Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the Living Yoga Student Program?
To get the most out of our Living Yoga Student Program, we recommend staying for 3 months.
The first month is just cleaning, getting settled and establishing a rhythm The second month is going deeper, releasing, and reconnecting The third month is integration, coming home, creative flow
It is possible to come for just one month, one week or even just three days to get a taste for the process. It is also possible to stay for a longer period of time (three to six months).
During this time you will live the learning through the rhythm of the day.
– set up good daily habits of yoga, breathing and meditation, – reawaken your heart and creativity – clear some of 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 heart community – reconnect with nature and your natural rhythm – cleanse your body with healing whole foods – appreciate the beauty of the simple moments in a traditional Cambodia village
When should I arrive in Siem Reap?
Retreats start on Mondays mornings at 10 am. We recommend arriving at least one day early in order to be well rested for the first morning of the retreat. We also suggest planning a couple of days before or after the retreat to see the temples. We have found it is best to really set aside the retreat days to explore yourself, the classes, the village and to take time to truly relax.
It takes about 30 minutes from downtown Siem Reap, so plan to leave town by 9:15 am. Be sure to let us know where to send our driver to pick you up. The driver will come at 9:15 am so that you arrive by 10 am sharp. We will start with a campus tour and registration, followed by our first class at 12 pm and a sharing circle at 1:30 pm. The tuktuk costs $5 USD and we will add it to your bill. If you decide to arrange your own transportation, be sure to arrive at the center by 10 am sharp.
How do I get to Hariharalaya from Siem Reap?
We are located about 15 km east of Siem Reap. It takes about 30 minutes to get to Hariharalaya from downtown Siem Reap. We can help to organize a tuktuk to Hariharalaya from your hotel. The cost is $7 USD payable directly to the driver.If you are coming directly from the airport the cost is $12 USD and it takes about 50 minutes.
When can I arrive?
In order to fit in with the flow of our weekly schedule, we only accept new arrivals on Mondays at 10 am. Once you arrive we will give you a tour of the campus, go through our daily schedule and get you integrated into the community.
Retreats begin on Tuesdays at 10 am. It takes about 30 minutes from downtown Siem Reap, so plan to leave town by 9:15 am. Be sure to let us know where to send our drivers to pick you up. The driver will come at 9:15 so that you arrive by 10 am sharp. We will start with a campus tour and registration, followed by our first class at 12 pm, lunch at 12:30 and a sharing circle at 1:30 pm. The tuktuk costs $5 USD and we will add it to your bill. If you decide to arrange your own transportation, be sure to arrive at the center by 10 am sharp.
What time does the retreat end on the last day?
Our two week retreat is 14 days and 13 nights and our One Month Retreats are 28 days and 27 nights.
What is your Payment Policy?
A non refundable deposit of 50$ USD is required to complete your booking. Your remaining balance is due upon arrival in CASH ONLY. We accept USD, Cambodian Riel, Pounds, Euros and Australian Dollars. Additional charges such as snacks, healing sessions, tours, will be billed at the end of your stay. There are no ATM machines in the village, but there are many in Siem Reap.
What is your cancellation policy?
Our deposits are nonrefundable. If you are unable to attend a retreat, then you can use your deposit towards another retreat valid for up to 1 year or transfer your credit to a friend. Please let us know at least 5 days in advance if you cannot attend, otherwise you will forfeit your deposit.
Hotel recommendations for before/after the retreat
There are over 700 hotels, hostels and guest houses in Siem Reap. We suggest that you check booking.com to find the best option in your budget range. Most places are only a few minutes from Lucky Mall, where the free shuttle meets on the first morning of the retreat. Nice budget to mid-range options include: 1920 Hotel, The Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel, Lub D,La Milia, Siem Reap Hostel, & Bliss Villa.
Can I extend my retreat?
If you come for a week and decide to extend and stay for a full month, then we will honor the monthly price (as long as there is still availability). Please let us know if you would like to extend as far in advance as possible, in order to save your space
What is the food like?
