Roey Klein has been traveling around the world since the age of 21. He also had been living in a few sustainable and communities and eco-villages. After five years of working with children and young adults with special needs, he took on the adventure cycle in South America on a bicycle. When he arrived to Ecuador in 2013, he immediately fell in love with surfing and decided to reside in Olon. He began practicing yoga soon after, and since then had been trying many styles and participating in various workshops.
Elba Camejo is part of a family dedicated to music, poetry, yoga, Qigong, tai chi chuan, and meditation. At the age of 15, she began her studies and formal yoga practice, and soon after, she started immersing in Qigong and tai chi chuan as well. She is a direct disciple of professor Eucaris Navarro, who is also her mother. In 2010, after six years of practice and training, she obtained her certification as a yoga instructor at Escuela Zhenhe YMAA and has been dedicated since then to teaching both adults and children. Her classes are a fusion of Bhakti yoga and Hatha Vinyasa.
Born in Colombia, she arrived in the United States in 1997 where she was introduced to shamanism. Learning ancestral sound therapy, moon path and sacred ritual and ceremony. These guides were those who accompanied their path very closely, complementing and assisting their development in the spiritual sciences. Studied in the Mystery school Yotolon: hermetical sciences, neo-chamism ,Quantum healing, reiki and deep studies in Egyptian numerology. Hwaneetah Works in the ceremonies with Aime, supporting with traditional songs, instruments, incense and holding sacred female energy .
David was born in Venezuela. He grew up in Valencia, close to Puerto Cabello, where he began to surf at the age of 5 years old. When David turned 15, he started to compete national and international competitions. He moved to Ecuador in 2017 and joined the Vikara Team in January 2018. David is always patient with his students. He takes time to observe what are their needs and how he can teach them and help them to improve. His classes are a mix of theory and understanding of the ocean and hands on in the water. He bring suff ethics, body awareness, and lots of fun to his classes
Born in France, he grew up between Guyana and Martinique and in 99 he arrived in South America in search of Ancestral traditions and power plants. In 2000 he joined sacred fire of Itzachilatlan and began his initiatory path of vision Quest , and direct lerning from elders from Ecuador. Both him and his partner create beautiful ceremonies that focus on spiritual healing. create a protected space, and help the participants to obtain a vision of their life and the path of their journey forward!
Victoria Brunacci is the Director of Synergy Yoga on Miami Beach and leads Yoga Trainings & retreats worldwide. Victoria was raised in the mountains of Brazil learning to understand and respect the laws of nature and Divinity. Victoria is certified in Swami Sivananda's Integral Yoga with JoseMaureira Yogakai Shaktipat in Argentina. She also traveled extensively through India, studying in Mysore the Ashtanga Vinyasa system at Sri K. Pattabhi Jois' Yoga Research Institute.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)
from United States, August 2018
"Bliss exists and can be found here."
Every person associated with this retreat has a gift and is willing to share it with the clients. Elba's yoga is steeped in spiritual awareness. Her 2 hour daily yoga and her 1 hour meditation provides a comfortable yoking of true self and our bodies resulting in a transformational experience in every class. Flexibility, balance, awareness and unconditional love express themselves through Elba. Unforgettable. Speaking of love, there is so much love in Nali's cooking that we can taste it. From home style Venezuelan meals to improvised creations using whatever is available and fresh and healthy, I looked forward to and was never disappointed by each of her beautiful meals. I'll never forget the black bean and Cacau brownies. Aime and Hewaneeta, exists as channels on this planet for spiritual healing the revelation of life paths. The Ancient Medicine Healing Ceremonies are undertaken with careful attention to ancient traditions establishing a safe, peaceful, and enlightening experience. A couple of these ceremonies start at night and continue until dawn. For the great majority of this time Time and/or Hawaneeta are expressing through ancient music, songs and prayers of the ancestors that ring out from the fire of the teepee to the lives of the participants, to nature, and wildlife within miles and miles , who each respond as a part of the unfolding natural spiritual symphony. Not something one gets much opportunity to experience these days. But its offered here.
from United States, August 2018
I recently returned to the states from my 1st retreat at Vikara. As a newbie to this type of excursion, I had few expectations but my time spent at Vikara was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I will continue to thank myself for taking the plunge and booking the trip and giving myself the most special gift I have ever received. From the moment the communication began with the team members at Vikara I felt comforted, excited, and hopeful. During my time at Vikara I had the opportunity to listen to my body during our yoga classes. I wasn’t bound to the clock, pressured by a room full of people, or judged in any way. In some ways I feel like my first session with Elba was my very first yoga class. She showed me the true celebration of the practice. She listened to my body and provided the confidence, experience, and guidance I needed. Our yoga classes were fun, exploratory, and informational. A spark was definitely ignited inside that can't wait to continue see what else I’m capable of!I really appreciated the variety of meals provided by Nali. Shutout to her for listening when I told her that pesto was my favorite and then packing me pesto/mozzarella sandwich while away on an all day trip. All other aspects; surfing, massage, rooming accommodations succeeded expectations. I truly felt right at home. I even stayed an extra day.The lessons I learned while at vikara will continue to inspire me always go for what I want and to listen to my heart.
from United States, May 2018
Everything! Roey, Nali, Elba, and the rest of the staff were beyond wonderful. Each activity challenged both body and mind which made every moment worth the trip.
