Yoga & Language Vacation

71 €

Yoga & Language Vacation

- This yoga retreat is available all year round - 

A yoga retreat is a gift you can give to yourself! You can relax, deep into yoga practice, heal yourself, share beautiful moments with other people, enjoy with events we organise, enjoy art, dance, meditation, music, a really nice vegetarian food, nature and know something more about ancient knowledge of this beautiful country.

You don’t have to be experienced in yoga to join the program, and you can decide which activities you want to participate every day.

You can come for a minimum of 3 days to a maximum of 15 days.

Yoga retreat highlights:

  • Tantra yoga and applied tantra Philosophy work
  • Kundalini yoga, pranayama and work with chakras
  • Tranquil setting, with easy access to local attractions
  • Art and shamanism as a tool to release stuck energy
  • Movement and static meditation


From Monday to Friday activities and schedule are specified in the weekly program of yoga vacation.

On weekends: accommodation, meals + 1 yoga class or zen shiatsu treatment or healing shamanic ceremony or special half day workshop (paying a difference in the daily rate you can receive detox treatment, make visits in special attractions near the school, participate in workshops of Tantra, Qi Gong or dance.)

Spanish Instruction: In addition to your vacation, we have several professors available to help you learn Spanish. The price is USD $25 for 1.5 hours of instruction. The instructor will come to Casa Kiliku. Lessons are available different times of the day. 


The Yoga Retreat will take place in Casa Kiliku, in the Andes of Ecuador, close to the capital Quito and on the edge of a natural reserve. For us it is pure luxury to offer a retreat place in a rural environment at the edge of the ecological reserve Ilaló and so close to the centre of Quito, 25 minutes by car. Our place is made by ecological local materials and we promote a sustainable way of living.

We love to share our paradise, where we are living and creating films, radio plays, articles or compositions the last 19 years. The little village bus stops in front of our door. The new airport, too, you reach in 25-45 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Close by there are places where the national and international community mingles, like La Casa de Rafa, the Bio Market or the CaféArte. Here you buy organic food and German bread, having a coffee and a chat or enjoy story telling or a concert.

Just three kilometres down the road in Tumbaco, you find everything you need: local shops, banks and shopping malls.


Casa Kiliku is an ecological place created by artists. The houses are built by materials from our volcano, with bricks or adobe and wood. Every space is unique. You can stay on the big terrace and chat with others. Or just lie in the hammock and read or meditate on treetops dancing in the wind.


Vegetarian food will be served during this course. We don't have special menus for different kind of diets, please inform us in advance if you have a health condition that requires the use of certain ingredients.

Holistic treatments

  • Shiatsu treatments
  • Tarot counseling
  • Tantric counselling for single and couple 
  •  Ayurveda abhyanga massage
  • Thailandese massage with honey
  • Reflexology Treatments

Things to do

  • Excursions to hot springs or other nice places not too far
  • Shamanic medicinal plants ceremonies
  • Yoga and art related workshops on week ends

Additional information

Meeting point

We meet at the ashram. If you need pick up service at the airport we can send a confidence taxi.

AIrport transfers

Confidence taxi. Fair 20$

How to get there

From the airport, during the day you can take a local bus (at the exit of the airport on the right) to Tumbaco. This bus is green color and goes to Quito (Quitumbe station), say to the driver you want to stop in Tumbaco. Once in Tumbaco you can take a taxi to Rumihuaico alto, lote 169 (Comuna Leopoldo Chavez).

There are also buses moving from/to the community but the first time you come, we suggest to take a taxi.

From Quito city you take buses coming to Tumbaco which leave from Rio Coca station, in the norht of the city.

Group size

Maximum 18 people

Travel information

We don't require a travel insurance but we reccommend to have one. The school agreement specify responsibilities of the student and the school

What to bring

  • Light clothes for the day (can be 25 degrees) and something warm for nights which can be between 10 and 15 degrees
  • We have free wifi connection but not computers to borrow
  • We are 3 km from the village and there is not ATM next to the school, so please organize you before for the extra money you want to bring with you
  • Towel or beach wrap and swimsuit for the sweat lodge and hot springs
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Iris Disse

Iris is a German artist who works in Latin America and Europe as an internationally renowned film maker. Her documentaries and movies reflect the social reality of the indigenous people in Latin America and Indonesia. Until 1995 she was a well-known actress for German TV and theatre. She subsequently worked as a theatre director in Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna. She is a prize-winning sound artist and maintains some involvement in this fields. She has become interested in meditation, breathing, singing and dancing as spiritual techniques by working with the Sufimaster Pir Vilayat Inayat Kahn. Every year she participated in monthly retreats in the Alps. She then trained in Yoga Tantra with a range of teachers including Margo Anand, Doris Christinger and Peter Schröter from Sky Dancing Tantra, Diana Richardson, Kutira and Allan Lowen. She has been practicing Tantra for the last 20 years together with her partner, David Höner.

