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28 Days 200-hour Teacher Training: Tantra Yoga Shamanism in Ecuador

Yoga Teacher Training in Ecuador

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Ecuador.

Durga’s Tiger School offers yoga teacher training certified by Yoga Alliance International. Learn how to teach an inspiring, intuitive, and deep yoga practice. Learn how to unify body, mind, and spirit through yoga and to integrate its philosophy in your daily life and your relationships. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the incredible culture of South America and find its similarities with the spiritual culture of India.

Retreat highlights

  • Temazcal purification
  • Shamanism and cosmovision
  • Tantra and Kundalini yoga classes
  • Durga’s Tiger dance and mantra chanting
  • Expressive arts of the being workshops
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

22 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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Casa Kiliku is a green space created by artists. The Kiliku is a small hawk that lives on the Ilaló volcano. Is a local symbol of freedom, seeing reality from high above. It means that Casa Kiliku helps yogis to distance themselves from everyday life and fly into the experience of living in a yoga ashram, while enjoying the surrounding green garden with flowers and old trees.

You can stay on the terrace and chat with others, lay in a hammock to read, or meditate among the trees that sway in the wind. Accommodation will be in double and triple rooms. It is possible to book a single room for a supplement.

Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism Teacher Training Ecuador Program

Yoga practice

Tantra yoga works with deep relaxation, so you will flow through the asanas without any difficulty. It will become a kind of deep meditation yoga. This technique will be complemented with the practice of bandhas, pranayama, mantra chanting, Samadhi, sitting meditation, and kriyas.

During the retreat, students will explore the Tantric yogic lifestyle, philosophy, and the arts. Through the teachings of Tantra, they will also learn about the energy exchange between Shiva and Shakti, the two polarities, and how to integrate sexual energy in their exploration of yoga.

Through Kundalini, based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, a different approach to energy work was integrated. Students will learn kriyas, pranayama, chakras theory, and will have the opportunity to practice teaching Tantra yoga classes. In addition, they will draft a written assignment.

Other included practices

With Ayurveda massage, you will learn more about your body, psychology, and physiology. To deepen into the creativity of the body, you’ll relax with Durga’s Tiger dance, a kind of movement that Iris Disse developed based on energy work with yoga, and implemented in different dance styles.

As you will be in Ecuador, in touch with a great indigenous people, you will also work with shamanistic energy concepts, linking it with the Tibetan Tantric tradition. There are several similarities with the shamanic visions in the Andes, for example, working with astral energy and subtle aspects of anatomy and psychology. This work will help Western yoga students to become more integrated with the Eastern view.

The shamanic clown is energy work that combines improvisation, clown, dance, music and rhythm, meditation, and practical shamanism, among other things. The result is a fusion of tools and experiences that you can use in art and life, to get more in touch with your inner child and intuition. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in temazcal purification, an ancient ceremony in which you will conceive the purpose of the course and reconnect with nature, spirit, and with yourself.

In the expressive arts of being workshops, students will explore themselves in a process of emotional cleansing, through dance, voice work, body language, clown, and theater techniques. In addition, each student will receive a “limpia”, which is a ritual to clean energy with local medicinal plants, carried out by Fanny, a native of the commune and the mountain Ilaló.

Partner yoga is a mild form of practicing Tantra yoga in a deeper way. Working in pairs means to connect with the other person through all the senses and feeling supported in your practice, opening your heart. Finally, Karma yoga is an important element of learning life in a community, so the group will contribute to keeping common spaces and materials clean, and take care of "Pachamama" (Earth) by clearing the garbage at the mountain.

Daily schedule

  • Meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Theory or practical learning session and yoga practice
  • Lunch and rest
  • Theory or practical learning session and yoga practice
  • Dinner
  • Tantra philosophy classes, singing of mantras, dance, or special events two or three times a week


Daniela de Girolamo
APSE (Shiatsu Massage)
APTN_COFENAT (Ayurvedic Massage)
Daniela was born and raised in Italy. Between 2005 and 2010 she completed her studies as Ayurvedic Massagist, Shiatsu operator and facilitator, Qi Gong master teacher. Between 2011 and 2012, Daniela traveled to India, where she practiced Hatha yoga in Sivananda Ashram in Neyyr Dam She arrived in Ecuador in 2013 and started training in Tantra yoga with Iris Disse, while assisting with the creation of Durga’s Tiger School. She is now a master yoga teacher in the school, giving classes in meditation and Tantra yoga. In 2016 she certified herself in Ovarious Breath. 2017 Pregnancy Yoga 100hrs TT
Iris Disse
Yoga Alliance International (Tantra Yoga)
Iris Disse is the founder of Durga’s Tiger School. During her yoga teacher training, techniques from yoga, Tantra, shamanism, and art come together and create transformative processes. She is a master yoga teacher and has been teaching for 17 years, talking about topics such as love, spirituality, and sexuality at workshops, festivals, and the Andina University in Quito. Her Durga’s Tiger School is an internationally acclaimed institution for yoga teacher trainings. She is an author, actress, lecturer, and prize-winning producer of audio plays and documentaries in Europe and Latin America.
Nicolas Cambas
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.
Marcela Camacho
Born in Medellin, Colombia in 1980, Marcela relocated to Ecuador 1989. She has studied acupuncture, healing humanism, and healing-creative theater in the Neijing School of Quito, Ecuador. Marcela explores performance techniques such as physical theater, clown, art comedy, storytelling, stage, and theater of the oppressed. She also applies these techniques in different social scenes, developing each project with individual and group exercises.
Fanny Simbaña
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 Villavicencio
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 Davila
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 Maria Cisneros
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.

