6 Days Surf & Yoga Retreat
- 7 nights accommodation
- skyp or whatsaap call before arrival
- Breakfast and lunch
- 4 surf classes
- Bicycle to your disposal
- Daily Private Yoga Class (Asana Practice)
- Horseback ridding 1.5 hoursOne day excursion (surprise!!!)
- 1 whole body Massage
- Surfboards rentals all day long
ScheduleAt Vikara we like to give a lot of freedom to our guests. There is some Routine involved in the retreat but we try to leave you a lot of free time to explore and reflect and enjoy our beautiful home.
It can look like this:
8:30 delicious nutritious light breakfast (before yoga)
9:30 Yoga class- the yoga at Vikara is more like a worksho and sometimes goes over 2 hours
12:00 surfing or leisure time
15:00 extra ctivities/ surfing or free time
19:00 dinner at the local restaurants
About This Event
Vikara means change or transformation in Sanskrit. Vikaralifestyle is about helping people who are already awakening to the reality that life is not just about career building, social demands, survival, and duties (although all are very important) but men are also searching for meaning, joy and creativity. It is about showing the path of the heart and following your intuition and introducing to them a certain lifestyle that might inspire them to see the world in a different way. Vikaralifestyle combines daily exercises, breathing meditations, yoga and acrobatics, quality nutrition, connection to nature and working on your lives goals.
What separates us from other retreats, is our personal attention and flexibility with our schedule. The retreats are semi private: We only have 2 accommodations, which makes your experience very intimate and private. The Schedule is designed so that you pick and choose what you want to do. There are no real time frame. This retreat is about you and you get to be part of creating your own program. In this process we will help you, and assist you reaching your intention which you set at the beginning of the retreat. Our goal is that you feel at home and allow yourself to be yourself.
Your private room is located just 5 min walk from the beach. It has a bathroom with hot water, air conditioning, Wi-Fi access, and a little table where you can sit, write, and make any reflections that might come up during the retreat. Out side your room there is a communal living room with space to practice yoga or to hang out during the day. You will be able to order fresh drinks and or enjoy our fresh roasted Ecuadorian coffee. There is a nice garden and hammocks to pass leisure time. It is just five minutes walk from the beach.
This retreat will take place in Olon, Ecuador. Olon is a small, sleepy, and charming village. The beach in Olon is clean and sandy, which is good for surfing and hiking. Migrating humpback whales can be spotted from the beach from August to November and sunsets are spectacular all year round. The village is authentic with a real sense of community: fisherman selling their daily catch, coconuts on the beach, local produce of fruits and vegetables, parrots, pelicans, pirate birds, and palm trees.
Guayaquil – 2 hours 30 minutes
Montanita, 5 kilometers
Puerto Lopez – 40 minutes
Food is life! Food is vitality! Food is love! This is the essence here at Vikara Lifestyle. With a focus on delicious, healthy meals, this retreat specializes in it’s ability to provide you with some of the best meals on Ecuador’s coast. The food experience during your stay promises to be one of the highlights of the retreat.
At Vikaralifestyle you will enjoy various dishes with a fusion of tastes from all over the world.You can also learn a few tips from the chefs who will gladly share their technique from the kitchen.
The following meals are included:
5 nights accommodation
Skype or whatsaap call before arrival
3 Daily home made gourmet meals
4 surf classes
Bicycle to your disposal
Daily Private Yoga Class (Asana Practice)
Surfboards rentals all day long
Airport pickup at arrival (at additional cost)
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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
- Yoga Studio
- Bicycles For Rent
- 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
DirectionsThere are a few ways to arrive to the center:
1. By Bus- this is the cheapest way. It is fairly easy. From the airport (GYE) you take a taxi to the main bus station ("Terminal") which is about 4$ and you go to the second floor to buy a direct ticket to Olon (6$). The bus company name is CLP.
2. Private Transportation- for an extra fee of 100$ we will arrange a driver that will wait for you at the Airport with your name at the time of your arrival. in case you arrive a day prior to the retreat we can send the driver to your hotel.
100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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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!