Join Ambuja Yoga for the ultimate Nicaragua yoga retreat. This yoga retreat will be combining two of Ambuja Yoga’s favorite yoga retreat venues for their fourth annual Nicaragua yoga retreat. Can’t decide between a retreat in the mountains or a beach yoga retreat? You don’t have to! This very yoga retreat showcases the best of Nicaragua where you will practice yoga overlooking the Nicaraguan cloud forest and down by the breath-taking beach.
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Accommodation is in sweet little cabins with private bath, jungle or ocean view in Finca Esperanza Verde and Buena Vista Surf Club. Double and triple occupancy rooms are available. Traveling solo? Ambuja Yoga will happily place you with another yogi / yogini.
Some places “pull on your heart strings” and Finca Esperanza Verde Eco Lodge is one of them. Owners 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 eco-lodge. The Finca, a working organic coffee and vegetable farm, 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 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 Finca Esperanza Verde and before your stay is over you will be plotting and scheming your return. 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, the 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! The howler monkeys make their rounds in the early morning and again in the evening. If you’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.
You will practice yoga overlooking the Nicaraguan cloud forest from this retreat’s 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.
The local guides will take you out to explore the many miles of beautifully maintained hiking trails that crisscross the property. They will help you spot howler monkeys, two and three toed sloths, parrots, toucans, hummingbirds, and so much more. Ambuja Yoga is big on community and creating connections, so you 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; you will love them! One of the favorite experiences at Finca Esperanza Verde is to have the local band come over to play for you as you roast marshmallows over the fire and dance under one of the most impressive banners of stars you will have ever seen. It’s a perfect way to celebrate your 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.
From your perch in the cloud forest, you 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. You 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 your base at Buena Vista Surf Club, you will explore Playa Maderas and San Juan del Sur. You will learn to be a kid again during your 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 Ambuja Yoga’s third year visiting Barrio Planta Project and it’s always a retreat favorite.
Afterward, you 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. You are encouraged to take advantage of this beautiful destination.
Hikers, birders, photographers, and nature lovers will love this 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 your 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.
Upon arrival on April sixth by one p.m., you will head north to the mountains above Matagalpa and San Ramon. You will spend four days practicing yoga, meditation, pranayama, and roll and release. During free time, you may choose to join a guided hike or lounge in a hammock with a good book. From Finca Esperanza Verde, you will travel down to San Juan del Sur with a stop off at Laguna de Apoyo.
Laguna de Apoyo is a volcanic crater lake surrounded by jungle and a handful of accommodations and private homes. It is the perfect halfway point to stop and stretch your legs, go for a swim, or paddle and have a relaxing lunch. The last five days of the retreat will be at Buena Vista Surf Club overlooking Playa Maderas, a short walk away. While at the surf club, you are encouraged to rent a surf board and gather up new friends for a group surf lesson. Playa Maderas is a wonderful place to learn to surf, and if you already know how to surf you'll be happy here too.
Please note that the schedules are subject to change.
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.
This Nicaragua yoga 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.
You can experience unforgettable surfing in one of Nicaragua’s premier surf spots, Playa Maderas. The surf spot offers rippable waves for beginning 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.
The majority of meals will be vegetarian, but protein options will be available throughout the week. Diet restrictions can be accommodated as well if you provide the information beforehand. This retreat will provide as much organic produce as possible with the majority of produce sourced onsite (at Finca Esperanza Verde) or from nearby farmers and local markets. At Buena Vista Surf Club, your meals are made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. The meals are served family style and are always a social affair. Themed meals could be Indian night, tacos, Thai, or grilled seafood.
Please book your flight to arrive at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ambuja Yoga will pick you up from the airport.
Your airport pickup for this retreat will be on Friday, April 6, 2018, and drop off will be on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Please arrive by 1 p.m. at the airport. The group will depart Buena Vista Surf Club at 7 a.m. arriving at the airport at approximately 10 a.m. Please do not schedule your departing flight before noon on April 14, 2018. Arrivals after 1 p.m. on April 6, 2018, and those departing earlier than noon on April 14 will need to arrange their own transportation to / from the retreat venue (private taxi rates 120 - 125 USD).
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