21 Days Intensive Yoga Retreat in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

  • Ahimsa Yoga Ashram, San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua

Overview

Immersion Yoga Retreat Nicaragua

  • 19 days with instruction
  • In this community living retreat space in the Nicaraguan jungle, your practice will be transformed forever! Learn the principles of alignment and listen to amazing lectures on yoga philosophy and other spiritual subjects. Learn all the things you always wanted to learn and ask all the questions you always wanted to ask. Join this retreat to learn and submerge yourself in a world of yoga you have always hoped to be real, but never dreamed to find. Allow yourself to be transformed!

    Highlights

    • Daily 1.5-hour yoga class with Xian
    • Community skill and knowledge sharing workshops each afternoon
    • Continuous personal alignment assistance for yoga postures and everyday living
    • Guided self and peer-study to further your knowledge and personal practice
    • Lectures on yoga history, philosophy, and many other spiritual topics
    • Guided library reading and research time to expand your mind
    • Daily yogic home-cooked meals and vegan dinner
    • 20 nights accommodation

    Skill level

    • Beginner

    • Intermediate

    • Advanced

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 12.

      Languages

      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    Each student will be staying in their own large, private tent in a beautiful jungle setting. Each tent is covered with a roof for maximum space and comfort. Each tent has a large mattress, sheets, pillows, and a towel. You can also put up your own tent in your own space if you prefer. Additionally, the ashram is equipped with compost toilet and outside lounge areas. This rustic, simple, yet comfortable setup will enable you to learn and to immerse yourself in a yogic lifestyle close to nature and without distractions.

    The ashram is a quiet retreat away from the noise of towns and cars. They have one acre of land at the end of a long dirt road with a tiny house and garden, a large open space with a log fire circle, a small, budding veggie garden, and many secluded, private shady areas with trees for the tents and relaxation. They also have their own well with drinking water. The yoga platforms are surrounded by lush greenery and exotic animals.

    Private tent
    • Dining area
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Kitchen
    • Lounge
    • Internet access
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    Private double roomPrivate tent

    Please read the whole program of this yoga retreat very carefully.

    Ashram living

    This is not a fancy center, but an ashram, a house of learning. For this magical retreat, you are invited into a natural, wonderful jungle space with access to incredible knowledge and experiences. The quality of teachings and the communal ashram sharing environment are of the highest caliber and are a unique and wonderful offering.

    You will learn many things that are not taught anywhere else and you will encounter a little piece of magic which will allow you to open your mind and heart. You will leave there having learned many little tips and tricks that will allow you to take this magic home with you. The ashram combines joyful play and deep learning in a wonderfully open way.

    Xian’s teachings are yoga style independent and have been proven again and again to change her students practice beyond what they ever thought possible, no matter if they were a beginner, advanced student, or even yoga teacher.

    Please note that people at the ashram live a simple, down-to-earth, joyful yogic lifestyle, which means they eat simple but wholesome food and their accommodation and style of living are natural and uncomplicated. Their aim is to nourish consciousness, constant conscious awareness, gentleness, sweetness, and contentment with the little things.

    Besides studying yoga, you are also invited to open up to your internal world and to a communal lifestyle of active curiosity, exploration, and learning. Learn to make a wooden spoon, learn to sing a song with someone, read a book, help in the garden, play with babies, or simply sit and listen to the jungle.

    Allow yourself to delve into a new experience without judgment and expectations and be transformed. This retreat is an extraordinary experience to explore a fascinating new world of yogic being.

    Each day there are question and answer sessions with Xian. There are also amazing lectures, great skill and knowledge sharing workshops in the afternoon to learn a variety of incredible skills, and maybe even you sharing some of your own passions. You will have access to the ashram's fantastic library on yoga and many other fascinating subjects.

    During the student study groups, you will learn how to design your own yoga practice and sequence, and there is time for themed self-practice. There is also plenty of time for peaceful relaxation, healing, and enjoying the beautiful ashram grounds.

    The ashram is your space for these three weeks. If you use this precious time wisely, you can leave there a changed person if you allow yourself to stay open, and if you immerse yourself into their program without expectations, judgment, and with an eternally youthful open heart.

    There are some rules to be observed, such as:

    • Quiet speech
    • "Live" music only
    • Internet access available for half an hour daily
    • Veganism
    • Staying on the premises and the immediate surrounding areas during the retreat days to allow full immersion into a new way of being. The ashram day off is Saturdays, where you can explore the nearby towns and beaches
    • A few rules of a wholesome yogic diet, such as no smoking, alcohol, chili, garlic, onions, coffee, or other stimulants

    The ashram asks you to honor and respect, and maybe even get to love these guidelines during your stay here.

