Little Corn Island Yoga Retreat

Little Corn Island Yoga Retreat

 

The perfect yoga retreat! Little Corn Island, a little known paradise island found in the Caribbean. A true tropical island getaway.

Off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua you will find the perfect little tropical island with laid back vibes, palm trees swaying in the breeze, pristine beaches, amazing turquoise waters, and the absolute perfect escape for a soulful yoga retreat away from it all. Getting to Little Corn Island may not be a well-trodden path but that´s the beauty of it In this case it’s not about the journey… it´s about the destination.

 

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February 17 - 23, 2020

Yoga Retreat Little Corn Island

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About

Little Corn Island : You’re about to be charmed

This incredible yoga retreat offers a casual, low key island experience for those looking to kick back and spend some lazy days reconnecting with yourself and recharging your battery with sunshine, incredible food, lots of great yoga, and a little fun sprinkled in along the way. Indulge in stunning sea views, exquisite white sand beaches surrounded by lush jungle, swaying coco palms, a pristine reef teeming with sea life, and of course a daily deluge of lovely local smiles.

Our home for the week is the charming Yemaya Island Hideaway Hotel, named after the goddess of the sea. Oceanfront rooms with just enough amenities make for a lovely stay and are the perfect home base for long walks on the water’s edge, star gazing or spending your days out in the turquoise sea. Your retreat truly away from it all. Enjoy soulful yoga classes in the open air surrounded by the sounds of nature. Fresh and local food is served daily with epic views of the gorgeous Caribbean waters.

Getting to Little Corn Island may not be a well-trodden path but that´s the beauty of it… in this case it’s not about the journey… it´s about the destination. Trust us, the extra effort to find this island paradise is well worth it!

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Includes

Little Corn Island Yoga Retreat INCLUDES

6 nights Oceanfront accommodations
Yoga twice daily
Writing workshop
Breakfast each morning
Four dinners
Water, Coffee, and Tea daily until 6pm
One hour massage
Snorkel excursion in hand-crafted sailboat
Island walkabout adventure
Roundtrip domestic flights from Managua to Corn Island*
Roundtrip ferry from Corn Island airport to Little Corn hotel
All hotel taxes & fees


What’s NOT Included :

Staff tips (service is amazing here!)
International flights
All lunches
Two dinners
Alcohol
Wifi & Air conditioning in your room**


*Please see our Travel Tips Guide below for the schedule and details of your included domestic flights and ferry rides to and from the island.

**Please note that Wifi is available free of charge in the restaurant and reception area of the hotel. If you’d like Wifi or Air conditioning in your room they both exist and can be purchased directly from the hotel. During this time of year the weather is cool and there are fans and ocean breezes so we don’t feel that air con is necessary but if you feel differently when you arrive it is there for you.

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Itinerary

Little Corn Island Yoga Retreat Itinerary


Day One :

Flights from Managua (MGA) Airport to Corn Island and ferry service to Little Corn*
3:00pm Hotel check-in
6:30pm Welcome cleansing & grounding circle
8pm Opening Dinner together as a group


Day Two :

 

7:45am Coffee, Tea & Snack
8:30-10:00am Yoga practice w/ meditation
10:15am Breakfast
Free time to explore the island, relax, massages or lounge in the sun
Lunch on your own
6-7pm Yoga Practice
8pm Dinner together as a group


Day Three :

7:45am Coffee, Tea & Snack
8:30-10:00am Yoga practice w/ meditation
10:15am Breakfast
12-4pm Group island walkabout; Lunch on your own
6-7pm Yoga Practice
8pm Dinner together as a group


Day Four :

7:45am Coffee, Tea & Snack
8:30-10:00am Yoga practice w/ meditation
10:15am Breakfast
Free time to explore the island, relax, massages or lounge in the sun
Lunch on your own
3-5pm Group Snorkel off hand-crafted boat
6-7pm Yoga Practice
Dinner on your own


Day Five :

