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The Dharmic Path invites you to join Paige Elizabeth for this amazing retreat in one of the beautiful islands in Thailand. You will dive deep into practicing Ashtanga yoga, pranayama, and meditation while staying at a charming accommodation in Koh Phangan island. Feel alive with the fresh salty air and peaceful environment in this Eastern country and bring home your precious gift for life, your health!
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The Sanctuary Thailand has a diverse and exciting array of accommodations available for you from simple dormitory beds to exotic and romantic houses inspired by traditional Thai architecture.
This resort accommodation rises on the hill behind the beachfront restaurant. What you will find here is its unique sanctuary-style houses, all with stunning views. Many of these houses are open plan to allow you to get the feeling of living under the stars. All houses have your comfort in mind with lounge chairs and hammocks to chill out in, king size beds for comfort, hot water showers, bar fridge, and kitchenettes.
Please note that The Sanctuary Thailand is in the jungle. Some of their houses and rooms are very open, and your closest neighbors can be friendly jungle creatures such as geckos, monitor lizards, bats, moths, the occasional Sanctuary cat, and the very rarely-spotted snake. If you prefer the more enclosed concrete style with air conditioning, they suggest the Garden Suites.
Wi-Fi is available throughout the Sanctuary and grounds, in all rooms, the restaurant, and even on the beach. A room allowance is included in your booking, but additional Wi-Fi can be purchased at the concierge. The unique one of a kind houses and deluxe accommodations are available as all-inclusive yoga or detox packages.
Sanctuary Gardens are situated on flat land a short three-minute walk from the beach. With an air-conditioned main bedroom offering twin beds which can be combined to a big comfortable king bed and a large fan-cooled lounge room with a queen size day bed and sofa all tastefully furnished and with satellite television. Sliding doors open onto the big balcony. Hot water shower in the spacious bathroom is provided. This house also has a high-quality mattress and white cotton sheets for your comfort.
It is tucked away in a private garden. This house offers a unique space for those wanting seclusion. You will wake to the sunrise from your bed, enjoy a tantalizing view of the bay’s azure waters in the daytime and the radiant stars at night from your balcony. The Garden House has a king size bed and large single bed, an ample size bathroom with hot water shower. It has eight-channel satellite television. This house also has a high-quality mattress and white cotton sheets for your comfort.
Sanctuary Gardens are situated on flat land a short three minutes walk from the beach. A very spacious room with a king size bed set in the main air-conditioned room. Sliding doors open onto the large garden view balcony. It is tastefully furnished and comfortable and has satellite television. This house also has a high-quality mattress and white cotton sheets for your comfort. This room is suitable for fasters.
Situated a short walk and half way between the beach and our yoga halls, these deluxe bungalows with king size bed offer French doors onto the spacious balcony with hammock and lovely garden and sea views. With the addition of a hot water shower, these fan cooled rooms are the latest addition to their bookable accommodation range.
Spacious Jungle Bungalows are tucked away into the upper jungle grounds of the resort, standing on stilts to give you private jungle views. Large balconies with couch and hammock, mini fridge, fans, and tasteful furnishings. The Jungle Bungalows are situated very close to the Buddha Hall; where daily yoga is held so it is a great location for those participating in any of their three daily yoga classes.
Set high in the trees with sweeping views of the jungle and the sea lies Leela. This very large "L" shaped house has 90-degree views, open floor plan, design with kitchen, bedroom, and large living space. It is up to the hill from the restaurant and beach and yet still very private to be quiet or play. It is located near yoga halls. A large round bathroom with hot water shower is attached to this most beautiful house also with a television if you really need a distraction. This house also has a high-quality mattress and white cotton sheets for your comfort.
It is set overlooking the ocean with the stunning view of the beach and the early morning sunrise. This 30-foot circular house is ideal for those wanting the privacy yet being less than five minutes walk from the restaurant, beach, and spa. It is fully equipped with over 30 channel satellite television, fridge, bar area, and including a huge bathroom with hot water shower and bath tub. The round air conditioned master bedroom offers sunrise views from bed.
This house also has a high-quality mattress and white cotton sheets for your comfort. This is the ideal honeymoon house, but the recent addition of a stunning mezzanine balcony with two single fan-cooled beds makes it an ideal family house too.
This house has the added advantage of two double bedrooms and a single bedroom, huge open-plan living, with the main section being built between two rocks, allowing a cool, spacious feel. A short walk up the hill Rainbow is situated within easy reach of the restaurant and the yoga hall. It includes cooking facilities and hot water shower in its sunken shower room and has eight-channel satellite television for your distraction. It has a beautiful private sunbathing deck. This house also has a high-quality mattress and white cotton sheets for your comfort.
