Samma Karuna

Koh Phangan, Surat Thani Province, Thailand

Samma Karuna is an international school which offers yoga teacher training and retreats for people who want to learn to live a happier and more fulfilled life.

Yoga Retreats 18

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28 days / 27 nights

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12 Days Simple Ayurvedic Detox Retreat in Koh Phangan, Thailand

Dec | Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr, 2017–2018

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12 days / 11 nights

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22 days / 21 nights

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12 Days Premium Detox and Yoga Retreat in Surat Thani, Thailand

Dec | Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr, 2017–2018

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12 days / 11 nights

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Instructors 6

Ishi

Ishi is the creator of the bio-development platform and has nine years of experience in different music therapy backgrounds. He is the founder of Samma Karuna and an international teacher, holding a background in a wide spectrum of disciplines including Tantra, Taoism (Tao garden instructor), bio-development, Biodanza, and meditation.

Satyama

Satyama integrates the healing benefits of yoga from the experiments with her own body and uses this knowledge to help others in developing a deeper mind and body connection. She is passionate about bringing the teachings of the east to the west and has taught yoga and meditation in India, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

Doni

Doni is an experienced and certified Hatha yoga teacher who trained in India. He has over 10 years of experience in yoga and has worked as a full-time yoga instructor for the last six years. Yoga is his biggest passion in life, professionally and personally. Coming from a background of martial arts, he has vast knowledge and skill with regards to movement, anatomy, and the physical and mental bodies working together. Doni is also a senior yoga instructor at Samma Karuna.

Margarita Karger

Margarita Karger studied music at the Collegium Musicum of Buenos Aires, in Argentina. She has a degree in speech therapy (UBA), specializing in voice therapy for teachers, actors, and broadcasters. She is currently the president of the Spanish Association of Biodanza and Education Biocentric and the Madrid Association of Biodanza. She is a member of honor of the International Biocentric Foundation. She has directed teacher training schools of Biodanza of Madrid since 1996 and the Canary Islands since 2004.

Jivan Sahasa

Jivan is an experienced detox facilitator who worked in several detox centers for the last four years. He is certified in holistic nutrition health coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, NY, 2010. He brings a fresh and simple approach to nutrition, one that everyone can practice intuitively, gently, and without stress.

Eleonora Trani

International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)

Eleonora is a certified Hatha yoga teacher and Acharya yoga (master of yoga) by the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres, a registered yoga school for the 500 hours standard by the world-renowned Yoga Alliance. As a passionate student and practitioner of Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga, she has explored the Sri Krishnamacharya's teachings with A. G. and Indra Mohan, Godfrey Devereux’s Dynamic yoga system, Dharma Mittra's yoga in New York City, yoga anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff, plus Tibetan Buddhism with different masters including Tenzin Gyatso and his holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama.

Reviews 25

  • Pablo Rindernecht Thailand

    August 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    Staff super friendly, great classes.. I liked that there is a spirit of working with yourslef but also celebration and relax. :-)

    Food in the restaurant is not so good and only vegetarian.

  • Tetyana Sytnichenko United Arab Emirates

    June 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    Meditations were just so helpful. Very qualified teachers))) Thank you!

    All was just great))

  • Anonymous

    June 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    * Stunning location on the beach

    * Art Cafe over the road and local restaurants served delicious food

    * The place is run by volunteers, so quite disorganised

    * Overpriced. Very, very disappointed that I paid for the massage upgrade when they just send you to the cheap, untrained Thai massage place next door.

    *Despite advising the cleaning volunteer not to clean my room & placing the 'do not disturb' sign on my door, my requests for privacy were not observed and on returning to the room, was met by a man in my room three times.

    * Yes, the yoga mats do smell as although they are sprayed with vinegar water, they don't dry between uses and will make your clothes smell

    * There is no facility to do your own laundry

    * The food was bland (vegan or juice fast)

    * The shower tap was broken, no soap or tissues were provided.

  • Maike Valerie Roth Switzerland

    May 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    Everything <3

    I had a wonderful time at Samma Karuna. I also extended my stay there for a couple of weeks cause a was so good.

    Nothing

  • Sarah Kmieciak France

    May 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    If youre looking for a full reset go to That place. This is much more than a yoga retreat! This is also about your mind, how to release deep emotions and feel safe and happy. People are nice with you and if you do the classes you gonna feel better. For me 2 weeks minimum

    Food is too expensive but there are a lot of places outside

  • Glory Requena Switzerland

    April 2017, BookYogaRetreats

    Yoga teachers were the best especially Alejandro, Sophia and Nathalia

    The welcoming. Not body was waiting for me after flying 24 hours. That was a lack of respect and organisation

    The yoga mats are so old and smelly. They really need to be changed

  • Pascale

    BookYogaRetreats website

    I had a very good experience at Samma Karuna for the 11-day Detox-Awakening yoga retreat in June 2017. Specifically what made the experience so good was the relaxed, cohesive and kind management of the place. In the absence of the manager, SK was run by very few paid professionals and a lot of dedicated volunteers. Together they did a superb job of managing Samma Karuna and making guests feel welcome. As a guest I could see that volunteers and staff formed a family-like team, were allowed initiatives and thus had a sense of ownership of the place --for example, they came up with ideas for new classes, they took initiatives to paint on the outside walls to embellish the place, they were willing to spend some extra time on lessons when requested. I think this style of management made SK quite unique and distinctive in what is, after all, a business and an expensive way of spending time for guests. In particular, the following people made an enormous difference to me: Touba (the chef) whose delicious smoothies and especially warm heart attracted people near the kitchen, Alon who is a superb and rigorous yoga teacher (as is Anja), volunteers like Adelaida and Jasmin who were available beyond their hours of duty, Lola whose "love in the water" class was actually my best experience in SK, Colin who did his very best to tailor to our needs as daily coach . And of course, the person who held the place together was Tania, a wonderful and efficient Catalan lady. My thanks to these lovely individuals for putting meaning into love and peace.

