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Paul has been leading retreats and trainings in many places around the world since the year 2000; however, Samahita Retreat has been our home since 2003. Many students have written to us after our programs to express their thanks and to let us know of their development. We are grateful for these kind words, and we share them with you here in the hope that these true expressions will offer you insight into what Samahita Retreat is all about.

Samahita Retreat did me a lot of good. I was on the Detox programme and the schedule prepared for me – from the raw/ boiled vegetables, green soup, juices, tinctures, coffee enemas, herbs capsules etc. to the massages, sauna treatments, yoga & breath-work classes – was done with great care and consideration. Not only was the place clean, well-kept, efficiently run and peaceful, the therapists, consultants and teachers there were also very approachable, helpful and knowledgeable in what they do. I left the 7-day detox retreat feeling much better physically, mentally and emotionally. It was really a great experience!
~ S. WangSingapore

I had a wonderful time there. I did not expect to take so much pleasure!! The teachers were all nice and easy to communicate with, efficient and very professional. That was the first excellent surprise! Last excellent surprise and not the least! THE FOOD. Healthy and delicious is the best combo ever, and you made it happen! Thanks for that!!
~ C. P.France

I would like to thank all the staff and the trainer for the warmth, love and professional lessons I have followed during my stay.
Everyone was nice and involved. The manager who greeted me every day with my first name was very special!
The masseurs, the staff of the kitchen, at the front desk, everyone was really nice.
~ P. Berkleef

Samahita Retreat is a wonderful place! I really enjoyed my time in Thailand. Lots of yoga, great food, friendly staff, luxury rooms, sunshine and the sea. I’m definitely coming back again. Thanks Samahita for having us.
~ A. PreeceSwitzerland

I had the chance to travel to Koh Samui with my yoga teacher and do a week retreat at the Samahita. The Samahita is a beautiful peaceful retreat on over looking the ocean. Doing yoga every morning in the beach shalas is a memory I will have for a lifetime. The staff is really friendly and very helpful. The buffet is so delish. The food is outstanding. Try the yogurt on the buffet its the best I ever had. I would come back to the Samahita its the perfect way to relax do yoga and soak up the sun.
~ Crista Canada

I enjoyed my stay in Samahita very much: the open and kind atmosphere, the profound yoga classes,the beautiful surrounding, the very open and nice people (staff and guests), the extraordinary music and meditation program, the wonderful snorkeling trip, the very good treatments for the body. The food was very good and healthy, but what I missed a lot was more nuts (for Vitamin B).
~ S. WagnerSwitzerland

I stayed in Samahita for almost 3 weeks! I really love this place. If you need to take care of yourself, it’s the place to be!
I really liked the two workshops I had with the 2 Pauls (Paul Chambers and Paul Dallghan): Although I am practing ashtanga for 2 years, I have the impression that during my stay I have rediscovered my body from the yoga point o view. I have received the best advices ever to set up a better practice!
Thanks to Samahita, I have learned pranayama, which is now part of my everyday life. So thank you for that!! :)
And of course, the vegetarian food is excellent, the massages are very nice and I have met great people in this place (including samahita’s employees).
Can’t wait to come back :)

~ SoniaSwitzerland

I highly recommend Samahita to anyone looking to deepen their knowledge of yoga, or even to people who just want to relax, rejuvenate and have a healthy break.

~ Gauri BhaskarSingapore

I felt totally welcomed and relaxed from the minute I arrived at Samahita. I wouldn’t change a single thing about this wonderland resort. The professionalism and caring nature of the staff exceeded my expectations.
The whole Samahita experience was perfect from my initial booking to the taxi at the end of my stay. Thank you!! Axel is fabulous host and manager. He introduced himself on my arrival and nothing was too much trouble. He’s a real asset to Samahita. There’s no doubt I will return!!

~ Melita Eisenberg, Australia

Great retreat center with great facilities for yoga, delicious healthy high quality food buffet, great coffee, beautiful premises, friendly staff!!

~ Cicek Onen, Turkey

Samahita retreat is an amazing place. Coming as a solo traveler, I immediately met welcoming and friendly people but also managed to keep time for myself during the week. The facilities are great and the food is healthy and delicious. The yoga classes were amazing : very well balanced between the morning session and the evening ones. I learnt a lot thanks to the various experienced teachers who were always willing to help me improve my practice. Overall, I had the most amazing experience. I would recommend this place to anyone. I will be back for sure !

~ Perrine, France

The overall experience of the training is outstanding. Teacher team are high qualified and deliver the knowledge with integrity and care. It is a training that deliver the essence of yoga practice in all aspects. Thank you very much.

~ Ampinee, Thailand

Samahita is genuine and unique and perfect in size and location. Very friendly, accepting all levels on training knowledge and offering a place to relax, enjoying and meeting people while improving your body and mental health. I can recommend Samahita to anyone, coming alone, with family or friends does not matter-you will have a great time.

~ Anna, Sweden

Dear Paul, I felt like connecting and saying thank you again to offer to us such a beautiful and special space as Samahita: it gives the confidence, the hope and the force to keep walking and sharing our path in a troubled world.

