Most people considering rehab wonder how a typical day looks. Your program at Serenity Vista holistically addresses body, mind and spirit. Therefore, each day offers various opportunities to practice new healthy tools you are learning to live a healthy sober life. Texts, calls, news or social media do not distract guests. This temporary detachment from daily life concerns and pressures back home allows you to focus on what is important – you and your recovery. Our program mirrors real life in the fact that we have a structured daily schedule for sessions and events. Our Saturday recreational outing plans, however are individualized each week. The season, the weather, the interests and abilities of our guests help us choose the fun activity. Saturday outings are a highlight of many guests’ experience. Here is what a general day, or week looks like:
Morning may begin with a backyard rooster crowing nearby at dawn, which is about 6:30 or so. First thing on the schedule is meeting with your fellow guests for a brisk walk through the neighborhood. Ceiba, our Chocolate Labrador Retriever accompanies. This neighborhood is full of astonishing views, bright flowers and clusters of Indigenous children on their way to school. Breakfast is at 7:45, with award winning Boquete grown coffee available. Fresh fruits, fresh farm eggs, muesli, yogurt, cheeses and meats are standard. Panamanian-style breakfast foods may also appear on the table.
After breakfast, the first two-hour session of the day begins at 8:30 a.m. led by one of our highly credentialed professional therapists. At 11a.m, we attend a Twelve Step Zoom meeting on our big screen television. Veronica prepares delightful lunches for 12:30, and there is a second two-hour session from 2 – 4. The sessions vary: Learning to Let Go, Recovery Basics, Group Processing, Creative Expressions, Spiritual Exploration, Recovery and Relationships, Recovery Literature Study, Yoga and Musical Expression. During the day there are opportunities for working on assignments, catching some hammock time, throwing a ball around, or playing with Ceiba.
Meals are enjoyed family style around our large dining room table. Dinner is presented at 6 p.m., and it is always well received. Often guests say they have never eaten so well with such delicious and nutritious foods. After dinner, the guests usually gather to watch one of the dozens of recovery and spiritually based films and movies, and there is time for working on assignments.
Tuesdays is Spa Day, and after lunch, we head to the relaxing and gorgeous Haven Spa for weekly massage and yoga with Stephanie. There is time for the pool, the gym equipment, hot tubs, and meditating outside on the lounge chairs with a glass of lemon water or fresh brewed coffee. The Haven is beautifully landscaped with gracious palms, bright bromeliads, gingers, and an abundance of birds and butterflies. After this great afternoon, we head to one of our favorite restaurants and enjoy Boquete in the evening.
Saturdays are Recreation Days. After breakfast, we head out for one of our many activities, and afterwards we enjoy a nice dinner out. Sunday mornings are for drumming or musical sound baths, afternoons are time for connecting with family, relaxing, reading and working on assignments. You will have time for yourself, to go for a walk down by the creek or the river, or have a nap in a hammock overlooking beautiful gardens and tropical rainforest mountainsides.
This is a brief amalgamation of a typical day/week at Serenity Vista. Our comprehensive rehab program is individualized and catered to each individual, so if you are unable to perform certain activities, let us know.
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