7 DAYS in Northern THAILAND
November 8th, 2020- November 15th, 2020
Om Waters (Floating Yoga Shala) & MalaDhara Luxury Eco
Meditation + Elephant Sanctuary + Floating Yoga Shala + YOGA+ Hiking + Thai Massage
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
We have been cooking up something sweet, saucy, and fluid. Thailand has a flare about that brings out creativity, fire, self study and sweetness.
This is a time for conscious individuals to come together on a journey of truth, of compassion, of self inquiry, of dance, celebration of life, depth of inquiry and fluidity.
We will spend much of our time together in commUNITY enjoying sunrise meditations, morning and evening asana practices, Thai Massage training, dharma talks, and various creative workshops.. Aside from our daily yoga schedules we will step outside our comfort zones, and take adventures into the beauty of Northern Thailand during the days.
We want more than anything, for our students to leave this retreat with open eyes, open hearts, and open minds. Life is much too short to spend any time in the dark.
We must awaken to all that is around us.
And it is up to us to choose what path we take.
We can either fear change, challenge, and risk or we can embrace them fully.... and at the same time fundamentally change our perspective of the world around us as well as our participation with and in it.
Let’s connect back with our fluid nature shall we.
Thai Yoga Massage has its roots in the ancient systems of Yoga, Buddhism, and Ayurveda. Called the “lazy man’s yoga”, this meditative flow weaves together energy, loving-kindness intention, and mindful techniques to dissolve blockages and alleviate stress. It combines assisted stretching, acupressure, and compression to improve flexibility and balance the body’s energy. A Thai treatment is fully clothed, uses no oil, and is done on a mat on the floor. This bodywork is easily accessible and will make you even more popular with your friends;)
WHAT THE RETREAT INCLUDES
Accommodation for 2 nights at the amazing Om Waters Floating Shala in Northern Thailand
5 nights at Luxury Eco Resort Mala Dhara
Transportation to/from Chiang Mai, Thailand (we can help with flight arrangements and transport from Chiang Mai as well; just ask!)
3 vegan meals/day, prepared by and amazing local chef. (vegetarian options available). All food is sourced locally and most on premise as we are living on an organic farm!
Daily Yoga, Meditation, Thai Massage classes, and other workshops, as well as adventures guided by your hosts and local guides
A couple SURPRISES, not yet announced..
WI-FI access at public area
Yoga mats and props provided
What the retreat DOES NOT include:
Flight and transport to/from Chiang Mai, Thailand
Off-site food, souvenirs, bohemian clothes, massages, and water. You'll have to purchase your own water bottles, or even better, bring your own!
Any activities you choose to do on your own outside of the retreat schedule
Massages are available on premise for 400 baht an hour
Coconuts on premise
Moped rentals!!! You will want these!!!
Travel Insurance (highly recommended. No one plans on having to cancel an epic journey but life happens and insurance can help recoup cost for the retreat and your flight. Don’t always play it safe but in this case... do it.)
The Mala Dhara Organic Farm is the newest addition to the Mala Dhara family. The Mala Dhara Organic Farm sits on several rai directly adjacent to the Mala Dhara Resort and will eventually serve as the primary source of vegetables, rice, peanuts, and limes for their Kin Dee restaurant.
When joining us at the Mala Dhara for one of their Herbal Sauna and Swim evenings, you will also have an opportunity to enjoy the gardens as their herbal sauna and fire are located on the farmland.
Their first experimental crops have included organic peanuts and rice and both were extremely successful. In the second half of 2016 they welcomed their new vegan chef and farm manager to the Mala Dhara/
Currently they are sourcing their organic produce from local organic farms in and around Chiang Mai proper and even more closely right in Doi Saket.
ACCOMMODATION at MalaDhara
Most rooms are shared occupancy. If you are traveling with a friend please let us know and we’ll get you connected in the same accommodation or else we’ll match you up with a new friend. A few single occupancy rooms are available at additional prices, just ask! All packages are inclusive with food, activities, and all the other goodies listed above.
The Luxury Villas (2 person Shared)
Beautiful villas each have a unique earthen adobe design with high domed ceilings, smooth curves throughout. Villas have twin beds A/C, refrigerator, and wifi.
The Mala Villas (2 person Shared)
The Mala Villas are earthen structures mixed with brick work, large beds, cotton mosquito nets and tastefully chosen furniture. Each have their own air con, fridge, wifi and fans. There is a stunning spiral outdoor bathroom only steps away from the villa. While they are smaller than the luxury villas, they are no less amazing.
