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Join Samahita Retreat for a yoga vacation with guest teacher Sara Granström Thorsson. In this retreat, you will learn to observe yourself as you are in a given moment without demands or expectations. Aside from yoga, you will have pranayama, chanting, and meditation session to help you calm your mind and be more present in the world.
During the retreat, you will be staying at Samahita Retreat. Situated on Laem Sor Beach, Samahita Retreat is surrounded by towering coconut trees in a quiet, spacious area, with incredible sunrises and sunsets that play with the colors of the water, sand, and tropical fauna. Only a few hundred meters away is the well-known Laem Sor Pagoda, which houses the remains of Leung Poo Daeng, a realized monk. The only other structures in the area are villas privately owned. As such, Samahita’s beach is private and virtually undisturbed, creating a beautiful, peaceful setting for you to enjoy your Thailand yoga holiday retreat.
As this side of the island is protected by a natural reef, there are only some parts of the year when the beach directly in-front of Samahita is high enough to swim. When the tide is low during the summer months, you might prefer to take long swims in the center’s saltwater swimming pool or swim out to deeper water through the boat channel.
The main shopping areas are still within easy reach, about fifteen to thirty minutes away by car or motorbike and Samahita Retreat’s gentle setting inspires long, refreshing walks on the beach or through the meandering back roads.
The retreat center is forty-five minutes away from Koh Samui airport, and taxi drivers will know how to get to Laem Sor. Directional road signs will also guide you to Samahita Retreat as you begin to approach. Nonetheless, it is recommended that you book a taxi pickup with Samahita, just to be sure.
The rooms are set back from the main retreat, perfect for quiet contemplation and relaxation. The eco-friendly buildings make use of cross ventilation, natural lighting, rainwater harvesting, and solar power. There are rooms for couples and singles, as well as loft-style accommodations that are ideal for families or two people sharing.
Regardless of which room you stay in, the yoga shala, restaurant and lounge, swimming pool, and beach are only one minute away. You can see the ocean from some of the balconies in the top level rooms.
The room features 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-sized fridge, built-in wardrobe with sufficient space for luggage, ceiling fans, and air conditioning. It also has fully equipped bathroom with large shower area and room for clothes hanging and drying.
You can enjoy approximately 25 square meters of personal space, including a private balcony. The room’s 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.
The room features 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 are 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.
For most people, the first meeting with yoga is usually a physical experience, something you move towards through your bodies. However, the traditional goal of yoga has for thousands of years been to increase people’s ability to be more present in the world through the help of a calmer mind.
To practice yoga is to observe yourself as you are in a given moment without demands or expectations. It’s described in the yogic texts that even though consistency and regularity are important for the understanding of yoga, how you approach the different techniques on the mat will be equally important.
During this retreat, you will use a great mix of yogic practices to support the process of directing your attention towards the inside rather than the outside. The daily asana practice will be based on the dynamic Hatha yoga system with focus on technique and attitude rather than completing as many poses as possible. You will use the wonders of traditional breathwork known as ”pranayama” as well as chanting and meditation to create a good and positive environment for the different kinds of challenges that come up on the mat.
During the afternoon sessions, you will explore the yogic philosophy and discuss the practice in detail, all to make the teaching as helpful and as individual as possible.
This retreat is suitable for:
The price of the retreat includes a complimentary boat and snorkeling trip.
Sara Granström Thorsson
Sara started teaching yoga in 2001 and is now an “Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher” (ERYT) according to Yoga Alliance standards. She is also a senior teacher at Samahita Retreat, one of the most successful yoga schools in Asia. Sara has worked with teacher trainings and the education of new yoga teachers since 2004 and she operates today as director and founder of the Yogayama Teacher Training in Stockholm.
This retreat will take place in Koh Samui, a tropical island in the gulf of Thailand that still has long stretches of pristine beaches and unspoiled land. Koh Samui is only about an hour away from Bangkok by air, an hour plus from Singapore, and three hours from Hong Kong. The island has the allure of a remote island paradise but with the accessibility of the region’s most popular destinations.
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Get your taste buds tingling with Samahita Retreat’s fresh and healthy dining. Drawing upon Ayurvedic principals, Samahita source local produce whenever possible to create food prepared with love (and delicious Thai flavors!). During the retreat, you will be served daily full brunch and dinner buffets.
For deep swimming, beaches on the north and east of Samui have less reef protection, with Chaweng’s powdery sands drawing in vast crowds of tourists from around the globe. A hub of shopping, nightlife, and entertainment, this bustling metropolis feels like a million miles from the tranquility of Samahita Retreat’s quiet beach. Silver Beach near Lamai is still reminiscent of old Samui with a few family run resorts and restaurants and is a favorite for swimming beach with the locals.
