A Yoga Retreat in the Pursuit of Freedom

What does it truly mean to move? This immersion will expose you to something far bigger than any one specific movement discipline. Explore a diverse range of modalities from all different lineages with our Move Retreat, a Yoga Fitness Retreat that's a quest to discover your unique forms of physical expression and how to apply these newfound skill sets in a more intentional and freedom based format.

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7 Days in Paradise

Spend 7 days and 6 nights at Vikasa Yoga retreat in exotice Koh Samui, Thailand

Expression and Play

Explore diverse and unique movement-based practices to grow, evolve and learn

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Like Minded Community

Have fun connecting, playing and training with like-minded, curious practitioners

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Yoga and Meditation

Combine your movement workshops with more traditional yoga and meditation

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Natural Beauty

Immerse yourself in beautiful island paradise where nature is one of your greatest inspirations

Upcoming Dates

15 -21 December 2024

@ Vikasa Yoga Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand

Early Bird Available! Save $150.

Limited Time Offer: First 5 sign-ups save $150 when you book your Move Retreat!

Want to explore yoga, dance, strength, martial arts and so much more?

Ready to learn safe, pain-free ways to move, advance and evolve?

Want to discover liberation and authentic expression?

Join the next Move Retreat: a Yoga Fitness Retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand.

What You Get

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Movement tools

Classes that explore a diverse melting pot of movement modalities

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Unlimited Yoga

Access to daily yoga and meditation classes in the ocean-front sala

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Island adventures

Optional island hopping and adventures around Koh Samui’s best sights

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Full Access

Full access to all our Vikasa facilities including pool, spa, cafe and more

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Accommodation

Choose your preferred room at Vikasa Yoga Retreat, priced by selection

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Healthy Meals

Unlimited healthy delicious brunch and dinner buffets with ocean views

Meet your Yoga Retreat Teacher

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Shakti Bird (Sarah Bonsall)

Shakti began her movement journey with yoga almost 15 years ago and quickly cultivated a deep curiosity about optimizing the human body. It didn’t take long to discover that yoga asana on its own, is not a complete or practical means to movement and overall physical wellness. In search of more, she spent 2 years training and studying closely with an Ido Portal community in Boulder, CO. She was shown and got to experience that movement contains within it the worlds of yoga, hand balancing, meditation, flexibility, dance, strength, martial arts, and so much more. During those years she was exposed to more moments of failure, frustration, improvement, understanding, joy, and humility than ever before. She began picking up skills that she’d never dreamed of and got a taste of what it’s like to move and exist in a way that is not only limitlessly freeing, but pain-free. Since then, she has been committed to deepening her studies, expanding her mindset, and demonstrating to others why they might like to do the same.

Move Retreat: Your Yoga Retreat Experience

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Prepare

Learn the importance of proper preparation, observation, practice, and integration.

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Practice

Be exposed and work through movement modalities coming from all different backgrounds.

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Integrate

Develop confidence and apply new skills in an advanced, intentional and freedom-based format.

Move and Play

The joy of this Move Retreat is that it will expose you to something far bigger than any one specific movement discipline. The movement contains within it the worlds of yoga, hand balancing, meditative states, flexibility, dance, strength, martial arts and so much more. Oftentimes we are exposed to specialties that serve to limit our expansion as movers and also, the very essence of us as human beings. This Yoga and Fitness Retreat is a journey that will provide you with basic tools that will allow you to expand, communicate, and integrate who you are. You will be invited to draw conclusions in your practice and find the magic in the seemingly mundane. In the pursuit of finding freedom, come prepared to observe, connect, and move… A LOT. Leave your ego at home.

“There is always a better way, so find it. Then find a better one.” — Ido Portal

Your Daily Yoga Retreat Schedule

The daily life at Vikasa starts with the sound of tropical birds as the sun rises over our east-facing hillside home. Every day will start with a morning practice devised from various movement practices and lineages. Class will be followed by a robust healthy brunch in the Life Cafe. Each day has a balance of masterclasses and movement-based practices, combined with the downtime and space to relax, reflect, journal, visit the spa and follow your bliss.

