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Join John Bultman at the beautiful setting of Samahita Retreat on Koh Samui for an intensive week of Ashtanga, structured for all levels. Join various activities designed to improve your skills and knowledge such as daily practice and workshops on the philosophy behind yoga. While taking part in the activities, you will also have the chance to explore the beautiful island!
The rooms are perfect for quiet contemplation and relaxation, as well as for catching up on work or email while enjoying the tropical breeze. Samahita Retreat's eco-friendly buildings make use of cross ventilation, natural lighting, rainwater harvesting, and solar power. They have 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, lounge, swimming pool, and beach are only a minute away.
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 (2.5 meters), bookshelves, storage cabinet that can be locked and can accommodate 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.
Opening 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. The reservations team will arrange bookings so people of the same sex are in these room types, unless they are friends and request otherwise.
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, and storage cabinet that can be locked and can accommodate even large laptops, a hot-water kettle, and a medium-size refrigerator. The loft also has two wardrobes with sufficient space for luggage, two ceiling fans, and air conditioning. The reservations team will arrange bookings so people of the same sex are in these room types, unless they are friends and request otherwise.
In this intimate setting of Koh Samui, you will explore practices that include chanting and meditation (early morning), either led or morning Mysore style (personal catered practice) in the style of John Bultman's teachers, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. In the afternoon classes, you will investigate asana and philosophy to help cultivate wisdom, and correct action in your daily sadhana (practice).
The program begins at 17:00 on the first day of the retreat with a group welcome and the departure is at 12:00 on the last day. The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
This yoga retreat is suitable for complete beginners, intermediate, advanced levels, as well as pregnant women. Modifications to the program will be offered. Wednesday afternoon is your free time and you may enjoy a complimentary boat and snorkeling trip from around 13:00 - 16:00, weather permitting.
A complimentary boat and snorkeling trip is included in the retreat price.
Samahita Retreat is located on the south coast of Koh Samui, a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand that still has long stretches of pristine beaches and unspoiled land. The ideal setting for Thailand holiday packages, it is only about an hour away from Bangkok by air, an hour plus from Singapore, and three hours from Hong Kong. Koh Samui has the allure of a remote island paradise, but with the accessibility of the regions most popular destinations.
Situated on Laem Sor Beach, Samahita Retreat is surrounded by towering coconut trees in a quiet and 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 and chosen wellness packages.
The main shopping areas are still within easy reach, about fifteen to thirty minutes away by car or motorbike. Samahita Retreats gentle setting inspires long, refreshing walks on the beach or through the meandering back roads.
Samahita Retreat is 45 minutes away from Koh Samui Airport (USM) 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.
Samahita Retreat serves mainly vegetarian food with fish dishes three or four days a week. Eggs are available to order and are included in the brunch offering every day. Please order them at the juice bar on the days you would like to have some. For those that do not take fish or eggs, there is always an alternative protein option available. Milk is available as well as home-made rice and soy milk.
If you are allergic to certain foods, please notify Samahita Retreat with details. You can also inform the kitchen or wellness staff upon arrival. The kitchen staff can make special meals for you. Samahita Retreat can accommodate vegan and raw-food diets. Every single menu served at the buffet is detailed on the black board just outside the dining hall. On it, you will find clearly noted symbols stating if the dish is vegan, contains wheat or eggs and other information.
Samahita Retreat has self-service herbal tea (ginger, lime, and mint) in the Sattva Dining restaurant from 07:00 to 13:00, and then again at dinner time from 18:00 to 20:00. Coffee is also available in the restaurant from 07:00 to 13:00. If you prefer, you can order espressos, cappuccinos, and so on at the juice bar, which will be added to your room bill.
Samahita Retreat has taken all the elements of the programs and tailored them to fit and support your fixed date group yoga retreat or teacher training. You can choose from the detox, de-stress, weight loss, or wellness spa programs, giving you the chance to enjoy massages, coaching sessions, and various detoxifying treatments.
Combine your retreat with a health or wellness spa add-on program to make the most out of your stay. You are invited you to enjoy rejuvenating massage and treatments at an exclusive rate. Enjoy a 10% discount on the add-on program of your choice.
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.
Relax and enjoy a range of wellness spa add-on program, designed to nourish body and soul. Choose from a range of massage, beauty treatments, and detoxifying therapies to compliment your time with Samahita Retreat. The three-day simple spa package costs 4,770 THB. The five-day program costs 7,560 THB, and the seven-day program is 10,530 THB. You are recommended to book in advance, as much preparation work is required and the space is limited.
Please book your flight to arrive at Samui Airport (USM). Transfer to and from the airport is available upon request.
Bangkok to Samui
Trains for 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 or ferry journey will be an additional three hours once you've arrived in Surathani. Songserm offers a joint ticket (train + bus + boat) for around 1,300 THB, which lands you in Koh Samui by 11 a.m.
The ferry journey from Donsak pier is one hour and a half. Donsak is 30 minutes from Surathani.
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.
Samui to Bangkok
Take the 2 p.m. boat from Nathon to the mainland, and a connecting bus will take you from the pier to the train station in Surathani.
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.
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