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Wandering Yogi Retreats wishes to welcome you into the heart of Northern Thailand with an experience that will nourish every little bit of you. So much so you probably won't want to leave! Our home for the week is beautifully handcrafted and so comfy cozy, complete with a salt water pool, awe-inspiring views, an organic farm to table restaurant and a water buffalo. We will nourish your body with the most delicious natural food, twice daily asana classes, and strengthening & nurturing workshops. Your mind and spirit will enjoy a low stress, high on silly, low tech lifestyle allowing you to find a deep connection with nature, yourself and other wandering yogis.
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Mala Dhara Eco Resort embraces simply getting back to the basics: organic farming, pure foods, earthen designs, and quality to the source in all of their choices. The resort is located 30 minutes from Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX), 10 minutes from the Doi Saket Hot Springs, and a step away from the idyllic mountains and rice fields of Thailand.
All villas in Mala Dhara are hand built, and taken into account the natural beauty of the land. They are organically luxurious, with all modern western conveniences. Each villa comes equipped with fans, refrigerators, and hot and cold running water. It may be hard to crawl out of your bed in the mornings!
Bamboo Villa is a large, high-ceiling villa with a spacious indoor sitting area, indoor bathroom with moonlight views and an enormous outdoor veranda with a lusciously curved couch for lounging or entertaining friends also staying at the Mala Dhara. Bamboo Villa acquired its name firstly from the bamboo-adorned bathroom with open air views of starry Chiang Mai nights and the adjacent Mala Dhara organic farm.
Secondly, the name is drawn from the bamboo fence lining the perimeter of the enormous front porch of this villa. This porch is complimented by an oversized, thick, cushioned rattan couch, easily enough to support a small group of people if you plan to chat into the evening over a bottle of Mala Dhara’s individually selected wines or to take a day nap, sprawled out all alone.
Bamboo Villa is one of the Mala Dhara’s signature earthen adobe structures and so provides the same smooth curved textured walls and high domed ceiling, though here, you will find a finely woven bamboo overlay adding warm hues and timeless traditional design, centered by a quiet and tasteful ceiling fan.
The windows are large wooden handcrafted shutters, which when closed block out any light, providing a deep and restful sleep and when opened give the impression of an open air pavilion - fully embracing the verdant natural surroundings of Doi Saket and serving as a reminder that you are in Northern Thailand.
The interior of this villa is spacious enough to provide a beautiful seating area inlaid into the earthen walls and lined with pillows as well as a large double bed and hand-sewn cotton mosquito net. The bathroom has a special open air design with stylish ceramic basin and fine fixtures providing a romantic tropical element to your stay. The standard fridge, Wi-Fi, air-conditioned room, and extra fans are also a part of this roomy villa.
Raindrop Villa is perhaps the most iconic structure at the Mala Dhara because of the three raindrops design of the dome-shaped roof. The complimentary organic nature of the structure cannot be ignored as it is seen emerging from the rice fields across a wide expanse. Completely circular in form and without a corner anywhere in the design, the Raindrop Villa promises an energetically soothing and welcoming stay for every guest. Even the windows are circular.
The bathroom in Raindrop Villa has the same unique attention to detail you will find in each and every room at the Mala Dhara. The fixtures are individually selected, the tiles are carefully chosen, and the sink is a classic wooden basin. Towels are hanged neatly from a bamboo ladder and the large space and massive shower head make the entire experience luxurious.
Raindrop Villa faces north toward the mountains of Mae On, with a small veranda and hammock outside and away from the other villas. The lighting is gently set with indirect and intricately designed metal wall fixtures, indoors and outdoors, and the ultra-high domed ceiling supports a lovely ceiling fan while another vintage standing fan near the bed assists in providing the breezy ambience.
The large soft and cozy double bed in the Raindrop Villa guarantees a restful night sleep. Surrounded by custom designed cotton mosquito nets and strewn with soft pillows, it takes one of the famous Mala Dhara breakfasts, organic coffee, or the lure of a morning run to the local Doi Saket hot springs just to get you up and out of bed.
All of this is complimented by carefully chosen and tastefully designed wooden furniture. Rest assured however, even with all of this thoughtful and soft elegance, Raindrop Villa is supported by Wi-Fi and has a fridge for your convenience as well.
The Mala Villas are specially designed villas that can be fashioned as either two private villas with shared outdoor bathroom or as two connected villas - perfect for family or friends. These villas can also be used as a single deluxe villa upon special request.
The Mala Villa has a very special design even among so many stand out accommodations at the Mala Dhara. This villa is actually separated into Mala Villa A and Mala Villa B, with a shared outdoor bathroom.