Roey is an amazing host! He is very personable, fun, and consistently checked in to make sure you were enjoying every moment. Roey is always there if you have any questions or needed a buddy to hang out with. He has great recommendations when it comes to free time outside of your scheduled activities.
Elba is a goddess of yoga! She really focuses on helping you reach your yoga goals/intentions as well as leads a fantastic yoga practice. The consistent thought I had after each practice was "wow, she put me into another spiritual dimension!"
Nali is a QUEEN in the kitchen and the sorority house mother I never had but wished I did. Her meals were delicious, healthy, AND instagram-able. Thanks to Nali, I not only tried new and healthy foods, but I also learned quite a lot about the foods she cooked with. Her energy and personality have inspired me to cook more.
The team at Vikara is truly a family and they welcome you as one of their own. I can not WAIT to go back and visit them!
from United States, May 2018
"Go for it! "
Roey, Elba, and Nali provide an amazing foundation for this retreat. It was a perfect trip for me, and I enjoyed it immensely. Ecuador is full of amazing and wonderful people and experiences. I'm glad that I went with Vikara on my first journey to this magical place. The yoga was amazing, the surf was very good, the beach is great, and Olon is perfect for those of us who like a peaceful and not crowded destination.
Elba is a gift. Yoga with her is a perfect blend of the physical and spiritual. The lessons that I learned in poses, asanas, and breathing go beyond the yoga mat. I wish everyone who enjoys yoga has the opportunity to practice with her, it is transformational. I really cannot express just how beautiful of a human being she is. I wish that I could do yoga with her every day!
Nali does an amazing job of preparing fresh and tasty meals every day. I had some dietary restrictions that were completely accommodated. Not only that, meals were delicious! I especially miss breakfast. And Nali.
Roey does a great job of balancing the offered activities with what you want to do. I enjoyed the relaxed and flexible schedule, and it was a good mix of being busy and relaxing. He is also very fun and funny, and I enjoyed hanging out with him, Elba, Nali, and his local friends.
You'll get out of the trip what you put in. If you were like me and on the fence about whether you should do this trip or not... You should. You will have a unique experience that you will enjoy!
from Peru, April 2018
Warm welcoming staff who felt like family from the start.
from Great Britain, March 2018
"Not what I expected"
The only thing I loved was the food and the kindness of the people
Brianna St George
from Canada, March 2018
"Awesome week of yoga, surf and much much more!"
EVERYTHING! We had such a great time at the Vikara Retreat. From the moment we arrived we were greeted with smiles and a delicious homemade breakfast by Nali, the chef. Nali's cooking was amazing throughout the entire week. We've never eaten so well on vacation! Yoga with Elba was enlightening and challenging and was a great way to start off the day. And Roey, the owner, is honestly looking to provide you with the best experience possible. He is very patient when teaching surfing and had us up on the boards by the very first lesson, even catching waves by ourselves by the end of the week. The schedule is flexible and you can do as much or as little as you want during the week (although we recommend doing everything because it was amazing!). Come with an open mind and you will make amazing discoveries and friendships. We'll be back. -Brianna&Sophie
from Ecuador, November 2017
"Fabulous - highly reccommended"
This retreat is extremely personalised, I was the only one staying (Roey has room for a couple or a single occupant) and there was no pressure to stick to a schedule...everything is as you need it to be. Elba the yoga is a wonderful human and very patient with my shaky and poor execution of the poses - she definitely seemed like she could cater for advanced students as well. Food was tasty and accomodation was clean and spacious with air con. The surfing again as a beginner was not too much, Roey was very patient and encouraging. I had a fabulous week, the opportunity to meet some of Roey’s friends was wonderful also, I was just surrounded by lovely people all week. Would highly recommend this to anyone.
from Chile, July 2017
"Fantastic retreat - highly recommended!"
