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Join Carolyn Anne Budgell and Clara Roberts-Oss for a sun-drenched and ocean filled yoga retreat in beautiful Mexico. During this vacation, you will not only practice yoga near the sea, but you will also practice sports like surfing and paddle boarding. Give yourself the time to listen to the sound of the waves or take a walk in the sand to relax and forget about the stress. Do not miss out on this unique and special experience in one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
All ages are welcome as participants.
Haramara Retreat has been described as the place where Robinson Crusoe meets architectural digest. It is a magical and idyllic place created and designed to provide a natural and supportive environment for groups, couples, and individuals to relax, renew, and restore well-being. They are known for, and pride themselves on, doing everything possible to make the group instructor’s work effective and the guest’s stay magical.
Haramara, which means mother sea in the native Huichol Indian language, is an exclusive, intimate, and secluded seaside retreat offering superior mind-body-spirit experiences along with sensual tropical harmony to every guest. Haramara offers serenity, seclusion, and security to ensure relaxing and renewing yoga and wellness retreats, as well as professional retreats, teacher trainings, and workshops.
Deep thought and consideration were given to the placement and location of every structure at Haramara, so as to remain one with the spirit of the land, the jungle, and the beach. Haramara has been built without mechanical equipment compromising the virgin jungle, and every structure has been hand-built using traditional construction methods. The planning of Haramara took into consideration the environment and the quality of the experience.
Haramara is located 45 minutes north of the Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), near the quaint town of Sayulita, in the spectacular Pacific coastal region known as Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, you will be cared for and nurtured.
Scattered across the beautiful tropical hillside, each individual cabaña has been hand-built of all natural materials and offers exceptional views of the ocean and jungle canopy. Each one is situated to offer privacy and seclusion, while still taking advantage of the spectacular views.
The cabañas have been designed with your comfort in mind. Enjoy the rustic luxury of any spacious cabañas, 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 cabaña has its own unique and individually designed private bathroom with hot water, monogrammed towels, and an open air shower with a view.
The dormitory is a non-coed dormitory. It has been designed to accommodate up to eight people in a shared bedroom and bathroom facility. You will enjoy the same features of the cabañas, but in a large open room with individual beds for each person.
There are two bathrooms in the dormitory, one at each end, to accommodate up to four people each; offering two showers, two sinks, and a toilet. There is daily housekeeping service for both the cabañas and the dormitory and every detail is attended to right down to the fresh flowers.
This retreat will take place in Sayulita, Mexico.
During this retreat, you will take two daily Vinyasa yoga classes taught by Carolyn and Clara. You will also enjoy guided meditations and journaling sessions that will help you reflect on your day and make the best of your experience in Sayulita. In your free time, you can practice a variety of extra activities, such as surfing, paddle boarding, among others. Three daily meals will be served daily and will provide the necessary energy for this retreat.
Please book your flight to arrive at Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Carolyn Anne Budgell will pick you up from the airport.
If you have opted to take the bus, proceed through the sliding glass doors after you exit customs at the airport. You will encounter a large crowd waiting outside the sliding glass doors. Continue walking straight ahead through the airport, exiting out the glass doors. Head for the pedestrian overpass on your left, go up the ramp, over the highway, and down the other side.
Wait for a green and white Compostela bus that has Sayulita written on its windshield to arrive. You will purchase your ticket on the bus. When you arrive at Sayulita, you will then find a local taxi at the same place where you are dropped off, take it and head to Haramara Retreat.
If you have opted to take a taxi, please proceed through the sliding glass doors after you exit customs. You will encounter a large crowd waiting outside the sliding glass doors. It is suggested that you do not use the airport taxis and continue walking straight ahead through the airport exiting out the glass doors.
Head for the pedestrian overpass on your left, go up the ramp, over the highway, and down the other side. It is less expensive to take a short walk across the pedestrian overpass to the other side of the highway and negotiate with the drivers of the yellow and white Puerto Vallarta taxis.
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The central Pacific coast of Mexico is surrounded by jungle and receives approximately 345 days of sunshine per year. Located on the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, its sub-tropical climate is often compared to Hawaii’s. Temperatures can reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer, along with high humidity, but at night, the onshore breeze brings cool air that makes for pleasant sleeping conditions.
