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29 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand

  • Samahita Retreat, 55/20-24 Moo 4 T. Namuang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

Overview

Yoga Teacher Training in Koh Samui, Thailand

Centered Yoga, as a leader and early pioneer in trainings, offers to its students, experience, longevity, and quality. Centered Yoga began cultivating students into teachers in 1999, first based in New York City, and since 2002 from its current home in Thailand. It has, in effect, been a leader in the field of yogic education and training. Samahita Retreat stands by a high quality, personal program, in residence, at the fairest of rates.

Highlights

  • Private/group teaching
  • Assignments and readings
  • Daily yoga and meditation practice
  • Yoga Alliance standard certification
  • Full use of Samahita Retreat facilities
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Daily wholesome meals
  • 24 days with instruction
  • English
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Samahita Retreat was established in 2003 on Koh Samui, and is known as the island’s hidden gem. Formerly known as ”Yoga Thailand”, the full service retreat center features 40 rooms, a detox and wellness center, and the celebrated health-food restaurant, Sattva Dining.

It is located in the south of Koh Samui, right on the beach. It is in a quiet area off the beaten track, with plenty of privacy and comforts, yet still close to markets and amenities. The beach is virtually ours alone, many rooms in our yoga retreat have a direct sea view, while the surroundings are lush and green.

Many of Koh Samui’s special attractions are down the south near the center, waterfalls to temples, and more. A walk down the beach brings you to the golden Laem Sor Pagoda of a realized Buddhist monk, whose force has drawn you to be established in this special spot.

The guest rooms are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide you with a private community and greater security. A selection of our rooms enjoy this spectacular sea view, while others enjoy the tropical gardens scene.

Single superior room

Suitable for singles or couples. Approximately 35 square meters of personal space, which 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, 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.

Semi-private room

Suitable for family of four or two people sharing. Opened 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.

Shared two-bedroom loft

Suitable for two people sharing or family of four. Approximately 50 square meters of personal space, which 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.

Deluxe suite

Samahita Retreat only has two deluxe one bedroom suites located in the most private building closest to the sea. They have a private bedroom, living room, fully equipped kitchen, generous bathroom and an extra large balcony. Both suites offer a modern open living room with sofa bed, television, working desk and DVD/ iPod Stereo. They are perfect for a family or couple.

In recent years, a plethora of programs has popped up all over the world. You, as the interested student looking to train, are now presented with a disarray of choices. Samahita Retreat is not here to “sell” you on the program, nor convince you, as anyone who applies has to go through an involved application process. They seek sincere students.

That is why they have led 39 programs since 1999, all under direct personal contact in limited size groups, that involve sharing and guiding, with a unique hand of deep experience in the field of yoga. These points are to help you understand your position as you look around. Samahita Retreat continues to pour as much personal energy into these programs as ever. One difference, though, over the years Paul and teachers have grown, even more, sharing a greater level of experience.

Yoga Alliance accreditation

The program duration adds up to over 300 hours and qualifies for Yoga Alliance’s 200-hour level, recognized worldwide, for those who successfully complete the training. Ultimately, however, training is beyond borders and pieces of paper. The continued dissemination of yoga will come from your own inner growth and deeper understanding. This is the focus.

Yoga Alliance certification

Centered Yoga was one of the original schools certified by Yoga Alliance when they began. They still maintain their membership with this organization so it offers a form of accreditation for their graduates. Centered Yoga is a registered 200 and 300 hours Yoga Alliance certified school in both the US and the UK.

Manageable class size and low student-teacher ratio

Although you may sign up for training with upwards of 100 students, Centered Yoga caps each of the 200-hour training groups at 40 or fewer students. This gives a ratio of one senior teacher to ten students or less. When they include the full teaching staff it is one to six. In addition is a staff of 75 at the center that includes therapists and nurses as part of the wellness center.

Karma yoga projects

Samahita Retreat is a dedicated yoga retreat center, the first to have been established in Asia. Its location directly on the beach in the quietest and most unspoiled part of Koh Samui, Thailand, makes the experience of training extra rewarding. It’s not all serious, but can be seriously fun.

Yet it maintains its integrity and support of all the guests and students who come by staying private. When one needs, the distractions and outings are not too far away, but far enough to allow the energy of the place to be undisturbed.

Graduate benefits

Global network

There are over 1,100 graduates from all over the globe, many now senior teachers and owners of well-established yoga studios. Centered Yoga is happy to be part of this network of friends, teachers, and students on the Centered Yoga Teacher Directory.

A center to continue to grow in

Centered Yoga graduates receive a 10% discount for life on future programs and training at Samahita Retreat. Continuing education courses are offered a few times a year - on anatomy, philosophy, pranayama, asana, chanting - for returning graduates to pursue their advanced training certificate, for 300 and 1,100 hours.

