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19 Days Silent Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Mexico

19 Days Silent Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Mexico

  • Hridaya Yoga Center (El Neem), Mazunte, Oaxaca 70900, Mexico

Advanced Yoga Retreat Mexico

This new retreat was eagerly requested for several years and was a great success when it was held for the first time in 2010. It intends to take a more profound approach to meditation and the depth of practice. It creates the premises for even deeper insights in which awareness, compassion, beauty, love, bliss, and freedom will be revealed. It will generally include less speaking and less introduction of techniques, with more and deeper meditation periods, in addition to special elements that apply only to this retreat.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Reading materials and guides
  • Inspiring Teaching of St. Teresa of Avila about the degrees of contemplation
  • 3 daily vegetarian and vegan meals
  • 18 nights accommodation
  • 17 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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Staying at Hridaya Yoga means you have easy access to everything the center has to offer. Their private rooms are spacious, clean, and well-appointed. Their single-sex dormitories feature a unique design and excellent mattresses. Their two camping areas offer fresh air and peaceful surroundings. All of their guests enjoy wireless internet access, use of a refrigerator, and clean drinking water.

The daily program for this retreat is split into two parts: a morning session (07:00 to 12:30) and an afternoon or evening session (15:30 to 21:00).

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Meditation: the revelation of the spiritual heart, Atman. This meditation will begin in smaller segments (for example, with short hourly breaks), building to one continuous, deep meditation session.
  • 09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:00 Relevant lecture teaching
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Hatha yoga practice of techniques, especially those that facilitate the revelation of the spiritual heart: a simultaneous (class-like) group practice
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Meditation: the revelation of the spiritual heart
  • 13:00 - 15:30 Lunch and rest. Hridaya Yoga arranges lunch.
  • 15:30 - 18:30 Meditation: the revelation of the spiritual heart. This meditation will begin in smaller segments (for example, with short hourly breaks), building to one continuous, deep meditation session.
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Hatha yoga: individual practice and tapas
  • 19:00 - 19:30 Dinner. Hridaya Center arranges the dinner.
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Daily themed spiritual discourse plus question and answer
  • 20:30 - 21:00 Final evening meditation

A single, gentle bell-ring will mark the end of each meditation or other period, and will signal a short break. A series of bell tones will indicate that the next meditation or other period will begin within two or three minutes and that it is time to take ones seat and cease movement in the hall.

Hridaya Yoga is located in beautiful Mazunte, Mexico. Mazunte is a small, friendly village on the Oaxacan coast. The Hridaya Yoga Center sits atop an attractive hill with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Their three yoga halls and newly-constructed, sustainably-built accommodations offer an atmosphere of serenity and simple luxury.

Distances

  • Huatulco, 1 hour
  • Pochutla, 30 minutes
  • Puerto Escondido, 1 hour
  • Puerto Angel, 25 minutes
  • Zipolite, 10 minutes
Activities
  • Boating nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
  • Whale watching nearby
General
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach
  • Beach nearby
  • Caf nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Internet access
  • Mosquito net
  • Tour assistance

Meal catering is arranged by Hridaya Yoga to support the retreat experience, rest periods, and mauna of participants. The meals are simple vegan food, without excessive spice (no onion or garlic is used) and without extensive, especially Western-style, condiments. The meal catering cannot accommodate food allergies and other special requests.

In order to join the meal buffets during the retreat, it is necessary to register and pay for the food plan during the Registration and Orientation Session. Mealtimes are scheduled into the retreat, and the food will be ready as soon as the retreat sessions end.

Please carefully consider whether you are willing and able to eat simple vegan food for 10 days. If you generally are a very selective eater with many special preferences, you may prefer to make other arrangements. No meal refunds will be given once the retreat begins.

  • Discover the magical coast of Oaxaca and the three coastal fishing villages of Mazunte, San Agustinillo, and Zipolite.
  • Head to the breathtaking waterfalls of the Cascadas Mgicas de Copalitilla. Only two hours distant, but a world away.
  • Join an early morning ocean tour where you will encounter a sea swarming with life. Whales (seasonal), dolphins, turtles, stingrays, and flying fish are often there to behold.
  • Join one of Ola Verdes expeditions. They offer fantastic half-day river rafting excursions on the Ro San Francisco, just north of Tonameca.
  • Leave at first light for the nearby ecological reserve of Ventanilla, a mangrove swamp where you can see crocodiles, deer, iguanas, countless birds, and more.
  • Relax by the calm bay in nearby San Agustinillo, where local cafs line the beach, sheltering under a multitude of coconut palms swaying in the breeze, or take your surfboard down to Mazunte or Zipolite for more action-packed surf.
  • Take the 30-minute walk from the Hridaya Center to Punta Cometa, the southernmost peninsula on the Pacific side of the North American continent. Here, the sunsets are spectacular, with the fading light bouncing off the sand and cliff faces.
  • Visit the museum and aquarium of the Mexican Turtle Center in Mazunte and get to know the life of one of the greatest species in the world: the sea turtle.
  • 18 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian and vegan meals
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Free drinking water
  • Free internet
  • Airfare to and from Mexico
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation to and from airport

Arrival by airplane

You can choose to fly to the Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM).

The Bahas de Huatulco International Airport (HUX) is also within driving distance of the retreat.

Arrival by bus

From Puerto Escondido, walk out of the airport to the road, cross the street, and take a collectivo (10 MXN or less) into town. From there, you can catch a bus from near the SuperChe supermarket (40 MXN). Ask the driver to drop you off at Las Cruces de San Antonio (its the crossroads where the OXXO convenience store is located). From here, you can take a taxi or collectivo (trucks with blue tarp roofing over back) for 5 MXN into Mazunte or San Agustinillo. Or, you may opt to take a more expensive bus which also leaves from the same bus station.

From Pochutla, take a bus to Pochutla. There are two options for this. Either take the first class tourist bus that takes a longer (eight to nine hours), but less winding route, or a regular minibus that is faster (six hours), but takes very curvy mountain roads (Dramamine recommended for those who suffer from motion sickness). To take the first class bus, go to the ADO station in Oaxaca to buy a ticket. There are several departures each day including one overnight bus. There are several mini-bus companies. They also have several departures per day. You can search for one online or ask someone at your guesthouse in Oaxaca for a recommendation. Their departure times will vary seasonally so call ahead and check the schedule.

Arrival by taxi

From Huatulco, there are several ways. First, you can take a taxi from inside the airport directly to the retreat, but this is the most expensive option and will probably cost around 800 MXN. You can exit the airport and walk 200 meters down the road. From here, you can take a private taxi (with good bargaining maybe around 400 MXN) directly to the retreat, or to Pochutla and transfer to public transportation. Your last option is to exit the airport and find a shared taxi to Pochutla, which should cost around 35 MXN, and from there take a taxi or collectivo to Mazunte and San Agustinillo (10 MXN).

From Pochutla, you have to take a cab (around 100 MXN) or a collectivo bus (10 MXN) to get here. Tell the driver to drop you in El Neem or el centro de yoga entre Mazunte y San Agustinillo.

Mazunte, Mexico

Hridaya Yoga offers daily meditation sessions, Hridaya silent meditation retreats, month-long yoga courses, workshops, and annual teacher training courses.

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