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.
Airport transfer included: Josí© Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport
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.
This boutique hotel in a prime location on the beach offers guest rooms with private balconies, top-quality beds, hot water, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and excellent service.
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.
During the retreat, you will have plenty of time to explore the beach and the mountains with the bicycles which are available to you the entire time.
Tucked away in a corner of the small town of Olon, Ecuador, Vikara Center 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. 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.
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.
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.
One full body massage (1 hour) is included. Additional massages are available at an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE). Transportation upon arrival from the airport is included. Vikara Lifestyle can arrange the transportation to the airport on the departure day for an additional cost of 100 USD. It is 2.5 hours ride.
There is a direct bus you may take. The cost is 6 USD and it takes 2.5 hours.
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