Journey through the Chakras in Ecuador’s Andes

Price $2999 9 Days
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Journey through the Chakras in Ecuador’s Andes

$2999 per person

Join Shekinah in paradise on a spiritual journey to reconnect with all of your Senses, Energy Centres, and your Higher Self.

This 9-Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat will help you to reconnect with your true Self, by connecting with Nature and each other.
The 12 participants on this retreat will travel this journey hand-in-hand, enjoying all of the beauty Life offers.

All of your needs will be taken care of from the moment you arrive at this subtropical destination. Beautiful natural surroundings, fresh and healthy catered meals, and wonderfully authentic cultural experiences will be the backdrop for this spiritual journey. Your daily yoga and meditation practice, accompanied by rich spiritual teachings, practices, and philosophy will lead you as far as you are willing to go in the ultimate quest to Know Thyself.



Join Shekinah on this journey and retreat from every day life. As an advanced Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master, and Energy Worker with a specialty in Chakra healing,   Shekinah will weave her many talents and modalities to make this a uniquely beautiful and life changing experience for all 12 participants. 

This 9-day retreat will include a luscious morning Yoga practice in an outdoor studio. A day will be dedicated to each of the seven chakras so that you can take an in-depth journey within while connecting to your true nature in the incredible beauty of Mother Earth.  

Daily yoga, meditation and spiritual learning and practice will help you to feel rejuvenated, healthy, and fully connected. Laughter and friendship will deepen the entire experience, as you allow your senses to guide you back to wholeness. And to remember truly that we are all connected –  all one.  



This retreat will be offered from Saturday, November 4 to Sunday, November 12, 2023 (9 days).

You will be met at Quito’s International Airport upon arrival, and transferred to our
hotel in Quito’s gorgeous historic centre. To accommodate arrivals from different parts of the world, that transfer can take place any time prior to our evening orientation meeting on the evening of November 4.  Extra nights at the hotel can be arranged, in case you want to arrive early to explore Quito, the first city in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



$2,999.00 CAD* (all-inclusive, as detailed below)

*Includes all taxes, accommodations, airport transfer upon arrival in Quito, three meals a day all privately catered to your preferences and dietary requirements, all yoga-related & other activities (detailed below), validated carbon offsets of your return international flight, and a bilingual retreat leader to ensure it all goes smoothly.

*Does not include your return airfare, airport transfer following the retreat (can be easily arranged for individuals and groups), or expenditures of a personal nature.

*No single supplement. If you want your own room, you’ve got it. If you prefer to share, just let us know and we will do our best to match you with the right person, as well as offer a discount.

*Please note that our 12 retreat spaces and rooms will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Your spot will be considered reserved upon payment of the $500.00 Lifetime Deposit.

We have a long list of optional trip extensions and other add-ons, from a trip to the Galapagos Islands to a community stay in the Amazon Basin. That may be easier to talk through together – please feel free to GET IN TOUCH any time to discuss your options.

Local activities that everyone always enjoys are included in the retreat package (see below). Others – such as repelling down a cliff through waterfalls, zip lining 400 meters high above the forest canopy, or guided birding excursions – have been left to individual choice. We can make any of it happen.



This region is a bird watching haven with waterfalls in every direction and tremendous biodiversity. Located in a valley of the cloud forest in the Ecuadorian Andes, alongside a massive intact primary rainforest, the natural beauty here is astounding. The thriving yet off-the-beaten-track ecotourism scene offers something for everyone.

Your rustic yet comfortable accommodations are located between the outdoor yoga studio and the outdoor eating area, both of which sit on the banks of a loudly rushing river, surrounded by birds. 

This retreat will offer a sanctuary for relaxation, peace, beauty, and deep nature connection and experiences.

You will enjoy a warm climate – not too hot and not too cool. Nutritious meals will be catered on site to fill you with health, strength, and pleasure. You will be surrounded by other beautiful people like you to enjoy the many different activities in nature and exploring the beautiful village of Mindo.

We will take care of all of your needs as you connect with the natural surroundings and each other. It will be heavenly.



~ Enjoy yoga every morning (1.5 hours)

~ Evening meditation around a fire that will include daily themes, philosophy, and wisdom to help you connect to yourself in deep and meaningful ways

~ Professionally guided walking tour of Ecuador’s capital city, Quito.

~ Visit to the Equator to understand how our balance relates to the Earth, to learn about some of the different cultures found in Ecuador, and do experiments that only work right on the Equator line.

~ Visit the inhabited volcanic crater, Pululahua, for beautiful views and wonderful shopping.

~ Hummingbird Tour: Feel the magic of a hummingbird’s delicate feet wrapped around your finger, as you feed it from your hand. Multiple species will come.

~ Nambillo Waterfalls Visit:  A chairlift ride will take you sailing above the forest canopy to a cable car that will travel across a deep ravine and set you down at the top of hiking trails leading to different waterfalls. 

~ Butterfly Tour:  Visit the Mariposario butterfly sanctuary – butterflies naturally thrive in the Mindo Valley – the only thing better than watching them dry off their new wings is having them land all over you.

~ Orchid Tour:  Tour an orchid garden to see some of the over 4,200 species found in this country.

~ Visit a private nature reserve to learn all about the life of trees and discover the different species growing in the cloud forest and the efforts to Nature in this fragile ecosystem.

