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21 Days Intensive Yoga Retreat in Nicaragua

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


Intensive Nicaragua Yoga Retreat

The Ahimsa Yoga Ashram is a magical, community living retreat space in the Nicaraguan jungle, away from the noise of towns and cars, where you will be offered beautiful yoga retreats, powerful immersions, and an unexpected, brilliant new approach to yoga, which will transform your practice forever! Learn the principles of alignment that you can apply to any style of yoga. Join in this retreat to learn and submerge yourself in a world of yoga you have always hoped to be real, but never dreamed to find!


  • Daily yoga classes with Xian
  • Personal alignment assistance
  • Lectures on yoga history and philosophy
  • Learn yoga poses and their alignment principles
  • Learn variations and preparations customized for your body
  • Daily home cooked lunch, cold teas, and surprise snacks
  • Daily communal lifestyle vegan breakfast and dinner
  • 20 nights accommodation

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 12.

  • 19 days with instruction
  • English
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Each student will be staying in their own large, private 4 person 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 and pillows. You can also put up your own tent in your own space, if you prefer. The setup is rustic and simple, which will enable you to learn and to immerse yourself in a yogic lifestyle without distractions.

The ashram is a quiet retreat away from 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, and many secluded, private shady area with trees for the camping spots. They also have their own well with drinking water. The yoga platforms are surrounded by lush greenery and exotic animals.

During this retreat, you will be focusing on the various elements of yoga, including standing, sitting, forward bends, side bends, turns, and back bends, then combinations. You will also learn the fundamental principles of 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 be able to understand many little magic tricks that are never taught in yoga classes which will transform your yoga practice forever.

Students have often never learned what to do, but are often simply trying to copy what the teacher or a yogi in a photo or video looks like. Many students are unsure of how to do an asana (pose), where to feel the stretch or which alignment principles behind the movements are. 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.

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 learn how important tiny changes in posture are in terms of your arms, hands, head, rotations, and eyes. 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.

There will also be lectures and talks on yoga philosophy and history, and how to incorporate yoga into your everyday life. No matter what your level of experience in 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, or experienced yoga teachers.

From Mondays to Saturdays, your morning classes will last for one and a half hour. Besides asana, your classes will also include meditation, bandas, kriyas, mantras, and lectures.

In the afternoons, you will have classes, workshops, rituals, ceremonies, and community activities. These sessions will either be led by Xian, or a volunteer, or you, as a student can also take this opportunity to share your skills.

To make the Ashram more colorful and variable, the afternoon activities can range from yoga to any other imaginable thing! It does not have to be yoga related! These exciting activities include pole dancing, martial arts, music, Spanish classes, or macramé. You are free to share yourself. Other workshops and activities with Xian include:

  • Acro Yoga (Xian is a certified teacher)
  • Art of communication
  • Ayurveda (ancient science of health through food)
  • Bread baking
  • Carving wooden spoons
  • Chakras
  • Chocolate making
  • Circus skills and juggling
  • Contact dance
  • Energetic protection and why you don’t need it
  • Fear workshop - what is fear, where does it come from, how does it influence us, and how can we let go of it?
  • Feeling energies (everybody can feel energies)
  • Guitar playing
  • Healing and Reiki
  • Kirtan, Bhakti yoga, and singing
  • Language and the art of touch
  • Laughter yoga
  • Letting go of intensive emotions playfully
  • Making dreamcatchers
  • Massage
  • Mayan calendar
  • Nidra yoga
  • Open discussion energies, entities, ghosts, and visions
  • Open discussion, death, and reincarnation
  • Relish, jam, and chutney making
  • Yoga principles - the way to a happier life, different yoga systems or styles, 13 ways to enlightenment, and much more

Sample daily itinerary

  • 06:30 Wake-up
  • 07:00 Yoga
  • 08:30 Communal breakfast
  • 09:30 Free time, helping with, or observing volunteer projects
  • 12:30 Lunch, followed by afternoon workshops, classes, lectures, ceremonies, or group sharing
  • 16:45 Cooking of dinner meal
  • 18:30 Communal dinner

Please note that yoga and afternoon activities are not optional. Sundays are your days to rest or you can also organize sharing events if you wish.

  • Xian Breckenridge

    Xian is an internationally trained and certified Hatha yoga teacher, energy and massage healer, AcroYoga teacher, psychic, acrobat, circus performer, trapeze artist, clown, fire dancer, and author of the book “Why You Don’t Need Shoes”. Her immense practice of supporting her students’ spiritual development and physical radiance, makes her a unique teacher and mentor. Her 19-year yoga practice, which she taught all over the world for over ten years, focuses strongly on correct alignment principles to open the energetic and spiritual body. Xian teaches with love, insight, and a touch of magic.

