Yoga and Holistic Healing Retreat
Hello, dear reader! We are excited to bring to Samahita for the first time EVER a wide array of healing modalities from practitioners and teachers in the field, as well as our usual excellent quality yoga and breath work teaching.
Type of Event
Retreat Rates (THB)
Single superior room 39,480 per person
Semi-Private room 35,280 per person
Share two bedroom loft 31,080 per person
All of us teachers have discovered, in our many combined years following the Ashtanga yoga practice – which is a highly transformative practice that causes a lot of our “stuff” to come up – that asana (yoga postures) needs additional support in order to really harvest the true gems of the asana practice that help us to evolve.
The Ashtanga yoga system in particular is designed for transformation to happen. Through transformation and change, we have evolution of our own nature. When things come up for us, what then happens? Do we have a way to process these things? Perhaps a memory comes to the surface – or even powerful, unconscious feelings and emotions without any mental picture attached. Perhaps our yoga practice releases tears or memory of an old injury or trauma. What can we do with this gem that has come to the surface for releasement? Do we then try to shove it under the carpet, pretend it never happened, and go about our day?
We as teachers believe that these moments are valuable chances – they are in fact huge gifts for us in our evolution to move through something that was holding us back. Some limiting belief, some challenge, be it on the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual level. However, we may not know how to process this. We may not have ever been taught tools for honoring it, giving it space, holding space for it., and even allowing it to continue to move through our system and not get stuck inside again.
There is a saying that “the issues are in our tissues.” In this retreat, we are presenting several different modalities – tools – for helping to deal with our “shadow side,” and the past traumas, issues and emotions that we hid away in places in our physical body. These tools will always serve to help you process things as they come up for you, through yoga practice, bodywork, etc
Here are some of the modalities that we intend to present you with in the afternoon workshops of this retreat. Below, you will find even further description of each one:
We intend to give you just enough of a taste of each modality that you will be able to pick and choose what serves you as a support going forward. This may provide a “teaser” about a certain practice that you’ve been curious about and find that you would like to do further training. At the least, it will provide exposure to different ways of processing emotions and trauma, ways to listen, communicate, and hold a safe space for others who are also going through their process.
The mornings will be reserved for the Ashtanga yoga practice itself, and whether you are already a practitioner or not, we will meet you where you are, so that you can leave with a transformative self practice! Breathwork and guided meditation are also part of these morning sessions, and occasionally, we will be teaching you some other types of yoga, which are also beneficial. For instance: trauma-sensitive yoga is another way of processing that we would like to share with you.
Here is more description about each modality covered in the retreat:
-Ashtanga Yoga- Ashtanga yoga is a yoga asana method presented to the West by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. In a larger sense, it follows 8 limbs of development, derived from the classical yoga tradition of Patanjali. We will be teaching you the first part of the Primary Series of postures, and moving you towards acquiring a self practice, called Mysore style.
-Breathwork – Our tradition of breathwork here comes from the Kaivalydham Institute in India through Sri Tiwariji. It is a very safe tradition passed down through many generations in a long lineage.
-Meditation – We will go through a morning contemplation of gratitude, forgiveness and asking for help and guidance.
-Craniosacral – CS is a process of listening to the body on very subtle levels, specifically to the cerebrospinal fluid, fascia and blockages to these, in order to help support the body to self-correct any abnormalities it is experiencing. It provides a wonderful way of learning how to be with someone in a gentle, non-harming, non-doing way. They say that the work of craniosacral is to “undo” the work (and often harm!) that was done by layers and layers of other modalities. Because the “issues are in our tissues,” craniosacral can help to release emotions as well as traumas. People say that receiving craniosacral therapy helps them remember who they are.
-Somatic Experiencing – Somatic Experiencing psychobiological trauma resolution is a potent method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma. The approach offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. The SE Approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.
-Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance. A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. It is a great tool for stress reduction and relaxation and can be used for one’s personal wellness. Reiki is not a cure for a disease or illness, but it may assist the body in creating an environment to facilitate healing. It is very beneficial in complementing traditional medicine and is practiced in many hospitals and medical care settings.
