The Colors of panama
a SURF TRIP & secret cerEmonies TO Bocas del Toro with Bruna Schmitz
1 - 8 April, 2018 >>
Price : starting at $1,620
(TO PAY ONLY A 30% DEPOSIT USE CODE PANAMA2018)
Time to dig up that unpacked suitcase under the heaps of clothes in your closet, Panama is calling! You are invited to join us to the tropical jungles of Bocas del Toro!
We are excited to embark on this journey with Bruna Schmitz where we will discover the true essence of Panama, and what lies within. The experience is simple; we will connect to mother nature and with each other in heart to take the time to refresh, renew and reset.
Happily, there is no escaping the water in Bocas as it is the hub of the archipelago! We will explore and appreciate the vibrant biodiverse natural life in the tropical Panamanian jungles while culturally immersing ourselves with the indigenous Ngöbe Bugle tribe to learn their practices behind their beautiful work of constructing chàcara bags. We will visit La Loma Cacao Farm where we will learn the practices and work of tropical farm life to bring us closer to the natural environment and local communities. We will unwind and relax on the pristine Panamanian beach working to promote awareness of the body-mind connection, creating inner peace that will leave us the best version of ourselves.
Together we can heal our very own planet and our own selves.
This trip is ideal for all levels of surfing.
Bring out the greatest you - creating a space for women to connect at the deepest emotional level through creativity, travel and adventure in the most surreal and raw environments of Panama
Cacao and Spiritual Ceremony
Cultural immersion with the indigenous Ngöbe Bugle tribe making traditional chàcaras bags, interlacing the hearts of women around the world while learning history in every thread
Community outreach with the non-profit Give & Surf and Changing Tides Foundation
Beachfront Lodging - 8 days / 7 nights at Vista Azul
Panamanian Farm to Table Experience
Healthy meals for all 7 days (breakfast, lunch, & dinner)
Group shuttle to/from Bocas del Toro Airport
2 Yoga Sessions with Kathrine
Self Growth and Dream Big Workshop
Cultural Heritage Workshop with Ngöbe Bugle Tribe
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Airfare - International flights
FLIGHT - HOW TO GET THERE
We suggest to fly to/from PTY (Panama City Airport) on the 31st of March
Then, we will fly to BOC (Bocas del Toro) from PAC (Panama City Airport) at 9am or 5pm on the 1st of April (Air Panama Flight #682 or #980)
We will stay at the Vista Azul in Bocas del Toro. With incredible views of calm, pristine, crystal blue water and jungle, we will re-nourish and rest in this beautiful Caribbean home! Beachside, we will fill our days paddle-boarding, kayaking, snorkeling and exploring. We will wake up to the sounds of toucans and leaves brushing!
Our chef will cook with the finest local & organic ingredients to make the most amazing delicacy. We will have a farm to table experience which includes GMO Free Food, super green food smoothies, fresh picked fruit, hemp milk, and homemade granola
Bruna Schmitz was born and raised in Matihnos, Brazil. As a child, she spent her days in the water developing a love affair with the ocean. By the age of 10 years old, her passion became a career as she was the youngest Brazilian surfer to become a pro! Today, her passion for surf and travel continues to thrive as she embarks on this very own journey with us.
LEX WEINSTEIN- Free surfer, Travel Writer, Conscious Creative
A nine-to-fiver turned wandering creative, Lex traded security and stability for adventure and inspiration. Four years of living on the road has led her to surf world class waves and deeply immerse in unfamiliar cultures and territories. Combining her lessons from the road with her formal background in graphic design, writing, and wardrobe + interior styling, she's been producing and creating sensory-experiences of all kinds while living a nomadic life.
KATHERINE - Yoga Teacher
Katherine’s focus is simple; to show people that their true nature is love and happiness. She understands that we have a commitment to ourselves, and that is to be true, real, and to let go of whatever is holding us back from becoming love. Her passion and devotion show in every aspect of her life as concept of “one consciousness”. Katherine is a trained Vinyasa and Kundalini teacher, a certified Health Coach, chef, and yoga instructor. Let’s remember, love, and create the highest purpose, within and without.
SERENA LUTTON - Photographer and Creative Director of HEREWITH MAGAZINE
CULTURAL HERITAGE ACTIVITIES
CACAO CEREMONY - LA LOMA
Only a 5-minute boat ride away, we will discover the first-hand magnificence of this tropical island. We will work alongside farmers in the jungles and engage in a range of activities designed to bring you closer to the natural environment and local communities of spectacular Bastimentos Island. We will visit a local cacao farm, La Loma, to be apart and see the production of 100% pure Panamanian chocolate. This tropical forest crop thrives under the jungle canopy in compost rich soil entirely free of pesticides and fertilizers.
CHÀCARAS BAG WORKSHOP
We will travel deeper into the jungle and interact with the largest indigenous Ngöbe Bugle tribe in Bocas. These women use natural palm and/or wild pineapple fibers to make elaborately patterned bags called chàcaras. Using palm tree fibers and various leaves, fruits, roots and vines, they create natural colorful tinctures to create these beautiful bags. Everyone uses these bags for transporting everything from babies to market goods on the mountainous trails of their tribal homeland in western Panama. We will participate in a workshop where we will learn the process of making these bags to truly understand their tradition and culture.
WE ARE trips are built on the foundation of giving back to the communities we visit, with the desire to leave an impact of gratitude and service. Through education, awareness, and compassion, we recognize our privilege to travel and thrive in the connections that effortlessly break language and cultural boundaries.
We are collaborating with Give & Surf ! A non-profit organization that focuses and provides sustainable efforts to the indigenous communities in Bocas del Toro. Community members in these areas are often remote and impoverished, finding themselves limited in the number of resources and opportunities. We will work together with Give & Surf to help provide underprivileged teenage girls and give them the opportunity to improve their swimming skills, learn how to SUP and surf, and encourages personal growth and group bonding using art and the ocean as our tools.
On this adventure, we will engage in a one-day women’s empowerment clinic to address gender inequality, body image and other cultural issues through the ocean, with swimming, stand up paddle-boarding, aquatics safety, marine ecology and surfing. We will continue to collaborate with Changing Tides Foundation to sustain the program's growth, check in, and encourage the members of the community to continue their progress of connecting to the ocean.
We will give back to the Ngöbe Bugle tribe through our workshop by helping build their economies, growing personally and communally. We will create a space to interact with the youth to preserve the unity of their people to secure and help their very own futures.
We will also be apart of a community Beach Clean-Up to shine light on environment and ocean awareness as we always leave a beach better than how we entered it.
One tree is planted for every Adventure sign-up to help protect our planet and natural resources. Help us to built WE ARE FOREST. If you are interested, find out more at TREEDOM