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19 Days Permaculture Adventure and Yoga Retreat in Ecuador

  • Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center, Vilcabamba, Ecuador

Overview

Hiking, Natural Building, and Yoga Retreat Ecuador

Do you have a dream of building your own home in nature and living an intentional and sustainable lifestyle? Join Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center's hiking, natural building, and yoga course for an exciting, informative, and inspiring adventure. Experience two of Ecuador exotic travel destinations, Copalinga Eco-reserve at Zamora, and the Sacred Valley of Longevity at Vilcabamba. Nourish body, mind, and spirit with daily self-development practices, gourmet garden to table vegetarian meals, and an in-depth study of natural building systems.

Highlights

  • Natural building project tours and classes
  • Daily yoga, contemplative movement, and mantra sessions
  • Greywater bioremediation, home energy systems, and greenhouses
  • 3 days / 2 nights excursion birding and hiking in Podocarpus National Park at Zamora
  • Hiking in the Andes mountains and subtropical forests
  • Gourmet garden to table vegetarian meals
  • 18 nights accommodation
  • Travel logistical support
  • 19 days with instruction
  • English
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Copalinga Eco- Reserve

Copalinga Eco-Reserve is a lush and peaceful eco-lodge which offers privacy and comfort in a highly biodiverse natural environment. If you choose shared accommodation, you will stay in one of Copalinga's ample rustic double occupancy (two single bed) cabins with one of the other participants with a shared bathroom and shower. If you choose private accommodation, you will stay in one of Copalinga's deluxe private cabins with a double bed and private bathroom and shower.

All of Copalinga's cabins are situated within beautiful garden and forest surroundings, in privacy yet with easy access to the network of trails, and dining at the main lodge.

Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center

Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center has comfortable accommodations within a thriving permaculture landscape. It boasts gorgeous Andean mountain vistas, solar electricity, wastewater bioremediation, and abundant organic gardens and orchards supplying garden to table cuisine.

Accommodations at Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center are comfortable and connected to the permaculture landscape with intelligent, healthy design, and breathtaking vistas. They offer private rooms, shared rooms, and tenting options.

The Sol-tierra suite

The Sol-tierra suite is a spacious, self-contained suite with a queen size bed, a private bathroom, a fully equipped kitchenette, and an outdoor terrace surrounded by gorgeous tropical gardens; private or couple's private accommodation.

El Águila room

El Águila room is a cozy and comfortable space with a queen size orthopedic bed; private or couple’s private accommodation.

El Colibrí cabin

El Colibrí is a shared accommodation cabin with two twin sized beds, a shared shower house, and open air kitchen.

El Mirador dorm

El Mirador dorm is a nicely appointed shared accommodation space with two twin sized beds and a shared bathroom.

The program will be an enriching, informative, and active course for anyone who is inspired by wholistic living and natural building.

In general, days begin with a morning practice session, followed by a delicious breakfast. Each weekday will feature classes and field trips to learn about a wide spectrum of natural building approaches. Weekends will be oriented toward exploring the natural wonders of Vilcabamba's sacred valley of longevity, the artisan, and organic food markets.

Program outline

October 23

  • Depart for Ecuador

October 24

  • Arrival at Loja Airport
  • Opening circle and orientation
  • Eternaculture tour

October 25

  • Unity dance contemplative movement
  • Perculture principles
  • Natural building tour: Finca Vida Verde

October 26

  • Bhakti yoga or mantra
  • Natural building tour: Mandango Pyramid Biodome
  • Greywater bioremediation

October 27

  • Yoga class
  • Food forest and permaculture gardening
  • Rumi Wilco hike
  • Natural building tour: Miguel's Domes
  • Kirtan singing

October 28

  • Unity dance contemplative movement
  • Natural building tour: Hike to Finca Sagrada
  • Sacred geometry

October 29

  • Bhakti yoga or mantra
  • Organic or artisan markets
  • Hiking to river

October 30

  • Infinity wave or mantra or yoga class
  • Taize singing

October 31

  • Unity dance pilgrimage hike
  • Natural tour: Sheahan's domes and Chambalabamba
  • Trinity consciousness

November 1

  • Drive to Zamora
  • Hiking and birding at Copalinga
  • Native flute lesson

November 2

  • Infinity wave movement practice
  • Hiking in Podocarpus park
  • Swimming in Rio Bombuscaro
  • Native flutes

November 3

  • Unity dance
  • Hiking and birding at Copalinga
  • Drive to Vilcabamba
  • Restorative yoga

November 4

  • Bhakti yoga or mantra
  • Integral awareness
  • Natural building tour: Ira's orchard farm

November 5

  • Yoga class
  • Organic or artisan markets
  • Local hike

November 6

  • Infinity wave or mantra or yoga class
  • Taize singing

November 7

  • All day hike
  • Natural building tour: Sacred Suenos
  • Sound journey

November 8

  • Yoga class
  • Renewable energy home systems
  • Wholistic wellness
  • Permaculture movies

November 9

  • Unity dance pilgrimage day hike to Andean Waterfall
  • Restorative yoga

November 10

  • Bhakti yoga and mantra
  • Natural building system summation and comparison
  • Kirtan singing

November 11

  • Unity dance pilgrimage to Montesuenos
  • Greenhouse design
  • Indian feast and celebration

November 12

  • Departure

During the program, you are granted to have these following excursions:

  • 2 days at Copalinga eco-reserve in Zamora, hiking in Podocarpus National Park, and tropical birding
  • 8 tours of natural building projects
  • A visit to artisan and organic food markets
  • Full moon drumming, native flute, and didjeridu gathering
  • Hiking to Andean Waterfall, Rio Bombuscaro, Rio Capamaco, and Wilco Eco-Reserve
  • Philip Larstone

    Phil's personal quest for realization has included life-long investigations into fields of self-development, human consciousness, and wisdom traditions. His capacity to synthesize information and "connect the dots" to further his own understandings of the human condition, and the nature of creation has given rise to personal revelations and unique ways of communicating concepts that can distill what can seem like a complex configuration of disparate elements into a succinct unifying essence. Phil received his yoga teacher training from the Sat Yam School of Yoga Studies in 2014.

