30 Days of Immersion in Kalarippayat, Kalari Yoga and Kalari Chiktsa, Holiday Koh Phangan, Thailand

Foundation Course in Kalari Yoga, Kalarippayat, and Kalari Chikitsa Yoga Retreat Thailand

Join this martial arts and yoga retreat with KalariLAB on tropical Koh Phangan in Thailand. Over one month, you will see changes in your body and mind, as it becomes stronger and more flexible. In this intensive course of 20 days study and 4 days of additional activities, you will learn the foundations of Kalari yoga, Kalarippayat, and Kalari Chikitsa (treatment), to a level at which you will feel both competent and confident to practice independently. You will receive a full scientific explanation to support all aspects of practice.

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  • 30 hours' Kalari yoga training
  • 30 hours' Kalarippayat training
  • 30 hours' Kalari Chikitsa training
  • 20 hours' theoretical studies in Marma science and the neuro-myofascial web
  • Ayurvedic Consultation with qualified Ayurvedic Doctor
  • Ayurvedic medicine for the duration of your course (as per Doctor's prescription)
  • A full and substantial breakfast on all days of the course
  • 29 nights’ accommodation


24 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

You will stay in your own bungalow at JJs resort in Hin Kong, one of the best restaurants in the area! Rooms are facilitated with a double bed, fan and private bathroom, near to the beach and a short ride from Srithanu. Guests requiring AC will stay at a bungalow near the beach.



You will gain a solid understanding of the theoretical background and scientific explanation as to why Kalari is an effective system of training, treatment, and rehabilitation and be well prepared to advance onto the upcoming teacher assistant course. You will also learn how to assess and treat acute injuries using Kalari techniques, including sprains, strains, both muscle, and joint pain. The course will be limited to 6 participants to ensure the individual needs of all participants are met fully. Build a solid foundation in your body and mind!


Kalari is reputed to be the oldest martial arts system of Asia, with roots dating back 5000 years. It is a precise system of body conditioning that builds all the attributes of the warrior (strength, stamina, explosiveness, fluidity, balance, and core control) while also building the mental attributes (grounding, discipline, respect, and focus).

It is both a yogic and Tantric practice (balancing the male and female) whilst also being shamanic in its design (reaching altered states of consciousness and channeling these energies). Kalari is suitable for all ages and for both men and women. Traditionally women have practiced Kalari for many thousands of years.

After years of study in both theatre and dance, Adam Phillips is convinced that Kalari builds in the practitioner a control and precision in the movement that is unparalleled in other systems of movement training.

Kalari Nadi massage

Learn Kalari Nadi massage (30 hours over 10 days). This is the first of the 7 massage series in Kalari Chikitsa, a full body oil massage done using the hands that is effective for many musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Please send KalariLAB an inquiry me for more information on learning this.

Arrival day

Meet at 02:00 at Namaste Yoga Farm for induction to the course and orientation to the locations you will work in. There will be a group dinner with other students.

Typical daily schedule

  • 07:00-08:30 Morning Kalarippayat training at Namaste Yoga Farm
  • 09:00-10:00 Brunch provided by Namaste Yoga Farm
  • 11:30-13:00 Practical Kalari Chikitsa session at KalariLAB headquarter
  • 15:30-16.30 Theory session at KalariLAB Headquarter
  • 17:00-18:30 Evening training session in Kalari yoga at Namaste Yoga Farm

Departure day

Meet at 09:00 at Namaste Yoga Farm for group breakfast, giving of certificates and to go through the training manual.


  • This rhythm is open to change as per the needs of participants. You will follow the same rhythm for all days except Wednesdays and Sundays which will be days of rest (this is necessary to allow the body to remain in good health and for the fascia of the body to rehydrate).
  • If you are not able to arrive on the first of every month, please send KalariLAB an inquiry as it may be possible to start later in the month.

Included excursions

  • Evening sunset trips to the nearby Zen Beach
  • Snorkeling trip to Mae Had and Koh Ma Island
  • Trip to food market in Tong Sala
  • Trip to 'Ko Phangan Challenge' Water Park
  • Trip to Tang Sadet Beach on the East Coast
  • Weekly trip to 'The Dome' sauna

Note: All excursions are included in the course but are optional for you to participate in.


Adam Phillips
Adam has been practicing Kalari for over 15 years, teaching since 2006, and working as a therapist in Kalari Chikitsa since 2005. He also studied physiotherapy at the University of London and worked in several physiotherapy departments in the UK, treating musculoskeletal, respiratory, and neurological conditions. In both his teachings and treatments, he now draws on these two bodies of knowledge to provide the most holistic approach possible.


This yoga retreat will take place in Srithanu, Koh Phangan, Thailand.



  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Gym
  • Golf course
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking
  • Reiki
  • Sauna
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Whale watching


  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Multilingual staff
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Pet friendly


  • ATM / banking
  • Baby sitting
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry


A substantial breakfast is served at Namaste Yoga Farmand is included in the cost of the course. There are many food options available to suit all dietary requirements. Tender coconuts are given after both morning and evening training sessions. Fruit is provided every day for you to take home and to have at Namaste Yoga Farm. Indian breakfasts are available upon request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Raw food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

A complete 7 or 14-day package of Kalari Chikitsa massage and other treatments including Khizi (for chronic muscle pain) and Dhara (for chronic joint pain) can be made available if you wish, either during or after the course. This will be at an additional cost.

What's included

  • 30 hours' Kalari yoga training
  • 30 hours' Kalarippayat training
  • 30 hours' Kalari Chikitsa training
  • 30 hours' theoretical studies in Marma science and the neuro-myofascial web
  • Free Consultation and physical assessment (combined physiotherapy and Kalari Chikitsa approach)
  • Daily progressive training to suit your individual needs
  • Receive a scientific western rational to explain and support the teaching
  • 1 session of Kalari Chikitsa treatment to suit your individual needs
  • Training manual of everything covered in the course
  • Learn from a teacher with over 16 years experience in Kalari yoga, Kalarippayat, and Kalari Chikitsa
  • Internationally recognized certificate on completion of the course
  • Photoshoot with one of the islands top photographers at the end of the month
  • 3 KalariLAB T-shirts
  • A full and substantial breakfast on all days of the course
  • Coconuts after morning and evening training and fruit throughout the month
  • 29 nights’ accommodation in private bungalow near the sea
  • Transport from the pier to Srithanu (on arrival and departure)
  • Ayurvedic Consultation with qualified Ayurvedic Doctor
  • Ayurvedic medicine for the duration of your course (as per Doctor's prescription)

What's not included

  • Other meals besides big breakfast, coconuts, and fruit
  • Travel while on the island (can be arranged by KalariLAB)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Samui Airport (USM) or Surat Thani International Airport (URT).

Arrival by bus

From Surat Thani International Airport (URT), please take a bus to Chumpon, then a boat to Kon Phangan. KalariLAB can collect you from the pier.

Arrival by ferry / boat

From Samui Airport (USM), please take a boat to Koh Phangan. KalariLAB can collect you from the pier.

Arrival by train

Take a train to Surat Thani, then a bus and boat to Koh Phangan. KalariLAB can collect you from the pier.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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