8 Days Vikara Surf and Yoga Retreat in Ecuador

Event Highlights

  • 7 daily morning yoga class
  • Enjoy one beginner Acro yoga session
  • 4 amazing surf lessons with special attention and use of the board
  • 7 daily delicious and fresh breakfasts and lunches from locally sourced produce
  • 1 dinner entree at our favorite local gourmet restaurant (excluding drinks)
  • Fresh fruits/snacks, coffee, and tea available 24/7
  • 7 nights private beachfront accommodations
  • Surfboards rentals all day long

Schedule

Every day looks different. The retreats are personalized and are customized by our guests.

It can look like this:

8:00 am wake up
8:30 delicious nutritious breakfast
9:45 private yoga calss
11:30 surfing
13:30 Lunch
16:00 personal training
19:00 dinner

About This Event

VIKARALIFESTYLE

Come to Vikara to experience true inner transformation. At our beautiful retreat and wellness center on the beach of Olon, you will find tranquility, balance, and the joy of connection and community. Find the inner peace you are seeking by treating your body with high-vibe culinary delights, relaxing in the hammocks or by the pool, reviving your spiritual practices of yoga and meditation, and connecting to nature with surfing and horseback riding. Come here to heal, to rejuvenate, to connect mind, body, and spirit, to find your true nature and tune into your inner wisdom. When you leave, you will feel lighter and have more clarity and will feel empowered to take your magical experiences and transformational tools with you so you can spread more love back into the world.

"I will continue to thank myself for taking the plunge and booking the trip and giving myself the most special gift I have ever received."

What's Included

  • What's included
  • 7 daily morning yoga class
  • Enjoy one beginner Acro yoga session
  • 4 amazing surf lessons with special attention and use of the board
  • 7 daily delicious and fresh breakfasts and lunches from locally sourced produce
  • 1 dinner entree at our favorite local gourmet restaurant (excluding drinks)
  • Fresh fruits/snacks, coffee, and tea available 24/7
  • 7 nights private beachfront accommodations
  • 10% discount on your next retreat

Venue Highlights

We are located directly on the beach in Olón, an authentic and quaint village in Ecuador-off the beaten track.

Olon is an easy 2.5 hour bus ride from the Guayaquil (GYE) airport. Here in Olon you will find the perfect balance of nature, people and culture. You can swim with dolphins, practice Spanish with the locals and walk the beautiful 7.6 km beach. Surf is year-round and the beach break is both friendly for beginners and challenging enough for more advanced surfers. The sunsets are epic, and because we are beachfront, you will fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping the shore.

Each plant medicine retreat features a Shaman from a different region of Ecuador, offering diversity in ceremonies that no other retreat center offers. Every ceremony is different, and each shaman has a particular way of guiding these sacred journeys. All of the shamans we work with are incredibly skilled and experienced, and have performed countless healing ceremonies with many people from all aspects of life.

Accommodations

Vikara offers eight ocean-front suites with shared (two people) and private-room options. All suites include private bathrooms, air-conditioning, locally designed wood furniture, and Wi-Fi. Other amenities include a swimming pool, ceremonial tepee, sweat lodge, garden, yoga shala overlooking the ocean, and a community area featuring the dining area and lounge space to relax in.

Amenities

  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping
  • Bicycles
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Gluten Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

Healthy, nutritious meals catered to your dietary needs.
As Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” At Vikara, food is art and central to our well-being.

“There are corporeal, organic things that need to be cleared before you can see the essential,” Jan Kounen says in the book The Psychotropic Mind: The World According to Ayahuasca, Iboga, and Shamanism. His words poetically sum up why it’s important to physically prepare your body for taking ayahuasca. Most of our bodies are cluttered with all kinds of stimulating, sensational foods from our modern diets — foods filled with salt, sugar, and caffeine. To open yourself up to receive the messages of Madre Ayahuasca, you need to first clear yourself of these toxins.

With the chef’s flair in design and knowledge in healing foods, you can expect during your stay that your plate will look as attractive as it does deliver on taste and nutrients.


*If you have special dietary requirements please let us know

Directions

We are located directly on the beach in Olón, an authentic and quaint village in Ecuador-off the beaten track.

Olon is an easy 2.5 hour bus ride from the Guayaquil (GYE) airport. Here in Olon you will find the perfect balance of nature, people and culture. You can swim with dolphins, practice Spanish with the locals and walk the beautiful 7.6 km beach. Surf is year-round and the beach break is both friendly for beginners and challenging enough for more advanced surfers. The sunsets are epic, and because we are beachfront, you will fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping the shore.

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 :)

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 upon arrival.
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  • Vanessa   October 07, 2019

      Beautiful!

    I had the honor of participating in Vikara’s 9-day Yoga, Surf and Ayahuasca retreat this past August. I am not sure if I can put into words how grateful I am for Vikara. From the very beginning, when Roey picked me up, I felt like he was family. Roey is so sweet and welcoming and you can talk to him about anything. The retreat was very well organized. We started our mornings doing yoga. For someone who has only previously dipped her toes in yoga, these yoga classes were amazing. Roey put so much thought and love into his classes. It made me start to love yoga and want to practice it more. We also had the honor of meeting Elba, her mother and mother-in-law during one of our yoga classes. Our meeting was way too brief, due to Elba about to give birth. But her presence is beyond amazing. She has such a beautiful and peaceful soul! As for the ceremonies held by Aime and Hwaneetah, I do not think I can do justice in words on how beautiful they were. Aime and Hwaneetah put so much extraordinary energy into these ceremonies! Their intuition is unlike anything I’ve seen before. They genuinely care and want the best for everyone. I felt very safe and at peace in their presence. It was such a resplendent and transformative experience. The days I spent in Vikara were amazing and life-changing. I will be forever grateful to all the people I met - my new family. Thank you Roey for making this organization happen. I can’t wait to see the new retreat center. It’s going to be awesome! Thank you, Ellie, for throwing it down in the kitchen! Every meal was incredible. Thank you, Elba, for blessing us with your presence. When I come back, I can’t wait to meet Padme. Thank you Aime for your advice, guidance and sense of humor. Thank you Hwaneetah for being so beautiful and a goddess and making me want to be one too! Also, thank you Aime and Hwaneetah for those beautiful icaros and for being #relationshipgoals. And thank you to my wonderful sisters Claudia and Rebecca for going on this amazing journey together. Thinking about Vikara and the time I had there just fills my heart with so much love, gratitude and joy. I would without any hesitation, highly recommend coming here. I hope one day to also come back.

  • 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

      Fantastic

    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

      Wonderful

    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

      Life-changing

    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

      Vikara

    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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