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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Ecuador.
This teacher training retreat is an invitation to reconnect with your essential and higher self by coming closer to nature and other seekers, re experiencing yourselves through the deep ancient knowledge of Kaula Tantra Yoga, the playful wisdom of Art and the power of a Shamanic Vision. You are going to create a power circle and let your inner shaman reveal itself. The purpose is healing, connection and creation. Releasing all those things that you do not want to carry anymore. Dancing, singing, story-telling, and entering into the territory of silence so you can listen to your purpose clearly. Opening your hearts to the freedom of creating new ways by unlearning the old ones.
You will stay in Casa Kiliku, a place in the Andes not too far from the city of Quito and just next to the natural reserve of the Ilal Volcano. During the teacher training Casa Kiliku will be close to tourists and open as an Ashram where you share meals, spaces, yoga work, and ashram life experience.
The houses are built by materials from our volcano, with bricks or adobe and wood. Every space is unique. You can stay on the big terrace and chat with others. Or just lie in the hammock and read or meditate on treetops dancing in the wind. It is pure luxury to offer a retreat place in a rural environment at the edge of the ecological reserve Ilal and so close to the center of Quito, 25 minutes by car.
This place is made by ecological local materials and a sustainable way of living is promoted. Accommodation will be in double or triple rooms equipped with kitchen and bathroom with hot shower. You will share meals every day in the communitarian terrace enjoying the view.
Different morning meditations
With the rising popularity of yoga in the recent past, many different styles and teachings have established themselves. So what does the Kaula Tantra yoga practice offer you?
The sequence taught at our school comes straight from an ancient lineage and is based on the teachings of Bhagavan Shanmuka Anantha Natha. We work with asanas, bandhas, pranayama, mudras, and mantras. Different to other practices, this series is practiced in a slow and flowing manner to build patience and awareness. Each asana is held gently for a period of time to allow students to relax into the posture. This way, each individual finds their own unique way of expressing the asanas without pressure of competing or performing perfectly.
Tantra yoga facilitators approach students as whole human beings and discourage isolating or forcing muscles. Their priority is to hold a space of acceptance and love, with only little guidance where necessary.
Over time, students learn to meditate in the postures to connect with the divine. This yoga specifically cultures the diaphragms and thus balances every area of life, including sexuality.
Please note that classes do not involve nudity or sexual contact. In the advanced stages, deeper Pranayama practice, Bandhas, and Mantra practices are incorporated to culture Kundalini energy.
Through Kundalini yoga, as taught by Yogi Bajhan, students learn another different, approach to energy work in yoga. Students explore kryias, pranayama, chakra theory, and the practice of kryas will be focused on different chakras each time to help students feeling them.
As we are living in Ecuador with a huge indigenous population, students also have the opportunity to learn about Andean culture, its cosmovision, and its similarities with eastern culture. During the course, shamanistic energy concepts are explored together with the Tibetan tantric tradition. There are parallels in how these two different traditions understand energy, astrology, subtle anatomy, and physiology. This work helps Ecuadorian yoga students integrate more easily with eastern wisdom.
There are alway two shamanic rituals included In the trainings: the andean Limpia with medicinal plants of our mountains and the Temazcal, a traditional sweat lodge.
In this training, we added one more ritual with the power plant of cacao, in which you will connect with the sacred energy of the cacao and with the ancient and traditional use of this plant.
The process of self-discovery will be supported by the work of one of our Arts teachers in the classes of ritual and play or “Heyoca - the Shamanic clown”. Self-expression, connection with the ancestors, connection with yourself and the group at the same time will allow for.a very experimental trip into your emotions and your power of creation.
We will approach the vision and methodology of the Kaula Tantra yoga practice in these classes. We will develop a connection with our inner body intelligence, learn how to read it better and act according to it’s current needs. It’s about the combined powers of the mind and the physical body and the effect of being totally in harmony with the messages we perceive form our bodies in each moment
Durga’s Tiger Dance is a form of movement developed by Iris Disse based on yoga energy work and different dance styles. It is yet another form through which students deepen their creativity and relaxation in body movement. The training also involves voice work and mantra chanting.
These classes are a powerful opportunity of self discovery. As the course is based on experience, we will create active and participative classes where we will work on some of the main aspects of Tantra. Furthermore, there will be focus on working on specific Chakras.
We will discover the joy and the importance of support and be supported, The challange is to take care of the sacred space dancing between me and my partner, and I experience the joy of giving and receiving.
