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42 Days 300-Hour Tantra Yoga Shamanism Teacher Training in Pichincha, Ecuador

Casa Kiliku, Rumihuaico Alto, Lote 169, Segunda Acequia, Tumbaco, Pichincha, Ecuador

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Join this teacher training in Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism, that meets the standards of Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance International. You will learn to teach an inspiring, intuitive, and deeply meditative yoga practice, learn how to unify body, mind, and spirit through yoga and how to integrate yogic philosophy into your daily life and your relationships, and engage in a personal and transformative process in a beautiful and intimate learning environment.

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  • Daily yoga practices
  • Morning meditation sessions
  • Mantra chanting, chakra, and pranayama
  • Physiology, philosophy, and yoga methodology
  • Heyoca, art, and Durga’s Tiger dance
  • Tantric and shamanistic rituals
  • 41 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


41 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 29
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  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio

Casa Kiliku opens its' doors as an ashram where you will live in community, share meals, share spaces, karma yoga, and experience life at this unique ashram.

Every space is unique; the houses are built of materials from the volcano with bricks, adobe and wood. Enjoy time on the expansive terrace and chat with others or find peace in the hammock, reading or quietly meditating while the treetops dance in the wind. It is pure luxury to offer a retreat place in a rural environment at the edge of the ecological reserve, and so close to the center of Quito.

The Ashram is at peace with its' surroundings; a gathering house were a sustainable approach to living is encouraged. Accommodation will be in double or triple rooms in one of the eclectic houses. Each room is equipped with a bathroom and hot shower. A common kitchen and eating space is located off the terrace where you can share meals and enjoy the view.

Ashrams represent a return to a simpler way of living, sometimes much different from living in a hotel. The space sustains itself, each group comes together in a communal atmosphere; the expectation that everyone will pitch in with whatever needs doing.



Upon completion of this yoga teacher training, students are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®). Registration with this organization provides a globally recognized credential.


Living in the ashram enables you to focus intensively on your training, away from everyday tasks and distractions, fully immersing themselves in a process of learning and self-discovery. You will discover the joy of deeply engaging in yogic practice and lifestyle without your usual responsibilities and away from the busyness of daily life. A close and energetic group environment is created to enable you to share your experience and learning process and thus, collectively deepen your understanding of the yoga practice.

This course content is focused on Tantra yoga. Techniques of pranayama are taught in Tantra yoga and Kundalini yoga practices. You will also take part in morning meditations and chakra work through the Kundalini, Tantra yoga, and meditation practice. Other practices will be Heyoca, the shamanic clown, expressive arts of the being, shamanism and cosmovision, Tantric and shamanistic rituals, Durga’s Tiger dance, applied Tantra philosophy, and mantra chanting.

At the end of every training, there is the possibility to participate to a Jungle Yagé trip with Jose Zambrano, the creator of Mushuk Allpa Tours, who spent the last years in creating a sustainable contact with indigenous people and supporting them with conscious tourism and cooperation projects.

Applied Tantric wisdom

The applied Tantric wisdom classes are an opportunity for self-discovery. As the course is based on the 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 you will deepen your creativity and relaxation in the body movement. The training also involves the voice work through mantra chanting.

You are given time for self-study, reflection, and practice teaching Tantra yoga classes with each other. During the course of the month, you will also complete a written project. During theory and practical learning courses, you will experience a deeply personal work, exploring yourselves with applied Tantra philosophy, art, shamanism, and the Durga’s Tiger dance.

As Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism is living in Ecuador with a huge indigenous population, you also have the opportunity to learn about the Andean culture, its cosmovision, and its similarities with the eastern culture. 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. This work helps Ecuadorian yoga students integrate more easily with the eastern wisdom.

Intuitive anatomy and physiology

You will approach the vision and methodology of the Kaula Tantra yoga practice 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 is about the combined powers of the mind and the physical body and the effect of being totally in harmony with messages you perceive from your bodies in each moment.

Kaula Tantra yoga

Tantra Yoga is a holistic cosmovision which 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.

Karma yoga

Karma yoga is the part of the learning process of community life. Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism helps each other to maintain common spaces and materials. You will take care of the “Pachamama” (Earth). Through Karma yoga, you will keep in contact with the earth and its fruits as you will contribute to the well being and learning of the group.

Kundalini yoga

Through Kundalini yoga, you will deeply explore the pranayama techniques used in Kundalini, Tantra yoga, and the chakras system. You will 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.

Partner yoga

With Partner yoga, you will discover the joy and the importance of support and be supported. The challenge is to take care of the sacred space dancing between you and your partner, and you will 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 concentration in one-self and also in the other. It is a work of active listening to feel until which point the other can arrive.

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 in presence, senses, connection, body communication, more than acrobatics. In this way, you will create the dance of Shiva and Shakti.

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.

You will get in touch with your inner child and intuition, develop the right side of the brain and lateral thinking, release patterns and blocking, open your ears and eyes to the present moment and to others, work in group 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 from the east to the west, ancient, and contemporary.

The main role of this character is to act in a way that is different to the ordinary and accepted, sometimes precisely the opposite, in order to raise the awareness of ordinary people through play. You cannot play or laugh at the world if you do not start by laughing and playing with yourselves. Clowning involves deep transformation. It is a kind of shamanism of yourselves that will reflect positively on the creation of your lives and relationships.

