On this unique Pachamama Journey, you’ll join a group of like-minded, awake individuals for the journey of a lifetime engaging your heart, mind, body and soul. Yoga and self-inquiry will be utilized to integrate the profound experiences in the forest, while exploring our interior selves with the intention of igniting our personal gifts and purpose in service of the world at this critical time.
Accompanying our journey will be the Pachamama Alliance’s iconic founding indigenous partners, the Achuar, who are committed protecting their pristine ancestral rainforest home and culture for the benefit of all life. Their warrior spirit, generosity, grace and humility will deeply touch you and offer a remarkable example and reference for how human beings can be in the world. While in the rainforest, we’ll stay in the lodge of the community of Ti’inkias and the renowned Kapawi Ecolodge, both owned and operated by the Achuar.
Journey Leader: Rebecca Rogers
Rebecca F. Rogers teaches yoga in San Francisco and also manages community engagement of the non-profit Off the Mat, Into the World which bridges yoga with leadership development and grassroots activism.
Learn more about Rebecca
Day One: Journey Begins
Sunday, October 8
Arrival in Quito (early arrivals encouraged for acclimation). Group stays at the Hacienda San Luis in Tabacundo.
Yoga, Orientation, Descend Andes to Rainforest
Monday, October 9
Morning yoga session and meditation in the hacienda’s custom yoga studio. After breakfast and an orientation meeting, we’ll head south through the Andes into the mysterious cloud forests until we reach the gateway to the Amazon rainforest. Dinner and evening discussion about entering the rainforest and the Achuar territory at our hotel, El Jardin, located on the outskirts of Puyo.
Day Three: Fly Over Pristine Rainforest to Achuar Territory, Ti’inkias Arrival
Tuesday, October 10
Head to the nearby town of Shell where we’ll take a 45-minute flight deep into the Amazon rainforest to the Achuar village of Chichirat. Hike to the Bobanaza River for a beautiful motorized canoe ride down to the village of Ti’inkias. A 30-minute hike will bring us to the simple forest encampment built in traditional Achuar design that will be our home for three days and nights. Yoga session and evening meal.
Day Four: Dream Sharing, Yoga, Cultural Practices, Medicinal Plant Hike
Wednesday, October 11
Early morning dream-sharing ritual with Achuar families over guayusa tea (the green tea of the rainforest). During this intimate time, the Achuar will interpret our dreams and share with us the significance of this tradition for their culture. After breakfast, they will generously share their cultural practices, including basket and ceramic making, weaving, dart making and blowgun practice. Return to encampment for lunch, yoga and siesta. In the afternoon, we’ll set out on a rainforest hike with our Achuar guide explaining medicinal plant use and Achuar spirituality. Late afternoon yoga, dinner, gather around fire.
Day Five: Yoga, Black Water Lagoon, Achuar Spirituality, Cultural Exchange
Thursday, October 12
After breakfast, we’ll head out on a hike through the lush forest to a beautiful black water lagoon, which we’ll explore in dugout canoes and kayaks. We’ll visit a large Kapok tree and spend some quiet and contemplative solo time taking in the vibrant forest before returning to the village for more interaction, including games with children, a refreshing swim in an oasis-like natural pool, a cultural exchange (feel free to bring small instruments, songs and dances for sharing), and a traditional Achuar feast.
Day Six: Yoga, Boat Trip Up Pastaza, Shamanic Ceremony
Friday, October 13
Yoga session and farewells before the 4-hour trip up the mighty Pastaza River. We’ll arrive the encampment of an elder Achuar shaman who will invite us to participate in a nighttime ritual.
Day Seven: Morning time in Community, Short trip to Kapawi Lodge, Integration Time Yoga, Free Time, Forest Hike, Caiman Watching on River
Saturday, October 14
Morning debrief with shaman before heading to the acclaimed Kapawi Lodge by boat. Open time for integration, rest and journaling, then we’ll go out on the river to swim and float in kayaks or canoes – mingling with the legendary pink river dolphin if we’re lucky. Yoga session followed by dinner and rest.
Day Eight: Yoga, Forest Excursion, Night Walk
Sunday, October 15
Morning yoga followed by an excursion into the forest to further discover the Achuar and their relationship with the plants and animals. We’ll visit a massive kapok tree for a meditation. Sunset yoga followed by dinner and night walk to witness the incredible nocturnal life of the forest.
Day Nine: Dream-Sharing, Bird Watching, Flight Out of Forest, Arrival at Hacienda Manteles, Relax
Monday, October 16
Early morning dream sharing followed by time on the river for bird and animal watching. Fly back to the small town of Shell where our bus will take us to the cozy and inviting Hacienda Manteles in the Patate Valley of the Andes, with sweeping vistas of the magnificent Tungurahua volcano. Free time for rest, reflection and enjoyment of the gourmet food and comfortable environment. Yoga practice and evening circle.
Day Ten: Explore the Llanganates National Park, Symposium
Tuesday, October 17th
Morning yoga. Open space to enjoy the verdant surroundings, with the option of hiking into the nearby majestic Llanganates National Park and its enchanted cloud forest, rivers and waterfalls of immense beauty. Later in the afternoon, we’ll participate in an Awakening the Dreamer Symposium – a powerful inquiry and discussion that will deepen the context and meaning of our journey, having just been with the indigenous people who inspired its creation.
Day Eleven: Completions and Celebrations
Wednesday, October 18th
Morning yoga, followed by a journey completion circle to share experiences, learnings and commitments. After lunch at Hacienda Manteles, we’ll drive back through the Avenue of the Volcanoes to our final hotel, la Rabida, for our farewell dinner together and lodging.
Day Twelve: Departures
Thursday, October 19th
Departures for home or next destinations
Itinerary is subject to change
We recommend having a day or more on the front and back side of the formal itinerary to acclimate, rest, integrate and see Quito if you wish. Please contact us if you would like recommendations or have questions.