At Jai Rhythm we look for like-minded and passionate people to work with when we decide on a retreat location. The team behind Maderas Village are the real deal, and are bringing into fruition a new way to approach modern life, balance and traveling. We are honored and excited to be bringing our tribe to the absolute best spot in Nicaragua for a yoga and surf adventure.
The Maderas Village is a short walk from Maderas beach and a 20 minute shuttle from San Juan del Sur. This surf village helps make transportation arrangements to get people to and from San Juan del Sur, Rivas, San Jorge, Grenada, or Managua.
Yoga practices will be rejuvenating and support the play we are doing off of our mats. We will begin each morning with a sunrise meditation that will open us up to our surroundings and help us get present to the amazing day we have ahead of us. Our meditation will gently segue into our flow yoga practice. Morning practices will tend to be more vigorous and fiery, while the afternoon practices will tend to be more grounding and assist in unwinding from the activities and adventures of the day.
Maderas Village takes food very seriously. It’s personal to them. It’s not just the act of nourishment, but the source of energy. Nightly pre-fixe dinners are served to guests seated at a large communal table, and enjoyed over tales of surf & travel, philosophical quandaries, and debates of the mind. Maderas Village goes to great lengths to make their food something to remember. They offer local and fresh food to their guests daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have a primarily pescatarian menu that is locally inspired and is described by guests as, “simplicity done to perfection.” While the kitchen is always open for lunch, Taco’s Locos on the Beach is always a nice treat and offers the best fish tacos in Nicaragua.
Two group surf sessions including lesson and board rental are included in the retreat rates and will include guidance by Colin Brightfield and local surf guides. The schedule of these two sessions will be determined by wave, tide and weather conditions on site during the week of the retreat. While staying at Maderas Village you’ll always find someone who wants to walk down to the beach, tell a surf story, share a surf secret, or debate a surf question. We foster an environment of advancement, where your level of skill isn’t nearly as important as your level of passion. Paddle out, charge hard, and smile & you’ll fit right in with the rest of us. The home break is Playa Maderas, a beach break that works best during the two hour period on either side of High Tide. Due to it’s location just West of Lake Nicaragua, Maderas gets hit with about 320 days a year of offshore winds making it’s consistency uncanny. It averages waves of 4-6 feet in the green season (Apr – Oct). The water temperature ranges from 20 degrees – 25 degrees, so never a need for more than a vest. Maderas surf guides often take surf trips in our safari to Hermosa and Remanso ($15 & $10 per person), as well as boat trips to more remote breaks of Colorado, Manzenio, and Panga Drops ($30 per person).
Maderas Village is an airy, sustainably-minded Surf Village nestled into a hillside jungle, overlooking Maderas beach. Guests describe The Maderas Village as an undiscovered boutique resort, a summer camp for adults, or a retirement community for young people. Nicaragua is full of natural beauty and a rich cultural history. While we love to see people fall in love with the Maderas life and never leave, we also encourage people to experience the other parts of Nicaragua that make living here so much fun.
Managua Intl Airport is closest and we can help set up a shuttle for you (and possibly others if they arrive at the same time). Just let us know your flight details and we can take it from there. It’s best to try to arrive between mid morning and mid afternoon, and depart noon onwards.