9 Days New Year Yoga Retreat in Rivas, Nicaragua

  • Maderas Village, Playa Maderas, San Juan del Sur, Rivas Department, Nicaragua


Relaxing Yoga Retreat Nicaragua

  • 8 days with instruction
  • 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


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: 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.

    Tuesday - January 2, 2018

    • Arrive in Granada

    Wednesday - January 3, 2018

    • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit
    • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga class
    • 10:00 Breakfast
    • 11:00 Group get together
    • 13:30 Lunch followed by free time
    • 15:30 Pool party
    • 19:00 Dinner
    • 20:30 Yin yoga

    Thursday - January 4, 2018

    • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit
    • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga class
    • 10:00 Breakfast followed by free time
    • 12:00 Group shuttle bus to San Juan Del Sur
    • 13:30 Lunch in San Juan Del Sur
    • 15:30 Shuttles to Maderas Village
    • 17:00 Penthouse sunset viewing
    • 19:00 Dinner
    • 20:30 Yin yoga class

    Friday - January 5, 2018

    • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit
    • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga class
    • 10:30 Breakfast followed by free time
    • 12:30 Lunch (order off menu) followed by free time
    • 16:00 Group surf
    • 19:00 Dinner
    • 20:30 Yin yoga class

    Saturday - January 6, 2018

    • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit
    • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga class
    • 10:30 Breakfast followed by free time
    • 12:00 Boat cruise
    • 19:00 Dinner
    • 20:30 Yin yoga class

    Sunday - January 7, 2018

    • 08:00 Coffee, tea, and fruit
    • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga class
    • 10:30 Breakfast followed by free time
    • 12:30 Lunch (order off menu) followed by free time
    • 16:00 Horse Back Riding (additional $15)
    • 19:00 Dinner
    • 20:30 Yin yoga class

    Monday - January 8, 2018

    • 08:00 Coffee and tea
    • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga class followed by free time
    • 12:30 Lunch (order off menu) followed by free time
    • 16:00 Sunset acro yoga
    • 19:00 Dinner
    • 20:30 Jungle dancing

    Tuesday - January 9, 2018

    • 08:00 Coffee and tea
    • 08:30 Vinyasa yoga class followed by free time
    • 12:30 Lunch (order off menu) followed by free time
    • 15:00 Pool party
    • 19:00 Dinner
    • 20:30 Jungle dancing
    • 22:00 Bonfire

    Wednseday - January 10, 2018

    • 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.

    • Duncan Bourke

      Duncan seamlessly weaves positivity, fluidity, and light-hearted playfulness throughout his classes. A diverse background of martial arts and general athletics combined with acro yoga and yin training allows him to lead a unique and dynamic 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
    • 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 Wednesday (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.

    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.


    • Review by Jacqueline Kuiper

      "I’ve just completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training retreat, and seeing how Exhale Yoga Retreats managed to host 40 people over the entire course of 30 days, active for approximately 10 hours each day, it impresses me to no end that not once was the “organizational” ball dropped. "


      "Rachel and Jules have unique gifts in both seeing the big picture, and in executing the finely-tuned day-to-day details. Everything this retreat has offered us – 30 days of being taken care of and guided through – Rachel and Jules have hand-selected and organized. From personally knowing the staff, understanding our rooms and accommodations, having a familiarity with our environment and neighboring locals, planning 30 days worth of nutritious meals, and putting together a program schedule that challenges, nourishes, and enriches all guests is no small task."


      "At no moment in time was there an awkward or anxious pause of, “What now?” Exhale Yoga Retreats has already organized the “What now?” as well as the “What’s next?” so guests can relax with ease into their journey of exploration, growth, and enjoyment. Rachel and Jules work as such a dynamic pair, ensuring that all aspects of the Exhale Yoga Retreat experience are considered and provided for."

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    • Review by Clare Stirling

      "Thank you so much Exhale Yoga Retreats for creating and giving us such a magical, inspiring, holistic, transformational 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in absolute paradise. A truly challenging and life-changing experience, I felt completely held, safe, loved and supported throughout. And now I am a passionate yoga teacher with a huge loving yoga family! Love you guys xxx so excited for the next one! XXX Kate"

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    • Review by Sheena Tavana

      "Part of me still thinks my month long adventure with Exhale yoga retreats was a dream. I did my 200 hr YTT through Exhale; it was intense, thorough, but beautiful and life changing! All things I needed and wanted!"

