Your Dream Yoga Adventure Starts Here


Rise Up retreats are located in some of Central America’s best yoga destinations, where you will practice in stunning outdoor yoga shala’s, rustic studios, and jungle fringed yoga decks.

Phil had been practicing yoga for a couple years prior to starting Rise Up after completing his yoga teacher training with Sivananda yoga school in Northern India. He found it to be the perfect compliment to surfing and was hooked. When Phil started Rise Up, he decided it had to be a part of the daily experience and started teaching to our guests. Today, we find teachers that focus in on the right yoga for our guests and are always looking for ways to offer more meditation and movement disciplines in our retreats.

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Our Yoga Philosophy

We believe that yoga is for everyone, and that everyone can make it their own. It doesn’t mean that you have to take on the spiritual sides a practice to gain its benefits (although, if you’d like, yoga is a perfect way to practice mindfulness!) 

Surfing is an activity that brings movement to our muscles that are often imbalanced—leading to issues like low back pain, tight hips and hamstrings, and locked shoulders. 

Which is why we think the benefits of yoga are the perfect compliment to surf. Specific poses can counter those negative effects and help open the chest and shoulders, relax and open the hips, and increase flexibility. Even just practicing 15 minutes every other day can improve your surf, prevent injuries, and put your body back into balance. 

Daily Yoga

On a Rise Up retreat, you will have daily yoga classes with certified and highly skilled yoga teachers who base each class around your specific needs each day. As the yoga schedule is dictated by the surf, you can expect routines that will benefit your body pre-surf, post surf, and on any days you need a rest.

Extra Classes

Craving more yoga or more personalized classes? Ask us about additional yoga sessions before your arrival or during your stay.

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Host A Retreat

We would love to host your next yoga retreat, whether it is solely yoga centered or mixed with surf. Let us know your needs and we will help put together a seamless experience for you and your guests.

“Yoga leads to a body that is easeful, a mind that is peaceful, which results in a life that is useful.

-Swami Satchidananda-


"Hidden Gem"

You are given a highly experienced coach for the week and they take you to one of many surf breaks in the area that fits your level of surfing. My coach for the past 2 trips has been Norvin and I can honestly say his kindness and skill in the water in working to make me a better surfer has been one of the biggest blessings to me in one of my life goals to lead a more adventurous life in my 40s. This area of Nicaragua has so many beautiful, empty surf breaks for all levels of surfing. You and your friends from Rise Up will normally be the only ones out there catching beautiful waves.

- Jennmarie456 | February 2019

Can't wait to return!

"Can't wait to return!"

"Just returned from a week at Rise Up and have already planned my return trip. Beautiful setting overlooking the ocean and wonderful staff offering excellent surf instruction and tons of fun. Instructors take you surfing in the morning and play beach volleyball with you in the afternoon. Instructor gave me great feedback after each wave which I really appreciated. Very well-organized yet relaxed and safe. Excellent value and the most private surf breaks I've ever visited. I've traveled extensively and felt safe starting from my arrival at the airport, during the entire stay and all the way back through Managua on the return ride to the airport. If you're considering it, you should go. Or don't- More waves for me. :)"

- EBinTN | March 2019

Can't wait to return!
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"Consistently Awesome"

I just got back from a week at Rise Up, it's my 3rd time there and as in previous visits Rise Up absolutely rocked it! Beautiful people, incredible location & so much fun and laughter that I never want to leave!! The surf instruction is great and the resort is very well run and organized, creating an inviting and chill vibe all around.The perfect holiday in my opinion!! As for the safety factor in Nicaragua, I saw absolutely no signs of unrest or danger during our entire adventure. I felt completely safe and secure and will be going back to Rise Up Surf as soon as I possibly can!

- Nicola C | March 2019

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"I just got back from a week long stay at Rise Up. First time there. Simply amazing. Well organized, awesome people, well fed. Also my first time surfing and everyone was very welcoming and supportive. Lots of relaxation and down time if you just want to chill. One of the best vacations I have ever had!"

- Greg C | February 2019

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Azize S

"Best surf vacation I've ever had, will be back ASAP"

"I can't recommend Rise more highly. Honestly, 110% commitment from the hosts to providing a safe, comfortable, fun, memorable experience. Fresh homemade healthy meals three times a day plus amazing treats like homemade banana bread and desserts.. From the moment they picked me up from the airport to the moment they dropped me back off at the airport, I felt so safe. My surfing improved dramatically. The instructors are OUTSTANDING. I ignored the US travel advisory,which is honestly ridiculous, like one political thing happened in the major city one day last year... Best decision I ever made. I am already planning my next trip back!"

- Azize S | February 2019

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