Back to Nature Yoga Retreat Nicaragua, April 2018
Join Autumn Adams, founder of Ambuja Yoga for the ultimate Back to Nature Nicaragua Yoga Retreat in April 2018. We’re combining two of our favorite yoga retreat venues for our fourth annual Nicaragua yoga retreat! Can’t decide between a retreat in the mountains or a beach yoga retreat??? You don’t have to! Our 8 night/9 day yoga retreat showcases the best of Nicaragua!
Yoga in the Mountains of Nicaragua
You will practice yoga overlooking the Nicaraguan cloud forest from our first base at Finca Esperanza Verde, high above Matagalpa. Finca Esperanza Verde 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.
Our local guides will take us out to explore the many miles of beautifully maintained hiking trails that crisscross the property. They will help us spot howler monkeys, two and three toed sloths, parrots, toucans, hummingbirds and so much more!
Ambuja Yoga is big on community and creating connection, so we will visit Mujeres del Plomo for a jewelry making workshop. The women of Mujeres del Plomo have created a women’s co-op with a powerful story of community, hardship and triumph. We love them and think you will too.
One of our favorite experiences at Finca Esperanza Verde is to have the local band come over to play for us as we roast marshmallows over the fire and dance under one of the most impressive banners of stars we’ve ever seen! It’s a perfect way to celebrate our time in the mountains.
Yoga will be practiced in the covered lounge overlooking the jungle. 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.
Yoga Overlooking the Pacific Ocean
From our perch in the cloud forest we will head down to the beach town of San Juan del Sur and Playa Maderas. San Juan del Sur, once a sleepy fishing village, is now a bustling seaside port with a multitude of restaurants and boutiques. We will be staying at Buena Vista Surf Club, a gorgeous eco-chic resort that boasts unbelievable beach and sunset views from it’s infinity yoga deck and a cool, relaxed vibe.
Playa Maderas and its famous surf break are just below the resort and 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. The area attracts artists, entrepreneurs, yogis and of course surfers and backpackers on the banana pancake trail. Three restaurants lining the beach offer up everything you need to enjoy an afternoon in the sun; all offer local and international food, cold drinks and lounge chairs for rent.
From our base at Buena Vista Surf Club we will explore Playa Maderas and San Juan del Sur. We will learn to be a kid again during our visit to Barrio Planta Project, a free supplementary school program for children in San Juan del Sur. Barrio Planta Project, or BPP, has an incredible start-up story. This will be our third year visiting Barrio Planta Project and it’s always a retreat favorite. Afterward we will head over to one of the beachside restaurants for a cocktail and snack before heading back to Buena Vista Surf Club for supper.
There is always plenty of free time to book a massage, a surf lesson, or even a catamaran sailing trip. We encourage you to take advantage of this beautiful destination.
Back to Nature Nicaragua Yoga Retreat Dates
Friday, April 6, 2018 – Saturday April 14, 2018
What does the Nicaragua Yoga Retreat include?
- Eight nights accommodation
- Eight breakfasts, four lunches*, and eight dinners
- Twice daily yoga and meditation classes (90-120 minutes)
- Guided yoga nidra (yogic sleep)
- Asana Tune-Up Workshop
- Roll & Release Workshop
- Two guided hikes
- Visit to Mujeres del Plomo Women’s Jewelry Co-op in San Ramon
- Live music and dancing at Finca Esperanza Verde
- Visit to Barrio Planta Project in San Juan del Sur
- Lunch and swim at Laguna de Apoyo
- Coffee, tea, and drinking water
- Carefully curated goodie bag of local treats
- Transportation from Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) to Finca Esperanza Verde, from Finca Esperanze Verde to Buena Vista Surf Club, and from Buena Vista Surf Club back to Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA)
- Surf Lesson & Board Rental at BVSC $30
- Daily Surf Board Rental $10-$20
- Catamaran sailing trip $80 plus transportation to San Juan del Sur
- Massage at Playa Maderas $40
- 30 minute Reiki treatment $25
- 1 hour private yoga $65
What does the Nicaragua Yoga Retreat exclude?
- Your transportation to Nicaragua.
- Soda, junk food, and alcoholic beverages.
