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Big Wave Daves
Main Street
San Juan del Sur NI

A kick off meeting for all those interested in Trade School. This is for anyone who wants to know more, to participate in activities or offer activities. If you have ideas about how we can develop this concept in San Juan del Sur, reach a larger community of both foreigners and locals, help other organisations, come along too! We will show you our brand new website and how it works.

Bring one of the following:
Bring Yourself

About the teacher, Laetitia Knight

You may already know Criestina, she sells organic salads and oils at the saturday farmers market. She has a lovely daughter and is passionate about cooking.

Big Wave Daves
Main Street
San Juan del Sur NI

Everything you wanted to know about Home Exchange

Bring one of the following:
A smile and a hug!
Homegrown vegetables, fruit or homemade food
Offer a class/activity for Trade School
Pay us a drink at Big Wave Dave !

About the teacher, Laetitia Knight

You may already know Criestina, she sells organic salads and oils at the saturday farmers market. She has a lovely daughter and is passionate about cooking.

Big Wave Daves
Main Street
San Juan del Sur NI

Googledocs and other cloud based computing solutions demystified.

Bring one of the following:
a great movie/TV series to share with me
a hug and a smile !
a plant or seeds for the garden
a round of beers
a surprise...
an evening of babysitting
food (fresh or cooked)
hardware you no longer need
offer a class/activity for Trade School
share a cool computer application

About the teacher, Tim Knight

Tim has been a teacher and has more recently consulted for online education companies. He uses technology a lot and is also an experienced Math teacher.

Reina's House
Playa El Remanso
South of SJDS NI

Learn how to make cuajada cheese and be inventive adding herbs and other ingredients to make very special cuajadas. You any ingredients you would like to try and blend into the cuajada.

Bring one of the following:
A bottle of… something !
Bread or something we could eat the cuajada with
Give a lift to the other participants in your car
Homegrown vegetable or fruit
Homemade food
Offer a class/activity for the Trade School SJDS
Sport activity for our kids (10 and 12 years old)

About the teacher, Reina

About Reyna: She is Nicaraguan from Nueva Guinea and she enjoys home cooking. She has been making cheese for a long time and wants to share her knowledge. Laetitia will provide helping hands and translate the Spanish into English.

Basic Bicycle Maintenance 101!

1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

I'm in the midst of riding my bicycle South since Alaska (20,000 miles in so far), heading to Patagonia. Keeping the bike up and running has been a work in progress, and I'd love to share some insights on what to watch out for as well as some simple fixes to common problems. Bring your bike in whatever condition it is, whatever tools you have to work on it, some chain lube if you have it, and let's see if we can get it smooth and silent! Mostly this class will be a diagnostic one, but I'm happy to offer any repairs I can afterward on a food donation basis!

Bring one of the following:
A haircut?
An adult beverage or two (in hand or at a bar!)
Any home cooked meals, especially in a home!
Basic cooking foods like eggs and veggies to help me save cash on eating while here (see the pattern?!?)
Invite me to Thanksgiving dinner
Snack foods of any kind, healthier the better

About the teacher, Scott Pauker

I'm a bodyworker with 12 years of professional private practice experience. I've accrued thousands of hours of continuing education, including certifications in KMI Structural Integration (think Rolfing), Aston Patterning, Thai massage, and many injury treatment oriented manual therapy techniques. I'm in the midst of an indefinite sabbatical from my practice to ride my bicycle from the Arctic Ocean in Alaska to the Southern tip of Argentina (20,000 miles in so far), offering myself in service creatively wherever possible (LOVING the idea of this trade school!)

Yoga for Low Back Care

4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Dancing Moon Yoga and Massage Therapy
Barrio Frente Sur
SJDS NI

Low back pain is not something you have to live with. With a thoughtful, intelligent yoga practice we can relieve chronic back pain and restore balance. The majority of us will experience lower back pain at some point in our lives. Fortunately we know that most back pain is due to muscular imbalance, which can be managed with a steady and targeted yoga practice. Through developing awareness of our imbalances, paired with specific asanas and postural alignment, we can begin to balance out and restore the body’s natural integrity. In this one-hour class will be suitable for all-levels. We will discover our own strengths and weaknesses in these areas and move through a nourishing practice dedicated to the back, providing you with tools to heal and maintain. Yoga for low back care. Directions to Dancing Moon: Just past the library, south along the back of the church road, go past surfing donkey hostel and Into barrio frente sur. Go one block (past pulperia shantal and francy's laundry) and 2 house past francy's laundry, before the hill and the Y in the road, Our place is on the right, white gate... With a white board sign out front when classes are on. If you start to go up the hill you've gone too far:::

Bring one of the following:
Massage
Plants, pots, delivered soil
Trade help
vegetables, fruits, farm fresh meats, your favorite recipes
What you have to offer in abundance