Tantra yoga

Tantra yoga works with deep relaxation. You will learn the feeling of flowing into the asanas without the struggle, developing a deep form of yoga and meditation. This technique is completed by the practice of bandhas, pranayama, mantra chanting, sitting meditation, and Kundalini Kriyas. You will 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, you will learn about the energetic exchange between Shiva and Shakti, the two polarities, and how to integrate sexual energy into their yoga exploration.

Daily schedule

  • Morning meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Morning session of theory or practical learning and yoga practice
  • Lunch and afternoon break
  • Afternoon session of theory or practical learning and yoga practice
  • Dinner
  • Teachings of Tantra philosophy, mantra chanting, dancing or special arts events related to the course material (two to three evenings per week)


Daniela de Girolamo

Iris Disse

Nicolas Cambas

Marcela Camacho

Hector Villavicencio

Rosa Maria Cisneros

Wind Malin Disse

Anahi Sandivares

Javier Wermuth


The yoga retreat will take place at Casa Kiliku, in the Andes of Ecuador, close to the capital Quito, and on the edge of a natural reserve. You will be located three kilometers from the village of Tumbaco surrounded by high trees and mountains.

The Kiliku is a little hawk living here on the ancient volcano, Ilalo. In the Andes, he is the symbol of freedom as he is sees reality from high above. The meaning translates to this space, helping yogis to get distance from everyday life. You fly into the experience of living in a yoga ashram, enjoy the green gardens that captivate the space with vibrant flora and active fauna.

Nearby places

  • Quito - 25 minutes
  • Tumbaco, 3 kilometers



  • Massage


  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio


During this training, you will enjoy three vegetarian and locally sourced meals daily. All meals are prepared with love mixing the Ecuadorian tradition with healthy and conscious recipes. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also available. If you have any food allergy or specific dietary need such as vegan or gluten-free, Casa Kiliku can provide a special menu for a supplement of 5 USD per day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you can explore the surrounding mountain side. Enjoy a coffee and a chat at Cafe Arte or catch a concert at night. You may choose to relax in the hammock, take a day trips to hot springs, a hike up the mountain, or a trip to Otavalo Market. The bio mercado is located on the other side of the ravine where you can find organic produce, fresh German bread, and vegan treats. After the course, there may be an opportunity (depending on interest) to work with local shamans and medicinal plants of the jungle or the Andes.

Many teachers specialize in a variety of healing arts and Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism is thus able to offer at an extra cost, including

  • Abhyanga and Marmas massage
  • Personalized qigong practices
  • Reflexology
  • Relaxing massage
  • Tantric counseling about love, couple, and sexuality
  • Zen shiatsu treatments

What's included

  • All teacher training courses
  • Certificate of completion
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Dance, art, and shamanism
  • Mantra chanting, meditation, and pranayama
  • Physiology, philosophy, yoga methodology lessons
  • 41 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals per day
  • Ecuador taxes

What's not included

  • Day trips
  • Extra massage sessions
  • Work with a shaman and medicinal plants
  • Yoga exploration laboratories

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)

  • Enter after “Tola Chica” exit (the eighth kilometer).
  • When you get to the bridge that connects with “Calle Carchi”, turn left.
  • If you take the wrong exit and you enter from “Tola Chica”, you will find another bridge where you can turn back and follow a lateral street of Ruta Viva until the bridge that connects with “Calle Carchi”

Driving directions from Quito

  • Enter in Tumbaco through the Interocenica.
  • You will see Santa Mara supermarket on your right and then follow straight on for about one kilometer more.
  • Turn right in the Guayaquil Street on the opposite site of Gasolinera Primax (gas station) by the Semaforo light.
  • Drive towards the Colegio Pachamama.
  • Cross a bridge over Ruta Viva Highway until you get to a big football field in Rumihuaico area (Comuna Leopoldo Chavez).
  • Go straight up to the hill, after 100 meters, the street makes a Y split.
  • Keep right (the opposite direction from Pachamama) uphill on the newly paved road.
  • Follow one and a half kilometers more or less and on the right side, you see a blue house.
  • Casa Kiliku is directly behind it.
  • Look for the little sign that says Casa Kiliku lote 169.

Driving directions from the Ruta Viva

  • Take the exit after “intervals” just after the eighth kilometer.
  • This entrance does not have a sign since it is located between “intervals” exit and “Tola Chica” exit.
  • It goes up to a bridge that connects with “Calle Carchi”.
  • When you arrive up to the bridge, turn right and continue until you reach Rumihuaico football field.
  • Enter in Tumbaco through the Interocenica.
  • You will see Santa Mara supermarket on your right and then follow straight on for about one kilometer more.
  • Turn right in the Guayaquil Street on the opposite site of Gasolinera Primax (gas station) by the Semaforo light.
  • Drive towards the Colegio Pachamama.
  • Cross a bridge over Ruta Viva Highway until you get to a big football field in Rumihuaico area (Comuna Leopoldo Chavez).
  • Go straight up to the hill, after 100 meters, the street makes a Y split.
  • Keep right (the opposite direction from Pachamama) uphill on the newly paved road.
  • Follow one and a half kilometers more or less and on the right side, you see a blue house.
  • Casa Kiliku is directly behind it.
  • Look for the little sign that says Casa Kiliku lote 169.

Arrival by bus

From Quito, you need to go to Rio Coca station and take a bus to Tumbaco. You find public buses to Tumbaco until 6:30 p.m. every day, and from the village, you can get to Durga's Tiger School for Tantra Yoga Shamanism by taxi. You can also ask them for a pick-up taxi which costs 20 USD.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.

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Two persons booking together are eligible for a special discount of 110 USD per person.

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