Nourish Your Soul - Ecuador

Nourish Your Soul Retreat: Ecuador – Yoga and Hiking

Is it time for you to take time out for yourself and replenish your Soul?  I have the perfect remedy for you!  Join me, Jade Skinner, and special guest teacher, Ryan Marino, for 6 days/5 nights in the beautiful mountains of Ecuador.  We’ve curated a retreat experience that seamlessly combines our passions, maximizing the energetic, mental, and physical benefits while detoxifying from daily life and technology.  Get ready to nourish your soul with daily yoga, breathwork meditation, sound bath, hiking, journaling tubing, amazing food, and more.

Inti Kamari, where the retreat will be held is a beautiful family-owned project in the subtropical Valle de Yunguilla about 75 minutes outside of Cuenca with many gardens with all types of plants, fruit trees, two yoga studios, both open air but covered, and one with amazing views of the mountains and valley. Two heated pools, many hiking trails nearby, and lovely people. Beautiful community dining area, and several extremely friendly dogs, chickens, peacocks, and goats live on-site amongst the beautiful gardens and tropical trees. It is a zen, beautiful, and relaxing place to spend some time reconnecting with yourSELF.  It is a place full of Magic and the hosts/owners are really lovely people who have worked many years to create this space.

Ecuador Retreat

This is the opportunity of a lifetime and a chance for you to come back to yourself!  Each experience is a stepping stone leading you to the next.  There will be moments of self-challenge and moments of complete surrender.  From hiking through a sacred valley of megalithic figures, putting your yoga into practice with meditation, breathwork, and journaling, to the sacred surrender of spiritual and physical purification ending with a temazcal.  What we are offering is an experience that will leave you feeling grounded, connected, realigned, and more in love with your higher self than ever before.

About 40 kilometers from the center of Santa Isabel, in the Santa Teresa Saglli parish community, in the south of Azuay, rises the magical stone city of Carachula, located 3,800 meters above sea level. It is a series of large rock formations that resemble what was once a metropolis made up of corridors, tunnels, and caverns. From a distance, the tall stone structures have the shapes of human and animal faces. During the trip on the road, you can see landscapes full of endemic vegetation such as grasslands, quinoa trees, chuquiragua, and different types of birds that perch among the branches. Once in the vehicle area, you cross a thick cypress forest whose canopies reveal fine rays of sunlight illuminating the path to follow. After about 300 meters of walking, the large rocks of megalithic figures make their way. There is a possibility of completing a walking circuit that leads to 10 different structures, many of them named by the shape they have: sanctuary, bottle, tunnel, the train, huasipamba, cacique, condor, yaguarcocha, moving stone, and bolarrumi summit. When walking through the place and among the rock formations you can see different shapes such as an arch that was divided in half, and caves that by entering you can protect yourself from the rain, which generally falls in the area, it is also possible to climb and get to the top from where you can see the entire stone city.

Retreats - Yunguilla Valle, Ecuador

Retreat Pricing

Space is limited to 20 beautiful souls 💚 Go ahead and mark your calendars NOW!! We’re still working out the final details which will be out before the end of the month.

  • Single room/pp – $1657
  • Double room/pp – $1205
  • Triple room/pp – $1057

Deposit $400 (must submit by August 22, 2024)

 

Refunds/Cancellations

To request a refund, please email Jade Skinner stating your reason for cancellation.  Deposits are non-refundable.  Refunds will be issued as follows with no exceptions.

  • Before July 1st – 100% refund minus deposit and processing fees   
  • July 1 – 31 – 50% refund minus deposit and processing fees
  • No refunds after August 1, 2024

Comparably small, Ecuador has one of the greatest levels of biodiversity in the world.

A great example is the subtropical Yunguilla valley, which is located a one-hour-90-minute drive southwest of Cuenca. You can expect contrasting landscapes including the spectacular waterfall el Chorro ( where we will hike), which is surrounded by dense cloud forest. Experience a wide range of bird species throughout the valley and all different kinds of fruit vegetation such as banana, avocado, orange, and lemon trees. Since it is around 450 meters lower than Cuenca one can usually expect warm weather all year long. Expect temperatures in the 80’s and lots of sunshine!

Yunguilla Valley

The Yunguilla Valley is warm. It is full of fruit trees such as mangoes, oranges, bananas, avocados, and lemons. Located southwest of Cuenca, in the province of Azuay, Ecuador. It is an hour and a half from Cuenca on the Girón – Santa Isabel highway. The sides of the road offer great scenery, with incredible natural views. 

Yunguilla is a great place for nature lovers. Visitors can enjoy bird watching, hiking trails, horseback riding, and a very relaxed, laid-back flow to life.

The weather is warm. Nighttime lows are usually in the upper 60’s while daytime highs are usually in the 80’s. It has two seasons. The dry season runs from June to December, while the rainy season runs from January to May.

Retreats - Ecuador

Travel tips

Here are some tips on searching for flights and your options, as well as some ideas for sights to see, things to do, and how you might like to spend any extra time here in the area. This is by no means an exhaustive list and if you have any questions about anything you see in your research you can ALWAYS reach out to Ryan Marino directly at kindlovingvibrations@gmail.com. We want to make this experience amazing from start to finish! 

For flights

You have two options for arriving in Ecuador. Guayaquil or Quito. Both have benefits. From Miami the flights are generally the cheapest by far, sometimes Orlando has good pricing as well, and Tampa is well, usually a little more expensive and time-consuming. If you are coming from anywhere else outside of Florida you will need to check your local or regional International Airports or get a separate flight to one of the Florida airports and then go from there.

If you choose to arrive in Quito you will need to take another short 45-minute flight to Cuenca from there. 

If you choose Guayaquil, you will most likely use a shuttle transfer service that costs $12 and is a 3-minute taxi ride from arrival at the airport. It is roughly 3-3 1/2 hours in a mini-bus shuttle (Sprinter-like) and beautiful, you will pass through the jungle and the amazing Cajas National Park as well before descending into Cuenca. There are limited direct connecting flights to Cuenca from there so you will almost certainly take a shuttle if you go that route. It’s safe, easy to use, and shouldn’t be too difficult to navigate even if you don’t speak Spanish. Again, Ryan Marino is available if you have any questions before booking.

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