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Suitable for all levels - beginners welcome.

Guest Teacher Retreats

From the Ground Up

September 23-30, 2017

With David Tilston

About the Retreat

david-retreat-photoThis retreat is designed to help you build confidence in your hands and increase the capabilities of your own body through breath work, led vinyasa, hand balancing and mobility.

It is designed for all levels and teaches you how to work through movement ‘From the Ground Up!’, with every participant in 2015’s retreat being able to hold a solid handstand by the end of the week.

Using a carefully designed and tested system David aims to bring out the best in your movement using many different approaches whilst drawing on his previous experiences. The retreat encourages you to ‘go beyond’ your normal capabilities and to understand that, where the mind goes the body follows. During your time here you will be given a detailed program to follow so you can see how far you have come before moving onto the next level, at the end of the retreat you will also be given material to assist your home practice.

About the Teacher

david-bioDavid specializes in bodyweight movement through a combination of Yoga asana, Hand balances, Bodyweight calisthenics and Martial arts.

David joined the Royal Marines aged 18, deploying to Afghanistan with 40 Commando RM during 2007/8.

On leaving the Marines David joined the Fire Service passing for duty as a Firefighter at the top of his course. Whilst serving in the UK he pursued passions of his, beginning to learn yoga via the Ashtanga yoga method and gaining qualifications as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. As a keen martial artist he has also studied Filipino Kyusho under the guidance of Grand Master Angelo Baldissone since 2009, earning his first black belt in 2014.

During 2015 David and his wife Ellie came to Samahita Retreat for a month to complete their teacher training under the guidance of Paul Dallaghan and the Samahita teaching team.

In the November of that year David accepted the opportunity to teach yoga and take on the position of Fitness Manager at Samahita Retreat. Whilst here he continued to develop his practice in yoga and pranayama whilst gaining a deeper understanding of the human body, studying Eastern and Western teachings from world renowned teachers.

David moved back home in November 2016 where he continues to teach workshops and retreats in the UK and abroad. He is keen to bring out the best in people by sharing his enthusiasm for life and fitness through all forms of functional movement.

The Daily Schedule



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

Private room            41,580 per person
Semi Private room     37,380 per person
Share two bedroom loft     33,180 per person

*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.

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.



“Amazing handstand class with Dave Tilston! Love it when you are taught a class by someone so passionate! Such an interesting class and so enjoyable. Book me in for the next!” – Carly

“I cannot recommend Dave and his book enough.” – When you meet Dave you know that here is a guy that not only knows his stuff but is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience with you. He always has time for my annoying questions and is always glad to help me. Thank you for all your patience, guidance and help Dave. Namaste.” – Simon B

“One of the most detailed classes I have attended to date, focusing on correct allignment, posture, breathing and how yoga is far more than the physical postures we all know so well. Thankyou again for your time David, I look forward to the next class in the near future.” – Graham

“I have been partaking in various forms of yoga for around 4 years, mostly at health clubs and as a part of large classes. I did not realise the depth of the practice and the reasons behind the postures that I had used as a form of exercise for the last few years. David’s explanations and enthusiasm for Yoga and Movement has inspired me to learn more and I am now seing changes in my mental clarity and ability to move better.” – Louise 

“It has been hard to find an instructor who see’s how amazing the human body is and how many ways it can be utilzed.

I started training with David 2 years ago, since then I have see positive physical and mental changes. David has allowed me to develop as a person and see what is most important in life. Aesthetic changes have been great, but most of all my ability to handle problems, stay dedicated to my training and see all aspects of my life develop has helped tremendously. Not just a physical trainer, but I life coach and one of the most dedicated instructors I know.” – Beatrice K

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