A home to return to

For the graduates, Centered Yoga offers Samahita Retreat as a place for teachers to bring private groups or lead their own retreat. They continue to support the graduates through a private Facebook group community for sharing ideas, job opportunities, inspirations, questions, and answers to support you for life.

Prior experience or level of practice required for admission

Normally Centered Yoga asks that the student has at least two years of experience practicing. But it depends on the individual student. The most important qualification for this course is the call from within. But the call is not enough on its own. For it to be true and sincere, it also needs to be based on a certain level of practice (i.e., so many times per week over so many years).

Your interest level will reveal itself in the desire to read more on the topic, to study and practice more, and in the absorption of your thoughts in the subject. The application form is detailed, and will reveal a lot about you. If the call is strong, then proceed. The pre-training curriculum is currently one to two months.

Typical daily schedule outline

The full schedule will be presented to you at the meet and greet on your first day of training. The outline of the schedule is that there are classes throughout the day, starting at 07:00 and ending at 18:00 with breaks in between.

On some evenings, there will be meditation classes and study films. Saturdays are generally rested days or time for study.

Unique qualities of Centered Yoga

  • This is an immersion in a focused learning environment - live the practice
  • The all-inclusive program includes training, food, and accommodation
  • Small, dedicated group of students
  • Mentoring and close attention to your practice, teaching method, and personal progress
  • Living and studying in a clean and natural setting
  • Distance from the distractions of home gives perspective, a fresh mind, focus, and ease in letting go
  • Direct experience in privates and groups teaching students
  • Classical training in pranayama, only a handful of western teachers have proper background in this essential practice
  • The development of an advanced and dedicated yoga practice, molding the teacher in you
  • Approximately 100 hours of additional training beyond the basic requirements of Yoga Alliance
  • Precise training in asana and the Vinyasa system
  • Pre-course readings and assignments to prepare and guide you
  • Optional complimentary snorkeling boat trip and local market tours for you to enjoy

Primary elements

  • Asana
  • Pranayama
  • Physical anatomy
  • Philosophy
  • Yoga therapy
  • Teaching
  • Your practice

Secondary elements

  • Yogic anatomy
  • Chanting
  • Diet, food, and yoga
  • Shatkarma kriyas
  • Concentration and meditation
  • Chakra focus
  • Going on to teach

Minor elements

  • Teaching special cases
  • Sanskrit
  • Ayurveda and yoga
  • Karma yoga
  • Paul Dallaghan

    One of Paul's main gifts is to be able to relate the teachings in a very down-to-earth way for the modern seeker. He does not take life or yoga too seriously and as a result, the discussions and philosophical sessions are lively and humorous, helping to explain the meaning behind the practices and philosophy.

Koh Samui is a tropical island located in the Gulf of Thailand. It is a beautiful place possessing lush jungles and white sand beaches, surrounded by sapphire-blue sea. Situated in a high energy zone, Samui and its surroundings has a direct effect on yoga and meditation, an ideal environment in which to focus, practice, and grow.

The training takes place at Samahita Retreat, a facility developed specifically by Paul Dallaghan of Centered Yoga for the teachings in the classical lineages of yoga and meditative practice. Opened in 2003, it is dedicated to the practice and teaching of yoga, health, and wellbeing.

Activities
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Terrace
Services
  • Baby sitting
  • Free Wi-Fi

All meals are included in the price of the training. Get your taste buds tingling with Samahita Retreat’s fresh and healthy dining. Drawing upon Ayurvedic principals, Samahita uses organic and local produce to create food prepared with love and delicious Thai flavors.

Sattva dining and juice bar

Great emphasis is placed on the importance of food at Samahita Retreat. It serves a dual purpose of healthily nourishing the body and mind while also delighting the senses through great taste and variation.

The food philosophy is based on the principle of “Sattva”, a Sanskrit term that means pure and light with a basis of easy to digest. The emphasis is on natural ingredients including yoghurt, kefir, soy milk, coconut milk, pieces of bread, jams, muesli, and breakfast juices, all homemade daily.

Juice bar and healthy homemade sweet treats

Samahita Retreat has a full-service juice bar serving up all types of juices, including home grown organic wheatgrass, in addition to a variety of blended shakes. Guests can radically boost their well-being and change mental and emotional states by consuming good water, fresh juices, and homemade, healthy treats.

Fresh juices, especially wheatgrass, can aid in detoxifying the body by restoring alkaline balance and reducing or curing many common ailments that people suffer from today. For those with a sweet tooth freshly made cookies, energy balls, muesli bars, and ice-cream are all created using pure, unprocessed ingredients.

There is an optional boat trip and scheduled trips to local markets for those interested in seeing more of Samui.

