Aug 18 - 26, 2019 (9 days)
Aug 18 - 26, 2019 (9 days)
About This Center
Are you ready to challenge yourself, reconnect with your essence, have fun and empower yourself? Join us for an unforgettable experience at Vikara! Vikara means change of form or change of mind in Sanskrit. We are dedicated to create and hold a sacred space to facilitate personalized journeys of transformation. Located in Olón, an authentic and magical village in Ecuador off the beaten track, we offer personalized yoga, surf, medicinal plants & transformation retreats that are tailored to your individual needs and desires.
Community is at the centre of the Vikara experience. Our community is guided by principles of honesty, integrity and mutual respect. Everyone is welcome at Vikara and everyone becomes part of our community. We are also consciously aware that we are part of a local community and bear a responsibility towards Olón. We work with local businesses and support local initiatives to make sure that we can grow mutually in a healthy ecosystem.
Body, mind and spirit connection
At Vikara, we foster a holistic concept of transformation. Each activity we offer is aims to balance and purify these three components of self in order to align them - particularly through our Yoga classes and Plant-medicine ceremonies.
Being aware of it or not, we as human beings are constantly processing something, no matter how big or small the issue is. It is a natural process that occurs every day. At Vikara, we are committed to provide a safe and sacred space that allows for this process to take place wherever you may be on your journey.
Through a deep Yoga practice, ancestral plant-based medicine, the magical nature around, and our warm community, we offer tools to return to your true roots, reconnecting to the child within you and thus allowing for the process to continue.
There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met.
Venue HighlightsOur center is just 5 minutes walk from the beach. It is gated and secure. We have a big garden and lots of space to hang out, read, relax and enjoy your stay.
we have a simple but good sound system where you can tap in with bluetooth and listen to your favorite music. We also have a room to practice yoga, meditate or do other creative arts.
Our Venues feature all kinds of arts:
- Plant Medicine Ceremonies (Ayauasca)
*We also can customize our retreat according to your needs
AccommodationsSince we are a small private healing retreat center, we’ve designed the property to create an optimal environment for self-reflection, introspection, growth, and awakening on a very deep level. Our center provide a quiet yet cozy place for guests to relax and ‘tap back into’ their true essence (nature).
Olon is a magical village, where simplicity and nature will make your experience unique and unforgettable.
Your Room is spacious and comfortable and includes:
· Queen size bed
· Private bathroom and shower with hot water
· Room keeping
We also offer unique beachfront rooms with just a few steps away from the beach. These rooms are located 5 minutes walk from our center. All of the above is included.
·If you are interested in our beachfront rooms let us know.
- Air Conditioning in Rooms
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Fitness Center
- Yoga Studio
- Bicycles For Rent
- Includes Meat
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineFood is life! Food is vitality! Food is love!
With a focus on delicious, healthy meals, our retreat center 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 our culinary objective is to creatively explore and experiment with healthy foods to create new and tasty dishes.
Please let us know what are your dietary requirements and we will be happy yo attend to your needs· We can customize the menu depending on your preferences and needs ·
*If you have special dietary requirements please let us know
Only 5 minutes walk to the beach.
Surrounded by beautiful bike paths and walking tracks through the mountain landscape.
The nearest airport is José Joaquin de Olmedo located in Guayaquil City.
To come from Guayaquil you have 2 options:
· We can arrange for our driver to pick you up at the airport for an extra charge (some of our retreats include transportation)
· You can take a bus from the bus station.
Taking a bus from Guayaquil:
Take a taxi from the airport to central bus station in Guayaquil (may cost between 3 to 5 dollars ).
At the bus station, you have to go to the C.L.P (Cooperativa Libertad Peninsular) and ask for a ticket for a bus DIRECT to Olón. There are many buses to Olón, but only de Direct one could bring you faster.
The bus ride ends exactly at the Olón´s bus station. There we will be waiting for you :)
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Henny April 24, 2019
I rarely come with expectation but Vikara has exceeded any I could have had. Vikara is a place I will go back to (hopefully) so that shall tell you enough. For me, what makes this place so special is all the people working there, who give their heart at what they are doing which creates an incredible experience for the end client. You can feel their intention. Truly caring vibes, amazing healthy food, a wonderful deep yoga practice and last but not least a truly exceptional holding of medicinal plant ceremonies – which will leave you enriched towards a better understanding of yourself. Can’t recommend this place enough! Oh and Olon and the beach is just ever so charming!
