Travel & FAQ
Haramara Retreat, where the True Awakening retreat is located, is in the breathtaking coastal region of Nayarit, Mexico (known as Riviera Nayarit) near the town of Sayulita. It is situated on 12 private acres of land between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The retreat is nestled into the tropical jungle vegetation on a hillside above the magnificent rugged coast of the Pacific Ocean and its private and pristine beach.
Haramara is in the Central Time Zone therefore they are one hour ahead of Pacific Time through the remainder of the season.
Participants should fly into Puerto Vallarta International Airport. From SFO or LAX, you can fly Alaska Airlines, Delta, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue and Southwest. Fares vary of course, but you’ll likely find round trips between $250 – $500.
If you’d like support booking your ticket to Puerto Vallarta International Airport, we’ve arranged for a professional travel agent to support getting you the best flight and pricing for your specific needs. After you’ve registered your place in the retreat, please contact her directly and let her know your needs for attending True Awakening:
The Haramara Retreat can easily be reached in a comfortable 40 minute drive from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport via. Your ticket includes ground transportation to and from the airport in our private shuttle van with driver, with exclusive use by our group for the week. Our dedicated driver and event staff will take extra precautions to clean and sanitize the shuttle van between each trip.
Will my cell phone work at the retreat center?
Cell phone service at Haramara will depend on which service you have and if it has the 1900 GSM frequency band. Check with your service provider about your specific phone and service and to add International Calling (Mexico) to your current plan. If you do not let your provider know to change your service, you will be charged very high roaming fees. There is a cell tower in Sayulita with limited accessibility from certain places at the highest point on the property, and AT&T and Verizon work the best.
What type of food and drink will be served at the Retreat?
Three healthy and delicious gourmet meals will be made from only the freshest natural, often organic, and local ingredients. The Haramara menu is chosen daily by their chef based on the ingredients that are available that day. The retreat will begin with a cleanse, and after that, the always-changing daily menu for the week will begin with vegan cuisine and continue that throughout the week. By mid-week, the chef introduces some seafood, eggs and cheese for those who are not vegan. With advance notice, special dietary requirements can also be accommodated. Coffee, fresh-squeezed juice and smoothies will be offered in the mornings. Tea, purified water and fresh fruit are available all day.
Do I need to attend every session?
Unless health dictates otherwise, Michael strongly encourages attendance at each of his sessions. The week-long journey has been designed to optimize your well-being, and each part builds upon the next. You will not regret making that commitment to yourself. However, we have built in lots of space in the afternoons to get out in nature, participate in a various wellness workshops and experiences, or just stare at the ocean, or nap.
What do I need to bring?
As we get closer to the retreat, we’ll send along a list of items that you might consider bringing, however we will supply retreat essentials on site for you. When you arrive you will be given a clean, sanitized set of yoga and movement props. You will receive your own mat, blocks, straps, bolsters and a blanket for yoga, meditation or bodywork sessions for your use during the week.
What timezone is it there?
Haramara is in the Central Time Zone, which is one hour ahead of Pacific Time through the remainder of the season.
Are children welcome?
Children cannot participate in the retreat sessions, but they are welcome to come with you. The Satellite Luxury Villa and Casitas, located 5 minutes from Haramara, will have shared childcare and activities available during the retreat sessions for kids staying at that location. Children must be at least 3. Those children already coming are in the age range of 3 -13. Over 13 and Haramara considers them an adult.
What Time is Check-in? Check-Out?
Check-in time is 3pm. Earlier arrival is not a problem. If your cabana is not ready, our restaurant and terrace are available to you while you wait. You may also leave your luggage with our staff in the arrival/departure area if you would like to do some exploring.
Is The Water Safe To Drink?
The water from the faucets is safe for showering and other necessities but is not safe to drink. There is clean, fresh, purified water provided in each cabana for drinking, brushing your teeth, and cleaning your contacts and contact cases. There is bottled water available in the restaurant each day. The ice used in the restaurant is also made from clean, fresh, purified water.
What kinds of healing arts are available?
We will have a variety of healing sessions available to the participants. Practitioners include our sound healer Mera who will also be booking 1 x 1 sound healing sessions.
What kind of spa services are available During the Retreat and How Much are They?
Haramara offers 60 and 90 minute massage sessions with different techniques like shiatsu, deep tissue, acupressure, Thai and reiki, special body treatments using salt and oil, mud or chocolate, and facials, manicures and pedicures. Prices for services range from $25* – $150* U.S. *(Prices quoted are subject to change)
What is The Weather Like?
The Central Pacific Coast of Mexico is surrounded by jungle and receives approximately 345 days of sunshine per year. Located on the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, its sub-tropical climate is often compared to Hawaii’s. The weather should be beautiful during the retreat, averaging a high of 82° during the day and 64° at night, however, it can be chilly at night, so bring a layer or two to keep warm.
What are some other activities in the area?
Whether you come early, stay after or find time during the retreat, Sayulita has many fabulous activities and local excursions. Haramara can help you coordinate: surfing, paddle boarding, bird watching, fishing, horseback riding, cooking classes, jungle zipline, Petroglyph hike, snorkeling in Punta Mita, sunset sail or even whale watching.
What is your cancellation policy?
- If the Retreat is postponed your ticket will be fully refunded or applied to the new date.
- Cancellations made on or before November 23rd, 2020: All money paid will be refunded.
- Cancellations made after November 23rd, 2020: No refunds will be issued, however, your ticket may be transferred to another participant.
For additional information and questions, please contact our co-producer, Brad Nye, at firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll get back to you as quickly as possible or if timely feel free to call him at 415-309-0045.