Yoga, Ayurveda & Chakra Cleansing Nature Retreat in the Cloud Forest


Event Highlights

  • -Off-grid, solar powered hacienda
  • -Spring-fed, natural pool
  • -Finnish sauna
  • -Massage
  • -Houses & cabins
  • -Hatha/Raja Yoga
  • -Ayurvedic Nutrition
  • -Secluded yet near all tourist activities such as: hiking, biking, zip lining, birding, night walking, mountain climbing (rapelling), river tubing,
  • horseback riding, coffee tour, chocolate making tour, frog concert, open air gondola (tarabita), chair lift (spectacular views), butterfly garden, orchid garden, nighttime bike tour, tarzan swing

Schedule

Day 1:
7-8 am Yoga
8-9 am Breakfast
9 am – 1 pm Free Time (Walk to *Butterfly Farm or *River Tubing)
1- 2 pm Lunch
2- 5 pm Free Time (*Massage on site, Relax in Hammocks, Swim in Pool, etc.)
4- 6 pm Ayurvedic Nutrition Workshop
6- 7 pm Dinner
7- 10 pm Bonfire and/or Sauna & Pool

Day 2:
7-8 am Yoga
8-9 am Breakfast
9 am – 1 pm Free Time (Walk to *Chairlift & from there to *Tarabita/Gondola) for hiking)
1- 2 pm Lunch
2- 5 pm Free Time (*Massage on site, Relax in Hammocks, Swim in Pool, etc.)
5- 6 pm Yoga
6- 7 pm Dinner
7- 9 pm *Night Walk
8:30-10 pm Bonfire and/or Sauna & Pool

About This Event

An off-grid, solar powered nature retreat that includes twice daily yoga, 3 meals/day, lots of free time for nearby adventure & nature activities, an Ayurvedic Nutrition workshop, and the option for 1:1 consults, plus spa services such as natural pool, sauna & massage.

Specific to this retreat:

A famous saying within yoga says…a flexible body for adapting oneself as best as possible to the circumstances, strong for facing vital difficulties and balanced in order to transcend them…

Yoga is a neuronal and psychocorporal training that is performed on the mat to apply to life.

We will practice yoga twice daily through the Sivananda and Satyananda lineages of Hatha/Raja yoga.

The Sivananda lineage works with the balance between breathing and the correct formation and alignment of the asanas. The essential element of the school of Satyananda incorporates the tantric elements. An example of this is the cleansing of one’s psychophysical energy by clearing the chakras. The Sivananda lineage also incorporates other philosophical and meditative elements.

Ayurveda “the science of life” and Yoga go hand in hand.

The purpose of Ayurveda is to show us a way to influence our health in order to prolong life harmoniously and without interferences. The practice of Ayurveda and Yoga are linked like two sisters that were born together…Ayurveda shows us the balanced road back to a perfect psycho-physical health. In this retreat we will include a nutritional Ayurvedic workshop, with the option of 1:1, tailored for you, private consultations.

Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today. --James Dean

What's Included

  • -6 nights, 7 days
  • -Twice daily yoga (first day is just one yoga class)
  • -Free 2 hour Ayurvedic Nutrition workshop
  • -3 meals/day (wholesome, healthy, organic & locally sourced, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free & omnivorous options).
  • -Spa services on site and consist of massage (additional cost) in any location (guests like the gazebo), Finnish sauna & an outdoor, spring-fed, natural pool.
  • -Natural bath products, natural insect repellent (1st one free) and slippers provided (we ask you not wear shoes indoors).
  • -Hair dryers and high energy consuming electronics such as curling irons are prohibited, as we are off-grid & rely on solar panels for energy.
  • -An open air yoga platform which accommodates at least 20 guests, provides spectacular mountain views & is screened from mosquitoes.
  • -Free wifi.
  • -Daily housekeeping, fresh linens & towels.
  • -Potable, drinking water.
  • -Assistance in coordinating activities.

