Ayurvedic Health & Wellness Retreat

November 21st - January 7th, 2019 (Every Thursday - Monday)

In today's digital age we are inundated with distractions. Being able to escape out of our busy lives is crucial to becoming the best version of ourselves.

Not just to maximize your physical health, but just as importantly, your mental well-being.

Life is meant to be enjoyed. We must escape our current state of reality and become centered and balanced in order to live our best life.

At Flowing River Retreat, we understand the importance of creating a tranquil environment for you in order to connect with a higher version of yourself.

About The Resort

It is our mission to offer a quiet place for deep relaxation and renewal by offering retreats that invigorate the mind, body, and spirit. We host guided yoga and spiritual retreats led by world-class practitioners.

Another aspect of our retreats includes an immersion in the culture of Ecuador. Our local guides will take you into the beauty of the surrounding jungle, where you can trek to waterfalls and zip-line across the jungle canopy. In addition, you will be connected to the native culture by way of visiting local markets, listening to live music, and explore the El Quetzal de Mindo’s Chocolate Factory.

Introducing The Ayurvedic & Wellness Retreat

The Ayurvedic & Wellness Retreat is an intensive, hands-on, application only retreat with one goal in mind: to teach yoga and wellness professionals and students ancient Ayurvedic sciences that detoxify, relax and energize the mind and body.

On this retreat, you will study with world renowned expert, Dr. S.M. Siju, in the ancient Indian science of health and longevity. He was previously the personal physician to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - an Indian guru, known for developing Transcendental Meditation. He also serves as a consultant for Maharishi’s Ayurvedic programs.

Together with Dr. Siju and a small group of like-minded yoga and wellness professionals, you'll work to develop life-long practices for mindfulness and centeredness. 

  • You will escape the restraints of the past, settle into the present moment and get in touch with your future potential.
  • You will develop healthy eating habits and routines to achieve a strong mind-body connection.
  • You will get in touch with nature and experience a rich and exotic Ecuadorian culture.

The first 15 applicants that are accepted into this retreat will receive FREE accommodations and meals for the enitrety of the retreat

Flowing River is a remote, echo lodge abundant in wildlife and nature. The resort offers 5 star impeccable accommodations, service, spa treatments, guided hikes and total relaxation. The suites are beautifully furnished and decorated, and a welcome escape to unwind.

- Keith 

  • New York

Meet Your Instructor

Dr. S.M. Siju is a specialist in ayurvedic medicine and vedic astrology. He is a descendant of a long lineage of vaidyas which refers to people who practice ayurveda - an indigenous Indian system of medicine. Dr. Siju is skilled in Jyotish - specifically in the field of Prasna Shastra (Horary Astrology), Marma Vidya, pulse diagnosis, and as a trainer of Kalarippayat, the art of Vedic self-defense.

After the completion of his BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) from Rajive Gandhi University of Health Science, Bangalore, he was invited by T.M.Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to come to Vlodrop, Netherlands. During the last year of Maharishi's life, Dr.Siju served as his personal vaidya, giving Maharishi daily treatments and recommending herbs for him. H.H.Maharishi named Dr.Siju Head of the Marma Therapy Department at the Maharishi Ayurveda Integrated Health Center. In this capacity, he developed the treatment protocols for Ayurveda therapy and Yoga therapy.

Dr. Siju also served on the Planning Board for the Vedic Hospital, with Health Minister for Global Country of World Peace, Dr. Rainer Picha; Chairman Dr Walter Moelk, Board Members, Dr. Keith Wallace, Dr. Robert Schneider, Dr. Gareth Wallace, and Dr. Benjamin Stuettgen. Together, they planned the organization of the Vedic Hospital and developed treatment protocols. More recently, Dr.Siju has served as In-Residence Vaidya at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts, USA. And currently he is working as Consultant Vaidya for The Raj, in Fairfield, Iowa. U.S.A. and MAPI (Maharishi Ayurveda ), USA.

Highlights

  • Daily Yoga practice in the traditional and therapeutic methods of hatha yoga, rajayoga and the ancient art of Kalarippayat.
  • 3 nutritious, gourmet meals per day with all diet types accommodated.
  • Daily waterfall hikes into the epic landscapes of Ecuador with professional local guides.
  • Luxurious resort hotel accommodation with swimming pool, jacuzzi, & sauna.
  • Round-trip transportation to and from Quito airport.
  • Excursion to Mindo. Scenic - Salto Del Tigre excursion. Zip lining & Chocolate Factory.

