Embodied Being: A Yoga and Meditation Retreat

with Alana Kessler & Laura Kauffmann in Playa Maderas , Nicaragua

From $1445 Per person

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6 nights in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua
Sat Apr 09 - Fri Apr 15, 2016


Buena Vista Surf Club is a secluded jungle eco-lodge overlooking the surf at Playa Maderas, considered by many to be one of Central America's best kept secrets. Guests at Buena Vista Surf Club switch off their smartphones, unwind and give in to the simple life, surrounded by lush forest and the Pacific ocean. This is a place for people who want something different – to stay in a private cabaña amongst the trees, share family-style meals with like-minded people, watch the sunset and the stars from our deck in the treetops, and stroll five minutes to pristine beaches.

Enjoy daily yoga on the sundeck and surfboard hire and surfing lessons. There are lots of other activities in the area if you want a bit of fun, including turtle-spotting, sailing, fishing, horseback riding, ziplining, as well as the bars, cafés and shops of the nearby San Juan del Sur.

What's Included


7 days, 6 nights at Buena Vista Surf Club


2 meals/day prepared with fresh, local ingredients


  • 30 minutes of guided meditation with Alana & Laura
  • Morning vinyasa flow style yoga class for all levels
  • Evening Yin restorative style yoga class
  • Optional surf lessons, hiking, swimming, and local tours

Airport Transfers

Roundtrip ground transfers to/from Managua International Airport


Flights not included

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory and not included
For assistance with travel insurance, contact our partner World Nomads.

Good to Know

Not included: flights to/from Managua International Airport (MGA) and travel insurance. Guests are responsible for purchasing travel medical insurance and cancellation insurance which are also not included.

Traveling to Nicaragua

Please visit the following site for general information on Nicaragua: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/nicaragua.html

The Instructors

Alana Kessler
Yoga Ambassador

Alana Kessler, MS, RD, CDN, CYT, Ayurvedic Specialist is the Founder, Owner and Director of Sangha Yoga Shala, a community yoga and wellness boutique located in New York City. Steadfast in her passion for healthy living, Alana obtained a master’s degree in clinical nutrition and a bachelor’s in nutrition and dietetics from NYU.

About Alana Kessler
Laura Kauffmann
Yoga Ambassador

Laura Kauffmann, MSTOM, LAc, HHC, RYT is a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) specializing in Acupuncture, “Food as Medicine” Health Coaching and Yoga Therapy. Laura has a private practice in New York City and offers a multi-faceted approach to healing using both Western and Eastern philosophy.

About Laura Kauffmann


Buena Vista Surf Club

The lodge consists of 6 freestanding wooden cabañas set in between the trees. Each cabaña has a view into the jungle, plus its own private bathroom, ceiling fan, mosquito net, comfortable box-spring beds, and can be prepared for single, double or triple occupancy. Our low energy system does not provide hot water for showers but most visitors find the water refreshing in our hot climate anyway.

All cabañas are located in such a way that you can enjoy your privacy. At night you will fall asleep to the sounds of the trees and the distant waves breaking on the beach. With the morning sun, the calls of birds and howler monkeys will welcome you to a new day.


  • Beach
  • Classroom/Deck for Yoga & Fitness
  • Airport Transportation
  • Accessible kitchen for guest cooking classes

Pricing Per Person

  • Lindsay
  • Verified Guest
  • Jun 03 2016

This retreat exceeded all my expectations. Truly an amazing experience and if you are even thinking about it... just do it!!!

  • Jason
  • Verified Guest
  • May 30 2016

Great trip! Everyone couldn't have been nicer!

  • Rebecca
  • Verified Guest
  • Apr 20 2015

Trip was amazing. People were great, location was amazing, incredible staff. Would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Dina
  • Verified Guest
  • Apr 14 2015

This trip was spectacularly awesome in each and every respect. Wish I were still on it!!

  • Maya
  • Verified Guest
  • Apr 14 2015

Can't say enough great things about this trip. The setting was beautiful, the people were wonderful and the experience exceeded my expectations by far. Be aware that this is an eco-lodge, not a 5 star resort, so expect insects and other creatures in your cabanas. I brought my own yoga mat and beach towel, but the resort provided both so that wasn't necessary - bringing soap and shampoo, however, is.

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