    The yoga

    Please know that this is a very carefully designed comprehensive program of learning and experiencing, which has been tried and tested over many years. It is designed to open your body, mind, spirit, and energy channels.

    Xian’s frustration with finding a yoga class where she actually learned something made her research, experiment, and practice for many years. From this experience, she developed an unexpected, brilliant new approach to yoga that is simple, logical, yet revolutionary. It tweaks traditional postures in sometimes just the slightest way, changing the way you will ever think about yoga and transforming your practice forever, no matter your level or style.

    Many students of yoga, including some yoga teachers, have often never learned truly how to do a yoga posture but are often simply trying to copy what a teacher did or a what yogi in a photo or video looks like. Many students are unsure of how to do an asana, where to feel the stretch, or which alignment principles behind the movements are.

    With Xian Yoga, you will learn

    • How to keep your entire body open in every single posture
    • Where you never close a side
    • No crunching
    • No closing whatsoever
    • No pain or discomfort!
    • Only fullness, opening, and unrestricted breaths

    This is achieved by tweaking the alignment of traditional postures, through elongation, spiraling and many other little tricks.

    You will also learn

    • How to go into a posture and come out of it while maintaining the energy flow and body open on both sides
    • That going into and coming out of a posture is a conscious, connected journey of energetic alignment
    • How important tiny changes in posture are in terms of your arms, hands, head, rotations, and eyes

    When you understand that, you will learn to revolutionize your practice, no matter what style of yoga you usually practice. Once you have felt the openness you can achieve, you will settle for nothing less than feeling absolutely fabulous. This is not a new style of yoga, but relearning and experiencing what yoga was always meant to be!

    Beginners, advanced students, as well as new and established teachers are welcome. On Xian's mat, all people begin anew! Come, learn, and submerge yourself in a world of yoga you always hoped to be find, but never dreamed to real.

    The yoga program

    Please note that Xian will not teach you an exercise class, workout regime, or studio yoga class every day. However, she will systematically teach you yoga.

    From Mondays to Saturdays, your morning classes will last for two hours. Besides asana, your classes will also include meditation, bandas, mudras, mantras, lectures, and stories on interesting topics from Xian’s vast store of yogic knowledge. On selected afternoons, Xian will be giving lectures on various spiritual subjects.

    Step 1

    For the first 10 days, you will go workshop-style step by step through individual categories of alignment. You will watch demonstrations and then experience the new open ways on your own body. They will focus on forward bends, side bends, turns, back bends (chest openers), combinations, as well as standing and sitting comfortably cross-legged. Within these categories, you will cover postures such as standing, sitting, kneeling as well as lying front and back.

    You will learn the fundamental principles of yoga and how to feel fabulous and open in every single posture, as well as being able to take full unrestricted breaths of air by focusing on alignment, elongation, and much more. You will learn how important tiny changes in posture are in terms of your arms, hands, head, rotations, and eyes.

    You will understand little magic tricks that are never taught in yoga classes, which will transform your practice forever. At the ashram, you will be taught everything you always wanted to know about yoga, your teachers will explain everything you never understood, and you will learn what you never thought possible.

    Step 2

    With the basics covered, you will then continue with a full daily practice, as well as focusing on many areas by request, such as hip-openers, shoulders, inversions, balancing postures, hand balance postures, headstands, handstands, and much more. You will also learn different pranayama and mudras; how to do them, why and when do to different kinds, why they are so fabulous, and many other exciting practices.

    No experience needed, suitable for all levels and styles

    No matter what your level of experience, yoga tradition or style is, everybody leaves the ashram with knowledge, practice, experience, and lots of great unexpected insights. This retreat is suitable for beginners, advanced students, as well as new or experienced yoga teachers.

    Afternoon community activities

    This is your opportunity to partake in the ashram’s afternoon community sharing workshops or maybe even to share yourself, your knowledge, skills, and passions. Ahimsa Yoga Ashram’s Facebook site will give you many wonderful impressions of the wonderfully silly, informative, fun, and simply amazing things that people teach in these workshops. You don’t have to be a professional to share. Passion is enough.

    Eelan and Kailan

    Eelan and Kailan are Xian’s wonderful two-year-old twin boys. Babies are the best teachers. You will learn quiet and excitement, fascination with the little things, exploration and adventure, caring, patience, and how completely and utterly in the now babies are.

