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Learn and practice Integral Yoga and Meditation. Share home-cooked vegan meals with a diverse community of open-minded people while experiencing living in a traditional Cambodian village. Hariharalaya is a place to come back to the natural rhythm of Life, to reconnect with your true self, to discover and explore, to learn and to play. A place to reawaken to the magic and mystery of Life. A place to share, be challenged and grow. A place to be real.
Since its creation in 2010, Hariharalaya continues to stand by its commitment to offering an authentic and comprehensive program in Integral Yoga and Conscious Living with world class facilities at an affordable price. Over the last 8 years, Hariharalaya has hosted 230 retreats with over 5,000 participants from over than 108 countries. Their team of 5 international teachers and healers, including the founder Joel who has dedicated his life to living and sharing the foundations of yoga and meditation, offers creative and inspiring classes and workshops.
The different types of accommodation at Hariharalaya are all built using natural materials in a traditional way. All spaces are clean, comfortable, and cool and come equipped with mosquito nets, bedding, towels, and fans. We have a total of one four bed Dormitory, three shared twin rooms, three open-air bungalows, five private rooms and five bamboo retreat huts spread out through six acres of land and forest.
Featured are two air-conditioned private rooms with their own patio. There are seven shared modern bathrooms with flushing toilets and six showers. All of the lands are connected by beautifully landscaped paths and gardens, which are well lit at night.
Full Day of silence until 7:00 pm
Every other morning is silent until 9:00 pm
The Daily Schedule is the foundation of Hariharalaya Retreat Center program and sets the rhythm for the retreat. They have developed the schedule over years of experience and are proud to offer an inspiring learning program. Hariharalaya retreats are run as 6 Day Residential Courses. They have put together a program to teach the foundations of yoga and meditation, community living, creativity, nature, and silence.
The class curriculum is geared towards learning the tools to set up a daily practice of yoga, breathing, and meditation, as well as experience living in the moment, with awareness and creativity. It is important that everyone arrives together and goes through the whole program in order to maintain a cohesive, stable and focused learning/community environment.
Please take a look at the daily schedule for more details. Hariharalaya understands that you may need to arrive a few hours late on the first day because of travel arrangements or to leave early on the last morning or previous evening. They recommend on planning to arrive at least one day prior to the retreat in order to be well rested for the first day of the retreat.
Our Yoga Village is located on over 2 acres of jungle gardens in the shade of the Ancient Temples of Angkor in a traditional Cambodian village, just 15 kilometers from Siem Reap and the International Airport. Hariharalaya was the capital of Vedic Cambodia from 800 AD until around 1000 AD. The name comes from Sanskrit, Hari Vishnu, Hara Shiva and Alaya Home. It means the Home of the Divine Unity within Duality.
Part of the magic of Hariharalaya is the opportunity to live in a traditional Cambodian farming village. Located 16 kilometers from Siem Reap, the villagers of Bakong still live a traditional lifestyle - farming with cows, living simply, walking and riding bicycles to the market. The childrens smiles and laughter fill the dirt paths and roads, as they play far from the stress and tension of the city and tourists.
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Food is the cycle of life - this life that has been moving, creating, and dancing for vast periods of time and timelessness. Food is our way of participating in this great event, with respect, love, joy, and creativity. We honor the life that sustains us - eating local, seasonal, simple, vegan, organic, colorful, and delicious food. Meals are also a time for our community to gather and share in a moment of awareness. Before each meal, we all come together in a circle and our founder, Joel, reads a poem by Hafiz (16th century Sufi mystic poet), followed by a group OM and then announcements.
Our breakfasts always include fresh fruit - like mango, pineapple, watermelon, banana; a main course - ranging from scrambled tofu, garlic mashed sweet potato, Khmer rice porridge, vegan waffle bar, and more; and also a smoothie of the day - mango carrot, passion fruit banana, peanut butter banana, watermelon juice, etc.
Our lunches and dinner consist of a main course, brown rice and a fresh salad. Meals range from Khmer curries, rice noodle pastas, Mexican beans, hummus, Indian Dahl and curries, pumpkin soup, and much more. During our Saturday meditation intensives. we eat simple meals - rice gruel and steamed veggies - in order to keep the body-mind calm and peaceful.
We also offer a wide selection of local Cambodian snacks and homemade treats in between mealtimes. Snacks include bags of peanuts, raisins, trail mix, banana chips, and sweet potato chips. Freshly baked homemade cakes and sweet breads, and locally made vegan coconut ice cream.
We must also remember that we are not only nourished by the food we put in our body, but also by the subtle currents of nature and life - the elements, the sun and moon, our breath, our creativity and joy.
The good news is that you can continue to eating with consciousness once you leave Hariharalaya! Now available is the second edition of our own cookbook - Hariharalaya. Cooking with Consciousness. With over 90 of our favorite recipes including high quality color photos, it is the perfect addition to your home kitchen!
Let your creative spirit and inner child soar in our open air music space. You will find a large collection of both western and Asian instruments to strike up a jam with life. Several times per week we screen documentaries, animal and nature series as well as classic movies at the Hariharalaya Cinema. With comfortable seating and a large screen projector, get ready to laugh, learn, and love.
