Ari is a Reiki Master who has been dedicated to the understanding and practice of this esoteric art for the past 15 years. He teaches internationally on the subjects of energy channeling and healing, with a vision to help people live to their full potential and soul’s purpose, creating ripples of change globally.
Daliah is a Reiki Master, CranioSacral practitioner, and yoga teacher, who set foot upon her spiritual path very early in life. She has been guiding detox and healing retreats in Thailand since 2003.
Moti is a yoga practitioner who has studied under many great teachers including Dharma Mitra. Following study at New York’s Centre of Integrative Nutrition, Moti came to Asia to share his knowledge of the transformative potential of yoga and holistic diet. His knowledge of nutrition and extensive experience shines through and inspires.
Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Poland (Physical Education)
BNS Iyengar (Mysore Yoga)
Ewa has been practicing yoga for 16 years and teaching since 2004. Her yoga journey began with Iyengar yoga in 2000 when she studied with Geeta Iyengar. It continued when she discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and studied under an authorized level II teacher, Basia Lipska. Further studies brought her to Mysore to study with BNS Iyengar in 2012. In the same year, Ewa studied intensively with Kamal Singh in Rishikesh, India. Other authorized teachers Ewa has studied with are Maty Ezraty, Tim Feldman, Petri Reisenen, Noah McKenna, Ajay Tokas, Kino MacGregor, and Bela Lipat.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)
For Ben, yoga has been a practice that very quickly became a passion and soon after, a way of life. His practice started in 2008 with Iyengar yoga under Joey Mascarenhas in Zurich. Joey’s precise style, teaching, and careful guidance set Ben upon his path. After three years of Iyengar yoga, he felt ready to dive deeper into yoga and become a qualified teacher. Swapping his career in club management for a full-time life on the yoga mat, Ben completed an intensive 500-hour Hatha yoga teacher training in Thailand and began his teaching journey.
Swami Pujan (Stephan Kahlert) is a German-born psychologist who studied yoga philosophy (Jnana yoga) in India and Australia for many years. He received the title of “Swami” after initiation with his teacher, Bhagavan Shree Rajneesh, who is a world-renowned spiritual guide and teacher from Puma, India. Through his first teacher, he continues to transmit the message that spirituality is a joyful journey, filled with passion and the celebration of life. His teaching style is fun and engaging, and he has the ability to explain complex Eastern philosophical concepts in an easy-to-grasp way.
Yoga Maya in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Sivananda Yoga)
Over the last eight years, Ariane has enjoyed the practice of yoga, following many workshops and trainings. She is certified in the tradition of Sivananda yoga. She is deeply knowledgeable when it comes to working with the body as a source of information and guidance. Meditation, pranayama, and yoga are part of her daily practice and work. Her deepest passion is to bring freedom and healing into the lives of others and to support every student on his or her level of being and understanding. As a teacher, Ariane shares her knowledge with love, humor, and depth.
Kat yoga journey started 16 years ago when she fell in love with the practice in Austin, Texas. She moved to New York City in 2005 to continue practicing and training with some of the yoga’s greatest teachers in the Big Apple including Leslie Kaminoff, Schuyler Grant, Dana Flynn, Amanda Smith, and Ariel Karass. After completing her 200-hour Vinyasa teaching certification at Laughing Lotus in 2007, she began a rigorous practice at Kula Yoga where she learned from the best of the best in New York City.
Katherine first studied traditional Hatha yoga in Kerala, South India and after spreading the love of yoga in her small hometown in Wyoming, USA, she headed back to India to study traditional Tantra yoga at Shri Kali Ashram in South Goa. Katherine teaches meditative Tantra yoga and yoga philosophy classes at Orion.
Lisa is a dedicated detox yoga teachers. She is also a therapeutic yoga consultant and a yogini in constant training. She loves learning, exploring, reading, writing, moving, and creating. Her passion for self-discovery has led her to the exploration of the psychosomatic benefits and spiritual aspects of the yoga practice. She now takes great joy in sharing the healing power of yoga with others; helping to facilitate a deepening of their own journey and development.
