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7 Day Yoga and Creative Writing Retreat in Koh Phangan, Surat Thani

Ananda Wellness Resort, 16/3 Moo 6, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, 84280, Thailand

Yoga and Writing Retreat Thailand

Join us for this amazing opportunity to explore the body, mind, and soul through yoga and writing. The program includes a morning yoga practice and meditation / pranayama class. After a vegetarian buffet brunch, we start an afternoon of writing. The end of the day finishes with a slow flow or Yin classes and the exquisite sunsets of our tropical island. The whole experience is sure to fuel your creativity.

Meet the instructors

Valerie
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Highlights

  • Two yoga class per day
  • One meditation circle per day
  • Afternoon writing classes and workshops
  • Use of the whole facility including pool, herbal steam room, relaxation areas
  • All meals and herbal tea and water throughout the day
  • Gorgeous sunsets and beach walks
  • 6 nights accommodation

5 days with instruction
Group size: 4-12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:30

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot

At Ananda they offer three forms of accommodation. Guests can choose to stay in the standard fan rooms, A/C rooms, or in the bungalows. All accommodation includes complimentary use of Wi-Fi, herbal steam sauna, and chlorine-free salt water swimming pool. All accommodation has hot water and a private bathroom, and a balcony with hammock.

Standard rooms include fans; bungalows include air conditioning and a refrigerator. Bungalows are elevated and have magnificent views of the Gulf of Thailand and National Marine Park.

Bungalow

The bungalows are elevated and have magnificent views of the Gulf of Thailand and National Marine Park. They are equipped with hot water, air conditioning, satellite TV and refrigerator. Enjoy the beautiful sunset extravaganza from your balcony every evening! Guests enjoy complimentary use of the chlorine-free salt water swimming pool, herbal steam sauna, and Wi-Fi.

A/C room

The A/C standard rooms all have private w/c with hot water, air conditioning, balcony and a hammock. Guests enjoy complimentary use of our chlorine-free salt water swimming pool, herbal steam sauna, and Wi-Fi.

Standard fan room

  • The standard fan rooms all have private w/c with hot water and fan. There are two types of fan rooms:
  • With balcony and hammock - single bedrooms, can accommodate up to two people
  • Without hammock - bigger rooms, can accommodate up to 3 people, and can have couple beds
  • Guests enjoy complimentary use of the chlorine-free salt water swimming pool, herbal steam sauna, and Wi-Fi.

Yoga studio

  • Anandas yoga studio is 15 meters x 10 meters (150 square meters of clear space), making it one of the biggest in Thailand.

Salt water swimming pool

Anandas swimming pool is open all day and evening for a refreshing swim or for relaxing in the sun. Enjoy the benefit of natural mineral salts and negative ions while you swim; the pool is kept sparkling clean with special filtration and is 100% free of all chlorinated products. The swimming pool is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. every day.

Program

Sample schedule:

  • 07:30 Light breakfast
  • 09:00 - 10:30 Yoga
  • 10:45 - 11:30 Meditation circle
  • 11:30 Brunch
  • Free time / writing time: Use our amenities, make the most of the two Thai massages included in your program, individual writing meetings, etc.
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Writing sessions
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Yoga
  • 18:00 - 18:45 Dinner

Instructors

Valerie Jeremijenko

Retreat location

Koh Phangan is an island paradise in the Gulf of Thailand located about 100 kilometers from the coast of Southern Thailands Surat Thani Province and about 15 kilometers from the famous resort island of Koh Samui. Koh Phangan is the largest of Samuis neighboring islands with an area of 168 square kilometers. Over 70% of its total area is mountains and tropical forest the lowland is mountains and coconut fields.

There are approximately 14,000 people living in Koh Phangan, the majority of which are Chinese descent. There are also many Thais from all over Thailand, who moved here to start a tourism related business.

Most inhabitants live in Thong Sala, the main gateway into the island from Samui.

The most important produce of Koh Phangan is coconuts. Each month Koh Samui and Koh Phangan produce more than 1 million coconut exports to Bangkok. Others prominent island produce is fishing and of course there is the growing tourism business. Around 95 per cent of the islands population are Buddhists and it plays as very significant role in their daily life.

