Visualize yourself immersed in nature, relaxed, listening to the crashing of the waves and songs of the birds after a wonderful meditation and yoga session. Imagine the peace and quiet of this beautiful, sunny sanctuary Haramara, a unique eco-resort nestled in pristine tropical jungles beside the Pacific Ocean near Sayulita, Mexico.
This retreat is an opportunity for women to gather for healing, uplifting practices, so we can feel more space inside and tap our inner strength and joy. We invite you to leave your technology and busy life behind for a week, and come breathe, expand and refresh as you rediscover both the depth and the lightness of your being.
The retreat begins with dinner Saturday, March 7, 2020 and completes with lunch Saturday, March 14, 2020.
Check out https://haramararetreat.com to feel the magic!
About Your Teachers
Mirabai Warkulwiz, Charu Rachlis, and Kari Marble are so excited to share our inspiration and experience from a combined 55 years of teaching and 10 years of collaboration. We share roots in the traditions of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Integral, Bhakti, Restorative, Therapeutics, and Yoga Philosophy. We teach a deeply heart centered, joyful and compassionate practice to open connection with Self and pave a path to transformation. We have been holding sacred circles for women annually for the past five years. See our individual bios below.
Mirabai Warkulwiz planted her yoga and meditation roots in San Francisco in 1998. Amazed at her healing of a back injury, she became certified through teacher training programs in classic Hatha, Ashtanga/Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga. With over 1000 hours of yoga training, and 15 years of teaching, she continues to dive deep into these ancient practices. Mirabai is also Reiki Level 2 certified and is also a Kirtan musician leading regular events in the Bay Area. Her students say, “Mirabai has a very peaceful and organic style with a beautiful voice that is soothing and harmonious. When I leave class I feel quiet, centered and aligned in body, mind and spirit. She's a naturally gifted teacher.”
Charu was born and raised in Brazil, and has been teaching Yoga/Meditation in San Francisco since 1997. Charu lived in a Tibetan Buddhism ashram for 4 years, and has a 20 year history of Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Psychology studies and practices. She is influenced by Iyengar, Ashtanga and Shadow Yoga. Since 1994 Charu has been studying Non-Duality, Self Awareness with spiritual teacher Leslie Temple Thurston, founder of Corelight. She completed a 4 year intensive teacher training with Leslie in 2004 and became a Teacher/Mentor for Corelight. Charu has taught retreats and workshops internationally and domestically in Europe, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Sonoma, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Green Gulch Zen Center, and was on faculty with Yoga Journal for 10 years. She has led retreats twice a year at Esalen since 2004.
These years of intense practices and trainings are embedded in Charu's teachings. Charu says: "Teaching Yoga/Meditation is my offering to the world. It is when I am totally ready to give the best and the most true Self that I am."
Kari Marble, E-RYT 500
Kari has practiced yoga and meditation since 1989 and taught since 2000, and cannot imagine parenthood or life without it! She is also a yoga teacher trainer, massage therapist, birth educator, infant massage instructor, and devoted student of yoga therapeutics, the Yoga Sutras, and Bhakti yoga. Her primary influential teachers over the years have been Paramahansa Yogananda, Tara Brach, Jai Uttal, Nubia Teixeira, Kate Holcombe, Charu Rachlis, Judith Lasater, Harvey Deutch, and her children! Kari specializes in women's health and in practices that restore balance, enhance well-being, and deepen inner awareness. She delights in leading retreats as a golden portal into awakening.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold your space. In order to be eligible for early bird pricing, final payment must be received by November 7, 2019. Otherwise, final balances are due by January 7, 2020 (60 days before the departure date of the retreat).
Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation, your entire payment will be refunded less the $500 deposit if the cancellation is made before November 7, 2019. Payments are non-refundable after November 7, 2019. We adhere strictly to our cancellation policy, as our contract with the site must still be fulfilled.
Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip so you are covered should an unexpected event (e.g., personal, political, environmental, weather, pre-exisiting medical condition) arise that interrupts or cancels your trip. Should you elect to not purchase travel insurance, you will be assuming 100% of any costs incurred for trip cancellation or trip interruption. There are many travel insurance companies to choose from, but Travelex and World Nomads are two reputable organizations for worldwide travel coverage. Please review their policy options to make sure you know what is covered.
FAQs provided by Haramara Retreat:
DO I NEED A PASSPORT?
You do need a current passport for your trip to Mexico. Your passport must be on your person at anytime you are off the grounds of the Retreat. Please refer to the link for current information: http://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/mexico.html
ARE VACCINES REQUIRED?
No vaccinations are required to enter Mexico. However, you may want to check with your doctor for more information on vaccinations.
WHERE IS HARAMARA AND HOW DO I GET THERE?
Haramara Retreat 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. Sayulita is located 45 minutes north of the city of Puerto Vallarta. Most people fly into Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport (Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, airport code: PVR). Please purchase flights that arrive into Puerto Vallarta (PVR) between 1:00-5:00pm on the arrival day and depart PVR no later than 4:00pm on the day of departure. Transportation shuttles are available between the airport and Haramara. The Arrival Shuttle is $90.00 USD for one to four people sharing the shuttle. There is an additional charge of $5.00 USD for each additional person up to seven. The Departure Shuttle is $65.00 USD for one to four people sharing the shuttle. There is an additional charge of $5.00 USD for each additional person up to seven.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
The Central Pacific Coast of Mexico is surrounded by jungle and receives 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. The months of March, April, May, October and November are warm (upper 70s to low 80s). The rainy season is June through October with August and September being considered as the two “rainy” months.
WHAT ARE THE GROUNDS LIKE?
