8 Days Chrysalis New Year Yoga Retreat in Thailand

  • Museflower Retreat & Spa, 159/1 Moo 1 Ban Samanmit, Tambon Donsila, Amphur Wiang Chai, Chiang Rai, Thailand

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New Year Yoga Retreat Thailand

  • 7 days with instruction
  • Join this yoga retreat to experience an integrative and holistic approach where you will be able to work on all aspects of yourself. This is the ideal way to support the transition into a new year in a beautiful natural environment connecting through yoga, group workshops, and purifying your systems in preparation for what is to come, supported by a personal process of reflection and inspiration through group learning.


    • Daily yoga classes
    • Daily meditation practices
    • Workshops, dialogue, and inquiry sessions
    • Individual coaching session and wonderful spa treatment
    • Excursion to Khun Korn waterfall
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Daily vegetarian meals


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    During this retreat you will stay either in a shared or a private room. The rooms at Museflower are located in a cluster of cottages set in a garden facing a peaceful lake. The rooms are clean, comfortable, cozy, and can accommodate up to 36 people maximum in a shared basis.

    The triple, superior, and deluxe rooms all have a covered terrace where guests can sit outside and enjoy the view. All rooms are equipped with wall fans, windows with mosquito screens, a place to store clothes, and a bathroom with hot shower.

    The rooms also have a reading lamp, a hair dryer, body wash and shampoo, slippers, hangers for clothes, a drying rack for clothes, umbrellas, mosquito repellent, and a flashlight. The center also provides complimentary ozonized drinking water, hot water kettle, herbal tea, shampoo, and shower gel.

    Standard room

    The standard room is equipped with two beds, one private bathroom, and a beautiful custom made Northern Thai-style bedside, tables, and a cupboard to place your belongings. The rooms are suitable for single travelers or couples.

    Triple room

    The triple room is equipped with a raised Thai-style platform that fits three mattresses with custom made bedside tables, one private bathroom, and a covered terrace where you can sit and relax outside. The room is suitable for small groups or single travelers who don’t mind to share.

    Superior room

    The air-conditioned superior room is a more spacious room with two separate beds, a beautiful custom made closet with hangers and bedside tables, one private bathroom, and a covered terrace where you can sit and relax outside.

    This retreat is an integral approach to creating a conscious transition into 2017. The retreat activities are based on a foundation of yoga practices and a variety of other modalities to enhance and amplify your vitality. Through workshops, coaching sessions, movement and meditation, and connection with an inspiring group, you will experience a profound container in which to release the old, gain clarity, and make empowered choices as you move into the New Year.

    You will be able to choose to do one thing a day or five. There will be a range of levels of physical movement through different styles of yoga and a range of learning spaces from quiet reflection to highly interactive. The group activities will playfully support and amplify your individual expansion and also your co-emergence with others.

    The team members will bring diverse skill sets and professional knowledge to provide tailored individual coaching sessions as part of the retreat and will be sharing a wide variety of integral development opportunities with the group.

    Weaving through the week will be the theme of transition, where you will be supported to hold awareness of where in their lives they are letting go. The core activities of the retreat are designed to contribute to individual strength and balance from which to make space for the new.

    Additionally, you will embrace the possibilities of co-creation within the group members. You will also be invited to contribute to the group learning process and may offer to share a meditation, story, or a poem. If you might want to lead a group activity, there will be a time made available within the afternoon retreat schedule.

    Typical daily schedule

    • 06:00 - 07:00 Meditation practice
    • 07:00 - 08:30 Yoga class
    • 08:30 - 10:00 Breakfast
    • 10:00 - 12:30 Workshop or excursion
    • 12:30 - 14:30 Lunch
    • 14:30 - 16:00 Workshop or excursion
    • 16:00 - 18:00 Yoga class, individual sessions, or free time
    • 18:00 - 19:30 Dinner
    • 19:30 - 20:30 Evening activity, yoga, and meditation

    One excursion to the Khun Korn waterfall is included in this retreat.

    • Heidi Gutekunst

      Heidi is a facilitator, developmental coach, transformation catalyst, and CEO of Amara Collaboration. Heidi is an innovative social entrepreneur with an executive background in advertising. She is the initiator and co-founder of Amara Collaboration and works internationally with transformations on three levels, the individual, groups and teams, and systems and organizations.

    • Ana Sophia Demetrakopoulos

      Ana Sophia is a facilitator, adult education trainer, Kundalini yoga teacher, and a co-collaborator at Amara Collaboration. Ana Sophia Demetrakopoulos works in group facilitation, development, and training in diverse professional arenas with a focus on community resiliency. From over 20 years' experience teaching Kundalini yoga, she shares these practices to contribute to individual embodiment and to build capacity for innovation in groups.

    • Kristen Yates

      Kristen is a holistic life and health coach, a certified yoga teacher, a Reiki practitioner, and an Ayurvedic lifestyle teacher. Kristen is an integrative coach, a yoga teacher, and a creative facilitator on a mission to help people to ignite their light within and express themselves freely and authentically in the world.

