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6 Days Celebration by the Beach, Social Meditation and Yoga Retreat Koh Phangan, Thailand

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

Inspiring Yoga Retreat Thailand

Start a deep journey into your heart where you can be yourself, relax, and celebrate life! As an international school of self-realization and spiritual heart of South East Asia, Samma Karuna invites you to join this Awakening and Healing program. As the insignia of their school, this program is the most complete non-dogmatic self-development program in the world. This program has been created for people who are called to learn to live a happier, more fulfilled, and more enriched life.

Meet the instructors

Ishi, Aliona, & Martin
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  • Guided yoga classes twice a day
  • Introduction to Vipassana meditation
  • Dance, celebration, dynamic, and active meditations
  • Music circles and compassionate sharing
  • 3 rejuvenating Thai massage sessions
  • Insightful lectures and exercises
  • Transfer service from the pier
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 30 participants
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  • Sauna
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

Samma Karuna provides three types of bungalow for you according to your requirements. By default, all accommodation provided is type C, but you may decide to upgrade for an additional cost. The accommodation is provided inside the school. On the event of no availability at the time of your booking, accommodation might be provided in one of the hotels next door to the school (beach front). All of the rooms have their own private bathrooms.

Type C accommodation

This is the type of accommodation included in the course fee. The accommodation provided is shared with another student (Standard bungalow with A/C)

Type B accommodation

This accommodation is a standard private bungalow with air conditioner.

Type A accommodation

This is a comfortable bungalow with amenities and sea view

Samma Karuna has many facilities such as:

  • 4 yoga halls (3 of them by the beach)
  • Beach area
  • Welcome center
  • Yoga shop
  • Gathering areas
  • 2 evening event halls
  • Vegan restaurant
  • Areas for art and expression
  • Chill out areas
  • Common areas
  • Garden area among the halls
  • Sauna and massage shop
  • Bonfire area
  • Indoor air-conditioned hall
  • Bikes and motorbikes parking


This retreat includes social, active, and still meditations, daily yoga classes, expressive techniques based on conscious movement and music, Cathartic techniques, pranayama, insights to Tantra, non-dogmatic lectures on self-development, compassionate sharing, and mindfulness practice.

Yoga practice

Samma Karuna’s yoga is gentle, spiritual, and therapeutic, suitable both for beginners and experienced practitioners. It incorporates the basis of Hatha yoga with Vinyasa flow and mindful Ujjayi pranayama allowing the whole process of practice to become mindful and healing.


Qigong is a practice of mastering Qi in the body (life force energy) through rhythmic breathing, slow and sometimes rapid movement, static poses which are held for a period of time, and deep focus. It has its roots in Chinese medicine and martial arts, dating back some 4,000 years.

Dance meditation

It is an active meditation in which you use rhythm, awareness, and an intuitive state which are typical qualities of many types of meditation within dancing to reconnect with yourselves and celebrate life.

Samma Karuna Shower of Love

This is the most famous social meditation of Samma Karuna. It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy. In this love meditation, you will explore the art of seeing light in each other and within yourselves as a true path for a more thankful and happy life.

Samma Karuna AUM meditation

You will learn fifteen stages intense cathartic meditation inspired by humaniversity AUM meditation and Osho’s AUM marathon. This is a three-and-a-half-hour journey of opening up to your emotions, reconnecting with your body and celebrating life.

Awakening class

As a school of self-realization, Samma Karuna's main concern is to help their students finding an authentic and long-lasting happiness. As a non-dogmatic, non-religious school, their aim is to help you develop your own light and wisdom and understanding that true wisdom comes from within, through your own personal experiences, rather than second-hand wisdom found in books or lectures. The awakening lectures are based on experiential exercises, time for reflection, sharing, music, and meditation.

Conscious cinema

This is a free weekly event offering an uplifting conscious movie to bring more awareness and understanding to your life.

Compassionate sharing

Based on non-violent communication, you learn how to share from your heart, share your vulnerabilities to the group, and have the courage to be just yourselves. In this process, you take responsibility for your emotions and balance whilst you understand that what makes you vulnerable actually make you beautiful.

Samma Karuna social meditations

When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings. Hugging with mindfulness and concentration can bring reconciliation, healing, understanding, joy, and great happiness. This meditation is only available at Samma Karuna's center in Thailand.

Rebirthing breathwork

Rebirthing is a gentle yet powerful conscious breathing technique. It brings into awareness your unconsciously held beliefs, emotions, and relationships you have with your bodies and yourselves. By birthing with awareness, you make possible to resolve, integrate, and heal previously unresolved issues in your life.

