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7 Days Thanksgiving Yoga Retreat in Nicaragua

  • Paraiso Beach Hotel, ShipWreck Beach, Corn Island, Nicaragua


Adventure Yoga Retreat Nicaragua

Join Anahata Yoga Corn Island for a Thanksgiving yoga retreat in Paraiso Beach Hotel, a well known beach hotel on Corn Island, Nicaragua. Enjoy your days with yoga, meditation, and self-development along with your instructors, Crystal Beshears and Heather Vaughn. You will also have a day of service work in the community on Big Corn Island. Play, smile, and have fun together on this yoga retreat in Nicaragua!


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation sessions
  • Personal development workshops
  • 1 day of community service work
  • Day trip to Little Corn Island
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Full board meals
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Paraiso Beach Hotel is a well-known Corn Island resort, able to accommodate 40 people in 14 rooms, all decorated in traditional Nicaraguan style. They are made to make you feel right at home and all accommodations are about 70 to 120 meters from the beach. Accommodations will be in twin or private rooms.

You will have a day trip to Little Corn Island where you can do snorkeling, boating, swimming, and sightseeing.

This retreat will be led by Crystal Beshears, PhD and E-RYT, and Heather Vaughn, DPT and RYT. They will be joined by other guest teachers.

This retreat will take place in Corn Island, at beautiful Paraiso Beach hotel. Corn Island is located about 70 kilometers east of the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. It lies in the Caribbean Sea surrounded by beautiful white, sandy beaches, and wonderful snorkeling and diving spots with underwater visibility up to 80 feet. Paraiso is set on the south-west side of Corn Island, right on the unspoiled Shipwreck Beach.

Corn Island is full with exotic fruit trees, native palms, and surrounded by white sand beaches. A haven for pirates and buccaneers in the 17th century. An untold number of shipwrecks and treasures still lay scattered along the turquoise shores. The islanders, descendant from the original British prospectors and freed slaves, make their living from harvesting lobster and fish from the prolific, offshore fishing banks.

  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Golf course
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa nearby
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Caf
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Room cleaning
  • Scooter / motorcycle rental
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

Full board meals are included in the price

In this retreat you will have plenty of free time to explore, discover, and enjoy Corn Islands paradise.

Advanced open water course

The advanced course is perfect for anyone who has completed their open water course and is looking to take their diving to the next level. After completing the advanced course, you are allowed to dive to a depth of 30 meters. The course will take two to three days and it costs 240 USD.

Bike and motorbike rental

If you like to explore the island in an active way, there are mountain bikes to rent. You will be provided with an island map, so you wont get lost. You have to be a bit in shape for this though, it gets humid and hot sometimes. The prices for an hour starts at 2 USD.

Diving on Corn Island

The water around Corn Island stays a pretty constant 27-28C, with visibility in calm weather extending beyond the depth of the deepest dives. The fringing reefs and table reef dive sites around Big Corn Island range in depth from very shallow 10 meters and above, to deeper dives in the 21 meters range, with blowing rock, a small volcanic seamount, offering still deeper dives of over 24 meters.

Coral and fish life vary somewhat depending on depth and location with shallow fringing reefs populated by large Elkhorn coral colonies, and deeper reefs displaying sheet corals, black corals, and other varieties. For guests of Paraiso Beach Hotel prices for this activity are tailored especially for them. Price for four dives is 120 USD, for six dives is 175 USD, for 10 dives is 280 USD, and for 20 dives price is 540 USD.

Discover scuba diving

Try or discover scuba diving activity is the perfect choice for you if you are new to diving and are looking for a fun and easy way to try scuba diving without committing to a full course. This activity costs 65 USD for half a day.

Island style or deep sea fishing

For this trip you will be taken around the island to fish, trolling and bottom fishing, for many different kinds of game fish. During the trip, you can go snorkeling on interesting spots. Drinks and ice will be available. If you like you can bring back your catch to Paraiso and the chef will turn it into your fresh island style dinner. All is included in this trip for a price starting at 40 USD per person.

Open water scuba diving course

The open water course could be your first step in becoming a certified scuba diver. During your three to four day session, you will learn all about the basic principles and science behind scuba diving, the basic underwater skills you need to be able to dive all over the world, maximum depth of 18 meters, as well as four ocean dives around the local reefs. The course takes three to four days and it costs 305 USD.

Pearl key tours

You really dont want to miss this tour. The Pearl Keys, 18 remote and mostly uninhibited islands, are located about 1.15 hours by boat from Paraiso. The islands are amazing and have the most beautiful beaches you have ever seen. The tour starts around 8:30 a.m. and are back around 4 p.m. The trip always includes lunch and drinks. During the trip usually there is enough time to visit four keys. The price starts at 70 USD per person.

Paraiso spa

Technically this is not an activity, but relaxing after some activity will bring you back to your old self. There are Swedish relax massages, pedicures, and manicures in the small but functional spa. Especially the massage program comes highly recommended for prices starting at 25 USD.

Snorkeling tour in Corn Island

Snorkeling in Corn Island, including a professional guide, drinks, and snorkeling gear. Knee boarding, tubing or fishing during the trip is free of charge. The tour will take about two and a half hours and you get to see a real pirate ship, the coral reef, and many of the reefs inhabitants like turtles, spotted eagle rays, snapper, barracuda, and all the common reef fishes. The price for this activity starts at 25 USD per person for a maximum group of nine people.

Snorkeling in Little Corn Island

The tour to Little Corn Island takes about six hours and it includes all gear, lunch, drinks, and guide or captain. Knee boarding, tubing or fishing during the trip is free of charge. You get to see Little Corn Island and you will have time to explore it by yourself. You will go snorkeling to the three famous spots where you can see nurse sharks, the reef, and a large variety of reef fish. This trip will put a big smile on your face. This activity price starts from 40 USD per day.