About the teacher, Chetana

A registered Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner, medical intuitive, and massage therapist who practices and teaches yoga, meditation, breath work, energy medicine, Tantra, and Ayurveda, and shamanism and divining. An avid surfer and mom, Chetana's journey in yoga began over 12 years ago when she felt herself drawn to Yoga for well being and an alternative lifestyle to her stress filled life with careers as a whitewater rafting guide, professional kayaker, backcountry ski guide, and infantry section commander. While under the wing of Baba Hari Dass she discovered that there was something to yoga and Ayurveda because not only were not only the perfect way to balance out the body’s strengths and weaknesses, but within 2 months of a more mindful daily practice she also immediately started feeling more peaceful and at ease. As her awareness grew she was able to manage chronic injuries left in her body from her past adventures and careers in the military and extreme sports and outdoor tourism. She even healed herself of being bed ridden by a crippling back pain by committing to a steady and mindful yoga practice and following the teachings. She remains constantly aware of how deep this practice can heal old traumas and rekindle peace, well wing, and how good it can make one feel on a daily basis. A firm believer in the body-mind connection, she encourages her students to move away from the ego and into the true self. She is currently teaching and offering hatha, flow, tantra, Ayurveda, intuitive readings, shamanism, chakra balancing, pranayama, meditation, and vinyasa yoga at Dancing Moon Yoga and Massage Therapy in San Juan Del Sur and a host of private clients across the world. Her classes emphasize a strong awareness of physicality along with self-acceptance and trust in the innate intelligence of the body.

Yoga for Low Back Care

4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Dancing Moon Yoga and Massage Therapy
Barrio Frente Sur
SJDS NI

Low back pain is not something you have to live with. With a thoughtful, intelligent yoga practice we can relieve chronic back pain and restore balance. The majority of us will experience lower back pain at some point in our lives. Fortunately we know that most back pain is due to muscular imbalance, which can be managed with a steady and targeted yoga practice. Through developing awareness of our imbalances, paired with specific asanas and postural alignment, we can begin to balance out and restore the body’s natural integrity. In this one-hour class will be suitable for all-levels. We will discover our own strengths and weaknesses in these areas and move through a nourishing practice dedicated to the back, providing you with tools to heal and maintain. Yoga for low back care. Directions to Dancing Moon: Just past the library, south along the back of the church road, go past surfing donkey hostel and Into barrio frente sur. Go one block (past pulperia shantal and francy's laundry) and 2 house past francy's laundry, before the hill and the Y in the road, Our place is on the right, white gate... With a white board sign out front when classes are on. If you start to go up the hill you've gone too far:::

Bring one of the following:
Food
Massage
Play dates/ child care
Trade help
What you have to offer in abundance

About the teacher, Chetana

A registered Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner, medical intuitive, and massage therapist who practices and teaches yoga, meditation, breath work, energy medicine, Tantra, and Ayurveda, and shamanism and divining. An avid surfer and mom, Chetana's journey in yoga began over 12 years ago when she felt herself drawn to Yoga for well being and an alternative lifestyle to her stress filled life with careers as a whitewater rafting guide, professional kayaker, backcountry ski guide, and infantry section commander. While under the wing of Baba Hari Dass she discovered that there was something to yoga and Ayurveda because not only were not only the perfect way to balance out the body’s strengths and weaknesses, but within 2 months of a more mindful daily practice she also immediately started feeling more peaceful and at ease. As her awareness grew she was able to manage chronic injuries left in her body from her past adventures and careers in the military and extreme sports and outdoor tourism. She even healed herself of being bed ridden by a crippling back pain by committing to a steady and mindful yoga practice and following the teachings. She remains constantly aware of how deep this practice can heal old traumas and rekindle peace, well wing, and how good it can make one feel on a daily basis. A firm believer in the body-mind connection, she encourages her students to move away from the ego and into the true self. She is currently teaching and offering hatha, flow, tantra, Ayurveda, intuitive readings, shamanism, chakra balancing, pranayama, meditation, and vinyasa yoga at Dancing Moon Yoga and Massage Therapy in San Juan Del Sur and a host of private clients across the world. Her classes emphasize a strong awareness of physicality along with self-acceptance and trust in the innate intelligence of the body.

Dancing Moon Yoga and Massage Therapy
Barrio Frente Sur
SJDS NI

Ever had a partner or friend ask you to rub his/her neck, and feel a little intimidated by the prospect? Am I any good at it? Am I hurting them? Wait, is this going somewhere 'else'? Ever wish that the person who's rubbing your neck/back would just stop because it's too light, too hard, or too creepy? We'll spend some time going over some basic techniques and methods you can use to work on someone's neck and back (we'll focus on doing this in seated positions), how to request and offer helpful feedback, and being clear about the difference between therapeutic and intimate touch. Bring yourselves, a large pillow, and all your questions! Directions to Dancing Moon: Just past the library, south along the back of the church road, go past surfing donkey hostel and Into barrio frente sur. Go one block (past pulperia shantal and francy's laundry) and 2 house past francy's laundry, before the hill and the Y in the road, Our place is on the right, white gate... With a white board sign out front when classes are on. If you start to go up the hill you've gone too far:::

Bring one of the following:
An adult beverage (in hand or at a bar)
Food. Either prepared meal or ingredients for cooking like eggs, cheese, veggies or whatever
Invite me to a meal in your home, or to cook one together
Invite me to Thanksgiving dinner
Snack foods of any kind, healthier the better
Surf lesson (I have no board or skills)

About the teacher, Scott Pauker

I'm a bodyworker with 12 years of professional private practice experience. I've accrued thousands of hours of continuing education, including certifications in KMI Structural Integration (think Rolfing), Aston Patterning, Thai massage, and many injury treatment oriented manual therapy techniques. I'm in the midst of an indefinite sabbatical from my practice to ride my bicycle from the Arctic Ocean in Alaska to the Southern tip of Argentina (20,000 miles in so far), offering myself in service creatively wherever possible (LOVING the idea of this trade school!)