  • Rosalind

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    I had a wonderful week in Samma Karuna . The location is great , right on the beach and I had this cute bungalow with me , facing the ocean. The program was great and I wish I could have stayed longer . The atmosphere in this resort is loving and I met some great people and great teachers . It has been an amazing week for me and a life transforming experience . Coming back , I have a fresh perspective of life and feel a deep joy and peace inside of me . Definitely recommend this center to everyone who is looking for self discovering and life transforming experience .

  • Adriana

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    This summer I did YTTC programme in Samma Karuna and I would love to share my experience with people and give some reviews for this school :) BTW, sorry for my grammar.

    I can't be grateful for this experience. I spent 1 month in very life-changing and transforming programme in this school and I learned a lot about yoga in general. It was emotionally and physically very challenging but I had to be ready for it. It wasn't just vacation, it was hard work, but on the other side, it was the best decision in my life. Teachers were so helpful, we did a lot of aligments about asanas, we had few classes about energetic channels, chackras and energies and also anatomy, philosophy and I figured out my purpose in life because of this school and this new knowledge. I had the best group of people, enviroment was also beautiful, my accommodation was clean and nice and food was so delicious! It gave me a lot wisdom about me, my body and also about people. I can highly recommend this school for people who wanna explore more about bodies, energies, yoga asanas and people who wanna try how it is to live in paradise with open minded people and yoga. I am giving 4.5 starts for this school :) Thank you for sharing! Namaste.

  • Sarah

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    If I have to give my feedback, this Yoga Retreat changed me a lot. I did two of them, and Samma was higher. Indeed, this is not only about Yoga, this is about find peace, feel better, communicate and express ourselves. I will go back there and I highly recommand this place.

  • Valerie

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    De très bons cours de yoga, un super coach détox; Je garde un excellent souvenir de mes deux semaines passées au Centre Samma Karuna. Tout était parfait (le lieu, l'accueil, la qualité de l'enseignement). Ne ratez pas les massages thaï et les séances de reiki.

    An excellent place to practise yoga, do a detox and... rest.

  • Julia

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    I had a really relaxing time at Samma Karuna. I stayed an entire month and i was pleased. The detox was gentle on my system, the environment and people are light and kind, and the coach is supportive and reassuring. I recommend Samma Karuna highly if you need to get rid of toxins in a healthy environment!

  • Madeleine United Kingdom

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    I completed the TTC in Feb 2017. I had the most amazing time in the most stunning setting. I met so many wonderful people and a few life long friends, whom I am still in contact with and have visited since coming home. The yoga teachers were fantastic, I learned so much in my first week alone! It has helped my own practice in so many ways, I still have my Samma Karuna students manual on my bedside table, it helps me plan my practice for the following day! I would love to return to this amazing school and beautiful island! Definitely one of the best experiences i've ever had!! Thank you!

  • a traveler

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    My experience in Samma Karuna was very mixed. I found a knowledgeable, warmhearted and spirited teacher, a group of eager students of all ages, many countries and backgrounds in a gorgeous environment.

    But that's about as much positive as I can say. For paying around 100 USD a day for a 4 week / 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course, which is European level, the quality was a lot lower than taking workshops in Europe.

    The teaching was sub optimal in many ways. The classes where too big with two classes of 15 people and no assistants present. The yoga lessons were great for the first 2 weeks, then students would do the teaching from Tuesday to Friday, lowering the quality significantly. There were hardly any adjustments during the first two weeks, some teachers claiming adjustments were just “not their style”.

    The theory lessons are taught full frontal, mostly with no support of other media, only tiny white boards which would be used little. No flip charts, posters or drawings are used. The 4 anatomy lessons taught were Powerpoint slides read from the screen, exact words as in the book.

    The amount of material pushed on the students in short time is very high, meaning that you have to work through the material on the only free day of the week. That same free days have to be used to prepare 3 practical test lessons of 1.5 - 2 hours you have to give. Some of the material seemed pretty irrelevant to me like the function of the lung, while the anatomy of the foot was not properly covered. Of the 200 hours all together, 27 hours are spend meditating (24 mornings, plus 3 more in the evening). I doubt, that other schools can have a less crammed schedule for a 200-hour training in 4 weeks, but there is some choice in how to use the lessons.

    The student manual did not include important topics like “alignment” or the Sun Salutation with names, it was partly unreadable, containing photos of tables or diagrams. Teachers did not agree on some topics and were not coordinated, their judgment for practical exams varied widely. On some occasions teachers only turned up when the students checked in the welcome center, even during practical exams.

    Compared to the quality of teaching the weekly tests were hard and the first test surprised many of us after teachers had played it down.

    The class rooms were sandy and dirty on many occasions; non-TTC classes where scheduled back to back to TTC classes and would overstay, even if a practical exam was going to take place next in the same room. One of the class rooms has aircon and many students said they got sick after classes there. Switching the aircon of was no alternative, because it got smelly and sticky very soon. Support cushions and blocks had to be found in other rooms and carried around, with bad luck they had been outside over night or during rain and were damp and smelly.

