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6 Days Fostering Serenity Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Mae Rim, Thailand

Enlightening Yoga Retreat Thailand

Join this retreat for an exploration of the qualities of serenity and the movement and thought patterns that foster it. Shape your yoga practice to be as beneficial as possible, using a scientific understanding of body and mind alongside yogic philosophy. There will be asana sessions to teach you how to let go of movement patterns that keep you locked out of serenity, and pranayama and meditation sessions to foster thought patterns that support greater peace of mind.

Meet the instructors

Gernot
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Highlights

  • Daily morning yoga
  • Daily afternoon meditation
  • Daily afternoon pranayama
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • Free drinks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 30
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Amaravati Ashram is an Ayurvedic retreat center nestled in the hills thirty minutes north of Chiang Mai. Built according to the principles of Vastu (Indian feng shui), the center exudes an atmosphere that naturally fosters mindfulness. Three delicious, vegetarian meals are served buffet-style each day. The center features gorgeous mountain views, a large terrace for lounging, and a beautiful pool. You can choose from single or double, standard or deluxe rooms.

Standard rooms are large at 25 square meters with an air conditioner and a private bath with shower, while deluxe rooms are very large at 50 square meters with an air conditioner, separate sitting and bedrooms, a dressing room / walk-in closet, and a private bath with bathtub and separate shower.

Program

Why is cultivating serenity such a challenge? Evolutionary pressures have shaped human bodies and minds over millions of years to favor survival rather than happiness, but recent investigations in neuroscience confirm that they have an innate predisposition toward serenity. This retreat is designed to teach you how to nurture serenity even under difficult circumstances through mindfulness, awareness, and specific stress-disrupting techniques.

Join Yoga Mind Yoga Body for a six-day exploration of the qualities of serenity and the movement and thought patterns that foster it. The intention of this retreat is eminently practical: to shape your yoga practice to be as beneficial as possible, using a scientific understanding of body and mind alongside Buddhist and yogic philosophy where it aids your understanding. With clarity, sensitivity, and humor, they seamlessly integrate asana, philosophy, and physiology in their teachings to expand your knowledge of each as well as the interconnections between all three. As a result, you will come to a more profound and accurate understanding of your true nature, characterized by a greater capacity for serenity.

Their emphasis on how you practice - rather than what you practice - makes their methods accessible to anyone, regardless of physical condition. However, the emphasis on the mental dimension means that the practices are plenty challenging, especially for people who have previously emphasized a rigorously athletic practice, because doing yoga this way entails adding a whole new dimension to your practice.

They use creative, fun, and innovative techniques to help their students incorporate their serenity-supporting adjustments - like using real-time iPad photos and videos in class to reveal detrimental movement patterns and to help you make dramatic changes on the spot. If you are convinced that you are not tensing your neck, for example, you cannot begin to relax it, and seeing your neck tension in a photo convinces you like nothing else!

Each day they will lead an asana practice from 09:30 to 12:30, and meditation, pranayama, and dharma talks from 16:00 to 18:00, leaving plenty of time to explore the local temples, caves, hot springs, bathing spots, and hiking trails, or simply to relax and make friends with like-minded yogis in the midst of stunning mountain scenery.

Daily schedule

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Yoga asana session
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 Pranayama and meditation session
  • 18:00 Dinner

Please note that there will be a pranayama and meditation session starting at 16:00 on the arrival day and a yoga asana session starting at 09:30 on the departure day.

Instructors

Gernot Huber
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
Gernot has been practicing and studying yoga since 1996. His yoga background includes Anusara, Iyengar, Forrest, Kripalu, and Ashtanga yoga, and he holds a 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate from a Yoga-Alliance-registered teacher training program. Born in South Africa and raised in Germany, Gernot now teaches yoga world-wide. Gernot speaks English, German, and Spanish, as well as some French and Thai.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place at Amaravati Ashram, Mae Rim, in the province of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.

Nearby places

  • Chiang Mai - 30 minutes

Unique features

Activities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Patio

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Room cleaning

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During this retreat, you will be served vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Whole food
  • Yogic
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3-hour morning yoga asana session each day
  • 2-hour afternoon pranayama and meditation session each day
  • Transfer from and to Chiang Mai
  • 3 vegan or vegetarian meals per day
  • Tea, coffee, herbal drinks, and drinking water
  • 5 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX).

Arrival by shuttle

Yoga Mind Yoga Body will provide a free shuttle from Yoga Mind Yoga Body studio in downtown Chiang Mai to the retreat center and back. The trip takes about 30 minutes. Yoga Mind Yoga Body suggests staying in Chiang Mai city for a day or two before the retreat to enjoy this wonderful city, and to acclimatize yourself to Northern Thailand.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
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