The rainy season is June through October; however, August and September are considered the two rainy months. On average, September has 15 wet days, while January has only two. Rain usually does not start until late in the afternoon, leaving most of the day free for outdoor activities. March, April, May, October, and November are warm but comfortable, with temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
December, January, and February are usually comfortable, around 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, but it can be chilly at night, around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. June, July, August, and September are hot and humid, with temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are no phones, internet, or fax at Haramara Retreat. If you would like to use the phone, internet, or fax you will need to go into the town of Sayulita. If you bring your own phone, it will or will not work depending 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.
There is no electricity in the cabanas; they are illuminated at night with oil lamps and candles. You will be unable to use any small electrical appliances like hair dryers, curling irons, or razors. There are no fans or air conditioning in the cabanas. If you want to read at night, you will need to bring a book light with you.
There is no outdoor lighting so you will need to carry a flashlight or use a headlamp at night. There is, however, electricity in the yoga pavilion and the restaurant for recharging batteries. It is the same voltage as the United States, so no converter is needed.
It is recommended that you bring bug repellant, just in case, as everyone is affected differently by insects.
You will need a current passport for your trip to Mexico, as a driver license is no longer a valid identification document for travel to Mexico. During the flight to Puerto Vallarta, you will be given a document to fill out, which you will then need to present to the immigration official upon your entry into Mexico. This document is your travel visa. Be sure you keep this piece of paper for your departure, as you will be asked for it upon check-in for your return flight home.
If you do not have this piece of paper, there will be a fine and the hassle of redoing all of this paperwork on the spot. Also, during the flight, you will be given a second document to fill out. This document is your customs declaration form, which you will need to present to the customs official after collecting any checked luggage.
No vaccinations are required to enter Mexico.
There are a number of doctors in the town of Sayulita, some with 24-hour service. There is a small hospital in the neighboring town of San Francisco for small emergencies and a number of excellent hospitals in Puerto Vallarta for bigger emergencies. Depending on the problem and the severity, there is someone you can be taken to for help.
In the town of Sayulita, USD or MXN are much more widely accepted than credit cards or traveler checks. You can obtain pesos at home before your departure or upon arrival in Puerto Vallarta, at the airport. There are also many ATMs in the town of Sayulita to acquire more cash if needed.
For more information, ask your questions directly to Carolyn Anne Budgell, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
Carolyn Anne Budgell
Carolyn fell into yoga in 1999. It initially provided agility for her snowboarding, skateboarding, and trail running. Now, as a teacher in Vancouver, she continually learns how to connect with others and feel at home in one’s skin. Since completing her first 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2008, she has gone into writing, filming videos, presenting, teaching, management, and guidance. She completed a prenatal yoga teacher training with Lori Lucas in 2016, and the Kula yoga project 75-hour advanced training with Schuyler Grant in 2013.
Clara took her first Vinyasa class in 2000 at Jivamukti Yoga Center. She received her 200-hour Vinyasa certification with Lauren Hanna at Sonic Yoga New York City in 2003. She completed her 300-hour Prana flow certification with Shiva and has been leading retreats for over eight years. She was part of Sonic Yoga New York City 200-hour teacher training in 2005 and 2006. Clara has been part of Semperviva’s 300-hour teacher training faculty in British Columbia since 2007. She teaches workshops on the subtle body, chakras, mantra, meditation, and asana worldwide.
During this retreat, you will enjoy delicious gourmet meals tastefully prepared and artistically presented by some of the finest chefs in México. All ingredients are fresh, natural, local, and organic. The daily menus are carefully chosen by the head chef and are based on the ingredients that are available that day in the fish and farmers markets. Special dietary needs and requests will gladly be accommodated. The kitchen staff and wait staff are friendly, well trained, and attentive to your every need.
Haramara Retreat has a wonderful wellness center, where you can book a wide variety of beauty treatments and massages at an additional cost. Each member of the wellness center's staff is an experienced, skilled, and highly professional therapist, whose hands are eager to communicate to you the benediction of the Haramara healing power and whose treatments are effective.
Their work, together with the life force of the rest of the staff and nature, will contribute to your health and well-being during your time at Haramara. There are many treatments available, but please not that all therapists work on a rotating or seasonal basis, so not all services are available all year.
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