6 Days Active Meditation, Yoga and Celebration in Koh Phangan, Thailand

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

Overview

Healing Yoga Vacation in Koh Phangan

  • 5 days with instruction
  • We are 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. Come to visit us and enjoy four days of celebration, new friends and selfdiscovery at Samma Karuna. It is our mission to cultivate a lifestyle that fosters inner growth and helps people to reconnect with the joy of being alive. Samma Karuna is an international school of awakening and mindful community. Our program provides a holistic combination of activities designed to heal and harmonize body, mind, and soul.

    Highlights

    • 2 massage sessions
    • Yoga classes twice daily
    • Active and still meditation
    • 5 nights accommodation
    • Transfer from pier

    Skill level

    • Beginner

      Languages

      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    We are 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 bungalow with A/C, Amenities and sea view

    Type B: Standard private bungalow with A/C

    Type C: Private simple Bungalow with FAN

    Our program provides a unique and holistic combination of activities designed to heal and harmonize body, mind, and soul. It includes daily yoga classes, active and still meditation, lectures, compassionate sharing, expressive techniques based on conscious movement and music, mindful practice, and life coaching.

    Mindfulness practice

    Our philosophy is that we believe that mindfulness will help us face our everyday and long term loss, disappointments, and difficulties. We enjoy the life we have, instead of escaping or fantasizing about some other life. By being more aware of our body, thoughts and emotions we will receive signals about whats out of balance. Mindfulness teaches us to respect these signals and welcome them instead of pushing them away.

    Over the past decades, researchers and mental health professionals have been discovering that mindfulness practice can alleviate many kinds of psychological suffering. Mindfulness helps us understand what lies at the root of our behavior and thus it has the power to transform negative habits, making our lives rich and meaningful. At Samma Karuna, we are dedicated to practice mindfulness during all our daily activities. We are confident that this is the best medicine that will enable us to build our new life.

    Activities description

    Yoga practice

    Samma Karuna’s yoga is gentle, spiritual and therapeutic. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners, it incorporates the basics of Hatha Yoga with vinyasa flow and mindful Ujjayi pranayama, allowing the whole process of practice to become mindful and healing.

    Qi Gong

    ‘Qi’ meaning energy, ‘Gong’ meaning work. Qi Gong is a practice of connection to our Divine essence both through movement of the body and the stillness of the mind. It has its roots in Chinese medicine and martial arts, dating back some 4,000 years. There is believed to be a field of energy which runs through the body.

    When this energy stagnates, we become sick. This practice helps to keep it flowing freely. Qigong is an art which helps one to cultivate their vital life force through rhythmic breathing, slow and sometimes rapid movement, static poses which are held for a period of time, and deep focus.

    Bio Development

    Bio Development, is a system that integrates music, movement and authentic interactions to provide experiences of intense perception of being alive in the here-and-now. These experiences are doors to access primal emotions and help movement emerge that is the most natural expression of your true self.

    Angel’s Walk

    It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy. In this love meditation, we will explore the art of seeing light in each other and within ourselves as a true path for a more thankful and happy life.

    Awakening Class

    As an awakening school, our main concern is to help our students find an authentic and long-lasting happiness. As a non-dogmatic, non-religious school, our aim is to help you develop your own light and wisdom. Understanding that true wisdom comes from within, through our own personal experiences, rather than second hand wisdom found in books or lectures. Our wisdom events are based on experiential exercises, time for reflection, sharing, music & meditation.

    Conscious Cinema

    • Free weekly event offering a positive movie to bring more awareness and understanding to our lives.

    Tree of harmony

    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.

    Osho active meditations

    Been scientifically designed by Osho over a period of time to enable us to consciously express and experience repressed feelings and emotions, and learn the knack of watching our habitual patterns in a new way.

    Sudarshan Kriya / 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

    • In this special event we will explore the power of Tantra as a vehicle of growth and liberation through acceptance and love.

    Vipassana Meditation

    We 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, we may introduce you to a simple meditation technique to get you started.

    • Not all the activities may be available during your stay

    Our schedule:

    • 07.15 – 08.20: Vipassana sitting meditation
    • 08.30 – 10.30: Yoga practice
    • 11.00 – 12.00: Qi Gong
    • 12.00 – 14.30: Break
    • 14.30 – 16.00: Activity of the day (Osho Active Meditations, BioDevelopment, Dance Meditation, etc,)
    • 16.00 – 17.30: Yoga practice
    • 17.45 – 19.00: Awakening Class and special events (Tree Harmony, Atisha's heart meditation, Sudarshan Kriya, Angel walk)

    Samma Karuna is located about 4 km north from Tong Sala (commercial center of the island and where the pier is located). School is located in Sri Tanu area and about 100 m from 7-Eleven Sri Thanu.

