Panama Aerial + Sail Retreat
Bocas Del Toro, Panama
Week 1: October 1 – 8, 2022 Sling, Lyra, Acro & Aerial Yoga
Week 2: October 9 – 16, 2022 Sling, Silks, Acro & Aerial Yoga
A magical island getaway on Panama’s Caribbean Coast
Air – Aerial Classes on a Sailboat and Outdoor Rigs
Earth – Partner Acrobatics + Handstands
Water – Mermaiding and Snorkeling in the Ocean
Fire – The Spark of Creativity
Join your new circus family and invigorate your skills in paradise! This unique retreat experience is curated by Paper Doll Militia & CircAsana and takes place on YOUnicorn Island in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Our workshop schedule balances relaxation time with ample time for learning new skills and training hard.
You’ll feel like you’re deep in the jungle with all the beautiful plant and animal life that surrounds our cozy accommodations. Take a short jungle stroll to enjoy our island’s picture perfect beaches. When we’re not training, there are plenty of options for outdoor adventures and group excursions, including coastal hikes, snorkeling, surfing, scuba, boat trips and more. Our delicious, healthy meals are prepared to cater to a variety of dietary needs. Our chef sources local seafood and veggies to create colorful and balanced dishes. Ignite your spirit with the power of the sun, soar through the salty ocean air and sail into the sunset.
Aerial and Acrobatics Workshops
We welcome people of all levels who have some experience with aerial arts and acrobatics. Our aerial classes will take place on Sling & Lyra in Week 1 and Silks and Sling in Week 2.
We have 3 workshop groups that will rotate between class locations. You will be placed in a group that is similar to your aerial level. Our instructors are highly skilled at tailoring the workshops to each level accordingly. We use crash mats for all our classes, with the exception of when the aerial point is over the water (from the sailboat).
Please do not sign up for this retreat if you have never taken circus classes before. If you are unsure of your level, please contact us and we can discuss where you are at.
Those who know us, know we love to pack it in. All of our workshops are optional, so we leave it up to you to find the perfect balance of training hard and relaxing or exploring the island.
To read more about how we are ensuring the safety of the participants, as well as the local communities we are visiting, please CLICK HERE for our retreat COVID-19 safety info page.
We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes medical insurance. Check with your health care provider to see if you are covered for international travel. For more information on travel insurance click here.
We have several pricing options to help fit your budget. There are limited spaces for each of these options. They are first come, first serve.
to June 12th
|4-Bed Community Room||$1,975||$2,175|
|Private Micro, Shared Bathroom||$2,250||$2,450|
|Private Standard (+ jungle view)||$2,450||$2,650|
*Deluxe Bungalows are SOLD OUT for both weeks
Prices are listed in US dollars. To pay in a different currency, the amount will be determined by the equivalent value of your currency on the date of payment.
Our venue offers a range of accommodation options. All housing options come with hot water, AC, and WiFi.
Significant Other Policy
Couples / SO / Friends (not attending workshops) are welcome to join. The cost is $600 for the week, and includes all meals, accommodation (sharing with you) and excursions, as well as access to the pool, cowork space and WiFi. Please double check bed size when choosing your accommodation package.
If you have come to one of our retreats before, you are in the family. Take an additional $200 off your total price this year. This includes any Paper Doll Militia Retreat or CircAsana Retreat.
All meals, classes, RT transportation from Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, excursions, and drinks on cocktail night.
Massages, alcohol (other than on cocktail night), shopping / gifts, and extra activities (including transportation as required). We also highly recommend that you purchase an individual travel insurance policy.
Payment options specific to your currency will be provided to you upon registration. We accept a range of payment methods including bank transfer, checks, and Wise. We can accommodate most major currencies from around the world.
Our Retreat Location
Our remote island location is surrounded by luscious green jungle, with crystal clear Caribbean beaches a short stroll away.
Look forward to spotting sloths, monkeys, birds and the cutest little red frogs from our jungle facing yoga deck, boat rides between the beautiful Bocas islands and learning new skills on our aerial rigged sailing boat.
We will also have aerial rigs set up on the beach for class, photoshoots, and open play time.
When you aren’t training, relax by the poolside in the palm-tree garden, explore endless beautiful bays, snorkel with starfish and savor the serene, Caribbean vistas
There is also a spacious co-work area, complete with speedy WiFi, in case you need to check any emails while you’re here.
