Ayahuasca and Yoga - A Healing Retreat on the coast of Ecuador
- Vikara Retreats
- Olon, Santa Elena, Ecuador
- Jul 9, 2018 - Jul 18, 2018 (10 days)
- Single room Vikara Center $1790 / Single room beachfront location $2150
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 one of the strongest known visionary plant medicines on the planet.
The brew is made out of Banisteriopsis caapi vine in combination with the leaves of Chacruna, a dimethyltryptamine (DMT)-containing plant species.The vine itself contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI), which allows the DMT from the Chacruna to bypass the digestive enzymes in the stomach and lock into the receptor sites in the brain.How indigenous people discovered the visionary properties of the plants used in the Ayahuasca brew is one of the beautiful mysteries. Many indigenous Amazonian people say this wisdom came directly from the spirit of the plants.
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.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
- ALL INCLUDED:
- -9 nights of accommodation
- - Pendulum Session to deepen your intention for ceremony
- - 2 rejuvenating and holistic massages
- - A trip to the medicine farm at Dos Mangas and learning about medicinal herbs.
- -3 Ayahuasca Private ceremonies (max 8 participants)
- -Live music at all ceremonies
- - 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)
- - Integration practices for during the workshop and at home
- - One-on-one time with the shaman
- - Airport transportation on arrival- consultations with the team about your internal process
Venue HighlightsTucked 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.
Our 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.
Day one of the retreat is dedicated to arriving and getting settled. There’s time to explore the center, meet your fellow participants and get acquainted with us. We share a welcome dinner, discuss the week ahead and answer any questions you may have.
All Ayahuasca ceremonies are done at night.
- Air Conditioning in Rooms
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
- Tour Assistance
- Fitness Center
- Yoga Studio
- Bicycles For Rent
ScheduleThe 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)
11:30 free time
13:00 light lunch with special plant diat.
17:00 meditation in preparation for ceremony
21:00 Ayahuasca ceremony
- Includes Meat
- Gluten Free
Menu/CuisineFood 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
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.
DirectionsWe 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