WARM HEART, COOL MIND.
MEXICAN PACIFIC COAST YOGA RETREAT
A retreat that goes deep in the richness of yoga: a healthy body, a warm heart and a sharp mind. Come and exprience in this 7 days with yoga sessions overlooking the Pacific Ocean, cozy eco-chic casitas surrounded by tropical forest, pristine beaches, gourmet organic food, the traditions of the Huichol ethnic group and the opportunity to live a temazcal ceremony to detox and restore body & mind.
We will stay at Haramara retreat, located near the quaint fishing town of Sayulita, a favorite surfing destination on the Nayarit Riviera, less than one hour away from Puerto Vallarta.
As reviewed by the Yoga Journal, this is one of the ten best yoga retreats in the world. This eco-chic style sanctuary was created with great care to provide a natural and supportive environment to connect, renew and restore well-being. Each guest room is housed in a private standalone thatched hut – made of all natural materials – and featuring exceptional ocean and jungle views.
The perfect place for digital-detox, as it has no TV, WiFi or even electricity. Lighting is provided by kerosene lanterns and candles. As a guest remarked, this retreat is “Robinson Crusoe meets Architectural Digest.”
Want to know more about Haramara? visit their site HERE.
For beach lovers: a private unspoiled beach within walking distance of one of the most famous surfing beaches on the Mexican Pacific coast. Also there’s a great endless swimming pool -overlooking the magnificent Pacific ocean- to refresh you.
Your culinary experience will be exquisite: award-winning chefs prepare natural, fresh, and creative food to tempt all of our senses.
THE YOGA INSTUCTOR
I’ve been for over ten years on the yoga path and worked with people with special needs in the Therapeutic area for 20 years. As a Yogi and a Psychomotor Activity professional I’m confident in the natural, self-sensing capacity of the body to open to the recognition of one’s essential nature.
In the year 2000 I traveled to London to work as an assistant in Vacanni School of Dancing and started my yoga practice in the Iyengar Yoga Institute of London.
Back in Mexico I continued my yoga practice with different instructors and did my 2 year’s Iyengar Yoga training and a Kid’s Yoga Training with Marsha Wening. Now I have my own yoga training in Mexico: Ganapati Yoganiños.
I’m currently doing a Therapeutic Yoga training in Yoga Space, meanwhile I teach yoga in different institutions like Rehabilitation Centers with Parinamma Yoga (yoga of transformation) and I certify instructors to work with children.
I’m happy to share all my knowledge in this retreat in such a wonderful place!
In this retreat we will be focused on our heart & mind, on how to connect them to enrich our vision of life thru the ancient techniques of yoga & meditation, in this breathtaking spot of the Mexican Pacific coast.
Join us. it’s open to all yoga levels ,)
Each casita has been hand-built of all natural materials and offers exceptional views of the ocean and jungle canopy. They are situated to offer privacy and seclusion while still taking advantage of the spectacular views, an individually designed private bathroom with hot water, monogrammed towels and an open air shower with a view.
The schedule will feature two hours of yoga and meditation in the morning and two more in the afternoon. Instruction will be delivered in English and in Spanish according to need.
We’ll be early birds, waking up with the sunrise and starting the day with a 30 minute meditation (optional), followed by a sunrise-yoga class: getting in to physical, conscious and electromagnetic levels, strengthening our nervous system with pranayama, mantra chanting, active meditation and relaxation.
By 9 a.m. we’ll be ready to take a majestic and healthy breakfast: a selection of fresh fruit, homemade granola & yogurt, eggs any style, omelets, fresh squeezed juice, tea and coffee.
And after this comes free time for: beach, swimming pool, massage, surfing, whale watching, horseback riding, discover Sayulita,…
Lunch (around 1:00 p.m.) A chef’s choice three course meal including either soup or salad, main course and dessert. Your choice of main course – vegan, vegetarian, fish or shrimp.
