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8 Days Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Sayulita

  • Haramara Retreat, Sayulita, Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, México


Yoga Retreat in Sayulita

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.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Guided journaling sessions
  • Guided meditations sessions
  • Shuttle transfers from and to airport
  • Delicious daily meals included
  • 7 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Nearby places

  • Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) - 45 minutes
  • 2 daily Vinyasa yoga classes
  • 3 daily meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Extra activities like surfing and paddle boarding
  • Guided journaling sessions
  • Guided meditations sessions
  • Outdoor movie night
  • Transfer from and to Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR)

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.

Driving directions from Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR)

  • Drive north out of Puerto Vallarta on highway 200. The exit for Sayulita is at kilometer marker 123 and you will exit off the highway to the left
  • Approximately half a mile from the highway 200 turnoff, you will come to a Y on the road
  • Continue straight ahead, which is the left arm of the Y, this road bypasses the actual town of Sayulita
  • Approximately 1.2 miles beyond this Y, you will come to a dirt road on your right
  • Turn right onto this dirt road
  • Take this road until you come to the next intersecting dirt road on the right
  • Turn right onto this road and take this road straight ahead to the guard shack and gate
  • Tell the person manning the gate that you are going to Haramara Retreat
  • Immediately after the gate, the road will become a cobblestone road
  • The road curves and passes a long red wall on your right
  • After you pass this wall, Haramara Retreat will be the next place where you can turn right

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by bus

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.

Arrival by taxi

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.

Check in

From 4 p.m.

Check out

10 a.m.

Seasonal information

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.

Mobile / communication information

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.

Electricity information

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.

What to bring

It is recommended that you bring bug repellant, just in case, as everyone is affected differently by insects.

Passport / visa

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.

Medical information

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.

Local expenses / money information

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.

Additional information

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 Roberts-Oss

    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.

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

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.

  • 60-minute four-hand massage (150 USD)
  • 60-minute two-hand massage (90 USD)
  • 80-minute four-hand massage (170 USD)
  • 80-minute Thai massage (130 USD)
  • 80-minute two-hand massage (110 USD)
  • Facial and scalp massage with hair oil (90 USD)
  • Full body exfoliation (130 USD)
  • Manicure (35 USD)
  • Manicure and pedicure package (65 USD)
  • Pedicure (35 USD)
  • Reflexology foot massage (90 USD)
  • Book a surfing lesson in Punta Mita (70 USD for a private lesson and 60 USD)
  • Book a surfing lesson in Sayulita (60 USD for a private lesson and 45 USD per person for groups)
  • Do the jungle canopy zip line in Sayulita (85 USD per person)
  • Experience the temazcal (30 USD per person)
  • Go snorkeling in Punta Mita (75 USD per person)
  • Go whale watching trip in Punta Mita (75 USD per person)
  • Take a bird watching trip in San Francisco (45 USD per person)
  • Have a bonfire on the beach to mark the end of your retreat week (20 USD plus beverages)
  • Take a cooking class (25 USD per person)
  • Take a fishing trip in Sayulita (300 USD for one to four persons)
  • Ride a horse in Sayulita (35 USD per person)
  • Visit the sacred petroglyphs hike in Alta Vista (130 USD for one to four persons or 160 USD for five to eight persons)
  • Take a stand up paddleboard lesson in Punta Mita (95 USD for a private lesson and 80 USD per person for groups)
  • Take a stand up paddleboard lesson in Sayulita (70 USD for a private lesson and 60 USD per person for groups)
  • Take the Trimaran sunset sail at La Cruz de Huanacastle trip (90 USD per person)
  • Cooking classes
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Spa nearby
  • Stand up paddle boarding nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
  • Temazcal nearby
  • Whale watching nearby
  • Zip lining nearby
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Laundry nearby
  • Room cleaning

British Columbia, Canada

Carolyn Anne Budgell is all about yoga, movement, breath, and communing with the divine. She offers public Vinyasa yoga classes and meditation workshops.

from US$1,602

8 days / 7 nights


Arrival: Saturday November 12, 2016
Departure: Saturday November 19, 2016

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