Linh Åselius Indonesia
November 2017, BookYogaRetreats
Ashtanga techer Daniela was great, the food was amazing, kind staff.
Two massages and one reiki was included in the detox program. 2/3 was cancelled or double booked. The reiki performer said very personal and specific stuff after the session and explained that buying an other theta session would remove al of my issues, highly unprofessional. The detox manager mainly talked about making "happy lists" and nothing about the detox program, nutrition or colemas.
October 2017, BookYogaRetreats
Food and dynamic yoga classes.
not consistent schedule as advertised , which in turn did not allow for various yoga class options for my yoga retreat.
July 2017, BookYogaRetreats
Food and accomodation.
A class might be a little bit too gentle. (Better to bring your own travel mat)
Staff maybe a little bit confused and can't give much informations ( Better to be open-minded)
Sami Smith Great Britain
April 2017, BookYogaRetreats
I liked my little hut and it was well equipped. The food was out of the world, every time I ate. Great choice of classes.
Would be helpful to have yoga timetable in more than one place and a bit more information on what's around the retreat etc.
Ester Jimenez London
March 26, 2017. BookYogaRetreats
The experience was bad, very bad. We didn't enjoy the whole package paid in bookyogaretreats website because the said us that they didn't have this offer in Orion Retreat, so they just offered us classes, food and accommodation, in bad conditions, close to a farm where the roosters did not stop singing every hour.
So I don't think I will repeat the experience with you. Not professionals at all, we felt maltreated in Orion Retreat because we were claim for a misleading offer.
I hope you would know how the retreats work and not offer things that are no right.
Rebecca B. Germany
My time at Orion was fabulous. I did the 11 Day Detox and felt well supported and informed during the entire process. One of the detox consultants is always around if you have a question and during the daily detox meeting, sharing your experience with other detoxers and feeling their support is really motivating. The facilities are beautifully kept and clean, the vegan food is breathtaking and the staff are all lovely. The equipment is clean and well-organised. Orion has a special something, a unique atmosphere fed by the enjoyment and passion the staff have for their work. I especially enjoyed the wide variety of yoga courses taught by amazing teachers. I could feel my technique improving in leaps and bounds every day. There are also "extras" available - I did a transformational healing session and had truly life-changing revelations, as did everyone else who tried the session. Orion really is a place to let go of old wounds and pains and move forward into the new. Every single detoxer had shining eyes and skin at the end of their stay, as well as a lightened heart. To sum it up: if you are thinking of doing a course at Orion, book your flight right now and just go. I would go back in a heartbeat if I could. In terms of value, the detox program is a perfect blend of everything Orion has to offer at a very good price.
Erica Bonanno Kenya
I had an absolutely incredible week at Orion. I did the detox program and learned a ton about my body, nutrition, and how to better take care of myself. The staff have such incredible energy and it was wonderful to have met everyone. The yoga was great too. I hope to be back soon!
William Pandocchi United Kingdom
I had a fantastic time at Orion. The staff, the yoga teachers, the surrounding, the food, all truly amazing. I'm very grateful indeed. Their location on the island is also second to none.
