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Hariharalaya’s Story

Founded as a grass-roots learning community in 2010 by Joel Altman, Hariharalaya has been hosting life-changing retreats and has welcomed over 12,000 souls from over 140 countries on this adventure of healing and self-discovery. 

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Rehab for The Soul

Hariharalaya was founded by Joel after a Vippasana at a pagoda in Siem Reap were it became clear he was to create a learning centre for awakening and living a real meaningful life.

Joel Altman

Mystic – Polyglot – Yogi – Vegan Chef – Poet – Classical Musician – Jeweler – Translator – Lover of Life

Joel was first initiated in a traditional path of Kriya Yoga in 1999, which sparked a period of 10 years of intensive sadhana, self-inquiry and self-discovery.

Joel met his 3 root gurus, Sri Karunamayi Amma, Sri Shivabalayogi Maharaj and Ammachi around 2005 and spent years studying Integral Yoga and absorbing the wisdom of Being from the presence of many great saints, sages and enlightened masters. Since 2010 Joel has dedicated his time and energy to maintaining a sacred space to explore and experience this great Joy and Freedom of Awakening through Integral Yoga, conscious living, community and creativity in rural Cambodia. 

Joel advocates a path of simple and healthy living, coming back into harmony with the natural cycles of Life and integrating the Body, Heart and Mind as a conscious wholeness. He has great respect for traditional culture and integrated living, which is why he set up a center for Integral Yoga and Awakening in Siem Reap, Cambodia near the ancient temples of Angkor.

Joel is present during most retreats and is available for questions and guidance. His first book of dharma talks, The Foundations of Stillness, was published in 2013. He has published hundreds of short talks on YouTube and is hosting an online learning community via Patreon providing tips and reminders for living in the present moment. 

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