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“Practice can either free you or imprison you. I choose free” ∼ David Robson
Suitable for all levels - beginners welcome.

Guest Teacher Yoga Retreat

Ashtanga Intensive

January 13 – 20, 2018

With David Robson & Jelena Vesic

About the Retreat

Join David Robson and Jelena Vesić for a week of Ashtanga in the beautiful setting of Samahita Retreat on Koh Samui.

Mornings will begin with either a Led or Mysore-style class. Afternoons will offer workshops in the technique and philosophy of Ashtanga. The workshops have been structured to provide a thorough examination of the fundamental workings of the Ashtanga Sadhana. The teachings are guaranteed to provide new and valuable information to all students, from beginners to advanced.

Afternoon Workshop Schedule:

Saturday: Introductions

Sunday: AM: Mysore, PM: Moving Breathing System

Monday: AM: Mysore, PM: Perfecting the Fundamental Asanas

Tuesday: AM: Mysore, PM: Knees & Hips

Wednesday: AM: Moonday, PM: rest

Thursday: AM: Mysore, PM: Pain Free Backbends

Friday: AM: Mysore, PM: Headstands, Handstands & Inversions

Saturday: AM: Led Primary

About the Teacher

David Robson

David Robson

David Robson is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto. With 100+ students each morning, he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs outside of India. After completing a degree in Comparative Religion, David made his first trip to Mysore, India in 2002, where he initiated studies with his teacher Sharath Jois. Since then he has returned annually to deepen and enrich his practice and teaching, and was Authorized in 2007. In addition to teaching his Mysore program in Toronto, David teaches workshops and retreats around the world, and he has recently released a popular series of instructional videos on Ashtanga, Learn To Float. 




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Jelena Vesic


After studying ballet for 16 years, Jelena made Yoga her sole focus in 2009. She has studied with her teacher, David Robson, since 2010, and is now leading the evening Mysore program at Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto. She often assists David Robson on workshops and retreats in Toronto and around the world.

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.

Wednesday afternoons are free and guests can enjoy a complimentary boat and snorkelling trip from around 1-4pm, weather permitting.


7:30 am – 10:30 am Led or Mysore Style class.
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Brunch buffet
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Workshop
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Complimentary herbal steam room available
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner buffet
8:00 pm Optional evening program or quiet time

Add-On Programs

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: 49,980 THB
Semi Private: 45,780 THB
Shared Loft: 41,580 THB

*Early bird massage promo: Complimentary 60 minute body & soul treatment of your choice when you book at least 60 days in advance! Booking must be confirmed and deposit paid at least 60 days before and balance settled at least 1 month before retreat start date.

*Please note this is a two-week retreat and attendance for both weeks is preferable. However, we can offer a one-week option if you are unable to attend both weeks. Please contact for rates.

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

Our guestrooms are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide with you with a private community and greater security. A selection of our rooms 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 have found David’s workshops both fun and very useful to deepening my practice. His experience and knowledge as a teacher is easily passed on to students who are able to deepen their practice and understand the dynamics of postures. I enjoyed his sense of humor and felt I learned a lot. He is very approachable and patient with new and experienced students alike. I would recommend attending any workshops he gives.

∼ Camille Greenstein

Retreats with David Robson became an integral part of my journey to self-discovery and awareness. I highly recommend to Yoga practitioners at all levels spending uninterrupted and unforgettable few weeks with David – caring individual, thoughtful teacher and tireless Ashtanga practitioner.

∼ Tanya Hatton

I was lucky to experience two weeks in Purple Valley with David Robson a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve been planning my trip back to this magical place that offers all I need in order to relax and delve deeper into my Ashtanga practice – expert teacher guidance, best vegan food, support of other practitioners, …in the most relaxing surroundings infused with Indian culture and spice. My two weeks in Goa (definitely too short) helped me make new friends, deepen my old friendships, including that with Ashtanga, and inspired me to maintain my daily yoga practice. I’m grateful for all the beauty and benefits that experience brought about.

∼ Aga Palalas

I have been to at least 20 of David’s workshops, and hope to do many more. Even if all David imparted was asana and vinyasa skills, they would be worthwhile. But there is more. You can’t help but absorb some of David’s great wisdom of Ashtanga, and his passion for practice. And it does not hurt that he is wickedly funny. You go!

∼ Tim Bermingham

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