The 2 weeks practice with Tiwari and you is still growing inside me. It’s beautiful. I felt so lucky to be back. There was a genuine sense of joy everywhere that I hadn’t noticed before!

A très bientôt,

~ Emilie, France

I have joined the yoga retreat with Daniel Stringer in May 2016, and would like to write the following recommendation for his retreat:

“It has been a good time to practice with Daniel, who teaches with kindness and patience. We practice chanting, pranayama, asana and also study yoga philosophy, you will enjoy it a lot if you want to experience the essential elements of yoga. Besides, Samahita is a very friendly and healthy environment, well suited for yoga.”

Also, I would like to thank all the Samahita staff in maintaining this wonderful place :)


~ Elizabeth Poon, Hong Kong

I thoroughly enjoyed my month at Samahita and was sad to leave. As our (Simon Low) teacher training programme was intensive and very full on, I was very grateful to be staying in such a beautiful place with great people, food and atmosphere :)
Thanks to all the lovely staff.
~ Carolyn, UK 

It was a well deserved rest from everyday life. Great that the meals are included and are available for those hours that they are. And the many new tastes the kitchen presented throughout the week was amazing.
~ Guest H.M. , Denmark 

I spent 2 wonderful weeks at Samahita. Overall i was very satisfied with the place and with the service. Yoga classes were great, teachers are attentive and nice. The atmosphere is great for personal growth and education.
~ Guest R.B., Hungary

My experience at Samahita was simply amazing! Where to begin..people: you really feel like home, you find a new family at Samahita. One day feels like a month, 2 weeks..and you will have the feeling of having lived there for ages! Yoga: all teachers are amazing, in 2 weeks I have improved so much. Special thanks to John, Manu, Summer!

Food: so yummi, healthy and delicious.

Service: the staff is brilliant, kind and helpful.

Rooms are very nice and comfy, location is perfect for relaxing and chilling.

Loved Samahita, can’t wait to be back and I’ll carry those memories always with me

Thank you the wonderful week in Samahita Retreat. Perfect place to concentrate in yoga practice, prayanama and ayurveda. Peaceful, functional, good dervice and teaching.

~ Rea, Finland

Samahita Retreat is a great combination of yoga, beach, sun & healthy food in a relaxed environment

~ Therese, Sweden

Great accomodations, good & healthy food, very friendly staff, good course.

~ Jan, Germany

It is nice to do yoga and have many treatments at the same place. I feel myself almost different person because yoga and treatments have done so much for me. Food was excellent and it was variable. Room was comfortable.

~ Mika, Finland

This is the perfect place to feel free to pursue all kinds heathful interests, especially yoga and general well-being. The staff is very friendly, helpful and professional. The environment helps you relax which helps you focus!

~ Julia, Taiwan. August

Come here. Sink in . Breathe . Watch . Listen . Be tolerant . Smile . Let go . Live.

~ Iris, Austria.  August

Samahita is a nuturing environment to encourage the study of asana and breating pratice. The atmosphere is fantastic but most importantly, all the courses are lead at a rigorous and highly qualified level by Paul Dallaghan – I am hooked!

~ Chantal, UK  July

Samahita is my sancturary. I come here every year , Amazing Teaching, courses, Energy, Food and People.

~ Serena, UK. July

Apart from the beautiful setting, I once more enjoyed being taugh by Tiwariji and Paul, by their responsible, unagitated ways- and by the same time having a lot fun.

~ Helene, Austria. July

Wonderful yoga and detox retreat with high level of comfort. The warmest welcome awaits you to this peaceful retreat on the quieter southern coast of the island of Koh Samui. Immaculate well serviced rooms, delicious and creative vegetarian dishes, with some fish. No alcohol, TV or smoking- which is wonderful not to have to endure from others if you want to have a real detox break! Comprehensive yoga retreats from world famous teachers throughout the year as well as professional trainings held by the founder of the retreat Paul Dallaghan. Wonderful to see how everything has been thought of through to the smallest detail, and plenty of oppotunities for non-yoga partners and children to relax and enjoy a host of activities on the island. Maew and her wellness team are compassionate and professional offering a wide selection of spa treatments to complement your stay. I cannot find fault and look forward to a return visit before too long. Thank you to everyone who looked after me so well.

~ Rebecca, UK.  May

If you have a break to free your mind and body, try to spend your time to find an Extra-ordinary holiday in Samahita Retreat which will give you a different life style far from your usual urban life.

~ Janny, Macau. May

Samahita Retreat really fulfilled my expectations! Really yoga teacher, lots of good healthy food and beaitful relaxing environment. I really recommend this place for everyone.

~ Linda, Norway. April  

Dorien and Amy are a true example of how one can make a difference in this world. There is so much love, so more peace here. Something, I have never experince before. The staff was so warm and friendly. I came in as a student, I know thisis only the beginning for a long path in my life. Thank you!

