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The feminine spirit is as powerful as it is divine. As you move through life, you can become distanced from this source. Spend a week reconnecting in the hidden paradise of Laguna de Apoyo in beautiful Nicaragua. With the support of sisterhood and mother nature, this ceremony with certified instructors Gaby and Sloane includes daily yoga and meditation, fun and inspiring workshops, plenty of immersion with the natural elements, and sacred space to rediscover all that you are.
The maximum participants in the group is 16.
Accommodation is shared with another retreat member.
Each room is equipped with two single beds (which can be pushed to form a king size bed), private modern bathroom with hot water, and ceiling and floor fans. All rooms have direct views of the lush garden and surrounding woodlands.
Each room is equipped with two single beds (which can be pushed to form a king size bed), private modern bathroom with hot water, and a set of double french doors which lead to a private covered patio area covered with direct views of the lagoon.
Each suite is equipped with two queen beds, one single bed, private modern American standardized washroom, ceiling and floor fans, and two sets of double french doors which lead to private balcony with direct views of the lagoon.
A week in at the Sacred Lagoon to gather, reconnect, and rediscover. Through yoga, meditation, creative workshops, and plenty of time with mother nature, each day will circle around themes that will tune your chakras, explore the archetypal feminine in parallel to your own journey, and reunite your soul with the natural elements for a more harmonious life. Awaken to your inner knowing. Inspiration is everywhere. In sacred sister circle, we see, we know, we rise.
Your retreat, your rejuvenation. All activities are optional and offered to support your healing and discovery.
Classes are rooted in Vinyasa with an emphasis on self-exploration and expression. Sequences are designed as an energetic flow, using the power of the breath to move through each asana in one fluid dance. Centered on an intention, drawing inspiration from the wisdom of yogis, philosophers, poets and thought leaders. Open to all levels, especially those who welcome a healthy challenge. Let the mat be a place you dive deep within your heart and find truth.
Ayurveda is the ancient science and medicine of life. Rooted in the laws of nature, it is one of the oldest self-healing medicines in the world. Originating from India as the mother of yoga, Ayurvedic philosophy and practices help bring balance and harmony to our whole being.
Divine feminine spirit is the source. She is the creation that feeds potential. She is that place deep within you that is eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful. She is intuition. The divine feminine rises to the surface when a woman does the role of mother, of sister, of she who nurtures and protects with the strength and endurance that is simply unmatched by her counterpart. She is mother earth, who provides for us all.
What we find so saddening about her spirit is how buried she has become to so many. There was a time when Oracles and Shamans - those who connected humans with other realms, who were approached when humans desired guidance - were solely women. Then she became buried and nearly forgotten.
She is always ready to rise and guide, but the key is in opening our eyes to the signs and allowing her voice to be heard. We keep denying our truth and our power, but if we allow this divine spirit to rise, we have every ability to heal, feel whole, and consciously manifest.
There is something sacred and powerful about being in a space that allows for vulnerability. We will be creating a container that completely welcomes everyone to be who she is. When men and women hold space together, energies can fluctuate, grow too dim or too loud, which is understandable. But when the energies are solely held by women, we can tap into ancient wisdom only accessible in such a container. A sisterhood stands to be created, or, remembered, where all women can sit in a circle, absorb, and carry with them on their journey to heal, protect, and courageously love our world.
The trip includes a ride in an army truck from the base of the volcano to the top, stopping along the way to visit a coffee plantation and the lush cloud forest with incredible panoramic views of Granada and Lake Nicaragua.
There are four craters at the top of the volcano and there are different hiking trails varying in difficulty. This tour includes a guided hike through El Puma Trail, a challenging hike definitely worth the effort. You see different types of forest and the views are great. Several platforms give you superb views and make you feel the strong wind on the volcano. This hike is four hours long and includes an expert guide.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga)
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
Whether on or off the mat, Gaby teaches yoga as the journey of rediscovering one’s true nature. By inviting subtle awareness and love-inspired intention into each movement, yoga becomes a cathartic and empowering practice. Her classes are rooted in strong Vinyasa, with an emphasis on self-exploration and soulful expression. Her sequences are dynamic, energetic, and unexpected while using the power of the breath to move through each asana in one fluid dance.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
At the brink of what she refers to as her quarter-life crisis, Sloane met yoga. Her mat became her cure from years of looking for answers and remedies in all the wrong places. After only a few yoga classes, it clicked. She knew it was her purpose to share this sacred space with as many others as she can. Years later, again and again, she returns to her mat and rediscovers truth. With backgrounds in education, psychology, and dance, her classes are rhythmic, accessible, and as playful as they are deep. She love guiding her students on their unique healing journeys through classes.
This women yoga retreat takes place in Apoyo Lodge, Nicaragua. Apoyo Lodge is a health and wellness hotel located in the tranquil oasis of Lake Apoyo. Guests describe the lodge as the perfect place to unplug from the outside world to further remove themselves from daily distractions in order to connect with their highest selves in the natural world.
Lake Apoyo is an ideal location to escape the daily distractions of city life and reacquire a connection with your true self in the stillness and tranquility that the nature reserve offers. The water of the lagoon is believed to have special healing properties and is coined as “the Jewel of Nicaragua.”
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Apoyo Lodge strives to source seasonal organic plant-based whole foods found locally in Nicaragua and to promote mindful plant-based eating. They wholeheartedly believe on the say "you are what you eat" and for that reason, they serve fresh, healthy, authentic, nourishing and real dishes to their guests.
