The trip to the beaches of La Flor and Ostional, which lay south of San Juan del Sur was wonderful. I can hardly wait to to be awestruck! Will be taking a trip down in the middle of Oct. to see the or the arrival of tens of thousands of sea turtles- Olive Ridleys, Leatherbacks, to name a couple, as they come up to the beaches there to lay their eggs. Supporting La Flor and Reserva Cocibolco is one of those fun projects we will do on days off to support their efforts and bring the publicity needed to the beaches to make protection of the sea turtles easier for the few whom are involved in it. Salvador Sanchez is one of those involved. He lives right on the beach in his beach home open to visitors. He offers kayak trips and can rent a larger boat to take people out further in the ocean to see the Humpback Whales that swim there as well. Our night there we were able to see 2 Humpbacks in the distance. I SO am going back and renting a kayak to get closer– who wants to come with?!
Our trip to San Juan del Sur to visit a couple of yoga retreats, the beach, and the sea turtle conservation program was fun and interesting. This video shows the beach from the restaurant that one sees from the photos on this website. 15 years ago this restaurant was humble. Some friends of a good friend of mine and I stayed across the street from this restaurant. That house is still there, same aquamarine color too! However, there were many hotels and restaurants built up that did not exist before. Homes along the ridge overlooking the sea are all new in the last 5 years. Cruise ships now dock at San Juan del Sur as a port of destination along a route that one takes going up and down the Pacific Coast of Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. Even though there are beaches by Leon, this will be a beach of interest when you come to visit. It will be a part of the tours I offer when we go to the arribadas or the arrival of tens of thousands of sea turtles to lay their eggs . I have several “fun” things planned for visitors so its not all work and no play! This is the beach that many go to surf. Would love to get some SUPs to have here– perfect beach for that! Trip to San Juan del Sur to check out water, waves, and workshop possibilities.
Rosa Amanda and I took a trip south of Managua to visit several sites where there are yoga retreats. Inanitah is one of them. Situated on the base of Las Maderas, one of the volcanos of Isla Ometepe, it is off the beaten path, up the volcano a bit, and is a wonderful-all natural yoga retreat and conscious community. Visitors here can stay for awhile and contribute their labor to horticulture, building structures out of original adobe (mud, straw, and cow dung). Gaia and Paulo offer yoga practice daily. The main feature is living in a conscious community off the land. It is an absolutely gorgeous spot and caters to the adventurer. Must be in good shape to get there. We will be collaborating with them with several projects-yeah!Inanitah on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
Slow start but those whom I talked to have a lot of interest in being a part of Seva Centers, International in Managua. I’ll be based out of Leon and travel to Managua and San Juan del Sur to train yoga instructors and Thai Yoga Massage therapists to get things rolling. I’m working on collaborating with people in order to share resources. So far lots of interest shown for Seva Centers, International project!
This is my friend Rosa Amanda. If you visit Nicaragua and care to stay in her home as a transition to your destination. You are more than welcome. Very clean house. Centrally located in Managua.
Rosa Amanda’s House
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One of the projects we will offer for non-holistic practitioners is Sea Turtle Conservation. There are 2 conservation groups in Nicaragua- one in San Juan del Sur and the other in Leon who are trying desperately to save the sea turtles from the locals who eat the eggs and use the shells for jewelry to sell to the tourists. Just by building up a foreign presence on those beaches will significantly reduce the slaughter of these endangered creatures. And when foreigners come, they inevitably spend. Only in that manner will we demonstrate to the locals that earning a living from servicing the numbers of enlightened tourists who come to their lovely beach to see and experience the turtles is far more lucrative than feeding the turtle eggs to the few unenlightened tourists.
Check out our link to the Sea Turtles Conservation on the right column! And watch the well done video below!