4 Days Classic Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Laos

  • Mandala-Ou Resort, Nongkhiaw, Luang Prabang, Ban Sôphoun, Laos

Overview

Yoga and Meditation Retreat Laos

  • 4 days with instruction
  • This retreat will encourage you to uncover your own truth and to gain a self-awareness that will help you build a healthy connection to the world around you. This retreat includes philosophy lessons, meditation and pranayama sessions, and a variety of daily yoga classes giving you the benefit of a full spiritual practice. Enjoy rural Laos through this sense of connection, find compassion for others, and revive the human experience.

    Highlights

    • Daily yoga classes
    • Daily meditation sessions
    • Daily yoga philosophy lessons
    • Alignment workshop and group sessions
    • Daily breakfast and dinner
    • 3 nights accommodation

    Skill level

    • Beginner

    • Intermediate

    • Advanced

    Group sizes

    The maximum participants in the group is 14.

      Languages

      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or a shared bungalow. The resort offers 10 spacious, clean, and comfortable detached bungalows, mixing traditional Lao style with all the modern conveniences you can expect from a home away from your home. The custom-built yoga shala sits directly on the banks of the Nam Ou River, harnessing the energy of life.

    There are only two bungalows with twin beds, one fountain bungalow, and one riverside bungalow respectively. All other bungalows have double beds.You can be accommodated upon your request in a private or double bungalow occupancy with a riverside or fountain view, but this will depend on the availability of the room as well.

    This program is meant to help you connect to yourself, to the people around you, and to the world in which you live. At the end of the retreat, you should leave feeling recharged and healthy so you can return home with more energy or carry with you the feeling of peace and calmness as you continue on your adventures. Most of all, this retreat is meant to rebuild the human experience and restore faith in humanity. You will be re-inspired with yoga and meditation classes and workshops.

    Meditation

    You will be using various meditation techniques throughout the retreat. When it comes to meditation, different techniques resonate with different people. As such, you will be introduced to various methods of anchoring the mind and focus. These are simple techniques that you can take home with you and perhaps incorporate into your daily lives.

    Nidra yoga

    Nidra yoga is also known as "yogic sleep." It's a guided relaxation that leaves you in a state of conscious awareness of your deep sleep. You will be guided through the different parts of your body, different sensations, and visualizations to calm the brain and the nervous system.

    Philosophy

    You will be discussing the philosophy behind yoga it is an accessible way to present the knowledge of the ancient vedic texts. Therefore, through philosophy discussions, you will learn why do yoga, how to approach your yoga practice, how to approach your own life and how you can apply yoga philosophy to improve your relationships with friends, strangers, and the world.

    Pranayama

    Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that means "extension of the breath" or "extension of the life force." In simple terms, pranayama is the art of breath control. Breathing is the essence of living, yet most of the people are not aware of how to breathe. You will cover various breathing techniques that will help you live a healthier life.

    Restorative yoga

    In restorative yoga, you select specific postures that will leave you feeling nourished and well-rested. Postures are typically practiced on the floor, held for several minutes and supported by props.

    Vinyasa yoga

    Vinyasa yoga or vinyasa flow is also known as "breath synchronized movement" or "an intelligent sequencing of postures." You flow from one posture to the next in the most natural sequence while synchronizing breath and movement. Vinyasa yoga is dynamic, yet the sequence can be modified to suit the needs of the practitioner.

    Daily schedule

    Day 1

    • 13:30 - 14:30 Arrival and check in
    • 16:00 - 17:00 Overview followed by opening ceremony and group meditation
    • 17:00 - 18:00 Yoga and meditation
    • 19:30 - 20:30 Organic buffet dinner

    Day 2

    • 06:30 - 07:30 Pranayama and meditation
    • 07:30 - 08:00 Tea
    • 08:00 - 09:00 Vinyasa yoga
    • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
    • 14:00 - 15:00 Yoga philosophy
    • 15:15 - 16:00 Alignment workshop and Nidra yoga
    • 19:30 - 20:30 Organic buffet dinner

    Day 3

    • 06:30 - 07:30 Pranayama and meditation
    • 07:30 - 08:00 Tea
    • 08:00 - 09:00 Vinyasa yoga
    • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
    • 14:00 - 15:00 Yoga philosophy
    • 15:30 - 16:00 Small group sessions or Yin yoga
    • 18:30 - 20:30 Evening program
    • 19:30 - 20:30 Organic buffet dinner