-Chakra Balancing – Understanding the mind-body energy system—known as the Chakra system—is the first step to overcoming obstacles and stagnancy in your life. The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates as “wheel” or “disk.” In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy located in specific places within the mind-body system. To visualize a Chakra in your body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy – each with different properties – and all are needed to keep you vibrant, healthy, and alive. Since everything in the mind-body energy system is moving, it’s essential that your seven main Chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there’s a blockage, energy cannot flow. You’ll learn all about this mind-body energy system, and find out how to open and align your Chakras to unblock, move, and transform energy and obstacles in your life.
-Family Constellations – A family constellation is a three-dimensional group process that has the power to shift generations of suffering and unhappiness. Bert Hellinger, the founder of this work, who studied and treated families for more than 50 years, observed that many of us unconsciously “take on” destructive familial patterns of anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, aloneness, addictions and even illness as a way of “belonging” in our families. Bonded by a deep love, a child will often sacrifice his or her own best interests in a vain attempt to ease the suffering of a parent or other family member. Family Constellations allow us to break these patterns so that we can live healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives. In a moment of insight, a new life course can be set in motion. The results can be life-changing.
-Communication Skills – Effective communication skills can help us to create a safe container, build rapport, honor and hold space for things, and generally make others feel comfortable and safe to release things.
-Movement Therapy – Inspired by some of the Gestalt Therapy and Bio-dance methods, during this session we will use music as a tool to explore the most playful and creative part of ourselves. Often in our daily lives, we don’t dedicate enough time to express feelings and emotions fully, giving them the space they deserve. In mythological terms, Apollo (mind, intellect & conviction…) has taken space over Dionysius (heart, game & intuition). This will be an opportunity to re-connect with that inner playful child that often has been hiding from the outside world. Emotions connect us with our most authentic nature; we will re-connect with them and express them freely as they arise, without passing through the filters of our minds and prejudice. Just let it be!
-Art Therapy – We will use music in the movement therapy as well as painting as tools for emotional release/transformation. You don’t need to have any experience, nor need to be an artist (although we all are artists!). We will be holding the space for you and provide you with the tools that you need for letting your creativity flow.
-Polarity Therapy – Polarity is derived from Eastern AND Western traditions. It comes from Naturopathy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, and Ayurveda. It is based on the principle that the human system is like a magnet – as is the Earth – with its own positive, negative and neutral pole. This provides a way that we can understand our human experience – in a “normal” experience, we pulsate through these poles equally, like a Sin Wave – it is when we get stuck in one of them that life ceases to function optimally. Then we fall prey to blockage, stagnation and disease. Polarity provides us tools in the realm of nutrition, bodywork, communication, and yoga-based exercise to move stagnation through our system and restore our Life Energy.
About the teachers:
Anouk Prop is a psychotherapist, registered Yoga Alliance (500 RYT) yoga teacher and reiki master, originally from the Netherlands. She combines yoga, psychotherapy & energetic healing through their very compatible aspects and stresses on the non-medical methods in healing and offers a holistic approach as such. Postgraduate education in trauma healing in combination with yoga put into practice, she has a broad range of experience in the field, varying from working with children and adults with a history of abuse, addiction, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, but also car-accidents and other traumatic events like war or natural disasters. She encounters people with deeply rooted tension, trauma or blockages on a level which goes beyond cognition and shows that yoga and energetic healing can open doors in this. Her mindful approach is focused on empowerment and guiding people towards their own unique essence by gently inviting them to look in the beautiful, though sometimes confronting mirror life provides, taken by her hand of compassion, positivity and enthusiasm.
From my experience, I can relate the practice of yoga to an adventurous journey. The journey of LIFE itself. I have practised yoga since 2004 and taught since 2007 and it has become my way of life. To me, yoga instructor is not just a job, but it is a responsibility and a passion. I feel so blessed, grateful and inspired to be a thread in the majestic tapestry of the lineage of yoga. It gives me strength to feel a part of this unbroken transmission of knowledge from teacher to student (Parampara).
I am a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200 since June 2014). I completed my yoga training from Samahita Retreat with Paul Dallaghan, Koh Samui, Thailand. Paul is a senior teacher in Asana and Pranayama. In addition to this, I am doing an on-line 200 hour teacher training with Kaivalyadhama yoga institute in India, deepening my studies on Yoga and Pranayama. I am aiming to go to India and finish this course in September 2016, just before teaching this fantastic workshop
I have been focusing in the Ashtanga Vinyasa method for the past eight years and I have been practising under the guidance of teachers that come from this lineage like Manju Jois, Louise Ellis, John Scott, Richard Freeman, etc. My research brought me to Mysore, India, in 2010, where I spent two months studying at the KPJAYI under Saraswati’s guidance. I keep a daily practice. I am still learning everyday and I believe that, in order to teach a quality yoga class, it is necessary in the first place to nourish your self-practice.
