Om for the Holidays Yoga Retreat

Sayulita, Mexico

Renee Gauthier
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10 reviews
Dec 16 - 21, 2017
Group size: 10 - 25
Om for the Holidays Yoga Retreat
Sayulita, Mexico

Renee Gauthier
  • Email address verified
10 reviews

Dec 16 - 21, 2017
Group size: 10 - 25

About this trip

The Om for the Holidays Yoga Retreat is a healing journey of body, heart and mind for your holiday season. 

Over 5 years ago I started organizing this December retreat as mindful, healthy alternative to the holiday hustle and bustle. I craved this kind of experience for myself, and realized that other people do to! And so the tradition of Om for the Holidays began. 

My intention for this retreat is to provide the space and opportunity for you to:

Finish up your 2017 with intentional health & wellbeing and move into the new year feeling rested, energized, relaxed & focused. 

Immerse yourself in yoga, meditation, healthy eating, hiking, beach & pool time, siestas in the hammock, and lots of time to simply be. 

Sleep in magical palapa cabanas on a tropical hillside, just steps away from a private beach. Enjoy the rustic luxury of comfortable beds with hand woven sheets, oil lamps and candles for softly lit evenings, and a unique private bathroom with an open air shower that offers views of jungle & ocean. 

Eat organic gourmet meals in a beautiful open air dining room amidst the jungle canopy, overlooking the ocean. Eat breakfast listening to the birds, enjoy a quiet lunch at midday and linger over dinner while gazing at sunset. 

When is it? 

Retreat begins December 16 in the afternoon/ evening and ends December 21 mid day 

Where is it? 

The retreat will be held at the Haramara Retreat Center located in Sayulita, Mexico, 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. 

Who is this retreat for?

>This is retreat is for you if you want to:

>Press the reset button and recharge your nervous system

>Unwind from daily stressed and avoid holiday overwhelm 

>Return to a slower pace and remember your of inner peace 

>Be surrounded by nature and open space 

>Immerse yourself in precious "me time"

>Enjoy some digital detox and time to reconnect more deeply within + with community 

>Dive deep into mindfulfulness, play, laughter, and peace 

>Leave feeling more at home with yourself

>Enter the new year with more zest for life 

What’s included

What's gonna happen on this retreat? 

>LOTS of yoga! Morning energizing classes + evening chill-out/ restorative classes. All levels, with suggested modifications for either a more challenging or gentle practice, depending on your needs. Class themes will be infused with how to live your yoga off the mat in everyday life. 

>Meditation - Guided meditations will be included with each yoga class. 

>Mindful, Healthy Eating - Delicious, nourishing, mostly vegetarian meals (some seafood is included). Enjoy leisurely meals with lots time to enjoy your food (no rushing!) 

>Hiking!!! The retreat center is situated on a hillside, so hiking to and from class, meals, and your cabana will be a continuous practice.

>Cooking Class

>Sweatlodge Ceremony (optional) 

>Journaling - writing will be incorporated into some of the yoga classes, so bring your journals!

>Sunrise, sunset + star gazing

>Hot tub & pool time

>Beach time

>Time to sit, walk, journal, nap, visit, play, and simply be 

Not included

What's not included? 


Airport shuttle (approximately $15 each way) 

Spa treatments

Alcoholic beverages

Gratuities for housekeeping & waitstaff at retreat center

Additional activity

Before You Go

Most people fly into Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport (Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, airport code: PVR).

You will need a CURRENT PASSPORT for your trip to Mexico. A Driver License is no longer a valid identification document for travel to Mexico. 

No vaccinations are required to enter the country. 

Airport shuttle transfers will be coordinated for you. The shuttle cost will be divided up between passengers. Approximately $15 each way 

Available Packages

Double Shared Cabana
Available until December 15, 2017only 1 left

Share a cozy cabana with 1 other person

Single Private Cabana
Available until December 15, 2017only 3 left

Enjoy some precious "me time" in your own private cabana!

Dorm Cabana
Available until December 15, 2017Sold Out

Share a cabana dorm with up to 8 yoginis (women only). FYI- The dorm room will be shared with retreaters from this retreat as well as attendees for another retreat.


Your Organizer

Renee Gauthier
10 reviews
Hi! I'm Renee and I've been on the yoga path for....... 20+ years! I'd have to say my biggest yoga lesson has been learning to be present for the full experience of life; joy, pain, contentment, frustration, boredom, passion- you name it! And the second biggest lesson is that mindfulness and yoga are a daily practice. Yoga is really a way of moving through life more awake, aware, more present, and more at ease. As for credentials, I'm a certified E-RYT 200 yoga teacher, trained in hatha, vinyasa, restorative & prenatal yoga. I also have a degree in counseling which has been so essential to helping me understand how to infuse yoga off the mat in daily life I LOVE sharing the gifts of yoga because this practice has been ESSENTIAL to my own wellbeing. I truly hope this practice helps you as much as it helps me. Oh yeah, and I'm also a mom, love to dance, be outdoors, and live with my hubby beautiful daughter in sunny San Diego, California.


Renee does a great job hosting a yoga weekend! All four classes presented new learnings and fun. Her approach to calling yogis in is truly magical. The group of women was dynamic and fun. Sun Mountain Center was a nice getaway with some novelty incorporated into the feel. The vegetarian fare was delicious and Chris's tour of the biodynamic farm was interesting. Can't wait for the next getaway!
By Amy M for Reset Your Soul - Women's Weekend Yoga Retreat on 12 Jun, 2019
Most Excellent! I had a lovely experience. As always, Renees' yoga retreats are awesome fun, supportive of your journey and whatever life experiences one may be having. I always come away from her retreats feeling refreshed, grounded and having expanded my world view. The Xinalani Retreat Center has beautiful, well cared for grounds, wonderful staff, clean rooms, comfortable mattresses, and fantastic food. My only complaint is that I ate too much!
By Jane A for Om for the Holidays Yoga Retreat 2108 on 23 Dec, 2018
This was my 11th retreat with Renee. She's a gifted yoga teacher who has the technical knowhow to train students on alignment while helping them understand the emotional and spiritual side of yoga. As a retreat leader, she creates an environment that allows people to connect with one another, creates the space for us to work through our "stuff", and teaches us how to bring that retreat feeling home through connecting with ourselves and one another. The work that she puts into her retreat is genuine, and she continues to be a support system for her students after the retreat. My life has changed since attending my first retreat with Renee.
By Sarah P for 2018 Nature + Nurture Women's Yoga Retreat on 18 Sep, 2018
The location was serene and peaceful. The company was intelligent, warm, and loving. The food was healthy and delicious. The yoga classes were energizing and restorative, and deeply freeing. Renee is an all around wonderful retreat leader, yoga teacher, mentor, and a friend. If you can register quickly enough, you're fortunate and guaranteed to have a fulfilling and transformative experience. I can't wait for my next retreat with Renee. Thank you!
By Saerin Ally C for Hike Yoga Fun! on 10 Jul, 2018
Renee held such a gentle and soft space to practice and connect. Haramara Retreat was simply stunning. I was able to immerse myself completely and live into the beauty of the jungle and seaside. I will be back. Namaste
By Ashton H for Om for the Holidays Yoga Retreat on 30 Dec, 2017
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