Yogaonethatiwant studios’ 6th retreat. Headed by Vikasa’s very own graduate Atilia Haron, its time to bring the online graduates from HippieHub to Vikasa too.
Karma Burning Intensive and Void Intensive are the twin foundations of the Yoga Teacher Development Program by Higher Yoga Academy®.
Each workshop is a 4-day exploration of advanced Yoga practices, focusing on the knowledge and techniques of relaxing into Awareness and releasing limiting psychological patterns commonly referred to as 'karma' in the Yoga tradition.
You are welcome to join either or both workshops combined into a 7-day program (the final day of Karma Burning Intensive is the first day of Void Intensive).*
Writer and mindfulness teacher Pamela Maran brings fun and silence together. She has held retreats across the world and this is the first one in Thailand. Retreat will be intensive with practices throughout the day. Hard and deep practices alternate with fun lectures and playgrounds. These 6 days will be time for self reflection, deeper inner work, working through the layers of armour and finding our true essence. Pamela Maran aka Sleeping Yogini shares personal stories about ego and creating space for being human and divine in their equanimity.
This all-encompassing 13-day unforgettable experience is targeted to those seeking professional development, personal development + a unique cultural experience. I have carefully designed our itinerary to offer participants a rich life experience which includes Thai Yoga Massage, cultural adventures, culinary delights + adventure.
With over 20 years of experience and over 11 years of teaching yoga and meditation, as well as hosting numerous retreats – both locally and internationally, know you will be good hands for this week.
We will spend our retreat together at Vikasa – a breathtaking venue purpose built for yogis.
Join us on this amazing week of yoga asana, mindful meditation and clean eating. This retreat incorporates an OMazing 7 days and 6 nights in the tranquil Vikasa Retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand. Our aim is for you to feel strong, fit, healthy, nourished and revitalised whilst having a relaxing vacation in tropical paradise!
Exploring aspects of yin and yang yoga, you’ll discover how to both fire the body up and how to slow it down. Practicing anatomically-informed hatha and vinyasa flow each morning and restorative and yin yoga each evening, you’ll explore these complementary practices and all the elements necessary to be able to confidently teach both.
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. If you aren’t exactly sure you are looking for, our yoga vacation is a great way to explore the Vikasa lifestyle and learn from all of the amazing resident and guest yoga teachers we have here. If you want a more focused experience we recommend to join one of the numerous themed specialty retreats or training events happening. You can enjoy more time focusing on the practice you already love, or discover a brand new experience and learn about it’s knowledge, and yourself in that light. You can find retreats here that focus on technique, and others that are more about exploring, healing, and balancing your inner-qualities. It might even be that you find your perfect retreat by coming across a teacher that you can somehow already feel the connection, and you can follow your intuition to come on a life changing trip of discovery and spiritual revelations with expert guidance. Or another idea to consider…you might want to take a step back, meditate and contemplate to find, what are your goals and intentions right now? You could make a list and then choose which things you really want to focus on. Then, go see what retreats and events align with your vision and feeling.
1. If you're a complete beginner and feeling a bit intimidated, don’t be afraid to start your yoga practice with a retreat. This is one of the best ways to develop a love affair with something that will never let you down and be one of your best tools for life. The inspiration will last you. Find a Beginner’s Yoga Retreat that includes some philosophy to really get the best start.
2. Find a location that captivates you. You can get a feel from the photos and videos but reading reviews might give you more sense for the place too.
3. Many yoga retreats cater to all levels of practice but not all. Some practices are advanced and can be too physically challenging for some, or not so noticeably beneficial if you don’t already have an established foundation. If you’re very new to Yoga, consider looking for Intro courses or retreats, or retreats welcoming all experience levels. It’s also a good idea to contact the retreat coordinators or facilitators and ask them about the retreat activities.
4. Yoga is a huge universe of practices and philosophies. While the overall effects of any genuine yoga practice should be relaxing, awakening, and expanding, if you are already living with considerable stress, intense practices and daily challenge are not the most suiting. If you feel a lot of stress, or significant injuries, even if it’s out of your normal self-image, consider gentle practices, meditation retreats, and wellness oriented events or similar. The mindfulness and peace realized out of these kinds of retreats is a grace that will extend to other aspects of your life.
5. A retreat is a huge opportunity and the longer you can experience the routine and energy of yoga in that setting the better. There are week long retreats, two week retreats, and longer. While there are shorter retreats such as even 2 or 3 days, if you are travelling far, don’t do anything less than a week. This is enough to allow yourself the time for whatever you need in your holiday time.
6. Are you flirting with dropping some habits, or improving your health? Consider retreats that include detox programs, kriya, fasting programs, or raw food. These are powerful ways to take your life energies in a vibrant direction while dropping what doesn’t serve your self development.
