February 8 - 13, 2015

Start the new year off right with a week of inspiring yoga, surf lessons, relaxation, delicious food and playful adventure in one of our favorite countries on earth. Join us on this amazing adventure at the Maderas Surf Village on the famous surf coast of Nicaragua.

Maderas Village is an airy, sustainably-minded Surf Village nestled into a hillside jungle, overlooking Maderas beach. Guests describe The Maderas Village as an undiscovered boutique resort, a summer camp for adults, or a retirement community for young people.



DATES: February 8-13, 2015
FROM: Special early bird pricing starts at $1395
WITH: Dana Courtney Rizer
QUESTIONS: Email us and visit our FAQ PAGE

- 7 nights eco-chic/rustic accommodations at Maderas Village.
- Delicious and Nourishing breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily
- 1-2 yoga classes daily 
- 2 Group Surf Lessons with our knowledgeable and experienced local guides
- All the adventure + fun that you can handle



Through the union of food and movement, Dana Courtney Rizer offers a range of services to nourish a healthy, happy Body, Self and Spirit.

Dana is a 500-hour Certified Yoga Teacher. She teaches classes and workshops in New York City and Brooklyn, is on the faculty of the Nosara Yoga Institute, where she co-teaches their 200-hour Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training. She also leads retreats and workshops nationally and throughout the world. 

Dana combines her passion for yoga with a lifelong love of food and cooking. She holds a Master's degree in Food Studies from New York University, and a 617-hour chef certification through The Natural Gourmet Institute of Health and Culinary Arts. A dedicated student of the body, she trusts as much in the healing power of a good meal shared in good company as in the practice of a well-aligned downward facing dog, believing that each expands consciousness, increases connection, and can open the heart. 

Dana’s intention is to bring the essence of the yoga practice into practical daily living through the cultivation of community,  awareness in action, whole-foods education and nourishing cuisine.


We take food very seriously. To us, it’s not just the act of nourishment, but the source of energy. Nightly pre-fixe dinners are served to guests seated at our large communal table, and enjoyed over tales of surf & travel, philosophical quandaries, and debates of the mind.

The primarily pescatarian menu, which will occasionally feature meat options, is locally inspired and has been described by guests as “simplicity done to perfection”. We offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Monday night we eat dinner at Munchies Blues Cafe, where our friend Sergio cooks us Roman-style Italian pizza in a wood-burning oven. Both New York and Italian guests have claimed it’s the best pizza they’ve ever had.


Surfers are who we are and surfing is why we’re here. For us, it’s more than a sport, it’s a lifestyle. While staying at the house you’ll always find someone who wants to walk down to the beach, tell a surf story, share a surf secret, or debate a surf question.

We foster an environment of advancement, where your level of skill isn’t nearly as important as your level of passion. Paddle out, charge hard, and smile & you’ll fit right in with the rest of us.

Our home break is Playa Maderas, a beach break that works best during the two hour period on either side of High Tide. Due to it’s location just West of Lake Nicaragua, Maderas gets hit with about 320 days a year of offshore winds making it’s consistency uncanny. It averages waves of 4-6 feet through the rainy season (April – October) and 2-4 feet through the dry season (November – March). The water temperature ranges from 20 degrees to about 25 degrees, so never a need for more than a vest.

We often take surf trips in our safari to Hermosa and Remanso ($15 & $10 per person), as well as boat trips to the more remote breaks of Colorado, Manzenio, and Panga Drops ($30 per person).



Nicaragua is full of natural beauty and a rich cultural history. While we love to see people fall in love with the Maderas life and never leave, we also encourage people to experience the other parts of Nicaragua that make living here so much fun.

Hermosa, Remanso, and Yankee are all surrounding beach breaks ranging from 45 min to 90 min from Maderas. Trips to these beaches are a great way to see another part of the country, take in some breath-taking scenery and surf a few different types of waves. For more advanced surfers, we offer Boat Trips to Manzenio, Colorado’s, and Panga Drops; all of which are considered to be world-class waves.

Granada is one of the oldest cities in the Americas with a history rich in both Architecture and legend. The style is unique to anywhere in Nicaragua, the food is outrageous, and the night life is always jovial. While tourism is definitely more visible here, there are plenty of small markets to explore, old churches, and infamous boat trips on Lake Nicaragua. One night here is typically enough for most people and either of the two places we stay always leaves the guests impressed.


Special early bird pricing starts at just $1395 and includes seven nights accommodations at the epically eco-chic Maderas Village, 3 delicious and nourishing meals per day, 2 surf lessons, plus all the yoga and adventure that you can handle.

We offer this super early bird discount to make this trip affordable to a wider range of people.  We also offer an early bird discount to reward people for signing up early.  Please be aware of our deadlines below when purchasing.  

Please review our trip agreement policy before purchasing to view our travel insurance policy, cancellation policy and other important info! Participation Agreement.

1.  Pay in full online now! (includes $500 non-refundable deposit)
2. Make a deposit now - pay the remainder by check
3. Make a deposit now - pay the rest online later. 


Super Early Bird: Purchase by October 30th, 2014.

Dorm - $1395/person (4-5 person dorm)
Shared – $1495/person (Triple or Double in standard room, Shared Bathroom) 
Premium Room Double - $1695/person (Private Casita)
Private - $1795 (Standard room - Premium is $200 more)

Early Bird: Purchase by December 31st, 2014.
Dorm - $1495/person (4-5 person dorm)
Shared – $1595/person (Triple or Double in standard room, Shared Bathroom) 
Premium Room Double - $1795/person (Private Casita)
Private - $1895 (Standard room - Premium is $200 more)

Regular Rates (After December 31st): 
Dorm - $1595/person (4-5 person dorm)
Shared – $1695/person (Triple or Double in standard room, Shared Bathroom) 
Premium Room Double - $1895/person (Private Casita)
Private - $1995 (Standard room - Premium is $200 more)