Samma Karuna is an Internation School of Awakening & Healing and one of the spirituals hearts of South East Asia.
Yoga Retreats (18)
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.
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.
Nishan has 19 years of experience in Buddhist meditations and philosophy including over four years of teaching experience.
Health professional with 10 years of experience within the fitness, health and sport industry; seeking to help in the transformation of people’s lives through strong health leadership and looking to promote health as human’s beings greatest wealth. True passion for a life-long of learning and for the constant work for self improving.
Keith’s mission is to guide others to discover freedom, abundance, and love, through yoga and human connection. He has been passionate about teaching yoga since 2011 and since has lead several teacher trainings, workshops and events internationally, co-authored The Yoga Fix alignment book, and is a featured teacher online on YogaDownload.com. He completed his initial 200-hour teacher training at the Yandara Yoga Institute in Mexico, and in the years since, has practiced and studied with several influential teachers, including Kate Mulheron, Shannon Paige, Matt Kapinus, and Shiva Rea. Keith's
Karen Karen has been practicing yoga for over ten year and completed her Yoga Teacher Training in Samma Karuna in 2015. Since then, she has been teaching non-stop in various schools on Koh Phangan, in India, Malaysia and London. She teaches Vinyasa style with strong focus on alignment, awareness of breath and movement, drawing these principles from her personal studies in Ashtanga Yoga, a style she's been practicing since 2016. Karen is also a Reiki master and a student of Advaita Vedanta.
Vipul is from India, always inclined towards ayurveda, yoga and tantra to receive spiritual wisdom. Very open minded and believes in real life experiences. He got certified from one of the oldest Institute of the world, The Yoga Institute Mumbai and also got training of Bihar school of Yoga tradition from spiritual gurus and gathered knowledge in Rishikesh with masters from different ashrams and communities. Vipul have also spent time with Osho community in Pune India. Vipul is an intentional Yoga Teacher in Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin, Tantra having more than 9 years of practice and teachi
from Norway, January 2018
"Amazing week ♥️ "
I’ll be back 😍
from United States, October 2018
"Nicht für Anfänger geeignet!"
Ruhe am Strand:-)
from Thailand, December 2017
"Tres bel endroit pour pratiquer le yoga"
La diversité des cours de yoga
L'ambiance calme et paisible sur le site
La vue sur la mer pendant les cours
Le materiel disponible pour la pratique du yoga
from Brazil, June 2019
"A place to heal and grow! Perfect"
Classes, people, location... I had the best week. Already missing it so much. It's a magical place full of good vibes and good people. Amazing. I would recommend it for everyone, and I will definitely come back. I'm so grateful for all the love and attention i've got from the staff, teachers and from the good friends I've made.
from Vietnam, April 2019
"Best decision I made whilst travelling!!"
I hadn’t inended on doing a retreat whilst travelling but I’m so pleased I did and extra pleased I chose Samma Karuna.
Beautifully located, great dorms, amazing classes and experiences and the most special people. I felt at home here, there is such a calming and peaceful vibe.
I particularly loved ‘breathe of love’ ‘re-birthing’ and ‘OSHO dynamic’.
The whole experience blew my mind and left me feeling like a new person! It was just what I needed and I’m extremely grateful.
I would highly recommend this place.
from United States, February 2019
"Great place for expansion, healing and inner practice"
Samma Karuna school offers a variety of different classes, all of which strive to connect the individual with his inner self. I would recommend to come here for 10-14 days if you can to experience different programs and teachers and take what serves you best.
The place is located in a nice area, the halls for yoga are amazing and everything is kept nice and tidy. The only issue for me was that the water on this part of the island is quite shallow so you might need to consider renting a scooter to get around.
Staff and management are really organized and know their responsibilities.
from Great Britain, February 2019
"Magical and life changing!"
I loved the friendly and caring community vibe all around SK. The accommodation on site was clean and perfect. The mix of meditation, yoga and healing sessions were perfect. There’s definitely a wide variety of quality sessions for everyone.I learned a lot about myself in a calm peaceful environment. I loved my time so much at SK, I plan to return very soon. SK is a beautiful hub for self love, enlightenment and healing. Thank you to everyone who made my time at SK a magical one which I’ll never forget.
from Sweden, January 2019
"Detox okej... The place 👍🏻"
I liked the food that they gave me, it was well prepared. That you could change some parts of the diet if you didn't like some dishes and so on. The staff were really friendly. That I got one coconut per day.