~ Angie, Austria. April

Samahita’s yoga retreat was excellent. I’ve spent the must memorable and best holiday here enjoying yoga and pranayama practice, having fun, enjoying sun, sea and delicious and healthy food. I can warm heartedly recommend!

~ Mari, Finland.  March

Chef Nui was amazing! She accommodated my gluten free + dairy free diet with the most tasty yummy food. I’ve ever had! Retreat center is beautiful and relaxing A+++++

~ Ericka, USA. March

Excellent. It was a teacher training course, and the attention and knowledge was second to none. The staff at Samahita were extremely helpful in making it all run very smoothly. The whole cohort are very appreciative of the staff.

∼ Guest, March 2013

A serene location made all the more enjoyable by the wonderful staff and friendly atmosphere.

∼ Guest, March 2013

Dear Tannie and Everyone at Samahita,

This email is one of gratitude for an incredible time at Samahita the past two weeks at Richard’s retreat.

It truly was such a beautiful time, my first in Thailand.

Now that I am back in my NYC apartment, I am sitting here quietly with gratitude for everything and everyone. Please give my special thanks to NUI the chef (spectacular) and JEAB, who took great care of me in the Wellness Center. I left some extra baht at the end of the stay, and hoping that some it goes to them. Next time I will bring extra as I spent a little too much in the gift store at the end!

∼ Elizabeth, March 2013

Great, I learned a lot during my week and would definitely come back (it was my 4th time at Yoga Thailand)

∼ Guest, January 2013

It exceeded my expectations it was great to learn from Paul and really appreciate him sharing his knowledge about pranayama and help me to improve my practice. Also the performances and singing of/with Jack Harrison were great!

∼ Guest, January 2013

Fantastic. I will return. Never have I seen a resort dedicated entirely to yoga.

∼ Guest, December 2012

It really exceeded our expectations!! VERY VERY nice experience- even if we had our 2,5 year old girl with us. We felt welcome ALL the time and not a liability or being in the way having our child with us. Thank you for making us feel at home and so welcome! The food is AMAZING and the staff is so incredible friendly and the location was perfect!! It really exceeded our expectations on so many levels!!

∼ Guest, December 2012

It is rare to find a place that is wholly dedicated to you and your practice. The food, the staff, the shop, the daily schedule, the site, everything here is geared towards helping me deepen my yoga practice. I felt nurtured and welcome here, equally able to find some quiet time for myself if I needed that, while still making lasting friendships. I will most definitely return.

∼ Guest, December 2012

I had one of the best experiences in my life and would definitely like to come back. I can highly recommend Samahita Retreat! I learned a lot about healthy eating and what is good for my body.

∼ Guest, November 2012

The environment was the perfect place to get rid of the stressful live I have at home. So peaceful environment and caring people around me.

∼ Guest, November 2012

I was very satisfied with my stay at Samahita Yoga, I made an amazing experience among inspirational teachers and made friends with other guests. I loved the food, the quietness and the beauty of this place. I feel blessed in so many ways for everything I experienced here, my time at Samahita changed my life… thank you so much!

∼ Guest, October 2012

The environment was the perfect place to get rid of the stressful live I have at home. So peaceful environment and caring people around me.

∼ Guest, October 2012

I cannot say more than that: perfect. An absolutely wonderful experience… I celebrated my birthday during this week. I could have not find a more blissful place for that. My birthday cake was perfectly done from the kitchen (even if they said it was the 1st birthday cake they have done… I could not believe it!)! Thank you for all the kind and warm attention, the presence in the moment. Nothing was too much or “not possible” for the staff. Everything was possible and they really took care about all our requests (change of pillow…). By the end of the week I had a last treatment with Ricardo – oh my god (hurting like the hell)! Now, only 2 days later my problem with the right hip got fixed! Please convey my warmest regards to him! Great!

∼ Guest, October 2012

A great restorative holiday that has regignited my interest in Asana and introduced me to Pranayama which is now a regular part of my morning routine. I will definitelty plan to return 6 monthly if not quarterly. Thank You

∼ Guest, October 2012

I had one of the best experiences in my life and would definetly like to come back. I can highly recommend Samahita Retreat! I learned a lot about healty eating and what is good for my body.

∼ Guest, October 2012

t was a wonderful refresher for yoga and a real health boost for me in efforts to lose weight and get on track again with healthy, balanced eating and living. The location is so peaceful and beautiful, it was a real pleasure staying there, doing yoga twice a day and enjoying the wonderful buffet everyday. As a vegetarian for many years, it was a wonderful treat to be able to eat everything available and still not go “off” my diet after being on detox or still trying to lose weight- it was very easy to make good choices. The cooking class was also a really interesting and fun activity which I am applying to my food making now that I am back home- the cookbook is great.

∼ Guest, September 2012

I wasn’t sure if I would notice a big difference doing the detox as I have been a dedicated vegetarian for many years, but I still found it interesting, informative and quite effective in helping me feel healthier and stronger. I also lost 3 kilograms during the 3 days on detox and was able to lose another kilogram once I went off the program while I continued to eat healthy from the buffet, enjoyed walks and a few jogs on the beach and swims in the pool as well as the regular yoga sessions for the next 5 days while I was there. I was so glad to be able to keep the weight off despite going back to a normal healthy diet instead of just soups and juices.