7:45am Coffee, Tea & Snack
8:30-10:00am Yoga practice w/ meditation
10:15am Breakfast
Free time to explore the island, relax, massages or lounge in the sun
Lunch on your own
5-6pm Writers Workshop
6-7pm Yoga Practice
Dinner on your own


Day Six :

7:45am Coffee, Tea & Snack
8:30-10:00am Yoga practice w/ meditation
10:15am Breakfast
Free time to explore the island, relax, massages or lounge in the sun; optional chocolate making class
Lunch on your own
6-7pm Yoga Practice
8pm Closing dinner together as a group


Day Seven :

8:00am Breakfast available
Ferry transportation to Corn Island airport & domestic flights out to MGA*

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This itinerary is subject to adjustments, changes in times, locations, or activities as the retreat leaders and hosts see fit. Any change will be on par with our standards or an upgrade in services or location making for an even more amazing experience for the group and our guests. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and cooperation if any situation were to arise.


*Roundtrip domestic flights and boat service within Nicaragua are included in your package. Please see our Travel Tips Guide below for details and schedule.

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Stay

Oceanfront Accommodations on Little Corn

Our home for the week is the charming Yemaya Island Hideaway Hotel, named after the goddess of the sea. Oceanfront rooms with stunning sea views, exquisite white sand beaches, surrounded by lush jungle, swaying coco palms, a pristine reef teeming with sea life, and of course a daily deluge of lovely local smiles.

Food is carefully prepared and planned using the most fresh and local ingredients possible. You’ll find greens from the garden, fish from the sea, coconuts from the trees, and fruits of the land on your plate. In addition to the stunning hotel restaurant with a front seat to the Caribbean, an epic smoothie bar and a beach snack bar are both yours for the taking during lunches on your own. All ingredients are as local and fresh as possible.

Yemaya has a handful of kayak and standup paddleboards if the water is calling. Feel free to paddle about and see what is just beneath the surface of the crystal clear waters.

You’ll find attention to every detail in your oceanfront accommodations. Choose a private or shared room with private ensuite bathroom. Rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and lovely ocean breezes for a luxurious nights sleep. If you need air conditioning and wifi in your room just ask reception to add it to your bill and they will give you the keys for both. For most of the year the weather is pretty perfect and there is wifi in the restaurant so take advantage of that book you’ve been meaning to finish and just being offline!

A fabulous jungle yoga studio will host our classes during the week. Open air breezes, lush jungle all around, and a thatched roof will be the setting for each class. All props and mats are provided.

It won’t be long until you’ll be experiencing this amazing little island for yourself. Join us at Yemaya for the week of yoga and relaxation that you know you deserve.

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Pricing

Little Corn ISLAND YOGA RETREAT PRICING

 

PRIVATE OCEANVIEW ROOMS

These rooms have a view of the ocean,1 king bed, small balcony, and full bathroom ensuite.

Private $3,175usd private
Shared Bed* $2,635usd per person

*For rooms with shared bed options we require that you provide your own bedmate.


SHARED DOUBLE OCEANVIEW ROOMS

These rooms have an ocean view, 1 king bed + 1 twin bed, small balcony, and full bathroom ensuite.

King Bed $2,735usd + Twin Bed $2,635usd


FOR GROUPS OF 3 BOOKING TOGETHER : SHARED TRIPLE

These rooms have an ocean view, 1 king bed + 1 twin bed, small balcony, and full bathroom ensuite.

2 people sharing the king bed* plus 1 person in the twin
$2,555usd per person

*For rooms with shared bed options we require that you provide your own bedmate.

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Payments

Little Corn Island Yoga Retreat Payments

Deposits* of $750usd are due to secure your space in the retreat.

The balance of your retreat (minus your $750usd initial deposit*) is due 90 days prior to arrival. All details for settling up will be emailed to the group three months before the retreat.

You may pay with a credit card via PayPal, a bank wire transfer, Zelle, or deposit a check into our bank account to settle your balance. We also accept Bitcoin. We understand how much fees stink…though some of these options do incur a fee that will be passed on to you. Please see the itemized list below.