Alethea's Place
Barrio Nuevo
SJDS NI

ok, so you've moved here or are just passing through and you want to improve your broken Spanish, let me help you!! This class will be for those that are just starting out and/or have some basic knowledge but need things tweeked and added.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
coffee or wine
Dog sitting
eggs
Fresh bread
fruits and veggies
if you fish, bring me something

About the teacher, Alethea Griner

Originally from Florida and Alabama, I moved here for an adventure and now I don't want to leave! I've got 17 years of experience, teaching high school Spanish and I love watching those light bulbs go off!

Monthly Art Activity

1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

Each month we will meet for a 3 hour session at a local venue TBA and create! To begin December class will be creating mandalas with our found natural treasures. i.e. stones, shells, driftwood... Like the mandalas the monks create of sand these creations will be impermanent. We will photograph them and email you a slide show of your results the week after the event. As your artist leader I will assist you with the color, texture, composition, and applaud your efforts. Good News: you get to keep your treasures or donate them to your artist leader. lol

Bring one of the following:
Feed me i.e. fresh fruit, vegetables &/or a meal size portion of your favorite recipes
Plants, seeds, pots, quality soil, compost...
Professional photographs of the event & a session with my work for my portfolio
Storage Space for some doors, etc.
take me along on trips for shopping etc. to Rivas, Managua, Granada, parts unkown...
You have a washer and dryer, do my laundry

About the teacher, trudonna

Teaching in the community is a vital part of my fine art studio practice. It assures that my studio practice adds value. I have been creating & teaching art to children and adults for over 40 years.

Alethea's Place
Barrio Nuevo
SJDS NI

Ok, so you moved here and you've picked up some Spanish along the way but you still need some help with those verb tenses. Let me teach you how to take that broken Spanish to a whole new level!!

Bring one of the following:
Baby Chickens
Flowers/Herbs to Plant
Fresh Bread
Fresh Farm Meats
Fresh Fish
Fresh Fruit or Veg
Wine or Coffee

About the teacher, Alethea Griner

Originally from Florida and Alabama, I moved here for an adventure and now I don't want to leave! I've got 17 years of experience, teaching high school Spanish and I love watching those light bulbs go off!

To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

Don´t you just love Nacatamales y Tamalitos? Let´s learn to make delicious pork and chicken Nacatamales and Tamalitos with our excellent cook Criestina! The class will be held at the restaurant San Juan Grill, one block South of the park on the right hand side, up from Zen Garden.

Bring one of the following:
A bottle of wine
A cooking class to learn how to make foreign specialities
English Classes for her children (11 and 15 year olds)
Homemade food

About the teacher, Laetitia Knight

You may already know Criestina, she sells organic salads and oils at the saturday farmers market. She has a lovely daughter and is passionate about cooking.

To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

Learn to make the traditional Indio Viejo and Gallo Pinto with our excellent cook Criestina. The class will be held at Suzie´s house and we´ll meet all participants in front of Big Wave Dave at 9:45am. We´ll watch a demonstration and then take part in the elaboration of the meal, hands on! Finally we will have a succeulent lunch and share a glass of wine. My phone just in case: 77781227 We´ll ask for a participation for the ingredients of 100 Córdobas per person. Thanks.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
more wine!
Red wine
Teach me how to make a speciality from your country!
White wine

About the teacher, Laetitia Knight

You may already know Criestina, she sells organic salads and oils at the saturday farmers market. She has a lovely daughter and is passionate about cooking.

Two Burner Gourmet

1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

Learn how to cook tasty, nutritious and budget friendly meals utilizing a simple kitchen with just two burners! Come to my tiny home in barrio la planta and we will cook delicious meals using simple and available ingredients with the goal being great nutrition and no wasted food. For the first class I was thinking about doing a beautiful chicken stock. So many great dishes are made just so much better with a great stock. It is simple and the best part is that it uses parts of the chicken you would normally just throw away! Learn to use an entire chicken. We will start with a whole raw bird, cut it, cook it, carve it, eat it and use the carcass to render down a beautiful stock that can be used in everything from soups to rice and hundreds of other dishes! While chickens are cheaper than other butchered products per pound and can be used so many different ways. Meeting: 12:45pm in from of Barrio Planta Project on the seafront and we´ll walk to my place. It´s after the Catrina Mexican restaurant and also where Elixir Chiropractice is.

