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Renew your spirit and passion for life at this off the grid retreat at the gorgeous tropical oasis of Sayulita. Join Martini Yoga for a magical inward journey, get grounded in the rawness that is the Mexican jungle, allow yourself to practice presence under the Pacific sun, bend, and stretch without the distractions of laundry or groceries, and breathe freely as you revel in the organic culinary mastery of the Haramara kitchen.
During this retreat, you will be accommodated at Haramara Retreat Center. It is located on the Central Pacific coast of mainland Mexico in the coastal region of the state of Nayarit (known as Riviera Nayarit) near the town of Sayulita. Situated on twelve private acres of land on the magnificent rugged coast of the Pacific Ocean, and backed by the Sierra Madre mountains, Haramara Retreat is nestled into the tropical jungle vegetation on the hillside overlooking its own private and pristine beach.
Spread across the jungle hillside, and connected by a network of private trails, native and untouched tropical vegetation surrounds and embraces each one of the sixteen unique individual cabanas (palm thatched cabins), an eight bed deluxe dormitory, two yoga shalas, an open air dining room, a therapeutic wellness center, a private beach, a saltwater pool, and a boutique.
Each charming and cozy cabana has been carefully designed to subtly merge the internal and external environments while meeting strict ecological standards with as little disturbance to the flora and fauna as possible. They are spread over the property, making each one absolutely secluded and private, with stunning ocean and jungle views abound from every one of them. Enjoy the rustic luxury of any one of the personally designed cabanas, which feature comfortable beds with hand woven sheets, oil lamps, and candles for softly lit evenings, and original and uniquely designed individual bathrooms.
All cabanas have private hammocks for lazy afternoon siestas (naps), each is equipped with 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 cabanas 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. In each bathroom there are two showers, two sinks, and one toilet.
There is daily housekeeping service for both the cabanas and the dormitory, and every detail is attended to right down to the fresh flowers. Getting to and from places at Haramara is a delight, every foot of jungle path and the private beach is hand raked each morning. It is all part of the magic.
Each day, Laura will lead two all levels yoga classes. The morning class will be a Vinyasa flow style class whereas the evening or afternoon class will be more gentle and restorative. Laura will also lead some conversation on yogic philosophy, history, and spirituality throughout the retreat. Laura is able to accommodate anyone on her retreats, including those with severe injuries and/or no yoga practice whatsoever. Classes will on average be 1.5 hours in length.
A sample of a retreat day:
Laura is an E-RYT 500, she has been teaching yoga for nearly ten years and practicing for twelve. She has completed over 1,200 hours of Yoga Alliance approved training from Jeff and Sonya Thomlinson, Maya yoga teacher training, the South Okanagan yoga association, and the Nosara yoga institute. Laura specializes in leading unique yoga retreat experiences. Her retreats are ridiculously fun and often include booze. Some of her favorite retreat hot spots include Costa Rica, Mexico, Bali, Italy, and right at her home in the sunny Okanagan.
This retreat will take place in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico. Once known as a tranquil fishing village, with its cultural blend of beaches, shops, restaurants, activities, and smiling people, Sayulita has slowly developed into a popular picturesque off-the-beaten-path travel destination. Nestled in a gentle palm tree-lined bay just 45 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport, it offers visitors and residents incredible beaches, lush jungles, and a taste of rural Mexico in an incredibly safe environment. With cobblestone streets hosting dogs, chickens, and playing children, Sayulita is a half-century away from nearby Puerto Vallarta and its huge resorts, discos, and parasailing.
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During this retreat, you will be served three daily meals. They believe that good nutrition and well balanced meals are an integral part of your wellness practice leading to a complete mind-body learning experience and overall health and well-being. Serving this very purpose, you can definitely expect delicious gourmet meals tastefully prepared and artistically presented by some of the finest chefs in Mexico.
All meals are vegetarian based. Tofu, fish, or seafood is included once a day for protein. All ingredients are fresh, natural, local, and organic. The daily menus are carefully chosen by their head chef and are based on the ingredients that are available that day.
Furthermore, special dietary needs and requests will be gladly accommodated. Their kitchen staff and wait staff are friendly, well trained, and attentive to your every need. They also offer a selection of wines, beers, and cocktails available for an additional cost to accompany your meals.
In a secluded clearing down near the ocean is Larimar, an open air therapeutic wellness center. It is a quiet refuge in a one-of-a-kind setting where the rhythmic sound of the surf and the gentle breeze through the trees puts you back in touch with nature. With individual private treatment cabanas, their wellness center provides their guests with a serene atmosphere.
Each member of their wellness center 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.
This wellness center offers sheer indulgence and exquisite pampering to compliment your stay with the wide selection of services. Take advantage of the variety of massage styles that they offer: traditional Japanese, deep tissue, Swedish, reflexology, shiatsu, therapeutic, Thai and many more. They also offer manicures, pedicures, body scrubs, and restorative and ayurvedic treatments.
Please book your flight to arrive at Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport (PVR). Martini Yoga will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
"Martini Yoga retreats are a great way to escape to beautiful destinations. I’ve been on several of these adventures and every time I’ve met some of the best people in some of the most amazing places. The only downside is that you never want to leave."
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"Laura’s retreats are fantastic! I leave the retreat feeling renewed and ready to conquer my busy life. She helps me to feel centred."
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"The retreat was a great mix of beautiful scenery, fun yoga practice, delicious food and amazing company. Oh and tasty wine, who could forget that! It was a relaxing and rejuvenating experience which I hope to repeat!"
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"Thank you for opening our minds and bodies to the practice and teachings of yoga on the retreat, for opening our ears to listen to others and our own voice inside that we sometimes ignore, for opening our eyes to the beauty and culture of the Balinese people and the world around us, for opening our souls to look inward and discover things we didn't see about ourselves before, and for opening our hearts to new friendships and connections we will have for life. It was an amazing experience and I look forward to being a repeat offender! (With a smaller suitcase next time)."
"Laura and Ryan, thank you so much for such a wonderful retreat. I feel so spoiled to have spent a joyful and educational week and to come home from it, feeling so loved and centered!"
"Thanks so much Laura for the amazing retreat this past weekend! Tia and I loved it! Thanks for planning out and delivering a great weekend! Beautiful resort, fun wine tour, good food, and such delicious yoga!"
"The Martini Yoga retreat was a great experience that benefited me both physically and mentally. I came home with a whole new perspective. "
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