Nicaragua: Nature's Medicine
Downshift in the land of lakes & volcanoes and appreciate life, travel, and learning at a slower pace in rural Nicaragua, one of the safest and least traveled countries in Central America. This trip is focused on the knowledge of medicinal plants of rural Nicaraguan farmers and coffee growers. This is a rustic and unforgettable experience in a place where few people travel. Those who do, leave changed forever.
You will spend most of the trip in areas with very little electricity, sparse phone service, and no running water, living in a home stay with rural Nicaraguan farmers. As a result, your will appreciate the challenge, but also the beauty, of their way of life. Arranged activities will include workshops and tours of farms, coffee plantations, and tropical forests, including a cloud forest. You will have ample free time to explore the rural communities and spend time with host families. You will also have time for mindfulness practice, be it yoga, meditation, writing, or other means of reflection.
You should be in good physical shape as the group will do a considerable amount of hiking and walking on farms, pastures, and forests. If you wish to practice yoga, please bring your mat.
- Daily Yoga: participate in morning yoga classes to awaken your body and senses.
- Medicinal Tea: From rural Nicaraguan farmers, you will learn a variety of medicinal tea recipes using easy to grow herbs and plants.
- Organic Coffee: From a women’s organic coffee cooperative, you’ll learn by participating in the traditional process of harvesting, drying, and wood-fire roasting coffee in a rural Nicaraguan home, while also discussing coffee’s medicinal qualities.
- Herb Walk: From a local expert, you’ll learn a variety of plants that can be used medicinally while walking his farm and the nearby cloud forest.
- Country Living: From a dairy farmer, you’ll learn how to milk a cow the old-fashioned way.
- Nicaraguan History: From people who lived it, you’ll learn about the Nicaraguan revolution and civil war which took place during the 1980s.
- Homestays: in all of our trips, we strive to provide an immersive cultural experience through direct and intimate interactions with locals. In the Nicaraguan highland countryside, you will stay with a rural family, several people to a house, for a unique, rustic homestay experience.
- Journal Exercises: journaling is entirely optional but highly recommended. We carefully craft an in-country “study guide” with interesting themes for each day, coupled with suggested journal topics that ask you to dive deeper into your experience in a foreign country.
- Group Discussions: In the evenings after dinner, we will gather as a group to discuss the day’s theme, reflections upon it, and any insights we have about the suggested journal topics or our experiences in general. This type of group discussion offers an opportunity to deepen your experience of the adventure and to teach and learn from others in an effort to build cultural bridges and engender appreciation.
AccommodationsImmerse yourself in rural Nicaraguan culture through this unique homestay experience.
DirectionsThis journey will officially begin on Nov. 3rd at our hotel (TBA) in Managua and will end at 7:00am on Nov. 10th at the hotel also. Most flights to Managua arrive in the evening, although there are a few that get in in the afternoon. The hotel provides a free shuttle, so once we have your flight information, we will arrange the pick up for you. For your departing flight, know that most flights from MGA leave very early (7 or 8am). Again, airport transfer will be provided from the hotel.
Getting to Nicaragua: Please make your own travel arrangements to Nicaragua’s Managua Airport (MGA).