Body and Soul Yoga Retreat

Bird Island Bungalows - Drago del Mar, Isla Colon

Arrive in Panama City on Sunday, May 26 (overnight accommodations included before heading to our island retreat location the following day)

The trip dates are :May 26- June 4, 2024.

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Single queen: $3,394

Shared queen: $2,998

Price Includes:

9 nights lodging (7 in Bocas del Toro and 2 nights in Panama City)

Roundtrip flight from Panama City to Bocas del Toro

All meals - all dietary needs can be easily accommodated

Transportation to/from hotel in Panama City to the airports Transportation to/from the hotel in Bocas del Toro from the airport Trip Coordination and onsite guide service by Tara

Pricing is based on a buyout policy for groups - so the hotel would be exclusively ours

Two yoga classes per day

Secluded and nature focused - easy beach access and free use of kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and snorkeling gear

Filtered rainwater pool

Rooms are not air conditioned but do have fans - fully sustainable resort with solar power

Live music during yoga sessions

YACEP credits

Copy of Noelle's book (Morning and Evening Affirmation Journal)

Individualized sessions/mini workshops on optimal movement and anatomy for yoga practice

Miraflores Locks - IMAX Movie about the Panama Canal and access to the viewing platform to see the ships come through the locks

NOT included



Extra Excursions - drumming lessons, harmonium lessons, bodywork sessions (thai yoga, myofascial release, craniosacral work, etc), Surf lessons by local guides, animal and nature adventures

Spa Treatments

Airfare to/from from US


Noelle Whittington, E-RYT 500 + YACEP, is an author, yoga mentor since 2006, spiritual life coach, and musician. Although Noelle is based in Wilmington NC where she teaches and plays music for weekly Yoga classes, you can also catch Noelle presenting at International music events, facilitating Yoga Teacher Trainings, Yoga and Music Festivals, and Yoga retreats. Noelle is the creator and founder of Soul Alchemy Course, an online group coaching course based on Vedic Wisdom and community designed to help people find their purpose and live a life of fulfillment. She also offers music lessons, life coaching, mentorship programs for yoga teachers, and mantra and yoga philosophy studies programs both in person and online. Noelle is the Senior Trainer of the service-based Kunga Yoga School, where she has facilitated Yoga teacher training programs for 10 years, helping to raise over $100,000 for charities like Homes of Hope Orphanages in India, where she had led a group on a service-based retreat more than 5 times and has led more than 11 international Yoga retreats all over the world. Noelle recently became a published author with "Morning and Evening Affirmation Journal ", available wherever books are sold

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Jess Hartmann, PT, DPT, PhD, E-RYT 500 + YACEP, is a physical therapist, medical yoga therapist, yoga teacher, and educator. Based out of Wilmington, NC, Jess owns and operates Integrative Rehab and Wellness, Inc., where she specializes in osteopathic manual physical therapy and yoga therapy. Jess also helped to develop the Minor in Yoga Studies at University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she currently teaches undergraduate classes. In addition to lecturing in the classroom, Jess has facilitated multiple international study abroad adventures to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama. Jess teaches Yoga Anatomy for 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher training programs in the southeastern United States. She serves as the Chairwoman of the Board for Yoga Village, a local nonprofit that works to bring yoga and mindfulness practices to the community’s most vulnerable populations.


Tara is the founder of Viva Adventures, an international travel agency, based in Costa Rica, that has recently celebrated its 10th year of operation. Tara has designed hundreds of custom vacations and retreats and has personally led trips in seven countries. Tara is fully bilingual English/Spanish and lives full time in Costa Rica. In addition, Tara is a board-certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBHWC), Wilderness First Responder, Open Water Lifeguard and Former Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV). You’re in great hands with Tara’s 12 years of experience living and traveling in Central America. Tara is looking forward to meeting you in Panama and coordinating this incredible yoga retreat that you will always remember.