Metta Retreat: loving kindness, yoga & thai vedic bodywork
Koh Samui, Thailand with Barbra Noh & Kimmana Nichols
31 Jan - 7 Feb 2015
Imagine yourself surrounded by azure seas and swaying coconut palms, while experiencing deep human connection and the loving kindness of Thailand.
Our Metta Retreat combines the brilliance of Anusara® yoga with the wisdom of Thai Vedic Bodywork and Ayurveda. It is designed to reawaken you to the natural source of bliss that flows when we embrace all parts of ourselves and loving kindness permeates all areas of our life. We will explore the deep connections between yoga and the Buddhist concept of Metta. The concept of ‘Metta’ (loving kindness) embraces not simply the fleeting and superficial experience of loving kindness towards oneself but the ability to emanate a true sense of loving kindness from the deep core of your being to all people and all things. Not just to feel it but to make it felt.
The unique method of Anusara® yoga provides a vibrant and highly therapeutic approach to the practice of yoga, utilising asana (physical postures) as a tool to transform not only the body, but also to create new attitudinal patterns and cultivate Metta as a quality to enhance our lives. Through experiential partner and group Thai Vedic Bodywork exercises and Ayurveda you will experience the art of wholeheartedness and find balance on and off the mat.
Each day will be a combination of meditation, philosophy, yoga and movement medicine, delicious healthy food, Ayurvedic wisdom, and playful group bodywork classes.
Barbra and Kimmana are highly experienced specialists in their respective fields and look forward to welcoming you to a week devoted to peace and bliss.
We will be staying at the beautiful eco-friendly yoga retreat centre Samahita located on the south coast of Koh Samui, right on the beach. Koh Samui is a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand that boasts long stretches of pristine beach and unspoiled land.Samahita is located in a quiet area off the beaten track, with plenty of privacy and comfort, in lush green surroundings, yet still close to markets and amenities. The retreat centre is directly on the beach, with many rooms that have ocean views. The island of Koh Samui has many attractions, including waterfalls and temples. In your free time you can relax at the swimming pool, detox in the steam room or meditate in the meditation garden. The swimming pool is right by the beach with plenty of sun beds. As it is a saltwater pool, it is as close to natural as possible and much gentler on eyes, hair, skin, and internal organs than chlorinated water. The steam room looks out to the beach and uses a combination of thirty Thai herbs, plants, and spices gathered locally on Samui. The meditation garden has a large bodhi tree and beautiful pond with large lotus flowers for you to enjoy. The luxurious guest rooms are set back 50 metres from the sea and are perfect for quiet contemplation and relaxation. The eco-friendly buildings make use of cross ventilation, natural light, rainwater harvesting, and solar power. Regardless of which room you stay in, the yoga shala, restaurant and lounge, swimming pool, and beach are only one minute away. WIFI is available in all rooms.
Barbra Noh is a certified Anusara® yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga for 15 years. Her classes are physically challenging, m entally stimulating, and emotionally uplifting. Her warmth, humour and love for yoga will inspire you to new heights. Originally from Australia, Barbra trained as a dancer in her hometown of Melbourne and worked for many years in European theatres. Now based in Germany, she leads teacher trainings at AIRYOGA Munich and travels internationally teaching workshops, trainings and retreats. Barbra is passionate about sharing the transformational techniques of yoga and supporting students in their quest to discover and live their full potential.
Kimmana is an experienced health advisor and educator who is sought after all over the world. He is passionate about unlocking peak human potential and spends his time absorbed in the pursuit and perfection of healing wisdom arts. Most of the year he works at the Sanctuary Health Retreat in Thailand, but he has also taught and practised in America, Australia, SE Asia and Europe. Kimmana holds a degree in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine, an Advanced Diploma in Ayurvedic Medicine from the University of Pune and is a qualified Yoga Therapy Instructor.
The first 6 registrations with a full payment before 1 September ’14 will receive a 1 hour Ayurvedic massage at Samahita.
Double Room Package: €1099 per person
Single Room Package: €1699 per person - SOLD OUT
NB: If you join the retreat as a single traveler but book a double room, we will do our best to arrange a (same gender) roommate to share the double room with you. In the unlikely event that this is not possible, the single room rate will apply.
The package includes:
* 7 nights’ accommodation in a double or single room * morning snack, lunch and dinner* 6 Meditation classes of 1 hour each* 12 Yoga classes of 1.5 - 2 hours each* 5 lectures of 1.5 hours each* airport pick up from Koh Samui airport to Samahita Retreat