Suan Sati is a yoga and meditation retreat center and a permaculture community founded on the principles of Therevada Buddhism outside Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Yoga Retreats (1)
Will founded Suan Sati as a lifestyle that would allow himself and others to live the practice and not only visit it. Buddhist meditation, yoga, and permaculture are integral parts of his path, and the opportunity and responsibility to share these things with others in a community setting led him to take on this project. Will is always on site tending the gardens, leading meditation, and sneaking bananas, but he always has time for a chat and a laugh with new friends.
For Lisa, yoga is practicing body awareness and connecting with the deeper self. Yoga opened up a whole new world for her; a world of transformation, acceptance, connection, and the direct knowledge of a higher power, without having to label or define it. One key point for her that leads to a healthy, balanced, and holistic lifestyle is the certainty that there is a vital force within and around our body that keeps us alive, constantly flowing. Every breath, every heartbeat deserves to be honored, on and off the mat. She has completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in Goa, India.
from United States, October 2019
I absolutely loved the community that they have created. The food was tasty, the new location and its facilities were beautiful, and the Thai staff were incredibly kind. It was also nice that there was a variety of yoga classes so we were exposed to different styles and teachers.
from United Kingdom, January 2019
"It really is as good as the reviews say."
This has been a wonderful experience, the teaching, the sense of community and the caring nature of all staff are second to none.
from United States, January 2019
"Lifetime experience! Totally worth it!"
Will, Lisa and Natasha are simply awesome.
6am yoga is great!
All the workshop are fun!
This place is beautiful!
All my dietary preferences are well taken care of! Thank you so much!!
from Thailand, December 2018
"Great Fun & Energizing!"
Auntie Oun and Wa-ra-nee were both fabulous local Thai women who gave fun yet deep and penetrating advice for simple ideas to improve the health and simplicity of our lives. The Thai sustainability and culture aspects of the retreat were Wonderful! Likewise, Natasha was our yoga instructor and she was as sweet and lovely as could be, with a plethora of yoga knowledge for guiding many levels. Overall, the facilities are nice and made out of bamboo and the sustainability & composting aspects of campus were great too. The vegan food buffets at every meal were also outstanding.
(Note: Tried to add Natasha to list of instructors but that feature of the website was not working.)
from Canada, January 2018
"Come here for great food, teachings, and safe introspection"
The food was incredible, all fresh and vegan and beautifully prepared. The activities in between yoga sessions were really cool (kirtan, art classes, reiki). Each teacher had their own unique teachings and techniques to offer. Beds were comfiest I’ve slept on. All in all, I have no negative comments. I was able to reach places that I’ve never reached before.
from Thailand, December 2017
"A break from the daily life "
My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the fact there was room for everybody at Suan Sati.
The lovely environment which let you sink into your own mind.
We both loved the challenges from the yoga and meditation.
Lisa, Laura and Will are all inspiring personalities who will open their home to new people to take their first step into the world of yoga and meditation.
from United States, November 2017
"Exactly what I needed"
I loved everything about my experience at Suan Sati: the yoga, the setting, the mindfulness, the instructors, the food, the other yogis... Absolutely everything!
As a newcomer to yoga, I felt I took a huge first step in learning the basics of yoga: synchronizing my movement to my breath, building the strength and balance to execute the poses, and gaining the confidence that I can walk into any "all level" yoga classes and not feel like an idiot. Will, Lisa, and Kelsey are wonderful instructors and people!
The mindfulness exercises were beneficial as well - not only during meditation, but also during meals and any time I took to be alone with my thoughts on a hammock or in my cabin. I have found that mindful eating (breakfast) has changed my relationship with food at home and is making it quite easy to resist the urge to over-eat. (This was more of a challenge at Suan Sati than it is back home. The food was unbelievable, and I'm not vegan, or even vegetarian for that matter)
The digital detox was also a huge benefit for me. WiFi was available, but we were encouraged to limit exposure with the outside world while in the garden of mindfulness. It helped make the week more relaxing for me. Not only was I able to focus inwardly, but I was also able to engage in quality, distraction-free conversations with the other yogis.
