9 Days Kalarippayat Martial Art and Yoga Retreat Koh Phangan, Thailand

Kalari Yoga Retreat Thailand

In this 'taster' immersion course, you'll learn the basics of both Kalari yoga and Kalarippayat and receive a theoretical and practical introduction to the healing art of Kalari Chikitsa. After 7 days, you'll have an individualized program that you can follow which will include the first 7 postures (Vadivu) of Kalari yoga and the first forms of Kalarippayat. You shall also learn simple treatments that will give effective relief for several musculoskeletal problems including joint pain and muscle strains.

Highlights

  • Daily progressive training to suit your individual needs
  • Learn from a teacher with over 16 years experience in Kalarippayat
  • Learn the basics of Kalari yoga, Kalarippayat, and Kalari Chikitsa
  • Receive a scientific western rational to explain and support the teaching
  • Transport from the pier to Srithanu
  • Daily 2 coconuts and fruit
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

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.

KalariLAB Thailand Yoga Retreat Program

Meet at Namaste Yoga Farm in Srithanu at 16:00 on the afternoon of day 1 (Sunday) for an induction to the course and an orientation to the different locations you shall be working in. Adam from KalariLAB will also take you to where you shall be staying for the next 8 nights.

Classes will then begin on the morning of day 2 (Monday) at 07:00.

Daily morning and evening training in both Kalari yoga and Kalarippayat will give you the opportunity to practice and memorize the early postures and forms and you will soon see their effect on your body. You will gain flexibility and strength much faster than you would during many other yoga practices.

Daily theory sessions will begin to delve into the science of Nadi and Marma, the channels and vital points of the subtle body. In support of this a thorough scientific rationale will be given to validate these eastern ideas, explaining the neuromyofascial anatomy and the impact of Kalari training and treatment upon it.

Kalari Chikitsa treatment sessions will follow the traditional path of observing, receiving and then learning different techniques. Repeating them several times during the week until you feel competent to practice them yourself. This practical knowledge will be linked to the theory covered in the classroom sessions, ensuring you have a rounded and clear understanding of what the treatment is doing and why it is effective.

Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to receive full body massage treatment from an experienced Kalari Chikitsa therapist should you wish to experience the effects of the treatment yourself - this would be at an extra cost.

Typical daily schedule

  • 07:00-08:30 Morning Kalarippayat training at Namaste Yoga Farm
  • 09:30-10:00 Brunch provided by Namaste Yoga Farm
  • 10:00-11:30 Practical Kalari Chikitsa session at KalariLAB headquarter
  • 14:30-15.30 Theory session at KalariLAB Headquarter
  • 17:00-18:30 Evening training session in Kalari yoga at Namaste Yoga Farm

On day 9 (Monday), you shall then meet again with Adam at 09:00 at Namaste Yoga Farm for a final meal, discussion, presentation of certificates and to go through the training manual. If needed , transport can be provided to get you to the pier.

Notes

This rhythm is open to change as per the needs of participants.

You will follow the same rhythm for all days except day 5 (Thursday) which will be a day of full rest. This is necessary to allow the body to remain in good health.

Instructors

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.

Location

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

Features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Boating
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Gym
  • Golf course
  • Health Club
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking
  • Pilates
  • Reiki
  • Sailing
  • Sauna
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Stargazing
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • Trail running
  • Whale watching
  • Zip lining
  • Paragliding

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Mini bar
  • Multilingual staff
  • Night club
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Pet friendly
  • Patio

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Baby sitting
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Cell phone rental
  • Child care
  • Conference room
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair salon
  • Internet access
  • In-room dining
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Mosquito net
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Pet care / grooming
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks

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

  • 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)

Treatments

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. Please send KalariLAB an inquiry for more information.

Other activities

  • Acupuncture
  • Afternoon trip out to 'Koh Phangan Challenge' water assault course (for those interested)
  • Ayurvedic consultation
  • Cranial sacral therapy
  • Cupping
  • Cycling around the island
  • Dietician
  • Enjoy Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam
  • Evening at 'The Dome' Sauna (a real highlight of the island)
  • Evening excursions to watch sunset at various beaches along the west coast of the island
  • Evening trips to Zen beach to watch a magnificent sunset
  • Naturopath
  • Optional snorkeling trip to Mae Haad beach and Koh Ma Island on day 5
  • Osteopathy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Saturday trip to Tong Sala to see the night market
  • Scuba and / or free diving
  • Swimming, snorkeling, or just relaxing on the beach
  • Thai massage
  • Trips into town to the market or to look around the many shops
  • Walking on nature trails
  • Yoga therapy

What's included

  • Daily progressive training to suit your individual needs
  • Learn from a teacher with over 16 years experience in Kalarippayat
  • Learn the basics of Kalari yoga, Kalarippayat, and Kalari Chikitsa
  • Receive a scientific western rational to explain and support the teaching
  • 9 hours’ Kalarippayat training
  • 9 hours’ Kalari yoga training
  • 9 hours’ Kalari Chikitsa training
  • 6 hours’ Marma science and the neuro-myofascial web theory
  • 8 days’ breakfast
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Fruit and 2 coconuts a day for 7 days
  • Internationally recognized certificate on completion of the course
  • Photoshoot with one of the islands top photographers at the end of the week
  • Training manual of everything covered in the week
  • Transport from the pier to Srithanu (on arrival and departure)
  • 3 KalariLAB T-shirts

What's not included

  • Other meals besides brunch, coconuts, and fruit
  • Transportation during the week

How to get there

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 50% 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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Availability

This vacation is available until September 17, 2018 with arrival on the first and third Mondays of every month. Please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • September 18 - December 18, 2017
  • April 2 - September 17, 2018

 

High season
  • January 1 - March 19, 2018

 

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