Founder & Owner of Vikara
Roey was always interested in exploring the mysteries of life and the spirit, seeking meaning and purpose in the unconventional, and pursuing the calling of the heart. He started traveling at a young age and was inspired specifically by his travels in Portugal and living in alternative communities in the US. On a soul-searching bicycle trip around South America in his late twenties, he stumbled upon Ecuador and started working with movement and healing the physical body through surfing and yoga. He then started exploring the magic of plant medicine for his own self-healing journey and had a life-changing, transformative experience.
Through surfing, yoga, and plant medicine he had the visceral experience of mind and body connection and knew that it was his calling to provide a healing space for others to experience this as well. In the relatively untouched village of Olon, the idea of Vikara was born. A space for people to gather, to heal, to fall in love with themselves, connect to each other, and to the Spirit. He created Vikara as a container for people to experience the fullness of life through moving, breathing, surfing, sitting in ceremonies, and connecting to nature and community.
Co-Manager and Medicine Woman
Matias & Fe
Matias has been studying and performing ayahuasca and sanpedro ceremonies for over a decade under the tutelage of many medicine men. As a powerful husband and wife, they conduct beautiful healing ceremonies with the sacred plants. They are especially known for their harmonic vocals that fill the ceremony space all night long. They truly work form a place of humility and heart centeredness. It is their life's work to be in service and help people heal and transform.
Gardener and Maintenance
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.