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Refresh your body and mind while exploring the themes and practices of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course. You’ll learn how to cultivate a greater sense of inner peace and inner calm while you take a break to rest and recharge your mind, body, and spirit. You will detox, practice yoga, and train as you enjoy a relaxing beach holiday in the beautiful Thailand!
During this retreat, you can stay at private or shared accommodations.
Opening in July 2013, guests can enjoy approximately 25 square meters of personal space, including a private balcony. Room features include a queen-size bed with individual reading lamps, writing desk, bookshelves, lockable storage cabinet, hot-water kettle, medium-size fridge, built-in wardrobe, ceiling fans, and air conditioning. The bedroom section of these rooms is private and includes a dedicated entrance as well as direct access to a fully furnished bathroom, which is shared between two rooms.
It has approximately 50 square meters of personal space and includes a private balcony. The room is split-level, with a loft. Each bedroom has its own private space. There is a fully equipped bathroom shared by both bedrooms. Some of these rooms are equipped with an outdoor rain shower. Each bedroom has a queen-size bed with individual reading lamps and a personal built-in shelf space at the headboard.
Also included is a large writing desk, bookshelves, storage cabinet that can be locked and can accommodate even large laptops, hot-water kettle, medium-size refrigerator, two wardrobes with sufficient space for luggage, two ceiling fans, and air conditioning.
It has approximately 35 square meters of personal space and includes a private balcony. The room has a queen-size bed with individual reading lamps and personal built-in shelf space at the headboard. Also included is a large writing desk (2.5m), bookshelves, storage cabinet that can be locked and can accommodate even large laptops, hot-water kettle, medium-size fridge, built-in wardrobe with sufficient space for luggage, ceiling fans, and air conditioning.
Fully equipped bathroom with large shower area and room for clothes hanging and drying.
This retreat will take place at Samahita Retreat Center in Koh Samui, Thailand. Samahita is a hidden gem on Koh Samui, tucked away from busy tourist areas and located close to the beautiful Buddhist monastery, Laem Sor Pagoda. The resort is located on the sheltered southern coast of Koh Samui and provides a serene, supportive, and beautiful environment in which to enjoy the mindfulness program.
This peaceful setting makes it the ideal place for long walks, relaxation, and self-exploration. Plus, you’ll enjoy the wonderful company of the friendly Thai natives and get to spend a relaxing holiday on the beach!
Each day will include mindfulness training and practice including a workshop sessions exploring ways to live with greater presence, clarity, and ease in your life and yoga sessions including mindful Hatha and Yin yoga. As well you’ll explore the themes and practices in the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course, including stress physiology, emotional intelligence, communication, interpersonal mindfulness, thinking and thought processes, and perception and appraisal.
Get checked in and meet the other guests.
You’ll take a trip to a beautiful, remote waterfall in the jungle. It is a beautiful setting to practice meditation.
No visit to Samahrita is complete without seeing the Laem Sor Pagoda. You’ll visit this local Buddhist temple to learn more about the origins of mindfulness and see how it’s done by the experts.
Time to hit the water! On this day you’ll all take part in a boat and snorkeling trip where you’ll be free to explore the beautiful barrier reefs in this crystal-clear ocean water.
Feeling a little tired? On Wednesday you’ll have a movie night and relax in the retreat to rest up for the last few days.
You’ll visit the Lamai Night market, also known as “Walking Street.” This colorful local market event combines delicious hawker food, fun shopping, live music, and other performances.
Unwind in an herbal steam room to wring out every last drop of stress before returning home.
Trains for Surathani (which actually stop in Phun Phin, 14 kilometers west of Surathani) leave from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station. The 6:20 p.m. rapid and the 7:15 p.m. express trains are most convenient, as they arrive at 5:28 a.m. and 7 a.m., allowing you plenty of time to catch an 8 a.m. boat to Koh Samui. The bus and ferry journey will be an additional three hours once you’ve arrived in Surathani.
Songserm offers a joint ticket for train, bus, and boat for around 1,300 THB, which lands you in Koh Samui by 11 a.m. The ferry journey from Donsak pier takes from one to one and a half hours. Donsak is 30 minutes from Surathani. Tickets for the train can be booked at the Bangkok airport, Bangkok railway station, and many travel agencies in Bangkok.
