Guest Teacher Yoga Retreat
Science of Sadhana and the Womb of Compassion
May 19-26, 2018
With John Bultman
About the Retreat
Science of Sadhana and the Womb of Compassion
Join KPJAYI authorized level II teacher, John Bultman at the beautiful setting of Samahita Retreat on Koh Samui for an intensive week of Ashtanga structured for all levels. In this intimate setting we will explore practices that include: chanting and meditation (early morning), either led or morning Mysore style (personal catered practice) in the style of his teachers, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. The afternoon classes will investigate asana and philosophy to help cultivate wisdom, and correct action in our daily Sadhana (practice).
Sunday: The Yoga Sutras: The Science of Sadhana
Monday: Breathing, Binding, Bandhas, and Bumhi
Tuesday: MMMM Lift Up: inversions, Vinyasas and other moving challenges
Thursday: Back-bending and reapportioning strength.
Friday: Intention and Compassionate methods
This retreat is suitable for:
- Complete beginners
- Pregnant women – modifications will be offered
**If fewer than 7 students sign up, we will give students the option to join our regular YogaCoreCycle classes, which include self practiceÂ (http://www. samahitaretreat.com/fitness- programs.html)
About the Teacher
John Bultman is the principal instructor for the University of Virginia’s highly successful Ashtanga Yoga program inÂ Charlottesville, VA, USA (2012 -). He was graciously granted Level II Authorization by his teacherÂ Sharath Jois, Director ofÂ KPJAYI, Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore, India, where he studies annually.Â John received aÂ MS with an emphasis in Structural Geology and Tectonics from the University of TennesseeÂ under the direction of distinguishedÂ professor Bob Hatcher.Â Â Before majoring in Geology he was a music major,Â skateboarder, andÂ indie rock musician.Â He likes to work in painting, ceramics, and stained glass.
For more details on John click here (www.johnbultman.com)
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||Morning tea|
|7:30 – 8:00 am||Beginners led|
|10:00 am – 1:00Â pm||Brunch buffet|
|3:00 – 3:30 pm||Snack and refreshment|
|3:30 – 5:30 pm||Philosophy and practice investigations|
|5:00 pm||Complimentary herbal steam room available|
|6:00 – 8:00 pm||Dinner buffet|
|7:45 pm||Optional Evening Program or Quiet Time|
Wednesday afternoon is free and guests may enjoy a complimentary boat and snorkelling trip from around 1-4pm, weather permitting.
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 Â Â Â Â Â Â||41,580Â per person|
|Semi Private room||37,380Â per person|
|Share two bedroom loft||33,180Â 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.
âI had been practicing Ashtanga for a year before I took my first workshop, which was with John Bultman. It was my first glimpse into the depths and wonder that can be found in an ashtanga practice. Since then I have studied with Sharath in Mysore and Richard Freeman in Boulder, and I still jump at the opportunity to study with John whenever I can. He combines a deep understanding of Ashtanga Yoga with a nurturing and humorous way of being that inspires me to continue to dive deeper into the practice. You really need to check it out. Heâs awesome.â ~Scott Gardner, Award winning cinematographer
âJohn embodies the yoga practice with a depth and brilliance that are truly inspiring. His gravity as a teacher and practitioner guides a beautiful community of students, whose lives have been changed by the practice. We are so fortunate to work with him every day.â â David Kessel, writer and Russian Translator for the Kremlin
John has a rare dedication and understanding of the Ashtanga practice, which he teaches to students with precision, compassion, and humility. His teaching is rooted in his strong devotion to his teacher and the Ashtanga system, and he inspires a similar attitude in the students and peers he interacts with.â ~Wade Oakley, 4th year Yoga student
âJohn Bultman’s workshop was wonderfulâpushing all of us to our limits. After class, what remained of the skimmed off energy, turned to bliss and gratitude. We all felt and meant every word of the closing chant!
One sweet manifestation of Parampara from the heart, is that John says “very good,” in the same tone as Sharath. It arises from the same soothing energy of loving kindness.
John is a wonderful teacher who understands, practices, and teaches all eight limbs of Ashtanga. In his asana classes, I have always been treated with the expectation that I can do anything. I have internalized that positivity in my practice and in life, with much gratitude to John and our lineage.â ~Marya Roland, Art Professor and Ashtanga enthusiast that has made several trips to Mysore.
“I want to thank John Bultman, my yoga teacher, for his warm, demanding, and humble guidance, especially in the intensive finishing phase of my dissertation. Through his devotion to the continuity of practice, he helped me every day and took me beyond what I thought was possible. I could not have written this dissertation without him.â Â – Beatrice Waegner, Phd graduate and former UVa student
“As John always says, Yoga is not about just getting physical exercise, Yoga is spiritual journey. As mush as I enjoy the practice of asanas, I really look forward to the last few minutes where John talks about various aspects of Yoga and its influence on ones life, meaning of Sanskrit chantings and interesting stories of his experiences.â -Vanamala Venkataswamy, Post doc and Yoga student
âJust this morning I commented to John, wasnât Davidâs practice beautiful? Â Of course, I was referring to the most advanced student who glides though Level 2 as though levitating. Â John immediately responded, âThey all have beautiful practices,âÂ as he casted his eye across a wide span of abilities. Â Itâs the beauty John sees in our practices that make his students dedicated to their practice. Â Though he pushes students to do their best and is often heard, âDid you catch? Â Show me,â Â his demonstrations and directions are clearly framed in support and laced with a bit of endearing humor. Â John has truly become our teacher presenting yoga as the gateway into contemplative lifestyles. Â As our teacher, John honors his teacher Sharath keeping the tradition yoga as established by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois.â ~ Linda Scandore, Retired teacher, Marathon athlete and all around cool lady
âJohn Bultman is a sensitive teacher with a discriminating intelligence. His commitment to the practice is inspiring. Â Johns work at our studio was powerful for both our students and teachers. HisÂ assists are precise caring and effective.Â Â I consider John an important influence on my path and hold him as Â one of my favorite teachers.âÂ – Kim Manfredi, owner of Charm City Yoga Baltimore, Maryland.
âI am so grateful to have John as a teacher. He has a deep understanding of the practice that extends far beyond the asanas.â â Spyridon Simotas, French professor UVa
âI have appreciated John’s guidance as a teacher because he brings both theory and practice to the shala each day. Â With this background, we’re reminded that the potency of the practice of asanas derives from and cultivates much more than the physical practice.â ~Â Aidyn Mills, Mom and Recent Phd Graduate