Important Retreat Information
When do retreats start?
Our retreats begin every Monday at 10am with check in, tour and registration. It is important to arrive on time to get into the rhythm.
It is also possible to arrive early on Sunday between 2pm – 5pm for an additional charge of $35.
Please confirm your arrival date at least one week before the start of your retreat.
When does the retreat end?
Retreats end after lunch on your last day.
Two Week Retreats are 14 days and 13 nights.
One Month Retreats are 28 days and 27 nights.
Three Month Retreats are 84 days and 83 nights.
How long are your retreat programs?
To get the most out of your Self-Discovery and Healthy Living Retreat, we recommend staying for the full 3 month program.
The first month is about slowing down, letting go and coming back into your natural rhythm. The second month is for going deeper, releasing, and reconnecting with your creative flow. The third month focused on integration, coming home and inner peace.
It is also possible to come for just one month or two weeks to get a taste of the deep transformational process. We have also had many students stay for 6 months or longer.
Hariharalaya is the ideal place to live the path of Integral Yoga from moment to moment.
What will I get out of your Self-Discovery and Healthy Living Programs?
Our Self-Discovery and Healthy Living Programs are the perfect opportunity to take a break from the maddness of modern living, focus on yourself and rediscover your joy and creativity with the support of an inspiring international community.
During your time at Hariharalaya, you will:
– set up good daily habits of yoga, breathing and meditation
– reawaken your heart and creativity
– clear the clutter from your mind
– learn to dance with the present moment
– rekindle your passion for life
– be at home in the stillness and silence
– strengthen your will power and focus
– laugh and share with an open hearted community
– reconnect with nature and your natural rhythm
– cleanse your body with healing wholefoods
– appreciate the beauty of the simple moments in a traditional Cambodia village
Can I extend my retreat?
Yes, if there is space available. We have limited spaces and are normally fully booked several months in advance.
How do I get to Hariharalaya from Siem Reap?
We are located about 5 km from the Siem Reap International Airport. It takes about 10-15 minutes to get to Hariharalaya from downtown Siem Reap. We can help arrange a tuktuk from your hotel.
When should I arrive in Siem Reap?
Retreats start on Monday mornings at 10 am. We recommend arriving at least one day early to be well rested and grounded for the first morning of your retreat.
What is your payment policy?
A non refundable deposit of 25% is required to complete your booking. You can make your booking and pay your deposit by bank card via our online portal.
Your remaining balance is due upon arrival in Cash or Bank Transfer. We accept USD, GBP, EURO and Cambodian Riel.
If you would like to pay your retreat balance by bank or credit card, we charge a 5% service fee.
Additional charges such as snacks, healing sessions and tours will be billed at the end of each month.
What is your cancellation policy?
Our deposits are nonrefundable. If you are unable to attend your retreat, then you can use your deposit towards another retreat date or transfer your credit to a friend valid for up to 1 year.
You must inform us at least 7 days in advance if you cannot attend, otherwise you will forfeit your deposit.
What should I bring with me to Hariharalaya?
It is advisable to bring your own flashlight, mosquito repellent, a reusable water bottle, a journal, and in the rainy season, an umbrella or a rain coat and a smile. For women we recommend bringing any sanitary items you may need. There are shops nearby for all neccessities.
Am I required to attend all yoga and meditation classes and activities on the schedule?
Everyone is required and expected to participate in the morning practice and evening meditation. Afternoon yoga classes, dharma talks and other community activities are optional. If for whatever reason you are unable to participate, please speak with a member of our staff or one of our yoga teachers to discuss other options.
What style of yoga is practiced?
At Hariharalaya we practice Integral Yoga – an integrated approach to health through the body, heart and mind. Our approach is Traditional Hatha yoga, with a focus on breath and awareness. We cover the physical postures (asana), breathing, meditation, chanting and non-duality. We offer hands on adjustments during the asana and meditation practice, and our teachers will help you to set up a daily practice.
At Hariharalaya, yoga is a journey of self-love and self acceptance, our approach is based on experiential yoga and not performative or competitive yoga.
Our classes are accessable for all levels of experience!
What type of meditation do you do?
We practice silent sitting meditation – Learning to relax back into the center of our being through stillness, strengthening our awareness, and releasing the heaviness of the past. The central meditation teaching is – Just Be Still. We also teach the importance of mindfulness or cultivating awareness throughout the whole day.
Is the yoga/meditation suitable for beginners?
Yes! Our program is perfect for those who have never tried yoga before. At Hariharalaya, we share an authentic approach to Yoga, focusing on living the practise in your daily life, and not just the physical postures. Our experienced teachers will help you discover these ancient tools, and find the perfect balance of Stability (Stirra) and Ease (Sukha).
Are your retreats suitable for advanced practitioners?
Our retreats are ideal for all levels of experience. Our focus is on applying yoga and meditation to living creatively in the present moment. Through community, learning, relaxation and creativity, we tap back into our passion for life and reawaken new possibilities, deepening our understanding of ourselves, and connection with Life.
Do I need to bring my own yoga gear?
All yoga and meditation gear (yoga mats, meditation benches and cushions) are supplied on site. If you prefer to bring your own yoga mat or other props you are welcome to do so.
Do you have wifi?
