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11 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Thailand

Thailand Yoga Retreat

Begin each day sitting together in the stillness of this remote jungle lake, as dawn slowly brings on the indescribable jungle chorus of cicadas and gibbons. Together, you will learn to cultivate seamless awareness in all sense fields, nourished by the dedicated cultivation of the divine abidings: unconditional friendliness, wise compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. In each moment of returning gently to the present, you develop the ability to abide by clarity and kindness in the midst of both subtle and strong emotions.

Meet the instructors

Julie, Steven, & Jake
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Highlights

  • Guided meditations
  • Nightly dhamma talks
  • 2 daily mindful movement sessions
  • Silent retreat with one-on-one meetings with teachers
  • Group transportation from Surat Thani Airport (URT) and return
  • Instruction from qualified teachers
  • 3 daily delicious and fresh meals
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Surat Thani Airport
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Accommodation

Accommodation is in a private, comfortable floating bamboo bungalow or kuti with one or two double beds. Linens, blankets, and towels are provided. Shared rooms are spacious with two five-feet wide beds and front balconies. Bungalow priority is based on registration dates.

Program

The retreat will be held in the traditional Vipassana style: in silence with periods of sitting, standing, and walking meditation, dharma talks, and group or individual meetings with the teachers. In addition, there will be mindful movement classes twice a day and because of the outstanding location, opportunity for mindful swimming and kayaking in the afternoons.

You will enter noble silence on the first evening. Speaking will only occur during questions and answers periods, instruction from the teachers, and during personal interviews. You will mindfully break the silence for periods of time on the day before departure to ease the transition into our outside world.

You will be supported by the team called 'the surgeon and the poet', the enthusiastic and incisive clarity of Jake Davis and the experience of senior teacher Steven Smith artfully weaving Dhamma teachings and vibrant stories, and by the natural nurturing support of the magical jungle environment.

Julie Seibt will invite the teachings to be expressed in gentle movement to deepen the practice and find more ease in the body.

Instructors

Julie Seibt
Anahata Yoga Teacher Certification (Yoga)
Asian Bio-energetic certification (Healing Therapist)
IRI Certified iRest Teacher® (Nidra Yoga)
IAYT Certified (Yoga Therapist)
Julie Seibt has developed over the years a rich background of certifications and experience in yoga. She studied mindfulness under Steven Smith and Michele McDonald, teaching movement classes to support a meditation practice at their Vipassana Retreats in Thailand and Hawaii since 2010. As an Asian bio-energetic therapist, master Reiki teacher, and Thai massage therapist, Julie brings a holistic, compassionate, and mindful approach to well being.
Steven V. Smith
Steven spends his time teaching Vipassana and the Divine Abodes (loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity) meditation retreats around the world and assisting Burmese refugee communities along the Thai-Burma border. His long term vision for preserving the Dhamma is culminating in the beginnings of the Hawai'i Insight Meditation Center (HIMC) on the Big Island of Hawai’i’s remote North Kohala coast.
Jake Davis
Jake Davis began practicing at the age of 14 with Steven Smith and Michele McDonald and went on to spend nearly a decade practicing, studying, working as an interpreter, and training as a monk under the eminent meditation masters Sayadaw U Pandita and Sayadaw U Lakkhana of Burma. He brings together a deep experiential understanding of Buddhist practice with an intellectual training including the study of the Pāli texts, a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, and ongoing research on meditation at Brown University.

Retreat location

Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary is a remote, beautiful lake in the interior of Southern Thailand. Located on the edge of Khao Sok National Park, the lake is hidden among towering limestone karst formations. The prehistoric jungle is part of a wildlife sanctuary that is home to gibbon apes, langur monkeys, giant hornbills, serpent eagles, and many other rare birds and animals. There are however almost no mosquitoes and no black flies.

Nearby places

  • Krabi - 2 hours
  • Phuket - 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Praiwan raft house - 30 minutes, boat ride
  • Surat Thani Airport (URT) - 1 hour

Food

Three Thai meals will be served daily. The food is delicious and nutritious with wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables from the jungle and local markets, and fresh fish from the lake. Meals will be mainly vegetarian with fish and occasionally, chicken. Fresh drinking water is readily available. Please bring a refillable water bottle.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Be still and cultivate within
  • Kayak
  • Observe wildlife from the extensive platforms
  • Swim

Spa treatments

Thai massages and oil massages are available on-site for reasonable prices.

What's included

  • 3 meals per day
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily meditations
  • Daily dhamma talks
  • Group transportation from Surat Thani Airport (URT) and return
  • Instruction from qualified teachers

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Massages
  • National park entrance fee of 300 THB
  • Personal purchases
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Surat Thani Airport (URT). The flight from Bangkok to Surat Thani Airport (URT) is one hour. From the airport, there will be a group transfer vehicle waiting for you to take you to the Wildlife Sanctuary Headquarters. This includes a one-hour taxi ride from the airport and an approximately 40 minutes boat ride. The pick-up is included in the price.

The group pickup will be at the airport at 10 a.m. June 12.

Alternatively, if you are not flying to the Surat Thani Airport (URT), Body Mind Ease Therapeutic Yoga can arrange to pick you up at the CBD hotel in Surat Thani before picking up the others at the airport. Or, they can meet you at the pier (Rachaprapa Dam) at 11 a.m.

The group departure will leave the venue at 6.30 a.m. for the van ride to connect with the Thai Smile Airways flight to Bangkok. For those traveling onward in the south of Thailand, you can take the group transfer to Surat Thani and continue on from there to ferries or to town to the local bus terminal.

Arrival by ferry/boat

From Headquarters, there is a 30-minute boat ride across a phenomenal lake to reach Praiwan Raft House.

Airport: Surat Thani Airport Airport transfer included: Surat Thani Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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