To purchase your train tickets in advance, Asia Discover Thailand can arrange for the tickets to be mailed or to be picked up at your Bangkok hotel. Allow at least one month before your departure date to arrange for train tickets. From Samui to Bangkok, take the 2 p.m. boat from Nathon to the mainland, and a connecting bus will take you from the pier to the train station in Surathani.
Tickets purchased from agents in Samui normally include the boat, bus, and train fares. The ticket is cheaper if you go to the station yourself, but there is a good chance the train will be fully booked as much as a week in advance.
The weather in Koh Samui is hot! You’ll love the pool and ocean temperatures at this time of year since they are just about bath temperature. All rooms are air-conditioned for your comfort.
Samahita Retreat Center has Wi-Fi throughout the property. They also have a few computers for you to use if you don't want to bring your laptop.
A yoga mat, yoga clothing, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, open sandals, swimwear, shampoo, conditioner, and soap, refillable water bottle, feminine sanitary products, travel documentation, passport with more than six months before expiry and visa if needed, as well as mobile phone, iPods, laptop if needed.
Samahita Retreat’s environmentally friendly policies include composting food waste, rain water collection, use of solar panels for heating water, use of recycled grey water for gardens, use of biodegradable cleaning and laundry supplies, they provide and sell biodegradable body products for their guests, their shop sells local and handmade natural products, they use refillable water bottles and provide mineral drinking water, the majority of their food is home made, they are currently developing their own organic farm on which they will grow fruit and vegetables for use at the center, they buy fresh, organic and locally wherever possible, they are a smoke and alcohol free environment, they do not use plastic bags in waste bins, and they wash bed sheets and linen only on request.
Passport holders of the United States, Australia, and most European countries do not require a visa if staying less than 30 days. If you are planning on staying longer, you should get a tourist visa from the Thai embassy in your resident country, which will allow you to remain in the kingdom for a longer period. If you have a tourist visa, generally you can stay for 60 days, with the opportunity to extend to 90 days.
You can also extend your visa while in Thailand. Visa extensions now cost 1,900 THB for 15 to 30 days on either a 30-day or 60-day visa. Overstaying your visa costs 500 THB per day, with a maximum fine of 20,000 THB. You can extend your visa at the immigration office in Koh Samui. They are open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 pm. Bring one passport photo with you.
No immunization shots are required.
Thailand is a clean, healthy place to visit. With the latest SARs scare in Asia in 2003 and avian bird flu in 2004 and 2005, Thailand has been even more cautious about tourist safety. You can always check the World Health Organization (WHO) for updates. Having said that, it is recommended that you take precautions to keep your immune system strong. Drink bottled water, wash your hands regularly, eat clean, healthy foods (do not eat street food), and take vitamin supplements if necessary.
Traveler’s checks are always a safe option, but you can usually get a better exchange rate through your bank by using ATM machines. There are many ATMs and currency exchange places on Samui
For more information, ask your questions directly to Mindfulness Project, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send inquiry button to send a message.
The price of this retreat includes a wonderful trip to a waterfall in the jungle, a visit to Laem Sor Pagoda, a boat and snorkeling trip, and a visit to the Lamai night market.
Nik is a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction facilitator and the founder of the Mindfulness Project. She has spent years teaching the eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, and has experience hosting both national and international mindfulness and yoga retreats. She has worked as an addiction counselor, where she taught mindfulness-based relapse prevention to people in recovery for addictive behaviors in residential rehabilitation facilities.
She has also provided general counseling in reducing stress, anxiety, and family-related issues. She lives in the Yarra Valley of Australia with her husband Pete and their three kids, Bella, Charli, and Billy.
Daniel is a qualified clinical naturopath, nutritionist, MBSR, ACT, and MiCBT professional. He graduated from the Australian College of Natural Medicine with a bachelor of health science or naturopathy and an advanced diploma of herbal medicine and nutrition. He brings a gentle and compassionate approach to mindfulness, which helps you to feel thoroughly relaxed and comfortable.
He also stresses a thorough understanding of the importance of creating a sacred, caring, space to facilitate healing.
The price of this retreat includes all delicious and nourishing meals. You will experience Sattva cooking, which is a Sanskrit term meaning pure, light, and easy to digest with organic farm-to-table ingredients provided by local farms, and high quality, purified mineral water that is better absorbed by your body, all of this while dining in a communal setting overlooking the beach.
Mainly vegetarian food is served with fish dishes three or four days a week. Eggs are available to order and are included in the brunch offering every day. Please order them at the juice bar on the days you would like to have some. For those that do not take fish or eggs, there is always an alternative protein option available. Milk is available as well as home-made rice and soya milk.