    Xian makes a point of conscious education, by including her babies into her lifestyle, setting clear boundaries, and within those allowing complete freedom. They are beautiful little creatures and they will sometimes be around during the day. As these little buddies still sleep in the morning and at lunch time, the ashram asks for quiet time during these hours.

    Sample daily itinerary

    • 06:00 Wake up and get ready for class
    • 06:30 Optional self-practice following ashram suggested themes, routines, and focus elements
    • 07:00 Yoga with Xian
    • 09:00 Communal breakfast
    • 10:00 Students joint study group, reviewing and working with the ashram learning syllabus
    • 11:00 Open library time or research on given subjects
    • 11:30 Free time, option to help with or observe volunteer projects
    • 12:30 Lunch
    • 13:30 Free time

    The afternoon program starts between 14:30 and 15:00, depending on the offering.

    • Xian question and answers for the student study group
    • Lecture by Xian, or communal skill and knowledge sharing workshops
    • 16:15 On lecture days: students' lecture review or discussion
    • 16:45 Cooking of dinner meal
    • 18:30 Communal dinner

    Please note that yoga and afternoon activities are not optional. Saturdays are your days to rest and explore places outside of the ashram.

    • Xian Breckenridge

      Xian is an internationally trained and certified Hatha yoga teacher, energy and massage healer, AcroYoga teacher, psychic, acrobat, circus performer, trapeze artist, fire dancer, and author of the book “Why You Don’t Need Shoes.” Her extensive experience of supporting her students’ spiritual development and physical radiance makes her a unique teacher and mentor. Her 20-year yoga practice, which she taught all over the world for over 11 years, focuses strongly on correct alignment principles to open the energetic and spiritual body. Xian teaches with humor, love, insight, and a touch of magic.

    This retreat will take place about five kilometers outside of San Juan Del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua. About a 10-minute walk away from the ashram is a tiny local bakery, which bakes and sells fresh bread all day for about 10 NIO. You will smell it on the way up.

    There are beautiful walks in the surrounding areas and wonderful sunset spots not far from the ashram. Great beaches are accessible by shuttle. Group taxis from the ashram can also be arranged.

    San Juan del Sur

    The nearest town, San Juan del Sur, is five kilometers away. It is a small surfer beach town with all basic necessities. A supermarket is at the town entrance. There is also a small store in San Juan del Sur’s market with imported products such as couscous and quinoa.

    To go to San Juan Del Sur, you can walk for 15 to 25 minutes along a beautiful dirt road to the main road. The walk to town from the road takes about 25 minutes. You can also take a taxi for 1 USD, take a bus for 1 USD, or you can hitch-hike. Please remember that you will only be able to go to San Juan del Sur on Saturday, the ashram’s day off.

    Rivas

    A bigger town, Rivas, is about one hour by bus for 1 USD, or 25 minutes by taxi for 2 USD per person. Rivas is a beautiful town with a huge market and all facilities.

    Nearby places

    • Costa Rica border - 1 hour
    • Family bakery - 10 minutes
    • Rivas - 25 to 60 minutes
    • San Juan del Sur, 5 kilometers
    Activities
    • Art classes
    • Swimming nearby
    General
    • Beach nearby
    • Dining area
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Kitchen
    • Lounge
    Services
    • Internet access

    Breakfast and lunch will be simple yet delicious vegan meals that are lovingly prepared for you. Cold tea or other little yummy surprises and snacks are also provided. As you will be a part of a communal lifestyle, on some nights, students will prepare vegan meals together with the volunteers. This always makes meals a lot of fun as everybody brings their own wonderful ideas and skills to the table.

    The ashram currently does not support special dietary requirements. If you have any special desires for food or other items, you can satisfy them during Saturday visits to the nearby towns, the local bakery, and the tiny ashram store. You can also opt to add some items to Ahimsa Yoga Ashram's shopping list if you pay for them. They will head out for shopping twice a week.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Snacks
    • Drinks

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Vegan
    • Yogic
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

    As the ashram is in a very secluded location and due to the nature of the program, you will only have time outside of the ashram on Saturdays, on which you can visit the village of San Juan del Sur, the city of Rivas, or the beaches.

    There are also beautiful walks in the surrounding areas and wonderful sunset spots not far from the ashram. Xian is also a professionally trained body piercer (by the internationally renowned Fakir School of Body Piercing In San Francisco, USA). She specializes in ritual piercing and breath control.

