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6 Days Vikara Lifestyle Surf and Yoga Retreat in Olon, Ecuador

Relaxing Ecuador Yoga Retreat

Welcome to Vikara Retreats. Vikara was born out of the idea to create a holistic community that supports a healthy lifestyle aligned with nature and the local environment. Together, we strive to make this your home and transform it into place of belonging where you can let go of daily worries and stress and completely focus on your quest of self-discovery. This is the opportunity to connect with like minded people, discuss all your deep, crazy and funny thoughts, discover a new country together, laugh with each other, and be the best version of yourself. Our space thrives on unique personalities, mutual respect, diversity and friendship.

We see the path of transformation as an important journey towards improving our lives and the lives of people around us. Through our own life learnings and refined through our experiences with multiple customers, we’ve singled out 6 essential elements of transformation that are offered within our retreats: Love, Exploration, body mind& spirit connection, healing, community, and Joy.

The retreats are designed for small groups which make your experience very intimate. The friendships developed on retreat creates a community (meaningful connections with other people healing through shared experiences). The goal is that you feel at home and allow yourself to be yourself.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a full whole body massage
  • 4 surf classes with personal attention
  • Personalized meditation and yoga classes
  • Partner yoga and inversion workshop
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6

Airport transfer available:
Josí© Joaquí­n de Olmedo International Airport (US$100 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Yoga deck
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Patio

Your private room at Vikara Center is located just five minutes walk from the beach. It has a bathroom with hot water, air conditioning, Wi-Fi access, and a little table where you can sit, write, and make any reflections that might come up during the retreat. Outside your room, there is a communal living room with space to practice yoga or to hang out during the day. There is a nice garden and hammocks to pass leisure time.

Beachfront rooms are available for retreat guests at the El Hotel La Corona. This boutique hotel offers guest rooms with private balconies, top-quality beds, hot water, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and excellent service.

Vikara Lifestyle Ecuador Yoga Retreat Schedule

Sample schedule

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Yoga class (1.5 - 2 hours)
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 17:00 Meditation. Followed by free time to walk and explore the surroundings

This is just a day sample schedule. The schedule will be adjusted for every retreat before the arrival of the guests according to their needs.

Included excursions

During the retreat, you will have plenty of time to explore the beach and the mountains with bicycles which are available to you the entire time.

Instructors

Roey Klein
Roey Klein has been traveling around the world since the age of 21. He also had been living in a few sustainable and communities and eco-villages. After five years of working with children and young adults with special needs, he took on the adventure cycle in South America on a bicycle. When he arrived to Ecuador in 2013, he immediately fell in love with surfing and decided to reside in Olon. He began practicing yoga soon after, and since then had been trying many styles and participating in various workshops.
Elba Camejo
Elba Camejo is part of a family dedicated to music, poetry, yoga, Qigong, tai chi chuan, and meditation. At the age of 15, she began her studies and formal yoga practice, and soon after, she started immersing in Qigong and tai chi chuan as well. She is a direct disciple of professor Eucaris Navarro, who is also her mother. In 2010, after six years of practice and training, she obtained her certification as a yoga instructor at Escuela Zhenhe YMAA and has been dedicated since then to teaching both adults and children. Her classes are a fusion of Bhakti yoga and Hatha Vinyasa.
Kimberly
Kimberley has been a massage therapist for over 11 years. Her quality skills come from traveling and collaborating with indigenous healing traditions from Chinese Tuina techniques to Andean plant medicine being applied during her sessions. She is also licensed in manual lymphatic drainage, joint mobilization, deep tissue, Swedish, reflexology, cranial sacral, prenatal, and sports massage. Kimberly uses a collaborative approach to reaching the specific goals of her clients.

Location

This retreat will take place in Olon, Ecuador. Olon is a small, sleepy, and charming village. The beach in Olon is clean and sandy, which is good for surfing and hiking. Migrating humpback whales can be spotted from the beach from August to November and sunsets are spectacular all year round. The village is authentic with a real sense of community: fisherman selling their daily catch, coconuts on the beach, local produce of fruits and vegetables, parrots, pelicans, pirate birds, and palm trees.

Nearby places

  • Guayaquil - 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Montanita, 5 kilometers
  • Puerto Lopez - 40 minutes

Food

We believe that food is life and vital to our well-being. We like to find the balance between eating healthy, without compromising the pleasure.

