The Wake program at Vikasa is for yoga practitioners who gravitate to the spiritual and cerebral aspects of a yoga lifestyle, whether you are a newcomer or you have an existing meditation experience.
Invest In Your Personal Evolution
Time spent growing is always well invested.
Show up and trust the process
Personal programs don’t require you to make plans or decisions like you would on a holiday. We take care of everything.
Spend 7 Or More Days in Thailand
Spend a week or more immersed in your personal goals without distraction and vibe out to the rhythm of Thailand.
Balanced Transformation To-go
Leave feeling empowered to start a new path with new balance, confidence and lasting healthy habits to take home.
Learn At Vikasa Yoga Retreat
Vikasa meditation masters will teach you how to use meditation as a filter, a tool for mental control and focus.
Learn how to discard the meaningless to see the true meaning at the core of a situation or concept. Learn skills that nurture the mind, body, and spirit into a higher state of health and spiritual consciousness. Still the mind to gain true perspective and balance. By using meditation techniques, we can address our innermost feelings honestly and without external interference, leading to a deep understanding of our true selves. Learn how to restore mental and spiritual balance.
Pranayama is a crucial aspect of the program, controlling the flow of pranic energy throughout the body using breathing techniques. These soothing routines allow your mind to reach a state of tranquillity, providing deep awareness in stillness. You’ll also learn about the six purification actions of shatkarma and the philosophies that underlie an authentic yoga practice.
Vikasa means ‘evolution’ in Sanskrit, and the process of positive transformation is at the core of the Wake syllabus.
Rooted in the ancient yoga traditions of the Raja yoga, also known as the yoga sutras of Patanjali, the philosophies that form the basis of Wake are the basis of a yoga lifestyle, complementing asana and pranayama technique.
Vikasa’s approach to personal growth and development through a yoga lifestyle is rooted in the concept of spirituality. Rather than deferring to any specific set of religious beliefs, we prefer to define spirituality as self-awareness, following the guidance of our innermost essence.
Spirituality enables an awakening, nurturing long-term peace with ourselves and those around us, providing a platform for us to process life’s challenges and achieve a deep calmness.
Wake is taught through private sessions with our mediation master to ensure that your meditation practice is tailored to work best for you. Asana sessions are taught in group class settings.
Do you want to enhance your understanding and practice of meditation?
Spirituality Enables an Awakening
Discover new meditation postures and perfect your pranayama practice in one on one private sessions.
Reach for enlightenment and better self-awareness through personal tuition from a Vikasa mediation guru. Take a deeper dive into spirituality to help you find the realization that comes from a connection with your innermost self.
Wake is also ideal for students that want to learn how to use mediation to achieve greater concentration or learn effective stress management tools. The benefits can help with better management of pressures from home and work. It is also the perfect way to take time for a spiritual and emotional reset, escape the hectic experience of daily life in the idyllic tropical Vikasa retreat, our blissful sanctuary on beautiful Ko Samui.
Discover your true inner essence.
Through daily meditation practice, self-realization and moments of pure consciousness, you will begin to unfold. By bringing the body into a perfect state of harmony and balance, control of the mind is attainable. Wake will enable you to awaken the mind in tandem with the spirit to discover your true inner essence. Generate awareness of your true self and your place at oneness within the universe. Develop a profound understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life.
Achieving self-realization and mental decompression takes patience, but once attained, it can lead to moments of pure consciousness, better focus, and improved stress management. Advanced meditators learn ways to process and purge the five afflictions or poisons of the mind, Kleshas, to gain peace, contentment and clarity.
Meditation can be used by anyone to achieve calm and clarity, no matter what your particular priorities. The time of day that suits you best to meditate is up to you. However, we recommend regular daily practice of meditation for maximum benefit in a yoga lifestyle.
