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8 Days Yoga Retreat in Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

Island Yoga, Kohyao Phang Nga, Thailand

Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Paradise

Savour genuine Thai island culture through this unforgettable 8 day retreat. Located amongst an abundance of natural beauty, Island Yoga is the ideal environment for a transformative spiritual and personal experience. You will embark on a journey of conscious evolution, which is the aim of yoga and, ultimately, the mission at Island Yoga. They have created an environment where students can experience an authentic and fun yoga community while still having the opportunity to immerse deeply into your practices in perfect serenity.

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Highlights

  • Unlimited Yoga
  • Sunrise Tai Chi - Morning Movement Meditation
  • Experience the beauty and tranquility of Koh Yao Noi
  • Access to many additional workshops and community activities to further your practice
  • 7 nights accommodation in a beachfront resort with swimming pool
  • Free 60 minute Thai massage
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast
  • Free sustainable gift

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Café
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

There are six types of accommodation at Island Yoga and their village is designed to suit every traveller - whatever your budget. They offer everything from the luxury A/C bungalows through to their female and mixed dormitories.

A/C Traditional Bungalow

The air-conditioned bungalow offers you a traditional Thai experience in a beautiful natural wood private bungalow with views over Phang Nga Bay. Complete with your own private bathroom, balcony with hammock, comfortable seating, refrigerator, and dressing area.

A/C Luxury Room

The three newly built air-conditioned rooms offer luxurious private accommodation with pool view. Your private room comes with air conditioning, refrigerator, comfortable seating, dressing area, private bathroom and balcony overlooking the pool.

Comfort Fan Bungalow

The comfort fan bungalows are an excellent option for those of you looking for a traditional Thai experience. These beautiful wooden bungalows offer privacy and come complete with your own balcony and comfortable seating area. The comfort fan bungalow comes with a fan, mosquito net, refrigerator, private bathroom, and towels. All bungalows have beautiful views either of the tropical gardens or the stunning Phang Nga Bay.

Budget House

Perfect for yogis on a budget who are looking for privacy, rooms in the budget house offer private bathroom, fan and mosquito net. Guests have access to a large shared balcony with a comfortable seating area and communal fridge.

Mixed Dormitory

The mixed dorm is perfect for you backpacking yogis who want the retreat experience on a budget. The dorm has four bunk beds, sleeps eight people and has two adjoined bathrooms for you to share with your roommates. The large balcony has comfortable seating options to give you plenty of space to read a book or chill out with your roommates.

Female Dormitory

The female dorm bungalows are perfect for friends or solo female travellers. With three single beds in each dorm (no bunks!), each guest has a bed with mosquito net and locker. You will have access to an adjoined bathroom and shared balcony space with seating area to read a book or get to know your new roommates.

Program

The idea for Island Yoga was conceived in 2005 when founder David Sharpe heard stories of an enchanted island in southern Thailand. Arriving on Koh Yao Noi, he discovered a pristine island rich in tradition and culture as well as untapped opportunities for adventure. He quickly realised he had found a revitalising space which would be the perfect location for a transformative yoga experience. Partnering with Ning, a local businesswoman born and bred on Koh Yao Noi, they worked together to help Island Yoga blossom into the established retreat centre it is today.

Their vision is to build an evolving community in Thailand empowered to enable change in their lives, community, and environment. Conscious Evolution is the ultimate aim of Yoga, and as students here the mission is for you to discover the wonder of unity in the body, mind and soul through commitment to a regular yoga practice.

Take yourself on this life changing journey, by combining the core elements of the Island Yoga Method - Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Pranyama, Bhakti and Nutrition - specifically designed to encourage you to take the benefits of your practice into everyday life.

Typical daily retreat schedule

05:45 a.m. Snacks on the beach for sunrise

06:15 - 7:15 a.m. Sunrise Tai Chi - Morning Movement Meditation

07:30 - 09:30 a.m. Morning dynamic yoga practice

09:30 - 10:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet at the Nature Lodge

10:30 a.m. - 04:00 p.m. Free time to rest, explore and adventure. Various excursions and specialist workshops are available at this time.

04:00 - 05:30 p.m. Afternoon yoga practice

Optional evening activities may include: family dinners, guided meditations, sound baths and spiritual/special interest movie nights. These activities are subject to numbers and interest - some of these may have an additional cost.

