Align & Flow
April 19 - 26, 2014
with Dorien Israel and Amy Sharpe
About the Retreat
Join international author and inspirational teacher Dorien Israel for a week of fun and exploration at beautiful Samahita Retreat. Working closely with experienced Samahita Retreat yoga teacher Amy Sharpe, the focus will be on helping you to find alignment both on the mat and in the world.
This Week’s Focus: Align & Flow
Throughout the week you will be working with Amy, building on the different yogic practices each day, so that you leave with some essential groundwork, a more profound understanding and a solid practice to take home with you. Those with a pre-existing practice will expand on their knowledge and foundation, leaving with greater clarity and a more refined practice. This week will focus on teaching and improving proper alignment, technique and vinyasa (movement in and out of the poses with the breath). This is not to get us caught up in the physical form, but rather to keep us safe and improve the mindfulness aspect of the practice.
Fun and engaging afternoon sessions will allow Dorien to help you align your life with what is most meaningful to you. When your life is aligned with your values you effortlessly access the flow state. Flow is the state in which it feels like time stands still and you become so focused on what you’re doing that you align with and become one with the task. Action automatically merges with awareness and there is a wholehearted here-ness and we begin to savor life’s joys.
Samahita Yoga Retreats are for everyone, all ages and levels, sincerely looking to learn and build a stronger foundation for practice. You have a great opportunity to go deeper into the practice and put the entire practice into a larger context. It is the perfect balance between the Yoga Daily Program and one of our Centered Yoga courses. Although you have extra time with one teacher, there is still plenty of free time in the afternoons to relax, enjoy the beach and the quiet retreat environment.
Each Samahita Yoga Retreat week consists of the following:
- A full week to work with one of Centered Yoga’s experienced teachers. All of our teachers have been trained extensively by the renowned Paul Dallaghan and O.P. Tiwariji.
- Morning intention work, followed by breath work and pranayama from the Kaivalyadhama/O.P. Tiwariji tradition and asana/poses and vinyasa/movement with breath based on a liberal approach to the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition.
- Modifications as needed for different asanas/poses (both seated poses and training poses). We teach students to use props in order to accommodate everyone — all ages and levels of students, regardless of the limitation, are welcome and encouraged to join.
- A chance for students either to begin to learn the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, or to improve on and expand their existing practice and experience. Again, all levels are welcome.
- Restorative asana practice in the afternoon – a relaxing way to finish the day.
- Extra time in the afternoon to workshop a specific aspect of the practice, answer questions and help students come to a greater understanding of Yoga in its entirety. This extra time is invaluable, as it puts the entire practice into a larger framework.
Although each week has all of the above listed offerings, there is a specific focus for each retreat, taught by a particular teacher who will share their individual expertise and knowledge.
About the Teacher
Amy has been teaching at Samahita Retreat since 2011, where she continues to work closely with students from around the world. Her intention is to empower students to create their own sustainable practice built on the foundations developed by Paul Dallaghan and Sri. O.P. Tiwari. Amy combines teaching with her role as Samahita Retreat Marketing Director.
Amy studied acting and theatre in London and has been living in Thailand for seven years, working as a freelance writer for magazines, focused on wellness and travel. She has two young daughters. Amy lives her life immersed in raising children, teaching and the biggest practice of all; learning how to live yoga. finding balance and joy through all of life's many adventures. For more please see her full bio
Dorien started practicing Ashtanga yoga with Paul at the young age of 60. She spends most of the year on Koh Samui and spends her time as a retreat advisor to our guests. Most people have never been on a "retreat" so having Dorien to give personal guidance is a great support. She also teaches other non-yoga related classes such as Qi Gong.
She is the author of three books; UnBound, Tao Passages and The Way to the One I AM. She is a Reiki Master, Yoga teacher and Qi Gong practitioner.
In 1984 after a "near death" experience resulting from a severe automobile accident Dorien discovered she was given the ability to access ascended information (channeling or direct revelation).
In 1997 Dorien came to Koh Samui on a one week vacation and never left. During that week she had a "transcendent experience" (satori). Now at the age of 65 she is a remarkable reflection of what is possible in body, mind and Being when one aligns their life with their highest values and real identity.
For more on Dorien: www.becomingunbound.com
The Daily Schedule
|7:30 am||Day Opening, Breathwork- Pranayama with Amy|
|8:00 am||Asana Practice: Ashtanga Vinyasa Led and Self-Practice Classes with Amy|
|10 am - 1 pm||Brunch buffet|
|4 - 6 pm||Align and Flow Workshops with Dorien & Amy, Q&A & Restorative Yoga|
|6 - 8 pm||Complimentary herbal steam room available|
|6 - 8 pm||Dinner buffet|
|7:45 pm||Optional Evening Program, Meditation or quiet time.|
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
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 range of 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.
Add-On a Wellness Spa Program
|Simple Balanced Living||€ 77||€ 126||€ 176|
|Radiant Balanced Living||€ 122||€ 198||€ 275|
|Pure Balanced Living||€ 202||€ 328||€ 450|
Health Add-On Program
Our Health Add-On Program 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 specially designed blend of treatments, nutrition and support ensure you meet your wellness goals.
