Retreat Space - Surf Getaway - Guest House - BALTA VARNA
Let us plan your perfect getaway to the Emerald Coast of Southern Nicaragua. Retreats, family vacations, surf trips and workshops in paradise.
STAY / LEARN / RETREAT
'Doing anything with attention to how you feel is doing yoga'
- STAY -
JANUARY - DECEMBER 2019 - Are you an independent traveler? SURFER - looking for 300+ days a year of offshore winds? Make your reservation now with AirBnb . Or simply choose what you want from our offered packages.BALTA VARNA guest house is open year round!
- LEARN -
MARCH - DECEMBER 2019 - 10 months a year, every last Saturday of the month we host various 2-3 hr workshops. 2019 workshops: sound healing, cheesemology, meditation, essential oils, tapping, breath work, nutrition and more. If you would like to host your workshop here Write us
- RETREAT -
MAY 4-10, 2019 - Zivile P. Skiles -complete
NOVEMBER 9-16, 2019 - Alyson Hoag, Atlanta -More Information coming soon!
FEBRUARY 15-22, 2020 - Renee Dryg, NYC - private retreat
JUNE/JULY/AUGUST 2019/2020 - 'OCEANS AWAY' - 3rd year of SURF & YOGA retreats with ZIVILE & MIKE SKILES - We are excited to continue our small retreats in our very own spaceBALTA VARNAGuasacate Hills. BALTA VARNA means WHITE CROW in Lithuanian and we can definitely relate to the meaning behind the phrase. BALTA VARNA is an intimate space and was designed, built, cared for by ourselves and the locals. We are nestled on a small hill, surrounded by many different plants and trees, views of the ocean, sounds of many bird varieties and howler monkeys. We want to offer a very special and very active 6 day and 5 night getaway limited to a maximum of 3 people. You can expect to practice yoga, surf daily, eat well & healthy, explore local beaches, secret spots and truly truly unplug from your daily life. 2019 DATES ... SAVE A SPOT!
Book as few or as many nights as you want. Write us for inquiries regarding longer term stays. Discounts available. Or book direct here
Looking for an easy getaway option? Located just 3 km from the beach, kissed by a constant breeze making that sweltering sun ever more enjoyable, Balta Varna Residencies in Guasacate Hills is your solution. These private homes off the main beach road offer privacy and tranquility that any traveler, surfer or family will be looking for.
The house is outfit with all the amenities one needs from complete kitchen with 4 burner stove, blender and coffee maker to comfortable mattress', air conditioning and WiFi.
Homes sit comfortably spaced for privacy and include their own outdoor terraces, access to the covered yoga platform, where classes are offered throughout the week as well as ample common spaces for grilling, laying in a hammock or exploring the verdant natural world of the Southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua.
$100/day per person with drinks included - book now
There are so many great parts to traveling, often including the food you experience. So why not let the local pros show you the way?
With this option, in addition to your stay at Balta Varna we will include three great meals and a day, plenty of juices, smoothies and coffee. Every day will be something different, from fresh whole fish grilled on site to organic green salads and super food inspired dishes including Moringa Pesto, Cocoa and Chia Power snacks and fresh fruit right off the vines. Whether you are looking for specific catering to dietary restrictions and preferences or an in depth delving into local cuisine, we will make sure you are totally satisfied!
And... If that isn't enough, and you feel like throwing a little excitement into the mix; Beer and locally produced white / dark rum with mixers can be added to your day. Because after a great day of surf, an icy cold Tona sure does hit the spot!
We moved to Nicaragua for the surf! And the surf is Good!
This very special option allows you to book one full day stay in addition to a full day surf guided trip through the many different surf breaks on the Emerald Coast. From Playa Manzanillo near Gigante Bay, Colorados, Panga Drops, Santana's, Popoyo, which makes up 6 distinct waves, all the way to the beaches of Astillero, that include a 300-meter left-hand point break known as Lances Left. We assure you'll be surfed out, jelly armed, but frothing for more!
The day includes hardy, healthy snacks to keep you surfing, water and ground transportation and a group dinner in the evening with a cold Tona.