Holistic Therapies

Massage Therapy

Dr. Siju prescribes specially-herbalized massage oils suited to your body type to be used in your massage, which is designed to balance particular doshas for particular areas and restore the flow of bliss in the body, the basis of well-being.

Shirodhara

Shiro means head, and dhara means flow. You recline, and warm herbalized oil flows gently over your forehead this way and that, for about twenty minutes, causing deep relaxation, cleansing of the mind and nervous system, and expansion of consciousness.

Nasya

Inhale herbalized preparations, receive massage to the shoulders, neck, and head, and medicated drops in the nasal cavity, the “gateway to the brain.” This treatment enhances the functioning of the eyes, ears, and nose and induces sound sleep. It also treats mental issues, skin, facial paralysis, and dental discomfort.

Swedhana

This steam bath bathes the body in herbalized aromatic steam that removes impurities from the system. Only the head emerges from the steam bath while the rest of the body sweats out the very cause of neurological aliments, rheumatism, arthritis, bodily pain, stiffness of back, skin diseases, and more to alleviate these symptoms.

Kalarippayat

Kalarippayat is an ancient physical, cultural, and maritial art of Kerala-the art of mastering your body, mind, and soul. This art and science has been used since time immemorial not only train adepts for unarmed combat and self-defense, but also to develop perfect health-perfect neuro-muscular coordination and the ability of the body to respond instinctively to the senses with flexibility, balance, stamina, and speed. More recently, this graceful art has been performed on the concert stage to music.

Complete Program Schedule & Syllabus

*Please note that a complimentary van pickup will occur at midnight on Thursday Morning. Most flights will arrive in Quito by 11:30 pm, which is why the pickup is at midnight and technically on Thursday morning. Also, all educational teachings are included in the course, however, if you would like one-on-one treatments from Dr. Siju there is additional a la carte pricing.

Retreat Dates Below

November 21st - November 25th
November 28th - December 2nd
December 5th - December 9th
December 12th - December 16th
December 26th - December 30th
January 2nd - January 6th

Day 1: Thursday

7:00am - 7:30am

Herbal tea and biscuits/oatmeal followed by lighting of the lamp and pooja prayer.


7:30am - 9:00am

Primary series yoga and breathing exercises. Includes hatha yoga, rajayoga and Kalarippayat


9:00am - 10:00am

Breakfast


10:30am - 5:30pm

Individual Therapy Sessions OR Waterfall hike with Picnic Lunch. Yoga studio and pool are open.


6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dinner


8:00pm - 9:00pm

Educational lecture from Dr. Siju

Day 2: Friday

7:00am - 7:30am

Herbal tea and biscuits/oatmeal followed by lighting of the lamp and pooja prayer.


7:30am - 9:00am

Primary series yoga and breathing exercises. Includes hatha yoga, rajayoga and Kalarippayat


9:00am - 10:00am

Breakfast


10:30am - 5:30pm

Individual Therapy Sessions OR Waterfall hike with Picnic Lunch. Yoga studio and pool are open.


6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dinner


8:00pm - 9:00pm

Educational lecture from Dr. Siju

Day 3: Saturday

7:00am - 7:30am

Herbal tea and biscuits/oatmeal followed by lighting of the lamp and pooja prayer.


7:30am - 9:00am

Primary series yoga and breathing exercises. Includes hatha yoga, rajayoga and Kalarippayat


9:00am - 10:00am

Breakfast


10:30am - 5:30pm

Individual Therapy Sessions OR Waterfall hike with Picnic Lunch. Yoga studio and pool are open.


6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dinner


8:00pm - 9:00pm

Educational lecture from Dr. Siju

Day 4: Sunday

7:00am - 7:30am

Herbal tea and biscuits/oatmeal followed by lighting of the lamp and pooja prayer.


