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4 Days All Inclusive Ayahuasca Yoga Retreat in Olon, Ecuador
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Yoga Retreat Ecuador

Dwell within the wisdom of the body and the power of the DNA. Learn Andean and Amazonian healing techniques with the teachings of the sacred plant Ayahuasca. Experience transformation through altering your perception of self and the world with daily yoga and meditation practice, shamanic healing, massage, reflexology, and chakra balancing therapy. Learn to connect with the power of sacred space interacting with the four elements.

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Josefina, Tania, Ana Isabel, & 1 More…
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  • Daily yoga class
  • Various optional spa treatments
  • Free time to relax or do other activities
  • Healing and transformative shamanic sacred ceremonies
  • Daily Samai breakfast and vegan lunch
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Yoga styles

3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer available:
José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (US$80 per person)
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At Samai Ocean Lodge Spa rooms are bright and feature wooden ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows with sea and garden views, and private bathrooms with toiletries. An American breakfast is served daily with fresh produce from the property’s orchard. Samai Ocean View Lodge is a 10-minute drive from Olón Bus Station and a 15-minute drive from Montañita. The city of Guayaquil is three hours by car.


Yoga and Sacred Ceremony to transform your life. A unique retreat to enter the world of the sacred masculine and the sacred feminine. Learn how to create sacred space and heal your body. Journey with Amazonian sacred plants for transformation of consciousness.

Daily schedule

  • 08:30 Samai breakfast
  • 10:30 Hatha or Sivananda yoga class
  • 13:00 Vegan lunch
  • 14:00 Free time
  • 15:00 Healing and transformation (massage, shamanic healing, or aromatherapy, etc)
  • 15:00 Hiking, surfing, or walking (optional)
  • 18:00 Tea or fruit - preparation for a ceremony
  • 19:30 Sacred ceremony (tobacco, ayahuasca)

What to expect in a sacred ceremony?

1-hour healing ceremony

The Shamanic healing ceremony generally takes approximately one hour. It consists of first a diagnostic and consultation lasting five to 10 minutes and secondly the actual healing and balancing of what was found during the diagnostic lasting 45-50 minutes.

Ayahuasca Retreat

Each participant prior to the final decision to participate in the Sacred Plant medicine ceremony and prior to signing the informed consent agreement must read the following information. If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, do not participate.

If you have any physical health needs such as a puffer for asthma or orange juice for hypoglycemia, etc. please let the Facilitator know before the ceremony and give them your health needs to keep handy for you during the ceremony. Before the ceremony begins you will be asked to prepare:

  • Have a light and healthy diet. Do not consume red meat or pork, chocolate, cheese, white bread, beer, too much salt, coffee, hot spicy food. 48 hours before the ceremony.
  • Bring a flashlight if you have one
  • Go to the restroom, dress properly – long sleeve shirt and pants.
  • A blessing bowl will be available on the altar for any jewelry you want to be blessed by the energy of the ceremony.
  • Once you are ready, sit quietly alone to introspect and reflect on the work you are about to do.
  • The ceremony begins at 7:30 pm. Medicine begins when the medicine is ready, not according to the clock. This helps ensure your safety and the sacredness of the ceremony.
  • Sit and wait for the Shaman to create sacred space and welcome you to the circle. Take some tobacco and give it as an offering to the Mesa or Altar.
  • You may make a prayer if you choose.
  • You may ask questions in the ceremony lodge for further clarity.
  • The Shaman will ask you to come up for a 15-minute plant activation/cleaning during the shamanic ceremony
  • The Shamanic Ceremony could last from 4-8 hours. Normally the first 3-4 hours will be in Alishina Huasi Lodge and then a return to your bed to continue the journey/healing.
  • The Shaman will ask you to come to the mesa and provide you with the sacred medicine.
  • 30 to 40 minutes later you will start the journey. Make sure you keep silent and have should respect for the others participants in the ceremony.
  • Be sure to speak up if you need help. Sometimes dizziness, unsteadiness require the assistance of another which we will provide you.
  • You may not leave the circle during the ceremony. If you need to use the bathroom you may ask for assistance and use the lodge’s bathroom facility.
  • Drink water up to 30 minutes before the ceremony. Once the ceremony starts no water should be drunk for 4 hours and it can cause more vomiting and weakens the medicine.
  • Stay focused on your own work, do not listen or respond to anyone in the lodge other than the two medicine people in the lodge. Do not touch anyone in the lodge as it may interrupt their process or be threatening to them while in some processes.
  • After one or two hours the Shaman will call people for personal healing which includes singing and healing using a plant called “Churupanga”. He will blow sacred tobacco smoke in the crown, cologne across your head and back to help activate and connect the spirits.
  • The Shaman is a person with experience and knowledge on how to use these ancient healing techniques.
  • When the shaman feels people can safely leave for the comfort of their beds he will clear it with the participants who can then leave together or separately.
  • If the person decides to stay alone, it would be under their own responsibility.
  • After a Shamanic Ceremony, you should stay in Samai Lodge overnight.
  • Be sure to replenish your body over the next day by drinking plenty of water and/or juices.
  • The Shamanic ceremony has some potential risks that you must familiarize yourself with before choosing to participate.
  • The use of the sacred plant medicine may cause dizziness or disorientation, vomiting, cold sensation or occasionally an out of body experience.
  • If you have a heart condition, hypoglycemia, diabetes and high blood pressure you should tell us.
  • If you take medication for depression, anti-anxiety or any other psychological condition you should inform us.
  • The effects and risks of the ceremony on pregnancy are not known; pregnant women should be aware that the ceremony may or may not be detrimental, and so you enter at your own risk.
  • The experiences of releasing or some visions may elicit strong emotional and/or physical reactions such as profuse weeping or laughter.
  • The Shamans or facilitators will help to integrate the experience the next day.
  • The shaman/facilitator(s) of the ceremony are not licensed or certified and make no such claims. They are here to offer their experience to support your personal work in the ceremony.