    Food was very simple and some students reported that the choice had been better a few month ago when there were less students. There were usually 5 different dishes, being a salad, rice or similar, fruits and 2 more warm dishes. Often pretty soon after the start 1, 2 or 3 dishes where empty and it would take up to 20 minutes for refills.

    The yoga covers many styles, but the meditation and self development parts are Osho / Bhagwan centered with no alternatives offered.

    Most of the students live outside of the resort and the room standards varied widely for the same category, requests to change category would take a long time to be honored. The price for having a room for yourself is 587 USD ( 307 USD include in the base price, plus supplement for category B) if you book via Samma Karuna. It’s easy to find better and cheaper accommodation yourself. E.g. students who extended their stay in the same neighbor resort Niramon paid 400 USD. Booking a room on your own is an option but not offered on the website.

    Upfront communication was slow, often taking longer than the 48 hours they mention on the website. Some answers were incomplete, I got a wrong amount to transfer, a group email contained all recipients email addresses openly. Communication during the course was problematic: practical exam plans changed without notice, week plans did not turn up till Tuesday, did not contain rooms or teachers most of the time, lesson material was posted to a Facebook group which included less than half of the participants and only co-students forwarded it to people without Facebook accounts.

    While it’s possible to keep up spirits with all this circumstances and many of us did, it’s felt like the school is not doing their best to create a good training, leaving problems open which could be fixed by a little dedication, time and money. This doesn’t mean that they did not do many things really well and the staff and lots of volunteers were all friendly and tried their best. But it did not meet the standards set by the price and the promises on the website.

    Doing a TTC of 200-hours in 4 weeks is hard, it meant lessons 6 days a week from 7:15 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or longer, additional hours to learn theory and prepare practical tests in the “free” time. Every school offering to do this yoga teacher training will have to have really full schedule. If you plan to participate it’s a good idea to bring everything with you and not count on shopping or sight seeing. Also have a correct visa, otherwise you need to skip lessons for a visa run.

    One of the reasons I choose Samma Karuna as a school were the great reviews it got on the internet. I feel that the reviews do not reflect the school very well. That’s the reason why this review is longer and more detailed.

    Management Response from Samma Karuna

    Dear valued student, we sorry your experience at our school was not as you expected. We will take your feedback in consideration for future courses. We welcome all feedback as this is for us the best way to grow and do better everyday. Although we strongly believe as well in the quality, love and value that is delivered in our YTTC course. I would like to point in this sense that only 2 of 30 student qualify the course you took under 4 points of 5.

    As part of your feedback might mislead other students that are considering to come to SammaKaruna we would like to comment to some of the points on your review:

    We do not consider a maximum of 15 student per yoga class a big amount, we sorry your standards were different.

    Yes food is simple at Samma Karuna but healthy, vengan and nutritious, we sorry your expectations were different.

    We sorry your expectation about how the teachers should teach a class and about the content we have for the course where different.

    19 or the 25 days of Meditation is Vipassana Anapana meditation from S.N Goenka, Active Meditation from OSHO are introduced the last week only. With the due respect this information you are providing is incorrect and misleading.

    We sorry you didn't like our air conditioner hall. I would like to clarify that it does not provide any risk to student's health as you suggested. Filters are regularly clean and both the hall itself and the aircon are less than 5 months old.

    We sorry the upfront communication felt slow, we reply to over 90% of the inquires within a day. Some others that require analysis (such as the analysis of your application for the course) might take a bit longer.

    We sorry some halls where sandy, volunteers sweep the halls 4 times a day but being a front beach hall this is almost inevitable.

    Thank you again for your feedback, we wish you a lovely day.

    SK Team.

  • Tanja Finland

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    On the positive side, I would like to underline the generally very good quality of the yoga teaching: there is a good variety of different types of yoga (from Hatha flow to Ashtanga) suitable for all levels and the teachers were all experienced professionals. I really enjoyed all the classes. The only complaint was that the spaces were sometimes a bit too crowded. Also on the positive side, there is a good choice of different meditation and other activities. Generally, the center's facilities (yoga halls, toilets, restaurant etc.) are pleasant, comfortable and clean and there is a positive, respectful atmosphere. The program was clearly announced and I was always well informed of changes. The staff working in the reception were very nice and helpful. The school's location in Koh Pha Ngan is perfect, there are lovely beaches, good restaurants and all the necessary commercial facilities just nearby. There were however a few negative points, the first being the fact that not all the guests are accommodated in the center (actually, it seems to be the case for only a small minority) but in the surrounding resorts. I think people should be made aware of this prior to booking, as it might influence the choice of the retreat. For me, the problem was that whereas there is a rule of silence at night in the center's ground, this is not the case for the other resorts and the one where I was accommodated was pretty noisy. However, after I complained, the reception staff dealt with the problem very promptly and professionally and changed my accommodation in another resort, which was fine. The second negative aspect was the quality of the meals provided, especially for lunch. Moreover, there was often not much left if one arrived after 12 and the food was left on the table with open containers where flies could reach it. This seamed to have changed by the second week of my stay (I saw closed containers) but by then, I was not anymore having my lunch at the center.

  • Rebeca Briceno Sri Lanka

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    I recommend Samma Karuna School no doubt. The Yoga Teaching Training was an amazing and transformative experience. Samma Karuna is a loving community and the location is amazing, next to the ocean. They have a great variety of teachers, each one with their own style. They teach you different styles of yoga, hatha and vinyasa, and they give you the opportunity to try other types, such as kundalini, yin yoga and Sivananda. They also teach you different styles of meditations, so you can find the one that suits you better. Amazing!

