Thrive with a Raw Food Retreat

When was the last time you woke up feeling really refreshed, revitalised and brimming with energy and life force? Are you feeling bored with your day to day meals and craving some new delicious and healthy culinary creations? Are you wanting to introduce more plant based food into your life that actually nurtures your body without leaving you with cravings, or worried about getting all the nutrients you need? Join our award-winning plant-based retreat with Thrive.


7 Days in Paradise

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

Delicious and Fun

Learn mouthwatering recipes and lifestyle routines to elevate your holistic well being


Life Minded Community

Surround yourself with like-minded, engaged community for a fun week of connection

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Yoga and Meditation

Balance your time in the kitchen with yoga and meditation classes suitable for all levels


Natural Beauty

Embrace everything that Thailand offers with jungles, beaches, waterfalls, temples and more

Upcoming Dates

23 - 29 March, 2025

@ Vikasa Yoga Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand

Early Bird Offer $150 Off!

Limited Time Offer: First 5 sign-ups save $150 when you book your Thrive Retreat! Get it or you might regret it!

Wanting to up your game in the kitchen with easy, nutritious recipes?

Love the idea of a culinary adventure in absolute paradise?

Ready to discover how good you can really feel?

Want to learn how to achieve your dream body on a plant-based diet?

Join THRIVE, our Signature Raw Food Retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand.

What You Get


Master Classes

Plant-based cooking classes and scientific nutrition masterclasses with head chef Boris


Unlimited Yoga

Access to daily yoga classes, plus sound healing and ecstatic dance in the ocean-front sala

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Island adventures

Optional island hopping adventures around Koh Samui’s best locations with Chef Boris


Full Access

Full access to all Vikasa facilities including infinity pool, wellbeing spa, secret beach & cafe



Choose your preferred room priced by selection for the perfect comfortable week


Gourmet Meals

World class gourmet raw food brunch buffets and multi-course dinners prepared by Boris

Meet your Raw Food Retreat Chef

Boris Lauser

Boris has been the head chef of Vikasa Life Cafe for almost a decade. He has trained at the world's most renowned schools for raw food, including the Tree of Life and the Matthew Kenney Academy in the United States. He is a published author and has been awarded Europe’s “Best Raw Food Chef.” This outstanding culinary artist from Berlin sprinkles passion over all his creations. Through classes, retreats, demonstrations, and courses, Boris helps people all over the world experience the same benefits and culinary pleasures that he has experienced by eating a plant-based diet high in living foods. Through our plant-based retreat, Boris teaches that you can indulge in beautiful tasty food, feel incredible daily, and nurture your body with all it needs to feel truly alive.

The Thrive Experience: A Plant-Based Retreat



Indulge in gourmet raw food and learn the art of vibrant living cuisine.



Unlimited access to daily asana and meditation classes for all levels.



Inspiring lifestyle talks, island adventures and wellness routines to thrive.

Rejuvenate and Transform

Experience the ultimate combination of yoga together with the power of healthy and delicious food with Thrive, our raw food retreat. For this enlivening week, you will enjoy unlimited yoga and meditation classes daily with the best teachers at Vikasa Yoga, alongside amazing raw food brunch buffets and multi-course raw food gourmet dinners. Meals will be enjoyed in the scenic Life Cafe perched on the top of a cliff and boasting the most breathtaking views of the entire island.

In this week-long vegan retreat, you will experience the changes that this lifestyle offers you- physically, mentally, and spiritually. Undertake a culinary journey with like-minded souls, guided by a professional and passionate Chef, and leave with lifestyle tools, simple recipes, culinary tips, sound nutritional knowledge, and ample inspiration to continue your wellness adventure and body transformation back home again. Discover the power and potential that plant-based whole foods, natural daily movement, and a breathtaking natural environment can offer you.

Real Guest Experiences

We think our Yoga Teacher Trainings are pretty special, but don’t take our word for it. Check out these testimonials from our past guests to get a sense of the transformation they experienced.

