Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism

About us

Iris Disse and David Höner created the vision for a school, where people could learn different skills to develop awareness, spirituality, creativity and the power, to integrate their true self into society. We hope, that this helps to create a more peaceful world where people develop their lives in creativity and in harmony with the sacred law. That includes for us the acceptance to be co responsible for what is going on in the world, and that we decide to be part of the solution and not of the problem.

The Durga’s Tiger School forms part of Casa Kiliku, a centre focused on integral development: conscience, arts, and society.

Casa Kiliku is an ecological place created by artists. The houses are built by materials from our volcano, with bricks or adobe and wood. Every space is unique. You can stay on the big terrace and chat with others. Or just lie in the hammock and read or meditate on treetops dancing in the wind.

For us it is pure luxury to offer a retreat place in a rural environment at the edge of the ecological reserve Ilaló and so close to the centre of Quito, 25 minutes by car.

Each teacher training group consists of a maximum of 16 students facilitated by a competent and engaging, international teaching team.

Living in the ashram enables students to focus intensively on their training, away from every day tasks and distractions, fully immersing themselves in a process of learning and self-discovery. Students discover the joy of deeply engaging in yogic practice and lifestyle without their usual responsibilities and away from busyness of daily life. A close, and energetic group environment is created to enable students to share their experience and learning process and thus collectively deepen their understanding of the yoga practice.

“I did already three Yoga Teacher Trainings before, and I have had three own Yoga Schools. In this other trainings I learned a lot of theory – when I came back home I had already forgotten everything. Here in Durga´s Tiger School I feel and experience the knowledge, and that is why I will not forget anything I lived here.”

Venue Highlights

The yoga retreat will take place in Casa Kiliku, in the Andes of Ecuador, close to the capital Quito, and on the edge of a natural reserve. You will be located three kilometers from the village of Tumbaco surrounded by high trees and mountains. The Kiliku is a little hawk living here on the volcano, the Ilal. For them, this is the symbol of freedom and as he is seeing the reality from high above.

It means that this place helps the yoginis to get a distance from their everyday life to fly into the experience of living in a yoga ashram, enjoying the green garden surrounding with flowers and old trees.

Casa Kiliku is an ecological place created by artists. The houses are built by materials from our volcano, with bricks, adobe, and wood. Every space is unique. You can stay on the big terrace and chat with others, just lie in the hammock to read, or meditate on treetops dancing in the wind.

For us it is pure luxury to offer a retreat in a rural environment at the edge of the ecological reserve Ilaló and so close to the center of Quito, 25 minutes by car.

Our place is made by ecological local materials and we promote a sustainable way of living.

We love to share our paradise, where we have lived and created films, radio plays, articles and compositions over the last 19 years. The little village bus stops in front of our door. The new airport is close as well – you reach in 25-45 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Closeby there are places where the national and international community mingle, such as La Casa de Rafa, the Bio Market, and CaféArte. Here you can buy organic food and German bread, having a coffee and a chat, enjoy story telling, or a concert.

Just three kilometers down the road in Tumbaco, you find everything you need: local shops, banks, and shopping malls.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

During this training, you will enjoy three daily vegetarian and locally sourced meals. All meals are always prepared with a lot of love mixing the Ecuadorian tradition with healthy and conscious recipes. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also available. If you have some allergy or specific need of special menu, Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism can serve vegan or gluten-free menus for a supplement of 5 USD per day.

Accommodations

Spacious double or triple rooms
Shared Bathrooms
Balconies or Verandas
Single or double beds with good matrasses

Directions

Directions for taxi drivers

Arriving from Quito you’ll enter in Tumbaco through the Interoceánica. You will see a Santa María supermarket on your right, keep going straight on for about one kilometer more. Turn right on Guayaquil Street, opposite a “Gasolinera Primax” (gas station) by the “Semaforo” light. Drive towards the “Colegio Pachamama,” cross a bridge over the “Ruta Viva” highway, until you get to a big football field in Rumihuaico area (Comuna Leopoldo Chávez). Go straight up to the hill, after 100 meters the street makes a Y split. Then you keep right (the opposite direction from Pachamama) uphill on the new paved road. Continue 1.5 kilometers, more or less, and on the right side you will see a blue house. Casa Kiliku is directly behind it. Look for the little sign that says “Casa Kiliku lote 169”.

If you arrive by the Ruta Viva from Quito take the exit after “Intervalles,” just after the 8th Km. This entrance doesn’t have a sign, it’s located between “Intervalles” exit and “Tola Chica” exit. It goes up to a bridge that connects with “Calle Carchi”. When you arrive up to the bridge you turn right and continue until you reach Rumihuaico football field. From there follow directions as explained above.
From the airport by the Ruta Viva you enter after “Tola Chica” exit. (KM 8th). When you get to the bridge that connects with “Calle Carchi”, you turn left.
If you take the wrong exit and you enter from “Tola Chica,” you’ll find another bridge where you can turn back and follow a lateral street of Ruta Viva until the bridge that connects with “Calle Carchi.”

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