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11 Day Transformational Holiday Surf and Yoga Retreat in Olon, Ecuador

Event Highlights

  • This retreat has been thoughtfully designed to be a truly holistic mind-body-spirit transformational experience. Through nutrition, yoga, surfing, community, idyllic setting, and doing strategic inner reflection and mindfulness, we evolve into our best selves.
  • The Power of Connection
  • One of our core philosophies at Vikara is that community is medicine. The power of connecting to like-minded people is vastly undervalued, which is why we highlight this throughout our retreat. By the end of your experience here, you will have made lifelong friendships, feel supported, understood, and heard. Your retreat group and the staff become like family.
  • Movement as Medicine
  • At Vikara we honor our bodies and celebrate physical movement as a healing practice. Throughout the retreat, we have a daily yoga practice to tune in to your body. We also offer surf lessons and encourage everyone to get into the water, regardless of your surfing experience. This is not only for physical health reasons, but also because surfing is a way to practice mindfulness, overcome fears, and push yourself out of your comfort zone, which is where true growth occurs. We also have optional add-on services like physical training, boxing, acro yoga, dancing, and more, so you can get the energy flowing, build strength and confidence, and feel amazing in your body.
  • This retreat is for anyone who needs a respite from the grind and wants to feel revitalized, inspired, relaxed and renewed. It’s for anyone who wants to feel more self-love, inner peace, freedom from the noise in your head, joyful purpose in life, and confidence to step into your superpowers. It is for those who want to learn how to actualize your highest potential and seek guidance on how to integrate spiritual growth and physical wellness practices into your daily life. It is for those who desire more connection- to your community and family, to the truth of the universe, and to the divine nature within you.

Schedule

07:30 Yoga class

09:30 Breakfast

11:00 Inner Journey- Workshop

13:30 Lunch

15:00 Surf lesson

18:30 Sunset meditation

19:30 Dinner

This is just a sample daily schedule, subject to daily changes depending on the retreat program and your chosen add-on activities.

About This Event

Come to Vikara to experience total transformation. This holiday yoga and wellness retreat is all about connection, calming the mind, feeling amazing in your body, and tapping into your divine spirit within. It’s the perfect time to evolve into a new you for the new year.

We begin transforming by treating our bodies with high-vibe culinary delights, indulging in deep relaxation practices, participating in strategic transformation workshops that give you tools to grow, practicing yoga, mindfulness, and meditation, and revitalizing your energy and confidence by surfing the beginner friendly waves of Olon.

After your total transformation retreat, you will feel lighter and have more inner freedom and clarity; you will feel more confident and empowered to step into your true purpose. And the best part is that you can take your magical experiences and transformational tools with you so you can spread more love back into the world.

What's Included

  • (10) Nights private beachfront accommodations with emperor king bed or two twin beds
  • Daily yoga class
  • (4) Surf lessons for any level
  • (1) Full body 60-minute massage
  • (1) Beginner Acro Yoga class
  • Epic treasure hunt
  • Transformational breathwork sessions
  • Daily personal growth workshops
  • Ecstatic dance party on New Year's Eve
  • Three daily delicious and nutritious meals per day
  • Christmas dinner at our favorite local gourmet restaurant (excluding drinks)
  • Fresh fruits/snacks, coffee & tea available 24/7
  • Throughout the retreat, we offer daily classes and workshops focusing on different aspects of mind-body-spirit healing and evolution. Workshop topics may include:
  • Intention Setting, Affirmations, Mantra, Mindset
  • Transformational breathwork techniques
  • Mindfulness and meditation
  • The art of habit change and becoming who you want to be
  • Nutrition and health, fueling the body, body awareness, and how to feel confident in your skin
  • Manifesting your desires using the Law of Attraction
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Healing the inner child and the mother line
  • Transcending the levels of consciousness, emotional energy, and kinesiology
  • Self-love, gratitude, and the healing power of Ho’oponopono
  • Visualization and Future Self Design

What's Not Included

Airfare
Trip insurance
Transportation to center

In addition to the standard yoga and surf packages, there are many other activities and services we can add to your package. When you book, simply let us know what you'd like to add to your package, or we can usually arrange these services or activities when you arrive.
Shamballa energy healing
Boxing lessons
Thai massage
Dynamic physical training
Horseback riding (2-3 hours)
Isla de la Plata excursion (full day)
Personal training
Sound Healing Therapy
Hiking
Surf trips
Private yoga
Spanish lessons
Scuba Diving

Venue Highlights

The Magic of Vikara
The setting of Vikara is a crucial aspect of your transformational experience while here on retreat. Our brand new, luxurious retreat center and the amazing staff help you feel like royalty on the beach in paradise. You can truly relax and enjoy yourself as we take care of everything to make your experience remarkable. Let the stress of your daily life fade out of your body, as you receive the gifts of the universe that await you, and enjoy this holistic wellness rejuvenation.

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
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

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

Menu/Cuisine

Food as medicine at Vikara. As Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” During retreat, we view our bodies as gifts and show our gratitude by fueling them with only the highest vibration foods. Fresh fruit and veggies highlight every meal, balanced with lean proteins, healthy fats, and nutritious grains. While we don’t subscribe to a particular dietary regimen, we do take care to eliminate processed and highly inflammatory foods, such as sugar, most dairy, red meat and pork, some oils, and alcohol. Instead, we nourish our bodies with healthy, mainly plant-based, culinary art. We are happy to accommodate you if you have special dietary requirement(s) as well.

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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  • 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

      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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