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Nature Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Laos

Take out the old and bring in the new on this Lao New Year 5-day yoga and wellness retreat at Namkahn Ecolodge. Namkhan Ecolodge is located just 7 kilometers from the UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang in Northern Laos and is the perfect setting for a retreat due to its remote appearance. This ecolodge, which is surrounded on 3 sides by the Nam Khan River, is set in natural tropical gardens and offers the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature and escape the general busyness of modern-day life.

Highlights

  • 4 morning yoga classes with different pranayama and meditation
  • 3 relaxing afternoon yoga classes and one Qi Gong class at an outdoor yoga platform
  • Kayaking to enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains and beautiful Lao countryside
  • Experience the magic of Lao New Year and see the most amazing Stupas on display
  • 4 nights accommodation (from amazing glamping by the river to a luxurious villa)
  • Free transfer from the airport or Luang Prabang city to the eco-lodge
  • Enjoy a daily buffet breakfast, plant-based lunch, and evening meals
  • Experience a traditional Lao massage

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Lao, Thai
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer included: Luang Prabang International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:30

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Volleyball court
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Bicycle rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance
  • Outdoor shower

NamKhan Ecolodge has different types of accommodation available from glamping to a luxurious private villa.

Explorer Tent

Located in tropical gardens and elevated on a private 20m2 wooden deck, the Explorer Tent offers perfect views of the Nam Khan River just meters away. The Explorer Tent features an outdoor covered seating area and a private bathroom with a hot water shower, toilet, and complimentary environmentally friendly products. Bathrobes, slippers, and a hairdryer are all provided.

Inside is tastefully furnished featuring 2 singles or a large double bed, desk, fan, tea and coffee making facilities, and a safety deposit box. The Explorer Tent offers the perfect glamping experience, a night under the stars with the relaxing sound of the river.

Farm Room

Located in the heart of NamKhan Ecolodge close to the restaurant and farm, the Farm Room is surrounded by lush tropical plants, lemongrass, and a banana plantation.

Inside, you’ll find a double or 2 single beds as per your request and an en-suite bathroom with a hot water shower and complimentary environmentally friendly products. Bathrobes, slippers, and a hairdryer are all provided

The Farm Room has ceiling and floor fans, tea and coffee making facilities, and a safety deposit box. The Farm Room is a cozy room, perfect for couples or single travelers.

Farm Bungalow

A perfect example of sustainability, surrounded by lush tropical plants, lemongrass, and a banana plantation, close to the restaurant and organic farm. The Farm Bungalow features a large outdoor seating area, perfect for relaxing and listening to the sounds of nature.

Inside, you’ll find a double or 2 single beds as per your request and an en-suite bathroom with hot water rain shower and complimentary environmentally friendly products. The Farm Bungalow is a cozy room and comfortable perfect for couples or solo travelers.

Farm Suite

In the heart of the eco-lodge close to the restaurant and organic farm area, the Farm Suite has been built by our team using sustainable materials and is surrounded by tropical Lao plants. The Farm Suite features a full-length balcony with outdoor seating to relax and watch the world go by.

Inside is spacious with handmade teak furniture, a large double bed, sofa bed, ceiling and floor fans, desk and en-suite bathroom with hot water rain shower and complimentary environmentally friendly products. The Farm Suite is great for couples or small families with the use of the sofa bed.

Namkhan Suite

Located in the heart of the eco-lodge near the restaurant and farm area, there are 2 Namkhan Suites on offer. One features a large front deck with a view over the heart of the ecolodge and farm, the other has a balcony to the rear with a view of the Nam Khan River.

Both rooms are spacious inside offering a large double bed, desk, bathtub, a double vanity sink, and a separate hot water shower and w/c all with complimentary environmentally friendly products. Bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer are all provided.

Inside, you will also find a fan and A/C, a fridge, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities and a safety deposit box. The Namkhan Suite is perfect for those seeking luxury at an affordable price.

The Art Villa

The most prestigious accommodation, the Art Villa, named for its display of original art by well-known artists such as Bon, Alex Face, Ben Eine, and Dotmaster is set within private tropical gardens and offers all the comforts of a 5-star hotel experience.

The Art Villa features a garden monsoon shower, a large terrace with an outdoor bathtub, and a large mango wood dining table, perfect for guests who wish to take advantage of the fully equipped summer kitchen.

Inside, the fully furnished living space offers that home from home comfort with a sofa, fan, A/C, and tea and coffee making facilities. The bathroom has a hot water shower and separates W/C with signature NamKhan Ecolodge environmentally friendly amenities being supplied with compliments. The Art Villa is the best place to enjoy luxurious accommodation while being surrounded by nature.

