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The weight loss and yoga program at Samahita Retreat has been researched and developed through years of personal experience. They do not believe in making promises of speedy, effortless weight loss that are at best temporary and at worst destructive to your health. At Samahita Retreat, emphasis is put on long-term change. The weight loss program is designed to assist you in your transition to a healthy lifestyle, bringing with it the rewards of greater health and well-being. Prepare to be deeply immersed in a healthy, balanced and holistic living. Above all, you will experience a positive, purpose-built, complete and supportive environment.
The rooms at Samahita Retreat are perfect for quiet contemplation and relaxation, as well as for catching up on work or emailing while enjoying the tropical breeze. The eco-friendly buildings make use of cross-ventilation, natural lighting, rainwater harvesting and solar power. There is a selection of 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.
Enjoy 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.
Just 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, a 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.
Make yourself comfortable in 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 m), bookshelves, storage cabinet that can be locked and can accommodate large laptops, hot-water kettle, a medium-size fridge, a built-in wardrobe with sufficient space for luggage, ceiling fans and air conditioning. The room also has a fully equipped bathroom with a large shower area and a space for clothes hanging and drying.
There are many weight loss programs available on the market today, many diet approaches and of course many promises of speedy, effortless weight loss. However, as you probably have discovered on your own, these solutions are at best temporary and at worst destructive to your overall health. Samahita Retreat, however, believes in long-term change.
The retreat is viewed as a re-education program for your body and mind. During the program you will experience the profound inner adjustments that are necessary for lasting change. You can take advantage of the outstanding yoga available at Samahita Retreat, incorporating it into your weight loss program. And you will also learn how to change your diet to maintain and build lasting health. This is the most crucial aspect of the program. Rather than a temporary fix for an unhealthy lifestyle, the retreat aims to change your underlying foundation, giving you the tools to build long-term changes into your life. You will soon find out that this is the best approach to weight loss.
Before you begin it is important that you are ready to take your health into your own hands. When you can sincerely say this to yourself, transformation will occur. You must make a firm commitment to change unhealthy habits and take responsibility for excesses. When your mind is ready to let go of its old unhealthful patterns and to adopt healthier habits, you are ready to begin the program.
Throughout the program you will receive daily guidance and support from the experienced wellness team, as well as from the numerous resources available in the wellness center: books, articles and DVDs on weight loss and health.
As with any permanent change, a reasonable amount of effort is required. By joining this program you make a commitment to yourself to make positive changes in your life. The retreats job is to help you succeed!
Samahitas YogaCoreCycle program has been conceived by Paul Dallaghan (founder), based on over 20 years of experience in the world of yoga, health and fitness. YogaCoreCycle divides the sessions into focused areas for body, breath, and mind.
Dedicated Yoga sessions involve meditation and breath work followed by foundational and grounding yoga pose classes. Core; combines functional fitness, core and strength work with TRXs, Bosus, stability balls, Uggis and more to work all muscle groups of the body in a unique fitness combo. Dynamic Cycle classes combine fun, music and cardio in a high intensity sea-view work out.
The combined focus and effort serves to highlight mental and physical stability, strength training, balance, agility, weight loss and cardio in one fully integrated health and fitness program.
The special weight loss program is designed to assist you in your transition to a healthy lifestyle that brings with it the rewards of greater health and well-being. The retreat offers you a healthy weight loss diet that is both nutritious and delicious, guides you through a manageable exercise program, re-educates you on how to eat and helps you to address the cause of weight gain. By following this program, you will discover that long-term change is possible.
Samahita Retreat has carefully developed an Ayurvedic herbal weight loss formula for this program, added high quality nutritional supplementation and an optimal food and juice balance to help your body to return to its natural weight. Combined with professional therapies, fitness classes, yoga, breath work and meditation practices, this program offers a complete approach to long-term healthy weight loss.
The weight loss and yoga program is suitable for anyone needing to lose excess weight, from a few pounds to tens of kilos. The program is also suitable for those who wish to reset the dials and get back into good habits and healthy living after a period of over-indulgence, lack of exercise or sedentary living. All who sincerely wish to make positive changes in their lives can fully benefit from this program that inspires healthy eating and vibrant living.