Retreat location

This yoga retreat will take place in Casa Kiliku, in the Ecuadorian Andes, close to the capital Quito and the edge of the natural reserve of the Ilaló. There are places nearby where local and international communities blend, such as La Casa de Rafa, the organic market, or CafeArte.

In these places, you can find organic food, German bread, Italian coffee, or spend time chatting and enjoying stories, small plays, or concerts. In Tumbaco, three kilometers away, there are banks, shopping malls, and supermarkets.

Nearby places

  • International Airport Mariscal Sucre (UIO) - 35 minutes by bus
  • Quito - 1 hour by bus
  • Tumbaco, 3 kilometers

Unique features


  • Spa
  • Temazcal


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Terrace


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 or gluten-free menus for a supplement of 5 USD per day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

On weekends, you can attend yoga exploration laboratories, where you’ll discover new techniques. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to work with shamans and medicinal plants of the jungle or the Andes, or you can take a trip to the hot springs, mountain, jungle, Otavalo, etc. You can also book treatments of Shiatsu, Ayurveda massage, reflexology, Thai massage, and Bach flower remedies.

At the end of each teacher training, there’s the possibility of participating in a Jungle Yage retreat with José Zambrano, the creator of Mushuk Allpa Tours, which for years has been dedicated to creating sustainable contact with indigenous people, supporting communities with conscientious tourism and cooperation programs.

What's included

  • 2 Andean healing ceremonies (without medicinal shamanic plants)
  • 200 hours course, YAI and YA Ecuador certification
  • Bandhas, pranayama, mantra chanting
  • Durga’s Tiger dance
  • Expressive arts of the being workshops
  • Laundry for towels (once a week) and bed linen (every two weeks)
  • Limpia (cleanse)
  • Samadhi, sitting meditation, and kriyas
  • Shamanic clown
  • Shamanism and cosmovision
  • Tantra and Kundalini yoga classes
  • Temazcal purification
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • Ecuador taxes

What's not included

  • Extra activities not mentioned in the schedule
  • Ceremonies with medicinal plants
  • Personal laundry service (5 USD per wash)
  • Room cleaning (is part of Karma yoga)
  • Treatments, massages, personal consultations

How to get there

Arrival by plane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO).

Arrival by bus

The local bus to the village of Tumbaco makes a stop in front of the retreat center. Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) is 25 to 35 minutes away, depending on traffic. The city of Quito is one hour away by bus.

Arrival by taxi

The city of Quito is 30 minutes away by taxi. When booking, you can request taxi pick up at the airport for an extra fee of 20 USD.

Driving directions from Quito by the Interoceanic Highway

  • Arriving from Quito, you’ll enter Tumbaco by the Interoceanic Highway and you'll see the Santa María supermarket on your right.
  • Continue straight forward on the Interoceanic Highway and then turn at the fourth street on your right (calle Guayaquil) which lies almost in front of the Primax gas station, where there's a traffic light.
  • Follow the directions as if you were going to Colegio Pachamama, you'll cross a bridge passing over Ruta Viva highway.
  • Go straight up to a soccer field in Rumihuaico sector (Leopoldo Chavez commune).
  • Go straight up and after 100 meters the road makes a Y form. Here you must go right (in the opposite direction to Colegio Pachamama) and take the new paved road.
  • Keep going 1.5 kilometers and you'll see on your right a blue house with a painted sign that reads: Casa Kiliku - Durga’s Tiger School. It's lot 169.

Driving directions from Quito by Ruta Viva

  • If you arrive by Ruta Viva from Quito, take the entrance after Intervalles. This entry has no sign yet, is located between the exit of Intervalles and Tola Chica, after kilometer 8.
  • The exit climbs toward a bridge that connects with Carchi street. Arriving at the bridge, turn right and go to the Rumihuaico football court.
  • From there, follow directions as described above.

Driving directions from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)

  • From the airport by Ruta Viva, you'll enter after Tola Chica, before kilometer 8.
  • When you arrive at the bridge which connects with Carchi street, turn left.
  • If you take the wrong entrance in Tola Chica, you can go back by the Ruta Viva service way until you get to the bridge that connects to Carchi street.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
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Arrival: Sunday October 14, 2018
Departure: Saturday November 10, 2018

Special discount

If two people book together, a discount of 110 USD will be applied per person. 

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