Relaxing Yoga Retreat with Personal Coaching in Koh Samui
The Wake program is recommended for stays of 7 nights or more. This program is available year-round and the rates are all inclusive of your room, meals, program, learning materials and selected spa treatments.
$1,689 / Week
Rates vary based on room selection.
Program Work Book
Private Coaching Sessions
Safely practice beginner poses.
Breath, practice and techniques.
Practice awareness and find focus.
Learn the basics of energy control.
Intro to freestyle to start your flow.
Help you safely align.
Introduction to the world of yoga.
Basics of the science of the body.
Learn techniques for a relaxed life.
Learn by living in 7 immersive days.
The fuel a yoga body needs.
Cultivate and reconnect to self.
A Koh Samui Wellness Retreat Designed For You
Curious about our wellness retreat? Get a taste of the Vikasa Lifestyle before you arrive for your personal coaching program.
Start familiarizing yourself with our approach to living your healthiest and most authentic life. Get tips on healthy eating, stress management, gratitude practice and more. You’ll be well on your way to wellness with a head start in the right direction. No preparation is needed before the Begin program, however, it’s never a bad time to start eating right and implementing small changes. We believe that shocking the system with a huge lifestyle change may be less beneficial than implementing small daily adjustments.
Our programs are designed to give you a lasting shift in behavior with a solid game plan for when you return home. Your success is our success and we want to see you follow through with the promises you make to yourself. We are here to support your journey but the person who has to take the first step, is you. Download the Vikasa Lifestyle Guide and begin your journey to better health and wellness.
Enjoy The Experience
The Vikasa retreat is the perfect setting for finding a state of harmony and serenity.
Breathe in the fresh sea breeze coming in off the Gulf of Thailand. Revel in the fantastic array of locally sourced, nutritious food at the Vikasa Life Café. Take in the inspiring sea views from the Bliss Spa while you receive a relaxing massage.
As you focus on meditation, you may find a renewed connection between your physical self and your spiritual being. This can manifest itself in a multitude of possibilities. You may be overcome with creativity, full of ideas and energy to breathe life into projects or able to appreciate art and music in a new way. You may gain insight into deep-rooted issues in life or find clarity where once there was confusion or indecision.
Many Wake students feel an overwhelming sense of tranquillity, at one with their environment and community.
Feel a sense of achievement as you embrace a healthier lifestyle, and a sense of community with like-minded people on the Vikasa campus.
Arrive to Vikasa with a decision to try something new, meet new people, eat new things, learn something new and embrace the new. This is the mindset for transformation.
The Long-Term Benefits
Improve your physical condition strength and health.
Prevent injury and feel lighter by becoming more flexible.
Learn how to manage your mind and the stress of daily life with calm clarity.
Your overall energy, endurance and enthusiasm will increase.
Enjoy the daily rhythm of an optimized digestive track.
Become sharper, wiser and more aware of your body, mind and decisions.
Feel the welcoming embrace and make new friends.
Live in alignment with your intentions and actions.
Do you crave a more spiritually enriched life?
Check out these testimonials from our past guests to get a sense of the transformation they experienced.
For a more detailed review, you might consider reaching out to our alumni network to ask them first-hand about their experience at Vikasa.
About Vikasa Yoga Retreat
Vikasa is truly a paradise location which adds an extra dimension to your yoga practice as a whole.
The environment is conducive to relaxing where you can disconnect from the hustle and bustle and focus inwards on your practice and spiritual growth. Here at Vikasa our core values are the three ways in which consciousness expands. This expansion starts with the self, it grows through our minds, bodies and energy until we are powerful motivators of connection and manifestors of change through our communities and throughout our world.
Vikasa is the ideal healthy lifestyle venue for a yoga training, due to its balance of secluded island paradise, freshly-prepared food and a yoga sala constructed in a beautiful setting and designed to get the best out of students – making it the perfect environment for study.
We are a relaxed establishment where you can unplug and reconnect to something deeper in a meaningful way.
