Retreat Detail

Surf, Yoga & Beach Adventure: in Popoyo, Nicaragua

February 17th-24th, 2018

featuring: Jill Kraz + Alana Roach

Unleash your spirit of adventure, explore the art of wave riding and find your ocean-inspired breath as you reawaken your soul along the magnificent coast of Popoyo, Nicaragua.  Just imagine escaping the winter cold and rising with a smile to the warm sun on your face.   


Wake up everyday to the sweet sounds of the Pacific ocean, as you flow through a rejuvenating morning yoga practice in a open-air, rooftop studio providing you 270 degree views of pure blue.  Spend the afternoon surfing, enjoying the freshest foods, adventuring, serving the local community and developing life-long relationships you will never forget!

Popoyo, Nicaragua is home to world-class waves that provide seemingly endless opportunities for all levels and styles of riders.

Our Surf, Yoga and Beach Adventure Retreat includes a free surf lesson, board rentals for the entire week, and a hot springs adventure you will never forget.  Your retreat will also include: a yoga class everyday, a few surf conditioning classes, and a empowerment activities throughout the week to make your experience a transforming one.  


Magnific Rock Resort is perched on an incredible 30 metre cliff face and offers its guests multiple lounge areas to rest, read, gather and to watch the sun sink down over the horizon.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will not want to miss out on!

If this retreat is calling you, register now–spots will fill quickly!



Accommodation Options:


The Rancho

Ranchos are situated on the cliff-edge, with spectacular views of Popoyo. They have private bathrooms, a double bed, fans, Wifi, and a super sweet vibe.  There are 2 available.


All Inclusive Cost:  $1675

Register Before August 31st: $1525


The Triple Share Apartment

The Apartments have a kitchenette, living space, bedroom and bathroom, as well as 1 double bed, 2 single beds, air-con, wifi, a private balcony, and incredible view of the northern beaches.  


All Inclusive Cost:  $1400

Register Before August 31st: $1250


The Studio


The studios are brand new cliffside accomodation with air-con, double and single beds, private balconies, Wifi, and more amazing views. There are 4 available.


All Inclusive Cost:  $1800

Register Before August 31st : $1650

Single Rooms Are Available Upon Request!*

Surf & Yoga Adventure Retreat



  • Seven nights, 8 days stay (accommodation of choice above)
  • Three organic, vegetarian or vegan meals daily (fish/chicken optional for dinner)
  • Round-trip private shuttle to and from Augusto C. Sandino Airport
  • 1 surf lesson and coaching throughout the week
  • Free Board Hire all week long
  • Your choice of a fresh smoothie each day
  • One energizing sunrise core class per day
  • One rejuvenating yoga class per day
  • One 60 minute massage
  • Bottomless Tea, Coffee, and Filtered Water
  • Local Hot Springs Day Trip
  • A beach cleanup project with a local school
  • Wifi and Pool Access
  • Bonfire Finale Party on the last night

Meet Your Instructors


Alana Roach Yoga Instructor

Alana’s love for yoga came from firsthand experience with just how powerful the practice is. “In 2009, Yoga found me.” Inside the studio, she experienced a deep sense of belonging, but the most profound part was what happened after. “I felt as though I was at true peace. I finally knew what the word meant. Until that moment, I had just understood it cerebrally. There is something profound to be said about peace dropping into the heart.” With a background in ballet starting at the age of 2 that continued through age 15, Alana realized that she had been doing yoga even then. “The girls in the dance studio and I used to see who could hold full lotus the longest when I was just 4. I realize now that I have been training to practice and teach yoga my whole life”

In 2012, her journey took her to India for 3 months where she trained with incredible locals near the Himalayas and fell into a rhythm of practice that felt sustaining. She knew that when She returned from the East, she would begin in creating a life as a teacher of Yoga to help others journey to find whole health and well-being in the mind, body, and soul. She has been teaching ever since. E-RYT certified teacher trainer and teacher of Vinyasa with a focus in Ashtanga Yoga and her personal studies of many holistic modalities including integrative breathwork, pranayama, plant-based nutrition, tantric studies, and various yoga theory and practicum ranging from restorative to advanced vinyasa and everything in between, Alana teaches all levels and all ages. In

“I want to reach you at the level of your needs, and I try to communicate with you on a mind, body, soul level to find out what that is. We co-create a beautiful practice together. My students are my best teachers. In that light, we are co-teaching each other in every moment. It is really a beautiful experience.

