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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Ecuador.
Vikara Lifestyle offer one-of-a-kind, transformational plant medicine retreats at the beach in Olon. Featuring the powerful and sacred plant medicines, Ayahuasca (from the Amazon jungle) and San Pedro (Huachuma from the Andes Mountains), this nine-day retreat is designed to help those who seek healing, clarity, inner wisdom, and connection.
Vikara is the only plant medicine retreat center right on the beach in Ecuador. The healing properties of the ocean, combined with your intention, the transformative powers of the fire and the medicines, offer profound healing and a life-changing experience.
You will work with incredibly skilled Shamans, who have decades of experience in the healing arts and plant medicine ceremonies. Unlike many of the other retreat centers, Vikara Lifestyle keep the group very small, in order to facilitate a personalized experience, and to ensure the safety of all guests.
Vikara offers eight ocean-front suites with shared and private-room options. With emperor king-sized beds, you’ll feel like royalty. Alternatively, each room can be separated into two twin-sized beds.
All suites are tastefully designed and accented with natural furnishings. Each bungalow offers garden and swimming pool views, and includes private bathroom, air-conditioning, hot showers, and Wi-Fi!
Other amenities include: swimming pool, ceremonial tepee, sweat lodge, garden, Maloka with shaded hammocks, yoga shala overlooking the ocean and a community area featuring our dining patio and lounge space to relax in.
Vikara is the only Plant Medicine retreat center right on the beach in Ecuador. The healing properties of the ocean, combined with your intention, the transformative powers of the fire and the medicines, offer profound healing and a life-changing experience.
Vikara Lifestyle works with incredibly skilled Shamans, who have decades of experience in the healing arts and plant medicine ceremonies. Unlike many of the other retreat centers, they keep their groups very small, in order to facilitate a personalized experience, and to ensure the safety of all guests.
Every Ayahuasca retreat is different, and each shaman has a particular way of guiding these sacred journeys. All of the shamans have years of experience and have performed countless healing ceremonies with many people from all aspects of life.
The quality of the retreat depends on the sincerity and willingness of the participants to open up to the sacred plants and receive the healing instructions. You are essentially opening up to your own shaman
This sample schedule might change during the retreat. Check-in will start at 11:00 a.m. For those arriving by bus, they will coordinate an arrival time to meet you at the bus station. In the evening, you will gather at the center for a small introduction to the schedule and questions.
Roey was always interested in exploring the mysteries of life and the spirit, seeking meaning and purpose in the unconventional, and pursuing the calling of the heart. He started traveling at a young age and was inspired specifically by his travels in Portugal and living in alternative communities in the US. On a soul-searching bicycle trip around South America in his late twenties, he stumbled upon Ecuador and started working with movement and healing the physical body through surfing and yoga. He then started exploring the magic of plant medicine for his own self-healing journey.
Elba Camejo was born in Venezuela, she is part of a family dedicated to arts, healing, meditation and yoga. At the young age of 15, she began her education as a yoga teacher and soon after began immersing herself in Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan as well. Elba is a 500 RYT with Yoga Alliance. She is the leading teacher at Vikara and her classes of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga are known for her inspiring, authentic, playful and heartfelt style. "I'll always be a student of yoga. I honor the wisdom and compassion my teachers shared with me, and so I will keep on sharing as well! Namaste."
Santiago comes from a long tradition of sacred indigenous teachings tracing back to the Cofan, Huaorani, Secoya and Kichwa tribes who he has lived among. Born in 1966, a native to Ecuador, Santiago found himself on the shamanic path at the age of twenty-six after overcoming a serious illness working with sacred plants and the healing traditions of the Andes that extend down from Ecuador to Peru.
Matias has been studying and performing ayahuasca and sanpedro ceremonies for over a decade under the tutelage of many medical men. As a powerful husband and wife, they conduct beautiful healing ceremonies with the sacred plants. Matias & Fernanda (shamans) are especially known for their harmonic vocals that fill the ceremony space all night long. They truly work form a place of humility and heart centeredness. It is their life's work to be in service and help people heal and transform.
Lindsy is the operations manager and the all-around go-to person and space holder for the retreat guests. She is in charge of the creative backbones of programs and the facilitation of retreats. Lindsy is a certified yoga teacher 200-RYT, Holistic Health Coach, Reiki practitioner, and has an extensive background in movement as medicine, energy processing, and meditation. Her passion lies in somatic and energetic healing, Yin yoga, EFT tapping, plant medicine, and nutrition as portals to holistic wellness. She has been on her own journey of spiritual evolution for many years.
The retreat center is located in Olon, just a two-and-a-half-hour trip from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE). The resort is located right on the beach. The beach itself is broad and sandy, offering the perfect surf conditions with beach breaks left and right and a promenade with restaurants, kiosks, sun loungers, and shading.
There are lifeguards during high season and on some low season weekends. Here you can be lucky enough to swim with dolphins, see some whales and turtles and admire hummingbirds. It is an uprising village with more restaurants opening every year, but still retaining its quiet and authentic vibe. It’s the perfect place to discover an amazing country and to explore your inner beautiful self.
Before attending an Ayahuasca Retreat, it is recommended to prepare yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually in order to gain better access into the realm of the spirit. Most shamans suggest you follow a strict diet before and after drinking ayahuasca. Your consumption of food usually involves cluttered and stimulating diets, foods filled with sugar, oils, and salt. The first thing Ayahuasca would do with your body is to try and get rid of all these toxins.
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 even when following the Ayahuasca diet. All meals are included in the retreat and follow the guidelines of the Ayahuasca diet.
On the last dinner after the Sanpedro Ceremony, you will go to celebrate your transformation in one of Vikara Lifestyle's favorite restaurants in Olon. This meal is not included in the price
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 from and to this airport is available upon request at an additional cost of 100 USD.
Direct buses are leaving from the terminal bus station every day. Vikara Lifestyle can send you a schedule of the time frame. The buses cost 6 USD and they are typically very safe.
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