You can book spa treatments like manicure, pedicure, facial treatment, and different types of massages available for an additional cost.

  • 1 day of community service work
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Day trip to Little Corn Island
  • Full board meals
  • Meditation sessions
  • Personal development workshops

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) and then to Corn Island International Airport (RNI).

  • Review by Kat from Montreal, Canada

    "Nice grounds, a very friendly and cheerful manager, across a street is a beach with 2 sunken ships that's great for snorkelling. Very used snorkelling gear is available, but for a fee. We booked a day trip to Little Corn. Super guides provided a great mix of snorkelling, roaming Little Corn, and beach time. Saw lots of fish, stingrays, and even a little shark (the not dangerous kind). Did not care for the food in the restaurant and we ate all our meals at local places. The included continental breakfast was very bland, boring, and the same every day. Wifi reception is limited to a 2m radius around the modem at reception. Rooms have AC but no fans. The crowd is on the older side and they offered Ashtanga yoga that I thought did more harm than good to most participants who appeared to be first timers. The instructor (young and limber) seemed unaware of this. The day before our departure was very stormy and it wasn't sure if flights were leaving but the owner did not seem very interested in providing help."

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  • Review by a traveller from Mexico

    "I get that you only need to be just a tad better than the next guy, and in Big Corn, Paraiso is one of the best. Having said that, there are things that could be done to improve the experience of the guests. Hot water would be a good start. Apparently, only one room has a water heater. A cleaner room would be another. That's simply accomplished by better training. Breakfast was simple, and every morning the same. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Activities can be arranged such as bike, scooter and golf cart rentals and a trip to Little Corn with kayaking. I highly recommend the trip to Little Corn."

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  • Review by a traveller from California, USA

    "This hotel was just ok. It really needs updating and some fresh paint. The beds are uncomfortable and there is no hot water in the rooms. You have take into consideration that this island is very rustic and you have to be ok with that. Otherwise you will be very disappointed. The breakfast is nothing fancy and never changes. Everyday it just has eggs, gallo pinto and fruit. Nothing is very tasty. The water is beautiful and the walk to the beach is a short one. The hotel arranged for a snorkeling tour and I highly recommend that you do this excursion. It was a highlight for sure. Everyone was very nice at the hotel and the owner and his wife are lovely people. Just know that you are roughing it here."

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  • Review by Alena D. from Brest, Belarus

    "We had such a great time at Paraiso Beach Hotel. It was a vacation of our lifetime! A nice cozy room, friendly staff, yummy food, welcoming owner, amazing snorkeling experience, we couldn't wish any better. We ended up staying longer than planned and even changed our flight tickets. We were staying at a beautiful cabana, all of them are very close to the sea, and enjoyed the lush green of all the plants on the resort property. The area itself is gorgeous. Everybody was willing to help when we needed something. We did two snorkeling trips, around the Big Corn and around the Little Corn, and both of them were totally worth going. We saw a nurse shark, barracudas, huge stingrays, lionfish, grouper, angelfish, and more and more. So much variety and shapes! Make sure that you try the cocktails at the bar their together with the freshly made food. Oh, and breakfasts with the homemade bread, I want to go back! And bring my parents with us. Thanks to Paraiso Team!"

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  • Review by a Katie L. from Waterloo, Canada

    "Loved staying at Paraiso! The rooms were spacious and clean, even have air conditioning, the food delicious, and healthy, the location is perfect, right on the beach, the snorkeling great, many sunken ships right off the shore, and absolutely loved the yoga deck. Mike, the kids, and the staff were friendly and the two lovely yoga teachers Andrew and Ildiko offer wonderful classes on the newly built beautiful yoga shala. Would definitely recommend this place."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "My wife and I had a great time here. We spent a huge amount of time walking steps into the ocean and having two ship wreaks that we could snorkel. There was always day trips to different things on the island. The food was great and always something fresh! We spent many nights in the restaurant and bar with people playing games and having great laughs. We look forward to returning at Christmas with our extended family. I'm sure they will have lots for us to do. The rooms were clean and we always felt safe at night."

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  • Review by DeJarno from St. Albert, Canada

    "We loved staying at Paraiso Beach Hotel. It is a beautiful setting, right on the beach. You stay in huts, with air-conditioning and very clean. Mike, the owner, is a nice guy and he will organize trips, such as we did, boating to the Pearl Keys. The restaurant on site has excellent food with its own chef. Also, you can rent bicycles to bike around the Island. I would definitely recommend! Tips: some small mosquitos will come out at night, so bring some bug spray and bring lots of sunscreen."

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  • Review by Sally A.

    "Had an amazing stay at El Paraiso! The food was fresh and delicious and the owners, Ildi and Mike, went out of their way to make our stay special. We did tons of yoga on their new yoga rancho and went snorkeling as much as possible. In addition to the awesome snorkeling trips you can organize with Mike, there are two small sunken fishing boats right out in front of the hotel in the crystal clear water. It was fun to swim around them and relax on the white sand beach. I also loved renting bikes from the hotel and exploring the island. El Paraiso was the perfect place to relax, unwind, and explore. Wish I could have stayed for longer, but I'll definitely go back!"

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  • Review by Rebecca K.

    "My friend and I had a wonderful time in this hotel. Mike who is co-owner of Paraiso gave us a very warm welcome and excellent hospitality. We absolutely love the staff. Our room was always cozy and comfortable and we have never once had a problem there. I would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone."

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Corn Island, Nicaragua

Anahata Yoga Corn Island offers Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga retreats, classes, and teacher trainings at their beautiful hotel in Corn Island.

from US$1,200

7 days / 6 nights


Arrival: Saturday November 19, 2016
Departure: Friday November 25, 2016

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