      "I was impressed at how well taken care of we were. Day to day Rachel and Jules worked hard to make sure everyone was smiling inside and out."

      "The amount of time they spent to make sure we could experience our surroundings on our days off was phenomenal! All throughout the trip we were asked if there was anything we needed to make the experience even better (there rarely was...they are always one step ahead)."


      "Thank you so much for the big hearts involved with Exhale! I'm excited to adventure with you guys again! So much love! xoxo"

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    • Review by Briza Bot

      "I just have to say I am so grateful to have been part of such an amazing community. Exhale Yoga Retreats goes above and beyond anything I ever expected. Rachel is seriously the best! She makes me feel like I matter and everyone was treated equally. I will definitely go to many many more of their events. My body is still buzzing from all the awesomeness I experienced this whole month. Thank you Exhale Yoga Retreats. You make me feel so special!!"

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    • Review by Cat Cope

      "I'm most certainly doing more retreats with Exhale. I spent a month in Bali with them and they made me feel right at home; I was treated like family. Rachel was super organized through the entire process and any questions I had leading up to the date of arrival (and during my stay) were answered promptly. I felt supported and loved. I highly recommend Exhale Yoga Retreats. Xxoo"

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    • Review by Delia Valverde

      "Exhale Yoga Retreats made us feel so comfortable and everything was taken care of before we could even think of it! Through their presence, kindness and guidance a wonderful community of yogis was built and after a very short time it felt like having a new little family I don't know how they do it, but the organization of the retreat couldn't have been better and I'd give more than 5 stars if available! Big hugs and thank you so much for this wonderful experience!"

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    • Review by Trevor Kine

      "I was blessed to be able to partake a 200 hour yoga teacher training organized by Exhale Yoga Retreats. The 200 hour training was a transformative and magical experience. They empowered every single person who attended the training to be the best teacher they could be, and as a result I can say that I would love to attend a class taught by any of my amazing classmates."

      "The course material was well-balanced, and very well organized and delivered in the best way possible. "

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      "The people of Exhale Yoga Retreats, Rachel and Jules, are so organized and take such good care of all the students. They really care so much. Rachel and Jules created and environment ideal for learning and growth. "


      "My experience was far more than just a teacher training. My stay with Exhale Yoga Retreats and all my loving classmates was truly a life changing experience. "


      "Thank you so much,"

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    • Review by Camille

      "I booked this yoga retreat looking to charge my batteries and meet some new people. What I found was truly paradise. I didn’t think El Salvador would be a place that I would really miss – and here I am a week after getting home from the retreat still dreaming about those burning red vibrant sunsets, that ocean breeze, the friendly locals, the fresh (and inexpensive!) fish tacos, and all of the friends I made during the week! It was the perfect balance of carefree fun, relaxing in the hammocks, adventures like hiking to a beautiful waterfall, deep conversations, personal growth, and individual meditation/introspection. I am so grateful to have been a part of this retreat – the yoga sessions touched me deeply and challenged me in a way I had not felt before. I can’t overstate how much this week was enhanced by the people that came! Jules and Rachel exude a special kind of energy that is like a magnet for good people – not only did we spend the week in paradise, but we spent the week surrounded by really good company! I am already looking forward to coming back next year. All my love to the exhale yoga retreat yogis! See you soon!! Xx"

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    • Review by Jenny

      "Upon arrival, I felt very welcomed from the airport pick-up to meeting the Exhale Yoga Retreats team. The entire life affirming experience exceeded my expectations. I felt a big improvement in my poses, my meditation practice, and spiritual development. The classes were carefully thought out and challenging for many regardless of how experienced you are in your practice. Exhale Yoga Retreats pieced together an authentic schedule that included a morning vinyasa class and evening yin class, delicious and healthy breakfast and dinner meals all amongst the beautiful grounds at Boca Olas and hooked us up with the locals to enjoy the surfing and waterfall hiking. Thank you to @crystalrainbowborrelli @arielswan @rachelwainwright for being such generous teachers and genuinely taking care of us to ensure we had a good time. I can truly say I made some really good friend here for life."