                                 

PayPal = 4% We can no longer accept Friends & Family payments. If you have an active US PayPal account that you use regularly you may be able to send us funds with no fees. If fees are incurred we will roll them over into your balance due.

Bank Wire = please add $20usd to your total

Zelle or dropping a check into our Chase account = Free

Bitcoin = any transaction fees your wallet requires

Please let us know your preferred method of payment and we will send you the appropriate information right away.


MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT

 

Please check availability with us for accommodations before making your $750usd deposit*

Roommates should book together. If you would like to share a room and do not have a roommate we will provide one for you if possible. In the case that there is no one to share a room we ask that you take a private room instead.

To make your deposit with a credit card, please click the link below. You will be directed to Paypal.com. A 4% fee will be charged with this method.


Retreat Dates



POLICIES


CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations made within 90 days or less of arrival are 100% non refundable. All initial deposits are non-refundable.

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY

The acceptance of a verbal or written confirmation from YOGA & ADVENTURES WORLDWIDE (Y&AWW) constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions listed herein. Participants are responsible to be adequately insured, therefore Traveler’s Insurance is strongly recommended*. Y&AWW and its staff assume no responsibility nor liability for any delay, loss, damage, injury or accident with regards to persons or property which may be caused by fault or negligence of any third party vendor. This includes hotels, transportation providers, and local operators participating in part for our services. Y&AWW shall be held harmless for any expense caused by injury or accident, to any participants as well as any loss or damage of personal items while on our tours. We reserve the right to make any changes to services and itineraries, with or without notice, which may become necessary.

Yoga & Adventures Worldwide, its affiliates, retreat facilitators, hotels, third party vendors, and tour providers, the ownership, or staff, of course, cannot be held responsible for events that are outside of our control. There are no refunds as per our cancellation policies. We highly recommend that all of our guests secure a quality travel insurance that will cover them for ANY event which may cause for a change of travel plans, or for ANY unfortunate event including but of course not limited to:

– Transportation delays, cancellations or changes due to strikes, labor disputes, or lockouts from airlines, boats, ferries or any type of transportation
– Any inconvenience or complication caused by bad weather, storms, and hurricanes : a direct hit, near miss, or significant threat of a hurricane strike
– Government/political actions, events or situations; threats or acts of terrorism, acts of war or declared war.
– Personal health issues or personal situations in general which may affect travel plans
– Any loss, theft or damage of personal items at any stage of your trip
– Any accident causing injury during any stage of your trip

AIG offers Travel Guard at affordable rates. Please let us know if you have chosen to purchase insurance or declined at final balance due.

By submitting payments toward your retreat you accept these Terms and Conditions.

If you have any questions regarding the details of this retreat please feel free to contact us to set up a Skype conversation or to receive further info via email.

Travel Tips

Travel Tips Guide for Little Corn Island

 

Is traveling to Little Corn safe?

As it has for many years, travel to the Corn Islands remains safe and unaffected by the political situation of 2018 that occurred in outer areas of Managua and other isolated areas of the mainland. Since things settled back down there more than one year ago, the traveler advisories that some countries posted have also dropped back down to the level they were when tourism was thriving over the past 15 years, and more continue to be favorably updated. Tourism is slowly returning to normal, and getting here is the same and as safe as ever. If you have always wanted to visit an unspoiled tropical paradise with great amenities but without the crowds, this is your chance!

 

How do I get there?

We have made your travel to the island as easy as possible by including your roundtrip domestic flights from Managua (MGA) to Corn Island (CIS) as well as the ferry to the hotel on Little Corn. Below is the schedule you should plan your international flights around.

 

Arrivals into Corn Island from Managua :

There are only two flights per day from Managua (MGA) to Corn Island (CIS) leaving at 6.30am and at 2pm. You may take either flight that works best for you. Please plan to arrive into Managua Airport with at least 2 hours of time to get off your international flight, get through customs, get your bags and then check in for your departure flight with Costeña Airlines to the island. This means being in MGA by 5am or 12:30pm on the first day of the retreat to catch this flight.

