45-minute ride to the retreat location.

There are two airlines that fly from Panama City to David, Copa and Air Panama. If you arrive in Panama City at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and are flying to David with Air Panama, you will need to take a taxi to Albrook Marcos A. Gelabert Airport (PAC), which is around 25 - 45 minutes away depending on the time of day and may take additional time if traffic is backed up.

If you are flying Copa, you will fly out of the same airport. You should allow at least three hours between landing at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and getting to Albrook Marcos A. Gelabert Airport (PAC) or bus station because of customs, immigration, and the journey within Panama City.

Eight major US cities offer direct, cheap, daily flights to Panama City: Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Orlando. You can also fly directly from Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, and other locations around Europe.

Panama City, Panama and San Jose, Costa Rica are the same distance from Boquete, so you are suggested to check prices for both locations, but be aware that flights to David from San Jose are less frequent and usually route through Panama City. If you plan to take the bus, San Jose could be the cheaper option.

A taxi from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) to a hotel in Panama City center should cost around 25 to 35 USD.

Arrival by bus

From Panama City or San Jose to Boquete, it is approximately six to eight hours by bus or car. From David to Boquete it is approximately 45 to 60 minutes by bus, taxi, or a shuttle.

If you want to take a bus to David from Panama City, you first have to take a taxi from Tocumen International Airport (PTY) or from your hotel in Panama City to Albrook bus terminal.

Busses depart Panama City to David almost every hour, so you do not have to pre-book your journey. The only dates when you will not be able to easily catch a bus is when it is a Panamanian National Holiday. The first bus departs every day at 6:00 a.m. and the last one departs at 3:00 a.m.

Arrival by shuttle or car

You may also rent a car in Panama City and drive to Boquete. This is a good option for those who feel comfortable driving in other countries, but maybe overwhelming to drivers who are not familiar in driving in foreign countries. Budget, Alamo and Dollar Rent a Car have offices in David.

YiA can arrange private shuttles from your arrival airport in Panama City directly to Boquete for 450 USD. You will walk off the flight and have your very own bi-lingual tour guide waiting for you with a sign with your name on it. No taxis, no airport transfers, no hassles. And, you can make stops along the way whenever you would like! To book a transfer, contact YiA Yoga today.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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