  • Cleo Whitehead Thailand

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    Pros

    I think the location of Samma Karuna is fantastic and felt so relaxed in the environment.

    My accommodation at Benjamin's Hut was perfect. It was far from basic and the room was lovely, clean and modern.

    The food offered at the local restaurant was beautiful and I enjoyed every meal.

    The yoga classes were brilliant and my yoga improved a lot!

    I loved the daily Qi Gung class it resonated with me and I looked forward to it everyday.

    Cons

    I do think the information sent to me prior to arrival was limited. I paid online and did expect some form of welcome pack with maybe a map and who to ask for and what to do on arrival. I live in Thailand and luckily know Phangan quite well but maybe for a tourist who doesn't know the island more info should be given prior to arrival.

    In the offer that I paid for free lunch was included. However lunch was served daily at 11:00 AM which is quite early and clashed with the daily Qi Gung class. As a result when I came to eat at 12 the food was all gone. Lunch could be served later or enough prepared so that not just the yoga trainers got to eat.

    I did think the retreat was more catered to the yoga teacher trainers and volunteers. This is excellent however I felt a little forgotten and excluded at times. One example being the lunchtime issue and another being that when I arrived on day 1 the volunteers didn't really understand who I was and didn't have much idea about the retreat offer. I kept having to explain throughout the week I was on a retreat and had prepaid so wouldn't need to pay drop in prices again and again. I also felt a little like this at the restaurant in the evening ..when I presented my food voucher they seemed a little put out and confused as to who I was and why I wasn't paying. Maybe you could offer a paper wristband for people on retreats so that staff are aware of who retreat customers are.

    Summary

    I loved the week and found it both relaxing and uplifting. The food was beautiful, the environment was great and the accommodation was fantastic. The teachers were both inspirational and very talented. I only think the retreat customers could be made to feel a little more included and noticed with the regulars and teachers as a lot of money has been spent to attend the retreat.

    I am currently a teacher in Bangkok but am looking to volunteer at the end of this year so would love to explore Samma Karuna as an option.

  • Laura W. Finland

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    Staying at Samma Karuna was a wonderful experience. The people were really friendly and helpful, the classes are very versatile and the whole atmosphere was so welcoming and cozy. I'd definitely do a yoga holiday at Samma Karuna again.

  • Maaike Poppegaai Netherlands

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    Samma Karuna is a great warm welcoming place. If you are looking for a place to explore, learn more about yourself and be surrounded by Nice, open-minded people. Go to samma Karuna. They have interesting classes every day. You will be awake and Alive!

  • Heather Custis United States

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    I visited Samma Karuna for the 30 Day Healing and Awakening Program. Due to schedule constraints I could attend only 26 days. The staff at SK was very helpful to help me schedule with my time limitations and offered price adjustment to suit my timeline. They offered assistance and promptly answered my questions such that I felt safe navigating my way to Koh Phangan where they picked me up from the pier and brought me to my hotel offering a short tour of the area along the way. Hotel accommodation was beautiful and the restaurant fair was delicious and varied. My experience at the school was life changing. Many of those that visit the island are seeking healing and I was touched by the number of loving, beautiful, and intelligent volunteers and patrons I met and formed deep friendships with along the way. The yoga classes and teachers are healers, caring, and excellent. I very much enjoyed the morning meditations which proved to be healing and challenging. Additional classes including osho meditations, qigong, and tantra heart classes were fun and often powerful. The awakening classes and breathing exercises and kriya's were helpful to promote growth, healing, and movement of that which came up through my practice. The massage package was a welcome treat and the women who offer massage are truly charming. When I became ill with dengue fever they kept me an additional hour after my massage giving me tea, cooling me with wet rags, cooling balms, and feeding me medicinal tea and papaya leaves with no expectation for reimbursement and rather genuine care. This is the kind of spirit you'll find at SK. It's a community based on love, sharing, and acceptance which you'll witness each day and every week at the open community dinners. I'll remember my time there and carry it with me. I'd recommend this program to anyone with an open mind, seeking healing, or interested in learning yoga, meditation, and looking to jumpstart your life in an environment of love and light.

  • a traveler

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    I've been in Samma Karuna yoga center last month on Koh Phangan, Thailand.I had the most relaxing and harmonizing experience of my life. The place is peaceful and the staff so friendly.

  • Shana United States

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    After my short week at Samma Karuna I wished I had planned for a longer stay. I was so genuinely welcomed from the moment I stepped off the ferry. I consider myself a little reserved and was worried I would be out of my comfort zone, but it wasn't like that at all. There was no ego here, that is not their purpose! There is so much to offer at Samma Karuna.

  • Carmen Signer Switzerland

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    Das Detox Programm war ein sehr positives Erlebnis und der Ernährungsberater war große Klasse. Ich kann es nur weiterempfehlen.

    Leider war das "Awakening and Healing" nicht wirklich Bestandteil.

    Ich habe null Guidance von Samma Karuna erhalten. Das ist ein großer Kritikpunkt und es sollte mehr Wert von Samma Karuna darauf gelegt werden . Zudem wurde ich nicht wirklich in die Community integriert und den Leuten vorgestellt. Wenn ich nicht selber Freunde gefunden hätte, wäre ich ganz einsam gewesen.

Testimonials 66

  • Maria

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    I am a big fan of the kundalini yoga at samma karuna - taught by the two beautiful souls jewels and alex. Always challenging but very much rewarding at the same time I felt a deeper connection to my true self and in general more receptive for the beauty of life. Thank you!

