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The Tribe

Vikara - Yoga, Plant Medicine & Surf Retreats in Ecuador
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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

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.

Elba - Vikara Retreats
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.

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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

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.

David - Vikara Retreats
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.

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Jemma

Equinotherapist

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.

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