The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he is always doing both.

~ James Michener

Program Dates: January 6 – February 12, 2017 | Cost: $5485

PART 1: NORTHERN THAILAND

Cultivating a Solid Foundation

The first portion of this innovative Thai Yoga Massage curriculum devotes a significant amount of time to honoring and practicing the rich cultural and spiritual traditions (meditation, yoga, Buddhist philosophy, Auyervedic theory) on which Thai Yoga Massage was founded. Once a supportive and stimulating context has been established and you have begun to develop a heightened awareness of your physical and mental patterning, the focus will shift toward exploring a dynamic flow of traditional Thai Yoga Massage techniques in the supine, prone and inverted positions.

Each position will include a basic discussion and application of Sen (energy lines) techniques, and to enhance your treatments even further, one full day will be devoted to the creation and application of Thai herbal compresses (Luk Pra Kob).

With the intention of maximizing your personal understanding of the benefits of this work; cultivating healthy, efficient body mechanics; and nurturing an optimal state of mind to promote healing; yoga and meditation practice will continue to be integrated into the schedule on a daily basis. In an effort to expand your perspective on how Eastern traditions, belief systems and life-styles impact one’s mental, emotional and physical well-being, time will also be allotted for journalling and discussions around the origins, influences, benefits and evolution of this ancient healing art.

Dates: January 6-29, 2017

Locations:

  • Bangkok
  • Suphanaburi
  • Ayutthaya
  • Mae Teang
  • Chiang Mai

Curriculum:

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Chanting
  • Buddhist philosophy
  • Traditional supine & sen techniques
  • Traditional prone & inverted techniques
  • Thai herbal compress techniques
  • Natural healing techniques
  • Visit the Grand Palace & Wat Pho
  • Visit local markets
  • Organic farming
  • Earthen building
  • Thai cooking
  • Service learning
  • Journaling
  • Group Discussions

For a more detailed itinerary click here.

PART 2: SOUTHERN THAILAND

Transformation Through Tapas

During this stage of your Thai Yoga Massage journey, be prepared to turn up the heat – literally and figuratively. Mixing the Andaman coast climate, with an accelerated meditation, yoga and Thai Yoga Massage practice schedule, means that you will be generating plenty of sweat! But that is exactly the kind of intensity needed for purification and transformation to occur. And if it gets too hot, don’t worry. You will never be very far from clear, blue, refreshing water.

The first portion of this curriculum is designed to familiarize you with cultural and spiritual aspects of Thailand that are unique to the south. Once your heart and mind have embraced the people and pace of this fascinating corner of the world, and your body has been suficiently softened by the sun and sand, we will dive deeper into foundational Thai Yoga Massage elements such as breath, fluidity, rhythm, balance and sequencing by exploring traditional Thai Yoga massage techniques in the side-lying and seated position.

Our goal is to prepare you to safely, confidently, and artistically blend new and old techniques together into a thorough, personalized 120-minute treatment. Relevant yoga asanas and meditation techniques will be taught and time will be allotted for journalling and discussion about what it means to cultivate a practice.

The final portion of this curriculum is devoted to sharing, integrating and celebrating your unique approach to Thai Yoga Massage.

Dates: January 29-February 12, 2017

Locations: 

  • Surat Thani
  • Kuraburi
  • Mu Ko Surin National Park
  • Ko Phrathong
  • Baan Thalay Nok
  • Khao Sok National Park

Curriculum:

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Traditional side-lying & seated techniques
  • Cultural immersion
  • Home-stay
  • Service Learning
  • Batik
  • Thai cooking
  • Snorkeling
  • kayaking
  • Spelunking
  • Nature hikes
  • Journaling
  • Group Discussions

For a more detailed itinerary click here.