This retreat will take place in San Juan Del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua. About ten minutes’ 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. Another 20 minutes’ walk away is a little family shop which sells chips, cookies, candies, and soft drinks. There are beautiful walks in the surrounding areas and wonderful sunset spots not far from the Ashram. Great beaches are also accessible by taxi. Group taxis from the Ashram can be arranged.

San Juan Del Sur

The nearest town, San Juan Del Sur, is four kilometers away. It’s 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 to town for 15-25 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 to town for 1 USD, or take a bus or 1 USD, or you can hitch-hike.


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, 20-minute walk
  • Rivas, 1 hour by bus and 25 minutes by taxi
  • San Juan Del Sur - 4 kilometers
  • Massage
  • Swimming nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Internet access

You will be a part of a communal lifestyle. Therefore, for breakfast and dinner, students prepare communal meals together out of a vegan food basket with seasonal fruit, veggies, rice, beans, pasta, oats, spices, oil, and other basics. There will be a schedule each day for cooking, so everybody gets their turn. Breakfast and lunch will be delicious vegan meals that are lovingly prepared for you. Cold tea or other little yummy surprises and snacks are also provided.

Meals are always a lot of fun as everybody brings their own wonderful ideas and skills to the table. The ashram currently doesn’t support special dietary requirements. If you have any special desires for food or other items that you might have, you can visit the nearby towns, the local bakery, and the tiny local store, located within the ashram itself. You can also opt to add some items to the organizers’ shopping list if you pay for them. They will head out for shopping twice a week.

As the ashram is in a very secluded location and the program is very busy, you will only have time outside of the ashram on Sundays. During your free time, 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. You can also join in trips to wonderful local beaches on Sundays, which will be your school day off.

Xian can also give you private and personalized versions of most regular workshops, classes, and rituals, massage sessions, as well as body piercing, in which she is professionally trained by the internationally renowned Fakir School of Body Piercing In San Francisco, USA.

  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Daily communal lifestyle
  • Daily home cooked vegan breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Cold teas and surprise snacks
  • Daily yoga classes with Xian
  • 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
  • Personal alignment assistance
  • Wonderful afternoon classes and workshops
  • Airfare
  • Excursions
  • Extra foods and snacks
  • Internet

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA), on the first day of the month or the day before.

Arrival by bus

You can take a bus to San Juan Del Sur for around 3 USD.

Arrival by shuttle

You can take a shuttle 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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Ahimsa Yoga Ashram an inquiry.
  • Review by Cornelia from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "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 appreciate 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
    10 out of 10

    "Xian came to be an excellent teacher. I learnt 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
    10 out of 10

    "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 am already planning to return in the fall! "

    "There is a daily routine and work schedule which is 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's 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
    10 out of 10

    "We spent an amazing, mind expanding, and life changing month at this magical little place Xian has created. I've 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 shoutout to all the karma yogis who made this experience so memorable!"

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  • Review by Jonathan Cina from Berlin, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "What a magical trip. I’m 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 lead 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 material 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 Guàcima 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
    10 out of 10

    "I've 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 feel that Xian has created. Xian's wealth of knowledge is second to none. The three hours of work per day didn't feel like work at all. I learnt 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 Tucson, Arizona
    10 out of 10

    "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's 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
    10 out of 10

    "Xians 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 how to sit, the third 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
    10 out of 10

    "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 need 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
    10 out of 10

    "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
    10 out of 10

    "We miss you and the boys, Xian!"

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  • Review by Cosima Siegling
    10 out of 10

    "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've 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 see you again!"

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  • Review by Kennedy from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "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- 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
    10 out of 10

    "During my six weeks here, I've learnt incredibly much, both about yoga, spirituality, myself, and also about living in a community in a third world country, long term traveling, nature, gardening, cooking and nutrition, babies and 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 every day 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 it's always something new brought by the people arriving. All people that I've 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
    10 out of 10

    "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 learnt 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
    10 out of 10

    "This place is amazing! I was only able to stay here for a week, but I learned a life time 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 workawayers and had fun doing things like pick-axing, leaves 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
    10 out of 10

    "This is an incredible space to work in nature, learn yoga, 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 experience 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
    10 out of 10

    "We don't 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 is 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
    10 out of 10

    "This place was really amazing for me! I stayed here for six weeks and really shared life with the two 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 can and 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 didn't have any personal ideas, so that felt like a perfect working environment for me and often, I didn't 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, smoothie, 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 workaway host. You really made me feel at home for a while and I already miss your place! I love all the experiences that I've had with you and all the things I learned from living with you for a while. I'm very thankful that I was able to live with such amazing and interesting people, and I'm 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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San Juan Del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua

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

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21 days / 20 nights


 Nov and Dec–  650 USD / person

 starting January 2017  –  1200 USD  / person

Available to start on the first day of the month throughout the year, except for January, and February 2017.

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