Our Story

Istmo Adventure and Yoga retreat was a dream that became a reality of the co-founders and managers Sean Davis and Ayesha Irani Davis.

 

Panama is our adopted country, and we love it and are inspired by it!  When the Isthmus of Panama rose from the sea, it changed life on Earth in many countless ways.  Today this bridge of life hosts an astonishing wealth of biodiversity and is the nexus of a multitude of connections- climatic, biological, and cultural- that link the globe.

ISTMO is the Spanish word for isthmus or a small body of land connecting two larger bodies of land. In this spirit, we hope that our retreat center will help bridge connections and personal transformation for our guests.
Sean was born and raised in Galveston, Texas on the Gulf Coast.  His whole life he has lived close to and had a special connection with the ocean. He has traveled extensively around the world and has lived and worked as an educator in Chile, Colombia, and Panama.  For the past eight years, he has been a SUP practitioner and instructor, leading tours on the waterways of Panama. He attended cooking school in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a former Emergency Medical Technician, and a proud father of two.
Sean is the chef and SUP instructor at Istmo!

Ayesha was born in Bombay, India and moved to the United States at the age of 13.  She served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay.  Her love for travel and adventure led to work as an Environmental Engineer in different countries throughout Latin America.  In Panama, she met Sean Davis and finally settled down to have family and create this dream called Istmo.  Her pride and joy is her family and two babies – Noah and Kamila!
Ayesha’s finds great purpose in helping people help others 🙂  Through clear and consistent communication, she will work with you personally to make sure all the details as you Host a Retreat at Istmo are flawless.

What our Guests are Saying

I cannot be more grateful to have found this place and its caring owners.

I have just returned from Istmo after running a small vegan yoga retreat here. From the first email I received from Ayesha last year, to the moment we said goodbye to her wonderful husband and co-host Sean, I cannot be more grateful to have found this place and its caring owners. The space has clearly been built with love and intention, and from the comfortable cabañas to the well-kept yoga shala, everything is very well maintained and exceptionally clean. The beds are so comfy!

Miriam RM, International Retreat Leader – www.retreatwithmiriam.com

2019-10-11T11:59:01-05:00

Miriam RM, International Retreat Leader – www.retreatwithmiriam.com

I have just returned from Istmo after running a small vegan yoga retreat here. From the first email I received from Ayesha last year, to the moment we said goodbye to her wonderful husband and co-host Sean, I cannot be more grateful to have found this place and its caring owners. The space has clearly been built with love and intention, and from the comfortable cabañas to the well-kept yoga shala, everything is very well maintained and exceptionally clean. The beds are so comfy!

Awesome Yoga Retreat Center!

I just spent a week with Sean and Ayesha at Istmo and they were great. The rooms were clean, beds super comfortable, food amazing, staff friendly, gorgeous beach, everything you can ask for!!! I definitely recommend I'd you're looking to host a yoga retreat.

Kate Goodyear, Retreat Leader and Yoga Teacher - nectaryogastudio.com

2019-10-11T12:03:33-05:00

Kate Goodyear, Retreat Leader and Yoga Teacher - nectaryogastudio.com

I just spent a week with Sean and Ayesha at Istmo and they were great. The rooms were clean, beds super comfortable, food amazing, staff friendly, gorgeous beach, everything you can ask for!!! I definitely recommend I'd you're looking to host a yoga retreat.

An Unforgettable Experience

My two-week stay at ISTMO while completing yoga teacher training was unforgettable. We were met with Ayesha and Sean's warmth from the moment we arrived and were treated like family the entire time. Everyone was comfortable in the cozy and clean bungalows, the meals were fresh and thoughtfully prepared, and the accommodations and grounds were beautifully kept (and also only a few minutes' walk to a quiet, secluded beach). I will always miss the yoga studio nestled in the jungle! Thanks so much, ISTMO.

Yoga Teacher Traning Student

2019-10-11T12:06:28-05:00

Yoga Teacher Traning Student

My two-week stay at ISTMO while completing yoga teacher training was unforgettable. We were met with Ayesha and Sean's warmth from the moment we arrived and were treated like family the entire time. Everyone was comfortable in the cozy and clean bungalows, the meals were fresh and thoughtfully prepared, and the accommodations and grounds were beautifully kept (and also only a few minutes' walk to a quiet, secluded beach). I will always miss the yoga studio nestled in the jungle! Thanks so much, ISTMO.

Awesome!!!!!

I cannot wait to return. Sean and Ayesha create an amazing "vibe" on the property. The facility is lovely and relaxed. The beach is a short walk (for the record, 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.) Ayesha is a wonderful yoga teacher and I am already missing the food (thank you, Sean). The rooms are very comfortable (the bed is very comfortable).

Susan Kennedy, Retreat Participant

2019-10-11T12:09:44-05:00

Susan Kennedy, Retreat Participant

I cannot wait to return. Sean and Ayesha create an amazing "vibe" on the property. The facility is lovely and relaxed. The beach is a short walk (for the record, 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.) Ayesha is a wonderful yoga teacher and I am already missing the food (thank you, Sean). The rooms are very comfortable (the bed is very comfortable).

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