    Day 4

    • 06:30 - 07:30 Pranayama and meditation
    • 07:30 - 08:00 Tea
    • 08:00 - 09:00 Vinyasa yoga
    • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast
    • 11:00 - 12:00 Closing ceremony
    • 12:00 - 13:00 Check out and departure
    • Julie Moksim

      Yoga Alliance International (Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, Nidra Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga)

      Julie is a Yoga Alliance registered teacher. She incorporates all of her past experiences into her teaching style. She teaches Hatha, Power, Vinyasa Flow, and Nidra yoga styles. Julie began her yoga practice in 2003 in USA. She studied at the Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Studios where she practiced Power Vinyasa yoga, a dynamic flow which synchronizes breathing and movement. She trained as a teacher in Bali, Indonesia at Shakti Spirit Yoga with Rachel Hull along with a strong Ayurvedic component.

    This retreat will take place at Mandala-Ou Resort in Nong Khiaw, Laos. This premier bungalow resort is situated high on the banks of the scenic and tranquil Nam Ou River, offering spectacular sunset views over the virgin rainforest and the karst limestone mountains of Nong Khiaw. This is a sleepy village, nestled in the highlands of Northern Laos settled against a dramatic backdrop of slate and green ragged mountains, interrupted by the undulation of the Nam Ou River, its soothing atmosphere makes it an ideal place to nurture your yoga practice.

    Located approximately 150 kilometers from Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw is easily accessible by road and river. To travel by road to Nong Khiaw from Luang Prabang takes approximately three hours, although many travelers opt for the longer, 6-hour boat ride. Life in Nong Khiaw takes place primarily along the banks of the Nam Ou River. A main street and bridge run through the center of town, connecting the two sides. From Nong Khiaw, day trips to Hmong villages, rock climbing, and visits to caves and waterfalls can be arranged, but the village is best experienced at leisure. The Nam Ou River is flanked on both sides by rolling hills and stone massifs. The river cuts through the mountains, opening spectacular views into the distance. It's a destination not to be missed.

    Nearby places

    • Luang Prabang town, 150 kilometers
    Activities
    • Boating nearby
    • Rock climbing nearby
    • Shopping nearby
    • Sauna
    • Swimming pool
    General
    • River
    • Yoga shala
    Services
    • Bicycle rental

    During this retreat, you will enjoy daily breakfast and organic vegetarian and non-vegetarian buffet dinner. Each day, you will have one hour for tea time.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    • Drinks

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Organic
    • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
    • Vegetarian
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
    • 1 closing ceremony
    • 1 hour for tea time
    • 1 opening ceremony
    • 1 Yin yoga class
    • 3 nights accommodation
    • 3 Vinyasa yoga classes
    • Alignment workshop and Nidra yoga class
    • Bicycle available for each participant
    • Daily breakfast and dinner
    • Daily pranayama and meditation sessions
    • Daily yoga philosophy lessons
    • Group meditations
    • Use of pool and natural sauna
    • Additional activities
    • Airfare
    • Airport transfer

    Arrival by bus from Luang Prabang

    Nong Khiaw is easily accessible by road from Luang Prabang. Nong Khiaw is approximately 150 kilometers from Luang Prabang and minibuses run regularly between the two. Minibus tickets can be purchased from various travel agencies in Luang Prabang. Minibuses depart Luang Prabang at 09:00, 11:00, and 13:00.

    The journey takes approximately three hours. It is suggested to arrive at Luang Prabang before the retreat date so that you can arrange your transportation with a travel agency the day before you leave for Nong Khiaw. A private minibus transfer back to Luang Prabang will be arranged with the resort.

    Arrival by bus from the North

    If you are traveling either from Northern Thailand or Northern Laos, you can travel to Nong Khiaw either by public or private buses. Depending on the route, you may have to stop in Pak Mong and hire a tuk-tuk to take you the rest of the way to Nong Khiaw. If you are traveling by road from Vietnam, regular buses run from Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam. From there, you can connect by bus to Mueng Khua in Laos.

    Arrival by ferry / boat

    From Mueng Khua to Nong Khiaw is a six-hour boat ride.

    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

    Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

    • Review by Marjolijn Jochemsen from Utrecht (The Netherlands)

      "What a beautiful place for a yoga retreat. Julie, the teacher, is lovely. I really liked the alignment classes. It gave me a deeper understanding of some yoga postures."

