Come join Michael & his spectacular staff (David & Meredith) in the magical Kingdom of Thailand. Our tour will take place in and around Old Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand. We will weave learning Michael's 'Next Level' Thai Yoga Bodywork techniques into an exciting and restorative retreat. We will also be studying 'Traditional Thai Massage' with Master Thai teachers, Pichest Boonthume and his son Aon. Please note that this tour is more of a 'study abroad' trip then a 'vacation.' We expect all participants to behave ethically, exhibit respect for Thai culture as well as to take full responsibility for their own experience.
We will divide the trip up into two parts:
Part 1: Mala Dhara Retreat: We will arrange to pick you up from Chiang Mai Airport and take you to one of the most beautiful retreat centers in Thailand (See pics and video below)…Nestled in the mountains, with an organic farm, a salt-water swimming pool, herbal steam bath, and a large outdoor yoga space for us to exclusively use. We will spend five days in this idyllic setting, learning Michael’s ‘Next Level Thai Massage’ course.This 12 CE hour course is approved by NCBTMB and will focus on more advanced techniques and options. We will have three hours of class time each day as well as an optional supervised practicum in the evenings. There will be lots of opportunity to both enhance and hone your Thai skills with our one on one guidance. We will also have optional daily meditation, yoga, movement and sacred sound practices. Three Thai-Style delicious vegan meals made with organic homegrown ingredients will be provided. Additional offerings include a trip to a private hot springs, a guided exploration of an underground temple cave, a monk led immersion into Thai Buddhism and Wat Phra Doi Saket (one of the most stunning Buddhist temples in all of Thailand). There will also be a special herbal steam/sauna cleanse, salt water pool soaks,lots of massage opportunities, as well as nightly fires. Meredith (who speaks Thai fluently) will also be offering an introduction to Thai language and culture class as well as abundant song circles.
Part 2: Old Chiang Mai: Once we have retreated, soaked and treated ourselves so luxuriously, we will be more prepared to move into the faster paced city of Chiang Mai. In this part of the trip, we will have more independence, more options and more time to explore various aspects of Thailand. We will all stay in private rooms in a beautiful guest house called the Eurona Botique Hotel. This resort has a swimming pool, a spa, hot showers and cool a/c. It is located in my favorite part of the 'old city' of Chiang Mai, walking distance to local markets, great health conscious restaurants, fresh juice bars, temples, yoga studios and some talented Thai massage therapists. We will arrive just in time to participate in one of the best outdoor markets in all the world…The legendary ‘Sunday Market.’
On Monday, we will visit with Master Pichest and his son, Aon to participate in a traditional Buddhist Wai Khru Ceremony to honor the lineage of healers and teachers. For the next four days, you will have the choice to study with either Pichest or Aon. Together they offer the perfect combination to learning a Traditional approach to Thai Massage. Pichest, being a Buddhist monk, offers sage like wisdom while encouraging his students to unlearn what they think they know, to let go of the techniques and instead to focus on the feeling of each unique moment and client. His work and his reputation is amazing to witness and very difficult to duplicate. He does not offer any specific teaching structure or manual. His son, Aon, (on the other hand) offers very grounded and skillful techniques to unlocking pain patterns in the body. His focus is on using gravity, leverage and minimal effort, with most of his techniques being hands free and easy to learn. He will provide a 'certification course' as well as a manual and taking video is allowed.
Additional options (not included in the tour package) include visiting the Elephant Sanctuary or hiking through the national forest with wild elephants, vising the famous Wat Doi Sutep, taking a Thai cooking course, shopping at the night markets and receiving as many $10 Thai Massage treatments as you like...
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Tickets for Thailand Study Abroad Adventure (Jan 25- Feb. 05, 2022) can be booked here.
|Ticket Information||Ticket Price|
|Reserve your spot...1st payment||USD 600|
|2nd Payment||USD 600|
|Final Payment||USD 645|
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