I also liked to stay there and to meet all the interesting and open people. It's just a really good atmosphere!
The awakening classes! I am thinking of maby coming back for the awakening classes👍🏻
from Great Britain, December 2018
"Excellent experience,I’m definitely going back "
I liked being with like minded people and the location was fantastic
from Thailand, November 2018
I loved everything there! The people, the location, the classes, thr island. The rebirthing class, the osho dynamics, the biodevelopment and vinyasa yoga were my highlights during my stay :).
The restaurant opened when I left, i got to try their food nonetheless, super delicious!
Recommend the place to everyone!
from Great Britain, October 2018
I loved everything about it! The whole place has a very positive, warm and welcoming vibe.. The location is dreamy, a green slice of heaven next to the sea, the classes were nothing like I had experienced before, the staff really friendly and kind, I honestly cannot find a single thing I didn't like. My next mission is to find active mediation classes in the UK. Koh Phangan is also an island worth the visit, don't let the main town by the port disappoint you, the island is full of golden sand beaches and green.
Sonja Berglind Hauksdóttir
from Iceland, February 2018
"Beautiful place with many good teachers"
Keith is awsome teacher and Ishi is do loveble, caring and wise ❤️
from Italy, February 2018
"Overestimated for the price "
The people who work there are super nice , the location is good and the bungalow was always cleaned .
from Malaysia, December 2017
The participants and facilitators are both warm and welcoming. Feels like a family with them.
from United States, December 2017
"An abundance of love, light, and magic!"
So much better than I could've wished. It was such an open, loving, supportive community! I was welcomed with open arms and made relationships that I'll never forget! I absolutely loved all the classes and instructors; so much variety! I took more from Samma Karuna than i ever could've imagined, I hope to have the chance the revisit.
from Thailand, August 2017
"Amazing people, I definitely will be back ;-)"
Staff super friendly, great classes.. I liked that there is a spirit of working with yourslef but also celebration and relax. :-)
from United Arab Emirates, June 2017
Meditations were just so helpful. Very qualified teachers))) Thank you!
from Nepal, June 2017
* Stunning location on the beach
* Art Cafe over the road and local restaurants served delicious food
from Switzerland, April 2017
"One of the best experience. Also things to be improved"
Yoga teachers were the best especially Alejandro, Sophia and Nathalia
from Switzerland, September 2019
"War eine sehr bereichernde Erfahrung!"
12 Tage Detox war neu und es hat mir sehr gut getan, habe ein tolles Körpergefühl! Auch die Kombination mit Yoga und all den anderen Angeboten im meditiven Bereich waren ein super Ausgleich und Ergänzung!! Der Strand gleich im Retreat drin war genial!! Das Küchenteam war super nett und die Detox- Malzeiten schmeckten sehr gut!
from France, August 2019
"A perfect place, staff, lessons and food"
Thanks to all the staff and teachers for their knowledge and their love. The detox program helped me to be more open minded; to feel better in my body and mind; the amount of food was sufficient and really good. I started to take care of myself, taking very good massages and reiki sessions. Samma Karuna is a really great and peaceful place, there are a lot of activities if you choose to take them, for the body, the mind and the breath - sharing the space and experience with other people. Thank you again for all.
from Thailand, July 2019
"A place to stay... "
... to relax and take time for yourself, getting warm hugs, lots of positive energy and amazing food. For me the stay was like an oasis with very different and great people. Many thanks for everything!
from Spain, March 2019
Siempre había tenido curiosidad en adentrarme en estas prácticas y la escuela ha sido un muy buen sitio para conocer y tener nuevas experiencias todos los días con personas de todo el mundo. Me he sentido motivada y acogida. Recomiendo a las personas que tengan dudas por no haberlo probado nunca que se atrevan a hacerlo. Es una experiencia muy satisfactoria y gratificante. Y el lugar increible, naturaleza y mar sin duda lo recomiendo.
