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8 Days Wild, Natural and Free Surf and Yoga Experience in Nicaragua

8 Days Wild, Natural and Free Surf and Yoga Experience in Nicaragua

  • Los Cardones Ecolodge, Carreterra Montelimar Kilometers 49, 15 Kilometers al Oeste, Nicaragua

Surf, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat Nicaragua

Embrace the wilds of the jungle, the natural rhythms of the ocean, and the freedom to reconnect over a week of sun, surf, and yoga practices in the hidden gem of Central America. Enhance your surfing, deepen your practice, and come explore with Feathers and Fur. Leave your phone and devices at home, and give yourself the time and space to truly connect to yourself and to this natural paradise.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily guided surf lessons
  • Local school visit and excursion
  • A visit to sea turtle conservation and sanctuary
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily nutritious meals
  • Spanish lessons
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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During the retreat, you will be staying at Los Cardones Ecolodge. It is a stunning off-the-grid retreat center that boasts a no electricity, no internet, and no distractions atmosphere. Los Cardones Ecolodge is disconnected from the modern pace and fully connected to the stars and tides. The Pacific Ocean rumble lulls you to sleep and bird songs welcome each new day. Take this time to turn off your phone, put your email on hold, and fully embrace the beach lifestyle.

There are two options available: beach cabaña and ocean view bungalows.

Beach cabaña

The beach cabañas are private and situated within 10 yards of the ocean. It is made of bricks and sustainable palm fronds. There is also a spacious terrace with lounge chairs and hammocks, one bedroom, and a bathroom with sink and shower. The room is equipped with electronic safe and solar lights.

Ocean views bungalows

The stilted bungalows are private and located right on the ocean. It is made of sustainable precious wood and palm fronds and elevated on stilts on the oceanfront. There is a spacious balcony with lounge chairs and hammocks, one bedroom, and a bathroom with its private toilet, shower, and sink. It provides beach view and is also equipped with electronic safe and solar lights.

This retreat experience is inspired by the subtle rhythms of nature and the wisdom of the elements, as experienced through the living medicine of Ayurveda and the yogic tradition. One of the founding principles of Ayurveda is that you are not separate from nature, you are nature.

This tropical paradise will provide you with countless teachings which you will deeply explore the times of day that are most ideal for practice or activity versus rest or contemplation. You will explore the season and unique ecosystem of the region and how the elements affect your own body, energy levels, and emotional or psychological experience. You will prepare and restore the body from your surf practice and honor the ancient traditions that can lend meaning to your modern world.

Program description

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Beginner and advanced surf lessons
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Duck-diving surf clinic
  • In-session surf coaching
  • Sea turtle conservation, which includes beach patrol, educational seminars, and live release
  • Spanish classes
  • Workshop on Ayurvedic theory and Sadhana, which is a ritual, routine, and practice in your everyday life

You are encouraged to participate in the activities which have already been designed, but you are also encouraged to listen to the rhythms and desires of your individual needs and bodies.

  • A trip to a local school for a morning excursion, to visit, read, and play with some great kids
  • A trip to sea turtle conservation
  • Daily surf lessons
  • Danielle Hachey

    Danielle is a certified 200-hour yoga teacher training with Pacific Elements Yoga under the teachings of Natalie Rousseau Horscroft in the Hatha and Vinyasa traditions. She is also a certified Madhuri method Ayurvedic teacher training and certified Pre and Post Natal yoga teacher training. With playfulness and sincerity, she offers an Ayurvedic and therapeutic approach to deepen your yoga practice with deep respect to the ancient lineages and traditions of yoga. She invites you to come explore on your mat and in the surf.

  • Paul Girardi

    Paul has been surfing and instructing for over a decade. He received his teaching certificate from the BCASI (British Columbia Association of Surf Instructors) and has taught lessons out of the coastal Canadian towns of Tofino and Ucluelet. He has taught for two years in Nicaragua, and he is a surf guide on Nootka Island, British Columbia, and in San Pancho or Sayulita region of Mexico. Paul’s teaching strategy is patient and personalized. His beliefs remain firm that anyone can surf, and everyone should.

