Samahita Yoga Retreat
Rejuvenate and Flow
7 â 14th April 2018
With Gillian Breetzke and Daphne Tse
About the Retreat
A refreshing chance to take some time out of your busy schedule and create the space to unwind in a natural, nurturing environment. We will offer an opportunity to focus on healing, supportive practices through movement, breath and sound with practical tools on how to integrate these in your daily life. We will also draw from the local Thai wisdom and traditions surrounding the refreshing, clearing nature of Songkran Festival, the Thai New Year, which will fall on the 13 th April. The word Songkran comes from the Sanskrit word saáškrÄnti, which literally means âastrological passageâ meaning transformation or change. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to rejuvenate your soul and find your inner flow.
Each day Gill will lead you through a morning practice starting with Â§contemplation and pranayama (breathwork practices) in the KaivalyadhamaÂ tradition, flowing into an Ashtanga Vinyasa class which will be guided at the start of the week and then moving into assisted self practice where you will be able to explore and develop a practice or work on your own existing yoga practice.
In the afternoon sessions Daphne will share tools and techniques for opening your voice and a combination of SoulSongs and chants taken from a variety of cultural traditions from around the world. You will learn how to connect and balance your chakras through toning and sounding (making vibratory sounds without melody, rhythm, or words) to activate and engage all parts of yourself.
Through chanting and singing we become connected to our souls, and to our Spirit, through our Spirit. Reclaim your voice and get to know how to use it as medicine, not only for yourself, but for everyone you touch in your life!
This retreat is open to everyone offering a solid foundation for newer students beginning yoga and refinement and depth to students with an established practice. Modifications will be offered for pregnant women and those with injuries.
*If fewer than 5 students sign up, we will give students the option to join our regular YCC classes (http://www.samahitaretreat.com/fitness-programs.html)
About the Teachers
Born and bred on African soil, Gill loves nature and seeks to live by the ideal that a yogi is one who leaves a place more beautiful than when they arrived.
She began practicing yoga in 2004 whilst Teaching in a Primary School in Dublin, Ireland and is now both a Yoga Alliance (500RYT) and 1100hour Centered Yoga Certified teacher. Gill began exploring the world after completing a Teaching degree in Primary Education in South Africa and starting by teaching in Inner city London schools, supporting children from challenging backgrounds. She then moved to Dublin where she spent 12 years immersed in the magic of the Emerald Isle working in the pilot school of the Educate Together movement, an independent NGO that runs school that guarantee equality of access and esteem to children irrespective of their social, cultural or religious background. She feels immense gratitude for all she has learnt through her students…her greatest teachers.
In 2013 she moved to Yangon, Myanmar to teach and train local teachers in an International Primary School and teach yoga. A few classes in her apartment ended up growing into a wonderful, vibrant community of committed yogis. She seeks to inspire and empower her students to listen to their inner voice and find peace from the inside which then radiates out.
Koh Samui is now her home where she is combining her love of yoga and music in this unique transformational place.
Yoga continues to shape my life. Iâm so grateful that this practice, which started as a way to manage stress and increase flexibility, grew to become a central thread in my life. It has brought balance, focus, awareness and a deep sense of inner peace and connection both within myself and to those around me. It is such a joy and privilege to share this living practice with others.
Daphne is a spirited, soulful artist and teacher originally from Texas. Her passion for music started from a young age and took her west to Los Angeles after university. Since her initial yoga class 20 years ago, she has explored merging her spiritual practice with her contemporary folk singer/songwriter style. She studied music at The University of Texas at Austin, Berklee College of Music, The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and Kirtan with Kirtan master, Jai Uttal. She has travelled extensively sharing her music in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and beyond. Her music has been featured on yoga music compilations with Shiva Rea and she has released 4 albums, Mata (recorded in Bali), Finding Water (recorded in Hawaii), Samahita Live (recorded in Thailand) and Arigato (recorded in Japan).Â
Daphne has been teaching yoga since 2004 after completing her foundational teacher training in Venice, CA. Initially specialising in kids yoga, she found joy & light working with little people and began branching out and teaching students of all ages. She embraces the teachings of Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffman and Mark Whitwell in her daily practice.
In 2009 while living in Bali, Daphne co-founded SpiritDance SoulSong with her friend and mentor, Ellen Watson. SpiritDance SoulSong is an embodied movement, sounding, singing and fully integrated practice that brings us back to our medicinal roots of the yoga of dance & sound.
Daphne brings her soulful teachings and music to Thailand with grace and joy for living life fully.
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.
|7.00 am||Meditation and Pranayama|
|8.00 am||Asana (Led Vinyasa or Mysore Self Practice)|
|10.00 am â 1.00 pm||Brunch Buffet|
|4.00 pm â 6.00 pm||Workshop|
|6.00 pm â 8.00 pm||Dinner Buffet|
|7:45pm||Approaches to Meditation|
There will be a boat trip, waterfall walk and other activities which will be announced at the meet and greet on the 7th April.
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||39,480Â per person|
|Semi Private room||35,280Â per person|
|Share two bedroom loft||31,080Â 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
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 completed theÂ RejuvenateÂ andÂ FlowÂ program with Anouk and Gill at Samahita in April 2017. Overall, the week was brilliant; superb location and facilities, great food and really clear and caring instruction from both Gill and Anouk. Practicing in the beach Shala was a delight in near perfect temperatures and it was a great way to learn the Ashtanga primary sequence. The other participants were from varied backgrounds and were interesting, friendly, fun and as keen to learn as I was. I came away bothÂ rejuvenatedÂ and refreshed although I can hardly remember those words being used at all during the program – the magic just happens. Highly recommended.
I had the fortune to be in the right place at the right time!
I chose that specific week only because was the most convenient for me and it ended up to be an amazing experience at Samahita retreat.
RejuvenateÂ andÂ flowÂ were two very nicely chosen words that sum up what that week was all about.
Samahita retreat is located in a very nice place, very beautiful and peaceful.
Facilities are great and the foodâŚ well the food is excellent !!!
Definitely this is a experience that Iâm looking to repeat again next year.
Gill inspires, not only in her teaching, but in the energy and love she brings to the practice of yoga. From another teacher I am not sure I would have warmed to Ashtanga, but Gill brings softness and care to this vigorous practice. With support from Gill I have developed a self-practice at home and am very grateful to daily discover and rediscover its many benefits in my life. In classes with Gill I know I am in safe hands and can enter into a space of meditation and observation. Her own dedication to Ashtanga and her many years of studying are strongly felt in her teaching, not only in the technical elements, but in her love of this method as a means to learning about self, sprit and to better live our lives. As a teacher she is human, compassionate and open. I cannot recommend her enough.