THE HEART OF PRACTICEA Yoga Immersion in Chiang Mai Thailand
15th -21st November 2020
THE TIME AND SPACE TO LISTEN TO YOUR HEARTS DEEPEST LONGING
A distraction free week of yoga and meditation practice. Thoughtfully curated to create space, cultivate calm and enjoy the natural beauty of the Mala Dhara landscape.
Date: Sunday 15th – Saturday 21st November 2020
Venue: Mala Dhara Eco Resort in Chiang Mai Thailand
INVESTMENT: $1600 double/twin share OR $2020 private room early-bird price (paid in full by 15th July) OR $1800 double/twin share and $2220 private room full price
$500 Deposit is required to reserve your spot and your account must be paid in full by 30th September.
Teachers: Kelly Ryan
Often due to the demands of our everyday life, we rarely (if ever) get the opportunity to experience the quiet truth of our own essence nature. The world can be a wonderful place, yet it is also loud and full of distractions. How often do you get the chance to sit in a place of the quiet witness that allows your deepest intuition and ancient sense of knowing to rise up and inform your conscious choices?
This is the promise of yoga. Whilst the studio environment provides a wonderful community space to tend this inner journey – it only allows us to go so deep before the distractions and sensory overload of daily life in our modern world call us back.
Do you even remember what it feels like… To drop all of the labels and the responsibilities that go with them? To sit sweetly and gently with yourself? To nurture yourself and cultivate strength and peace from the inside out – without the distractions of your every day life?
TEND TO YOUR TRUTH | LISTEN GENTLYYoga is a way of moving into stillness to experience the truth of who you are...
Imagine having a whole week to gently and wholeheartedly witness yourself through the practice of yoga. To explore the depths of practice without having to return home to the responsibilities of life each evening. To be surrounded by natural beauty, nurtured by freshly prepared organic vegetarian meals, swim in a saltwater pool and repose in the sweetness of your own being.
REST AND DIGEST: When we allow our bodies to rest, we more efficiently digest and integrate the nutrients from our food. The practice is no different. The retreat environment provides an extended period to rest at the deepest level (mind, body and soul). This provides rich ground for a deeper experience of connection to our own authenticity and wisdom. From this rested and relaxed state we are able to fully digest, integrate and embody this connection so that it is something that inspires and replenishes our day to day life upon our return to “the real world”.
- Twin share / Double bed accommodation (Private rooms available for an extra $420)
- Transfers to and from the airport
- Three meals a day. Delicious organic vegetarian meals made with fresh colourful produce from local organic farms and the venue’s own organic Farm.
- Daily sessions of yoga, meditation and philosophy/life application.
- One in-house oil massage
- Entry and transfers to and from Sippa Hot Springs
- Vegetarian Cooking Class
- Local caves and Ridge top hike
- Herbal steam and fire body scrub night
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
What will the yoga practice be like? The yoga practices will be varied. The mornings will be a dynamic workshop style asana practice where we will have the time to get a little playful and really explore the Anusara principals of alignment and apply them. Plenty of options and support will be provided, so whilst we will challenge ourselves physically that may look quite different for each of the participants. The afternoons will be spent exploring philosophy and the more subtle aspects of practice such as pranayama, kriya practice and meditation as well as looking at ways we can practically apply our practice to our every day lives.
Who is this yoga retreat for? This retreat is for people who have a regular yoga practice, wether it is at home or in the studio (ours or somewhere else). it is not for absolute beginners and it is not for people who only practice sporadically. Don’t worry, this does not mean you need to be able to do fancy or complicated postures – just that you are accustomed to regular practice. A student who attends our Basics class once a week (or an equivalent practice elsewhere) is the perfect candidate for this retreat!
How much free time will we have? We have structured the retreat in order to receive a really immersive yoga experience with enough free time to rest, journal, nap, play and explore the natural beauty around us. Most afternoons will have a yoga component with a few free for local cultural excursions to Sippa Hot Springs and a bush hike. We recommend that you prioritise truly resting and doing things that bring you a deep sense of joy and contentment in your free time.
If I would like to extend my trip to explore Thailand – when should I do that? We recommend that you do any travel, sightseeing, shopping etc. prior to the retreat. This way it won’t undo the effects of the retreat and you will return home feeling fresh from the retreat experience.
Mala Dhara is a beautiful eco resort set amongst the rice fields of Chiang Mai. The residences are hobbit style villas providing twin share or double bed accommodation. We will have two beautiful yoga shalas to choose from for our daily practice, one enclosed and one open air set into the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Students will have access to the a number of magical little lounging nooks set throughout the property as well as the stunning salt water pool.
The Mala Dhara menu changes with the seasons, the harvests and the creative juices flowing through the kitchen. The chefs prepare inspiring vegetarian meals that stand on their own jump off the plate, vie for your attention and delight your senses! Expect colourful dishes made with fresh, local organic produce. The best part? Our retreat includes a vegetarian cooking class so you can take a little piece of your retreat food experience home!
ABOUT YOUR TEACHER
Kelly practices and teaches yoga for the seemingly magic way it manages to align her with a fuller, richer and more vibrant way of being in the world. Through a dynamic hatha yoga practice, as well as meditation, mantra & pranayama – she aims to help her students feel more aligned with their own sense of potency and purpose.
Kelly is hatha and vinyasa trained, has been practicing yoga regularly for over 14 years, teaching for 6 and studied with inspirational teachers both locally and oversees. Her teachers have included Nicole Walsh of InYoga and Noah Maze and she passionately teaches alignment based hatha through the tantric lineage.