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Your Daily Schedule

Daily life at Vikasa starts with the sound of tropical birds as the sun rises over our east-facing hillside home. Every day during our raw food retreat you will enjoy an optional morning asana and meditation practice creating a morning routine and ritual you will be able to take home with you. Class will be followed by a healthy substantial raw vegan brunch and informal chef talk in the Life Cafe . Each day has a balance of movement classes, nourishing delicious food to boost your energy levels, educational nutrition talks, masterclasses, casual wellness talks and optional island adventures, combined with the downtime and space to relax, reflect, journal, visit the spa and follow your bliss.

7.00 – 9.30

Morning Yoga Practice

10.00 – 12.00

Raw Vegan Brunch

12.00 – 3.00


3.00- 5.00

Free Time

5.00 – 6.30

Afternoon Yoga Practice

6.30 – 9.00

Gourmet Raw Dinner and Free Time

07:00 – 10:00

Morning Yoga Practice

10:30 – 11:30

Healthy Brunch at Vikasa Life Café

11:30 – 14:00

Self Study, Relax and Recovery

14:00 – 16:00

Theory, Lecture or Workshops

16:00 – 18:15

Restorative Workshops

18:30 – 20:30

Healthy Dinnerat Vikasa Life Café

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 our week-long raw food retreat Thrive at Vikasa.

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. Your food choices greatly affect your well-being and your future. Establishing the right eating habits is the first step to self-mastery. Your delicious healthy meals will be served in a group setting with your fellow retreat guests with incredible views over the expansive ocean. This is the perfect backdrop for your vegan yoga retreat!

You’ll have 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. The Vikasa Wellbeing Spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments to return your body to a natural state of bliss. The infinity pool, juice bar, private beach and meditation rocks are all unique spaces to spend time during your week. Our amazing team are on hand to guide you in exploring the Vikasa facilities or exploring the island paradise of Koh Samui.

What’s my investment

First 5 sign-ups save $150.

Thrive Retreat



Promotional Offer:

First 5 sign ups save $150

What’s included:

Full Access

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

Gourmet Meals

Vibrant raw food brunches and gourmet raw multi-course dinners, desserts and drinks



Daily yoga, meditation and pranayama classes with lead Vikasa teachers.



Masterclasses, cooking classes and talks to support you to continue your wellness journey.


Comfortable rooms priced by your selection with everything you need for a perfect stay.


Experience the power of raw food and yoga in an inspiring, uplifting environment.

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

A Vegan Yoga Retreat Paradise

The Thrive 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 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.


Early Bird Discount

Luck favors those who work hard and plan ahead. Be among the first 5 sign-ups to save $150 on your Thrive 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.

Raw Food 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:

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 program is designed for complete beginners to novices or those with limited experience. Personal programs are a great way to start from the beginning and learn correct habits and techniques. 

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. If you don’t have time to read it that’s ok too, we will review some content during your program. 

Absolutely! This retreat is for everyone, those who are brand new to raw food or plant based living as well as those that may be more well versed or experienced with this style of cuisine and lifestyle. Come with an open mind and open heart!

All food will be free from gluten and dairy, all vegan and made with nothing artificial. Food is all 100% wholefoods right from nature! If you have any other food intolerances, please let us know in the application form. This retreat will use nuts.

For sure! If you’re keen on the food but not the yoga classes that is fine, everything is optional. You are welcome to come along and enjoy the pool, beach or island adventures instead of yoga if you prefer. We do believe that yoga and healthy eating go hand in hand and we may suggest you might like to try a class or two- however this is 100% up to you. You have unlimited access to yoga classes for the whole week if you choose to go.

Yes! You will have recipes to take home with you so that you can continue your healthy food journey and new healthy routines back home again.

Our Thrive Retreat is a week-long raw food retreat where you can up-level your wellbeing with a week of gourmet raw food and transformational yoga. Join head chef Boris for a raw food retreat in Thailand and witness a masterclass in nourishing your body, mind and soul for optimal health and radiance.

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