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28 Days 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand w/ volunteering

  • Samma Karuna School, 84/13 Moo 8, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand

Overview

Thailand Yoga Teacher Training with Volunteering

Practice Karma yoga and selflessly give for the benefit of others while preparing yourself to be a certified yoga teacher in this course. It is Samma Karuna's mission to cultivate a lifestyle that fosters inner growth and helps people to rediscover meaning and purpose in their lives. They believe that everyone already has everything it takes to create a peaceful, equitable, and sustainable existence. They just need to renew their relationship with themselves, their community, and their environment.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Unique program of training
  • Free access to a four-week Awakening and Healing program upon completion
  • Yoga Alliance diploma certification
  • 1 daily healthy vegetarian food
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 24 days with instruction
  • English
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Samma Karuna is nestled amongst the palm trees, beautiful beaches, and jungle landscapes of Koh Phangan. The island is a perfect environment for self-discovery and self-development. There are many lodging options available in the area offering a wide range of amenities.

Type A

Comfortable and spacious bungalow room with amenities and sea view.

Type B

Standard private medium range bungalow with air conditioner.

Type C

Simple and clean bungalow with fan or standard medium with air conditioner shared with another student.

Facilities

  • Yoga halls - Two wooden fully-equipped yoga halls nestled in the forest of Koh Phangan and just 200 meters from the beach.
  • Welcome center - Samma Karuna is happy to serve you in anything they can to make your stay with them as positive and productive as possible. The kind staff members are there to help with any issues.
  • Free Wi-Fi - Free Wi-Fi hot-spot is available for students and guests.
  • Free water - Free filtered water is available at the school.

Eight reasons to take your training with Samma Karuna

  • Real school of yoga - Samma Karuna is a school that runs throughout the year. The team of senior teachers fully embraces yoga as a lifestyle and path of liberation.
  • Non-dogmatic - the school embraces yoga, tantra, Buddhist values, and modern science research as part of the course, whilst maintaining a non-dogmatic and open minded approach, as foundation pillars of the school.
  • A heart school - Samma Karuna is based on the development of qualities of the heart such as simplicity, love, kindness, and compassion representing the spiritual heart of South East Asia.
  • An exceptional program - the non-dogmatic and scientific approach allows them to provide an exceptionally complete, organic program of training.
  • An intensive course in a fun, relaxing environment for you to learn - Samma Karuna believes that life is for learning but also for celebrating, therefore, Samma Karuna provides a fun, relaxing environment where learning and celebration go hand-in-hand.
  • A free internship for recently graduated students - the program offers a free internship to teach yoga at their school (optional), for those students that would like to deepen their experiential teaching skills. This is valid for one year after obtaining your certificate.
  • A community and family - Samma Karuna is not just a school, but also a community of friends and family that practices a conscious lifestyle and takes care of each other. You can volunteer and receive 20% discount: By volunteering with Samma Karuna for an extra month, you are entitled to a 20% discount on the course regular price. The prices listed in the package has already included the discount.
  • Location - the beautiful yoga school by the beach is located in Koh Phangan, the second largest yoga center of South East Asia and one of the most beautiful islands of Thailand.

Topics covered

The program covers all Yoga Alliance requirements but also includes an exceptional study of yoga techniques and practices.

  • 8 limbs of yoga of Patanjali
  • Active meditations theory
  • Anatomy
  • Art of teaching
  • Asanas theory and practice (21 modules)
  • Basics of Sanskrit
  • Energy body structure
  • Forum (compassionate and active sharing)
  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • Introduction to meditation
  • Mantras and mudras
  • OSHO active meditations practice
  • Shankhaprakshalana practice (optional)
  • Shatkarma overview (yoga purification techniques)
  • Sublimation and transmutation of energy
  • Suddarshan Kriya practice
  • Tantra and yoga
  • Truth and correct understanding in yoga
  • Yamas and Niyamas
  • Yoga and marketing
  • Yoga and nutrition
  • Yoga and self-development
  • Yoga history

Schedule

  • 07:15 - 08:15 Pranayama, mudra, and meditation
  • 08:30 - 10:30 Asana practice
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Lunch break
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Meditation / yoga Nidra / yoga theory
  • 13:40 - 14:40 Yoga philosophy / Patanjali's Yogasutras / anatomy
  • 14:40 - 16:00 Tea break
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Asana practice
  • 17:45 - 19:00 Art of teaching / physiology / adjustment, and alignment.

