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9 Days with Ayahuasca and Other Plant Medicines on the Beach in Ecuador

Vikara Center, Av la mariposa 1, Olon, Santa Elena Province, Ecuador

Ayahuasca and Yoga Retreat in Ecuador

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

Vikara in Sanskrit means change of form or change of mind. Our center is dedicated to facilitating journeys of change and transformation, which, we believ,e take place through the holistic concept of body, mind, and spirit. Therefore, at Vikara, each activity we offer is aimed to balance and purify these three components of self. We offer 2 types of retreats: yoga and surf and medicinal plants. Whichever one you choose, the retreat will be tailored to your individual needs with our facilitators dedicated to make it as personal as possible, so that you maximize all that our center offers. It is through these three main activities, yoga (for the mind), surf (for the body) and ancestral medicinal plants (for the spirit) that we hold a sacred space for your journey to transformation. Last but not least, community is at the core of the experience at Vikara. Our community is guided by principles of honesty, integrity and mutual respect. Everyone is welcome here and everyone quickly becomes part of our community.

Meet the instructors

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Roey, Elba, Hwaneetah, & 2 More…
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Highlights

  • 2 Temazcal ceremonies
  • 3 plant medicine ceremonies
  • Transformative yoga classes
  • Pre and post consultation with the shamans and facilitators
  • Call before arrival for introduction and intention setting
  • Opening and closing ceremony
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Hebrew, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
Airport transfer available:
José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (US$100 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free bicycle
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor shower

Vikara’s Accommodation is in a prime location. We offer guests spacious rooms with private balconies, ocean view and garden view options, top quality beds, private bathrooms, air conditioning, WI-FI, and great service.

Program

Plant medicines have been at the core of human health care as far as human history dates back. The indigenous Amazonian tribes consider the plants to have spirits, and those spirits to be the source of great power and healing. The plants help us guide towards understanding how to free ourselves from internal blockages and connect to the energy and essence that lives within us. Simultaneously, plant knowledge reconnects us to the humility, intention and integrity that underlies our existence.

So known are these numerous benefits of the ancient sacred medicinal plant circles and at Vikara we are advocates of such spiritual and shamanic use of the plants. However ceremonial settings are currently being conducted differently all over the world. In our center, we pride ourselves by providing an authentic sacred and safe space for such ceremonies. With the ongoing dedicated attention from our team of healers, massage therapists, yogis, and a cook, our aim is to fully support our guests throughout their time here, so that when experiencing the magic of sacred plants. They will be completely receptive to the healing all the whilst being supported, contained and safe.

Throughout our time experiencing with medicinal plants in Ecuador, we have come across many shamans and we have decided to work with only the best we have encountered. Our shamans are extremely experienced and dedicated to the cause of healing and sharing. They will be available not only during the ceremonies but prior and after so that plant wisdoms will be fully integrated within you by the time you leave Vikara.

This is a work in progress and has to do with our understanding of what is best for our guests and also their requests and personal needs. The ultimate goal is to achieve the best program for a transformative experience. Therefore, after every retreat we ask for an honest opinion from our guests on how we can improve our program.

This short Itinerary is a sample of what we will be doing in this retreat. Please note that the schedule might change during the retreat.

Day 1- Arrival day.

All guest will go through the check-in process. Check-in will start at 3 p.m. For those of you arriving by bus, we will coordinate a arrival time to meet you in the bus station. In the evening, we will gather at the center for a small introduction on the schedule and questions.

Day 2- Temazcal

Breakfast will be served at 8:30 followed by 2 hours yoga class. This yoga class will be your first session to help prepare your for the nights of the ceremonies.

In the evening we will raise a tobacco for our intention for this retreat, and enter the Temazcal to clean and purify our bodies and thoughts.

Day 3 - Ayahuasca ceremony

Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. followed by a yoga class and time for self reflection. During the afternoon, you may choose to take a massage or to do some surfing. At 8 p.m, the first Ayahuasca ceremony will take place. After the ceremony, we will have a bit of time to come back to ourselves until everybody is ready to get some rest.

Day 4

Breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. followed by group sharing. In the evening, there will be a guided meditation session.

Day 5

Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. followed by a yoga class and time for self reflection. During the afternoon you may choose to take a massage or to do some surfing. At 8 p.m, the second Ayahuasca ceremony will take place.

Day 6

Breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. followed by group sharing. In the evening, there will be a guided meditation session.

