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.
Manager and Yoga Teacher
Lindsy is the operations manager and Vikara's hostess-with-the-mostest. She is the all-around go-to person and space holder for the retreat guests. She is in charge of the creative backbones of programs and the facilitation of retreats. Lindsy is a certified yoga teacher 200-RYT, Holistic Health Coach, Reiki practitioner, and has an extensive background in movement as medicine, energy processing, and meditation. Her passion lies in somatic and energetic healing, yin yoga, EFT tapping, plant medicine and nutrition as portals to holistic wellness. She has been on her own journey of spiritual evolution for many years, and finds great joy in being of service to others by helping them integrate mind-body-soul, identify and overcome blockages, and evolve into their highest selves.
Santiago comes from a long tradition of sacred indigenous teachings tracing back to the Cofan, Huaorani, Secoya and Kichwa tribes who he has lived among. Born in 1966, a native to Ecuador, Santiago found himself on the shamanic path at the age twenty-six after overcoming a serious illness working with sacred plants and the healing traditions of the Andes that extend down from Ecuador to Peru.
He carries the blessings of his elders, tribal chiefs, his family and all the many medicine people whom he was initiated under. Santiago is well known throughout Ecuador and the Americas as a highly respected Shaman and a gifted healer. Santiago speaks Spanish as well as English and creates a healing space in his ceremonies where everyone feels comfortable and safe.
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.
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.
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.
Chef & Nutritionist
Raised by Venezuelan parents who moved the family around Venezuela due to his father’s rank in the Marines, Roberto was raised in a home full of love and strong values. After finishing his academic studies, motivated by his parents and his early passion for cooking, he decided to study gastronomy. He began his studies in the Centro de Estudios Gastronómicos (CEGA) in Caracas, Venezuela. After receiving his degree in Culinary Arts in 2002, Roberto continued on to study Baking, Pastries, Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine. In 2012, he opened his first business, “Don Pie” where he sold cakes, pies and other desserts to restaurants and individual clients. He later traveled to Costa Rica searching for new experiences and he found himself studying Sports Nutrition. Upon completion of this program (Certificado de Nutrición Deportiva, 2015), he returned to Venezuela. In 2018, in light of the current political situation in the country, he decided to accept a position as Head Chef and Creative Development Expert at Tyson Grill in Guayaquil, Ecuador. After opening and running Tyson Grill for 8 months, he now finds himself in Montañita, Ecuador enjoying the laid-back lifestyle, surf, and good vibes. Roberto is excited to share his expertise in nutrition and gastronomy with the Vikara Community.
I'm a sports lover & dedicated to a healthy lifestyle.
People often ask her why she love horses so much. After 24 years of riding she knows it is all about their nobility, their pride, their beauty, their power, their grace, their personality, their patience, their sensitivity, their curiosity, their energy, and their willingness to accept us as partners, not just on the ground but on their backs. It is for their free spirit.
Arrived in Ecuador 6 years ago, she taught less privileged people how they can apply equinotherapy. And something incredible happened: she received a mare as a present because she was born the same day and year as her son. Her name is Tiara and she is a mirror of Jemma soul. It took her a while to find the perfect place and people for Tiara. She realized that a lot of horses were in poor conditions so she started to rescue them as well. A local family from San Vicente de Loja helped her and they didn't charge her for that because they were moving by LOVE. Love to those needy horses. When the horses got healthy again, they started moving them for horseback riding tours and it has been a pleasure to give back the favor to that amazing family with so much love.