Suan Sati was a wonderful experience for me and a great value for the money. I plan to make the time to do it again in the next year or two.
Lauren Mary Beebe
from United States, November 2017
"Suan Sati: An Unforgettable Journey Towards Peace "
The food, the people, the yoga, the meditation, the workshops, the atmosphere, the kitties, and the meaning behind it all. Will, Lisa, and Kelsey truly create a sincere, relaxing, and positive environment for anyone interested in yoga, eastern philosophy, health, permaculture, self-improvement, delicious Tha food, Thai culture, spirituality,and much more.
from Sweden, November 2017
"Transformation at Suan Sati "
This experience at Suan Sati was a big wonderful transformation for me.
Both Will, Lisa and Khelsie works hard and really makes an effort to make you feel special, noticed and personal welcomed to this garden of mindfulness.
Everything here is breathing peacefullness, truthfulness and presence. The food here is extraordinary! And the openair-bamboo-outdoors-onewiththenature-showers are incredible! I really felt grounded when I was standing on the sunwarmed stones sourranded by beautiful bamboos and just looked up and relize that im standing right underneath the big gorgeous tree. I was hearing and enjoying different sounds of animals and I really felt one with the nature. To just take a shower here is a wonderful experience! The family here are doing the very extra for you to really give you a wide spectra of different experiences. I really loved all the variety of classes and activities during the hole week. I really liked the balance between activities and experiences from the outside world (outside of yourself) to activities that intended to explore and go deeper inside of yourself.
The classes are different every day which makes you stay curious the hole week. Both Will and Lisa gives so much from themselfs to us and the retreat that you cant be anything than thankful and satisfied. You can really feel that Suan Sati is made with love. Everything here feels very personal and the family have really put all the energy in the small details.
Lots of love!
from Malaysia, December 2018
Everything was perfect
from Thailand, November 2018
Go there open minded and you’ll get more than you can expect! Found my first place in Asia, where I definetly want to go back!
from Thailand, November 2018
Ce fut une expérience incroyable que je ne suis pas prête d’oublier. Premièrement le lieu en pleine nature est très joli et vraiment reposant. J’ai adoré dormir dans ce petit bungalow ! La nourriture est tout simplement délicieuse, la meilleure que j’ai mangé en Thaïlande (je rêve encore du Fried Jackfruit).
C’est le lieu idéale pour partager de super moments en communauté et également se retrouver avec soi même. Je suis venue à la base pour progresser en yoga mais j’ai appris tellement plus sur moi même.
Tout le personnel est adorable et bienvaillant. Merci encore à Will, Lisa et Natacha pour tout l’amour que vous donnez. J’espère vraiment pouvoir revenir à Suan Sati renouveler cette expérience.
from Netherlands, March 2018
Wat een prachtige plek.Helemaal zelfvoorzienend en ook met luxe, dat kan dus.
Bij Suan Sati.
Heerlijk slapen heerlijk douchen onder de sterren over heerlijk veganistische maaltijden.
Heel goeie yoga.
Moest wel even slikken omdat er geen WiFi is en geen wijntje bij de maaltijd was😀
Mijn eerste retreat ever maar ik wil daar zo weer naar toe.
Dank je wel Lisa, Natasja en Wil.En alle andere werknemers en vrijwilligers
from United States, December 2017
"Une parenthèse hors du temps"
L'accuei, l'atmosphère et le cadre, mais surtout les professeurs et leur professionalisme et leur écoute.
from Cambodia, December 2017
from Thailand, September 2019
There are many reasons why I would recommend this yoga retreat experience. From the moment I was welcomed until the day I had to say goodbye I felt connected with nature and all the beautiful people I had met throughout my brief experience. I wish I had booked more than 4 days at Suan Sati and I will definitely be back to experience their new location as well. The yoga classes were amazing, appropriate for any level; I personally learned new skills from body movements to workshops that had enriched me in many ways. Very relaxing for who enters to find some quiet space for themselves, but also very dynamic for who wants to participate to activities taught by beautiful and smiling souls. Thank you Lisa and Will, what you do and the work you put in is making people like me appreciate the world we live in, you guys are awesome :)! Oh and the food was so delicious, so grateful for the people that cooked for us as well.