7. A retreat can get pretty deep. Especially if you limit stimulation and outside contact. You can find centers that have more solitude, or at the very least, take your own social media detox! It can be a powerful way to get more grounded in yourself and learn more about who you are.
Retreats in Thailand are something unique. Thailand, even today, has a magic in the air that helps people discover a more relaxed pace and beautiful perspective of life with lots of opportunities to appreciate nature. Colors are bright, the cultural character will endear you, and the food is among the best in the world for it’s variety of flavors, freshness, and creativity. Especially in recent years, organic and healthy food choices have become widely available and the dishes made with them are the best. You can enjoy the divine Thai flavors in inventive vegan, vegetarian, and raw versions or in their classic recipes with fresh ingredients. International cuisine, fusion style cooking and raw desserts are other bits you can’t miss! The Buddhist influence in Thailand permeates the culture and gives an air of peacefulness to the flow of the day. This supports the retreat experience here in many beautiful ways and you’ll likely want to visit some of the Thai buddhist temples. As much as this is true, Thailand also loves spice, and surprising ways of livening things up whether it’s a local persons individual style and character or an arousing night temple market. A Koh Samui yoga retreat is arousing to the senses in every capacity including sights, scenes, smells and flavors which all combine to leave you with some very unique memories.
A holiday in Samui is an amazing way to experience a paradise environment with stunning ocean views and tropical magic everywhere you look. There are so many gorgeous beaches all around the island. And you can find that quiet forgotten beach, the casual playful beach, the beach with the perfect swims, the lush lavish beach with resorts and excellent service, the stunning beach side pool to refresh, or even the clubs with dancing on the beach. And what better place to watch an amazing sunrise or sunset than right on the beach or from the ocean? Life is overflowing here on Samui. Coconut palms, which made the island it’s first trademark are everywhere, and drinking fresh coconuts everyday is heaven. You’ll see exotic flowers, colorful creatures, and if you venture up into the hills you can explore the jungle and beautiful waterfalls. Samui is also a paradise for people who want to experience the tropical island paradise but also abundant options for lifestyle and shopping. The island has a large “ring road” that goes all the way around, and in many of the major towns you can find almost anything you would in any modern city. International cuisine, music venues, shopping malls, and even a movie theater. Or you can turn off this main route and disappear into one of the many magical places that make this island special.
Besides the nature and modern luxuries, the people, both locals and foreigners, really add the final touches to why Samui an amazing and fun place. You’ll meet a lot of people who are in love with island life and passionate about what they do here. The interesting yoga teachers, dedicated foodie chefs, sweet therapists. The people who come here to share their passion are usually interesting characters who share some degree of madness and passion for life. Get ready to collect a set of endearing people, lovable and inspiring people, and local people who love to smile. There is a sense of being welcome in Thailand which you might not experience in other countries to such a degree. The locals will go out of their way to cater to you and make you feel at home. The vibe in Thailand is relaxed so don’t expect five-star service in most establishments, but with that casual flair comes a sense of comfort as if you were invited into someone’s home. This helps to create a sense of protection and safety which is an excellent way to feel when you’re joining a yoga retreat intended to break you through your physical and emotional comfort zones. The Thai hospitality and kindness combined with the passion of our communities provides some life enriching experiences and adds value to any yoga retreat in Thailand.
You might be considering a Yoga Retreat but also curious about a Yoga Training and wondering what the differences are. A yoga retreat is typically more about rejuvenating yourself through healing practices and taking time off from duties to enjoy being in the moment. You’ll have more free time and many retreats include exciting activities for wellness besides Yoga, like raw food workshops or nature treks. You can enjoy a more vacation-like experience. This is especially for you if you want the time to explore, meet other people outside your group, and get to know the local culture and land. A retreat will typically take you deeper if you stay in that space for the whole time and then you can enjoy the treat of exploration after.
A yoga training is generally considered more academic, more serious and geared to those students who might want to teach yoga after graduation. Trainings usually have a fuller schedule and could involve some intense physical transformation. Expect to be in training, lectures, or other activities related to the practice for the majority of the day, but also expect it to be a very powerful support to your goals. A training is designed to take your practice deep, establish principles and philosophy, or develop your skills as a teacher or facilitator in specific knowledge about wellness. A training may be a big challenge but it can radically open up your life to new possibilities.
Yoga trainings are a great way to know more about the essential details of the art and science of yoga and how we teach in different situations or for different people. You can experience a lot of teaching practice activities in a short time and with feedback from teachers and peers and this will open you up to be more capable of expressing yourself or guiding others in many regards. Upon graduation you get certification, recognized internationally, as a professional yoga teacher.