We loved this retreat! Roey did a fantastic job designing the experience to cater to his guests' desires - we had wonderful yoga practices, great surf sessions (as a beginner surfer, I was already enjoying the waves by the first day!), and food so delicious and fresh that it blew us away. The accommodations were clean and comfortable, and Olon is the perfect village atmosphere that feels like home after just a few days. We would highly recommend this retreat to anyone looking to relax and rejuvenate!
from United States, May 2017
"The Perfect Retreat"
Roey and Simon created a beautiful and inviting retreat designed specifically for my partner and I. The energy was flowing and positive. The food was amazing. The yoga was transformative. The instruction was tailored to our needs. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful landscape and nicer people. I would highly recommend Vikaralifestyle retreat to anyone seeking adventure, exploration, and restoration. My partner and I plan on returning to Olón and staying for a longer period of time so that we can continue our discovery into all that life has to offer there. Thank you Roey and Simon. You both have made this one of the most memorable trips we've ever had.
from Denmark, May 2017
"Perfect little place "
I had a great time staying at Vikara lifestyle. I had chosen Vikara lifestyle as I wanted to learn how to surf, had tried it a few time before. But this time I wanted to do it intense and really learn it and that's what I did. Right after I booked the retreat Roey, the owner, contacted me to hear my expectation and knew from the beginning that my focus was on surfing. I still did yoga everyday, but the focus was on surfing as that what was I wanted. It's a great retreat that everything gets tailored to your wishes, and if you don't want to surf or do yoga one day you do not have to. But at the same time Roey do try to push you to open up your mind. It was all what I expected surfing, yoga, great food, nice place and people.
Roey's place is the perfect little spot if you want to relax, but still be active and have fun.
from United States, April 2017
"Exactly What We Wanted and Needed"
We really appreciated not only the flow of this retreat, but the town as well. First off, Olon is an amazing small beach town filled with wonderful people, a great beach to learn how to surf, and the perfect level of "sleepiness" for this trip. Quiet overall, but enough things around to do. When it comes to surfing, Roey is a great teacher. If you are a beginner like me (never been on a surfboard before this retreat, but grew up snowboarding) I was able to catch my second wave and was able to progress to taller waves and going further in than I ever expected before the trip. He was there by our sides helping us catch bigger and better waves and giving us tips and hints that really helped. The yoga part of the retreat was also great because we got to practice a few different styles of yoga which I enjoyed, as I had never done much ashtanga yoga in the USA. Roey really listens to you on this retreat, and provides a space where you get to choose how the pace of your retreat goes. The first few days we were feeling awesome - we were surfing two long sessions a day with a yoga class in the evening and Roey leading some ashtanga in the morning. I felt amazing and powerful and loved how much the yoga helped and complimented the surfing, even for someone as inflexible as I am. When after the first few days of really pushing it, we slowed the pace and got to relax by taking it a bit easier. We went on a great hike to natural swimming pools in Dos Mangas and explored a few other beaches with point breaks where we got to try our hand at different style of waves. All in all this trips is what you make of it with La Casa Rosa and Roey there to help facilitate it all smoothly.
from Austria, June 2018
"lovely people, awesome food, good vibes"
thank you Nali, Elba, Roey, Matt and Gisela for making my retreat perfect! Nalis food is the best!! And Yoga with Elba was pure relaxation and so calming. They way she teaches is unique and touching, thank you for the best Yoga sessions I ever had! Thanks to everyone for making me feel home right away! Thank you Nali and Roey for helping me when my luggage didn’t arrive. Lots of love to all of you!! Hope to see you again, I’m definitely coming back to Olón!! Natalie
from United States, November 2017
"Unique and Magical Experience!"
This was an amazing experience that clearly surpassed my expectations. The location is perfect (quiet and peaceful Olón next to lovely Montañita), the beach beautiful, food excellent, but the best aspect is the Vikara community - people who are brought together by the aspiration to create a meaningful experience for the retreat participants. All activities were geared towards my needs, wishes and level of experience, very flexible schedules and a lot of space for my own agenda (e.g. Spanish classes). Roey is an amazing surf instructor (I was not aware of my passion for surfing before), Julie a great Yoga teacher and passionate massage therapist who taught me a lot about my body & stress management, and Elba a very experienced & deep Yoga instructor. Thanks everyone @ Vikara for this amazing time, it was more that only some kind of retreat, but a meaningful and fun experience that still resonates with me. I hope I will be able to come back and definitely will recommend this magic place!
from Spain, October 2017
A very big THANKS to Vikara Lifestyle!We just finished our 8 days stay in this wonderful and peaceful retreat right in the heart of the charming village Olon. The room is we stayed in was simple but very comfortable with a good matraz and pillows, clean and a good shower.Thank you Roey and Maura for your daily boost of positive energy. You made us feel at home from the very first day. Thank you for sharing your experiences and the inspiring talks about life, to let us feel part of the village. The last day Roey invited us to a local BBQ at the village were we met some amazing people and enjoyed the delicious food. However, Roey surprised us with his delicious and healthy meals every single day.