Please plan to either arrive the night before the retreat starts into Managua and spend the night on your own to take the morning flight out or arrive into Managua the morning the retreat starts to take the afternoon flight to Corn Island. We recommend the afternoon flight if possible as it allows you to arrive to the hotel and be checked straight into your room but if necessary there is a beach bar and lounge chairs and hammocks all around the property so please choose the international flights that work best for you.

Ferry service from Corn Island Airport to the hotel on Little Corn is also included. Your driver will be waiting for you upon landing into Corn Island to take you to the boat that heads directly to the hotel. It’s an easy 20 minute ride on the boat.

 

Departures out of Corn Island to Managua :

Return flights out of Little Corn to Managua leave twice per day as the schedule below.

Remember that you will need to allow approximately 2 hours between arrival into MGA and your international departure to get checked into your flight, get through customs and security, pick up any last minute goodies, and to your gate. This means that your international flight should be leaving Managua from around 11am or later for the morning flight and around 7pm for the afternoon flight. Remember you can always stay an extra night in Managua if need be.

PLEASE NOTE : If you miss the flight or ferry that is included in your package on opening and closing days of the retreat, you will be required to purchase another flight and ferry package on your own directly with the hotel and the airline. We offer these included flights and ferries only on the opening and closing days of the retreat. If you wish to explore the islands more please communicate that to us and we will see what we can do in terms of extending your flights. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance in the event of unforeseen travel hiccups.

A current passport is required for travel to Nicaragua. It should have at least 6 months of validity from your departure date. No visas are required to enter the country if your passport is from any of the following : USA, Europe, Australia, Canada. Any other nationalities please contact your embassy.

 

What’s the history with the Corn Islands?

Nicaragua’s Corn Islands are much more than a beautiful paradise. The Corn Islands have a colorful and varied history dating back long before Nicaragua’s pirate days in the 1600’s. According to the 400-year-old tome The Buccaneers of America by the Dutch pirate Alexander Olivier Esquemeling, the author claims to be one of the first to “discover” Big and Little Corn Island. Initially occupied the by the Kutra Indians, the native bare-footed, copper-colored inhabitants were wiped out by the Miskito Indian warriors and from slave trading to the colonists along the coast. The next wave of Corn Island settlement began about 1700 by British bringing their slaves from Jamaica. On the 27th of August, 1841, Colonel Alexander McDonald, superintendent of what was then British Honduras (known as Belize today), landed his warship in the Southwest Bay harbor. He rounded up all of the slave owners and proclaimed that all of the slaves on the islands where thereby free men.

Now part of Nicaragua, these amazing islands has become Nicaragua’s best kept secret. Today Little Corn is a wonderful mix of Afro-Caribbean culture. You will find a rainbow of skin and eye colors on the locals, big smiles, and a charming creole accent. While the official language of Nicaragua is Spanish, Nicaraguans on the islands and the Caribbean coast speak indigenous languages as well as English, which is widely used.

 

What about the food and drink?

The Corn Islands diet consists of traditional stews like rondon and freshly made coconut bread. They eat lots of tropical fruits and root vegetables as well as fresh fish and seafood caught just off-shore.

While several dinners are included at our hotel together, there are several great options for the meals you have on your own around the island. We typically find that the group ends up going out all together or in smaller groups so you’ll easily find someone to dine with if you’re up for the adventure. Keep in mind that you can also choose to stay at the hotel and enjoy a quiet dinner and call it an early night anytime.

If you’re looking for the action, definitely plan to venture out to the ever popular Tranquilo Cafe for a meal and/or drinks and some live local music. They have bonfires a few times per week as well but watch out for the local monkey that tries to steal your fries!

Try Lickie Island Ice Cream‘s Choco-peanut butter, check out the sunset and amazing food at The Sunset Shack too! Here is a full list of more local food and drink options. All the cuisine on the island is fresh, local and delicious. You’re in for a real treat!