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63 Days 500hr Teacher Training: Tantra Yoga Shamanism in Ecuador

Yoga Teacher Training Ecuador

Would you like to travel all around the world as a yoga teacher with an internationally recognized certification? Durgas Tiger School for Tantra Yoga and Shamanism is the first yoga school in Ecuador that offers yoga teacher training certified by Yoga Alliance, Yoga Alliance International, and Yoga Alliance Europe. In this retreat, you will learn different skills to develop awareness, spirituality, creativity and the power, to integrate your true self into society.

Retreat highlights

  • Kaula Tantra yoga daily practice
  • Mantra chanting, meditation, and pranayama
  • Work on chakras through the Kundalini yoga experience
  • Possibility to participate on two power plants ceremonies
  • Physiology, philosophy, and yoga methodology
  • 2 special activities out of the school
  • Dance, art, and shamanism
  • 62 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

45 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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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 Ilaló 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 the 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 Ilaló and so close to the center of Quito.

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.

Durgas Tiger School Ecuador Yoga Teacher Training Program

Living in the ashram enables students to focus intensively on their training, away from every day 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 away from 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.

Durgas Tiger dance

Durgas Tiger dance is a form of movement developed by Iris Disse based on yoga energy work and different dance stiles, is another form through which students deepen creativity and relaxation in body movement. The training also involves voice work through mantra chanting.

Introspection, theoretical, and practical learning

Students are given time for self-study, reflection, and practicing teaching Tantra yoga classes between themselves. During the course of the month, students will also complete a written project.

During theory and practical learning classes, students learn about Tantra yoga philosophy and its application in every day life, yoga methodology, massage, and Ayurvedic medicine. Students learn the Ayurvedic walking massage. During massage classes, students also learn about the body, physiology, and anatomy.

As you are living in Ecuador with a huge American Indian population, students also have the opportunity to learn about Andean culture, its cosmo-vision and its similarities with eastern culture. During the course, shamanistic energy concepts are explored together with the Tibetan tantric tradition, to learn how these two different traditions understand energy, astrology, subtle anatomy, and physiology. This work helps Ecuadorian yoga students to integrate more easily with the eastern wisdom.

Karma yoga

Karma yoga is an important part of the learning process in community life. You help each other to maintain common spaces and materials, you take care of the pachamama (earth). Through Karma yoga, you keep in contact with the earth and its fruits and we contribute to the well being and learning of the group.

Kundalini yoga

Through Kundalini yoga, as taught by Yogi Bajhan, students learn another, different, approach to energy work in yoga. Students explore kryias, pranayama, and chakra theory.

Shamanic clown

Shamanic clown is an energetic training that combines improvisation, clowning, dancing, musical and rhythm work, meditation, and practical shamanism among other things. The work is a fusion of tools and experiences that you can use for art and life, to get more in contact with your inner child and intuition, develop the right side of your brain and your lateral thinking, release patterns and blockings, and open your ears and eyes to the present moment and the others.

It also helps to work in group in more effective and loving ways, to increase your creativity and artistic skills by looking at things in a completely new perspective. The clown is an archetype that repeats its presence throughout a lot of cosmo-visions along human history, from east to west, ancient and contemporary; the fool, the contrary, heyoka, etc.

Clowning involves deep transformation; its a kind of shamanism of ourselves that will reflect positively in the creation of our lives and relations. Acting in a way that is different to the ordinary accepted, sometimes specifically the opposite and making it evident, help to raise the awareness of people through play. You cant play or laugh at the world if you dont start by laughing and playing with yourself.

Tantra yoga

Tantra yoga works with deep relaxation. Students learn the feeling of flowing into the asanas without struggle, developing a deep form of a deep yoga meditation. This technique is completed by the practice of bandhas, pranayama, the mantra chanting, Samadhi, sitting meditation, and Kundalini kriyas.

Together, the group will discover the ways in which to implement the yoga experience into every day life. Students also learn about the energetic exchange between Shiva and Shakti, the two polarities, and how to integrate sexual energy into their yoga exploration. During their training, students will explore Tantra yogic lifestyle, philosophy, and arts.


  • 65% of the course content is focused on Tantra yoga
  • 35% of the course content is focused on Kundalini yoga which energetically supports the Tantra yoga practice
  • Techniques of pranayama and principles of methodology are taught in both practices.

Other practices

  • Heyoca - the shamanic clown
  • Shamanistic practices
  • Tantric and shamanistic rituals
  • Chakra work
  • Shakti dance and Durgas Tiger dance

Daily schedule

  • Morning meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Morning session of theory or practical learning and yoga practice
  • Lunch and afternoon break
  • Afternoon session of theory or practical learning and yoga practice
  • Dinner
  • Teachings of Tantra philosophy, mantra chanting, dancing or special arts events related to the course material two to three evenings per 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, qigong master teacher. Between 2011 and 2012, Daniela traveled to India where she practiced Hatha yoga in Sivananda Ashram in Neyer 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 and 100-hour pregnancy yoga.
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 training. 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

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 three kilometers from the village of Tumbaco surrounded by high trees and mountains. The Kiliku is a little hawk living here on the volcano, the Ilaló. 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.

Nearby places

  • Tumbaco, 3 kilometers
  • Quito - 25 minutes


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)

  • Explore the yoga laboratories where students discover other yoga techniques like Ashtanga, Ashtanga-Vinyasa, Vinyasa flow
  • Relax in the hammock and read
  • Take a day trips to hot springs, the mountains or to Otavalo Market etc.
  • Visit the surroundings to buy organic food and German bread, having a coffee and a chat or enjoy story telling or a concert.
  • Work with a shaman and medicinal plants of the jungle or the Andes

Spa treatments

The teachers specialize in a variety of healing arts and Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism is thus able to offer, at an extra cost, the following:

  • Abyanga and Marmas massage
  • Personalized Qi Gong practices
  • Reflexology
  • Relaxing massage
  • Tantric counseling about love, couple, sexuality
  • Zen shiatsu treatments

What's included

  • All the teacher training courses
  • Daily yoga practice
  • Dance, art, and shamanism
  • Mantra chanting, meditation, and pranayama
  • Physiology, philosophy, yoga methodology lessons
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 62 nights accommodation
  • Ecuador taxes

What's not included

  • Day trips
  • Work with a shaman and medicinal plants
  • Yoga exploration laboratories

How to get there

Driving directions from Quito

  • Arriving from Quito, you enter in Tumbaco through the Interocenica, you will see Santa Mara supermarket on your right and you just follow straight on for about one kilometer more.
  • You must turn right in the Guayaquil Street on the opposite site of Gasolinera Primax (gas station) by the Semaforo light.
  • Drive towards the Colegio Pachamama, crossing a bridge over Ruta Viva Highway, until you get to a big football field in Rumihuaico area (Comuna Leopoldo Chvez).
  • You go straight up to the hill, after 100 meters the street makes a Y split.
  • Then you keep right (the oposite direction from Pachamama) up hill on the new paved road.
  • You follow one and a half kilometers more or less and on the right side you see a blue house. Casa Kiliku is directly behind it. Look for the little sign that says Casa Kiliku lote 169.

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 December 15, 2018

Special discount

Two persons booking together are eligible for a special discount of 150 USD per person.

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