We received daily a wonderful and joyful yoga class from Elba, an amazing and very experienced yoga teacher with a beautiful heart that made us really feel and connect with the spiritual part of yoga!The surf with Roey has been fun and he always was helpful and full of patience during the lessons.We really enjoyed the waves!! Actually with Roey everything is easy going and he totally adapts to your wishes but on the same time he is empowering you to keep the activities going :-) We really recommend the excursion to Isla de la Plata. The combination of Yoga & Surf is just perfect!
Vikara Lifestyle for us means;relax & peace 24 hours but most importantly we activated our BODY, MIND & SOUL in a magical environment from beginning to end! We cannot thank you guys enough!
Bitu Cao Minh
Vikara Lifestyle website
I booked a retreat with Vikara in December 2017 and could not have imagined how this trip would transform my life.It is not your typical retreat, and it is definitely not your " cookie cutter " yoga magazine Tulum experience. Olon is a hidden magical place and Roey and his team are truly dedicated in making this he best experience for you. Roey is very clear that you have to come with an intention- and he will do his best to help you fulfill your potential. The yoga classes are the best I have ever taken ( and I have taken a lot in NYC), the surfing classes were fun and provided a great work out; He is also very accommodating: When I said that I wanted box -classes, he found the best boxing teacher and workout coach; when I said I wanted to experience shamanism....he found one of the best medicine men around and the vikara staff made sure it was a safe, and beautiful experience.
The retreat is what you make it. The atmosphere, the food, the people, their sincerity and generosity of the Vikara family is an eye opening experience. Come with an intention and magick will happen.
I think everything really was positive about this retreat. It was nothing that I expected really, but exactly what I needed. The food, the people I met- Vikara Lifestyle employees and friends, feeling like part of a family almost immediately, the yoga, learning to surf, riding a bike for the first time since high school, and first time ever off road, the surf trip up the coast, the personalized and flexible schedule. The accommodations were actually much better than I expected, the room and bathroom were spacious, and air condition was a happy surprise!
I felt an amazing sense of peace and empowerment by the end of this retreat. It was a perfect balance of community and alone time, activity and down time. I tried things I hadn’t tried in years (bike riding, snorkeling), and things I had never tried – surfing, lots of new foods. I had great conversations with people I met, employees of Vikara Lifestyle and people I was introduced to by them. I have been able to maintain that sense of peace since I returned, by recalling my time there. I felt like family at Vikara Lifestyle retreat and miss everyone that I met.
I was able to create my own schedule, and do as much or little as I wanted. I just wish I’d had more time to do even more – Spanish lessons, more surfing, maybe horseback riding.
I feel like I definitely received enough attention, and I also had enough time alone. My expectation for the retreat was for it to be solo – meaning I would spend time doing yoga, walking on the beach, meditating, journaling, reflecting on life….But what it was turned out to be exactly what I needed, a perfect balance of alone time and community with new friends.
The room was really spacious, and I appreciated the fan and the air conditioning. I only had hot water in the shower the first and last day, as I didn’t know it was adjustable. It might have helped to have been shown how it worked the first day. I was comfortable as far as temperature, but you may want to add a light blanket as an option for the bed.
The food was amazing and one of the things I miss the most! Fresh fruit, that I swear is better and sweeter than anything I have had in the US was my favorite, then there was fresh produce, meat and fish. And custom meals, whatever I wanted. I loved the coffee as well! And the attention to detail of my likes and dislikes was really impressive. Making sure there weren’t onions in my food when you noticed I took them out for example, noting and giving me portion sizes that I could finish.
My overall experience was unforgettable, and amazing. People have been asking about it since I got back, since I seem so renewed and refreshed – which is exactly how I feel, and they can tell how much I enjoyed it by me talking about everything I experienced. I am eternally grateful to all of you at Vikara lifestyle. J
Paul and Faith United States
BookYoga Retreats website
We just made our first trip to Ecuador and it was our very good fortune to spend our first week with Roey at La Casa Rosa in Olon. The best way to describe our experience would be to compare it to visiting a good friend who really wants to make sure that you are having a great experience doing the things that you want to be doing. Roey tailored this personal retreat to accommodate our interests and moods on a day to day basis. We felt welcomed and at home. The food was excellent. The room had a comfortable bed and was relatively spacious. The room also felt very private even though it was tucked away behind Roey's cafe. It turned out to be a delightful advantage to be staying next to his cafe because we were invited to be part of the friendly community of ex-pats and visitors who frequent his cafe. This really enhanced our enjoyment of our visit.
We found Roey to be attentive, considerate and authentic in his communication with us and he listened thoughtfully to our concerns and suggestions. If you are looking for daily housekeeping service to make your bed for you and a staff with a "professional" and impersonal manner then this may not be the place for you. But if your interest is in making genuine connections, learning new things and honestly sharing who you are, then it can all happen for you in this quiet beach town at La Casa Rosa.
The idea of reducing our experience down to a numerical value seems kind of strange but we'll give it a 9 out of 10.
Sending a big hug to you Roey,