Actors & Artists Luxury Escape in Nicaragua

Aposentillo, Nicaragua

6 reviews
Jan 14 - 21, 2023
Group size: 6 - 25
Actors & Artists Luxury Escape in Nicaragua
Aposentillo, Nicaragua

6 reviews

Jan 14 - 21, 2023
Group size: 6 - 25

About this trip

Join Master Teacher  Hugh O'Gormon (Head of Acting, CSULB, Praxis Acting Studio) and Jenna Davi (Creator of Chakra Codes, Host, Yoga, Chakras) for a week of ocean and sunsets as we reconnect to our creative spirit and recharge our artistic souls! 

Our home for the week will be at Amaru, a beachfront retreat center in gorgeous northern Nicaragua. With the backdrop being epic volcano views, the ocean as our front yard, and with their luxury lodging and delicious organic meals, we will be at ease and completely comfortable as we sharpen our artistic skills and dive into personal growth during our time together.

We have come together to bring you a retreat filled with Michael Chekhov technique, body psychology, artistic expression, yoga, meditation, energetic archetypes, inner work, networking, bonding, the best sunsets you've ever seen and more.

In between sessions we have plenty of time to relax and enjoy our time in Central America! 

This all inclusive retreat is for actors, acting teachers, artists, movers, creatives and anyone looking to expand their artistic and physical expression through the practice of the Chekhov Technique and other acting modalities with master teacher Hugh O'Gorman and sink into themselves with yoga, meditation and chakras with Jenna Davi. This, along with the unique opportunity of integrating these skills in the tropical location of Nicaragua will be an experience you will never forget!


We cannot wait to share this experience with you!! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Jenna & Hugh

If you have any questions please reach out to Jenna at


There is no pressure to memorize material or "perform" anything. You don't have to be "an actor" however Reclaiming Joy retreats are tailored for the joyful artist who seriously wants to work on their craft. You don't have to be a professional but we do require the below

- You want to improve yourself

- You desire to explore your artistic expression, gain confidence in your voice, access your creativity, connect with a deeper sense of self

- Are ready to challenge yourself and give it 100%

- Want to evolve your mind, body, and spirit

- Welcome a cathartic experience through yoga and artistic therapy for self-development and improved mental health

- Gain tools for personal and professional growth

- Want to network with an artistic community and make new friends and connections

- Want an escape so you can relax, learn, feel inspired and have a life-changing experience

As always, if you need to speak to someone to see if the retreat is right for you, please don't hesitate to contact Jenna at


You will enjoy daily acting sessions with Hugh O'Gorman and experience yoga, meditation, chakra work, and adventures with Jenna. In between sessions you are free to soak in that VitD on the beach, relax in your hammock, cannonball in the pool, enjoy the resort's homemade kombucha at their cozy bar area, book a massage, take a surf lesson - whatever you want! Enjoy it!

Skills you will reactivate & develop  

  • Michael Chekhov technique and other acting modalities 
  • Character development
  • Improvisation
  • Emotional access & intelligence 
  • Archetypal exploration
  • Expanding imagination & higher consciousness
  • Creative fluidity
  • Mind/body connection & energetics
  • Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama
  • Movement, stamina, flexibility & strength
  • and more

Themes we will explore together

  • The Body & Its Psychology
  • Higher Self & The Creative Spirit
  • The Intangible Means of Expression
  • Awakening the Creative State
  • Nurturing Artistic Freedom



Hugh O'Gorman (Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, Creative Potential Work)

Hugh O’Gorman is an actor, director, author and teaching-artist active in professional theatre for over 30 years. Since 2002 he has been the Head of Acting at California State University Long Beach where he oversees the BA, BFA and MFA actor training programs. Hugh is the author of “Acting Action: a primer for actors” and “The Keys to Acting”. He is a faculty member of MICHA: the Michael Chekhov Association, as well as MCE Michael Chekhov Europe, and runs his own acting studio in Los Angeles, The Praxis Studio. He is a Co-Executive Director of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. Hugh has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and at over a dozen of the nation’s most respected Regional Theatres and Shakespeare Festivals. He is a founding member of New York City’s Mint Theatre Company (2002 Drama DeskAward). Hugh portrayed Jeff Singer on AMC’s critically acclaimed, Emmy and Cable Ace award-winning show Remember WENN (SAG Award nomination). Other television: HBO’s Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning John Adams, for CBS Still Standing, That’s Life, and for NBC The 10th Kingdom, Law & Order and ER. Film: Killers, Upstate, The Bend. Hugh earned a BA from Hugh earned a BA from Cornell and MFA in Acting from the University of Washington.