∼ Guest, September 2012

I have been a registered nurse for more than 26 years. A mother of 3 children and running a bussiness for 12 years. My work is a very stressfull. I became irritable and I even got sick for one year and due to this I have a residual effect on my muscles due to medication induced. After I have been to this retreat, I learned how to relaxed my mucle. My pin and needles on my mucles that I have for many years has gone. Maybe detoxing plays very important role on my health. I thanks all the staff for such a wonderful job and supported me to get through this process. More power to the samahita retreat staff……

∼ Maria, September 2012

A beautifully thought out yoga retreat. Amazing food, a place for everyone to find their own space and enjoy yoga to the max or simply to decompress from the daily grind!

∼ Sue C, July 2012

The Samahita retreat experience is thoroughly restorative and on the first day I began to relax and appreciate the calm lifestyle. There is plenty of light and delicious food with a buffet available for relaxed eating and socialising. Yoga asana, breathing and meditation sessions help construct the day and the whole experience is amazing. The only shock is re-entering everyday life but at least this is done from a peaceful place with many new ideas about how to keep life stress free.

∼ Jane B., July 2012

Our time at Samahita Retreat was just wonderful. The food was exceptional, as we’re the staff and amenities. We both felt so relaxed and healthy and want to try to maintain this feeling of Wellbeing at home. Thank you to everyone who made our stayso beautiful.

∼Kirsten B. , July 2012

Wonderful, rejuvenating retreat. I will definitely be back. Thank you.

∼Michelle  R., July 2012

Loved my stay at Samahita; great staff, super clean, relaxing, amazing food, experienced teachers, beautiful quiet beach, nice rooms. Would highly recommend it!

∼Inge C., July 2012

Great people, great retreat!

∼Jessica  M., June 2012


I was doing my meditation and holding you in gratitude this morning, so dropping you a line. I did a drop in to a workshop last night, to take a look see, and for the first time that i can ever remember, i looked at the clock wondering, when this idiot would release me and stop wasting my time, (the only time i have ever looked at the clock with you, is when i need the bathroom and wondering if i can hold it, because i really dont want to miss anything!!!), and i remembered something you said the very first time i met you, you had been talking about starting Retreat, and that you and jutima, wanted to create a space of “authentic yoga”, so now i wanted to thank you both for doing just that. For the “clean and clear”, for not hooking into the mainstream because it is easier, for always giving me a foundation and strength to maintain an “authentic” practice, and for always keeping and holding the authentic corner, where we can come to you and be in the essence of pure yoga, and for your protection, i realised last night how much you protect us from the idiots and impurity that is out there, through you guidance and through the lessons of discernment that you have offered and somehow along the line i have imbibed.

∼ Vanessa

Paul and all the teachers are not only knowledgable but are also very giving, I learned so much. Food was really yummy. General Manager is a nice guy, he knows his stuff. Truly appreciate everything.

∼ Yvonne C.

This is a great place to stay, fantastic facility and friendly, helpful staff, with wonderful food served buffet style.


Retreat has a very peaceful atmosphere (even when it is full) with nice rooms and attentive staff. Yoga classes in the morning are very good. Detox in the Wellness Center is realy very good, massages are outstanding, I felt like a different person after completing my 7 day Detox.

∼ Claire C.

I loved evertyhing about this place and the variaty of things available all in close proximity. I loved the thoughtfullness and detail is everything. Great food all freshly prepared. Nice room with large bathroom. Nurse in the Wellness Center was so kind and helful during my colonic. I loved my experiences, thank you so much for this.

∼ Agnes S.

Lovely yoga teachers, overal a memorable experience. I cannot wait to come back.

∼ M.J. Hayes.

Stayed in a beautiful deluxe room during Tiwari. Excellent food, good diversity and not too spicy. Thank you for a great stay.

∼ Christine 

Gorgeous, beautiful place, well maintained, a please to be there. Food and Juice Bar outstanding. Wellness Center is very restful space with superb treatments.

∼ Merle C.

Good retreat with great local and international staff. Nice rooms with amazing cleaning staff. Staff at juice bar very friendly with a great selection of healthy drinks. Food was delicious.

∼ Micheal J.

Just the most amazing stay – great combination of service & autonomy. Everyone was very friendly & helpful. Definitely found peace at Samahita!

Only after 5days I feel refreshed and connected! The rhythm of the center is relaxed and calm – the class is blend Fantastic to be at a yoga center that catch awards.

Perfect lot of in-depth yoga & paradise holiday.

Exceeded expectations. I hope I can return some day and next times I will definitely do a detox. Paul and Racheal are excellent teachers. I was surprised and glad at how chilled out Paul was- funny man and an amazing yoga.

Best yoga retreat center in the world. Excellent program, great teachers, fantastic beach, super and healthy food, brilliant service and accommodation! Thank you very much Irina.