- Four lunches*.
- Extra add-ons and excursions.
Who is our Nicaragua Yoga Retreat for?
- real people: people that love yoga, but also love having a sundowner
- yogis that want to go deeper in their practice
- yogis that want an asana tune-up
- adventurous types… or those that want to be more adventurous
- those who love nature and wildlife
- those who want to celebrate this awesome thing we call life!
- those that want to travel with a likeminded community
- those that need a technology detox
- those that love the mountains as much as they love the sea
- those that need to RELAX… there are only two mandatory events the whole 8 days!
- those who need a shift, an ignition, or a jumpstart in life, work, etc.
Who is our Nicaragua Yoga Retreat not for?
- those who want to party every night
- those who need air-con (none of our venues have it… in my humble opinion it isn’t necessary)
- those who have no yoga experience (yogis should have a basic understanding of standing postures and a willingness to explore and play on their mat)
- those who don’t want to support others in their growth on and off their mat (we’re all about community, connection and support)
Nicaragua Yoga Retreat Rates
$1838 USD per person based on double occupancy
$1578 USD per person based on double occupancy
$1538 USD per person based on triple occupancy
** Payment Plans are available upon request.**
** Discounts available for newsletter recipients.**
Meet Your Yoga Instructor
Autumn founded Ambuja Yoga in 2014 as a way to not only share her love of yoga, travel & adventure, but as a way to cultivate intention, courage and grace in her students. She hopes her retreat attendees will leave her retreats with a feeling of purpose and with the ability to invite their intention into all aspects of their lives. She encourages her students to be conscious creators… to have the courage to take risks (both big and small), the courage to listen deeply to their body, to their gut, to their heart and the grace to “roll with the punches” on this messy path we call life.
What kind of yoga practice can I expect?
- Alignment based vinyasa yoga
- 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
- Gently challenging
- New and familiar yoga asanas
- Create space and openness throughout your body
- Release stress and muscle tension
- Two optional yoga workshops: Asana Tune-Up and Roll & Release
- Dharma workshop for clarity and direction
What about hiking?
Hikers, birders, photographers, and nature lovers will love our Nicaragua Yoga Retreat. Finca Esperanza Verde maintains miles of hiking trails that wind throughout the property past stunning vistas, a beautiful waterfall, a swimming hole, and lush coffee plants. The canopy is rich with life here.
Along the trails there are multiple places to stop and take in the sights and sounds of the jungle, meditate, or read a book. Throughout our stay at Finca Esperanza Verde you are encouraged to spend your afternoons out on the trails, swimming under the waterfall or otherwise connecting with nature. The trails are all well-marked and excellently maintained (some of the best trails in Nicaragua). Head out on your own or grab a guide. While you are out on the trails you will see numerous species of birds, butterflies, and insects along with howler monkeys and if you’re lucky a sloth or two.
What about surfing?
You will experience unforgettable surfing in one of Nicaragua’s premier surf spots, Playa Maderas. The surf spot offers rippable waves for beginning to more advanced surfers. The beach consists of soft white sand, with some rocky areas creating interesting tidal pools to explore.
From the surfer’s point of view Playa Maderas has a slow wave in reasonably deep water, with four breaks getting hollow on a rising tide – rated good for beginners. It’s a beachy offering hollow lefts and rights that handle long period swells quite well. Check out the surf report for Playa Maderas on Magic Seaweed.
Your Secluded Nicaragua Yoga Retreat Hideaways
This Nicaragua yoga and surf retreat will be held at the peaceful and serene Finca Esperanza Verde and at the uber-relaxed eco-chic Buena Vista Surf Club in Nicaragua.
Finca Esperanza Verde
Some places “pull on your heart strings” and Finca Esperanza Verde EcoLodge is one of them. Owner’s Vivianne and Andrew have created a home away from home fortravelers high in the mountains above Matagalpa. Finca Esperanza Verde, set in the cloud forest, above San Ramón, supports the local community by hiring a 100% local staff and supports La Chispa, an elementary school for local children on the property. Vivianne and Andrew promote continuing education and professional development for staff, and foster a women’s jewelry collective, Colectiva El Plomo.
