9-Day Back to Nature Yoga Retreat in Nicaragua- April 2018

Short Description

Imagine a week of healthy living, yoga, and nature where all of the details are taken care of for you.
This yoga retreat will be combining two of Ambuja Yoga’s favorite yoga retreat venues for their fourth annual Nicaragua yoga retreat.

Location: Nicaragua
Base Price: $1,538.00
Start Date: 4/6/2018
End Date: 4/14/2018

Detailed Description

Imagine a week of healthy living, yoga, and nature where all of the details are taken care of for you. This retreat is for those with an established practice but would like to spice things up a bit, need a break to recharge, & get back to their true nature & authentic living.

Join Ambuja Yoga for the ultimate Nicaragua yoga retreat experience. This yoga retreat will be combining two of Ambuja Yoga’s favorite yoga retreat venues for their 4th annual Nicaragua yoga retreat.

Can’t decide between a retreat in the mountains or a beach yoga retreat? You don’t have to! Experience the best of Nicaragua where you will practice yoga overlooking the Nicaraguan cloud forest and overlooking the breath-taking beach at Playa Maderas.

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This retreat’s first base at Finca Esperanza Verde is set high above Matagalpa and is a tranquil oasis far away from the heat of the lowlands.

This working organic coffee farm turned eco-resort is the perfect antidote to frenetic city life. Once you step foot onto the property the stress of life back home becomes a thing of the past.

The local guides will take you out to explore the many miles of beautifully maintained hiking trails that crisscross the property. They will help you spot howler monkeys, two and three-toed sloths, parrots, toucans, hummingbirds, and so much more.

Finca Esperanza Verde maintains miles of well-marked hiking trails that wind throughout the property past stunning vistas, a beautiful waterfall, dense jungle, a swimming hole, and lush coffee plants.

The canopy is rich with life here. Along the trails, there are multiple places to stop & take in the sights & sounds of the jungle, meditate, or read.

An impressive view of rolling clouds, green jungle canopy, and abundant wildlife help us savor the present moment and the intense beauty of our surroundings during our yoga practice at the Finca.

Throughout your stay at the Finca, you are encouraged to spend your afternoons out on the trails, swimming under the waterfall or otherwise connecting with nature.

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Ambuja Yoga is big on community & connection. We will visit the women of Mujeres del Plomo who have created a women’s co-op with a powerful story of community, hardship, and triumph; you will simply love them!

From your perch in the cloud forest, you will head down to the beach town of San Juan del Sur & Playa Maderas. San Juan del Sur, once a sleepy fishing village, is now a bustling seaside port with a multitude of restaurants & boutiques.

You will be staying at Buena Vista Surf Club, a gorgeous eco-chic resort that boasts unbelievable beach and sunset views from its infinity yoga deck & a cool, relaxed vibe.

Playa Maderas & its famous surf break are just below the resort & a short walk away. Playa Maderas has surf breaks suitable for all levels and its sandy bottom is especially friendly for beginners.

Playa Maderas has a fun social vibe and attracts artists, entrepreneurs, yogis, surfers, and backpackers on the banana pancake trail.
And the beach restaurants offer everything you need to enjoy an afternoon in the sun: local & international food, cold drinks & lounge chairs.

You will learn to be a kid again during your visit to Barrio Planta Project, a free supplementary school program for children in San Juan del Sur. Barrio Planta Project has an incredible start-up story. This will be Ambuja Yoga’s 3rd year visiting BPP and it’s always a retreat favorite.

Afterward, you will head over to one of the beachside restaurants for a cocktail and snack before heading back to BVSC for supper.

There is always plenty of free time to book a massage, a surf lesson, or even a catamaran sailing trip. You are encouraged to take advantage of this beautiful destination.

