Thank you Costa Rica for your sweet early morning glow, your sunlight stripes beaming through the forest canopy, leaves incandescing with excited abandon. Thank you for your friendly cows and your galloping horses, your tiny slithering snake coming by to say ‘chow’ before bedtime. Thank you Costa Rica for your peaceful watery world where I zoomed and floated about, like an astronaut weightless in space thousands of miles away. Thank you for your delectable papayas and pinas, your rice and plantains prepared with such love and care, like tasty bits of gold absorbing into my every cell. Thank you Costa Rica for your hundreds of steps up the path to my little cabina of bliss in the sky. Thank you for your magical underwater majesty and the dive instructor “Risky” who taught me and kept me safe 58’ beneath your glittery ocean surface. Thank you Costa Rica for the raucous fraternity of toads, making us jump up to scream and laugh each time they began their clamoring song. Thank you for the big leap off the bow of a pirate ship, the delicate music, the sweet tangy drinks and the savory orange sunset gleaming just above your horizon. Thank you Costa Rica for your teaming ball of grunt fish, swimming together like a delicious collective consciousness, allowing me a temporary membership in their secret community. Thank you for the calm quiet inspiration to write and for the beautiful women gathered together to learn and listen and grow on the inside as one does in these moments. Thank you Costa Rica. I hope to return soon to your wild and pure embrace. …
Yoga is optional but well worth it if you stay at Panacea. Day trips are convenient and the owners, Peter, Debbie & Mary are intensely helpful and accommodating! You'll need a 4-wheel vehicle to get to your Cabina but the trip is more than worth it! You'll fall asleep to the sound of howler monkeys in the distance, sleep with the gentle breeze of the mountain and wake up to the songs of some of the most beautiful birds on earth. The pool is magnificent and the setting is unmatched! Facilities are spotless and private.
Our cabina, the food, the teachings, all were wonderful. We especially loved the helpfulness of Mary during yoga. We took some day trips and enjoyed those as well. The area around the pool is beautiful and has stunning views.
My third year at Panacea. What a wonderful way to leave stresses of the world behind you. While there is plenty to do in Costa Rica, hiking, estuary boat trips, zip lining, I chose to concentrate on daily yoga sessions and appreciating the beauty and peace of this extraordinary retreat this year. Wonderful yoga, including some yoga nidra. Staff was wonderful and vegetarian meals fabulous.
This is an absolutely spectacular facility! Words cannot adequately describe this little slice of heaven. Peter, Debbie, and Mary are fantastic hosts. We felt like we were on vacation yet we felt right at home with the three of them. The food was fabulous, the cabinas were spotless and extremely comfortable, and the grounds and views were gorgeous! We thoroughly enjoyed the yoga classes and learned so much in the process. We had never been to a yoga retreat before so we didn't know what to expect but any expectations we could have had were exceeded. We had a wonderful experience and we highly recommend this facility!