    • 20 nights accommodation
    • Cold teas and surprise snacks
    • Daily communal lifestyle
    • Daily simple yogic home cooked vegan breakfast and lunch
    • Daily vegan dinner
    • Daily yoga classes with Xian
    • Half-hour per day internet access
    • Learn variations and preparations customized for your body
    • Learn yoga poses and their alignment principles
    • Lectures on yoga history and philosophy and many other fascinating topics
    • Morning peer study group to further your own personal practice
    • Personal alignment assistance
    • Wonderful afternoon community skill and knowledge sharing workshops
    • Airfare
    • Airport transfers
    • Excursions
    • Extra foods and snacks
    • Personal expenses

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA).

    Arrival by bus

    You can take a bus to San Juan del Sur for around 75 cents.

    Arrival by shuttle

    You can take a shuttle from the airport to San Juan del Sur for about 30 USD.

    Arrival by taxi

    Take a taxi from San Juan del Sur to the ashram for about 7 USD. Ahimsa Yoga Ashram will send you the directions to the ashram once you have confirmed your booking.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

    Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

    • Review by Fiona Schleussinger

      "The rating for the yoga teacher training and overall experience is 10. This is a deeply transformative retreat and Xian is a true spiritual leader. She is not only generous with her knowledge but puts her heart and soul into teaching. If you are prepared to work hard and be transformed, this yoga teacher training is invaluable."

      "Kind regards"

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    • Review by Sarah Deroeck from Novi, Michigan, USA

      "I recently came to Nicaragua for a 21-day intensive retreat at Ahimsa Yoga Ashram. It was a truly life changing trip for me. First of all, being off grid and completely immersed in nature was so healing. I was truly able to connect with myself and made friends who will last a lifetime. Sleeping in a tent in the jungle, listening to all the natural sounds, enabled me to really sleep, returning to my natural rhythm. Eating vegan, which was not the case before, now I am a vegetarian and I feel so great. Daily yoga and meditation were beautiful. Xian has created a healing, uplifting, and welcoming environment for anyone who is not worried about getting a little dirty and seeing a few bugs."

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    Testimonials

    • Review by Cornelia from Switzerland

      "I stayed for almost two weeks here and learned a lot from Xian! She has a huge knowledge about yoga, spirituality, nutrition, and all kinds of other stuff, which she happily shares with the volunteers. I was mainly working in the garden but whenever I was tired of something, she gave me something else to do, which I appreciated a lot. You can also always mention your own ideas and be creative. I had an amazing time with Xian and her adorable babies and am very grateful for all the things I learned."

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    • Review by Joel from Canada

      "Xian came to be an excellent teacher. I learned many things quickly. She keeps a tight ship and needs everyone's helping hand. This gave me a friendly reminder to keep a conscious mind on all my movements and energy that I put into everything. I was taught about many different yoga practices, including alignment issues, building energy by conscious thought and meditation, and balance exercises. Saying grace and an opportunity to express gratefulness before every meal kept me in a good mood and happy thoughts for every moment."

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    • Review by Amy from Costa Rica

      "An absolutely wonderful experience. From the moment I arrived at Xian's home, I felt comfortable and welcomed. I ended up staying longer than my planned three weeks and I am already planning to return in the fall! There are a daily routine and work schedule, which are shared equally between volunteers. Everybody takes turns cooking, washing up, helping with the beautiful babies, and hosting workshops. I loved changing the workshop theme each day because it creates a very fun and interactive experience. The actual hours vary depending on your skills, your preference, and what really needs to be done. It is simple and goes by relatively quickly. Xian (as a bonus) shares her knowledge of yoga. Alignment, philosophy, experiences, and so much more! My yoga practice has forever changed for the better. Thank you so much for opening your home and your heart with me, Xian. I look forward to keeping in touch with you."

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    • Review by Bianca from USA

      "We spent an amazing, mind-expanding, and life-changing month at this magical little place Xian has created. I have dreamed of being able to experience life in an intentional community like this one. We learned so much about the yogic principles, meditation, and esoteric goodness. The food was great, work was fulfilling, and her babies are the cutest. Thank you infinitely, Xian, and a shoutout to all the karma yogis who made this experience so memorable!"

