Wayfinding: A Courage & Renewal® and Yoga Retreat at Sansara
*Deadline for registration is extended as space is available.
Join Marcia Wilson and Dan Hines for this themed yoga and Courage & Renewal experience in beautiful Panama from Februrary 26 - March 4, 2017. We will play and learn at Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort: located in beautiful Cambutal, Panama.
The theme guiding this exploration is Wayfinding. Wayfinding is the traditional art of navigating the open ocean. Sansara offers a beachfront location and graceful thatched roof studio facing the Pacific Ocean: waters where ancient navigation practices are being rediscovered among the Pacific Islands. Through practices that will include yoga, journal writing, mindfulness, and large and small group work, we will be attentive to our bodies, listen to our hearts and minds, and invite our personal narratives to speak to us. The stories and images of wayfinding will guide us as we navigate the complex environment of human life.
Explore with Marcia and Dan, experienced teachers and facilitators, who are excited to weave together their distinctive learning from their lineages and traditions.
A non-refundable deposit of US $500 is required and we will contact you if space is available as soon as we can. The balance of payment varies by shared lodging and is due January 15, 2017. You will receive an invoice for the balance due after your deposit is received. More detailed information will be sent to you when registered or you can contact Dan for the information: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is included in the program costs:
• Transportation to Sansara from Panama City from 1 of the 3 recommended hotels
• Welcome Drinks and Arrival Day Dinner for you and your retreat guests
• 6 nights of luxury accommodation in our private beachfront cabanas
• 3 healthy, balanced meals each day for each participant
• 1 complimentary rental for SUP or Kayak for each participant
• Unlimited use of snorkel gear
• Complimentary bicycles for exploring the area
• A mini-resort library with over 4 dozen titles
• Organic spa products in every cabana
• Hypo-allergenic bedding and towels
• Beach Bonfire
• Cinema Night Under the Stars
• Departure Day Breakfast
• Transportation from Sansara to Panama City to 1 of the 3 recommended hotels
What is not included in the program costs:
• Airfare to Panama City (*travel days to and from Panama are Sat. Feb. 25 and Sun. March 5)
• Additional excursions, surf school and/or rentals
• Items of a personal nature/souvenirs
• Travel insurance (recommended)
*Travel Dates: Please plan on flight days of Feb. 25 and March 5 (as a minimum amount of time to arrive and depart Panama) as we travel back and forth from Sansara to Panama City.
The total amount of the program costs varies by room type (and your $500 deposit is included in this total price).
Quad (4 sharing) $1,542.40 total USD
Triple (3 sharing) $1,760.20 total USD
Double (2 sharing) $1,978.00 total USD
Private Room $2,645.00 total USD
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact Dan Hines email: email@example.com tel: 250-320-7479 www.danhines.ca
Is my registration transferrable?
Can I update my registration information?
What is the refund policy?
The $500 US deposit is non-refundable but is transferable to another participant.
Sansara Wayfinding Experience: A Sample Day with Dan and Marcia
This describes one of the several days we will experience together at Sansara in February/March 2017 during the Wayfinding experience.
Another day begins
Sunrise and an early walk on the beach or a luxurious sleep in!
7-7:45am Optional Practice – Sweet Round of Meditation- simple asana, pranayama and meditation (alternate options- sunrise walk, sleep in or activity of your choosing)
8-9am Coffee or a smoothie and another beautiful Sansara breakfast to begin a full day together. Order from Sansara breakfast menu.
9:30am-12:30pm Main session of day combining Dan’s work facilitating learning about wayfinding concepts with a yoga practice which weaves in the days learnings (see more below about our work together)
1pm- Lunch – healthy, delicious and nourishing. Order from Sansara lunch menu.
2-5pm Free afternoon time- your chance to bike, hike, sleep, swim, surf, paddleboard, massage, rest, tan… your time to be. Dan and Marcia will provide some optional guided resources for journal writing and reflection for those who want to go deeper into learning in the afternoons.
5-6:15pm Optional evening yoga practice (restorative) themed on the learnings of the morning.
6:30pm Sansara dinner served family style- a beautiful gathering of friends.
Post dinner- will include Sansara retreat events such as visiting the local turtle hatchery on some nights and facilitated group activities on other nights. Each facilitated evening gives further time and guided direction to integrate the learning from the day. We discover the perspective of truly being in our bodies and re-activating our sensory awareness. We find that all that we creating is arising from the vision we carry.
A quiet time ends our day: a time for further deeper conversation, an evening stroll on the beach to moonlight and a restful sleep for another amazing day
More About the Core Morning Sessions + Faciliated Evening Sessions- A Sample Day
First led by Dan, a morning small group teaching session begins on the beach as a ‘Circle of Trust’. Each morning will feature one of the practices of traditional open-ocean navigating (an ancient way of voyaging without maps or compass).
Today the learning is about wave patterns. Dan will use sand and stones to help explain the teaching. We will explore stories about the art of using waves to hold to a bearing and to recognize upcoming islands. The wayfinders of the Pacific developed a practice over 80 generations of learning to hold a bearing on the open ocean for weeks at a time using primarily their bodies and their eyes to remain true to a pattern of swells and waves. They learned to feel the rhythm of the ocean and to know what it revealed. As well, they learned a remarkable sensitivity to perceiving and feeling the ‘shadow’ of islands: the subtle disruptions of wave patterns that extended far beyond the range actually seeing an island. The teaching session goes deeper into soulful practices of incorporating these teachings as metaphors and narratives. Poetry and storytelling enhance the learning. There is time for writing and for small group sharing.
Led by Marcia, back in the practice space we move into the flow of yoga practice, accessible to all and adapted for your needs. The movement of body and life force embodies the morning learning about waves, rhythm, attentiveness, and life direction. We discover that wave patterns surround our lives. Our movement and mindfulness take us into deeper exploration.
Facilitated evening programs of Circles practice will include more reflection on wayfindign traditions.
This evening, Dan guides us in a teaching from the wayfinding tradition about perspective and awareness. In ancient navigation, there is no ‘bird’s eye view’. A wayfinder navigates from a deep awareness that encompasses all that is experienced from the deck of the boat. There is no linear movement that can be viewed from above. The universe is the compass. The boat is the needle of the compass. In wayfinding, the boat is visualized as stationary. The past moves away over the curvature of the earth. The future arrives as a manifestation: the realization of a vision of an island that the wayfinder has retained for the voyage. There is time for reflection together on what the teaching is revealing to each of us.