If you book 3 consecutive days we get on a comfortable local boat and charge the lineups to some of those spots just out of reach to mere mortal 4x4. We bring along rods and reels, just in case there's an opportunity to catch our fresh dinner for the night!
BALTA VARNA - STAY + SURF - ALL INCLUSIVE - 4 Night / 3 Day Pricing
Additional $25/per person per day for all you can drink!
Do you prefer to do all the work? Get yourself to your hotel in a new location, cook and lie low in a cozy house? Or, do you feel like kicking off your shoes at the door and having someone hand you exactly what you are in the mood for?
Take the guessing out of your travel to Balta Varna and let us handle it. With our years of experience and wealth of connections we will get you covered A to Z. From pick-up and drop-off at the airport, to surf guiding, all-inclusive on site meals and smoothies to a great lunch and fantastic dinner out at a local restaurant, there will be no stone left un-turned. Let us know, if there is any special requests or dietary restrictions when booking.
After that, kick back and relax, surf and enjoy!
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SURF / EXPLORE
Nicaragua, which literally means, “here united with the water,” is just an unbelievable landscape to traverse.
If you are looking to be even more united with the water, there are 300 days of off-shore winds coupled with an equal number of days of stunning surf.
Nicaragua's Pacific Ocean side, on the West of the country is a surfing destination like no other. With waves breaking below the the famous port city of San Juan Del Sur to Jiquillo in the far North, there are over 300 kilometers of stunning coastline to explore. The local breaks close by to our location at Balta Varna and Yoga In Nicaragua retreats include: Playa Santana, Playa Rosado, Playa Manzanillo , Playa Amarillo, Colorados, Panga Drops, Popoyo and all of Astillero which includes a 300 meter left hand point break known as Lances Left. Comprising an array of beach, reef and point breaks, all within 10-30 minute drive, it is a veritable wave paradise. With all of this within reach, you've either got to take some lessons and learn more about this beautiful interaction with nature or bring your gear and get shreddy with it. Walk to the nearest break for beginners to pros or let us escort you on a memorable day trip by 4x4 or boat to surf amazing, uncrowded perfection. Read more
When we’ve got you out of the water and on dry land you can experience the many local wonders and diversity that is our backyard. Back country horseback riding, cultural tours in rural villages to make tortillas or visit the herbal medicine woman, hiking to amazing vistas or to our incredible nature reserve, Chacocente, to experience the birth of Sea Turtles. If you want to get back on the water, we can organize fishing trips of various length all leaving from the village of Astillero.
Bordered by Costa Rica on the South and El Salvador on the North, Nicaragua is the largest Central American country. The vast Pacific Ocean forms the Western border while the balmy Caribbean Sea the East. Nicaragua is a warm and friendly land of lakes and mountains, rivers, volcanoes, dense jungle, sea and sun.
The local population, known affectionately as "Nicas" are appreciated for their natural warmth, hospitality and wisdom. The country is referred to as, the land of poets, for its rich literary contributions, including the famous poet Ruben Dario. But not to be missed are the vibrant folkloric dances, fiestas, street musicians and skilled artists which feature regular in daily life as well as during the many local celebrations and holidays.
Diverse in its beauty, welcoming in all its territories as well as by the people and always tranquillo, Nicaragua awaits you. More here
'yoga is like a spa treatment for your mind, body and soul'
- Zivile P. Skiles
YOGA IN NICARAGUA - BALTA VARNA
We are Husband and Wife team specializing in showcasing the wonders and possibilities that exist in the world of Travel, Surf and Yoga / Wellness Retreats abroad, focusing in our home of Nicaragua. Lucky enough to live and work in this tropical paradise made us want to throw open the doors to the world and create an environment for sharing what we have come to love: a mellow vacation, surf heavy days with multiple sessions in the water, healthy eating to Yoga and learning opportunities, appreciation and excitement.
Yoga and wellness is for everyone and anyone with intention. This simple concept is how we decided to create vacation environments that suit any type of group, any size budget, teachers, coaches, surfers and enthusiasts for a holiday with intention.