Perched high on the rocks with a fantastic view of the sea, beach, jungle, and stars lays the Star House. It is less than five minutes walk from the beach, yet totally private the perfect house for a couple.
Star house, built on five levels, has a large open planned kitchenette and living area, and a beautiful air-conditioned bedroom with large glass windows where you can watch the sunrise from bed without getting up. It has a Western type round attached bathroom with hot water shower, built into the rocks. This house also has the high-quality mattress and white cotton sheets for your comfort.
Lastly perhaps, its biggest attraction is the private sun deck for lounging with the new addition of a spacious bath tub to relax in, cold water in the day, hot at night under the stars and total pampering. Other amenities include 54 channel satellite television and CD player.
Sunshine cottage has a large open planned living area with lovely mezzanine bed deck. It gazes out through French doors and private deck to spectacular views of the surrounding valley. The beautiful rock bathroom with hot water shower has to be seen to be believed. The second bedroom with bunk beds, which can be separated to make two singles, has turned this house into an excellent family or friends house. Tea and coffee making facilities are also provided. This cottage also has a high-quality mattress and white cotton sheets for your comfort.
These Weemarn bungalows offer you more than just a bungalow. The beach room has air-conditioner while the fan-cooled room is only a short walk away from the beach. Both offer spacious interiors and the French doors to the balcony that allows cooling breezes as you slumber on the deluxe high-quality king sized bed with white cotton sheets for your comfort.
The balcony is huge and tastefully furnished with a rattan lounge and hammock to offer you elegance and comfort. The bathroom with its rock features has a hot shower. A well-stocked bar fridge ensures that you will not have to move too much to get refreshments as you relax in your hammock.
The Sanctuary has a wide variety of rooms for detoxers, from Thai-Style Bungalows to the luxurious Garden Suites with air-conditioning. Detox accommodation is only available for those undertaking a detox or wellness package, although all except for the detox dormitory can also be used by last-minute guests, subject to availability. All bathrooms in detox rooms have been modified for colonic treatments.
During this holiday, you will practice Ashtanga yoga lessons, daily Mysore classes every morning, enjoy afternoons free for the individual to roam the island, and relax to get massages and so on. Then each night, you will have a different workshop. You will also have a welcome gathering to meet and get to know one another. Your evenings will be customized with a different class each night including pranayama, meditation, mantra, philosophy, and discussion on asana healing.
There are eight days total but only six of actual yoga. The arrival and departure days have no classes. Paige Elizabeth's assistant, Carrie Sobeck, will be there to assist all beginners who are brand new to the practice as well. The retreat is a separate cost from the Sanctuary itself so you can feel free to bring your partner and enjoy your days with them roaming about.
Paige Elizabeth Warthen
Paige Elizabeth is an Ashtanga yoga practitioner and teacher since 1998. She has studied under Maty Ezraty, Chuck Miller, Tim Miller, Kino MacGregor, Noah Williams, and Maia Heiss to name a few. This has served as a daily ritual where she has threaded the two worlds together ever since. She is currently available for private Ashtanga yoga sessions in person or online. She teaches travelers who visit her and welcomes invitations to host workshops away from home.
The retreat will take place in Koh Phangan, Thailand. The Sanctuary is located on the small, beautiful tropical island of Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand, a sister island of Koh Samui. They are nestled into the corner of Haad Tien Beach and are most easily accessed via Haad Rin Town, normally by boat, or by the car when the waves are too high for sea travel.
It is surrounded by a magical coconut grove and backed onto the hillside jungle. There is no road, traffic, or chaotic streets but just nature, tranquility, and good vibes. It is easily accessible by a five-minute long-tail boat ride from Haad Rin Beach.
Haad Tien Bay is situated on the east coast of Koh Phangan, an island known for its Thai friendliness and, more recently, for its famous full moon parties in Haad Rin. The bay is two beaches away from Haad Rin and therefore offers the best of both worlds, the chance to experience the clubs and parties of Haad Rin, and yet you can easily return to the peace and tranquility of an unspoiled island bay with excellent swimming, snorkeling, and relaxation facilities.
You can also walk to Why Nam Beach and Haad Yuan Beach along with Haad Tien. These three bays make up their small community. Why Nam is very small and peaceful with just one bungalow resort and a restaurant. Haad Yuan is more developed and great for swimming. They encourage you to walk, explore, and enjoy everything their three bays has to offer.
