Nica Nirvana: A creative yoga retreat inspired by making and movement to support girls education

SY
6 reviews
Feb 4 - 10, 2017
Group size: 6 - 10
Nica Nirvana: A creative yoga retreat inspired by making and movement to support girls education
Nicaragua

6 reviews

$1920
Deposit: $300
Feb 4 - 10, 2017
Group size: 6 - 10

About this trip

Join Souljourn Yoga Foundation (http://souljournyoga.com) and Alma Retreats (http://www.myalmaretreats.com/) down in Nicaragua for a week of sweet sandy beaches, seva, inspired jewelry making with Elizabeth Vallenilla (http://elizabethvallenilla.com) and invigorating yoga all in the spirit of supporting the Girls Home (http://thegirlshome.com/) an organization that supports and houses girls who have been deemed “social orphans” due to distinctive circumstances and provide education, shelter, and care.


Our adventure will take place from February 4-10 and will not only be yoga retreat, but a journey of giving back to girls’ education with daily yoga and “making meditation” jewelry workshops. We begin our retreat with 3 nights of surf side lodging in San Juan Del Sur. The second portion of the trip will include 3 nights tucked into teepees and two opportunities to meet with the girls of the Girls Home, which will include a beading workshop and a playful yoga practice. Our trip will culminate on the back of a pick up truck journeying through coffee country.



What’s included

- Transportation to/from MGA airpor

- 3 nights accommodation at Seven Arrows Surf Lodge, Playa Maderas http://www.sevenarrowsurf.com 

- 3 nights accommodation at HabitArte Yoga Sanctuary

 - 1-2 yoga classes a day 

- 3 jewelry workshops (all materials and tools will be provided) 

- 3 meals per day starting with dinner on February 4th and ending with breakfast on February 10th (pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available) 

- Transportation to the highlands/coffee country in Miraflor 

- Guided hike through coffee country 

- $300 tax-deductible donation to the Girls Home 

- Donation towards the Mobile Library Bus Project, "El Libro Volador" http://bibliobusmiraflor.wix.com/ellibrovolador# 

Not included

- Round-trip Airfare: to Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, Managua, Nicaragua (MGA)

- Additional activities including massage, energy work, surf lessons, board rentals, horseback riding, catamaran ride out to sea, stand-up paddle boarding 

Available options

Single Room
$250

Itinerary

Welcome to Nica!
Day 1
Our retreat begins at 3 pm after a scenic 2.5 hour drive from the airport to our rustic surf lodge, Seven Arrows. Welcome snacks will be provided upon arrival with the option to lunch by the beach, Playa Maderas, renowned for their delicious fish tacos. Opening ceremony will begin at 5 pm followed by a revitalizing yoga practice then dinner.

Your Organizer


SY
Souljourn Yoga
6 reviews
Founder of Souljourn Yoga Foundation (souljournyoga.com, a non-profit dedicated to raising money for girls education in developing countries through global yoga retreats and local events.

Reviews

DJ
From the moment I arrived in Nicaragua I felt a sense of comfort and calm for the retreat that was before me. Stacey from My Alma Retreats coordinates a flawless series of logistics; myself and a handful of other retreat goers were pleasantly escorted to an incredibly villa on the pacific coast of Nicaragua for our first few days of retreat and recharge. Jordan and Allison led our group into several morning and evening yoga sessions that were mindfully choreographed and guided our group through the chakra system, element by element. Our days were blissful and entirely up to us how we wanted to spend them. We were spoiled by our fabulous personal chef who cooked amazing, colorful, nutrient and flavor rich meals three times a day. We headed into Granada midweek to give back to the local community through a heartfelt and fulfilling engagement with the young girls of UP Nicaragua; a philanthropic initiative to education the girls of inner city Granada on healthy and sustainable vocational options for their future. To say it was moving is an understatement; we hugged, conversed, practiced yoga, and shared empowering motivation to encourage them to continue striving for their dreams. We finished the week in the absolutely breathtaking countryside on a mineral rich, warm, inverted volcano lake, at Laguna Apoyo. Yoga sessions took place on a platform perched just above the lake, at sunrise and sunset, with the sounds of nature offering support and serenity; a truly majestic experience. Our final adventure took us into the city of Esteli, where we learned about the rich culture of farming; tobacco, Coffee and coco, that sustains the rural communities of Nicaragua. We donated books to the library bus initiative, offering mobile literacy for the rural communities of northern Nica. The experience was transformative, energizing, relaxing and majestic. I highly recommend for any adventurous spirit seeking a way to connect to culture, connect to your higher self, and give back in ways that are deeply moving. Flawlessly planned and executed by Stacy of My Alma Retreats. Flawlessly energized by Allison and Jordan.
EL
I cannot speak highly enough about this transformative experience to Nicaragua. Jordan plans the most unique trip fusing together relaxation for the mind and body with an immersive cultural experience giving back to the local communities. I feel refreshed and inspired and cannot wait to sign up for my next retreat!
CC
Dear Jordan and SoulJourn Yoga team, What an adventure. Prema Peru was an action packed and exciting journey. Most of all spending time with the girls of Sacred Valley Project was the most memorable especially shopping in the markets, learning their culture and making them smile! I wish we could have spent more time with the high school girls however because this visit was planned during the weekday they were doing their studies. I also think the flow of events would be smoother if we did not do sit downs for lunch. This took a lot of time out of the days where there were activities planned. A solution could be to grab food quickly somewhere or bag lunches. My most favorite meals were at Sacha Munay, Cola de Mono & Sunday we are at an incredible local spot in Cusco that was delicious! The activities were wonderful from ziplining to hot baths to Machu Picchu! The beginning of the trip was good paced and relaxing with plenty of time to enjoy yoga classes and gong bathes. This helped to acclimate to the elevation as well. I found that there were too many activities which made it confusing to know what was going on or what to pack in the middle of the week. Highly recommend to stress lots and lots of bug spray when in the jungle. Many people were eaten alive! We also had one man down during the mountain biking which was scary and thankful he is OK. However would be best to include travel insurance into the price based off the activity levels instead of making it an option. Overall I rate 10 out of 10! Incredible experience to give back to the girls and to experience Peru. Loved Sergio our guide, Che Che our driver, and Raoul ! They were wonderful. Maybe good idea to recommend to bring money for tipping them as well. Thank you again! Wonderful time!
Truly an epic adventure. In the Andes, every day brings ever more breathtaking landscapes, but we also had the special opportunity to meet and interact with the people of this amazing country, especially the girls of the Sacred Valley Project who are getting the education they so richly deserve.
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