Casa del Sol Montanita offers yoga classes, teacher training courses, and workshops in a beautiful bamboo, ocean view studio on the coast of Ecuador.
Yoga Retreats (4)
Tamara Allers is a E-RYT 500 & a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She began her journey with yoga in 2009 certifying as a teacher in India. In 2011, in search of a simpler life, she moved to the coast of Ecuador and embarked on the journey of Yoga Montanita. The foundation of her practice is rooted in Astanga, however after years of experience as a teacher and student, her teaching style has broadened to a more fluid dynamic Vinyasa flow. Moving deeper in the practice of yoga, she uses the 8 Limbs to create wonderfully challenging, energizing and powerful classes for both the body and mind!
Cheryl Oliver, E-RYT500, has been teaching Sanskrit, vedic chant and yoga philosophy since 2004, and yoga asana since 1998. Our practice, teaching and philosophy is based on presenting students with direct experiences of yoga. We both honor and refresh the traditions of the astanga vinyasa system, making the practice applicable and accessible all. We encourage students to read, to contemplate, to question. We encourage students to experience a variety of practices to challenge our preconceptions, to refine our physical practice, to expand our minds, and to open our hearts.
Michelle is a world wanderer using yoga to keep herself grounded and present. As a 200 hour RYT and epitome of the pitta dosha, she shares her transformational energy by guiding students through mindful vinyasa ebb and flow with bursts of fiery movements. Currently living and teaching on the coast of Ecuador much inspiration draws from her love of the ocean, sunshine, and of course Montanita surfing.
from United States, December 2019
I stumbled upon this program after searching for a retreat, and I’m so glad I did. The value provided in this 28-day training versus a weeklong retreat made it an easy choice to pick this training. The training is structured around one main goal: preparing you to create and teach your own yoga classes, and it surely delivers. The program gets you in front of your group, leading parts of a class, beginning with sun salutations in the first few days, and ends with each participant creating and leading their very own 60min class. All the parts of the training are geared towards this, from chanting practice everyday (which unexpectedly became the highlight of the day for me), to sequencing “games” played as a group. The instructors are very knowledgeable, and super nice. The program is led by Cheryl Oliver, who owns and operates a yoga studio in Scottsdale, AZ. She was absolutely wonderful. Her passion for asana, chanting, and yoga philosophy is contagious. When here, be sure to ask her for stories on pose names. She truly shines here, and literally made me feel like a kid again, longing for story time. Loved.
The accommodations were wonderful. Breakfast and lunch were included everyday, and were all delicious vegetarian dishes. Coffee and water were available every day as well. The place is a 30sec walk to the beach, and about a 10min walk into town - far enough to be super quiet, but close enough to quickly head in if you needed
from United States, April 2019
"Wonderful experience! "
This was a wonderful training and I am so glad I chose this program to get my teacher certification. Cheryl Oliver is simply a phenomenal teacher. She is patient, encouraging, warm, and extremely knowledgeable about the practice and philosophy of yoga. She has a very clear and thorough way of conveying information, and she cares very deeply about each and every one of her students. Her assistant teachers, Tamara Allers and Laura Leathers, were also excellent.
As a long-time practitioner of yoga, I have enough experience to appreciate what high-quality instruction this program offered. Cheryl thoroughly understands all the dimensions of what it means to be a good, effective yoga teacher, from how to build good sequences and design a good class, to how to cue effectively, to the deeper philosophy of yoga and how it applies to modern life, to how to support students' growth and help them improve their practice.
This training included an emphasis on yoga history and philosophy, and incorporated vedic chanting and learning the yoga sutras. This was a really special element that made the program unique. I appreciated the authenticity of this training and how connected the curriculum was to the origins of yoga. I loved learning the meaning of the yoga sutras and the daily practice of chanting in community with the group.