Lovely professional group of people, great session.

Friendly welcome & interior, rooms wonderful. Really liked Paul’s teaching & teaching manner. A wonderful sense of humor.

Hi Paul, Steve and I attended this year’s x-mas yoga retreat with you. We truly enjoyed the yoga program and learned a lot from you and the other assistant teachers (they were all excellent). Also Samahita Retreat – is all together, an exceptional place by all means. We’d love to come back. I’m still working on my core strength, doing dynamic yoga, and will probably go back to ashtanga afterwards.

Namaste. Deniz

Dear Paul,

I’m sorry that I didn’t get a chance to say this to you in person before you left, but I sincerely wanted to thank-you for all your time, effort and expertise that you offered during the past 3 weeks of workshops you held at Samahita Retreat. You have truly created an environment that is so easy to completely focus on yoga and how it relates to more than just the asanas. And I really enjoyed your down-to-earth approach and explanations. Personally, this experience was exactly what I needed and I feel so inspired to continue to learn more and grow in my practice – However, I must admit that it feels a little daunting to do so in conjunction with work, and in my very tiny village where no one else practices – but I’m optimistic. (If you ever post a sound recording of one of your lead classes, can you please let me know?). I do wish I could have stayed longer and I hope to return in the near future if I can save enough money again. I really just wanted to say that I truly respect and appreciate what you have dedicated yourself to and shared with others. Again, Thank-you.

Kindest Regards,


Today it was the first day I saw Ninette back in my school. She was with you the last two weeks. She was / is so happy, that effected me so much, that I needed to write you this to inform you about her happiness. She loved your place! She brought so much happiness back to her first class at my studio. Therefore I would like to thank you.

Best wishes,


Dear Samahita Retreat, I visited you a year ago and somehow it happened that your perfect buffet turned this biggest-steak-eater into a vegetarian & I been since :) Thank you so much, this is one of the most positive changes I experienced in my life ?


Dear Paul,

We left Samahita Retreat very early the last day, but my parents, brother and I wanted to thank you very much for the delightful moments we have spent in your retreat. Everything was so well organised, your team so professional but so kind also. The place is a real paradise and peace sanctuary. We are looking forward already to come back.

Sincerely yours,

Helene TYACK, Maryvonne TYACK, Roger TYACK, Fabrice TYACK

Paul, I didn’t get a chance to say thank you for our amazing month at Yoga Thailand. I learned so much, both about yoga and myself. The pranayama is relatively new to me, but so helpful and strengthening – I already feel and difference and will continue my practice on and off the ship.

Thanks again for your time and help. Safe travels!


Dear Paul and staff of Samahita Retreat,

Just a quick note of thanks for the wonderful 3 days I spent at your centre last week. It was truly restful and rejuvenating and just what I needed. I only wish I could have stayed longer. I was also appreciative to have the attention of teacher trainers to support me with my asanas.

Many thanks again and all the best,

Holly, Switzerland

The beautiful setting of Samahita Retreat, as well as the helpful staff was ideal for we to clause my body, spirit and mind. I feel rejuvenated and peaceful inside. Thank you Samahita Retreat.

Dieter Zwicky, Switzerland 

We had such a pleasure of a stay at Samahita Retreat. Between Paul, Jutima and all the lovely staff, you have created such a precious oasis and sanctuary on Koh Samui. A centre filled with such light and consciousness!

We are hoping that Hillary will run another fast at Samahita Retreat next year. We’ll do almost anything to come back again.

Please keep up the great work! :-)

Please thank all the staff for their wonderful service during our stay.

Many blessings and grateful thanks,

Annabelle, Singapore

The center overall exceeded my expectations. The yoga retreat is well planned, food is great and the facilities are simple yet really nice.

Nancy, Hong Kong

Thank you so much for your warm hospitality and help & support to our family during our stay in March. It was great escape to a beautiful place as well as a healing time for myself. My son faced a true nature there, dining with birds, sleeping with nice breeze, walking in the calm beach and listening the sound of wave all the time. And he has grown so much over there, I think it’s all about being in such a peaceful/clean place. All your staffs were fantastic, I had no issue with making baby’s food. They gave me a great confidence that we can go back there anytime.

My yoga practice, particularly Asana practice, I started to set up a time and managed to make it in daily bases! What an amazing change! I’m so glad that I can do this again. Also the end of practice, I feel so much better and lighter, something I’ve been longing for. All great.

Many thanks to all of you and so much looking forward to going back soon.

Special thanks to Paul and Jutima!

Susie and family, Hong Kong

Your team and you made wonderful 4 weeks for Anita, Livio and me. We are very thankful for all what we have learnt and all the affection we received. We will never forget this holiday.

Our aim is now to keep the praxis up on and off the mat and to implement everything we have learnt.

Roland family, Serbia

Thank you from the bottom of my heart Paul for the retreat with Tiwari in March – it was wonderful.. The new place is just beauty, full of clear energy, and I felt so at home there. And the visit was yet again a turning point for me, as always.. time for big changes!