Instructors

David Sharpe

Roni Miteff

Dimitri Miteff

Antonella Milo

Betty Yan

Retreat location

Island Yoga Thailand sits on a tiny, secluded and blissful island of Koh Yao Noi. Just a 30 minute boat ride from either Phuket or Krabi, Koh Yao Noi is a tranquil, largely untouched island off the regular tourist trail. It is full of hidden gems like world-famous mangroves, breathtaking ocean views, and spectacular limestone towers.

Lose yourself in the natural beauty of the islands with your fellow yogis on adventure excursions. You'll uncover the world-renowned Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park on the island hopping tour as well as kayaking through mysterious lagoons. It is a deeply restorative and magical place which allows you to let go of the mind chatter that takes up so much space during normal, everyday life.

Unique features

Activities

  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Beach
  • Café
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Free bottled water
  • Internet access
  • Laundry

Food

If you need a boost before your Sunrise Tai Chi, there are a selection of fruit, snacks and warm drinks available at 5:45 a.m. to help awaken your body before you awaken your mind. After your dynamic morning yoga practice, you’ll indulge in a nourishing full vegetarian breakfast buffet to replenish your body after an activity fueled morning. Here you will enjoy a variety of traditional Thai dishes as well as some more familiar western plates. They also serve a selection of fresh fruits, Thai coffee, granola, natural yoghurt, sticky rice and other fresh vegetables.

Sabaidee Yogi Cafe

Open daily for lunch and dinner, Island Yoga's health food cafe is a community space for you and your fellow yogis to connect. It is a health-conscious space where you can come to nurture a connection with your body. All dishes are prepared with love, and align with their strong core values of freshness, nutrition, and variety. Much like yoga, Sabaidee Yoga Cafe aims for harmony between the body’s systems. With a very relaxed vibe, it is the perfect space to unwind, whilst the breathtaking views are a meditative experience in themselves.

Ulmar's Nature Lodge

Ning and her beautiful kitchen team will spoil you with traditional Thai cuisine, offering a wide selection of dishes including plenty of vegetarian options, as well as meat dishes and lots of fresh fish. You will enjoy your vegetarian breakfast buffet here every day and you can also order a la carte lunch and dinner here too.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
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)

There are plenty of activities to get involved in around the island during your free time. You can constantly evolve with the specialist workshops on offer at Island Yoga, designed to help you further your practice or participate in weekly sound healing events which will lead you into heavenly relaxation to receive the deep healing properties of sound. The schedule of activities is updated each week!

Getting Around Koh Yao Noi

Explore all the hidden beauty around the island at your own pace by renting bicycles, kayaks, and scooters that are available at the Nature Lodge. If you need a taxi, do not hesitate to speak to Ning and she will be able to organise one for you.

Take a 10-minute stroll along the beach and you will reach the local village Tha Khao where you can pick up essentials as well as dining at some local food stalls.

For any of your other needs, you can visit the local market which has 7-11, a pharmacy, post office, ATMs, currency exchange, fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as some great places to buy local handmade goods. There are beaches all down the eastern side of the island, which is our side, and amazing sunrises, whilst the western side has mangroves with good bird watching spots and stunning sunsets. Koh Yao Noi may be a tiny island, but there is an endless list of places to see throughout your stay here at Island Yoga!

Activities and Excursions

Island Hopping

You can see the serenity beyond Koh Yao Noi on an Island Hopping trip, exploring the remote islands and limestone karsts in Phang Nga Bay. You will visit three mystical islands, as well as a hidden lime green sea lagoon - where you will get the chance to snorkel and swim directly off the boat. This excursion is ran by Island Yoga every Thursday at a cost of 1000 THB.

Kayaking

Venture to Krabi on a private longtail boat from Koh Yao Noi to kayak the tranquil waterways of Ao Tha Lane. You’ll silently glide through the secret utopia’s mangrove forest, limestone karsts formations, ocean caves, stalactite formations, and primal lagoons. After 2-3 hours of leisurely kayaking, you’ll head to the remote white sand island of Koh Pak Bia for a delicious picnic. This excursion is ran by Island Yoga every Saturday at a cost of 1,300 THB.

Other activities Include

This is your experience to take at your own pace, and there are so many other great activities on offer in Koh Yao Noi. These include paddleboarding, Thai cooking classes, cycling tours, sailing trips, muay Thai lessons, diving, snorkeling, hiking, and rock climbing.

