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5 Days Yoga, Surf, and Seva Retreat in Playa El Tunco, El Salvador
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Soul Nourish Retreats, La Costa del Bálsamo, Playa El Tunco, El Salvador

Central America Soul Vacation with Yoga

Perfect for adventurers at heart, this co-ed retreat is specially curated for all-levels from bare beginners to those with experience on the mat or the board. On this oceanside soul vacation, you’ll journey to La Costa del Bálsamo for cultural experiences, local flavors, and undiscovered beauty. A Condé Nast “best-kept secret,” this unspoiled El Salvadorian coastline takes its name from the aromatic oil of the balsam tree. Enveloped by friendly faces and an abundance of natural life, this waterfront yoga, surf and Seva retreat experience is the perfect setting for exploration, relaxation, and stargazing.

Meet the instructors

Shari L. & Mandy
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  • Yoga sessions
  • Enneagram teachings
  • Meditation, soulwork, and salsa dance
  • 1 surf lesson and board rental or SUP rental
  • Daily breakfast, dinner, snacks, and drinks
  • Visit a local elementary school
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport
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The accommodation options are on a shared double and private room occupancy basis.

Resort suites

These spacious and modern poolside suites were designed with two full-size beds or a king bed and sunny tropical views. All of these double-occupancy suites have a mini-refrigerator, air-conditioning, closet with safe, coffee maker, large shower with hot water, free Wi-Fi, and deck space with a view of the pool.

Waterfront suites

Enjoy the sound of crashing waves and an inspiring view of the Pacific Ocean from your beautiful oceanview suite. Designed with two full beds, a queen or king bed, all waterfront suites are stocked with mini-refrigerator, safe, coffee maker, air conditioning, hot water shower, desk, and terrace offerings vistas of the ocean.

Waterfront villas

Relax in total comfort in their well-appointed gorgeous villas. Lounge on your private terrace with a vista of the Rio Grande as it opens to the Pacific Ocean. Shared villas have one or two bedrooms, each with two full-size beds or one queen bed, and accommodate two to three people. Enjoy a full kitchen with modern appliances and a spacious living room, safe, and air conditioning.


Wake up to the sounds of the Pacific Ocean and the smell of freshly roasted locally-grown coffee. Wander down for a morning yoga session in the studio surrounded by the lush tropical landscape. On this retreat, you invest in yourself, and you will also have a chance to visit a local elementary school, bringing much-needed supplies to the village teachers and children.

On this retreat, you can enjoy luxury resort accommodations, surfing or stand up paddleboard (SUP), salsa dance class, yoga, meditation and soulwork classes featuring Enneagram teachings. After Soul Nourish Retreats's chef-prepared dinner let your hair down, grab your new friends, and hit the dance floor for a salsa dance class.

Surf and stand-up paddle details

El Tunco is known for its world-class waves and bustling surf community. You will feel at ease whether you hang ten or do not yet have your sea legs. Your skilled instructors will be with you every step of the way to safely guide you on the water with step-by-step instruction. These exceptional local surf instructors are a blast to be with in the water. You will remember their smiles, energy, and great attitudes.

Experienced surfers will find some of the best surfing in El Salvador. With uncrowded beach breaks and famous point breaks, you will want to bring a board or rent one from the surf company at the retreat center. You can trade quality boards in and out each day to have different boards for different surfing conditions and different surf breaks. All boards are in excellent condition and all have high-performance carbon fins.

Seva project

On retreat, we embody the true meaning of yoga as we care for ourselves, and the world around us. You’ll journey to the local orphanage, bringing much-needed school books to the village teachers and spend time engaging with the children. You will also supply menstrual health care packages to teen girls during the local Seva project.

Day 1: February 1, 2020

  • Morning - Flights and arrivals
  • Afternoon - Welcome ceremony followed by all-levels soul nourish yoga
  • Evening - Sunset, dinner, followed by intention setting circle

Day 2: February 2, 2020

  • Morning - Meditation, tropical breakfast, then yoga and workshop
  • Afternoon - Optional lunch in town, free time, beach, and surf lesson
  • Evening - Sunset, dinner, followed by salsa dancing class

Day 3: February 3, 2020

  • Morning - Meditation, tropical breakfast, and Seva school trip
  • Afternoon - Lunch in town, free time, beach, and optional massage
  • Evening - Sunset, stretch-it-out yoga, dinner, and stargazing

Day 4: February 4, 2020

  • Morning - Meditation, tropical breakfast, and adventure departure
  • Afternoon - Optional lunch in town, followed by optional waterfall hike adventure trip or coffee farm visit
  • Evening - Sunset, stretch-it-out yoga, dinner, and El Tunco night out

Day 5: February 5, 2020

  • Morning - Meditation, tropical breakfast, and community closing
  • Afternoon - Buen viaje!

Regarding optional items on the schedule, you will be responsible for massage appointments, alcohol, and lunches on your own. Soul Nourish Retreats leave lunch as an open time for people to explore town (five-minute walk) and sample local flavors, visit a healthy cafe, or dine in oceanside. Optional activities such as additional surf lessons or board rentals, a waterfall hike adventure trip, and massages are available à la carte. Retreat center staff tips are always at your discretion, based on your personal experience.


Shari L. Fox

Mandy Roberts

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Playa El Tunco, La Costa del Bálsamo, El Salvador.

“El Salvador is Central America’s most underrated country. Visitors who do make the effort are invariably impressed by just how much this tiny country has to offer: world-class surfing on empty waves, dark-sand beaches; coffee plantations clinging to the sides of volcanoes; colorful Spanish colonial towns; and sublime national parks. There is only so much encouragement we can give; it’s now up to you.” - Lonely Planet

Unique features


  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Terrace


  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi


The price includes daily breakfast and dinner, one fresh coconut water each day, bottled drinking water, fruit, coffee, and tea. Beer and wine can be purchased from the retreat center.

Vegan and vegetarian needs can be catered to as well. Please send an inquiry for more information.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

During your free time, you can catch a wave, grab a cheap beer, and enjoy some of the freshest seafood imaginable. Stroll to a funky little beach town, relax by the pool, or take an afternoon nap as your hammock swings in the ocean breeze and the sun sets over the ocean. You may also enjoy a massage for an additional cost.

What's included

  • All-levels yoga and Enneagram classes by Mandy and Shari
  • Salsa dance class
  • All planned programming
  • Yoga mats and props
  • 1 surf lesson and board rental or SUP rental
  • Local cultural ambassador
  • Coffee, fruit, and tea each morning
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 1 fresh coconut water each day
  • Bottled drinking water
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Roundtrip door-to-door airport transportation

What's not included

  • Massages
  • Alcohol
  • Lunch
  • Optional activities (such as a waterfall hike adventure trip, a visit to a coffee farm)
  • Airfare to San Salvador (SAL)
  • Retreat center staff tips (at your discretion)
  • Additional surf lessons or board rentals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL). Transfer to and from the airport is included. Soul Nourish Retreats will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport Airport transfer included: Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.
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