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Start this year with the intention of a life-affirming week of awakening through yoga, meditation, dance, circling, visioning, surfing, nutrition, relaxation, and adventure. Join the Vikara team on the idyllic beach of Olon, Ecuador, at a breathtaking, affordable oceanfront boutique hotel with activities designed to help you disconnect from the stresses of your life and reconnect to your essence, your feminine energy, your natural wisdom, magic powers, and life purpose!
The maximum participants in the group is 8.
All of the rooms are bright and feature wooden ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows with sea and garden views, and private bathrooms with toiletries. All of the rooms have excellent Wifi access and A/C. All of the rooms are facing the ocean, ideal for personal meditation, marvelling at the view, or just hanging out.
This retreat's aim is to awaken your inner goddess through personal growth and sisterhood while focusing on practices that make you move inside and out, truly listen to your body and quiet your mind so that you can connect with your soul and rediscover your true self.
Vikara Lifestyle encourages connection and community but also invites you to make this your ideal experience. Come just as you are and share it.Give yourself permission to be all of you and recognize yourself in all of your sisters.
This retreat caters exclusively to women to awaken the goddess within. It is designed to help you reconnect to your innate magical powers as a woman by recognizing and embracing your gifts. You will explore the chakras to open the channels to align and manifest the divine goddess within.
You will explore the seven chakras through daily meditation and yoga practice, workshops using a variety of bodyweight movements, mantra circle, exploring the law of attraction, and education on nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
You will start the day with a meditation and yoga class. In those classes, you will explore the seven chakras and experience the ways to activate them. Every afternoon, you will enjoy workshops that will help you develop spiritual growth, connect with yourself, and your vision and also build community and trust among the women.
You will practice yoga, sing mantras, explore interpersonal activities, and develop a supportive sisterhood on a unique adventure that will refresh you, reignite you, and make you feel truly part of something by coming back to your tribe.
When the chakras are aligned, you feel grounded and stable, in touch with your sensual and creative energies, emotionally balanced, kind and compassionate, able to communicate and express yourself and ultimately connected to the divine.
There will also be three women’s circles during the week. The gatherings are an opportunity to share experiences on a deeper level and to build trust and meaningful connections with your sisters. Whether you are seeking transformation, looking to tap into your creative energy, searching to find and embrace your undeniable gifts, or looking to relax and have fun in a beautiful natural setting, Vikara retreats provides all of that and much more. Treat yourself to inner healing. It is a practice and it can start right here.
Vikara welcomes all levels of experience and makes the classes accessible yet challenging, inspiring, and fun for everyone. You don't need to be a yogi or a fitness buff, you just need to be a real woman interested in exploring inside and out, playing, growing, moving, and rediscovering your real nature.
You will practice in your yoga, reconnect to your body, sing mantras, explore interpersonal activities, and develop a supportive sisterhood on a unique adventure that will refresh you, reignite you, and make you feel truly part of something by coming back to your tribe.
You will have a different schedule every day with different activities. Mornings will start around eight or nine a.m. with meditation and yoga sessions, followed by a delicious breakfast at the center. You will have lunch at the vikara studio, where vegetarian meals are optional. Dinner will be free of choice, a chance to explore the village, and the surrounding area. They could arrange group nights if that is requested.
You will have adventure excursions, but they will be a surprise!
Roey will be your surf instructor for your retreat. Roey has been traveling around the world, since the age of 21. He had been living in a few sustainable and communities and eco villages. After 5 hard year of living in the states and working with children and young adults with special needs, he took on the adventure to cross part of 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 lately he had been immersing in the Ashtanga style.
Elba Camejo is part of a family dedicated to music, poetry, yoga, chikung, 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 Chi Kung 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 Ymaa Zhenhe and has been dedicated since then to teaching both adults and children. Her classes are a fusion of Bhakti yoga and Hatha Vinyasa.
The Corona Hotel is located just in front of the beach. Some of you will enjoy the magnificent ocean views while others will have their room beside the hotel's garden. Beside the hotel, there is a restaurant bar and coffee shop where you can enjoy exotic cocktails and meet new friends. Equipped with spacious and comfortable rooms, this hotel will provide the perfect relaxing environment for you to enjoy your retreat.
Food is life! Food is vitality! Food is love! With a focus on delicious, healthy meals, this retreat specializes in its ability to provide you with lush meals made with the freshest local ingredients. Vikara clients always rave about the food! The menu changes almost daily and is a fusion of Mediterranean, Asian, and local styles.
All the ingredients are bought locally as their culinary objective is to creatively explore and experiment with healthy foods to create new and tasty dishes. Breakfast and lunch are included during your stay and prepared right on site. With a kitchen just steps away from your room, you can watch the chef in action, or if you are up for it, you can help prepare the food alongside her to further enhance your cooking skills.
Dinner is not included. It is encouraged that you go out and explore the town. If needed, they will arrange group outings at different restaurants.
Aside from the schedule, there are many other activities available in the local area, including swimming on the beach, scuba diving, snorkeling, and paragliding. Also, you can visit on your own time day trips and excursions for the famous Isla de la plata or Casa Blanca. Vikara Lifestyle can arrange with the bicycle rental or with the Spanish lessons.
Several optional group excursions will be offered (an outing in the mountains to explore the nightlife, scootering around the island de la plata, horseback riding to the waterfalls, leaving the rest of the time for you to make new friends, unplug, and reconnect.
Please book your flight to arrive at Guayaquil International Airport (GYE). Vikara Lifestyle can arrange a transportation from this airport. Private transportation for maximum two people is 100 USD each way. Group transportation is 50 USD each (minimum of four people).
Another option is to take the bus from the main terminal. Buses are run almost every hour with the company CLP which is on the top floor of the terminal.
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