What's Not Included

-Transportation to Mindo, around Mindo, and from Mindo
-Airfare
-Massage is offered at an additional cost
-Personalized, 1:1 Ayurvedic Nutrition consultations
-Hair dryers and high energy consuming electronics such as curling irons are prohibited, as we are off-grid & rely on solar panels for energy.

Venue Highlights

-Off-grid, solar powered hacienda
-Spring-fed, natural pool
-Finnish sauna
-Massage
-Houses & cabins
-Beautiful Yoga Shala with spectacular mountain views
-Secluded yet near all tourist activities such as: hiking, biking, zip lining, birding, night walking, mountain climbing (rapelling), river tubing,
horseback riding, coffee tour, chocolate making tour, frog concert, open air gondola (tarabita), chair lift (spectacular views), butterfly garden, orchid garden, nighttime bike tour, tarzan swing

Accommodations

Accommodations are either private, single occupancy bedrooms or double, shared occupancy bedrooms. You have the option to choose from our large country house (4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms), our smaller cottage (2 bedrooms, one bathroom), or our recycled cabins (1 large room, 1 bathroom).

If you want a private bathroom, please request the recycled cabin. All rooms in the country house or cottage have shared bathrooms. All shared bedrooms will be same sex unless requested otherwise.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Menu/Cuisine

3 meals/day: wholesome, healthy, organic & locally sourced (when possible), vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free & omnivorous options.

Directions

Mindo is located 2-3 hours driving distance NorthWest from the Quito airport. Take the highway to Calacali/Los Bancos all the way to Mindo.

Once you enter town, take the main road all the way through town, turn right where the road becomes dirt (on the left hand side you will see a lodge that says "Bird Planet"), and after you turn right, you will see a lodge Sisakuna and a cafe that says Coffee Tour. Continue on the dirt road as it meanders downhill (it makes a slight left), at the bottom of the hill you will see a bunch of inter tubes and a house, where you can coordinate tubing, and then you cross over a small bridge, and continues as a dirt road with the river, Rio Mindo, on the right hand side. Always make sure the river is on the right hand side (you only cross one bridge, not two), and continue to follow the
dirt road that travels along the river Rio Mindo. Before the 2nd bridge on the right hand side, you will pass a lodge on the left of the dirt road called Kumba Mela. Continue on the dirt road without crossing the 2nd bridge, in the direction of the Mariposario (Butterfly Farm) and Mindo Garden. From the 2nd bridge (which you don’t take, but that crosses Rio Mindo), it’s another 250 meters or 750 feet before you turn left, uphill, towards our property. About 30 seconds before you turn left, up the hill towards us, you will see an orange, metal climbing tower to your left. About 10-15 seconds after that, you will see a sign on the right hand side that says “Casa Blanca”, and 10-15 seconds later (by car), turn left (about a 1 minute drive before the Mariposario--Butterfly Farm), where you see 2 signs. One sign says “Los Arrayanes” (that’s the neighborhood), and the second sign will say "La Roulotte", which is blue and has a picture of a carriage on it. Turn left up the hill that is indicated by those 2 signs and continue the road all the way up the hill. (If for some reason you miss this turn off to the left and up the hill, you will know because you will arrive at the Butterfly Farm (El Mariposario), and after that, at Mindo Garden. In this case, you have gone too far, and you must turn around and look for the turn up the hill, which will now be on the right hand side). "La Roulotte" is halfway up the hill, to the left, but you want to continue straight until the road forces you to turn right. Turn right and continue on the dirt road. About the equivalent of a block, you will see a house with green trim on the left and a horse in a field, and another dirt road to the left, as well as a stream straight ahead. Continue straight over the stream (it's shallow and sometimes dry) and you will see a cabin to your right, and farther ahead, on the right, a wooden gate and sign that says "La Lomita". The gate will be unlocked and we will be there to receive you.

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