7.00 – 7.30

Meditation and Pranayama

8.00 – 9.30

Morning Practice

10.00 – 12.00

Delicious healthy Brunch

12.00 – 5.00

Masterclass / Free Time

5.00 – 6.30

Afternoon Practice

6.30 – 9.00

Buffet Dinner and Free Time

7.00 – 7.30

Meditation and Pranayama

8.00 – 9.30

Morning Practice

10.00 – 12.00

Delicious healthy Brunch

12.00 – 5.00

Masterclass / Free Time

5.00 – 6.30

Afternoon Practice

6.30 – 9.00

Buffet Dinner and Free Time

Want to get a taste of daily life at Vikasa? Try our yoga class online for free. The tropical birds, fruits and flowers? You’ll just have to imagine those for now.

Enjoy a FREE Raw Food Workshop with Boris.

Join Boris and learn the art of the perfect healthy chocolate smoothie! This video tutorial will walk you through the basics of creating a perfect smoothie plus tips and tricks to keep it thick, creamy and delicious as well as nutrient dense and sustaining. Smoothies are a staple on our menu at Vikasa, all designed and thoroughly taste tested by Boris and the team. Fresh smoothies utilise the freshest seasonal ingredients for a hydrating and satisfying treat that can be enjoyed any time of the day. Learn how to use raw cacao and the incredible benefits of chocolate in its raw natural form. All raw, all vegan, this smoothie will become a staple in your kitchen. Boris has a unique way of demonstrating that allows for educational content to be thoroughly enjoyed and savoured. Enjoy this taste test of what’s to come if you join us for a week on the Thrive Retreat at Vikasa.

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Life Cafe

We believe the way we eat and make food matters. An integral part of the Vikasa Life Cafe philosophy is awareness of what we put in our bodies and the impact it has on ourselves, each other and the earth. Meals during your Balance Retreat will be healthy, delicious and abundant. Wholefoods and real ingredients full of flavour. Fuel your body well and feel the difference. Daily buffet brunches and dinners are all included. 

You’ll have full access to all the wonderful Vikasa facilities which are designed to facilitate a holistic healthy lifestyle. Our world-class yoga salas are some of the best in Asia with stunning ocean and nature views. Enjoy the infinity pool, wellbeing spa, secret beach and the Life Cafe during your free time. Enjoy a massage, work on your tan, or enjoy a cold coconut by the pool with new friends. 

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What’s included:

Full Access

Full access to all facilities: Wifi, Infinity Pool, Spa, Salas, Life Cafe and Secret Beach.

Gourmet Meals

Vibrant abundant buffet brunches and dinners with ocean views and friends.

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Movement

Daily yoga, meditation and movement classes with Shakti plus one on one support.

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Future

Learn safe, mindful and effective ways to move for a pain-free, sustainable practice.

Accommodation

Comfortable rooms with everything you need for the perfect retreat journey.

Transformation

Experience liberation and authentic expression as you tune inwards and evolve.

Reserve Your Pad

We offer several types of accommodation ranging from our popular Yoga Caves to full-sized ensuite rooms with stunning ocean views. 

Click “Virtual Tour” for a walk through of the different room options. Follow the application for room availability and pricing. For more information or to check early bird discount availability. Contact us Today

Our Yoga Retreat Paradise

The Move Retreat takes place at Vikasa Yoga Retreat, our paradise on the tropical island of Koh Samui, in the Gulf of Thailand. This location is easily accessible with direct flights from major hubs in Southeast Asia or a shuttle flight from Bangkok arriving nearly every hour. Our team will pick you up at USM, Samui International Airport. Vikasa is the perfect place for a Yoga Fitness Retreat, it’s a balance of a secluded yet accessible island paradise. We have some of the largest yoga facilities in South East Asia including 4 world-class yoga salas which allow you to practice over the open ocean. Vikasa has modern facilities that you’ll enjoy such as an infinity pool, private beach, fast wifi, housekeeping, and an incredible healthy cafe.

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Early Bird Discount

Luck favors those who work hard and plan ahead. Be among the first 5 sign-ups to save $150 on your Move Retreat! Get it or you might regret it!

Embrace Evolution with a Vikasa Signature Retreat

Choosing the right retreat will provide you with an experience that will support your body, mind, and energy to expand in new ways that will transform you and enrich your quality of living. 