7:30am - 9:00am

Primary series yoga and breathing exercises. Includes hatha yoga, rajayoga and Kalarippayat


9:00am - 10:00am

Breakfast


10:30am - 5:30pm

Individual Therapy Sessions OR Waterfall hike with Picnic Lunch. Yoga studio and pool are open.


6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dinner


6:00pm - 7:00pm

Pooja


8:00pm - 9:00pm

Educational lecture from Dr. Siju

Day 5: Monday

7:00am - 8:00am

Breakfast and packing for trip to Mindo and airport


8:00am - 10:00am

Van to Mindo


10:00am - 4:00pm

Excursion options include Butterfly farm, Mindo Chocolate Factory, Orchid Tour and Ziplining


4:00pm - 6:00pm

Van from Mindo to the airport for dropoff

Location

  • Address: N-0 Hosteria Martinian 1 PB Via Salto del Tigre Garcia Moreno, Ecuador
  • Phone: 1 (405)-563-7897
  • Email: reservations@flowingriverretreat.com

Lodging

  • 15 bedrooms that can guest over 25 people.
  • Comfortable spacious rooms.
  • Hot Water.
  • Dial Up Internet
  • 3 Kid themed rooms.
  • Private bathroom for each room

Meals

  • Breakfast Buffet (3 types of fruit, Natural Homemade Yogurt ,stew apples, toast, homemade jelly, granola, milk, butter,
  • warm cereal, coffee station)
  • Natural fruit juice
  • 1 option of eggs
  • Different vegetarian and Ayurvedic dishes
  • Latin fusion, Indian fusion
  • Snacks/fresh fruit
  • Detox juice /sweet treats

Facilities

  • A 2,000 square foot Yoga Studio
  • Swimming Pool
  • Steam Room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Natural Gardens
  • Walking Areas
  • Work out room
  • TV Room.
  • Sheltered gardens with a variety of garden vegetables.

Excursions

  • Mindo Chocolate farm
  • Orchid Farm
  • Quito City Tour
  • Cock of the Rock and wax bird excursion
  • Otavalo

I enjoyed one of the most relaxing and stress-free times of my life while staying here. The flowing river behind the resort lulled me to sleep every night and I woke each morning to the sounds of birds singing. If you’re looking for somewhere off the beaten path to relax and rejuvenate, this is the place!

- Jeanne

  • Iowa

There are 25 spots available in our inaugural Ayurvedic & Wellness Retreat. All applications to this program will be reviewed by Dr. Siju and the Flowing River Retreat team. Preference will be given to applicants based on the order they applied and their fit for the program. Every applicant will be contacted directly by our team.

Claim Your Spot!

Total Value: $2,500

FREE Lodging & Accomodations To The First 15 applicants accepted

Questions About Our Retreat

Flowing River Retreat is a riverside resort tucked deep within the oxygen-rich, cloud forest of northern Ecuador. It is our mission to offer a quiet place for deep relaxation and renewal by offering retreats that invigorate the mind, body, and spirit.

Address: N-0 Hosteria Martinian 1 PB Via Salto del Tigre Garcia Moreno, Ecuador

There is not a comfortable place to house your pet. We are sorry. We know how important pets are.

Absolutely! Guests always have the option to reserve a room and simply choose meals, activities and spa treatments as they please.

Yes. We offer spa retreats with flexible dates that allow guests to sample a lot of what we have to offer but at bundled rates. To see the spa retreats we offer, please follow this link.

To encourage a healthy environment we ask that guest to not consume alcohol or meat in our public spaces, however guests may enjoy these items in their rooms. That being said our property is always smoke-free.

No, it’s not really necessary. However, we do have fans upon request.

Yes, we are a family friendly property. We offer rooms that can comfortably accommodate families as well as family fun activities on-site such as hiking trails and swimming pool. Children must be supervised by an adult or guardian at all times.

The nearest airport is the Mariscal Sucre International airport in Quito. It is 4 hrs away.

Yes, we ask that guests with food allergies simply inform us so we can communicate those needs to our chef.

For room reservations & spa retreats, we have a 2 day cancellation policy. For all other retreats, please be sure to check the registration page specific to that retreat.

Not at this time.

We welcome everyone, even if you’re not a guest here! We offer daily property tours, meals, pottery classes and much more for visitors to enjoy. To see a list of activities with times and prices please look over our daily schedule.