Jill Kraz Surf and Beach Adventure Guide


Jill’s passion for fitness has taken her around the world.  She has spent months surfing, hiking, and exploring far off lands: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Australia, Hawaii, and many of the Fijian and Samoan Islands.   She lived in New Zealand for a year and a half working as an exercise specialist and as Red Cross instructor in 2011. Traveling became an outlet for her early on and made her feel fully ALIVE.

Jill graduated from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington where she ran track/cross country and graduated with a degree in Exercise Science.   She kept herself busy to say the least, working up to three jobs at once to save for her next adventure.   Her day job consists of teaching cycling, boot camps, surf/paddleboard lessons and personal training.  Now the only problem is, she almost never slept and had trouble staying still.

That’s where yoga found its way in!  Given her active and fast-paced lifestyle, yoga did not initially feel good.  In fact, it wasn’t until a few months later that she experienced something new: a total relaxed body and mind.  Her ability to lie flat in savasana was a miracle.  Yoga began to restore her soul without having to go anywhere but inside herself.

One miniature accomplishment led to another and by 2015 she became so passionate about the practice that she decided to take on a 200-hour teacher training.  Jill is now a registered yoga teacher and excited to see where this journey  takes her.  

“If you have the power to make someone happy, do it!  The world needs more of that.” -Anonymous


The Explorations of Self yoga retreat led by Alana Roach was one of the best experiences of my life.  I can truly say for me, it was life changing.  Her guidance and teaching helped me to really let go and be in the present like never before. She took the time to connect with each one of her students on a personal level with patience, compassion, and love. She has a real gift for feeling the energy of the class and tailoring the physical practice and meditation to fit the moment. Alana has this light about her that shines very brightly, you can’t help but feel a sense of ease and comfort. – Fred Dolbow

Just returned from a Yoga retreat  in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Alana Roach is the true Goddess.She is knowledgeable,thoughtful,beautiful  and passionate about her teachings and practice. Spa treatments by Maria really helped with some pain I was going thru. This was a great place for Yoga lovers, it’s magical. For surfers, it’s a dream come true. She went beyond and above , and was always there making sure we were taken care of. What a wonderful experience. – Lynne Roye

*Make your Retreat Extra Special


While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of incredible activities and amazing excursions. Some of the possible options include:

  • Private Surf or Paddle Board Lessons
  • Yoga, Surf, SUP Private Lessons
  • Beach Horseback Riding
  • Excursion to Granada or San Juan del Sur
  • Boat Surf Trip or Fishing Charter Trips
  • Turtle Reserve in Punta Teonoste
  • Golfing at 18-hole Iguana Beach Club course
  • Snorkeling adventure

*Price of Activities are not included in Tuition



Register early as we expect this retreat to fill quickly! A $365 deposit will get your name on the big “I Want To Go To Nicaragua” list and officially reserve your spot. It will be deducted from the total amount of the trip cost.   The trip has a maximum of 25 people.

  • To register, go to our   Online Registration Platform *.
  • Currently we only accept PayPal for payment. The minimum payment you can make is the $365 Deposit which will “Hold Your Spot for Nicaragua” and lock in your spot for the retreat. Click the Buy Now button below to make your payment through our online Paypal portal. 

  • Initial deposits are non-refundable.
  • 50% of the payments made are refundable up to 90 days before program excluding initial deposit
  • 89 days prior to a program, tuition is non-refundable
  • Full tuition is refunded if the trip is canceled due to low enrollment
  • Half tuition is due on September 1, 2016
  • Full tuition is due on December 1, 2016

**Note: Airfare is not included in the tuition price

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We understand that many questions come up when visiting a place you have never been. What do I bring? What is the weather like?  We have created Participant Packages that will clarify these type of questions and more   Once you have registered, we will send you these materials.   If you have other questions, you can always write us at so we can support you.

Getting There

You will be booking your flight into Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (ACS) in Nicaragua’s capital, Managua. Two private shuttle for this retreat will be provided round-trip from the airport to Magnific Rock Resort in Popoyo, Nicaragua. The shuttles will accommodate the last arriving passenger. Before booking flights, please contact us to discuss the flight arrival and departure window for your retreat and to be sure group minimums have been reached. If you do not wish to take the shuttle, you can take a taxi from the airport straight to Magnific Rock for US $120. A taxi can also be arranged to pick you up from the Costa Rican border, Managua, San Del Sur, Granada, Masaya or Rivas.


Check out our photo gallery from our last year’s retreat!

Explorations of Self LLC

Explorations of Self is a mindful travel company.

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 Popoyo Nicaragua,
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