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.
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.
In addition, each evening we will join together in a Sacred Circle exploring the ‘mystical’ meditation practice known as shamanic journeying.
Our beloved guest teacher Stacey will be on hand to help us bring the energies of the ancient Maya into our present lives and understanding, and she also will co-facilitate the evening circle with Jonathan.
This is fun, imaginative, and expansive work, that will bring you into deeper contact Spirit, Nature and the hearts of the other participants. The evening Circle is widely considered a ‘highlight’ for those who have attended a Living Project Retreat.
While we have a rich curriculum planned for you, we always leave plenty of down time for you to relax, swim, read a book and explore the island.
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; 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 the untouched wilderness of virgin rainforest; all the while surrounded by spectacular rare birds and exotic marine life.
Chill, relax, dive, snorkel, kite surf, kayak, fish, paddle-board, massage, horseback riding, yoga, meditation….. …fresh coconut water whenever you feel like it, fish from the sea, fruit dropping from trees wherever you wander, and more lobster than you will ever have in a week….and generally get away from it all…. perfect…..
Yemaya, named after the African Goddess of the sea, brings a Tulum-like, bohemian-chic, yoga-centric, barefoot luxury to Little Corn Island. It is a remote and pristine slice of unparalleled paradise, that has been included in the top ten travel lists of Forbes, The New York Times, GQ, and Conde Nast Traveler.
It is nothing short of stunning.
Arriving by panga boat 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, a terrace with a seating area, plus hammocks. All rooms have a ceiling fan, a safe, and a private bathroom with handmade toiletries.
You will be staying on a lush and stunningly landscaped 7 acre property (the most beautiful we at The Living Project have seen) that boasts two yoga platforms: one nestled in the island jungle and the other overlooking the Caribbean sea.
The Yemaya Restaurant uses fresh ingredients from the organic gardens and surrounding ocean. Lobster is on our menu almost daily. The food at Yemaya, is truly, we can attest, out of this world. You can also find local bars and restaurants within a 20-minute walk. But in general, you wont want to leave.
Activities on site include scuba diving, snorkeling, paddle-boarding and kayaking. Equipment are included.
There is also a full service spa that offers massages, facials, and local-inspired body treatments.
While you will only be staying here for one night (on February 10), we can’t say enough about this adorable little jewel of a hotel that is only minutes from the Managua airport.
The accommodations here are beautiful, quaint, and impeccably clean. The food is glorious (try the tostones con queso frito!), the large pool is inviting, and there is a fun and somewhat naughty casino next door that is good for a laugh or a drink.
At the entrance of the hotel are exotic birds (Macaws and Toucans), and when you arrive you can sense a kind of old-school Central American hospitality.
When we first discovered El Camino Real Hotel on our last Nicaragua retreat, we were so surprised by it’s charm, that we wanted to include a few words about it on our website.
Travel to Little Corn Island, Nicaragua
For this retreat, you will fly into Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) on Friday, February 10 , and then book your return from Managua after 11am on Saturday, February 18 back to the US.
Camino Real Hotel (where we will be staying at on Feb 10th), 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 by Yemaya Resort.
Yemaya will also arrange ALL travel (domestic flight and boat) back to Managua on February 18th. So, after you book your round trip itinerary from the US to Managua, Yemaya Resort takes care of the rest.
Your nights stay at El Camino Real Hotel in Managua, as well as all domestic travel (shuttle service, domestic flight and boat to Little Corn Island) is INCLUDED in the cost of this retreat. (VIP Travel Easy – $400 value)
And just as a side note, The Living Project has worked with Yemeya Resort before. They have world class customer service, and make all of these arrangements for you with pain-staking detail.
From the moment you arrive in Managua (2/10), you will be guided and cared for throughout your journey. You will be met at the Managua airport by Yemaya personnel, taken to the Hotel Camino Real in Managua, picked up by a Yemaya representative the next day (2/11) and taken to Managua airport for your one hour domestic flight (Costena Airlines) to Big Corn Island.
At the Big Corn airport, Yemaya Resort personnel will again 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.
It could not be easier!!!!
***As with all of our retreats, we encourage travel insurance. While we and our guests have never had a problem on any of our retreats, having insurance can help you to relax about anything unforeseen that may occur.***
Additional flight information
You will 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. And remember you won’t need much, you will be in your bathing suit most of the time!
The Boat Trip to Yemaya Resort
A stunning experience. You will be taken on a private chartered boat (owned by Yemaya Resort) to Little Corn Island.
During the boat trip you might get a little wet from the seas spray, but this jyst adds to the adventure. Your luggage will all covered inside the boat.