  • Sophia

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    I completed my yoga teacher training here in February this year. Beautiful place in a fabulous location on the beach and wonderful trainers. Thank you for this great experience

  • Kacper

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    Fantastic beautiful place, full of wonderful people and positive energy. Thank you for fantastic acroyoga experience

  • Anya

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    Samma Karuna is the most magical place on Earth. You plan to stay a week, and you're likely going to [want to] stay much longer. I'll be back again for a MUCH longer stay.

  • Laura

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    I have just spent an amazing 6 weeks volunteering and being apart of the Samma Karuna family. It really is a special place, with the beautiful energy of Ishi, Darina and all the other staff and volunteers it's a welcoming and excepting place for everybody to come. I would highly recommend spending some time here, not only because of the wonderful people but also for the varied program they offer. Here is a place to love, heal and be excepted.

  • Sina

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    Samma Karuna is the place to be if you wanna find happiness, love and a second family when you are traveling. Everybody has a friendly word for you and the classes are just amazing. They have so many different teachers that everybody can get what he wants. I am really exited to do my Yoga Teacher here. Can't wait. !!!!

    If you are in Thailand just come and visit us. And if you have four weeks time: Come and be a volunteer

  • Taariq

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    I had the genuine pleasure of attending Samma Karuna for several months, and I am so grateful to the universe for bringing me into contact with this magical center of love!

    Samma Karuna is so much more than a place where people do yoga, and can explore a wide variety of meditations, wisdom sessions, tantra, and many many other heart opening workshops.

    I felt this place has been truly enchanted by the love and good will poured into it by the creators, teachers, student, and volunteers alike... Unfortunately, there are no words to describe some things, you just have to experience it for yourself!

    So If you are thinking about spending some time here, all i can say to you is to follow your heart..... and do it!

  • Nadia

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    Absolutely fabulous yoga retreat and incredible team of people working at Samma Karuna

  • Aleksander

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    Amazing Yoga School! The place that gives you wings.

  • Esti

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    I have just completed a month of volunteering at Samma Karuna Awakening and Healing Centre, and I wish I could stay longer. This has truly been a transformative experience. Surrounded by wonderful open-minded people, immersed in love and wisdom I found myself in an environment where growth comes naturally through daily yoga and meditation practice. There is a variety of classes to choose from to work on your mind, body and spirit, and all this in a friendly supportive atmosphere. Truly wonderful place. Thank you, beautiful family.

  • Lena

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    I"ve been volunteering at Samma Karuna for one month and loved it so much that I returned for another 4 weeks. Samma Karuna is a truly loving space full of genuine people. It offers everything from Yoga to Osho Meditations and Cuddling Groups. Being part of the community was more than healing and a life changing experience. Anyone who is looking for love light and peace Samma Karuna is the place for you!

  • Alexander

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    Samma Karuna is a special place. You have the opportunity to learn and try many different kinds of meditation which are led professionally. The location is beautiful and so is the owner, Ishi.

    I went through a hard time on Koh Phangan and even though I hardly knew the owner, Ishi gave me the support I needed by offering an ear and advice. I wasn't truly able to express my gratitude at the time, so big thank you to you Ishi. You are wise, humble and have an open heart.

  • Erika

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    One of the best places on earth, the best energies, love and second family. Thank you for everything Samma Karuna

  • Emma

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    Samma Karuna is beautiful school of wellness & healing arts that all who are seeking excellent classes, nurturing community & the added bonus of personal transformation should go to. I spent the month of March 2015 at their yoga teacher training program & it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Beyond preparing me to teach yoga, I found myself again, made lifelong friends, and my heart feels stronger & more full than ever before. I am eternally grateful for my time at Samma Karuna & can't wait to return again

  • Jamie

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    A little note to anyone thinking of attending the Samma Karuna School of Awakening and Yoga: DO IT! I did my first yoga TTC in late summer 2014, and loved every minute of every 14hr day. It was one of the most amazing, intense and rewarding experiences I've ever had; emotionally, physically and spiritually. I am highly recommending the entire experience, whether it be a full intense course, a less "full-on" experience, or even just a few yoga or awakening classes. Whatever you decide, Samma Karuna will welcome you with open (and non-dogmatic!) arms. A journey I will never forget, and am already thinking of continuing.... Enjoy!

  • Helena

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    If you want to know what it's open up your heart, to feel a warm and loving hug, to be part of group that really takes care of your feelings; to live and learn different tecniques related with the spiritual world from excellents teachers, in an paradisiac island of Thailand; this is the perfect place.

    I'll be eternally grateful to the Samma Karuna team for the opportunity to share with you!

  • Natalie

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    Very nice first time I go. Woooooow amazing!

  • Ania

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    This place welcomes you like a family member and at the same time the teachers are helpful and truly professional. It is not only a place of practice but also of understanding and knowledge. They have a beautiful relaxation area where you can meet other yogis.

  • Marcia

    Samma Karuna website

    The one truth that is constant and ever existing is the presence of love. Each divine expression comes from love. Our natural state is of love. To see yourself as this love allows you to see the same in all beings. We are one love, but many expressions of that love. My heart opens to bloom like the lotus of the lake. Opening up towards the light, embracing life and love. Forever connected. Peace and Love.

  • Cecile

    Samma Karuna website

    What an awakening! Thank you so much for offering these opportunities to live differently and better. Long live Samma Karuna.

  • Dani

    Samma Karuna website

    I loved Samma Karuna so much I extended after the 28 days AH. Thank you for creating such a lovely place. I'll be back.

