Ecuador is a lovely, and unpredictable, place. If you’re seeking a rigid schedule, if you need to know exactly what we will be doing every day, if you are uncomfortable with last minute changes and going with the flow, this is not the experience for you.
Part of the emergent process of our journey is to be present to what is in the moment.
Although we hold an intention, there will inevitably be changes. Here is what we intend as we enter this week with anticipation for the emergent nature of growth that happens when synchronicity appears.
We will be happy to help you with suggestions on local activities during your free time. Here is your chance to explore a new culture, to indulge in the freedom to just be, and to experience an authentic Ecuadorian lifestyle. Whether its taking a short bus ride to Montañita or flagging down a cab headed to Puerto Lopez or walking the trail to Los Frailes Beach, you’ll discover that the world holds wonders if you are open to reaching out for them.
This is all part of your growth and learning about yourself.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017
Travel Day: Our group arrives in the morning, ready to drink in the warmth and sunshine of the coastal region. You will be greeted by smiles when Sue and I approach you at the airport in Manta. Our transfer will take you to Oasis via La Ruta del Sol, a coastal highway that runs along the ocean offering your first taste of the ocean views that await you at Oasis. We may decide to stop at one of the fishermen’s shacks for fresh pineapple if the whim strikes us. A refreshing juice drink awaits you at Oasis as you check into your casita and meet your fellow travelers by the pool.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
After early morning yoga, we will head into Puerto Lopez for an authentic fisherman’s breakfast before you board the boat that will take you on an island adventure. Isla de la Plata is known for its similarity to the Galapagos with many of the same species, iguanas, Blue Footed Boobies, Nazca, tortoises and sea life. You’ll hike the island, snorkel in the blue, clear waters and fill up your camera with memories. You’ll return tired but thrilled at having experienced Darwin’s world. A quiet dinner at Oasis and an early bedtime prepares you for a new day.
Friday, March 17, 2017
You may decide on yoga at the beach or perhaps today you’ll sleep in. After breakfast we will meet for our final session. We will be joined today at lunch by a local chef demonstrating some Ecuadorian cooking techniques that we all savor. This afternoon is your chance to take advantage of individual sessions with your hosts and relax contemplating the change in your heart, mind and body. We will hold our Closing Circle at the beach at sunset where we will share our experiences and insights, gifting one another with a small token from the week. Our last dinner will be at Oasis, a community gathering with laughter and anticipation of your trip home.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
You’re up early joining Sue for your morning yoga practice at the Oasis open-air studio. Ocean views and the songs of our feathered friends enhance your practice. Walk to the pool area to enjoy your freshly made breakfast. There is no hurry. After breakfast return to your yoga mat for our opening circle and your first group session.
Take advantage of this afternoon to explore our area or just relax at Oasis. Walk to our local beach and catch some rays. If you'd like to experience local cuisine off property we recommend a visit to El Delfin Mágico for lunch then walk to the nearby Salango Cultural Museum to learn about the spiritual and cultural ancestry of our region. Meditation and yoga prepare you for an Ecuadorian dinner at Oasis that nourishes and delights.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Today is a day for you to explore, or rest, to your heart’s delight. Yoga before breakfast energizes you for today’s explorations. Healing sessions might be combined with snoozing in your hammock. You may decide that a ride to nearby Montañita to visit the surf scene and lie on the colorful beach soaking up the vibe is more to your liking. Maybe a kayaking trip to Salango Island or another visit to Puerto Lopez will inspire you? If you’re interested in a beach day you can visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Playa Los Frailes, with its crystal waters and white sand. Tonight after dinner, you’ll be treated to a talk by the fire on the Andean cosmology and the ancestral wisdom traditions that are the foundation of Ecuadorian spirituality.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
For those of you leaving Oasis, you will be rising at dawn and having a quick breakfast in your casita. You’ll be taken to Manta airport for your morning flight to Quito. Some of you may decide to stay at Oasis or upon arriving in Quito take a tour or continue your adventure in other places in Ecuador. Depending on your flights you will fly home today or the next day having enjoyed a week of rest, renewal and exploration and taking home with you a new understanding of how you can incorporate Conscious Living at home.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Start your day with a short walk to the nearby beach and experience yoga by the sea. Your breakfast awaits you upon your return. After our morning session and a leisurely lunch you will have free time to take advantage of your individual sessions with your hosts, rest and reflect on the balcony of your casita or to explore the local area. Evening finds us having an authentic Italian dinner at the famed Bella Italia Restaurant in Puerto Lopez and finishing the day by the fire pit.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
After yoga and a hearty breakfast we will get together for another session together to learn about Ayurveda and essential oils and which practices will keep you healthy and happy on your return home. Lunch will be served at Oasis. The afternoon is yours to explore. We recommend a visit to Aguas Blancas and Machillila Park, a small indigenous community to experience traditional Manabí life. You will be escorted through the museum where guides will explain the significance of the artifacts followed by a hike to their sacred site then to their healing pool. Hummingbirds will keep you company as you soak in a sulfur pool after coating yourself with the special mud there. This mud leaves your skin as soft as a baby’s behind for weeks. The evening finds us relaxing under the starry sky with a traditional Ecuadorian meal and a night-cap by the fire pit.
Enjoy an extra day at Oasis where you will work with Alicia and Sue on your specific challenges and goals for Conscious Living. This will take place Saturday afternoon.
Your room for Saturday night and Saturday meals at Oasis and activities are also included.