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This retreat will offer the opportunity not only to learn and enjoy a new culture but also to fulfill your seva or selfless service as well as your wishes. Volunteer or give back in a very big way. While traveling, you will have the opportunity to attend daily yoga classes, journaling sessions, meditation, and adventure tours. Enjoy the outskirts of Chiang Mai along with delicious cuisine. Celebrate the gifts of 2017 and welcome 2018 with a sense of adventure and positive intention!
While in Chiang Mai for nights one to six, you will be staying in a boutique hotel on the outskirts of town amidst rice fields, forests, and mountains. You will enjoy panoramic views from the spacious balcony of your countryside bungalow, relax by the resort's pool, and dine at the converted rice barn restaurant on site that serves delicious local and international cuisine.
For nights seven to nine, you will be staying in Koh Lanta. You will stay in private, air-conditioned bungalows near the beach where you can sip your morning tea and coffee with beautiful surrounding views.
Join Beccah Bartlett on a special New Year retreat filled with yoga, exploration, and volunteering in the northern Thai town of Chiang Mai. In addition to staying and volunteering in a hill tribe village outside Chiang Mai, you will also travel down south to soak up the sun on the island paradise. Throughout the retreat, you will have the opportunity to attend daily yoga classes, guided journaling, meditation sessions, adventure excursions, personal pampering, and more.
During your time in Chiang Mai, you will be working with the children of a rural Akha Hill tribe who have limited rights and access to basic necessities to provide free vision care throughout the "Yogamour Sees Seva Project." Most of the children have never seen an optometrist before and your help is needed to organize the clinic. You will also work to create ways to incorporate your own unique skills and interests in interacting with the children.
Yogamour has previously held dance classes, planted edible gardens, led therapeutic art projects, and more. The possibilities are endless and your help is greatly appreciated! A child once wrote to one of the volunteers, "We know that you could go anywhere or help anyone but you chose here and you chose me and now we will always be friends." You are the change they have been waiting for.
You will celebrate the new year with a gourmet Thai-style feast as well as a very special ceremony acknowledging the gifts of 2017 and welcoming the blessings of 2018. Once you leave the beauty of the rice fields, your adventure will continue into the Old City of Chiang Mai where the group will explore golden temples, enjoy fabulous food, visit night markets, experience an authentic Thai massage, cooking classes, trekking, and more.
After discovering the delights of Chiang Mai, you will fly south to the tropical Thai island of Koh Lanta so you can soak up all the amazing terrain the country has to offer! Together, you will adventure from the mainland to the island on a slow boat as you gently enjoy the views of dozens of islands along the way.
You will enjoy an evening sunset along a secret beach and cheer with your favorite drink and fresh coconuts. Daily yoga will be offered with beach views and you will be sure to arrive back to your home country with a tan, a smile, and a feeling of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Beccah discovered yoga at a young age from her aunt who was a yoga teacher. Before deciding to be a yoga teacher, she volunteered at a school in a slum in India. The children were restless, so Beccah involved the entire school in a morning practice of yoga before each day began, which did wonders for the kids’ attention spans. Her yoga style has a unique style of playful Vinyasa to open both heart and mind. Today, she continues to deepen her practice and has been amazed by the doors it has opened. Her ultimate passion is to intertwine her yoga community with volunteerism.
This retreat will take place in Chiang Mai and the Southern Islands of Koh Lanta, Thailand.
Koh Lanta is less visited and has perfectly maintained its natural beauty which extends beyond white sandy coves and calm waves to lush, green jungle growing across the middle of the island making it a visual dream everywhere you look.
Thailand is often referred to as “the golden land” because of the beautiful, fertile rice fields of the central plains, the hill tribe villages, long stretches of sandy coast with clear blue water, and of course, the warm hospitality of the Thai people.
During this retreat, your daily breakfast will be provided for you. You will celebrate the new year with a gourmet, Thai-style feast. Koh Lanta has also been described as a foodie paradise and so be prepared to enjoy all it has to offer with its diverse scene of health foods, fresh juices, and international cuisine.
Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) or Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yogamour will pick you up from the airport.
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