Jenna Davi (Host, Yoga, Chakras)

Jenna is an international yoga teacher and retreat leader specializing in the Chakras and transformational experiences. She is the creator of the Chakra Codes, a system of self-realization and spiritual development and has traveled the world teaching Chakra psychology, archetypal imprinting and energetic movement. Through her teachings her students have received a deeper perspective of themselves, revealing their unique coding and purpose, accessing creativity and guiding them in experiencing higher levels of consciousness and spiritual awakening.  In her spare time she continues to give Chakra Code readings, writes literature and music, pursues an acting and musical career and is an avid surfer. She cannot wait for you to have this transformational experience with us in Nicaragua! // @Chakra.Codes




* 7 nights, 8 days triple, double or private accommodation

* 3 organic & health-conscious meals daily (most of the food comes from their own organic garden!)

* Coffee & tea all-day

* R/T taxi service from/to Managua Airport to the lodge. Departing at a specific time.

* Daily maid service

* Travel guidance


* Daily Acting Sessions with Hugh O'Gorman

* Yoga and chakras with Jenna Davi

* Group Mangrove Boat Tour with Wakeboarding during sunset with incredible views of the volcano

*Movie Night

*Salsa Lesson and dance party

* Beachfront for evening sunrises and sunsets, beach bonfires, surfing, sunbathing and stargazing 

*Spacious pool, outdoor showers, and cozy areas with hammocks and outdoor furniture

* Plenty of time for relaxation and integration 


Sample Schedule

5a - optional dawn patrol surf lesson

6a - Coffee & Tea on the beach while we enjoy the sunrise

7:30a - Morning acting session with Hugh

10a -Breakfast

11a - 4p Lunch, free time, book a massage, sunbath, cannonball in the pool, hammock it out, beach exploring, surfing, horseback riding, relax

4 - 5:30p - Yin Yoga with Jenna

5:45 pm - Sunset hang on the beach 

7p - Dinner

8p - pool time and stargazing



1. Fly into MGA (Managua International Airport, Augusto Cesar Sandino Intern. )

2. Shuttle pick up. 3.5 hrs to the Retreat Center

After your deposit has been received, you will receive a link to a travel agent who will have flight options available to you for easy booking

- If you choose to fly in at another time or miss the 1:45p shuttle, the expense to get to the lodge is not covered. Jenna can assist you in booking another reliable taxi service to get you to the lodge.

FAQ's, Packing List & Additional Information is included in the information packets which will be emailed to you once your deposit is received. 


- Flights 

- Any other transportation or lodging outside of the retreat dates and RT Taxi to/from Retreat Center

- Travel Insurance

- Specialty & Alcoholic Beverages

- Excursions, Spa Services & any other purchases made outside of All-Inclusive Retreat Package which is listed above.

- Board Rentals

- Laundry Service

- Gratuities



Amaru Nicaragua is located in the untouched and pristine area of northern Nicaragua. Amaru has direct access to the ocean and beach with world-class waves, stunning views of the volcanos and the most incredible sunsets you will ever see. You will be safe and comfortable here. Learn more about our home for the week at or check out their Instagram: @AmaruNicaragua

Accommodations: Amarus elegant rooms accommodate single, double, or triple occupancy.  All rooms receive daily housekeeping. Each room has an ensuite, private bathroom, 100% cotton linens and bath towels, mosquito netting, AC, and high-speed WIFI.

Food: Permaculture and sustainability is at the core of Amaru's founding values.

Spa: Enjoy a spa treatment, acupuncture, cupping, therapeutic massage or deep tissue massage.

Wifi: We encourage you to disconnect however high speed wifi is throughout the lodge and accessible in your rooms.



WeTravel fees are minimal however if you would like to avoid these fee's, please contact Jenna for Bank information.


By submitting a deposit you agree to the following refund/cancellation policy:

Payment Schedule

1.  $500 non-refundable deposit upon registration

2. Sept 1st, 2022 - 25% of the balance due

3. Oct 1st, 2022 - 50% of the balance due 

4. Dec 1st, 2022 - 100% balance due 


- AFTER Oct 1st, 2022 -  50% of current funds paid returned, minus $500 deposit. 

