Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat, February 2017

Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat

Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat

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Escape digital overload and let your stress slip away at our Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat at Playa Maderas, Nicaragua. Discover paradise and experience blissful yoga, epic surfing and the best food in Nicaragua. Book your trip today to find deep relaxation and adventure all in one week!

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Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat Highlights:

  • 7 nights accommodation in a secluded jungle cabana
  • Delicious, locally sourced breakfast and dinner daily
  • Surfboard rentals and surf lesson
  • Twice daily yoga and meditation sessions (90-120 minutes/each)
  • Guided yoga nidra
  • Roundtrip transportation from from Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) in Managua to Buena Vista Surf Club (about 2.5 hours away)
  • An afternoon of selfless service with Seva at Barrio Planta Project
  • Carefully selected goodie bag with local treats

About the Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat:

This surf and yoga retreat in Nicaragua is the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. This all-inclusive retreat will allow you to escape your everyday life to experience fun and relaxation in tropical paradise. You’ll step away feeling calm, well-balanced and full of energy.


Autumn Adams, E-RYT 200, will lead you in two daily yoga sessions overlooking the jungle and Pacific Ocean. It’s truly an amazing place to practice yoga! You’ll begin each morning by waking up to the sounds of howler monkeys and tropical birds in your open-air cabana nestled in the trees. Then, you’ll practice an energizing, all-levels vinyasa flow session followed by a delicious breakfast.

yoga-at-playa-maderasSpend your afternoons surfing, reading a good book, soaking up the sun or practicing hammock asana. The welcoming and accommodating staff can even help you plan excursions.

After a relaxing and restorative yoga practice, spend your evenings enjoying a locally sourced and family style dinner. Exchange stories with and get to know people from all over the world! Cap off the night by watching a breathtaking sunset. Then, after stargazing, fall asleep to the sounds of the trees and the distant waves breaking on the beach.

The Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat is your chance to expand your yoga practice, experience deep relaxation and meet life-long friends. Book your trip today for an adventure of a lifetime!

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What kind of yoga practice can I expect?

  • All levels vinyasa & restorativeyoga-retreat-at-playa-maderas
  • 1.5 – 2 hour long sessions
  • Sessions will occur twice a day in the morning and late afternoon
  • Each session will include asana, pranayama and meditation
  • Gently challenging
  • New and familiar yoga asanas
  • Create space and openness throughout your body
  • Release stress and muscle tension

What about surfing?

Experience unforgettable surfing in one of Nicaragua’s premier surf spots, Playa Maderas. The surf spot offers rippable waves for beginning to more advanced surfers. The beach consists of soft white sand, with some rocky areas creating interesting tidal pools to explore.

From the surfer’s point of view Playa Maderas has a slow wave in reasonably deep water, with four breaks getting hollow on a rising tide – rated good for beginners. It’s a beach offering hollow lefts and rights that handles long period swells quite well. Check out the surf report for Playa Maderas on Magic Seaweed.


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Meet Your Yoga Teacher

Autumn HeadshotAutumn is a certified Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga Instructor registered with Yoga Alliance. She currently lives in Bend, Oregon and teaches at Juniper Yoga, Max Fitness and the Broken Top Club in addition to her projects and retreats with Ambuja Yoga.

Autumn is a Hatha- Vinyasa Yoga Instructor at the 500 hour level. She completed her 200 hour Hatha training with Yoga Indigo (Bend, OR) and her 300 hour level training with Zuna Yoga (Bali, Indonesia). Autumn has also studied Prenatal Yoga with Shana Celnicker Chong at the Bhaktishop in Portland, Oregon. She continues to deepen her practice by attending workshops with internationally recognized yoga instructors like: Leslie Kaminoff, Peter Sterios, Baxter Bell, Kathryn Budig and Rocky Heron among others. Autumn’s classes blend vinyasa and hatha yoga into an accessible, yet challenging practice that encourages intention, grace and courage.

Your Secluded Jungle Eco-Lodge

This surf and yoga retreat will be held at the peaceful and serene Buena Vista Surf Club located just North of San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua. This treehouse-like eco-lodge is nestled within the jungle and overlooks the ocean at Playa Maderas, one of Nicaragua’s best surf spots.4107585109_9566dc3a45_b

It’s a cozy setup complete with wooden cabanas, built to complement the natural environment around you. And, it’s just a five minute walk to pristine beaches lining the Pacific Ocean!