  • Suzannah Ohlune

    Her love of life combines with keen insight and deep caring to offer a spacious, nurturing, and supported experience as participants move through their personal process and open to transformation. Suzannah received her yoga teacher training certification from the Sat Yam School of Yoga Studies in 2014.

Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center is located in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, and has comfortable views within a thriving permaculture landscape. It boasts gorgeous Andean mountain vistas, solar electricity, wastewater bioremediation, and abundant organic gardens and orchards supplying garden to table cuisine.

This retreat will be held at two spectacular travel destinations in Ecuador.

Copalinga reserve

The Copalinga Eco-Reserve is located at Zamora, bordering the amazon side of the pristine Podocarpus National Park. The pioneering owners of Copalinga have regenerated former pasture land with tropical forests, native grasses, and lush understory plantings. The native forests of Podocarpus National park are adjacent to the reserve, as is the spectacular Rio Bombuscaro river.

Vilcabamba

Vilcabamba rests at 5000 feet elevation in the Andes mountains of Ecuador, about five degrees south of the equator. The climate is as good as it gets and is commonly referred to as eternal spring. It is known as the Valley of Longevity and the playground of the Incas, where Incan royalty would go for rejuvenating retreats.

Nearby places

  • Loja Botanical Gardens - 45 minutes
  • Mandango “Sleeping Inca” mountain hike - 2 hours
  • Podocarpus National Park - 40 minutes
  • Saraguro indigenous village - 2 hours and 30 minutes
Activities
  • Hiking
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking / trekking
  • Rock climbing
  • Spa

Included with the program are daily gourmet garden to table vegetarian meals including some world cuisine dinner feasts. Meals are replete with fresh pressed juices, coffee, and tea grown and harvested on the property, probiotic beverages, and superfoods.

Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center can also provide vegan, raw, and gluten-free meals if you have these specific dietary needs.

There will be four dinners out to sample some of Vilcabamba’s artisan eateries, for which participants will pay for their own meals, and similarly for lunches and dinners while at Copalinga Eco-lodge in Zamora at their fine on-site restaurant.

During your free time, there are many interesting local activities and events in Vilcabamba that you can participate in, including horse trail riding, mountain biking, ecstatic dance, contact improv dance, Temazcal sweat lodge ceremonies, Turkish steam baths, Vipassana meditation, and medicine plant ceremonies.

You can also shop at the local artisan market, organic food market, tropical fruit, and vegetable market, and experience some of Vilcabamba’s fine eateries and cafe’s.

Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center can arrange a variety of spa treatments for you that are available in Vilcabamba at additional cost.

  • 2 days excursion to Ecuador foremost travel sites
  • 18 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga, contemplative movement, and mantra sessions
  • Natural building project tours and classes
  • Gourmet garden to table vegetarian meals
  • Greywater bioremediation, home energy systems, and greenhouses
  • Hiking in the Andes mountains and subtropical forests
  • Travel logistical support
  • Additional 4 meals out to experience Vilcabamba's fine dining eateries
  • Airfare and ground travel to and from Vilcabamba Ecuador
  • Earlier arrival and later departure
  • Meals at Copalinga Ecolodge
  • Optional activities before and after

Arrival by Airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). You are also required to book a regional flight to Loja Domestic Airport (LOH). Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center will dispatch a taxi driver to pick you up at Loja Airport and bring you directly to them.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Canción del Corazón Wholistic Lifepath Center an inquiry.
  • Review by Shannon Baksh
    10 out of 10

    "Cancin del Corazn and Suzannah and Phil were absolutely incredible. I could not have asked for a more enjoyable and welcoming experience. Having had a rather unique circumstance my trip could have very easily turned out to be a disaster, but it was quite the opposite. They went above and beyond to show me what Vilcabamba, Ecuador had to offer, and they made my trip a memorable and positive experience. The connections, experiences, and knowledge I gained during those two weeks will be ones that I hold in my heart for a lifetime."

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  • Review by Kayla from Canada
    10 out of 10

    " Cancin del Corazn Wholistic Lifepath Center is a very special place. The hosts are grounded, attentive, and wise, and create an intentional, and light space for yoga retreats, personal retreats, and permaculture courses. Their land is stunning, they've created a permaculture haven, with food gardens and forests everywhere, and where their land stewardship is infused in their everyday life practices. Their knowledge about physical wellbeing and holistic health (i.e. whole and raw foods, fermented foods, natural remedies etc.) is wealthy. Set in a beautiful mountain setting with ideal weather, Cancin del Corazn is well worth a day, week or month. Your body, mind and spirit will be grateful."

    BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited

  • Review by Shannon Baksh
    10 out of 10

    "I will hold in my heart for a lifetime all the connections, experiences, and knowledge I gained during those two weeks."

    Cancin del Corazn Wholistic Lifepath Center website, edited

  • Review by Duncan Autrey
    10 out of 10

    "Between the gracious hosts, the extensive permaculture land, and the beautiful spaces, the center offers all that you might need for reflection and development of mind, body, and spirit."

    Cancin del Corazn Wholistic Lifepath Center website, edited