Balance

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Dates: 16-22 November, 2018

Location: Faasai Resort & Spa, Chanthaburi, Thailand

$850USD: Single all-inclusive in private en-suite bungalow/villa accommodation.

$750USD: Shared all-inclusive in en-suite bungalow/villa accommodation. (Book with a friend or partner).

THE INTENTION

Who says a yoga retreat has to be serious? That hard work shouldn’t be rewarded with a little bit of celebration? After all, don’t we all feel a little more free to be our authentic selves when harmonizing wellness with some of life’s most satisfying indulgences?

Join us for a 7 day all-inclusive yoga and meditation retreat at Faasai Resort and Spa in beautiful Chanthaburi, Thailand. Practice yoga at sunrise, meditate at sunset, connect with nature, surround yourself with an inspiring community of people, eat delicious Thai vegetarian cuisine, drink ice cold beer on the beach, laugh often, and (most importantly) rediscover your happy place.

Discover a place of perfect equilibrium between yin and yang, strength and surrender, work and play.

THE LOCATION

Balance Retreat is held at Faasai Resort and Spa off the beaten tourist trail in Chanthaburi, Thailand. Faasai Resort and Spa is an eco-resort, committed to preserving the environment and supporting the local community. Their values are grace, harmony and beauty, creating a perfect space for a week of yoga, meditation, cultural immersion and introspection. Faasai aims to honour the natural environment and have a harmonious relationship with the land and all living beings. We want our guests to experience authentic Thailand and to feel as honoured friends and members of our family.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Faasai Resort and Spa has 14 beautiful rooms decorated in traditional Thai style, with all the western luxuries your little heart desires. From individual ensuite bungalows on stilts with a private balcony, to private rooms in large villas with a view over the resort, you will be very comfortable. All rooms include air conditioning, hot showers, a fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, outdoor seating area and plenty of space for quiet time.

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SURROUNDING AREA

Kung Wiman area is a paradise for nature lovers with bush walks, swimming, snorkeling, and gentle rolling hills, ideal for running or cycling, with views of the sea, rubber plantations, salt farms, markets, orchards and fishing villages.

You will have plenty of opportunity to explore the seaside village of Kung Wiman on foot or by bicycle. We picnic on the beach, cycle to viewpoints and through the fisherman’s village, and cycle to Chao Lao Beach on one of our excursions. We also visit local markets so you can immerse yourself in small-town Thai culture and purchase any goodies to take home with you.

The nearby Cardamom mountains, named after the cardamom trees which grow there, make up Southeast Asia’s last great wilderness.

THE CUISINE

The food on our Balance Retreat is all prepared with love by our Thai chef Sura. She prepares hearty Thai vegetarian meals, so you can be sure you will sample the best of traditional Thai food. Post-yoga brunch is a buffet affair, with something different every day – pancakes, omelettes, veggie scramble, Pad Se Ew thick noodles with vegetables, fresh seasonal fruits, strong coffee, herbal teas, fresh juice, cereal and toast with a variety of spreads. In the middle of the day we provide fresh fruit smoothies and a snack (depending on what is in season) and for dinner we have sit-down family-style meal, with an assortment of Thai favourites on the menu. All ingredients are sourced either from Faasai’s organic gardens or farm, or from local suppliers, wherever possible.

We can accommodate any dietary requirements with advance notice.

Despite many people’s fears that a vegetarian diet won’t fill them up – we’ve never had anyone go hungry. Sura loves to feed us!

THE YOGA

Yay for yoga! We will practice yoga twice daily on retreat. The morning practices last for approximately 90 minutes and are a more dynamic, active practice, focussing on vinyasa and hatha styles. The evening practices are more restorative, gentle sessions incorporating longer holds, pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation. We make sure each class is accessible to beginners. We aim to teach to the middle line and offer adjustments/modifications for people new to yoga or people who have been practicing for some time and would like a little challenge. It doesn’t matter if you think you aren’t flexible or strong enough – this yoga is for everybody, and every body.

THE TRANSFORMATION

All about that balance, baby. This week is devoted to you and your precious self, to reshuffle your priorities, putting yourself at the top of your list. Each day on retreat we offer a theme and a journal prompt in alignment with that theme to dig a little deeper into your yoga practice, on and off the mat. (We provide you with a beautiful journal on arrival). The daily theme aligns with that days activity, and provides a structure for your transformation and growth throughout the retreat.

Surrender – Gratitude – Playfulness & Creativity – Connection – Self Love (A Day of Silence) – Renewal  

 

SAMPLE SCHEDULE: PLAYFULNESS & CREATIVITY

“Always believe something wonderful is about to happen”

7am – Rise & Shine Poolside Yoga Practice, Journal Writing

9am – Wholesome Brunch

10am – Group visit to local food and clothing markets

3pm – Thai Cooking Class

5pm – Evening Yin Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation

7pm – Family Dinner

Evening Activity – Dance Meditation

Sleep in your cosy bungalow ❤

“Can’t recommend this retreat enough! Rosie and Natasha are such wonderful teachers and their love and passion for yoga and life is totally infectious! A really well designed retreat with a great balance of yoga, self enquiry and local experiences. Thank you ladies, for a wonderful and transformative experience!” – Naomi, UK

THE PACKAGE

A revitalising, restorative 7 day yoga retreat at Faasai Eco Resort and Spa, Chanthaburi, Thailand

  • Daily morning yoga sessions: an energising fusion of Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga styles
  • Evening restorative yoga/ yoga nidra/ meditation/pranayama for relaxing and restoring vitality
  • Daily journal prompts to dig deeper into your yoga practice
  • Welcome W&H Goodie Bag
  • Trip to local markets to sample delicious local foods, try out your bargaining skills and immerse yourself in local culture
  • Day trip to Chao Lao Beach
  • Sunrise Sun Salutations at seaside viewpoint
  • Walking meditation on Sunrise Hill
  • 2 wholesome farm-to-table vegetarian meals daily (brunch and dinner)
  • Midday smoothie & snack
  • Private or shared accommodation in luxury thai-style bungalow/villa room with private bathroom and air conditioning
  • Free water, tea, coffee and seasonal fruit all day
  • Transfer from Chanthaburi to the Retreat
  • Bicycles to explore
  • Swimming Pool
  • Organic Garden Tour & Self-Sufficiency Talk with Bronwen Evans
  • Beginners and experienced yoga practitioners welcome

NOT INCLUDING

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Thai/ Sports Massage
  • One-on-one yoga (private lessons)
  • Individual purchases on excursions

“This retreat showed me there is more to yoga than just physical practice. Over the course of the retreat Rosie and Natasha opened my eyes to the power of meditation, self awareness and self love. The retreat brings together amazing people (of all abilities yoga-wise) who continually inspire and assist you in reaching your personal goals. The location was beautiful with the kindest staff you’ll ever meet! If you are ever thinking about going on a yoga retreat with incredible teachers and people, make sure it is this one – I’m sure this retreat wont be my last with Whole and Happy” – Gracie, UK

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