Redonda Bay, NICARAGUA

with Mary Glackmeyer & Brandon Hawks

February 21-27, 2016

Join us for an unforgettable week at the award-winning Aqua Wellness Resort on Nicaragua’s breathtaking Emerald Coast, famous for its surfing, beachside lounging, and one-of-a kind natural setting. A model of sustainable building and environmental preservation, Aqua Wellness has been featured in Condé Nast, Esquire, and Interior Design, and it has been awarded Trip Advisor’s prestigious 2014 Travelers Award.

In a secluded and peaceful setting, we’ll be surrounded by a lush tropical forest cradled by a private white-sand beach cove. Part of a tropical yet dry forest climate, Redonda Bay teems with fascinating terrestrial and marine life, including nesting turtles, monkeys, dolphins, and whales–the perfect companions to the inner solace you discover through the practice of yoga.

Vacation Details

Each morning we begin with a Jivamukti Yoga Class in an open-air studio, surrounded by tropical forest, monkeys, parrots, and the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. Whether you are brand new to yoga or have been practicing for years, this intimate setting provides the optimal learning environment to deepen your practice with an attentive and experienced instructor. Together we will practice mantra, meditation, pranayama, and once you get moving you can expect lots of hands on assists, alignment instruction, mini asana labs, vinyasa breakdowns and partner work.

The evenings will have a more relaxing and nourishing practice, often accompanied with live music.  Gentle flows, yin practices and restorative poses will offer you an opportunity to truly practice unconditional friendliness and care for yourself.

In a secluded and peaceful setting, we’ll be surrounded by a lush tropical forest cradled by a private white-sand beach cove. Part of a tropical yet dry forest climate, Redonda Bay teems with fascinating terrestrial and marine life, including nesting turtles, monkeys, dolphins, and whales–the perfect companions to the inner solace you discover through the practice of yoga.

In addition to yoga, enjoy ocean activities like kayaking, fishing, and world-class surfing, or spend your time on the beach, hiking, and checking out the surfer night scene at Playa Gigante next door. Day trips to colonial Granada, San Juan del Sur, or the iconic twin volcano Ometepe island are easy from the resort’s central location.

Our week together includes your treehouse villa or suite, yoga classes and workshops, all meals, one massage, a guided hike, a surf lesson, airport transfers, a group bonfire, and use of kayaks and snorkel gear. Come explore one of the most stunning and ecologically diverse beaches in Central America with yoga as your guide. Soak in the sweetness and instill practices to remember the goodness throughout your life.

About our home for the week:

SUSTAINABILITY
Aqua Wellness Resort is a leader in luxury sustainable development in Nicaragua. They employ local villagers, training them when necessary, and they invest in the local community through educational programs and supporting sustainable tourism. Aqua is a model of sustainable building, maintenance, and operational practices that also deliver an excellent experience. The resort has been honored with two awards from the Nicaraguan Environmental Protection Agency (Marena) as a leader in sustainable development and is also Rain Forest Alliance verified.

THE BEACH
Aqua’s white sandy beach and private cove is safe from large Pacific coast swells, making bathing relaxing and comfortable. Guests can lounge the day away under a shady tree, swim, snorkel, or kayak. Leatherback, Olive Ridley, and Green turtles nest in the area, and tortoise sightings at Aqua are frequent during nesting season. Popular local surf breaks of Colorados and Manzanillo are just to the north and south, and the resort runs fishing, surfing, dolphin, and whale-watching trips from its own beach.

ADVENTURES
On land or on water, enjoy an array of activities including fishing, hiking, snorkeling, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, horseback riding, and world-class surfing. The local community and surf town of Gigante has a surprisingly active nightlife.The resort organizes day trips farther afield as well, including volcano and island tours, coffee plantation tours, tobacco rolling demonstrations, a tour of Granada, an excursion to the Masaya handicraft market, and a boat trip to private islands in Lake Nicaragua.

DINING
Dining at Aqua is a wellness experience unto itself. With craft and great care, each meal is prepared using as many local, organic ingredients as possible. The resort takes pride in offering fresh fish caught by local fishermen, preparing handcrafted bread and pizzas baked in an adobe oven, and creating refreshing libations for guests to enjoy at the beachside bar while taking in the sun and sea.