.In addition to yoga experience, I have been involved a lot with nutrition. I spent the last years working as a cook in yoga retreats in believe that the combination of a healthy diet and yoga practice are great tools for reaching our full potential as Human beings. In the more recent years, I have been working with the channelization of emotions as a way to supporting the yoga practitioner. I have participated in some workshops in Gestalt therapy and Systemic constellations and I became really interested about how they can enrich the practice of yoga.
In 2014 I traveled to the beautiful island of Koh Samui in Thailand and did my Centered Yoga teacher training with Paul Dallaghan at Samahita retreat where I learned so much about kriyas, philosophy, Pranayama and teaching asana in a safer and more congruent way. While I was in my teacher training, I felt a nice connection with the place, my teacher Paul, the other teachers and the teachings. One year after, I was back to Samahita, this time for work as a yoga teacher.
Often, before I start my practice, I ask for guidance for having a balance and healthy approach to asana. When I teach, I ask to be able to transmit in a very clear way my experience and knowledge. I believe life, as yoga is just a journey. Everything is changing, and as Buddhist say, only one thing is certain. Impermanence. So, in my experience, life and yoga are about learning to be able to evolve, renew and improve, not just as a teacher but among all, as a human being.
You can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as Yoga con Manu.
Tracy is a yoga teacher since 2011 when she did her teacher training with Paul Dallaghan at Samahita Retreat. She has had a personal ashtanga yoga practice in the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois since 2004, and is dedicated to this method of practice. Tracy spent five years studying and teaching at one of the world’s largest healing arts schools, The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, in Tempe Arizona, from 2009-2013. She teaches and gives sessions in cranio-sacral and polarity therapy, two modalities that support the natural healing ability of the body-mind-spirit.
“It was really a great meaningful experience for me. I could feel how yoga is “manipulating” my nervous system! Combination of theory and practices worked for me very well. Anouk’s approach is really affirming and she generated a sense of comfort and safety. I’m so glad I participated! Thank you!”
– “I had an immediate click with Anouk. It was important for me to be able to trust the person I share my personal experiences with. Every time I had a session with her, I felt good. I felt lighter. She helped me to open my heart and to have contact with my mind and body. There was no judgement or criticism in her eyes. She didn’t tell me how to deal with things according to books. She asked me questions and the answers came within myself. Questions still rise in my head after a year of biweekly session with her. However she taught me how to observe them from different perspectives. To have balance and connection between mind and body bring harmony in life. Now I take yoga lesson with her and it just feels great.”
Tracy made [my detox] programme very personalized with a good understanding of my health and expectations.
Few people I have met embody the joy and commitment of yoga as fully and gracefully as Tracy. Consistent in her intent, joyful in her embrace of the work, committed in her searching for greater depth, Tracy is always on the journey herself, which, for me, always means greater truth in working with others. It is the total enthusiasm with which Tracy embodies the concepts of healing and yoga that most inspire me.
I have had the honor of having Tracy as an instructor in Polarity Training. I also experienced her healing work through a polarity session during which I felt true caring I had not felt in quite a while. Whenever a question arises now in my work I continue to pose them to her and I am always met with a prompt, succinct, caring and timely response. She is a gifted healer and teacher!
I had the pleasure of serving with Tracy in the Peace Corps in West Africa. The positive and soothing nature she brought to our group helped tremendously during our stressful positions as village based volunteers. She was always eager to assist anyone in learning yoga and meditation. Her ability to impart knowledge and passion to everyone serving alongside her was remarkable, and her presence created and welcoming and open environment in what were difficult and often hostile circumstances.
I have known Tracy for over two years and have seen her drive, motivation, manifestation and passion time and time again. Tracy is one of the most compassionate, sensitive, lovely individuals I have had the pleasure of sharing my experience with. Tracy’s work as a practitioner is expert; her work as a teacher is advancing in leaps and bounds; it is deeply honoring to participate with Tracy as a person, colleague and friend.
Tracy is a very passionate individual; passionate about teaching, passionate about empowering others and passionate about giving her absolute best. She is extremely intelligent, both academically and emotionally.