If that all sounds a bit much, consider doing a yoga retreat first and you can always do a training if you feel like digging deeper.
Beautiful yoga and meditation retreats can be found all over the world. Some of the most famous places like Thailand, India, and Bali offer unique settings for the wellness and spirituality explorer. It's no wonder these destinations offer so many retreat options, they each have an abundance of local charm, warm hospitality and options for vegetarians and vegans alike. People love tropical destinations for their vacations and yoga retreats and these locations are also rich in their own spiritual and religious culture. Many people are waking up to make their holidays meaningful and supportive of their mental, physical, and spiritual development. We think with a little research anyone can find and plan the perfect retreat to serve their deepest intentions.
India is an obvious consideration for where to find a yoga retreat or training but it’s certainly not the only worthwhile option. Many countries have highly rated and reviewed Yoga training schools with excellent authentic teachers and also breath taking natural environment, healthy food, and beautiful people to meet. There are so many options, but we are going to just look at two of the most popular destinations, India & Thailand.
India – Coming to India is a great way to give respect to the roots of modern Yoga, feel the energy of the land of countless great yogi’s, and possibly have a more traditional study of the philosophy of Yoga and Hinduism.
This is the heritage and source of knowledge for most of the practices and philosophy people all over the world today know as Yoga. Coming for a training or retreat here will give you a great taste of the culture that developed alongside the Yogic sciences. If you are curious about how Hinduism interfaces with Yoga, or enamored with devotional practices within the Hindu pantheon, a Bhakti yogi, there is much to learn and experience here. The predominant yoga practice of many modern day Indian’s is Bhakti, or love and devotion towards the divine. This can be through iconic forms or any moment and being in existence. Many people will see this as religion, even many Indians themselves, but looking deeper through the yoga philosophy, there is more of a blurry line between religion and the science of experiential wellness. Nearly all yoga schools here will teach mantra chanting, and maybe some other devotional practices. It’s great to get a feel for these practices and concepts that have been part of peoples’ lives here for hundreds or thousands of years.
Courses in India are generally cheaper than most places, in reflection of the surrounding economy and cost of living. It can be a great deal but watch out for sub-standard accommodations, basic or limited meals provided, and even under-qualified teachers. Those who are content with simple necessities will enjoy most retreats or trainings here, but in one way or another, if you want quality, remember you pay for what you get.
One unfortunate down side to choosing a training or retreat in India is that due to it’s popularity, many under-qualified or greedy people pose themselves as great schools or teachers without right knowledge, training, or even genuine compassion and intention to offer a quality service. It seems to be more common for this to happen in India since many people know how to look the part and talk the talk… but we all know walking the walk is a very different matter. Make sure you research your considerations thoroughly and get the review of others before booking. It’s a great idea to also talk on a voice call with the teacher’s who will be leading the retreat to really get a sense for them as people.
Another difficulty you may find is understanding your teachers! Some teachers in India don’t have clear enough English accent or vocabulary for foreigners to understand. If English is also your 2nd language, this is even more of an obstacle. Again, try to call them!
Thailand – Here in Thailand there is so much variety on the style of trainings as they are run by people from all over the world. Because it takes some effort and investment to travel to another country to live as a yoga teacher or create an event, it’s very likely your teacher here is someone very passionate and knowledgeable about Yoga. It’s also likely they will put a great deal of creativity and detail into delivering their teachings. At the same time, depending on what you are looking for, there are some retreats that don’t provide the setting or study of understanding the underlying philosophy. While some people are not interested in this anyway I highly recommend you find a retreat that the teachers can demonstrate and embody this because it is the key to connecting with the most life changing benefits of Yoga.
While India obviously offers a more traditional experience of Yoga, Thailand offers much of the tradition and the evolution of Yoga with wellness focused living. There tends to be more awareness on exploring things like raw food and vegan diet, eco & green living, integrating perspectives and techniques from other spiritual practices with Yoga methodology, and even developing exploring human potential and wellness through movement, expression, connection, and health. Your teachers might also not be so strict in nature(depending on the teacher & event!)
While price is usually higher for a retreat in Thailand, this almost always reflects in the quality. There is a higher standard for accommodation, food quality, and service. Many retreats stand to be even more affordable in the near future. Staff and locals, mostly Burmese and Thai people, are super sweet and kind hearted in nature. Being around them is a memorable and lovely feeling and you’ll definitely learn a few Thai language favorites.
Possibly one of the biggest, not to be overlooked reasons to choose your retreat in Thailand again is… the ocean! There is healing in the blue waters and deep relaxation on some of the best beaches you will find anywhere, very close or right at your retreat center.
Last but not least, Thai coconuts are the sweetest!