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    • Review by Jonathan Cina from Berlin, Germany

      "What a magical trip. I am so grateful for this mind-changing experience! I thank everyone I met on my travel through Central America. Cheers to all the sublime weirdos for the crazy Envision Festival in Costa Rica! So thankful that energies led my way to the wonderful volcanic island in Nicaragua, where I finally found myself. Thanks to Ghislain Beauchamp, the Carpe Diem eco project, and all the lovely volunteers I met there. I really enjoyed learning how to build a house with nothing more than natural materials on the amazing Isla Los Brasiles. Thanks from the bottom of my heart to Xian and her Ahimsa Yoga Ashram, Nicaragua, near San Juan del Sur, for bringing me further than I have been in my whole life so far, all within three weeks. Nice one to Aaron Ledezma and the whole Guácima crew for having me and last but not least, thanks to everyone who shared a part of the way with me."

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    • Review by Tony from Ireland

      "I have left the ashram only a few days and I already sincerely miss it. What an incredible space. I loved everything about it, including the yoga, the various workshops, the natural building, hanging out with the babies, and the community feeling that Xian has created. Xian's wealth of knowledge is second to none. The three hours of work per day did not feel like work at all. I learned so much within one month. If you like to learn and grow as an individual, then this is a perfect place for you. Xian, keep up the inspirational work!"

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    • Review by Andrew Pipier from Arizona, USA

      "I stayed with Xian and the twins for the month of February. Within that month, I learned so much about the philosophy and practice of yoga. It is the knowledge that helps and guides me daily in meditation and yoga practice. The twins are adorable and it is impossible not to love them. Xian is a wonderful human that genuinely wants to see you reach new levels and expand yourself. As far as the workday goes, she allows you to add your personal touch to projects that you undertake and is open to ideas for new projects that you may have in mind. It was the highlight of my trip to Central America and I recommend it to anyone that wants to immerse themselves in a learning, loving, and sharing the environment."

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    • Review by Vanessa from Germany

      "Xian's place is priceless. You will learn much more about yoga than you ever will in ordinary classes! We learned so much about alignment and safe, protective ways to enter postures. The first lesson is just about how to stand properly, the second is how to sit, the third is how to walk, and so on and so forth! At first, I was a little unsure about paying for volunteering and after the second day, I realized that I would actually even like to pay her more because she is giving so much and I was getting so much out of the whole experience! I am very blessed and grateful to have been part of a wonderful group in March and I would recommend this place to everyone! Thank you, Xian, for blowing my mind! "

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    • Review by Simon Thomson from Toronto, Canada

      "I was looking all over for a genuine yoga experience, one that focused on the philosophy and history of the practice. Through a series of fortunate events, I was led to Xian; in her, I found a very knowledgeable and lovable person. She taught me everything that I needed to know to start my yogic path. With my experience there, I now know it is a path that I want to follow. Ela and Kylan were so much fun to watch in the month that I was there. The workshops allowed all of us volunteers to share our knowledge with everyone else, which has taught me the merit of trading knowledge with everyone that I meet. I was incredibly fortunate to find this little paradise and I know many more people will find their way here for the knowledge that they long for."

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    • Review by Luke Loren from Victoria, Australia

      "The experience I had at Xian's was incredible. It was such a great introduction to yoga and meditation. Thank you! It was also wonderful being able to build a compost toilet out of natural and recycled materials. I am very grateful!"

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    • Review by Jessica Love Sparkle from Victoria, Australia

      "We miss you and the boys, Xian!"

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    • Review by Cosima Siegling

      "We stayed for four weeks with Xian and her adorable twins. There were also some other volunteers and we all enjoyed the group energy a lot. We can hardly believe what we have learned in such a short period of time. We not only shared Xian's knowledge about yoga and meditation but also about how to live your life consciously in order to be happy, content, open-minded, self-loving, and aware. We also could improve our skills in gardening, speaking English, cooking, and entertaining babies. We are really grateful for the time we had and we really do know that it is our choice whether to live a happy life or not. We are looking forward to seeing you again!"

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    • Review by Kennedy from Canada

      "I had an amazing time here! Xian is such a lovely and wise person and her babies are the cutest! I only stayed for a week but I learned so so so much; it completely changed my yoga practice. It has such a peaceful atmosphere and an amazing sense of community. I would highly recommend going! Thank you so much, Xian, for opening your home to me. I hope to see you again sometime soon!"

