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9 Days Plant Medicine Beach Retreat, Olon, Ecuador/ June 7th-15th, 2021

Event Highlights

  • At Vikara, we foster a holistic concept of transformation. Each activity we offer is aimed to balance and purify these three components of self in order to align them - particularly through our Yoga classes and Plant-medicine ceremonies.
  • Community is at the centre of the Vikara experience. Our community is guided by principles of honesty, integrity and mutual respect. Everyone is welcome at Vikara and everyone becomes part of our community.
  • We intentionally keep our retreat groups small, with a maximum of 10 people. We do this in order to ensure the Shaman can provide special attention to all members both before, during, and after the ceremonies. This creates a very unique and personalized atmosphere that separates us from other retreat centers, who tend to host much bigger groups.
  • Lifetime 10% discount on return visits to Vikara


This sample schedule might change during the retreat. Check-in will start at 11:00 am. For those arriving by bus, they will coordinate an arrival time to meet you at the bus station. In the evening, you will gather at the center for a small introduction to the schedule and questions.

Day 1 - Arrival day
*Check-in and Orientation
*18:00 Dinner
*19:30 Introduction + sharing + Q&A's

Day 2
*08:00 Yoga
*10:00 Breakfast
*10:30 Free time to take surf lessons
*13:30 Lunch
*16:00 Temascal Ceremony- Opening Ceremony
*19:00 Dinner

Day 3
*08:00 Yoga
*10:00 Breakfast
*10:30 Free time
*13:30 Lunch
*16:00 Gathering to go over guidelines for Ceremony
*Free time: self-reflection, journaling, extra activities
*20:00 Gathering in the Maloka for Ayahuasca ceremony

Day 4
*10:00 Breakfast
*10:30 Rest time
*13:30 Lunch
*15:00 Sharing and integration
*17:00 One on One consultations (optional)
*20:00 Dinner

Day 5
*08:00 Yoga
*10:00 Breakfast
*10:30 Free time
*13:30 Lunch
*15:00 Massages and healing work (optional)
*Free time: self-reflection, journaling, extra activities
*20:00 Gathering in the Maloka for Ayahuasca ceremony

Day 6
*10:00 Breakfast
*10:30 Free time
*13:30 Lunch
*15:00 Sharing and integration
*17:00 One on One consultation time
*20:00 Dinner

Day 7
*08:00 Yoga
*10:00 Breakfast
*10:30 Free time
*13:30 Lunch
*15:00 Gathering to go over guidelines for Sanpedro Ceremony
*20:00 A short meditation and setting the tone
*22:00 Gathering in the Maloka for San-Pedro (Huachuma) ceremony

Day 8
*08:00 Breakfast
*10:30 Free time
*13:00 Lunch
*15:00 Sharing and integration
*17:00 Celebration of Transformation- a night out in one of our favorite local spots

Day 9
*09:00 Breakfast
*Feedback and review of the retreat
*From 12:00 Check-out

About This Event

This retreat is designed to help you reconnect with the spirit of the elements, the universe, and the wisdom within in order to bring peace, love, integrity, and joy to your life. Our 9-day retreat is held every month and features two Ayahuasca ceremonies, one San Pedro ceremony, and a Temazcal (Sweat Lodge) ceremony.

We include a mindful yoga practice throughout the retreat that integrates breathwork and movement as another form of medicine to support your transformation. You’ll also have the opportunity to swim in the ocean, learn to surf, witness epic sunsets, go horseback riding, connect with your retreat cohort who becomes like family, and enjoy nutritional, high vibration meals. This retreat is a holistic experience that is truly life-changing.

What makes us unique is that we keep our groups small in order to facilitate personalized journeys of transformation and to create a wonderful community vibe.

Vikara is the only Plant Medicine retreat center right on the beach in Ecuador. The healing properties of the ocean, combined with your intention, the transformative powers of the fire and the medicines, offer profound healing and life-changing experience.

We work with incredibly skilled Shamans, who have decades of experience in the healing arts and Ayahuasca and San-Pedro ceremonies. Unlike many of the other retreat centers, we keep our groups very small, in order to facilitate a personalized experience and to ensure the safety of all of our guests.


