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6 Days Winter Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Chiang Mai, Thailand

346 Moo 3, Tambon Ban Kad, Amphoe Mae Wang, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50360

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Thailand

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Thailand.

Suan Sati means "the garden of mindfulness". This special winter retreat is an immersion into yoga, meditation, Buddhism, and the mindful way. Suan Sati welcomes beginners up to advanced students who want to deepen their practice, spend some quiet time in nature, and give themselves some self-care and much-needed relaxation. Give yourself the gift of a yoga retreat that will transform your body, mind, and heart!

Meet the instructors

William & Lisa
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Fun and engaging workshops
  • Vipassana meditation sessions
  • Spend some quiet time in beautiful nature
  • Self-care and much-needed relaxation
  • Daily delicious home cooked food
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Thai
The maximum participants in the group is 26
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Yoga shala
  • Library

Accommodation at Suan Sati is simple yet comfortable, perfect for yogis. The natural adobe construction connects you to the nature with this environmentally friendly material. You have the choice of either the 8 bed dorm, a shared round house bungalow with twin beds, or private accommodation in a queen room. Shared round house and queen rooms have private bathroom attached.

Shared Round House

The shared round houses have two beds and come with their own attached bathroom. The two beds can be converted into a king size bed upon request. Fans keep things cool from the high ceilings, bedside shelves provide a place for your personal items, and electrical sockets and reading lights for each bed invite you to read that next chapter. All this and the most comfortable mattresses around!

Queen Room

The queen rooms include a queen sized bed and come with their own attached bathroom. Fans keep things cool from the high ceilings, bedside shelves provide a place for your personal items, and electrical sockets and reading lights for each bed invite you to read that next chapter. All this and the most comfortable mattresses around!

Dorm

We have two dormitories which each sleep 8 comfortably with storage for your bags and items under the custom-built wooden bed frames. Dorms have shared bathrooms and showers located nearby. Fans keep things cool from the high ceilings, bedside shelves provide a place for your personal items, and electrical sockets and reading lights for each bed invite you to read that next chapter. All this and the most comfortable mattresses around!

Program

We practice Vipassana meditation as a meditation practice, but retreat participants are welcome to practice in their own personal style that suits them. Buddhist teachings are offered to support this meditation practice and also the practice of Life. In the morning, the yoga is dynamic, varying between Hatha and Vinyasa with other elements mixed in that we’ve learned along the path.

In the afternoon, generally, we practice a gentle slow flow, restorative, or yin style designed to cool and balance the morning class. Beginner yogis, as well as experienced practitioners, are welcome! The teaching style integrates all students in multi-level classes with options for those with injuries and limitations and also for those who want to build fire while taking their practice to the next level. Here is an in-depth view into our yoga vision.

Sample of daily schedule

Day 1

  • 08:45 Pickup from designated pickup point in Old City
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Arrival and Check-in
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Property tour and retreat introduction
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Relax
  • 16:00 - 17:45 Afternoon meditation and yoga
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:15 - 20:00 Opening ceremony

Days 2 - 5

  • 05:30 Rise and shine!
  • 06:00 - 08:15 Morning meditation and yoga
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Healthy breakfast
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Relax
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Morning workshop
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Relax
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Relax
  • 61:00 - 17:45 Afternoon meditation and yoga
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:15 - 20:00 Evening activity

Day 6

  • 05:30 Rise and shine!
  • 06:00 - 08:15 Morning meditation and yoga
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Healthy breakfast
  • 09:30 - 10:00 Pack up
  • 10:00 - 11:00 Closing ceremony
  • 11:00 - Transport departs back to Old City

Schedule subject to change. All times are approximate.

Instructors

William Hardy

Lisa

Retreat location

Suan Sati’s community is located 40 minutes outside of the ancient city of Chiang Mai in a small traditional Thai village. It is surrounded by temples, mountains, and rivers. The retreat center is an active permaculture site. Being surrounded by nature is a big highlight of a stay here.

Nearby places

  • Chiang Mai - 40 minutes

Unique features

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The food provided is 100% plant-based Thai favorites, with a hearty breakfast of super foods and tropical fruits to start your day off right. The food philosophy is simple. Suan Sati only serves fresh, whole foods, plant-based (vegan) meals prepared with organic vegetables sourced locally or grown in its garden. Suan Sati exercises complete control over exactly what goes into the food and into the bodies, and they invite you to peek into their open air kitchen to see the process.

At Suan Sati, they never use MSG, palm oil, processed white sugar, or high fructose corn syrup. They minimize their use of processed foods, preferring to make their own curry pastes, peanut butter, and organic soy milk. This takes a little bit more time, but it adds a lot of extra love to the food that they prepare, and you can taste the difference.

The Thai master chef has over 30 years of cooking experience, including 10 years teaching Thai cooking. She prides herself on simple, clean, home-style Thai cooking with authentic taste, while remaining committed to keeping the kitchen organic and healthy. Who knew that vegan Thai food could taste so delicious?

The menu is always changing, but you can expect a typical breakfast to include a ‘make your own’ vegan breakfast bowl of local fresh cut fruit, oatmeal, muesli, coconut and soy milk, and an assortment of nutrient dense superfoods like chia seeds, cashews, homemade peanut butter, goji berries, ground flaxseed, cinnamon, sesame seeds, raisins, and psyllium husk. Healthy raw green smoothies are available upon request.

All this and locally grown gourmet coffee and tea make sure that you’re wide awake after that deep savasana. Lunch at Suan Sati is a light affair, with raw green or Thai salads, soups, and fresh seasonal fruit. Dinners feature plenty of Thai food like stir fry and curry, but a constantly rotating menu that you never want to miss what the chef is whipping up.

The garden is over half an acre and completely organic. That means no chemicals and no GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms. The crops are always rotating, but they regularly grow a variety of salad greens, kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, chilies, galangal, turmeric, beans, sprouts, and pumpkins in their garden, which is only two meters from the kitchen. Farm to table has a very literal meaning at Suan Sati.

If you have any specific food allergies or concerns, please let Suan Sati know so that they can accommodate you. They are familiar with common food allergies and gluten intolerance.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Thai massage

What's included

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 daily delicious home cooked food
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Access to library
  • Daily meditation
  • Water, coffee, and tea all day

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Massage treatments
  • Extra activities

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Transfer to and from the airport is not included. Suan Sati will pick you up from the designated pickup point in Chiang Mai.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 21 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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