Vikara means to change or transform in Sanskrit. Vikara retreats are designed to help people who are already awakening to the reality that life is not just about survival, career building, status, finances, and responsibilities. If you are searching for meaning, joy, and creativity in your life, Vikara retreats will introduce you to a lifestyle that will inspire you to live your life with intention. Vikara combines yoga, meditation, and surfing with delicious quality nutrition and connection to nature to create transformational retreats.
Vikara retreats are praised for their focus on personal attention. 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 schedule is designed so that you pick and choose what you want to do. The program has many elements to help you feel revitalized, inspired, and relaxed. They also provide many additional services to tailor your experience to suit your specific needs. Vikara retreats start with setting your intention and then work toward helping you to reach your goals. The goal is that you feel at home and allow yourself to be yourself.
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.
After dinner, there will be time for questions and suggestions for the next day.
In the evening, you can check out Montanita, the bustling neighboring town, or simply stay on site and enjoy a relaxing evening. This is also the time to reflect and consult if there are any issues you would like to share or discuss. If there is enough interest, alternative activities can be arranged.
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. There will be an optional 1.5 hour horseback riding excursion inland to the mountains or on the beach. Plus, a trip to the town of Ayampe. This peaceful, enchanting, quiet town has great surf and a chill vibe!
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.
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.
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Food is life! Food is vitality! Food is love! With a focus on delicious, healthy meals, this retreat specializes in its ability to provide you with lush meals made with the freshest local ingredients. Vikara clients always rave about the food! The menu changes almost daily and is a fusion of Mediterranean, Asian, and local styles.
All ingredients are bought locally as the culinary objective is to creatively explore and experiment with healthy foods to create new and tasty dishes. They serve lush breakfast and a full lunch and a light dinner (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:
A full day excursion to this island paradise. The trip includes transport to Puerto Lopez where you will meet your guide for a two-hour boat ride to this stunning island. You will enjoy a three hour guided walk taking in the history and wildlife of the island including the blue-footed boobies, iguanas, and possibly sea turtle sightings. The trip also includes snorkeling and lunch on the boat. The price is 50 USD.
Start at 50 USD per hour.
A pendulum is guided over the body to pick up vibrations and unlock answers, relieve stress, and create a clear outlook to give you guidance to move forward with confidence. A session is 40 USD.
Vikara Retreats can also arrange a traditional plant medicine ceremony at your request. A local Shaman can utilize plant medicine (San Pedro or Ayahuasca) for mental, physical, or spiritual healing. The price is 120 USD for all night.
A Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. One session costs 50 USD.
One full body massage (1 hour) is included. Additional massages are available at additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE). The transfer from the airport is included. Vikara Lifestyle will pick you up from the airport.
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