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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.
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).
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.