It was really good! I’m glad I booked it thru u guys! I feel totally blessed for booking my detox holiday at Orion! I booked for a 11 days detox and stayed in the dorm. It was a complete new experience for me to stay in the dorm, I was not able to adjust for the first 2 days as everything was completely alien to me including the colema! But gradually I felt happy that i stayed in the dorm, i met so many beautiful souls from around the world and my dorm mates were super encouraging!! As sometimes I just wanted to drop the whole detox thingy. The dorm was cleaned everyday with all beds arranged, I really appreciated the housekeeping ladies for their hard-work. I was impressed by the Myanmar staffs working at Orion, humble and they do their best to help you. Well there were language issues but hey I was not England! ;) And also I was glad there was an introduction of the whole program and I have to say the staffs at Orion were very informative and answered all my curiosity :) A big Thank you to Dominique and Natasha! lots of new knowledge on my digestive system! If you are heading down to Orion, you have to remember, it is an Tropical Island and mosquitoes and flies are part of the island. Also, Adjustment and Flexibility is needed here and that's what i have learnt, and you will definitely feel close to Mother Earth! I love the beach yoga hall! Overall it was a great experience living there and I will definitely head back again.
Ort und Unterkunft 10
Essen und Bewirtung 10
Yoga Lehrer und Betreuung 10
Preis Leistung 10
Ich kann Orion Healing für Yogis nur sehr empfehlen und habe meinen Retreat vollstens Genossen, bin an meine Leistungsgrenzen gestoßen, genau was ich wollte.
Falls jemand einen Fitnessaufenthalt sucht (russische Touristen) dann sollten sie fern bleiben, die zerstören das wunderbare harmonische Klima des wundervollen etülischen Platzes. Schminke, Schmuck und Stöckelschuhe (Kaviar mit Champagner Mentalitäten) für den Yoga Untericht nicht bezahlen sind dort fehl am Platz
a traveler UK
I did an 11 day detox here. I was underwhelmed by the whole place and experience. My accommodation in a C class room was dire. I really don’t mind basic, and I’m not expecting 4 star or even 2 star hotel-quality standards, but my room was dark, gloomy and grubby. It also turned out that there have (allegedly) been thefts in that C block. The other ‘problems’ with the place (from a ‘detox experience’ point of view) are evident within 48hr of arriving:
Aside from the restaurant, which is often full of people chatting loudly and kids screaming (fine, it’s a restaurant) and a few beachside cabanas (which are often taken for long periods by ‘digital nomads’ working), there is nowhere to relax and read a book or whatever. No beach loungers, no comfortable seating, nothing. So you can’t even really escape from your room. Some people paid 150BHT (about $5) to spend the afternoon by a nice pool at a hotel up the road but – isn’t the point to coming to a relaxation place that you can … relax there?
Likewise the main sala used for detox yoga is right by the restaurant. So during your class, your attempts to chill out are constantly interrupted by kids screaming and staff calling out ‘order number 21’ (etc).
The front desk is pretty disorganized but, in fairness, I found they tried to help when they could. And when I decided to check out early and find alternative accommodation they did give me a refund.
In fairness too, they have some good yoga teachers and Camilla (who helps guide the detox) was lovely.
But TBA I think there’s a lot better – and better value – detox centres around (and I’ve done quite a few detoxs in Bali, other parts of Thailand, Turkey and elsewhere).
Allie R. United Kingdom
Appalling accommodation. Whilst I expected basic accommodation at the Orion I had not bargained for basic and filthy. My room was situated in a field, across a busy road which runs through the centre of the resort. It had mould over the walls, stains running down the walls and on the curtains. The bathroom was totally disgusting/insanitary and was where I was expected to perform colemas. Colema tubing and water bottles sat uncovered outside the room. Dogs were evident roaming about in the field.
I found the Orion staff that I came into contact with to be rude and surly and were totally unfazed when informed that I would not be staying due to the unacceptable accommodation. The centre sits on the edge of a little cove, with a very narrow strip of sand which is covered in debris. The "reception" area and the kitchen were full of flies and the seating areas consisted of old tables and dirty-looking, tatty cushions. I found everything to be make-shift. There was also a number of young children present.
I could not believe what I found at this "healing" centre, which does not even have enough respect for it's guests to provide a basic, clean environment. I thought I was going to have a once in a lifetime experience - it was certainly an experience...just not the one I had signed up for!
a traveler Netherlands
Having read the trip advisor reviews before I came i think it is really important for people to know what to bring as opposed to a standard critic.
