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6 Days Vipassana Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Thailand

  • Ban Bourtong, Doi Saket, Chiang Mai, Thailand


Yoga and Vipassana Retreat in Thailand

Gaiatree yoga is a unique combination of therapeutic yoga strongly rooted in the Indian ashram style, with Vipassana mediation, an incredibly effective meditation technique. Our retreat is located in a blissful jungle paradise just outside of Chiang Mai, the perfect place to focus your mind and body and come away transformed and inspired.

Why Gaiatreeschool?

Gaiatreeschool's teaching is based on the Hinduism center of Odisha and Buddhism center in Ladakh, India and we have spent many years teaching thousands of students how to use our powerful techniques to become happier, more balanced people. Our therapeutic yoga is not the same as conventional yoga. Our approach is tailored to each individuals needs so each student gets the right sequence of exercises and techniques to integrate into their every day lives. Our focus on bringing you a classical, traditional Indian retreat in beautiful surroundings creates an unforgettable experience that will bring you immediate benefits.


  • 2 yoga classes a day
  • Daily lectures and meditation
  • Individual consultation and yoga therapy
  • Hot spring bathing nearby in village
  • Daily vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English, German
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You can choose to stay in single room, double rooms, 5 bed dormitory with five beds or a separate house with beds. If you want, you can also camp in a tent. Dinner will be on the big terrace overlooking a wonderful view over the forest. The big yoga hall is used for yoga and meditation classes.

It’s a rustically local old traditional Thai farm house with an easy lifestyle. Bathrooms are separate. In long walks through the forest and countryside, yoga classes and deep meditation can help you find yourself, gain energy, and vitality. The hot sulfur springs also give you new strength and energy.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 07:30 Wake up and meditation / personal hygiene
  • 08:00 - 11:00 Lecture and yoga class / kriyas
  • 11:00 - 13:30 Brunch / break / relax / walks / massage
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Meditation (Vipassana)
  • 15:30 - 17:00 Yoga class
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Dinner / break
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Meditation
  • 20:00 - 21:30 Consultation / bathing / lecture

The program starts during the first day at 15:00 and finishes on the last day at 15:00; so that you will be back in Chiang Mai at 17:00.

Individual group

If there is a group with a minimum of 6 students, a special date and program can be arranged (for working teams or students).

The intention of the practice

  • Purify the body through meditation and kriya techniques
  • Erase old karmic patterns
  • Strengthen the body and nerves trough asana and pranayama
  • Prevent the modification of the mind balance the glandular functions
  • Open the chakra system
  • Awaken prana

Gaiatree yoga is a therapeutic yoga

This is not the same as a conventional yoga class. In fact, if you have a serious medical problem and go to a yoga class randomly chosen, your medical problem may get worse. In a way, therapeutic yoga is more like an appointment by a physiotherapist or rehabilitation specialist and less like a yoga class.

For people with serious illnesses, yoga therapy last an hour in general or will be taught in small groups. In our Gaiatree retreat, we have ordinary small groups with maximum 10 students. Therapeutic yoga is gentle and caring, although it can also be a challenge. So we put a strong focus on body awareness, posture, coupled with movement leading to a relaxed, rhythmic breathing.

Participants will be taught the therapeutic yoga class, as they can perceive the subtle sensations of their muscles and joints, organs, and inner experience of the spirit. Furthermore, a strong emphasis is placed on relaxation. The approach is always tailored on each individual’s needs, abilities, and reactions.

The teacher / therapist has the task to observe the student in his exercises and determine contraindications. Each participant on a call before the exercise begins. At the end of each course, the student gets the right sequence of different exercises, techniques and behavioral clues and can then implement these in every daily life. Regular consultations are part of the training plan.


Vipassana is one of the oldest Indian meditation techniques. Long lost to humanity, it was rediscovered by Gautama The Buddha more than 2500 years ago. Vipassana means to see things as they really are. It is the process of self-purification by self-observation. He begins by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind.

With a sharpened awareness one observes the changing nature of body and mind and experiences the universal truths of impermanence (anicce), suffering (dukha ) and egolessness (annatta ). This truth-realization by direct experience is the process of cleaning. The entire path (Dhamma ) is a universal remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with organized religion or sectarianism.

For this reason, it can be freely practiced by everyone, at any time, any place, without conflict due to race, community or religion. The basis of the practice is sila - moral behavior. Sila provides a basis for the development of samadhi - concentration of the mind and the purification of the mind is achieved through panna - the wisdom of insight.

