- Vikara Retreats
- Olon, Santa Elena Province, Ecuador
- $350.00 - Private single room $700.00 - Private double room- 2 people
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)
Review by Ruth Todd from Ecuador
Fabulous – highly reccommended
PROS: This retreat is extremely personalised, I was the only one staying (Roey has room for a couple or a single occupant) and there was no pressure to stick to a schedule…everything is as you need it to be. Elba the yoga is a wonderful human and very patient with my shaky and poor execution of the poses – she definitely seemed like she could cater for advanced students as well. Food was tasty and accomodation was clean and spacious with air con. The surfing again as a beginner was not too much, Roey was very patient and encouraging. I had a fabulous week, the opportunity to meet some of Roey’s friends was wonderful also, I was just surrounded by lovely people all week. Would highly recommend this to anyone.
Review by Stephanie Purcell from Chile
Fantastic retreat – highly recommended!
PROS: We loved this retreat! Roey did a fantastic job designing the experience to cater to his guests’ desires – we had wonderful yoga practices, great surf sessions (as a beginner surfer, I was already enjoying the waves by the first day!), and food so delicious and fresh that it blew us away. The accommodations were clean and comfortable, and Olon is the perfect village atmosphere that feels like home after just a few days. We would highly recommend this retreat to anyone looking to relax and rejuvenate!
Review by Jasmin Leibinger from Spanish State
PROS: A very big THANKS to Vikara Lifestyle!We just finished our 8 days stay in this wonderful and peaceful retreat right in the heart of the charming village Olon. The room is we stayed in was simple but very comfortable with a good matraz and pillows, clean and a good shower.Thank you Roey and Maura for your daily boost of positive energy. You made us feel at home from the very first day. Thank you for sharing your experiences and the inspiring talks about life, to let us feel part of the village. The last day Roey invited us to a local BBQ at the village were we met some amazing people and enjoyed the delicious food. However, Roey surprised us with his delicious and healthy meals every single day. We received daily a wonderful and joyful yoga class from Elba, an amazing and very experienced yoga teacher with a beautiful heart that made us really feel and connect with the spiritual part of yoga!The surf with Roey has been fun and he always was helpful and full of patience during the lessons.We really enjoyed the waves!! Actually with Roey everything is easy going and he totally adapts to your wishes but on the same time he is empowering you to keep the activities going 🙂 We really recommend the excursion to Isla de la Plata. The combination of Yoga & Surf is just perfect! Vikara Lifestyle for us means;relax & peace 24 hours but most importantly we activated our BODY, MIND & SOUL in a magical environment from beginning to end! We cannot thank you guys enough!
There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met.
- 2nights accommodation
- skyp or whatsaap call before arrival
- Breakfast and lunch
- 3 surf classes
- Bicycle to your disposal
- 3 Private Yoga Class (Asana Practice)
- 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
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
- Includes Meat
- 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.