Features

Activities

  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room

General

  • Beach
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot

Food

You will be provided with fresh vegetarian food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Herbal teas and filtered water are also available throughout the day

Breakfast

  • Omelet
  • Om bowl
  • Fruit, muesli, yogurt, honey
  • Eggs, toast, and hashbrowns
  • Eggplant, toast, and veggies

Soups and salads

  • Pumpkin soup
  • Broccoli soup
  • Tom Kha soup
  • Raw greens salad
  • Som Tum Salad (Green papaya salad)

Entrees

  • Veggie Burger
  • Ananda Bowl
  • Green Curry
  • Red Curry
  • Pad Thai
  • Thai Fried Rice
  • Chili Basil
  • Brahma Bowl
  • Pesto Noodles & Tomato Basil Salad

Beverage

  • Fresh Ginger Tea
  • Fresh Mint Tea
  • Green or Black Tea
  • Filtered Drinking Water

Dessert

  • Fruit
  • Chocolate Cake

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Raw food
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

Herbal steam sauna

Lemongrass and many local herbs are added to a boiler, which is heated by fire to create the herbal steam that is fed into the sauna.

Herbal sauna has many health benefits not limited to reducing high cholesterol levels to the treatment of skins diseases such as eczema. At Ananda you can enjoy the traditional herbal sauna as well as a revitalizing and relaxing herbal steaming massage. The sauna is nestled among herbs and local plants, high off the ground.

Thai massage

This therapeutic healing practice has existed in Thailand for more than a thousand years. Chinese concepts of traditional medicine (including acupuncture and acupressure) and Taoist philosophy and practices both influenced the practice of Traditional Thai massage.

The beauty and uniqueness of Thai massage is the sitting and hand position when applying pressure and in smooth sequence transition.

The photo to the left was taken during a Thai massage workshop offered here at Ananda in our beautiful Yoga Hall.

What's included

  • Morning yoga and meditation class
  • Evening yoga class
  • Afternoon writing sessions lead by Valerie Jeremijenko (Phd, MFA)
  • Individual meeting and review of manuscripts
  • Two hour-long Thai Massages
  • Full access to our saltwater pool, and herbal steam sauna.
  • Private motorbike parking and assistance with rental
  • Laundry service
  • Free WiFi
  • Free filtered drinking water
  • Yoga mats and blocks

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The first step on the journey is to get to Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).

The most direct way to Koh Phangan is to fly from Bangkok to Koh Samui. Check Bangkok Air for flights. From there you can take a minibus to Maenam Beach pier and take a boat from there to Thongsala on Koh Phangan. Lomprayah is one boat service that has a shuttle from the airport to the pier, and has three boats leaving daily at 8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Check Lomprayahs site for details and reservations.

Arrival by bus

Taking a government bus from Bangkok is a good way to get to Koh Phangan. You can choose from two bus types; the regular bus which offers limited leg space and the VIP bus which offers a lot of leg space because it has less seats than the regular bus. The government bus will continue on the ferry to Koh Phangan so you can leave your luggage on the bus, saving you time and the hassle of changing transport. The government bus leaves from the Southern Bus Terminal in Bangkok, where you must also buy the ticket.

Arrival by ferry

Several boat companies provide a daily service between Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan or the mainland, in the tables below you can find most of them. Times of departure and arrival may vary. Ananda Resort recommends that you check with the boat company of your choice before you travel.

The Lomprayah Catamaran

The Lomprayah Catamaran offers a high-speed boat service from Mae Nam in the Northwest of Koh Samui and takes just about 20 minutes to get to main town Thong Sala in Koh Phangan. From Chumphon on the mainland it goes first to Koh Tao and then to Koh Phangan. New connection offered by Lomprayah is the high-speed connection between Don Sak (Suratthani) and Thong Sala which takes only 45 minutes.

The Seatran Discovery

The Seatran Discovery leaves from Bang Rak on Koh Samui and it takes about 30 minutes to get to Thong Sala. It also leaves from Chumphon on the mainland and takes about 4 hours to get to Koh Phangan.

The Haad Rin Queen leaves from the Big Buddha pier in Bophut on Koh Samui (near the airport) and it takes you directly into Haad Rin in about 45 minutes.

The Songserm Express

The Songserm Express boat has a daily service from Nathon on the west side of Koh Samui and from both Chumphon and Surat Thani (Lamphun pier) on the mainland to Thong Sala on Koh Phangan as well.

The Raja Car Ferry

The Nightboat leaves from Surat Thani Bandon pier. It is very basic and much slower than the other boats. Mattresses are provided so you can sleep during the trip.

Arrival by train

There is an efficient train service from Bangkok to the South of Thailand (southern line). The overnight sleeper trains are the best way to go. Check the latest prices and schedules via the service link on the website of The State Railway of Thailand. All trains stop in Chumphon and Suratthani, where you will be provided with a connecting bus to the ferry pier. The total trip by train and boat takes about 9 to 16 hours. A boat ticket to Koh Phangan and transport from the train station to the pier is usually included in the joint ticket. If you do not have a joint ticket you can always buy a ticket for the boat at the pier.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Availability

Arrival: Sunday April 11, 2021
Departure: Saturday April 17, 2021

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