Panama·January - March
RENEW ♢ RESET ♢ REALIGNVIEW DATES
Open your heart, rejuvenate your body and relax your mind in this week-long revive retreat on the secluded Isla Colon in Panama. Immerse yourself in sacred breathwork, yoga, and meditation; and, nourish your whole being with vibrant, healthy raw food, fresh juices, and teas as you join international yoga instructors Brianna Persall and Mimi Adeogba, DN, Ph.D., for this relaxing, inspired, and meticulously crafted wellness + yoga retreat. Bird Island Bungalows, a tranquil haven nestled between the tropical rainforest and the pristine sandy beach will be your home for this 8-day reset. Each room is carefully accentuated with your relaxation top of mind. Awaken each morning with leisurely yoga flow or restorative practices, enjoy detoxifying elixirs, and intoxicate your essence with fresh island breezes. Spend your afternoons in the pool contemplating the endless ocean, soaking in a rejuvenating massage or casually exploring your local surroundings. Allow your body to surrender over to its own innate healing abilities through meditation, restorative spa treatments, stimulating conversations, and both cultural and spiritual experiences. Revive your consciousness, empower your intentions and live life with renewed purpose. Your time is now.
8 Days at Bird Island Bungalows
3 Delicious and Healthy Meals Daily
Fresh Drinking Water and Herbal Teas
Daily Yoga Classes
Excursions to Local Attractions
Daily Meditation and Breathwork
Detox Juices and Smoothies
This is perhaps a big, life changing decision and you've probably got some questions. Book a discovery call to meet your instructors, receive answers, and gain clarity about this course and it's suitability for you.
Be guided through various styles of yoga and meditation for all levels and experience.
Explore surrounding rainforests and pristine beaches that nourish & inspire.
Gather, surrender and transform with ancient indigenous practices and rituals.
Plant-based, organic and locally grown to nourish the body, mind and spirit.
Mimi is an e-RYT 500-Hour certified Yoga Alliance, USA, Continuing Education Provider, who loves teaching yoga asana, anatomy and physiology, and lifestyle. She received 200-Hour training in Hatha yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow in Guanacaste, Costa Rica; and 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. When in the US, Mimi teaches private, public yoga classes and workshops at studios and corporations in Atlanta, Georgia, and in Little Rock, AR.
Mimi teaches yoga teacher courses in Indonesia, Rishikesh, Italy, France, Mexico and Costa Rica. As a visiting teacher at Rishikesh Yogpeeth, Rishikesh Yog Sansthan, Adhiroha, YogaMea and Co.Inspire, she helped develop and enhance the yoga teacher training curriculum for the 200-, 300-, and 500-hour courses. She has been invited to consult on opening yoga teacher training schools in the US, Italy and Bucharest, Romania. Her love of yoga and of traveling inspired her to create destination teacher training courses in 2016 when she co-founded Swadhyaya Yoga School.
In 2020, in response to the global epidemic, Mimi co-created the SYS online (membership-based) yoga teacher training course and began expanding offerings to her students seeking stay-at-home training options.
Mimi is trained in Ayurveda and holds two doctorates in Naturology, D.N., and Ph.D., from the American Institute of Holistic Theology, Birmingham, Alabama. She studied various biological sciences at Yale University, Baylor College of Medicine, and New Mexico State University; and, hosts the podcast “SHIfT HAPPENS on the Path of Yoga.”
Brianna is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, 500-Hour certified
yoga instructor, and founder of Well Daily. After studying design and marketing at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON, and working in the creative marketing industry, Brianna began to face personal health challenges, and it was then that she turned to alternative healing, yoga, and holistic nutrition.
Brianna received her 200-Hour training in Hatha yoga and Vinyasa flow in Costa Rica, followed by a 300-Hour certification in Rishikesh, India, where she studied integrated Hatha, Ashtanga, and Iyengar. To deepen her knowledge of the body, Brianna earned a diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver, BC. Brianna takes a hands-on approach to yoga, using her knowledge of anatomy to help students with realignments while offering modifications for all body types and abilities.
Brianna believes that wellness should be accessible and integrated into our everyday lives. As the founder of health and wellness website and online business Well Daily, she offers business coaching, marketing consultations, and social media support for companies looking to build conscious, authentic brands. She also teaches corporate yoga classes, private sessions, and wellness workshops in Vancouver, BC. Her love for travel and experiencing new places has inspired her to lead yoga teacher training and retreats worldwide in the hopes of empowering others to take their health into their own hands.
Bird Island Bungalows
Embrace the vibrancy of the jungle and serenity of the sea at Bird Island Bungalows. A quiet and fresh space surrounded by chic tropical gardens with exuberant vegetation. Each room is curated with care to invoke a peaceful and nourishing time while enjoying the sounds and view of the forest and ocean breezes. Feel inspired during your classes held daily in the open-air shala overlooking the jungle. Delicious and healthy meals are prepared by the culinary expert and award-winning chef to nourish, rejuvenate, and energize your journey.
