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8 Days Raw Food, Ashtanga Yoga, Hiking Retreat in Ecuador

Overview

Adventure Hiking and Yoga Holidays Ecuador

  • 6 days with instruction
  • Casa Verde Raw Yoga Hiking Retreat is an exclusive small capacity forest lodge with just three guest rooms, offering on-going personalized lifestyle retreats. You will love your stay in this retreat, returning to your home leaner, cleaner, lighter, brighter, stronger, more fit, re-booted, rejuvenated, and enthused. Use your retreat as a springboard to a healthier, greener, yogic lifestyle! This is far more than a vacation, it’s a transformation!

    Highlights

    • All Ashtanga yoga classes
    • Raw food preparation classes
    • Hiking and walking trips in the Andes
    • Evening discussions and DVDs on various topics
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • All meals raw vegan
    • Fresh herb teas

    Skill level

    • Beginner

    • Intermediate

    • Advanced

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 4.

    Styles

    Languages

    • Instruction language: English
    • Spoken languages: English
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    Casa Verde is situated in the lush and mystical Andean Mountains of Ecuador near the village of Mindo, known world wide for it's amazing diversity of birds, butterflies, and orchids.

    The main house is a large four bed and four bath lodge, hand constructed of local woods, walls of huge windows in every room to observe and absorb wildlife, big kitchen for food preparation instruction, ample yoga practice space, a dining area, and charming porch.

    The property has five trails, three 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 from the garden is the ultimate goal. Carving out an organic farm in the tropics is a sizable task and requires lots of work, but Casa Verde are determined! They have begun the project of designing natural food production using permaculture principles and invite guests to participate in the creation and tending of gardens. Take what you learn home with you to create or enhance your own food production project, be it an urban or suburban environment.

    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 one on one 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 a world-class instructor with many decades of experience, you are in good hands!

    Casa Verde Raw Food Jungle Retreat offers a cleansing and enlivening raw food meal plan. Many guests will loose weight effortlessly if needed while cleansing environmental toxins. The meals are creative and delicious. Guests are invited to participate in food preparation.

    Every day will include some form of walking or hiking, depending on guests' individual fitness level. Afternoons are open to rest, read, or take a Thai massage. Help out in the organic gardens if you like!

    Every day will include some form of walking or hiking, depending on guests' individual fitness level.

    • Wendy Green

      ITTA (International Thai Therapists Association) (Thai Massage)

      She took her first yoga class in Boston in 1972, where she was introduced to healing powers of raw food while working at the now famous “Hippocrates Health Institute” and eventually headed their raw food kitchen. These two events have shaped the course of her life in every way. Since this auspicious beginning, she has dedicated her life to learning as much as possible about yoga and diet, walking the walk, talking the talk and sharing what she knows.

    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 preserve in the Andes. Just two hours west of the capital city Quito and four miles outside the village of Mindo, the area is known world wide for its fantastic birding and incredible diversity of plants, orchids, and butterflies.

    The village of Mindo is popular with Ecuadorians as well as international travelers on the weekends. The area is loaded with trails, waterfalls, and outdoor activities such as river tubing, hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, orchid gardens, butterfly farms, and sprinkled with eco resorts, hostels, small artisan chocolate factories, cafes, and restaurants.

    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.

    Nearby places

    • Mindo village, 4 miles
    • Quito city - 2 hours west
    Activities
    • Art classes
    • Cooking classes
    • Hiking
    • Massage
    • Mountain walking
    General
    • Balcony
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Garden
    • River
    • Yoga shala
    Services
    • ATM / banking
    • Laundry
    • Room cleaning
    • Tour assistance

    This listing is vegetarian-friendly Click to see more vegetarian-friendly listings

    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.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Snacks

    The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

    • Raw food
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
    • Book a Thai massage
    • Do bird watching
    • Help out in the organic gardens if you like
    • Include daily nature walks and hikes in pristine cloud forests with sparkling rivers and waterfalls
    • Rest, read, wrirte, draw, meditate, and relax
    • River tubing, canopy zip-line, butterfly, and orchid farms visiting
    • Visit the indigenous markets, and ancient ruins
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • All Ashtanga yoga classes
    • All meals raw vegan
    • Evening discussions and DVDs on a variety of subjects ranging from yoga, nutrition, Ayurveda, and deep green living
    • Fresh herb teas
    • Hiking and walking trips in the Andes
    • Raw food preparation classes
    • Transport to and from retreat
    • Thai massages

    Arrival by airplane

    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 (an amazing three-hour drive thru the Andes) 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.

    • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
    • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

    Mindo, Ecuador

    With just 4 guests or less, we offer semi private retreats in the Cloud forest of Ecuador. Inspiring Yoga, delicious Raw Cleansing Cuisine, & World Class Hiking. Reconnect with yourself in nature.

    Speaks English

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