28-Day Tantra Yoga Teacher Training Retreat in the Ecuadorian Andes

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Suitable for intermediate, beginner, and advanced practitioners
Morning meditation
Shamanism and cosmovision
Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
3 daily vegetarian meals
Tantra yoga classes
Durga’s Tiger dance and mantra chanting
Expressive arts of the being workshops
Instruction in English
Max. 25 participants
Organiser also speaks Spanish
Durga’s Tiger School offers yoga teacher training certified by Yoga Alliance International and Yoga Alliance. Learn how to teach an inspiring, intuitive, and deep yoga practice. Learn how to unify body, mind, and spirit through yoga and integrate its philosophy into your daily life and your relationships. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the incredible culture of South America and find its similarities with the spiritual culture of India.
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Program

Certification
Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Teachers
Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism has a big rotating team to hold high, fresh, and supportive energy in all their training throughout the year. 

  • In March/April /May the team will be composed of Wind, Marcelino, Nicole, Carolina, Jocelyne, and Christoph, Valentina
  • In June/July/August the team will be Rosa, Hector, Nicolas, Wind, Valentina, Nicole
  • In October/November/December the team will be Iris, Hector, Wind, Rosa, Marcela, Christoph, 

Program
Tantra yoga works with deep relaxation. Students learn the feeling of flowing into the asanas without struggle, developing a deep form of yoga meditation. This technique is completed by the practice of bandhas, pranayama, mantra chanting, sitting meditation, and kundalini kriyas. Students explore Tantra yogic lifestyle, philosophy, and arts. Together, you will discover ways in which to implement the yoga experience into everyday life.

Through the Tantra teachings, students learn about the energetic exchange between Shiva and Shakti, the two polarities, and how to integrate sexual energy into their yoga exploration. Through Kundalini yoga, you deeply explore the pranayama techniques used in Kundalini, Tantra yoga, and the chakras system. 

You practice specific kriyas to feel chakras and work with their energy. Tantra yoga methodology, Ayurvedic walking massage, and partner yoga are also part of the program.

Kaula Tantra yoga
Tantra Yoga is a holistic cosmovision that contains not only asanas and pranayama, but also includes the arts, medicine, and astrology to form the tantric way of life.

In Durga’s Tiger School of Tantra Yoga Shamanism, they teach different approaches to work on the physical, and also offer a vision of what it means to lead a tantric lifestyle.

Their Tantra yoga is traditional. They work with asanas, bandhas, pranayama, mudras, and mantras based on the teachings of Bhagavan Shanmuka Anantha Natha. The traditional form is unique because it changes not only the physical but impacts the psychological and spiritual realms as well.

Partner yoga
With partner yoga, you will discover the joy and the importance of support and of being supported. The challenge is to take care of the sacred space dancing between you and your partner and experience the joy of giving and receiving. You will practice in silence to not distract the other senses from the flow of the practice and concentrate on one self and also on the other.

In these classes you will keep on working on many asanas of the Kaula Tantra yoga series, using the approach of tantric wisdom, in which you will focus on presence, senses, connection, and body communication, creating this way the dance of Shiva and Shakti.

Intuitive anatomy and physiology
You will approach the vision and methodology of the Kaula Tantra yoga practise in the classes of intuitive anatomy and physiology in which you will develop a connection with your inner body intelligence, learn how to read it better, and act according to its current needs. It’s about the combined powers of the mind and the physical body and the effect of being totally in harmony with the messages you perceive from your body each moment.

Applied tantric wisdom
The applied tantric wisdom classes are an opportunity for self-discovery. As the course is based on experience, you will create active and participative classes where you will work on some of the main aspects of Tantra.

Durga’s tiger dance
Durga’s tiger dance, a form of movement developed by Iris Disse based on yoga energy work and different dance styles, is another form through which students deepen their creativity and relaxation in body movement. The training also involves voice work through mantra chanting.

Students are given time for self-study, reflection, and practice teaching tantra yoga classes with each other.

During the course of the month, students also complete a written project. During theory and practical learning courses, students experience a deeply personal work, exploring themselves with applied tantra philosophy, art, shamanism, and Durga’s tiger dance.

Shamanic clown
Shamanic clown is an energetic training that combines improvisation, clowning, dancing, musical or rhythm work, meditation, and practical shamanism, among other things. This work is a fusion of tools and experiences that can be used in art and life. 

Get in touch with your inner child and intuition, develop the right side of the brain and lateral thinking, release patterns and blockages, open your ears and eyes to the present moment and to others, work in groups in more effective and loving ways, and increase your creativity and artistic skills by looking at things in a completely new perspective.

The clown is an archetype that repeats its presence throughout many cosmovisions in human history, east to west, ancient and contemporary. The main role of this character is to act in a way that is different from the ordinary and accepted, sometimes precisely the opposite, in order to raise the awareness of ordinary people through play. Clowning involves deep transformation. It’s a kind of shamanism that will reflect positively on the creation of your life and relationships.