Thank you again, see you soon and namaste!
from Thailand, September 2019
The taxi driver who dropped me off at Suan Sati was the same that picked me up at the end of the 4-day retreat.
The day he came to pick me up the first thing he said when he saw me was “darn boy, your face is shining so bright! You look so much younger than 4 days ago!”
I loved the cabin I was given. The truck hut. I want to have the same one when I come back.
Thanks to all the staff. You made me have a great experience.
from Thailand, August 2019
When you step inside Suan Sati, you will immediately feel a disconnection from life's marathon. You get to immerse yourself with simplicity and be given the chance to detoxify from all the hustle and bustle of the modern world. The instructors at Suan Sati will take you to a journey of discovering yourself through the many practices of yoga and guide you with the utmost competence. When it came to the food they served, although it is all vegan, I would have to say that it was the best food I've had in Thailand. The facilities are well maintained and quite rustic. Showering outside underneath the stars has got to be my favourite part about this retreat. If you're in Thailand to discover a part of yourself, connect with mother nature, and are drained from all the partying, please do yourself a favor and come to Suan Sati. The experience is a must. You really will feel bliss.
Maggie (un Kei) Lei
from Hong Kong, May 2019
"Amazing retreat that totally worth all the penny given "
The food is amazing, the whole experience was enlightening for someone like me whom wanted do find a little peace of mind.
from Poland, May 2019
"Heaven in the jungle"
Amazig food, accomodation, all clean, organic lifestyle, great people and energy, 4hours a day of great yoga classes
from China, April 2019
"I can’t wait to go back"
This place is absolutely amazing, everything from the teachers to the showers to the other guests to the FOOD! The list goes on and on! Everyone at Suan Sati really have a way of making you feel like part of the family right from the get go! They also offer a number of classes and workshops to challenge you and put you outside of your comfort zone. The yoga classes are more directed to beginner practitioners (I personally would’ve preferred more intermediate classes but learning how to slow down was good). A lot of personal growth happened here for me and I am so grateful. I can’t wait to go back. Did I already mention the food? I still dream about it especially the brownies.
Special shout out to Clare Young, one of the instructors at Suan Sati. She is phenomenal.
from Thailand, March 2019
"Excellent yoga retreat "
Everything was positive to the moment I was greeted by the beautiful calm Clare to the whole experience the yoga classes, meditation, food, the people, the environment was perfect more than I could have possibly wished for 🧘🏽♂️🙏😘
from Indonesia, March 2019
"Nu, Claire & Jordie Jenna 💜"
The 3 instructor were awesome! They were knowledgeable, fun and friendly. They made me feel welcome from the minute I arrived. A beautiful experience :)
from Thailand, September 2018
"Best yoga retreat you will go on !!"
The food was amazing. The people were great, the instructors were so nice and welcoming. As a new comer to yoga, I was not made to feel uncomfortable for not participating in what I couldn’t do
from United States, September 2018
A wonderful retreat there. Beautiful place and peoples. Instructors were good and teaching by heart.
Good energy and peaceful mind everyday.
Foods were so yummy.
from Thailand, September 2018
"A Fond Memory"
The peace and calm, the company, the joy of making connections, the physical challenge, the joy of getting a bit more flexible today and being able to do it again tomorrow, the opportunity to cleanse and detoxicate from the city lifestyle, the connecting with inner self, the food, the coffee, the yoga, the whole experience.
from Australia, August 2018
"most amazing experience"
I loved the vibe, the people, the food, just everything about this place was fantastic. It's such a positive environment!
from Cambodia, August 2018
"Most incredible 3 weeks.. unbelievable place xx"
The quality of the classes was incredible. There were so many different workshops! So much opportunity for growth and stepping outside the comfort zone. The bathrooms are incredible! The dorm was perfect 👌🏻 the food was AMAZING! The location is beautiful with all the trees and great places to walk nearby. I love the mindfulness. The opportunities to be creative with all the art supplies etc. I loved everything about my stay here.
from Vietnam, August 2018
Great experience - amazing location, lovely people, gorgeous food. The place has a special feel to it.... very therapeutic
from Indonesia, June 2018
"Amazing experience. Those 15 days there has changed my live"
What a good vibe!