  • 28 nights accommodation at the newly built retreat center
  • All wholesome and healthy meals
  • Full training program
  • Full use of Samahita Retreat facilities
  • Training manuals
  • Yoga Alliance standard certification upon successful completion

Driving directions from Koh Samui

  • From the Koh Samui ring road 4169, take road 4173 at the Namuang waterfall intersection.
  • Follow the road for three kilometers until the 4-way intersection at Ban Thale and then turn right on to road 4170 towards Laem Sor Pagoda or Thong Krut.
  • Continue for approximately one kilometer, and then turn left where you see signs for Mor Din restaurant, Easytime resort, and Samahita Retreat, fawn colored back- light sign.
  • After 700 meters, you will arrive at the end of the road on the beach and the location of Samahita Retreat.
  • The reception is right on the beach while the guest accommodations are on the opposite of the beach.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).

Arrival by train

From Bangkok to Samui, trains for Surat Thani (which actually stop in Phun Phin, 14 kilometers west of Surat Thani) leave from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station. The 18:20 (rapid) and the 19:15 (express) trains are most convenient, as they arrive at 05:28 and 07:00, allowing you plenty of time to catch an 08:00 boat to Koh Samui.

The bus/ferry journey will be an additional three hours once you’ve arrived in Surat Thani. Songserm offers a joint ticket (train plus bus plus boat) for around 1,300 THB, which lands you in Koh Samui by 11:00.

The ferry journey from Donsak pier is 1.5 hours. Donsak is 30 minutes from Surat Thani.

Tickets for the train can be booked at 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.

Arrival by ferry

From Samui to Bangkok, take the 14:00 boat from Nathon to the mainland, and a connecting bus will take you from the pier to the train station in Surat Thani.

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.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Samahita Retreat an inquiry.
  • Review by R. B. from Hungary
    10 out of 10

    "I spent 2 wonderful weeks at Samahita. Overall i was very satisfied with the place and with the service. Yoga classes were great, teachers are attentive and nice. The atmosphere is great for personal growth and education."

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  • Review by Mika from Finland
    10 out of 10

    "It is nice to do yoga and have many treatments at the same place. I feel myself almost different person because yoga and treatments have done so much for me. Food was excellent and it was variable. Room was comfortable."

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  • Review by Jan from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Great accomodations, good & healthy food, very friendly staff, good course."

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  • Review by Therese from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "Samahita Retreat is a great combination of yoga, beach, sun & healthy food in a relaxed environment"

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  • Review by Rea from Finland
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you the wonderful week in Samahita Retreat. Perfect place to concentrate in yoga practice, prayanama and ayurveda. Peaceful, functional, good dervice and teaching."

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  • Review by Belle R
    10 out of 10

    "I was in Samahita, on Koh Samui for two weeks individual yoga retreat in january. The place is just magical, and luxurious, hotel staff and spa staff very nice and friendly. Massages were very professional. Yoga was amazing. Food was delicious. Just to mention some things, not really as complaints rather as recommendations for improvements. Kitchen stuff was sometimes not so friendly as rest of the staff and not so flexible. ( cant really ask anything which is not on the menue eventhough they have all the ingridients). I booked a package with massages every day and upon arrival was hard to find a a timeslot/ noone contacted me before for arrngements. Outside of this small things my overall experience was very positive. I am definitely planning to go back and I would highly recommend to anyone to visit this little piece of paradise!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "I had an immediate click with Anouk. It was important for me to be able to trust the person I share my personal experiences with. Every time I had a session with her, I felt good. I felt lighter. She helped me to open my heart and to have contact with my mind and body. There was no judgement or criticism in her eyes. She didn’t tell me how to deal with things according to books. She asked me questions and the answers came within myself. Questions still rise in my head after a year of biweekly session with her. However, she taught me how to observe them from different perspectives, to have balance and connection between mind and body, and to bring harmony in life. Now I take yoga lesson with her and it just feels great."

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  • Review by Elizabeth Y from Washington, DC
    10 out of 10

    "The rooms at Samahita are pretty austere for Thailand standards... very clean bed, large but no-frills bathroom, lights... desk... that's about it. No TV (because you're supposed to be on a meditative retreat). That said, wifi has been good, and I was able to read a couple of e-books which I haven't done for a while. They have a number of cleanses to go on. I tried their juice detox. The juice part was pretty easy and because you have to drink so many different drinks (including fresh coconut juice), I was never hungry. That said, what I never got used to was the infrared heat rooms, the enemas, and colonics. The former being able to heat your cells to detoxify, and the latter cleansing your bowels...I later found out that the reason the bathrooms are large are for proximity while doing the coffee enema. (yeah... TMI). However, that was what I signed up for and I did feel better afterwards. "

    "As for the yoga, they have a a standard program following the Ashtanga tradition, but I found that I enjoyed the classes much better if I joined a weekly workshop with a teacher I resonated with. (Their schedules are listed on the Samahita website)."

    "Bottom line, if you're looking for a detox retreat (diet, electronics, meditation and physical yoga practice), this is the perfect place. If you're looking for an overall vacation experience, then you might want to look elsewhere."

