Let us plan your perfect getaway in Central America. Retreats, family vacations, workshops, trainings in paradise we now call home - Nicaragua.
STAY / RETREATS & WORKSHOPS
'Doing anything with attention to how you feel is doing yoga'
JANUARY - DECEMBER 2019 - are you an independent traveler? SURFER - looking for 300+ days a year of offshore winds? Then simply stay with us! BALTA VARNA NICARAGUA guest house is open year round!
APRIL 2019 - ‘BREATH WORK’ workshop. More info coming soon!
MAY/JUNE/JULY/AUGUST 2019 - 'OCEANS AWAY' - SURF & YOGA retreat with ZIVILE & MIKE SKILES - We are more than just excited to offer 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 every single day, explore local beaches, secret spots and truly truly unplug from your daily life. Welcome to our paradise! INFO ... SAVE A SPOT!
RETREATS AND WORKSHOPS COMPLETED IN 2018: 'GREATEST TREE MEDITATION' workshop with Aurelia Heitz; 'AWAKENING TO THE CHAKRAS' workshop with Natalie Glass; 'OCEANS AWAY' - SURF & YOGA retreat with ZIVILE & MIKE SKILES; ' MIND, BODY, SPIRIT TIME OUT' retreat with KARA SZUMSKI; ‘CACAO CEREMONY’ with AINARA, ANNIK & ZIVILE.
'yoga is like a spa treatment for your mind, body and soul'
- Zivile P. Skiles
YOGA IN NICARAGUA
We are Husband and Wife team specializing in showcasing the wonders and possibilities that exist in the world of Yoga and 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 practice, appreciation and excitement - BALTA VARNA
Yoga and wellness is for everyone and anyone with intention. This simple concept is how we decided to create retreat environments that suit any type of group, any size budget, teachers, coaches, practitioners 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.
'My yoga 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 bartender.
'With a stroke of bad 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 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 lifelongvacation.'
'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.'
"Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are"
YOGA IN NICARAGUA - HOME BASE IN GUASACATE HILLS - BALTA VARNA
With view of the Pacific Ocean, located just 2.5 hours from Managua, the capitol of Nicaragua, our secluded and intimate space was designed and built by ourselves and the locals. Nestled on a small hill, surrouded by many differenttrees and plants, views of the ocean, sounds of many bird varieties and howler monkeys we offer tranquility and a place to unplug just moments away from a virtually empty beach. Birdwatch, swing in a hammock, explore your Yoga practice, tour local rustic villages or simply relax in this sublime all inclusive setting.
PLAYA SANTANA SURF RESORT:
Welcome to one of the most beautifully built and landscaped surf resorts in the area. Built with a well trained eye for detail and originality, the grounds and casitas incorporate soft flowing forms, lots of color, local art and well thought out common spaces making this surf resort comfortable and suitable for everyone. From a large pool, beachfront bar and restaurant area, fresh cocos to a tranquil yoga and wellness platform and Zen gardens.
It's a place where it's easy to relax and hard to leave.
OLA POPOYO VILLA:
Guasacate Beach, located just 2.5 hours South of the capitol Managua, in Nicaragua is the untouched Gem of the recently crowned Emerald Coast. This Wellness Retreat Villa sitting directly on the white sands near the famous Popoyo surf break offers privacy, luxury and tranquility. Reconnect with your practice, relax, explore dozens of surrounding surf breaks or indulge in a wealth of tropical amenities. Click here for more info
This off grid Ecolodge sits on a Private Island in Lake Nicaragua, just minutes away from the Historic Colonial city of Granada. Let exotic birds, wild monkeys and gentle breezes be the soundtrack of your stay while you navigate through over 350 volcanic Islets. Click here for more info
WANT TO HOST YOUR RETREAT OR GROUP VACATION HERE?
Let Yoga In Nicaragua help you organize your very own, all inclusive yoga, wellness, acupuncture or adventure retreat/vacation. Click here
Nicaragua, which literally means, “here united with the water,” is the place which we call home.
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.
Nicaragua's vast and varied lands are home to a wealth of plants and animals, some endemic to Central America, while others totally unique to one specific volcanic range. Over 248 species of amphibians and reptiles, 183 types of mammals, 705 bird species, 640 identified fresh water fish and roughly 5800 various species of plants.
And if your looking to be even more united with the water, there are 300 days of off-shore winds coupled with an equal number of days with 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 is over 300 Kilometers of stunning coastline to explore. The local breaks close by to any of our retreats ( except on the islands) include Playa Santana, Playa Rosado, Playa Amarillo, Colorados, Panga Drops, Popoyo and all of Astillero , comprising an array of beach, reef and point breaks. 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 half or full day trip by 4x4 or boat to surf amazing, uncrowded perfection. Read more
Diverse in its beauty, welcoming in all its territories as well as by the people and always tranquillo, Nicaragua awaits you. More here
Your pickup will be organized by Yoga In Nicaragua and is included in every vacation that we offer for no extra cost.
- What are Nicaragua Visa & Immigration requirements?
The holders of passport of 93 jurisdictions can visit Nicaragua without a visa for up to 90 days (Please check online if your country is visa exempt). Before you travel please check your passport to make sure it is valid for at least 6 months from the time you enter Nicaragua. There is entrance tax of $12 USD paid cash when you enter the Managua International Airport (try to have exact change).
- What is the weather like in Nicaragua?
Nicaragua falls into the tropical climate zone. Here you can expect to enjoy temperatures varying between 72F at night and 86F at daytime (22C-30C). Temperatures can reach 100 F (37.5C) in May, the warmest month of the year. There are only few months that we do not recommend traveling here - September and October, the 2 rainiest months.
- Are there any vaccination requirements for entering Nicaragua?
- What should I pack?
PACK LIGHT! The tropical climate here makes it very comfortable to wear simple, lightweight clothing and footwear. Bring a camera, notebook and maybe a pair of binoculars. Don't forget sunscreen and your favorite mosquito repellent.
- In case of emergency
In an event of emergency there is a good clinic just 20 minutes away and a full service excellent hospital in Managua, Hospital Vivian Pellas.
- Is there Internet access in your retreats?
Yes. All of Yoga In Nicaragua retreat locations offer complimentary wifi.
- Can I book a single occupancy room?
Of course you can! Please send us your request via email and we will do our best to make it happen.
- What about food?
All of our vacation packages include 3 well balanced and nutritious meals per day, snacks and not alcoholic beverages. We use only locally grown produce and carefully prepare the menus based on our guest dietary needs.
- Are any alcoholic beverages included in the packages?
No, unless it is listed otherwise. However alcoholic beverages are available for purchase, if not included in the package.