from United States, March 2019
"Wunderschön gelegene Schule, tolle Erfahrung"
Samma Karuna befindet sich traumhaft schön gelegen direkt am Strand. Das Ambiente und die Stimmung unter den Menschen sind wahnsinnig schön und der perfekte Ort für ein Retreat oder Yoga Teacher Training. Ich kam mit geringen Erwartungen, wollte während des YTTCs tiefer in die Yoga Thematik einsteigen und mir selbst ein besserer Lehrer werden. Ich ging mit dem Gefühl, voller Wissen und bereit zu sein, andere Menschen zu unterrichten. Ich fühle mich gut ausgebildet und habe aus den Unterrichtseinheiten sehr viel mitgenommen. Das Lehrerteam bestand aus ganz unterschiedlichen Charakteren und so war für jedes Bedürfnis die richtige Ansprache dabei. Mir gefiel, dass an vielen Stellen aufgezeigt wurde, wann es sich um eine (teils esoterische) Tradition handelt und wann wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse eine Thematik untermauern.
Besonders gut gefällt mir die nicht-dogmatische Haltung der Schule. Niemand wird in etwas hineingedrängt, was er nicht empfindet. Es gibt viele Möglichkeiten, neue Dinge kennenzulernen, dies aber immer in einem respektvollen und selbstbestimmten Rahmen.
Der Lehrplan war recht straff und damit sehr fordernd. Mir gefiel dies sehr gut, man sollte aber unbedingt Vorkenntnisse und Erfahrungen mitbringen, um das YTTC gut absolvieren zu können.
from France, March 2019
"Super séjour ! Les pieds dans l eau :)"
Super séjour ! Bungalows a 10m de l eau, centre de yoga tres pro (un prof différent tous les jours ), cours de yoga et méditation avec vue sur la mer! ^^ toutes les commodites sont a proximités (restaurants, réservation de scooter, massage...) et bonus : the secret Beach est à 10min a pied!!! Un vrai petit coin de paradis!!!
from Argentina, November 2018
"Recuperé mi vida gracias a Samma"
Es un hermoso lugar, llegué con una gran depresión después de mi divorcio y en Salma Karuna me enseñaron a ver la vida mucho más positiva y pude descubrir la felicidad. Muchas gracias Salma Karuna.
from Australia, November 2018
"Ein perfekter Start in die Reise ''Yoga''"
Dank der großartigen und ganz speziellen Arbeit von unserem Kursleiter ist unsere Gruppe sehr eng zusammengewachsen. Wir alle haben eine unglaubliche Reise der Selbstfindung durchlebt. Als Schüler von Samma Karuna geht es um mehr als nur ''Asanas'' die dann später unterrichtet werden können. Aber auch in diesem Bereich hatten wir eine wunderbare Lehrerin und haben soviel von ihr mitnehmen können. Dennoch wünscht ich mir damit wir eine Art ''flexbilen Baustein'' hätten wählen können um in einem Bereich in welchem wir stärker ausgebildet werden möchten mehr Zeit und Stunden gehabt hätten. Die 200 Std verfliegen wie im Nichts und wir hatten viele Stunden an Meditation die ich und auch andere Schüler gerne mehr für Körpertraining genutzt hätten. Dennoch würde ich mich immer wieder für Samma Karuna entscheiden. Die Liebe und Herzlichkeit die man an dieser Schule erlebt ist einzigartige. Ein toller Platz um Yoga zu entdecken!
from United States, October 2018
"Amazing and transforming experience!"
I only booked the 6 days and 5 nights Healing& Awakening course but I felt it already had such an impact on me! I wish I would have done the 4 weeks programm...
The teachers are all fantastic and super professional. I am doing Yoga since a few years but I have to say that they were probably the best ones I have ever had.
The whole course is super intense and you learn so much within this short time wich you will keep for a lifetime. Every cent you pay for it is definitely worth it!!!
Thank you so much Samma Karuna for this experience <3
from Mexico, June 2018
Un lugar excepcional, la comunidad es increíble, las clases fabulosas, el staff realmente maravilloso. Sin duda una de las mejores experiencias que he tenido. Muchas gracias!
Nativite Navaro Lacombe
from France, January 2018
Il est à l'écoute
from France, January 2018
"Go to Samma Karuna, it's a unique and amazing experience !!"
- I had a bungalow with AC. Every morning, the bungalow is cleaning and the women are really nice
- The schedule is really good : many classes of different types of yoga. You can explore many ways and see what you really like to do
- the yoga teachers are always available if you have any questions and they are really kind and professionnal
- the volunteers are helpful and cool
- the women at the welcoming center can help you for everything if you need
- Samma Karuna allows you to feel better and to let it go :)
- there is the Art Café on the other side of Samma Karuna : this place is really nice for writing, thinking, eating etc.
from Spain, January 2018
from Austria, January 2018
Die Lage ist ganz toll und ich konnte viele unterschiedliche Richtungen von Yoga und Mediation kennenlernen. Hohe Qualität der Mitarbeiter.
