Costa Dulce Yoga Eco-Tour in Nicaragua

Flying Turtles, Sleepy Sloths
January 12th-19th, 2019


Costa Dulce means Sweet Coast in Español and that's what you'll be looking at  from the yoga platform at this small and beautiful eco-lodge situated on a hillside next to its own beach in southern Nicaragua, on the Pacific Coast.  This is a place for people who want something different – to stay in a rustic, yet comfortable and adorable bungalow hearing the sounds of the waves,  to share family-style meals in the tropical breeze, and to walk from your bungalow to the pristine beach where you can take morning walks, learn to surf and watch the daily sunsets.  With a variety of yoga offered every day, bountiful fresh air and a slower pace of life,  you'll soon notice yourself winding down and finding a new daily rhythm.  Your time may also include an excursion to a neighboring town, a volcanic lake,  a hike to see monkeys in the vast natural park or activities such as turtle monitoring, paddle-boarding and surf lessons!  There may also be the opportunity to visit an educational program serving local rural and under-served children to which we will contribute time and/or resources as relevant.

LODGING and MEALS: There are several different  bungalows available at Costa Dulce.  When you book your retreat, you'll let them know how many people you'll be traveling with, if you're open to sharing a bungalow with a new friend and/or which particular bungalow you'd prefer.  Bungalows will be allocated to participants based on the overall make-up and needs of the group once the date of the retreats gets close. Check out the website for the Costa Dulce Eco-Resort to start dreaming of the possibilities!

Meals are locally sourced and cooked by talented local cooks.  Nicaraguan fare infused with a globalized flare.  Fresh and delicious!  Fresh fruit and warm chilaquiles will make your belly smile.  Vegetarian and vegan meals are possible and all special needs will try to be accommodated. 

THE YOGA:  Yoga will be led by me, Astrid Jirka, owner of Vahana Yoga & Eco-Tours and a 500 hour RYT Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga Instructor and a possible co-instructor.  There will be daily morning yoga sessions as well as most evenings as well as 3 specialized workshops focusing on Flying Turtles, Sleepy Sloths and other Vahana animals.  Time to get creative with our poses and flows!  Yoga will be accessible to all levels, from those who are just getting started to more advanced yogis.  That beings said, some yoga experience will come in handy.  We will focus on yoga that connects us to the natural world, that connects us to our roots, and that promotes rejuvenation, relaxation and good health.  And for those feeling the need for a more vigorous practice, we'll be sure to give you some options!   Express your interests when you sign up please.  Want to learn how to hold a headstand?  Curious about partner yoga?  Let me know!

PRIVATE YOGA SESSIONS will also be available for an additional cost.

Space will be limited to 20 guests - Register early to request your preferred bungalow!  Children are welcome but please inquire with Astrid first.

COSTS: Prices start at $1250 for the week and will range depending on # of people per bungalow and the package you choose for your stay at Costa Dulce.  Price includes a chosen Costa Dulce package + a $150 retreat fee.  Children 12 and over pay full cost minus the $150 retreat fee.  Children 12 and under will be arranged on a case by case basis.

At the minimum your stay will include a package of:

- 7 nights accommodation
- 3 delicious and healthy meals per day, fresh fruit juices and snacks
- Daily morning and evening yoga classes as well as 3 specialized yoga workshops
- A 60 minute massage
- A trip to the nearest local coastal town called San Juan del Sur
- Introduction to Costa Dulce's Turtle Conservation Program and an opportunity to release baby turtles if the timing is right!
- Some featured activities such as bonfires on the beach, salsa lessons and hikes through the forest to local waterfalls, depending on weather and local availability
- Transport from and to Managua airport to Costa Dulce if arriving on Saturday, January 12th and departing on Saturday the 19th

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS include activities such as:
- A visit to the Escamequita Project - a a rural education project near Costa Dulce
- Surf lessons
- Paddle-boarding in the mangrove estuary
- Whale watching
- A day trip to one of Nicaragua's famous volcanoes
- Horseback riding
(Some of these can be reserved ahead of time and some can be chosen once you're there.)

NOT INCLUDED:
- Airfare
- Transport from airport to Costa Dulce if not arriving on Saturday
- $10 Nicaraguan entry visa

GETTING THERE: 
Option 1: RECOMMENDED.  Fly to the Costa Rican airport in Liberia and Costa Dulce will pick you up from there.  We will arrange with Costa Dulce to pick up one or more people together once we know who is on the retreat and what their arrival times will be.   This price is FREE if you are traveling with the pre-arranged group.  Please try to arrive by 2pm on Saturday, January 12th. If you miss the group transport there will be a charge of $80 for up to 4 people. Time from Liberia to Costa Dulce is a 2.5 hour drive, with the addition of some possible waiting time at the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border.  Visa entry fee into Nicaragua is $10 and the exit fee from Costa Rica is $12.