The villas have separate entrances and are connected by an enormous round glass door that can be completely closed off for separate guests or used for family and friends sharing a connected villa. However, these two villas, each with high ceilings and unique tile floors, can be combined into one luxury villa with large living room and bedroom.
The outdoor bathroom, while only two meters from the villa, might strike some people as an inconvenience but has proven immensely popular for shy couples and twin room retreat guests who prefer to step away from the room for a moment of privacy.
The Mala Villas are earthen structures mixed with brickwork, large beds, cotton mosquito nets, and tastefully chosen furniture. Each has their own air conditioning, fridge, Wi-Fi, and fans.
In Hobbit Villa, you enter through the handcrafted and individually designed doorway and are immediately aware that this is just a prelude to the tastefully chosen authentic furniture, brass fixtures, cotton drapes, and succulent wooden bathtub. This spacious villa is well-suited for those who choose avoid the pre-fabricated and lifeless hotel rooms so commonly found in commercial resorts but still enjoy their comfort.
Hobbit Villa is so named for its handmade round doors and specially designed steel work on both the main entrance and the bathroom doors. As one of the earthen adobe villas, the Hobbit Villa has a unique appeal as it was lovingly assembled one molded sun-dried brick at a time by the friends and staff of the Mala Dhara.
If you are unfamiliar with earthen structures, don’t think for a minute that this means you will have to compromise any comfort or style. In fact, the Hobbit Villa beckons the guests to stay and enjoy the spaciousness of its interior and sitting area, warm curves, and enormous poster bed with cotton mosquito net.
The bathroom does not disappoint, with an intriguingly large rounded doorway, rain shower, and artisanal wooden bathtub. The fine fixtures, tiles and basins, a mainstay in all of the spacious Mala Dhara bathrooms, are also present in the Hobbit Villa. This Villa also includes the standard ceiling and standing fan, air conditioning, fridge, and Wi-Fi.
Dhara Villa offers guests an opportunity to stay in a room with a unique, individual design, large interior, and always enticing wooden bathtub. A short walk from the pool and restaurant, with air conditioning, fridge, Wi-Fi, and king size bed with cotton mosquito net, Dhara Villa is a popular choice for guests when selecting villas at the Mala Dhara.
Dhara Villa feels like coming home when you enter through the large wooden custom designed double doorway. The first thing you will notice is the plentiful hand chosen, detailed wooden furniture. The very next thing to catch your eye might be the earthen-pillow strewn-benches designed into the walls of this adobe structure at the far end of this generously sized villa.
Enter a bit further and you will notice the large comfy double bed tucked back into its own cozy nook and sweetly shrouded in a cotton mosquito net. Enter a bit more and you will invariably be swept up by the enticing vision of the vintage wooden bathtub and large rain shower in the beautifully designed bathroom.
Dhara Villa is one of Mala Dhara’s earthen built structures, and this easily emanates in an almost indiscernible way from the cool soft textured curves of the design to the powerfully thick walls keeping you cool from the hot Northern Thailand days.
This villa has easy access to the salt water pool and contains all of the amenities of the other villas at Mala Dhara such as Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a fridge, and fans.
Jai Dee Villa features an earthen adobe brick design, is hand molded on site and lovingly assembled. This villa, while smaller inside, offers the same standard of design, amenities, and comforts as the other Mala Dhara Villas.
With air conditioning, fan, fridge, king size bed, cotton mosquito net, and spacious bathroom but situated privately amongst the Mala Dhara farm, at the edge of the resort. Jai Dee Villa has sweeping views of the mountains and is perched above the gardens and rice fields of the Mala Dhara organic farm.
Jai Dee Villa is a rounded building of adobe earthen design located between Gluay yoga shala, the herbal sauna, and the organic farm. The Jai Dee Villa got its name from “jai dee” (good heart, in Thai), the rescue water buffalo at Mala Dhara.
Jai dee loves to roll around in the mud in his free time and the Jai Dee Villa provides great views of his exploits as it is located amongst the rice fields on Mala Dhara organic farm.
This location offers the most private setting to stay at the Mala Dhara and perhaps the most unique. When opening the rounded windows of the Jai Dee Villa, you will be immediately struck by the sweeping views of the distant mountains of Doi Saket, preceded gently by the vast expanse of green rice fields.
The entrance to the Jai Dee Villa is one of the iconic round wooden doorways found at the Mala Dhara and leads to a small but cozy villa, perfect for a romantic escape or solitary retreat. The ceilings are high and decorated with Thai woven bamboo designs.
The bed is large and seems to define this villa as one of where a luxurious night’s sleep means being out in nature but with all of the creature comforts you need such as epic views, breezy nights, a cotton mosquito net, fluffy pillows, a rain shower, air-conditioning, and fridge.