Day 7

Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. followed by a yoga class and time for self reflection. During the afternoon you may choose to take a massage or to do some surfing. At 10 p.m. Sanpedro ceremony will take place.

Day 8

Fun day on the beach to enjoy the Sanpedro medicine. You will enjoy sunset yoga on the beach followed by a barbecue.

Day 9

Llight breakfast followed by Temazcal closing ceremony.

Instructors

Roey Klein

Elba Camejo

Hwaneetah Calderon

Aimee Berot

HWANEETAH CALDERON

Retreat location

This retreat takes place in Olon, a magical village where simplicity and nature will make your experience unique and unforgettable.

Unique features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving
  • Surfing
  • Whale watching

General

  • Beach
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
  • Patio

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Food

Healthy nutritious meals

As Hippocrates said, let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. At Vikara, food is art and central to our well-being. Our products are fresh and locally sourced whilst our menus are designed to provide great tasting meals that are whole, hearty, natural, home cooked and well balanced.

With our chef’s flair in design and knowledge in healing foods, you can expect during your stay that your plate will look as attractive as it does deliver on taste and nutrients.

The best way to proceed with your Ayahuasca preparation is to eliminate certain things from your body.

Avoid recreational drugs including marijuana for at least 2 weeks prior.

Avoid alcohol for a minimum of 48 hours prior.

*Avoid sexual contact for a minimum of 48 hours prior.

Ensure you are well hydrated, but please avoid drinking too much water directly before or during Ayahuasca ceremonies.

It’s suggested that you avoid foods with MAOI inhibitors for at least 24 hours before drinking Ayahuasca. This includes: fermented or non fresh foods, cheese, miso, tofu or other fermented soy products, dried fruits, tamari or soy sauce, sauerkraut, pickled foods, protein extracts, processed or smoked meat products, and yeast and brewers yeast (yeast in baked goods is ok).

We also suggest that in the weeks before drinking Ayahuasca, you prepare your body to receive the medicine. This means avoiding fried foods, caffeine, spicy foods, dairy, pork, and refined sugars. This is especially important in the 48 hours prior to your ceremony.

Basically, fresh clean and natural foods with a high ratio of fresh vegetables and fruit is the best way to prepare.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescatarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

In addition to the scheduled retreat program, there are many other activities available in the local area, including swimming on the beach, whale watching, scuba diving, snorkeling, and paragliding.

Vikara retreats can arrange a wide array of additional services including:

  • Horseback riding
  • Isla de la Plata Excursion
  • Kickboxing and personal training
  • Massage
  • Consultations
  • Moon Sessions (2 hours)
  • Pendulum Session and Sacred Geometry
  • Private yoga
  • Spanish Lessons
  • Surf Class
  • Temascal: This is a form of sweat lodge which originated with pre-Hispanic indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica. The lodge is typically a wooden-framed structured made from tree branches. Hot rocks are placed inside a pit located in the center. Water is periodically poured over the heated rocks to create a hot and steamy room.The sweat ceremony is intended as a spiritual reunion with the creator and a respectful connection to the earth itself as much as it is meant for purging toxins out of the physical body.
  • Private Plant Medicine Ceremony- Ayahuasca and other plant medicines are powerful tools that address all aspects of a person’s existence (physical, mental and energetic), calling on the participants to embark on a journey of self-discovery in order to uncover the root of imbalances, understand ourselves and grow. We work with medicine people from around the country who have dedicated their life to the purpose of healing. Ceremonies last an entire night.

Spa treatments

One holistic massages is included in this retreat.

What's included

  • 3 Plant Medicine Ceremonies
  • 5 yoga classes with attention to the group process
  • 2 Sweat Lodges (Temazcal) for integration and grounding
  • 8 nights accommodation at hotel on the beach with ocean views
  • Skype call (after deposit) to set your intention and get to know each other
  • Time sharing with the shamans and facilitators in an open group discussions
  • Opening ceremony to set your intention with Grandfather Tabacco
  • Special gifts from Ecuador for protection and purification
  • All meals following the Ayahuasca diet

What's not included

  • Transportation to and from Airport
  • Health insurance
  • Airfare tickets
  • Additional activities
  • Dinners

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE).Vikara Lifestyle can arrange the transportation to the airport on the departure day for an additional cost of 100 USD. It is 2.5 hours ride.

Arrival by bus

There is a direct bus you may take. The cost is 6 USD and it takes 2.5 hours.

Airport: José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport Airport transfer available: José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (US$100 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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Arrival: Friday August 16, 2019
Departure: Saturday August 24, 2019

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