Anna L., Finland

Hey Paul,

Many thanks to you and Jutima for your hospitality at your new place. It is absolutely brilliant; the best yoga centre I have ever been in for everything: the place, the food, the people, the atmosphere, the architecture, and most of all the quality of the yoga. Not only have you maintained the great feeling of the old place, you have gone way beyond it. It was such a privilege to be able to contribute to the opening.

Jack, Ireland

Dearest Jutima and Paul,

Congratulations on this wonderful Samahita Retreat vol. 2! You managed to transfer the wonderful spirit into a sparkling new place. Thank you for having us here and share your wisdom.


Romana and Sascha, Austria

Dear Paul, Jutima, Neil and all the YT family,

I was wondering whether the “new” place was going to be as amazing as the “old” place. And you’ve made very clear that “HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS” Thanks for always making us feel at home and close to our hearts. Thanks for all the sincerity, and love in teaching us yoga and so much more.


Diana, UK

It has been nearly two months since Cookie and I came to your institution to study yoga, although this is was the first time we had studied any yoga we were made to feel extremely welcome and had an amazing time. Its not often in life that one week or one place can change a person in so many positive ways, but this is the effect that Samahita Retreat has had on us.

Our time at Samahita Retreat has shaped in so many ways, especially with your wonderful food that we have tried (with varying levels of success) to recreate at home.

Thank you so much for helping us discover such a wonderful and invigorating lifestyle. I would like to wish you every success with your new centre and are already very excited about returning to study with you soon.


Love Mark and Cookie

Just a quick mail to thank you both for making our visit to YT such a great experience. Everyone was fantastic with Harry which helps me enormously. He really seemed to enjoy himself, especially the beach and his trip to KFC! For me it was wonderful to be able to focus and connect with myself before moving! I so much enjoyed to wonderful food, Tiwari’s wise words and Paul’s guidence. And Jutima you probably get the least credit being a little in the background but doing all the hard work! I think along with Neil you will be very successful in your new venture!

Caroline xxx 

I had a wonderful 5 weeks at Samahita Retreat and feel very blessed having very coincidently found my way to you five years ago. I had no idea back then how dramatically this 2 weeks at YT would change my life to the better. I am glad to know you and that you are developing YT into such a brilliant place.

I am looking forward to spending lots of times with you.



You have played a special part in my yoga journey. I deeply appreciate, admire and respect you for your teaching and sharing of your wisdom with so much passion and light-heartedness. Through your great devotion, you helped me to take the journey into my own heart. To see the divine nature within us all. To understand happiness. And to know the true value of humility and gratitude.

I look forward to visiting you at the new retreat centre, hopefully in the new year. I hope all is going well.

With honour and love,


I want to let you know that I am continually grateful for the opportunity that I had to study with you in Thailand. You are a truly inspiring teacher with a Presence that demands dedication and Being. Every day, I am thankful for you! Now that I am back in New York and fishing around for a similarly inspiring teacher with such a holistic approach, I find myself selfishly wishing that you were still here in the States.

Warm blessings,


I just wanted to thank the Samahita Retreat staff for making our 5 days with you memorable and very enriching. I am typing this as I am eating chapatti that we made out of your cookbook! Lana and Lorraine thank you so much for your inspiration. I feel more focused on my yoga. Lambeau and Poom thank you so much for taking care of my children so that I could practice yoga. They haven’t stopped talking about you since we returned from Koh Samui. Thank you also for introduing a new diet to me. I have never felt so healthy as the 5 days that I spent eating your lovely food and practicing yoga!

We hope to see you all in the near future!


Kim Dallas, Chengdu, China

I must have visited your center in 2002, anyway, the date matters little. It changed my life. I had never done yoga before. I was a bit depressed and talking with you guys and learning the basics of Ashtanga really helped me to displine my mind to see the brighter side of things. The most important thing you gave me is A TOOL to get rid of dark ideas. Whenever I feel morose, I begin to do the routine you taught me. I admit, I stopped doing yoga everyday BUT I now do daily physical exercises. I stopped smoking too. In fact, the greatest gift you gave me is that I am capable with breathing exercises and Ashtanga yoga to find my “calm waters” when the boat rocks too hard.

I’m not sure if my text make sense but I just wanted you to know that even after one retreat you can change people’s life.

I use to be a teacher in Bangkok and now I work with Inuit children in Nunavik, Canada. Next year, we are moving to Whitehorse, Yukon, I hope that in this somewhat bigger town, I will find a yoga instructor (hopefully Ashtanga!) so I can practice more regularly, not just when things are heavy.

Thanks a million times again,


I can’t believe it has been four months and I’m still not ready to leave Yoga-Thailand–but, I have to go. I came to Yoga-Thailand to “do yoga” and instead I gained an Ashtanga yoga practice and many valuable friendships. You have taught me the importance of living yoga on and off the mat. Throughout my experience, I have felt so much support and love that I simply could not leave after just 3 weeks.

