Eco-Mindfulness Panama: Forest Medicine For The Mind, Body And Soul

Develop your ecotourism guide skills in the rainforests of Panama by learning regenerative ecology, group storytelling facilitation and practices for cultivating mindfulness in nature.



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Sunday, March 22nd - Saturday, March 28th, 2020

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Kalu Yala, Panama (1-Hour From Panama City)

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Unplug, reconnect and rewild in the Panama rainforest.

Experiential Learning Through All Your Senses

Explore the interconnected ecology of people, trees, birds, fungi and animals in the tropical rainforests of Panama.

Unplug yourself from the hyper-stimulation of digital screens and the frenzy of modern civilization to rewild yourself and become a catalyst for restoring peace, tranquility and biodiversity in this world.

This group storytelling expereince will be held at Kalu Yala, an off-the-grid eco village deep in the mountains south of Panama City.

Surrounded by a tropical mountain preserve on the western edge of the cloud forests of Chagres National Park, we explore the natural wonders of the Panamanian isthmus while developing the knowledge and skills to be an ecotourism guide.

Each day you will learn eco-mindfulness practices that combine mindful awareness, rhythmic breathing and immersive group storytelling for facilitating sensory immersion experiences in the forest.

Eco-mindfulness involves healing the mind,body and soul through restoring a heartfelt connection with the animate earth.

You will learn the foundations for using embodied movement, breathwork and sensory immersion ecology practices for grounding yourself in the "felt presence" of your immediate experience.

This Eco-Mindfulness Training also includes a 6-month online practicum with monthly group calls where you wil be held accountable for developing your eco-mindfulness guide practice through studying regenerative ecology, plant herbalism and medicinal mushrooms for healing the mind and body.

Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses and especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

Eco-Mindfulness Guide Training

Here's what you will learn during this 5-day Eco-Mindfulness Training and the 6-Month Guide Certification Practicum.

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1. Forest Therapy

Gain a strong understanding of the mental health benefits of forest therapy and spending time outside learning in nature.


2. Medicinal Mushrooms

Learn to use medicinal mushrooms to heal and body and how to grow them indoors and outdoors.

Wild Ecology

3. Group Storytelling

Develop group storytelling facilitation skills that get participants actively share their experiences and connecting with each other.

Regenerative Culture

4. Regenerative Ecology

Learn how rewilding the land and restoring global forest biodiversity can play a key role in reversing climate change.

Wild Ecology

5. Naturalist Training

Learn how to identify and catalog plants, trees and mushrooms with your smartphone.

Regenerative Culture

6. Eco-Mindfulness Practices

Learn how to tune into each of your senses and get in mindful states of both focused immersion and open awareness while walking.

About The Instructor

Kyle Pearce

Kyle Pearce is from Vancouver, British Columbia and has been designing and leading experiential learning adventures through Animist Ecology since 2015.

Kyle studied ancient and modern history at the University of Victoria and has spent the last decade traveling the world studying ancient civilizations, regenerative ecology and meditation practices.

He runs an online community for social entrepreneurs called Social Creators helping people combine their passion, talent and purpose to make a living doing creative work they enjoy.

About Kalu Yala, Panama

We will be staying at Selina Kalu Yala, a global coliving network that started in Panama in 2015 and now has 65 coliving spaces around the world built for a new generation of creative nomads who work online.


About The Food, Accommodations and Transportation

The Kalu Yala basecamp is a 45 minute bus ride or Uber from Panama City's airport in the town of San Miguel. 

From there, there are shuttles going twice at 9 AM and 3 PM up into the dense mountain jungles to the eco-village where we will be staying (other times can be arranged).

What Is Included:

  • 5 Day Eco-Mindfulness Guide Training
  • 6 Month Eco-Mindfulness Guide Certification Practicum
  • 3 Plant-Based Meals A Day
  • 5 Nights of Accommodation in Kalu Yala
  • Kalu Yala Basecamp Shuttle
  • Solar-Power Internet

What Is Not Included:

  • Your Flight To Panama City (PTY)
  • Bus From Panama City To Kalu Yala's Basecamp
  • Travel Insurance

For sleeping, you have the option of teepees where you get your own queen-sized bed or shared accommodation with a comfy twin bed in a group dorm.

Once you arrive, everything is included so you can unplug and completely relax. 

Surrounded by howler monkeys and toucans, we’ll enjoy the farm-to-table kitchen at Selina Kalu Yala. We will be eating delicious plant-based food and we can accommodate nearly any dietary preferences.

If you still need to connect to the Internet to communicate with friends and family during your downtime, that's no problem thanks to Selina's solar-powered satellite Internet.

We care about reducing our ecological footprint. For every participant, we will plant 100 trees on your behalf through a reforestation project in Madagascar that we crowdfund.

This will help offset the carbon footprint of your flight and transportation.

About The 6-Month Eco-Mindfulness Guide Certification Practicum

After this retreat, there is a practicum with monthly calls, guided online training.

To be certified, you will launch your own Eco-Mindfulness Experience where you live and host seasonal forest ecology workshops for the Spring, Summer and Fall season.

You will be provided with online training for launching your website, craft your brand story, and filling your workshops using video storytelling and ads on Facebook and Google. 

Eco-Mindfulness Guide Training: Forest Medicine For The Mind, Body And Soul

Develop your ecotourism guide skills in the rainforests of Panama by learning regenerative ecology, group storytelling facilitation and practices for cultivating mindfulness in nature.

Develop your senses by learning eco-mindfulness practices for going beyond thinking and immersing yourself in the "felt presence" of your immediate experience.

Develop naturalist skills for identifying and cataloging species of plants, trees, mushrooms, birds, and wildlife in any ecosystem.

March 23-29, 2021

$3500 $3000

(USD) Early bird pricing available until February 1st, 2021

  • 5-Day Eco-Mindfulness Training In Panama's Rainforests
  • 6-Month Eco-MIndfulness Guide Certification Practicum
  • 5 Nights Accommodation + 3 Plant-Based Meals Per Day
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