Los Clavos Surf Camp offers surf and yoga retreats in the beautiful, untouched Pacific coast of Northern Nicaragua.
Julia Gavin thrives on the challenges of Ashtanga yoga and has shaped her lifestyle to dedicate hours to her practice. She is a keen practitioner, studying with intensity anything and everything concerned with this traditional practice. Every class taught, be it Ashtanga led yoga class, Vinyasa Flow, hip opening, Myofascia release or yoga philosophy, serves the practice of Ashtanga yoga. She strongly promotes the benefits of meditation through movement exploring the advantages of meditation both on and off the mat.
Surf instructor with French certification - speaks english, french and spanish
from United States, June 2019
"Fabulous empty breaks for all levels. Laid back camp. Go!"
The facilities and overall vibe of the surf retreat were outstanding. Its only 3 years old and looks it. The surf is amazing. The breaks are still uncrowded and worth the effort to travel a bit farther afield. In a few years I am sure it will be more developed because the surf is that good. Mostly we had the break to ourselves. There was never a line up as there was plenty of surf for everyone. The break right in front of the camp was amazing for advanced surfers (its rocky). Romain and Nick had an epic sunset session while I watched while doing yoga.
I got a bit unlucky with the weather in that the swell size took some of the better surfing outside of my comfort zone, but Nick did his best to get me out there and make it productive. The week before and the week after looked perfect for me at Napahua and Aposentillo. They were stellar for those just more advanced than I was. Those guys were having a killer time.
The whole vibe is very laid back.I was traveling solo but had a great time with those in camp (totally new to surfing and they loved it). Between surf sessions we hung at the pool, did yoga (which was great), played petonque (bocce), soaked on the tide pool. There were boxing classes, massages and different day trip options.
The food was good ranging from well done basics for breakfast and dinner with fresh juices to dinners featuring fish caught that day by the fisherman next door to a full on spiny lobster dinner the night before I left. 100% recommended.
from Great Britain, April 2019
"Would go again in a heartbeat"
Beautiful location, lovely people, Los Clavos is a real gem. Very easy transfer from the airport all pre-arranged and lots of communication from Claire and Romain in the run-up so everything ran smoothly. Surf in the morning and chill and yoga in the afternoon. Very highly recommended.
from Serbia, August 2018
"Better than I expected:-)"
My first time in Alps, and yoga retreat! The whole team is well organised, harmonious, professional. Clare was very thoughtful of my slow hiking and made sure to show me some techniques which helped my painful knees. Both Clare and Romaine gave their best as hosts, including exchanging my mattress when my back hurt. And the place was stunning, like the wooden house in the movie Twilight :-) fantastic food with fresh cheeses from the local farmers, and super delish meals cooked by family and hosts(mad skills)! We did yoga with lovely and bubbly Julia, hiked, hugged some trees (mostly me), visited Annecy, swam in the amazingly clean turquoise lake, walked around towns...lovely feature is a heart shaped clearing opposite the house. :-) Overall the week felt like spending time with friends and family. The group was amazing too, such interesting people:-) I wish you all the best!
from United States, September 2018
"Une semaine de bonheur "
J'ai passé un excellent séjour. L'ambiance de groupe était super, les séances de yoga de qualité et les randonnées (sportives) en montagne étaient magnifiques.
Un grand merci à Claire et Romain pour leur accueil chaleureux et leur convivialité. Les petits plats préparés avec amour sont à recommander.