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  • Review by a traveler from Paris, France
    9 out of 10

    "Samahita Retreat offers excellent yoga sessions, good food, and they have nice and helpful staff. I had an amazing yoga immersion. Everything was wonderful. It was one of the most beautiful shala I have practiced in. Be aware that you may not wish to leave afterwards. I can't wait to go back!"

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  • Review by Shamata2014 from Paris, France
    10 out of 10

    "Excellent yoga, good food, nice and helpful staff. Amazing yoga immersion. Everything was wonderful, one of the most beautiful Shala I have practiced in."

    "Be aware that you may not wish to leave afterwards... Can't wait to go back!"

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  • Review by Kasey M from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
    9 out of 10

    "For us the best part of our time was the very fresh salad at every meal and the rest of the food was also quite fresh and tasty. We booked a 3 day package for massages took full advantage of yoga classes twice daily at very reasonable times. Enjoyed relaxing plenty of time on the beach or near the pool! The room was super comfy and nice. Great staff. Enough can't be said about the quality of our experience. Well worth it!"

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  • Review by Kasey M. from New Orleans, USA
    9 out of 10

    "For us, the best part of our time was the very fresh salad at every meal. The rest of the food was also quite fresh and tasty. We booked a three-day package for massages and took full advantage of yoga classes twice daily at very reasonable times. We enjoyed relaxing on the beach or near the pool! The room was super comfy and nice. Samahita Retreat has great staff. Enough can't be said about the quality of our experience. It's well worth it!"

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  • Review by Traveler from Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "This was really a very nice experience! The Resort is super clean and new! no old Rooms or dirty places to find! It is a very green and clean Resort! Excellent for relaxing and get rid of all stress you bring with from Homecountry. Breakfast is delicious and fresh! As the Breakfast Buffett is really important to me I was very happy to find this there and there you could find everything you need! It is an expansive Resort though! Many things are not included in the package I booked which made me only stay two or three days. I think it would be nice - if booking a Package - that at least one or two spa treatments or some juices or the Steam room would be included. all these extra costs make it really too expansive. The Yoga and Gym Team is really friendly and good and motivating! I loved it! The Sycle Course in the early morning is excellent! The Yoga and Meditation afterwards also very good! There is only one thing I would say it is negative - and important - is the Staff at the Bar/Restaurant and the Spa! They are not friendly at all and not motivated and every day every time ordering something was not really a pleasure. Especially the Spa Receptionist, she was rude and not friendly at all. There are so many Massages and Treatments and no one explains anything. She just sits there and is rude. But the Therapists at the Spa were very nice and took good care of any wish. "

    "For that kind of Price you pay at this Resort, the Staff could at least be a little bit more friendly. Otherwise it takes away the pleasure wanting to come back again or recommending the place."

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  • Review by Traveler from Stuttgart, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Samahita is a special place with a special energy. You can book yoga trainings/retreats or wellness / weight loss programs."

    "I did my teacher training at Samahita 5 years ago and always wanted to come back, which I did this March/April for a retreat."

    "The shalas are beautiful and perfect for your morning/afternoon practice."

    "The food is one of my highlights at Samahita, brunch includes fresh fruit, juices, oatmeal, cow's and veggie milk, various egg-dishes, toast, jam, the world's best self made peanut butter and so on... lunch is great with mainly vegetarian thai dishes, sometimes fish. Same for dinner which is just as yummy. Food is prepared based on ayurvedic principles, though I got the feeling that compared to 5 years ago, a lot more animal protein is being used as well as garlic."

    "In addition to the buffet you can order a la carte from the sattvic restaurant."

    "The apartments (single superior) are basic but very sweet, cleaned on a daily basis, shower has complimentary organic shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and hand wash. There is a fridge in the bedroom, air conditioning and a fan. "

    "Facilities: steam room, pool, beach towels. You can rent paddleboards and bikes from the wellness counter."

    "The beach is not the most beautiful, since sometimes a lot of trash is being washed onto the beach. The water is clear and beautiful tho. "

    "Staff is very kind and tries to solve every problem you might come up with. "

    "If you want to relax, eat clean and well and at the same time practice with great teachers, Samahita is the right place."

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  • Review by Louise from Thailand

    "Wow, I had a deep muscle upper body massage with a lady called Noon. I have been in a lot of pain for a long time. Not until now do I feel wonderful. Lovely place very relaxing. Marvelous. Here you can learn to be a yoga teacher, eat healthy food and have lots of treatments in this beautiful spa on the beach. Thank you to the staff."

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  • Review by Trinitea from Hong Kong, China

    "Samahita came as a recommendation from a friend who has previously been there on a yoga retreat. I chose the de-stress program as I am in between jobs and needed some time to de-stress, relax and recharge before my new chapter. I had initially booked a longer program but had to reschedule last minute and were very accommodating. The place is not large but has a nice cozy feel to it. The staff are very friendly and met many yogi's/ other people from all different backgrounds. The food is mainly vegan with some dairy and fish. I had initially thought that I would be dining on bowls of salad during my stay but pleasantly found a good selection of tasty options. The pool is tiny but there's a private beach right behind it. Although I was only there for a few days I came out refreshed and relaxed. Such a difference! I'm sure I will be back again and recommend this to anyone who wants to improve in their yoga, need to de-stress and relax or need some time on their own."

