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Picture yourself riding in a long tail boat across a pristine lake into the heart of the Thai jungle. Wind your way past towering limestone cliffs and miles of meandering coastline. Enjoy deep blue water and nestled bamboo villages, floating below rings of ancient trees, next to the sound of gibbons and hornbills wafting down from the treetops. Eat Pad Thai, dance on the water, wander over the floating sala for meditation and get ready for Thai yoga massage. For this and much more, pamper yourself into a truly magical and unforgettable week!
Participants will stay at the Jungle Yoga floating bungalows, located in the Klong Long Wildlife Sanctuary, which is part of Khao Sok National Park. Floating bamboo huts surrounded by stunning views and the sounds of gibbons and cicadas; fabulous Thai cuisine; massage therapist on staff; store with yoga apparel; thatch roof; hand woven bamboo walls and wooden floors are the way of life at the lake. All bungalows have small decks: front deck, and some front and rear. All of them offer awesome cliff and lake views and a place for a nice hammock nap viewing wildlife. Each bungalow is sparsely furnished: wooden bed frame, mattress, bedding, pillows, mosquito netting and towel. All structures -bungalows, restaurants, hang out space, pop up show- are floating on the lake, connected by bridged walkways (bathroom and shower facilities are the only land structures). The staffs at the bungalows are all really friendly and polite Thai nationals. They are there to provide guests a safe environment, fun, clean accommodation, food and a rich memory of their travels to Thailand.
Each morning you wake up just as the first rays of sun start dancing on the water. You wander over to the floating sala for meditation and yoga practice, then glide back to the main deck for a delicious and healthy breakfast. After a quick dip in the silky, cool water, you return to the sala for Thai yoga massage class. As you relax on the mat and let one of your new friends practice the days lessons on your tired feet, you notice the sounds of gibbons and hornbills wafting down from the treetops, and inhale a breeze rich with garlic, ginger, and lemongrass coming from the kitchen: yum! Pad Thai for lunch!
After lunch, you jump in one of the kayaks and set off to explore another corner of the lake. A patch of swaying bamboo catches your eye, so you paddle in for a closer look. Now just a few feet from the shoreline, you spot a whole family of monkeys peering out at you from the trees. Eventually you paddle back to the village and climb into the hammock that hangs on the porch of your private jungalow. Soon you are fast asleep, swinging to the rhythm of a thousand gentle waves. After a peaceful nap you rise deeply rested and dive into the lake to enliven your mind and body in preparation for the afternoon Thai yoga massage class. As you practice a new sequence, a lone macaque wanders over to the edge of the sala. He sits and watches the class with interest before he goes back to hunting for snails.
Soon the cicadas start to sing, signaling that it is almost dinnertime. You join the group on the main deck and enjoy sampling every Thai delicacy on the buffet: chile fried fish, panang curry with tofu, jungle greens, fresh pineapple and mango. Finally, after dinner you decide to stretch out on the deck cushions and watch the stars, which are as bright as you have ever seen them, thanks to the new moon.
This innovative and comprehensive 30-hour intensive is designed to prepare the practitioner to safely and confidently perform, and creatively integrate, traditional side lying, and inverted techniques into a fluid and effective 120-minute session. Cultivating deep roots in an effort to deepen the practitioners understanding and experience of this work; cultivate healthy, efficient body mechanics; and nurture the optimal state of mind to promote healing; this curriculum devotes a significant amount of time to honoring and practicing the rich cultural and spiritual traditions on which Thai Yoga massage was founded. Please come with an open heart and mind in preparation to practice yoga and meditation, explore Ayuervedic medical theory and discuss relevant Buddhist philosophy.
Khao Sok National Park, Thailand, will be your home during this retreat.
Play in paradise and relax in nature.
Meditate to the sounds of the cicadas, that has been around for millions of years.
Swim the clear fresh waters of the lake. Jump in the morning or anytime, right from the front of your bungalow.
Travel to the lake sanctuary on your own with the easy to use kayaks. There are enough for all to share.
Hike in the jungle with the world-renown jungle and wildlife lover Khundick, who also recommends exploring by kayak.
Fishing. Primitive gear is available. Good luck.
Spelunk in the caves.
Birdwatching. The are great arrays of birds in this rainforest.
Chill out with a massage from a certified Thai masseuse.
Read books, relax and chill out.
Practice the art of doing nothing.
Surat Thani Airport to the National Park Headquarters Lake Pier is a 1-hour drive. Krabi is a 2 hour drive from Lake Pier and Phuket is a 2.30 hour drive from Lake Pier.
Bangkok (BKK) to Surat Thani (URT) is a 1-hour flight. From the Surat Thani Airport, there will be transfer vehicles waiting for you to take you to Wild Sanctuary Headquarters. There are also flights from Bangkok to Krabi and Phuket.
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