As part of our commitment to conscious living, we follow a STRICT Digital Detox Policy during the retreat program from Monday – Friday. This allows you to step away from the digital world and come back to the flow of the present moment. We will collect phones, tablets, and laptops on Monday and keep them locked up in our safe. You can have them back on the weekends, and there will be a one hour window every Wednesday to use your device, if needed. This is an integral part of the retreat process. You can pass our email address to friends or family to contact you in case of emergency.
Please note :- Digital devices are NOT permitted in public spaces at any time!
What is the food like?
Your retreat includes 3 homecooked hearty plant-based GF meals per day. Breakfast is served at 9 am, Lunch at 1 pm and Dinner at 7 pm. Herbal tea and filtered drinking water is available at all times. We also have a Juice Bar that offers fresh fruit smoothies, vegan coconut cream ice cream and delicious GF cakes and snacks. All of our recipes can be found in our vegan Cookbook – Cooking with Consciousness.
Do you offer gluten free options?
Traditional Cambodian cuisine does not contain any gluten. All of our meals are gluten free, including our homemade bread and cakes.
Is smoking permitted on retreat?
There is a desingated area on the campus for smoking. Smoking is strictly prohibted in rooms and balconies. Use of cannabis is not permitted during the retreat.
We will give you one warning and then you will be asked to leave with no refund.
Do you serve coffee?
We do not serve or allow the use of coffee or other stimulants at the retreat center. Being on retreat is an opportunity to cleanse your system and come back to your natural rhythm.
Please note we also do not allow guests to bring their own personal coffee. There are stalls that sell coffee nearby in the village if needed.
Do you offer snacks or beverages on site?
We offer a variety of healthy, homemade vegan snacks like cake, coconuts, fresh fruit smoothies, kambocha and vegan ice cream available at our Juice Bar.
You can store personal snacks and supplements in your room. Please note that we do not allow any non vegan items on the property.
Are towels and toiletries provided?
Each guest is provided with a bath towel for the retreat. Please bring your own toiletries. Other necessities are available at the local shops.
Do you offer laundry service during the retreat?
We offer laundry service for $2 kg. Please allow an extra day or so for drying during rainy season.
Do the rooms come equipped with fans or AC?
All of our rooms come equipped with fans.
Our Deluxe Suites have an AC option for for an additional charge of $50 a week.
Do your rooms have private bathrooms?
All of our Deluxe Suites include a private bathroom, hot water, shower, and a bathtub.
Our Khmer Bungalows have shared bathrooms.
Do I need to take malaria pills?
Siem Reap is a low risk malaria zone. We have not had a single case of malaria.
What is the atmosphere at Hariharalaya like?
Hariharalaya is located in a tropical Cambodian village. With jungle gardens, quiet corners, and inspiring facilities, it is the perfect place to reconnect with Nature and your True Self. Walk barefoot on the earth, take time to just be with Life, observing and feeling it deeply. Take a digital detox and come back to the present moment.
What is the weather like in hot or rainy seasons?
It is a beautiful tropical paradise all year round in Cambodia. As we are located out in a traditional farming village, surrounded by trees and nature, it is naturally cool all year. Our structures are built with natural materials and provide a good flow of air. During the rainy season everything is green and alive. It usually only rains for an hour or two per day.
Will there be any music playing in the village?
Cambodian weddings and funerals are traditionally celebrated at home as a village event. Loud music and chanting can be played late in the evening and very early in the morning. Weddings and funerals can take place nearby and the music can be heard from Hariharalaya. This is part of the immersion in an authentic experience of Cambodian culture.
Do you have bicycles to explore the villages around Hariharalaya?
Yes. There are plenty of interesting places to explore just around the corner – including a 150 year old local market, weaving and pottery workshops, ancient temples, traditional farming villages, the floating village, several local pagodas and more. Many sites are easily reached on foot or by bike. We have a fleet of 10 bicycles available free of charge.
Is Hariharalaya located near the Angkor Temples?
Hariharalaya is located 15-20 mins away from the biggest temple complex in the world, Angkor Wat. Note that you need a valid Angkor Wat Park Pass in order to visit these main temples.
Can I visit the Angkor Temples during the retreat?
We recommend planning a few days before or after the retreat for exploring the temples. We have a full day schedule of learning, relaxation, community and creativity. It is best to give yourself the time to really be on retreat.
What is your Drug and Alcohol Policy?
The use of drugs and alcohol is strictly prohibited during retreat. It is important to maintain a focused and safe learning environment for all. The purpose of retreat is to slow down, take a step back and set up good habits.
If you decide to go out on the weekends and use drugs or alcohol (which we do not recommend), you must organize accommodation outside as we do not allow intoxicated people on the premises. Please note that the gates are locked at 6pm during the week retreat program and at 9pm on weekends. In case of non-compliance, we will give you one warning and then you will be asked to leave with no refund.
What is your COVID Policy?
Our main priority is to provide a safe space for our guests and community.
As of September 2021, we require all guests:
1) take a COVID rapid test within 24 hours of arrival and send us the results. The tests can be purchased at all local pharmacies for under $10.
If you are unable to do so before you arrive, we will have tests available on site that you can purchase and administer before entering the retreat.
2) fill out our COVID questionnaire
3) wear a mask when in the local village and market.