First of all I would like to tell you that the rooms at Orion are a simple and authentic Thai experience. If you are used to 5 star luxury and rooms cleaned every day this is not for you. Those who say the documentary the retreat ( I did not see it) need to be aware that some of the rooms scenes were filmed at the hotel up the road. The Loyfa resort. In generally the place has a hippy vibe and is visited by many young travelers, gap year students as well as older clients. There is a real mix of people.
All the staff are super nice always smiling in spite of having to deal with demanding customers but be prepared for things to be slightly chaotic go with the flow this is part of the charm of the place. Treatment timings don't go according to plan the office reception and processes are disorganised but it all seems to muddle along nicely.
The yoga teachers and classes are truly excellent. Ben, Prem , Lisa and Myriam were all amazing. There are 3 different yoga studios so there is always something happening and something that is suitable for most levels.
The food is really lovely but it is strictly vegan so if you are after burger and chips this is again not the place for you. There is also no alcohol as the place is a healing centre and many people are detoxing.
The main dinning area is on the beach the view is lovely however this beach is not great for swimming but there are lovely beaches just a short walk away. You can also swim in the pool of the Loyfa resort that is 5 mins walk away. Here for a very small fee you get a towel and a bottle of water and you can stay all day. The two pools are just next to another nice beach.
You can buy things in the village which is 5 minutes walk away. There is a well stocked 7 / 11 , chemist, health food shops and plenty of cash points. It is easy to flag down a taxi to go into the main town you will need to negotiate the price but is generally around 150 Baht.
You can get laundry done by taking it to reception and you pay by the kilo it is very inexpensive.
There are certain things that you really need to bring with you,
Ear plugs - I was staying in the B huts and the chickens and roosters make one hell of a racket from about 4 am onwards
A Beach towel / Sarong
Mosquito repellant, plug ins etc these guys come out at 5pm and are pretty brutal. I bought the strongest repellant on amazon but they were completely immune to it. Bring something for the bites too as you will get them.
Toiletries - there is some stuff in the room but I had no ideas what they were as all the labels had worn off
A blanket it can get cold at night
Adapters although the sockets do take european plugs and thai plugs but you will need something if you are coming from the UK.
A pad lock - there is no safe in the room so you may want to lock valuables in your suit case.
A water bottle - Big bottles of drinking water are provided but it is good to have something to carry it around in.
If you are doing the detox you need to bring pro biotic - you can buy them in town however they are very expensive.
I did the detox it is not for the faint hearted. You do two days of pre cleans and 7 days of fasting and 2 days of post cleans. During the fast you eat nothing but you are given a Bentonite clay solution and Psyllium husk to prevent the hunger. You are also given nutritional supplements and intestinal cleansers. You receive a daily coconut water, broth and tea. The program requires you to take something every hour and a half so you need to be disciplined. The detox staff are on hand to support you and there is a daily detox meeting where you can share your experiences with others who are going through the same process. Each day during the fast you have to do self administered Colemas. This is not like a nice Colonic irrigation that you would get at a specialist to be honest I did not find this a pleasant experience but I will spare you the grim details. There are massages and other treatments such as Reiki included in the program. Thai massage it not always gentle and relaxing but you feel good afterwards, You can supplement the program with the many different healings that are on offer. There are things to calm the mind and cure the body so there is something for everyone. Be prepared to try something new as you never know what might happen. There is a detox lounge that you can hang out in if you cant face sitting in the dinning area. Much thanks to the detox staff Willie, Camilla and Nadine who were a big help.
Please don’t let any of the above put you off going to Orien. I went on my own. I had an amazing time met some really fantastic people, had new and unique experiences and feel like a new woman. I would definitely come back if i had the chance.
Let me know if you have questions.
I went to Kats sunset flow class, it was amazing, Orion is a great place, beautiful views, amazing food and drinks. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone and be back!!!
