Nicaragua – A Guided Retreat
8 days of Rest & Cultural Engagement
October 8-15, 2017

On this Retreat

Enjoy being with others who share your desire to rest in balance with adventure andbeach connection. Removed from daily routines, we play in nature and explore a meditation practice.  At the core of our program is taking time to sit and talk with Nicaraguan people and one another. Experience the wonder of the local markets, tour the lovely islands of Lake Nicaragua, and learn about the history of pottery-making with a family of artists. Our adventure culminates gloriously by the Pacific.

Rest and adventure await you!

Your Retreat Includes
All accommodations within host country: Room in retreat/guest house (5 nights) Laguna/Granada house, San Juan del Sur (1 nights)
Meals twice daily while at retreat house.
Airport pick up and drop off
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Orientation to tour areas
24-hour host/travel guide access
Excursions: Las Isletas, Volcano Masaya, Pottery-making demo, Horseback riding and more…

Exclusions
Flights to Managua from your host country and all other associated air taxes, ticket fees, country entry and departure taxes
Medical and Travel Insurance (mandatory)
Visa and Passport fees, Gratuities, personal expenses, and lunches and dinners when not in homestays

Preparation
You should be prepared for some light physical activity like climbing stairs, walking up to a 1/4 mile, in 90°F + temperatures. Passports are required, must be valid for six months after your return date.

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Day 1-2 – Laguna de Apoyo. Get away from life as you know it. This tranquil freshwater lake sits in a paradise jungle. Relax in your hammock as monkeys call above. Swim in the lake’s refreshing crystal waters, sip smoothies of local fruits and dine on traditional Nica meals. Daily meditation and reflection. Meet a local artisan and learn about the history and tradition of pottery-making.

Day 3, 4, 5, 6 – Granada. This colonial town is a feast for your eyes, brightly painted houses and exquisite churches. Enjoy lovely parks, friendly people and the amazing central market. Traditional artisans, dances and music vibrate the town center. Visit a smoldering volcano at night. Then head off to amazing tiny islands known as Las Isletas where we’ll motor through a lush wetlands packed with wildlife (more monkeys!). Finally stop for lunch on one of the islands and take a refreshing dip. Enjoy Granada nightlife.
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Day 7-8 –Finally we’ll head off to the coastal towns around San Juan del Sur and end this, like all of the best trips, at the beach. Complete the week with an sunset horseback ride. Eat fresh seafood. Watch the waves roll in behind the sunset and beach comb. Explore the capital city of Managua or meet your outbound flight. Hasta Pronto Nicaragua!

Meet Your Guides
Martha Nieset has a MS in Rural Sociology focused on communities and social change. Two years ago she moved to Granada, Nicaragua with her then 7 year old son. They both studied S2015-05-15 17.47.46panish, engaged in the culture and community and adventured around the country. During that time Martha worked with VivaNicaragua!-Center for Social Justice and Cultural Understanding connecting university students in service, cultural engagement and learning opportunities in the Granada community. It was then that she realized her love for this work and founded Nicaragua Immersion, with a mission to connect others who want to make friends in the community, learn Spanish, experience Nicaraguan culture, and its natural wonders up close.

Sara Provenzale has a MA in Spanish specializing in Latin American cultures. She has traveled extensively in Nicaragua and developed a deep love and respect for the saraPNicaraguan people. One of her favorite activities is talking to people of all sorts, and learning yet another way to see and engage in our wide world.  For the past six years she has been working with Women (inclusive) Generating on somatic practices to support women in feeling their worth and belonging, understanding social systems that shape them and moving forward with their own passion and vision. More recently she started a sangha (Buddhist community based on meditation). The Mud Lotus Sangha holds that we must be in the muck, of ourselves and our world, because it is out of this that flowers can bloom. Sara is delighted to be doing two of her favorite things with Nicaragua Immersion: traveling and teaching/supporting folks in meditation practice.

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We welcome people of all ages!  Join us with a partner, friend, or solo. Ask about our group rates for 3 or more. Payment plans available.

Rest and Adventure Await You!

Register Now!  (your deposit reserves your spot)  Registration deadline is August 31, 2017.

SPACE IS LIMITED!


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Nicaragua Immersion Cancellation/Refund Policy:

REGISTRATION A nonrefundable deposit of $300 is required to hold your place. The remainder of the full balance is due by 60 days prior to the adventure start date. Arrangements can be made for payment plans within that frame.

TRIP There is a minimum of 5 participants to confirm the trip. If there are not enough participants, it may be cancelled and your deposit will be refunded. We recommend not purchasing flights until the trip is confirmed. Should a trip be cancelled, you will be contacted immediately and receive a full refund of all trip fees or be allowed to transfer to another equivalent trip. If prefer a refund, then it will be given within 2 weeks of the cancellation. In the event of cancellation by Nicaragua Immersion we are not responsible for any expenses (travel or lodging) incurred beyond the registration fees. We recommend purchasing optional trip/travel insurance. If you have any questions about this policy please email martha@nicaraguaimmersion.com.

CANCELLATION If you must cancel your reservation for any reason within the 60 days before the trip start you will receive a 75% refund minus your deposit. Cancellations made less than 60 days from the retreat dates you will be refunded 50% payment. Retreats may be cancelled up to 60 days prior to the beginning of the scheduled dates for any reason.

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