At 5:00 p.m. get ready for our vinyasa flow yoga class, involving smooth movement from posture to posture in rhythm with the breath. This class is designed to build strength, flexibility, and concentration & body awareness . Cynthia is very cautious with the personal needs, so you’ll feel pampered.
Then around 8:00pm we will enjoy an exquisite three course meal made with fresh products …and tons of love!
Temazcal, a healing experience
On the last day we will submerge ourselves in this purification ritual.
The temazcal -the traditional sweat lodge of pre-Hispanic origin- has survived from antiquity to our times as a healing experience and a space of prayer. To produce the heat, volcanic stones are heated by a shaman in a bonfire located on the far side of the temazcal; these are then placed in a pit inside of it to produce steam. The inside represents the womb of our Mother Earth where the earliest of moments are recreated and where things prepare to be born and reborn.
A week full of yoga and other fun activities:
Besides doing yoga, we will have time to enjoy the surroundings, explore the town of Sayulita (within walking distance), go to the beach, enjoy a massage, stone healing therapy or experience adventure in an optional excursion such as zip line riding, surfing, or horseback riding. You can book all of this at the retreat and with just one day in advance.
Frequently asked questions:
How do I get there?
By Plane: fly to Puerto Vallarta airport (PVR). We like to compare flights on kayak.com
ARRIVING: Please fly into Puerto Vallarta Airport on November 1st before evening. Free transfers will be provided (It’s less than one hour ride).
DEPARTING: If you fly out from Puerto Vallarta Airport on November 8th we will provide a free transfer.
Driving: please CLICK HERE for directions.
If I go alone, can I share room with another participant?
Absolutely! Many participants come by themselves and share room with another participant, it’s a fair price and a great way to get to know wonderful people.
What will the weather be like?
November is warm but very comfortable (upper 70s to low 80s) and it’s already on the dry season, in case of rain it usually doesn’t start until late in the afternoon, leaving most of the day free for outdoor activities.
What to pack?
Loose, cool clothing in natural fibres will help you keep your cool, but also bring a sweater or a waterproof jacket. Also pack a bathing suit to enjoy the pool. Please bring sunblock, insect repellent and a flashlight. There are yoga mats in the studio and you can bring yours if you wish to.
Is there any internet access?
There’s no WiFi, so if you are looking to connect with the earth and disconnect with modern technology this is the place for you. The nearest WiFi is a 25-minute walk away, in Sayulita town.
How can I book an optional excursion / massage?
Extra excursions like zip line riding, surfing, scuba diving, whale watching or horseback riding & massages can be booked at the hotel at any time during your stay.
How can I get to Sayulita town?
Sayulita is walking distance, just 25 minutes away from the Haramara retreat.
Check out this video about Sayulita. Do not miss the Huichol center Tanana a non-profit gallery specialized in unique Huichol art.
More questions about your stay?
Please check out Haramara’s FAQs link www.haramararetreat.com/faq/
How about payment and cancellation policy?
You can pay for the full retreat, or make a $500 USD deposit per person (non-refundable) and then pay the rest before Sept. 15th, 2014. Once we receive your deposit your booking is confirmed and you will get a receipt.
Payment methods: Credit Card and Paypal through our web page. For a bank transfers please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward you our mexican bank account details.
~ If you cancel 46 or more days before your date of arrival, you will get back 90% of your investment, except $500USD that will be applied as a credit to another retreat with Omm Retreats.
~ If you cancel 45 or less days before your date of arrival, you will get back 90% of your investment, except $500USD (non-refundable).
~ If the retreat is cancelled -which has never happened!- you will get 100% of your retreat investment back.
Please note that travel insurance is mandatory to join our retreats.
WARM HEART, COOL MIND. Yoga Retreat in Sayulita, Mexico
DATES: November 1 to 8, 2014
TEACHER: Cynthia García
Not included in price
~Transportation to Puerto Vallarta
~Massage, therapies and optional excursions like whale watching, surfing, snorkeling, horseback riding,…
~ Staff gratuities
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