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Vikara - Yoga, Plant Medicine & Surf Retreats in Ecuador

Roey

Founder & Owner of Vikara

Roey has been traveling around the world since he was 21 years old, exploring alternative concepts of living such as sustainable communities and eco-villages. After five years of working with children and young adults with special needs, he decided to go on a new adventure and travel through South America on a bicycle. He immediately fell in love with surfing when he arrived in Ecuador in 2013 and decided to make this the base for his vision of a healing center that offers various tools such as yoga, surfing and plant-based medicine.

 

If you feel down or low, just start by counting your blessing in your life, and realize how lucky you are.

Elba - Vikara Retreats

Elba

Director & Head of Yoga

Elba is part of a family dedicated to music, poetry and yoga, Qigong, tai chi chuan, and meditation. At the early age of 15, she began her studies and formal yoga practice, and started to immerse herself in Qigong and tai chi chuan soon after. She is a direct disciple of professor Eucaris Navarro. In 2010, after six years of practice and training, she obtained her certification as a yoga instructor at Escuela Zhenhe YMAA and has been dedicated since to teaching both adults and children. She is a bhakti yogi and her classes are a fusion of hatha and vinyasa, where devotion is always the essence.

 

My heart is open, my mind is clear, my roots are deep and my spirit is free.

Nali

Cook & Mum of the house

Nali is the soul of Vikara, feeding all of us with her love-infused and healthy cuisine, making sure that no one is hungry and everyone leaves with a full belly and smile. Originally from Venezuala, Nali has been working in the hospitality industry and gastronomy for many years, collecting a variety of experience and inspiration from all over the world.

 

Be the change you want to see in the world.

Nali - Vikara Retreats
Nali - Vikara Retreats

Nali

Cook & Mum of the house

Nali is the soul of Vikara, feeding all of us with her love-infused and healthy cuisine, making sure that no one is hungry and everyone leaves with a full belly and smile. Originally from Venezuala, Nali has been working in the hospitality industry and gastronomy for many years, collecting a variety of experience and inspiration from all over the world.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

David - Vikara Retreats

David

Surf Instructor

 

David arrived in Ecuador in 2016. He was travelling in South America looking for waves and adventures with no plans to stay. Life decided otherwise. David began surfing when he was 5 years old, with his father, in Venezuela. He has been teaching surf in the last 5 years in many spots around the world: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Panama, and now Ecuador. David loves sharing his passion for the ocean and the secrets it holds. He is very patient, calm, and enthusiastic when it comes to teaching surfing.

 

The ocean is everything for me and I love sharing this way of living with other like-minded people.

Aimé

Medicine Man

Born in France, Aimé grew up between Guyana and Martinique and travelled to South America in 1999 in search of ancestral traditions and power plants. In 2000, he joined the sacred fire of Itzachilatlan and began his initiatory path of vision quest and learning. He is now a Medicine Man of the Sacred Fire of Itzachilatlan, Vision Seeker, Sun Dancer and Canupa holder. He has been given blessings to run Temazcales (sweat lodges), Circles and traditional Ceremonies of Medicine. He is committed to a path of sharing the sacred medicines of Earth with everyone who is looking for healing.

 

"For all our relations, aho mitakuye oyasin."

Aimé - Vikara Retreats
Aimé - Vikara Retreats

Aimé

Medicine Man

Born in France, Aimé grew up between Guyana and Martinique and travelled to South America in 1999 in search of ancestral traditions and power plants. In 2000, he joined the sacred fire of Itzachilatlan and began his initiatory path of vision quest and learning. He is now a Medicine Man of the Sacred Fire of Itzachilatlan, Vision Seeker, Sun Dancer and Canupa Loader. He has been given blessings to run Temazcales (sweat lodges), Circles and traditional Ceremonies of Medicine. He is committed to a path of sharing the sacred medicines of Earth with everyone who is looking for healing.

For all our relations, aho metakias.

Kimberley - Vikara Retreats

Kimberly

Massage therapist

 

Kimberley has been a massage therapist for over 11 years. She includes a variety of ancient teachings into her sessions, from Chinese Tuina technique to Andean plant medicine. She is also licensed in manual lymphatic drainage, joint mobilization, deep tissue, Swedish, reflexology, cranial sacral, prenatal, and sports massage. By connecting with her clients patients, Kimberly personalizes her massages to their individual needs.

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