Retreat in Nicaragua at Verdad

Yoga Retreat at Verdad, a Boutique Hotel in Nicaragua

with Savonn Wyland and Bill Wyland

January 12-19, 2025

Join Savonn and Bill for a week of yoga (and surfing opportunities too!) at Verdad, a boutique beach hotel located on the Southern Pacific coastline of Nicaragua, overlooking a private, uncrowded beach, Playa Escameca Grande.

Location

Nestled along Nicaragua’s pristine Emerald Coast, Verdad is a boutique eco-hotel —fully self-sustaining through solar power—that blends high-end comfort with eco-conscious living, right down to its carbon-filtered drinking water.

Situated on a hill overlooking Playa Escameca Grande, Verdad is a tranquil getaway with shaded hammocks, lounge chairs, and a scenic pool. Its beach bar and restaurant serve fresh Nicaraguan cuisine. The area’s natural beauty and biodiversity, including colorful flora and fauna, provide plenty of opportunities to explore. Verdad is 20 minutes away from San Juan del Sur with its laid-back atmosphere, beachfront dining, local brews, and quaint shops.

Retreat Highlights​

Yoga Classes with Savonn and Bill. Up to 2 classes per day in an open-air yoga studio with ocean and valley views. Equipped with Manduka mats, belts, blocks, and bolsters, it is an ideal setup for our group sessions or your own personal practice.

Pool. Perfect-sized pool surrounded by lounge chairs. The pool is close to the honor bar and dining area.

Functional Fitness Equipment. The studio space is also outfitted with 800 pounds of kettlebells, TRX, jump ropes, med balls, Bosu, and boxing gloves/pads.

Meals and Beverages. Meals at Verdad are a feast of local flavors, freshly prepared daily. Enjoy a variety of dishes, including fresh fish, garden vegetables, brick-oven pizza, and delectable desserts. An honor bar and afternoon tapas are also available.

  • Early Riser & Pre-Morning Yoga Snack. Each morning, there will be coffee, tea, fresh juice, homemade granola, and yogurt for any early risers. (Included in our 7 mornings at Verdad)
  • Nicaraguan-Style Brunch. (Included in our 7 mornings at Verdad)
  • Family-Style Dinner Feast. (Included in our 7 evenings at Verdad)
  • Lunch and Snacks. There is a beach bar for a la carte lunch and a pool bar with tapas during the day. (At your own expense)

Explore San Juan del Sur. If you want to go out, you can arrange a visit to San Juan del Sur (just 20 minutes away) to enjoy its charming streets, beachfront dining, local beers, renowned gelato, and relaxed atmosphere, all while exploring its quaint shops.

Accommodations. Architecturally designed rooms (or “casitas”), many with sweeping ocean views. Each space, from the hillside casitas with private decks to pool rooms overlooking gardens and the sea, offers something special. Accommodations feature local craftsmanship, handmade tiles, fine linens, and private baths.​

Optional Activities

Surf & Surf School. At Verdad, the consistent offshore winds create ideal conditions for surfing nearly all year. With a variety of boards available for rent and lessons offered for all levels by professional coaches, beginners can catch their first wave while others can enjoy consistent swells and be inspired with plenty of time on the board.

Massage. In an ocean view massage studio, the soothing sounds of the waves set the perfect backdrop for a deeply relaxing massage experience,  Verdad’s skilled body workers offer an array of treatments including deep tissue, hot stone, and Swedish massages, tailoring each session to your specific needs.

Hike. Verdad is surrounded by hiking trails that wind throughout the hillside and connect not only to the closer beaches and surrounding tropical forest, but to nearby beaches such as Playa el Coco and Playa Yankee. You can take a trail map and hike on your own or go with one of the local guides. Hikes range from super easy to somewhat difficult.

Catamaran Sail. Discover the beauty of the coast via a catamaran sail. Full day sails include lunch and drinks, while half-day sails come with snacks and beverages. The skilled team at Salt Nica is dedicated to making the sailing experience fun and enjoyable.

Fishing with Optional Surfing, Wakeboarding, or Snorkeling. Embark on an authentic panga fishing adventure with a local fisherman. This experience offers not just fishing, but the chance to have your fresh catch prepared for dinner. Optionally, enhance your excursion with surfing, wakeboarding, or snorkeling.

Zip Line. Zip lines and a suspended bridge offer a unique perspective of the diverse wildlife and breathtaking vistas of San Juan del Sur Bay. Committed to safety and forest preservation, the guides ensure a secure experience with top-quality equipment and a double cable system. The adventure features 10 platforms, 7 zip lines, an inclined rappel, and a bridge.

Horseback Riding. Take a guided tour of the waterfall on horseback in the Collado Reserve and see firsthand Verdad’s preservation efforts in conjunction with Vital Actions, or ride on the beach and into the surrounding tropical forest. Verdad partners with Big Sky Ranch Nicaragua for the guided horseback tours.

Instructors

Savonn Wyland

Co-Owner/Co-Founder of Sellwood Yoga

With over 25 years of experience teaching, Savonn has developed a teaching style that is both grounded and inspiring. Her approach to teaching emphasizes skillful and detailed instruction, while also inspiring students to find their own personal expression on the mat. By blending various styles and approaches, she creates a unique and transformative experience for her students. Savonn’s classes, workshops, and retreats are designed to help students deepen their practice, explore their own personal expression, and connect with a supportive community.

