The Eco-Mindfulness Experience

Join our next educational nature retreat at a Kala Yala, an off-the-grid community in the tropical rainforests just south of Panama City.



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We will be confirming our 2021 in the retreat date and time when the CO-VID19 lockdowns end.

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Selina Kalu Yala, a co-living community in the mountains 45 minutes south of Panama City's Tocumen airport (PTY).

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Unplug and learn eco-mindfulness while reconnecting with nature on a group learning experience in the jungle.

Want To Learn More About Eco-Mindfulness?

Get the daily schedule of experiential learning activities for this retreat and access to our educational guides about exploring your senses with eco-mindfulness and adventure ecotourism in Panama.

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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 urban environments so you can experience greater peace and tranquility exploring your senses in the tropical jungle.

Our next experiential learning retreat is going to be at Selina Kalu Yala, a co-living community within an off-the-grid village in the mountains south of Panama City.

Surrounded by a tropical mountain preserve on the western edge of  Chagres National Park, we will go on experiential learning adventures hiking in the mountains, swimming in natural swimming pools, and exploring the natural wonders of Panama's tropical jungles.

Each day you will learn eco-mindfulness practices that combine mindful awareness, following your curiosity and tuning into all your senses to learn about and experience the tropical rainforest ecology.

Eco-mindfulness involves a variety of conscious breathing, embodied movement and immersive flow triggers for grounding yourself in the "felt presence" of your immediate experience.

While we encourage you to unplug from the Internet for most of this group experience, you will receive naturalist training that you can use anywhere for identifying local trees, plants, mushrooms, birds and animals for which it is recommended that you take photos and document your ecological discoveries with your smartphone.

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

What You Will Learn At This Educational Nature Retreat

Each day of the retreat, we will explore our senses through eco-mindfulness practices and learn about how we are interconnected with the ecology of Planet Earth.

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Experiential Learning

Experience the living world with eco-mindfulness by grounding yourself and exploring the "felt" presence of your immediate experience.


The Web of Life

Learn about how the interconnected web of fungi mycelium creates the rich soil conditions necessary for tropical rainforests to thrive.

Wild Ecology

Wild Ecology

Discover the wild ecology of mother trees, bird language, and the wild animals that roam the dense tropical rainforests.

Regenerative Culture

Regenerative Culture

Explore the the eco-village of Kalu Yala and how it is built around permaculture and off-the-grid river and solar energy.

Wild Ecology

Naturalist Training

Learn how to identify and catalog plants, trees, mushrooms, birds and wildlife with your smartphone and become a citizen scientist.

Regenerative Culture

Eco-Mindfulness Training

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 Guide

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.

For the last 7 years, he has run an online learning website called DIY Genius helping people become self-directed learners and educate themselves using the Internet.

About Selina Kalu Yala

We will be staying at Selina Kalu Yala. Selina started in Panama and now has 65 coliving spaces around the world built for a new generation of creative nomads who work online and want the freedom to live, work and play anywhere.


The Food, Accommodations and Transportation For This Retreat

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:

  • 3 Plant-Based Meals A Day
  • 5 Nights of Accommodation
  • Kalu Yala Basecamp Shuttle
  • Solar-Power Internet (If Needed)
  • Eco-Mindfulness Training
  • Guided Group Adventures

What Is Not Included:

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

For sleeping, we have the option of teepees where you get your own queen sized bed (only 5 left) or elegant shared accommodation with a comfy twin bed in a group jungle dorm.

Once you arrive, everything is included so you can unplug and completely relax. We ask that you arrive on Sunday, December 6th for an opening circle at 9:00 PM.

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.

Throughout the week, you can start your day with daily yoga and meditation classes.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions


Join The Eco-Mindfulness Experience At Kalu Yala

Join our next educational nature retreat at the off-the-grid community of Kalu Yala in the tropical rainforest south of Panama City.

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 quickly and easily using your smartphone.

Full Eco-Mindfulness Retreat

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Get the early bird discount for our next event.

  • 5 Nights of Accommodation
  • 3 Plant-Based Meals Per Day
  • Naturalist And Eco-Mindfulness Training
  • Daily Guided Group Adventures and Workshops
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