Terms & Conditions

Booking Policy

Payment policy

In order to reserve your space in a retreat we require a non-refundable deposit of 250$ via Paypal (+ transfer fees).
The remaining balance will be paid by cash or credit card:

Cash is preferred and can be paid upon arrival.

If you pay by credit card, there is an extra 6.9% processing fee, and you must pay the balance 2 weeks before arrival to your retreat.


We recommend that all customers have adequate travel, cancellation, and medical insurance for the duration of the trip.

Vikara does not accept responsibility for any delay or cancellation of any flights, trains, buses, or other forms of transport.


In the event of cancellation by the customer, regardless of the circumstances, the deposit is nonrefundable.

Due to teacher cancellations or other situations beyond our control, Vikara Retreat reserves the right to change bookings and shall inform the customer as soon as possible. Alternative arrangements will be offered but we do not accept responsibility for any costs incurred, including airfare.
We must have a minimum of 3 guests in order to conduct a retreat. If we do not reach the minimum Vikara reserves the right cancel the retreat in which case you have the option to receive a refund of your deposit or you can transfer your deposit to another retreat date and receive 5% discount.

Medical Guidelines

By coming to Vikara, you are declaring that you are in a physical and mental condition appropriate to the activities described in the Retreat, and agree that you participate at your own risk and that we cannot accept liability for any accident or injury. We need to offer this advice and insist on these conditions in order to assure your personal safety and the overall welfare of the group.

Certain medications and mental issues are contraindicated for plant medicine ingestion. Before booking to attend a plant medicine retreat, it is important that we have full disclosure of all medications/drugs and the length of time any guest/volunteer has been taking them, and disclosure of any pertinent mental health issues. 

Transportation to the center

The retreat center is located in Olon, just a two-and-a-half-hour trip from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil.

Direct buses leave from the terminal bus station in Guayaquil every hour. We can send you a schedule of the time frame. The buses cost 6 USD and they are typically very safe.
Private transportation to and from this airport is available upon request at an additional cost of 100 USD.

Privacy Policy

Our Commitment To Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.

This privacy policy sets out how Vikara Retreat uses and protects any information that you give Vikara Retreat when you use this website. Vikara Retreat is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

Vikara Retreat may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from April 2020.

What we do with the information we gather?

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:
Internal record keeping.
We may use the information to improve our products and services.
We may periodically send promotional emails about special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, or mail. We may use the information to customize the website according to your interests.


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This website contains material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance, and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than in accordance with the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions.

From time to time, this website may also include links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).

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