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Join this 15-day, longest running yoga program at Orion Healing Centre! Here, you will practice with experienced teachers who will guide you through led and Mysore style classes. Orion Healing also strives to make this retreat accessible to all levels of practitioners. Spend time relaxing and enjoying treatments and activities at the tranquil and peaceful Orion Healing Centre while following this intensive yoga retreat.
Orion Healing Centre accommodation options are situated amidst peaceful surroundings on or within walking distance to the beach. The bungalows have sea views - either overlooking the beach or the beautiful bay of Srithanu. The area boasts private and magical beaches that feature a beautiful coral reef, perfect for exploring marine life.
The accommodation will ensure you peace and quiet during your stay. The Orion garden bungalows are located in the tropical gardens of the main Orion Healing Centre campus, where swimming points are located within a 5-minute walk. Wi-Fi is available at the main center and restaurant.
This is a basic fan room with hot water shower. Choose the simple life in Orion’s basic accommodation, a rustic bamboo room, equipped with a double-sized bed, a fan, and hot water shower. Situated in Orion Healing Centre’s garden, a few steps away from the restaurant, yoga halls, and herbal steam room, this room is a typical Koh Phangan backpacker bungalow.
This is a standard air-conditioned room with hot water shower. Surrounded by coconut trees and plants in the second garden, this standard terrace room is equipped with air-conditioning, a fan, a queen size bed, and a hot water shower. Enjoy the tranquility while being just a short walk away from the yoga halls, restaurant, and herbal steam. You may choose the option of two twin beds or one large bed.
This is an air-conditioned room with hot water shower and garden or sea view. Choose a room with a sea view, a few steps away from Orion Healing Centre’s restaurant, yoga halls, and herbal steam room. The room offers air conditioning, a fan, double-sized bed, hot shower, and a balcony surrounded by beautiful plants.
This room is an air-conditioned room with DVD / TV and hot water shower. Orion’s superior garden bungalow is equipped with air conditioning, a fan, queen size bed, hot water shower, and TV / DVD player. A few steps away from the restaurant, yoga hall, and herbal steam room, this room offers a large balcony with cushions and table and is surrounded by beautiful plants.
This room is an air-conditioned room with DVD / TV, living area, and hot water shower. Treat yourself with Orion Healing Centre’s best room surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers. Its large balcony equipped with hammock will make you forget about your hectic life. The room offers air conditioning, hot water shower, flat screen TV / DVD player, queen size bed, refrigerator, safe box, and a large living area with cushions and table.
Ashtanga Vinyasa is a traditional style of Hatha yoga popularized and redesigned by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) in the lineage of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. It is derived from an ancient text called the Yoga Korunta, written by Vamanarishi, and schools the practitioner in Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga.
The main components of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga are breathing with sound (Ujjayi breath), bandhas (locks), and drishti (gaze). Together these three elements form Tristana. In this practice of yoga, breath is synchronized with movement - this is called Vinyasa. Its purpose is cleansing, producing internal heat leading to profuse sweating and detoxification of the organs and muscles.
Each of your teachers brings years of knowledge of the Ashtanga yoga system to Orion. They work closely with the teachers to constantly develop the program, keeping the resident teachers on a long-term basis, so that practitioners can build a solid relationship with them - known as ‘parampara’ - and benefit from this practice, not only on a physical level but emotionally and spiritually as well. Orion’s dedicated and passionate teachers love to share their knowledge of the Ashtanga system beyond the mat and demonstrate how the Eight Limbs can be applied to daily life. The Eight Limbs or Ashtanga is described in the Yoga Sutras by the sage Patanjali.
Patanjali being the first to create the foundational text or sutras from which all modern day yoga practices derive. By adhering and practicing the Eight Limbs or Ashtanga yoga path, the practitioner can achieve that state of union between mind, body, and soul. This is the step that ultimately leads into self-realization. “When all mental distractions disappear and the mind becomes one-pointed, it enters the state called Samadhi.” - Patanjali (circa 500 A.D.)
Orion Healing Centre believes that the first concept of the Yamas - Ahimsa non-violence to oneself and others must be achieved before you even start your daily practice on the mat. Practice from a place of compassion and love towards yourself. For new students, a thorough introduction to the Ashtanga system is offered. For the more advanced practitioners, the intention is to create the conditions for them to immerse themselves fully in their practice. The workshops and Ashtanga tech sessions allow students to explore this vast system of traditional yoga in greater depth. For more information about special classes and workshops, please send Orion Healing Centre an inquiry.
Once a year, Orion offers a 200-hour Ashtanga Yoga Training. During these four intensive weeks, Coco and Ewa will teach in detail each posture, transitions, philosophy, and physical anatomy. This course is open to all serious practitioners with the desire to deepen their knowledge of Ashtanga yoga. Orion creates space for practitioners to develop their yoga studies whilst enjoying all that this center has to offer. This includes delicious Sattvic food, an herbal steam room, massage, Reiki, and many more holistic healing modalities that will benefit your body and soul during your sadhana.
Orion Healing Centre specializes in Ashtanga yoga immersions. They offer a unique setting for practitioners of all levels. A standard Ashtanga immersion lasts 2 weeks and there are 12 (depending on moon days) classes of Ashtanga yoga; both Mysore and led classes. Your Ashtanga package includes 14 afternoon or evening restorative or gentle flow classes and one-on-one teachings and group lectures from the Ashtanga teachers. These lectures will shed light on the tradition of Ashtanga yoga.
