Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Ambergris Caye, Belize
With Micheline Berry
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
A week of inspiring yoga, surf lessons, relaxation, delicious food and playful adventure in one of our favorite countries on earth. Join Yogascapes on this amazing adventure at the Maderas Surf Village on the famous surf coast of Nicaragua.
Maderas Village is an airy, sustainably-minded Surf Village nestled into a hillside jungle, overlooking Maderas beach. Guests describe The Maderas Village as an undiscovered boutique resort, a summer camp for adults, or a retirement community for young people.
DATES: February 2- 9, 2012
TEACHERS: Jason Bowman and Jessica Trudeau
-7 nights eco-chic/rustic accommodations at Maderas Village.
-Delicious and nourishing breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily
-1-2 yoga classes daily
-3 Surf Lessons with our knowledgeable and experienced guides
-Airport transports to and from Managua
Hailing from Boulder Colorado, Jason Bowman is well known for his ability to teach the physical practice alongside the philosophical with insight, character and a light-hearted sense of humor.
He has led seven 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified teacher trainings as well as several immersions, workshops and guest lecture series both at home and around the country.
Having studied with Richard Freeman for years, his love for yoga shines through in his ability to teach with a concrete yet creative voice. Jason has a keen eye for detail and his classes are consistently fun and challenging while always in tune with the underlying teachings that make the practice so beautiful.
He can be found online at www.thewanderhome.com
Jess embraces letting the beauty you love be what you do! She first began teaching yoga in remote villages in Mongolia and was amazed at yoga’s universal ability to inspire and heal. She enjoys guiding her students toward a celebration of the heart, an awareness of the intuitive body, and a deep sense of belonging. She embodies the belief that until we give adequately to ourselves, shining light into our own souls, only then can we find the wealth of energy to give with true intention. With that concept in mind, Jess’s classes are full of playfulness, optimism, forgiveness, empowerment, and humor; reminding her students that anytime we link the mind, body, and soul and give selflessly with intention, on and off the mat, we are practicing yoga.
Find out more here: www.paintedbirdyoga.com/
We take food very seriously. To us, it’s not just the act of nourishment, but the source of energy. Nightly pre-fixe dinners are served to guests seated at our large communal table, and enjoyed over tales of surf & travel, philosophical quandaries, and debates of the mind.
The primarily pescatarian menu, which will occasionally feature meat options, is locally inspired and has been described by guests as “simplicity done to perfection”. We offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Monday night we eat dinner at Munchies Blues Cafe, where our friend Sergio cooks us Roman-style Italian pizza in a wood-burning oven. Both New York and Italian guests have claimed it’s the best pizza they’ve ever had.
Surfers are who we are and surfing is why we’re here. For us, it’s more than a sport, it’s a lifestyle. While staying at the house you’ll always find someone who wants to walk down to the beach, tell a surf story, share a surf secret, or debate a surf question.
We foster an environment of advancement, where your level of skill isn’t nearly as important as your level of passion. Paddle out, charge hard, and smile & you’ll fit right in with the rest of us.
Our home break is Playa Maderas, a beach break that works best during the two hour period on either side of High Tide. Due to it’s location just West of Lake Nicaragua, Maderas gets hit with about 320 days a year of offshore winds making it’s consistency uncanny. It averages waves of 4-6 feet through the rainy season (April – October) and 2-4 feet through the dry season (November – March). The water temperature ranges from 20 degrees to about 25 degrees, so never a need for more than a vest.
We often take surf trips in our safari to Hermosa and Remanso ($15 & $10 per person), as well as boat trips to the more remote breaks of Colorado, Manzenio, and Panga Drops ($30 per person).
Nicaragua is full of natural beauty and a rich cultural history. While we love to see people fall in love with the Maderas life and never leave, we also encourage people to experience the other parts of Nicaragua that make living here so much fun.
Rivas is the local city where most of our shopping gets done twice weekly. It’s full of little markets, bright colors, and gives a flavour of what real life is like. Take a bike taxi on a central tour of the city and you’ll really get a sense of where Nicaragua has come from and what it’s like to be a local.
Hermosa, Remanso, and Yankee are all surrounding beach breaks ranging from 45 min to 90 min from Maderas. Trips to these beaches are a great way to see another part of the country, take in some breath-taking scenery and surf a few different types of waves. For more advanced surfers, we offer Boat Trips to Manzenio, Colorado’s, and Panga Drops; all of which are considered to be world-class waves.
Granada is one of the oldest cities in the Americas with a history rich in both Architecture and legend. The style is unique to anywhere in Nicaragua, the food is outrageous, and the night life is always jovial. While tourism is definitely more visible here, there are plenty of small markets to explore, old churches, and infamous boat trips on Lake Nicaragua. One night here is typically enough for most people and either of the two places we stay always leaves the guests impressed.
Masaya is a short 15 min taxi ride from Grenada and is home to the largest concentration of Nicaraguan Artisans. If you’re looking for hammocks, art, custom-made guitars, or just to take in the chaotic atmosphere of Nicaragua’s largest market, it’s worth the trip.
YOGASCAPES offers a super early bird discount to make this trip affordable to a wider range of people. They also offer an early bird discount to reward people for signing up early. Please be aware of the deadlines below when purchasing.
Please review the trip agreement policy before purchasing to view Yogascapes travel insurance policy, cancellation policy and other important info! Participation Agreement.
Reserve your spot – Deposit: To Reserve your spot please make a non-refundable deposit of $500
Deposit Payment Method – Check (no processing fee) – Paypal/Credit Card (3% processing fee)
FINAL PAYMENTS DUE DECEMBER 2, 2012:
Final payment methods: 1. Check, no processing fee – 2. Paypal/Credit Card ~ 3% Processing fee
Super Early Bird: Only 5 spaces available at this rate. Purchase by Nov 2, 2012.
Shared – $1495, Triple, Single – Please inquire
Early Bird: Purchase by December 15th, 2012.
Shared – $1595, Single – Please inquire
Normal Costs: Purchase after March 15th
Shared – $1795, Single – Please inquire
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