Sweet and simple private room with ocean view queen bed. The ensuite private bathroom features a hot water shower and toilet. Amenities: Wifi and fan.
Blissful and spacious ocean-view suite with queen bed. Private ensuite bathroom with hot water shower and toilet. Amenities: Wifi, lounge space, and fan.
Spectacular and secluded ocean view bungalow with queen bed. Take in your lush surroundings from your private terrace and outdoor shower. Private ensuite bathroom with hot water shower and toilet. Amenities: Wifi, private terrace, and fan.
Arrive and settle into your new home for the week. Get ready to recharge, revive and re-align. Meet your new friends and enjoy a welcome drink before an evening meditation and opening circle. Enjoy a nourishing, vegetarian dinner prepared by our onsite chef.
Awake to a lush, tropical paradise, and enjoy a wholesome and hearty breakfast. Experience a relaxing morning before invigorating your body with a heart-opening yoga class. After a delicious lunch, you can choose from a range of spa treatments to relax before an intention-setting workshop. We finish the day with a dinner of healthy vegetarian dishes.
Start your day with fresh local fruits, raw granola, and cold-pressed juice. We will meet in our open-air yoga shala for class and breathwork, followed by a nutritious lunch. In the afternoon, you can relax by the pool, then slowly slide into the evening with a meditation practice and a delicious group dinner.
Ease into the day with a wholesome breakfast followed by yoga and meditation. After lunch, we will head out on our excursion where we will visit and explore the lush surroundings of the island. We will get back in time for a relaxing yoga Nidra before a nourishing dinner.
You have a chill day today to recuperate from yesterday's activities. Enjoy a gentle vinyasa flow followed by a hearty, healthy breakfast. After lunch, kick back and relax however you'd like — perhaps curling up with a book, taking a swim in the pool, or exploring the nearby village. Wind down the day with evening meditation and nutritious dinner.
Greet your day with detox water or fresh herbal tea and follow that up with a gentle movement class. After breakfast, explore a nature excursion while delighting in great company. The day peaks with a lovely organic lunch spread prepared with fruits and vegetables cultivated right here on the property. End this fulfilling day with a nourishing feast, followed by a soothing yoga Nidra practice.
Fuel up on local fruits and homemade breakfast this morning before an optional nature excursion or relax by the pool. We will meet together for morning yoga practice and breathwork. After a satisfying lunch, you can select a relaxing spa treatment before our closing circle and meditation. We will enjoy our last supper together of homemade vegetarian dishes.
After a final energizing breakfast, you'll say your goodbyes, give your final hugs and leave Bird Island Bungalows feeling revived, empowered, and renewed with purpose — ready to take on the world and live your best life.
As lifelong students ourselves, we understand the importance of surrounding yourself with impeccable teachers. Come chat with us to get a sense of our teaching background and style to see how it aligns with what you're seeking.
Students from across the globe unite for this special journey together. Here’s what they shared about their experience:
Well Daily + Swadhyaya Yoga School has designed courses in the most comprehensive and unique way, empowering you to stand apart as an inspired yoga teacher. The path of yoga is steeped in tradition and has been evolving and cultivating awareness and mindfulness practices among spiritual aspirants for millennia.
The 200-hour curriculum establishes the postures for the students and introduces Sanskrit terms for each asana (beginner to intermediate instruction). In addition, students are encouraged to understand and utilize Sanskrit terms, in addition to English terms, when referring to each posture. Prerequisite: Some exposure to yoga through public classes or videos, with a minimum of 2 years of practice. Practice need not be consistent (i.e., 1-3 days a week). No prior teacher training certificate is required.
Yes. You will be qualified to teach beginner to intermediate-level practitioners upon completion of your 200-hour training. You will be qualified to teach all levels of practitioners after your 300- and/or 500-hour registered yoga teacher training course. Your ability to teach will be reinforced by your commitment to your personal practice and continued self-study.
The Yoga Alliance®️ is the largest non-profit association representing the yoga community. Its mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga through various initiatives. Swadhyaya Yoga School is a 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance.
No. There are classes on Saturdays and you will be immersed in training six days per week. However, students do have the option to relax on Sundays or join fellow classmates and staff on cultural excursions.
A 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training course is a comprehensive program designed to teach future yoga teachers practical hands-on and theoretical aspects of Yogic philosophy and lifestyle in a manner that allows yoga aspirants and instructors alike to elevate their practice and simultaneously conditions them to become knowledgeable, credible, and compassionate teachers. The curriculum is designed to deliver this training during 200 hours of experiential practice, written assignments, and discourse.
"RYT 200" is an acronym that stands for Registered Yoga Teacher 200-Hour. "200-Hour" means you have studied and accumulated 200 hours of information and study time. Essentially, it means that the yoga aspirant has spent time actively learning about the principles which form the foundation of yoga: such as the moral and ethical codes, discipline, mindfulness, inner awareness.
