Aposentillo, Nicaragua

Grace Van Berkum
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8 reviews
Nov 20 - 27, 2020
Group size: 6 - 6
Aposentillo, Nicaragua

Grace Van Berkum
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8 reviews

Deposit: $500
Nov 20 - 27, 2020
Group size: 6 - 6

About this trip


Exclusive Coaching Week for IHN Graduating Students on Hosting Your Own Nutrition, Yoga, Healthy Lifestyle, Wellness + Detox Retreats  


Exclusive Coaching Week for IHN Graduating Students on Hosting Your Own Nutrition, Yoga, Lifestyle, Detox Retreats

Open to April 2020 & Fall 2020 graduating students!

Apply/Book By: Oct 1, 2020

Week: Nov 20-27, 2020
Location: Gracious Living Oasis, Nicaragua

To Apply: Email your interest directly to Grace Van Berkum at

Join a Gracious Living Lifestyle Retreat week within Aug 2020 in beautiful, adventurous Northern Nicaragua! This is an IHN exclusive for graduating students who want an educational, restorative and hands-on retreat work immersion. Participants would also have the opportunity to be considered for working with Grace in her new resort and hosting your own retreats on her property. She would act as a guide, for those who have taken this week coaching/work/Co-op, and help you with your first effort when holding the retreat at her new facility.  

Each Co-op week is limited to 6 participants.  

Learn how to be successful at your health business, and more specifically how to facilitate your own successful, international retreats. Grace has masterminded and taught 100+ retreats in the last seven years, all around the world, focused on healing the body with clean, local, fresh plant-based foods, yoga, meditation, fitness practices, as well as the importance of spending time in nature.

She will be guiding and mentoring each graduating student through a retreat week setting to experience her schedule and formula for retreat success, while experiencing daily workshops and discussions on running your own successful business.

The menu will consist of clean, local, fresh, tropical PLANTBASED FOODS & HERBS. This is a vegan experience designed to reduce inflammation as fast as possible. Co-op students will participate in the food preparation and be required to educate the other guests on the nutritional benefits of the meals along with Grace.    

Topics to be discussed through the entire week:

• How to set your retreat programs apart from the rest
• Developing (unique yet well tested) retreat schedules  
• Creating the most relevant retreat themes based on your expertise and vision
• How to source retreat locations, anywhere in the world  
• Finding your voice, building your brand and giving your retreats a distinct character and client experience  
• Menu planning and nutrition classes for your students/clients (how to source local foods/supplements in different parts of the world) • How to deal with food allergies, likes and dislikes, in your planning • Familiarizing yourself with the local landscape to offer add-ons to your students/clients  
• Individual business and retreat goals  
• Client personalities and how to deal with them effectively both individually and within the group  
• Safety and respect for your guests  
• How to create a strong online presence for your business  • Marketing and social media to sell your retreats/programs • Importance of networking and cross-promotion (leveraging) • Working with other practitioners to create retreats with two or more facilitators  
• Things you can bring with you from Canada vs things you have to purchase when you have landed at your destination
• Restrictions, barriers, insurance, licenses, overcoming travel challenges and more!  
• How to put it all together and price out the value of your retreat  
• All retreat considerations that Grace goes through to develop her own programs will be discussed!  
• Retreat summary notes & links included in followup emails with Grace before departure date    


The cost developed for IHN graduating students is $1100.00* US all-inclusive (flights not included) per person, which includes accommodations, 2 hour workshops on the content listed above per day, 1 yoga class or beach workout per day, 3 complete Gracious Living VEGAN meals per day prepared by Grace. It does NOT include surf lessons, adventure activities, city trips, alcohol, extra food outside of GLO, flights, airport shuttle, or taxes.

Grace will help sort out flights to the nearest airport and transportation to Gracious Living Oasis (GLO). The group will split the shuttle to Gracious Living Oasis if everyone arrives around the same time, or if preferred, a private shuttle can be arranged for a higher cost.

PLEASE ARRIVE TO MANAGUA, NICARAGUA, ON START DAY AROUND NOONTIME, and PLEASE DEPART ON DEPARTURE DAY FROM MANAGUA AIRPORT ANY TIME AFTER 12 NOON. This will ensure a group shuttle (6 people) at approx. $30 per person from airport (3.5 hour drive).

*1100.00 US + 17% Nicaraguan tax, paid in full, is the price for 6 students (first come, first serve)    

GLO has 3 rooms that sleep 2 people each, each room has its own bathroom. The master suite has its own shower, while the other 2 rooms have their own bathroom, but share a large shower.

The tropical GLO Gratitude Palapa is multi-purpose and used for dining, yoga classes, and lectures.    

GLO is a semi-private, family style retreat home & wellness centre in the middle of beautiful nowhere. Our healthy vacations are designed to reset and recalibrate the body for more energy while reducing stress and also educating you on a wide variety of health topics. This includes an anti-inflammatory menu, many types of yoga suited to your body and state of mind, meditation, fitness, life coaching, and living in sunny, tropical nature with a great team of professionals who are attentive to your health requirements. (and let’s not forget “puppy therapy”) In the last year GLO has facilitated many private retreats for Digestive Issues, IBS, Chron’s, Quitting Smoking, WeightLoss, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Cancer, MS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and more….or simply a cool spot where you can chill with like-minded people and eat amazing, plant powered, superfood menu (and also learn how to make it!) Everyone always leaves here rejuvenated, inspired, empowered, and filled with funny, adventurous memories (plus Gracious Living Lifestyle Recipe Books).    

