6 NIGHTS / 17th - 23rd January 2019
We grow and learn in relationships, and the group will learn just as much from each other as they will from the teacher and the topics explored. Retreating can be the space needed for introspection, reflection, and reconnection in order to come back to our daily lives with more attention and intention. Da Vinci would step away from his canvas in order to see it with fresh eyes and new perspective. This retreat will be a deep dive into living the practice of yoga, for returning to our lives with more mindfulness, openness, and freedom. Through the lens of yogic philosophy, Buddhist meditation, and somatic psychology, this retreat will encourage participants to hone the tool of standing strongly in themselves in order to come back to the helm of their own lives.
In yoga, we won’t mess around-- the 2- hour morning practice will be the usual Laura Ahrens signature intended to deepen your practice, both physical and spiritual, and invite homecoming to and uniting of body and spirit. The practice is adaptive and can accommodate all abilities. The evening 75- minute practice, depending on the night, will include meditation, restorative, chanting, and continuing education topics in the realm of yogic philosophy that will be intentionally woven together and built upon each other from night to night and from day to night that will reinforce our learnings together. We will unwind the nervous system to glimpse the benefits of repatterning and releasing habitual ways of being so we can approach life with more intention and choice.
We will eat three meals on each full day of the trip (dinner will be provided on the first day and breakfast will be served on the last), the resort is known for their absolutely mouth watering plant based meals that respect the planet and animals and are mostly grown locally. While not in practice, enjoy relaxing on-site or enjoy an excursion to some of the wonders nearby.
- Shared or private accommodation for 6 nights.
- Twice daily yoga practice.
- 3 plant-based meals per full retreat day (includes dinner on day of arrival and breakfast on day of departure).
- Unlimited coconut water, morning herbal tea, drinking water and bananas.
- Airport Transfers between Apoyo Lodge and Airport (MGA).
DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Flights to/from Nicaragua (fly to Managua airport - MGA)
- Additional snacks, juices, smoothies from the Healthy Bar.
- Additional massages and therapies.
- Optional day trips.
- Gratuities (voluntary)
- Insurance (recommended)
- Shared occupancy - $1,195 USD per person
- Single occupancy - $1,4900 USD per person
YOUR RETREAT LEADER - Laura Ahrens
My teaching is a union of traditional yogic philosophy and a modern perspective on practice.In my work, physically challenging asana kindles the fire of transformation and focuses strong attention into meditation. Storytelling, metaphorical language, and precisely directed options for alignment teach the tale of our becoming more human.
I love teaching others to be discerning practitioners who synthesize information for themselves. In that spirit, I co-created The New School of Yogic Arts, a teacher training school for those who want to learn to teach the practice of yoga as a living system that breathes differently in each body.
My current work is a melding of all the different truths of moving and living in yoga that I have had the privilege of learning. My teaching is an approach to practice and is not style focused. My classes and other offerings prioritize depth of breath, core-centricity of action, and commitment to the inner work necessary for personal evolution.
I hold a 200 hour certification in Hatha Vinyasa, 200-hour and advanced certifications in Forrest Yoga taught by Ana Forrest, and completed a year-long mentorship under the guidance of Dr. Heidi Sormaz. I hold a BFA from The University of the Arts, where I honed my own use of story and song, which, since ancient times, have served as instruments of connection and community. I am currently studying yoga therapy with Sarahjoy Marsh for 500 hour certification. My teachers have paved my path, and I am forever grateful to them and to the teachers of the teachers.