  • Karen and Randy

    Samma Karuna website

    Thank you from the heart. Our goal is to return. I want to embrace all your empowering, awaking energy.

  • a traveler

    Samma Karuna website

    Samma Karuna reminded me of Neverland. Where we all learn to be children again. Children of the Divine. Where we remember how to forget so we can be born again. Where we remember to believe and most of all to love unconditionally. Here I met extremely special people who each one, I had a lesson to learn from or to teach. I've never experienced so many magical moments at the same time.

    This place is a proof that the Divine exists and bring many paths together here. Picked each one of ous to come and meet here. To teach and to learn. To heal and be healed. To laugh and to love. To open and to live. To understand and to be.

    Thank you Samma Karuna for this unforgettable journey, inside and out.

  • Amy

    Samma Karuna website

    Thank you Samma Karuna! You have let me come here and meet the most wonderful of souls. I have been surrounded by love and 2 minute hugs! Now I will return to Scotland and shower them with the same. All my love familia.

  • Darcinka

    Samma Karuna website

    Samma Karuna for me is home away from home. I have checked in and out of here so many times that I have lost count. Each time I come, I learn, cry, laugh and simply just experience life in safe environment with open hearted people. This time my theme is connection and trully I am making some amazing friendships on deeper level. Thank you! Anmd well done everyone for changing the world. One heart at a time.

  • Salma

    Samma Karuna website

    Dear Samma Karuna Family, you have given me so much in a very short time. You have helped me open my heart and make very real important connections. Thank you seems like a very small word. I truly appreciate my time here and I will be back.

  • Bryan and Patrick

    Samma Karuna website

    Being a complete yogi beginner, I dind't know what to expect coming to Samma Karuna. Now that I'm leaving I can proudly say that I feel part of something bigger than my own self. I feel part of a family, a big loving Samma Karuna family. Many thanks to Ishi, Andreas, Pepe, my sister Kristine and all staff members that me Samma Karuna a great place. Love forever.

  • Kathy

    Samma Karuna website

    Dear Samma Karuna lovelies. It has been an absolutely enjoyable experience! I've enjoyed my precious time here and beautiful memories were created that will stay with me forever. So much joy, happiness, peace and love in this whole space. I particularly enjoyed the quiet and calm environment allowing everyone to feel safe. The people are warm and lovely. Thank you ! Just pure gratitude and appreciations to all. Love, peace, gratitude. Always gratitude.

  • Pamela

    Samma Karuna website

    I spend a big chunk of my vacations in Samma Karuna, the whole purpose of my trip to Thailand was to be in a wellness and yoga retreat. I wanted something that will relax me, learn how to meditate and feel an overall improvement in my mind and soul. So vacation in the USA is normally short, I send 8 days total in Samma Karuna. Where I enrolled in the detox program as well. I have never any of this before, so it was a unique experience for me. I was a little bit nervous about the detox but with the expert guidance of Jivan, 6 days detox, pass with no mayor problem. I was also able to attend to yoga classes and meditate. One class that I thought was amazing was the Gi Gong, I will not spoil it, it is a totally amazing experience. Besides all this, the staff is super nice, friendly and the retreat is full of energetic nice people. My experience was the best, they have a piece of the beach you can go for a swim anytime you like. An different from other retreats I have heard of, you can go in and out, like go to town or explore the other island. Oh!! and then next to the retreat is Secret beach, a paradise on earth. The facilities are clean and simple, but conformable, you have the option to request with air conditioning or without. You can also talk to the kitchen chef for special request. I recommend this property because I found all that I wanted for my peace of mind and detox at the same time. I hope you get to enjoy it like I did. Namaste.

  • Mayinca

    Samma Karuna website

    You are amazing! The time I have passed was fantastic. I have found a wonderful family of love and light.

  • Nini

    Samma Karuna website

    Samma Karuna changed my consciousness and awareness. Now i understand that I can really feel love and other emotions in my heart and in my whole body.

  • a traveler California

    TripAdvisor website

    What an amazing yoga and awareness school. This place is so much more than a yoga studio. First, the location is just divine. Located on the beach in luxurious grounds. The vibe of the place is so tranquil. Palm trees, water fountains, outdoor and indoor yoga shalas. Every day you can choose from a variety of yoga classes, Qi Gong, meditation, kundalini, tantra, dance. There is something for everyone. There a some bungalows you can stay in or just drop by for classes. There are ongoing Yoga Teacher Training courses, a vegan cafe. And what I love best, is the community vibe. It's a place where you can meet conscious people and make life long friends. If you are coming to Koh Phangan, Samma Karuna is a must visit. Namaste

  • Peggy F. Switzerland

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    Samma Karuna is an Amazing place where you feel welcome the minute you arrive! The place is beautiful with lovely and clean bungalows in à Green garden with a beach view. The food (vegan) is really good and you Will found Nice restaurants nearby (Love Bigmountain restaurant and the Nice owners of benjamin's hut).

    Yoga class are really good, teachers are amazing and careful, adapting their class to each student Level and you can discover a great variety of others activity (méditations, compassionate sharing, angel's walk) which Will make you grow and feel happy and part of a loving family.

    I met so beautiful beings in SK, Ishi the owner is a loving Man who share love and Hugs with each one and bring this beautiful and caring atmosphere to the place. Teachers, employees, Volunteers, guests, everyone were so open mind, fun and caring for each other!

    You will maybe arrive alone in Samma Karuna but sure leave with your heart full of Love and with new Amazing friends.

    When I was there, yes there was dengue but they spray the place the day I arrive, sells DEET sprays at the front office and they Care about people who catched it.