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  • Review by a traveler from Hong Kong, China

    "Hotel has direct access to the beach, rooms are quite basic but they are clean and well equipped some have outdoor showers some get nice sea views we got the electrical cable! Yoga room on the beach is a bliss, massages are *****, food mainly vegetarian is always fresh, tasty, super healthy of course, each meal was a pure delight. Only attention point is the front desk staff very surprising and unique in Thailand they are extremely unfriendly and the last time they smiled might have been??? opening of the hotel? It's a pity because we have been satisfied about everything else."

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  • Review by Kate from Witney, UK

    "It is a great place for a spring detox. Wonderful, lovely and helpful staff. Perfect yoga retreat right at the beach. Great for meditating at sunrise. Delicious vegetarian dishes. Great massages. Lovely people from all over the world."

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  • Review by Ofira

    "Booked 6 days of the wellness spa package and cycle core yoga. Left 2 days before the check out date ( and no one really inquired why...). The property was surprisingly small at a nice beach in the southern quiet part of Samui. Swimming pool is very very small. Not enough parasols at the swimming pool or at the beach so it is very hard to spend there the time between classes. This is very dissapointing when the place aspires to be an health center and does not provide enough protection against the strong sun of Samui. I enjoyed the morning pranayama class and the two daily yoga classes as well. The teachers were very good, however they didn't give enough safety instructions so I would not recommend beginners to go there. The restorative yoga class in the afternoon was very nice and relaxing. Yoga shalas are beautiful, however we did not practice on the one that is on the beach because of a workshop that was held there. Spa treatments were nice, but I had better ones in other places on the island. Rooms are clean and very basic. Please note that rooms on the ground floor do not have enough privacy. Air conditioning in the room was very noisy and loud and did not cool the room enough (more guests had the same complaint). The reception service was very rude and unhelpful, when approached them with problems (and there were some problems). Another issue that I found disturbing was that they do not provide yoga mats or towels for yoga practice (you can buy in their shop. The prices are extremely high and are not Thailand prices). Also bring a bottle of water with you, because if you do not have you will have to buy a plastic one in their shop. I appreciate the eco friendly attitude, but the place seems to be motivated more by money making considerations (which is fine but it is what it is). Guests of the place are wonderful people from all over the world. They have a great part in creating a nice atmosphere. Lastly, the food. One of the best things in the retreat was the wonderful amazing vegan and vegetarian food and there was plenty of it. Bottom line - just okay. At the price you pay here you can book one of the most luxurious resorts on the island or improving your yoga practice somewhere else. I did not feel that I received enough value for the money paid. Maybe if you are doing a group retreat/ workshop you can enjoy Samahita better."

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  • Review by Odyl from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    "I have been several times to Samahita Retreat, and it has always been a great experience, nice sharing moments, amazing yoga practices. Workshops are of excellent qualities. I was lucky to do my teacher training with Paul, I have learned so much from him. The shala is so nice, excellent for the morning practice. The rooms are very comfortable, very quiet. The food is really top quality. I loved the herbal steamed room. The center is situated in the south of the island, far away from the crowd. I wish I could go back soon!!! I have learned so much while I was there. This is a place of high spirituality. Thanks for being there!!"

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  • Review by Lisa from Spartanburg, USA

    "I am just returning from a weeklong yoga retreat/training at Samahita. The grounds are lovely and the facilities cater to groups just like ours. There are several yoga rooms, a pool and a cycle room. The spa services were enjoyable and the staff is very pleasant. The food was designed to meet the needs of the group, from fish and curry dishes, to raw vegan and vegetarian. The rooms are clean and modest; however, I must say, the beds were extremely hard! And the pillows were super high/thick. This is my only complaint."

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  • Review by Christelle

    "We came here during our honeymoon for 5 days. I did the Destress program and my husband the Detox. He lost 4 kilos, fell amazing and I left the place completely relaxed!! Nothing bad to say about this place: amazing delicious food, a real culinary experience letting us appreciate vegetarian healthy food; amazing service with great welcoming, very helpful staff; very qualified teachers who love what they do; beautiful beach; delicious drinks, treats, excellent spa and massages; very clean and comfortable rooms. We followed our first yoga and meditation classes there and had the best coaching. Further we loved the combination with fitness and spinning. We met wonderful people here and learned a lot about the philosophy around yoga and meditation. It was a very enriching experience. We will come back here for sure !!"