You already know how special your staff is but, Neil, Lana, Sarah, Lynn, Nee and Nong make your shala on the beach so unique.

I wish you nothing but success in the future as the new Samahita Retreat becomes a reality, and I will be there to support you all the way!

Love and true gratitude

Molly Omera

To everyone at Samahita Retreat I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone at Samahita Retreat for making my stay with you very special. It was a wonderful experience which has renewed my enthusiasm for practice on a daily basis. Hope to visit you again soon.


Joanne Jordan 

Dear friends at Samahita Retreat,

Thank you to all of you for making my first encounter with Ashtanga yoga so special, kind and healing! It is only coming back to regular life and practise in a somewhat “normal” shala that I fully understand how special Samahita Retreat is. I missed each and everyone of you today when I started the new year with my first class in Copenhagen. It is 3 degrees celsius here, freezing cold, and looking at the white walls of my new shala I truly missed the ocean and felt slightly lost in the new surroundings. How lucky I have been to get such a first class introduction in spectacular ambience.

Peace and smile

Pia Edenhög

Images from August 2007 retreats with Tiwari and Richard Freeman

Dear all

Josie and I have just returned to London with heavy hearts – our week with you at Samahita Retreat was so much more profound and inspiring than we ever anticipated; we fooled ourselves into believing we could stay forever. Having had yoga taken away from us through injury, we are both so pleased to be able to practice again, even in the baby steps which we took during our week with you.

Congratulations to Paul and Jutima for creating such a fantastic haven for physical and spiritual growth in such an incredibly beautiful place – and our heartfelt thanks for allowing us to live in your world briefly.

We hope to be back in the blink of an eye.


Wally & Josie

I am sorry to say that I arrived back at my desk yesterday and am day dreaming of Thailand. Thank you very much for accommodating me. I had a fabulous time and it must be said that the standard of teaching was nothing less than excellent.

Sorry that I did not have an opportunity to say goodbye before I hurriedly left.

I will endeavour to put your advice into practise and to work on the dreaded hip opener postures. I will, no doubt, see you again (and that’s a threat!).


I would like to thank you all for a wonderful two weeks, a time of rest, of opening and the beginning of healing for me. I am immensely grateful to all of you for your inspirational teaching and support, and for creating at Samahita Retreat an atmosphere of warmth, growth, clarity and light — a natural extension of all of you.



Temai, Lea and I would sincerely like to thank you all for the glorious time and learning experience you provided for us at Samahita Retreat.

We have arrived safely (and recovered quite successfully from jetlag) and look forward to continue all practices.

Temai misses all his recent friends and addictive environment but you know Temai he is back to his eating routine like expected :)

We enjoyed our time immensely and home to see you all soon!

Kind regards and best wishes,

Om shanti,

Temai, Lea and Uzo 

Many, many thanks for a beautiful experience at Samahita Retreat! Your warmth and hospitality turned a nice vacation into a wonderful experience. I can not express the gratitude I feel for the guidance you provided, Paul, in helping me to regain a practice I felt I had lost in my car accident. Thank you for your teaching, and for encouraging my progression.

Namaste, Amanda, Seattle, US

I had such an amazing and inspiring experience there last Fall during the week long retreat I can’t stop thinking about it and the opportunity to study there for an entire month.

Casey, Boulder, US

Just allow to me say a very sincere and personal thank you for the guidance and proper introduction I received into the ashtanga yoga technique over the past 7 days from you.

It was a very rewarding experience for me personal and professionally. I believe very much in yoga, not only asanas, and as such it was good to spend time with you and all participants, learning, listen, feeling and growing all in our own humble ways to become better at what we do in our lives and with our life’s surroundings.

Warmest – Ingo, Hong Kong

Had a glorious time on your retreat in Thailand and will never forget the experience. I have actually increased my practise now, since I’ve been back in London, to five times a week!

Thanks, Diana, UK

We would just like to thank you so much for having us. It was only for a few days, but it was very valubale to us! The atmosphere and the beautiful Shala inspired us a lot. We will absolutly recommend Samahita Retreat to our yoga-friends and teachers…We´re dreaming of going back next year…and we wish for the dream to come true!

With Love, Lisa and Johan, Sweden

Thanks once again for a life changing experience over Xmas! Yes we are still practicing and feeling better for it reading lots about Yoga and keen to find a local teacher. Sounds silly but the food we had on the retreat was so fantastic we would love to be able to recreate some of it here – any chance of some recipes?

Best Wishes, Om, Tony & Katrina, Australia

Samahita Retreat is a powerful place to practice, I feel. It is also very shanti and special, you should be very proud how special you have made it.

Heidi, Australia

Thank you from all of us for such a wonderful experience. With out a doubt our best family time ever. We are dutifully doing our morning practice (despite screaming hamstrings!) s and the kids still dancing around the house chanting.

Sybil and family, Vietnam

No words can fully express my gratitude to your training, coaching & guidance. I can feel your dedication & care to share yoga in the proper light. I could not believe I could wake up at 5:45 am to do the simple pranayama & Sun Salutation A & B with my boys! All because of my good experience at Samahita Retreat.

