Yoga & Pilates Retreat in Nicaragua March 2024 | Now Booking!
Join us for the ultimate wellness yoga & pilates retreat at the Condé Nast Traveler (2023 Readers’ Choice Award-Winning Resort in Nicaragua)
What Your Yoga & Pilates Retreat Experience Includes
Often when we’re exercising we find ourselves moving without consciously noticing what our bodies are ACTUALLY doing. In our Pilates and yoga sessions included with your package, you will not only strengthen your body and improve mobility, you will be encouraged to look beyond the movements and tune in to your entire being in order to cultivate a better understanding of yourself, body, mind, and soul.
Did you know that meditation changes your brain?? It’s true! Those who meditate even for five minutes every day have different brains than those who don’t, including better focus and better memory. Explore the profound benefits of daily meditation practices included in your package, allowing you to find the calm, clarity and resilience you’ve been seeking.
Reconnecting With Yourself
As we move through our lives, our connection with ourselves often becomes lost in service of others. Obligations of work, family, and daily life cause us to abandon that connection to our inner self. Use this valuable time to reconnect with your true self, set intentions, and boundaries, and explore personal growth in a supportive and nurturing space.
Our retreat will indulge you in a truly nourishing culinary journey. The cuisine has been thoughtfully curated to embrace the harmony of body and mind making every bite a celebration of wellness and mindfulness. Immerse yourself in the goodness of nature’s bounty, and leave feeling nourished inside and out. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included with your retreat package.
Did we just become best friends?? Yep! At our retreat you’ll be surrounded with like-minded individuals who share a passion for Pilates, yoga, and meditation, creating a supportive community that encourages growth and inspiration. Congratulations, you’ve just found your tribe!
Renewed Energy: “Put on your own oxygen mask first.” In other words, in order to take care of others you must first take care of yourself. Our program has been created with your exquisite care in mind and will leave you with increased vitality and a restored sense of energy to which will empower you to take on life’s challenges.
We are bombarded by “input” from outside sources as we move through our lives. From day to day, our attention is often focused on the external and very rarely on the internal. At our retreat you will turn inward in order to cultivate deep self-awareness, empowering you to lead a less reactive, more balanced and more mindful lifestyle.
Ever notice how everything is just that much more difficult when you haven’t had a good night’s sleep? Through the combination of physical activity and relaxation techniques we will transport you to a place where you can achieve more restful and rejuvenating sleep. Insomnia what?
New Day, New Beach
Think of Playa Rancho Santana as your beachy home base. Not only does the Clubhouse sit directly on it’s shores, so does the Inn and Residences. Head straight from your suite to the sand in the morning, or make a pitstop at El Cafe for a fresh-made smoothie to go. Sand-free swimming is also within reach-both the Sand Dollar Pool and Residence Pool are nearby- and this is where you’ll saunter on horseback for sunset rides.
Playa Los Perros
Your Yoga & Pilates Retreat Accommodations
The restaurants at Rancho Santana
Everything at Rancho Santana is done with sustainability in mind, including our culinary offerings. Thanks to our Pacific coast location, plus thegardens, orchards, and farm we count among our 2,700 acres, we’re proud to serve locally sourced seafood, farm-fresh produce, and ethically raised meat.
Stop in to El Café for a coffee or smoothie on your way to class or a morning beach walk.
Open early and conveniently located at the Inn, El Café is the ideal place to start your day. Breakfast burritos, nutrient-dense smoothie bowls, and fresh-squeezed juice are on the menu.
Share a sunset moment and a wood-fired pizza at this casual eatery.
In addition to pizzas, paellas, sushi, and charcuterie are all on the internationally inspired menu here. Grab a seat on the terrace and get a glimpse of Playa Rosada.
Bring the whole crew or plan for an intimate dinner for two at this fine-dining restaurant.
Come for the catch of the day, stay for the Playa Santana views. Restaurant La Finca y El Mar, located in the Clubhouse, serves locally sourced seafood, grilled meat, and farm-fresh salads—all with Nicaraguan flair.
Nourish Your Soul
From tacos to pastries to farm-to-table, dining at this resort will leave your tastebuds begging for more. With options for all dietary needs, you can expect to find a gourmet meal at any restaurant of your choice.
Menus at Rancho Santana’s restaurant reflect the flavors of the land, the changing of the seasons, and the expert curation of the 5-star chefs .
Yoga & Pilates Retreat in Nicaragua 2024
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Meet Jillian Minter and Stephanie “Smithy” Smith
Your Yoga & Pilates Retreat Guides
Jillian’s professional management experience revealed that she derived the greatest satisfaction from teaching, mentoring, and positively impacting people’s lives. She has always enjoyed fitness and making a difference in people’s lives. Her experience in such activities as distance running and bootcamp make her a unique instructor when it comes to Pilates and yoga. She combines her various fitness modalities to design programs specific to her clients, helping them reach their goals.
Jillian took over Pilates + Yoga five years ago after it had been in business for seven years. She brought her passion for keeping seniors active by starting a senior yoga program. She has not only grown the schedule and the number of instructors, but also the community. She has hosted events such as holiday parties, as well as workshops and events for special interests, such as manifestation, essential oils, chakras, astrology, and other topics of interest to the community.