Sundays are days off. During the four weeks, the time schedule will be the same, but the topics will change according to the program.

Requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour Course are previous experience on yoga practice, an open flexible mind, commitment to learning, and motivation to become a yoga teacher. A high level of self-discipline is required during the course as it is physically, mentally, and spiritually demanding but also highly rewarding.

You must be able to read, speak, and comprehend English with a satisfactory degree of fluency.

Volunteer with Samma Karuna to avail of these special package prices

By volunteering with Samma Karuna for two to three hours a day, you can practice Karma yoga and selflessly give for the benefit of others. Volunteering is typically done at the school or in nearby areas. They have programs to volunteer at Phangan Animal Car

e, work at an organic farm, or help at the school in activities such as assisting in classes, Welcome Center duties, distributing flyers, etc.

The volunteering is offered either four full weeks before the Teacher Training Course starts (recommended) or four full weeks immediately after your Teacher Training Course finish. In exceptional cases, volunteering can be allowed during your course as well.

What are the requirements to be a volunteer?

Samma Karuna actively works to develop empathy and compassion. By bringing their light and energy forth, they help to open up people's hearts, ease each other's suffering, and cultivate long lasting happiness.

The community program is designed for people that have worked on themselves for a minimum of one year, and feel like taking the next step on their path by helping others. You will bring your positive energy and attitude to the school students, whilst being part of the mindful community team that sustains the energy that heals and supports student’s growth.

What kind of community work is required during your training?

Community work is divided into three areas, work at the school, assisting the local Thai community, and work on environmental projects. For examples, they have programs to clean the beaches, volunteer in Phangan Animal Care or the local kindergarten, and gardening. You can also assist in classes, help at the welcome center, or distribute flyers, etc.

  • Satyama

    Satyama integrates the healing benefits of yoga from the experience and 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 the Osho meditation resort in India, the yoga house in Guatemala, and the Osho community in Costa Rica, Pachamama.

  • Doni

    Doni is an experienced and certified Hatha yoga teacher who trained as a teacher in India. He has over 10 years experience in yoga and worked full time as a yoga instructor for the last six years and yoga is his biggest passion in life, professional and personal. 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.

Koh Phangan is made up of white sandy beaches, tropical rainforests, many hilltops, lots of nightlife, and a wide selection of restaurants. This place has a long history of over 600 years when the first monks settled on a hilltop near Tong Sala the island and built temples. Since then, the spiritual side of the island has grown and grown. Koh Phangan is 168 square kilometers and is located in a subtropical temperature zone.

Samma Karuna is located about four kilometers north from Tong Sala, a commercial center of the island and where the pier is located. The school is located in Sri Tanu area and about one and a half kilometers from 7-Eleven Sri Thanu and around nine kilometers from Tong Sala.

Nearby places

  • Sri Tanu, 1.5 kilometers
  • Tong Sala, 4 kilometers
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

You will be provided one vegetarian meal a day. You may eat healthy and tasty food served at Samma Karuna's vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Monosodium glutamate, sugar, industrial salt, gluten, refined oil, or artificial flavoring are not used. The menu is designed to optimally support you in your yoga practice.

  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 200 hours of instructions
  • Certified Yoga Alliance diploma
  • Daily one healthy vegetarian food
  • Free access to Samma Karuna's Awakening and Healing program once finishing the course
  • Optional internship at the school for graduate students
  • Unique program of training

Arrival by airplane

You may book your flight to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok. From there, you may fly to Samui Airport (USM). Between Bangkok and Koh Samui, there are many daily services run by Bangkok Airways. Flying time about 50 minutes. A connecting ferry will have to be taken from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan (see ferry info below).

