Serenity Vista Philosophy
Serenity Vista is a holistic, individualized approach to healthy living in recovery. We offer a highly professional, solution-focused, holistic wellness retreat for people affected by addition in any way, including those in recovery and family members or others struggling with codependency, such as adult children of alcoholics. Serenity Vista utilizes a uniquely integrated non-medical, non-institutional, twelve step, abstinence-based approach. The setting is home-like, on beautiful expansive grounds, where guests arrive clean and sober looking for help with staying sober and living life on life’s terms.
We offer personal growth opportunities and restoration of health and happiness. Based upon the triad of renewal, recovery and recreation, we focus our holistic programs on healing of the whole person, encompassing mind, body and spirit. Carefully chosen to be located in beautiful Boquete, Panama, the retreat is easily accessible to all continents, where natural beauty abounds, offering Serenity Vistas that foster healing and serenity.
Our guests are people who want to change their lives. Reasons are personal and varied. Many have stopped their primary addictive or self defeating behaviour, and want to experience a new, healthy way of living a meaningful life of recovery. You are welcome regardless of what form of addiction you may or may not have struggled with, including alcoholism, gambling addiction, nicotine addiction (smoking cessation), or other addictive or co-dependent behaviours such as with relationships, food, sex, exercise, or internet. Click here to assess whether Serenity Vista is for you.
You are also welcome regardless of whether you believe you have had an addiction. Perhaps you simply want a retreat where you can restore and renew. Over the years, we have heard countless times from our guests that anyone could benefit from and enjoy our programs. If you want what we offer, you are welcome.
Serenity Vista is not a mental health institution that provides medical care or conducts psycho social rehabilitation or psychotherapy. As a part of your retreat experience, we offer counselling that supports you achieve your goals in your life. Your dynamic full-life program will include individual and small group sharing sessions, life coaching, spiritual exploration, music, artistic expression, yoga, meditation, horseback riding and various outdoor eco-friendly activities.
Addiction affects all aspects of a person’s life and family, and it is you and your life that we help on an individualized basis. It is irrelevant whether you consider yourself as having an addiction. We are not concerned about ‘labels’ or ‘problems’. Many who come to Serenity Vista are looking for help with codependency or addiction. But the condition or addiction itself is not the problem. We don’t ‘treat’ diseases such as addiction. Serenity Vista is not a typical drug rehab or treatment center for alcohol addiction or alcoholism treatment. We help people find serenity by teaching them why they’re hurting in the first place, and showing them how to find the answers without picking up their substance of choice, be it alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, or other peoples’ problems. Regardless of whether you may be struggling with addiction, co-dependency, or some other form of unhappiness or discontentment, you will benefit from your stay at Serenity Vista.
Serenity Vista is here for you. Discontentment, unhappiness, codependency, drug & alcohol or other addiction affect people without regard for financial, social, or legal status, skin colour, sexual orientation, religion, education or employment. Our philosophy is that ALL deserve the best that life has to offer: the chance to grow and change their lives in magnificent ways.
We believe that all that struggle with life or continued abstinence deserve the opportunity for help and have the inherent capacity to change. It is our philosophy that all have an equal chance of an enriching life and full recovery!
Your stay at Serenity Vista will stimulate your thoughts, deepen your understanding, and help you develop a healthy expression of feelings and a balanced life-style.
We at Serenity Vista recognize that many people simply feel ‘stuck’ and or like a prisoner to other people, places or things. It is our commitment to help you experience release, relief, empowerment, and excitement with the choices you come to see as yours to realize. We believe that all deserve autonomous freedom.
Foundational to the entire Serenity Vista program is the philosophy of the Twelve Step movement as characterized by Alcoholics Anonymous and Alanon. The spiritual principles of openness, honesty, willingness, courage, belief, responsibility, forgiveness, respect and service are embedded throughout the program. Guests are invited to attend twelve step meetings each week. Twelve Step programs have helped millions of people worldwide live a life of recovery, either following or as part of their ongoing drug rehab or addiction treatment or therapy. If you wish, we will help you find a local AA meeting or other ongoing support in your home town before leaving Serenity Vista.
It is important to note that, while spirituality is explored, Serenity Vista is a retreat, NOT a religious institution, facility or program. Regardless of your religion, faith, or lack thereof, you are welcome. Spirituality is a personal exploration of how one relates with self, others, nature, and their own, private concept of a Higher Power. No one is told or otherwise directed to believe any particular concept or belief; this is about personal exploration and discovery. Your retreat offers you the chance for reflection, looking at life in new ways, and to experience how to ‘live life on life’s terms’.
Serenity Vista is an international center for addiction treatment & recovery. Guests arrive from all over the world, including The United States, Canada, Australia, Spain, Germany, France, England, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Columbia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Venezuala. International access to Panama City is convenient through all major travel hubs.
All are welcome regardless of previous medical diagnosis, race, sexual orientation, religion, faith, or lack thereof.