Bring one of the following:
Cooking vessels (frying pans, pots etc)
Fresh fruits and veg
More wine ;)
Spices
Wine

About the teacher, Adam Vandermey

I am a Chef living in San Juan on and off for the last 2 years I have a "Personal Chef" service that I offer in the area, I also just recently became a partner in a local tour company (more details to follow). I love making good food, simple food and honestly, food that anyone could make if they just took the time! Lets have some fun with food!

To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

Aprende a recibir los mensajes de los angeles y de los seres de luz por medio de la escritura. Learn to receive messages from angels and being of lights by writing what you hear. Class is given in Spanish or French, with basic English knowledge. Angels speak all languages ;-) La dirección es del Mesón Español 150 metros al norte en la antigua bodega de los Palazios. A las 9:00 am.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
babysitting
Craft material for children (paint, paper, brushes)
Fresh or prepared food (vegetarian but eat fish and shells)
Fun class for children (4 to 12)

About the teacher, Alex Murillo Fait

I come from Costa Rica but have lived in Canada for 15 years. My family and I just moved out to be a worldschooling family, our journey just started. I want to share the gifts I have to communicate with angels and help each and everyone to realise their own powers. I speak Spanish and French perfectly, with a good base in English.

Fiction Writing Workshop

10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.
El Pacifico
Off Chocolata
San Juan del Sur NI

Do you have a novel or other story bouncing around your brain? Let's get it down on paper! Over 8 weeks we'll learn how to craft a story, how to write great dialogue, and all the other elements of good fiction, and put a muzzle on the inner editor for awhile. Our goal is to have fun!

Bring one of the following:
Chocolate
Fresh broccoli
Garlic powder
Organic veggies
Plastic wrap

About the teacher, Jennings Wright

I'm a lifelong writer with 6 novels in multiple genres, 2 nonfiction books, and countless blog posts to my name. I love to talk about writing and help other people, and help them write the book they've always dreamed of.

Central Park
in front of the church
SJDS NI

Basic to intermediate functions of a camera, what all those buttons mean, and how to really use your camera. I will teach you how a digital camera works so you can have fun exploring ways to take cool pictures.

Bring one of the following:
Cereal!
Chips
Cookies
Gatorade
Ramen
Soda

About the teacher, Ethan Berliner

I am a junior in high school traveling throughout Central America with my Nikon D3200 (and my family) this year. I have taken photography classes throughout my schooling from dark room to digital and just want to help people make the most with their photography.

Gardening 101 in the Tropics

3:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

This class will focus on the basics of gardening in SJdS's climate. I will explain: how to cultivate good soil; how to create natural habitats for better growth; how to berm on contour; how to make your own natural pesticides; etc. And, I will try my best to answer any gardening questions you have.

Bring one of the following:
Dark chocolate
Fresh fruit or vegetables
Local honey
Local nut butter
Red wine

About the teacher, Austin Drill

In 2009, I co-founded Casa de Tierra, a natural building firm here in SJdS. I enjoy practicing and teaching sustainable building techniques and methodologies, and hope that by sharing our knowledge, everyone can find the means to build their own home!

To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

Learn how to make your own personal care products using the best from the Nature.

Bring one of the following:
Beer
Fruits
Nuts (any....less peanut)
Olive Oil
Wine

About the teacher, Raquel Rivera de Sliwinski

I been working and using essentials oil for a couple years and learned that made your own products is easy, so I did it and it's really worth.

Alethea's Place
Barrio Nuevo
SJDS NI

So you've moved here or you are traveling through and you want to improve that broken Spanish. Let me help you! I can help you tweak those errors and teach you to rock those verb tenses!

Bring one of the following:
a surprise
coffee or wine
Fish or seafood if you're a fisherman
Flowers or plants
fresh bread or eggs
Fruits or veggies

About the teacher, Alethea Griner

Originally from Florida and Alabama, I moved here for an adventure and now I don't want to leave! I've got 17 years of experience, teaching high school Spanish and I love watching those light bulbs go off!

Bilingual storytelling and craft

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
El Pacifico
Off Chocolata
San Juan del Sur NI

Storytelling for kids in Spanish of a Nicaraguan book and reading it in English also. After the story we will be doing a craft project about the book we were reading. And the instructions will be giving in both English and Spanish so the kids can practice both languages. Let's have fun!

Bring one of the following:
Bread
Chocolate
Fruits
Kid's books you don't use anymore
Wine

About the teacher, ANYOLI BOEDEKER

Am a Nicaraguan mom and teacher. Love to share times with kids and teach them about the beautiful country we share.

Fruits of Nicaragua

11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
El Pacifico
Off Chocolata
San Juan del Sur NI

Have you been at the fruit stand and been curious about some of the new and different fruits you see? Maybe you have been nervous to try them because you aren't sure what they are or how to prepare them...well now you can learn! Come to this class to try the fruits of Nicaragua, learn to identify them and find out some delicious ways to eat them.

Bring one of the following:
Baked goods (bread, muffins, cookies, donut etc.)
Coffee
Nuts of any kind
Potted plants or flowers
Teach me something!