From Bangkok, you can also fly first to Surat Thani Airport (URT). Air Asia flies from Bangkok to Surat Thani daily, flying time is about 50 minutes. The transfer from Surat Thani Airport (URT) to Donsak ferry port is by coach or taxi and takes about one hour and 30 minutes. At Donsak, you transfer to the Raja ferry to Koh Phangan which takes three hours. Whilst the overall journey is longer than flying directly to Koh Samui, it can be cheaper to fly via Surat Thani, depending on the time of year.

Arrival by bus

There are many bus services from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. Most of these are sleeper buses. They can be booked from travel agencies in Bangkok or by going to the central bus station (Sia Thai). The journey takes about ten hours to Donsak, the ferry port for boats going to Koh Phangan. From Donsak, the journey takes around three hours to Koh Phangan. Usually, the ferry is included in the price of the bus.

Arrival by ferry

There are ferries from Samui To Koh Phangan. The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Samui at 08:00 and 13:00. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Samui at 08:00, 11:15, 12:30, and 17:00. The Seatran pier is located near the airport, approximately a ten-minute drive and the Lompraya pier is located 50 minutes from the airport. The Lompraya pier is 50 minutes from the airport. Please take this into consideration when booking the rest of your journey. Ferries arrive in Koh Phangan at Thong Sala pier.

For returning back, the Seatran ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 11:00 and 16:30. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 07:15, 11:00, 12:00, and 16:20.

From Koh Samui airport, there is a shuttle service going to the ferry ports for Koh Phangan. This is usually available as a free service. Please ask for this service when you purchase the ticket for the ferry in the Seatran / Lompraya ferry counter as you exit Koh Samui airport.

Arrival by train

Trains leave Bangkok several times daily, the journey time is about 12 hours. Sleeping booths are available for some services. Leaving the train at Surat Thani, the transfer by coach or taxi from Surat Thani station to Donsak pier takes about one hour. From Donsak, the ferry journey takes three hours to Koh Phangan.

There are two companies that run luxury coach services from Bangkok to Chumphon, which takes about six hours. At Chumphon, you transfer to a large express boat that stops at Koh Tao before arriving at Koh Phangan. The boat journey from Chumphon to Koh Phangan takes about three hours.

Arrival by taxi

Local taxis are available from the pier. Please inform the taxi to go to Samma Karuna Srithanu. Please print out instructions in Thai to give to the taxi driver, this will avoid any unnecessary delay and frustration. Taxis are approximately 200 to 300 THB per person.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Samma Karuna an inquiry.
  • Review by Mayinca
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Nini
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by yogajewels from Marina del Rey, California
    10 out of 10

    "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"

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  • Review by Peggy F from Geneva, Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Kristine K from Madrid, Spain
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by YeseniaDC from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Velvet-Belle T from Sydney Australia
    10 out of 10

    "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. :)"

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  • Review by Tommy D
    10 out of 10

    "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!!!"

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  • Review by Katleen
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Alex and Liz
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Mayinca
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Rebeca Briceno from Colombo, Sri Lanka
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Cleo Whitehead from Bangkok, Thailand
    8 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Aly H
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Laura W. from Helsinki, Finland
    9 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Ann P
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by PaniEstera from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Maaike Poppegaai from Amsterdam, Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    " 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! "

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  • Review by Heather Custis from Salt Lake City, USA
    10 out of 10

    " 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. "

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  • Review by Bianca Basak Dikturk
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Ania from Poland
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Aidy from Brighton, UK
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Selysa
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Helena from Venezuela
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Jaime from Quebec, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Rachie from Lincolnshire, UK
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Mark from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Emma from USA
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Anja from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Sharonna from the Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Bianca from the Netherlands
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Taariq from New South Wales
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Alex
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler
    9 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Sofi
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Shana from Oregon, USA
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Barbara
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Beatrice
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Jaspee and Julia
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Filippo
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Lisa
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Nini
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by Michele
    10 out of 10

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

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  • Review by Serafina
    10 out of 10

    "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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Koh Phangan, Thailand

Samma Karuna is an international school of awakening and mindful community for people who want to learn to live a happier more fulfilled life.

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27 days / 26 nights

Availability

Arrival: Sunday January 15, 2017
Departure: Friday February 10, 2017

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