Healing from emotional wounds, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, or addictions

Spiritual growth and evolution

Greater awareness of your blockages so you can finally release them and feel more self-love

Clarity of the truth of the Universe and your purpose in it

New perspectives to get yourself out of old patterns and habits

A deeply fulfilling connection to something greater than yourself

Inner peace and more joy in life

"My retreat at Vikara was one of the best trips of my life. If you're looking to relax and reconnect with what matters in an intimate and personalized setting then I urge you to look into Vikara." -Cristan

What's Included

  • 8 nights upscale, beachfront accommodation with private bathroom
  • Skype/ whatsapp call before arrival for introduction and intention setting.
  • Opening and closing ceremony: setting your intention with Abuelo Tobacco
  • (3) Plant Medicine Ceremonies ( 2 AYAHUASCA +1 SANPEDRO)
  • (1) Temazcal/ Sweat-lodge ceremony for detoxification and rejuvenation.
  • (6) Yoga classes with designed especially for this program to open the heart.
  • Daily delicious meals from locally sourced produce following a Plant Medicine diet.
  • Our Shamans will attend breakfast with you after the ceremonies and will be available to discuss your experiences.
  • Integration and Sharing circles after the ceremonies.
  • Options for additional spa services, healing therapies, fitness classes
  • Fresh fruits/snacks, water and tea available at all times.
  • Optional horseback riding excursion. (price not included)
  • A calm and relaxing environment for you to experience your transformation, with support and guidance.
  • Closing Ceremony
  • Lifetime 10% discount on return visits to Vikara
  • Reviews

What's Not Included

airport transportation
extra spa services or activities

Venue Highlights

Vikara’s location is also vastly unique from other retreat centers in Ecuador. We are right on the beach in Olon, which makes our ceremonies have an extra special magical sensory and energetic element. Our brand new retreat center is luxurious and upscale, with private suites, emperor king-sized beds, private bathrooms, air-conditioning, hot showers and wifi. Our property also features a swimming pool, ceremonial Maloka, sweat lodge, garden, an amazing yoga shala overlooking the ocean and a community area featuring our dining area and lounge space to relax in. With a spa-like feel to your retreat, you’ll feel like royalty on your journey towards joy, relaxation, clarity, and personal growth.
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.


Since 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).

Vikara offers 8 ocean-front suites with shared (2 pp) and private-room options. All suites include private bathrooms, air-conditioning, hot showers and WIFI! Other amenities include: swimming pool, ceremonial tepee, sweat lodge, garden, yoga shala overlooking the ocean and a community area featuring our dining area and lounge space to relax in.


  • 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
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


During our Plant Medicine retreats, food is considered medicine as well. As Hippocrates said, "let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." We use only fresh and locally sourced ingredients, and our menu during retreat is designed to provide great tasting meals that are delicious, wholesome, nutritious, and well balanced.

With the chef’s flair in design and knowledge in healing foods, you can expect your plate to look like art, even while delivering amazing taste and nutritional value.

Post retreat, your body will feel cleaner and healthier than ever.

We are also happy to accommodate your dietary requirement(s) if neede



Vikara is right on the beach.
Surrounded by beautiful bike paths and walking tracks through the mountain landscape.

The nearest airport is José Joaquin de Olmedo located in Guayaquil City.

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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Reviews     To review this event, visit the page for the venue or retreat leaders (above).

  • JK   April 14, 2020

      Great transformation

    Vikara retreat center is a unique place where true healing can take place. I came there for their 9 days plant transformation and plant medicine retreat in February 2020 and it exceeded all my expectations. Roey and Lindsy have created a unforgettable program focused on spiritual growth, meditation, breath work, healthy food,and of course the scared plants: Ayahuasca & Sanpedro. Each member of the team that works in this center is dedicated to support you in your process of healing and transformation. I have enjoyed the integration circle after every ceremony. These sharing circles have truly contributed a lot to my personal growth and understanding better my own situation and also understanding my experience in the night. The shamans Amalia and her sister Diana were animating selflessness, and care to every individual who took part of this retreat. Their voices and songs during the entire night were comforting and restoring a feeling of calmness and serenity. I truly recommend you look no further! This is a place of true transformation.

  • 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


    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


    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


    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!

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