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    • Review by Vida

      "I had an absolutely wonderful time in the yoga retreat. Luang Prabang yoga is doing such a rejuvenating program. The place they're chose for the retreat was perfect. Mandala Ou Resort in Nong Khiaw was just as serene as I needed it to be. Julie was very hands on in knowing each retreat students individually in terms of our personal yoga needs and injuries as well. I heard they're going to do a 100 hours teacher training. If they are, I'd love to join! I give them a 9.5 for my super gratefulness to be able to experience a yoga retreat as soul fulfilling as that."

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    Testimonials

    • Review by Tiffany Sim from Malaysia

      "I am so glad to join my first teacher training with Daphne, she is a marvellous teacher and has deep profound knowledge about the history, philosophy, culture, spirituality of yoga and movement. I definitely would like to join her teacher training again next year!"

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    • Review by Shanon Fox from Koh Samui

      "I acquired a great deal of knowledge in a great location! Daphne is extremely knowledgeable, and she is great about sharing this knowledge in a fun and easy to grasp way. It was the perfect length of time and the training was taught with a positive and dynamic energy. I would love to learn more from her in the future! And the location - Mala Dara - was gorgeous! Thanks Daphne for including me in the training! Look forward to seeing what comes up next!"

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    • Review by Tolan Shaw

      "Such an amazing time and amazingly put together retreat. Multiple songs were created and inspired by it including this one! Luang Prabang Yoga rules!"

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    • Review by Victoria C.

      "Definitely check out Utopia during your stay. Not only to just read and relax on the riverfront (the Nam Khan), but also to do their evening sunset yoga on their patio with Julie. This was excellent!"

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    • Review by Jen Horn

      "Yoga in the morning, delicious food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails, and board games in this laid back hangout spot will make you want to come back again and hang out even longer. I’d have hung out here more often if I had more money too. Definitely one of the places you’d want to visit while in Luang Prabang."

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    • Review by Bhanu Bhatnagar

      "I discovered Julie is spearheading a fledgling yoga community in Luang Prabang, teaching and organizing classes and workshops for the many travelers that come through, as well as the local expat community. It’s real. It’s raw. From an outdoor deck overlooking the Nam Khan river to a creaky room in an active Buddhist temple complex, the locations are truly inspiring. I’m used to practicing yoga at home or in a standard yoga studio. This was a treat. And a challenge too (think, mosquitos at dusk)."

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    • Review by Pascale from Europe

      "I've just finished this four-day yoga retreat and I want to be back to this happy place!"

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    • Review by Karl from London, UK

      "I am a beginner to yoga, and I had had only one class of Hot yoga prior to this yoga retreat. Located at the Mandala Ou guesthouse on a river nestled between two beautiful mountains, the scenery was perfect: tranquil and majestic. I wasn't too thrilled initially about waking up at 06:00, but I quickly grew to appreciate being up at the crack of dawn to witness the waking up of nature around me while the sun rose. Julie and Kathrin, our yoga instructors, were well-suited to their job: they recognized that they had a group which varied in age and yoga experience and organized the classes such that each individual was able to learn something not an easy feat. If you are considering participating in a yoga retreat, I would highly recommend this one."

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    • Review by Kelly Lindley from UK

      "I had a wonderful experience, enjoyed the holistic approach to the retreat, and learned more about yoga from Kathryn and Julie than I have from any other instructor I've had before. Also the Mandala Ou is an amazing hotel and the dinner buffets prepared by the owner Nic were absolutely delicious."

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    • Review by a traveler from South Korea

      "This was my first time doing yoga and I had no idea what to expect, but this went way above anything I anticipated. The accommodation and the yoga shala is set among beautiful scenery. Rooms are spectacular and the staff wonderful.The two yoga instructors are so amazing. Very inspiring and encouraging. I enjoyed every part of this retreat. They had a great variety from practical yoga to meditation. They also cater to all levels and you also have a chance to have a one on one chat with them too. I highly recommend this to anyone visiting Luang Prabang or Nong Khiaw."

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    • Review by a traveler

      "Mon arrivée sur les lieux de la retraite de yoga fut à couper le souffle. Le paysage, les installations du Resort Madala Ou, mon bungalow tout était encore plus beau que sur le site internet ! Surdose de bonheur 4 jours ici à relaxer, à faire du yoga, à méditer, à respirer calmement. Wow!"

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    Luang Prabang, Laos

    Luang Prabang Yoga is a cooperative of independent yoga teachers that offers yoga in some of the most beautiful locations in Luang Prabang, Laos.

    Speaks English

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    4 days / 3 nights

    Availability

    Arrival: Saturday July 1, 2017
    Departure: Tuesday July 4, 2017

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