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3 Days AcroYoga Intensive in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

AcroYoga in the lush of Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

Experience a transformational weekend yoga retreat in a fun and supportive environment that will refine your ability! Anthony Alcalde and El Zopilote Organic Farm present an intensive AcroYoga weekend on the beautiful island of Ometepe, Nicaragua. Through this retreat, you will learn a lot of amazing techniques and concepts that will make you confident to build your AcroYoga practice while you have lots of fun flying or supporting your friends. Start 2018 empowering yourself through AcroYoga!

Meet the instructors

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Highlights

  • AcroYoga intensive with Anthony Alcalde
  • 3 nights accommodation at El Zopilote Organic Farm
  • Pizza at Pizza Night
  • All free activities at El Zopilote included (yoga classes, handcrafts workshop, permaculture tour, etc.)

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

During the retreat, you will spend your nights in El Zopilote Organic Farm where you can choose to be accommodated in a camp, hammocks, dorm, or in a private cabin.

Program

Schedule:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

  • 14:00 Introduction to Acroyoga
  • Partner acrobatics workshop

Enjoy the fun and excitement of the partner acrobatics and Acroyoga in a safe, fun, and supportive environment. You will learn the power of trust, communication, and support through basing, flying, and spotting.

You will learn and refine a wide range of foundational elements which will give you the tools necessary to build your Acro-yoga practice. Wear comfortable clothing, no partner or previous experience is required.

Friday, March 30, 2018

  • 09:00 Partner therapeutics workshop
  • Soft and strong
  • Learn and refine your ability to give and receive flying therapeutics. You will cover basic concepts of receptivity, communication, foundational therapeutic postures as well as transitions from one pose to the next. Wear comfortable clothing, no partner or previous experience is required. Come prepared to enjoy the benefits of floating massage.
  • 14:00 Partner acrobatics workshop
  • Grace in flight and smooth transitions

Learn and refine your ability to transition gracefully in and out of several foundational Acroyoga poses, with a focus towards washing machines. This workshop is for all levels. No experience is necessary, come alone or bring a friend.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

  • 09:00 Introduction to acrobatic popping workshop
  • Catch some air

Learn techniques and concepts to pop with ease and confidence. You will explore how to use popping as a transition to and from several posses with a focus on tempo, throwing, and catching. Some previous experience is recommended, no partner is necessary.

  • 14:00 Advanced acrobatic transitions
  • From the ground up

This advanced acrobatics workshop will cover techniques and transitions for popping, spinning, and moving from L-basing to standing and back down again. Previous experience is highly recommended, no partner is necessary.

Instructors

Anthony Alcalde
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (AcroYoga, Yoga)
Anthony Alcalde began his journey as a healer and teacher in 1998 and now is a 500hr certified yoga and AcroYoga instructor, Thai yoga practitioner, and movement educator. He currently teaches various styles of yoga in Nicaragua, Peru, and internationally, finding balance through giving and receiving, thus celebrating the spirit of connection, empowerment, and playfulness in his life. His services offer an opportunity to reconnect with your inner light and grow the ability to heal from the inside out once he embodies the beauty of trust through his practice of yoga and AcroYoga.

Retreat location

The retreat will happen at the beautiful open yoga platforms at El Zopilote Organic Farm, surrounded by an area that has been recovered and reforested in the last 15 years with a permaculture philosophy. The farm itself is a world of learning by itself, with workshops and permaculture tours that bring you inside the functioning of a sustainable touristic structure. Besides that, Ometepe is a magical island with two volcanos to climb, the lake to refresh, waterfalls to visit and much more!

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Swimming

General

  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Mosquito net

Food

The farm has a restaurant where you can taste delicious meals with local organic products and experience farm to table nutrition on each day of your intensive retreat. The famous El Zopilote's pizza is included on your package for Saturday night!

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage treatment
  • Nature walking
  • Reading
  • Swimming
  • Trekking
  • Tours

What's included

  • AcroYoga intensive with Anthony Alcalde
  • 3 nights accommodation at El Zopilote Organic Farm
  • 1 pizza at Pizza Night

What's not included

  • Meals (except pizza on Saturday night)
  • Tours

How to get there

Driving directions from San Jose del Sur port and Moyogalpa

  • You must reserve a place for your car on the ferry beforehand. There are three ferry boat companies that are available. Rey del Cocibolca is the largest ferry boat and goes to San Jose del Sur port. The other two companies are Che Guevara and Milton Arcia which go to Moyogalpa.
  • Then, follow the direction to Balgue at the junction of el Cino and take right.
  • After eight kilometers at the junction of Santa Cruz, take left and you will find the entrance of El Zopilote Organic Farm on your right after 500 meters.
  • Ask the house behind the bushop to park there and they will charge you something, but your car will be safe there.
  • You can also find El Zopilote in google maps and please note that if you think to arrive in the evening, it should be useful to bring a torch with you.

Arrival by bus

From Managua, Granada, San Juan del Sur, or Penas Blancas (the border), you should go to the town of Rivas. From there, you may take a shared taxi (1 USD per person) or a private taxi (3-5 USD) to the port of San Jorge. This will take about 20 minutes. The taxi ranks are situated near the bus station in Rivas. From the port of San Jorge, there are various ferry boats (2 USD per person) or boats (1.50 USD per person) which will take you across the lake to the town of Moyogalpa (one hour from land) or to the town of San Jose del Sur (one and a half hours from land).

From Moyogalpa or San Jose del Sur, you can get a bus to Merida (1 USD per person) or to Balgue (1 USD). If you take the bus to Merida, you must get off in Santa Cruz. The journey will take about two hours and you must ask the bus driver to let you off in Santa Cruz. From there, walk in the direction of Balguefor for about 300 meters until you find the entrance to El Zopilote Organic Farm.

If you take the bus to Balgue, you can get off directly in front of the entrance to the farm. You will spot an old yellow school bus, which is El Zopilote Organic Farm bushop. Ask the bushop girls if there are free places on the farm and if the answer is yes, just walk along the signposted route to the reception (10 minutes' walk). Please note that there are no buses available on Sundays.

Arrival by taxi

From Moyogalpa, you can get a taxi directly to the farm. The journey takes approximately one hour. The taxi drivers offer their services at the port. It is a good idea to contract the price before getting into the taxi. The price depends on the number of passengers and it is usually about 20-25 USD.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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