    Distances

    • Sri Tanu, 100 m
    • Tong Sala, 4 km
    • 2 Massage sessions
    • 5 nights accommodation
    • Active and still meditations
    • Expressive techniques based on conscious movement and music
    • Insightful lectures and exercises
    • Insights to Tantra (optional 2 days workshop included) and mindful practice
    • Transfer service from the pier
    • Yoga classes twice daily

    Arrival by airplane

    Flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui

    The nearest airport is in Koh Samui. Between Bangkok and Koh Samui, there are many daily services run by Bangkok Airways. Flying time about 50 minutes. See http://www.bangkokair.com/eng for more information about this.

    A connecting ferry will have to be taken from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan (see ferry info below).

    Flights from Bangkok to Surat Thani

    Air Asia flies from Bangkok to Surat Thani daily; flying time is about 50 minutes. The transfer from Surat Thani airport to Donsak ferry port is by coach or taxi and takes about 1 hours. At Donsak, you transfer to the Raja ferry to Koh Phangan which takes 3 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 3 hours to Koh Phangan. Usually, the ferry is included in the price of the bus.

    Arrival by ferry

    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 10 minute drive.

    The Lompraya peir is 50 minutes from the airport. Please take this in consideration when booking the rest of your journey. Ferries arrive in Koh Phangan at Thong Sala Pier.

    Ferries from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui

    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 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 - 300 THB per person.

    Arrival by train

    Trains leave Bangkok several times daily; the journey time is about 12 hours. Sleeping booths are available on some services. Leaving the train at Surat Thani, the transfer by coach or taxi from Surat Thani station to Donsak Peir takes about 1 hours. From Donsak; the ferry journey takes 3 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 hours.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Samma Karuna an inquiry.

    Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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      Review by Sarah Kmieciak from France

      A full experience

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

      PROS Pros: 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

      10 Value for money
      7.5 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      10 Location
      10 Quality of activity
      10 Overall impression

      2017-May-17 03:40:11

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      Review by Glory Requena from Switzerland

      One of the best experience. Also things to be improved

      CONS Cons: The welcoming. Not body was waiting for me after flying 24 hours. That was a lack of respect and organisation The yoga mats are so old and smelly. They really need to be changed

      PROS Pros: Yoga teachers were the best especially Alejandro, Sophia and Nathalia

      5 Value for money
      7.5 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      7.5 Location
      7.5 Quality of activity
      7.5 Overall impression

      Organizer response: Hello Glory, Thank you ever so much for your review, we're very grateful for all of your feedback and greatly appreciate your honesty. We're so pleased that you had 'the best experience' at Samma Karuna and it was a pleasure having you with us too! Thank you for the feedback about how great our teachers are, we'll certainly pass on your wonderful feedback to them. We sincerely apologise that your greeting on arrival was delayed. Due to the national bank holiday of Songkran, we had staff shortages so this is not our normal practice. However this should not have happened and we will ensure that we make alternative arrangements next year. Best wishes, Samma Karuna

      2017-Apr-19 03:07:55

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      Review by Valerie Quélier from France
      7.5 Value for money
      7.5 Accommodation & facilities
      7.5 Food
      7.5 Location
      7.5 Quality of activity
      7.5 Overall impression

      2017-May-13 07:18:01

    • Review by Anonymous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      "Management Response from Samma Karuna"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      "SK Team."

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    • Review by Tanja from Finland

      "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. "

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    • Review by Rebeca Briceno from Colombo, Sri Lanka

      "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

      "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 Laura W. from Helsinki, Finland

      "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 Maaike Poppegaai from Amsterdam, Netherlands

      " 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

      " 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 a traveler

      "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 Shana from Oregon, USA

      "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 Carmen Signer from Switzerland

      "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."

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    Testimonials

    • Review by Maria

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

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    • Review by Sophia

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

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    • Review by Kacper

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

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    • Review by Anya

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

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    • Review by Laura

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

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    • Review by Sina

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

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

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    • Review by Taariq

      "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 Nadia

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

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    • Review by Aleksander

      "Amazing Yoga School! The place that gives you wings."

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    • Review by Esti

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

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    • Review by Lena

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

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    • Review by Alexander

      "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 Erika

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

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    • Review by Emma

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

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    • Review by Jamie

      "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 Helena

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

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

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    • Review by Natalie

      "Very nice first time I go. Woooooow amazing!"

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    • Review by Ania

      "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 Marcia

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

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    • Review by Cecile

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

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    • Review by Dani

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

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    • Review by Karen and Randy

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

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    • Review by a Traveler

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

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

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

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    • Review by Amy

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

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    • Review by Darcinka

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

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    • Review by Salma

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

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    • Review by Bryan/Patrick

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

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    • Review by Kathy

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

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    • Review by Mayinca

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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 Aly H

      "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 Ann P

      "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

      "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 Bianca Basak Dikturk

      " 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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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 Sofi

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

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    • Review by Barbara

      "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

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

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    • Review by Jaspee and Julia

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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

      "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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