Our Facilities

When you join a retreat you are investing in “treating” yourself.  Every detail at ISTMO is designed with your comfort and connection to nature in mind.  We are a retreat center with hidden luxuries that showcases and embraces nature rather than upstaging it.

Yoga Studio

Our retreat center features a beautiful 860 square foot yoga studio.  The studio is surrounded by nature, has a jungle stream running around it, features beautiful tropical hardwood floors, and is filled with love.  Our studio is fully equipped with yoga mats, yoga blankets, straps, blocks, yoga chairs, bolsters, and a life size anatomy skeleton for Yoga Teacher Trainings (YTTs).

What our guests are saying:

I led a 6 day yoga retreat here, and it was perfect! The yoga studio is well outfitted, the best I’ve encountered in Central America.” – Jen Whitney, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Brooklyn NYC.

Family Dining Area

Dining Area also serves as meeting area

Our family dining area with an adjoining bar overlooks the property. You feel like you are eating your meals on the tree tops – surrounded by nature.  Our fully equipped bar was created from reclaimed dug out canoes and ready to serve up delicious fruit smoothies, cold beer, wine, and cocktails.

Playa Grande Beach

We are a 5-minute walk to a secluded beautiful beach.  As you approach the beach, the last 2 minutes of the walk are through a jungle trail with the warm tropical Pacific Ocean waiting for you. Something that attracted the owners to the area is the miles of black and white sand beach that has plenty of natural shade from the rainforest that grows close to the water’s edge. The beach is a great swimming beach and almost always calm. If you wake up early you can see the sunrise over the ocean and the local fisherman and lobster fishermen bringing in the catch of the day. You may run into the Istmo staff buying your dinner.  The beach is also a nesting ground for marine turtles that come to these shores once a year to lay their eggs.

What our guests are saying:

“I had some worries about how I’d feel about having to “leave” the property to get to the beach — if you are worrying — you can stop and, just, go!!  It is an easy, safe, short, stroll.) Susan Kennedy, Toronto, Canada

Common Room, Hammock, Meditation and Relaxation Areas

Our property is dotted with areas, including our main rancho, that are perfect to relax or meditate in silence.  These areas are always open to our guests.  The main rancho has wi-fi access.

Our air-conditioned Common Room is perfect to escape the heat of the day.  It features a large and comfortable room with sofas, books, board games, and a ping-pong table.  Great place to relax and bond with your fellow travels or members of your retreat group.  The Common Room can also be set up for small group meetings and presentations with the projector, depending on the needs of the group.

Labyrinth and Humanity Trail

Meditation and Connection on the beautiful labyrinth - a perfect addition for a meditation retreat.

Our property has a short hiking trail through the forest and around the spring fed pond that is home to a family of dwarf caimans (no swimming please :-)). The trail winds through 7 different stations with inspirational quotes about tolerance and compassion.  Ideals that the owners embrace.  Perfect for birdwatching.  Keep your eyes out of the tamarin monkeys and other wildlife that live in the area!

Labyrinth walking is an ancient practice used by many different faiths for contemplation, prayer, and spiritual centering. Entering the serpentine path of a labyrinth, the walker walks slowly while quieting their mind and focusing on a spiritual question or prayer.

What our guests are saying:

…the grounds are great too – they have a labyrinth and a nature path, both lovely for an early morning stroll. You’ll see some nice birds and you can pick mangoes from the trees. Finally, the location was great. We were a 5 minute walk from a pristine beach that most of the time, we had entirely to ourselves. There are a lot of fun things to do in the area, but we were happy spending our time between the retreat and the beach.” – Amy, Arlington, Virginia.

Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) Boards

SUP vacation for all ages and experience levels

We have a fleet of SUP boards to accommodate your Stand-up-paddle boarding needs. Our boards are perfect for beginners and experienced paddlers and are “all around boards” made to tour the open ocean, practice on flat water lagoons, explore mangroves, tour lakes and practice SUP yoga.  Most week-long retreats include an SUP class at the Playa Grande beach, and unlimited use of the SUP boards.

What our guests are saying:

This was a special location. The hosts were very friendly, gracious and accommodating. The rooms were clean and the food was delicious. The nearby black sand beach sparkled in both the sunlight and the moonlight. Exotic colourful birds with fun bird calls were around… one sat right outside the window while I had a decadent massage. The two outings we did were really fun: visiting an Embera village and going to El Valle for a nature walk and a quick peak in the market. It was an amazing time!” – Tripadvisor Review from a Retreat Participant, Canadá

We look forward to sharing our slice of paradise with you!

Thinking about planning your own retreat or friend/family Reunion?  Istmo is the ideal place to build community!

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