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30 Days Foundation in Kalarippayattu, Kalari Yoga and Kalari Chikitsa, on Koh Phangan, Thailand

43/5 Moo 5, Ko Pha-ngan Sub-district, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani

Foundation Course Yoga Retreat Thailand

In this intensive course (limited to 4 participants) you will receive a firm foundation in Kalari Yoga, Kalarippayattu and Kalari Chikitsa, to a level at which you will feel both competent and confident to practice independently. You will also gain a clear understanding of the theoretical background and scientific explanation as to why Kalari (and indeed yoga) are effective systems of training, treatment and rehabilitation and be well prepared to advance onto the upcoming teacher assistant course. You will also learn how to treat acute injuries using Kalari techniques, including sprains, strains and both muscle and joint pain; making you both an effective practitioner and therapist.

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  • 120 hours of training in Kalarippayattu & Kalari Chikitsa
  • 30 hours of theoretical study into frontier research in yoga science
  • Consultation with Ayurvedic Dr with prescription and diet regime
  • Consultation with Physio with 7 days of Kalari massage and marma therapy
  • A printed manual and videos of your training
  • Get certified as a Kalari yoga therapist


24 days with instruction
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

Staying on the island in your own private bungalow, either on the beach or deep in the jungle, provides your own hideaway, to relax and recharge between training sessions and give time for private study. You can live independently, travelling around the island on a bicycle or scooter or pay a little extra for four wheels.

Both AC and fan bungalows are available, all within walking distance from where we have morning and evening training. Please let them know when booking if you would like a kitchen and they can arrange that for you also most of the time.



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
  • Trip to 'The Dome' sauna

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


Adam Phillips


The tropical island of Koh Phangan is a rare jewel.

Surrounded by turquoise seas, this small island (just 100 square km) is covered in dense jungle and enclosed with pristine sandy beaches and coral reefs. At the right time of year, waterfalls offer yet another natural landscape to discover.

In recent years the island has become a centre for yoga and other similar practises and a large and strong community of travellers and expats has grown and flourished here. A Plethora of vegetarian and vegan restaurants as well as an abundance of fresh fruits and seafood, make for healthy living on the island, not to mention the countless coconut trees.



  • 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


It is very important that you eat well during your time training and so a substantial breakfast is included in the cost of the course. This will be served every day at around 10:30 a.m. They are happy to cater to your needs, so please let us know your dietary requirements; also if you'd prefer sweet or savoury breakfasts. Tender coconuts are given after both morning and evening training sessions to maintain hydration; Fruit is provided every day for you to take home and snack on during the day. Not just any fruits either - on Koh Phan Ngan we have many tropical and sweet ones!

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

Spa treatments

Massage - myofascial release using medicated oils

Acupressure (Marma therapy) - secret science of kalari treatment

Dhara - oil pouring for joint pain or nerve agitation

Khizi - hot oil treatment for chronic muscle spasm

What's included

  • 85 hours of training in Kalarippayattu
  • 35 hours of training in Kalari Chikitsa
  • 30 hours of theoretical study
  • Full Ayurvedic and Kalari/Physio Consultation
  • Your own Ayurvedic prescription & diet regime
  • 7 days of Kalari Massage to release and align
  • further treatments for you, if required.
  • Get certified as a Kalari yoga therapist!
  • A printed Manual and videos of your training
  • Substantial breakfast after morning training
  • Fresh coconuts and fruit each day
  • 2 months free membership to KalariLab Online
  • Discounts on future KalariLab courses

What's not included

  • Other meals besides 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 21 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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