San Juan del Sur Yoga Retreat

7 nights in your own private paradise off the coast of Nicaragua

January 18th — 25th, 2020

Reconnect with yourself in this natural paradise…

My good friend and fellow yoga instructor, James Hardy, and I are super excited to team up for our fourth retreat together! We have searched long and hard to bring you an experience that will allow you to reconnect with yourself in a beautiful and intimate setting. We will be situated in our own little secluded paradise in the beautiful jungle of San Juan del Sur right next to the picturesque Playa Escameca Grande. We will practice yoga twice daily in a beautiful open-air studio overlooking the ocean. We will enjoy four delicious and healthy meals each day (including a pre-yoga breakfast) made from locally grown fresh ingredients and made with love by the wonderful chefs at our retreat center. Included in your package are several excursions and lovely activities such as a jungle/waterfall hike, a visit to a sea turtle sanctuary, afternoon day trip to downtown San Juan del Sur, a salsa class, and a complimentary massage. Come join us for a week of yoga, relaxation, rejuvenation, and (as always with James and Katie Retreats) plenty of fun!


A natural playground. Retreat to nature, the jungle, and the beach at Costa Dulce Ecolodge and Yoga Retreat Center. Spread across a jungle hill rising up from the from the beach, it is the perfect place to connect to yourself and your surroundings.

Costa Dulce has grown organically, integrating with the surrounding environment and has become one of the premier wellness centers in Central America. They are committed to a grass-roots approach to tourism and a more sustainable future through improving the social, economic and environmental well being of the surrounding communities.

Costa Dulce is nestled in its own valley right on the beach. It’s private enough to completely relax and get away from it all, no distractions, yet close enough to San Juan del Sure that you can experience a busy tourist destination when you want. Located on Playa Escameca, their ecolodge is ideal for all travelers looking to enjoy good company in a relaxed, safe, and healthy environment. Costa Dulce has several individual Bungalows, two yoga shalas, a lounge/honour bar, sea turtle hatchery, spa, surf school, food garden, and a restaurant called the Dulce Cocina. 

Follow them on instagram (@costa_dulce) to see more!


$500 Deposit (per person) is required at the time of registration. The rest must be paid in full by November 1, 2019

Please pay James or me directly by:

  • Cash

  • Check

  • Venmo — @Katie-Schiffgen or @James_Hardy

  • Paypal (Please use the friends and family option) — or

  • Credit or debit card (a 3.5% processing fee will be added)

We are happy to take payment in increments as long as the full amount is paid by November 1, 2019. Payment by debit or credit will incur a 3.5% processing fee. Credit/debit cards may be taken over the phone upon request.

You are welcome to contact either Katie or James for inquiries and booking.

Katie: 801-425-3446 or

James: 435-901-3255 or

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Book before July 1, 2019 and receive $100 off the total price!

*First price listed below is only applicable if deposit is paid before July 1, 2019

Shared Occupancy: $1395 ($1495 if booked after July 1) 

Single Occupancy: $2195 ($2295 if booked after July 1) 

What your tuition includes:

  • 7 nights stay at the beachfront Costa Dulce Ecolodge and Retreat Center

  • ALL MEALS -- 4 Delicious meals daily, including a pre-yoga early breakfast. With a dedicated staff on hand, you will experience fresh gourmet meals each day. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available on request and we have no problem catering to any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

  • Yoga and meditation classes every day — the studio is fully equipped with Manduka mats, straps, bolsters, handcrafted blocks and dowels

  • Shuttle to and from either Managua or Liberia airport at designated times

  • Visit to a turtle sanctuary

  • Jungle/Waterfall hike

  • Day trip to the town of San Juan del Sur

  • Theoretical Introduction to Surf Class

  • Salsa Class

What your tuition does not include:

  • Airfare -- you can fly into either Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) or Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR). Travel time from Managua is about 2.5 hours and travel time from Liberia is about 3.5 hours.

  • Extra massages and spa treatments

  • Other optional excursions or activities

  • Gratuities for hotel staff

Accommodation details

Costa Dulce has several beautifully crafted ocean view bungalows, casitas, and rooms. Each is unique and built to the same standards. They all have a bathroom and private deck and the size varies from 1- 4 beds. The bungalows include open air design that keeps you comfortable, day and night. Each has been outfitted with top quality linens and mattresses.

If you desire to book a Shared Occupancy spot, you will be placed in a room with either one, two, or three other people. We will do our best to accommodate groups of friends in the same room. All room situations will be comparable and comfortable.

Space is limited so the sooner you book, the better!


With a couple exceptions due to excursions or other activities, you can expect at least two 75-90 minute yoga classes per day. One will be a Power Yoga class. This will be a dynamic and energetic class and will require a basic knowledge of the physical postures... however, plenty of modifications will be given and there is ALWAYS room to listen to your own body and take it at your own pace. The other practice will be gentle and more restorative -- ranging from Yin to Restore to Soft Flow. Meditation will be held each morning for about 30 minutes.



Plan to arrive on Saturday January 18th…. shuttle times will be announced by August 1st, 2019 and you can plan your flights accordingly if you would like to take advantage of our group shuttles. Saturday January 18th will be a day to arrive and settle in. No activities or yoga classes will be held on this day (dinner will be served).

Plan on departing on Saturday January 25th… shuttle times will be announced by August 1st, 2019 and you can plan your flights accordingly if you wish to take advantage of our group shuttles.

You can fly into either Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) or Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR). Travel time from Managua is about 2.5 hours and travel time from Liberia is about 3.5 hours.


All participants must have a valid passport. Your passport must have at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least 6 months after your departure date. No Visa is required for Americans coming for tourism and staying less than 30 days.

Travel Insurance is strongly encouraged.


Full refunds will be given up until July 1, 2019. Cancellations after this date will forfeit the $500 deposit but will refunded the rest. No refunds will be given after November 1, 2019. No exceptions.


This is intended to be an adults only retreat. Please no children under the age of 18.



Please feel free to contact James or me with questions anytime!

Katie: or 801.425.3446

James: or 435.901.3255