Our Viksa Signature Retreats are based on the ideals of the Vikasa lifestyle and philosophy. Vikasa means evolution in Sanskrit and we believe that taking time out to disconnect from your day to day surroundings and reconnect to yourself on a deeper level is one of the most powerful ways to grow, transform and discover true lasting happiness. What you will experience through the Signature Yoga Retreats is a journey within, supported by our Senior Vikasa teachers and a group of like-minded individuals who, like you, are seeking a rich, explorative and expansive retreat journey. These retreat experiences combine the Vikasa method of yoga, meditation and pranayama, along with unique workshops, adventures and dynamic activities and exercises that encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Daily life can keep us trapped in mundane and repetitive cycles. The key to evolution and happiness is to be constantly finding new and novel ways to challenge yourself. If you’re intrigued to learn more about the Vikasa lifestyle and the Vikasa philosophy, download our free lifestyle guide below.

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Move Retreat: Frequently Asked Questions

Browse the FAQ or get in touch with one of our instructors for personal assistance.

Vikasa is located on Koh Samui, which is an island in the Gulf of Thailand. Vikasa is in the south east corner of the island, in between Chaweng Noi and Lamai. Vikasa is a 20 minute drive from Koh Samui International Airport (USM) and a 35 minute drive from the Nathon and Lipa Noi ferry terminals.

The best way to get to Vikasa is to fly into Koh Samui International Airport (USM).  There are daily flights into Koh Samui from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and others.  We will arrange your pick up from the airport.

This will depend on where you are from. For details of Thailand’s visa arrangements with specific countries see here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Thailand

Although tourist visas are generally required, there is an exemption for travellers from 30 countries (Australia, UK, USA, France, Germany, Sweden and others) who wish to travel to Thailand for 30 days or less. If you are a citizen of one of these countries you do not need to obtain a visa. Note that if you plan to stay for longer than 30 days, it is possible to obtain a short extension from the immigration office on Koh Samui at some point during your stay.

If you are not a citizen of one of the countries with which Thailand has specific visa exemption or waiver arrangements, you will need to obtain a 30, 60 or 90 day tourist visa before arriving in Thailand

This retreat is open to everyone. You need no prior experience to join. Shakti will cater to all levels- from beginners to more advanced practitioners. Simply come open and willing to move, learn and grow. 

Yoga clothes, tropical climate clothes and swimwear.  Yoga mats and props and towels are all provided. You may want to add an excursion to your program such as a waterfall hike, in which case a pair of sneakers would also be handy. If you want to use the Sky Gym during your stay you’ll need gym clothes too. 

Koh Samui is a beautiful tropical island located in the Gulf of Thailand.  It is approximately 90 minutes from the mainland via ferry, but is easily accessible via airplane.  It has a population of around 70,000 people and has key infrastructure such as a small international airport, good medical facilities (including hospitals), banking facilities (including ATMs), good wifi coverage and good roads.  It is possible to drive around the entire island in around 90 minutes, and visitors generally either travel via scooter or taxi as walking is difficult.  Vikasa is located between Chaweng Noi and Lamai in a quiet area of the island.  It is possible to walk from Vikasa to nearby beaches, but guests generally stay on the Vikasa premises or rent scooters or taxis for trips to nearby markets and shopping malls.  The weather is generally hot year round, with temperatures often around 30 degrees celsius.

We recommend that participants download the free lifestyle guide and read up on the Vikasa Lifestyle before arrival to get a feel for what we offer here at Vikasa. Otherwise, simply arrive and enjoy all that is in store for you over the coming week.

All Vikasa rooms are private rooms. The Yoga Cave and Yoga Cave Plus are single private rooms with shared bathrooms, all other rooms are private ensuite rooms. You can twin share only if you are booking with someone you are traveling with- a friend, partner, relative etc.

For twin share pricing, there is one full cost of the retreat program, plus an additional $1200 for the second person. If you are booking two places you will be eligible to a discount, this is dependant on the current promotions available. Simply contact us to find out the total price for twin share.

The retreat dates start on your check in and check out dates. Check in is available from 2pm. On the first day there is a group dinner and casual information session. Offical classes will start on day two. On the final day, you will enjoy a morning class and brunch and check out is at 12 noon.

You are more than welcome to book additional nights before or after the offical retreat dates. Simply contact us to enquire about pricing and availability. Or let us know on your application you would like to book additional nights. Our regular nightly rate includes twice daily buffet meals, access to all public yoga classes and all facilities. Many guests do like to arrive a few days early to acclimatise, especially after a long journey. Many guests do also end up extending their stay. This is always dependant on our availability, so booking in advance is recommended, but if you do opt to stay longer once onsite, simply check with our reservation team at the front desk. 

Do you have other questions or need more information? Contact us Today