In these classes, we will keep on working on many asanas of the Kaula Tantra yoga series, using the approach of tantric wisdom, in which we will focus in presence, senses, connection, body communication and, in this way, we will create the dance of Shiva and Shakti.
Derived fom Ayurvedic wisdom, this ancient foot massage was used to prepare warriors for battle, as well as open the physical and energetical bodies before the yoga practice. Working with partners is a very effective, meditative, and intutive way to give and receive before the yoga practice. The massage touches many important Marma Points as well as softening the muscles.
Karma Yoga is part of the learning process of community life. We help each other to maintain common spaces and materials, we take care of the “Pachamama” (Earth). Through karma yoga, we keep in contact with the earth and its fruits as we contribute to the well being and learning of the group.
Living in the ashram enables students to focus intensively on their training, away from everyday tasks and distractions, fully immersing themselves in a process of learning and self-discovery. Students discover the joy of deeply engaging in yogic practice and lifestyle without their usual responsibilities and the busyness of daily life. A close, and energetic group environment is created to enable students to share their experience and learning process and thus collectively deepen their understanding of the yoga practice.
Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students will receive certificate affiliated with Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance International. Registration with these two organizations provides a globally recognized credential.
Tantra teaches you that creativity is a vital part of life. Everybody is conceived as an artist, and the seed of art is waiting inside of you to be awakened. The only experience you need is life itself.
During this course the base of Tantra knowledge is kept in which creativity is used as a tool of liberation so that through the use of different art techniques we will get in contact with our inner self, release emotions and use arts as a meditation itself.
65% of the course content is focused on tantra yoga, pranayama, chakras and meditation.
Kaula Tantra Yoga is rooted in Uttara Shaivism, or Kashmiri Shaivism, one of six Śiva traditions. Students approach the asanas from a place of relaxation, care, and love for themselves.
This yoga series is practised in a slow and flowing manner to build patience and awareness. Each asana is held gently for a period of time to allow students to relax into the posture. This way, each individual finds their own unique way of expressing the asanas without the pressure of competing or ‘performing perfectly’.
Over time, students learn to meditate in the postures to connect with the Divine. This yoga specifically cultures the diaphragms and balances every area of life, including sexuality.
Please note that classes do not involve nudity or sexual contact.
In some classes, students also will have the time to live the practice with the support and emphasis of a partner and applying the tantric philosophy tools in it.
Through the tantra teachings students learn about the energetic exchange between Shiva and Shakti, the two polarities, and how to integrate sexual energy into their yoga exploration.
Once per week you will work with chakras through the Kundalini Yoga experience. This kind of yoga shows us the opposite way of practice if compared with tantra yoga and helps students understanding the difference between the various approaches to the Yoga discipline.
Meditation is basic in the Tantra Yoga practice. Students will learn how many things involve this practice which seems so simple. We will see different approaches to meditation as a tool for you to share when people have not experience with it.
35% of the course is dedicated to the Art Classes and Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism will offer two different programs in May and June.
The May one will be held by Nicolas Cambas and Magdalena Haftner, The one starting in June will be held by Marcela Camacho and Magdalena Haftner. The arts program for the course starting in May will be the ritual through the elements and theater tools
What’s the purpose of art? And of Shamanism? The answer is opened for each one. In this course art is conceived as the main tool for a life with purpose. And shamanism speaks about the purpose of life. Art and shamanism are two sides of the same coin.
In order to transform your lives into experiences with meaning, you need to let go the outside structures that are imposed on you, and understand that Life is a creative process. Nobody else than You is the creator of our own reality, the Shaman of yourselves. Art gives you the tools to go through life with beauty, creativity, wisdom, playfulness, and above all Presence.
When you are present you transform the ordinary into extra-ordinary. Life is becoming a conscious creation, in other words, a ritual. In this course you will develop deeper views on life, relationships, communication, self awareness, creation.
In this course you are going to work with different disciplines such as theater, literature, clowning, voice work, energetic body work, meditation among others.
And you will have the opportunity to experience some local rituals:
In this ancient shamanic ceremony you create your intent for your Teacher Training and reconnect with nature, spirit, and your centered self. It helps students leave old weights behind them and open the door with their fellow yogis to new experiences. Each student receives a Limpia, an energy cleansing ritual made with local medicinal plants, made by a native healer woman from our mountain, the Ilaló.
Movement is a way to explore the body in motion, movement is a way to deconstruct and discover creative, playful and expressive sides of yourself in your own dance and quietness.
Alone and with others. Dance not as something to show but rather as a way to let emotions and energy flow through your vehicle and keep it opened, light, flexible and playful.