Judy United Kingdom
I have just returned from Orion. Like many others this 28 day detox program was a once in a lifetime treat which I had very much been looking more forward to. I arrived 20th Jan 2017 by which time the worst of the rain seemed to be over.
What to believe from previous reviews
It is true the beach is not great at Orion as rubbish does seem to wash in to this little cove and much more could be made of it if there were staff to maintain it. Lovely beach a 5-10 minute walk away
There are approx 4 "pagodas" facing the beach which each seat 6 people. However it is quite rare to be able to use one if you are staying on site as they are very popular with people who come to use the cafe. The cushions are worn and dirty and need replacing.
The cafe. Food ok by my standards but not great although many people loved it. Again cushions are soiled and dirty. This area has many mosquitos and many people were bitten. It seems odd that no coils are burnt or nothing is done to try and control the mosquitos. A lot of people were horrendously bitten and one ended up in hospital for several days.
The rooms. Only the best rooms seem to be satisfactory and then only 2 or 3 star
No comment on dormitory as I don't know anyone who stayed there.
Hutts had lots of insect related complaints and one man from Australia had rats who ate his detox tablets and equipment. He didn't seem too worried but I would have been terrified. He was moved to another room.
The rooms in the block where I stayed. During my stay the rooms were fitted with mosquito nets and room safes. My room was burgled twice and it turned out the people before me had also suffered the same fate. Although management thought someone had a key to the room they had not changed the lock. They were fully booked and did not have an alternate room for me for another 8 days so I had no alternative but to move to a nearby hotel as I didn't want to keep packing and moving throughout my stay.
At Orion my shower had only lukewarm water and I was told the shower unit was old. I could only get warm water if I set the shower to trickle. The bathroom was old and dated and dirty pipes covered in grime and dust ran around the room. Mosquito nets on the window was clogged and soiled with insects. Not hygienic looking easpecially when you are doing colonic therapy.
Rooms are cleaned on request. Only one towel is given and they definitely need replacing as many are stained or have holes. I was able to obtain a blanket but it is tiresome to have to keep asking for basic things.
The beds are spotlessly clean
There were no wardrobes or drawers in my room just a shelf to put clothes on. The room next door had both so not sure where mine had disappeared to. I asked but didn't receive a response
On arrival in the room I noted the curtains were partly "unhooked from the curtain rings/pole. I wasn't able to close the curtains as the rings were too small to slide along the pole. I stood on a plastic stool and rebooked the curtains and closed them by hand. Once closed they remained that way for the 12 days I was there as it was too much trouble to keep climbing up to sort out. No daylight in your room is not ideal and also meant a burglar in the room could not be seen from outside. I asked for coat hangers and hung my clothes on the curtain rail on top of the closed curtains
The curtains were stained and one tie back was missing. Such an easy thing to fix but again I fear not done due to lack of staff. The walls were also stained and the room needed painting
The staff at Orion are all lovely. The treatments and yoga are exemplary. My massages were great and I had no complaints other than that room also looked like it needed a good clean too.
The detox area was new and very nice
Overall you could go and your room may be ok you may not get bitten too badly but it is far too hit and miss and too much time is taken up asking for basic things and sorting things out
The manager took me to the police station and helped me find another room but told me later. "Do you know how much time I have spent helping you". As I was put at risk and wasted a day dealing with the burglary and moving it wasn't what I really wanted to hear. She sent off the police report for translating but it was then lost. She got me a copy from the police but as originals are required for clamping so not any use to me. I then requested half my money back as I had only stayed 12 out of 28 nights at Orion. In agrees to pay for the new hotel room and all treatments I had received since leaving Orion. She agreed to this but not without an argument which is something you really try to avoid due to reason you are there to seek peace and quiet and relaxation
I can recommend the detox and treatments but stay off site until issues are resolved. Otherwise just hope you get lucky
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