Sea Turtle Retreat 2018
SACRED WARRIOR’S WILD RETREATS provide an opportunity to have a direct connection with wildlife and work on your own health and well being in the process. Join us for 10 days in a remote corner of Nicaragua working to help the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle. The beautiful Padre Ramos Estuary in Nicaragua is one of only two major nesting areas for hawkbills in the Eastern Pacific.
Personal practices during this very special sea turtle retreat include daily meditations, mindfulness practice, martial arts based movement and creative exploration. We will stay on the beach during the hawksbill turtle nesting season, work hands on with local conservationists and explore a beautiful and quiet part of the country. Space is very limited. Register ASAP to reserve your spot.
Profits from this trip will help to save at least 100 hatchlings at this turtle nesting beach per participant.
Day 1: Arrive to Managua
We’ll pick you up at Sandino International Airport near Managua and take you to a simple guesthouse in a safe part of the city. Dinner at the guesthouse is included.
Day 2: Drive to Padre Ramos
After breakfast, hop on our private van and head to the northwest corner of the country to the Padre Ramos Estuary, home to one of the most important hawksbill turtle nesting beaches in the America’s. Along the way, you’ll stop in the historic colonial town of Leon for lunch.
After lunch and some stretching, we’ll complete the drive to Padre Ramos and arrive in time for an orientation and a swim in the beautiful estuary to cool off.
That evening, we’ll gather to share, then head to the beach after our meditation practice to look for hawksbills and olive ridley sea turtles. You’ll be staying at the Fauna & Flora Nicaragua research station, a house on the estuary, where you will share a room with up to 3 people. Private rooms are available for couples.
Day 3: Turtle Day
After our morning practice, we’ll head out into the estuary to capture and study juvenile hawksbills and then release them. Later, you’ll meet with local researchers to learn about the project and be trained how to do the data collection. Then visit to one of the hawksbill hatcheries; with luck there will be some hatchlings to release to the water. That evening, you will head out with researchers to patrol one of the nesting beaches around the estuary.
Day 4: Mangrove Day
After our morning practice, a local guide will take you out for a kayaking tour this morning around the estuary to look for birds, flying fish, and turtle heads popping up out of the water. After lunch, you’ll attend a presentation on mangroves and participate in a reforestation project. That evening, you’ll head out again to patrol the beaches and study the hawksbills.
Day 5: Turtle Day
After we gather to share, meditate and move, you’ll have free time to swim, take a walk, draw, or relax in a hammock with a book. After lunch, you’ll visit the hatchery again to look out for hatchlings and help release them. We’ll have an evening practice with an optional night on the beach looking for turtles.
Day 6: Turtle Threats
We’ll meditate, do some therapeutic movement and creative exploration this morning before learning about the threats facing sea turtles. We’ll learn how plastic affects turtles and how to recycle plastic bags into souvenirs. Later, we’ll have a mindful beach clean-up and evening practice. Tonight’s turtle patrol will be optional, to allow a break for those who need it.
Day 7: Turtle Day
After our morning movement & meditation, we’ll head out into the estuary to capture and study juvenile hawksbills and then release them. After lunch, you’ll have free time for relaxing, swimming, or other activities. That evening, do a brief meditation before heading out with researchers to patrol one of the nesting beaches around the estuary.
Day 8: Final Day in Padre Ramos
After our morning ritual, our partners will organize a community volunteer activity (specific activity TBD depending on the current needs of the community). The afternoon will be free to explore, swim, or relax and get ready to head home. Following a final celebratory dinner, head out for your final night patrol to look for hawksbills.
Day 9: Return to Managua
We’ll gather to share and set personal intentions moving forward on our final morning in Padre Ramos. Afterward, you’ll head out to learn fishing from a local fisherman. We’ll have lunch together before we board the van to head back to Managua, staying at the guesthouse. If time allows, you’ll take a driving tour of the capital.
Day 10: Depart
Your guide will take you to the airport at least 2 hours before your flight departs. You’ll return home with personal practices, and a new perspective of interconnection. We’ll stay in touch to support each other’s intentions.
Limited to 10 people
$2000 Early Registration paid in full (save $200)
Early Registration in 2 installments: $1050
Deposit to hold space: $250
*payment plans are also available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Price Includes: Bilingual guide, driver, private bus, all meals, accommodations, all activities, and donation to turtle conservation.
Excludes: Airfare to Nicaragua, personal items, tips for guide and driver ($30-50 each), and travel insurance (recommended).