Movement is a practice that sometimes we consider the counterpart of Meditation, and as such it arrives to the same point: The present moment. The quality of being present through movement or music, or any kind of performance in art we call Improvisation. Improvisation is playing with presence. An this doesn’t mean doing just anything. Above all it means listening, sensing, sometimes not doing at all. In order to help us understand this dynamics, we use certain structures or scores. Structures for improvisation are a huge way of raising consciousness in new ways of doing , relating and communicating. In art and life.
Techniques used in this part of the course: personal approaches to contact improvisation, body somatic, viewpoints, instant composition.
The world is created and constantly creating itself by stories.
You share and get deeper into the understanding how a story can touch someone and even has a healing power. We get to know the technique of improvising stories and share them with or without words, in a solo and a collective creation. You free yourselves from your fears of not being “good enough” and explore the freedom when we do not have to take our emotions too serious, but can let them flow through expression.
Techniques: body language, work with your emotions, self expression, dramatize your own story
Work with hands, play with the tactile senses, bringing material alive with your own breathe and manipulation by movement, bringing the internal movement into external, creation of simple puppets made of paper, moving them alone and with the group. I connect with the magic of life.
Techniques: you work with day-to-day materials and with colors creating a magic and ritualistic approach to our every day live.
Voice is one of the most important aspect when you decide to share Tantra Yoga.
Thanks to voice you create vibrations to heal yourself. Bringing out the own voice without judgement but playfulness, sound circles, variation and depth of the own voice, sharing simple singing structures in the chorus without notes, just by listening, intuition and repetition.
Techniques: liberation of the voice; mantras; voice and chakra work.
Construction and game of masks through the animals and theater tools - mask construction. You will build a plaster mold of your own face and from clay and mud you will explore the construction of a theatrical mask. In conjunction with movement and shamanism classes, the mask will come to life bringing up a higher spirit. This implies a deep process of manual and meditative work.
Techniques: Work with natural material, modelling from elements of earth and water, meditation through plastic work, abstraction.
This is a scenic body training workshop in which several traditions, techniques, and types of mask will be explored through codified traditional moves, as yoga does.
The focus will be on the practical invention and exploration of a self-created figure: the basic energy and the rhythm, the breath, the movement, the habits, the desires, the fears, the temperament, and the emotions towards the search for new bodies inspired by the cultural heritage, placed in different social situations.
The mask doesn’t cover yourself; here, it will bring your higher self alive. You will discover how to share and show these processes with an audience. You will enter then, in the magic and secret world of the mask to discover the bodies that sleep in each of you, strengthening the individual and collective memory.
Techniques: mask playing, gesture theater, stage presence, research of the mask’s character.
What is the difference between a game and a ritual? Is there such a difference? In this workshop you will explore your daily and sacred rituals putting them into a context of playful games to find consciousness of your poetic body and your sacred being.
You will discover the difference between action which needs a purpose and movement that doesn’t necessarily have, getting into the field rituality. This workshop will support the process of the mask creation which includes finding a purpose and putting it into the visible. As a group we will be aware of the individual process of each one being able to sustain and let us sustain, living a profound process of healing and reunion with our roots.
Techniques: anthropological theater, games of the oppressed theater and theatrical rituals.
When you are present there is no past and no future, there is no worrying, no fear, no nostalgia and no planning in advance. Being in the present moment opens up your awareness and connection with your intuition and creates a space of free play.
When you allow yourself to be in this quality, you can start improvising, which means acting without knowing where it is going to go, but following your instincts. In this classes, you will explore techniques of theater and movement to get into the field of improvisation in a brave and relaxed way, embracing your fears and imperfections and wakening up your highest playful state of body and mind.
Techniques: improvisational theater, authentic movement, viewpoints, instant composition.
Voice is one of the most important aspects when you decide to share Tantra yoga. Thanks to voice you create vibrations to heal yourself. Bringing out the own voice without judgement but playfulness is the aim of this class. In sound circles, you will explore the variation and depth of the own voice, you share simple singing structures in the chorus without notes, just by listening, intuition, and repetition and create atmospheres of sound that evoke emotions, images and stories.
Techniques: liberation and exploration of the voice, Voice and Chakrawork.
Nicholas is an Argentinian artist and experimentalist who works with the investigation of art and therapy, mainly using different aspects of improvisation and experimental languages in theater, clown, dance, music, and shamanism. Nicolas has been investigating and creating over the last 10 years, developing his personal style in performance, stage direction, and pedagogy. He has also explored different body techniques and languages, such as the circus, contemporary dance, instant composition or sound painting, Capoeira, yoga, and fencing, among other things.