- AFTER Dec 1st, 2022 - No refunds 

Optional Add-Ons

What's so incredible about doing a retreat in Nicaragua is the reasonable pricing! You will have plenty of time to relax and adventure with the all-inclusive package however if you want to do all the things, check out these awesome deals! During dinner announcements, Jenna will offer these excursions so we can all plan together and go as a group!

Massage - $35

Horseback riding - $25

Surf Lesson - $35

Bioluminescence Tour - $25

Volcano hike and sand boarding - $85

and more

More questions or need assistance

Need more details? Feel overwhelmed to travel internationally? Just want to say hi?

Please contact Jenna if you have any questions or need travel guidance:


It is your responsibility to be up to date with the latest travel restrictions and requirements. Frequently visit to stay up to date.

As of June 29th, 2022:

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes. Fully vaccinated travelers must bring proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to entry into Nicaragua.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, a negative PCR test is required unless the passenger can provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated prior to entry into Nicaragua.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • When arriving from a country with known yellow fever risk, one must demonstrate vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days prior to entering zone of risk.
  • S. citizen visitors and residents in Nicaragua should contact Nicaraguan Immigration directly regarding visa extensions and residency processes:
    Direccion General de Migracion y Extranjeria, Dirección: Semáforos de la Tenderí 300 metros al lago, Teléfonos: 22512271 – 22512272, –  

Entry Requirements for fully vaccinated travelers:

Effective June 16, 2022, travelers arriving in Nicaragua must present a digital or physical full COVID vaccination certificate, showing that they received all required doses of a COVID vaccine approved by the WHO or registered in Nicaragua: Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Soberana 02, Abdala, Janssen from Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm, and Coviran.

The government of Nicaragua will consider a traveler to be fully vaccinated when they have received at least two doses, including a mix of two different accepted vaccines, with the exception of Janssen from Johnson & Johnson and Sputnik Light, for which the application of one dose is considered complete. Please see the Ministry of Tourism webpage  for more information about current entry requirements.

Entry Requirements for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers:

All unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers, regardless of age, are required to present a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entry into Nicaragua. Please see the Ministry of Tourism webpage  for more information about current entry requirements.

Available Packages

Available until September 15, 2022only 3 left

3 people per room.

Prices are per person

No bed assignments. First come, first serve.

Deposit: $500
Available until September 15, 20224 left

2 people per room.

Prices are per person

No bed assignments. First come, first serve.

Deposit: $500
Available until September 15, 2022only 3 left

1 Person

Deposit: $500
only 3 left

3 people per room.

Prices are per person.

No bed assignments. First come, first serve.

Deposit: $500
6 left

2 people per room.

Prices are per person

No bed assignments. First come, first serve.

Deposit: $500
only 3 left
Deposit: $500


Day 1

The adventure begins!

After you fly into Managua International Airport you will hop onto a shuttle at 1:45p and be taken straight to the lodge.

Once you arrive we will meet on the Yoga Deck to watch sunset and begin our opening ceremony! Afterward we will all chow down on a well deserved dinner before stargazing in the pool and passing out excited for tomorrow! 

Your Organizer


I was hoping to learn something new and apply it for the duration of the week so it is in my body, mind and heart! I absolutely achieved it 200% with the help of all teachers!
By Eugenia C for Reclaiming Joy: A Tropical Retreat for Actors & Teachers of Acting on 04 Jul, 2022
My experience was incredible, challenging, and life-changing.
By Jasmine V for Reclaiming Joy: A Tropical Retreat for Actors & Teachers of Acting on 02 Jul, 2022
Incredible, very recharging, and everything was far better than I imagined it could be. I found my purpose again, my passion and gift for acting, and I was able to just be present for a week. I got so much out of it Can't say enough about Jenna and the acting teachers there. They created a space that was welcoming and exciting. The food was unbelievable. It takes just a few moments to adjust, coming from the city, but soon you're waking up to howler monkeys as the sun rises and experiencing life and nature in a way that's rare nowadays, at least where I'm from in LA.
By Kevin L for Reclaiming Joy: A Tropical Retreat for Actors & Teachers of Acting on 02 Jul, 2022
The place is perfect for this kind of work ! It was a great experience but too short ! haha Jenna is an amazing host and she did a wonderful job organizing all of this ! I will definitely recommand this experience !
By Muriel L for Reclaiming Joy: A Tropical Retreat for Actors & Teachers of Acting on 27 May, 2022
Terrific experience,
By Bruce A for Reclaiming Joy: A Tropical Retreat for Actors & Teachers of Acting on 23 May, 2022
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