The schedule for this training was a great balance - an immersion experience, but with free time and space to decompress, relax and assimilate everything.
from United States, December 2018
"Great, but some things can be fixed "
Loved the location, liked how the learning was dynamic and we could choose what we wanted to learn.
from Colombia, July 2018
"Fantastic experience "
I went into this training with no intention of teaching yoga and have come out of it trying to figure out a way to encorporate it into my life! It was a really great experience and builds your confidence enormously. It's a fairly intense programme, but is a nice mix of asana and theory of yoga (which is a lot more interesting than it sounds!). The chanting was great too and we had lots of opportunities to teach classes to our fellow students and the public. Cheryl, Julie and Tamara are all great teachers and are very inspiring. I would most definitely recommend this training to anyone who's looking for a rounded 200hr YTT course.
from Ecuador, April 2019
it was a magical experience. for myself, for my practice and for all these wonderful beings i met.
thank you so much for that month.
from Uganda, March 2019
"March 2019 training"
The trainers are very knowledgeable and I feel I have grown so much on a personal level thanks to them. Everything is well thought and organized. Very trustworthy team.
from United States, February 2020
"Excellent Place to Relax, Surf, do Yoga and BE INSPIRED!"
The location and retreat were excellent. I really connected with the people and vibe of the place. Everyone was really nice and accommodating. The beach was really close. The activities were so much fun. And I feel like I made some deep friendships. I plan to go back someday!
from United States, February 2019
Great location near the beach , great yoga instructors and gorgeous studio , delicious food, nice people . Lots to do, but you can go at your own pace. Thank you !
from Canada, April 2018
"Incredible experience from start to finish"
I loved absolutely everything about this experience. So well organized, the best vegetarian food you have ever tasted, inspiring and talented teachers and staff, variety of yoga classes where you are learning something new everyday, many other interesting activities to choose from, super strong family and tight community environment. I felt so happy and at peace there. I feel so grateful I got to experience it. Truly unforgettable memories. Thank you!!!!
from United States, February 2018
Big thanks to the super host Tamara. She is such a grounded and knowledgeable yoga teacher, and most importantly, an amazing cook(I miss the food of Casa de Sol so much)!!
Also I want to thank her for creating this place filled with good vibes, cool people, fun and helpful staff; and of course, cute puppies and kitties!!
I had an amazing time during my stay, thank you, Casa del Sol for the wonderful experience!!
from Canada, February 2018
"Relaxing but Stimulating"
It was a very calm and relaxing environment with great staff while also rejuvenating for the body with good food, yoga, surfing and an amazing breath workshop.
from Mexico, February 2018
"Casa Del Sol is a dream"
Casa Del Sol is an oasis, tucked away from the party town reputation Montanita holds in the cutest little neighborhood next to the point. My favorite moments from Casa was the sound of the crashing waves that rolled over you while deep in your yoga practice; and also talking to the incredible souls that were either in the retreat or just passerby's in the hostel. Tamara and her staff were outstanding and I will never be able to rave enough.
from United States, January 2018
"This place is Amazing!"
If you like yoga and the beach, then this yoga retreat is for you! Tamara and Michelle were great yoga teachers providing a mix of vinyasa and yin classes throughout the week. Pablo was the most fun and patient surf instructor I've ever had, he's also got amazing stories to share and was fun to have around Casa del Sol. Also, the food was amazing, thanks to Tamara for all the creative vegan/veg meals and thanks to Juanito for our deciduous breakfast everyday. Jackson, the bartender and story teller was always there to assist and we all had a good time thanks to his hospitality. From the hammocks, to the sunsets, to the amazing people I met, I liked it all. I highly recommend booking a yoga retreat at Casa del Sol!
from United States, January 2018
Everything was so amazing, it's hard to know where to begin! The location, the accommodations, the food, the yoga, the community of people...it was all beyond what I had expected. I would not have changed a single thing about this retreat...other than having to come home from it!
from Canada, May 2017
"Amazing Experience "
Myself and two friends attended the May 2017 yoga retreat and it was more than we could have ever expected! The staff, accommodation and food were amazing! A road from the ocean and 10 minutes from the country side jungle, it was the perfect location. Tamara, Jackson, and Andres were all so helpful & made the trip so enjoyable.
from Peru, March 2019
Mir hat alles gefallen, der Ort, der Yogaraum, die abwechslungsreichen Yogastunden, die lieben und sehr guten YogaleherInnen (hier nicht auseählbar aber sehr kompetent auch die liebe Katy Shea und Jackson Smelzer) Das Essen war gut und die gesamte Atmosphäre im Cada del Sol einfach herzlich. Ich habe mich so wohl gefühlt, dass ich am liebsten nicht abgereist wäre. Es war sicherlich nicht mein letzter Besuch.