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Casa Verde Raw Yoga Hiking Retreat is a boutique forest lodge (3 guest rooms) offering year-round personalized lifestyle retreats. They serve discerning guests a unique and healing combination of an Ashtanga yoga Intensive coupled with delicious cleansing raw vegan cuisine, spectacular hiking and inspiring evening discussions in the magnificent Cloud Forest of Ecuador.
Casa Verde is situated in the lush and mystical Andean Mountains of Ecuador near the village of Mindo, known worldwide for its amazing diversity of birds, butterflies, and orchids. The main house is a spacious four bed and four bath comfy and homelike lodge, hand constructed of local woods, walls of huge windows in every room to observe and absorb wildlife, big kitchen for food preparation instruction, a Dining area, comfortable Lounge area and charming porch.
The property has seven private trails, dozens of waterfalls, and three creeks to explore and enjoy. Because of the fertile location (good temperature, excellent soil, and the right amount of sun and rain) they can grow bananas, avocados, pineapples, citrus, herbs, spices, greens, veggies, and a multitude of exotic flowers right in the front yard all year round. Eating fresh organic food from the garden is the ultimate goal. The water source at Casa Verde comes from a pristine forest mountain spring on the property, the freshest, cleanest, sweetest water anywhere. Air quality is superb. You will only hear the natural sounds of the river and forest and enjoy the lush tranquil mountain views.
Your day begins with personalized Ashtanga yoga practice, tailored to each individual's needs and ability. Beginners, as well as tenured students, will find their practices deepened and refined. Classes are taught by an internationally respected teacher with many decades of experience, you are in good hands! Casa Verde Raw Food Hiking Retreat offers a cleansing and enlivening raw food meal plan.
Many guests will lose weight effortlessly if needed while cleansing environmental toxins. The meals are creative, delicious and satisfying. Every day will include some form of walking or hiking in nature depending on the guests' individual fitness level. Afternoons are for quiet rest while your body gently detoxifies...read, nap, knit, draw, write or take a fantastic Thai massage!
Besides our daily hikes in Nature, guests may enjoy a trip to the local butterfly farm, a morning excursion to Pre Incan ruins and a tour of the local Artisan Chocolate maker.
Wendy started practicing yoga in 1970 and began teaching at the now famous Hippocrates Health Institute, Boston in 1972 where she worked as the head of their Raw Food Kitchen under the direction of Dr. Ann Wigmore. She is also a direct student of Sri K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore India where she studied regularly from 1996 to 2005. Combining her passion for Yoga, Raw Food, and a Natural Lifestyle, she offers year-round, personalized “Radical Renewal” retreats in the Cloud Forest of Ecuador. With well over 50k teaching hours and many decades of study, she shares a wealth of experience and wisdom.
This retreat will take place near the village of Mindo in Ecuador. The venue is nestled on five acres of cloud forest on the banks of the Mindo river in a verdant valley at the boundary of the mountainous 40 mile Mindo - Nambillo nature preserves in the Andes. Just two hours west of the capital city Quito and four miles outside the village of Mindo, the area is known worldwide for its fantastic birding and incredible diversity of plants, orchids, and butterflies. The area is loaded with trails and waterfalls. Only one degree south of the equator and situated at 4500 feet above sea level, the area delights in a consistent "eternal spring" climate; sunny pleasant days averaging 80 degrees (26.6 degrees Celsius), often rain showers mid-late afternoons, and cool in the evenings (bring your hoodie). In other words, perfect for humans, flora, and fauna alike! No wonder this place is alive with abundant beauty.
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Casa Verde offers a 100% raw plant-based, nutritionally balanced, alkaline diet of locally grown tropical fruits, sprouts, veggies, nuts, and seeds prepared in simple yet delicious recipes. The meal plan is supremely nourishing, cleansing, and ultimately very satisfying.
Some guests may want to add water fasting days to their retreat. If you need to lose weight, you can expect to shed pounds effortlessly. If you are already at your perfect weight, it will remain stable. Everyone can expect to cleanse environmental toxins, leaving you feeling light and bright.
Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$95 per person
You will have to book flights to Quito Airport (UIO). The airport is one hour east of the Capital City. Depending on your flight, the following morning Casa Verde will arrange a taxi pickup to the property, arriving at Casa Verde Raw Yoga Hiking Retreat mid-day.
Casa Verde will arrange taxi transport from the airport or a hotel in Quito, 95 USD each way. The trip will take around two-two and a half hours through the stunning Andes.
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