Finca Esperanza Verde has truly embraced the meaning of being an ecolodge. The finca,a working organic coffee and vegetable farm, uses only responsible and sustainable methods of farming, 100% solar and hydro power electricity, a 100% carbon neutral thermo syphon system to heat water, vermiculture, composting, biodiverse landscaping, and fabulous farm-to-table meals. You will have the opportunity to enjoy Finca Esperanza’s fantastic coffee, grown and processed on site and feast on organic meals sourced from the farm’s gardens and nearby neighbors.
The Colibri, Tucan, and MotMot cabins have breathtaking views where you can watch the sunset behind the mountains as the sky begins its light show. Finca Esperanza Verde’s cabins are charming, simple and unfussy, allowing the surrounding landscape to rule the show. You will be welcomed warmly from the moment you arrive at FEV and before your stay is over you will be plotting and scheming your return. We cannot wait to host you!
You will quickly settle into the rhythm of life at Finca Esperanza Verde; sounds of the forest will lull you to sleep each evening and the howler monkeys will provide your morning wake up call. Your afternoons will be spent hiking and exploring with new friends that share similar visions and goals, cultivating gratitude for the simple and small things in your life, and discovering the types of relationships, friends and energy you want to surround yourself with when you get home.
Change your energy. Change your vibration.
Buena Vista Surf Club
Buena Vista Surf Club, our treehouse-like eco-lodge is nestled within the jungle and overlooks the ocean at Playa Maderas, one of Nicaragua’s best surf spots.
It’s an intimate setup complete with wooden cabanas, built to complement the natural environment around you. And, it’s just a five minute walk to pristine beaches lining the Pacific Ocean!
Sea and jungle views abound. Chill out on your private terrace with a favorite book, lounge in a hammock with an ice cold Toña, or splash out on a bean bag and take in the sunset or gaze at the stars.
Our meals at Buena Vista Surf Club are made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. Meals are served family style and are always a social affair. Themed meals could be Indian night, tacos, Thai or grilled seafood… and all are delicious!
A handful of restaurants are within walking distance, massages are available at the bottom of the hill, a cheap shuttle into SJDS is available from the beach, and if you grow tired of the beach there are hotels nearby that serve up delicious lunches poolside.
Want to learn how to surf? Surf lessons and board rentals are available on site at Buena Vista Surf Club. Schedule up a one-on-one surf lesson with the resort’s experienced surf instructor. You’ll be surfing in no time.
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.
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A Letter From Autumn Adams, the founder of Ambuja Yoga
Welcome to Ambuja Yoga! I’m thrilled that you’ve found us (and that you’re snooping around our site to learn more). Each and every day I am thankful for this community of awesome, powerful and compassionate yogis. I am grateful that you’re here and that you’re interested in investing in your wellbeing by attending a yoga retreat.
I created Ambuja Yoga in 2014 as an outlet to share my passion for wellbeing and balanced living while actively creating a life that I LOVE. As Ambuja Yoga came into fruition and evolved into what it is today, I can honestly say that I have found my path, my life’s work, my dharma.
I want the same for you. I want you to love the life you live. My hope is to empower YOU to be courageous (to take those leaps), to handle life’s challenges with grace, and uncover your life’s sankalpa (an intention that guides you in all aspects of your life).
You are worth it! You are worthy of investment. No more excuses. I want you to step out of your comfort zone, out of your rut, and make big changes in your life.
Our yoga retreats are created to be more than an opportunity to deepen your yoga asana practice. Our yoga retreats provide an opportunity to completely step away from daily distractions, to overcome fear, to break bad habits, to see things as they really are, and renew your sense of self worth. Our yoga retreats encourage you to create subtle shifts in your perspective while discovering how you want to show up in your life.
Happiness is an attitude, acceptance is a choice and attitude is everything!
You are invited to join us on a yoga retreat… to nourish yourself from the inside out, to do something just for you, and create a positive shift in your life. You don’t need to be a “perfect” hand-standing yogi, you don’t need to know Sanskrit, you don’t even have to have a regular meditation practice. We love you and your individuality. We’ll take you as you are.
I look forward to meeting you on your mat!
Love and Light,