Next tour dates
September 24-30, 2023
Max. 8 people
USD $1,825 per person*
The cloud forests of the western Panama highlands are home to an incredible amount of biodiversity. Mount Totumas Cloud Forest, in particular, has over 250 species of birds, as well as iconic mammals such as jaguars, pumas, tapirs, and other elusive wildlife that call this reserve home. This makes it an exceptional location to engage in mindful birding and ornitherapy. It is a place where we can deeply connect with birds and nature in a beautiful natural setting and take in all of the benefits it provides.
This 7-day mindful birding retreat is set in the lush highlands of western Panama. It is one of the best places in the world to see the extravagantly beautiful Resplendent Quetzal, as well as Black-faced Solitaire, Long-tailed and Black-and-yellow silky-flycatchers, Golden-browed Chlorophonia, Talamanca and Fiery-throated hummingbirds among more than a dozen other species of hummers, Silvery-fronted Tapaculo, Buffy Tuftedcheek, and Collared Trogon are just some of the amazing birds we can see in this region. In addition to birds, we also can revel in the beauty of native orchids, butterflies and other wildlife.
On this retreat, we will be joined by Holly Merker, author of Ornitherapy: For your Mind, Body and Soul. At times we will gather for workshops about mindful birding, and plenty of time will also be available for optional mindful activities, including yoga, meditation, nature sketching, and free time to enjoy in nature.
Guide: Jenn Sinasac & Marta Curti
Single Supplement: US$150
Lodging: We will spend 4 nights at the lovely Mount Totumas Cloud Forest Lodge, situated on a 100-acre private reserve, protecting old-growth cloud forest and 30 km of self-guided nature trails. We will spend two nights at a high-quality airport hotel at the beginning and end of the retreat.
Food: Very good local and international cuisine.
Weather: Cool and humid in the highlands, hot and humid in the lowlands. Rain can be expected.
Difficulty: Easy with short walks at a gentle pace. Some trails may be muddy and/or on uneven surfaces with some inclines.
This special retreat is designed to help you create your own mindful birding practice, and participants are welcome to incorporate other mindful activities during the retreat.
* With smaller groups, an additional fee will be charged.
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