Fanny comes from one of the native families of the mountain, the Ilaló. Her family has actively supported community life on the mountain through many generations. As part of the shamanism program, Fanny will share a little bit of her knowledge of the traditional medicinal plants that grow on the volcano. Fanny’s knowledge of medicinal plants was handed down to her by her mother and grandmother, as it has been from generation to generation.
Hector graduated in Political Science with a master in Business Administration (MBA). After few years working in what he studied, he decided to change his profile. He started meditating and then practicing yoga in 2004. He practiced and explored deeply different yoga styles, such as Hatha yoga, Vidya or classical yoga, Rocket yoga, Power yoga, Anusara yoga, Dynamic yoga, and Kundalini yoga. He has being giving yoga classes from about 10 years ago. He also practiced different meditation styles, including Osho, Zen, Taoíst, and Vipassana.
Tatiana was born in Ecuador. In 1999, she studied Plastic Arts and at the same time Initiation Psychology based on the teachings of Karlfried Graf Dürckheim. Thanks to this, she empirically experienced art as a therapy. She started doing workshops in which she worked on the human development using art and the play as the main tool. In 2015, she realized a master with IASE of Valencia, Spain in Art Therapy. In 2007, she finished her studies in Humanistic Psychotherapy Gestalt with the IHPG School of México. She has been working as a psychotherapist from 14 years ago.
Rosa is a sociologist and during different years, she gave private counselings as manager of market research. In 2012, she trained as a Kundalini yoga teacher, and from that moment, she began to go in-depth with themes such as conscious pregnancy, upbringing without attachment, and breastfeeding. Now, she gives yoga classes for pregnant women, people who are trying for a baby, and women who just gave birth. Another one of the themes she works with is the couple and she gives workshops for couples.
Catherine-Ayer Gresham was brought up in North Carolina, US. She has been practicing yoga for seven years now. She completed a 200-hour Vinyasa Flow teacher training with her teacher Lexi Hawks at Longwave Yoga in 2015. After completing her training, she still felt there was something missing in her practice. She left to travel for the next couple of years where she continued her personal practice as well as teaching along the way. In January 2017, she completed the 500-hour training at Durga’s Tiger School. Bringing her back into her body was a homecoming. She now enjoys the Tantra practice.
hristoph is a German actor, theatre director and teacher based since 1984 in Ecuador. His theatre works made him travel through almost all countries of Latinamerica as well as Mexico, attending festivals and directing plays. His works as an actor in film and internet opened his career to a vast audience in the Spanish speaking world. After workshops in the Theatre Lab of Jerzy Grotowski en Wroclaw/Polonia he studied in the Jacques Lecóq School for mime, movement and theatre in Paris and attended during 3 years workshops with teachers of the Lee Strasberg School of Acting in different cities i
The yoga retreat will take place in Casa Kiliku, in the Andes of Ecuador, close to the capital Quito and on the edge of a natural reserve. You will be located 3 kilometers from the village of Tumbaco surrounded by high trees and mountains.
The Kiliku is a little hawk living here on our volcano, the Ilal. For them, is the symbol of freedom and as he is seeing the reality from high above. It means that this place helps the yoginis to get a distance from their everyday life to fly into the experience of living in a yoga ashram, enjoying the green garden surrounding with flowers and old trees.
The little village bus stops in front of Durgas Tiger Schools door. The new airport, too, you reach in 25-45 minutes, depending on the traffic. To get to Durgas Tiger School you have to get to Casa Kiliku.
During this training, you will enjoy three daily vegetarian and locally sourced meals. All meals are always prepared with a lot of love mixing the Ecuadorian tradition with healthy and conscious recipes. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also available. If you have some allergy or specific need of special menu, Durga's Tiger School can serve vegan, gluten-free, and dairy free menus for a supplement of 5 USD per day.
Close by there are places where the national and international community mingles, like the Caf Mare, the Caf Arte, La Casa de Rafa or the bio market. Here you buy organic food and German bread, having a coffee and a chat or enjoy story telling or a concert. Just three kilometers down the road in Tumbaco, you find everything you need: local shops, banks and shopping malls.
There will be excursions to Otavalo, Mindo, Papallacta hot springs, Quilotoa and other beautiful places (during the day off on Sunday). You also have the option to get tantric counseling or a personalized Qigong practice.
Upon completion of the training, we also offer the possibility to take a one-week shamanic tour, five days intensive tantra workshop, or five days intensive Qigong for sexuality workshop which can be included after the teacher training.
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