Trip Details

Jan. 24-Feb. 12, 2018

Price: $2975

30 CEUs

Find Yourself In the Land of Smiles!

Focusing on Thai Yoga Massage, meditation, Buddhist philosophy and authentic Thai culture, we will explore how Asian healing traditions, belief systems and lifestyles impact one’s mental, emotional and physical well-being.

  • Visit the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.
  • Spend 4 days at a remote Thai temple exploring Buddhist philosophy, traditional Thai healing methods, chanting and silent meditation.
  • Explore the historic ruins of the ancient capital Ayutthaya.
  • Experience the charm of the night train to Chiang Mai.
  • Take a traditional Thai herbal steam bath and other healing treatments while in Chiang Mai.  
  • Travel to the eastern mountains of Chiang Dao.
  • Climb to the hill top temple of Chiang Dao and then descend into the depths of an ancient sanctuary cave.
  • Commune with the amazing rescued elephants of the Elephant Nature Park – feed, bathe and learn about these magnificent creatures.
  • Live in an earthen hut within reach of some of Thailand’s most beautiful and pristine national forest. Learn organic farming, natural building and Thai cooking techniques.
  • Complete 30 hours of Thai Yoga Massage training with focus on Traditional Supine, Sen, Prone and Inverted Techniques.
  • Learn Thai Herbal Compress Techniques (Luk Pra Kob)
  • Explore Chiang Mai’s night market and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

This journey is for anyone interested in expanding their perspective on health, deepening their sense of self, strengthening their ties to the global community and cultivating new skills and friendships in an exotic and magical Kingdom affectionately known as the “Land of Smiles.”

No massage, yoga or meditation experience necessary!

This journey is limited to 12 participants, so apply early to avoid disappointment!

Itinerary

January 24-25: ORIENTATION

Accommodation: Shanti Lodge, BANGKOK
Quaint and funky guesthouse located on the Chao Phraya River – just a short water-taxi ride away from Bangkok’s famous Khaosan Road – simple, decorative rooms – hot showers – A/C – wonderful restaurant with a welcoming “Buddha Lounge” vibe – laundry service available – local souvenirs and clothing for sale in the store – WiFi available – pharmacy, local food market, flower market and ATM within a two minute walk.

Activities: Get acquainted with your fellow travelers, explore Thai culture, learn some basic Thai language skills, visit the night market and the Grand Palace, get a massage at Wat Pho, and set the tone for a safe and satisfying journey.

January 26-29: MEDITATION RETREAT

Accommodation: Wat Trivisudhidam, SUPHANABURI
Simple dormitory style rooms with mat, blanket and pillow – two vegetarian meals served daily.

Activities: We will discuss foundational Buddhist teachings, practice sitting and walking meditation, chanting and basic yoga, and experience the power of traditional healing teas and hot water bath treatments in an effort to cultivate a personal understanding of the origins of disease, cleanse harmful karma and cultivate a connection to the ancient origins of Thai Yoga Massage.

January 29: SUPHANABURI to AYUTTHAYA to CHIANG MAI

Accommodation: Overnight Train
First class sleeping accommodations with linens, blankets, pillows, A/C, and dining car.

Activities: Formally conclude the meditation retreat – visit Ayutthaya Historical Park – Travel to Chiang Mai.

January 30-31: INVOKE YOUR COSMOPOLITAN EXPLORER

Accommodation: Manee House, CHIANG MAI
Friendly guesthouse located in the heart of the Old City – simple double occupancy rooms – hot showers – laundry service available – pool – WiFi available.

Activities: Enjoy a couple of free days to unpack your meditation experience and explore the hub of Northern Thailand.  Unwind with a Thai Yoga Massage, relax in an herbal steam bath, hike the nearby mountains and enjoy the bustling city life.

