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Yoga Retreats (2)
Miguel was born in Colombia to Finnish/German parents and raised in Central America and Germany. He moved to Thailand 26 years ago and participated in training programs, life coaching, and personal growth workshops worldwide (alongside his design and consulting career). Miguel successfully founded the renowned meditation and yoga retreat center AMAYEN Sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand a few years back however due to the Covid travel restrictions for international visitors he had to close its doors. He offers now his successful AMAYEN Evolution retreats at various luxury resorts instead.
Prieo took her first yoga class to release a back pain. Gradually, yoga has not only strengthened her body but also awakened the mind. Prieo decided to deepen her knowledge and a practice of yoga after moving to Hong Kong in 2014. She pursued her first yoga teacher training; Yoga for Svastha: Personal Well-Being and Training Program with Dr. Ganesh Mohan, a modern medicine and Ayurveda doctor and a son of A.G. and Indra Mohan; the founders of Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda in Chennai, India.
Nok came to yoga looking for stress relief and a different way to exercise. As she proceeded with the initial classes, she became enlightened to the truth of this discipline, what it could provide for her - and in the same way she found it - what it might give to others. The study of yoga is never-ending. She continually participated in seminars, workshops, and gatherings of yoga teachers and masters to refine her understanding and skills. In her teaching and practice, she considers all three disciplines - spiritual, mental, and physical.
from Pakistan, January 2020
"New Year at Amayen"
The staff was efficient. The massages were amazing as was the food. The little extras like the Thai rituals after dinner, the mindfulness and gratitude journals were a surprise bonus. Special thanks to Lin for her warm welcome and attention to detail.
from Qatar, January 2020
"Amazing Amayen Yoga Retreat "
The Positive Vibes, since the moment arrival the staff, the accommodation, the food, the Yoga Classes , everything Amazing, I learn a lot for sure I became a better person. This place change my mind for better. It’s totally recommended, for sure I will be back
from Thailand, January 2020
This place is just highly recommended! Its absolutely quiet and peaceful, though you never get bored. Had a few great yoga classes and massages here. Was also looking forward to every meal because its just delicious!
from Hong Kong, January 2020
"great place with great energy and people"
Love the daily well designed balanced program; love the energy of the place, love the tranquility and see water flowing by; yoga teachers are very good, Miguel and the hosts are very welcoming.
from Hong Kong, January 2020
"Super awesome. Meaning trip. "
from Hong Kong, December 2019
Amayen is a great retreat for urban people who want to escape from their hectic lives. The services and meals were out of our expectation during our stay for 4days/3nights. Miguel, Lin, and Valentine’s great service made our stay like home. We really enjoyed the daily activities and we never felt bored. The yoga classes were great, and instructions were tailored to students’ abilities. One of the teachers even taught us inversion. Aside from yoga, the morning activities were exceptional. For people who can wake up early, I strongly recommend attending Taichi/Qigong session. The fresh air in the morning will give you a unique sensation that city dwellers can rarely experience. Other activities such as foot and body massages were also excellent which allowed our bodies to relax after yoga classes. The vegan food was top-notch and prepared to perfection. The ingredients were really fresh and tasted like they were collected straight from the garden. Finally, for visitors who are visiting over winter, I recommend bringing more warm clothes as it can get chilly at night.
from Malaysia, August 2019
This was an excellent retreat. The location is close to nature and simply gorgeous. The site is beautiful and well thought out. The massages were superb. My massage lady looked after me with the care of a concerned mother.
The vegan food was magical...like 5 star restaurant quality and presentation. I enjoyed every meal.
The yoga space is inspiring overlooking the paddy fields and the mountains. The yoga instuctors were engaged and adjusted continually. The meditation sessions were accessible and magical. You can forget the power of the breath to revive your soul.
The coffee trail and trips to the temples were perfect. The local market visit and Thai cooking was fun.
The accommodation is nurturing and well thought out.
The care and interest from hosts Miguel and Lin was exceptional. This is a labour of love for them and they have created a home from home feel for every guest. The singing bowl session was nurturing.
A busy educator I arrived anxious and stressed. I was also coming to terms with a recent family bereavement and during my stay I was able to work through my sadness. I calmed my anxiety and was able to relax. It is a place to explore your life options as well and change your life as Miguel tailors the sessions to the individuals present. The library is interesting and I came back with lots of books I would like to read.
I stayed for 7 days but a shorter stay can recharge your life.