Your retreat includes three hearty and healthy vegan home cooked meals per day. All of our recipes can be found in our vegan Cookbook – Cooking with Consciousness. Breakfast is served at 9 am, Lunch is at 1 pm and Dinner at 7 pm. Herbal tea, filtered drinking water and bananas are available throughout the day at no additional charge. We also have a Jungle Juice Bar that sells fruit smoothies, coconut cream ice cream and snacks.
Do you offer gluten free options?
The good news is that we are a fully gluten free retreat. Traditional Cambodian cuisine does not contain any gluten and we minimize the amount that we use. We are used to travelers with gluten intolerance and Celiac diseases, and we decided moving fully gluten free was the best way to accommodate you.
Is smoking permitted on retreat?
We offer a small garden area for smoking. Smoking marijuana is not permitted during the retreat.
What is your policy on coffee, drugs and alcohol?
We do not serve coffee or alcohol at the center. Retreat is a good time to slow down and break our daily habits. It is a chance to clean our system and come back to our natural balance. Drug use, including marijuana, and alcohol is strictly prohibited at Hariharalaya. Please note we also do not allow guests to bring their own personal coffee or non vegan alternatives.
Are there any snacks or beverages available on site?
Herbal Teas, filtered drinking water and bananas are available all day. We offer a variety of healthy, local vegan snacks such as cakes, chocolates and Raw vegan treats. Fresh coconuts, fruit smoothies and coconut cream ice cream available at our Juice Bar. All delicious Cambodian vegan snacks and drinks are ranging from $1-3.
What should I bring with me to Hariharalaya?
It is advisable to bring your own flashlight, mosquito repellent, a reusable water bottle, a padlock for your locker, a journal, and in the rainy season, an umbrella or a rain coat. For women we recommend bringing any sanitary items you may need, as they are not readily available in the village.
Are towels and toiletries provided?
Each guest is provided with a bath towel for the retreat. Please bring your own toiletries. Basic items are available in the local market, with the exception of feminine hygiene products.
Do you offer laundry service during the retreat?
We have a washing station where you can hand wash and sundry your laundry. We provide all materials (including soap). We recommend getting your clothes washed in town before you come on retreat with us. We have a full retreat schedule and it is one less thing to think about. Please note that during the rainy season it can take longer for your laundry to dry.
Do the rooms come equipped with fans or A/C?
After popular demand we have just added 2 new A/C mini suites featuring their own private patio area, allowing for the perfect self reflection in a cool way. All of our rooms come with a fan and a mosquito net. Our rooms and huts are built with natural materials and we are surrounded by trees and nature, so it stays naturally cool throughout the year.
Do any rooms have private bathrooms?
All of our bathrooms are shared.
Do you have wifi?
As part of our commitment to conscious living, we follow a STRICT Digital Detox Policy. This allows retreat participants to step away from the digital world and come back to the flow of the present moment. We collect phones, tablets, kindles and laptops on the first day of the course and keep them locked up in our safe. Over the years we’ve found that this is an integral part of the course. You can pass our email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to friends or family to contact you in case of emergency. Please handle any further travel plans, work, school and personal duties before the retreat begins. On the last day you will have an opportunity to capture some photos before departing.
What style of yoga is practiced?
At Hariharalaya we practice Integral Yoga – an integrated approach to health through the body, heart and mind. Our classes cover the physical postures (asana), breathing, meditation, chanting and non-duality. We have at least 5 yoga/meditation teachers on staff at any given time. Our teachers are trained in different styles and approaches to yoga. We offer hands on adjustments during the asana and meditation practice. We promote and encourage setting up a daily practice of yoga and meditation.
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 basic 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?
Our classes and retreat program are accessible for all levels of experience. Many of our guests are trying yoga and meditation for the first time. Our program is geared to give you the tools to set up your own yoga, breathing and meditation practice. We have at least 5 yoga/meditation teachers on staff at any given time. Our teachers are trained in different styles and approaches to yoga. We offer hands on adjustments during the asana and meditation practice.
Are you 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. 6 days for refreshing and reinvigorating.
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.
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 gear you are welcome to do so.
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 rural and natural Cambodian farming village. With over 2 acres of land, huts, 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 among the Rolous Group of Temples (circa 800 AD). 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.