February 1-2: TREASURES OF NORTHERN THAILAND

Accommodation: The Nest 1, CHIANG DAO
Quaint guesthouses in an idyllic setting, in a peaceful, mountainous valley – simple double occupancy rooms – hot showers – pool – WiFi available – award-winning European Gourmet restaurant

Activities: We will visit the Chiang Dao Caves, a natural cave temple with stalactites & a fish pond, plus Buddhas & other religious statues. Enjoy a full day visit to Elephant Nature Park; Relish river bathing with elephants, feeding time, and visiting the many other animals that reside here.

February 3-4: SELF RELIANCE RETREAT

Accommodation: Pun Pun Organic Farm, MAE TEANG
Primitive but cozy adobe and bamboo structures with stunning views of the peaceful valley below – dormitory style rooms with mats, linens, blankets and mosquito nets – composting toilets – fabulous organic Thai-fusion meals – Thai-style outdoor showers – community cafe with specialty drinks and local handicrafts for sale.

Activities: Learn about earthen building in an effort to understand and appreciate the ways in which the traditional Thai life-style can positively influence individual, community and global health. Take a traditional Thai cooking class to learn about indigenous techniques and flavor combinations.  Daily yoga and meditation practice will continue. Introduction to Thai Yoga Massage will begin.

February 5-9: THAI YOGA MASSAGE TRAINING

Accommodation: Earth Home, MAE TEANG
Lovingly crafted double and triple occupancy adobe rooms with private bathrooms – WiFi available – cafe – delicious organic meals.

Activities: Thai Yoga Massage, yoga, meditation, herbal compress class (Luk Pra Kob),

February 10-11: BACK TO THE CITY

Accommodation: Manee House, CHIANG MAI
Friendly guesthouse located in the heart of the Old City – simple double occupancy rooms – hot showers – laundry service available – pool – WiFi available.

Activities: Final student trades complete the Thai Yoga Massage training.  We then depart Earth Home to travel to Chiang Mai and enjoy a graduation dinner together.  The next day affords you some free time to explore Chiang Mai’s famous Sunday Market, get one last Thai Yoga Massage, do some yoga, or sit in meditation, contemplating the completion of your Northern Thailand journey.

February 12: DAY OF DEPARTURE

We say our final farewells to one another as we conclude the Northern Thailand portion of our journey.  If you are continuing on to the Southern Thailand portion of the trip, we will have breakfast together before heading to the airport!

This is an adventure not a tour, therefore, the itinerary is subject to change.

Participation is limited to 12 people so apply now to secure your place in the program! 

Getting There

The Basics:

This journey will officially begin at 11:00 AM on January 24th at the Shanti Lodge in Bangkok, and will end at 9:00 AM on February 12th at the Manee House in Chiang Mai. Participants are encouraged to arrive in Bangkok on or before January 23rd.  Travel to and from Thailand is your responsibility, but we are happy to advise you if you have any questions.

Getting to Bangkok, Thailand: Please make your own travel arrangements to Bangkok’s Suvarnabumi Airport (BKK). It is wise to plan on arriving a day before our journey together begins so that you have time to adjust to the time difference. January is the best time, and therefore, most popular time to visit Thailand, so please reserve your flight early. We suggest looking for deals on the following websites:

www.kayak.com
www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel
www.travelzoo.co.uk

Getting to the Shanti Lodge: From the Suvarnabumi Airport in Bangkok (BKK), we suggest that you follow the signs to the Public Taxi stand (downstairs) and give them a copy of a map which can be printed from the Shanti Lodge website. A taxi ride from Suvarnabumi Airport to the Shanti Lodge should take between 45-60 minutes, and with tolls, should cost under 550 Baht ($15). Transfers to/from the airport are NOT included in the tuition costs.

Shanti Lodge Reservations: Because participant travel plans very greatly (people will be arriving from different countries of origin on different dates and at all hours of the night), we ask that you make you own room reservations at the Shanti Lodge from the night that you arrive until check out on the 26th. Integral Travel will reimburse you for the nights of the 24th and 25th, but participants will be required to cover any additional nights.