Maike Valerie Roth
from Switzerland, May 2017
"Life changing experience "
I had a wonderful time at Samma Karuna. I also extended my stay there for a couple of weeks cause a was so good.
from France, May 2017
"A full experience "
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
I am so thankful that I found this center. I arrived at Samma karuna to a time I didn't love myself and I didn't know what to do with my life.. Samma helped me to learn so much about myself and to open my heart for other people and for myself. The personal and the teacher are so friendly and helped me when there was a problem or a question. The location is beautiful, you can see the sea while you re doing yoga or meditation. And every evening you can see the beautiful sunset. I favorite classes have been the qi gong and the Buddha meditation. This teachers are just amazing!! I met so many beautiful souls and made a lot of new friends.
I love the Energie , I enjoyed my time so much at Samma and it will be not the last time. Thank you Samma Karuna, this center changed my life.
Noelle and Fritz
We made a 12 days detox and yoga in samma karuna and it was à great expérience. The detox was OK with jivan taking care of us e very day listening... And the yoga courses with différent teachers great time. The centre is a little paradise where its easy to relax. It was Just great thanks to all. Noelle and Fritz
I can highly recommend Samma Karuna - a very loving place - for an Awakending & Healing Program as well as for the Yoga Teacher Training. I got to know here so many new inspirations about life, the universe, yoga and people and it was a life changing experience for me.
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
I had amazing 4 weeks during the YTT - it's a very diverse, interesting program which allows you to go deeper in your yoga pratice and at the same time develop yourself. Check out the website to see the lessons they teach. For me it was the perfect match to grow as a teacher and as a person. The teachers and organizers took really good care about us and also among the YTT students we had an amazing bonding and became true friends. It's an intense program, fully packed days but still time to rest and relax during breaks as well as in the evenings and your day off.
AWAKENING and HEALING PROGRAM
During the YTT and also several weeks after I was attending the classes of the Awakening and Healing Program and I just loved them. If it is meditation, Bio Development/Danza, different Yoga styles, etc. - I just enjoyed to have as much inspiration as I could get and a new world opened up to me. I believe that everyone will find perfect workshop here.
Samma Karuna is located at a very nice location directly at a nice beach. There are really nice bungalows at the campus which is the perfect opportunity to fully concentrate on your program. It's very quiet, gives you the opportunity to relax as well as the possibility to meet people if you want to. The bungalows are also close to the beach, so a morning or evening swim is just perfect. Moreover, there are nice cafés and restaurants around Samma Karuna which you can easily access by walking.
You have beach view from all yoga halls and what is better than practicing yoga or taking part in any other classes near the beach?!? There is another, nicely equipped hall with AC and fans for theoretical classes or meditations etc. The halls are equipped with blocks, straps, pillows and new mats - just perfect for your classes.
The teachers are very professional and inspirational. I learned a lot during the yoga and any other class. They are always available to have a chat after and give you even more inspiration.
I have met amazing people at Samma Karuna, it is like a big family. You can easily come here alone and you don't need to be worried about being alone unless you wish to. There are always amazing people around you to chat with. Moreover, there are weekly community dinners where you can easily get in touch with people at Samma Karuna. You will make lots of new amazing friends who come from all over the world. Also the team of the Welcome Center is great and helps you in any regard to have an amazing stay and experience at Samma Karuna. Your feedback is always welcome and they are really keen on giving you an amazing experience during your stay.
In comparison with other yoga schools I have the feeling that Samma Karuna focuses on love, happiness and the community-vibe. My stay at Samma Karuna absolutely changed my life and I highly recommend any program, volunteering and the Yoga Teacher Training here.
P: I loved the Place. I came there after i went through a lot off things and this place really helped me to heal, release and accept things. After 28 Days Program I really found the Love in my self again and i am Thankful and Happy for this time. Great People - Teacher and Program. Especially the different Meditations (Rebirthng, BioEnegertics, Active Meditation..).
N: I Missed a Hangmat in front off my Apartment to Chill.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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!
from United Kingdom,
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!
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.
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.
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.