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Vikara means change or transformation in Sanskrit. Vikaralifestyle is about helping people who are already awakening to the reality that life is not just about career building, social demands, survival, and duties (although all are very important) but men are also searching for meaning, joy and creativity. It is about showing the path of the heart and following your intuition and introducing to them a certain lifestyle that might inspire them to see the world in a different way. Vikaralifestyle combines daily exercises, breathing meditations, yoga and acrobatics, quality nutrition, connection to nature and working on your lives goals.
What separates us from other retreats, is our personal attention and flexibility with our schedule. The retreats are semi private: We only have 2 accommodations, which makes your experience very intimate and private. The Schedule is designed so that you pick and choose what you want to do. There are no real time frame. This retreat is about you and you get to be part of creating your own program. In this process we will help you, and assist you reaching your intention which you set at the beginning of the retreat. Our goal is that you feel at home and allow yourself to be yourself.
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Your private room is located just 5 min walk from the beach. It has a bathroom with hot water, air conditioning, Wi-Fi access, and a little table where you can sit, write, and make any reflections that might come up during the retreat. Out side your room there is a communal living room with space to practice yoga or to hang out during the day. You will be able to order fresh drinks and or enjoy our fresh roasted Ecuadorian coffee. There is a nice garden and hammocks to pass leisure time.
08:30 Personal morning meditation with asana practice
10:00 Breakfast with fresh juices and barista coffee
11:00 Surf Class
13:00 Lunch (Every day special dish)
14:00 - 17:00 Free time
17:00 Fitness training
Time for questions and suggestions for the next day In the evening, you can check out Montanita, the bustling neighboring town, or simply stay on site and enjoy a relaxing evening. This is also the time to reflect and consult if there are any issues you would like to share or discuss. If there is enough interest, alternative activities can be arranged.
Note: this is just a sample schedule. The schedule will be adjusted every retreat according to clients wishes
During the retreat you will have plenty of time to explore the beach and the mountains with our bicycles which are available to you the entire time.
We will also arrange a 1.5 hour trip on horses.
There is also a surprise trip to....shhhhh...it's 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.
Tucked away in a corner of the small town of Olon, Ecuador, Vikara Center will become your home during your stay.
This coastal town will surely capture your heart with it's stunning landscape and community feel. Everyone in town is friendly and welcoming, and you will become friends with many locals in no time who are more than happy to help you out at any point.
With a small beach without many people, along with a beach break that 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.
And when you are up for some shopping, or dancing or a beer with some new friends, Ecuador's most popular beach town, Montanita, is only a $1.50 cab ride away!
Olon is definitely a hidden gem in Ecuador. Spending some time in this small coastal village will revive your senses while bringing about a new definition of home.
Food is life! Food is vitality! Food is love! This is the essence here at Vikara Lifestyle. With a focus on delicious, healthy meals, this retreat specializes in it's ability to provide you with some of the best meals on Ecuador's coast. The food experience during your stay promises to be one of the highlights of the retreat.
Roey and his crew have owned and ran the Restaurant La Casa Rosa which you can find on trip advisor, rated #1 in Olon and Montanita. You will enjoy various dishes with a fusion of tastes from all over the world. You can also learn a few tips from Roey who will gladly share his technique from the kitchen.
Aside from yoga, there are many other activities available in the local area, including swimming on the beach, whale watching, 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. We can help with all the arrangements
They can also arrange a plant medicine ceremony on your request. This will be followed by a consultation with our trusted shaman and his decision wether you should do the ceremony or not. Please ask for more information if wanted.
One full body massage (50 minutes) is included. Additional massages are available at additional cost.
We will pick you up at your arrival
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