[Option 2: Not recommended at this point due to the political situation in Nicaragua.  Fly to the main airport in the Nicaraguan capital city of Managua.  Pick up from the airport may be arranged by Costa Dulce if you arrive on Saturday the 12th - and will be free.  Otherwise, you can arrange a pick up service for a fee with Costa Dulce.  The ride from Managua to Costa Dulce is 3 hours long.  Costs of pick up are 1-3 people $110 total, 4-7 people $35 pp, 8 or more $30 pp.  Sadly, there appears to be no reason to stay in Managua and take a look around, but if you need to spend a night before journeying on there are some good hotel options.]

Liability Information:

Room Selection and Meals
A variety of bungalows are available to accommodate varying needs and preferences and to provide an array of pricing options and sleeping arrangements.   We will do our best to accommodate everyone according to their wishes but will ultimately make our decision based on the overall group's needs.

Costa Dulce Eco-Resort will provide meals during the retreat taking into account special dietary needs which have been disclosed.  It is the responsibility of each guest to inform Costa Dulce of any allergies or dietary restrictions and to discuss these needs before the retreat begins to ensure they can be met.  If needs can not be met, you will be informed and we will do our best to assist you.

Payment and Cancellation Policy
A non-refundable deposit of $300 must be made to Costa Dulce in order to reserve your space.  Final balance will be paid upon arrival and will be based on your bungalow assignment and any add-ons.

Should you need to cancel your trip for any reason your nonrefundable deposit will be withheld.  And additional payment that would have been owed to Costa Dulce Eco-Resorts will become void. 

Trip Changes and Cancellation Policy
Vahana Yoga & Eco-Tours and Costa Dulce Eco-Resort reserve the right cancel or to make changes to any and all aspects of this trip (which may include changes to the types and/or timing of activities during the Retreat, items and/or services included with the Retreat, and/or the itinerary) if it is deemed necessary to do so due to conditions that may be hazardous, dangerous, or otherwise adverse or threatening, or if an act or omission of a third party prevents any such aspects of the Retreat or any portion of the Retreat from occurring, or for any other reason considered commercially necessary.  Should cancellation be necessary due to any such unforseen circumstances, 50% of registration deposits will be reimbursed to retreat participants as soon as possible.

Vahana Yoga & Eco-Tours reserves the right to cancel the retreat prior to the start date if the minimum number of participants is not met.  100% of registration payments will be reimbursed to retreat participants if this should occur.  Additional travel expenses incurred by participants will not be reimbursed.

It is highly recommended that you consider purchasing travel insurance to compensate you if you run into any travel problems such as lost luggage, weather delays, personal emergencies or other unforseen circumstances.

WAIVER AND LIABILITY RELEASE:

In consideration of participating in this Yoga Eco-tour, I agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injuries, losses or damages, known or unknown, which I might incur as a result of participating in the retreat, including any and all activities done with the retreat group, or as an individual during the trip.

I acknowledge that I will be participating in activities during which I will receive information and instruction about yoga, fitness and health and that yoga requires physical exertion that may be strenuous and may cause physical injury, and I am fully aware of the risks and hazards involved.

I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with a physician prior to and regarding my participation in the Yoga Eco-tour.  I represent and warrant that I am physically fit and I have no medical conditions that would prevent my full participation in the eco-tour and planned activities. I acknowledge that I will inform Astrid Jirka, in writing, of any medical conditions I have which are of concern to me, before the trip start date.

I knowingly, voluntarily and expressly waive any claim I may have against Vahana Yoga & Eco-Tours or its staff for injury or damages that I may sustain as a result of participating in the retreat. I, my heirs and legal representatives forever release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue Vahana Yoga & Eco-Tours or its staff for any injury or death caused by their negligence or other acts.

I give permission to Astrid Jirka and Vahana Yoga & Eco-Tours to use photographs or videos taken during this trip for promotional purposes.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

By registering for this retreat, I understand that my registration acts as my signature and thereby acknowledge and agree to all of the policies noted above.

Thank you for reading through these details.   Now on to the fun part!

HOW TO REGISTER:
Please  fill out the form below to let me know of your interest.  You can sign up for one or more people.  Once I hear from you, I will be putting you in touch with the manager of Costa Dulce Eco-Resort who will then correspond with you directly to officially register you, take note of your bungalow preference and any of the 'add-on' options you'd like.  He will  also take your payment.

I'm also available for any questions!  My email is astrid@govahana.com

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Nos vemos en Nicaragua!  Time to start practicing your Español!