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Replace time spent at your computer with time spent in nature, putting your feet in the soil of the earth, breathing fresh mountain air, swimming in a spring fed waterfall pool in the middle of the jungle and meditating in stillness. Join Ambuja Yoga for their Yoga in the Clouds yoga retreat in Nicaragua’s mountainous north, the epicenter of Nicaraguan coffee country. It will be hosted by Autumn Adams, an international yoga instructor and retreat leader. You will find verdant gardens and quaint rooms surrounded by lush jungle, natural waterfalls, and a multitude of stunning views. You will be staying in a perfect place to refine your yoga practice, celebrate nature, and find balance within your life. Feel the earth all around you!
There are three private treehouse-type bungalows up on the hill and two spacious dormitories with the views of the mountains and the valley below. The Colibri, Tucan, and MotMot cabins also give you a breathtaking view to 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’ll quickly settle into the rhythm of life at Finca Esperanza Verde. The 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.
You will also have two additional rooms in the garden cabins for the budget-minded traveler. These are located near the organic vegetable garden. All rooms have private bathrooms with cool water showers. Showers with hot water are also available in the shower house.
These newly added wood cabins are built on platforms that feel more like “treehouses”. Nestled in the woods, sitting prominently on a high point of the property facing west, the impossibly beautiful views can be enjoyed from your bed or from your own private porch. All rustic materials, including mosquito netting, have been used to create the perfect romantic perch. Each cabin can sleep one to two people comfortably by arranging with two single beds or one king.
The Tucan cabin is a dorm-style cabin built of brick with a roof made of old handmade clay tiles. It has been fully renovated to allow for more interior space, including an additional full bath. The location is high on the hill next to a stream where the sound of the water will lull you to sleep. The interior boasts a traditional “Caña de Castilla” ceiling design using a renewable resource harvested locally from a neighboring farm, similar to bamboo. The floors are of a native “coyote” wood. A set of three bunk beds with flannel sheets and warm blankets can sleep six people comfortably. A large glass sliding door opens up to a wide porch with rockers that has been added on to take advantage of the westerly views, perfect for relaxing, and enjoying the fresh mountain air and spectacular sunsets.
The MotMot was originally the three “Colibris”. This space has been redesigned as a large dorm-style cabin. With four bunk beds and two baths, it can sleep eight people comfortably. The interior walls are the original brick while the floors and ceilings have been replaced with “Caña de Castilla” and coyote wood for a more rustic feel. Step onto the newly added porch through the sliding glass doors and you will be treated to a private hangout with partial but stunning views of the mountains beyond and lodge gardens below.
From the moment you are picked up at the airport in Managua, Ambuja Yoga will take care of all the details. You will be whisked off to the exclusive eco-resort in the mountains of northern Nicaragua.
Your airport pick-up will be in Managua on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Your schedule for the arrival day will be as followed, though it is subject to change:
Throughout the week, you will receive individualized attention and see a progression in your asana practice over a relatively short amount of time. Sunrise yoga will be an energizing Hatha-Vinyasa class concluding with savasana, pranayama, and meditation. The morning class is designed to awaken the body and the senses to fully to prepare you for the day.
Evening classes will be a gentle flow that incorporates both Yin and Restorative postures to nourish the body, mind, and soul, and relieve fatigue, tension, and stress. Evening classes will also include yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) or meditation. Yoga Nidra promotes deep healing and restoration, it also provides an opportunity to work with, and plant the seeds of your sankalpa. Your sankalpa is an intention in accordance with the vibration of your being, your highest self. A yoga Nidra practice plants the seeds of your sankalpa into the deepest recesses of your mind.
On February 18, 2017 or departure day, your schedule will be as follows, but it is subject to change:
Finca Esperanza Verde maintains miles and miles of hiking trails on the property. You will be able to enjoy these in a group. You are also welcome to explore them on your own too. There are tons of wildlife in the area. It's a hiker and nature lover's paradise.
You will also be visiting the local women's jewelry co-op and the local school. You can create a connection with the local women. The collective provides an income for local women, providing a sense of community and a support system.
You will also be given a tour to Finca Esperanza Verde's coffee and vegetable farm.
Autumn Adams is an avid yogini, foodie, hiker and traveler. When Autumn is not practicing yoga she can be found exploring Central Oregon, playing with her two naughty pups (Sal and Jedi), whipping up amazing meals for friends and family or deepening her knowledge of yoga. Her classes blend Vinyasa and Hatha yoga into an accessible, yet challenging practice that encourages intention, grace, and courage.
Finca Esperanza Verde is set in the cloud forest above San Ramon. The ecolodge is located outside of the communities of San Ramon and Matagalpa. It is located at an elevation of 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) above sea level and is classified as “semi-wet tropical” or “tropical mountain forest”. The town of San Ramon is at 750 meters (2,500 feet) above sea level, and is classified as “semi-dry tropical”, and is pleasantly warm in the rainy season and hot in March to May.
Finca Esperanza Verde is a working coffee and vegetable farm that 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 garden and nearby neighbors.
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Delicious farm-to-table organic vegetarian meals will be served with produce grown on the farm and from the local community. You will be having three meals a day. There will also be coffee grown on the farm, tea, and mountain spring water are available throughout your stay.
You can get a plane going to Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA). Flights to Managua in many airlines: Delta, United, TACA, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Copa, Avianca, TACA / LACSA, US Airways, Aeromexico. Depending on where you are flying from, you may have an overnight layover in Houston, Miami, or other places. Ambuja Yoga will provide transfers to and from the Managua Airport (MGA). If you arrive early, your private transportation to the eco-lodge is 120 USD each way.
From Mercado Mayoreo in Managua (bus terminal), take the public bus for 65 NIO or the express bus for 75 NIO to Matagalpa. Express buses are recommended as they are faster, but you will need to go to the Mayoreo Bus Terminal to catch one. The ride will be approximately 2 to 3 hours.
From the Sandino International Airport, you can wave down one of the public buses that stop directly in front of the airport with the final destination to Matagalpa for 65 NIO.
Public buses and express vans will stop at Coltrane Sur bus terminal in Matagalpa. Once you are in Matagalpa, you have various options to get to Finca Esperanza Verde like taking the public bus, a shared taxi or a private taxi.
You can take a shared taxi (10 NIO) to Coltrane Norte bus terminal and catch a bus to the community of Yucul (20 NIO), which is 3.5 kilometers from Finca Esperanza Verde.
You can catch a private taxi (35-40 USD) from Coltrane Sur or anywhere in Matagalpa directly to the eco-lodge.
Note: From Yúcul (3.5 km from the eco-lodge), there is no more public transport available. You will have to hike up to the lodge. The hike is not recommended if traveling with more than one backpack. Adventurers will be rewarded, however, as the road winds upward through coffee fields and plantations offering spectacular views and a glimpse into the lives of rural Nicaraguans.