CAMBUTAL, LOS SANTOS, PANAMA – Summer 2018 – Located in Cambutal, a small village where the jungle
meets the sea in Los Santos, Panama, Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort specializes in world-class yoga retreats, salty
surf sessions and tailored, experiential adventure. The resort is home to one of the best learn-to-surf
programs in the Americas, and it plays host to some of the most inspiring teachers, leaders and wellness
advocates in the world.
Built intentionally for health- and wellness-seeking travelers, the holistic beachfront resort features a small
collection of garden cabanas and oceanfront suites that foster a community-oriented, retreat environment. An
open-air yoga shala provides a foundation for daily yoga practice taught by elite staff and visiting teachers, as
well as pre-ocean introductory surf lessons, fitness classes, group meeting space and more. An abundance of
adventure, relaxation and wellness can be found around the resort from complimentary bicycles, SUP boards
and kayaks; a saltwater pool with lounge chairs and hammocks; a restaurant and bar, serving fresh and local
food and drink; an oceanfront massage shala for relaxation and physical recovery; and more.
“Sansara was developed to represent inspiration for the people that travel from all over the world to visit the
resort,” said Mike Phillips, co-owner of Sansara. “We want our guests to feel as if they can reach their highest
potential when they’re staying with us, whether it’s through simply disconnecting to notice the beauty around
them, deepening their yoga practice or discovering a passion for surf. Sansara is meant to be a place for all to
grow physically, mentally and emotionally, and share in that experience with others.”
Location & Access
Sansara is located in Panama – named one of “The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2018” by International
Living for its friendly, welcoming communities and its accessible, affordable benefits. The resort sits at the
southernmost point of the Azuero Peninsula in Cambutal, a small, community-oriented village in the province
of Los Santos. Sansara is a few hours transfer from Panama City, which is most widely known for the Panama
Canal and the vibrant, Colonial-style streets of Casco Viejo that are laden with restaurants, bars and breweries,
music, history and culture. The capital is also home to the country’s international airport, Tocumen
International Airport (PTY), which is serviced by four U.S. Airlines: American, Delta, United and Spirit, and is
the hub for Copa Airlines. Several major U.S. markets offer direct flights to the airport, including New York
City, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Orlando, New Orleans, Boston, Denver, San Francisco and Chicago.
Comfortable transportation to and from Panama City can be coordinated for all guests by Sansara staff. The
scenic drive provides the opportunity to view small cities, towns and villages outside of Panama City, as well as
jungles and local wildlife, including howler monkeys and wild horses.
Accommodations & In-Room Amenities
Sansara features a collection of 11 oceanfront suites and tropical garden cabanas, each with a private patio
and just steps away from the ocean. All cabanas are designed to accommodate one to four adults – up to 27
guests total – cultivating a community-oriented environment amongst guests and retreat attendees.
Additional guestroom amenities include locally produced organic bath products; robes; air conditioning; in-
room refrigerators; complimentary Wi-Fi; and North American power outlets. Complimentary bicycles, SUP
boards and kayaks are also available, in addition to an outdoor saltwater pool.
Providing an experience for individuals to disconnect with the outside world, and connect with both
themselves and like-minded retreat attendees, Sansara specializes in world-class, six-day retreats and yoga
teacher trainings. Resort-sponsored retreats include Sansara Signature Retreats, with a focus on daily yoga
practice, as well as Summer Sessions with Surf Sansara, which include daily surf lessons with the resort’s
premier team of instructors. Sansara also host retreats and intensive yoga teacher trainings taught by some of
the world’s most inspiring teachers, leaders and wellness advocates, encompassing yoga, health and wellness,
female empowerment, corporate team building and more.
Each retreat is unique and personalized for both the attendees and retreat leaders, but all include daily yoga,
three healthy and balanced meals each day and complimentary use of the resort’s bicycles, SUP boards and
kayaks. Retreat guests are invited to participate in as much or as little as they choose, and they also have the
option to add additional packages or offerings if not included in their specific retreat programming, such as
surf or SUP board instruction or off-resort adventure.
An open-air, oceanfront yoga shala provides a foundation for yoga practice at Sansara. Outfitted with bolsters,
yoga mats, straps, blankets, hand-crafted wooden blocks, tropical hardwood floors and a state-of-the-art
sound system, yogis of all levels are encouraged to practice at the resort.
Outside of the retreat calendar, Sansara offers daily yoga for resort guests and the local community, taught by
on-site yoga teachers. Private yoga classes are also available for guests looking for a more personal and
attentive experience, tailored to the individual’s level of experience.
Wild, remote and seemingly untouched, Cambutal provides travelers with virtually empty black sand beaches
and renowned surf breaks, creating an environment that’s fit for both learning and advancing skill level. One
of the best learn-to-surf programs in the Americas, Sansara surf instructors are experienced Cambutal locals
who know where to find the best waves for surf novices, experts and those in between. Utilizing a hands-on
approach, lessons begin in the yoga shala to break down physical barriers or nerves away from the waves. In
the water, surf instructors work with small, intimate groups so as to individually target and address any
potential challenges, mental or physical, ensuring that each session is comfortable, and guests are able to
maximize their lessons and time in the ocean.
Beyond surf-specific retreats, Sansara offers two- to five-session surf packages. Each session is hands-on,
personalized and based on an individual’s personal progression and ability, and the team of surf instructors
are committed to providing the tools and framework to be used at surf breaks throughout the world. The
resort offers surfboard rentals for all levels, and for those aiming to advance their surfing ability, video analysis
to be reviewed with instructors for tips, constructive feedback and advice to utilize during subsequent surf