PAPAYA WELLNESS is the result of
years of dedication to health, balance,enjoyment and discovery.

India Reinartz founded Papaya Wellness with a vision of beautiful simplicity. The combination of life in a breathtaking location, warm-hearted people and desire for a fulfilling healthy lifestyle seemed the natural evolution here in Nicaragua and thus, Papaya Wellness was born. Our purpose is to bring these elements to others and enjoy the experience with them.

India joined forces with Carly Chivers to create a dynamic duo of strong and independent surfer women pioneering a remote Nicaraguan village set in the midst of world class surf. Carly and India bring all elements together through yoga, adventure, balance and infectious positive energy.

 

A note from
India & Carly 

”We aim to deepen your well being through movement and breath, nourish your body with healthy balanced meals, and introduce you to new cultures, new people and new destinations.”
 

India Reinartz

Founder, Owner & Operator

Wild and Free

I had the fire, the passion, the curiosity to explore, see the world and revolt the expected.

With a surfboard under one arm and a handful of adventure in the other, I course on my long journey of self exploration, self teaching and risk taking to create the life I dreamt of.

People tell me everyday "you have it figured out", " you live the dream". My response from a point of view that I've been there, I felt the fire burn inside to change, explore, learn what I can do.  The best thing to do is start...  You dictate the direction of your life, you control the decisions of everyday actions, you have a heart that leads the way you just need to listen. If it feels right move forward, face fears and trust. The unknown is scary but rewarding. How ever it turns out it will be great.

Papaya Wellness was born. My business partner Carly Chivers and myself had the same dream. To build a company with values and goals to support our travel and spread the gosspil about they importance of a healthy balance lifestyle. To encourage people that this world we breathe, eat and sleep on is filled with opportunities, adventures, knowledge.

The possibilities are limitless!

 

Carly Chivers

Owner & Operator

Each breath is a gift and each new day is a fresh opportunity to create the life that you want. Live with joy and express your love"

I walk a path of self inquiry and yoga has been a beautiful tool in this ongoing exploration. Yoga started as the balancing medium for other physical pursuits in my life and has now become a deep source of nourishment and the grounded platform from which I move. 

Surfing lights my fire and has led me on adventures all over the globe. My love and connection to the ocean is probably my greatest influence and source of inspiration in my yoga practice. Sharing the ocean, its power, immensity and beauty is a true and humbling gift.  Everyday I am amazed at the parallels and lessons we learn from mother ocean and how they can be applied to bringing mindfulness, an open heart and a free flowing attitude into all moments in life. I am learning to let go more and more by the day..riding the waves.

I advocate for women’s empowerment, health and creativity as a tool in self realization. Teaching, sharing my passion and encouraging you to find what it is that inspires you, is what keeps my stoke going! 

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Our Team

of experts

 

  RAHNGHILD WATSON | COOK “When I am cooking I connect with my creativity and find that space of tranquility and joy.“ Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Rahnghild has fully embraced the motto of her country, “Out of many, one people”. Her love of ethnicity and her study of anthropology and communications brought her to community development work with an immigrant and refugee agency. Throughout her life a passion for the culture of food has been a constant.  The nourishment it supplies for our bodies, the cultural role it plays and the ability it holds to bring people together. For the past two decades she has catered for a variety of themed events and offered her fares at community markets. Rahnghild made a commitment to maintaining good health through food and lifestyle at an early age. She has kept that promise to herself and shared her philosophy with her family and friends. The journey segues and includes Papaya Wellness.

 

RAHNGHILD WATSON | COOK

When I am cooking I connect with my creativity and find that space of tranquility and joy.

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Rahnghild has fully embraced the motto of her country, “Out of many, one people”. Her love of ethnicity and her study of anthropology and communications brought her to community development work with an immigrant and refugee agency.

Throughout her life a passion for the culture of food has been a constant.  The nourishment it supplies for our bodies, the cultural role it plays and the ability it holds to bring people together. For the past two decades she has catered for a variety of themed events and offered her fares at community markets. Rahnghild made a commitment to maintaining good health through food and lifestyle at an early age. She has kept that promise to herself and shared her philosophy with her family and friends. The journey segues and includes Papaya Wellness.

  SUSANNA CHASE | FOUNDER OF PLAYA.PLAY FITNESS RETREATS, LADY BOSS Living in and loving Nicaragua since 2014, Susanna is one of our on-the-ground experts in international travel, fitness and--of course--everything fun.  Founder of playa.play, Susanna works with trainers to create tailored experiences for their clients on the beaches of Nicaragua. She brings her varied experience to the playground to mix things up a bit. She spices things up at Papaya Wellness with her love for travel, her professional background as an attorney in the States, and her quest for the perfect hot sauce.

 

SUSANNA CHASE | FOUNDER OF PLAYA.PLAY FITNESS RETREATS, LADY BOSS

Living in and loving Nicaragua since 2014, Susanna is one of our on-the-ground experts in international travel, fitness and--of course--everything fun. 

