Location: Haramara Retreat, Sayulita, Nayarit, México

TEAcher: Katy Appleton

Join Katy on appleyoga's Mexico retreat 2–9 November 2019 for a week of stunning bliss. 

Described as the place “where Robinson Crusoe meets Architectural Digest”, Haramara Retreat is a magical and idyllic place created and designed to provide a natural and supportive environment for your appleyoga retreat. 

Coming to Haramara is like coming home. My body returns to the earth, my mind mesmerised by the rhythms of the ocean and my spirit flies in this magical place. Yoga is a way of life and Haramara Retreat is where we can re-educate ourselves to live in balance.
— Rodney Yee


Deep thought and consideration was given to the placement and location of every structure at Haramara, so as to remain “at-one” with the spirit of the land, the jungle and the beach, with minimal environmental impact.

Haramara has been built without mechanical equipment compromising the virgin jungle and every structure has been hand-built using traditional construction methods. The planning of Haramara took into consideration the environment AND the quality of your experience.

Awake a while - Hafiz quote

One week retreat includes

  • 7 Transformational Vinyasa morning flow yoga practices

  • 5 Evening Lunar yoga practices

  • All yoga props and mats are provided

  • 7 nights accommodation at the beautiful Haramara retreat centre

  • 3 meals a day (alcoholic drinks charged extra)

Retreat doesn't include

  • Transfers to and from the airport

  • Flights or travel insurance

  • Excursions or day trips

  • Extra treats and activities

  • Taxis to and from places locally

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 snorkelling excursion, go horseback riding, bird watching, hiking, do a zip line canopy tour or spend the day browsing in Sayulita or other nearby towns.

We highly recommend treating yourself to at least one activity while you’re here!

The venue

Yoga space
The yoga shalas are hand-built from all natural materials with high roofs and handcrafted hardwood floors. Both yoga shalas are positioned to take advantage of the panoramic and ever changing views of the lush mountains and vast ocean while taking advantage of the soothing ocean breezes.

Your gastronomical experience at Haramara will be exquisitely prepared and artistically presented by some of the finest chefs in Mexico. Enjoy delicious vegetarian gourmet meals served in the spacious open air dining room with spectacular views that overlook the jungle and the ocean.

Placed amidst the jungle canopy the spacious open air dining room, hand-built of all natural materials with a soaring roof and handcrafted hardwood floors, is situated near the top of the property in the perfect location facing west to enjoy the jungle and ocean view throughout the entire day. Eat breakfast listening to the birds, enjoy a quiet lunch at midday and linger over dinner while watching the sunset.

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 the head chef and are based on the ingredients available that day.

Special dietary needs and requests can be accommodated.

There is a selection of wines, beers and cocktails available for an additional cost to accompany your meals.

haramara retreat massage

Spa / Therapeutic Wellness Centre
In a secluded clearing down near the ocean is Larimar, the open air therapeutic wellness centre. 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 cabañas, the wellness centre provides guests with a serene atmosphere where our highly trained massage therapists and spa technicians deliver beneficial treatments to your body and soul.

Take advantage of the variety of massage styles on offer – traditional Japanese, deep tissue, Swedish, reflexology, Shiatsu, therapeutic, Thai and many more, as well as manicures, pedicures, body scrubs and restorative and ayurvedic treatments.

Beach & Pool
Take advantage of our private beach for sun, sand and solitude.

Beaches in Mexico are private above the high tide line and public below the high tide line.

Sample daily schedule

Transformational solar vinyasa flow yoga: a variety of active asana practices for all levels: dynamic prana vinyasa flow, energetic and alignment-based hatha yoga, pilates core inspiration, invocations, meditation, pranayama, heart opening practices to liberate body and mind - are you ready? WOO HOO!
Suitable for all levels - just bring your heart and spirit!

Free Time
Soak up the sun, sunbathe and enjoy the beach or relax with a holistic treatment!

Late Afternoon
Introspective & awaking lunar yoga practices.
These sessions will consist of various techniques such as pranayama, meditation, yin yoga, restorative yoga, mantra, yoga nidra, nada yoga to bring you home to YOU.

The rooms

There is daily housekeeping service for both the cabañas and the dormitory and every detail is attended to right down to the fresh flowers.


Available in triple, double/twin and single accommodation.

Scattered across the beautiful tropical hillside, each individual cabaña has been hand-built of all natural materials and offers exceptional views of the ocean and jungle canopy. Each cabaña is situated to offer privacy and seclusion while still taking advantage of the spectacular views.

Our cabañas have been designed with your comfort in mind. Enjoy the rustic luxury of any one of our spacious cabañas, which feature comfortable beds with hand woven sheets, gauzy sheer curtains to filter the sunlight and oil lamps and candles for softly lit evenings. Most cabañas have private hammocks for lazy afternoon naps.

Each cabaña has its own unique and individually designed private bathroom with hot water, monogrammed towels and an open air shower with a view.

Single cabana


Double/twin sharing cabana


Triple sharing cabana



Our dormitory is a non-coed dormitory. It has been designed to accommodate up to 8 people in a shared bedroom and bathroom facility. You will enjoy the same features of our cabañas 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 4 people each. In each bathroom there are 2 showers, 2 sinks and 1 toilet.

Shared female-only dormitory


Male dormitory available on request, please contact us.



Haramara is located 45 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport, near the quaint town of Sayulita, in the spectacular Pacific coastal region known as Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.

Sharon Marsh is part of Travel Counsellors, an excellent service that takes the hassle out of booking flights.
Email her: sharon.marsh@travelcounsellors.com

Here are some links to different travel companies but do shop around for the best deals:

Transfers aren't included in the retreat but when you arrive at Puerto Vallarta airport. Transfer shuttles between the airport and retreat are available - payable in cash to the driver at US$90 for up to 4 people sharing, and an additional US$5 for each additional person up to 7 people. Arrangements for this will be done through appleyoga nearer the time, once everyone knows their flight details.

Health, visas & other info


We would advise you to arrive in the area a few days before the retreat so you can unwind from your travels and maybe even stay on for a few additional days after to deepen your retreat experience. We suggest finding accommodation outside of the retreat centre as they cannot guarantee extra nights pre- or post-retreat due to other retreats running.

Arrival and Departure at Haramara

2nd November is the day to arrive; there is no yoga scheduled on that date. Please be sure to arrive in Puerto Vallarta airport in the mid to late afternoon. Check-in at the retreat is 3pm-7pm and check-out is 11am.

There will be a welcome supper if you are able to make it with your flights, however yoga will commence on the morning of the 3rd November. Details will be sent approx 8 weeks before the retreat starts. 

On the morning of the 9th November, there will be a yoga session and breakfast as usual, so we suggest to book a flight in the later afternoon that date, but we understand that this may not be possible with your flight times.

Terms & Conditions


  • 60 days or more prior to the retreat date: Your payments will be refunded, less £200 which is your non-refundable deposit.

  • 59-30 days prior to the retreat date: payments are not refundable, but are transferable (less the £200 non-refundable deposit) to a future appleyoga retreat.

  • 29 days or less prior to the retreat date: payments are not refundable.