The retreat will take place in Playa San Diego, Nicaragua. Playa San Diego is a quiet and safe fishing village, which is one of the best and closest beaches from the capital of Managua. The beach is blessed with great waves for surfing, including a point break that is probably in the top five best waves in Nicaragua.

Nearby places

  • Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA), 75 kilometers
  • Managua - 1 hour and 30 minutes
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking / trekking nearby
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Trail running nearby
  • Zip lining nearby
General
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
Services
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

During the retreat, you will be served three daily meals, freshly prepared in-house by an experienced staff of local chefs. You can expect a daily continental and a la carte breakfast to suite your practice and surf schedule, special lunch and dinner, as well as a la carte menu options. Purified water will also be provided. Please let Feathers and Fur know if you have any food sensitivities and or allergies.

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat surf adventure
  • Explore surrounding areas
  • Go fishing
  • Guided nature tour (10 USD per group, one to four hours)
  • Horseback riding (12 USD, 1.5 hours)
  • Observe wildlife
  • Rest and relax by reading book in library, disappear in a hammock, or go to meditation platform
  • Take a cooking class
  • Take an adventure trip such as sand boarding, howler monkeys, hanging bridges, thermal lake, cloud forest, or volcano hike
  • Visit cultural sites

Enjoy a serenity massage with certified massage therapists. The one-hour full body, deep tissue, or relaxation massage is offered in a private rancho over the dune, adding the benefits of the sea breeze and light to your treatment. Massage for one-hour full body can be booked at 20 USD.

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 daily healthy meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • A visit to sea turtle conservation and sanctuary
  • Ayurvedic theory and Sadhana workshop
  • Daily guided surf lessons
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Local school visit and excursion
  • Spanish lessons
  • Surfboard rental
  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Gratuities
  • Massages and other treatments
  • Optional activities

Driving directions from Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA)

  • Take left on Carreterra Norte as you exit the airport.
  • Stay on Carreterra Norte for several miles until you see an eight-feet tall metal sculpture of a worker with a machine gun, then make a left.
  • At the first roundabout (Rotonda Plaza Inter), take a right.
  • Go straight through a traffic light and continue until the end of the road.
  • Turn left and stay on this road, as it takes you out of Managua on Carreterra Sur.
  • Keep going straight at the Nejapa traffic light, and you are now on Carretera Vieja Leon.
  • Carretera Vieja a Leon is the southern road between Managua and Leon.
  • At kilometers 31, turn left following the signs to Montelimar.
  • At kilometers 49, turn right following the signs to Los Cardones.

Driving directions from Granada

  • The best road is through Masaya, then Managua. In Managua, take a left turn at the second roundabout, Rotonda Centro America.
  • Drive several miles and straight through the next roundabout.
  • Continue several miles until the end of the road.
  • At the end of the road, take a left turn, going uphill on Carretera Sur, then follow the directions from Managua.

Driving directions from Rivas

  • Drive north on the Panamerican Highway.
  • At El Crucero, turn left towards Montelimar.
  • Drive downhill to pass San Rafael Del Sur, then turn right towards Managua or Santa Rita.
  • At kilometers 49, turn left following the signs to Los Cardones.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request at an extra fee. The journey is approximately one hour and a half from Managua.

Arrival by bus

At Mercado Israel in Managua, take a bus to San Cayetano. Buses run daily from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every 45 minutes during the weekdays and every one hour on the weekends. Stop at California. From California, you may hire a moto taxi or try to hitch a ride 15 kilometers to the beach following the signs.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.

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Feathers and Fur combines ancient traditions with new methodologies and explores all of life’s beautiful and captivating rhythms in a multitude of ways to awaken the soul and evoke the inner child.

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