Iris and David have been teaching Tantra in different parts of the world since 1996 and Iris currently presents this knowledge at the University of Quito (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar) and Durga’s Tiger School. Working since 1994 with indigenous people in Latin America and Indonesia, she has become heavily involved with Shamanistic Energy work. In February 2013 Iris completed a 500 hour advanced Tantra Yoga Certification with the traditional tantric Bhagavan, Shri Shanmukha Anantha Natha in Southern India. She is initiated in Shri Vidya Tantra and certified as a YAI (Yoga Alliance International) Master Yoga teacher. For yogis who are interested in studying in India she can highly recommend Shri Kali Ashram. Since 2000 Iris has been developing Durga’s Tiger Teachings incorporating Tantra Yoga, tantric Philosophy and Shamanism. Her Durga’s Tiger Dance Meditation is a powerful fusion of yoga energy work implemented in different dance styles. The training involves voice work like chanting.

Daniela de Girolamo

Daniela grew up in Italy and after some years traveling, working as tour guide, she decided to settle in Granada, Spain. There she started to study at the “Sol y Luna” school, studying ayurvedic medicine with the study of abhyanga massage and marma treatments. In 2006 Daniela was certified as ayurveda massage therapist by APTN_COFENAT. This same year she began to study shiatsu and traditional chinese medicine. Thanks to this beautiful 4 year path, in which Daniela gained an understanding of the functioning of nature’s elements and their relationship with the body, she can integrate the knowledge of these two ancient arts of healing. Daniela’s love for shiatsu and the practice with patients, stimulated her to deepen her study, participating in 2010 in an intensive course about “Diagnostic and work with chakras” with Diego Sanchez, teacher from Uruguay. In 2011 she attended a postgraduate course about “Shiatsu and menstruation” with Marina De Franceschi from Italy.She began to regularly practice Qi Gong in order to be in good health and energetically strong while working with patients. Between 2010 and 2012 she trained at “Sol Y Luna” school to become a Qi Gong teacher. Between 2011 and 2012 she travelled in India where she practiced hatha yoga (as yoga vacation) in Sivananda Ashram in Neyyr Dam and experience a treatment in Parathuvayalil ayurvedic hospital in Cochin. Since arriving in Ecuador Daniela has been training in Tantra Yoga with Iris Disse and assisting with the creation of Durga’s Tiger School. She’s now certified as Master Yoga Teacher (500 hours) in Tantra Yoga and giving active meditation classes and tantra yoga classes.

David Hôner

“I am not a yogi, but I have practiced Tantra for the past 20 years.” – David Höner

Together with his partner Iris, he lives and learns the tantric path for the health of their relationship and his own personal development. He has a lot of experience in this subject that allows him to share this knowledge with the students coming to study at Durga’s Tiger School. 

As a manager of a small humanitarian organization, Cuisines sans frontières, he travels to different countries. David is a an artist, writer and journalist, always interested in the search of the “buen vivir” (good living) path for himself and for the society. In all the aspects of his life he includes an openess to spirtuality, and the search of the “third path”. He likes to share this search with all visitors.

"Dev" Erica Esham

A teacher of Tantra yoga & meditation, Erica embarked on her yogic journey in 2006, practicing and studying Yin Yoga for a number of years with “Sunshine” Celesti. From here she began to explore and develop her own practice, drawing influence from Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Acro-Yoga and finally tantric yoga with Durga’s Tiger School. 

In addition to her yogic practice, Erica involves herself in art, performance and teaching. She has played with Capoeria and attended many Afro-Cuban & Afro-Brazilian dance workshops with Donna Oefinger, the director of the Axe Dide Dance Company in Portland, Oregon.After graduating from the Columbus College of Art and Design. In 2007, she moved on to receive her Masters in Fine Art from the University of Cincinnati in 2012. She has been awarded a number of prestigious grants and scholarships for her work.In 2011 Erica received a Travel Grant for a photographic documentary project working with the indigenous peoples of Ecuador. While traveling for this project she fell in love with the energy of this country! 

She has intensively studied plant medicine, holistic health-care and herbalism for many years and continues to work with Shamanistic communities & power plants in both the US & South America.In Oregon, Erica worked as a volunteer for the Urban Farm Collective; transforming plots of land into neighborhood gardens. She has traveled extensively working with a multitude of farmers learning about sustainable farming methods, permaculture and natural building. She works with permaculture methods of growing in the Casa Kilku Garden.Erica strives to infuse all aspects of her life with the tantric philosophy. She believes that all people have a right to treat themselves with kindness and work to achieve a state of balance.

Nicolas Cambas

Born in Argentina, Nicolas is an artist and experimentalist who works with an investigation of art and therapy,  using different aspects of improvisation and experimental languages in Theatre, Clown, Dance, Music, Shamanism. Nicolas has been investigating and creating in the last 10 years, developing his personal style in performance, stage direction and pedagogy. Combining his artistic vocation with travels, he did representations in front of many different types of audiences. He developed workshops and seminaries about Clowning, Contact Improvisation and Creative Processes in a number of Latin American Countries: Argentina, Peru, Colombia & Ecuador. In 2014 Nicolas directed individual and group acts in various European countries. His travels brought him to study in-depth with the magic world of Andean-Amazonian, Shamanism. He lived with indigenous tribes and native peoples of South America, exploring rituals and traditions, participating in humanitarian projects in areas of conflict during social emergencies.

