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Conscious Movement Yoga Retreat in Thailand

Join biodanza festival and bio-development teacher training created for people who love enjoying movement and music. Embrace yoga as a therapeutic and self-development tool that can facilitate an advanced learning and classes to others. Intensely lived moments through music and expression are at the heart of this upcoming workshop within the outstanding yoga and active meditations of Samma Karuna School of Awakening.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily afternoon yoga
  • 5 days instruction (Festival and BioDevelopment TTC)
  • Facilitator manuals and dance therapy teacher training courses
  • Bio-development facilitator certification upon completion
  • 6 days accommodation
  • Transfer from the pier

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: 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.


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.

Samma Karuna Thailand Yoga Teacher Training Program

This program will include a teacher training certification course on bio-development (dance therapy), regular classes of biodanza by Margarita Karger, an internationally recognized teacher from Argentina and co-founder of biodanza in Spain, active meditations based on movement, and the outstanding yoga classes of Samma Karuna School of Awakening.

The festival

The participants will enjoy regular classes of biodanza by Margarita Karger and Ishi. Biodanza is a system of personal transformation using music and dance. The very nature of its system makes it difficult to grasp cognitively. Biodanza needs to be experienced and lived. It is in this living that you can embrace its full meaning.

Bio-development teacher training

Inspired by biodanza developed by Ishi, bio-development emphasizes healing and self-development as fundamental pillars of the system. It also provides the facilitator a clear structured and comprehensible theory of how to create a class in order to facilitate a nursing environment where healing and self-development take place using bio-development techniques, movement, and music.

During the teacher training course you will develop your understanding of:

  • Theory and methodology of bio-development
  • Your ability to demonstrate the exercises to others
  • Your choice of music and understanding of how music impacts a group process
  • Your design of a class on the correct gradient and sequence for participants
  • Your own ability to experience healing by deep experiential exercises based on meditation, music, and movement
  • Your observation and reading of the group and individual reactions to exercises or the class
  • Your poetic enunciation (or introduction) of exercises with imagery, words, poetry, etc.

Typical daily schedule

  • 09:00 Bio-development or biodanza class (practical)
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:30 Bio-development TTC (theory class)
  • 12:30 Break for lunch
  • 14:30 Biodanza or bio-development (practical)
  • 15:30 Break
  • 16:00 Yoga session
  • 17:30 Break
  • 18:00 Sharing session or bio-development TTC (theory class)
  • 19:00 Bio-development or biodanza (practical)


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
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.

Retreat location

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

  • 7-Eleven, 500 meters
  • Sri Tanu, 1.5 kilometers
  • Tong Sala, 4 kilometers



  • Swimming


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Yoga studio


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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There will be 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 days yoga instruction sessions (festival and bio-development TTC)
  • 6 days accommodation in a standard A/C room
  • Certificate as a bio-development facilitator on successful course completion
  • DVD with over 450 songs categorized for bio-development
  • Dance therapy teacher training courses
  • Facilitators manual
  • Transfer from the pier

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). 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 takes about 50 minutes. You will need a connecting ferry to take you 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 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Samui at 8 a.m, 11:15 a.m., 12:30 a.m, and 5 p.m. 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 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 7:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 4:20 p.m.

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.

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