Spa treatments

Included in this retreat is a 60-minute Thai massage. You can also treat yourself to a heavenly experience at Balance Life Massage.

Thai massage

  • 60 minutes - 400 THB
  • 90 minutes - 600 THB

Foot massage

  • 60 minutes - 400 THB
  • 90 minutes - 600 THB

Thai massage with oil

  • 60 minutes - 500 THB
  • 90 minutes - 750 THB

Back, head and shoulder massage

  • 60 minutes - 500 THB
  • 90 minutes - 750 THB

Aloe vera massage

  • 60 minutes - 500 THB
  • 90 minutes - 750 THB

Coconut oil massage

  • 60 minutes - 500 THB
  • 90 minutes - 750 THB

What's included

  • Morning movement meditation on the beach featuring elements of Tai Chi Qi Gong
  • 2 daily yoga and meditation classes with one of our highly experienced instructors
  • 1 x 60 minute Thai Massage
  • Full vegetarian buffet breakfast (eggs included)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Gift on arrival - Stainless steel water bottle and canvas tote bag
  • Free water refills
  • Unlimited tea and coffee
  • Yoga mats and props
  • Use of all facilities including swimming pool
  • Unlimited walks on the beach, stunning sunrises, and warm company

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Flights
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Any additional treatments, workshops, and therapies outwith the regular retreat schedule

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival from Phuket

You can arrive at Island Yoga from Phuket in less than an hour. From the airport take a taxi to Bang Rong Pier. Approximately a 25-minute drive for 600 - 650 THB.

Catch a boat to Koh Yao Noi. The first boat leaves at 7:40 a.m. and runs every hour until 5:40 p.m. You can take a:

  • Speedboat: Approximately 300 THB, 30 minutes
  • Long Tail Boat: Approximately 200 THB, 1 hour

When you arrive at Koh Yao No take a local taxi to Island Yoga. Approximately a 20-minute drive for 100 - 150 THB

Arrival from Krabi

From the Krabi Airport (KBV), take a taxi to Tha Lane Pier. Approximately 45 minutes for 700 - 800 THB.

Catch a boat to Koh Yao Noi: The first boat leaves at 9 a.m. and runs every hour until 5:50 p.m. You can take a:

  • Speedboat: Approximately 200 THB, 20 minutes
  • Long Tail Boat: Approximately 150 THB, 45 minutes

When you arrive at Koh Yao Noi take a local taxi to Island Yoga. Approximately a 5-minute drive for 50 THB. You can also walk to Island Yoga in approximately 15 minutes.

Arrival from Ao Nang & Railay

Take the 45-minute speedboat from Nopporatta Pier to Koh Yao Noi. The schedule varies by season:

  • November to April: 11 AM, 11:40 AM, 3 p.m.
  • June to October: 11 AM, 1:40 p.m.

When you arrive at Koh Yao Noi via Manoh Pier take a local taxi to Island Yoga. Approximately a 20-minute drive for 100 - 150 THB

Arrival from Koh Phi Phi

Take the 1-hour speedboat from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Yao Noi. The schedule varies by season:

  • November to April: 9 a.m., 1 PM, 3:30 p.m.
  • June to October: 11 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

When you arrive at Koh Yao Noi via Manoh Pier take a local taxi to Island Yoga. Approximately a 20-minute drive for 100 - 150 THB.

Arrival from Koh Lanta

Take the 1-hour speedboat from Koh Phi Phi to Koh Yao Noi. The schedule varies by season:

  • November to April: 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
  • June to October: 11 a.m., 1:00 p.m.

When you arrive at Koh Yao Noi via Manoh Pier take a local taxi to Island Yoga. Approximately a 20-minute drive for 100 - 150 THB.


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COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to the uncertainty currently surrounding travel plans across the world, Island Yoga would like to assure you that if your retreat booking is affected by any travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, they are happy for you to postpone your trip and rebook at a later date before the end of 2021 to avoid losing any credit. However, if you would prefer to cancel your booking, they will offer a full refund minus any payment fees.

Availability

Please note that our retreat closes for a break every year during the months of May and September. You can join Island Yoga for a retreat any time during their open periods which are October to April and June to August.

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