Christmas & New Year Holidays Integrated Yoga and Fitness Retreat
Celebrate the Holidays and Enter the New Year
Week One: December 23 – 30, 2017 AND / OR
Week Two: December 30 2017 – January 6, 2018
With Paul Dallaghan & team and guest musicians
About the Retreat
Paul and his team will share in the task of teaching and guiding all guests across the range of yoga practices, core strength work and cycle classes. Yoga and its techniques cover a number of practices that include sitting meditation forms, focused breath work that develops into a pranayama practice, and the physical yoga practice of asana. In addition, as in our YogaCoreCycle program, we incorporate core strength sessions and cycle work outs. The aim is for you to experience and practice yoga across its spectrum, taking care of the mental and emotional side to the different aspects of the physical. Every morning involves sitting and breath work practices. This serves as a platform for all other activities. The physical yoga asana practice will be offered on a number of levels that includes experienced self-practice, guided vinyasa classes, explorative asana classes, and restorative afternoon sessions. Weaved into this schedule are different core classes in the morning and/or afternoon. We alternate the cycle classes between silent-sunrise classes to mid-afternoon fun-cycle classes. As is the case at Samahita, you are free to attend all sessions or choose those that are working for you on a particular day. Our intention is for you to feel uplifted and clear in what to practice by the time you end the retreat.
The first week will place an emphasis on asana practice in the workshops, with more on the Philosophy by the second week, apt for an understanding to contemplate closing the old year and opening the new, with both weeks focused on the breath. Keeping things fluid Paul will still entertain questions on all subjects over the different weeks.
There will be a Christmas Eve celebration with special gourmet feast and performances and fundraiser for our local charities. On New Yearâs Eve there will be a special ceremony to acknowledge 2016 and welcome in 2017 as well as a feast and performances. The special ceremony will help you close and heal the past year, setting the energy and intention for the year coming with an impetus to follow through on it. The rest of your time will be a nice break from all the crazy holiday happenings and commercial onslaught. Come and really enjoy a genuine holiday break from the âholidays’.
Special Guest Musicians for Christmas Retreat
In addition to yoga practice and optional fitness, this yearâs Christmas and New Yearâs retreats will be infused with magical flute music, concerts, tea ceremonies and ecstatic dance, featuring two international guest musicians, collaborating in kirtans while leading their own unique performances!
Bibi,Â lead guitarist with Beyonce, is not your typical rockstar guitaristâsheâs also an internationally acclaimed yoga teacher.Â Bibi will deliver a healing experience that brings balance to the entire being as she leads ecstatic dance workshops and tea ceremonies infused with breath, sacred sound and hypnotic playlists.Â www.yogabibi.comÂ .Â
Ragha is a high energy and multifaceted composer, improviser and performerÂ of theÂ Indian Classical flute from Singapore. He will join us again this year with his live performances and melodic sounds in the yoga room. www.ragha.info
This retreat is suitable for:
- Complete beginners
- Pregnant women – modifications will be offered
Attending this retreat qualifies for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education hours
About the Teacher
(Available during specific Retreats and Trainings only)
PaulÂ is a senior teacher of Pranayama, Asana and the meditative art and science of Yoga. He has been a dedicated student since the late 1990s of both Sri O.P.Tiwari, one of the few remaining classical yogis and masters of Pranayama, and the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in ashtanga vinyasa. Both of these great teachers have personally certifiedÂ Paul in these practices, a unique position as the only one to receive this double honor. Paul continues with Mantra practice from the yoga lineage and meditative approaches, influenced by the Thai Forest tradition. This combination of practice and study through dedication and devotion has helped him gain some understanding of practice and to apply this appropriately in Asana, Pranayama, Mantra recitation and Meditation for the different level of students he has the privilege to share the teaching with. He continues his studies in health, philosophy, anatomy and physiology. Paul is also conducting PhD research on the yoga practices at Emory University in Atlanta, USA. One of his main gifts is to be able to relate the teachings in a very down-to-earth way for the modern seeker. He does not take life or yoga too seriously and as a result the discussions and philosophical sessions are lively and humorous, helping to explain the meaning behind the practices and philosophy.
Paul is the happy father of two lovely boys and the founder of Centered Yoga and Samahita Retreat. For more please see his fullÂ bio.
Paul will be joined in this retreat by the Samahita teaching team: http://www.samahitaretreat.com/yoga-teachers.html
The Daily Schedule
The program begins at 5pm on the first dayÂ ofÂ the retreat with a group welcome and departure is at 12pm on the last day.
The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
* There will also be tea ceremonies and musical entertainment with Bibi McGill at different times throughout the week.
* Special group excursion during the week to some of the natural wonders of Koh Samui or its neighboring islands.
Based on request and availability, you are welcome to arrive early or extend your stay, our Residential and Wellness Programs details are onÂ http://www.samahitaretreat.com/yoga-holidays.html
Combine your Retreat with a Health or Wellness Spa Add-On Program to make the most out of your stay. We invite you to enjoy rejuvenating massage and treatments at an exclusive rate - Enjoy a 10% discount on the Add-On Program of your choice.
