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Haramara Retreat FAQ

  • What is the cost of the retreat and when do I need to register?
    Prices based on per person occupancy Dorm $2,040 Quad $2,200 Triple $2,300 Double $2,540 Single $3,624 Downpayment: $500 (non-refundable) Must be paid in full by October 1, 2021. After October 1, 2021, prices reflected go up $200/person.
  • Where is Haramara Retreat Center located and what time zone is it in?
    Haramara Retreat is located on the Central Pacific Coast of mainland Mexico in the coastal region of the state of Nayarit (known as Riviera Nayarit) near the town of Sayulita. Sayulita is located 45 minutes north of the city of Puerto Vallarta. We will be in the Central Time Zone. Mexico observes Daylight Savings Time but does not make the time switch on the same dates as the United States.
  • Where do I fly into and what time do I need to be there?
    You will fly into Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) and arrival is between 1 and 4pm.
  • How do I get there and what do I need for entry into Mexico?
    Most people fly into Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport (Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, airport code: PVR). You will need a CURRENT PASSPORT for your trip to Mexico. A Driver's License is no longer a valid identification document for travel to Mexico. No prior visa or vaccinations are required to enter the country.
  • How will I get to the retreat center?
    Arrival is into Puerta Vallarta International Airport (PVR) from Saturday to Saturday on the dates of your retreat. We ask that you try to arrive between 1pm and 5pm and depart 4pm the following Saturday. If you are arriving and departing on those specified days, Paola will work directly with you to coordinate a shuttle from the airport. If you choose to arrive earlier than the Saturday of the start of the retreat, taxies, shuttles and buses are available for you to arrange on your own. Shuttle costs vary is dependent on the number of guests in the shuttle and is not included in the retreat package. Prior to departure, you will receive a notification of what time your shuttle will pick you up and approximate cost of the shuttle.
  • What time is check in/check out?
    If you are not arriving via shuttle, check-in time is 3pm. An earlier arrival is not a problem. If your cabana is not ready, the restaurant and terrace are available to you while you wait. You may also leave your luggage with our staff in the arrival/departure area if you would like to do some exploring. Haramara staff deliver all luggage directly to the cabanas. Check-Out time is 10am.
  • Can I choose my roommate? What if I don't know anyone going?
    Yes! If you know someone who is registered to attend the Haramara Retreat, you can request to room with that person. You may also be paired with someone in a double, triple or dorm occupancy room if you don't know anyone.
  • What is included in the retreat rate?
    7-nights accommodation, 20+ hours yoga instruction, all meals, all taxes. Haramara provides a private cabana, daily maid service, gourmet meals, and use of the facilities. Not included are airport shuttles, alcoholic beverages, items from the Haramara Boutique, Spa or Terrace, off-site activities and excursions.
  • What is the food like?
    Simply put, amazing. We know that good nutrition and well balanced meals are an integral part of your wellness practice leading to a complete mind-body learning experience and overall health and well-being. Enjoy delicious gourmet meals tastefully prepared and artistically presented by some of the finest chefs in Mexico. All meals are vegetarian based. Tofu, fish or seafood is included once a day for protein. All ingredients are fresh, natural, local and organic. The daily menus are carefully chosen by Haramara's head chef and are based on the ingredients that are available that day. Haramara has a selection of wines, beers and cocktails available for an additional cost to accompany your meals.
  • How are food allergies handled?
    Enjoy delicious gourmet meals served in a spacious open air dining room with spectacular views that overlook the jungle and the ocean. All meals are tastefully prepared with fresh local ingredients and beautifully served with artistic presentations. Special dietary needs and requests will gladly be accommodated. Haramara kitchen staff and wait staff are friendly, well trained and attentive to your every need.
  • Is the water safe to drink?
    The water from the faucets is safe for showering and other necessities but is not safe to drink. There is clean, fresh, purified water provided in each cabana for drinking, brushing your teeth and cleaning your contacts and contact cases. There is bottled water available in the restaurant each day. The ice used in the restaurant is also made from clean, fresh, purified water.
  • What are the accommodations like?
    Haramara Cabanas Scattered across the beautiful tropical hillside, each individual cabana has been hand-built of all natural materials and offers exceptional views of the ocean and jungle canopy. Each cabana is situated to offer privacy and seclusion while still taking advantage of the spectacular views. Haramara cabanas have been designed with your comfort in mind. Enjoy the rustic luxury of any one of our spacious cabanas, which feature comfortable beds with hand woven sheets, gauzy sheer curtains to filter the sunlight and oil lamps and candles for softly lit evenings. Most cabañas have private hammocks for lazy afternoon naps. Each cabana has its own unique and individually designed private bathroom with hot water, monogrammed towels and an open air shower with a view.
  • Is there someone available if I have an emergency?
    There is always someone available to assist you, day and night.
  • Will my cell phone work there?
    It will depend on the phone you have and if it has the 1900 GSM frequency band. If you have this frequency band your phone will work in Mexico but you will need to check with your service provider about your specific phone and service. There is a cell tower in Sayulita with limited accessibility from certain places at the highest point on the property. Also, we want everyone to feel they can contact home if needed. However, we also encourage you to come to "turn off" and get away from electronics to focus on your yoga experience.
  • Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?
    You do not need to bring your own. The retreat center provides high quality yoga mats, bands, blocks, Mexican blankets, and everything you need to have a great yoga experience.
  • What is there to do during the day?
    During your down time, enjoy afternoon siestas, lounging by the infinity pool, walks on the beach, hiking or walking the grounds, or a trip to the fun, vibrant, and quaint tourist-friendly town of Sayulita. ​ You can also treat yourself to a session in the Wellness Center with an experienced, skilled and highly professional therapist. Additional excursions include whale watching, paddle boarding, surfing lessons, snorkeling, hiking and more. Each experience by appointment, prices vary depending on activity.
  • What style of yoga is practiced?
    Yoga with Paola is much more than a series of poses. In fact, a yoga class here is just the beginning, hopefully, of a love affair with yourself. Paola's focus is for you to meet your match with yourself—to find your limits and your boundaries, not only in your body but also in your breath and mind. The brand of your yoga clothing is not important to us. Nor is your flexibility, your stamina, or your knowledge of Sanskrit. Your ability, over time, to explore the outer reaches of your breath and body, and thus of your own psyche.....that is what we strive for. ​ We accept students of all abilities, all religious affiliations, and gender persuasions. All ages and body types can be accommodated. ​ We practice yoga with seriousness and an equal dose of humor, in the tradition of TKV Desikachar. This tradition is known for it’s therapeutic benefits at all levels of the system: emotional, physical, mental, spiritual. It is also known for it’s ability to accomodate all individuals with modifications and variations.
  • What is the daily schedule?
    Each day will have the same flow, although there is great flexibility for each person. All meals are served in the Haramara Restaurant promptly at the time stated below. 6am - 8:30am Breakfast Available A selection of fresh fruit, homemade granola & yogurt, eggs any style, omelets, fresh squeezed juice, tea and coffee. 9am - 11am Yoga Practice Free Time 12 - 2 Lunch Available A chef’s inspiration three course meal including either soup or salad, main course and dessert. Your choice of main course – vegan, vegetarian, tofu, fish or shrimp. 5:30 - 7pm Yoga Practice 7pm Dinner as a Group A chef’s inspiration four course meal including an appetizer, soup or salad, main course and dessert. Your choice of main course – vegan, vegetarian, tofu, fish or shrimp.
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