This Qigong + Yoga retreat at the magnificent Samahita in Thailand is going to be sacred, relaxing, and rejuvenating. My intention in our time together over 8 days and 7 nights is to build community and friendship whilst learning some of the most potent ancient practices that I hold close to my heart. They have been handed down to me from my teachers that is now my offering to you. By the end of our week you will be able to take home some essential techniques to help you grow and continually transform your life into one of radiant health.
DATES NOV 2-9, 2019
OUR DAILY SCHEDULE
Here’s a glimpse of our days together.
Following morning tea, we will begin our morning SEA Yoga practice. We will focus on building strength and grace; emphasis will be placed on cultivating stillness in motion, movement in meditation and the breath. This moving balance practice encourages and invokes seamless and fluid transitions from one move to the next.
Through the SEA practice you will learn and explore the animating force behind all things. Every culture has a name for it: Qi, Ki, Prana, Elan Vital, etc. This precious energy is the very thing that keeps us alive. You will learn what it is and how to develop, regulate and utilize your life energy. Cultivating energy and awareness is at the heart of all SEA teachings.
After the morning practice, we will enjoy the full breakfast buffet including homemade bread with nut butter & jams, fresh fruits from Thailand, fresh and organic salads, freshly made juices, freshly made egg options of your choice—and a delicious variety of lunch items, Thai and international with vegan, vegetarian, and fish options. We clearly LOVE food.
During the afternoon there will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the wondrous aspects of Thailand with excursions to temples, boating & snorkeling, fisherman’s village, or simply relax by the pool or on the beach. You can even hit the wellness spa for a massage or herbal facial treatment.
Our afternoon practice will dive into the energetic healing of Qigong. Themes will include categories of Qigong Philosophy, Self Care, Developing a Personal Practice, Harmonizing Emotions, Detoxification, Functional Strength, Increased Range of Motion and more.
The Qigong practice is taught with the purpose to learn how to transition smoothly from the sacred to secular everyday activities so that over time, there’s no difference between a meditative practice and the daily life.
At night we will enjoy the world class dinner buffet by the incredible Thai cooking team and head chef at Samahita. All food is fresh and homemade with care and love.
Finally there will be an offering of a nightly mediation practice to close out the evening. I will teach a variety of meditations that I’ve learned to be effective over the years through different disciplines.
Now fall asleep listing to the ocean waves. It may be winter time, but in Thailand it’s beautiful and sunny paradise. Picture yourself there, and I hope you’ll join me.
4 STAR ACCOMMODATIONS
Samahita was purpose-built to function as a retreat center dedicated to your vitality, well-being and relaxation. Our variety of private and shared room options reflect that. The rooms are set back from the main beachfront facilities perfect for quiet contemplation and relaxation. Our eco-friendly buildings make use of cross-ventilation, natural lighting, rainwater harvesting, and offer both mosquito screens and fans and air conditioning. We have rooms for the single traveler, couples or friends, as well as loft-style accommodation that is ideal for families or two people sharing. Regardless of which room you stay in, the beach, pool and practice spaces are seconds away.
Suitable for singles or couples
(Max capacity: 2 adults, 1 child)
Room includes private balcony and private bathroom with large shower area. A queen-size bed, bedside lighting and comfortable private seating in addition to large desk, desk lamp and bookshelves, built-in wardrobe with sufficient space for luggage, ceiling fans, mosquito screens, air conditioning and a medium-size fridge. Room provides a safe and lockable cabinet for your peace of mind. WIFI included.
Suitable for family of four or two people sharing
(Max capacity: 2 adults, 2 children – across 2 semi-private rooms)
Room includes private balcony and shared bathroom with separate access from adjacent room. A queen-size bed, bedside lighting and comfortable private seating in addition to medium desk, desk lamp and bookshelves, built-in wardrobe with sufficient space for luggage, ceiling fans, mosquito screens, air conditioning and a medium-size fridge. Room provides a safe and lockable cabinet for your peace of mind. WIFI included.
Shared Two-Bedroom Loft
Suitable for two people sharing or family of four
(max capacity 2 adults, 2 children)
Room includes private bathroom for occupants in addition to private balcony. Two bedrooms between split level loft. Two queen-size beds, bedside lighting and comfortable private seating in addition to large desk, desk lamp and bookshelves, built-in wardrobe with sufficient space for luggage, ceiling fans, mosquito screens, air conditioning and a medium-size fridge. Room provides a safe and lockable cabinet for your peace of mind. WIFI included.
FIRST CLASS FOOD
Your stay at Samahita includes a complete offering of food across glorious buffets. The timing of food on the buffet is designed to support your practice and activity level. Equally, how the food is made and what is in it are vital to your reenergizing of life and how your body gets cleaner, lighter and stronger. Hidden ingredients like oils, salt and sugar, along with bad food combinations, are often the main culprits behind low energy, weight gain, poor digestion, disturbed sleep, and a variety of other maladies. There is a team of over 10 Thai cooks and a talented head chef. They make all the food with care and love and everything is homemade and fresh. Complimentary morning coffee and tea are out by 6:45am. Buffet items are available from 8:15am until 1:30pm and again in the evening from 6-8pm. We try to cater for a wide variety of diets, displaying all possible allergens, give raw and vegan options while also catering for those who like to eat fish and dairy. Fresh juice is made daily for the brunch buffet and offer homemade soy milk, coconut milk, cow milk, brown rice milk, and a homemade electrolyte drink.
EXTRA FUN AND ACTIVITIES
Several complimentary activities are offered during the retreat to explore the local environment and culture, when not practicing or relaxing—including a temple tour, snorkeling, stand up paddle-boarding, and a trip to the night market.
*includes room, all meals, classes, and mini-adventures
EARLY BIRD (DUE BEFORE JULY 1)
Private Room - 1,800 USD
Private Room Couple - 1,400 USD per person
Semi-Private Room - 1,500 USD
Semi-Private Room Couple - 1,100 USD per person
Shared Two-Bedroom Loft - 1,300 USD per person
REGULAR PRICE (AFTER JULY 1)
Private Room - 1,900 USD
Private Room Couple - 1,500 USD per person
Semi-Private Room - 1,600 USD
Semi-Private Room Couple - 1,200 USD per person
Shared Two-Bedroom Loft - 1,400 USD per person
PLEASE CHOOSE FROM OPTIONS BELOW & SEE YOU THERE!
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