Haramara Retreat is located on 12 acres of private land between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Nestled into the tropical jungle vegetation on a hillside, it overlooks the wild and rugged coast of the Pacific Ocean and its own pristine unspoiled beach. All areas of the retreat are connected by a network of unpaved trails. Some of them are steep and can be slippery. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Due to the nature of the terrain on which we are situated, Haramara Retreat is not recommended for young children or persons with limited or impaired mobility.
WHAT ARE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE?
Each cabana is secluded and private and has its own private bathroom with a shower, a flush toilet, hot and cold water and monogrammed towels. There are hand woven sheets on the bed and gauze curtains and drapes for added privacy. Each cabana is designed to be open air with no windows or screens in order to allow in the gentle breezes from the Pacific Ocean. Some cabanas have private hammocks for lazy afternoon siestas. All have stunning ocean and/or jungle views.
The dorm is a large open room that accommodates up to eight people in individual beds. There are two bathrooms, one at each end of the dorm, to accommodate up to four people each.
There are towels each designated for a specific use – bath, pool and beach.
IS THERE ELECTRICITY?
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 is no outdoor lighting so you will need to bring a flashlight or a headlamp for use at night. There are electrical outlets in the dining room, pool terrace and yoga shalas for recharging electronic devices and batteries. It is the same voltage as the U.S. so no converter is needed.
IS THERE PHONE/INTERNET/FAX?
There are no phones, internet or fax out at Haramara. If you would like to use a phone, the internet or a fax you will need to go to one of the internet cafes in the town of Sayulita, a five minute taxi ride
away. There is cell phone reception at the highest point on the property. Your cell phone, including data service, may work in Mexico depending on your service provider and your plan. Please contact your service provider before you depart to make this determination.
IS THE WATER SAFE TO DRINK?
The water from the faucets is safe for showering and other necessities. There is clean, fresh, purified water provided in each cabana for drinking, brushing your teeth and cleaning your contacts and contact cases and in the dining room for drinking. The ice used at Haramara is also made from clean, fresh, purified water. Bring a portable reusable water bottle for personal use.
WHAT TYPE OF FOOD AND DRINK IS SERVED?
Our delicious and healthy gourmet meals are made from only the freshest natural and local ingredients by our talented chefs. Our menu is chosen daily by our head chef based on the ingredients that are available at the market that day. The always-changing daily menu includes a seafood or vegetarian dish. With advance notice, special dietary needs can be accommodated.
In the dining room, coffee and fresh squeezed juice is offered in the mornings while tea and fresh fruit water are available all day. A choice of appetizers and beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, are available at our pool bar during the day. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at lunch and dinner in the dining room.
DO YOU HAVE YOGA PROPS?
Our two yoga pavilions are stocked with mats, blocks, straps, bolsters and blankets for our guests to use.
WHAT KIND OF ON-SITE/OFF-SITE ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE?
Haramara has a selection of on-site and off-site activities for you to enjoy. On-site, among other things, take a cooking class from our talented chef, participate in a Temazcal ceremony or indulge in a spa treatment from one of our high caliber body workers and therapists. Off-site, enjoy a surfing, kayaking or snorkeling excursion, go horseback riding, bird watching, hiking, do a zip line canopy tour or spend the day browsing in Sayulita or other nearby towns. Many on-site and off-site activities are only available on a seasonal basis. Those that are available during your stay will be shown on sign up sheets in the dining room on arrival night.
More information will be provided upon registration for the retreat.
8 Single Beds
Scattered across the beautiful tropical hillside, each cabaña offers spectacular views of the ocean and jungle canopy. Enjoy the rustic luxury of comfortable beds with hand woven sheets, gauzy sheer curtains to filter the sunlight, and oil lamps and candles for softly lit evenings. The dormitory is non-coed and offers the same features of the cabanas, but in a large open room with individual beds for up to 8 people. The dorm has 2 bathroom facilities, one at each end, to accommodate up to 4 people each. Please note cabanas do not have air conditioning or electricity. View photos here.
3 Single Beds
Scattered across the beautiful tropical hillside, each cabaña is situated to offer privacy and seclusion along with spectacular views of the ocean and jungle canopy. Enjoy the rustic luxury of comfortable beds with hand woven sheets, gauzy sheer curtains to filter the sunlight, and oil lamps and candles for softly lit evenings. Each cabaña has a private bathroom with hot water and an open air shower with a view. Most cabañas have private hammocks for lazy afternoon naps. Please note cabanas do not have air conditioning or electricity. View photos here. We will match you with roommates if you are looking to share a triple.
2 Single Beds or 1 King
Scattered across the beautiful tropical hillside, each cabaña is situated to offer privacy and seclusion along with spectacular views of the ocean and jungle canopy. Enjoy the rustic luxury of comfortable beds with hand woven sheets, gauzy sheer curtains to filter the sunlight, and oil lamps and candles for softly lit evenings. Each cabaña has a private bathroom with hot water and an open air shower with a view. Most cabañas have private hammocks for lazy afternoon naps. Please note cabanas do not have air conditioning or electricity. View photos here. We will match you with a roommate if you are looking to share a double.
1 King Bed
Scattered across the beautiful tropical hillside, each cabaña is situated to offer privacy and seclusion along with spectacular views of the ocean and jungle canopy. Enjoy the rustic luxury of comfortable beds with hand woven sheets, gauzy sheer curtains to filter the sunlight, and oil lamps and candles for softly lit evenings. Each cabaña has a private bathroom with hot water and an open air shower with a view. Most cabañas have private hammocks for lazy afternoon naps. Please note cabanas do not have air conditioning or electricity. View photos here.