Who is this yoga retreat for?
Yogis who love yoga and also an occasional sundowner
Yogis who want to go deeper in their practice
Yogis who want an asana tune-up
Those who seek more adventure
Those who love nature & wildlife
Those who want to celebrate this awesome thing called life
Those who want to travel with a like-minded community
Those who love the mountains as much as the sea
Those who need to relax
Those who need a shift, an ignition, or a jumpstart

What kind of yoga practice can you expect?
Mindfully challenging vinyasa yoga firmly rooted in principles of healthy alignment
Restorative yoga with a deep emphasis on relaxation
1.5 - 2 hour long sessions
Sessions will occur twice a day in the morning and late afternoon
Each session will include asana, pranayama, and meditation
New and familiar yoga asanas
Release stress and muscle tension, create spaciousness in your body
Two optional yoga workshops: Asana Tune-Up and Roll and Release

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Autumn is head over heels with Nicaragua and she thinks you will be too. This retreat will allow you to experience the fresh air and lush jungles of the Nicaraguan mountains and the sultry beaches of the coast. There is no other yoga retreat like it!

Schedule/Itinerary

Nicaragua Yoga Retreat Daily Schedule*
7:30-9:30 AM Morning Yoga (Vinyasa Yoga)
9:30-10:30 AM Breakfast
10:30-4:30 PM Free Time/Hike/Seva/Surf/Hammock
4:30-6:00 PM Afternoon Yoga (Restorative Flow/Workshop)
7:00-8:00 PM Dinner
8:00-? PM Free Time

*Schedule is subject to change.

Arrival and Departure Information
Your airport pick-up for the Nicaragua Yoga Retreat will be in Managua on Friday April 6, 2018 and drop off will be Saturday April 14, 2018. Please arrive by 1:00pm in Managua (MGA). The group will depart Buena Vista Surf Club at 7am arriving at the airport at approximately 10am. Please do not schedule your departing flight before noon on April 14, 2018. Arrivals after 1:00pm on April 6, 2018 and those departing earlier than noon on April 14 will need to arrange their own transportation to/from the retreat venue (private taxi rates $120-$125).

Arrival Day Schedule*
1:00 PM Airport pickup
4:00 PM Arrival to retreat center
4:30 PM Welcome beverage and light snack
5:30 PM Opening circle, sun salutations and yoga nidra/savasana
7:00 PM Dinner
Departure Day Schedule*
6:00 AM Prepare for departure
6:30 AM Light Breakfast
7:00 AM Depart Buena Vista Surf Camp for Airport
*Schedule subject to change.

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What's Included

8x Nights accommodation with jungle, ocean, or garden views
Daily energizing morning vinyasa yoga sessions with Autumn
Daily evening restorative yoga sessions with Autumn
Asana Tune Up/Foundations of Asana Workshop with Autumn
Roll & Release Workshop with Autumn
Guided jungle hikes to spot sloths, howler monkeys, and many types of birds and plants unique to Nicaragua and Central America
Jewelry making workshop with the women of Mujeres del Plomo Jewelry Co-op
Afternoon at Barrio Planta Project, a supplementary school program for children of San Juan del Sur
An afternoon swimming in a jungle clad lake set deep within a volcanic crater
Delicious, healthy meals served in our open air dining rooms
8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners lovingly prepared by our local staff from locally sourced ingredients (some grown right on the organic farm)
Swimming and optional surfing at Playa Maderas
Beautiful, thoughtful ceremonies to solidify our intentions
Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) with Autumn
FREE airport pickup and dropoff from Managua

The following meals are included:
Breakfast
Lunch (provided at Finca Esperanze Verde, excluded at Buena Vista Surf Club-- eat lunch on the beach!)
Dinner
Drinks (tea, coffee, juice)
*Dietary restrictions will be accommodated with prior notification.*

Meals:
The majority of meals are vegetarian, but protein options (chicken or seafood) will be available throughout the week. Diet restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice.

This yoga retreat will provide as much organic produce as possible with the majority sourced onsite (at Finca Esperanza Verde) or from nearby farmers and local markets. At Buena Vista Surf Club, your meals are made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients.

The meals are served family style and are always a social affair. Themed meals could be Indian night, tacos, Thai, or grilled seafood.

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Accommodation

All rooms have private bathrooms and outdoor space. Some rooms have jungle, garden, or sea views.
Standard and budget accommodations are available.... the biggest difference? Views and free-standing cabins.

About the Teacher

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Autumn Adams, E-RYT & YACEP, an avid yogini, foodie, hiker & traveler loves everything outdoors, playing with her 2 naughty pups, & cooking for friends/family. She encourages her students to live boldly, to have the courage to listen deeply to their body, gut, & heart & the grace to “roll with the punches” on this messy path called life.