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With a goal of transformation in mind, those attending a retreat at Vikara Lifestyle will find tranquility and solace while gaining knowledge about themselves in the process. With the aim of healing and self-empowerment, this retreat will push you physically and mentally as your mentor Roey guides you through daily activities intended to open up your mind and heart to new possibilities.
At Vikara Lifestyle, the staff wants you to feel at home, and that's because it is their home too!
With private accommodation in a small village along Ecuador's coast, this retreat aims to provide clarity while you connect with nature, and ultimately, yourself. All meals are included during your stay, all of which are made with fresh, local ingredients. Roey's speciality is food, and the quality sure won't disappoint. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available, and baked goods are a must!
Roey and his staff live and work on sight, which is just a 5-minute stroll away from the beach. Although you can will solitude here, your accommodation is alongside a small cafe, so you will always find a community to share your thoughts with.
Start your day with activities intended to create movement in your daily life. From surfing to yoga to cooking to painting, you will connect with nature and your creative energy, all while relaxing in one of Ecuador’s most relaxed setting.
Ultimately, Vikara Lifestyle wants you to experience a deeper connection with your mind and body. And Roey is here to guide you along the way.
But first, it starts with you.
Your room has a private bathroom with hot water, air conditioning, WI-Fi access. Out side your room there is a common living room with space to practice yoga or to hang out during the day. You will be able to order fresh drinks and ecuadorian barista quality coffee. There is a nice garden and hammocks to pass leisure time. It is just five minutes walk from the beach.
This sample program will give you a rough idea how the daily schedule will work during your stay. However, please keep in mind that this retreat is completely personalized, so times may change depending on your mood, as well as the time of the tide if surfing is your passion.
7:30 a.m.: Morning meditation and yoga session, which will set your intention for the day. This is then followed by a delicious breakfast that is made from fresh, local ingredients.
10 a.m.: Morning surf lesson in Olon, one of the best beaches in Ecuador for beginner surfers. For the more advanced surfer (or when you improve!), Roey will bring you to nearby beaches - from 2 minutes to 30 minutes away - that boast some more challenging waves.
1 p.m.: Lunch at La Casa Rosa - yum!
1:30 - 4 p.m.: Free time to explore Olon or the surrounding towns. Bikes are available for your convenience, and hammocks are located right outside your room if you feel like relaxing with a book.
4 p.m.: Let’s get creative! Whether you want to paint, dance, bake or write, the evenings are intended to get you inspired and for you to tap into your creative energy.
5:30 p.m.: It’s dinner time! If you are up for it, you can help Roey prepare your meal (or not) to learn the tips and tricks to create delicious meals.
7 p.m.: Daily reflection with Roey - a practice intended to open your mind, helping you to find answers which you are seeking.
7:30 p.m. to bedtime: The evening is up to you! Whether you want to check out Montanita, Olon’s bustling neighbouring town, or simply relax alone or with your new friends (who you will undoubtedly make during your stay), the evenings are intended for you to relax, enjoy and reflect on your day.
A surf trip to the local town of Ayampe or another small town depending on the weather conditions and participants skills is included in the retreat.
A possibility to work on your self through plant medicine ceremony. You will take one day trip to Isla de la Plata, and a bycicle trip to hidden waterfall. Ask for more information on your arrival.
Tucked away in a corner of the small town of Olon, Ecuador, our home La Casa Rosa, will become your home during your stay.
This coastal town will surely capture your heart with it's stunning landscape and community feel. Everyone in town is friendly and welcoming, and you will become friends with many locals in no time who are more than happy to help you out at any point.
With a small beach without many people, along with a beach break that boasts some of the best consistent beginner waves in the country, the relaxed atmosphere will create the perfect escape that is needed while on a retreat.
And when you are up for some shopping, or dancing or a beer with some new friends, Ecuador's most popular beach town, Montanita, is only a $1.50 cab ride away!
Olon is definitely a hidden gem in Ecuador. Spending some time in this small coastal village will revive your senses, while bringing about a new definition of home.
Food is life! Food is vitality! Food is love! This is the essence here at Vikara Lifestyle. With a focus on delicious, healthy meals, this retreat specializes in it's ability to provide you with some of the best meals on Ecuador's coast. The food experience during your stay promises to be one of the highlights of the retreat.
The chef Augustine has a deep passion for cooking and has been running the Café for a while. With a focus on local, healthy ingredients, this retreat will provide your taste buds with the experience you've always wanted. If you are interested in learning how to cook the staff will be happy to give you some instructions and lessons.
Two very unique cycling routes are offered to guests accompanied by a professional local guide who will take you off road and show you the scenery of the coast. If you are adventurous, night cycling along the beach is also offered.
The practice of yoga dates back into ancient times and is based on a philosophy, which seeks to harmonize the system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. Practicing yoga gives you the unique opportunity to feel a complete sense of peace and well-being, while also providing a feeling of being at one with the environment. Yoga helps you calm the mind and center yourself through focusing and regulating your breath. In this way, it has the potential to alleviate health problems and reduce stress. The yoga sessions at Vikara Lifestyle work on balance, coordination, core muscles, and flexibility at a pace that is tailored to your needs. - Participate in a cooking class
As part of the retreat, you will have a chance to learn more about healthy nutrition and how to cook healthily. Depending on your choice, you could join the cooking process or just enjoy and relish the delicious wide variety of dishes.
Full body massages are available for an extra cost.
Join Vikara Lifestyle on day trips to local surf spots, scenic beaches, and national parks for an additional cost.
Whale watching can take place from May to September.
Other activities which you can do is discover the local town of Montanita, go on a hike, go snorkeling, or just simply play beach volleyball and soccer.
One full body massage (50min) is included. Additional massages are available at additional cost.
From the airport in Guayaquil, either by bus or by Taxi. Contact the organizer and they will help you arrange your arrival.