INSPIRING BOCAS DEL TORO
A Retreat Of Empowering + Giving Back
At Al Natural Resort
October 21, 2018 - October 27, 2018
Panama is a country to discover! With a wide variety of landscapes and people, one region stands alone for its striking rain forest and Caribbean waters and that is the archipelago of Bocas del Toro. Bocas is a melting pot of cultures, colors and flavors that conjures mystery with intrigue. With an endless list of adventures and opportunities to explore you will savor the daily commute by boat on the welcoming Caribbean waters; home to marines creatures such as sea turtles, dolphins, and some elusive manatees. Hiking through one of the last standing rain forests in the Meso American corridor, you will encounter butterflies, birds, howler monkeys, sloths, chocolate trees, and the biggest diversity of frogs in the world. Bocas Del Toro is a bird watcher and surfer's paradise; a place that inspires and illuminates all senses. The archipelago is vibrant with life; from untamed nature to a hectic traffic of colorful taxi boats, you'll find a perfectly synchronized balance between element and man.
But more than everything Bocas del Toro is homeland to the Ngabe Bugle indigenous tribe of Panama. Between lush jungle and turquoise waters, between dreams to realized and reality to dream join The Darklands Foundation's executive director Mathilde Grand, yoga and mindfulness teacher Kelly Yonston and the Ngabes Bugles women on our common quest to awaken and better our lives.
Our engaging yearlong Women's Empowerment Program focuses on providing educational tools for the development of indigenous women in practical ways. The program aims to increase confidence, inspire and educate them about topics such as: their legal rights; prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy; to promote a sustainable economy and infrastructures for their household and communities. We work to tackle some of the repeated problems we see regularly affecting indigenous women in Bocas Del Toro; domestic violence, sexual violence, teenage dropouts, teenage pregnancy, and low self-esteem and self- worth. Often being limited by the barriers of society, their families and even the education system; our goal is to empower and inspire through consistent education and opportunities. We believe that all the women we work with can do whatever they put their mind to in life. Donations from The Darklands Foundation CARE Retreat will be used for the continuation of planning and delivering seminars and workshops for this program.
DAY 1: WELCOME TO BOCAS
Meet and assist on arrival into Bocas, private transfer from Bocas Airport will be provided. Get settled at Al Natural Resort, unwind, and relaxed. We will meet for an opening ceremony and evening yoga practice before dinner and a good night’s sleep as we begin our amazing journey together.
DAY 2: THE DARKLANDS EXPERIENCE
Welcoming the day with an early yoga session. We then depart for the indigenous community of San Cristobal in Darklands. Experience the medicinal plants journey with the Ngabe indigenous ladies right in the jungle. Enjoy a tribal lunch in the community. We will follow with a workshop about the vibrant rain forest natural dyes. Back to the Resort for some time to unwind and reflect on our day before our yoga session and dinner.
DAY 3: ZAPATILLA KEYS & BEACH TIME
After our morning practice we will travel a short boat distance to the Zapatilla Keys. You can enjoy its white sand beach and turquoise water or spend your time wandering the small island and a deck lane that cross right in the middle of the island. Picnic under the shadow of swinging palm trees. Back to our resort for some free time to relax. At sunset we will sit down for our spiritual chocolate ceremony and then head for dinner.
DAY 4: FREE WILL DAY
Today is for relaxation, and following your own pace. We start the day with a yoga practice, then everyone is free to do what pleases. We will guide you about your choice of activities. We will have a boat trip to Bocas Town. You can also relax right at the resort, take a walk on the beach, swim, kayak, stand up paddle or do your siesta. We will all meet again for our evening yoga session and dinner.
DAY 5: LA LOMA CHOCOLATE TOUR & GOURMET LUNCH
After early morning yoga we will head to La Loma for our chocolate tour. We will have a gourmet lunch at the Eco-lodge. Think about rain forest produce, spices, and chocolate. We will slowly make our way back to the resort, enjoying the boat ride on the Caribbean waters. We will have time to relax, enjoy the beach, a swim, a small hike or a siesta. We will finish the day by our evening yoga session followed by dinner.
DAY 6: IN THE FIELD WITH THE DARKLANDS FOUNDATION
We will start our day with a sunrise morning yoga session. After breakfast we will head to the Popa Island to meet with a community group of Ngabe women to experience few of their programs for human development and women empowerment. After out tribal lunch we will wander together on our way back to Al Natural Resort and stop for a cocktail or a beer, a refreshing lemonade, a chill glass of wine or a local staple such as "agua de pipa" (fresh coconut water). At sunset we will sit down for our farewell yoga session before dinner.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE
We will have an optional sunrise yoga session. After breakfast we will make our way to Bocas and its airport.
YOUR FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION WILL GO TO :
WORKSHOPS - SEMINARS - INFRASTRUCTURES
- Where Women Have No Doctors & Lawyers
With Your Support We Can Make A Difference For Rural Women Of Bocas del Toro, Panama, To Have Access To Health Education And The Knowledge of Their Legal Rights. During These Seminars We Partner With Government Administrations Such As The Department Of Health (MINSA), The National Institut For Women (INAMU) And Local NGO's.
- DIY Manual Pumps For Potable Water.
Access to potable water is a basic human right. Water means hygiene and good hygiene is health and good health leads to development. The Darklands Foundation launches the “potable water for sustainable development” program to benefit the indigenous communities of Bocas Del Toro, Panama.
- Community Facilitators For Legal Assistance.
In The Field, One Community At A time. The Darklands Foundation Partners With The Court Of Justice (Organo Judicial De Panama) To Train And Support The Future Community's Facilitators/ Mediators, All Ngabe Indigenous Women. The Bocas Court Of Justice Is Implementing The National System For Community Judicial Facilitators, Designed By The OAS (Organization Of American States).
- 6 Nights At Al Natural Resort - http://www.alnaturalresort.com/
- 3 Meals Per Day
- Zapatilla Keys Tour & Beach Time
- Medicinal Plants Tour By Indigenous Women
- Natural Dyes From The Rainforest Workshop By Indigenous Women
- Chocolate Farm Tour
- Gourmet Lunch At La Loma Eco Lodge
- Spiritual Chocolate Ceremony
- One Picnic On The Beach
- Daily Yoga/Meditation
- 2 Tribal Lunches By Indigenous Women
- Visit To Indigenous Women Workshops
- Yoga Props
- Snorkeling Gears
- Paddle Boards
- Transfers to/from Bocas Airport
- Visas (USA And EU Citizens Do Not Need Visas)
- Travel Insurance
- Suggested Activities Related to the "Free Will Day" ( See ITINERARY Above) & Al Natural's On Site Activities (Such As Diving, Surf Lesson, Etc...)
- $2500. Shared accommodation.