      "I highly recommend @exhaleyogaretreats and can't wait to sign up for the next one."

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    • Review by Tammy

      "Experience of a lifetime! An amazing adventure top to bottom, for the young and the young at heart! Never a dull moment - so much to see, do and learn...or to simply sit back, relax and EXHALE. Rachel and Jules, and all of the dynamic people they select for their team, go above and beyond to provide a healthy, fun, energizing and challenging experience, tailored to each individual. Fostering self awareness, finding comfort outside of your comfort zone, and facilitating the building of friendships and connections that last a lifetime are high on their agenda. They cultivate an inclusive mind, body and soul holistic approach at their retreats - with yoga classes that pay special attention to varying levels of experience and physical limitations, and impart an understanding of the origins, branches and teachings of this beautiful and ancient practice. I feel such a deep sense of accomplishment, having been able to achieve more in form than I ever imagined! After just one week I feel an AMAZING transformation taking place within - physically and mentally! It doesn't end there! Delicious and nutritious menus, options to take up surfing, hiking, spectacular waterfalls and sunsets, absorb the local scenery, music and culture are all made available for you. Consideration of the environment and visiting and integrating with locals is part of the wonderful journey. We were able to meet and play with children at the village orphanage, an experience that humbles the heart, brings enormous joy and blesses you with a grand appreciation for life. Thank you Exhale Yoga Retreats...I had such a blast dancing like no one was watching! You've changed my life!"

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    • Review by Tom

      "Rachel Wainwright, Jules SeaMan and the staff of Exhale Yoga Retreats know how to organize a life changing trip. First and foremost they check out the accommodations and make friends with the locals. They do a dry run and if something needs tweaking they address it. Then the yoga, let's just say "world class"....Super grateful and would definitely do again."

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    • Review by Jessica Louise

      "Exhale Yoga Retreats was everything that I didn't know I needed."


      "Rachel and Jules' work tirelessly to bring together a truly exceptional and affirming experience. The Bali Wander retreat came together in such a synchronous and harmonious way, that it left all of us - who started as strangers - feeling connected, peaceful, and like we had known each other forever. "

      "The retreat was a yoga retreat in every sense of the word - asana practice aside - and each day was founded on one of the yamas or niyamas, and we were urged to to practice the teachings of this ancient moral code throughout the day. "

      "I believe everyone found a little piece of themselves that they didn't know they were searching for, and I returned home with a renewed sense of motivation to take on life's challenges with grace and a smile. "

      "I thank Rachel, Jules, Ariel, and Nicky for creating such a wonderful experience, and I would highly recommend Exhale Yoga Retreats for anyone looking for a little affirmation, guidance, rest, peace, and FUN! "

      "Thanks again. "

      "Love and light. "

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    • Review by Dustin Hersee

      "It was the first international travel with my wife and Exhale Yoga Retreats made it easy. From beautiful accommodations, to brilliant food, and of course amazing yoga classes we were in the lap of luxury. Not to mention the breath taking vistas from the beach, Exhale Yoga Retreats really had every last detail figured out. The yoga teachers were very experienced and really set the tone for the trip. Thanks Exhale Yoga Retreats for making this such a special milestone for my wife and I!!"


      "We will be back in a heart beat! Cha! "

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    • Review by Erin Mathany

      "I so badly wanted to come to Nicaragua this year to join you for the retreat but wanted to spend some time with the BF and had to get back to work. Things are heating up with the Games just a year away."


      "I look back on last year’s retreat so fondly, it really changed my life, causing me set my values and goals, envision the life I wanted and let go of some things from the past. I came back feeling super open and clear and described it to others as it was like all the muscles in my neck were relaxed, allowing more blood to get to my brain. I get little glimpses of that feeling again whenever I practice yoga and plan to do more of it this year."


      "So thank you (x 100) Rachel and Jules for everything you’ve done for me (and please send my thanks and a big hug to Yeva and Ariel!"


      "Wishing you and the tribe an amazing week in paradise with lots of open hips and ocean dips!"


      "Take care,"

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    • 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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