Back to Nature Nicaragua Yoga Retreat: Two Locations, One Amazing Retreat April 2019

About This Event

Join Ambuja Yoga for the ultimate Nicaragua yoga retreat in April 2019. Just like we did last year, we’re combining two of our favorite yoga retreat venues for our fifth 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!

Nicaragua Yoga Retreat 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.

Nicaragua Yoga Retreat 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 its 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, March 29, 2019 – Saturday, April 6, 2019

What does the Nicaragua Yoga Retreat include?

Eight nights accommodationEight breakfasts, five lunches*, and eight dinnersTwice daily yoga and meditation classes (90-120 minutes)Guided yoga nidra (yogic sleep)Asana Tune-Up WorkshopRoll & Release WorkshopTwo guided hikesVisit to Mujeres del Plomo Women’s Jewelry Co-op in San RamonLive music and dancing at Finca Esperanza VerdeVisit to Barrio Planta Project in San Juan del SurLunch and swim at Laguna de ApoyoCoffee, tea, and drinking waterCarefully curated goodie bag of local treatsTransportation from Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) to Finca Esperanza Verde, from Finca Esperanza Verde to Buena Vista Surf Club, and from Buena Vista Surf Club back to Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA)Detailed yoga retreat packing list and pre-arrival checklist

Optional Add-ons:

Surf Lesson & Board Rental at BVSC $30Daily Surf Board Rental $10-$20Catamaran sailing trip $80 plus transportation to San Juan del SurMassage at Playa Maderas $4030 minute Reiki treatment $251-hour private yoga $65

What does the Nicaragua Yoga Retreat exclude?

Your transportation to Nicaragua.Soda, junk food, and alcoholic beverages.three lunches*.Extra add-ons and excursions.Souvenirs

Who is our Nicaragua Yoga Retreat for?

real people: people that love yoga, but also love having a sundowneryogis that want to go deeper in their practiceyogis that want an asana tune-upadventurous types… or those that want to be more adventurousthose who love nature and wildlifethose who want to celebrate this awesome thing we call life!those that want to travel with a like-minded communitythose that need a technology detoxthose that love the mountains as much as they love the seathose 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 nightthose 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

Standard Accommodation

$1858 USD per person based on double occupancy

Budget Accommodation

$1598 USD per person based on double occupancy

$1558 USD per person based on triple occupancy

** Payment Plans are available upon request.**
** Discounts available for newsletter recipients.**

Meet Your Yoga Instructor

Autumn Adams, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, CPNYT, YACEP

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, joy, 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. Learn more about Autumn’s philosophy here.

What kind of yoga practice can I expect?

Alignment based vinyasa yogaRestorative yoga with a deep emphasis on relaxation1.5 – 2 hour long sessionsSessions will occur twice a day in the morning and late afternoonEach session will include asana, pranayama and meditationGently challengingNew and familiar yoga asanasCreate space and openness throughout your bodyRelease stress and muscle tensionTwo optional yoga workshops: Asana Tune-Up and Roll & Release

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 beginners 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 for travelers 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 hydropower electricity, a 100% carbon neutral thermosyphon 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.

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!

The howler monkeys make their rounds in the early morning and again in the evening. If we’re lucky they will stop by during practice and it’s pure Central American magic!

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. Curious about Nicaragua’s beaches? Here is a roundup of some of our favorite beaches in Nicaragua.

Have you been on a yoga retreat with Ambuja Yoga before? You’ll receive 10% off of your next retreat. Contact Ambuja Yoga for further details.

Will this be your first retreat? We would love to have you join us. We’re here to answer questions all along the way. Hesitant about attending a yoga retreat? Read about a few of the most common yoga retreat myths on our blog.

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.

Check out the Ambuja Yoga Facebook page to see updated pics, news and deals!!! Can’t wait to see you there!!!

Travel Routes and Travel Tips

We’ve found great deals on flights to Managua on Delta, United and American Airlines. Depending on where you are flying from you may have an overnight layover in Houston, Miami, etc. If you will be arriving in Nicaragua early (or staying longer), I am happy to make recommendations for safe, comfortable, quirky places to stay in Managua (and further afield i.e. Laguna de Apoyo, Granada, Corn Islands, and San Juan del Sur).

Airlines that fly into Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) from the United States

DeltaUnitedTACAAmerican AirlinesSpirit Airlines

Other airlines that fly into Managua, Nicaragua (MGA)

CopaAviancaTACA / LACSAUS AirwaysAeromexico

Airlines that fly directly into Liberia**, Costa Rica (LIR) from the United States

DeltaAmerican AirlinesUnitedjetBlue

Other airlines that fly into Liberia**, Costa Rica (LIR)

US AirwaysCopaTACA / LACSAAviancaAir Canada

** If you will be flying into/out of Liberia you will be responsible for your transportation to the group meet up point. Please contact Autumn for suggestions.

Arrival and Departure Information

Your airport pick-up for the Nicaragua Yoga Retreat will be in Managua on Friday, March 29, 2019 and drop off will be Saturday, April 6, 2019. Please arrive by 12:00 pm in Managua (MGA). The group will depart Buena Vista Surf Club at 7 am arriving at the airport at approximately 10-10:30 am. Please do not schedule your departing flight before noon on April 6, 2019. Arrivals after 12:00 pm on March 29, 2019 and those departing earlier than noon on April 6 will need to arrange their own transportation to/from the retreat venue (private taxi rates $120-$125).