Wellness Spa Add-On Program
Relax and enjoy our Wellness Spa Add-On Program, designed to nourish body and soul. Choose from a range of massage, beauty treatments and detoxifying therapies to compliment your time with us.
|3 days||5 days||7 days|
|Wellness Spa Program||4,770 THB||7,560 THB||10,530 THB|
Health Add-On Program
Our Health Add-On Programs have been specially designed to help you rediscover health and vitality, and where necessary target areas of imbalance in your life. From our healthy detox, candida detox program to our de-stress program, our specially designed blend of treatments, nutrition and support ensure you meet your wellness goals.
|3 days||5 days||7 days||10 days|
|Detox||13,500 THB||20,250 THB||23,150 THB||32,400 THB|
|Candida Detox||20,250 THB||29,460 THB||34,930 THB||45,850 THB|
|De-Stress||13,500 THB||20,250 THB||23,150 THB||32,400 THB|
We recommend you book in advance for your Health or Wellness Spa Add-On Program as much preparation work is required and space is limited.
Retreat Rates (THB)
|Private room Â Â Â Â Â Â||Â Â 54,180Â per person|
|Semi Private room||Â Â 49,980Â per person||Share two bedroom loft||Â Â 45,780Â per person|
* Includes buffet gala dinner and celebration on Christmas Eve and New Yearâs Eve
Friend / Family Room & Board Rates
These are available to any registered Samahita Retreat guest's partner, family member or friend, who is not interested in participating in any of the programs but will stay in a room and board capacity. Shared accommodation, food, and the facilities are open to the Room & Board guest(s).
During our Peak periods, the friends and family rate applies to single and deluxe rooms only.
Deluxe One Bedroom Suite
We only have two deluxe one bedroom suites located in our most private building closest to the sea. They have a private bedroom, living room, fully equipped kitchen, generous bathroom and an extra large balcony. Both suites offer a modern open living room with sofa bed, LCD TV, working desk and DVD/ iPod Stereo. They are perfect for a family or couple. The additional rate is a flat rate based on the room and is added on to the total rate package whether a single individual, couple or family.
Deluxe One Bedroom Suite - Additional cost on the total program package:
- 2,100 per day
- 13,440 for one week
- 26,040 for two weeks
- 37,800 for three weeks
- 46,200 for four weeks
OurÂ guestroomsÂ are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide with you with a private community and greater security. A selection of ourÂ roomsÂ enjoy this spectacular sea view, while others enjoy the tropical gardens scene.
It is possible to extend your time on detox day by day from an above program as fits your timeline. You can also add extra therapies and treatments to your program at a special discounted rate.
The rate is inclusive of:
- Full yoga and fitness program
- Fully equipped accommodation with AC
- Full brunch and dinner buffets
- Mineral drinking water
- Herbal steam room
- Salt water swimming pool
- Wi Fi internet
- Service charge
- VAT government tax
Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.
Reserve your place on this program.
If you wish to combine or extend your stay to include a wellness program please use the Wellness Booking Form
All rates will be charged in Thai Baht at the time of booking. The following conversions are intended as a guide only. This currency converter uses inter-bank rates rather than the cash rates that apply to payments, so it is likely that the actual exchange rate will be different to what is indicated here.
I’ve been to Samahita several times, the quality of the yoga taught here is the best I’ve come across and the whole place has a level of integrity & family feel that makes it somewhere I keep going back to! They’ve now also added a fitness element which is brilliant as the yoga can then just be about yoga rather than having a workout, and the core classes really focus on the strength you need to improve your yoga and/or help you deal with any injuries. The cycle classes are great fun – and would highly recommend. The fitness option would also be good for any partners that aren’t so keen on the yoga. Samahita is right on the beach so in between all the classes you can just laze in the sunshine which is perfect. Would highly recommend a stay here.
~ Sandra, 2015
I had the chance to stay at samahita and spend a month there, same as last year. The place and location with the long sandy beach,peaceful surrounding and beautiful sunset cannot be better for relaxing and disconnect completely from the busy daily life. You will get top quality yoga with qualified teachers..I have been teaching for over 15 years and been really impressed by the quality of the teaching, especially Paul.The all team is great and make you fell at home..you can also do a detox and have some massage…the food is healthy and tasty….I don’t think i can ask for more , and I already booked myself for next year.
~ Cecile, 2015
I spent 10 days at Samahita and was well pleased with this choice of getaway. The staff are incredibly friendly and committed to making your experience comfortable and worthwhile. With the sea a mere stonethrow away making for stunning views during the daily workouts and yoga classes, it might be a bit of a challenge to re-acclimate to ‘real life’. What a treat
~ Iris, 2015
“I didnât get aÂ chance to say a big THANK YOU before we flew out onÂ Saturday. What an amazing week, such an incredibleÂ experience and the best way to see in the New Year. Â Truly inspiring!Â You will be happy toÂ hear Teresa and I continued our morning breathing andÂ mediation while in Bangkok, then followed your no eatingÂ plan for our flights back to London for Teresa and forÂ me SydneyâŚit worked a treat. I flew in at 6am and wasÂ right back at work but feeling great; I have Edo andÂ Joâs music playing through my headphones while I work toÂ ease me back into it all.Â Thanks again IÂ learnt so much from you, it all made sense and helped meÂ understand what to do and where I need to be with myÂ long legs.Â Lucy”
~ GlobalÂ Corporate SolutionsÂ
“Most professional teacher I have ever experienced, funny, thinks on his feet and is able to give great spontaneous advice on questions.”
~ Josephine, Austria ’14
“Obviously this teacher is the reason I am here. He has a no bullshit approach and his ideas and opinions are backed by years of study and a strong personal practice. He is an engaging speaker and he brings a certain amount of respect and sincerity to the topic he is teaching on.”
~ Erica, Canada ’14
“I feel privileged and honored to have studied under Paul’s guidance. I truly appreciate his commitment, time and dedication in sharing his knowledge and the tradition of his teachers. Paul’s teachings are clear, always interesting and full of humor.”
~ Karen, Switzerland ’14