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9 Days New Year Yoga Retreat in Nicaragua

  • Maderas Village, Playa Maderas, Nicaragua

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Relaxing Yoga Retreat Nicaragua

This yoga retreat will offer a variety of yoga classes that will ride the rhythm of experience. Some classes will be energetic and strong moving flowing that will build strength and flexibility. Other classes will be deeply relaxing that will cultivate a meditative mind and allow you to slip into a deep state of relaxation. The yoga classes will have a new theme each day that will encourage discussion and self-realization.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Yoga classes for all levels
  • Transport from Granada to Maderas
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals
  • Sunset boat cruise
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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Shared room (Granada and Madera)

The shared dorm rooms at Maderas Village are simply designed for single retreat participants to sleep. All these rooms have access to a big beautiful common space that all guests can enjoy.

Private room (Granada and Madera)

The private rooms at Maderas Village have no jungle views, but are peacefully silent that will help you sleep deeper to get a good nights rest. This is the best option for couples or anyone wanting a private room.

Each class will be well thought out and build on each other, that will deepen your yoga practice and yourself. The yoga classes are suitable for everybody and modifications and levels will be given. If you're a beginner it’s a wonderful way to find the inspiration to start a practice. If you’re an experienced yogi, it’s a great place to deepen your practice.

During the retreat, Exhale Yoga Retreats will give many opportunities and they encourage you to create your own adventure that suits your need of each present moment.

Monday - January 2, 2017

  • Arrive in Granada

Tuesday - January 3, 2017

  • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit
  • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Group get together
  • 13:00 Lunch followed by free time
  • 15:30 Pool party
  • 18:00 Salsa dance class
  • 19:30 Dinner

Wednesday - January 4, 2017

  • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit
  • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast followed by free time
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Group shuttle bus to Maderas
  • 17:30 Penthouse sunset viewing
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Yin yoga class

Thursday - January 5, 2017

  • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit
  • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast followed by free time
  • 13:30 Lunch followed by free time
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Yin yoga class

Friday - January 6, 2017

  • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit
  • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast followed by free time
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Yin yoga class

Saturday - January 7, 2017

  • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit
  • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga class
  • 10:00 Breakfast followed by free time
  • 13:30 Lunch followed by free time
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Yin yoga class

Sunday - January 8, 2017

  • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit
  • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga class followed by free time
  • 13:00 Acro yoga
  • 13:30 Lunch followed by free time
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Jungle dancing

Monday - January 9, 2017

  • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit
  • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga class followed by free time
  • 13:30 Lunch followed by free time
  • 15:00 Pool party
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 21:00 Bonfire

Tuesday - January 10, 2017

  • Departure

Please note that classes and activities may change due to weather or group excursions planned (not included in the price). Your flexibility will allow Exhale Yoga Retreats to create the best schedule possible for your week away.

  • Rachel Wainwright

    Rachel whole-heartedly believes in the transformative power of yoga. Yoga has given her the tools to meet the inevitable difficulties of life with a measure of acceptance, openness, trust, and love. Rachel believes mindful movement to motivational music can help shift your perspective to a more positive one and raise your vibration to a higher frequency. She believes that with this practice you will attract a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life.

  • Ariel Swan

    Ariel motivates her students to push past their limited beliefs and discover new frontiers of mind and body. She encourages students to strive for their absolute best, yet she meets this motivation with patience and a true desire to help others reach their goals. Ariel has a gift for making each student feel like they are in a private lesson, while uniting her class and their individual energies together.

  • Yeva Glover

    Yeva teaches from a passion for sensation, movement, sweating, stretching, questioning, challenging, and uncovering. She leads a flowing, creative, supportive class, and a well-rounded and invigorating 'dance on the mat' using yoga as a tool to find contentment in your body and mind. Yeva shines her light on all her students, sharing wisdom that seems inherent in her being. Her spiritual awareness encourages serenity and joy in all who leave her class.

This retreat will be held in Maderas Village, a boutique resort located on a hillside in the jungle overlooking Maderas Beach surf Break. It’s only a five-minute walk to the ocean where some of the best surfing waves roll in. It’s a great setting to reflect, invigorate your creative juices, enjoy deep discussions, live in the moment, and rediscover your true self.

  • Boating
  • Horse riding / rental
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Surfing
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Lobby
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Local market

You will be served healthy and delicious meals during this retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Catamaran cruise

Take a day cruise around a few of the off-the-beaten path beaches and bays on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. The trip includes transportation to and from the San Juan docks, open bar on alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and a ceviche lunch. The trip and transportation costs 85 USD person.

Disc golf and Cherranga’s lunch

A 20-minute walk or a short drive down the road is the Marsella Valley Nature Center, home to Vince’s 12-hole jungle disc golf course. Disc golf is best enjoyed when followed by lunch at Cherranga’s, a local restaurant that serves the best of Nicaraguan cuisine. Disc golf, lunch, drinks, and transportation costs 25 USD per person.

Horse back riding

Saddle up for an hour and a half horse ride along Playa Maderas and surrounding beaches from Maderas Village. Maderas horse rides cater for beginners to advanced riders. The ride costs 15 to 25 USD per person, depending on duration.

Private yoga, Pilates, or dance classes

These can be scheduled prior to your arrival or arranged during your stay. Private classes allow for a highly personalized experience with undivided attention. These classes are appropriate for all levels of experience and can be tailored to meet your needs and help you reach your goals. This costs 55 USD per session.


