Ceremony

Plant Medicine Retreats

We offer one-of-a-kind plant medicine & transformation retreats at the beach in Olon, Ecuador. At Vikara, we are dedicated to creating and holding a sacred space for you to find the inner peace and wisdom you are seeking. This retreat is designed to help you reconnect with the great spirit and the elements in order to bring peace, love, integrity and joy to your life. By also celebrating yoga, surfing, connection with nature, community, and nutritional meals, this retreat will help you to free yourself from internal blockages, build confidence, find healing and shift your perspective.

What makes us unique is that we keep our groups small, and offer many opportunities for integration, processing, and sharing. In keeping groups small, we facilitate personalized journeys of transformation and to create a wonderful community vibe.

Vikara’s location is also vastly unique from other retreat centers in Ecuador. We are right on the beach in Olon, which makes our ceremonies have an extra special magical sensory and energetic element. Our brand new retreat center is luxurious and upscale, with private suites, emperor king-sized beds, private bathrooms, air-conditioning, hot showers and wifi. Our property also features a swimming pool, ceremonial Maloka, sweat lodge, garden, an amazing yoga shala overlooking the ocean and a community area featuring our dining area and lounge space to relax in. With a spa-like feel to your retreat, you’ll feel like royalty on your journey towards joy, relaxation, clarity, and personal growth.

The Ceremonies

We work with experienced shamans and master teacher plants to help you on your spiritual journey towards expanded consciousness, self-awareness, and embracing the divinity within.  Plant medicines have been a central aspect of human evolution as far as human history dates back. The indigenous Amazonian tribes consider plants to have spirits and those spirits to be a source of great power and healing.

Because our groups are small, the Shaman can provide special attention to all members both before, during, and after the ceremonies. This creates a very unique and personalized atmosphere that separates us from other retreat centers, who tend to host much bigger groups. We are passionate about creating an environment where you feel comfortable, safe, and supported through the entire process of self-discovery and personal growth.

Each plant medicine retreat features a Shaman from a different region of Ecuador, offering diversity in ceremonies that no other retreat center offers. Every ceremony is different, and each shaman has a particular way of guiding these sacred journeys. All of the shamans we work with are incredibly skilled and experienced, and have performed countless healing ceremonies with many people from all aspects of life.

Retreat Dates 2020

January 9-20, 2020 

Febuary 9-17, 2020

March 9-17, 2020 

April 1-9, 2020

May 5-13, 2020 

June 1-9, 2020

July 4-13, 2020 

August 17-25, 2020

 

    

 

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Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is a powerful and sacred medicinal tea-like brew from the Amazons. The psychoactive ingredient in the brew is dimethyltryptamine (DMT) - a chemical that occurs naturally in the brain and is associated with dreaming and visions. Because of its divinatory potential, Ayahuasca is classified as a plant entheogen, a substance that allows discovery of God within.

Visitors to retreats today usually seek out the ceremonies to be cured of afflictions that range from chronic depression, drug addiction or alcoholism, to physical illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, psoriasis and cancer. Clinical researchers are investigating the healing claims of Ayahuasca. There is compelling evidence that shamanic ceremonies are especially effective for emotional and psychological issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Ayahuasca is normally consumed in a group setting as part of a ceremony conducted by one or more shamans. A ceremony usually lasts about four to six hours and takes place at night. At the end of the ceremony, the shaman formally closes the event with a prayer or incantation.

 

San Pedro

San Pedro

San Pedro is a traditional Andean medicine dating back hundreds of years, containing a variety of alkaloids, including mescaline. San Pedro also has medicinal value, especially as treatment for alcoholism, depression and PTSD. It is normally consumed in a ceremonial setting similar to that of Ayahuasca. It is a beautiful and unique way to work on behavioral patterns, open energy blockages, release toxins from body and generate vitality.

Temazcal

Temazcal

Temazcal is a form of sweat lodge which originated with pre-Hispanic indigenous peoples in Mesoamerica. Hot rocks are placed inside a pit located in the center. Water is periodically poured over the heated rocks to create a hot and steamy room.

