6 Nights Winter Escape Yoga Retreat

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Escape the cold and chaotic December rush, and invest in this weeklong yoga retreat to refresh and recharge your spirit. End your year with the strength and calm of a Sansara Signature Yoga Retreat with Amara DePaul and Katie Highsmith.


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 5 hours away from the country’s capital; Panama City. Where the mountains meet the sea, this quiet and nearly untouched area of Panama provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing vacation experience.

Experience luxury, relaxation, and wellness on this Sansara vacation. Enjoy Sansara’s inviting beach and pool front restaurant offering nutritious meals and snacks throughout your stay. Cool off in the stunning salt-water pool overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. And relax on Sansara’s tranquil open-air beachfront yoga studio faces the Pacific Ocean.

A day can easily become filled exploring the miles of picture-perfect Pacific coastline, surfing the warm waters, or lounging in a hammock under the trees. The beautiful community of Cambutal awaits you; and you are invited to come flow at Sansara.

Retreat Offerings:

- 6 nights of luxury accommodations.

- Twice daily yoga classes sunrise and sunset overlooking the Pacific Ocean

- Three healthy balanced meals each day

- Complimentary use of SUP boards, Kayaks, Bikes

- 1 Complimentary group surf lesson.

- Luxury Van Transportation to and from Panama City to Sansara, Cambutal.

- Organic bathroom products, high quality linens and beach towels provided.

- Complimentary Cooking Class

- Cinema Under the Stars & Beach Bonfire 

- Complimentary Sansara Welcome Gift.

Investment Price Starting Per Person (+10% Panamanian Tax):

$1,495.00 USD - Quad Occupancy Loft Cabana

$1,695.00 USD - Triple Occupancy Master Cabana

$1,995.00 USD - Double Occupancy Luxury Cabana

$2,395.00 USD - Single Occupancy Luxury Cabana

What’s not included:

    Airfare to Panama City

    Additional excursions

    Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs

    Travel insurance (recommended)



1 complementary surf lesson

Complementary cooking class

Daily sunrise and sunset yoga classes

Complimentary use of SUP boards, bikes, and kayaks

3 daily healthy, balanced meals

6 nights accommodation

Sansara welcome gift

Activities and Things to do (optional):

Bike rides, Borrow a book from the Sansara library, Cooking class, Fishing tours and sunset boat trips, Guided meditations, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Lounge, Massaging, Movie under the stars, Nature hikes, Private yoga instruction, Snorkeling, Spa treatments, Stand up paddleboarding and additional lessons, Surfing and additional lessons


Enjoy pure luxury in one of Sansara’s eleven private, oceanfront cabanas. Designed to inspire serenity; the zen-like atmosphere of Sansara blends 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.

Within each cabana, you will find vibrant warm colors and incredible tropical hardwood details, furniture, and art which have all been sourced and made locally. Featuring stunning views, of the Pacific Ocean, and tropical gardens that surround you. Each cabana is just steps away from the warm water of the ocean.

Each room is designed differently with a selection of king, queen, and twin bed options. The cabanas occupancy is for one to four adults, perfect for solo travelers, couples, friends, or families. Choose from the beautiful pool-front cabanas or unique second story rooftop suite.

All rooms at Sansara have been outfitted with luxurious bath products to soften your skin, high quality linens, air-conditioning, mini-fridge to keep your refreshments cold, and safety deposit box to stow your valuable away. Make your stay as relaxed and comfortable as possible at Sansara.


The onsite restaurant will specialize in nutritious cuisine. Experience the joy and flavor of dining on fish from just beyond the surf break, and fresh vegetables from the neighbor down the road. This is fresh, healthy living at its purest form. If you have any dietary restrictions, Sansara can make sure to accommodate your needs without diminishing your dining experience, as long as they are informed prior to your arrival.

Typical Schedule

6 am - Nutrition break (coffee/tea & light breakfast- granola, fruit & yogurt)

7 am -  Guided yoga session.

8:30 am - Much deserved breakfast at our onsite restaurant

*Flow Freely* - After breakfast, enjoy some free flow time by trying out Stand Up Paddling (SUP), Kayaking, Surfing or relax on the beach and soak up some sun!

12:30 pm - Lunch. Refuel and get ready for the afternoon with a nutritious meal

* Flow Freely * Spend the afternoon snorkeling, exploring the area, relaxing with a massage at the spa or borrow a book from the library and chill by the pool

5:30 pm - Candlelight yoga. Stretch out and unwind with a gentle flow/restorative guided yoga session

7:00 pm - Dinner. Enjoy a gourmet meal and share stories of the day


We recommend everyone to fly into Panama City (PTY) 1 day prior to the retreats start date, as the complimentary shuttle takes place the morning of the retreat start date Sunday, December 11thth at approx. 9am. This shuttle departs from a list of our recommended hotels (only) they are located in Casco Viejo (Old City). See below.

This is also where, on the return you will be dropped off- The complimentary shuttle will be departing Sansara the morning of Saturday December 17thth, arriving into Panama City at approx. 2-3pm.

Host Yoga Teachers:

HOST TEACHER: Katie Highsmith

Katie went to her first yoga class in 2012 and immediately fell in love with the practice and the power it had to completely transform every day. The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of her yoga practice have left Katie with a deeper appreciation of and increased passion for the life she is creating. She completed her 200-hour RYT certification in June 2015 at BIG Power Yoga in Houston, TX and can't wait for the next opportunity to expand her knowledge, love, and growth in her practice. Since then, Katie has also attended Baptiste Art of Assisting and has been involved with the teacher training program at her studio for the last year and a half.

As a yoga teacher, Katie is committed to showing up authentically, challenging your perceptions, and reminding you that you are awesome exactly as you are. Off her mat, Katie lives her life to focus on the things she loves most, which include her family, friends, playing in the sunshine, swimming, and dancing until past her bedtime.


Amara’s yoga journey started in 2008, and after experiencing the powerful practice of Baptiste yoga in 2012 and its ability to transform, she knew she wanted to share that with others. In June 2014, Amara completed her 200-hour RYT certification at BIG, and another 200 hr through Baptiste Yoga. Additionally, Amara has been pursuing certification as a leadership and goal coach through igolu with Susanne Conrad in Santa Monica, Ca.  

For Amara, yoga gives access to leaving behind her comfort zone, finding new areas for growth, and getting out of her head and into living her life to the fullest! Amara’s teaching reflects her love for the practice, and she is committed to delivering a physical practice while providing a supportive space for your own growth and self-discovery. When she’s not at the studio, Amara can be found traveling and adventuring with her husband, planning yoga retreats, and drinking red wine. She's thrilled to be coming back to Sansara to lead her second Sansara Signature Retreat, Winter Escape 2016. 

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  • Dec 11, 2016 - Dec 17, 2016 (7 days)


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