February 7th – 15th, 2020
Come experience Nicaragua like you have never experienced it before!
Kelly and Klara will be your guides for this unique retreat of giving and receiving.
Monty’s Beach Lodge is owned and operated by Donald Montgomery – a Canadian who has taken “volutourism” to a new level. The work he (and his guests) do to better the community there is phenomenal. We are so excited to be a part of service during this trip!
“For anyone craving an experience centered on the power of belief, values, and impact – this is it. You will be comfortable, well fed and entertained – but mostly your soul will be enriched. That’s more than a vacation. That’s life changing.”
The resort itself is on some of the most pristine beaches ever seen. There are 2 yoga decks – surf and sand – horseback riding, volcano hikes, SUP, turtle hatchery (on site), beach volleyball, swimming pool… it’s going to be amazing, and FUN! Monty and his staff are FUN, laid back and kind.
The waves in front of the lodge are great for beginner and intermediate surfers. Even advanced surfers have a lot of fun. Waves fluctuate year round and depending on tide, swell and wind. If you would like surf lessons, you can sign up upon your arrival. Boards are available at the camp so there is no need to bring one unless you prefer your own. Boat trips to the sand break (10-minute boat ride) are an additional cost and can be arranged when you arrive. At Monty’s, stay and play, and experience all the warmth of Nicaragua. That experience extends to working with local charities and development groups.
We have many volunteer opportunities for each of us to participate in. Volunteer sites include the English Language Centre/Community Centre Jiquilillo, the Soup kitchen in El Limonal for families at the Chinandega Garbage Dump, the Wildlife Conservation – Turtle Hatchery, the Villa Esperanza Housing Development in Jiquilillo, Community Recreation ‒ Field of Hope, Elementary Schools, Medical Clinic and Outreach for Jiquilillo and Surrounding Villages, and the Vocational School for Jiquilillo and Surrounding Villages.
There will not be any mandatory activities; guests will be welcome to participate in the community service as much or as little as they wish.
Meals and Accommodations are included; they are modest but more than adequate. Three meals a day are served at the lodge, all fresh and locally sourced with limited options. There are set meal times and the kitchen is closed between meals.
Kelly and Klara will co-teach hatha, vinyasa, supported alignment, restorative, pranayama, meditation and chanting. Meditation and an active yoga class will be held every morning and a restorative and/or yin class will be held every evening.
Depending on single, double, triple occupancy, prices range from $1500-$2200 Canadian plus tax per adult, $500 per child (5-12 sharing with parents, 5 and under free), for 8 days including food and money towards community projects. We will fund a meal at the ‘garbage dump’ community; this it is a half day event and feeds a whole community. Please note that flights are not included in the prices above.
Singles, couples, families, friends and children are welcome. We want to be completely inclusive for this giving and receiving experience. This is the ultimate experience for families, those new to yoga, or advanced yogis looking to take their practice off the mat.
Details: Fly in and out of Managua February 7-15, 2020 – transport pick up to the Lodge (3 hour drive), flights are reasonable (approximately $1000 CAN, flights are generally overnight so you would depart your home airport on Feb 6th).
Group transportation will depart Managua Airport on February 7th and will return to the airport on the February 15th for outbound flights. Please note that the retreat price includes the ground transportation described above. If your flights do not correspond to the group shuttle, you will be responsible for your own ground transportation to Monty’s. You may also choose to rent a car, as some find it convenient for touring around. Driving directions to Monty’s, which is about 3 hours north of the Managua airport, will be provided.
Complete packages start at $1500 Canadian plus GST and include: –8 nights accommodations at Monty’s Retreat Centre – 3 meals/day, breakfasts and dinners prepared by Monty’s staff. – daily yoga and meditation – daily community services
What are the accommodations like? Located on the Pacific Ocean in the rural village of Jiquilillo, Monty’s Beach Lodge is rustic, comfortable and laid back. There are different types of accommodations available at the Lodge that include dorms, ocean-front cabanas or poolside cabanas. Some accommodations are with a private bath, while others have a shared bath. There is no air-conditioning at the Lodge – public areas are open air and all rooms are equipped with a fan and mosquito net. There are several outlets in each room – same as in North America.
Not included is the cost of your airfare to and from Managua airport, optional tips for the Monty’s staff, surf lessons and any activites, e.g., for snorkeling, horseback riding, deep sea fishing, etc. It may be possible to share the cost of a rental car with other participants. Contact Kelly if you are interested in car-sharing, and she will connect interested parties.
To register: E-transfer your deposit of $1000.00 to: [email protected]
Your deposit will reserve your space in the retreat; date of receipt of the deposit will mark your place in line for room choices. The deposit is refundable until Jan 1st, less a 15% cancellation fee. The full balance is due by Jan 15th. No refunds can be made after this time. Credit Card payments can be made by phone or in person to Kelly (a 4% processing fee applies).
Connect your mind, body and spirit the Pure Vida way as you Give and Receive!