Program

NamKhan Project & Ecolodge's retreats are often organized around traditional Lao or yogic celebrations to provide guests with an authentic cultural experience. This particular retreat will take place during a very auspicious time, Lao New Year or Pi Mai as they say in Laos. Luang Prabang is the best place to experience Pi Mai with many people gathering to make merit and bless each other by throwing water over friends and strangers. Lao New Year takes place over 3 days from 14-16 April and also signifies the start of the monsoon, the changeover in seasons which is the perfect time to perform cleanses and detox.

All yoga and Qi Kong classes take place on an outdoor yoga platform which offers amazing views of the Nam Khan River, classes are taught in English with fully qualified teachers.

An organic farm supplies fruit and vegetables to their farm-to-table restaurant located in the heart of the ecolodge so you can guarantee the plant-based menu will be fresh, healthy, and balanced.

Experience highlights

  • Improve your practice with daily yoga and meditation sessions led by a fully qualified (minimum 200-hour yoga teacher)
  • Enjoy delicious organic vegetarian meals to energize your body ready for the day ahead.
  • Spend time enjoying Namkhan Ecolodge activities such as badminton, pétanque, volleyball, and tubing or relax in the salted rock pool, on our river island beach, or resting in the tropical gardens
  • Let one of the qualified massage therapists take you on a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation with a traditional Lao massage
  • Get a good night’s sleep on the super comfortable deluxe mattresses in all rooms throughout the resort with the sound of nature and the natural energy of the river.

Full itinerary

Day 1: Wednesday, 13th April 2022

  • 14:00 Check-in
  • 15:00 Welcome meeting
  • 16:00 Evening practice and meditation
  • 18:30 Plant-based evening meal

Day 2: Thursday, 14th April 2022

  • 07:30 Morning practice including pranayama and meditation
  • 09:00 Plant-based breakfast
  • 10:00 Tuk tuk to LPB City - visit Wat Mai, a renowned Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang and see the building of sand stupas. Then experience modern-day Pi Mai (you will get wet!) on the main street
  • 12:30 Tuk tuk to Namkhan Ecolodge
  • 13:00 Plant-based lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Free time
  • 16:00 Qi Gong
  • 18:30 Plant-based evening meal

Day 3: Friday, 15th April 2022

  • 05:00 Optional almsgiving in LPB city
  • 07:30 Morning practice including pranayama and meditation
  • 09:00 Plant-based breakfast
  • 10:00 - 13:00 Free time to enjoy a massage, Namkhan activities Pi Mai day 2 in city
  • 13:00 Plant-based lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Free time to enjoy a massage, Namkhan activities, or just relax
  • 16:00 Evening practice and meditation
  • 18:30 Plant-based evening meal
  • 20:00 Trataka candle gazing

Day 4: Saturday, 16th April 2022

  • 07:30 Morning practice including pranayama and meditation
  • 09:00 Plant-based breakfast
  • 10:00 Kayaking half-day tour with a picnic (please be advised, if the river is too low for kayaking, an excursion to Kuang Si Waterfall will be put on in its place)
  • 16:00 Evening practice and meditation
  • 18:30 Evening meal and movie night complete with popcorn. The outdoor yoga space becomes an outdoor cinema experience. Enjoy your evening meal served directly to you on the platform.

Day 5: Sunday, 17th April 2022

  • 07:30 Morning practice including pranayama and meditation
  • 09:00 Buffet breakfast
  • 11:30 Check out or extend your stay

Included excursions

Pi Mai Laos

During Pi Mai Laos, there are many activities going on in the city from an elephant parade on 13th April to watering the Buddha image ceremony and processions on the Main Street.

Kayaking

On this half-day tour, you will prepare a picnic and take you to the starting point at Baan Pik-Noy. Tour guides will safely lead you down the river to the picnic point where you will disembark, enjoy your lunch on the river banks and then continue your tour down the river until you reach the endpoint of the island river beach.

Please note if this excursion is not possible due to the river levels or there are a large number of guests, an excursion to Kuang Si with a picnic and swimming in the waterfall will take its place instead.

Retreat location

Luang Prabang UNESCO World Heritage Site

The retreat is located upon the Nam Khan River, just 7 kilometers outside of the ancient capital of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, where the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers meet. Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage city, is a popular destination for travelers and those looking to experience the natural wonders and traditional culture of Laos.