About the teacher, Sara Jones (bringing Mariah)

I'm an American who has been living in San Juan with my husband and two little girls for 9 months. I love to cook and try new things!

To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

We will discuss the three fundamental building blocks of natural building: clay, sand and straw. With these three basic elements, we can create wall systems, floors, furniture and plasters.

Bring one of the following:
Fresh bread
Fruits or Vegetables
Nut butter
Sweets
Wine

About the teacher, Austin Drill

In 2009, I co-founded Casa de Tierra, a natural building firm here in SJdS. I enjoy practicing and teaching sustainable building techniques and methodologies, and hope that by sharing our knowledge, everyone can find the means to build their own home!

Inglés (Clases de ESL)

6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Dorados
Main Street
SJDS NI

Comenzaramos de letras, soñidos de las letras, saludos y más. No reuniremos a las 6 de la tarde, cada miercoles, en Dorado's (en la playa).

Bring one of the following:
carne
costura
Frutas o verduras de una granja
Uso de una piscina
vino

About the teacher, Lied Metcalf

Hola. Soy una enfermera pero tambien he enseñado ingles en E.E.U.U y otros países. Estoy aprendieno español y sé que no es facil pero vamos divertirse!

To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

Unleash your Potential by Exploring the Ancient and transformative practices of Tantra Yoga Tuesday mornings at 7am at our serene Beachfront location Grateful Yoga, located in Rojo Loco restaurant just past the Eskimo and the Tona tents, red building before the unused large palapas. Explore the Ancient and transformative practices of Tantra Yoga. Divined for wellness and whole-being, these postures and practices are suitable for beginners and those interested in delving deeper, honing skills, and connecting in Community. This is not a partner class though it can be :) By tuning into ourselves first we can know ourselves better and be more present for Others. Classes can include: ~ Vocal toning, use of mantras and sacred sounds ~ learning to attune the energy centers (chakras) of the body ~ asana (postures on which the mind can stand) ~ use of 5 Elements sensory qualities ~ experimentation with what Yoga is and how it works on all aspects of Our Being Using these practices we will move towards discovering a greater Self-Realization and unfoldment of our hidden potentials that unlock a more expansive energy, awareness, lasting peace, & presence. This Universal Tradition is not merely for the fulfillment of our Human Potential but our Divine Potential, the realization of our Universal nature as our true nature beyond mind and body. 'One who sees the Self in all Beings and all Beings in the Self henceforth has no disturbance. In the Knower for whom the Self has become all Beings, where can there be any delusion or any sorrow for One who sees only Oneness' ~ the Upanishads

Bring one of the following:
A home cooked meal or treat
Anything you have in abundance
Fruit & veg
Kids toys
Massage

About the teacher, Chetana

A registered Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner, medical intuitive, and massage therapist who practices and teaches yoga, meditation, breath work, energy medicine, Tantra, and Ayurveda, and shamanism and divining. An avid surfer and mom, Chetana's journey in yoga began over 12 years ago when she felt herself drawn to Yoga for well being and an alternative lifestyle to her stress filled life with careers as a whitewater rafting guide, professional kayaker, backcountry ski guide, and infantry section commander. While under the wing of Baba Hari Dass she discovered that there was something to yoga and Ayurveda because not only were not only the perfect way to balance out the body’s strengths and weaknesses, but within 2 months of a more mindful daily practice she also immediately started feeling more peaceful and at ease. As her awareness grew she was able to manage chronic injuries left in her body from her past adventures and careers in the military and extreme sports and outdoor tourism. She even healed herself of being bed ridden by a crippling back pain by committing to a steady and mindful yoga practice and following the teachings. She remains constantly aware of how deep this practice can heal old traumas and rekindle peace, well wing, and how good it can make one feel on a daily basis. A firm believer in the body-mind connection, she encourages her students to move away from the ego and into the true self. She is currently teaching and offering hatha, flow, tantra, Ayurveda, intuitive readings, shamanism, chakra balancing, pranayama, meditation, and vinyasa yoga at Dancing Moon Yoga and Massage Therapy in San Juan Del Sur and a host of private clients across the world. Her classes emphasize a strong awareness of physicality along with self-acceptance and trust in the innate intelligence of the body.

Grateful Yoga
Beach Street
SJDS NI

Back pain is not something you have to live with. With a thoughtful, intelligent yoga practice we can relieve chronic back pain and restore balance. The majority of us will experience lower back pain at some point in our lives. Fortunately we know that most back pain is due to muscular imbalance, which can be managed with a steady and targeted yoga practice. Through developing awareness of our imbalances, paired with specific asanas and postural alignment, we can begin to balance out and restore the body’s natural integrity. In this one-hour class will be suitable for all-levels. We will discover our own strengths and weaknesses in these areas and move through a nourishing practice dedicated to the back, providing you with tools to heal and maintain.

