How we live at the Ahimsa Yoga Ashram
With every program we create an intentional community
who lives a peaceful, sweet and nourishing life,
where people can learn, practice, read in hammocks, share skills and knowledge, make music, arts and crafts, inspire each other
and help each other with whatever is needed.
A life close to nature - away from everything
Set-up and Intent
The Ahimsa Ashram is a quiet retreat away from the noise of towns and cars. We have 12 acres of stunning river and waterfall land (the largest in the area with 3 levels). We have a budding vegetable garden and fruit forest, a beautiful log fire circle, many secluded, private shady areas with trees, meditation and relaxation areas by the river. The river Yoga platform is surrounded by lush greenery and exotic birds and animals. Drinking water comes straight from a fresh water spring out of the rocks on the land (if you’ve never tasted ‘fresh’ water, it’s truly delicious). There are wonderful walks in the surrounding area.
The Ashram is not a fancy 5 star retreat center with fancy facilities, but a natural, wonderful jungle home with access to incredible learning. You come here to learn and to immerse yourself in a simple yogic life style without distraction, and to live yogic philosophy and ideas every day. You come here for a life changing experience of learning and opening. This is not always easy, but rewarding and full of unsuspected wonderful surprises!
Magic in the making...
Arrival day is on the 1st day of each program, between 1-4:30 pm. Leaving day is on the last day around 10:30am (our two day and weekend programs have different arrival details, please see their individual schedules for further info).
After a booking is received, we will send out directions and travel details. We like keeping our transformational space private and do not receive walk-ins, as this changes the sacred container we are providing. In our reservation area you can find more information on the nearest town. The closest airport is Managua.
Please ensure that you leave yourself enough time to get here. Remember buses and borders can take more time than you think. Please do not come any later than 4:30, as we will not have time to welcome you appropriately. We are happy to book a trusted taxi for you that can pick you up and bring you straight here. Often this service can be shared with other students.
Duration of Stay
Joining for the full duration of each program is recommended, but shorter stays and private dates can sometimes be arranged on request. Please contact to discuss your availability with us.
The Ashram’s land is lovely in dry and rainy seasons. Dry season (November till May – and Hiatus time usually mid June till end July) is generally the hotter time of year. Yet, together with a constant wonderful slight breeze, the Ashram’s grounds have a wonderful cool micro-climate due to our large river and waterfall areas, which also keeps our jungle green and lush all year round. We are blessed with only very few mosquitos!
Please do not be afraid of rainy season (May – October), rainy season brings the occasional rain, but it also means that you get to see Nicaragua at it’s absolute best and beautiful. Where everything is lush and shiny. And if you have never seen a monsoon rain, it is one of the most amazing things to watch. The general climate is also a little cooler.
We initially did not want to provide internet as part of a principle of wanting to encourage communication and communal life. We strongly encourage our students to UNPLUG from ALL electronic devices during their stay here. But we do understand that in today’s age internet has become very important. If using the internet for a little while is vital to you, it will be available for a strictly limited 1/2 hour twice a week.
My baby boy was born in March 2015 :o) He is a beautiful and fun little creature. I am a single mom. Please be aware that babies have their moments, and that to come here, you have to like babies. He will sometimes be around during the day, although of course not during classes.
Please be aware that we are in a semi jungle setting. There are geckos, lizards, spiders, monkeys, scorpions, snakes, mosquitos (none in dry season, luckily only very few in wet season), crazy looking bugs and other creepy crawlies. As part of our Ahimsa life-style, we do NOT kill any of these animals – even the mosquitos. When you come to our home we would like to ask you to respect all life. We will be happy to let you know how to avoid, or maybe even come to understand and love these creatures. Please bring natural insect repellent only.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be delicious, yet simple vegan meals that are lovingly prepared for you. We bake our own bread, make yummy salads and use whatever we can from our lovely garden. We all eat together.
- We do not eat meat, dairy, sugar, drink coffee or black/green tea, onions or garlic (they are rajasic, which means they make the mind go fast). We would like to ask you to live with us this way during your stay. It might be difficult for you at the beginning, but it might be an adventure worth playing with. Be assured though that our cuisine is extremely tasty and that your sweet tooth will also be naturally satisfied.
- In the afternoons we serve yummy snacks
- Please advise us beforehand to discuss any food allergies. Thank you.
- If you enjoy cooking, on some nights students have the option to partake in preparing our meals. Cooking together is fun and helps relax the mind after much learning. It is also very exciting to taste all the different flavors people from different countries bring to the table, as well as to put some of what we learn in our Ayurveda classes into practice. This is absolutely optional.
- If you have any extra desires for food or other items, you can satisfy them during visits to the nearby towns on the weekly day off. You can also opt to add some items to the Ashram’s shopping list if you pay for them. We will head out for shopping twice a week.
If there are any spices or foods you love or you would like to share,
please feel free to bring them.
You will be staying in your own jungle cabin, placed in the gorgeous natural setting of the ashram. The cabins are a comfortable size, with a beautiful locally crafted bed, a comfortable mattress, sheets, towles, soft blankets, and stunning river views. Comfort, yet close to nature. Our beautiful and naturally organic setup will allow you to experience a life close to the peace and love of nature and mama earth, and immerse yourself in a yogic lifestyle close to nature without distractions.
Bring smiles, love and joy
What to bring
- Flashlight (!) is important (rechargeable is preferred to save batteries, they are also cheaply available here)
- Refillable Water bottle
- Mosquito spray (natural sprays only please). We make our own lemon oil which you are welcome to try
- Natural body and hair wash. We provide our own baking soda wash if you would like to try it
- Notepad and pen
- Washing powder/detergent (natural if possible)
- Any food extras/treats you desire or would like to share
If you can bring anything from your country for us, please let us know.
Your retreat is payable in advance. We have several payment options: United States bank transfer, MoneyGram, Western Union, BAC bank (Nicaragua), Paypal (+3%), Zelle – contact us for more details.
Please note that we do not offer refunds