New Culture & Arts Center Opens in Panama

Friday, December 29 2006 @ 07:07 AM EST

Contributed by: Don Winner

Finca La Maya inaugurates a new Culture & Arts Center on January 13th, 2007 with a benefit concert at 2 pm. The new 500 square meter Arts Center is located on forty scenic acres an hour from Panama City and minutes from spectacular Pacific coast beaches. The spacious and light-filled structure is versatile - providing numerous areas for meetings, art courses, yoga, or group activities. The 110 square meter air-conditioned indoor classroom is matched by an equally large covered outdoor balcony area. Additional outdoor studios offer space usable for construction, ceramic, or sculpture projects. The cultural retreat is available for instructors of all kinds to bring small groups for deeper investigation of whatever disciplines they teach: painting, photography, yoga, holistic medicine, or other types of retreats. Finca La Maya welcomes course or session proposals from private groups. Group rates are available. (more)

The hacienda style lodge provides spacious accommodations for up to sixteen individuals comfortably with air conditioned rooms, delicious gourmet meals prepared with locally grown ingredients, beautifully landscaped gardens, a pool with jacuzzi, horses, and many other attractive amenities. A two-minute garden walk leads from the residence to the Arts Center.

Finca La Maya encourages world travelers, vacationers, tourists and local residents to discover art and culture in Panama, learn new skills, enrich or discover their own talents, and have a relaxing tropical vacation.

Many participants are expected from "snowbird" countries to escape the icy cold winters in the northern hemisphere and enjoy Panama's most desirable summer season.

Tuition for workshops ranges from all-inclusive session-plus-lodging, to local daytime-only rates.

Discounts are offered for full-time students and adults over 65 years of age.

Participants can easily register and pay for courses online.

The benefit concert will feature Panamanian group "Sunset Jam", whose versatile repertoire includes jazz, rock, salsa and more. Band members Alfredo M. Bocanegra, Jorge Roldán, Ángel Sánchez and Tony Méndez put on an excellent show. Guest performers are also expected. Proceeds for the event will be used to purchase books and materials for art and language lessons to be offered to local children and adults in the community.

Tickets for the Benefit Concert are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the Mailboxes Etc. in Coronado (tel. 507 6722-8166), or at the gate to Finca La Maya on the day of the concert. Press and media welcome.

For more information and directions to the finca, visit:

Locals in Panama call Finca La Maya at: (507) 240-8281. From the USA call: (901) 414-2844

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