Stacey Degen

Bill Wyland

Co-Owner/Co-Founder of Sellwood Yoga

As a studio owner and yoga teacher, Bill’s overall philosophy is rooted in the belief that the practice of yoga is an important piece in the overall approach to healthy living. One should use the skills and awareness yoga creates in all foundations of life, including health, relationships, work, and personal evolution.

Pricing and Registration

Please click on the “Sign Up” button to the right and make a non-refundable deposit of $500 to reserve your spot. On November 15, 2024, your remaining balance will be charged to the card you use for your deposit. For alternative payment options, please reach out to us at retreats@sellwoodyoga.com.

Once we receive your deposit, we will follow up within 24 hours to review your lodging preference and confirm other details about the retreat.

Accommodation Options

Ocean View Bungalow: $1,650 per person. 2 people per bungalow (1 queen bed, 1 single bed, private bathroom, private deck, and ceiling fans).  There are a total of 4 bungalows.  

Ocean View Duplex: $1,650 per person. 4 people total in the duplex. The duplex is divided into 2 levels with 2 people per level (2 beds per level with a private bathroom, private deck, and ceiling fans).  There’s 1 duplex. 

Single Rooms (4 available): $2,000 per person. Private room.

  • 1 room with a double bed, outside seating area, ceiling fan, and AC.
  • 2 rooms with a queen bed, private entrance, shared patio, and shared bathroom.
  • 1 room with a queen bed, private entrance, private bathroom, and shared patio.

Transportation to and from Verdad

The staff at Verdad will help organize ground transportation from Augusto C Sandino Airport in Managua, Nicaragua, or from the Liberia International Airport in Costa Rica. Private ground transport from Liberia (including border crossing) is about $165 for a maximum of 4 people. Additional people average about $40/pp. From Managua, the cost is about $120 for 4 people, and each additional person is about $30/pp.

You can also rent a car, as there are several rental car agencies at the airports. FYI: Dollar Rent-a-Car also has an office in San Juan Del Sur, which is about 20 minutes from Verdad.

Retreat price includes:

  • 7 nights’ and 8 days’ accommodation at Verdad Eco Boutique Hotel
  • Daily yoga classes with Savonn and Bill (up to 2 classes per day)
  • Meals: 7 Early Riser & Pre-Morning Yoga Snacks (coffee, tea, fresh juice, homemade granola, and yogurt), 7 Nicaraguan-Style Brunches, and 7 Family-Style Dinner Feasts
  • Use of communal spaces including the pool, lounge areas,  yoga studio, and fitness equipment

Retreat price does NOT include:

  • Airfare or other travel expenses to and from Nicaragua
  • Personal, medical, or trip cancellation insurance
  • Optional excursions and add-ons
  • Bodywork and spa treatments
  • Additional food, meals, wine, or alcohol

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We know that life happens and unforeseen situations and circumstances can change and impact your plans. Our cancellation/refund information is listed below. We strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance so that you have more travel-related protection in case you need it. There are no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays, injury, family emergencies, or illness.

Full payment is due by November 15, 2024. The card that you use for your deposit will be charged for your balance on November 15, 2024.  If you would like to pay the balance with a different credit card or by check, please make arrangements in advance by emailing retreats@sellwoodyoga.com.

  • The $500 deposit is non-refundable.
  • If you have paid in full by October 1, 2024, and need to cancel, we will issue a refund (not including the $500 deposit).
  • If you have paid in full and need to cancel between October 1, 2024, and November 15, 2024, we will issue studio credit that needs to be used within 365 days (not including the $500 deposit).
  • No refunds or credit will be given for cancellations later than November 15, 2024.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to provide additional protection in case of any unexpected situations that may alter your travel plans. You can check out travelinsure.com, insuremytrip.com, or speak with your credit card, airline, or travel company to find suitable options for your needs.

Reviews of Verdad

“My stay at Verdad Nicaragua was above and beyond 5 stars. As a young female, I am extremely concerned about safety. I traveled to Verdad alone from the United States and felt completely safe everywhere I went—both at Verdad and in the surrounding community. When I checked in to the hotel, I also noticed the safety precautions being taken there, including a gated entrance to the hotel premises that is monitored by a staff member 24/7. I even left my room door unlocked for the majority of my stay without worry!”

“When considering this trip to Nicaragua with my daughter, we originally had some concern about safety, due to the bad current political situation. Now that we’re back, I can say the total number of seconds I felt some anxiety during the trip was zero. Moreover, the aggregate friendliness factor of the Nicaraguans I met—from airport arrival to airport departure—was significantly higher than the American counterpart.”

“Delightful and outstanding experience. Verdad exceeded our expectations. Relax in a peaceful, unspoiled, tropical paradise with the comforts of an upscale hotel that will make you think you are in heaven. We truly had the time of our lives. I cannot stress enough the sweetness of everyone and everything. I am so grateful this place exists. Visit them!”

Questions?

If you have questions, please email retreats@sellwoodyoga.com or use the form below.