The sweat ceremony is intended as a spiritual reunion with the creator and a respectful connection to the earth itself as much as it is meant for purging toxins out of the physical body.

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What's Included

  • 8 nights upscale, beachfront accommodation with private bathroom
  • Skype/ whatsapp call before arrival for introduction and intention setting.
  • Opening and closing ceremony: setting your intention with Abuelo Tobacco
  • (3) Plant Medicine Ceremonies ( 2 AYAHUASCA +1 SANPEDRO)
  • (1) Temazcal/ Sweat-lodge ceremony for detoxification and rejuvenation.
  • (6) Yoga classes with designed especially for this program to open the heart.
  • Daily delicious meals from locally sourced produce following a Plant Medicine diet.
  • Our Shamans will attend breakfast with you after the ceremonies and will be available to discuss your experiences.
  • Integration and Sharing circles after the ceremonies.
  • Options for additional spa services, healing therapies, fitness classes
  • Fresh fruits/snacks, water and tea available at all times.
  • Optional horseback riding excursion. (price not included)
  • A calm and relaxing environment for you to experience your transformation, with support and guidance.
  • Closing Ceremony
  • Lifetime 10% discount on return visits to Vikara

What to Expect

Safety and wellbeing are our main priorities at Vikara. We are passionate about creating an environment where you feel comfortable, safe, and supported through the entire process.

Our Shamans:
We only work with experienced shamans that have trained for years with plant medicines. Our compassionate and well-trained healers share their teachings, healings, songs, capabilities with integrity and honor. We work with bilingual Shamans, and ceremonies are conducted in English.

Consultation:
Our Shaman, facilitator and team are all here to prepare and guide you through the process. We offer consultations with the Shaman and facilitator before and after the Ayahuasca experience to discuss questions and share your experience. We are also available for post-retreat consultations via Skype.

Group size:
Our ceremonies are limited to a maximum of 10 participants in order to make sure that the Shaman can take care of everyone individually during the ceremony. This creates a very unique and personalized atmosphere, which separates us from other retreat centers, who work with much larger groups.

Preparation:
All of our activities during the Ayahuasca retreat are focused on preparing our participants for the plant ceremonies. This includes the daily yoga practice, breathwork, meditation, spiritual guidance and time for self-reflection. We advise all participants to have confidence in the process and to stay calm and present even if unfamiliar sensations arise. All sensations are only temporary, and you will feel normal again within a short period of time.

La dieta:
La dieta describes dietary and behavioral regimens that allow your body to work safely and effectively with plant medicines. These recommendations originated as a plant-based practice for developing attunement to the currents of the spirit world and are part of a broader system of human-plant relationships. La dieta typically includes a vegetarian diet excluding caffeine, onion and garlic, acidic fruits, fermented foods, alcohol and other stimulants such as excessive exposure to exercise, sexual activities and negative influences. At Vikara, we usually start this specific diet 3 days prior to the ceremony, but advise that you adhere to the dieta before coming to the retreat at least 1 week prior to the ceremony.

Alcohol, recreational drugs and antidepressants: Please avoid alcohol, recreational drugs before attending our retreat.
We advise that you stop taking SSRIs and MAOI antidepressants ( i.e. Wellbutrin, Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor etc).. for at least 5 weeks before you consume ayahuasca. Combining these medication with Ayahuasca can induce serotonin syndrome that can lead to severe reactions. Please consult your doctor if you have any doubts: you certainly should not stop taking prescribed medications (including antidepressants) without consulting your doctor.

 

Please contact us if you have any concerns and questions about the subject.
We will make sure to take the necessary time to discuss all details and preparations prior to your retreat.

 

Heart Conditions- please report to us on any heart condition or chronic high blood pressure.

 

Before booking a workshop, it is important that we have full disclosure of all medications/drugs and the length of time any guest/volunteer has been taking them.

 

Please contact us if you have any concerns or/and questions.
We will make sure to discuss all details and preparations prior to your retreat.

Let the nature be your teacher