Peace in Paradise

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 - Saturday April 28th, 2018


A week of true retreat in one of the dreamiest places on earth? We've got it covered. This six-night, seven-day retreat is all about refreshing your heart, body, mind and soul. Exhale the winter doldrums, soak in the sun, dip in the saltwater, be free and be you. Slow down and tune in to your capacity for healing, strength, balance and more. 

Elizabeth April and Checka Antifonario will lead this retreat at the stunning Sansara Resort in the small village of Cambutal, located on the Pacific Ocean at the southernmost point in Panama. Elizabeth and Checka bring over twenty combined years of inspiring, informative and dedicated teaching to this retreat, along with ever-present warmth and passion for life.

Our days will include two all-levels practices (mainly yoga with some barre sprinkled in for balance and variety) and the nourishment of three delicious locally sourced meals. During your free time, there is SO much to do - or not do! Bikes, snorkel gear, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards are all available for your use at Sansara. You can arrange a massage right at the resort. Interested in surf lessons? That's Sansara's specialty. Or maybe hammock or beach chill time with nothing on the agenda will be exactly what you need.

Sansara has become a world-renowned destination for the wellness inspired traveler not only because of its pristine location and luxurious accommodations, but because they treat their guests like family - which is why so many return again and again to this special place in paradise! 

Important Travel Note: You will fly to Panama City for this retreat, and from there we will travel to Sansara together via private shuttle (included in your retreat price). The shuttle trip takes about 5 hours. We recommend arriving one day early (April 21st) to explore Panama City and settle in, but you can also take a redeye and arrive early on the first day (no later than 7:00 am). A shuttle will take us back to Panama City on the final day. Plan to depart that evening (no earlier than 6:00 pm) or stay a night in the city and leave the following morning. The shuttle will be able to pick you up from any of these recommended hotels in Casco Viejo (historic district of Panama City):

$$ Casa Antigua
$$ Magnolia Inn
$$$ Central Hotel
$$$$ American Trade Hotel
$$$$ Las Clementinas

• 6 nights lodging of luxury accommodations at Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort in Cambutal, Panama
• Transportation to and from hotel in Casco Viejo and to and from Sansara
• 3 healthy balanced meals each day beginning with dinner on our arrival to Sansara day to and ending with breakfast on our departure day; with local produce and fresh seafood
• Two practices per day overlooking the Pacific Ocean
• Fresh fruit, local fair trade coffee, tea and filter-water available daily
• 1 Complimentary rental for Kayak or SUP
• Unlimited use of snorkel gear
• Complimentary bikes for exploring the area
• Beach Bonfire
• Hypo-allergenic bedding and towels
• Organic spa products in every cabana

• Airfare to Panama City
• Meals the day/evening of arrival and departure into Panama City Casco Viejo
• Additional excursions, surf lessons and/or rentals
• Massage
• Alcohol
• Snacks/Smoothies/Juices
• Travel insurance (recommended)
• Gratuities

INVESTMENT (all prices are per person):

Shared Quad Occupancy Space- 1 space remaining in an all female quad cabana: $1750.00 -- 

BOOKING: Please contact Sansara Resort to confirm your booking --

Meet your Leaders:

Known for her alignment based instruction paired with creative and intelligent sequencing, Elizabeth hopes her yoga students leave class feeling balanced, inspired, and taken care of. She strives to create space safe for every body to explore and discover a practice that serves them and that they can carry with them through all phases of life. Elizabeth completed her first Yoga Teacher Training in 2008 with Annie Carpenter and Sonya Cottle of YogaWorks, and has been teaching and deepening her lifelong study of the practice ever since.

Elizabeth received her 100-hour Barre Training in 2014 under the guidance of Andrea Isabelle Lucas at Barry & Soul in Melrose, MA.  Her classes are filled with all your favorite barre movements and guided with clear alignment to help you work efficiently and effectively. The hard work is paired with deep stretches to ensure you leave feeling strong and balanced.


Checka is the founder of Yogaway Retreats. Ten years ago, she left the corporate world to teach yoga full-time, and hasn't looked back since. She led her first of many retreats in 2011, and knew immediately that she had found her calling. A shared adventure, a new perspective, the gifts of nature and culture, true connections on and off the mat - this is the good stuff!

Known for her open-heartedness and easy laugh, Checka (E-RYT, RCYT) is deeply committed to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive space for practice and community. Yoga is for all. She is grateful for the amazing team of loving, talented Yogaway teachers, and for each yogi who takes the leap to travel with us. 

With a natural and attentive approach to teaching, Checka offers mindful and safe sequencing along with compassionate and skilled assists in her Vinyasa flow classes. She equally enjoys the quiet and healing element of more reflective, restorative yoga, and offers the loving-kindness of Reiki energy work to enrich these classes. She is passionate about being in nature and spending time with her pups, and considers herself equal parts home body and travel nut. With a deep connection to Hawaii, where her yoga journey began, Checka strives to bring her Aloha Soul approach to life with her wherever she goes! Please visit for full schedule of offerings.