Bring one of the following:
a massage
anything healthy
surprise me
whatever you have in abundance

About the teacher, Chetana

A registered Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner, medical intuitive, and massage therapist who practices and teaches yoga, meditation, breath work, energy medicine, Tantra, and Ayurveda, and shamanism and divining. An avid surfer and mom, Chetana's journey in yoga began over 12 years ago when she felt herself drawn to Yoga for well being and an alternative lifestyle to her stress filled life with careers as a whitewater rafting guide, professional kayaker, backcountry ski guide, and infantry section commander. While under the wing of Baba Hari Dass she discovered that there was something to yoga and Ayurveda because not only were not only the perfect way to balance out the body’s strengths and weaknesses, but within 2 months of a more mindful daily practice she also immediately started feeling more peaceful and at ease. As her awareness grew she was able to manage chronic injuries left in her body from her past adventures and careers in the military and extreme sports and outdoor tourism. She even healed herself of being bed ridden by a crippling back pain by committing to a steady and mindful yoga practice and following the teachings. She remains constantly aware of how deep this practice can heal old traumas and rekindle peace, well wing, and how good it can make one feel on a daily basis. A firm believer in the body-mind connection, she encourages her students to move away from the ego and into the true self. She is currently teaching and offering hatha, flow, tantra, Ayurveda, intuitive readings, shamanism, chakra balancing, pranayama, meditation, and vinyasa yoga at Dancing Moon Yoga and Massage Therapy in San Juan Del Sur and a host of private clients across the world. Her classes emphasize a strong awareness of physicality along with self-acceptance and trust in the innate intelligence of the body.

Gentle Yoga for Every Body

8:30a.m. to 9:30a.m.
Grateful Yoga
Beach Street
SJDS NI

Let's enjoy time and space together exploring our bodies and our selves at Grateful Yoga, Beachfront Studio Space, Playa San Juan Del Sur, located in Rojo Loco Restaurant This class is a great starting point for students who are new to yoga, as well as for those looking for a more gentle, “back to basics” class. Students will experience an emphasis on body alignment in the postures (asana), guidance on breathing techniques (pranayama), while also gaining an understanding of the benefits of the various elements of a yoga class. Open to all ages and levels of experience.

Bring one of the following:
chocolate
eggs
fish
organic produce
red wine

About the teacher, Katie

Hi, my name is Katie and I was born and raised just outside of NYC. I'm certified as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Yoga Instructor. I'm passionate about wellness, community, sustainability and working with kids!

Sunset Yoga and Meditation

5:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Grateful Yoga
Beach Street
SJDS NI

I'll teach a nice and easy open level Hatha yoga class with a long guided meditation. Perfect cool down to a beautiful day. pre bedtime class. I will incorporate use of essential oils and white sage as well. We have mats, blocks and belts so all you need is yourself, comfy clothes and your gift. :-) This class is open to all levels and children as well

Bring one of the following:
Dark chocolate
Eggs (organic if possible)
Fresh fish
Red wine
Vegetables and fruits (organic if possible)

About the teacher, Katie Chua

Hi, my name is Katie and I was born and raised just outside of NYC. I'm certified as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Yoga Instructor. I've been living in SJDS just over 6 months and teaching yoga at Casa Oro as well as helping out with yoga at BPP. I'm passionate about wellness, community, sustainability and working with kids!

Yoga for Back Care

10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Grateful Yoga
Beach Street
SJDS NI

This class is at 9 am at Grateful Yoga, located beachfront on the Rojo Loco Patio, just past Eskimo by a couple hundred meters, across from artisan roundabout::: Back pain is not something you have to live with. With a thoughtful, intelligent yoga practice we can relieve chronic back pain and restore balance. The majority of us will experience lower back pain at some point in our lives. Fortunately we know that most back pain is due to muscular imbalance, which can be managed with a steady and targeted yoga practice. Through developing awareness of our imbalances, paired with specific asanas and postural alignment, we can begin to balance out and restore the body’s natural integrity. In this one-hour class will be suitable for all-levels. We will discover our own strengths and weaknesses in these areas and move through a nourishing practice dedicated to the back, providing you with tools to heal and maintain.

Bring one of the following:
anything you feel called to share
anything you have in abundance
childrens toys
guitar or drum lessons
surprise me

About the teacher, Chetana

A registered Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner, medical intuitive, and massage therapist who practices and teaches yoga, meditation, breath work, energy medicine, Tantra, and Ayurveda, and shamanism and divining. An avid surfer and mom, Chetana's journey in yoga began over 12 years ago when she felt herself drawn to Yoga for well being and an alternative lifestyle to her stress filled life with careers as a whitewater rafting guide, professional kayaker, backcountry ski guide, and infantry section commander. While under the wing of Baba Hari Dass she discovered that there was something to yoga and Ayurveda because not only were not only the perfect way to balance out the body’s strengths and weaknesses, but within 2 months of a more mindful daily practice she also immediately started feeling more peaceful and at ease. As her awareness grew she was able to manage chronic injuries left in her body from her past adventures and careers in the military and extreme sports and outdoor tourism. She even healed herself of being bed ridden by a crippling back pain by committing to a steady and mindful yoga practice and following the teachings. She remains constantly aware of how deep this practice can heal old traumas and rekindle peace, well wing, and how good it can make one feel on a daily basis. A firm believer in the body-mind connection, she encourages her students to move away from the ego and into the true self. She is currently teaching and offering hatha, flow, tantra, Ayurveda, intuitive readings, shamanism, chakra balancing, pranayama, meditation, and vinyasa yoga at Dancing Moon Yoga and Massage Therapy in San Juan Del Sur and a host of private clients across the world. Her classes emphasize a strong awareness of physicality along with self-acceptance and trust in the innate intelligence of the body.

