Join Merav Ben Horin and special guest musician Yotam Silberstein for their first warm winter retreat in Nicaragua! Escape the cold winter and come and recharge, renew, and rejuvenate on the gorgeous grounds of Laguna de Apoyo. You will focus on restoring and centering the body and the mind through yoga and meditation. This holiday will be a journey of finding profound peace inside and out by connecting to nature, breathing, music, and movement. Come and find tranquility in this magical Nicaraguan land!
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The Apoyo Lodge is a health and wellness boutique hotel and private retreat space in Laguna de Apoyo. The lodge is constructed from local Nicaraguan materials, the ceilings and beams through out the lodge are composed of gradual bamboo, all the windows and doors are royal cedar and the floors are laid with traditional wood-fired clay tiles.
There is also a two-stores yoga deck, with space for massage therapies, as well as a traditional Nicaraguan Rancho that serves as a juice and smoothie bar. An open kitchen is also available.
You will have the possibility to choose from a single or a shared double room. Each room has its own private bathroom with hot water running.
During this retreat, you will mix the yoga, meditation, and pranayama classes with exciting tours around Granada, Lake Nicaragua, and Masaya. This holiday will be the perfect combination between relaxation and the excitement of discovering new places.
Each morning there will be an optional half an hour pranayama and meditation practice. The first class of the day will be a more vigorous asana practice, but there will be options for those who are newer to this practice or those who want to take it slowly. Plenty of challenges will also be given for those who look for something more adventurous. The evening class will be gentle and restorative.
A special musician guest will join the retreat for a class or two and accompany the classes with live soft guitar music. For these classes, you will explore the connection between yoga, music, and breathing and use these tools to move into a deeper state of awareness and relaxation.
This yoga retreat is open to all levels. Each practice will have a different theme that will guide you on your exploration on the mat. All the classes will take place outside, facing the lake and the mountains and will be taught by Merav Ben Horin.
For this holiday, you will enjoy a tour of the colonial city of Granada, a boat tour around Las Isletas in Lake Nicaragua, and a tour of Masaya Artisan’s Market and Masaya Volcano National Park, where you will get to look inside an active volcano.
Merav Ben-Horin is a yoga instructor, psychoanalyst, and psychotherapist based in New York. She was a dancer for over 10 years and began practicing yoga in 2004 in tandem with her studies in psychology. Born out of her interest in human behavior and movement, Merav recognizes yoga as a tool for personal growth, as well as a proven way to develop focus, mind, and body awareness. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Hunter College and received her graduate degree from New York University. She is currently in postgraduate psychoanalytic training.
Yotam Silberstein began playing guitar at age 10. He was soon invited to perform with many of the nation’s top jazz musicians. By the age of 21, he won the coveted “Israeli Jazz Player of The Year” title. As artistically gifted as he is, Yotam has been featured on a wide variety of critically acclaimed releases including “Resonance” and “Brasil” on the Jazz Legacy Productions label and Monty Alexander’s Grammy nomination. In addition, he has toured and performed in major clubs in Europe, Japan, and Singapore, while winning the Sundance Time Warner award for film music.
You will be accommodated at the Apoyo Lodge, located on the shore of the Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua. The lodge sits on over an acre of property, deep within the tropical dry forest of the nature reserve, just footsteps away from the pristine healing waters of the lagoon, which was formed over 20,000 years ago when a volcano imploded in itself instead of out.
The lagoon makes for a very special and unique natural environment, with many fish species endemic to it and is coined as the cleanest water in the country and possibly the whole of Central America.
You will enjoy daily whole food plant based meals and as drinks, you will enjoy herbal tea and coffee in the mornings and daily coconut water and water for the whole retreat.
The meals are 100 percent plant based and gluten free, with dishes inspired by global cuisine and adapted to Nicaraguan produce. The aim is to use as much organic produce as possible with some of the vegetables and fruits being grown on site. The cooking is done with extra virgin olive oil and local raw coconut oil, as well as sea salt from the Nicaraguan coast. The local coffee and cacao are staples on the menu.
Please book your flight to arrive at Managua International Airport (MGA) or also known as Augusto C. Sandino International Airport. Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yoga Merav will pick you up from the airport.
There are a few connections from New York via Miami, Atlanta, and Houston with the major carriers.
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