You will find plenty of art materials for painting, collage, coloring, sketching, and more.
Keep in shape at our natural gym - fully equipped with pull up bar, weight bench, sit up bench, dip station, jump ropes, slack line, and free weights - you will find everything you need to sculpt and your body and get your blood flowing while breathing the fresh jungle air.
Join in on one of our baking sessions as we prepare fresh and healthy vegan cakes for our treat of the day - from carrot cakes and double chocolate cake to pumpkin bread, and apple crumble. Hone your skills and share in the love.
For those who just cant seem to get away from the digital world for a few days, we have a computer station with internet so you can stay in touch with loved ones, plan your next steps, or meet work deadlines.
With our fleet of 10 bicycles that are serviced regularly, you have no excuse not to explore the local surroundings. We are just a short ride from the ancient temples, the Tonle Sap Lake, the river, the Rolous Market, and much more. We also offer village bike tours two times per week to help you get your bearings.
Every full and new moon we perform a Vedic fire ceremony at Hariharalaya for purification, healing, and wisdom. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this ancient ritual of honoring the elements, nature, our ancestors, and our true self. It is truly a wonderful opportunity to remember where we come from and release any unnecessary negativity you are carrying with you.
Most of our morning and evening classes are held in our open air 120 m tiled yoga hall. Made of wood and thatched roofing and complete with a sound system, lighting and cinema, it is a magical space to learn and be inspired. The golden altar is the central focus and pays tribute to the religions and teachers of the world.
Tucked away in the west corner of our land, the Dharma hall serves as our workshop and private practice space. Adorned with six 2 m tall hand painted scrolls from the life of the Buddha and constructed with palm leaf and wood, it has the charm of the ancient learning centers and places of worship.
Transform, awaken, relax, and shine! Enjoy a session from one of our experienced healers surrounded by the sounds of nature. Our two healing huts are nestled into the landscape and offer private and sacred space to receive and release.
Awaken your primal energy and dance, dance, dance! At Hariharalaya we strongly encourage the freedom, aliveness, and release that come from truly embodying and letting go. We host regular ecstatic dances in our yoga hut, fully equipped with sound system and lighting. We also host international DJs as well as live Khmer music to keep the rhythm alive.
With over 30 hammocks strategically hung around our property, you will find many quiet corners and coves to catch up on some well-deserved relaxation, read a book, or just observe the nature around you.
At Hariharalaya, we boast one of the largest and most complete libraries in all of Cambodia. With over 2,000 books, divided into over 20 sections, we have plenty of books to fill your minds and hearts. Our section on yoga, Buddhism, and spirituality is, of course, a highlight.
Enclosed by a thatched fence and surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, our Circle of Life garden is an ideal place to take off your clothes and let your body breathe. Sun bathing, moon bathing, steam bath, and outdoor showers. Take a rest from the pressure of modern society and come back to the natural beauty and simplicity of your body in our clothing optional area.
There is nothing like the feeling of water on your body while watching the sun rise or set in the distance. Come back to the natural feel of life in one of our three outdoor showers.
You are sure to encounter many other creatures in our Hariharalaya community - from cows to geese, fish to lizards, spiders to ducks, and more. Embrace the wholeness of life and spend some time with our animal family.
Off the maps and away from tourists, explore the former King’s temple that stood hundreds of years before Angkor Wat. Once the site of battles between the Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge, this sacred place is now covered by thick forest and shrouded with mystery and serenity. We will be picked up by tuk-tuk at 10 a.m. for the excursion. The journey begins with a yoga & meditation practice by the lotus pond surrounded by the sounds of nature. Then we will share a delicious lunch picnic under the shade of ancient trees. Afterwards, there is time to explore the ruins and the local pagoda. The trip ends with a short closing circle before heading back to Hariharalaya. An extra fee of 25 USD is charged for 4 hours.
Acupuncture, Palm Reading, Thai Massage Workshop
Siem Reap is easily accessible by plane or bus. Many national and international flights arrive at the Siem Reap International airport daily. There are cheap buses from Bangkok that take approximately 12 hours. Buses from Phnom Penh usually take around 7 - 8 hours. Hariharalaya recommends arriving at least one day early in order to be well rested for the first morning of the retreat. They also suggest planning a couple of days before or after the retreat to see the temples. Hariharalaya has found it is best to really set aside the retreat days to explore yourself, the classes, the village and to take time to truly relax.
Hariharalaya provides a free shuttle service from downtown Siem Reap on the first morning of the retreat. A team of the teachers and drivers will meet you in front of the Lucky Mall Shopping Center on Sivatha Boulevard at 8:00 a.m. Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes early, as the transportation will leave at 8:00 a.m sharp. Hariharalaya will be the only ones in front of the Mall at that time, you can’t miss us.
If for whatever reason you are not able to make the free shuttle, please let Hariharalaya know and they can help to arrange alternate transportation. The cost of a tuk-tuk to/from Siem Reap is 7 USD and to/from the Siem Reap International Airport is 12 USD. There is an extra 2 USD charge after 7:00 p.m. If you will be arriving by airplane, please send Hariharalaya your detailed flight information. They will have one of their drivers waiting for you at the airport with a sign with your name on it.
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