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9 Days Vikara Transformational Surf and Yoga Retreat in Olon, Ecuador

Surf and Yoga Retreat Ecuador

Vikara means to change or transform in Sanskrit. Vikara retreats are designed to help people who are already awakening to the reality that life is not just about survival, career building, status, finances, and responsibilities. If you are searching for meaning, joy, and creativity in your life, Vikara retreats will introduce you to a lifestyle that will inspire you to live your life with intention. Vikara combines yoga, meditation, and surfing with delicious quality nutrition and connection to nature to create transformational retreats.

Vikara retreats are praised for their focus on personal attention. The retreats are designed for small groups which make your experience very intimate. The friendships developed on retreat creates a community (meaningful connections with other people healing through shared experiences). The schedule is designed so that you pick and choose what you want to do. The program has many elements to help you feel revitalized, inspired, and relaxed. They also provide many additional services to tailor your experience to suit your specific needs. Vikara retreats start with setting your intention and then work toward helping you to reach your goals. The goal is that you feel at home and allow yourself to be yourself.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily private yoga classes
  • Acro yoga and meditation sessions
  • Fitness training with private trainer
  • 4 private surf classes with local instructors
  • 4 personal training classes in boxing and Maui Tai
  • Airport transportation at arrival with private transportation
  • Horseback riding to the mountains
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Hebrew, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8

Airport transfer included: Josí© Joaquí­n de Olmedo International Airport

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Accommodation

Your private room at Vikara Center is located just five minutes 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. Outside your room, there is a communal living room with space to practice yoga or to hang out during the day. There is a nice garden and hammocks to pass leisure time.

Beachfront rooms are available for retreat guests at the El Hotel La Corona. This boutique hotel offers guest rooms with private balconies, top-quality beds, hot water, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and excellent service.

Vikara Lifestyle Ecuador Yoga Retreat Program

Sample schedule

  • 08:00 Yoga with morning meditation
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Surf class
  • 13:30 Lunch (Every day will be something special)
  • 16:00 Personal training, Acro yoga, or breathing workshop (they change daily)
  • 17:00 Massage
  • 18:30 Sunset
  • 19:00 Light dinner

After dinner, there will be 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 for every retreat according to clients wishes.

Included excursions

During the retreat, you will have plenty of time to explore the beach and the mountains with the bicycles which are available to you the entire time. There will be an optional 1.5 hour horseback riding excursion inland to the mountains or on the beach. Plus, a trip to the town of Ayampe. This peaceful, enchanting, quiet town has great surf and a chill vibe!

Instructors

Roey Klein
Roey Klein has been traveling around the world since the age of 21. He also had been living in a few sustainable and communities and eco-villages. After five years of working with children and young adults with special needs, he took on the adventure cycle in 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 since then had been trying many styles and participating in various workshops.
Elba Camejo
Elba Camejo is part of a family dedicated to music, poetry, yoga, Qigong, 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 Qigong 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 Zhenhe YMAA and has been dedicated since then to teaching both adults and children. Her classes are a fusion of Bhakti yoga and Hatha Vinyasa.
Juan Jose Rodriguez Machado
Juan Jose is a holistic therapist from Venezuela. He was taught by Maria Luisa Fernandez, a Reiki master and quantum medicine (SeryCrecer Center) in Margarita Island. A session with Juan is based on quantum healing with a pendulum, vibrational therapy, sound-therapy, mantras, and meditation with your angels and masters for you to be reconnected with the totality of the self. It is also a review and reactivation of the chakras, nadis, Antakarana, and Merkabah (light body), and a releasing of belief systems that interfere with your natural harmony (Earth magnetism within).
Kimberly
Kimberley has been a massage therapist for over 11 years. Her quality skills come from traveling and collaborating with indigenous healing traditions from Chinese Tuina techniques to Andean plant medicine being applied during her sessions. She is also licensed in manual lymphatic drainage, joint mobilization, deep tissue, Swedish, reflexology, cranial sacral, prenatal, and sports massage. Kimberly uses a collaborative approach to reaching the specific goals of her clients.

Retreat location

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.

Nearby places

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

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Food is life! Food is vitality! Food is love! With a focus on delicious, healthy meals, this retreat specializes in its ability to provide you with lush meals made with the freshest local ingredients. Vikara clients always rave about the food! The menu changes almost daily and is a fusion of Mediterranean, Asian, and local styles.

All ingredients are bought locally as the culinary objective is to creatively explore and experiment with healthy foods to create new and tasty dishes. They serve lush breakfast and a full lunch and a light dinner (optional).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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- Starting at 1 hour (20 USD)
  • Private yoga lesson with Elba (20 USD)
  • Temascal (50 USD) - is a small round closed structure that resemble the womb, lifes starting place.. Red hot rocks are places in a center pit over which an infusion of medicinal herbs is poured, producing a curative steam. During the ceremony we will sing, pray and set our intentions to purify our body mind and spirit. Price is per person for minimum 4 participants.
  • Osteopathy (50 USD) is a type of alternative medicine that emphasizes manual readjustments, myofascial release and other physical manipulation of muscle tissue and bones.
  • Pendulum Session and sacred Geometry (40 USD) - Based on quantum healing with a pendelum, vibrational therapy and mantras. The session helps you to reconnect with your angels and masters and feel the full totality of your higher self, ultimately aligning your chakras, nadis, Antakarna and light body.
  • Massage - 1 hour sessions with interview and feedback (50 USD)
  • Private personal training sessions (15 USD)
  • Private transportation to the airport in Guayaquil (100 USD)
  • Private Plant Medicine Ceremony (200 USD) - Ayahuasca and other plants can be used as psycho spiritual therapy. We work with Medicine man from around the country who have dedicated their life to that purpose of healing and being at service for others. Here you have a chance to embark on journey of sacredness and of self-discovery. Ceremony lasts all night.
  • Isla de la Plata Excursion (50 USD) - The trip includes transport to Puerto Lopez where you’ll meet your guide for a 2- hour boat ride to this stunning island. You will enjoy a 3-hour guided walk taking in the history and wildlife of the island including the blue-footed boobies, iguanas, and possibly sea turtle sightings. The trip also includes snorkeling and lunch on the boat.
  • Surf Trips -/Las Tunas/ Rio Chico/ Salinas (60 USD) - We can take up to 3 people on a surf trip to some of the more less crowded spots during SWELLS. The trip is about an hour drive and we also include dinner and drinks together.

Spa treatments

One full body massage (1 hour) is included. Additional massages are available at additional cost.

What's included

  • 3 daily homemade gourmet meals
  • 4 private surf classes with local instructors
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Airport shuttle at arrival
  • Bicycle to your disposal
  • Daily private yoga class with special attention
  • Acro yoga and partner yoga
  • 4 fitness training sessions with a private trainer
  • Horseback riding (1.5 hours)
  • Mantra singing and meditation workshops
  • One day Ayampe excursion
  • Surfboards rentals all day long
  • Pendulum session - alignment of the chakras
  • 1 full hour massage

What's not included

  • Spanish classes
  • Airport shuttle to the airport
  • Plant medicine ceremonies
  • Outings and drinks at restaurants
  • Extra nights
  • Alcoholic beverages

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE). The transfer from the airport is included. Vikara Lifestyle will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Josí© Joaquí­n de Olmedo International Airport Airport transfer included: Josí© Joaquí­n de Olmedo International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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