During the afternoons and evenings, you are offered free daily meditation, yoga Nidra, kirtan, and philosophy classes. Twice a week, there will also be Ashtanga classes for beginners in the evening to dissect the essential elements of the primary series.
All students should aim to arrive on Saturday between 14:00 and 18:00. The first Mysore practice is held on Sunday morning at 07:00 and the last class is a led class on Friday morning at 07:00. The check-out time is on Saturday between 11:00 and 12:00. If you wish to take your meditation and yoga class on your last day, storage for your luggage can be provided.
Please note that for the beginners or those unfamiliar with the Ashtanga sequence, it is required that you commit to a minimum of 6 days or join one of Orion Healing Centre’s 7-14 days Ashtanga programs, in order to learn the Ashtanga techniques properly and to have a sustainable daily practice.
Ewa Juszczyk will be your instructor for this yoga retreat. Ewa views her yogic practice as art, philosophy, and science. She personally follows the dictum that to be a teacher, one must first be a student and knows the greatest lessons a teacher can learn come from experience with a variety of situations and students.
She believes that as a teacher, it is essential to stay open to the continuous learning process, be aware of opportunities for growth, and practice with gratitude. Passionate, patient, and proficient methods of daily practice brought her to a deeper understanding of what yoga is about. With her greatest pleasure, she will share her experience, love, and trust of the system of yoga.
Ewa’s teachings are honest, pure, and challenging with a good dose of humor. Her purpose is to nourish, enhance, and regenerate the body; bring stillness to the mind and balance overall for personal development. Ewa’s hands-on adjustments are precise and effective, allowing her to awaken the inner potential of students. She holds a strong and charismatic presence with compassion, love and good will.
Based on her understanding of the needs and abilities of each individual, she inspires people to go beyond their limitations with diligent daily practice. The emphasis in her teaching is in proper alignment and a balanced flow of prana (life force or energy) throughout the body. Incorporating Yoga Philosophy each step of the way, she works with a great respect of the traditional parampara (teacher to student transmission) and constantly deepens her knowledge and teaching skills to benefit her students.
During Ashtanga Mysore classes, students of all levels practice at their own pace while the teacher offers adjustments, alignment cues and - if necessary - reminds students of the sequence. The Ashtanga Mysore practice is developed over time as the teacher moves the student along the sequence by giving them new postures as they become ready.
Students are guided in a led full or half-primary class. The teacher announces each asana and counts each Vinyasa so that students move in sync, holding each posture and transitioning with the breath.
The Orion Healing Centre is nestled in the serene Srithanu Bay in Koh Phangan, Thailand. The village of Srithanu is only a 500-meter walk away from the center. The place is set in a natural tropical garden full of butterflies and exotic flowers. The tranquil and friendly environment of the center and surrounding village allows all guests to feel completely at ease.
Srithanu Village on Koh Phangan Island, Thailand has become a hub for yogis and those on their spiritual journey. The area attracts healers, teachers, and students alike who all come together to create a real community feel. Many guests find themselves staying on after finishing their retreat at Orion and many more return each year, reaping the benefits of the relaxed pace of life, availability of healthy vegetarian food, and of course, the majestic sunsets that characterize this beautiful beach village.
Please book your flight to arrive at Samui Airport (USM) or Surat Thani Airport (URT).
From Bangkok, you can arrive at Samui Airport (USM). Between Bangkok and Koh Samui, there are many daily services ran by Bangkok Airways. The flight time is about 1 hour. Afterward, you can get a connecting ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan.
Alternatively, you can book your flight to arrive at Surat Thani Airport (URT) (the closest mainland point) that has a ferry connection to Koh Phangan. Air Asia, Nok Air, and Lion Air all fly from Bangkok to Surat Thani daily, the flight time is about 1 hour.
The transfer from Surat Thani Airport (URT) to Donsak ferry port is by coach or taxi and takes about 1 and a half hours. At Donsak, transfer to the ferry to Koh Phangan, which takes 2.5 hours. Prices for flights can be as low as 1200 THB.
There are many bus services from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. Most of these are sleeper buses. They can be booked from travel agencies in Bangkok or by going to the central bus station, Sia Thai. The journey to Donsak, the ferry port for boats to Koh Phangan, takes about 10 hours. From Donsak, the journey takes around 3 hours to Koh Phangan. Usually, the ferry is included in the price of the bus.
Below is the ferry schedule from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan. Please note that times may vary seasonally.
The Seatran pier is located near Samui Airport (USM), approximately a 10-minute drive, and the Lomprayah pier is located a 50-minute drive from the airport. Please take this into consideration when booking the rest of your journey. Ferries arrive in Koh Phangan at Thong Sala Pier.
From Samui Airport (USM), there is a shuttle service to the ferry ports for Koh Phangan (this is usually available as a free service). Please ask for this service when you purchase the ticket for the ferry at the Seatran or Lomprayah ferry counter as you exit Samui Airport (USM).
Trains leave Bangkok several times daily, the journey time is about 12 hours, sleeping booths are available for some services. After leaving the train at Surat Thani, the transfer by coach or taxi from Surat Thani station to Donsak Pier takes about 1 and a half hours. From Donsak, the ferry journey to Koh Phangan takes 3 hours.
There are 2 companies that run luxury coach services from Bangkok to Chumphon, which take about 6 hours. At Chumphon, you transfer to a large express boat that stops at Koh Tao before arriving at Koh Phangan. The boat journey from Chumphon to Koh Phangan takes about 2 and a half hours.
Local taxis are available from Thong Sala Pier. Please inform the taxi to go to Orion Healing Centre in Srithanu. The taxi fare is approximately 200-300 THB per person.