~ Chocolate Tour: Take a Cacao Ceremony to the next level when you learn how to make chocolate yourself, slowly cooking the Cacao beans over an open fire and following the process through to the hot and spicy Mayan drink known to open the Third Eye.


~ Add on a private class or two (or more): Spanish, cooking, Salsa dancing or otherwise (let us know your idea)

~ Plant a tree as part of EarthTreks’ Reforestation Project and environmental legacy (13,300 trees and counting).

~ Try something more adrenaline-filled, such as repelling through waterfalls, white water tubing, zip lining, bungee jumping, or mountain biking.

~ Choose from various guided nature expeditions to explore the area’s extreme biodiversity – birding & herping (reptiles & amphibians) both being reasons many visit the Mindo area.

~ Learn all about your favourite hot morning beverage on a coffee tour.

~ Enjoy some great souvenir shopping, with both local artisans and Indigenous handicrafts offered in small shops along the main street of the village.

~ Just relax and enjoy reading a book in one of our many options of hammocks or sitting areas.

~ Hike to different waterfalls & through incredible cloud forest trails.

~ Add on a day trip to the best hot springs in South America, Papallacta, high up in the Andes where the condors soar at 3,300 meters.

~ Add on a day trip to the Indigenous markets of Otavalo & visit the leather village of Cotacachi.

~ Add on extra time in capital city Quito to tour art galleries, museums, historic squares and more.

~ Add on a longer trip extension, from a trip to the Galapagos Islands or to the incredible Amazon Basin – or maybe even Machu Picchu. You’re already here, so why not?

Let’s Talk!

  • Destination
  • Included
    Activities (detailed in itinerary)
    Airport Transfer (Arrival)
    All Taxes
    All Transportation (including internal flights, when applicable)
    English-speaking Tour Leader
    Meals (detailed in itinerary)
  • Not Included
    Airport Transfer (Departure)
    Drinks, Alcoholic Beverages
    Personal Expenditures
    Return International Airfare

Experience the Cloud Forest

This region is one of the world's biodiversity hotspots, with new species of flora and fauna still being discovered here all the time. Located in a deep valley just two hours drive from capital city, Quito, Mindo is set at just the right altitude (1,250 meters) to offer the ideal climate year-round. If you love nature, you will love this experience! Because Mindo’s livelihood is centered on tourism, there exists an abundance of excellent restaurants, tourist activities, and souvenir shops, as well as services you wouldn't normally find in a small rural village, such as ATMs, pharmacies, health and spa services, and specialized guiding services. Mindo is located in a valley of the cloud forest, and as such, is green and lush, offering the ideal climate for orchids and ferns to thrive. There exists a tremendous amount of fresh water in the area, from a few major rivers to endless numbers of streams and waterfalls, including the Rio Canchupi - the small but mighty river that rushes audibly by your accommodations, lulling you into a beautiful sleep at night.  Everyone who visits us says the same thing:  This is Paradise!


Mindo boasts what many describe as the ‘perfect climate’ – a subtropical climate that is warm all year, rarely climbing above the mid-20s (C) or below the mid-teens (at night). At an altitude of 1,250 meters, it is also high enough that you don't have to worry about tropical diseases spread by mosquitoes. Located right on the Equator, the sun sets and rises just after 6:00 a.m. & p.m. consistently all year. And as to be expected in a cloud forest - that many visitors refer to as 'the jungle' - rainfall is significant, with annual precipitation averaging over 2,000 mm, concentrated more during rainy season (December to May). The rain is pretty predictable though, generally not starting until mid to late afternoon, when it does rain - making it is easy to plan around. We do see lots of sun throughout any given week, and when it does rain, you will likely note that rain feels very fitting in a rainforest, with the rainy season offering lusher plant life, bigger rivers and waterfalls, and smaller crowds. 


house from yoga studio
Our only neighbours are the artisanal chocolate factory on one side, the river on the other, and lots of birds! Our simple yet comfortable lodgings are quite removed from Mindo’s hustle and bustle, even though it is only a short walk (just a few minutes) to the village's central park. Wildlife abounds on the property, including varieties of hummingbirds at the feeders, different species of tanagers hanging out in the fruit trees, occasional Mountain Toucans, geckos, and a resident family of guatusas (beaver-like mammals with a tiny tail). Although wildlife viewing is great from the dining area, you may spot even more along our small loop trail which also provides access to the fresh mountain river. Yoga mats are available for use in the outdoor yoga studio on site - and we work with a few wonderful local instructors who teach different styles of practice, and on occasion bring yoga teachers in from Canada to teach classes. The open-air dining space where your meals will be served daily is set beside the river, offering tremendous bird watching opportunities at a variety of feeders and natural fruit trees. We will provide a comprehensive packing list and are happy to answer questions any time about any aspect of the retreat, logistics or otherwise.

A note from EarthTreks' Founder, Alison Braun

I welcome you to stay in my home away from home.

Along with my wonderful team in Mindo, we will do our best to take care of all of our needs, from arrival to departure.

Please feel free to ask about anything we haven't covered above. The idea is to make this a wonderful adventure that feels safe, comfortable, and hassle-free right from the beginning at the planning stage. We will do our best to work around any physical or dietary needs you have, while tailoring an experience that we hope you will remember with a big smile for the rest of your life. 

It will be my genuine pleasure to personalize this experience in my village and make it the best possible week for you. 

   ~   Alison  (alison@earthtreks.ca / 705-999-1000 / 1-800-610-1498)