How do you feel about your life? Is it a life of health, happiness, and personal evolution? Are you excited and growing? How about your vacations? Are they meaningful experiences that leave you stronger, clearer and more connected? Or do you tend to overindulge and return feeling like you need another vacation? Meaningful holidays lead to personal growth. VIKASA means evolution when translated from Sanskrit. Our Signature Vikation is the perfect way to take a deep breath from life and return to society feeling more powerful than before. Reset your energy by experiencing the Vikasa Lifestyle.
The Vikasa lifestyle was created to help you reap the maximum enjoyment of your journey. The benefits of the Vikasa lifestyle are often seen within the first 14 days. You’ll find you won’t get run down or sick as often as you used to. Your immune system will be triggered and strengthened. Your mind, body, and spirit will become stronger, and your confidence will skyrocket. Self-transformation is not something that anyone else can do for you. When you start making small changes and understanding the effects of your thoughts and environment, you’ll reawaken something deep within you.
➼ Do you ever return from vacation feeling like you need another one?
➼ Do you wish you could recharge your batteries and feel full of life?
➼ Do you value personal transformation and meaningful experiences?
Vikation is the signature experience at Vikasa which combines deep relaxation with meaningful challenge. Experiencing the VIKASA Lifestyle even for a short amount of time could potentially kick-start a permanent change in the way you live. This lifestyle is not about limiting yourself. After all, life is about having fun and experiencing the many adventures along the way. However, we believe a little bit of discipline never hurt anyone. Humans thrive on patterns and rituals. Discipline is not about restricting ourselves from enjoyment or about becoming isolated. Discipline is about integrating important lessons into the good parts of life. We’re not talking about forcing yourself to change. We simply propose that you introduce small changes like meditation, a few yoga poses, healthier eating, or writing a gratitude list every day. These simple techniques can completely change your life and the direction of your path. A yoga vacation is the perfect kick-start into a new set of habits.
Kosta Miachin created Vikasa as a place for transformation. This magical place has been a starting point for lifestyle change for thousands of people. Many of our guests return to Vikasa every year to brush up on their lifestyle habits and enjoy our diverse community
If you can’t come to Vikasa you can still start your lifestyle journey from home. Simply download the free lifestyle guide and begin your transformation today.
Evolution feels amazing. After a yoga vacation, your daily life will suddenly seem to be on a different vibration. You may start to branch out naturally into new circles. The new people you will start to attract will be healthier and happier people. When you tap into your deepest energy, you’ll unlock a powerful force which is mirrored in those around you. You’ll have a spring in your step with more energy and enthusiasm to live your life the way it was meant to be lived. Your confidence will rise, your mind will clear, and you’ll feel a deeper sense of self-love.
Sadly, most people are stuck in some kind of rut. They never get started on their path to evolution because they shelter themselves from change. They stay stuck in patterns and neglect their own health and wellbeing. They think yoga is about fancy poses and looking pretty on a mat. They make excuses such as “I’m not flexible, I’m not spiritual, yoga is not for me.” The Vikasa lifestyle is about waking up and kick-starting the dormant beast within. It’s about going back to basics and reconnecting with a lost part of ourselves so we can step outside of this matrix and really live.
Our attitude towards life is what we call our life philosophy. Your inner view of the world creates your outer world as a mirror image. It can be heaven or hell on earth depending on the way your attitude is wired and how you think about your life. Your life philosophy is created by the thoughts you think and the beliefs which shape the reality around you. Wherever we put our intention is where our life grows. If we focus our power of intention on one thing, that thing will grow. If we focus it on ourselves, we will thrive. Over time, we evolve into our authentic self.
“Humans sacrifice their health in order to make money. Then they burn out and sacrifice money to recuperate their health. They are so anxious about the future that they do not enjoy the present moment. They live as if they will never die, then they die without having ever really lived.” -His holiness the Dalai Lama
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.
Our rooms celebrate simplicity. We have minimal decorations to create a feeling of zen. There are no TVs or fancy mini bars. We are a relaxed establishment where you can unplug and reconnect to something deeper in a meaningful way. You will notice some of our room options have a “+” which means they are a little bit bigger than the standard category.
Tips for choosing your perfect room: If you like to stay close to the beach, check out the cabanas in our Prana Village. If you prefer a garden location with sustainable bamboo huts, try the Zen Bungalows. If you don’t want to walk down too many stairs you can be near the action in one of our budget-friendly Yoga Caves. If you need a bit of extra space, comfort and a central location, the Lotus Village is a good start.
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 allow you to 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.
Enjoy the freedom and flexibility to join the yoga and meditation classes you choose. Your schedule can be as exciting or as relaxed as you wish.
Add activities such as an Elephant Sanctuary Voyage, Paddle boarding, spa treatments, healing, private instruction or detox programs.
Enjoy unique Koh Samui experiences designed to bring the community together. Visit temples, green markets, walking streets and more.
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
VIKATION is intended for all levels. No prior yoga or lifestyle experience required.
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.
Our wonderful community is a diverse bunch from all over the world. Most Vikation guests are solo travelers who report forming strong friendships with during their stay. You can have plenty of time to yourself or you can socialize as much as you want with our community seating and chill out lounge.
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, simply bring an open mind and an open heart.