Meals at the lodge are a raw-cooked fusion incorporating plant-based whole foods which come from the earth. They want to live in harmony with mother nature and respect all earthling; therefore, all meals are free of meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. As they also want to do what's best for the human body and mind, refined sugars and nasty oils or preservatives are also banned from their kitchen.
Strong emphasis is placed on incorporating whole foods into all dishes such as local dark leafy greens, herbs, veggies, tropical fruits, fermented foods, sprouts, nuts, grains, and seeds. The menu has been mindfully created including simple, yet delicious dishes from global cuisine adapted to Nicaraguan produce, keeping in mind basic principles of nutrition.
Unlimited mineral-rich drinking water, local bananas and organic limes are provided daily and a medicinal herbal tea is offered each morning. Coffee is not served at the lodge; alternatively, a heart-opening cacao elixir with homemade coconut or nut milk and option to use local honey as a sweetener is provided.
Acroyoga is a physical practice that combines yoga and acrobatics. It elevates the connection between you and others through movement, connection, and play. Acro in Greek means high or elevated. Yoga in Sanskrit commonly translates to notions of a union or joining.
The experience of taking flight with Acroyoga instantly dissolves fears and invites practitioners to tap into new and infinite possibilities of communication, trust, and union. By combining acrobatics, yoga, and healing arts, the practice of Acroyoga has built a community of active teachers and practitioners all over the world.
Apoyo Lodge is very lucky to have some incredible Acroyoga teachers based in and passing through Nicaragua, and they are able to arrange for lessons upon request.
Dancing is possibly the easiest, most fun way to exercise your body and also such an integral part of the Latin American culture. How about improving your skills while you are there? Apoyo Lodge offers lessons in Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue - get dancing by the lake, dirty dancing style!
Looking for some extra fitness during your stay? Candice Hairston will be your instructor during the month of December, offering HITT workout (high-intensity interval training) and core workout.
This half-day trip allows you to enjoy a tour of the colorful colonial city of Granada and a boat trip through Las Isletas in Lake Cocibolca, the great lake of Nicaragua. Situated at the foot of the impressive Mombacho Volcano, Granada drips with photogenic elegance, a picture postcard at every turn.
Visit the Cathedral and the Convento de San Francisco ( the picturesque oldest church in Central America), then take a stroll picturesque Calzada street to the Centro Turistico, where you can board your boat for a tour of Las Isletas.
Las Isletas consist of around 365 small volcanic islands which were formed when the Mombacho Volcano erupted about 20,000 years ago. Today, many of the small islands are inhabited by families who make their living from fishing, while other islands play host to extravagant villas owned by Nicaragua’s rich and famous. An additional point of interest is the San Pablo fort that was built in the 18th century to protect Granada against English pirates.
This half-day tour includes a visit to the town of Masaya, the Nicaraguan capital of folklore and handicrafts, and a trip to the Masaya Volcano National Park where you can admire the majestic and imposing crater of Santiago, the most heavily venting volcano in Nicaragua.
Masaya's artisan market is a wonderful place to stroll, with attractive booths separated by wide and breezy walkways, showcasing the highest quality crafts in the country. On Thursdays, there is a special event with food, music, and traditional dance starting at 5:00 p.m.
Masaya Volcano National Park is an unmissable visit whilst in Nicaragua, as it is not every day you get to take a peek inside an active volcano. The Spaniards called it "The Gate to Hell" for a very good reason. This visit is available both during the daytime, to be able to explore the hiking trails around the park, or in the evening, to get a chance to see the lava in its full glory.
Zip through the treetops as you go from platform to platform ranging in height from 10 to 100 feet above the canopy floor. All guests are accompanied by an expert instructor and provided with high-quality equipment, including helmets, pulleys, and gloves.
Craving for more? If you wish to deepen your practice and treat your body, mind, and soul with an extra session, Apoyo Lodge offers twilight yoga class and private lessons at an additional cost.
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrated physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intention. The word Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing, and increasing vitality.
This tour takes you to the once sleepy fishing village of San Juan del Sur, known these days as the surf capital of Nicaragua. Enjoy a surf lesson in one of the famous beaches in the area or just relax by the mighty Pacific Ocean. You will have time to explore this famous little town, as well as enjoying its iconic sunset by the beach.
If you are lucky enough to visit Nicaragua during the turtle nesting season (July to January), you will also be able to join a turtle expedition to the La Flor Natural Reserve, where you will experience one of the most memorable sights in mother nature. Depending on your preference, Apoyo Lodge can offer you a full day tour or an overnight stay at a partner property in town.
The price of the retreat includes Ayurvedic rituals for self-care workshops that consist of Abhyanga and making oil blends. If you feel like you need to treat yourself to a well-deserved massage during your stay, Apoyo Lodge in collaboration with PURE Spa in Granada are able to offer professional massage services at their palapa at an additional cost, surrounded by the tropical trees and the sound of the waves from the lagoon.
If what you need is a pampering session, manicure and pedicure are also available.
Please book your flights to arrive at Managua's Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA). Transfer from and to this airport is included. Gaby Colletta Yoga will pick you up at the airport.
For booking flights, it is recommended that you aim to arrive at the airport around 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017. For departing flights, Gaby Colletta Yoga recommends a late afternoon or early evening flight on Saturday, April 29, 2017.