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. We’ll stay in the lodge of the visionary community of Sharamentsa and 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: Group Begins
Sunday, October 8
Arrival in Quito (early arrivals encouraged for acclimation). Group stays at the Hacienda San Luis in Tabacundo.
Day Two: 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 into Pristine Forest, Arrive in Achuar Village of Sharamentsa, Forest Hike, Yoga
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 visionary Achuar community of Sharamentsa. Traditional Achuar welcome with their fermented manioc beverage, chicha. Get situated in the community lodge constructed in ancestral Achuar design and ideally situated on the banks of the Pastaza River. Afternoon hike in the rainforest to get acquainted with the power and vitality of this pristine environment. Late afternoon yoga session.
Day Four: Dream Sharing, Yoga, Cultural Traditions, Village Activities, Cultural Exchange
Wednesday, October 11
Early morning dream sharing ritual with Achuar families over guayusa tea. Sunrise yoga session overlooking the mighty Pastaza River. Cultural practices, including basket and ceramic making, weaving, dart making and blowgun practice. After lunch and a siesta, we will have a chance to play games in the village and then a yoga session. In the evening, we’ll share in a cultural exchange where the Achuar will offer ancestral chants, music and traditions, and invite us to share as well (feel free to bring small instruments, songs and dances for sharing). Traditional Achuar feast from local foods.
Day Five: Yoga, Hike to Waterfall, Meditation, Achuar Spirituality, Shamanic Ceremony
Thursday, October 12
Early morning dream sharing. Hike with Achuar guides to learn about the extensive flora and fauna of this intact rainforest, including their use of medicinal plants, natural building materials and small-scale, sustainable farming. Arrive at a sacred waterfall and learn about the Achuar cosmo-vision and spiritual practices. Enjoy some quiet and contemplative time to connect with the forest and ourselves, taking in the innumerable forms of life all around us. Late afternoon yoga session. In the evening, there will be an invitation to participate in a shamanic ceremony.
Day Six: Yoga, Sharing with Shaman, Boat to Kapawi Lodge, Time to Rest, Swimming/Kayaking
Friday, October 13
Yoga session followed by debrief sharing with the shaman before saying our farewells and heading to the river for a 90-minute boat ride to the acclaimed Achuar owned and operated Kapawi Ecolodge. After some free time to relax in the hammock and reflect on our experiences, 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 Seven: Yoga, Free Time, Forest Hike, Caiman Watching on River
Saturday, October 14
Morning yoga session in the idyllic setting of Kapawi. Free time for journaling, swimming, exploring the area around Kapawi. In the afternoon we’ll set out on a hike to learn more about the forest ecology and the traditional uses with our Achuar guide. Sunset yoga session followed by dinner and nighttime canoe ride to look for caiman.
Day Eight: Dream Sharing, Blow-Dart Competition, Forest Excursion, Time on River, Yoga, Night Walk
Sunday, October 15
Early morning dream sharing and yoga practice. After breakfast and blow-dart competition, we’ll head into the forest to visit a massive kapok tree for a meditation and to learn more about the Achuar spiritual traditions. After lunch in the middle of the forest, we’ll canoe, kayak or swim back to Kapawi. Yoga followed by dinner and night walk to witness the incredible nocturnal life of the forest.
Day Nine: Bird Watching, Flight Out of Forest, Arrival at Hacienda Manteles, Rest and Relax
Monday, October 16
Morning 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.