I truly had one of the best months of my life at Hariharalaya. I entered the student program December 10th and stayed for one month. The area alone is peaceful and beautiful and the experience at the retreat was life changing. I learned so much about my self and met so many inspirational people. I enjoyably participated in every class offered. The yoga classes greatly improved my flexibility and strength. The meditation guidance was so helpful and my head became so much more clear during the month. My posture has improved as well! I never imagined I could be so happy staying in one remote area for 28 days straight but it was easy for me there. I even fasted and was in silence for 3 days in a row to improve my self control and was guided and supported by the staff and fellow guests.
Joel is a great teacher and leader and I was amazed by his knowledge and accomplishments. I suggest getting to know him well as he has a lot of insight but also is easy to talk to as he can relate to your experiences.
Claire, a yoga teacher and massage guru was one of the warmest people I have ever met. Her classes were amazing and her treatments are unbelievable. I had a two hour session where she gave me a variety of massages and yoga instruction. So good!
Amy is the other yoga teacher and nutritionist. Her and Claire's classes complement each other so well. She definitely opened my hips! She also has great tips about nutrition and is available to talk to on a regular basis for any questions.
Annie the acupuncture specialist is hilarious and will for sure put a smile on your face with her treatments, music, and everyday attitude. Her story is beautiful and she really makes you appreciate life and look at things in another perspective.
Amber started out in the student program with me and now works there so she is super insightful and easy to talk to about what you are going through and shes just really cool in general.
The Cambodian staff is friendly and the food makes you believe you could be vegan forever no problem. They do so much and improve the center on a daily basis.
I saved the best for last! Sean the manager and magician is a reason to visit this retreat in itself. I was overly obsessed with the magic shows first of all. I could have watched one every day and been more than happy. He is also a genuinely wonderful person and friend. He really cares about Hariharalaya and wants everyone to get the best experience possible. He is supportive and made me laugh everyday. He is so easy to talk to and is extremely giving. He has so much to offer and so many skills I didn't even know existed like body language communication. He is down to earth and can communicate on whatever level you need.
I think everyone could benefit from time spent at Hariharalaya and suggest that if you make that wonderful decision you get to know all the staff and participate in everything they have to offer. I plan to visit this retreat again in my travels and look forward to that time.
- 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