It is a life changing retreat.
from Hong Kong, July 2019
"Excellent place for a yoga retreat "
It is really relaxing and peaceful in Amayen. Yoga classes and guided meditation are very good. The food are so delicious.
from Australia, June 2019
Well organised schedule with all activities optional, my highlight was the delicious vegan food that was prepared with such care. There was high attention to detail and Miguel and Lin were very accommodating with any requests. Yoga instructors were positive, sharing lots of energy. Overall a personal and memorable experience.
from Singapore, March 2019
"A truly excellent experience "
The highly detailed, personable and tailored specialist attention received from all the staff, including the owner and yoga Instructors was truly excellent.
from Thailand, March 2019
"A wonderful enlightening experience"
I had lovely experience from the time I arrived at airport with a personalised name board. Lyn, Miguel and Valentine are perfect hosts. The room was lovely, as was the tranquil surroundings, the vegan meals were very tasty and filling and presented beautifully. The day program seemed pretty busy but you do have time to yourself. Massage by Ling - superb 😌
from Australia, March 2019
"Amazing experience! Fully recommend to anyone and everyone!"
This retreat was amazing. The accommodation and location was fantastic. The yoga teachers were brilliant. The set up of the retreat was fantastic. I really enjoyed the different meditations. The food was beyond incredible. Miguel and Lin were fabulous. They were so welcoming and they went to such great lengths to make this stay amazing and comfortable. I loved the way we could cycle round the village and it was lovely to be able to stop at some of the cafes! This retreat is well worth the money. I would recommend it to everyone.
from Thailand, February 2019
"Lovely little escape from the big city. "
Very inviting to look at and the staff were welcoming and helpful. I loved the room. It was nicely decorated, simple and clean. The food was delicious and all was given a personal touch.
from United States, January 2019
Small group meant more individual attention. The staff was very nice.
from United States, January 2019
"Good experience "
The setting and the room we're beautiful. My massage was wonderful and the yoga classes were a fantastic mix of introductory/beginner level practice with form explanation.
from Israel, December 2018
"Wonderful place, looking forward to return"
I had such an amazing experience. Teachers were so thorough and helpful. We received attention from them I never got in usual yoga classes at home.
Food was one of the best I have tried in Thailand in five visits. Having only vegan was not a challenge when food was so incredibly delicious.
Rooms very spacious and clean.
Overall, I wished I stayed for longer and hoping to return back there next year.
from United States, December 2018
"Beauty, peace and serenity"
The place is idealy situated between the rice fields and a small river. The property is tastefuly decirated in a local style. Everywhere you go in Amayen, you feel serenity.
Food was excellent, yoga teachers were experienced, nice and attentive to the guests condition and needs.
On top of all this, a beautiful deck pool where you can listen to the birds and the river while watching the butterflies.
And to add another blessing: massages!
The owners and staff are beyond nice.
Thanks for every thing,
from Hong Kong, November 2018
"Excellent hospitality from the host"
There are all kinds of wellness and relaxation programmes in this place of tranquility, which have already switched you into a relaxed mode upon entry to the Sanctuary. The fusion Thai vegan food was particularly impressive and excellent with all the freshness that you can taste in your mouth. The cooking class and the Thai massage gave a bit of extra touch to this yoga retreat. The Thai yoga teacher is also very dedicated in correcting our yoga postures which I was really appreciated. Chiang Mai is also a convenient location that makes the getaway so easy from my home town in Hong Kong. Close to this sanctuary is a natural hot spring which you can soak yourself there for revitalising your energy. I highly recommend this place to anyone who look for depth and taste of your travel. You will really find a good value for money with this place!
Man Yee Mandy Lai
from Hong Kong, August 2018
I enjoyed my stay. Amayen Sanctuary was a very beautiful place, full of greenery, you can find the joy and peace there without doing anything. I never wake up early, except I got to work. I started my routine life there, got up at 6:00 am, mindful breathing/ chanting/ qigong/ breakfast/ audio guide mediation/ cooking class/ visit hot spring/ lunch/ swimming/ visit places near-by/ afternoon tea/ yoga/ dinner/ massage. All the activities here are fruitful and not hard/ harsh. The instructor here is nice, made you follow him/her and without any stress. The chef use the fresh materials from their own farm, to cook yummy vegan food, which I never know vegan can be full of choices. It is my first time for retreat and is a very enjoyable stay, is fate to bring us here. Miguel (founder) and Lin (the chef) did bring us for the near-by visit, we shared little bit our own story, It made me feel the coach and the staff here is not the superhero, they are just down to earth human to make their life and the world do better. I highly recommend this place!
from United Kingdom, January 2020
"A taste of heaven"
Daily routine, food, accommodation, variety of activities and little surprises.