Gratefully yours, Amy, Singapore

I want to thank you for the great experience that i had for the retreat, it was definitely an enriching and spiritual experience for me.

i have not smoked since the day i stepped into your premises til today and am hoping that i will focus on, so far i have no urge to lift up a cigerette! also woke early today to do my prana and sun salute A n B, thats quite good for a start i think. i know i will come back to visit u guys for sure.


The experience I had with you was more than I could have hoped for. I learned so much about so many different aspects of yoga. Some that are quietly waiting inside and some that I think of on a daily basis. And I learned a lot about the abilities of my own body… I also appreciate the way you pushed us to really explore the edge of the asana. To be careful and yet go further than we think that we can. Thank you. The way you opened up your heart and your life to us was additionally a unique treat.

Victoria, L.A. US

Thanks for a really good week. You chose your name well, as I feel more centered than when I left.


“THANKS A LOT for all the changes that you’ve catalised in my life!!

I am indeed practising… as u say, “it is all coming.” In just a few months I feel quite different than before; much lighter and stronger, but most importantly, much more at peace than before, internally and externally, clarity of mind and stronger focus.”

Marcos S, Spain – USA

“I just wanted to thank you for the most amazing retreat, I feel refreshed and motivated despite being back in England and having my tan washed off by the rain! I’ve been practicing my pranayama everyday and my ashtanga practice as often as possible.

Thank you again for your inspiration and laughter .”

Louise B, UK

“I wanted to thank you both for the wonderful experience I had on the retreat. I signed up for this adventure with an interest in further developing an ashtanga practise but had no idea really what to expect. The retreat experience was inspirational on so many levels, I can not even begin to describe details. The people, the place, the practises all offered wonderful things. Paul, you are a very gifted teacher with an ability to inspire and challenge people from within. Thank you for that.”

Corrina, Canada

“I wanted to thank you very sincerely for the wonderful retreat. I was looking over my photos yesterday and felt quite nostalgic… everyone attended that retreat for their own reasons, but it was a magic moment in space & time and I’m sure we all left with positive thoughts and resolutions for the future. Whether a retreat like that can make significant changes in one’s lives depends on the individual… I know that not only did my practise improve and my eyes were opened to new avenues of study and inquiry, but another benefit of the retreat was the friendships I made there.

Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher and an inspiration… I’m lucky that I can keep practising here in Montreal, but you’ve also inspired me in other aspects of yoga, by your discourse and by your example.”

Robert, Canada

“Thank you very much again for the very inspiring and at the same time fun yoga retreat, it was a fantastic experience! Not only because I learned a lot and because I found in Ashtanga the form of yoga that really fits me and which I definitely want to further develop, but also because I met a lot of great people with the same interests, who I hope to meet again in the future.”

Ingrid, Netherlands

“I really just wanted to thank you for guiding me toward removing those thought patterns. I didn’t even fully realize until I returned home how much you & the Koh Samui retreat helped me break out of that. You told me I could do it and I thought your were OUT OF YOUR MIND!!! I expected to broaden my practice and see part of Thailand, but I came home pleasantly surprised that I opened a whole new world to myself.”

Hillary, USA

“This is a note to say how much I continue to enjoy the benefits of your patient, thorough instruction and wonderful friendly approach to yoga. I have since been keeping up with classes in D.C. and N.Y. as much as possible. While the lack of consistency in teaching and approach to postures has at times frustrated my progress, I always find fulfillment when I remember that “pinch” you taught us, or the time that I did the squat or headstand in your class, and have remained continually motivated in my pursuit of the practice.”

Carolyn, USA

“Paul, I want to thank you again for being the first to introduce me to the practice, in a way that was incredibly inspiring and motivating. Not everyone has the ability to teach well, and I want to compliment you on your obvious gift to share your passion with others.

Thanks for the encouragement – it really helps.”

Treena, Canada – Italy

“I am doing really well, I am continuing the practice of Ashtanga Yoga really seriously. I am doing my own practice from my house, I love it, and I have to say I think you would be proud of your student! Since last week I am trying Ashtanga’s classes in different Studios in Montreal. I found one that I like so I am starting there next week. Thank you for introducing me to Ashtanga Yoga so well that I never want to stop it! It is changing my life it is so rewarding for me, more than I could ever imagine!”

Rene, Canada

“I would just like to extend my deepest thanks and gratitude to you both for taking the time and sincere effort to help all of us stiff people. You’ve provided me with a tool to harness and unlock my true self which lies dormant inside me. During the retreat, my practice evolved into something resembling an angelic shape rather than a lump of clay.”

Judd, USA

“Many, many thanks for a beautiful experience at Samahita Retreat! Your warmth and hospitality turned a nice vacation into a wonderful experience. I can not express the gratitude I feel for the guidance you provided, Paul, in helping me to regain a practice I felt I had lost in my car accident. Thank you for your teaching, and for encouraging my progression.”

Namaste, Amanda, Seattle, US

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