Included excursions

Beach activities are also available as well visiting the art and crafts market in Montanita. Also an excursion to the Frailes Beach (Galapagos like setting) and Agua Blanca town a site museum and a small pond to swim are available.


Josefina Tuttle

Tania Duran Tuttle

Ana Isabel Duran

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Retreat location

They are located in San Jose Hill, 10 minutes north of Montanita - Olon Beach. Km 700 E15 , Santa Elena Province.

Nearby places

  • Guayaquil Airport - 2 hours 30 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Lacto-ovo 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)

We offer retreats, spa and detox services, eco-tourism adventures, surfing lessons, hiking, ocean, beach, bird watching. Tarot card readings, sound therapy sessions. Laundry, free Wi-Fi, use of Jacuzzi and swimming pool.

Spa treatments

  • Shamanic Healing /Sanación Chamánica 45 USD for one hour
  • Sacred Journeys Workshop (Ask for more information)
  • Chakra Balancing 25 USD for 20 minutes
  • Clase de Yoga y Meditación 15 USD for one hour
  • Aromaterapia Technique 25 USD for 20 minutes
  • Masaje de Relajación 50 USD for one hour
  • Masaje Terapéutico 55 USD for one hour plus
  • Masaje de Espalda 35 USD for 40 minutes
  • Reflexología Manos y Pies 35 USD for 40 minutes*
  • Drenaje Linfático cuello y brazos 30 USD for 20 minutes*
  • Package: Massage Linfatico -Chacra Balancing-Reflexology 60 USD for one hour plus*

Spa treatments

The bamboo-style spa provides holistic treatments and a flawless setting that stimulates relaxation upon arrival. Spa offerings run from invigorating scrubs and rejuvenating hydrotherapy rituals. From skincare treatments to healing massages. Services utilize products that are either organic or exclusive to the spa.

What's included

  • Room
  • 3 Samai breakfast
  • 3 vegan lunch
  • 3 very evening snacks, fruit, or tea
  • 3 Hatha yoga or Vinyasa yoga class
  • 1 shamanic healing
  • 1 spa service (massage, reflexology, and aromatherapy)
  • 1 tobacco ceremony
  • 2 ayahuasca ceremony

What's not included

  • Flight
  • Transportation
  • Airport transfer
  • Dinner (we need to fast before the ceremony)
  • Surfing classes
  • Hiking activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

You could take a CLP bus to Olon and then five minute drive to Samai (at Terminal Terrestre Guayaquil for 8 USD). You can also rent a car in Guayaquil Airport or they could send a transfer to pick you up (80 USD one way for 1 to 3 people).

Airport: José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport Airport transfer available: José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (US$80 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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