Conversations with the Shaman: A 3-Day Retreat to Renew Spiritually

About This Event

This is a unique opportunity to be mentored one/one by a traditional Andean Shaman where you can ask questions that have puzzled you about your life, learn about the true nature of the Universe and how to navigate the human condition. This retreat is perfect for the seeker of wisdom who can then apply it to their life to have a positive impact on others with integrity and honoring of the ancestral wisdom.

Spend a quiet, three days reflecting on your life while you renew yourself mind, body and spirit. In conversations with an Andean Shaman, let the ancestral stories and wisdom wash over you as he teaches through the storytelling traditions of the elders. 

You'll enjoy sharing meals of traditional Ecuadorian cooking while enjoying the sunset from the upper terrace. Long walks on the beach or a visit to a local community enhances your experience and shifts your perspective opening up new possibilities for your life.

I haven’t been able to put words to the experience. Groundbreaking is one that keeps coming up.

Event Highlights

  • Accommodations in a poolside mini-suite: one bedroom with private bath, refrigerator and h/c water
  • Use of the outdoor community kitchen, pool, yoga and community room and more
  • Sharing meals and conversation with Bolivar, your guide and teacher
  • Fireside conversations that enlighten and teach universal principles
  • You can expect to spend much of your time quietly journaling and experiencing yourself anew as all the distractions and influences of your daily, stressful life are removed. This is a time of rest and renewal.


There is no set agenda or schedule. Upon arrival you will meet with Bolivar and talk about why you came. From there you and he will determine how you will spend your time. This will include your one/one conversations, energy healing sessions, activities and meals. If you would like to take advantage of local tours Bolivar can make arrangements for that (you pay the tour on site).

Venue Highlights

Quinta Oasis is an intimate property sitting high on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the Province of Manabí, known for its white sand beaches, water sports, natural parks and seafood cuisine. We are minutes away from the fishermen's village of Puerto Lopez, the surfing and nightlife of Montañita, the archeological site and healing waters of Agua Blanca and the whale watching expeditions and Galapagos-like island of Isla de la Plata. A quick 15 minute walk takes you to a private beach for sunning, swimming and surfing. There is easy access to the airports of Guayaquil (3 hours away) and Manta (1.5 hours away).


Swimming pool with beautiful tile surrounding the pool

Open air yoga studio / community room with hammocks

Laundry and bodega

Private Gated Parking

Free Wireless Internet

Open air bar, kitchen and grill area poolside

Outdoor full bathroom and shower

Fire pit for watching our amazing sunsets and enjoying the star-filled sky


You will be staying in a poolside, one bedroom mini-suite and will have access to the entire property including the pool, outdoor kitchen, gardens, and yoga/community room. There is wifi throughout the property which is surrounded by brick walls and a portal for security and privacy. There are views of the ocean and mountains from everywhere on the property.


  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio


You may cook your own meals as a way of practicing mindful self-care. Or you can dine on traditional Ecuadorian food with Bolivar. Our food comes from local markets based on the season. The practice of making your own meals is one that we encourage so you return home with an attitude of wellness and the sacredness of food prepared with love and mindfulness. When we dine together in community food is served family style. When you are at Quinta Oasis for your personal retreat you are experiencing our convivencia approach. This means sharing the Ecuadorian lifestyle.


Delta and American Airlines and Jet Blue and Avianca have frequent flights. Fly into Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador.

FROM MANTA - Eloy Alfaro Airport
You may have to stay overnight in Quito and catch the morning flight to Manta. With advance notice we can arrange for meet and greet private transportation from Manta Airport ($100 round trip). Or you can take a taxi or drive 1.5 hours along the stunning Ruta del Sol, a scenic drive along the ocean. We recommend you do not drive at night.

We are five minutes south of Puerto Lopez and thirty minutes north of Montañita right off of the Ruta del Sol.

FROM GUAYAQUIL - José Joaquin de Olmedo Airport
We are about three hours north of Guayaquil by car. Taking a bus from Guayaquil: Take a taxi from airport to bus station (may cost between 3 to 5 dollars ). There is regular bus service from Guayaquil to Puerto Lopez; by bus it's more like four hours. Look for Reina del Camino and take the Coastal Route. The cost will be about $12 for the executive bus. You would want the bus to drop you off just south of Salango in the Rio Chico community BEFORE Puerto Lopez. If you do take the bus doing the inland route via Jipijapa to Puerto Lopez then you could take a taxi from Puerto Lopez to Quinta Oasis in Rio Chico.

With advance notice we can arrange private transportation from Guayaquil Airport ($200 round trip).

Guayaquil is a major city in Ecuador. International and domestic flights also come into Guayaquil.

You may also drive the modern highway from Guayaquil. We recommend that you do not drive at night.

Tags: ancestral wisdom andean shaman healing shamanism spirituality wellness

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