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Wayfinding: A Yoga and Centre for Courage and Renewal Retreat

This yoga and Courage & Renewal experience is based on the theme of Wayfinding-the traditional art of navigating the open ocean. Practices such as yoga, journal writing, mindfulness, and large and small group work, will invite us to be attentive to our bodies, to listen to our hearts and minds, and to invite our personal narratives to speak to us.


Panama, Cambutal Panama, PA
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  • Retreat

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Feb 26 to
Mar 4
08:00 amto15:00 pm



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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.


About Dan
Mentored by activist and writer Parker J. Palmer, Dan serves as a Courage & Renewal facilitator and leadership consultant for individuals and for business, educational, and religious organizations. Dan facilitates workshops in various communities throughout North America including 2017 workshops at Les Monasteres Des Augustines in Quebec, Hollyhock on Cortes Island, BC, and Omega Institute in New York as well as other venues.
Much of his professional experience has been as a priest and ministry coach (Anglican Church of Canada). For about a decade of life, he managed a wildlife park! As co-founder of the intentional community, RareBirds Housing Co-operative, he has a passion for exploring alternative living and a more sustainable relationship to the land. He is involved in local social justice, environmental activism and grassroots political work in British Columbia. In 2017 Dan will be facilitating experiences at personal development centers such as Hollyhock, Le Monastere des Augustines and the Omega Institute. He is an avid yoga practitioner.

About Marcia
Marcia has a passionate belief in living a life that connects and inspires. This philosophy has fuelled her life both on and off the yoga mat. A mom, a lifelong learner and a deeply passionate and open being, her life explorations have included studies in occupational therapy and biochemistry, long self propelled journeys by bike and foot in mountains and on remote roads, and testing her edge in triathlons of all distances including Ironman. Her yoga journey has included exploration of Anusara, Ashtanga, and Bikram yoga. She currently owns and operates a yoga studio in Kamloops, BC – a reflection of her belief that we need to look creatively at how we can best care for ourselves and the world around us. Marcia trained primarily in the US and has over 1000 hours of study with Martin and Jordan Kirk, Noah Maze, Marc Holzman, Paul Muller Ortega, Todd Inouye and John Friend. Her background in health and rehabilitation and her own health challenges of scoliosis and asthma have inspired her to explore all aspects of yoga, including gentler practices such as restorative yoga and subtle practices of breathwork and meditation. Marcia has been teaching children and adults since 2009. Creating and connecting are her passions.

February 26 – March 4, 2017
Sunday through Saturday
Recommended that you arrive in Panama on Thursday at the latest (2 nights stay before heading south to Sansara) and fly out of Panama on Sunday at the earliest (one night stay). This gives you time to connect with others and enjoy old town Panama City.
Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort
Cambutal, Panama
COST: note prices are in US dollars
Quad (4 sharing) $1,542.40
Triple (3 sharing) $1,760.20
Double (2 sharing) $1,978.00
Private Room $2,645.00