Founder of playa.play, Susanna works with trainers to create tailored experiences for their clients on the beaches of Nicaragua. She brings her varied experience to the playground to mix things up a bit. She spices things up at Papaya Wellness with her love for travel, her professional background as an attorney in the States, and her quest for the perfect hot sauce.

  LAUREN BRISTOWE | PILATES INSTRUCTOR, PHOTOGRAPHER Growing up on the west coast of Canada in Victoria, BC Lauren’s entire childhood was spent outside and by the ocean. She was also an avid athlete growing up. From basketball to ballet, Lauren started to understand body mechanics and the beauty of movement at a young age. That love and understanding of physical activity paired with her adventurous spirit and a dream to live abroad took her right from high school to Australia, Japan, Quebec, Whistler and then Taiwan. A year and a half ago, Lauren enrolled in her Pilates teacher training in Victoria. She became part of the Papaya wellness team down in Nicaragua shortly after. As Pilates teacher and Brand Ambassador for Papaya Lauren wants to share her passion for life and movement and help people heal through exercise. Her Pilates classes are a blend of dance, Yoga and traditional Pilates exercises that make for a fun and unique experience. She wants to continue to improve and learn and is looking forward to taking her 200h Yoga Teacher Training and other forms of movement based therapy. Lauren has recently taken over the social media for papaya and is enjoying every minute of being part of such a inspiring group of Seagals.

 

LAUREN BRISTOWE | PILATES INSTRUCTOR, PHOTOGRAPHER

Growing up on the west coast of Canada in Victoria, BC Lauren’s entire childhood was spent outside and by the ocean. She was also an avid athlete growing up. From basketball to ballet, Lauren started to understand body mechanics and the beauty of movement at a young age. That love and understanding of physical activity paired with her adventurous spirit and a dream to live abroad took her right from high school to Australia, Japan, Quebec, Whistler and then Taiwan. A year and a half ago, Lauren enrolled in her Pilates teacher training in Victoria. She became part of the Papaya wellness team down in Nicaragua shortly after.

As Pilates teacher and Brand Ambassador for Papaya Lauren wants to share her passion for life and movement and help people heal through exercise. Her Pilates classes are a blend of dance, Yoga and traditional Pilates exercises that make for a fun and unique experience. She wants to continue to improve and learn and is looking forward to taking her 200h Yoga Teacher Training and other forms of movement based therapy. Lauren has recently taken over the social media for papaya and is enjoying every minute of being part of such a inspiring group of Seagals.

  NICKIE CUTRONA | PAPAYA WELLNESS PHOTOGRAPHER Born and raised in the United States, Nickie has lived up and down the beaches of the east coast to the mountains of big sky country in the wild west. Home base is now Charleston, South Carolina but her photography business still takes her all over the country and the world. Daughter, sister, girlfriend, and best friend. Photographer, runner, ocean mermaid and mountain mama. Sun worshiper and yoga practitioner. Live music seer, new places seeker. Promise keeper and dreamer. As a lifestyle, editorial and wedding photographer, Nickie strives to capture truth, rawness, positive energy, and authenticity. She shoots with ease, choosing to be a part of the moment and often creating a sense of nostalgia with her understanding of light and how it can be used to create timeless art. She absolutely loves what she does and hopes her photos inspire others to live their dream, too! For some beautiful photo inspiration, Check out Nickie’s website. Nickie’s Photo Packagesin (all photos delivered in high-res so you can print at home 1-  Single photos $20 each 2-  ALL photos from the trip $250 3-  Portrait Session with Nickie $100, A customized portrait session of your choice to capture your true beauty. All photos from the shoot will given (usually 75-150)

 

NICKIE CUTRONA | PAPAYA WELLNESS PHOTOGRAPHER

Born and raised in the United States, Nickie has lived up and down the beaches of the east coast to the mountains of big sky country in the wild west. Home base is now Charleston, South Carolina but her photography business still takes her all over the country and the world. Daughter, sister, girlfriend, and best friend. Photographer, runner, ocean mermaid and mountain mama. Sun worshiper and yoga practitioner. Live music seer, new places seeker. Promise keeper and dreamer.

As a lifestyle, editorial and wedding photographer, Nickie strives to capture truth, rawness, positive energy, and authenticity. She shoots with ease, choosing to be a part of the moment and often creating a sense of nostalgia with her understanding of light and how it can be used to create timeless art. She absolutely loves what she does and hopes her photos inspire others to live their dream, too!

For some beautiful photo inspiration, Check out Nickie’s website.

Nickie’s Photo Packagesin (all photos delivered in high-res so you can print at home

1-  Single photos $20 each

2-  ALL photos from the trip $250

3-  Portrait Session with Nickie $100, A customized portrait session of your choice to capture your true beauty. All photos from the shoot will given (usually 75-150)