We buy fresh and locally sourced ingredients and build a creative and colorful menu for you every day. This ensures you get the right amount of energy throughout your daily activities that also tastes delicious.

Breakfast and lunch are included in the price. Dinner is a great opportunity to explore the local restaurants and cuisine in an around Olon. If you wish to have dinner at Vikara, we are happy to cook for you upon daily request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

In addition to the scheduled retreat program, there are many other activities available in the local area, including swimming on the beach, whale watching, scuba diving, snorkeling, and paragliding.

Vikara retreats can arrange a wide array of additional services including:

Horseback riding- Starting at 1 hour (20 USD) - Always dreamt of riding a horse at the beach? This is your opportunity! A local guide can take you either on a stunning journey along the beach or on a scenic ride through the mountains with a beautiful viewpoint.

Isla de la Plata Excursion (50 USD) - With wildlife matching the Galapagos, but without the crowds and high prices, Isla de la Plata is a great opportunity to experience more of Ecuador’s diverse nature, observe the famous blue-footed boobies, and maybe see some sea turtles, dolphins and whales during the boat ride to the the stunning island (whale watching only from May to September). The day trip includes transportation to and from Puerto Lopez, the boat ride, lunch and a snorkeling session off the boat.

Kickboxing (10 USD) - Always thought of trying martial arts and empowering yourself? Martial arts teaches self-discipline and is a great way to access your flow state. This is your opportunity to learn the basics of kickboxing or work on your practice with our experienced trainer.

Massage - 1 hour sessions with interview and feedback (50 USD)

Moon Sessions (2 hours) (80 USD) - For Women only: Moon sessions are an ancient ritual that help heal, balance and activate your second chakra, cut co-dependent cords, harmonize your cycle and deactivate implants. Let your female goddess shine and experience a session with our trained therapist!

Pendulum Session and Sacred Geometry (40 USD) - Based on quantum healing with a pendulum, vibrational therapy and mantras, this session with our experienced practitioner helps you reconnect with your angels and your higher self.

Private Plant Medicine Ceremony (200 USD) - Ayahuasca and other plant medicines are powerful tools that address all aspects of a person’s existence (physical, mental and energetic), calling on the participants to embark on a journey of self-discovery in order to uncover the root of imbalances, understand ourselves and grow. We work with medicine people from around the country who have dedicated their life to the purpose of healing. Ceremonies last an entire night.

Private yoga lesson with Elba (30 USD) - Want to dive even deeper into your Yoga practice and experience a private lesson that is completely tailored to your personal needs?

Spanish Lessons (10 USD) - If you want to learn some basic Spanish or simply brush up your Spanish skills, Outdoor Olon offers exactly what you are looking for, catering to all needs and levels.

Surf Class )20 USD) - Warm up, theory and practical 1.5 hours

Temascal (50 USD) (minimum 5 people) - Temazcal is a form of sweat lodge which originated with pre-Hispanic indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica. The lodge is typically a wooden-framed structured made from tree branches. Hot rocks are placed inside a pit located in the center. Water is periodically poured over the heated rocks to create a hot and steamy room.

The sweat ceremony is intended as a spiritual reunion with the creator and a respectful connection to the earth itself as much as it is meant for purging toxins out of the physical body.

Spa treatments

One full body massage (1 hour) is included. Additional massages are available at an additional cost.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Fresh and delicious breakfast and lunch from freshly sourced local produce
  • Daily yoga class with special attention to alignment and adjustments
  • 4 Surf classes with local instructors
  • Acro and partner yoga workshop
  • Bicycle and surfboards at your disposal
  • 1 full Holistic Whole Body Massage with special oils and plant-based medicine
  • 1 guided Meditation or mantra singing
  • A trip to the amazing Saluna Cafe at Dos Mangas in a lush jungle environment
  • Special Goodbye dinner
  • Snacks and fruits

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Alcohol drinks at the center
  • Outings outside of the schedule
  • Extra activities
  • Health insurance
  • Extra nights

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE). Private transportation can be arranged from and to the airport for an additional cost of 100 USD each way. It is 2.5 hours ride.

Arrival by bus

There is a direct bus you may take. The cost is 6 USD and it takes 2.5 hours.

Airport: Josí© Joaquí­n de Olmedo International Airport Airport transfer available: Josí© Joaquí­n de Olmedo International Airport (US$100 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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This retreat is available from January to September and not available from October to November.

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