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8 Days Transformational Beach Surf and Yoga Retreat in Ecuador

Vikara Center, Calle Rosa Mistica, Olon, Ecuador

Journey within with yoga, surf, and nature

Come to Vikara to experience true inner transformation. At our beautiful retreat and wellness center on the beach of Olon, you will find tranquility, balance, and the joy of connection and community. Find the inner peace you are seeking by treating your body with high-vibe culinary delights, relaxing in the hammocks or by the pool, reviving your spiritual practices of yoga and meditation, and connecting to nature with surfing and horseback riding. Come here to heal, to rejuvenate, to connect mind, body, and spirit, to find your true nature and tune into your inner wisdom. When you leave, you will feel lighter and have more clarity and will feel empowered to take your magical experiences and transformational tools with you so you can spread more love back into the world.

Meet the instructors

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Highlights

  • 7 daily morning yoga class
  • Enjoy one beginner Acro yoga session
  • 4 amazing surf lessons with special attention and use of the board
  • 7 daily delicious and fresh breakfasts and lunches from locally sourced produce
  • 1 dinner entree at our favorite local gourmet restaurant (excluding drinks)
  • Fresh fruits/snacks, coffee, and tea available 24/7
  • 7 nights private beachfront accommodations

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Hebrew, Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Yoga studio
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Vikara's brand new wellness and retreat center offers 8 ocean-front suites with shared (double occupancy) or private-room options. All suites include a private bathroom, air-conditioning, hot shower, and Wi-Fi. Other amenities include swimming pool, ceremonial tepee, sweat lodge, garden, oceanfront yoga shala, and a community space featuring our dining area and relaxing lounge.

Program

Yoga at Vikara allows your true nature, the fullest expression of your being, to manifest through the art of staying present in body, mind and spirit. Allow transformation to happen naturally and allow life to live through you.

Vikara Lifestyle practices mainly Vinyasa yoga with devotion. Arrive to the mat to feel, explore, connect and to love, and use the energy from the mat to your transform into your higher self. You will breathe, meditate, ask for divine guidance, listen to your body, move freely and consciously and show gratitude by opening our hearts and feeling love! Vikara Yoga is this and more, so simple and so powerful!

Sample schedule

  • 08:00 Breakfast snack and coffee/tea
  • 08:30 Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga class
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Free time for spa services or activities
  • 14:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 Afternoon surf or other activity
  • 18:30 Dinner

This is a sample schedule. The schedule will be adjusted for every retreat according to the needs of the guests.

Our new locations is an upscale center with 7 rooms arranged around a community area and pool, and the beach is right in front.

Our model for retreats is that we hold open availability for surf and yoga retreats- meaning people come on any date they prefer and we offer retreat experiences to suit the individual.

Everything about this trip will be tailored just for you.

This is not a sit-down group model, but in everything we do, we strive to cultivate a community vibe, with shared meals, public yoga classes, ceremonies on designated dates, and hosting workshops.

Included excursions

During the retreat, you will have plenty of time to explore the beach and surrounding areas. Included in the retreat is a wonderful 2-hour horseback riding excursion in the cloud forest or on the beach.

Instructors

Roey Klein

Elba Camejo

David Oliveros

Roberto Diaz

Retreat location

The retreat center is located in Olon, a quiet coastal town of Ecuador, approximately 2.5 hours from Guayaquil’s (GYE) airport. Here you will find the perfect balance of restaurants, nature, and culture. Swim with dolphins, practice Spanish with the locals and walk the 7.6 kilometers beach. Surf is year-round and the beach break is both friendly enough for beginners and challenging to more advanced surfers.

Distances

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

Olon

Upon arriving in Olon it is hard to not immediately become enchanted with its magic. Within its 10 streets, Olon has cafes, restaurants and farm stands where its villagers unite and share their energy. It is a perfect village to distance yourself from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The true beauty of Olon is its nature. With its 7.6 kilmeters stretch of sandy beaches and stunning mountains, enjoy exploring our endless beach by foot or our jungle-like cloud forest on horseback. Fall asleep to the sound of the waves.

Olon’s beach break boasts some of the best consistent beginner waves in the country, and its relaxed atmosphere will create the perfect escape needed on your retreat.

Food

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

With our personal chef’s flair in design and knowledge in restorative foods, your plate will be as attractive to the eyes as is it to the body. Our healthy, nutritious meals will be catered to your dietary needs.

If you feel inspired to replicate some of our favorite dishes back home, take a cooking class from our chef who will happily share some of his secrets. Only one dinner is included at our favorite local gourmet restaurant (excluding drinks). You are also encouraged to explore and support local restaurants in town.

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
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
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.

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)
  • Sound Bowls
  • Whale watching
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Paragliding

What's included

  • 7 daily morning yoga class
  • Enjoy one beginner Acro yoga session
  • 4 amazing surf lessons with special attention and use of the board
  • 7 daily delicious and fresh breakfasts and lunches from locally sourced produce
  • 1 dinner entree at our favorite local gourmet restaurant (excluding drinks)
  • Fresh fruits/snacks, coffee, and tea available 24/7
  • 7 nights private beachfront accommodations
  • 10% discount on your next retreat

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Outings outside of the schedule
  • Extra activities
  • Health insurance
  • Extra nights
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Taxis
  • Most dinners
  • Extra spa or activities beyond what is listed

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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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