2018 Trips to Nicaragua


Arts, Literature, and Guided Writing

Late July – Early August 2018 (10 days)


We will explore Nicaraguan arts, literature, poetry, history, music, food, and daily life in the city of León, the nation’s intellectual center, while reflecting on those experiences with daily guided writing.

Conversation will be led by Karen Hering, author and literary minister at Unity Church—Unitarian in St. Paul, a congregation that serves people of all religions and those without religious affiliation. Click here for details. Visit www.karenhering.com for more information.



August 11–21, 2018

In recent years, numbers of emigrants intercepted at the U.S. border from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala were 15, 20, and 23 times as great as those from Nicaragua, respectively. However, many Nicaraguans emigrate to Costa Rica and Panama.

Learn from experts and Nicaraguans' personal stories about:

  • The motivation for emigration (primarily economic) and how it differs from other Central American countries (primarily fleeing violence).
  • The impact of temporary and permanent emigration from Nicaragua to other countries.
  • The impact of legal and illegal immigration on individuals and families in Nicaragua.
  • How people in the United States can support immigrants in our country, especially in light of the current administration's policies.

We will also explore the sanctuary church and city movement in the United States.

Click here for more information.


The Environment and Sustainability

Postponed until 2019

León lies at the heart of a region where signs of climate change are common and issues related to sustainability are easy to explore. 

The itinerary for this trip is under development, but here are a few of the possibilities.

  • Explore León’s unique geography and distinctive
    dry tropical forest.
  • Boat to the nature reserve on spectacular Juan Venado Island, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Roam the paths of the university’s tranqui Botanical
  • Find out about the history of agriculture in León.
  • Visit SONATI, anenvironmental education and
    conservation program.
  • Analyze the achievements and challenges facing the government’s renewable resources agenda.
  • View murals portraying the revolutionary history of Nicaragua.
  • Connect with locals at San Carlos, a rural community PML works with.
  • Visit the San Carlos Health Clinic.
  • Hike around lovely Los Alpes Ecolodge.
  • Create a traditional sawdust carpet celebrating nature at Xuchialt Art School.
  • Tour Twin Engine Coffee site in León (co-owned by a Minnesotan)

Click here for more information.