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 12 – March 22, 2016 | Cost: $7595

Earth

Location: Northern Thailand
Dates: January 12-30, 2016
Curriculum: Foundational Principles of Thai Yoga Massage (60 CEs)

  • Meditation and yoga
  • Buddhist philosophy
  • Traditional supine & sen massage techniques
  • Organic farming
  • Earthen building
  • Thai cooking
  • Service learning

Water

Location: Student’s choice
Dates: Jan. 30-Feb. 13, 2016
Curriculum: Independent study (up to 60 CEs)

  • Thai Yoga Massage Course in Chiang Mai
  • 10-day Vipasana at Wat Suan Mokh
  • Volunteer with rescued Elephants
  • Customize IT

Fire

Location: Southern Thailand
Dates: Feb. 13- March 4, 2016
Curriculum: Cultivating a Practice (60 CEs)

  • Traditional prone, side-lying, sitting and inverted techniques
  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • Cultural immersion, home-stay
  • Batik, Thai cooking, local industry
  • Snorkeling, kayaking and nature hikes

Air

Location: Student’s Choice
Dates: March 4-10, 2016
Curriculum: Solo Retreat

  • Rest, reflect, rejuvenate
  • Practice Thai Yoga Massage Techniques
  • Prepare final projects

Ether

Location: Ubud, Bali
Dates: March 10-22, 2016
Curriculum: Internal Forms / The Art of Thai Yoga Massage (60 CEs)

  • Breath, intention, visualization
  • Communication, transitions, sequencing
  • Balance, fluidity, and creative self-expression
  • Cultivating a personal practice

Itinerary / Curriculum

Earth: Cultivating a Solid Foundation

Itinerary Includes:

  • Orientation and sight-seeing in Bangkok
  • A four-day silent meditation retreat in a rural village
  • Discussions about relevant Buddhist philosophy
  • Daily yoga practice
  • Three days on an organic farm learning about seed-saving, organic farming, earthen building and Thai cooking
  • Introduction to Thai Yoga Massage class – Traditional Supine & Sen Techniques (30 CE credits)
  • Eight days in Chiang Mai to explore and enjoy all of its international delights
  • A day of volunteering with abused elephants

Water: Going With the Flow

The independent study element will provide you with the opportunity to explore, on a deeper level, the foundational principle that you resonate with most. At this point, you will have developed the basic language skills and cultural awareness necessary to feel confident navigating Thailand solo. The real test, however; is can you step off of the mat and into the unknown and continue to go with the flow?

Options Include:

  • A 10-day vipasana retreat at Wat Suan Mokh (or similar)
  • Study Thai Yoga Massage techniques at one of the local schools
  • Volunteer: with abused elephants, at an orphanage, or at an organic farm

Fire: Transformation Through Tapas

This intermediate curriculum turns 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 this 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.

Itinerary Includes:

  • Thai Yoga Massage class – Traditional sidelying, inverted, prone and seated techniques (60 CE credits)
  • A four-day ZIA PROJECT voluntourism/cultural exchange experience
  • A two-day snorkeling break in the Surin Islands
  • Visit a Moken Village
  • Live in a floating bamboo hut
  • Nature hikes / kayaks

Air: Just Breathe

At this point in our journey together, participants will enjoy 2 days of totally unstructured time, and are encouraged to find a quiet place to rest and reflect on the rich and varied experiences that have exposed their conditioned habits, challenged their assumptions, and quite possibly catalyzed a radical shift in their global perspective. This short solo retreat also serves as the perfect opportunity to practice and prepare final projects (10-20-page journal summary).

Ether: Creative Space ~ Integral Artistry

The final element is about developing sensitivity, refinement, and discernment. It is about cultivating intention, imagination and creative self-expression. It is about merging with breath, embodying grace, and radiating compassion. In short it is about becoming an artist and feeling at home in the creative ether. Under the guidance of local painters, musicians, chefs, dancers, poets and spiritual teachers, you will explore a variety of artistic mediums and then be given the space, time, guidance and encouragement to integrate the essence and inspiration from each medium into your personal Thai Yoga Massage practice. Through this process, you will discover that you are an artist and life is your medium.

Curriculum Includes:

  • Live in a beautiful family compound in the middle of rice fields
  • Daily yoga practice – focus on internal forms: breath, visualization, alignment, vinyasa
  • Try your hand at painting, beading, writing poetry, Balinese cooking, dancing, and ritual
  • Thai Yoga Massage class – Refine, Reinvent and Rejuvenate (40 CE credits)
  • Attend traditional Balinese dance and gamelon performance
  • Receive traditional Balinese massage
  • Enjoy exploring Ubud’s fabulous markets

Final Requirements

In order to receive a certificate in Integral Touch Thai Yoga Massage, each candidate is required to complete ten (10) client case studies, a professional brochure, and a 10-20 page journal summary that includes selected writings, poetry and anecdotes from their journey. Requirements must be fulfilled within three months of completing the journey

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