THE VILLAS
Villas were designed by international architects and are individually handcrafted by a local team of Nicaraguan craftsmen using local hardwoods, hewn stone, and glass. The resort was built to blend the best of Nicaraguan materials and building techniques with contemporary design. Bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with teak or slate showers, on-demand hot water, and the option of fan cooling and air conditioning. Some rooms also treat guests to outdoor Balinese showers, plunge pools and fully equipped kitchens.

Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s

Our destination is 12 km north of San Juan del Sur (the nearest town) and 100 km south of Managua and the international airport. We will provide a group shuttle to and from Managua airport with a pick-up time of 4pm on February 21 and and drop-off time of 10am on February 27th. We will collect flight details closer to the vacation. You are welcome to arrange alternate transportation at your own expense. We can arrange a private shuttle for $110 which can be shared by up to 3 people. There are daily flights to Managua from Miami, Houston, and Atlanta that connect well with the major airlines’ international flights from New York, L.A., and Europe. Once in Managua, you will go on a scenic 2.5-hour drive through the country to our resort. Visas are not required by North American and European passport holders, the obligatory tourist card can be purchased at immigration for 10 dollars U.S. Nicaragua is warm and sunny year round with temperatures averaging 80 ̊ F in the green season (May – October) and over 86 ̊ F in the dry season (November – April). Rain is usually intense only in late September and early October, the rest of the rainy season is very pleasant with usually short showers of rain in the evenings and nights. The sea temperature varies with the seasons and currents, and ranges between 71 ̊ F and 82 ̊ F.

Your Retreat Leader

Mary Glackmeyer

Mary is a 300-hour certified Jivamukti Yoga Instructor and a 350-hour Swan River Yoga instructor. Mary’s teaching is dynamic and transformative. Her education in anatomy, kinesiology, and yoga therapy combined with her “natural ability to capture your attention,” creates a unique setting for one to discover their highest potential. She co-created Longwave Yoga’s 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and co-facilitates both the 200-hour and 300-hour programs. She also serves as Longwave Yoga’s Programs Director.  Her classes are sequenced to spark our vital fire through yogic techniques like pranayama, asana, meditation, and chanting, building a steady and joyful foundation from which we can develop the strength, endurance and serenity that we need to walk courageously towards our Truth in life while enjoying every step of the journey!

 

Accommodations

TREEHOUSE

  • 340 square feet
  • 1 Queen bed or 2 Double Beds (limited availability)
  • Writing desk
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • AC & High Powered Fan
  • Wifi
  • Purified Water
  • Natural, biodegradable bathroom products

Double Occupancy: $2395 per person

Single Occupancy: $2995

LUXURY SUITE

  • 550 square feet
  • 1 King bed upstairs + 1 Queen Futon downstairs
  • Ensuite bathroom with teak shower
  • Lounge area + Writing desk
  • Private deck space + plunge pool
  • AC & High Powered Fan
  • Wifi
  • Purified Water
  • Natural, biodegradable bathroom products

PLEASE ENQUIRE ABOUT AVAILABILITY.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 6 nights in a luxury villa
  • Meals
  • Daily yoga classes and workshops with Lexi
  • Group surf lesson
  • 60 minute massage
  • Guided hike
  • Final night bonfire
  • Use of kayaks & snorkel gear

NOT INCLUDED:

  • airfare
  • alcoholic beverages
  • additional excursions
  • additional spa treatments

Complimentary Managua International Airport Shuttle will be provided on February 21st (4pm pick up) and February 27th 10am drop off**
** Alternate transportation times can be arrange via private shuttle for $110 (this can be shared by up to 3 people)

Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($495) before December 1 . No refunds after December 1. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Collective in advance. Or, if we are able to fill your space from a waitlist, your fees (less your deposit) will be refunded to you. In case of cancellation by One Yoga Collective, you will receive a full refund of all funds received by One Yoga Collective. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy. All participants will be required to sign a liability waiver to participate on this vacation.

If you place a deposit, your balance will be scheduled to charge in equal monthly payments starting following month through December 1, 2015. Please contact oneyogacollective@gmail.com if you would like to request a more customized payment plan.