    Thank you so much Ishi to create this Magic place and atmosphere! I've found another home sweet home far away from Switzeland where I'll definitely come back!

  • Kristine K. Spain

    TripAdvisor website

    One of the best places to go. Samma Karuna has an amazing environment for everyone to feel happy. Besides yoga there are so many activities that help to understand ourselves better (Osho active meditations, breathing meditations, Bio Development, Compassionate sharing, Awakening classes, Angel’s walk etc.). It is a place that change me in a better way, that gave me so much happiness, that gave me so much understanding and love. I am so grateful that I had a chance to be a part of that amazing community.

    I love you Samma Karuna, you will be always in my heart!

  • a traveler United Kingdom

    TripAdvisor website

    I came to Samma Karuna just for a week for a biodevelopment course and I got far more than I asked for, people were great, the facilitators were great and really professional.

    I am not into yoga but I was looking for a place to relax and connect with love and people and I found it here.

    I am looking forward to come back again in the future.

    I can not recommend it enough as its such an special place.

  • Velvet-Belle T. Sydney Australia

    TripAdvisor website

    Samma Karuna on Koh Phangan island is simply magical. Waking up to morning meditation and a 2 hour yoga class on the beach every morning is delightful and i couldn't think of a better way to start each day. From the wonderful teachers (in particular, yoga teacher Art and Qi Gong teacher David) to the community of volunteers, yogis and locals, this place attracts like minded people looking to connect and grow. I'm so looking forward to returning, and next time staying longer (perhaps as a volunteer)! Thank you for having me Samma Karuna, was the perfect place to reset and reconnect. :)

  • Tommy D.

    TripAdvisor website

    I don’t even know where to start… this place is truly amazing, so many awesome people that made my stay an incredible experience. I planned on coming for a week and ended up staying a month. There’s a lot of love around here and so many great opportunities to grow and learn. Do yourself a favor and take some time for you! I can already say it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. It was almost like a summer camp for spiritual and personal growth. I am already looking forward to and planning my return! The detox program was great as well, not too harsh and you will feel fantastic. Much love to the Samma Karuna Family!!!

  • Katleen

    Samma Karuna Official Guest Book

    Thank you Samma Karuna for this wonderful place, for being so open, gentle and loving every day. Big hug and big thank you!

  • Alex and Liz

    Samma Karuna Official Guest Book

    Yours classes have opened our eyes to so many things that we want to continue to explorer and develop. We also enjoy meeting and having the pleasure to have such dedicated and beautiful teachers. We will think of you and dream of coming back again one day. Big big love.

  • Mayinca

    Samma Karuna Official Guest Book

    You are amazing. The time I have passed was fantastic, I have found a wonderful family of love and light. Love always.

  • Aly H.

    TripAdvisor website

    I really loved the feel and the beautiful nature at Samma Karuna's yoga shala in the jungle, but now that Samma Karuna beach has opened it has totally surpassed the original location for me. The 2 hour morning yoga practice looking out over turquoise seas is such a wonderful way to start the day. I particularly enjoy the classes taught by Irish teacher, Art, his teaching style is wonderful.

    Also not to be missed is the evening workshop, Angel's Walk. Impossible to describe, you just have to experience its beauty for yourself.

    I've also heard rumours that Big Mountain restaurant will be taking over the catering at the new location which is exciting because it's one of my favourite places to eat in Srithanu. Amazing vegan food.

  • Ann P.

    TripAdvisor website

    I highly recommend this yoga-school! In november 2015 I did a 200hrs yoga-teacher-training here. It was amazing, I feel so grateful. The teachers are all very good, the food was amazing, the atmosphere was great. The training was tough, but the teachers give everything they have to learn you as much as they can and to support you.

    I really hope I can return to Samma Karuna somewhere in the near future.

  • Pani Estera United Kingdom

    TripAdvisor website

    There is a variety of sessions on offer at Samma Karuna Awakening and Healing Programme, depending on what area of your life you wish to work on. Whether you want to quiet your mind, straighten your body or learn to celebrate life you can choose from plethora of classes: OSHO meditation, compassionate sharing, dance mandala and daily Vipassana and yoga to name a few. A beautiful place to grow in a safe inclusive atmosphere.

  • Bianca Basak Dikturk

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    Love this place!! Very welcoming with wonderful people and great energy all around. Spent many hours there and hope to spend many more

  • Ania Poland

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    This place welcomes you like a family member and at the same time the teachers are helpful and truly professional. It is not only a place of practice but also of understanding and knowledge. They have a beautiful relaxation area where you can meet other yogis.

  • Aidy United Kingdom

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    I recently spent a period of 3 months visiting and attending workshops at this wonderful centre, as a much older traveller I was treated with respect and as one of the family, I would highly recommend trying some workshops here as Ishi and his highly trained staff will give you the time of your life.Great veggie restaurant with an amazing chef. Community dinner every Monday night for donation. Great workshops. Lovely people. All ages welcomed.

  • Selysa

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    This place has been graced with in-quantifiable amounts of love, compassion, and joy. It brings you to your truth, and then gives you the tools to help you stay there. Truly life changing and transformative in only positive ways.

  • Helena Venezuela

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    If you want to know what it is to open up your heart, to feel a warm and loving hug, to be part of group that really takes care of your feelings; to live and learn different techniques related with the spiritual world from excellents teachers, in a paradise island of Thailand; this is the perfect place. I'll be eternally grateful to the Samma Karuna team for the opportunity to share with you!

