Sun, Sand, Surf and Sadhana, A Therapeutic Yoga Adventure, Nicaragua 2018

January 19, 2018 - -

Aqua Wellness Resort

Immerse yourself in this unforgettable and nurturing 10-day retreat with Robin Rothenberg, Essential Yoga Therapy and Molly McManus, Yoga North!

Experience the masterful teaching offered by internationally recognized Yoga Therapists, Robin Rothenberg of Essential Yoga Therapy and Molly McManus of Yoga North SomaYoga Institute. Our time will be beautifully balanced with opportunities for adventure, relaxation, and the 8-fold path of yoga.  Robin and Molly bring a depth and breadth to their teaching, reflective of years of intensive work in the field of yoga therapy. Their expertise allows them to creatively customize practice to ensure safety, while challenging each student to move beyond self-imposed limitations of mind and body. Regardless of level of experience or physical condition, this retreat will transform your understanding of yourself and support healing at the level of the heart.

This is the perfect retreat for friends and couples to attend together as our focus on personal healing and transformation accommodates the most faithful to the most reluctant yogi! The flexible schedule allows those who choose to partake in the rich teachings of yoga two daily options for sadhana (practice); Balancing more vigorous morning sessions with meditative, restorative practice in the afternoon or evening. There will be ample opportunities for friends or partners who would rather enjoy themselves in a full day of sun worship or surf adventures to play on their own and explore the beautiful Nicaraguan coastline as they feel called.

bay, sand + surf

Aqua Wellness Resort is located on Nicaragua’s “Emerald Coast”, with uninterrupted sunset views of the Pacific Ocean. We will be nestled in a dramatic setting, cradled by a private cove and sheltered white sandy beach. The resort has done its best to preserve and protect the natural habitat, which is seen as a most precious resource.


Redonda Bay teams with fascinating terrestrial and marine life, including nesting turtles, monkeys, dolphins and whales. Aqua Resorts unique Treetop Villas were developed to relocate the guest experience into the tree canopy and allow us to commune with nature, from the comfort of a proper villa home. Wraparound decks, infinity plunge pools and open floor plans encourage a communion with the active life of the forest canopy. Villas are connected to the beach amenities by lava stone pathways and wooden bridges that meander organically amongst ginger plants, banana groves, and mountain streams.

sandy beach

Aqua’s white sandy beach and private cove provides an orientation safe from large Pacific coast swells, making bathing relaxing and comfortable. Plan to lounge the day away under a shady tree, swim, snorkel, paddle-board  or kayak.

savory dining

Dining at Aqua is a wellness experience all unto itself. With care and craft each meal is prepared using as many local, organic ingredients as possible. The resort takes pride in offering fresh fish caught by local fishermen, preparing handcrafted bread and pizzas baked in a handcrafted adobe oven, and creating refreshing libations for guests to enjoy at the beachside bar while taking in the sun and sea.


Pure air, ocean waves, abundant plant and wildlife create the platform our daily Yoga & Meditation practice atop the forest canopy overlooking the ocean.

For guests who crave more physical vigor the natural landscape provides trails for hiking, walking or jogging. The ocean serves as a natural playground for kayaking, surfing, paddle boarding, snorkeling and swimming.

**Optional spa treatments with massages, facial & body treatments, ear candling, and specialty services are available for additional fees


  • Day 1 – Jan. 20:
    Arrive in Managua airport and be transported to the beautiful little town of Granada. Welcome ceremony and orientation.
  • Day 2 – Jan. 21:
    Spend morning acclimating, relaxing and sight-seeing in Granada. Afternoon transport to Aqua Wellness Resort in Nicaragua; e
    vening practice, gourmet dinner and relaxation
  • Day 3-9 -Jan 22-28 at Aqua:
    Sunrise Practice; afternoon or evening meditation practice depending on the day’s events.
    Daily Amenities sheltered cove for easy swimming, snorkeling and water sports
    Day trip – Full day Catamaran trip up the Esmerelda Coast
    Day trip – Guided hike to a scenic viewpoint of the entire Esmeralda Coast
  • Day 9 – Jan 29 – Granada:
    Breakfast at Aqua followed by morning transport back to Granada
    Day trip – Spend the day exploring the local market and visit the to the active Volcano with a guide. Enjoy the final evening with dinner on your own in Granada.
  • Day 10 – Jan. 30:
    Breakfast in Granada and transport to airport to depart Nicaragua.

Your Package Includes

All onsite meals at Aqua (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and breakfast in Granada

Group airport and land transfers

2 nights shared lodging in Granada,

8 nights lodging at Aqua with 3 choices of shared room packages

Adventures – catamaran trip, scheduled guided hikes, and water toys & amenities

Daily customized yoga for body, mind and soul

Not included:

Optional massage, surf and scuba lessons

International and domestic flights and departure taxes

Passport & documentation preparation and fees

Non-group airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation

Any kind of insurance

Spending money – budget for snacks, drinks, souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras

Tips, donations to resort staff or for tours

Tickets and/or transportation to any additional sightseeing, adventurous activities, etc.

Any special requests (fe. single room, special food requirement, etc.)

Registration Options:

Price is per person in USD for 10 days. Early Enrollment discount available until September 15th:

  • Aqua Treehouse Double | $2950 or $2800 for Early Enrollment
    2 twin beds, group airport & land transfers, shared room Granada for 2 nights, meals and amenity package
  • Aqua Treehouse Double | $2950 or $2800 for Early Enrollment
    1 shared queen bed, group airport & land transfers, shared room Granada for 2 nights, meals and amenity package
  • Luxury Suite Double | $3700 or $3550 for Early Enrollment
    1 shared king bed, group airport & land transfers, shared room Granada for 2 nights, meals and amenity package
  • Luxury Suite Triple | $3200 or $3050 for Early Enrollment
    1 shared king bed and 1 futon, group airport & land transfers, shared room Granada for 2 nights, meals and amenity package

All rooms are shared, at time of booking please inform us of your choice of lodging and roommates name. If you are coming to the trip on your own please let us know this as well and we will pair you with an appropriate guest.

Payment Options:

  • Single Payment: Payment in Full: Full Payment received for any package
  • Two Payment: Deposit and Payment in Full; $800 deposit paid when booking with balance by Dec. 1st 2017
  • Installment Payment with $150.00 Payment plan fee: $800 deposit paid when booking; Balance paid by monthly credit card automatic installments; Trip to be paid in full by Jan 1st, 2018

Deposits are non-refundable

Feel free to contact either Robin at or Molly at for more details about this trip          

Or if you are ready to sign up get your REGISTRATION and WAIVER by contacting

Details subject to small changes due to nature of travel—accommodations will always be made with the traveler’s welfare and joy in mind.

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