Painting/Drawing Class

2:00p.m. to 4:30p.m.
To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

Therapeutic and relaxing -no stress art class! For absolute beginners to experienced artists. Come out to play... if you have materials , bring them (especially paper), otherwise I have a number of different media, pencils, pastels, watercolours for you to try.

Bring one of the following:
art supplies (especially paper)
coffee
produce/bread
surprise me!
white wine

About the teacher, Sue Firkser

I have been an painter my whole life, started in watercolours, then moved onto fluid acrylics and printmaking. I have been a fibre artist for the last number of years and have instructed in all these mediums one time or another. I love teaching and close to my heart is art education for children, which I feel is extremely important for well rounded development. For adults, art gives us an opportunity to be creative, explore new horizons... and have fun.

Alethea's Place
Barrio Nuevo
SJDS NI

Ok, so you moved here and you've picked up some Spanish along the way but you still need some help with those verb tenses. Let me teach you how to take that broken Spanish to a whole new level!!

Bring one of the following:
Coffee
Farm fresh meats
Fresh Bread
Fresh Fish
Fresh fruits and vegetables
surprise me!!!
wine

About the teacher, Alethea Griner

Originally from Florida and Alabama, I moved here for an adventure and now I don't want to leave! I've got 17 years of experience, teaching high school Spanish and I love watching those light bulbs go off!

Yoga for everybody!

10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Grateful Yoga
Beach Street
SJDS NI

This class is suited to all levels of yogis, offering instruction and choices for beginners and also opportunities to choose more challenging options for intermediate level yogis to increase the level of intensity. The practice is a mix of focus on learning proper technique and safe transitions, and then implementing into various flow sequences to strengthen and stretch the entire body, followed by floor work, stretching and relaxation.

Bring one of the following:
Anything you'd like to share with me
Dark chocolate
Fresh baking
Fresh fish
Fresh fruit or veggies

About the teacher, Bobbi Nordal

I am a yoga alliance registered instructor that has been teaching for four years. I strive to practice and teach yoga with passion and compassion with inclusive classes for students of all levels. What is important to me is the harmony between mind and body that comes with practicing yoga, and the sense of gratitude and self-realization. I encourage my students to keep a positive attitude with a sense of humor and sense of play throughout classes with that continuing into their lives.

Meditation Techniques

8:30a.m. to 9:30a.m.
Grateful Yoga
Beach Street
SJDS NI

Meditation is not just one way - one thing. Let's explore the various types of meditation. Some are for relaxation and anxiety control Some are focus and discipline Some are for personal Growth and Spiritual evolution Some are for manifestation There are Mindfulness, Contemplative, Walking, Breathing, Chanting, Silence, Emptiness, Visualization, Laughing .... oh my! And there are numerous types included in most of those categories. I don't know them all but I do know a lot of them. And every type of meditation is good for your health, your sense of well being and your mental, emotional balance. Each class will start with a brief explanation of the style with time for questions or discussion (5- 15 minutes) followed by 30- 45 minutes of meditative practice.

Bring one of the following:
A massage, facial, pedicure, foot reflexology
Edible Plants in pots or pots for planting Edibles
Fresh, home raised eggs
Pool access
Yoga / Pilates class

About the teacher, stanlee

(see Morning Meds description of CV) Making my retirement home in San Juan del Sur means building like minded community. "If we were meant to be here alone ... there wouldn't be so damned many of us here!" Gathering together is a life practice ... come join me ...

Mystery Cooking Class

2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

This class is very unique. It offers the opportunity for 4 complete strangers (or not so strangers) to cook a meal that no one, other than me, knows what it is going to be. Here's how it will work. The class will have 3 "students", completely first come, first served. Each person will be assigned a portion of the dish to provide, either a protein, a starch or a vegetable. 24 hours before the class each person will let me know what they plan on bringing, I will then create a meal out of those ingredients and we will cook it together in my home. Now obviously the person bringing the protein will be spending more money than the other two, so to even things out I will assign various sundry items necessary to the meal to the veg and starch people. IE butter, spices etc. Everyone will go home with a nice meal (so bring Tupperware!) and hopefully I will teach you one of the greatest things I have learned as a Chef... how to make something awesome out of the ingredients you are presented with!

Bring one of the following:
I'm not sure if you have picked up on this, but everyone MUST bring wine!!
Wine

About the teacher, Adam Vandermey

I am a Chef living in San Juan on and off for the last 2 years I have a "Personal Chef" service that I offer in the area, I also just recently became a partner in a local tour company (more details to follow). I love making good food, simple food and honestly, food that anyone could make if they just took the time! Lets have some fun with food!