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  • Review by James from Bali, Indonesia

    "Samahita has to be one of the friendliest and most welcoming places I've ever visited. In part it's a yoga retreat and fitness center; in part it's a beach resort (with no alcohol though), and in part it's an ayurvedic massage and wellness center. The three are all supposed to be complementary, though they occasionally get out of synch as the yoga is really the most important. The beach setting is idyllic (though some of the beaches on either side are a bit trashy). The rooms are large, comfortable and nicely furnished though by no means super luxurious. The food is ayurvedic and, considering that this is a health retreat, rather good. The nicest part is the laid-back atmosphere, Dining is buffet-style and informal and after a few days we ended up knowing most of the people there. The yoga staff are well-trained and marvelously supportive."

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  • Review by Maline from Vienna, Austria

    "Samahita offered me a wholesome physical and mental environment and the chance to wind down in an atmosphere of integrity, peacefulness and kindness from staff and and fellow retreaters. I did three full days of pranayama, asanas, core strength training and a bit of cycle. Liked yoga sessions the most, and also liked having the option of several classes. Coming from a past of mostly Mysore and now doing led classes felt comforting and safe. And instructive! Not surprisingly, three days felt too short because it took about three days to get fully immersed and I would have wanted to stay longer as I felt my health improving: yes, you can arrive out of shape and stressed out and get that first sense if cleansing your mind and nurturing your body. I loved the food, and my semi shared loft was of high standard. It's luxury in simplicity. The premises are quite small but gorgeous and you are really feel at peace far away from tourists and at a place where people care. The beach yoga shala and fitness "terrace" oversee the sunrise and sea, it is so beautiful to experience, especially those early mornings. While I enjoyed the spa treatments offered, I have to say that some of the therapists, while technically very good, did not have that fingertip feeling a really good masseuse has, when they know exactly how to vary pressure and how to ease a knot. Another small minus was the booking process, which for me not only had too many steps and back and forths but the reception repeatedly confused its calculations of the total, paid and remaining installment over email, so I had to clear it upon arrival."

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  • Review by Sandra from Brighton and Hove, UK

    "I've been to Samahita several times, the quality of the yoga taught here is the best I've come across and the whole place has a level of integrity & family feel that makes it somewhere I keep going back to! They've now also added a fitness element which is brilliant as the yoga can then just be about yoga rather than having a workout, and the core classes really focus on the strength you need to improve your yoga and/or help you deal with any injuries. The cycle classes are great fun - and would highly recommend. The fitness option would also be good for any partners that aren't so keen on the yoga. Samahita is right on the beach so in between all the classes you can just laze in the sunshine which is perfect. Would highly recommend a stay here."

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  • Review by Tariq from Dubai, UAE

    "Samahita far exceeded my expectations. The staff were very attentive, the classes were of the highest standard and the detox program was very well catered to my needs. I will certainly be going back to Samahita in the future. "

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  • Review by Elizabeth
    9 out of 10

    "Few people I have met embody the joy and commitment of yoga as fully and gracefully as Tracy. Consistent in her intent, joyful in her embrace of the work, committed in her searching for greater depth, Tracy is always on the journey herself, which, for me, always means greater truth in working with others. It is the total enthusiasm with which Tracy embodies the concepts of healing and yoga that most inspire me."

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  • Review by Amy Moser
    9 out of 10

    "From the moment I took my first class with Summer, I could see she was truly gifted. I have taken yoga classes in seven countries from dozens of teachers. I have never experienced a yoga instructor with Summer’s razor-sharp focus, clarity, and mindful presence. She has an intuitive grasp of her clients’ ability to hold a pose or need for a modification. Her firm yet gentle guidance and amazing breath inspired me to deepen my practice and take yoga off the mat into my daily life."

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  • Review by Aisling Leonard
    9 out of 10

    "Summer is an incredible human being who brings passion and warmth to every class, whilst also helping you to realize your full potential on the mat. I met Summer while completing my teacher training course in Samahita Retreat in Koh Samui. She was always on hand to offer helpful advice and guidance. Her smile and personality is infectious, bringing fun and laughter to almost every experience. Summer is an incredible yoga teacher, in my opinion, as she has the capability to create an atmosphere which brings the best out of each student in her class."

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  • Review by Scott Gardner
    9 out of 10

    "I had been practicing Ashtanga for a year before I took my first workshop, which was with John Bultman. It was my first glimpse into the depths and wonder that can be found in an Ashtanga practice. Since then, I have studied with Sharath in Mysore and Richard Freeman in Boulder, and I still jump at the opportunity to study with John whenever I can. He combines a deep understanding of Ashtanga yoga with a nurturing and humorous way of being that inspires me to continue to dive deeper into the practice. You really need to check it out. He’s awesome!"