If you are looking for some evening entertainment, we are a 15-min boat taxi ride from Bocas town, where you’ll find an array of bustling evening entertainment options and sweet souvenirs, as well as reggaeton, soca, and Afro-Caribbean rhythms in the streets.
Our venue offers a range of accommodation options, from comfortable 4-bed dorms (with AC) and budget friendly privates, to jungle facing standard rooms and deluxe bungalows. See the full range of options here.
All of the meals are catered and prepared considering the specific needs of the retreaters.
Our chefs consider all dietary needs and allergies and provide a well balanced diet to rejuvenate, cleanse and keep your body nourished.
We will experience the flavors of a well loved local restaurant when we go out for a group dinner on the town.
Reservation & Travel
Registrations is Open!
Get your spot early, these retreats will likely sell out
Week 2: October 9 – 16, 2022 Sling, Silks, Acro & Aerial Yoga
How to Reserve Your Spot
Fill out the Registration Form. As soon as we have your registration details, we will provide you with the best way to pay, depending on which currency you are paying with. We accept payment forms from all over the world. Payment in full is due to confirm your place. We will keep in close communication with you once you have registered to answer any more questions, provide you with a full packing list and let you know of any essentials you should know or bring.
50% refund up 60 days before the 1st day of retreat
25% refund up to 30 days before the 1st day of the retreat
Exceptions to this policy may be made in extreme circumstances (such as illness, injury, or death in the family), and will be assessed on a case by case basis. Proof or medical records will be required.
In the case of COVID-19 symptoms (fever, loss of smell or taste, etc.), a positive COVID-19 test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19, we ask that you do not attend the retreat. We will provide a full refund upon receipt of a doctor’s note and / or positive test.
Postponement due to the Covid19 pandemic
The Panama Aerial + Sail team are continuing to monitor travel restrictions and virus news that may affect our ability to run this retreat safely. In the event we need to postpone the retreat due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you will have 2 options:
1) Your payment can be transferred in full to any other Paper Doll Militia or Circasana program, including future programs not yet scheduled. There are no expiration dates for this credit, and you can choose option 2 at any time.
2) If we postpone the retreat and you wish to cancel your registration, you will receive a refund of tuition minus $50. This fee will go towards our administration costs and up front expenses.
Panama Here I come!
For the fastest and most direct route, fly into Panama City Airport (PTY), take a 30min taxi to Albrook Gelabert Airport (PAC), then a 1-hr direct flight to Bocas del Toro with Air Panama.
For a more economic but time consuming route, fly into San Jose and take a Caribe Shuttle to Bocas del Toro (approx. 10 hrs, departing San Jose around 6am, arriving around 4pm – includes lunch).
Arrival and Departure Days:
Week 1: Sling, Lyra, Acro & Aerial Yoga
Week 1 arrival day: October 1st, 2022
Workshop days: Oct 2nd – 7th, 2022
Departure day: October 8th, 2022
Week 2: Silks, Sling, Acro & Aerial Yoga
Week 2 arrival day: October 9th, 2022
Workshop days: Oct 10th – 14th, 2022
Departure day: October 16th, 2022
Arrival day information:
From the Bocas Airport or Caribe Shuttle arrival pier in Bocas, take a 5 minute walk to Selina Bocas. See reception to ask for your complimentary boat taxi ticket to Red Frog (let them know you are part of the retreat). Relax at the restaurant or bar (WiFi is available) until the next boat over to Red Frog.
Boat taxi times from Selina Bocas (Isla Colon) to Red Frog are: 7am, 10am, 12,30pm, 3,30pm and 6,30pm.
Alternatively, you can ask for a private boat at another time at your own expense – generally between $10-15 during daylight hours.
Let us know which boat you plan to catch, and we will arrange someone to meet you at Red Frog Resort dock to drive you up to our location. Alternatively, enjoy a 10-minute walk to get here on foot, following the Selina signs.
Departure day information:
Our final meal together will be breakfast on departure day. We will then have time to pack our bags before checkout at 11am. You are welcome to leave your bags with reception if you plan to stay onsite beyond that time
Boat taxi times from Red Frog back to Selina Bocas (Isla Colon) are: 7.40am, 10.30am, 1pm, 4.30pm and 7pm.