La Sirena Yoga

La Sirena started with organizing and hosting yoga and spiritual retreats in her adopted home of Ecuador, and has now grown to include a Holistic Centre offering Reiki, aromatherapy, natural health products and spa services, a yoga sangha with regular classes, and spiritual, health and wellness courses and seminars.

La Sirena empezó con organización y presentación de retiros de yoga en su país adoptada de Ecuador, y ahora ha crecido para incluir un Centro Holístico que ofrece Reiki, aromaterapia, productos y servicios de salud natural y spa, una sangha de yoga con clases fijos, y cursos y talleres de espiritualidad, salud y bienestar.

La Sirena Retreats y Centro Holístico | Cdla. Los Almendros, Manta, Ecuador | 593 52 381 344 | 593 987 267 157

Thursday, 2 June 2011


Cotacachi and The Andes With Raven Silva and Janice Betts
October  16 - 22 2011

This event is now closed. Please stay tuned for the next exciting opportunity!

                                                   Heart of Cotacachi            copyright Janice Betts 2011

“Legend has it that the Cotacachi Mountain was very flirtatious and, though she married the powerful Rucu (Old) Pichincha, she had an affair with the younger and more handsome Imbabura Mountain. In revenge, Rucu Pichincha stole their first-born son, Guagua Pichincha. Because of this, Cotacachi cries every day and thus produced the Cotacachi Lake from her bitter tears. It's not surprising that Cotacachi has charmed so many lovers..., for she is very attractive and so is the city beneath her.”* Carolina Matheus

Este retiro es bilingue ingles y espanol.

Early Bird pricing extended! Pay in full before September 16 to save $200 and pay only $1750US incl. (airfare and insurance not included).

Join us for a week of spectacular, inspiring scenery and the healing, relaxing benefits of Reiki and massage with daily instruction in watercolour painting with artist Raven Silva. Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some experience, let the incredible scenery and tranquility of the Andes Mountains inspire you while Raven gives you one on one attention in helping you express your creative talents. In the late afternoons and evenings at the beautiful Colonial Inn, nourish your body and soul with the Inn’s delicious, organic and vegetarian food, dry sauna, fireplaces, massage and Reiki. We’ll also be visiting the world famous Otavalo textile and artisanal market, and there will be time to explore the shops of Cotacachi that are famous for their fabulous and ethically made leather goods. We will have in situ painting classes in 4 different locations, and all art materials are included, along with your very own Alpaca wool blanket and artisanal wool carry bag for the in situ painting classes.

The Giving Back proceeds from this event will benefit Fundacion Valor de La Vida (see )

Gustavo Raven Silva studied art at New York’s High School of Art and Design, School of Visual Arts, and New York Tech, School of Graphic Design. He had the privilege of studying under Andy Warhol, Joseph Roberts, Paul Waldman, and many other notable artists of the 20th century. He has a long list of exhibits in both the United States and Ecuador, and has experience teaching drawing and painting workshops. He works out of his home studio and is represented in Ecuador by Kalona Gallery in Guayaquil. He loves the cool climate of the mountains where he feels a connection to his indigenous heritage, and truly enjoys watching his students progress, and mentoring emerging artists; La Sirena (Janice Betts) has the good fortune to be one of those emerging artists and is looking forward to studying with Raven along with the participants in this workshop.

Package includes 6 nights’ accommodations, 14 vegetarian meals, all entrance fees and ground transportation, tips, all art materials and instruction.

Group size: 10 to 15 participants

Experience level: All levels, no experience necessary

Difficulty level: Easy, relaxed- no hiking or major physical activity (except for carrying around your fabulous purchases from the artisanal and textile market- bringing an extra suitcase is recommended!)

The first 10 participants get a complimentary Reiki session (with me). Additional sessions can be booked for $25. Massages are optional, and cost $25/hr or $15/half hour. The dry sauna is free, and seats 2 people at a time.

To book your spot please contact