I was the oldest guest at 76 years old, but I felt that everything had been laid on for my benefit. I have had a rich and varied life, but this was a new experience for me. I had a neeper hut and hammock facing the garden which bloomed in the beginning of the rainy season. I had not done yoga since my twenties, yet I found the teachers gentle and understanding and the effects hugely beneficial. I was encouraged to exercise my will over bodily and mental distractions and to enter into peaceful and joyful meditation. I greatly enjoyed meeting the inspiring teachers, the warm and interesting other guests and I loved the food (including fresh mangoes from the garden) and the periods of silence. I adjusted to the noise of the neighbouring Cambodian weddings and was thus with the continued inspiration of Joel, the director, helped to learn to find inner silence when surrounded by noise of the modern world.
I greatly look forward to returning – well into my nineties!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hariharalaya is an oasis of peace and transformation located in a quiet Khmer farming village near the Ancient Temples of Angkor (just outside of Siem Reap). We have 7 comfortable rooms in a traditional Franco-Khmer wooden mansion, 5 private retreat huts overlooking the fields and pastures, as well as a shared dorm and a private family house. We offer daily yoga and meditation classes, as well as regular meditation and creativity retreats. Our rates are ALL INCLUSIVE - including yoga and meditation every morning, meditation every evening and 3 delicious and fresh vegan meals a day. We also have a wide range of healing services as well as spiritual and health courses. ... more less