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9 Day Ayahuasca and Yoga Transformation Retreat in Olon, Ecuador

Vikara Center, Calle Rosa Mystica 1, Olon, Santa Elena, Ecuador.

Plant Medicine and Beach Yoga Retreat Ecuador

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.

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Highlights

  • 2 Ayahuasca ceremonies
  • 1 Sanpedro ceremony (Huachuma)
  • Yoga classes designed especially for this program
  • Temazcal/sweat-lodge ceremony for purification and rebirth
  • Insight into the medicinal plants and guidance in preparation for your trip to the retreat
  • Integration and sharing circles pre- and post- ceremonies
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (US$100 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00
Check-out Time:
16:00

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 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.

Program

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.

Day 1 - Arrival day

  • Check-in and orientation
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Introduction, sharing, and Q&A's

Day 2

  • 08:00 Yoga
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Free time to take surf lessons
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 Temazcal ceremony - opening ceremony
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 08:00 Yoga
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Free time
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 Gathering to go over guidelines for ceremony
  • Free time: self-reflection, journaling, extra activities
  • 20:00 Gathering in the Maloka for Ayahuasca ceremony

Day 4

  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Rest time
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Sharing and integration
  • 17:00 One-on-one consultations (optional)
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 5

  • 08:00 Yoga
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Free time
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Massages and healing work (optional)
  • Free time: self-reflection, journaling, extra activities
  • 20:00 Gathering in the Maloka for Ayahuasca ceremony

Day 6

  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Free time
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Sharing and integration
  • 17:00 One-on-one consultation time
  • 20:00 Dinner

Day 7

  • 08:00 Yoga
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Free time
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Gathering to go over guidelines for Sanpedro ceremony
  • 20:00 A short meditation and setting the tone
  • 22:00 Gathering in the Maloka for San-Pedro (Huachuma) ceremony

Day 8

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Free time
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Sharing and integration
  • 17:00 Celebration of transformation - a night out in one of our favorite ceremonies

Day 9

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • Feedback and review of the retreat
  • From 12:00 Check-out

Instructors

Roey Klein

Elba Camejo

Santiago ayala

Matias & Fernanda

Lindsy

Retreat location

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.

Distances

  • José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) - 2.5 hours

Unique features

Activities

  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Temazcal

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Wireless internet

Food

Ayahuasca Diet

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

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Optional extra activities:

  • Shamballa energy healing
  • Thai massage
  • Lomi Lomi massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Bio-reprogramation of ginergy (energetic gynecology)
  • Surf lessons
  • Horseback riding

What's included

  • 8 nights in upscale beachfront accommodation with private bathroom
  • Skype/whatsapp call after booking for an interview with facilitators
  • 2 Ayahausca ceremonies
  • 1 San Pedro (Huachuma) ceremony
  • Temazcal/sweat-lodge ceremony for detoxification and rebirth
  • Guidelines and recommendation on how to participate in the ceremonies
  • Yoga classes designed especially for this program to open the heart
  • All meals following the Ayahuasca diet
  • One-on-one consultations with shamans and facilitators
  • Integration and sharing circles before and after the ceremonies
  • Fresh fruits/snacks, water, and tea available at all times
  • Lifetime 10% discount on return visits to Vikara

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional therapies
  • Extra activities
  • The last dinner in the restaurant
  • Additional fees: 6.9% credit card fee or 5% PayPal fee

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 from and to this airport is available upon request at an additional cost of 100 USD.

Arrival by bus

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.

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 7 days before arrival.

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Special discounts

The prices below include an early bird discount:

  • You will receive an Early bird discount of 100 USD discount if booking up to 2 months before the retreat begins.
     
  • Another 150 USD discount for more than 3 people booking together.

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