from United Kingdom, January 2020
"A must visit"
I found the whole experience excellent from the minute I arrived till I left. The owners could not be more friendly and helpful in every way. The food is so tasty and bedrooms very clean and comfortable. All the yoga teachers are great but I liked Nok best as she pushed you to your limit. If I get the chance I will definitely be back
from China, December 2019
"An amazing place to decompress away from the big city"
Resort grounds and spaces are well designed. Thoughtfulness went into every detail, large or small. Daily massages are included.
from Ireland, July 2019
"Wonderful experience "
A wonderful experience in a beautiful location. The hosts Miguel and Lin really add the personal touch to ensure guests have a good experience. I couldn’t fault anything the yoga, the food, the venue, the location were all fabulous. Really enjoyed my stay there and would definitely recommend.
from South Korea, June 2019
"A strong recommendation for your peaceful holiday"
The location is perfect. In the middle of mountains and next the mountain stream, it brings you peaceful mind atmosphere. And staff are very kind and considerate to you. Food and the yoga practice are a good combination.
from Singapore, June 2019
"Great place for a personal Quiet time "
Excellent Vegan meals. Very friendly and kind owner family and stuff.
from United States, May 2019
Everything about our experience at Amayen was amazing. The location was beautiful and remote. The food was fresh and delicious. The breathing exercises, meditation, yoga and pilates classes left us feeling renewed. Miguel, Lin, and staff were friendly and so accommodating.
from Vietnam, May 2019
"It really is a sanctuary!"
I really enjoyed my 6 days at Amayen Sanctuary. Miguel and Linh are so kind and have created a beautiful space to help people stop to breathe and relax. There is lots of time for guests to self reflect to create the life they want for themselves. I loved the workbook that came with the room, such a lovely touch. The facilities are amazing and the rooms are clean and thoughtfully designed. The vegan food is delicious and creative, and the kitchen staff/servers are so warm and lovely. The yoga is good, Nok brings a great sense of humour to each class. But if you are looking for a retreat with a heavy yoga focus then this may not be the right fit. If you are looking for a beautiful space and a place to slow down, and eat amazing inventive vegan food then look no further!
from United Kingdom, February 2019
"Very relaxing and enjoyable stay at Amayen"
The ambience was lovely, thanks to the friendliness of Miguel, Lina and Valentin. All the staff were very kind and welcoming. I would have loved to stay longer and will definitely come back if I can. Breakfast by the river was idyllic. The yoga classes were inspiring, thank you so much for everything!
from United States, February 2019
"A life enhancing experience. "
I have just returned from a 5 night stay revitalized and feel like new person! I can not speak highly enough of Miguel, Lin and the team who have designed a retreat that delivers on many levels- Mind, Body and Spirit. The facilities, food, activities are all extremely high quality- you will not be disappointed.
from Finland, February 2019
"Perfect place for tranquility and yoga!"
I really love the tranquility, healthy food and yin yoga. Especially Nok and Potchara were relly good yoga teachers! Lin and Miguel were so nice and funny :)
from India, January 2019
"Wonderful place to visit!"
Amayen Sanctuary is a wonderful place if you want to take a short break from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. It has been done up very tastefully. The attention you get is very personalised. And the food is absolutely wonderful! Loved the experience.
from Hong Kong, November 2018
"Excellent experience "
The host is running this place with huge effort and heart. Highly recommend this place
from Hong Kong, November 2018
"Unexpected yet amazing experience at peaceful heaven "
The beautiful natural environment and peaceful atmosphere made me love here the first sight.
Organic vegan food: simply amazing delicious with full of creativity-completely changed my impression of vegan food
Creative visualization: my favourite activity, very inspiring. You can have key take away from the short audio guided meditation, or you can have good nap
Breathing: both morning and evening breathing training are effective to me and my body. All of my cells are happy and reactivated by it actually. Will make it as my new habit now
Natural connection: Lovely greenery, beautiful river, bamboo, the orchestra consisting all natural livings, oops snails....everything makes you feel you are re-connected with natural and closer with our mother earth
Visit to the cafe : Migual will show guests around to cafe with short visit local village which is full of special experience: waterfall, the giant tree and rocks with hundreds or thousands of years of history...
Thoughtful arrangement: From the programme design, menu design, we can see Amayan is so concern about their guests.
Personalized services: Enjoyed impressive 5 stars personalized services even this is just a boutique resort
Insightful conversations: Migul is happy to share what he knows, his experience, his knowledge, his lifestyle with you and there is always insightful after every conversation with him. A guiding guru to all trying to find
from Thailand, September 2019
"Un lieu de retraite impeccable "
Tout est parfait...horaire chargé mais très très instructifs...