EAT ~ PLAY ~ LOVE
Hariharalaya is a place to come back to the natural rhythm of Life, to reconnect with your true Self, to discover and explore, to learn and to play. It is a place to reawaken to the magic and mystery of Life. A place to share, be challenged and grow. A place to be real.
Learn and practice Integral Yoga & Meditation with an inspiring community of like-minded people while living in a traditional Cambodian village. Our Yoga and Meditation Learning Center is spread out over 2 acres of jungle gardens in the shade of the Ancient Temples of Angkor. We offer authentic, inspiring, and affordable 6 Day Retreat Programs to suit all levels.
Our retreats are based on Integral Yoga & Meditation, Community, Creativity, Healthy & Delicious Vegan Food, and Connection with Nature. Our course program includes daily classes, health & wellness, Dharma talks, community activities, and free time. You will learn and be inspired by our experienced team of 5 international yoga and meditation instructors. We take a holistic approach to health through the body, heart and mind, offering hands on adjustments and individual support for all levels of experience. We promote and encourage setting up a daily practice of yoga and meditation.
Through our meditation practice we learn to relax back into the center of our being through stillness, strengthening our basic awareness, and releasing the heaviness of the past. We also teach the importance of mindfulness by cultivating awareness throughout the whole day.
We observe a digital detox as well as silent mornings throughout the course. This allows us to listen more deeply to life and live in the present moment.
Hariharalaya is named after the Vedic capitol of Cambodia which existed on the same land as the Hariharalaya Retreat Center from 800 AD until around 1000 AD, hundreds of years before Angkor Wat. Since its early beginnings in 2010, Hariharalaya continues to stand by its commitment to offer authentic and inspiring programs in Integral Yoga, Meditation and Conscious Living at affordable prices. Over the last 6 years we have hosted over 350 retreats with over 4,000 participants from more than 85 different countries. We have a team of international yoga teachers, meditation teachers and healers, including the founder and director Joel Altman, who has dedicated the last 16 years his life to living and sharing the teachings of Integral Yoga.
Release stress and come back to the present moment. Reawaken your life force and natural flow with a treatment in our garden spa and wellness center. Detox for your body, heart and heart!
Surrounded by flowers and trees, an ideal place for an afternoon conversation or a night looking out at the stars.
Our extensive library holds over 2500 books on a wide variety of topics specializing in yoga and spirituality.
Discover the Cambodian country side the local way. We are just a short ride from the ancient temples, the Tonle Sap lake, the Roluos river, the local market and much more.
During the retreat we screen Documentaries, Nature Series as well as Classic Movies at the Hariharalaya Open Air Cinema.
Keep in shape at our natural gym – fully equipped with pull up bar, weight bench, sit up bench, dip station, jump ropes, slack line and free weights.
You will find plenty of art materials for painting, collage, coloring, sketching and more.
Our reading room offers a quiet and comfortable place to sit down with a good book from our library.
Connect with your body movement in new ways in our brand new Rock Climbing Gym. Practice your concentration and hand eye coordination skills in our Games Room. Ping Pong, Pool Table, board games and more.
Part of the magic of Hariharalaya is the opportunity to live in a traditional Cambodian farming village. Located 16 kilometers from Siem Reap, the villagers of Bakong still live a traditional lifestyle – farming with cows, living simply, walking and riding bicycles to the market. The children’s smiles and laughter fill the dirt paths and roads, as they play far from the stress and tension of the city and tourists. The Local Market (Psaa Rolou), just a 5 minute walk away, dates back over 150 years and remains the central market for over 50 surrounding villages. Detox from the fast paced modern life. See the colors, smell the smells and taste the tastes of real life.
All of our huts and houses at Hariharalaya are built with traditional materials in a traditional style – wood, bamboo, thatched roofing, palm leaves. Hariharalaya, which is on the grounds of the ancient capital of Cambodia, is surrounded by ancient temples, several pagodas and wild jungle – all within biking and walking distance.
For those interested in traditional crafts and skills – there are several workshops nearby that still produce and offer classes in traditional loom weaving, pottery and shadow puppet carving. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn, give back to the community and take home unique gifts for yourself, your family and friends.
While staying at Hariharalaya you will get a taste for the REAL CAMBODIA. We are an integrated part of the local community here and you too will be welcome with smiles and open arms. Cambodian weddings and funerals are traditionally celebrated at home as a village event. Loud music and chanting can often 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. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Vegan Food PHILOSOPHY
Food is our way of participating in the great Cycle of Life. We honor the Life that sustains us – eating local, seasonal, simple, colorful and delicious vegan foods.
Our breakfasts always include fresh fruit – like mango, pineapple, watermelon, dragonfruit; a main course – ranging from Scrambled Tofu, Garlic Mashed Sweet Potato, Khmer Rice Porridge, Waffle Bar, and more; as well as a smoothie of the day – Mango Carrot, Passion Fruit Banana, Peanut Butter Banana, Watermelon Juice, etc.
Our lunches and dinner consist of a main course from our Vegan cookbook, brown rice and a fresh salad. Meals range from Khmer Curries, Rice Noodle Pastas, Mexican Chili, Hummus, Indian Dahl and Pumpkin Soup and much more.
Cambodian Cuisine lends itself well to a vegan diet, because they do not traditionally use any milk or dairy, instead relying on the abundant and nutritious coconut. It is also a natural gluten free diet as they do not traditionally cultivate wheat, but instead use non glutinous flours such as rice flour and cassava flour.
The good news is that you can continue to eat delicious and healthy vegan food once you leave Hariharalaya! We will send you a free electronic copy of our own cookbook – Hariharalaya: Cooking with Consciousness. With over 90 of our favorite Cambodian and International vegan recipes including high quality color photos, it is the perfect addition to your home kitchen!