Ayahuasca and Yoga - A Healing Retreat on the coast of Ecuador

Event Highlights

  • -9 nights of accommodation
  • - Pendulum Session to deepen your intention for ceremony
  • - 2 holistic massages
  • - A trip to the medicine farm at Dos Mangas
  • - Horseback Ridding (optional)
  • -3 Ayahuasca Private ceremonies (max 6 participants) with 3 post ceremony consultations with the shaman.
  • - Bicycle and surfboard rentals are available to you the entire stay.
  • - 6 Private yoga classes with intentions to help you deepen your healing process
  • - 2 surf lessons (optional)
  • - Airport transportation on arrival- consultations with the team about your internal process


The daily schedule varies from day to day. We are not a strict retreat and we offer our guests the freedom to participate or not in our activities.

This is a sample of what you will be doing:

7:30 wake up and time for yourself (meditation)
8:30 Breakfast
9:45 yoga
11:30 free time
13:00 light lunch with special plant diat.
17:00 meditation in preparation for ceremony
21:00 Ayahuasca ceremony

About This Event

Welcome to Vikara Center! We are a retreat center, specializing in individualized care and small group retreats, located in the town of Olon by the Ecuadorian Coast. We facilitate safe, intimate retreats for those who are serious about their journey to health and wholeness.

In this retreat, you will find a place of deep healing and love. This retreat is aimed for people who are seeking transformation through gaining deeper connection to their inner world and trusting the help of ancestral medicine guided by traditional and knowledgeable shaman (from the lineage of the Cofan) with combination of yoga. The combination of the two methods can open transformative doors for inner growth and self healing.

Through this retreats we guide guests in aiding their own healing process with one-on-one individualized care. By cleansing and detoxifying the physical body, releasing emotional blockages and toxins, the Ayahuasca can help the individual achieve deep realizations and higher states of consciousness. This process can sometimes be challenging, so our experienced team have the deepest compassion, patience, and love to support our guests through the process. 

AYAHUASCA is a plant from the Amazon which is mixed with another plant called Chacruna. Used for over 5000 years by the shamans or healers or teachers Ayahuasqueros as a way for the expansion of consciousness. 

. Yoga

Yoga is much more than just the practice of asanas (yoga postures). It is an ancient and sacred path that includes all aspects of life as it makes you connect with all the aspects of yourself first, starting with the most immediate: your physical body. In our practice we focus on our own conscious breathing which is the gateway to integrate the movements of the body with the present moment. By doing so, we will be preparing ourselves for a deeper spiritual connection. The result: Living consciously in and out of your mat. That is the essence of real happiness.

Whats Included:

-9 nights of accommodation

- Pendelum Session to deepen your intention for ceremony

- 2 holistic massages

- A trip to the medicine farm at Dos Mangas

- Horseback Ridding (optional)

-2surf classes

-3 Ayawasca Private ceremonies (max 6 participants) with 3 post ceremony consultations with the shaman.

- Bicycle and surfboard rentals are available to you the entire stay.

- 8 Private yoga class with intentions to help you deepen your healing process

- 3 surf lessons

- 5 personal training classes with introduction to traditional boxing

- Airport transportation on arrival

- consultations with the team about your internal process


Private Transportation Included from Guayaquil (GYE) Airport- A Driver will waitt for you on your arrival.

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

Venue Highlights

Tucked away in the small town of Olon, Ecuador, this coastal town will surely capture your heart with the 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.

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.



Since 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, with a private bathroom, queen size bed, A/C, and WiFi.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Fitness Center
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free


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!
All ingredients are bought locally as our culinary objective is to creatively explore and experiment with healthy foods to create new and tasty dishes.

Also we will accommodate to the special diet required by the ceremonies


We will have our driver come and pick you up from Guayaquil Airport.The transportation is included in the price. In order to get we can recommend you the bus or we can arrange for a private transportation

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due 14 days before the retreat start date.
The remaining balance is non-refundable once paid.
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  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Henny   April 24, 2019

      Truly transformational

    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.

  • Ruth Shamiso Todd   March 31, 2018


    I am a relative beginner when it comes to yoga, I have practised on and off with inconsistency however I cannot speak higher of Elba. When you first meet her you know she is someone special, able to put anyone at ease. The yoga challenged me but gave me an innermost peace I had never experienced before. Elba is attentive and critiques technique to the extent that this has stayed with me now for months and improved my yoga practise significantly. Thankyou Elba for being part of the fantastic experience I had at Vikara Retreats Olon.

  • Benjamin Carlotto   February 27, 2018

      Fitness, Bliss and Elightenmnet

    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

      A Peaceful & Friendly Oasis

    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

      Love this Place and It’s People

    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

      Beautiful soul

    Elba’s experience and attention in all she does from Yoga to life coaching is extraordinary. She comes from a long history and experience in the field. Her practice is thoughtful and thought-provoking while physically and spiritually-moving. When in Olon/Montanita, don’t miss out of the opportunity to connect with this beautiful soul!

  • 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!

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

I teach yoga part time and am a mom of two toddlers full time. I love my life, but goodness do I need a break. My husband and I have been putting off our wedding ceremony for 4 years because life has gotten in the way. We haven't had a single night alone since our family has grown. I wouldn't change a thing about our lives now, but it would be so wonderful to remember what it's like to 'just be us.' Antrim

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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