Yes. You can join our course if you are completely new to yoga. We do ask, however, that you spend some time studying a little bit about what it is you are getting into. You can do this by reading books, attending yoga classes, speaking to others who are practicing yoga regularly. Yoga is more than just exercise and being physically fit. It is a way of life. To practice yoga is to practice mindfulness and the purpose of the postures that have been popularized in the west is so that the student can remain in seated meditative postures for longer periods of time. Click here to see a recommended reading list that our highly qualified and skilled yoga practitioners have compiled.
Yes. While your days are relatively full from sunup to sundown, the daily schedule has amply apportioned free time for rest and self-study. Classes are six days a week and Sundays are a rest day, the perfect time to pamper yourself or take in the sights. If you would like some assistance, one of our staff will be happy to make suggestions and assist with arranging activities of your choice.
Yes. Students come to learn with Swadhyaya Yoga School from all over the world from an array of cultures. To date, we have representation from students from over 120 countries around the globe.
Swadhyaya Yoga School advances expression, education, and awareness of Hatha, Ashtanga, and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. While the focus will be on these practices, we may also explore other styles of yoga, such as Restorative, Yin, Iyengar, Children’s, and Elderly. The latter practices, hold a secondary role in the practitioners' studies with us.
Hatha yoga is a branch of yoga derived from one of the six schools of Hinduism. It is the science of yoga which purifies the whole physical body by means of shatkarma (six cleansing practices), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), mudra (seals), bandha (locks) and concentration, as a prelude to raja (Kingly) yoga and samadhi (higher state of awareness commonly referred to as “bliss”). All of which are explored during your teacher training program.
Ashtanga Yoga is understood by the yogic scholar as the eight-limbs of Sage Patanjali: yama (moral code), niyama (self-restraints), asana (posture), pranayama (breathing practices), pratyahara (sense withdrawal), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), samadhi (bliss). Ashtanga Yoga is often confused with the popularized vinyāsa style of yoga developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 1948. Both the origin and sequences developed by Jois, as well as Patanjali’s teachings, will be explored during this yoga teacher training course.
In order to adhere to the yogic lifestyle, we abide by a yogic code of conduct which includes eating predominantly vegetarian or vegan (no meat or fish will be served onsite during the course) Consumption of alcohol, non-prescribed drugs, and use of tobacco (vapes, cigarettes, pipes, etc.) are strongly advised against during your course.
Drinking coffee is not recommended and will not be provided for students during your course. It is not conducive to yoga practice and may interfere with the students’ ability to practice asana.
*Available for an additional fee
Final payments are due 30 days before the start date of the retreat.
If cancellation takes place within 7 days of booking the training, 100% of the paid training price, minus your deposit, is refundable. Cancellation requests must always be submitted in writing.
Cancel Under 60 Days Prior to Course Start Date
If you submit a written cancellation request less than 60 days from the training start date, unfortunately we cannot issue a refund for your deposit or the training itself. However, we can transfer the booking to another training date of equal value, at no extra administrative cost.
Cancel 60-120+ Days Prior to Course Start Date
If you submit a written cancellation request more than 60 days from the training start date, you can be refunded for the cost of the retreat, minus your deposit. However, we can transfer the booking to another training date of equal value, at no extra administrative cost.
We recommend participants purchase travel insurance when making travel plans; and, although health insurance is not a requirement for entry into Panama, it is highly recommended.
Since each country offers different travel insurance plans, we suggest a policy that has both COVID-19 AND trip cancellation language, such as “cancel for any reason.” Terminology such as this will protect against the rare chance of cancellation.
For US-based travelers, reasonably priced travel insurance that complies with Panama regulations can be found with Trawick Travel Insurance. We encourage you to shop around.
Panama is constantly changing their travel regulations. By the time our course begins in January 2022, it is very likely protocols to enter the country will become less stringent.
Panama is currently open to international travelers from all countries. In keeping with maintaining the safety and health of both tourists and locals, however, a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry for non-vaccinated travelers.
Non-vaccinated travelers arriving from or that have transited through High-Risk countries in the last 15 days will be required to quarantine for 72 hours in a hotel — the traveler is responsible for 100% of the cost of the stay.
Travelers arriving from High-Risk countries who can present a complete vaccination scheme, equal to or greater than 14 days after the last dose, will be exempt from the 72-hour quarantine.
Click the Entry Requirements link to learn more about travel to Panama, including the High-Risk countries list.
Bocas Town, Isla Colon, the location of Bird Island Bungalows, currently has no restrictions because there are almost no cases of COVID-19. Bocas Town is a secluded beach town with a very relaxed and easy-going quality of life. In taxis and public transportation, masks are to be worn.
To comply with sanitary recommendations by the CDC and Ministerio de Salud in Panama, Bird Island Bungalows will supply disinfection liquids for yoga props that align with sustainability practices in operation at the facility, yet which ensure proper disinfection from COVID-19.
Additionally, temperature screenings will be conducted at check-in.
We ask that students honor each other in this space during the first few days of acclimating to our new surroundings and new neighbors and respectfully maintain your distance 6 feet apart from others.
More importantly, practice awareness, consideration, and compassion with each other. This includes washing and disinfecting your hands before and after meals, and according to best hygiene practices.