The Mala Huts (Private)
The Mala Huts are earthen structures mixed with brick work, large beds, cotton mosquito nets and tastefully chosen furniture. Each have their own air con, fridge, wifi and fans. There is a stunning spiral outdoor bathroom only steps away from the villa. While they are smaller than the luxury villas, they are no less amazing.
6:30am: Sunrise Meditation, and Yin/Yang Yoga Practice
7:30 am: Breakfast, tea, and community
9am: Thai Massage Partner Workshop
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm: Activities off site.....adventure time
6:30 pm: We encourage everyone to take a 30 minute break before dinner to write and journal over the daily theme, or anything personal that they may want to reflect on.
7pm: Dinner at Mala Dhara
8:30: Restorative Yoga or Thai Massage/ sometimes both & Satsang
ABOUT CHIANG MAI
While we will be staying about 30 km outside of the hustle of the old city, we will journey into the cultural center of Thailand as well.
Nestled amongst forested foothills, Chiang Mai is much older than it first appears. During the city's medieval heyday, almost everything was made of teak hauled by elephant from the surrounding rainforest, with the notable exception of its towering wát. The monasteries still remain, centred on ancient brick chedi (stupas) in a remarkable range of shapes and styles, but the gaps between them have been filled in with modern Thai houses and traveller hotels. Despite this, the historic centre of Chiang Mai still feels overwhelmingly residential, more like a sleepy country town than a bustling capital.
THOUGHTS ON WHAT TO PACK, AND WHAT NOT TO PACK
Don't bring more than one bag. Trust me, you won't want to lug it around with you. Ideally you should bring a backpack, and a small purse or day bag.
DON'T PACK TOO MUCH! I repeat, DON'T DO IT! Pack the basics. If worse comes to worse, you can buy whatever you need at your destination. Just remember that.
Leave room for souvenirs in your bag! And that goes back to not packing too much...
2-3 pairs of leggings/comfortable pants for adventures and yoga of course.
5-7 pairs of underwear – Make sure they’re comfortable and easy to air-dry. It is hot in Thailand, and most clothes are washed and then hung out to dry. So bring ones you do not mind hanging out for the world to see, haha.
Thongs, or flip flops and bring one pair of tennis shoes for hiking
1 fleece/cover up - This is ideal for your flight, chilly evenings or for covering your arms and upper body on long sunny moped rides.
Ladies maybe bring a few sun dresses, or plan on purchasing some at the markets. I promise you will not regret this decision.
Please use natural products. We are staying at a eco resort that is very mindful of the effects of chemicals and we know you are too!
Sunscreen (it’s more expensive here)
Ladies: Pads/Tampons/ or Diva Cup (this last one is a game changer) - Female products aren’t as common in some areas.
OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS
Very important....if you want to drive a moped in Indonesia head to your local AAA (US) AA ( outside the US) branch, and purchase a $25 International Drivers License. It will last you a year, and it is necessary for driving internationally although extremely easy to get.
A money belt or pouch to keep your important items such as passport, money and visa info in
A small shoulder purse, backpack or fanny pack is always nice to have, but can be purchased abroad for cheap!
1-2 empty plastic bags - for your dirty clothes and other unknown opportune times!
Bug spray - Don't risk getting covered in bug bites.
Camera (and maybe a memory stick)- An iPhone will do too.
A book or eReader - We will be doing a great deal of traveling, so bring something to read!
A journal and a pen - to track your journey!
Headphones and some sort of music to listen to during your travels
A couple of granola bars or snacks for when you're on the go or traveling
All essential medicines, and prescriptions you may need. But remember that medicine abroad is reliable and CHEAP, so don't bring your whole medicine cabinet. Just some essentials like allergy medicine, birth control, prescriptions, etc.
GETTING TO AND FROM MALA DHARA
You will fly into CHIANG MAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. Very probably you may be coming up from Bangkok. If you have extra time, it’s nice to stay a day or two in the capital and hop a cheap, short flight to CM. There are also cheap trains from Bangkok if you want to squeeze in another adventure.
We will have detailed instructions for where to meet in Chiang Mai and we shall all ride out to our paradise together!
Arrival date: November 8th......anytime before 11 AM.
Departure date: November 15th anytime after 2 PM.
We are both quite travel savvy so don’t hesitate to ask any and all questions!
Please note: Should you arrive or depart outside of these time slots, we are still happy to help but transport will not be included.