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Surf, Yoga & Beach Adventure: in Popoyo, Nicaragua

February 16-23, 2019

featuring: Kate Grove + 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.   

REGISTER NOW  <—First, fill out this short form!

 <–Second, make your deposit!

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 Chalet

Chalet 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:  $2210 USD

Early Bird Special of $1910 USD when you register before May 1, 2018!


The Triple Share Apartment

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


All Inclusive Cost:  $2210

Early Bird Special of $1910 USD when you register before May 1, 2018!


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:  $2310 USD per person

Early Bird Special of $2010 USD when you register before May 1, 2018!

Single Rooms Are Available Upon Request!* $2590

(Early Bird Special of $300 off when you register before May 1, 2018!)

Surf & Yoga Adventure Retreat



  • Seven nights, 8 days stay (accommodation of choice above)
  • Three organic meals daily (fish, chicken, and veggie options are available!)
  • 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
  • 1-2 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


Kate Grove

Yoga Instructor, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga Instructor, PaddleFit Level 2 Instructor, World Paddle Association Class II Trainer, Indo Yoga Board instructor, Precision Cycle certified and a Lululemon SUP Yoga Ambassador

Kate has been leading fitness classes throughout Annapolis for the last fifteen years and is the owner of Sunrise SUP – a Stand Up Paddleboarding business providing SUP Yoga, fitness, lessons, rentals, kid’s camps and group events since 2013. She is a Yoga Instructor, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga Instructor, PaddleFit Level 2 Instructor, World Paddle Association Class II Trainer, Indo Yoga Board instructor, Precision Cycle certified and a Lululemon SUP Yoga Ambassador. In February 2016, she became the co-owner of YogaVibez Edgewater – a waterfront yoga studio located at Pier 7, next to Sunrise SUP. Together, they provide both the land and water experience to build a strong yoga community and spread good Vibez. They launched FLOWGA (SUP Yoga) teacher training in May 2016. She has trained children, exercise enthusiasts and athletes in Stand Up Paddleboarding, Yoga, Indo Yoga, Triathlon skills, core strength, cardio conditioning, endurance and flexibility; she has coached group training for beginner triathlon, master swim programs and youth fitness and SUP camps during the summer. Kate competes in SUP racing, Triathlon and running events Yin Yang Yoga 200 RYT in 2015 Indo Yoga Board Instructor, teaching since 2014 SUP Yoga Certification with Lazy Dog in April 2014 PaddleFit – Level 1 & 2, April 2013 WPA Class II Trainer


Alana Roach

 Yoga & Meditation Instructor, Integrative Nutrition and Health Coach

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.


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 explorationsofself@gmail.com 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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