Annual Ayurvedic Retreat
AYURVEDIC RETREAT 2023
Grateful Surf Yoga & Ayurveda, San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
While we offer personal retreats of this nature all year , this group retreat will be an amazing time to connect with other like minded souls and share what you have learned in your practice and perhaps a personal retreat you came on.
Relax, rejuvenate and re-educate yourself with this all-inclusive Ayurveda Yoga Retreat where you will take home valuable and practical life skills to integrate into your daily life for deeper health and happiness.
Get a new perspective on life as you discover your personal mind body constitution and learn how to create a diet and lifestyle to suit your needs. Join us for a special small group retreat experience that is based on Ayurveda and includes Ayurveda classes, daily yoga, pranayama breathwork, meditation and plant based cuisine rooted in the principles of Ayurveda. The best part is, you get to experience all of this beachside to one of the most beautiful beaches of Nicaragua!
A Sample Day :
6:00 Dinacharya (self care routine)
6:30 Tea available
7:30-8:45 Morning yoga, meditation, pranayama
10:00-12:30 Free Time
13:30-16:30 Free Time or Ayurveda Class or Cooking Class
16:30-17:30 Evening yoga, meditation, pranayama
*During your free time you may explore the nearby beaches relax, or book a massage or other Ayurvedic treatment! We reserve the right to adjust this schedule based on weather and other incidentals*
Introducing your hosts Jessica Kruse & Chetana Karla Shakti
Jessica’s twice daily yoga and meditation classes are woven with Ayurvedic knowledge, uplifting affirmations, pranayama breathwork, mantra and meditation. She brings an energetic, creative, fun and fluid approach to all classes and workshops. Focus on breath, alignment and mindfulness inspire each class. Her specialty is getting the foundation for a balanced, healthy, pain free body with a clear, conscious and stable mind by incorporating an ayurvedic diet and lifestyle with alignment based yoga for your unique constitution. She uses everything in her extensive tool kit of Ayurveda, anatomy, yoga, meditation, clinical massage therapy and various traditional healing modalities to keep her students moving from one posture to the next while weaving in Ayurvedic wisdom, cues and corrections. For her it is beyond rewarding to see the positive changes of awareness, clarity, strength, flexibility, self love, understanding and acceptance in her students. Jessica offers levels and modifications for all guests.
"I had the privilege of attending an Ayurveda yoga retreat in Guatemala facilitated by Jessica Kruse. Jessica is a gifted teacher and extremely insightful. Additionally, I had one of the best massages I have ever had. Her passion for the practice of yoga and knowledge is contagious. I can’t wait to study with her again. She’s a true blessing to the yoga community"
~Ilka Omdahl, Teacher
Chetana Karla Shakti:
Chetana uses an intuitive blend of yoga, yoga therapy, and physical therapy designed to calm the mind and strengthen the body and soul.
She uses the practices of hatha yoga, massage therapy, shamanism, and meditation to access the higher realms and lead students into practice custom designed to serve them for the rest of their lives.
One of her passions is sharing Ayurvedic tools and principles that will serve a person to develop and continue their home practice.
"Chetana's classes are inspiring. She adapts herself to each person in order to optimize one's strength to the fullest. Her advice on surfing was so precious and helpful. Regarding the massage, it was magic moment ! A heavenly place under a tree, her fingers were like those on a fairy massaging you. WE got out there full of energy. Thanks Chetana for those wonderful moments."
~New York Samsara
"My partner and I had an amazing time doing partner/acro yoga and a couples massage! They tailored our experience to fit what we wanted. Chetana was creative, spontaneous, and friendly, while staying within the boundaries of professionalism. This was much more than a "tourist" activity. Chetana knows her way around the area, interacts well with the locals, and shares meaningful stories. I really enjoyed myself." ~ Emily W
What's Included :
7 nights private or shared acommodation in our quiet and comfortable homes 3km from San Juan del Sur town centre Secluded setting with beautiful outdoor living, swimming pool, covered yoga deck, trees, monkeys & birds. Easy access via car, bus or taxi. The spaces all have: Fully equipped kitchens, covered patios with sitting area, and hammock, 25m community pool,
Covered yoga terrace
1 x 1 hour virtual initial Ayurvedic consultation via video to support you to prepare for your retreat
1 x 1 hour Ayurvedic consultation when you arrive
1 x 1 hour Ayurvedic consultation day 4
1 x 1 hour Ayurvedic consultation when you are getting ready to leave
1 x 1 hour virtual Ayurvedic consultation around 42 days after your retreat
3 Organic Ayurvedic Plant based meals a daily
Daily Yoga, Meditation and classes on Ayurveda: Explore Yoga within our supportive community of practice. Classes and instructors vary day-to-day, offering a range of practices and instruction in āsana, prānayāma, meditation, and philosophy.
Ayurvedic Cooking and Nutrition Class
Dietary Guidelines and Educational Resources for the Retreat and to Take Home
Ground Transport to and from Managua Airport, Nicaragua or to Liberia Airport, Costa Rica
The peaceful and fun flow of life in an intentional spiritual community
Enjoy the following add-ons during your stay:
Many activites available including surf and other location tours.
To make an appointment with a massage therapist, please ask your host. Personal services available include: spiritual counselling, chiropractor, private yoga or meditation instruction sessions, yoga therapy, massage, surf, and other wellness arts.
art classes, access to materials
What you will potentially need:
transport to and from the surf beaches and to the town. The main bus leaves from just down the road and is very easy to use, it comes every half an hour during the day. A Moto, car, or quad rental can be arranged for you. A taxi to town is 150 cordobas usually
A good book
Some creative outlet
Avoid bringing anything valuable
Bring a yoga mat & anything you need to be comfortable
Be ready to have the time of your life
Other Things to note:
Though located near the ocean, fresh water is conserved. Electricity, as well, as Nicaragua is a poor country with limited infrastructure. Water pressure and internet sometimes aren't the best. Please be adaptable and ready to have fun no matter what happens.
Arrival and Departure Details:
Once your dates with us are confirmed you’ll need to book your flight to arrive in Managua or Liberia the day your program begins. Once we have your flight times we will book your shuttle pick up from the airport and send you confirmation via email.
Check-In begins at 3pm on the day your program begins. If you’d like to purchase additional nights before and/or after your retreat please inquire with us by email.
Check-Out is 11am on final day.
See you soon !
Jessica & Chetana