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Nicaragua Yoga & Surf Retreat Pricing Per Person

$1425 1225 per person/Triple occupancy with private bath (3 rooms available 2 rooms available)(One shared room needs one to two roommates)
$1580 $1380 per person/Double occupancy with private bath (3 rooms available 1 room available)


Nicaragua Yoga & Surf Retreat in San Juan del Sur
February 25, 2017- March 4, 2017

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Please contact Autumn via Email @ to reserve your spot.

Reserve Your Spot with a 50% Deposit. Balance due February 1, 2017.

Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat Non-refundable Deposit | February 2017
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Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat Daily Schedule*

7:30-9:30 AM            Morning Yoga (Vinyasa Yoga)

9:30-10:30 AM          Breakfast

10:30-4:30 PM          Free Time/Surf Lesson/Surfing

4:30-6:00 PM            Afternoon Yoga (Restorative Flow/Workshop)

6:30-8:00 PM            Dinner

8:00-? PM                 Free Time

*Schedule is subject to change.

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Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat Travel and Reservation Info

Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat Travel Routes and Travel Tips

We’ve found great deals on flights to Managua on Delta, United and American Airlines. Depending on where you are flying from you may have an overnight layover in Houston, Miami, etc. If you will be arriving in Nicaragua early (or staying longer), I am happy to make recommendations for safe, comfortable, quirky places to stay in Managua (and further afield i.e.. Laguna de Apoyo, Granada, Corn Islands, and San Juan del Sur).

Airlines that fly into Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) from the United States

  1. Delta
  2. United
  3. TACA
  4. American Airlines
  5. Spirit Airlines

Other airlines that fly into Managua, Nicaragua (MGA)

  1. Copa
  2. Avianca
  4. US Airways
  5. Aeromexico

Airlines that fly directly into Liberia**, Costa Rica (LIR) from the United States

  1. Delta
  2. American Airlines
  3. United
  4. jetBlue

Other airlines that fly into Liberia**, Costa Rica (LIR)

  1. US Airways
  2. Copa
  4. Avianca
  5. Air Canada

** If you will be flying into/out of Liberia you will be responsible for your transportation to/from Buena Vista Surf Club. Transportation from LIR to Buena Vista Surf Club is not included in the pricing of the retreat.**

Arrival and Departure Information

Your airport pick-up for the Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat will be in Managua on Saturday February 25, 2017 and drop off will be March 4, 2017. Please arrive by 1:00pm in Managua (MGA). The group will depart Buena Vista Surf Club at 7am arriving at the airport at approximately 10am. Please do not schedule your departing flight before noon on March 4, 2017. Arrivals after 1:00pm on February 25, 2017 and those departing earlier than noon on March 4 will need to arrange their own transportation to Buena Vista Surf Club (~ $120 USD).

  • Arrival Day Schedule*
    • 1:00 PM Airport pickup
    • 4:00 PM Arrival to retreat center
    • 4:30 PM Welcome beverage and light snack
    • 5:30 PM Opening circle, sun salutations and yoga nidra/savasana
    • 7:00 PM Dinner
  • Departure Day Schedule*
    • 6:00 AM Prepare for departure
    • 6:30 AM Light Breakfast
    • 7:00 AM Depart Buena Vista Surf Camp for Airport
  • *Schedule subject to change.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is required for all international yoga retreats with Ambuja Yoga. Many policies will help cover theft, travel delays and evacuation should you need it. It may also protect you in case of trip cancellation due to illness or death of a family member.

Nicaragua Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for most countries (including the US, Canada, and most European countries). Citizens of some countries do require a Visa on arrival. All tourists are required to pay for a Tourist Card, $10 USD, upon arrival.

Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat Reservation and Payment Policy

A 50% deposit holds your place for this retreat. Final payment must be received by February 1, 2017. Ambuja Yoga currently accepts Certified Cheques, Paypal, and Square. Reserve your space today!

Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat Cancellation Policy

The deposit amount is refundable until December 1, 2016 less any associated bank fees. After December 1, 2016 the deposit becomes non-refundable. However, if you can fill your space your deposit may be transferred to another individual.

If written Notice of Cancellation is received between December 2, 2016 and January 1, 2017 the refund amount will be as follows: amount paid less bank fees (if applicable) less non-refundable deposit less $100 office fee.

If written Notice of Cancellation is received after January 1, 2017 there will be no refund granted.