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  • Review by Maya Roland
    9 out of 10

    "John Bultman’s workshop was wonderful, it was pushing all of us to our limits. After class, what remained of the skimmed off energy, turned to bliss and gratitude. We all felt and meant every word of the closing chant! One sweet manifestation of Parampara from the heart, is that John says “very good,” in the same tone as Sharath. It arises from the same soothing energy of loving kindness. John is a wonderful teacher who understands, practices, and teaches all eight limbs of Ashtanga. In his asana classes, I have always been treated with the expectation that I can do anything. I have internalized that positivity in my practice and in life, with much gratitude to John and our lineage. "

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  • Review by Diana Ahmed
    9 out of 10

    "David has given me the confidence to add arm balances and inversions into my own practice. This has always been an area that I have struggled with, but through correct breathing and a safe and well-structured practice, it has allowed me to access postures I could no have done before."

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  • Review by Darryl King
    9 out of 10

    "I have been doing calisthenics and bodyweight exercises for the last three years, but I struggled with technique. Within three sessions, I had progressed from one "bar muscle up" per session to 50 in total, thanks to some key points and excellent demonstrations from an instructor who never requires anything during training that he does not expect from himself. Great sessions, thank you."

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  • Review by Sandra James from UK

    "I've been to Samahita several times, the quality of the yoga taught here is the best I've come across and the whole place has a level of integrity & family feel that makes it somewhere I keep going back to! They've now also added a fitness element which is brilliant as the yoga can then just be about yoga rather than having a workout, and the core classes really focus on the strength you need to improve your yoga and/or help you deal with any injuries. The cycle classes are great fun - and would highly recommend. The fitness option would also be good for any partners that aren't so keen on the yoga. Samahita is right on the beach so in between all the classes you can just laze in the sunshine which is perfect. Would highly recommend a stay here."

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  • Review by Kerill E

    "So Samahita has widened its scope to add spin classes and core classes. This can be added to the already established yoga choices of Mysore and Led classes or for those who aren't yoga inclined, can just add a bit of fitness to your holiday. They also have paddle boards you can take out which are particularly fun in the winter months when the water at the beach is nice and high. The food has changed a bit which is a bit of a shame for me as there is always a fish dish at the buffet. The smell of this cooking can be a bit much when you are doing your yoga practice in the morning. Might be a good idea to add this to the brunch buffet a bit later so the cooking can be delayed. I am sure no one would miss fish curry for breakfast. This aside, the yoga courses they offer here are exceptional, the rooms are well looked after with excellent beds and the atmosphere amongst the trees by the beach is, as always, exceptional. The wonderful part about Samahita is although your holiday may end, your experience won't because you know you will be back? "

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I had been to Samahita in 2009 with a friend, and it was still relatively new (it had moved sites) so the garden was still in its infancy. The Ashtanga retreat was amazing, so I returned on my own. It is one of the best places I know to immerse yourself in yoga for a week. I just cannot speak highly enough of the place! Truly, truly, the most amazing place ever! I am already planning my return. Just Do It, you wont regret it."

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  • Review by Catwan from London, UK

    "Samahita Retreat is in a beautiful location on a quiet beach, with very comfortable rooms and delicious food - it is a perfect setting to dive further into your yoga practice! I have just returned from my 5th trip to Samahita Retreat - 6 weeks of continuing education courses on anatomy, pranayama and philosophy. The quality of the teaching as always was excellent, and is the main reason I keep coming back again and again. On top of that, it is an ideal place to meet like-minded people from around the world, people to share your journey of life and yoga with. A very special place with very special people! Highly recommended!!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Venice, Italy

    "Having studied at many yoga shalas throughout the world, Samahita Retreat is a rare gem. The courses are taught by highly educated, multi-talented, dedicated, caring teachers, in a luxurious, quiet beach setting, where one can dine on a wide array of tasty, nutritious food, have a relaxing swim in a salt water pool, or evening herbal steam, or excellent massages and health treatments. You can't help but improve your physical and mental state by staying here. Whether a beginner or a long-time practitioner, one is sure to find inspiration to dive deeper into one's yoga study and general well-being. An amazing place. Highly recommend it!"

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  • Review by Rebecca from UK

    "One of my most favorite treasured places. I can't wait to return one New Year with my daughter for her first yoga experience."

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  • Review by a traveler from Dili, East Timor

    "I came here first for New Year yoga retreat 4 years ago, without any previous exposure to yoga, and since then have been there twice more, and have already booked yet another New Year retreat here. The place is exceptional with amazing ambiance, good energy, great instructors, nice spa, beach and pool, and I have made new friends here every time I have been there."