The unique combination of Gaiatree Yoga (Yoga Sutra) and Vipassana (Sattipathana Sutra) is expanding the popular concept of Hatha yoga as a physical discipline, in a strong therapeutic and spiritual dimension. There is yoga of self-discovery. In this case, the practitioner develops powerful techniques that can be integrated into everyday life. Thus the unconscious forces of the restless spirit are harmonized and resolved the emotional conflicts.

Excursion to Chiang Mai

  • Mike Narada

    Mike Narada is German and he has been living in India since 2009. As co-founder of Gaiatreeschool Foundation and the Vishwanedam Ashram in the center of Odisha, he has been involved for many years for the rights of Adivasi / tribal people. His yoga classes are well structured and are testimony of a sound knowledge and basic experience.

  • Shashireka Putel

    Shashi is 25 years old and was born in Odisha/ India. Together with her seven years younger twin siblings, she grew up in a small village in western Odishas. She fulfilled her greatest wish as a yoga teacher in recent years. She has practised Yoga since childhood and studied for more than two years in different places in India. Her yoga classes are very empathetic and balancing.

Banbourtong (Spring- Flower) is located 45 minutes by taxi from Chiang Mai on the way to Chiang Rai. It is a twenty minute walk to the unique hot springs of Doi Saket, far from Thailand’s mass tourism. It is a most energetic and inspiring place, with highly spiritual energy. Here, you can watch the bustle of the village in the evening, cleanse yourself, and enjoy the yoga day.


  • Chiang Mai - 45 minutes by taxi

The in-house cook, Noi prepares all the meals and teaches Thai cooking. You will be served delicious, local, organic vegetarian Thai food for brunch and dinner. You will also be offered fresh local fruits and tea all day.

  • Bicycle tours in the mountains
  • Enjoy a bath in the natural hot spring
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Indulge in professional Thai yoga, oil or herbal massages
  • See the stunning views
  • Special Sunday programs to Doi saket hot spring, Doi Saket and Chiang Mai
  • Accommodation
  • Exploring beautiful surroundings
  • Individual consultation
  • Lecture
  • Renting bicycle
  • Vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • Yoga and meditation sessions
  • Massages
  • Transport from Chiang Mai and back
  • Internet/ Wifi is possible in the near village, not in the Centre
For information about the booking conditions, please send Gaiatreeschool an inquiry.
  • Review by Amrei Hellwig from Germany

    "Thanks for the nice time in Banbourtong / Chiang in May. It was a wonderful time for me and my girlfriends with meditation, yoga in a beautiful , jungle -like nature and silence , served delicious food , lovingly prepared by Noi . I am happy to come back"

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  • Review by Annet Gosens from Breda, the Netherlands

    "GaiaTreeSchool is a really nice teachers training course. Although the programme is quite tight and tough, there is still time left to relax, study or whatever you like. The place, Ban Bourton (about 45 minutes from Chiang Mai) is really nice! It is at the country side and only a 10-minutes walk to the village, it is a quiet place, surrounded by a lot of nature. The hostess named Noi is a very lovely woman and a terrific cook! Every day she surprised us with her cooking arts. Even if you are not a vegetarian, you start thinking about to become one.I can really recommend this course to everyone who is thinking of becoming a yoga teacher or everyone who wants to 'refind' themselves!" website, edited

  • Review by Tk Matsabu from Johannesburg, South Africa

    "Absolutely unreal experience. Only went for 5 days but this place helped me get in touch with my mind and body. Learned some amazing lessons I can apply to everyday and met the greatest people during my stay. Mike and Sashi are such great teachers! Namaste."

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  • Review by Hope Matthews from Fishers, USA

    "I had a wonderful experience at Gaiatreeschool! The setting was beautiful, the accommodations were rustic but clean and appropriate for the setting and atmosphere. Meals were delicious. Noi is an awesome cook and so sweet! She really makes you feel cared for. Mike was a great leader and really cared about making your experience the best it could be. I would definitely recommend going!" website, edited

  • Review by Bronte Cleo

    "It was an awesome retreat. The location was great and the yoga center was on top of a tree house which overlooks the whole mountain range. It offered vegetarian food which was all organic and self- grown. My friend was a carnivore but he enjoyed it equally well. The yogis were very patient with us beginners, and the "ah ma" there was so nice to us, even offered us a ride back to the city. They were lovely people. Left with a grateful heart and light lit up by yoga philosophy" website, edited