What a good classes!
What a good food!
from Cambodia, June 2018
"Relaxing respite from travelling "
This is a great place to immerse yourself in yoga and meditation. It's affordable enough that it's accessible to backpackers. The beds are comfy. The food is amazing ! I was only able to stay for 3 nights but I would of stayed longer if I had the time. It's the kind of place that you can make what you want of it; it affords you the space to have alone time but it was also easy meet and get to know people. Between the yoga practice and other activities you are kept busy with intervals that can be spent relaxing with a book or lying in the sun. Thanks again to Will, Emma and Nu 😊.
from United States, October 2017
"Life changing "
It is a perfect place to relax, clear your head, strengthen your practice, meet incredible people, eat delicious food (coming from someone who doesn’t typically eat this healthy or vegan), and the list goes on and on. Don’t look anywhere else, this is the place to be.
from Ireland, October 2017
from Spain, October 2017
"Amazing food and people"
Since im not a vegan being able to really enjoy the food and not miss meat at all was the biggest surprise for me. Everything was just so delicious. And not only that, the staff and the place were amazing. Will has the biggest hearth and its quite obvious how everyone leaves the place regreating not staying longer. Totally recommend.
from Myanmar [Burma], October 2017
"Great break & relaxay"
The atmosphere at the retreat was so calm & peaceful! Everybody there, workers & guests, were lovely. Will was also very accommodating when I needed to change dates due to an injury! I would have loved to have stayed longer if I did have flights to catch.
from Hong Kong, September 2017
"Connections with mindfulness and spirituality"
During my 4D3N short getaway stay, by enjoying the solitude in the garden full of lives on my own or by listening to the stories from different travellers, the stay helped me to observe myself more and realise that my way of living could be more mindful and peaceful when I can truly thrive in my own skin, at my own pace.
Take YOUr time - YOU are radiant and gorgeous, open up and embrace YOUrself now! ；-）
from Philippines, September 2017
Love the food, relaxing atmosphere and very accommodating staff. The twice daily yoga and meditation was good as expected. A good yoga lifestyle experience.
from Thailand, September 2017
"Amazing experience "
The place is amazing. Very relaxing and a beautiful setting. The yoga and meditation is brilliant and there are many workshops to keep you entertained as well. The food is all vegan and is incredible (speaking as a meat eater) and everything is very ecological. I met some wonderful people here and didn't want to leave. Very cleansing.
from Malaysia, September 2017
"My First And It Was My Best"
Friendly instructor, very eco friendly enviroment, Beautiful place, best and simple yoga n meditation guide
from Laos, September 2017
"Back to Life "
Life changing experience! So much love and attention goes into making this place a gorgeous slice of heaven on this Earth. From the classes expertly and mindfully led, to the delicious food lovingly prepared each day; the fun workshops and 'extras' the teachers go out of their way to provide, to the meticulous care for the environment exacted in every way possible, it was a perfect 2 weeks. Go for longer if you can. Everyone there with me extended their stay as long as they could! Can't wait to come back again!
from Turkey, September 2017
The energy here is beautiful
from South Korea, August 2017
"Perfect Inexpensive Relaxing Yoga Retreat "
I love the location, the set up, the people, the food, the showers, the yoga classes and the focus on meditation. The people who run Suan Sati are friendly, kind and open and you will feel so comfortable.
from Thailand, August 2017
"A profound experience "
Location was ideal
Creating connections like no other
from Thailand, August 2017
"Great place to "just be""
The space provided, the warmth of the people and the food is amazing and compliments the intense yoga practice.
from Vietnam, August 2017
Everything but the beds.
from Cambodia, August 2017
"A perfect stay"
This place is paradise. From the beet minute you get out of the car, you are welcomed and embraced by everyone. The retreat is filled with positivity, creativity, and mindfulness. I've never experienced anything like it.
from Malaysia, July 2017
"Best yoga classes!"