Surf lessons and board rentals are provided by Juan Carlos, a seasoned Nicaraguan surfer, whose shop is located at the bottom of the Maderas hill. Surfboard rentals costs 10 USD per day. Lessons costs only 15 USD per hour. Surf day trips to surrounding beaches and breaks such as Playa Hermosa, Playa Ramonzo, and Colorado’s can also be arranged upon request.

Town Trips

San Juan del Sur is never more than a bouncy cab ride away. Trips are available for 20 USD per ride or 5 USD per person if more than four people, each way.

The village offers massages by the resident masseuse for 55 USD per hour (of which 5 USD is donated to Al Campo International).

  • 2 nights accommodation at Granada
  • 6 nights accommodation at Maderas Village
  • Airport transfers
  • All healthy meals and beverages
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Sunset boat cruise
  • Transportation from Granada to Maderas
  • Extra activities
  • Massages

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Exhale Yoga Retreats will pick you up from the airport. The drive is about half an hour. Maderas Village will organize a departing shuttle on Tuesday (January 10, 2017) for you from hotel to airport. The drive is about two hours. This cost is not included in retreat fee. Shared one way airport transfer is 50 USD. Private one way airport transfer is 100 USD.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Exhale Yoga Retreats an inquiry.
  • Review by Shannon

    "So I decided to attend the Exhale Yoga Retreat… I did this with some hesitation, I knew it would be amazing but I was honestly reserved due to some personal history and insecurity on my part…"

    "In my time in Nicaragua for the retreat, I had the chance to experience so many different things… I got to spend time with and learn about so many friends that I knew from Vancouver but also got to meet some extraordinary people that were new and amazing. I think that the environment that was created was so unique and special, people were able to release there inhibitions and truly be themselves."

    "For myself, regardless of any insecurities that I may have had, I felt myself be comfortable in my uncomfortableness, and being able to let it go. The space and energy and support that was provided, was the trigger to releasing known and unknown stressors and in turn inspiring new thought and passions."

    "I am so incredibly inspired by the work that both of you have done in cultivating your dreams and visions, while creating the life that you want to live. I look forward to partaking in all of your new adventures and I so proud of you both… "

    "Love with all my heart."

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  • Review by Janene Carleton

    "Exhale Yoga Retreats are led by some of the most beautiful and inspiring teachers in exotic paradise. It's food for the soul and you will leave you feeling healthier, rejuvenated and have a new zest for life! I will go on every retreat I can!"

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  • Review by Jules

    "I can't get enough of these retreats! I have attended four of them in four different locations, and each of them has brought so much happiness into my life. The people who find their way onto these Exhale Yoga Retreats are just amazing! The group dynamic is all like-minded souls enjoying adventures and yoga in paradise! I love to surf and explore, the locations offer that and more. The yoga teachings have changed my life and inspired me to have my own personal practice. Can't wait for the next one!"

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  • Review by Nicole Stratton

    "Playing outside in a beautiful location with beautiful people feels like soul medicine. I've had the pleasure of attending two jungle Exhale Yoga Retreats and am making it a life priority to attend future ones! What an experience it is to reconnect with movement, nature, and adventure again. Often times, I get caught up in the daily responsibilities of life and Exhale Yoga Retreats' trips reminds me of that spark of joy within! I practice yoga regularly in Vancouver. However, the week of classes with brilliant teachers allows for a greater self expansion and connection. After the retreats, I always feel as though my spirit has been reignited! And I mean, who doesn't love ocean dips?"

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  • Review by Jenell Smith

    "Words can't begin to describe this absolutely amazing experience. The January 2016 retreat at Maderas village was awesome. I have never started a year more refreshed, positive, and inspired. Rachel, Yeva, and Ariel are talented and creative teachers, who made the classes both challenging and full of laughs. Throughout the retreat, they did an amazing job striking the perfect balance between yoga, self development, jungle parties, planned excursions, and free time, and they made each component so much fun. The Maderas village, in the Nica jungle just steps away from Playa Maderas, was the perfect location to disconnect and reacquaint with nature. The owners and residents at Maderas were welcoming hosts and also enhanced the good vibes on the trip. The most amazing thing that I took away from the retreat though is a tribe of 34 new friends. I went solo on the Nica trip (almost half of the people on the trip also went alone) and recommend that anyone who is considering to do the same to just do it. You seriously won't regret it. I will absolutely go on another retreat in the future. So in love with the work that Exhale Yoga Retreats is doing!"

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  • Review by Ben Stark

    "Hey Rachel! My mindset and whole being shifted in one class with you! You remain the proud inspiration of my first headstand ever over two years ago. I will go to my grave with upside down visions of you smiling over me and the thatched roof suddenly looking like the floor. Your classes are powerful stuff for me and your retreat has become an essential part of starting my new year with clarity health and intention. Not to mention the impromptu dance parties :) Good people and good times and it all starts at the top with you!"

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  • Review by Amanda Tran

    "The Nicaragua holiday with Exhale Yoga Retreats was the perfect way to relax, re-focus, and re-energize. The food, accommodation, service, and yoga classes were top-notch. Providing options for other group activities was a great touch - and allowed solo travelers like myself to meet and connect with like-minded people. Loved Vinyasa classes in the morning and Yin yoga in the evening. The music playlists were also fantastic! Two thumbs up, five stars, would highly recommend!"

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  • Review by Shelby Marshall

    "I couldn't have thought of a better way to start off 2015 than to be in Nicaragua with Exhale Yoga Retreats! I was nervous attending a yoga retreat by myself but the group of people I met and spent the week with were nothing short of supportive, loving, and not to mention so much fun! The location was absolutely incredible as well as the food. The yoga was spectacular and I will forever be attending Exhale Yoga Retreats!"

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