Hello! I am Miriam.

 

As a Spanish globetrotter, I stumbled upon veganism (by chance) 7 years ago while I was living in the US, and once I started questioning my food choices, I wasn't able to stop questioning my whole life choices (has that ever happened to you?). I left a very successful and stressful career in aviation behind (together with some very poor life habits and some disastrous relationships) and embarked on a personal journey to discover some life purpose and reconnect with Mother Nature and ultimately, myself.

In 2016, I became a certified Health Coach by the Institute of Integrated Nutrition, by then I was already 37lbs lighter than when I started my transformational journey and I had won the battle to many chronic health issues thanks to a change in diet and overall lifestyle - as it turns out what is good for other earthlings and the planet was also good for me. Doh!

Later that year, together with my good friend and business partner Maribel, we opened Apoyo Lodge, a health and wellness boutique eco-hotel, and Nicaragua's first 100% vegan resort. Apoyo Lodge was created as a sacred space where humans, animals and Mother Earth can thrive in harmony, and to bring healthier plant based options to the Central American scene.

In 2018 I completed my yoga teacher training in the sacred city of Rishikesh, India, focused in traditional Hatha Yoga. My aim is to share the philosophy of yoga with as many people as possible, and to help those who need to get aligned and centered do so. Funny enough, it took me years to realise that the benefits of yoga are better felt off the mat, and if you don't know that yet, I am happy to help you get there.

Apoyo Lodge is the home of most of my retreats, and if you love nature, awesome vegan food cooked with love and meeting like-minded people that make you restore your faith in humankind, you will love it too. After living in 6 countries across 3 continents I live now in Nicaragua full time with my husband Manuel, my step-daughter Yahoska, and a bunch of rescued animals (too many to count at times). 

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10 Fun Facts about me

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  1. I was adoptive mother of 70 teenagers when I lived in Ethiopia.

  2. I became vegan during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 and I had no vegan food at home.

  3. I have seen four out of the Big Five in Africa and trekked with gorillas in the wild.

  4. I was a flight attendant in a previous life.

  5. I don't particularly like kale, and I have still managed to thrive as a healthy vegan. Go figure.

  6. I worked in air operations in the DR Congo for United Nations.

  7. The first raw vegan dessert I ever made was a chocolate avocado ganache. and I never looked back.

  8. I jumped out of an aeroplane once. I don't think I would do it again.

  9. I am from Granada, Spain and now I live near Granada, Nicaragua.

  10. I live in the crater of a volcano. Check it out here!