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4 Days Surf and Yoga Holiday in Olon, Ecuador

Vikara Center, Olon, Santa Elena, Ecuador

Weekend Yoga and Surf Retreat

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. If you are looking to challenge yourself, to reconnect with your essence all the whilst having fun, then look no further and join us for an unforgettable experience at Vikara, where you will leave a more content and empowered version of yourself.

Meet the instructors

Roey, Elba, & David
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Highlights

  • Daily private yoga classes
  • 3 amazing personal surf lessons
  • Relaxing and rejuvenating atmosphere
  • Enjoy a whole body massage
  • Personalized yoga lessons
  • All day surfboards rentals
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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:
12:00

Facilities

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

We are in the midst of building a new center, until then, participants will stay at Hotel Mariposa which is only 100 meters away from the beach and 5 minutes walk from our current center. All rooms have private bathroom and a charming common area with hammocks and tables to enjoy your stay during rest time.

The Venue

Our center is a 5-minute walk from the beach. It is gated and secure with a big garden and ample of space for you to hang out, relax, read and enjoy your stay. The venue holds a porch where we communally practice yoga, meditate and engage in other creative arts. We have a Bluetooth wired sound system, should you wish to tap in and listen to your favorite music.

Program

Sample schedule:

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Yoga class (1.5 - 2 hours)
  • 11:00 free time or consultation with the facilitators
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Surf class
  • 18:30 Sunset Followed by free time to walk and explore the surroundings

This is just a day sample schedule. The schedule will be adjusted for every retreat before the arrival of the guests according to their needs.

Included excursions

During the retreat, you will have plenty of time to explore the beach and the mountains with the bicycles which are available to you the entire time. There will be an optional 1.5 hour horseback riding excursion in land to the mountains or on the beach.

Instructors

Roey Klein

Elba Camejo

David Oliveros

Retreat location

Olon

Vikara is located in Olon, a magical quiet coastal town of Ecuador, where all that arrive immediately become enchanted. Within its 10 streets, Olon has on offer a few cafes and restaurants where the village reunites and share their time. This is really a perfect village to distant yourself from the hustle and bustle of your daily life.

The true gem here is the nature! 12 kilometers of sandy beach and endless mountains with jungle like environment.

Our beach break boasts some of the best consistent beginner waves in the country, the relaxed atmosphere will create the perfect escape that is needed while on a retreat.

Nearby places

  • Guayaquil - 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Montanita, 5 kilometers
  • Puerto Lopez - 40 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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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.

If you would like to take some cooking skills back home, our chef will happily share some of her secrets, so that you too can create exciting menus at the leisure of your own home.

We do not offer dinner as a way to encourage you to explore and support local restaurants in town. If you wish us to cook dinner, you can order it daily upon request. 

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
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
  • Holistic therapies
  • Hiking
  • Surf trips
  • Private yoga
  • Spanish lessons
  • Plant medicine ceremony (Ayahuasca and Sanpedro)

Spa treatments

A full body massage (1 hour) is included. Additional massages are available at an additional cost. We offer many holistic therapies which you can choose during your stay. most of our therapies are focused on your well-being.

What's included

  • Daily yoga classes
  • 3 surf classes with personal attention
  • Surfboards at your disposal anytime
  • Full body holistic massage
  • Breakfast and lunch from locally sourced produce
  • Fresh fruits, snacks, tea, and coffee
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Introduction to AcroYoga for beginners (on Sundays only)

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Alcohol drinks at the center
  • Outings outside of the schedule
  • Extra activities
  • Health insurance
  • Extra nights

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE). Private transportation can be arranged from and to the airport for an additional cost of 100 USD each way. 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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