There are several different budget bungalow resorts in Haad Tien all offering a unique style of food, accommodation, and an assortment of extras. The beach is kept clean and they all endeavor to take care of ecological waste and, through cooperation, keep this bay very special for all of the visitors and long term residents. In addition to providing a family-type atmosphere, it is a unique place in a fast-changing world. Theft within the bay is practically unknown as access is limited to boats or a stiff jungle walk.
Daily two meals may be included and added to the schedule with enough sign ups. Food is provided by the Sanctuary and comes vegetarian or with local fish options. A healthy diet is something they take seriously at The Sanctuary. They offer a wide range of taste-tempting, freshly prepared dishes, made with love and imagination, from super-healthy to super-naughty, and everything in between.
The Sanctuary Restaurant is renowned for its fine food. Sample traditional Thai cuisine and scrumptious vegetarian dishes from around the world. They bake a selection of fresh cakes and whole-meal bread daily. No monosodium glutamate or preservatives are used in their cooking.
They also offer a comprehensive raw cleansing menu of dishes that are suitable for pre and post-fast diets, and tasty enough to be enjoyed by everyone. Healthy eating does not have to be boring.
The fully equipped bar offers a vast array of beers, spirits, imported wines, and cocktails as well as a large selection of herbal teas, shakes, and fruit juices. The restaurant, rapidly becoming famous among satisfied customers, has maybe the most extensive selection of vegetarian and seafood in all of South East Asia.
Please book your flight to arrive at Samui International Airport (USM). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Koh Phangan island is easily accessible by boat from several places in southern Thailand. Most boats arrive on Koh Phangan at one of two towns, Thong Sala or Haad Rin. If your boat lands in Thong Sala, go to Haad Rin town via taxi truck about 20 minutes at an additional cost of 100 THB per person, where you can get a car taxi, or boat taxi, to Haad Tien, home of the Sanctuary.
The easiest way to get to the Sanctuary, between the middle of April to the late of October, is on the Thong Nai Pan ferry boat. This ferry departs from Mae Nam town (not the pier) on Koh Samui every day at 12 p.m. and brings you directly to Haad Tien and get off at the second stop Haad Tien. The journey is approximately one hour. Mae Nam is about 45 minutes by taxi from Samui International Airport (USM).
Please note however that if the waves are big, this boat does not run. If you are unsure, you can phone the reception anytime from 8 a.m. to find out if the boat is running that day.
There are also four ferry boats a day from Big Buddha Pier in Samui to Haad Rin. The arrival times are 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. This ferry takes about 50 minutes, and it runs in all weathers. Big Buddha Pier is about 15 minutes drive by taxi from Samui International Airport (USM).
When you arrive in Haad Rin on Koh Phangan, there will be taxi boat drivers waiting for customers bound for Haad Tien. Please note that if the waves are high or there are few customers, the boat drivers may charge a higher price. If the waves are too high for boat travel, there will be a taxi jeep waiting. This journey is quite an adventure. It takes about 40 minutes over mostly rough jungle track. Both the taxi truck and the taxi boat journeys cost around 500 THB per person in calm seas.
If you wish to have a private charter speedboat to whiz you off to paradise, this can also be organized from 6,000 THB to 6,500 THB depending on weather and time. This gets you directly on to the beach less than an hour after you touch down at Samui International Airport (USM).
Many ferry companies offer boats directly to Koh Phangan or via Koh Samui. The journey from Surat Thani or Donsak to Thong Sala takes around two and a half hours. The boats land at Thong Sala town on Koh Phangan and you can get a taxi truck to Haad Rin, where you can catch a boat taxi or taxi jeep to the Sanctuary.
The easiest way to get to the Sanctuary is via Haad Rin and by taxi boat from there. If you are already on the East Coast of the island, the Thong Nai Pan ferry boat travels between Haad Tien and Thong Nai Pan or Than Sadet twice a day from March to October.
Taxi boats leave from Sunrise beach in Haad Rin throughout the day. The taxi boat drivers will often ask you to wait for more customers to arrive. To improve your chances of getting a boat quickly with other passengers, you can head to the ferry port when the boats from Koh Samui come in at 11:20 a.m., 1:50 p.m., 4:50 p.m., and 7:20 p.m. The ferry port is just five minutes walk from Sunrise Beach.
For your departure, the ferries leave Haad Rin at 9:30 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. and arrive at Koh Samui 50 minutes later. This means that for any flight out of Samui before midday, you will need to either spend your last night in Samui or travel by private speedboat.
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