  • Jaime Canada

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    A little note to anyone thinking of attending the Samma Karuna School of Awakening and Yoga: DO IT! I did my first yoga TTC in late summer 2014, and loved every minute of every 14hr day. It was one of the most amazing, intense and rewarding experiences I've ever had; emotionally, physically and spiritually. I am highly recommending the entire experience, whether it be a full intense course, a less "full-on" experience, or even just a few yoga or awakening classes. Whatever you decide, Samma Karuna will welcome you with open (and non-dogmatic!) arms. A journey I will never forget, and am already thinking of continuing.... Enjoy!

  • Rachie United Kingdom

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    I spent 2 months here... loved the beautiful outdoor yoga sala trying new styles of yoga (including sivananda, yoga nidra, etc) to a background of jungle sounds and sunsets... led by inspiring and experienced teachers, trying different types of meditations such as Osho kundalini, Ishi's beautiful wisdom and stories were lovely and all so close to the beach, warm turquoise sea, friendly fruit shops and organic restaurants... absolute paradise!

  • Mark Australia

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    I recently did the March 2015 YTT course. It was an amazing 4 weeks of learning the yoga way of life. We learnt yoga theory, the art of meditation, and asana practice. It was a very challenging course. I learnt so much. We were fed one vegetarian meal per day. free filtered water.The days were 12 hours long consisting of a one hour morning meditation at 7.15am a total of 3 1/2 hour asana practice, 4 hours theory, and a long 90 minute lunch break, and one hour afternoon break. Both breaks enabled you to go to the beach or swim at your hotel pool.The meditation is a learning experience in itself. School Director Ishi is an expert in this field. I have never met a person like him in my life, he is full of knowledge, love and big hugs, and his meditation classes are preformed like a master game of chess. His class brings you too an incredible high, and all emotions are let go. This is so well done.The head of Asana Satyama is a very qualified yoga teacher, I truly enjoyed her asana practice, and theory classes, and her hugs.

    Well done Samma Karuna.I SHALL RETURN SOON.

  • Emma United States

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    Samma Karuna is beautiful school of wellness and healing arts that all who are seeking excellent classes, nurturing community and the added bonus of personal transformation should go to. I spent the month of March 2015 at their yoga teacher training program and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Beyond preparing me to teach yoga, I found myself again, made lifelong friends, and my heart feels stronger and more full than ever before. I am eternally grateful for my time at Samma Karuna and can't wait to return again.

  • Anja Germany

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    An amazing place to do yoga, try different meditations, meet wonderful, like minded people from all around the world, do great workshops, and the yoga platform in the middle of the jungle is just stunning!

  • Sharonna Netherlands

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    Love this school, great program, awesome teachers, beautiful area. Love Love Love it! Spent my summer in Sri Thanu and being at Samma Karuna was such an heart opening experience, just what I needed.

  • Bianca Netherlands

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    Such a wonderful centre, a family, a home away from home to discover, experience and enjoy your true and highest self.

  • Taariq New South Wales

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    I had the genuine pleasure of attending Samma Karuna for several months, and I am so grateful to the universe for bringing me into contact with this magical center of love!!!Samma Karuna is so much more than a place where people do yoga, and can explore a wide variety of meditations, wisdom sessions, tantra, and many many other heart opening workshops....I felt this place has been truly enchanted by the love and good will poured into it by the creators, teachers, student, and volunteers alike... Unfortunately, there are no words to describe some things, you just have to experience it for yourself!!So If you are thinking about spending some time here, all i can say to you is to follow your heart..... and do it!

  • Alex

    Samma Karuna Facebook page

    Samma Karuna is a special place. You have the opportunity to learn and try many different kinds of meditation which are led professionally. The location is beautiful and so is the owner, Ishi.I went through a hard time on Koh Phangan and even though I hardly knew the owner, Ishi gave me the support I needed by offering an ear and advice. I wasn't truly able to express my gratitude at the time, so big thank you to you Ishi. You are wise, humble and have an open heart.

  • Sofi

    Samma Karuna Official Guest Book

    Thanks for being my family. For all the love and beautiful moments of happiness.

  • Barbara

    Samma Karuna Official Guest Book

    I feel liberated from many chains of my past and so much happier person now. Thank you for opening your hearts to me and everyone who comes to Samma Karuna.

  • Beatrice

    Samma Karuna Official Guest Book

    A place to co-create and let our dreams become reality. Thank you for existing!

  • Jaspee and Julia

    Samma Karuna Official Guest Book

    Special thanks to Ishi and Effie for welcoming us everyday with a big smile and warm hug. Love and gratitude.

  • Filippo

    Samma Karuna Official Guest Book

    Four weeks have passed in this blessed place, four weeks that changed my life. I felt loved, Samma Karuna became my home, it opened my heart to unconditional loved, settled down my mind and showed me The way to real happiness that is always been inside of me.

  • Lisa

    Samma Karuna Official Guest Book

    After spending four weeks volunteering, I have found myself again. This place works wonders on the heart and soul. It is a place full of warmth, love, and amazing free spirits. I look forward to return to my second home.

  • Nini

    Samma Karuna Official Guest Book

    Samma Karuna changed my consciousness, my awareness. I now understand that I can really feel love and other emotions in my heart and in my whole body.

  • Michele

    Samma Karuna Official Guest Book

    I feel happy with myself now and its all thanks to Samma Karuna. Love you guys. Keep up the good work. Keep in touch.

  • Serafina

    Samma Karuna Official Guest Book

    I congratulate you on successfully setting up a quiet haven in which people can learn and awaken themselves in a comfortable meaner with so much love and support.

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