Karma yoga
Karma yoga is part of the learning process of community life. You help each other to maintain common spaces and materials, you take care of the Pachamama (Earth). Through Karma yoga, you keep in contact with the earth and its fruits as you contribute to the well-being and learning of the group.

As you will be living in Ecuador with a huge indigenous population, you will also have the opportunity to learn about the Andean culture, its cosmovision, and its similarities with Eastern cultures. During the course, shamanistic energy concepts are explored together with the Tibetan tantric tradition. There are parallels in how these two different traditions understand energy, astrology, subtle anatomy, and physiology.

Living in the ashram enables students to focus intensively on their training, away from everyday tasks and distractions, fully immersing themselves in a process of learning and self-discovery. 

Students discover the joy of deeply engaging in yogic practice and lifestyle without their usual responsibilities and the business of daily life. A close and energetic group environment is created to enable students to share their experience and learning process and thus collectively deepen their understanding of the yoga practice.

Daily schedule
  • Meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Theory or practical learning sessions and yoga practice
  • Lunch and afternoon break
  • Theory or practical learning sessions and yoga practice
  • Dinner
  • Tantra philosophy classes, singing of mantras, dance, or special arts events two or three times a week

Optional activities
On weekends, you can relax, go for a hike, or venture down into the town of Tumbaco. Enjoy a coffee or musical display at Cafe Arte. A Saturday bio-market is located on the opposite side of the ravine where you can find fresh organic produce, fresh German bread, an espresso, and vegan treats. The market of Otavalo or the Hot Springs of Papallacta are also very near. After the training, there are opportunities to continue working with shamans and medicinal plants of the jungle or the Andes. The teachers specialize in a variety of healing arts and they are thus able to offer, at an extra cost, the following:

  • Abyanga and Marma massage
  • Personalized Qi Gong practices
  • Reflexology
  • Relaxing massage
  • Tantric counselling about love, couples, and sexuality
  • Zen Shiatsu treatments

Accommodation

Rural setting
Caters for vegetarian diets
Environmentally friendly
Garden
Terrace
Yoga studio
Fireplace
Kitchen
Yoga shala

Check-in

15:00

Check-out

14:00

You will be accommodated at Casa Kiliku, a green space created by artists. The Kiliku is a small hawk that lives on the Ilaló volcano. It's a local symbol of freedom, seeing reality from high above. It means that Casa Kiliku helps yogis to distance themselves from everyday life and fly into the experience of living in a yoga ashram while enjoying the surrounding green garden with flowers and old trees. 

You can stay on the terrace and chat with others, lay in a hammock to read or meditate among the trees that sway in the wind. Accommodation will be in double and triple rooms.

Single bed iconSingle bed iconSingle bed icon
Triple Room
Shared room | $2,188
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Double Room
Private room | $4,156

Food

Three vegetarian meals will be served daily. All food is cooked with love, happily served by Nancy -- Durga's Tiger School's chef and neighbour. Her cuisine is healthy, locally sourced food with a traditional Ecuadorian twist. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated for an additional charge of 5 USD per day.

If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 

What's included?

  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion of the course
  • Pranayama, mantra chanting
  • Durga’s Tiger Dance
  • Expressive Arts of the Being Workshops
  • Meditation, and kriyas
  • Shamanic clown
  • Shamanism and Cosmovision
  • Tantra yoga and Hatha/Raja yoga classes
  • Laundry of towels (once a week) and bed linen (every two weeks)
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • Ecuador taxes (IVA)
  • 2 Andean healing ceremonies (without medicinal shamanic plants): Temazcal (sweat lodge) and Limpia (cleanse)

What's not included?

  • Extra activities not mentioned in the schedule
  • Ceremonies with medicinal plants
  • Personal laundry service (5 USD per wash)
  • Room cleaning (is part of Karma yoga)
  • Treatments, massages, personal consultations

Location

This yoga teacher training will take place in Casa Kiliku, in the Ecuadorian Andes, close to the capital Quito and on the edge of the natural reserve of the Ilaló. There are places nearby where local and international communities blend, such as La Casa de Rafa, the organic market, or CafeArte.

In these places, you can find organic food, German bread, and Italian coffee, or spend time chatting and enjoying stories, small plays or concerts. In Tumbaco, three kilometres away, there are banks, shopping malls, and supermarkets.

Nearby Towns

Quito
Quito
12 km
Sangolqui
13 km
Cayambe
Cayambe
41 km

How to get there

Driving directions from Quito by the Interoceanic Highway

  • Arriving from Quito, you’ll enter Tumbaco by the Interoceanic Highway and you'll see the Santa María supermarket on your right.
  • Continue straight forward on the Interoceanic Highway and then turn at the fourth street on your right (calle Guayaquil) which lies almost in front of the Primax gas station, where there's a traffic light.
  • Follow the directions as if you were going to Colegio Pachamama, you'll cross a bridge passing over Ruta Viva highway.
  • Go straight up to a soccer field in Rumihuaico sector (Leopoldo Chavez commune).
  • Go straight up and after 100 meters the road makes a Y form. Here you must go right (in the opposite direction to Colegio Pachamama) and take the new paved road.
  • Keep going 1.5 kilometers and you'll see on your right a blue house with a painted sign that reads: Casa Kiliku - Durga’s Tiger School. It's lot 169.

