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8 Days Surf and Yoga Holiday – Experience Transformation in Olon, Ecuador

Surf and Yoga Retreat Ecuador

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Maximum 6 participants
Breakfast & lunch included
Airport transfer available

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.

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.

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.

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.

Meet the instructors

Roey, Elba, & David
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Highlights

  • Surfing and massages
  • Meditation class
  • Two hour yoga classes
  • One consultation and spiritual guidance
  • Introduction to Acro yoga workshop
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • Horseback riding excursion

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Hebrew, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer available:
José Joaquí­n de Olmedo International Airport (US$100 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free bicycle
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor shower

Vikara’s Accommodation is in a prime location a few steps from the beach. We offer guests spacious rooms with private balconies, ocean view and garden view options, top quality beds, private bathrooms, A/C, WIFI, and great service.

Program

Sample schedule

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Yoga class (1.5 - 2 hours)
  • 11:00 free time or consultation with the facilitators
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Surf class
  • 17:00 Meditation
  • 18:30 Sunset 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 surrounding areas. There will be an optional 1.5 hour horseback riding excursion in land to the mountains or on the beach.

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.
David Oliveros
David was born in Venezuela. He grew up in Valencia, close to Puerto Cabello, where he began to surf at the age of 5 years old. When David turned 15, he started to compete national and international competitions. He moved to Ecuador in 2017 and joined the Vikara Team in January 2018. David is always patient with his students. He takes time to observe what are their needs and how he can teach them and help them to improve. His classes are a mix of theory and understanding of the ocean and hands on in the water. He bring suff ethics, body awareness, and lots of fun to his classes

Location

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.

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)
  • Pescatarian
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
  • Isla de la Plata Excursion
  • Kickboxing and personal training
  • Massage
  • Consultations on trips in Ecuador
  • Moon Sessions (2 hours)
  • Pendulum Session and Sacred Geometry
  • Private yoga
  • Spanish Lessons
  • Surf Class
  • Temascal: This 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.
  • Private Plant Medicine Ceremony: 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.

Spa treatments

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

What's included

  • 7 nights accomodation
  • Daily yoga classes with personal attention (2 hours)
  • 1 guided meditation session
  • 4 Amazing surf classes with special attention
  • Introduction to Acro yoga for beginners workshop
  • One-on-one consultation for deepening your intention
  • Daily delicious and fresh breakfast and lunch from locally sourced produce
  • Fresh fruits/snacks, coffee, and tea
  • Surfboards rentals all day long
  • Full body healing session (massage)
  • Horseback riding excursion (2 hours)

What's not included

  • Spanish classes
  • Airport shuttle to the airport
  • Plant medicine ceremonies
  • Outings and drinks at restaurants
  • Extra nights
  • Alcoholic beverages

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE). 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.

Arrival by bus

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

Airport: José Joaquí­n de Olmedo International Airport Airport transfer available: José 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 14% 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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