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8 Days Surf and Yoga Retreat in Ecuador

Vikara Center, Calle Rosa Mistica, Olon, Ecuador

Surf and Yoga Retreat Ecuador

Vikara in Sanskrit means "change of form" or "change of mind". The program is dedicated to facilitating journeys of change and transformation taking place through the holistic concept of body, mind, and spirit. Therefore, at Vikara, each activity offered is aimed to balance and purify these three components of self. 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

  • 4 surf classes for all levels
  • Daily morning and evening yoga classes
  • Locally-sourced breakfast and lunch from private chef
  • Horseback riding excursion in the Cloud Forest
  • Amazing Acro yoga weekend workshop
  • 7 night beach-front accommodation
  • Full body restorative massage

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Hebrew, Spanish
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

  • 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 offers 8 ocean-front suites with shared (2 pp) and private-room options. All suites include private bathrooms, air-conditioning, hot showers, and WIFI! Other amenities include swimming pool, ceremonial tepee, sweat lodge, garden, yoga shala overlooking the ocean and a community area featuring a dining area and lounge space to relax in.

Program

YOGA

Yoga is not only something you do, but something you are. And not just some"thing" but all! Your true nature, the fullest expression of your being manifested through the art of staying present in body, mind and spirit- allowing transformation to happen naturally and allowing life to be in you!

Vikara Lifestyle practices mainly Vinyasa yoga with devotion. They arrive to the mat to feel, explore, connect and to love. That energy transfers from the mat to 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 strong!

Sample schedule

  • 08:00 Breakfast snack and coffee/tea
  • 08:30 Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga class (2 hours)
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Free time for chosen treatments or activities
  • 14:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 Afternoon surf or other activity
  • 18:30 Gentle Flow Yoga

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

Included excursions

During the retreat, you will have plenty of time to explore the beach and surrounding areas. There will be an optional 1.5 hour horseback riding excursion in the cloud forest 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. Here you will find the perfect balance of restaurants, nature and culture. You can be lucky enough to swim with dolphins, practice Spanish with the locals and walk the 7.6 km beach. Surf is year-round and the beach break is both friendly enough for beginners and challenging to more advanced surfers. The 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. Apart from the beach you will find endless mountains to explore on horseback in the jungle-like cloud forest.

Nearby places

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

Food

Healthy, nutritious meals catered to your dietary needs. 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 whilst the menus are designed to provide great tasting meals that are whole, hearty, natural, home-cooked and well balanced.

With the 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, the chef will happily share some of his secrets, so that you too can create exciting menus at the leisure of your own home. Dinners are not included and you are 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
  • 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)
  • Sound Bowls

Spa treatments

A one-hour full-body massage is included in the package.

What's included

  • 7 Nights Accommodation
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Morning and Evening Yoga Classes
  • 1h Holistic Massage
  • 4 Surf Classes
  • Horseback Riding (1-2 hours)
  • Acro Yoga Class
  • 10% Life-time Discount on Future Retreats with Vikara
  • 5% off Gift Card for a friend (Valid for 1 year)
  • Free 1 hr Skype Consultation prior to booking

What's not included

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

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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