Christmas & New Year Holidays with Samahita Yoga Retreat
Celebrate the Holidays and Enter the New Year
Week One: December 20 – 27, 2014 AND / OR
Week Two: December 27 – January 3, 2015
with Paul Dallaghan and Special Musical Guest Edo & Jo
About the Retreat
Paul and his team will share in the task of teaching and guiding. Our expanded yoga shala space allows us to handle all students in different classes, as necessary. The retreat will offer a mix of Asana and Pranayama practice, along with practical workshops on philosophy and integrating yoga into daily life. 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 Year’s Eve there will be a special ceremony to acknowledge 2014 and welcome in 2015 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 real break from the holidays.
Special Guest Musician for New Year Retreat
This year we are pleased to have a special musician Edo & JoÂ with us during this retreat.
Edo and JoÂ are Australia-India-Bali-based kirtan artists and singer-songwriters. For the past six years they have toured extensively throughout Australia, India, Bali, Malaysia and Singapore sharing their love of conscious folk-pop songs and kirtan chant music. Their live Kirtan and Sacred Sound Yoga (Nada Yoga Nidra) events are an organic and spontaneous process for emotional release, divine connection and inner transformation.Â http://edoandjo.com/music/
About the Teacher
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.
Edo and JoÂ met in Bali at a yoga retreat and first connected through Kirtan. It was this sweet soul music that sparked a recognition of the eternal in each other. A vision was born in that moment that some day they would walk the path together, sharing the love of song and spirituality. Since then, magical adventures of music, yoga and seva (humanitarian service) have ensued.
“Through twists and turns over mountains and into deep ravines, we travel with the guidance and love of divine blessings, wonderful friends and fellow enchanters. Opening to Truth, as it unravels and unfolds us, connecting us with who we really are.â
Edo and Jo reside half the year in India at Narayani Peedam where they study, lead regular kirtan and yoga events. May to July is spent mostly in Bali where they run yoga retreats, weekly residency at The Yogabarn in Ubud, the Bakthi Yoga component at yoga teacher trainings (link) and Sacred Sound Yoga at the award-winning sacred arts and healing resort, Fivelements.
In Sydney regular places of enchantment include BodyMindLife, Yoga Synergy, Qi Yoga, Manly Yoga, Mangrove Satyananda, Mantra Yoga, Absolute Photography, Yogamoves, and Harmony Centre. Interstate and overseas travel include Byron Spirit Festival, Sydney Spirit, Bodhi Festival, Yoga Om, Samudra in Western Australia; 136.1 Yoga in India. Edo and Jo have toured in Australia with Dave Stringer and internationally in Bali and India partnering with Twee Merrigan, Yoga Arts (Louisa Sear, Lucy Roberts), Emil Wendel, Yogacoach (Mark Breadner). For more please see fullÂ bio.
The Daily Schedule
The program begins at 5pm on the first day of 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.
|7 am||Morning herbal tea|
|7.30 am||Intention and Day Opening
Breathwork-Pranayama and Meditation
|8.30 am||Asana Practice:
detailed guidance in the Asanas, develop and grow a self-practice from the Ashtanga Yoga series
going through in led detail and mysore style
|10 am – 1 pm||Brunch buffet|
|3 – 3:30 pm||Snack and refreshment|
|4 pm||Special workshop covering Asana, Philosophy and Pranayama as well as the selected philosophical
or anatomical topic. There will be some discussion and Q&A and some time working on the breath, poses and restorative yoga
|6 – 8 pm||Complimentary herbal steam room available|
|6 – 8 pm||Dinner buffet|
|7.30 pm||Evening program – video, satsang, meditation|
* 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.
|Share two bedroom loft||Â Â Â Â â¬ 990 per person|
|Semi Private room||Â Â Â Â â¬ 1,090 per person|
|Private room||Â Â Â Â â¬ 1,190 per person|
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.
“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