If you are allergic to certain foods, please advise Mindful Project before your arrival. You can also inform the kitchen or the wellness staff upon arrival. The kitchen staff can make special meals for you; they can accommodate vegan and raw-food diets. Every single menu served at the buffet is detailed on the black board just outside the dining hall. On it you will find clearly noted symbols stating if the dish is vegan, contains wheat or eggs, etcetera.
For deep swimming beaches the North and East of Samui have less reef protection, with Chaweng’s powdery sands drawing in vast crowds of tourists from around the globe. A hub of shopping, nightlife, and entertainment, this bustling metropolis feels like a million miles from the tranquility of Samahita Retreat’s quiet beach. Silver Beach near Lamai is still reminiscent of old Samui with a few family run resorts and restaurants and is a favorite for swimming beach with the locals.
Villa Chocolat is only a five minute drive from Samahita, home to ballet classes for adults and children, as well as a tea room serving hand made Belgian truffles cakes and coffee. For a later night and more raucus affair, head to Chaweng’s infamous Soi Green Mango, anytime after 10 p.m. This is Samui’s party capital, home to sound, sweet soul, and a host of lively bars and clubs. Chaweng’s Warm up bars include the beachfront Ark Bar and the street side Solo or the friendly Australian themed Bondai bar.
With over 1,000 feet of bouncy castles, tunnels, slides, and swings children under eight can burn off steam at Fairways, the islands first soft play center while parents relax in the coffee shop downstairs.100 THB per child, open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 7p.m. Children and adults can get up close and personal with a range of tropical birds and animals at Paradise Park Farm. High on the mountain of KhaoPom with panoramic views of the ocean and tropical jungle, there’s also a playground, infinity swimming pool, and a restaurant.
Join an organized tour from Samahita and the long tail boats with shade that will collect you right in front of the shala and whisk you off to the peaceful tropical islands of Koh Matsum and Koh Tan for snorkeling and relaxing. Enjoy the stunning islands of the Anthong Marine National Park on a fun packed day trip, made famous by Alex Garland as the setting for his novel "The Beach". Visitors can swim, snorkel, and visit the park headquarters on a beautiful white beach and climb to the view point for a breath-taking panorama, before lunch and a visit to the emerald lake. Discover the best dive sites in the region with the award winning 100 degrees east Samui dive team on board their 35 feet dive speed boat. See the sights of Samui with Mr. Ung’s full day magical jungle safari. From temples to waterfalls and monkey shows to traditional rubber tapping, these highly professional and experienced guides will show you the best of the island from their iconic 4×4 Jeeps. For those interested in learning more about Thailand’s martial art MuayThai you can visit the MuayThai Camp in Lamai, and if you’re a lover not a fighter and you want to see some Thai dancing, it is available at many of the islands hotels and restaurants, however the fine dining and romantic atmosphere at Zazen in Bophut is a lovely setting to enjoy this beloved art form.
To discover authentic Thai food not far from Samahita take a taxi to Nuch Green Talay in the fishing village of Tong Krut for delicious curries, seafood, and friendly service. For lunch with a view there is nowhere more magical than The Jungle Club, with tasty food served in bamboo salas on the mountainside overlooking the ocean.
As well as being a tropical haven of beaches, five star hotels and spas, Samui has a rich Buddhist heritage and is home to many active temples. Only a five minute walk from Samahita Retreat is the Laem Sor Pagoda. With its shining golden tiles and peaceful atmosphere next to the mangroves and the ocean you can also visit the remains of Leung Poo Daeng, a realized monk, and climb up to the Khao Chedi high on the mountain with breathtaking views. Wat Kunaram is home to the preserved body of the revered Lung Padaeng, known as the mummified monk as he is still sitting in the meditation position over twenty years after his death. The most iconic Buddha statue on Samui is Wat Phra Yai, or Big Buddha temple not far from the airport, where you can climb the steps up to see the large majestic Buddha. Only a short drive from here is Wat Ban Plai Leam where you will find is a large selection of intricately designed temples.
For holiday trinkets and gifts, visit the peaceful and traditional port town of Nathon, or the busier bustle of Lamai. The island’s largest tourist hub is Chaweng which is home to miles of stalls and stands selling everything from carved elephants to buckets and spades. Feel free to barter and be aware that many of the clothes and handbags are counterfeit, hence the low prices.
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