Driving directions from Quito by Ruta Viva

  • If you arrive by Ruta Viva from Quito, take the entrance after Intervalles. This entry has no sign yet, is located between the exit of Intervalles and Tola Chica, after kilometer 8.
  • The exit climbs toward a bridge that connects with Carchi street. Arriving at the bridge, turn right and go to the Rumihuaico football court.
  • From there, follow directions as described above.

Driving directions from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)

  • From the airport by Ruta Viva, you'll enter after Tola Chica, before kilometer 8.
  • When you arrive at the bridge which connects with Carchi street, turn left.
  • If you take the wrong entrance in Tola Chica, you can go back by the Ruta Viva service way until you get to the bridge that connects to Carchi street.

Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). Transfer is available for 20 USD.

Arrival by bus

The local bus to the village of Tumbaco makes a stop in front of the retreat center. Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) is 25 to 35 minutes away, depending on traffic. The city of Quito is one hour away by bus.

Arrival by taxi

The city of Quito is 30 minutes away by taxi. When booking, you can request taxi pick up at the airport for an extra fee of 20 USD.

Nearest airports
UIO Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Transfer available for additional € 19 per person
13 km
Nearest train stations
Terminal de Ferricarriles
13km
Estación de Tren "El Boliche"
47km

Instructors

Iris Disse
Iris
Iris Disse is the founder of Durga’s Tiger School. During her yoga teacher training, techniques from yoga, Tantra, shamanism, and art come together and create transformative processes. She is a master yoga teacher and has been teaching for 17 years, talking about topics such as love, spirituality, and sexuality at workshops, festivals, and the Andina University in Quito. Her Durga’s Tiger School is an internationally acclaimed institution for yoga teacher training. She is an author, actress, lecturer, and prize-winning producer of audio plays and documentaries in Europe and Latin America.
Fanny Simbaña
Fanny
Fanny comes from one of the native families of the mountain, the Ilaló. Her family has actively supported community life on the mountain through many generations. As part of the shamanism program, Fanny will share a little bit of her knowledge of the traditional medicinal plants that grow on the volcano. Fanny’s knowledge of medicinal plants was handed down to her by her mother and grandmother, as it has been from generation to generation. 
Wind Malin Disse
Wind
Wind Malin Disse was born in Berlin, Germany. From the age of he has been living in Ecuador with exception. Wind's path as an anthropologist, artist, and certified YA and YAI yoga teacher, leads him to be seen as a cultural mediator, a bridge between worlds. He has been teaching the traditional Tantra yoga in many workshops after having completed his 200-hour teacher training in January 2016 and having finished his 500-hour in 2018. From 2009, Wind has been learning about the shamanic tradition of the Cofán-A’i and ended up being accepted as apprentice by the shaman Don Avelino Quenama.
Christoph Baumann
Christoph
Christoph is a German actor, theatre director, and teacher based since 1984 in Ecuador. His theatre works made him travel through almost all countries of Latinamerica as well as Mexico, attending festivals and directing plays. His works as an actor in film and the internet opened his career to a vast audience in the Spanish speaking world. After workshops in the Theatre Lab of Jerzy Grotowski en Wroclaw/Polonia he studied in the Jacques Lecóq School for mime, movement, and theatre in Paris and attended during 3 years workshops with teachers of the Lee Strasberg School of Acting. 
Marcelino Peralta
Marcelino
Marcelino comes from Salta, Argentina. He's a musician, from 30 years ago, he forged himself as a multi-instrumentalist, nomadic artist, and a tantra yoga teacher. He has traveled to more than 15 countries throughout the world cultivating and spreading South American popular culture. In the last 6 years, he has been working on branches of music and sound related to the experiential, meditative, and healing, a medium that takes people within themselves. He's a 200hrs certified yoga teacher and give classes of mantras, Kaula tantra yoga, meditation.
Carolina Cruz
Carolina
Contemporary dancer, Certified Doula, Barre, Pilates, Vedic massage, rehabilitation, and more. These are some of the activities Caro does. As our Anatomy teacher, she is committed to the human body and movement. With her tuition, you will discover what is behind each posture and yoga practice.
Jhocelyn Escobar
Jhocelyn
Jhoss is Ecuadorian. She lived in New York for many years where she obtained her Bachelor’s degrees in International Business & Studies as well as in French. Jhoselyn has worked with different NGO’s being part of some projects with Unicef and the United Nations in New York. She did Master’s degree in Rural Development in New Zealand. Here studied Reiki and earn some traditional Maori healing techniques. In early 2021 she became a 500h certified yoga teacher.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

No refund if you cancel in advance.

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
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