Returning to Bangkok: Experience has shown that by the end of our journey together, participants have come to LOVE Thailand and feel quite comfortable navigating it on their own; so not surprisingly, they don’t want to leave. We recommend that if you have the opportunity to build a few extra days or weeks into your itinerary, DO IT! But if you must return to Bangkok right away, you have many options:

Train: Trains run very regularly between Chiang Mai and Bangkok and the trip takes around 12-14 hours. To see the schedule click here.

Plane: Flights from Chiang Mai to Bangkok run very regularly and one-way fares are reasonably priced. The flight takes about one hour.

Thai Airways: www.thaiairways.com
Thai Air Asia: www.airasia.com
Bangkok Airways: www.bangkokair.com

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FAQs

What should I pack?

Please bring: yoga mat, meditation shall, journal, pens, head-lamp, thin sleeping-bag liner, pack-towel, alarm clock, watch, conservative clothing (covered shoulders and legs) to wear during visits to Wats (temples) and the Grand Palace, comfortable clothing to practice yoga and Thai Yoga Massage, a warm layer (wool hat, socks, fleece) for cool nights and mornings in the mountains, sun-hat, sunglasses, day-pack or shoulder bag, bathing suit, sleepwear, sandals or flip-flops, walking shoes, toiletries, medications, camera.

Don’t bring: anything fancy or valuable – you won’t need it!

Will I have Internet and cell phone access?

Internet connection: Internet cafes are plentiful in Thailand so you won’t have any trouble communicating with loved ones at home while we are in Bangkok or Chiang Mai, however; we will not have internet access during the meditation retreat or during our stay at Pun Pun.

Mobile Phones: If you have an unlocked mobile phone, we suggest that you bring it with you. It is very easy and inexpensive to buy a Thai SIM card and pay-as-you-go minutes at any 7/11. The public phones in Thailand are not very reliable or easy to use, so if you expect to call home during your time in Thailand, bringing your own unlocked phone is the easier and cheaper option.

Should I exchange money?

Money: The exchange rate is approximately 35 baht to 1 US dollar. ATM’s are conveniently located everywhere in Bangkok and Chiang Mai and tend to offer a very good exchange rate. Most small shops, local markets and restaurants only take cash, but occasionally Visa and MasterCard are accepted at higher-end hotels and boutiques. PLEASE tell your bank and credit card companies the dates that you will be in Thailand to avoid having your accounts frozen due to “unexpected activity”.

How much money should I bring?

Budget: This journey includes all of your accommodation, transportation within the country, course fees and entrance fees from your arrival at the Shanti Lodge on January 24th through 9:00 AM on February 12th. Also included are most meals during the entirety of the trip. We suggest that you budget about $500 to pay for laundry, internet, gifts, massage treatments, tips and non-program meals while we are in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.

Do I need a visa?

Passports: You must have a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure from Thailand to enter the country. If you are an EU, Australian or American citizen you will receive a tourist visa on arrival good for 30 days. If you are from another country or plan on staying in Thailand longer than 30-days please read about visa requirements and other important details at http://thailand.visahq.com

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Trip Cost

Trip Cost: $2975

Early Bird: $2775 (paid in full by Sept. 30th)

Save $500 when you participate in both Northern and Southern Thailand! 

Price includes: all of your accommodation, transportation within Thailand, course fees, entrance fees and most meals from 11:00 AM on January 24th through 9:00 AM on February 12th.

Price does not include: transportation to/from Thailand, travel insurance (required), meals in Bangkok or Chiang Mai, tips, optional activities.

Note: If you are continuing on to Southern Thailand with us, your airfare from Chiang Mai to Surat Thani is also included in the price of your trip.

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If you still have questions or would like to speak to us more about this journey.

If you would like to apply for a program, pay a trip deposit, and secure your place on this amazing journey…

Registration is limited to 12 travelers.