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    • Review by Anna from Sweden

      "During my six weeks here, I have learned a lot, both about yoga, spirituality, myself, and also about living in a community in a third world country, long term traveling, nature, gardening, cooking, nutrition, babies, motherhood, building, painting, and art; by reading, listening, singing, feeling, discussing, paying attention, awareness, mindfulness, silence, breathing, and much more. It feels like this place is a continuous learning space and you can never get too much! I definitely see the world and myself in a completely different way already. If I can incorporate only a couple of all the things I learned in my everyday life, it will definitely change my life forever! "

      "I think one to two months is a good time for a start, but if you only have a week or so with an opportunity to visit, do it! Xian and her two babies are absolutely adorable people and I felt at home straight away (except it took some days to get used to living in a tent in a jungle). The community is always changing, so there is always something new brought by the people arriving. All people that I have met here are super cool and inspiring! I would super recommend this place and think everyone would benefit from staying here."

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    • Review by Alana from Australia

      "We had an amazing three weeks with Xian and the babies! We loved the community environment and the location is so beautiful and relaxing. We learned so much during our stay, from cooking to yoga philosophy and how to build mosaic rock floors! We had a fabulous time and were sad to leave this magical place. Thank you so much, Xian!"

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    • Review by Malinda from USA

      "This place is amazing! I was only able to stay here for a week, but I learned a lifetime of knowledge in that time. I wish I had more time to spend here. Xian is an awesome person and knows about so many different topics. The yoga classes in the morning teach you so much! She makes amazing lunches and her afternoon workshops are extremely informative. The volunteer hours are super rewarding because you can physically see how your efforts are helping to improve. Since I was always working on volunteer projects with at least one other person, I bonded with all of my fellow volunteers and had fun doing things like pick-axing, leaf collecting, and sewing. I already have plans to return to do more volunteer work here. I highly recommend taking some time to be a part of this community! "

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    • Review by Keith from Canada

      "This is an incredible space to work in nature, learn yoga, and share and express new ideas. During my time there, I learned to how to care for babies, cook delicious healthy food, respect nature, expand my knowledge of yoga, and breathing exercises. Xian possesses a great deal of wisdom through her knowledge of yoga and experiences traveling all around the planet. If you are open to learning new things, expanding your knowledge, and experiencing deep peace, then this is the place to go. Thank you, Xian, for all of your knowledge. It was truly an unforgettable experience."

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    • Review by Manon from France

      "We do not know where to begin. Xian is just an amazing girl who lives in an amazing place! We spent three weeks there, which were awesome, and a good time to learn yoga with all the amazing talks about spirituality and life in general. Xian really tries to get you as comfortable as possible. The two babies are very kind and funny! We had a very good time there."

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    • Review by Christoph from Germany

      "This place was really amazing for me! I stayed here for six weeks and really shared life with amazing people: Xian and Akabal, their really cute babies, and their dog. Even though I was not into yoga at all before I came here, I felt like I was able to learn a lot and really get into using yoga as a way of treating my body and mind because of the good classes I received here and all the knowledge and experience of Xian and Akabal."

      "The working hours (only three hours a day) were really not hard and easy going, as Xian and Akabal only told us to work the way we could instead of expecting results. They were thankful for every bit that has been done. I found it very comfortable that they welcomed any personal ideas to make their property a beautiful inspiring place. I was able to work on my own ideas very often. "

      "They would never run out of work in the garden and around the property. Once, I did not have any personal ideas, so that felt like a perfect working environment for me and often I did not feel like working, but rather do stuff that I would like to do and the three hours flew by without me noticing. "

      "I also liked that this place is pretty close to San Juan del Sur, so whenever we had a day off, we would be able to go down for a swim in the sea and relax at the beach, go to the local market, enjoy coffee, ice cream, smoothies, empanadas, or really good pizza, and just have a calm day. "

      "I love that I was able to get to know you guys. You felt like my friends and family very quickly, rather than just being my hosts. You really made me feel at home for a while and I already miss your place! I love all the experiences that I have had with you and all the things I learned from living with you for a while. I am very thankful that I was able to live with such amazing and interesting people and I am proud to call you my friends and family. "

      "I wish all the best for you guys and I hope all your ideas and projects will work out well and will help to make your place grow in the way you want it. I see a lot of potential in this place! "

      "Thank you very much for this precious experience!"

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    Rivas, Nicaragua

    Ahimsa Yoga Ashram offers beautiful and powerful immersions, teacher trainings, and retreats for those who really wish to learn yoga.

    Speaks English

    Offers starting at --

    21 days / 20 nights

    Availability

    This three-week retreat is available to start on the first day of April, August, November, and December.

    Departure:
    Monday August 21, 2017
    (21 days / 20 nights)

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