    • Stephanie Lisa Kelly

      Stephanie is a psychologist, a coach, facilitator, "Way of Council" practitioner, and a flower essence therapist. She helps women to live more embodied, empowered, and delicious lives. She is also a restless creative, passionate instigator, bold adventurer, wild-hearted dreamer, and an international vagabond. She hosts workshops and retreats on self-expression, power, and freedom. She facilitates transformational containers at meetings, conferences, and other events.

    This retreat will be held at Museflower Retreat Center in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The tranquil retreat is nestled in a gentle wooded area surrounded by scenic lakes and lush rice fields. Located in Thailand’s far north in the Golden Triangle where the border meets Myanmar and Laos, Chiang Rai is a lovely place to explore Thailand’s exotic hill tribe cultures, beautiful Lanna (northern Thai) temples, arts and crafts, and go trekking by foot or elephant in the misty green hills.

    Nearby places

    • Chiang Rai town, 17 kilometers
    • Cycling nearby
    • Golf course nearby
    • Hiking
    • Massage
    • Spa
    • Stargazing
    • Swimming
    • Swimming pool
    • Beach nearby
    • Dining area
    • Garden
    • Lake nearby
    • Restaurant
    • Yoga deck
    • Bicycle rental
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Laundry
    • Room cleaning
    • Toiletries
    • Tour assistance

    During this retreat you will be served three daily delicious vegetarian meals. The center offers delicious, organic lacto/ovo vegetarian food with buffet style dining. Fresh produce is picked straight from their own on-site Aquaponics system and organic garden, and they also source locally as much as possible. The also offer complimentary ozonized, chemical-free pure drinking water, herbal teas, and healthy fruit snacks throughout the day. Vegan cuisine is available upon request.

    • Chill by the pool lounge and read a book from the living room
    • Enjoy a homemade ice cream and Oolong tea at Boonrawd Farm
    • Explore the nearby area and lakes on foot or rent a bicycle
    • Optional excursion to the Golden Triangle
    • Play board games and mahjong
    • Play golf at Happy City or Santiburi Golf Club
    • Star-gaze at night on the grass or in the lake platform
    • Swim in the heated salt water pool or with the fishes in the beautiful lake
    • Tea tasting by Doi Mae Salong
    • Visit the interactive hall of the Opium Museum or the Oub Kham museum
    • Watch movies in the living room at the center

    One spa treatment of your choice is included in this retreat. You may also enjoy other spa services at the local spa for an additional cost.

    Back and shoulder massage

    Relieve stiffness from your back and shoulder with this reviving upper body massage. Finish with a face and scalp massage for complete relaxation.

    Cupping massage

    This unique and effective healing massage, combines ancient Chinese natural healing and Western touch. You may begin with a relaxing aromatic massage to warm and relax tired muscles, followed by fire cupping along the meridian lines to help draw out toxins and stimulate a free flow of energy within your body.

    Detoxifying green clay wrap

    This treatment begins pampering your skin with a gentle and cleansing Himalayan crystal pink salt exfoliation and then allow your body to detoxify with the application of green clay to draw out impurities. You will finish with an application of body moisturizer scented with a signature blend.

    Dried mangosteen peel body scrub

    Mangosteen, known as the “queen of the tropical fruits”, contains a high amount of anti-oxidants to help repair and prevent further damage to skin cells. This natural Thai spa treatment uses dried mangosteen peel powder mixed with honey for a gentle body exfoliation followed by a kefir (fermented milk) splash for softening the skin. You will finish with an application of body moisturizer scented with a signature blend.

    Foot acupressure

    One of the most popular Thai spa treatments, foot massage kneads the reflex points on the feet that correspond to every organ and gland in the body. You may begin with a foot soak and a shoulder massage to release tension then enjoy the gentle healing of foot massage stimulation of the autonomic nervous, lymphatic, and circulation systems. This is ideal to improve circulation and help tired feet to recuperate.

    Himalayan black salt body scrub

    “Kala Namak”, or Himalayan black salt has been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a cooling spice to aid digestion. It is rich in iron and minerals and this salt contains a distinct sulphur flavor. Tamarind paste, fresh ginger, and coconut oil are mixed with black salt to create a rich body scrub, which helps to stimulate blood circulation and maintain a healthy pH balance for the skin.

    Himalayan crystal pink salt body peel

    This treatment is ideal for detoxifying. Himalayan crystal pink salt and oil are applied on the whole body and then the therapist will wrap and cover your body allowing the Himalayan crystal pink salt’s rich 84 minerals to recharge your body cells, restore skin moisture, and leave you with a feeling relaxed, fresh, and light.

    Himalayan crystal pink salt body scrub

    Enriched with about 84 essential minerals, this ionic salt is the result of the accumulation of the substances on rock salt over a million years. The Himalayan pink salt body scrub is infused with rose essential oil and honey, improving the skin texture and hydrating while calming the mind. You will finish with an application of body moisturizer scented with a signature blend.