IHN worked with Grace on pricing. Gracious Living Lifestyle Retreats typically go for around $2000.00. Grace and IHN have developed this experience as part of Co-op for students graduating along with Grace’s outreach to motivate and teach emerging retreat professionals to develop and fearlessly begin to create a work-adventure lifestyle. It’s also a wonderful way to train a new elite group of retreat specialists and share her beautiful new space, Gracious Living Oasis Resort, as a potential retreat facility. The price for the training retreat is significantly lower than Grace’s current retreats but with many of the same offerings. She is very much looking forward to coaching her natural living, nutrition colleagues and future retreat gurus!    

Daily Itinerary:

8:00 am Morning Yoga or Beach Yoga Fusion Workout  
10:00 am Plant Powered Breakfast
11-12:30 pm Gracious Living Lifestyle Retreat Workshop/Lecture  1pm: Nutritious, vegan lunch
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Varied activities* on a rotational basis for the students depending on the day and weather i.e. volunteer (gardening) work at Gracious Living Oasis Resort, 1 on 1 sessions, Presentation Practice, Retreat Excursions, Wellness Centre duties  
6:30 pm Fresh, tropical, plantbased, raw & vegan, delicious menu  

Completion of this training will account for all 70 of your required Co-op hours.    

Connect with Grace:

Feel free to email Grace with immediate questions. Grace’s retreat guest testimonials + celebrity chef testimonial  

Grace Van Berkum | Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Yoga Instructor & Creator of Gracious Living Lifestyle Retreats. Grace is a plant-powered, detox nutritionist and tropical yoga teacher facilitating empowering & inspiring Gracious Living Lifestyle Retreats in Nicaragua and around the world. Her mission in this lifetime is to spread the message of plant-based nutrition and self-love by teaching people how to eat and live with awareness. Grace received the highest marks of her class from CSNN in 2006. She started off her career doing nutrition consultations and personal training and was the very first nutritionist to ever work in the Good Life Fitness Corporation, where she created  the successful 6 week Clean Eating program. After a few years she realized that she had an overwhelming desire to live on a beach and “break up with winter”. So she followed her heart and sold all her stuff and left Canada for the unknown. Not knowing what was going to happen she kept an open mind and attitude and quickly learned to keep trusting her intuition to guide her to business success and happiness. 5 years later, she is now beginning the building of her very own home and retreat centre in beautiful Nicaragua. She is also an ambassador for some of the world’s best superfoods and eco-conscious businesses, like Sunwarrior and others.

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GLO Retreat is the perfect place to disconnect from the crazy life that we all have, to clean your body, your mind and your soul surrounded by this beautiful tropical nature far from any stressful stimulation of a big city. Grace really built a real Oasis and that place was exactly everything I needed. I would recommend a GLO Retreat to everyone I know!!!!
We had a relaxing and enjoyable time... Excellent food! Learned new healthy recipes.
This was an amazing trip and was grateful to have met so many lovely souls. We stayed at Villa Premasole near Zadar which was absolutely stunning and wonderfully equipped and decorated. It was a great space for a group to relax and have fun in. Thanks to Niki for arranging all the expeditions to nearby places of interest and for introducing us to her family that lives nearby. She arranged a perfect blend of activities to get a flavour of the country. And thanks to captain Rob for driving us around and making sure we had our seatbelts on. lol Thanks to Grace in conducting the yoga sessions and all her hard work in preparing delicious and healthy meals especially the bierstein breakfast smoothies....And thanks to Chris for introducing me to Block therapy which I would like to look into further. I would absolutely highly recommend this trip and look forward to attending another of Grace's trips.
By irene denver for GLO Croatia on Oct 14, 2019
I had a fantastic experience. It was fun connecting with nature and feeling the love of Mother Earth. Great learning sessions on 'retreat setup' by our G.L.O host and mentor Grace. In nutrition we know that a pinch of salt enhances the flavor of the food it is added to. Grace is like the salt, she adds the best flavor to all that she does and bring out the best in the lives of people she comes across. Thank you Grace and G.L.O team for making my stay so amazing. Monica Mascarenhas Institute of Holistic Nutrition, Mississauga Canada
Grace is the most down to earth person i've ever encountered in my life! Her story is so inspiring and she was able to challenge me to be a successful entrepreneur. She will always try to accommodate the best she can and make sure that you are comfortable at her wellness centre. Her food tastes amazing that will keep you satisfied while you're there! Her place is sooo beautiful. You will feel at peace being surrounded in nature. Her intern, Lexy, who taught yoga every morning was the sweetest person. She also did Reiki and Crystal healing which was also a really bizarre experience. Chris, Grace's business partner, was very knowledgable in myofascial therapy and gave the best massages! 10/10 recommend!!
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