Will and Lisa are amazing teachers and hosts!
The food was delicious every time, the classes were the best I've ever had anywhere, and the place felt like home. I would recommend this to everyone!
from Singapore, July 2017
"Grounding and balanced "
I particularly enjoyed how before ever meal, we came together and shared a moment of silence to give thanks. The yoga and meditation practices were more challenging than others but the instructors did a good job of guiding the class through each step. As a yoga student, I would highly recommend the private yoga sessions and physiotherapy sessions in order to improve a personal practice. Will and Lisa have created a truly magical sanctuary to reconnect with oneself.
from United Kingdom, July 2017
"Serene week in Suan Sati "
A beautiful place with the most amazing staff, volunteers and visitors. The yoga program was tailored to meet any level of skill and the instructors were very attentive. They would support beginners and extend the advanced. Will and Lisa have huge hearts and will ensure you have a pleasant stay. Shannon and the volunteers were all amazing and very kind.
Beatriz Soler Estarlich
from Thailand, August 2019
Fue enriquecedor estar rodeado de gente de distintas culturas, religiones, gustos y ver que todos estamos unidos por el YOGA. Vuelvo llena de energia y con nuevas esperanzas en este mundo.
from Germany, October 2018
Die Lage vom Yoga Retreat. Sehr sympathische Kursleiter. Die Unterkunft im Bambushäuschen. Duschen unter freien Himmel. Jeden Morgen vor dem Frühstück Yoga Unterricht. Jedes Frühstück bestand aus leckeren Obst/ Früchten. Allgemein war das Essen schmackhaft. Es gab kein Brot.
Das positive Umweltbewußtsein/ Verhalten der Leiter.
from Thailand, October 2018
"A full retreat, more than yoga classes !"
I loved the idea of being surrounded by yoga philosophy and atmosphere ! Suan Sati is a real immersion in a way of live, think, acte, practice yoga, meditation and réflexion.
The workshops are good complement to the yoga practice.
The place and the food are amazing
from Thailand, September 2018
"Vier intensive und wunderbare Tage in Suan Sati "
Es ist für mich ein rundum stimmiges Gesamtkonzept, alles ist in der Natur, alles findet "draußen" statt. Das Essen war mit das Beste was ich je gegessen habe, die Atrmosphäre ist toll und das Erleben verschiedener Yoga-Lehrer und damit auch Richtungen. Zeit zum entspannen mit Tiefgang. Es bleibt mir nur jedem zu empfehlen, wer die Möglichkeit hat, so etwas zu machen, es zu tun. Und ... the practice never ends.....
from Mayotte, August 2018
L atmosphere. L ambiance .
from Indonesia, July 2018
"Une semaine de bonheur et de détente"
Suan Sati est le choix parfait pour apprendre le yoga, la méditation mais aussi riche en échanges humains juste extraordinaires!!! Sans parler de chaque repas juste amazing!
Merci Will et Lisa d'avoir rendu ma semaine aussi belle et que je n'oublierai jamais!!!
from Germany, June 2018
"Perfect three days!"
Dear Suan Sati family,
thank you very much for this experience. You motivated me to start and continue with my yoga practice.
Everything was just perfect. I will come back!
from Germany, November 2017
"Lisa - Perle der Anlage"
Als absoluter Newcomer fühlte ich mich von der ersten Minute an wohl. Beginnend vom Betreten der Anlage (eingebettet in Mutter Natur), vom Empfang durch Lisa und Will und den anderen Kursteilnehmern, der Unterkunft, der Vermittlung von dem Gedanken und Leben mit Yoga, dem Essen (rein Vegan) bis hin zu den sanitären Einrichtungen (durchgängig ökologisch !) Für mich war es ein vollkommen schlüssiger Aufenthalt.
from Austria, August 2017
It is like paradise. Lisa and Will are the best yoga teachers I have ever had.