Jillian has been inspired by the insight and guidance of her own yoga and Pilates teachers, as well as the members of the community. She brings this focus and enthusiasm to Pilates + Yoga, where she continues to help you reach your fitness goals.
A 21-year Las Vegas resident, originally from snowy Toronto, Canada (talk about a change), Smithy discovered yoga late in her professional dance career when she realized her body wasn’t loving the stage life as much as she did. What originally started as a method to strengthen and maintain her body—and hopefully reverse some of the damage dancing had done—became a deep love of the practice.
So when Smithy was offered the chance to attend yoga teacher training, she rolled up her mat and leapt in feet first. Training taught her there was so much more to yoga than she ever thought, and she couldn’t wait to share the practice with others in a meaningful and approachable way. Soon after completing her yoga teacher training, Smithy became fascinated with the nervous system in relation to grief, trauma, and stress and dove deep into the vital role yoga plays in the process of moving through difficult experiences and rebalancing the nervous system. Today, she loves nothing more than helping others heal, restore, rebalance, and tap into the power of play through the practice of yoga. When she’s not on her mat, she’s most likely snuggling her two fur babies, Zoey and Bob or enthusiastically watching a hockey game (go knights go!).
NICARAGUA YOGA & PILATES RETREAT FAQs
Is Nicaragua safe?
Yes! In the last several decades it has become the safest country in the region, outdoing both Costa Rica and Panama. Tourists should always use normal, common sense when traveling around Nicaragua.
Is Rancho Santana safe?
Absolutely. Rancho Santana is a private, gated community. The facilities and amenities are for the sole use of property owners and resort guests.
Do I need a passport to travel to Nicaragua?
Yes. To enter Nicaragua, a passport with 6 months validity is required. Visitors traveling from the US, Canada, and EU countries are not required to obtain a visa in advance.
What should I pack?
Rancho Santana is a casual beach community. There is no dress code on the property. We recommend packing sneakers or other closed-toed athletic shoes if you plan on participating in any of the activities and excursions.
All accommodations are stocked with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and a hairdryer. Complimentary laundry services are provided for linens and towels. Personal items can also be laundered. Laundry is $20 per load.
We recommend bringing the following:
- Natural sunscreen or sun protection
- Natural bug repellent for the evenings
- Refillable water bottle
- Rain jacket only from May to November
- Hiking shoes or sandals
- Camera or smartphone
- Flip flops and swimwear of course
- Personal pharmaceuticals: Any allergy or anti-itch cream if you wish and any prescription medication that you need
- Health care items and/or feminine products
- Earplugs & eyemask (if you are in a shared room)
Do I need to bring my yoga mat?
Yoga mats, resistance bands, blocks & balls are all provided at the resort so no need to take up luggage space! But of course, you’re more than welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
Are flights included?
Flights are not included. We recommend booking flights into Liberia (LIR) airport. However, a shuttle bus from the Liberia (LIR) airport to the Rancho Santana resort IS INCLUDED in your price.
Are yoga, Pilates & meditation classes included?
YES! All yoga, Pilates & meditation classes are included with your stay. We will be embarking on a beautiful journey to dive deeper into ourselves and each class will assist you in feeling your absolute BEST!
Are children allowed?
Children are permitted on the resort property, however, during group classes they are not. Take time to carefully consider bringing children as there are no childcare services provided at the resort.
In case of an emergency, what kind of medical services are nearby?
Rancho Santana underwrites the Roberto Clemente Health Clinic, located just outside of our main gate. The Clinic is fully equipped to handle any vacation-related injury or illness. If an issue requires additional attention, we can assist with transportation to a regional hospital in Managua.
Is there clean drinking water?
Rancho Santana’s state-of-the-art water purification system provides clean drinking water from our own fresh wells. Bottled water is also available at La Tienda and in all accommodations.
Is there WiFi?
Complimentary high-speed internet is available at all accommodations and clubhouses.
What is the local currency?
The local currency is cordobas. The US dollar and US credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Nicaragua. Rancho Santana uses a cashless system for goods and services purchased on the property or arranged by our staff unless otherwise noted. Upon your arrival, you will open an account and everything, including off-property excursions, can be charged back to your room. Rancho Santana accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. If you find yourself needing cash, Concierge can provide up to $100 for a $5 fee. Currency conversion rates can be found at XE Currency Converter.
What meals are included?
All onsite restaurants are included in your stay. That means breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can choose from any of the four 5 star restuarants!
Is there a daily itinerary to follow?
While we will have a daily itinerary, nothing is mandatory for you to attend. So if you decide to book spa treatments or excursions, you have full freedom to do so.
Exact times will change as the trip approaches, but a typical resort day will look something like this:
7am – Group Journaling & coffee
8am – Mindful Meditation Class
9am – Pilates/yoga Class
4pm – Pilates/yoga Class
6pm – Group Dinner
Will there be alcoholic beverages available?
Alcoholic beverages are provided but are not included in your resort package and must be purchased as a separate charge.