Sudarshan Kriya / Samma Karuna Aurora Soham

Breathing is the first act of life. Within the breath is the unexplored secret of life. Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful yet simple rhythmic breathing technique that incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath, harmonizing the body, mind, and emotions.This technique eliminates stress, fatigue, and negative emotions such as anger, frustration, and depression. Leaving the mind calm and focused, the body energized and completely relaxed.

Tantra practice

Tantra helps you to realize the divine beauty you all have within. In this special events, you will use the power of breath, movement, and touch to connect with yourselves and others in a fun, loving, and playful way.

Vipassana meditation

You gather every day to meditate together. Vipassana, as taught by S. N. Goenka, is a traditional still meditation which is 2500 years old and considered to be the meditation used by Gautama Buddha to gain enlightenment. All levels are welcome, just bring a respectful and loving energy to the class. If you haven’t meditated before, Samma Karuna may introduce you to Anapana meditation technique to get you started.

Daily sample schedule

  • 07:15-08:20 Vipassana meditation or Osho dynamic meditation
  • 08:30-10:30 Yoga practice
  • 11:00-12:00 Qigong
  • 12:00-14:30 Break for lunch and rest
  • 14:30-16:00 Activity of the day (Osho active meditations, bio-development, dance meditation, bio-energetics, rebirthing, etc.)
  • 16:00-17:30 Yoga practice
  • 17:30-18:30 Break
  • 18:30-20:00 Evening activity (social meditation, awakening class, Atisha's heart meditation, Sudarshan Kriya, Angel walk, etc.)


Ishi Thamnopoulos



Retreat location

Samma Karuna is located in front of the beaches of Koh Phangan, a paradisiac island in the Gulf of Thailand. The accommodation is nestled amongst palm trees, beautiful beaches, and jungle landscapes with stunning mountain views. Thong Sala city center is only a 15-minute drive away. Crossing the street from the school, you will find an ATM.

Also you will be able to enjoy "Art Café" - a very famous and cozy coffee shop. The shopping villa Srithanu is just a 5-minute walk away and there you can find supermarkets, a recreational aquatic center as well as restaurants serving both local and international food.

Nearby places

  • Family Mart Haad Chap Phao, 100 meters
  • Srithanu - 5 minutes' walk
  • Thong Sala, 5 kilometers - 15 minutes' drive

Unique features


  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Shopping


  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala


  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

Things to do (optional)

The location of Samma Karuna is also perfect to enjoy the most popular tourist attractions of Koh Phangan. You can experience popular attractions such as diving, trekking, visiting the Thong Sala night market, enjoying Thai cooking classes, dip in the pools, taking a massage shower, resting in beautiful beaches with incredible sunsets, discovering waterfalls, and being amazed by beautiful natural landscapes!

What's included

  • 6 days of instructions
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Introduction to Vipassana
  • Exclusive social meditations
  • Dance and celebration meditations
  • Osho dynamic and active meditations
  • One to one interviews with a senior teacher to guide you through the program
  • Music circles and compassionate sharing
  • Expressive techniques based on conscious movement and music
  • Insightful lectures and exercises
  • 3 Thai massage sessions
  • Transfer service from the pier
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Complimentary bag and introduction booklet

What's not included

  • Meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Samui Airport (USM).

This is the nearest airport from Koh Phangan. A connecting ferry will have to be taken from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan.

However, this airport is not an international airport. Between Bangkok and Koh Samui, there are many daily services run by Bangkok Airways with flying time about 50 minutes.

You can also book your flight to arrive at Surat Thani International Airport (URT). Air Asia flies from Bangkok to Surat Thani daily. The flying time is about 50 minutes. The transfer from Surat Thani International Airport (URT) to Donsak ferry port is by coach or taxi and takes about one and a half hours. At Donsak port, 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 10 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

You can take a ferry which leaves Koh Samui at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m from the Seatran pier. The Seatran pier is located near the airport, approximately a 10-minute drive. Besides, you can also take a ferry from the Lompraya pier at 8 a.m., 11.15 a.m., 12.30 p.m., and 5 p.m. The Lompraya pier is located 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.

Arrival by train

Trains leave Bangkok several times daily and 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 and a half hours. From Donsak, the ferry journey takes three hours to Koh Phangan.

There are 2 companies that run luxury coach services from Bangkok to Chumphon, which takes about 6 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 2 and a half hours.

Arrival by taxi

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

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