With over 1,000 feet of bouncy castles, tunnels, slides, and swings, children under eight can burn off steam at Fairways, the islands first soft play center while parents relax in the coffee shop downstairs. It costs 100 THB per child and is open seven days a week.
Children and adults also can get up close and personal with a range of tropical birds and animals at Paradise Park Farm. High on the mountain of KhaoPom with panoramic views of the ocean and tropical jungle, there’s also a playground, infinity swimming pool, and restaurant.
As well as being a tropical haven of beaches, five star hotels, and spas, Koh Samui has a rich Buddhist heritage and is home to many active temples. Only a five minute walk from Samahita Retreat is the Laem Sor Pagoda. With its shining golden tiles and peaceful atmosphere next to the mangroves and the ocean, you can also visit the remains of Leung Poo Daeng, a realized monk and climb up to the Khao Chedi, high on the mountain with breathtaking views.
Wat Kunaram is home to the preserved body of the revered Lung Padaeng, known as the mummified monk as he is still sitting in the meditation position over 20 years after his death. The most iconic Buddha statue on Samui is Wat Phra Yai, or Big Buddha temple not far from the airport, where you can climb the steps up to see the large majestic Buddha. Only a short drive from the retreat center is Wat Ban Plai Leam where you will find is a large selection of intricately designed temples.
To discover authentic Thai food not far from Samahita, you can take a taxi ride to Nuch Green Talay in the fishing village of Tong Krut for delicious curries, seafood, and friendly service. For lunch with a view, there is nowhere more magical than the Jungle Club, with tasty food served in bamboo salas on the mountainside overlooking the ocean.
For holiday trinkets and gifts, visit the peaceful and traditional port town of Nathon, or the busier bustle of Lamai. The island’s largest tourist hub is Chaweng which is home to miles of stalls and stands selling everything from carved elephants to buckets and spades. Feel free to barter and be aware that many of the clothes and handbags are counterfeit. For beautiful high quality hand crafted Buddha statues from Thailand and Burma, visit Double Dutch next to Big Buddha temple.
Join an organized tour from Samahita and the long tail boats (with shade) will collect you right in front of the shala and whisk you off to the peaceful tropical islands of Koh Matsum and Koh Tan for snorkeling and relaxing. Enjoy the stunning islands of the Anthong Marine National Park on a fun packed day trip, made famous by Alex Garland as the setting for his novel, ‘The Beach’.
You can swim, snorkel, and visit the park headquarters on a beautiful white beach and climb to the view point for a breath-taking panorama, before lunch and a visit to the emerald lake. Discover the best dive sites in the region with the award winning 100 Degrees East Samui Dive Team on board their 35 feet dive speed boat.
See the sights of Samui with Mr. Ung’s full day magical jungle safari. From temples to waterfalls, monkey shows to traditional rubber tapping, these highly professional and experienced guides will show you the best of the island from their iconic four-by-four jeeps.
For those interested in learning more about Thailand’s martial art, Muay Thai, visit the Muay Thai camp in Lamai. And if you’re a lover not a fighter and you want to see some Thai dancing, it is available at many of the islands hotels and restaurants. However, the fine dining and romantic atmosphere at Zazen in Bophut is a lovely setting to enjoy this beloved art form.
Combine your retreat with a health or wellness spa add-on program to make the most out of your stay. You are invited to enjoy rejuvenating massage and treatments at an exclusive rate. It is recommended that you book your health or wellness spa add-on program in advance as much preparation work is required and space is limited.
Please book your flight to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) where you will take another flight to Samui Airport (USM). Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways fly directly to Koh Samui from Bangkok. They operate flights every hour daily and you can book your flights directly online. One-way flight is around 4000 THB.
Transfer from and to Samui Airport (USM) is available upon request. The rate for the airport transfer service is 942 THB (one way) per person or family.
The trains to Surathani (which actually stop in Phun Phin, 14 kilometers west of Surathani) leave from Bangkok’s Hualamphong station. The 6:20 p.m. (rapid) and the 7:15 p.m. (express) trains are most convenient, as they arrive at 5:28 a.m. and 7 a.m., allowing you plenty of time to catch an 8 a.m. boat to Koh Samui. The bus and ferry journey will be an additional three hours once you’ve arrived in Surathani. Songserm offers a joint ticket (train, bus, and boat) for around 1,300 THB, which lands you in Koh Samui by 11 a.m.
The tickets for the train can be booked at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), 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.
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