Manuel Molina de la Torre
Samahita Retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Manuel has been involved with nutrition, organic food, vegan and vegetarian food for the last few years, working and collaborating as a cook with yoga retreats in Europe. He believes that the combination of a healthy diet and yoga practice are great tools for reaching one's full potential as human beings
Arielle Nash – Degagne
Combined with a committed regular practice, Arielle's education has enabled her to apply knowledge on yoga as therapy, the science of pranayama, and rebuilding faulty biomechanics into her yoga teaching, guiding practitioners toward a better understanding of their physicality. As a course presenter, she has the ability to explain complex information in an interesting, practical and easy-to-understand format.
Amy’s teaching encompasses both the maturity and playful expression that comes from being a mother, teacher and practitioner. She lives her life immersed in raising children, teaching and the biggest practice of all; learning how to live yoga. finding balance and joy through all of life's many adventures. She teaches with great energy, passion and laughter, inspired by the grace that comes from being present to life in all its myriad of form
Tracy is passionate about helping people to re-ignite their vibrancy, radiant health and well-being through nutrition, yoga and mind-body holistic therapies. She believes in daily practice to evolve greater self-awareness, love and acceptance.
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, the beach is private and virtually undisturbed, creating a beautiful, peaceful setting for you to enjoy your Thailand weight loss and yoga retreat. The main shopping areas are 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.
The retreat is 45 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 the organizer, just to be sure.
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On the retreat you will be served mainly vegetarian food. The organizer serves fish 3 or 4 days a week and eggs a few times during the week at breakfast. For those that do not take fish or eggs, there is always an alternative food option. Samahita Retreat does not serve any other type of meat products. They have self-service tea and coffee near the juice bar. You can help yourself any time to tea and coffee, along with sugar, milk or soy milk.
If you prefer, the organizer can order an espresso or cappuccino at the juice bar though this is a billed item.
For those who want to venture out from Samahita, there are many attractions, restaurants and places of beauty which guests have enjoyed over the years.
As well as being a tropical haven of beaches, five star hotels and spas, 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, a stupa 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 more than 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 here is Wat Ban Plai Leam, where you will find is a large selection of intricately designed temples.
For deep swimming beaches, the north and east of Samui have less reef protection with Chawengs 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 Retreats quiet beach. Silver Beach near Lamai is still reminiscent of old Samui with a few family-run resorts and restaurants and is a favorite swimming beach for the locals.
For holiday trinkets and gifts, visit the peaceful and traditional port town of Nathon or the busier bustle of Lamai. The islands 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 counterfeited - hence the low prices. From 17:00 until late on certain days, the towns close off one street to traffic creating the Walking Street. %These colorful market events combine delicious hawker food, fun shopping, live music and performance:
For beautiful, high-quality hand crafted Buddha statues from Thailand and Burma, visit Double Dutch next to the Big Buddha Temple.
To discover authentic Thai food not far from Samahita, take a taxi 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.
Villa Chocolat is only a five minute drive from Samahita, home to ballet classes for adults and children, as well as a tea room serving handmade Belgian truffles cakes and coffee. For a later night and more raucous affair head to Chawengs infamous Soi Green Mango, any time after 21:00. This is Samuis party capital, home to sound, sweet soul and a host of lively bars and clubs (not for the faint hearted!). Chawengs warm-up bars include the beachfront Ark Bar and the street side Solo or the friendly Australian-themed Bondai Bar.
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. Visitors can swim, snorkel and visit the park headquarters on a beautiful white beach and climb to the viewpoint for a breathtaking panorama before lunch, as well as pay 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. Ungs 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 4x4 jeeps. For those interested in learning more about Thailands martial art, visit the Muay Thai camp in Lamai. If you are 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.
You will arrive at Samui International Airport (USM).
Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways fly directly to Koh Samui from Bangkok. They operate daily flights every hour and you can book your flights directly online. The first flight out is around 06:00 and the last flight is around 21:00. The one-way price is around 4000 THB. Travel time is approximately one hour from Bangkok. %There are direct also flights from Phuket, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Hong Kong.
Bangkok to Samui
Trains for Surathani (which actually stop in Phun Phin, 14 kilometers west of Surathani) leave from Bangkoks 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 a 08:00 boat to Koh Samui.
The bus/ferry journey will be an additional three hours once youve arrived in Surathani. Songserm offers a joint ticket (train + bus + boat) for around 1,300 THB, which lands you in Koh Samui by 11:00.
The ferry journey from Donsak pier is one and a half hours long. 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 14:00 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.