Before the retreat I felt lost in this big world where there is so much to do and see but so much disconnection and uncertainty as well. This retreat at Haramara gave me time and space to connect with people, with myself, with the earth. Haramara was the nurturing environment I needed to be grounded again, and Nikki lead me wisely and light heartedly through my journey. She nurtured and push me through my daily yoga practices, she helped me work with my challenges. She understood the impact that this retreat had on each of us and she took care of us and led us through seven unforgettable days. Nikki was the soul of this group of amazing yogis and yoginis. We all started as strangers coming from different parts of the country and ended up being a tightly woven kula. My kula will be with me forever, showing me that connection to others is what makes my life beautiful. Haramara was the canvas for this incredible week. We slept in beautiful cabanas, ate incredible meals, felt taken care of by the staff, a group of very happy and caring individuals. It is impossible to describe the beauty and power of Haramara. It is a thousand times what I thought any retreat should be like. Haramara gave me clarity, it transformed me. Here is what I would say to anyone young, old, married, single, with children, with busy jobs, anyone who is not a yogi, who feels they need something to happen... just go, and go with Nikki. You will never regret that decision. And you will see me there next year as well
Annabelle D., Thornton, CO
Words can't begin to describe how powerful Nikki's yoga retreat in Mexico was for me. I went in with the expectation of deepening my physical yoga practice - going further in my poses, perhaps getting into poses that had previously eluded me. I got all that, and so much more. Beginning each day with meditation centered me. Unplugging from the internet and my cell phone restored me. Sharing with an amazing group of people connected me. Reflecting in a naturally stunning place refreshed me. I came back completely fulfilled on every level. The care with which Nikki planned and ran the retreat made it the success that it was. From the well-thought out schedule, to offering options while respecting everyone's personal preferences, to facilitating a truly beautiful group dynamic, Nikki is gifted at enabling people to go further down their road of physical, spiritual, and emotional development. This was my first retreat with Nikki, and it definitely won't be my last.
My experience at Haramara with Nikki can only be described as dreamy. Nikki communicated everything we needed to know and prepare for very clearly in advance, she was an organized, fun, and laid back leader, and of course the yoga classes were excellent. I met REALLY cool people that I sincerely enjoyed hanging out with and getting to know throughout the week. I can't say enough good things about the Haramara Retreat itself - the grounds are spectacularly beautiful, and it's clear that the people there truly cherish the special place they're in. The casitas are just so cool - you will never forget spending a week living in one of those. Our room was a double, but we learned upon arrival that we had a 3rd roommate - a very calm resident iguana who liked to hang out on the wall above the shower. She generously shared her space with us, and we really enjoyed her company! The funky surf town of Sayulita is about a 5 minute cab ride or 15 minute walk away from the retreat and has lots of cute shops and restaurants, as well as a nice, wide (though crowded) beach. We enjoyed exploring the town, but it felt so good to arrive back at the peaceful Haramara grounds. I thought our daily schedule was very well planned - we had enough time during the afternoon to do whatever we wanted (go to the beach, hang by the pool, take a nap, get a massage, go into town, do nothing at all, etc) but still enjoyed 3 amazing meals, a morning vinyasa, and afternoon yin together as a kula. Practicing in those shalas with the mountain/ocean/jungle views, sounds of wild jungle bird calls and powerful waves, cool breeze, and clean, fresh air was unbeatable. This was my first yoga retreat, and it was an awesome experience that I'll never forget. I would absolutely recommend spending a week with Nikki in this magical place and hope to do it again myself one day.
This retreat exceeded all of my expectations. The friends I met, insights I gained, and new habits I acquired will stay with me for a lifetime. Nikki is a wonderful yoga instructor who seamless integrated our various skill levels to allow for both challenge and nurture in our practices. I am truly grateful.