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  • Review by Nabs Hadi

    "Samahita retreat is a spiritually amplified home for my soul and a true wonderland where magic happens. It is here where my body is nourished by the wholesome and lovingly prepared food and my soul nurtured by the daily yogic practices such as Asana, Pranayama and meditation taught selflessly and with devotion by the amazing Samahitan teachers. A place where I return to year after year renewing my bond with my beloved teachers, reconnecting with my old friends and a wonderful habitat to make many new ones too.Another thing I love about this place is that facilitate not just for yogis but for families and people who just want to relax by the pool, walk on the beach and massage, detox and rejuvenate their body and soul by the wonderful staff at the wellness center. Thank you for providing this remarkable healing place for people such as myself and others to be able to practice, learn and grow further. "

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  • Review by Cecile from Antibes, France

    "I had the chance to stay at Samahita and spend a month there, same as last year. The place and location with the long sandy beach, peaceful surrounding and beautiful sunset cannot be better for relaxing and disconnect completely from the busy daily life. You will get top quality yoga with qualified teachers. I have been teaching for over 15 years and been really impressed by the quality of the teaching, especially Paul.The all team is great and make you fell at home..you can also do a detox and have some massage...the food is healthy and tasty....I don't think i can ask for more , and I already booked myself for next year. "

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  • Review by Karen from Switzerland

    "Samahita Retreat has become a second home. Its the place where my yoga journey truly began and where I happily return every year to deepen my practice, learn from my exceptional teachers and connect with a wonderful community from all over the world. Samahita is unique, the number of returnees says it all and I would encourage anyone who is thinking of trying yoga or a dedicated practitioner to visit - it will be memorable!"

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  • Review by Lori Hermano
    9 out of 10

    "Manuel makes you aware of how much further your body and mind can go by teaching how to do it without having to push yourself to the limit. He honors the limitation of every student and just lets one enjoys the benefits of the pose, stress free. Thanks for constantly reminding us to breathe, and stating the first and basic steps that need to be done in preparation to get out of the pose, such as inhaling, curling your toes in, putting down the arm firsts, and looking up. I think many teachers forget this because they are so advanced that it has become second-nature to them but to the beginning student it is so important! Gracias Manuel, mucha suerte en todo!"

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  • Review by Iris
    9 out of 10

    "I spent ten days at Samahita Retreat and was well pleased with this choice of getaway. The staff members are incredibly friendly and committed to making your experience comfortable and worthwhile. With the sea a mere stonethrow away making for stunning views during the daily workouts and yoga classes, it might be a bit of a challenge to re-acclimate to real life. What a treat!"

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  • Review by Josephine
    9 out of 10

    "Paul is the most professional teacher I have ever experienced, funny, thinks on his feet, and is able to give great spontaneous advice on questions."

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  • Review by Manda Brook from Singapore

    "I loved this retreat. Great healthy choices for food. Wellness center offering choices of massages after yoga together with lots to see on the island during the day. Caring yoga teachers and meeting fellow wellness people from around the world was a highlight. Wonderful accommodation and views. I will visit again. I went to this yoga retreat in May 2014."

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  • Review by Gary from New York, USA

    "My visit to Yoga Thailand has become an annual event that I love. The Thai staff and yoga instructors are amazing. Being very concerned about my diet I loved the food prepared by the Thai kitchen. The variety each day was extraordinary. After my two week visit, I felt so healthy and I look forward to going back next year."

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  • Review by Anne from London, UK

    "I spent a month at Samahita for a teacher training course, and had one of the most beautiful and transformative months of my life - I'm already dreaming of when I can go back. For me, it was all about the quality of the teaching, and Paul and his team are extraordinary at sharing their knowledge and taking students through a process of learning about asana, pranayama, adjusting, anatomy, philosophy, and chanting (note that this was part of the teacher training and not all of this is available year round I think).The center has been lovingly designed to support practice and peace, with a wonderful energy which facilitated a month of intensive study and change. The food was delicious, healthy, and really well balanced, and there are lots of wellbeing services to choose from. I have never felt or looked so healthy. The only drawback is the cost - it is very expensive (for shoestring yogis like me), but at least they make sure that you have a truly special and life-changing experience for the money."

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  • Review by Kirsten from USA

    "Our time at Samahita Retreat was just wonderful. The food was exceptional, as we're the staff and amenities. We both felt so relaxed and healthy and want to try to maintain this feeling of Wellbeing at home. Thank you to everyone who made our stay so beautiful."

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  • Review by Inge from Denmark

    "I loved my stay at Samahita Retreat. It has great staff, super clean, relaxing, amazing food, experienced teachers, beautiful quiet beach, and nice rooms. I would highly recommend it!"

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  • Review by Jane from USA

    "The Samahita retreat experience is thoroughly restorative and on the first day I began to relax and appreciate the calm lifestyle. There is plenty of light and delicious food with a buffet available for relaxed eating and socializing. Yoga asana, breathing and meditation sessions help construct the day and the whole experience is amazing. The only shock is re-entering everyday life but at least this is done from a peaceful place with many new ideas about how to keep life stress free."

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Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

Samahita Retreat is a center for yoga, health, and wellbeing located on a beach in Koh Samui, Thailand.

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29 days / 28 nights

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Agreement must be signed and deposit paid at least 60 days for the May 6 and Oct 28 training and 90 days before the Aug 5 training to be eligible for early bird rate.

Departure:
Saturday June 3, 2017
(29 days / 28 nights)

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