  • Review by Braundt from Hong Kong, China

    "Thanks for the time with you, it was full of surprises and we had a great retreat. The environment was perfect, so peaceful and quiet, it was such a nice place to unwind and reconnect with nature and ourselves. Maybe it was the chat at the very beginning that have explained us the basics and elements of yoga plus the philosophy, so it gave us a deeper understanding of what to expect. It really helped - especially the question on happiness, it made us get into our thoughts. And your patience with us in yoga too, really appreciate that.I would say the highlight of the retreat was the hot spring at Banbourtong. It has such unique vibe of tranquility. It was so relaxing and nice to be washing up under moonlight . Will make sure to keep it secret. Didn't have the chance to say good bye and thank you to you. And also thanks to the Thai ladies who drove us back to our resort, she was so nice to us eventhough it was so late at night and still waited for us.I absolutely have no complaints and would really hope to come back some day if I can take one whole month of holidays off for the yoga teacher training. Would love to see Ladakh too! Thanks again and take care. Namaste." website, edited

  • Review by Tracy Javis from Seatle, USA

    "The retreat in Banbourtong Thailand was truly a magical experience. I have done many yoga and meditation retreats, each are unique and each stick with you the rest of your life. This was an individual journey; a spiritual cleansing even if you are conscious of it or not. Every day life can drive you away from perspective and a retreat like this helps get you back on track. It also gives you the tools to create new habits and ways to bring more peace to every day life. Our mind is a muscle and Mike helps jump start the work out; to observe and control your daily reactions.It is evident that Mike lives and breaths these teachings, they are rooted in wisdom and authenticity. He bring decades of experience from all over the world and from the source of yoga, India! The yoga covers all kinds of styles and is customized to the students. It is not easy for sure, but nothing that is worthwhile is. I am a certified yoga teacher and not only learned a lot but was challenged. We also had students that have never done yoga and they were able to successfully learn.Learning Vipassana and taking silence for a week was obviously difficult but not at the same time. It was peaceful, and necessary to really learn and go inside. The retreat schedule was full from morning to night, from classes, to walks, to hot springs trips, to massages and fantastic food. I enjoyed the intense schedule and thoughtfulness of the flow. You can tell everything was built to teach you from the ground up, it was well structured and came from love.The house was rustic, the location was peaceful and the staff were beyond sweet. This was home for a short time but will be a lifetime of memories to help find our way home when we get lost.I highly recommend considering a retreat with Mike! Thank you again for a wonder end to 2014, I am beyond grateful!"

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  • Review by Roy Langer from Copenhagen, Denmark

    "Gaiatreeschool rocks!The 6 Days Yoga and Vipassana Retreat with the honoured Ajarn Mike Narada in Ban Bourtong has been both a challenging and purifying experience for both my body and mind. Ajarn Narada was mindful and attentive to both newbies and more experienced participants, so everyone learned a lot. The unique Gaiatreeschool combination of yoga and meditation was very powerful. The location - in the middle of the forest, but close to a village and hot springs - was simply perfect. And, being a food lover, I will never forget gracious Noi and her staff, who prepared the most delicious vegetarian meals for us.In conclusion, I am - weeks after - still really happy about this retreat experience. Hence, I can recommend this retreat to anyone, who would like to get control of her/his restless mind and a stronger, more healthy and agile body. Gaiatreeschool indeed improves and rocks you!" website, edited

  • Review by Meta from Singapore

    "Gaiatreeschool yoga retreat was the perfect way to end my 2014. Spending the last 5 days of the year in silence, going within and just being with myself in the waking hours and through the meditations while nurturing the body through yoga, was the best gift I could give myself. The location of the retreat was also absolutely beautiful. It reminded me to be thankful for being alive on this beautiful Earth." website, edited

  • Review by Andreas from Zittau, Germany

    "Hi Mike. After many years of more or less regular yoga practice, this year I joined your YTTC from 01.06.2015 - 28.06.2015 in Leh, India. I had planned just four weeks of intensive one on one yoga practice. You've managed to inspire me so that after the very intense four weeks training, little by little I have found fun in teaching yoga myself. Within those four weeks, I have received a very challenging yoga practice through you, a very interesting anatomy lesson by Anke and a lot of help by Shashi. I gained a lot of new experiences, had a lot of yoga practice, a lot of fun and got a lot of ideas and suggestions.Your Yoga was very challenging for me, but I never felt overwhelmed. You've also shown me where my weaknesses are, and where I still need to catch up. Even the Meditation Retreat in Choglamsar was an very good experience I would not want to miss.So as a conclusion: It was a four very beautiful, exhausting weeks for me, very good accommodation, good tips and help, even during preparation, everything well organized. Time went by so fast because I felt very much at home in Leh. Thank you very much."

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  • Review by Jamie Thomas Haugheys from Germany

    "Gaitree Retreat is beautiful nature with hotsprings with healing power and no tourism. It is colder out here in the mountains of Chang Mai and at night the forest is playing a complete symphony of crickets, frogs, birds and creatures I have not yet decided what they are."

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