The Mala Dhara Bamboo Dorms are the resort's way to offer their retreat participants, gatherers, celebrators, declarators of love, and community event organizers a place to stay on the Mala Dhara farm - at the edge of the Mala Dhara Resort - when attending events at the Mala Dhara.
The easy creak of the raised split bamboo floors and doors, the soft rustle of the grass roof, and the views of the Mala Dhara gardens provide a comfortable experience for individual groups, retreat overflow, or other participants enrolled in an event at the Mala Dhara.
The Mala Dhara Bamboo Dorms have high ceilings, a sleeping loft, separate accessible shared bathrooms, and easy access to all of the other facilities at the Mala Dhara. This simple accommodation is getting back to the basics in the most authentic way possible.
This is your arrival day. You will be met at the Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) at scheduled times and taken to Mala Dhara. Fall, Jess, and Sorrel will be at Mala Dhara to welcome you with smiles, hugs, and refreshments. You will receive a retreat info package and be taken to your room to settle in. At 8:00 p.m., there will be dinner and welcoming celebration.
Schedule is subject to change, a final itinerary will be sent to guests before arrival.
You will experience a local temple tour on day two. On day four, you will enjoy a trip to Chiang Mai with transportation, lunch, temple exploration, and tours to the city or night market included. There will be a hike to look out or temple for sunset on day five. On day six, there will be a hot springs excursion with breakfast on site.
Fally Love Weiss
Fall’s first taste of yoga was in the 90's, watching VHS tapes in her bedroom. And she was hooked! In 2005, she took her first teacher training with Ganga White and Tracy Rich, and realized that she was not just stepping into some asanas, but exploring a whole lifestyle. In that training, she was introduced to Thai massage and two months later, she was enrolled in massage school. She graduated with over 1200 hours and specializations in Thai massage, relational somatics, and craniosacral therapy. She has attended thousands of hours of trainings, workshops, and retreats.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)
Yoga is something that Jess never expected to love. She came about it randomly in her late teens as something to add to a fitness regime. By 2010, she had devoted her life to sharing the gifts of yoga and opened her first studio, Peace, Love, and Yoga (PLAY). Her teaching now comes from a place of inquiry and encouraging the relationship with the true self. She still owns PLAY in California and she is grateful to also share her love for yoga with the Central Texas community through Living Beyond the Mat. She is a forever student and is certified as an E-RYT 500.
Sorrel believes everyone all has wander within, a natural curiosity to explore beyond where they are. Her own desire to wander is what led her to yoga. In 2007, she was living a very stressful life and was in a lot of pain, and this had to change. She had been practicing yoga on and off since she was 18. This was the time, she dove into a heart-opening Anusara yoga immersion and a door opened for her. From there, she started traveling the world, exploring, furthering her training, and teaching along the way.
This retreat will take place in Mala Dhara, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
In this retreat, you will be provided with daily Thai-inspired, gourmet, organic, vegetarian meals. The food on site is grown organically and hand harvested by the local staff and farmers. It is clean, fresh, and delicious. There will be filtered water, tea, and coffee available.
The Kin Dee Restaurant is the very heart of the Mala Dhara and reflects Mala Dhara's attitudes and ethos. The food is fun, fresh, local, organic, and quality in every way possible. Mala Dhara strives to pour their hearts out, laugh until it hurts, and take the source, quality, and taste of all of the ingredients seriously.
The Mala Dhara menu changes with the seasons, the harvests, and the creative juices flowing through the kitchen. Mala Dhara doesn't just accommodate vegetarian and vegan guests with options or alternatives. Mala Dhara prepares vegetarian meals that stand on their own jump off the plate, view for your attention, and delight your senses. There are no weak tofu dishes, bad lighting, and casual browns. The Kin Dee Restaurant is not your typical vegetarian restaurant.
At the Kin Dee, you might find couples languidly lingering over each other and the vegan avocado chocolate dessert, wine in hand, the ambiance sheik and soft. You might find friends and families laughing and joking, enjoying each others company over a pizza from the wood fired pizza oven. You might find flamenco dancers on the veranda, stomping their hearts out after devouring the vegan lamb burgers and mojitos.
At the Kin Dee, you might find yogis on retreat, feasting on fresh veggie spring rolls bursting with edible flowers, dipped in the homegrown peanut sauce. The Kin Dee Restaurant is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Group reservations can be accommodated for parties, weddings, flamenco dancers, yogis, families, cyclists, golfers, vegans, friends, film crews, and more.
Veranda dining is limited to the dry season or when weather conditions permit. Please check out the menu and come and share Mala Dhara's passion for your food.
The retreat includes steam and scrub activity and hot spring excursion to nourish your body, mind, and spirit.
Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Wandering Yogi Retreats will pick you up from the airport.