Welcome to Playa Samaria Retreat Center, located on the Base of Volcan Concepción, Ometepe Lake. Central America’s largest oceanic island and the second-largest freshwater in Latin America.
This incredible island is home to two volcanos! No wonder it was nominated to be among the 7 Natural Wonders of the World! Discover all that this spectacular island has to offer including hiking volcanoes, chasing waterfalls, and visiting a cacao farm!
This training is not just about asana or the 200-hour yoga alliance certification to teach yoga. This is an opportunity to dive into the Self during a spiritually driven 21-day immersion program, deeply influenced by Peruvian Shamanism.
This conscious, sustainable, plant-based, eco-friendly, and socially responsible eco-resort is the perfect setting for our 200-hour Nicaragua Yoga Teacher Training course. It’s important to be mindful of the impact we have on the places we visit. With that in mind, we always make an effort to collaborate with eco-friendly retreat centers that recognize and prioritize sustainability. Wanderlust Utopia is a retreat facility for the like-minded!
On this profound journey, you will earn your Yoga Alliance RYT 200 certification and so much more!
Feb 1 - 21, 2024
Ashtanga inspired Vinyasa flow sequence & Sivananda inspired Hatha flow sequence.
3 high vibrational plant based meals per day.
200 Hour world-wide recognized Yoga Alliance certificate.
Playa Samaria Retreat Center, Ometepe Lake, Nicaragua
~ $ 2400 - Pay in Full (cannot be combined with scholarships or other promotions/discounts)
~ $ 2600 - Payment Plan
~ $ 1350 - Shared Dorm
~ $ 1650 - Private Room
+ All inclusive 20 nights Room and 3 delicious Gourmet meals a day package. All prices are in USD.
Note: Prices above do not include travel, additional reading materials or extras. We can help you with any travel questions as well as travel insurance.
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Schedules may vary
Feb 1 - 21, 2024 ~ TBD
Welcome to Nicaragua, a fantastic destination for travelers interested in nature, culture, history, food, and adventure. A country with incredible landscapes, and home to several volcanoes, like Masaya Volcano, and beautiful like cities Granada, a charming colonial city located with colorful architecture, and a lot of history.
One of the most visited places in Nicaragua is Ometepe Lake, where our Yoga Teacher Training takes place. Ometepe Lake is located on Ometepe Island, formed by two volcanoes, Concepción and Maderas. The island is covered with tropical forests and is surrounded by waters of the lake. This place offers a mix of beauty, adventure, eco-tourism, and wellness.
Ometepe Lake is a great destination for relaxation and wellness. With its peaceful atmosphere, people can enjoy practicing yoga and meditation while being surrounded by nature. The yoga community in Nicaragua is growing, so you will have the opportunity to connect with people from around the world.
What a potent time in the world to feel the call to become a yoga teacher! The journey begins right here and right now - searching the internet for a unique experience that sparks your destiny’s curiosity. The call to break free from the mundane and step into transformation! You are here for a reason.
There’s no question that we offer experiences that gift students with so much more than just a certification. We receive this question all of the time: “What makes your yoga school unique?” We’ve broken it down into 8 Reasons Why School Yoga Institute is Unique.
Our school is deeply influenced by Peruvian Shamanism and the Native American Medicine Wheel. This is a significant reason why many say that SYI is much more than just a yoga teacher training. We provide students with a spiritually driven course that goes far beyond Asana (the physical postures of yoga). Through shamanic medicine wheel and ceremonies, we connect to the shadows of our past to understand how our patterns shape and feed our current state and perspective. We develop powerful inner tools and rewrite the personal narratives that keep us stuck, giving way to a new perspective and lasting change in our lives.
School Yoga Institute started over 18 years ago and has contributed to hundreds of lives being transformed along the way! As a spiritually focused organization, we are built upon a foundation of love, radical self-acceptance, personal growth, and deep connection. Our Alumni family is vast and continues to blossom throughout the world. Once you complete an SYI course, you’re family for life! We feel honored to do this work and continue to be inspired by each student and the uniqueness of their story.
We recognize that yoga should be accessible to every body! Wherever there is inequality, there is work to do. We offer yoga scholarships for all of our yog a teacher training programs and SYI is committed to amplifying and empowering the voices of people of color and folks who identify as BIPOC, LBGTQIA+, and members of marginalized communities.
“We want your voices in our community. We want your radiance in our soul family. We are ready to welcome you just as you are.” - Brooke, Visionary Team
As an organization, we are very selective about the sacred locations we choose to host our YTTs. We are grateful and humbled to hold these courses around the world on many different continents. We want the people who have grown up in these communities to have a chance to experience our programs at a discounted rate, so we offer 50% off for anyone who is from each location. For example, if you are from Central America, you have access to our programs in Guatemala and Costa Rica at a 50% tuition discount!
We truly can’t say enough about our incredible yoga facilitators. Like our course offerings, our facilitators are located all around the globe! Each one of our diverse world-class facilitators has completed a 300hr YTT and offers a plethora of experience and wisdom. We wouldn’t be who we are without them!
We offer continuing education courses both in-person and online! Our programs include Yin Yoga, Trauma-Informed Yoga, and Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga. We offer these courses in Portugal, Panama, Spain, and more! We are all students at heart and it’s important that we continue to learn and grow with one another!
What can we say! We love our team and we love what we do! If you have ever sent us an e-mail, requested a phone call, or reached out with questions, chances are you’ve heard back from our co-owner and operator, Keri Pennell!
Keri, and Co-Owner and facilitator Jed Pennell, pour their hearts and souls into this community and deeply care for each student’s journey and experiences. We call Keri our Mystical Mama! A vegan chef, wife, and mother of four, Keri’s leadership is contagious and welcoming! She’s joined by an incredibly supportive team of SYI visionaries!
At School Yoga Institute we are grateful to work with numerous international locations as passionate about sustainability as us. In our travels we make an effort to off-set emissions, during our yoga teacher training we provide students with the knowledge, means and opportunity to delve into self inquiry of the impact of their current lifestyle and an introduction to living more sustainably. Click here and read more about Sustainable Living.
With the world's largest rainforest ecosystem, the Amazon Rainforest spans 9 countries and is home to iconic species like the Jaguar, Macaw, Amazon River Dolphin, Black Spider Monkey, and Poison Dart Frog. By holding an estimated 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, its forests play a critical role in the fight against climate change. Unfortunately, due to logging, unsustainable agriculture, and forest fires, it's also a high risk zone for deforestation and degradation.
School Yoga Institute commits to donating one tree for every YTT graduate!
Learn more here about ONE TREE PLANTED
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