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Join Mahasiddha Yoga for a deep journey into your heart during a silent retreat of the awakening of the heart. Awake your inner soul and go deep into your spiritual heart and its mysteries through silence. Also, you will discover your true essence and the highest immortal self, Atman, your true divine nature through deep meditation. The silence, which is a result of deep meditation, radiates the light of your hearts and fills your whole being.
Accommodation is provided by guesthouses/hostels within walking distance from the yoga studio where the activities are taking place.
In this silent retreat, you will focus on the awakening of the spiritual heart, which is a true spiritual journey where you get to know yourself. The retreat also includes special spiritual activities kept together on the night of the new year, helping you to charge the moment of the beginning of the new year so that it will unfold in the most beneficial and harmonious manner.
The activities will take place in Mahasiddha Yoga beautiful studio, located in the heart of the old city in Chiang Mai, by the moat.
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Please note that the price only includes fruit snacks throughout the day, which will be offered during the short breaks.
Chiang Mai offers the best of both, city and outdoor life. You can shop till you drop at one of the big malls, visit one of the many Buddhist temples or grab a cup of tea at one of the many excellent coffee bars, which will, by the way, likely have excellent Wi-Fi. Chiang Mai also offers a wide variety of fabulous yet affordable food options.
Just outside of Chiang Mai, there are many opportunities to explore the beautiful nature in the rice paddy fields or lush tropical landscapes. You can go for a hike, visit a waterfall, or cycle up the Doi Suthep mountain.
The Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center, located 60 kilometers from Chiang Mai. It offers an alternative to the elephant tourist shows and elephant riding packages, instead of educating tourists about elephants and their natural way of living. Set in a natural valley, bordered by a river and surrounded by forested mountains, visitors have the opportunity to see the rescued elephants roam in their natural environment.
Volunteer opportunities area also available. You get the opportunity to get close to and bond with the elephants at feeding time. Big buckets full of fruits are brought to the platform and before you know it, the elephants arrive, swinging their trunks in front of the visitors in search of their favorite watermelons and pumpkins.
Elephants eat an astonishing 10 percent of their own body weight every single day. To top that of, later on in the day, you will also get to bathe some of the elephants in the river. This is truly a life changing experience and you will never want to ride an elephant again after you have visited this special sanctuary. The entrance fee is 2,500 THB including the hotel pick up around 8 a.m. and return to Chiang Mai around 5 p.m.
There is a number of waterfalls surround the city of Chiang Mai. The ‘Sticky Waterfalls’, officially known as Buatong or Bua Thong waterfalls, is one of the most popular to visit.
If Chiang Mai would have a middle name, it would be temple city. There are over three hundred Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai, some dating back to the thirteenth century. To give you an impression, this relatively small historical walled city is home to thirty temples. The signature temple of Chiang Mai, however, is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
This historical temple is located high up on the Doi Suthep mountain, is said to have been founded in 1383 and offers a beautiful view over the city. Many people hire a songthaew, a red taxi truck, to the top, but if you are more adventurous, you can rent a motorbike and drive the curvy road up the mountain yourself. The entrance fee is 30 THB for foreigners.
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