I have had the privilege of working with Tracy over the years at continuing education conferences. She brings a unique combination of natural healthcare skills, keen intellect and heartfelt connections with those who have the good fortune of communicating with her! Tracy has an abundance of enthusiasm and energy!
Tracy is great at her job. Above all, she is a fine human being.
Tracy, thank you, you did a perfect job!
June 8, 2015
A good yoga teacher who is there when you need help
Manuel is a dedicated and friendly yoga teacher who is there when you need help.
I’m so blessed to have come across a team of dedicated yoga teachers during my 2-month yoga practices in Samahita Retreat Centre, Thailand.
Manuel’s one of them. He is a good and friendly yoga teacher who is THERE when you need help.
March 30, 2015
Thank you :)
Manuel delivered a lovely session in lumpini park for a mixed group of students and made us feel very welcome. Manuel is incredibly informative and educated us about the asanas. He has a great knowledge of each asana and although teaches an astanga style, is adaptable and interesting to talk to about being open to different styles. thank you Manuel, I will come back to another class soon :)
March 23, 2015
Self-adjustment made easy
Ah yessss! Manuel makes you aware of how much further your body (& mind) can go by teaching how to do it without having to push yourself to the limit. He honors the limitation of every student and just let’s one enjoy the benefits of the pose, stress free. Thanks for constantly reminding us ‘to breathe’. Also by stating the first and basic steps that need to be done in preparation to get out of the pose, inhaling, curling your toes in, putting down the arm firsts & looking up, etc. I think many teachers forget this because they are so advanced that it has become second-nature to them but to the beginning student it is sooooo important! Gracias Manuel, mucha suerte en todo!
March 14, 2015
Well done. Kudos to Manuel Yoga.
I attended an excellent and dynamic Vinyasa inspired yoga class for seniors and older adults that Manuel taught on March 9, 2015 in Bangkok. I found Manuel to be not only be quite proficient in the yoga postures but also a super teacher who gave numerous options to meet the needs and capabilities of the people in the class. He also seemed quite kind and clearly explained what we were doing, which added a lot to my enjoyment of his class. I’m very glad that I went.
February 17, 2015
Phenomenal teacher who lives and breathes his practice
Manuel is a student first and foremost. It’s this studentship that gives his teaching an authentic power that’s unmatched. Everything he does is an extension of his yoga practice.
Jackie Pichit Phromkade
February 16, 2015
It’s my third time so far in his class. Manuel was very friendly, approachable and detail oriented. In the class, there were students with different yoga background but could conduct the class and bring out the potential in everyone. Well, I have to say that I’m very inexperienced in yoga but Manuel explained to me step by step the relationship between body and mind during the practice. The way he taught was impressive. Although he didn’t push me too hard, he encouraged me to reach my potential.
Retreat Rates (THB)
Single superior room 39,480 per person
Semi-Private room 35,280 per person
Share two bedroom loft 31,080 per person
Friend / Family Room & Board Rates
These are available to any registered Samahita Retreat guest's partner, family member or friend, who is not interested in participating in any of the programs but will stay in a room and board capacity. Shared accommodation, food, and the facilities are open to the Room & Board guest(s).
During our Peak periods, the friends and family rate applies to single and deluxe rooms only.
Deluxe One Bedroom Suite
We only have two deluxe one bedroom suites located in our most private building closest to the sea. They have a private bedroom, living room, fully equipped kitchen, generous bathroom and an extra large balcony. Both suites offer a modern open living room with sofa bed, LCD TV, working desk and DVD/ iPod Stereo. They are perfect for a family or couple. The additional rate is a flat rate based on the room and is added on to the total rate package whether a single individual, couple or family.
Deluxe One Bedroom Suite - Additional cost on the total program package:
2,100 per day
13,440 for one week
26,040 for two weeks
37,800 for three weeks
46,200 for four weeks
Our guestrooms are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide with you with a private community and greater security. A selection of our rooms enjoy this spectacular sea view, while others enjoy the tropical gardens scene.
It is possible to extend your time on detox day by day from an above program as fits your timeline. You can also add extra therapies and treatments to your program at a special discounted rate.
The rate is inclusive of:
Full yoga and fitness program
Fully equipped accommodation with AC
Full brunch and dinner buffets
Mineral drinking water
Herbal steam room
Salt water swimming pool
Wi Fi internet
VAT government tax
Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.