Arrival Day Schedule*12:00 PM Airport pickup4:00 PM Arrival to retreat center4:30 PM Welcome beverage and a light snack5:30 PM Opening circle, sun salutations and yoga nidra/savasana7:00 PM DinnerDeparture Day Schedule*6:00 AM Prepare for departure6:30 AM Light Breakfast7:00 AM Depart Buena Vista Surf Camp for Airport*Schedule subject to change.

We encourage our students to arrive a few days early or stay a few days longer. Nicaragua is an amazing country worth exploring. Here are some of our favorite Nicaragua adventures and we’re happy to offer recommendations for your trip.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is required for all international yoga retreats with Ambuja Yoga. Many policies will help cover theft, travel delays and evacuation should you need it. It may also protect you in case of trip cancellation due to illness or death of a family member.

Nicaragua Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for most countries (including the US, Canada, and most European countries). Citizens of some countries do require a Visa on arrival. All tourists are required to pay for a Tourist Card upon arrival. The fee for the tourist card is $10 USD.

Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat Reservation and Payment Policy

A 50% deposit holds your place for this retreat. Final payment must be received by February 28, 2019. Ambuja Yoga currently accepts Certified Cheques, Paypal, Square and bookings through (contact info blocked) Reserve your space today!

Autumn was wonderful. I loved her class sequences/flow. The morning classes were 'gently challenging', leaving you ready for your delicious homemade breakfast. The evening classes were generally restorative and the perfect ending to each daily adventure. I told Autumn several times that where she really hit the nail on the head was her implementing two locations within one yoga retreat. The first half you felt like you were in a Nicaraguan Shangri-la! The mountains, the jungle, the wildlife, the natural fauna, and the locally grown food were all amazing. Top that off with a yoga teacher that truly gets how to deliver a mind-body (contact info blocked) and you may think you've found heaven on earth! I kid you not. The beach portion of the trip was equally beautiful and rustic, with sun, shells, and surf to please everyone. And I must say, the food was elevated locally-sourced family style cuisine (for all you yogi-foodies out there). Absolutely delicious. So if you love to hike (or lay in a hammock on the yoga deck) and randomly see toucans, monkeys, exotic birds, and sloths this retreat is for you. If you would love to see a beautiful organic farm high up in a mountainous cloud-forest this retreat is for you. If you can handle then transitioning to a sunny sea side eco-resort to finish off your experience this retreat is DEFINITELY for you! Andrea Maksimowitz

Event Highlights

  • Eight nights accommodation
  • Eight breakfasts, five 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 Esperanza Verde to Buena Vista Surf Club, and from Buena Vista Surf Club back to Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA)
  • Detailed yoga retreat packing list and pre-arrival checklist

Schedule

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.

Venue Highlights

This retreat is like no other! It combines our two favorite venues into one unique, amazing yoga retreat getaway.

Accommodations

Your accommodations will either be in a free standing cabin or in one of the garden cabins. Each room has a comfy bed and attached restroom.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Fresh, healthy meals served three times a day. Delicious salads, fruit juices, international and Nicaragua cuisine. Please inform us in advance if you have a specific dietary requirement.

Directions

We’ve found great deals on flights to Managua on Delta, United and American Airlines. Depending on where you are flying from you may have an overnight layover in Houston, Miami, etc. If you will be arriving in Nicaragua early (or staying longer), I am happy to make recommendations for safe, comfortable, quirky places to stay in Managua (and further afield i.e. Laguna de Apoyo, Granada, Corn Islands, and San Juan del Sur).

Airlines that fly into Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) from the United States

Delta
United
TACA
American Airlines
Spirit Airlines
Other airlines that fly into Managua, Nicaragua (MGA)

Copa
Avianca
TACA / LACSA
US Airways
Aeromexico
Airlines that fly directly into Liberia**, Costa Rica (LIR) from the United States

Delta
American Airlines
United
jetBlue
Other airlines that fly into Liberia**, Costa Rica (LIR)

US Airways
Copa
TACA / LACSA
Avianca
Air Canada
** If you will be flying into/out of Liberia you will be responsible for your transportation to the group meet up point. Please contact Autumn for suggestions.

Arrival and Departure Information

Your airport pick-up for the Nicaragua Yoga Retreat will be in Managua on Friday, March 29, 2019 and drop off will be Saturday, April 6, 2019. Please arrive by 12:00 pm in Managua (MGA). The group will depart Buena Vista Surf Club at 7 am arriving at the airport at approximately 10-10:30 am. Please do not schedule your departing flight before noon on April 6, 2019. Arrivals after 12:00 pm on March 29, 2019 and those departing earlier than noon on April 6 will need to arrange their own transportation to/from the retreat venue (private taxi rates $120-$125).

Arrival Day Schedule*
12:00 PM Airport pickup
4:00 PM Arrival to retreat center
4:30 PM Welcome beverage and a 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.
We encourage our students to arrive a few days early or stay a few days longer. Nicaragua is an amazing country worth exploring. Here are some of our favorite Nicaragua adventures and we’re happy to offer recommendations for your trip.

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