Add-On a De-stress, Detox or Healthy Weight Program
|Standard - Detox : De-Stress||€ 306||€ 459||€ 525||€ 756|
|Standard - Healthy Weight||€ 337||€ 505||€ 578||€ 832|
|Essential - Detox : De-Stress||€ 360||€ 572||€ 697||€ 982|
|Essential - Healthy Weight||€ 396.||€ 629||€ 767||€ 1,080|
|Specialty Detox Standard||€ 460||€ 668||€ 792||€ 1,040|
|Specialty Detox Essential||€ 515||€ 783||€ 963||€ 1,269|
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.
|Share two bedroom loft||€ 890 per person|
|Semi Private room||€ 990 per person|
|Single superior room||€ 1,090 per person|
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:
- € 50 per day
- € 320 for one week
- € 620 for two weeks
- € 900 for three weeks
- € 1100 for four weeks
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.
I spent a fantastic week at Samahita in October 2013 attending the Strengthen & Balance retreat . In just six days I learnt so much and felt so strong and relaxed by the end of the week. I especially appreciated Amy's kind and patient instructions and her compassionate and understanding ways. Hoping to come back to Koh Samui very soon!
∼ Danielle, '13
My 10 days at Samahita were the best “me” time I have taken in my adult life. As a complete beginner to Yoga I was worried about my abilities. I was nurtured and extremely well guided by the teachers, which increased my confidence tenfold. Amy’s especially gentle and knowledgeable approach made each Yoga lesson very rewarding for me. I returned to the UK able to carry on the self-practice almost daily by adapting it to my lifestyle in making it a shorter version. I gained much needed strength, self worth and clarity.
∼ Marie-Elisabeth, London, '13
Thank you again Amy for being such a wonderful and encouraging teacher and I sincerely hope we will meet again!
∼ Anke, Germany, '14
I wanted to tell you thank you so much. Your One-to-One retreat really changes my life for so much better. When I booked this retreat I was feeling sad, and like I could not make good decisions. I listen to everyone else and try to live my life getting approval. Now, you show me many things and I know I am able to trust myself, to be fully myself, to like myself. This is the most important thing I could wish for. I can go back home calmer, happier, and ready to really enjoy my life. I have more energy because I don’t fight with my own mind. I am glad I meet you, Dorien. You saw me, really me. You saw that I have done so many good things already in my life, that I am a survivor and deserve to be proud of my life. I now will tell many other people to come and see you.
Love, your friend,
In my more than 25 years of experience at the intersection of psychology, psychotherapy and spirituality, I find it is rare to come across someone like Dorien Israel, who sees, writes, and works with such clarity and wisdom. I highly recommend anyone with a professional or personal interest in this field to read her book Unbound and/or go and see her.
I am very grateful to have met her, and to have had the privilege to be helped along by this remarkable spirit at a very difficult time in my life. Sitting with Dorien for just one session was extremely helpful, and I thank her with all my heart for what I got from that meeting—it will stay with me forever as the greatest of gifts.
∼ Z., Denmark
The results from our One-to-One retreat totally surpassed my expectations. Our daily conversations were poignant, enriching, engaging, and empowering. You have a wonderful gift to focus, center, and deliver a targeted message that comes from an other-worldly place. I loved that even though there was a loose outline of topics to cover, we could stay on the prescribed course or go off on an appropriate tangent. It made our time together real and personal and not contrived. Your capacity to teach, share, laugh and love were infectious. More than anything, I absorbed take-away spiritual and life skills that I can now use to uplift and support my future growth. My gratitude runneth over. Thank you from the crevasses of my open and gleeful heart.
∼ L., USA
DORIEN—My Spiritual Guide in Samui
We hit it off on our very first day as she could see that I was willing, But even she did not expect our sessions to be so fulfilling.
She could offer words of wisdom and was able to foresee God's symphony that was my life unfolding for all to see. Every day as we sat and talked, our conversations just flowed. We covered a whole range of topics and my writing never slowed. Her insights proved invaluable and have helped set me on track. But best of all for Dorien, she knows I'll never look back!
Prior to my session with Dorien, I was told that it is impossible to describe what she does, that I just needed to experience it. Each session is completely unique in format, content, and experience because what Dorien does is work with your individual perception of reality, your unique thought patterns.
What she did for me is turn “reality” on its head, guiding my awareness to the metaphysical, the universal, the spiritual, the ultimate truth... what she call, “thisness.” At the same time, she helped me to let go of my personal illusions of reality, my old stories, identities, and limitations; my beliefs of what I want, deserve, and ultimately receive in life were brushed aside. When Dorien sits with you, talks with you, guides you, she brings you to “thisness.” The experience of yourself within this context is what empowers you to transform your life. The understanding of how you create your life empowers you to create the one that you really want.
There are no words to express the beauty and spirituality of the beach in Koh Samui where Dorien lives. During my retreat, I experienced the wonderful guidance that Dorien provides to take you to wherever it is you NEED to go. This is the place to “find” what you are seeking. I am so grateful to Dorien, more than I can say. She is very gentle, holds great wisdom and knowledge, and guided me without effort to find inner peace and find my true self, which, in turn, made my “unworthiness” and lack of self-respect vanish and instead gave me my power to be who I am.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Dorien.
∼ P, Thailand
Following my retreat with Dorien, I am grateful for:
* the opportunity to dig deep into myself and understand what to keep and what to discard.
* recognition of myself as a good person.
* guidance in living in the present.
* revelation of the spiritual “inner” me.
* guidance in meditation, yoga, and qigong.
* Dorien's wonderful perception, intuition, and sharing of herself.
Thank you from deep in my heart,
∼ S, Thailand