Luang Prabang is well known for its many Buddhist temples where early morning almsgiving still takes place with many locals and tourists waking up early to prepare offerings for the monks. It is a beautifully picturesque old city that displays a mixture of Lao and French-style buildings due to the French colonization between 1893 and 1953.

The morning markets display a colorful array of fruit and vegetables and whilst the night market which take-over the main street from 5 p.m. exhibits beautifully handcrafted items and traditional Lao clothing.

Laos is a beautiful place to visit all year round and has two distinct seasons, the rainy season May to October, and the dry season November to April. November to February is cooler and March and April are hot seasons.

NamKhan Project & Ecolodge is extremely fortunate to have Kuang Si Waterfall, probably the most picturesque waterfall in Laos located just 40 minutes away, and Mount Phousi on the Main Street which gives exceptional views and sunsets.

The natural relaxed way of life in Laos is something Namkhan Ecolodge likes to promote along with nourishing your body with fresh organic produce which you can see being grown on the farm. Namkhan Project supports local people by developing and teaching new skills, practicing the English language, and providing employment.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During this retreat, you will be served daily breakfast, vegetarian lunch and vegetarian evening meal. Please advise NamKhan Project & Ecolodge if you have any special dietary needs.

Inclusive meals are:

4 buffet breakfasts

The buffet includes fresh homemade juices, farm salad bar, seasonal fresh-cut fruit, farm-made yogurt, cereal selection, bread, eggs, homemade jams, marmalade, and peanut butter. Laos filter coffee and homemade herbal teas. There is also fresh milk and soya milk.

3 lunches

Vegetarian lunch to include western and local Laos dishes. This may be buffet style, depending on retreat numbers. The full restaurant menu is available for an additional cost which includes meat dishes.

4 evening meals

Vegetarian evening meals include western and local Laos dishes. This may be buffet style, depending on retreat numbers. The full restaurant menu is available for an additional cost which includes meat dishes.

The restaurant also serves tea, coffee, juices, smoothies, beer, wine, and spirits.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Hmong horse riding (maximum 55 kg)
  • Private Lao barbecue by the river
  • Cooking class
  • Mountain bike rental
  • Traditional costume
  • Tubing
  • Bamboo basket weaving
  • Organic farm tour and workshops

Spa treatments

One choice from the following massage treatments is included in the price. Additional massage treatments can be booked at an additional cost.

  • Traditional Lao massage (1 or 1.5 hours)
  • Thai massage (1 or 1.5 hours)
  • Oil massage (1 or 1.5 hours)
  • Full body coffee scrub + massage (1 or 1.5-hour treatment)
  • Head, foot or shoulder massage (30 minutes each or a combination of treatments)

What's included

  • 4 nights in your chosen accommodation
  • 4 yoga, cleansing, pranayama and meditation sessions
  • 4 evening yoga practice
  • 1 Qi Gong practice
  • 1 post-dinner trataka/meditation
  • Airport/hotel pick-up/drop off
  • Welcome drink
  • 4 buffet breakfast including homemade tea/coffee/juice
  • 3 vegetarian lunches
  • 4 vegetarian evening meals
  • 1 Lao/oil massage
  • 1 kayaking experience (excursion to Kuang Si if river levels are too low)
  • Pi Mai Lao experience and temple tour
  • 1 movie night - outdoor cinema
  • Unlimited water bottle refills
  • Unlimited farm-made tea
  • Free Namkhan activities such as badminton, volleyball, swimming pool, pétanque, giant garden games, chill in the bamboo huts on the river beach.

What's not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Additional spa treatments
  • Additional kayaking
  • Activities available at extra cost: horse riding, tubing, bamboo basket weaving, organic farm tour and workshops, mountain bikes, cooking class
  • Flights

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by shuttle

NamKhan Project & Ecolodge operates a free shuttle service from Luang Prabang Airport (LPQ), or from your accommodation in Luang Prabang city. If arriving by air kindly advise your flight number and expected time of arrival. They also operate a regular free Tuk Tuk service from Luang Prabang City.

Airport: Luang Prabang International Airport Airport transfer included: Luang Prabang International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Wednesday April 13, 2022
Departure: Sunday April 17, 2022

 

Special discount

A 20% special discount is applicable for 2 people sharing the same room. The prices for two persons in a room for all accommodation options are as follow:

  • Farm room: 592 USD (296 USD per person)
  • Farm bungalow: 656 USD (328 USD per person
  • Explorer tent: 752 USD (376 USD per person)
  • Farm suite: 976 USD (488 USD per person)
  • Namkhan suite: 1175 USD (588 USD per person)

 

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