Yoga, Mindfulness and Mystical Meditation
The Living Project wants you to have a travel experience that stretches your soul. For us, it’s not enough to just take you on an typical yoga vacation; our intention is that you have an experience that opens you to new experiences, possibilities and personal growth.
In addition to daily open-level Vinyasa classes with Domenic, on this retreat Jonathan will lead instruction in Mindfulness meditation. This will also include practices from the Tibetan tradition – Loving-kindness, Tonglen and Dzogchen.
The goal of meditation practice is not, as it is widely assumed, simply for relaxation. It is rather, a way to facilitate deep healing and personal insight.
In learning to attend to our experience with a kind and present awareness (Mindfulness), we begin to invite a more inclusive and loving way of being. We become better friends with ourselves and our lives.
The compassion practices of Tonglen and Loving-kindness, can help us to realize the universality of all of life. And, as we release into the Great View of the Dzogchen practice we can open to an experiential expanse of Oneness.
In addition, we will explore a ‘mystical’ meditation practice known as shamanic journeying. This is fun, imaginative, and expansive work, that brings you into deeper contact with Spirit, Nature, and your own healing journey.
We will also offer a transformational Breathwork Ceremony designed to heighten your mystical consciousness and then end the retreat with a fire ceremony, empowering your new goals and aspirations.
You may also choose to do a private healing session with Jonathan (www.mindbodyspiritnyc.com) for an additional fee. These arrangements can be made in Nicaragua.
Little Corn Island, Nicaragua
Little Corn Island is a tiny speck in the Caribbean, about 43 minutes from the Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, with no traffic or even roads.
It is only about 1.5 sq. miles in size (you can walk the whole thing in a few hours), but it is bursting with character. You won’t believe you’re in Nicaragua when you come here, this is truly an oasis of tranquility, and a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of the mainland.
It is tiny, pristine and totally undiscovered by the masses.
Where else in the Caribbean can you only come and go by panga boat? No cruise ships, no crowds, no all-inclusive hotels…just a beautiful tropical paradise that sways to rhythm of its African roots and culture.
Home to a permanent population of only around 700 individuals speaking mainly Creole English, you will find a way of life here that still celebrates Caribbean simplicity.
The indigenous Miskito people of Nicaragua sail on hand-made boats at night. No GPS, no maps, no technology of any kind helping them find their way. They sail with the stars as their guide. The native people have a real love of their land and proficiency with plants. In the bush, 400 types of plants can be used for medicinal purposes, and the Miskito make the cures by hand. Awesome.
You’ll luxuriate on stunning emerald beaches and swim in pools on the edge of untouched wildernesses, in the midst of virgin rainforest, surrounded by monkeys and spectacular rare birds.
Chill, relax, dive, snorkel, kite surf, kayak, fish, paddle-boarding, massage, horseback riding, yoga, meditation….. …fresh coconut water whenever you feel like it, fish from the sea and fruit dropping from trees wherever you wander….and generally get away from it all…. perfect…..
Yemaya, named after the African Goddess of the sea, brings a Tulum-like boho-chic, yoga-centric barefoot luxury to the island, is a remote, pristine slice of unparalleled paradise. It has been included in the top ten destination lists by Forbes, The New York Times, GQ, and Conde Nast Traveler. It is nothing short of stunning.
Arriving by water taxi will give you one of your favorite hotel experiences ever: a wet landing – You will roll up your pants, take off your shoes and wade up to reception, where you will be promptly handed a fresh coconut as your welcome drink.
Each impeccably executed oceanfront bungalow features elegant contemporary décor and a terrace with a seating area, plus hammocks. All rooms have a ceiling fan, a safe, mosquito nets (mosquitos generally not a problem here) and a private bathroom with handmade toiletries.
You will be staying on a lush 7 acre property that boasts two yoga platforms: one nestled in the island jungle and the other overlooking the Caribbean sea.
The bar-restaurant uses fresh ingredients from the organic gardens and surrounding ocean. You can also find local bars and restaurants within a 25-minute walk or a 10 minute boat ride.
Activities on site include scuba diving, snorkeling, paddle-boarding and kayaking. Equipment are included.
Travel tips to Little Corn Island, Nicaragua
Getting to Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa is part of the experience. But it is important that we explain clearly the journey and what to expect.
*****For this retreat is is best to fly into Managua, Nicaragua on Sat February 12, and stay over, and then leave first thing on Sunday February 13 to Little Corn Island.
Arriving in Managua
Managua Airport (MGA) is serviced by a number of international airlines including United, American, Delta, Copa, Avianca, Spirit and Aeromexico. Ideally, guests can find flights that connect with a La Costena Airlines flight to Big Corn Island on the same day.
If not, an overnight stay at one of the airport hotels can be arranged by Yeymaya Resort. You will leave in the morning for the final destination.
All you need to do is give Yemaya Resort your Managua flight arrival and departure details and they will take care of the rest for you. Super easy!
A Note about flights
A lot of the time, flights coming from the US are connecting in Houston through United Airlines, a common time to arrive in Managua is in the evening. In most cases, people spend a night at the Camino Real Hotel upon their arrival in Managua. This can all be arranged by Yemaya Resort.
Alternatively, there are probably options to catch a red eye. In that case, you would arrive in Managua on February 13 around noon and catch the afternoon flight/boat over to the Islands to arrive in the evening.
We recommend booking air travel to Managua (MGA) on Febraury 12. We will stay the night in Managua at The Real Camino Hotel for the evening of February 12, and we will all leave first thing on Febraury 13 for Big Corn Island.
We will depart from Little Corn Island on February 20 early in the morning and arrive in Managua around 930am. Departures should be booked back from Managua to the USA on February 20th after 930am, leaving plenty of time for customs, transfers etc. I.e. early or late afternoon.
The hotel in Managua, Camino Real Hotel (that we will be staying in on Feb 12th), as well as the flight to Big Corn Island and all shuttle service, boat transfer etc. to our final destination will all be arranged directly with Yemaya Resort.
Yemaya will also arrange travel back to Managua on February 20th.
*ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS FLY TO MANAGUA ON FEBRUARY 12TH, AND BOOK YOUR RETURN FROM MANAGUA TO THE USA ON FEBRUARY 20TH AFTER AROUND 11AM.
*There are, of course, other options to get to and from our destination; other dates coming and going, staying an extra day on Little Corn etc. The above is a good guideline. If you have any further questions beyond the above, please reach out to us or to the Yemaya Resort.
Additional flight information
You will also need to send Yemaya Resort your weight and your baggage weight a few days before your arrival in Nicaragua. Please note, La Costena Airlines (the shuttle flight from Managua to the island, arranged by Yemaya Resort) has a baggage limit of 30 pounds and will charge you $1.20 per extra pound. So try to travel light.
The La Costena flight to Big Corn Island takes about an hour. At the Big Corn airport people from Yemaya Resort will meet you with a cold drink and take you by taxi to the island wharf to board your private panga (boat) to take you to the hotel.
The Boat Trip Across to Yemaya Resort
A stunning experience.
During the boat trip you might get wet from the seas spray, so wearing clothes that you are happy to get wet in isn’t a bad idea. And packing a spray jacket is sensible as well.
If the seas are rough (rare) the trip can be slightly uncomfortable, so anyone with serious medical problems or mobility problems may wish to consider a different retreat.