Ruth Shamiso Todd March 31, 2018
Every part of this tailor made retreat was fantastic. From the homemade food cooked by Roey, to the accomodation, surging lessons and company I was surrounded with. Roey is attentive, kind and a pleasure to be around. Like Elba the yoga teacher, when Roey gives a surfing lesson he critiques technique in a gentle but directive way which means that the lesson is challenging but fun at the same time. I was also offered the chance to join in on personal training sessions and we took a bike ride around Olon. The retreat gave me time to reflect, rest and I came away feeling like a new person. This feeling has lasted until now months later and it influences my daily life and decision making frequently. The retreat came at somewhat of an emotional cross roads for me and it inspired me to live a more active life style and I can definitively say I’m so much happier now in the way that I appreciate roach my life. There was no pressure to do the activities in terms of if you needed rest then you could easily say that to roey. The massage was again wonderful and I have recommended the massage parlour to several friends that have visited Montanita. If you’ve not decided yet I would say just do it, you will not regret it, say yes to every opportunity offered to you and enjoy the time you spend in Olon.
Benjamin Carlotto February 27, 2018
Vikara, is honestly what you make of it. My wife had sent me for two whole weeks, I did not want to leave!. Life is a journey and along the way we need time to reflect and grow and sometimes even get healthy and physically fit. Everything is available and more at this retreat. I went over to Ecuador with no expectations and found this cute little villa with a beautiful team of people who are there just for you and your experience. Situated on the majestic beach of Olan it doesn't get much better. So many things to do or do nothing at all. I chose to Surf, Yoga and Box most days with Spanish lessons and delightful Massages in between. Besides the sound of a luxurious retreat it really is a simple, humble and beautiful experience that you get out, what you put in. Totally up to you and each time it will be different. Its has changed my life in many ways for the best reasons and I will be back as much as I can. Roey is an incredible and tireless host, Elba is an amazing spirit who will fill your life full of energy and light and work you through your Yoga. I did not do Yoga before this trip I now do it most days. I couldn't recommend this experience more if I tried. Everyone needs to experience Vikara once in their lives at least. Oh and the ayahuasca medicine ceremony is legit and a must. It will be different for everyone and is not any where as scary as people write about on the internet. I will continue to practice this for life also. Thank you Roey and your team. I will see you soon. BC
Hannah Ruth Wilson February 26, 2018
I can't express enough how amazing this place truly is. I had no idea what to expect before we got there and from the moment my best friend and I walked into Vikara we were greeted with so much friendliness and warm hospitality. Roey, Elba, Cynthia and the rest of the team are the most lovely and accepting people and made us feel very at home. Roey also challenged us to try something new and we both surfed for the first time and had a blast! The meals were excellent and getting to meet the other retreat-goers and guests was a pleasure as well. It really was a wonderful escape and provided such a nice perspective of the Ecuadorian coast that I don't think we would have had the opportunity to experience otherwise. I can't recommend this place enough, Roey really works hard to ensure you have the experience that you want/need to have while you're there.
Dakota Dickson February 23, 2018
All of my experiences at Vikara have been outstanding. This is a great place to escape to and connect with beautiful high vibe individuals. I had the pleasure of experiencing my first ayahuasca ceremony here with an amazing shaman and a lovely group. It was absolutely magical, all I could have asked for and more. Extremely healing. The ambiance has a very open and natural feel to it. Roey is an amazing host guaranteed to take very good care of you and your comfort needs. There is always delicious food, great music and easy going people to connect with. I absolutely adore the yoga instructor Elba, she is a pure hearted soul with warm vibes and the sweetest personality. I am grateful for this sacred space and these genuine souls.
Victoria Perez-Carlotto February 23, 2018
Vikara’s Team arranged the most life-changing experience I could have imagined. The ayahuasca ceremony I did was truly moving; it is impossible to describe! It was deep, introspective, visionary and transformational. Not scary at all! I was taken care of with the utmost attention throughout the entire experience, from preparation days before, to coaching and guidance after. I’m already planning my next trip to do it again and would recommend that anybody looking to explore this magical journey look no further thank Vikara and their expert team. Thank you!
Dilia G Carballada February 22, 2018
I would like to thank all the vikara team for the time that I spent with them. It is not just a sacred experience that you take with you, they also make you fell like part of a small family that you ll belong for good. The yoga with Elba it is an experience that takes you to a new dimension. Her clases goes beyond yoga. Can you come back with me to Spain?? We know that we ll be always connected! The massage with Kimberly are one of the best I ever had. She has a great understanding of the human body and really knows how to tailor to the individual needs. Surfing with Juan makes it so easy and he had so much patience!! Surfing it is quite hard. Nali's vegetarian food it is amazing!! I learn so many new recipes!! I am going to miss your food and yourself, amiga! And the last but no the least Roey, the one that makes everything possible! Always there to help you with anything that you need even if it is only talk with a friend. See you soon amigos!