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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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:
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.
José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$100 per person
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.
There is a direct bus you may take. The cost is 6 USD and it takes 2.5 hours.
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