Vikasa Yoga Retreat in Koh Samui offers several types of accommodation ranging from simple eco-friendly bamboo bungalows to full-sized rooms. We are not a one-size-fits-all kind of place. Our rooms are democratically priced because we believe this range of accommodation allows for a wider range of students to experience Vikasa.
Tips for choosing your perfect room: If you like to stay close to the beach, check out our red-roofed Prana Cabanas. If you prefer a garden location with a village feeling, try the Zen Bungalows. If you don’t want to walk down too many stairs, the Yoga Caves could be a good option. If you need a bit of extra space and a central location, Lotus Pads are a good place to start.
Yoga Retreat With Accommodation In Koh Samui
Our rooms celebrate simplicity. We have minimal decorations to create a feeling of zen. You will notice some of our room options have a “+” which means they are a little bit bigger than the standard category.
Are you ready to make a big lifestyle shift that incorporates more health and happiness?
Frequently Asked Questions
Browse the FAQ or get in touch with one of our instructors for personal assistance.
Meditation is a process by which you can redirect thoughts, increasing self-awareness and your better understanding of your surroundings. The benefits of meditation are well-documented and almost universally acknowledged, even by conventional western medical orthodoxy. Stress management is one of the key reasons that students join the Wake program. The effects of stress can inhibit deep sleep, cause depression and anxiety, increase blood pressure, cause fatigue and prevent clarity of thought.
Meditation may also alleviate symptoms of stress-related illness, including irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and fibromyalgia. Meditation is also an effective tool in combating anxiety disorders, including phobias, social anxiety disorder, paranoia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chronic pain, memory loss, and panic attacks. It is also a useful tool in addressing addiction and substance abuse issues. It also helps to manage pressure exerted in work environments and is useful for those who are finding their career path unclear or blocked.
The Vikasa lifestyle help you to learn how to distinguish better between positive and negative influences. Spirituality is a wonderful basis for the pursuit of long-term peace with ourselves, providing a platform for us to process life’s challenges. It imbues a sense of tranquility in even the most stressful situations, enabling you to project positivity to those around you. This leads to enhanced decision-making, empathy and self-love. By acknowledging our innermost feelings honestly and without external interference, we can truly understand our true selves and our genuine feelings.
Nutrition can also help, with ‘junk food’ and sugar withdrawal, as well as certain types of digestive bacteria linked to a range of mental health issues, from depression and insomnia to dementia. You are what you eat, but this doesn’t mean denying yourself to the point of misery. You can enjoy a healthy diet and the benefits of eating well at the same time!
Mental wellbeing is intrinsically linked to regular exercise – the benefits to hormonal balance as well as improved cardio-vascular and respiratory health. If you have been going through a tough time, this will help you feel a renewed sense of self-worth and control.
Yoga is accessible and you can do it anywhere. No equipment (besides a simple mat) is required and you can do it by yourself in the privacy of your own home or in a class with others. Routine is a great way to move forward in life, with a daily yoga being a cornerstone.
We also encourage Rise attendees to embrace creative pursuits. You don’t have to be a talented artist or musician. Simply focusing on giving life to an idea can be an incredible experience, a positive way to channel emotion and energy. The feeling of accomplishment and optimism it brings is great for emotional growth and transformation.
Everyone that comes to Vikasa for the Rise program does so for a different reason. We will help you find a new approach best-fitted to your specific personality and circumstances.
We can’t promise that you will have a life without challenges and set-backs, but we can give you the blueprint to a lifestyle that will leave you better prepared.
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
Yes, the Wake program is suitable for participants of all levels including complete beginners.
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.
The programs are facilitated by specially trained Vikasa staff with significant expertise in their field. You will receive input from a number of practitioners during your stay.
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. If you don’t have time to read it that’s ok too, we will review some content during your program.
Are you ready to reach your personal goals?
Awaken the mind in tandem with the spirit to discover your true inner essence.