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“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's mind.”
∼ Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (Tokyo, Buddhist teaching)
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Samahita Retreat Founders Paul Dallaghan & Jutima Chombhubutr


Paul Dallaghan

Paul Dallaghan VDO Bio Paul is a well-known world-class yogi, scientist and teacher. He has dedicated himself over the past 30 years to the spiritual, mental and physical unfolding and development that arises in the practice and study of yoga, the breath, and the meditative techniques. His journey has moved from an initial transformation at the age of 16 to formal training from 23 on, followed by more than 16 years living between India and Thailand in a combination of intense practices, meditative experiences, silent retreats and numerous pilgrimages in India, Tibet and Thailand. He was one of the dedicated few to put in many months every year in the old days of ashtanga vinyasa yoga with Pattabhi Jois, certified by him, coming out of it with a thorough understanding of the asanas and their effects. Further, his dedication to the practice of pranayama has been uniquely developed, though a traditional guru-shishya, one-to-one style, for over 20 years. He now carries forth the teachings of pranayama from his teacher O.P. Tiwari and the tradition of Kuvalayananda. He has led workshops and trainings all over the world, from teaching in New York in the 1990s to his own retreat center, Samahita, in Thailand offers teachings to students from all backgrounds and all levels of physical and mental readiness. In addition, he was accepted into one of the top PhD programs in the U.S. to conduct scientific research on yoga and its effects. He is still a student and loves to share and learn. He believes in the mission of spreading health and wellbeing through engaged participation in practices and that the worlds of yoga and meditation are one, not separate techniques, commonly united on the internal path of both an open heart and sincere self-examination. Spiritual growth and practice involves a spectrum of approaches that includes physical fitness for the body, asana for neuro-physiological cultivation and refinement, pranayama as a key to the internal, and meditative techniques of many forms to enhance the inner experience further. Music, lightness, fun, dance, sharing and caring are all integral to this process. Paul’s gift as an orator, studies as a scientist, experience from practice, and connection in teaching come through in Centered Yoga—an open-minded method to encourage inner awareness. He feels fortunate to have had such opportunities and experiences, but without a doubt his greatest joys are his two sons, Sean and Dylan.

With OP Tiwari and BKS Iyengar, India August 2013

Mornings with Pattabhi Jois at the old shala in Mysore

On pilgrimage at the holy Mount Kailash, 2002

Jutima Chombhubutr

Our visit with friend and teacher Richard Freeman in 2000

I was born and raised in Bangkok as a child. My family moved to the Atlanta, Georgia in the United States where I was educated. I earned my Bachelor in Business in International Marketing at the University of Georgia and worked for five years for a major corporation in Atlanta and New York City. I was blessed to have been introduced to Buddhism as a child and then rediscovering my path to spirituality while looking to live to more balanced life. At the peak of my career I decided to take a year off for a spiritual journey and travel to my birth country. Nevertheless that journey took me to many places including India, Sri Lanka, all over Asia and I never went back to my previous corporate life. Having lived in Asia for over 10 years, I now divide my time between the US and Thailand where my children are in school and I am with my family in Atlanta.

Sean and Dylan

My role as Managing Director is working closely with our management team in marketing, operations and overall programs of retreats and wellness. We are blessed with a growing international community that has developed over the years at Samahita Retreat. At times we have more than twenty nationalities in residence at the same time, which makes life very interesting at the retreat center. I am so grateful for my wonderful family especially my two boys, Sean and Dylan. I am also thankful for the support of our teachers, staff, friends, and students for our 10 plus years on Koh Samui. I especially am grateful to Paul Dallaghan, my true friend, father to my children and business partner for creating Samahita Retreat together. I look forward to welcoming you here.  


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