Zivile Pupinyte Skiles is a certified Anusara, Hatha and Aerial yoga instructor, focused on precision principles of posture and alignment necessary for a safe yoga practice and physical health.
'My students can expect to take away a wealth of information via detailed, alignment oriented instruction into their everyday 'yoga of life'. My ample experience working one on one with individual and group practitioners to address and heal therapeutic issues is the source of inspiration from which I constantly reference in extending the gift of yoga to others. Sharing the practice via instruction allows me to honor the amazing mentors and teachers that have inspired my life such as Marni Sclaroff, Zhenja LaRossa, Kilkenny Trembley, Mariel Freeman, Nikki Albano Robinson, Nathaniel Amos and many many others. '
Michael Skiles is an avid surfer and artist with a varied background from Photographer and former business owner to builder.
'With a stroke of odd fortune perceived through a positive lens, my life with my wife Zivile forever transformed; we capitalized on unseen opportunity and kept that momentum going, moving our lives from Philadelphia abroad. An intense love and respect for the ocean and surfing, an earnest desire to learn from a new culture all the while gaining the time one rarely has for all their intrepid interests. Our life now is truly a life long vacation.'
'In June of 2017, I brought a group of students and friends to Guasacate on my first ever fitness retreat. Most people hadn't been to Central America and so had no idea what to expect. I was also nervous about how comfortable everyone would feel when they arrived. Thankfully, Zivile and Mike had arranged beautiful and luxurious accommodations for us and everyone was more than pleasantly surprised. They had planned a schedule that was full of adventure, and activity and also respectful of their desire to relax and restore. Zivile and Mike made themselves fully available to me and the group, always around to answer questions and rearrange plans to better fit people's needs. My Philly group, left very fulfilled by their Nicaraguan experience. Many of them arrived as strangers and left as friends. I am very grateful to Zivile and Mike for helping make our first retreat so special!' - Katie Gould owner of KGStrong, Philadelphia
'I recently co-hosted a week-long yoga and acupuncture retreat in Guasacate, Nicaragua that was completely fantastic! Mike and Zivile were incredibly thoughtful, putting together a retreat where everything was seamlessly supportive, including the transportation, accommodations, the activities and treatments, recreation, the incredibly fresh food, all in a country where things we take for granted in America, like electricity and food supply, are not at all certain! Zivile is one of the most thoughtful and resourceful yoga instructors I have experienced, and I and the other participants were blown away by her ability. This was the first retreat of it’s kind I have hosted, and for it to be so successful is a testament to their vision and imagination all the way through to execution. I can’t imagine myself working with anybody else!' - Kara Szumski, Acupuncturist and owner of Ease Healing Philadelphia
' I have been on a lot of retreats and I've never felt as relaxed and safe and cared for as on this one, wow! You and Kara went just above and beyond and I am very grateful to you both. It helped that you are both super cool and I loved hanging out with you. Missing your yoga style. Trying to find Anusara type classes - there are so many studios and mostly all flow type classes!! But I'm on it. :). - Sharyn Glowatz NYC, Mind Body Spirit Time Out retreat 2017
'Thank you SO much for everything last week. What a trip! I'll be honest, after having a summer of so much travel and the accompanying disruption to my routine at home, I wasn't sure I was going to be able to bring the right amount of connection and mindfulness to our retreat. But those concerns melted away when we got to your doorstep and were placed in your welcoming hands. It was simply perfect. Days later, everyone is still telling me how relaxed and healthy I look, and I feel the effects even as I have confronted the reality of getting back to work. And I may have singlehandedly recruited 12 people to come back with me next time! Thank you so much for everything, really!' - Kristen E. Murray Philadelphia, Mind Body Spirit Time Out retreat 2017
'Thanks "Z" for an amazing experience doing yoga at Ola Popoyo over the past two weeks. As a beginner I felt less intimidated under your guidance. You have a wonderful calming spirit which helped me start the day refreshed and happy. I will try to keep practicing back home!' - Deanne Allen Calgary, Canada.
'They say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.'