If Ambuja Yoga must cancel the retreat due to illness, death, or extenuating circumstances 100% of money paid to Ambuja Yoga will be refunded within 30 days of retreat cancellation. Ambuja Yoga is not responsible for guest’s costs and expenses incurred in preparation for any canceled trips.

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Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat FAQ

Are tips and gratuities included during the Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat?

Gratuity is not included. Buena Vista Surf Club suggests a gratuity of between 50 and 100 USD for hotel staff. If you feel like your massage therapists and/or tour guides for surf lessons, transportation, beach trips etc. did an excellent job an appropriate tip ranges from $2-$10 USD and it is greatly appreciated.

Do I need a power adaptor?

If any of your appliances/chargers are 3 prong you will need to bring a 3 prong to 2 prong adaptor. Here are further details:

  • Voltage: 120 V
  • Frequency: 60 Hz
  • Power sockets: type A (2 prong)

Do I need to bring yoga props?

Mats, blocks and straps are available for your use. I do suggest that you bring your own yoga mat and any additional props that you may use.

Is the drinking water in Nicaragua safe?

Tap water in Nicaragua is not safe for drinking. Purified water is complimentary for retreat guests. Bottled water is available for sale. Please bring a refillable water bottle to use throughout the retreat.

Is Nicaragua safe?

Outside of Buena Vista Surf Club and Playa Maderas it is important to stay off of the beach after dark, to not take out more than you need at night and to trust your instincts. If in doubt, ask a local/expat if it’s safe.

Since its revolution, Nicaragua has come a long way in the last several decades and is now one of the safest Central American countries. Nicaragua is a developing nation, one of the poorest in the Western hemisphere, but is still remarkably safe, and crime rates are low. There are not many violent crimes reported in the country, but petty theft does occasionally occur in more touristy spots (San Juan Del Sur, some part of Granada).

Weather in Nicaragua. What’s it like in late February and early March?

Weather in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua is warm and dry. Daytime temps are in the low-mid 90s and nighttime temps are in the 60s and 70s. It is the middle of their dry season and rain is unlikely.

Is there Wifi and cell service during the Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat?

Buena Vista Surf Club has Wifi available in the common spaces. Please keep in mind that Buena Vista is a remote eco-resort and Wifi does not always work perfectly. I encourage each guest to take this week to relax and unplug from their iPhones, computers, etc. Cell service is available in Nicaragua and at Buena Vista Surf Club. Claro is the main cell provider in San Juan del Sur and phones and minutes are cheap. If you will be bringing your own phone remember to check in with your phone company about roaming charges and international rates.

Money and Credit Cards

The official currency of Nicaragua is the Cordoba, although USD and Cordoba are used interchangeably. I suggest bringing a variety of US bills that are crisp and clean, no tears or marks (no one will take them, including the banks). Large bills are hard to change. ATMs are available at the airport in Managua and in San Juan del Sur. Most businesses do not accept credit/debit cards.

Immunizations for Nicaragua

Here are the recommendations from the CDC website for:

All travelers:

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Most travelers:

The CDC recommends the Hepatitis A vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Nicaragua, regardless of where you are eating or staying. The CDC also recommends getting the typhoid vaccine. You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Nicaragua. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Some travelers:

If you will be getting tattoos, engaging in sexual intercourse with a new partner or will be spending time around bats you may consider the following vaccines/prophylaxis treatment: hepatitis B, Antimalarials, and Rabies.

There is no malaria in the San Juan del Sur area, but precautions should still be taken to prevent mosquito bites. Dengue fever and chikungunya are present in Central America although the risk is low if proper preventative measures are observed.

I’m new to yoga and I don’t know how to surf. Is the Nicaragua Yoga and Surf Retreat appropriate for me?

Absolutely! And we’d love to have you. During yoga classes I will always offer modifications and variations to make asanas more accessible or more challenging. And for non-surfers, we will have a surf guide available to offer lessons and pointers throughout the week. One group surf lesson is included in the pricing. Private surf lessons are available at an additional charge. I will also be available for private yoga lessons which are $65/60 minutes. Private yoga lessons are a great way to move deeper into your yoga practice, increase strength and flexibility, improve alignment and get hands-on one-on-one instruction. If you and your hubby/friend would like to share a private lesson it’s $65 for the first person and an additional $15 for each additional person (ex. 2 people = $80, 3 people = $95).

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