In the art scene he trained Clowns, Lecoq Technique, Masks, Comedy, Improvisation, anthropological theatre and scene director. He also explored different body techniques and languages like the circus, contemporary dance, instant composition (soundpainting), capoeira, yoga and fencing among other things. Now he is specialized in contact dance, which is the base of his current investigation and training. In his acts he highlights points of connection between structure and improvisation, game and collective unconscious, arts and healing, shamanism and paradigm change. Some of his teachers are: Marcelo Savignone, Cristina Marti, Gustavo Lecce, Victor Stivelman, Taita Querubin Queta. With his company Mystic Jongleur he developed two personas “Cantos Cuentados” and “Carloncho!”, who he represented  in a number of international festivals.

Laura Jerez Araya

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.”  - Dalai Lama XIV 

Laura was born in Chile, grew up in a village in the south, Buena Paz, where she learned to respect and love nature. In 2006, she understood that her path was to improve the lives of others, so she began her studies in social work at the University “Tecnológica Metropolitana del Estado de Chile” (UTEM). During this process, she became engaged with social fights under the concepts of justice and equality. In 2012 she was certified with a degree in Social Work.Laura practiced social work for 3 years and she became disillusioned by traditional therapy methods and wanted to expand her knowledge. 

She studied “Bach Flower essences”, remedies for the Soul. During this process she understood that  the matter evolves the same way the Soul evolves. She began to give importance to emotions rather than just reasoning. To the senses more than the figure, to feel more than to know, to live more than to possess.

In 2012 she was certified as Floral Therapist and she participated to the National Congress of Bach Flowers for children. She practiced her profession as floral therapist with children, teenagers and adults, focusing on therapies for women and providing counseling services, realizing with satisfaction the quality of results you can obtain using floral therapy.tantra yoga teacher. In 2014 Laura traveled through Latin America, gaining experiences through cultures, landscapes, colors, fragrances, tastes and most of all, releasing her attachment to material objects. During this travel she planned a pause “The middle of the world” to become a yoga teacher, a love of her past. Here she found a mystic and sacred environment in the “Durga’s Tiger School”. During her training here she was able to go deep inside her yogic experience, reinforcing her beliefs and supporting her ideals.Laura taught yoga classes to children and teenagers in the School of Arab dances “Brigitte Saunders” (Valle de los Chillos) and now offers regular classes in the Cultural Centre Kay Miravalles and in Casa Kiliku. She is also the fouder of “Bien-estar Yoga” centred in personal and private yoga classes.“Work with your body, relax your mind, and cultivate your soul!”

Gabriela Heredia

Gabriela was born in Cuenca, Ecuador. She started to approach yoga at an early age, when her mother was going to a school of self-fulfiment and would bring her  sometimes; Gabriela never forgets this seed which would bloom some years later….She grew up in a spiritual environment, and her family took on vegetarianism as a lifestyle. She was surrounded by self-realization books and I found one in particular: Yug Yoga Yoghismo from Dr. Serge Raynaud de la Ferriere, that introduced her to yoga early on. From that moment she started journey of self-discovery.

Gaby started her Kundalini Yoga practice in 2008. In 2010 she studied with Master Teachers Nam Nidhan Kaur Kalsa, Pritampal Singh Kalsa, Prabhu Nam Kaur and Sat Jiwan Singh to become a Kundalini Yoga teacher.She also trained as Yoga Teacher for children, in Yoga and Biomechánics, as a PNL Practitioner. 

In her constant search to balance her health, she has organized macrobiotic alimentation courses, ayurveda and raw food courses. Now she’s studying coaching for health and nutrition and integrates yoga and nutrition as a lifestyle.

Akire Garcia

Akire was born in a commercial world, in a hardworking and loving family. She practiced ballet, contemporary dance and tropical rhythms in her childhood. She started practicing Taichi during my stay in China, while studying Mandarin. Yoga came into her life in 2006 at age 14 and she has been practicing and studying the various paths since then. Today she teaches Yoga for Alignment where she focuses on building the human body by taking care of bones, joints and muscles structures for a long life and healthy practice.Akire is a founder of the Yoga Urbano Estudio in Quito. With other teachers she organizes regular classes in Quito and yogic saturdays at Durga’s Tiger School. She also organizes excursions to natural places to practice extreme sports during sundays, as she loves mixing her passion for sports with yoga.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What's included in this yoga retreat:

  • Shared accommodation at Casa Kiliku
  • Meals
  • 1 yoga class
  • Zen Shiatsu treatment
  • Healing shamanic ceremony
  • Special half day workshop

What's not included:

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Group or Private Spanish Lessons 
  • Travel Insurance
  • All services not listed above

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