Samahita Wellbeing Retreat
Thai Massage and Yoga
September 21-28, 2013
with Ricardo Neuman and Rachel Grey
About the Retreat
This retreat serves as an introduction to understanding and performing Thai Massage. Thai Massage and yoga are closely linked in concept and practice, it is even called Thai Yoga Massage in the West. The concept of nadis finds an equivalent in the sen lines of Traditional Thai Medicine and the recipient is assisted in doing stretches similar to Asanas.
Now you can study this ancient art while working on your yoga practice with expert teachers and start to connect the two practices in your life and your career. You will learn techniques and stretches you can use right away with clients and friends and be ready to continue with professional level studies if you find you have a passion for Nuad Thai Booran (Ancient Thai Massage).
In addition to Thai Massage, the morning sessions will be breathwork-pranayama from the Kaivalyadhama Tradition followed by Asana/postures and vinyasa/movement with breath from the Ashtanga Vinyasa Tradition. The morning classes will be led by Samahita Retreat resident teacher Rachel, and the highly skilled Ricardo Neuman will lead the afternoon Thai Massage sessions.
About the Teacher
Ricardo Neuman was first introduced to Asian arts and therapies in the 1970’s in California. His 28 year career as a body therapist has always gone back to the yoga, martial arts, Asian therapies, and meditation he started learning then. Living in Hawaii for for 23 years he studied and practiced sports and therapeutic massage, Shiatsu, Hawaiian Shamanic massage, and Cranial Sacral Therapy. Since first studying Thai Massage at Wat Po in Bangkok in 2004 he has continued his studies since moving to Thailand in 2005. Ricardo has a degree in Health Education with a minor in Human Anatomy and Physiology. Yoga Thailand has offered Ricardo’s services as an Expert Bodyworker and Thai Massage teacher since 2008.. For more see his full bio.
Rachel has practiced and had interests in various styles of yoga since 1999, and felt that all of it led to a greater understanding of her current practice. She completed her Centered Yoga teachers training with Paul in 2005 and has returned regularly to SYT over the last 5 years.
Her main focus in teaching is to create an appropriate intelligent bridge to the dynamic form of Ashtanga, breaking it down so that each person is practicing to their own level and reaching their potential.
She has taught in London, and more recently in Sydney focussing on courses, workshops and Mysore classes. She uses her experience from her daily yoga practice, workshop intensives in yoga therapy, back bending and inversions combined with Thai massage experience for a holistic approach to teaching and when giving adjustments to share the joy of yoga.bio.
The Daily Schedule
|7:30 am||Day Opening, Breathwork-Pranayama with Rachel|
|8:00 am||Asana Practice: Ashtanga Vinyasa Led and Self Practice Classes with Rachel|
|10 am - 1 pm||Brunch buffet|
|4 - 6 pm||Practical Sessions with Ricardo Neuman|
|6 pm||Dinner buffet|
|7:30 pm||Optional Evening Program - Video, Tratak or Mediation|
Based on request and availability, you are welcome to arrive early or extend your stay, our Residential and Wellness Programs details are on http://www.samahitaretreat.com/yoga-holidays.html
Best Value (Add on)
Combine your Retreat with a Health or Wellness Spa Program to make the most out of your stay.
Best Value invites you to enjoy rejuvenating massage and treatments at an exclusive rate - Enjoy a 10% discount on the Program of your choice.
Relax and enjoy our range of wellness spa programs, designed to nourish body and soul. Choose from a range of massage, beauty treatments and detoxifying therapies to compliment your time with us.
Wellness Spa Programs
|Simple Balanced Living||€ 70||€ 117||€ 164|
|Radiant Balanced Living||€ 112||€ 180||€ 256|
|Pure Balanced Living||€ 189||€ 283||€ 423|
Our health programs have been specially designed to help you rediscover health and vitality, and where necessary target areas of imbalance in your life. From our range of healthy detox programs to more focused weight loss and de-stress programs, our specialy designed blend of treatments, nutrition and support ensure you meet your wellness goals.
De-stress, Detox & Healthy Weight Programs
We recommend you book in advance for your Health Program or Wellness Spa Program as much preparation work is required and space is limited.
|Share two bedroom loft||€ 840 per person|
|Semi Private room||€ 940 per person|
|Single superior room||€ 1,040 per person|
additional cost on the total program package:
- € 50 per day
- € 320 for one week
- € 620 for two weeks
- € 900 for three weeks
- € 1100 for four weeks
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.
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.
The rate is inclusive of:
- Full yoga 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
Reserve your place on this program
If you wish to extend your stay to include a detox or wellness program, please use the Wellness Booking Form.
Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.
Despite being on the Faster's Detox Program I never felt hungry. Samahita Wellness kept us well nourished and feeling healthy, fit as a fiddle with fantastic juices, therapies and yoga sessions. I am truly motivated to make positive changes in my life after this trip. I will definitely aim to make this a regular trip.
Michelle Ling, Hong Kong 2009
I am ready to start anew thanks to your program. I will keep the experience in my mind for a new start. Thank you.
HayeSun, S.Korea 2010
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 Yoga Thailand. 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.
I have been sick for a while, fainting with no found diagnosis, muscle pains, stress and constipation for many years. A friend of mine invited me to attend this retreat, I attended the detox program for 7 days of Yoga. After 7 days detoxing and following the program I found that I sleep well, my snoring has gone, my muscle pain on my arms is gone. I highly recommend to all to be open minded, that your health will be better. The therapists at Samahita Wellness were experienced and approachable. Thanks to all the staff for making me better. More power to you all.
Maria, Australia 2012
Coming out of the retreat healthier and with a good idea on how to maintain that-could not be better!
Brigitte, Germany 2011