    Indian head massage

    Inspired by the traditional “Champissage” from India, this treatment combines both gentle and stimulating techniques on the upper back, shoulders, neck, and scalp to improve blood flow and relieve stress. Coconut oil is used to nourish the hair and scalp.

    Lunar massage

    This full body signature massage includes a pampering facial and scalp massage. With your choice of aromatherapy oil and gentle slow stroking movements, this treatment allows your body and mind to immerse in a harmonic state once again. Also suitable for children and pregnant guests.

    Solar massage

    This is the best spa treatment to revitalize your body with this integrative style of full-body signature massage, combining Oriental and Western techniques. With your choice of aromatherapy oil, the therapist will use different movements, stretching and acupressure to awaken the energy flow of your body again.

    Star massage

    You may begin with a spa consultation to let them know what pressure you prefer, what area you would like to concentrate on, and select your own aromatherapy oil that best caters to your need. The therapists will use natural Thai spa techniques along with their instinct to tune into your body and energy incorporating their own unique style in this signature massage treatment.

    Thai herbal massage

    Combining traditional Thai massage with the use of freshly made Thai heated herbal compresses, this natural Thai spa treatment helps to improve blood circulation, ease aches, and re-energize the whole being.

    Thai massage

    The Thai massage uses pressure points and gentle body stretching to re-awaken the body’s energy flow by stimulating the meridians (energy channels). This treatment is practiced fully-clothed and without oil.

    • 1 excursion to Khun Korn waterfall
    • 1 individual coaching session with one of the team members
    • 1 spa treatment
    • 3 daily vegetarian meals plus snacks and filtered water
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • All workshops, sessions, and activities mentioned in the itinerary
    • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
    • Additional activities
    • Additional spa treatments
    • Additional transportation
    • Airfare
    • Airport transportation

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI). Airport transportation can be arranged with Museflower Retreat Center for an additional cost.

    Arrival by bus

    Normally, a bus ride takes about three hours from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. The new bus terminal number two is about 20 kilometers from the center.

    Arrival by taxi

    From the Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI) you can take a taxi to the retreat center. The trip is approximately 30 minutes and 20 USD per person.

    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


    • Review by Caroline Leon

      "Stephanie is an absolute powerhouse of creativity and passion and her drive and ability to empower others shines through with oodles of love and light. She gives those around her the permission to embrace and reveal those parts of themselves that feel raw, wild, messy, and unseen to the world and in doing so achieve their boldest, brightest dreams. Every conversation I’ve ever had with her has left me feeling on fire with excitement and possibility. She is a woman to spend time with."

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    • Review by Lexi Koch

      "Stephanie is a beautiful coach and soul. She is extremely present and the space she gives her clients is so full of possibility and belief in them. I feel her love oozing through line so that I can be all the way myself and uncover all of my hidden beliefs on my path toward wholeness. This feeling of safety allows me to open and dive into the parts of me that are needing the most tender love and care."

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    • Review by Helen McLaughlin

      "Coaching with Steph has been and continues to be the greatest way for me to access my inner wisdom. She holds a space that is supremely sacred and heart-centered. She is equal parts loving and fierce and she is capable of sessions that are at once restorative and expansive. Steph’s belief in my greatness has quickly become my belief in my greatness. We worked together to determine where I was out of alignment with myself, and we mapped out the way home. If you gift yourself a bundle of sessions with Steph, she will guide you in reconnecting with your truest self. "

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    • Review by Anne Vibeke

      "In an increasingly populated coaching world many coaches can appear similar, which is why Steph is such a breath of fresh air! She’s beautifully ballsy and fierce, yet she’ll wrap you up in her softness and deep vulnerability. She has lovingly challenged my assumptions, gently pushed me to let go of what no longer served me, helped me to re-connect with and fully embrace what I truly want in life."

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    • Review by Julie Houghton

      "With her fierce love and gentle style, Steph holds a safe space for you while challenging you to step outside of your comfort zone. She walks her talk and literally shines from the inside out. If you are ready for real transformation in your life, she is the one who can help you realize it"

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    • Review by Josh Lipovetsky

      "I am a stronger man for having known Steph. She is the one who taught me circling and how to truly connect deeply with someone through their eyes. To access soul consciousness through eye contact, even on a Skype chat. I have taken this skill and it has become a basis for more and more connections with more and more lovely people in my life."

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    • Review by Rob MacLeod

      "It was incredible co-exploring the depth of authentic connection and vulnerable boundaries with Steph. It felt like she was able to provide me with a reassurance that it was safe to feel beyond my boundaries and actively question my conditioning."

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    • Review by Gunhild Lorenzen

      "Steph is a courageous, honest, and creative woman. She is connected to the spirit worlds as well as to ground. Whoever is going to participate in one of her workshops will be in contact with the core, the soul, with the wild nature, and will experience a freedom not to be known before."

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