Christmas & New Year Retreat
Christmas and New Year Retreat in Koh Samui Thailand:
BUILD JOY, BALANCE, INNER PEACE & STRENGTH THROUGH ALL THE TECHNIQUES OF CENTERED YOGA : a breath, energetic, yoga and core extravaganza journey to your heart, mind and body, in a truly special place
Type of Event
Chrsitmas retreat: 22 – 29 December
New Year retreat: 29 December – 5 January
Paul and the Samahita team will share in the task of teaching and guiding all guests across the range of yoga and meditation practices, core strength work and cycle classes. Yoga and its techniques cover a number of practices that include sitting meditation forms, focused breath work that develops into a pranayama practice, and the physical yoga practice of asana. In addition, as in our YogaCoreCycle program, we incorporate core strength sessions and cycle work outs. The aim is for you to experience and practice yoga across its spectrum, taking care of the mental and emotional side to the different aspects of the physical. Every morning involves sitting and breath work practices. This serves as a platform for all other activities. The physical yoga asana practice will be offered on a number of levels that includes experienced self-practice, guided vinyasa classes, explorative asana classes, and restorative afternoon sessions. Weaved into this schedule are different core classes in the morning and/or afternoon. We alternate the cycle classes between silent-sunrise classes to mid-afternoon fun-cycle classes. As is the case at Samahita, you are free to attend all sessions or choose those that are working for you on a particular day. Our intention is for you to feel uplifted and clear in what to practice by the time you end the retreat.
The first week will place an emphasis on asana practice in the workshops, with more on the Philosophy by the second week, apt for an understanding to contemplate closing the old year and opening the new, with both weeks focused on the breath. Keeping things fluid Paul will still entertain questions on all subjects over the different weeks.
There will be a Christmas Eve celebration with special gourmet feast and performances and fundraiser for our local charities. On New Year’s Eve there will be a special ceremony to acknowledge 2018 and welcome in 2019 as well as a feast and performances. The special ceremony will help you close and heal the past year, setting the energy and intention for the year coming with an impetus to follow through on it. The rest of your time will be a nice break from all the crazy holiday happenings and commercial onslaught. Come and really enjoy a genuine holiday break from the ‘holidays'.
In addition to yoga practice and optional fitness, this year’s Christmas and New Year’s retreats will be infused with magical flute music, concerts, tea ceremonies and ecstatic dance, featuring two international guest musicians, collaborating in kirtans while leading their own unique performances!
Bibi McGill, lead guitarist with Beyonce, is not your typical rockstar guitarist—she’s also an internationally acclaimed yoga teacher. Bibi will deliver a healing experience that brings balance to the entire being as she leads ecstatic dance workshops and tea ceremonies infused with breath, sacred sound and hypnotic playlists.
Location and how to get there
Samahita Retreat lies on the south coast of Koh Samui, a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand. Koh Samui is only about an hour away from Bangkok by air, an hour plus from Singapore, and three hours from Hong Kong. The island has the allure of a remote island paradise but with the accessibility of the region’s most popular destinations.
Situated on Laem Sor Beach, near the well-known Laem Sor Pagoda, Samahita is about 45 minutes drive from the airport, 35 minutes from Chaweng shopping area, 25 minutes from Lamai shopping area, and 20 minutes from Nathon, the picturesque port town of Samui.
Activities – yoga, pilates, wellness program etc
Yoga, YogaCoreCycle, Core Training, Meditation, Pranayama