Day's End Meds

5:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

MEETING ON THE BEACH ACROSS FROM DISCOVERY RE & LA CATRINA MEXICAN RESTAURANT Meditating or Sun Gazing at the end of the daylight hours can help reset your Circadian Rhythms and improve your sleep, reduce anxiety and worry and in general create a naturally sustainable sense of well being. Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5pm find me on the beach in front of Rojo Loco/Grateful Yoga and join me for your preferred style of evening meditation. I will set the tone with my consistency and focus. Sometimes there will be chanting. Sometimes Tibetan Bowls. Sometimes, perhaps, Satsang.

Bring one of the following:
whatever you feel like giving
A ride (shopping, visiting, ....)
hammock
Love
organic produce/eggs

About the teacher, stanlee

(see Morning Meds description of CV) Making my retirement home in San Juan del Sur means building like minded community. "If we were meant to be here alone ... there wouldn't be so damned many of us here!" Gathering together is a life practice ... come join me ...

Meditation Techniques

8:30a.m. to 9:30a.m.
To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

Same as Please repeat M - W - F through Sept.

Bring one of the following:
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About the teacher, stanlee

(see Morning Meds description of CV) Making my retirement home in San Juan del Sur means building like minded community. "If we were meant to be here alone ... there wouldn't be so damned many of us here!" Gathering together is a life practice ... come join me ...

Yoga for everybody!

8:30a.m. to 9:30a.m.
Grateful Yoga
Beach Street
SJDS NI

This class is suited to all levels of yogis, offering instruction and choices for beginners and also opportunities to choose more challenging options for intermediate level yogis to increase the level of intensity. The practice is a mix of focus on learning proper technique and safe transitions, and then implementing into various flow sequences to strengthen and stretch the entire body, followed by floor work, stretching and relaxation.

Bring one of the following:
Anything you'd like to share with me
Dark chocolate
Fresh baking
Fresh fish
Fresh fruits or vegetables

About the teacher, Bobbi Nordal

I am a yoga alliance registered instructor that has been teaching for four years. I strive to practice and teach yoga with passion and compassion with inclusive classes for students of all levels. What is important to me is the harmony between mind and body that comes with practicing yoga, and the sense of gratitude and self-realization. I encourage my students to keep a positive attitude with a sense of humor and sense of play throughout classes with that continuing into their lives.

Yoga for everybody!

10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Grateful Yoga
Beach Street
SJDS NI

This class is suited to all levels of yogis, offering instruction and choices for beginners and also opportunities to choose more challenging options for intermediate level yogis to increase the level of intensity. The practice is a mix of focus on learning proper technique and safe transitions, and then implementing into various flow sequences to strengthen and stretch the entire body, followed by floor work, stretching and relaxation.

Bring one of the following:
Anything you'd like to share with me
Dark chocolate
Fresh fish
Fresh fruits or vegetables
Homemade baking

About the teacher, Bobbi Nordal

I am a yoga alliance registered instructor that has been teaching for four years. I strive to practice and teach yoga with passion and compassion with inclusive classes for students of all levels. What is important to me is the harmony between mind and body that comes with practicing yoga, and the sense of gratitude and self-realization. I encourage my students to keep a positive attitude with a sense of humor and sense of play throughout classes with that continuing into their lives.

Yoga for everybody

8:30a.m. to 9:30a.m.
Grateful Yoga
Beach Street
SJDS NI

This class is suited to all levels of yogis, offering instruction and choices for beginners and also opportunities to choose more challenging options for intermediate level yogis to increase the level of intensity. The practice is a mix of focus on learning proper technique and safe transitions, and then implementing into various flow sequences to strengthen and stretch the entire body, followed by floor work, stretching and relaxation.

Bring one of the following:
Anything you'd like to share with me!
Dark chocolate
Fresh baking
Fresh fish
Fresh fruits or vegetables

About the teacher, Bobbi Nordal

I am a yoga alliance registered instructor that has been teaching for four years. I strive to practice and teach yoga with passion and compassion with inclusive classes for students of all levels. What is important to me is the harmony between mind and body that comes with practicing yoga, and the sense of gratitude and self-realization. I encourage my students to keep a positive attitude with a sense of humor and sense of play throughout classes with that continuing into their lives.

Yoga for everybody!

10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
To Be Decided
221B Baker St
Back of Beyond NI

This class is suited to all levels of yogis, offering instruction and choices for beginners and also opportunities to choose more challenging options for intermediate level yogis to increase the level of intensity. The practice is a mix of focus on learning proper technique and safe transitions, and then implementing into various flow sequences to strengthen and stretch the entire body, followed by floor work, stretching and relaxation.

Bring one of the following:
Anything you'd like to share with me
Dark chocolate
Fresh fish
Fresh fruits or veggies
Homemade baking

About the teacher, Bobbi Nordal

I am a yoga alliance registered instructor that has been teaching for four years. I strive to practice and teach yoga with passion and compassion with inclusive classes for students of all levels. What is important to me is the harmony between mind and body that comes with practicing yoga, and the sense of gratitude and self-realization. I encourage my students to keep a positive attitude with a sense of humor and sense of play throughout classes with that continuing into their lives.