Over the last 10 years of offering yoga in Chiang Mai, students of Wild Rose Yoga Studio have asked for word of mouth advice on where to do the best Meditation, Massage or yoga retreat in Chiang Mai. With so many choices in this vibrant Thai city full of health and wellness retreats, it can sometimes be hard to choose.
Here are just some of our top recommendations for upcoming meditation, massage and yoga retreats in Chiang Mai, Thailand based on their programs and the uniqueness of the resort, retreat center or studio location.
For more information, please contact the organizers directly.
Their information is listed below.
Ayurvedic Urban Immersion
An Ayurvedic Yoga Retreat
@Wild Rose Yoga Studio, Heart of Old City Chiang Mai, Thailand
Course II | Ayurvedic Principles in Motion, Sequencing with Ayurveda | Jan. 11th – 17th 2020
Course 1 6 days
Course 2 7 days
Doing an Urban Yoga Retreat in the Old City of Chiang Mai is for so many people the absolute best of the best. Find the exact place to stay within your budget and tastes, within the old city walls, with the perfect journey to the studio each morning – past your favourite cafe, juice bar, temple or morning market. Get a nearby temple massage during free time or search out the newest “foodie must”. The yoga studio will be dedicated to your workshop or training group and so you will have time to settle into this beautiful space where so many people play and practice yoga every day. You can join Wild Rose Yoga Studio for an Ayurvedic Training in January 2020.
Course I |Ayurvedic Foundations | Jan. 4th – 9th 2020
Mornings 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Afternoons 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Description Course I | Ayurvedic Foundations, Yoga Flow and Theory
Yoga offers a strong stable way to become more attuned through all expressions of movement and stillness, whether that be of the body or the contours of the mind. In a simplistic way, yoga teaches us the methods for perception and growth while Ayurveda teaches us how to perceive and then apply these technique for growth.
The first 6 days of this course will cover the tools – governed by Ayurvedic Principles – necessary to begin to see and interact with the world in an Ayurvedic way. Each morning will begin with a 90 minute Ayurvedic asana class. After our morning break, we will return to the yoga studio for discussion focusing on the relevant lecture for the day and the skillful application of ayurveda principles in our yoga practice and our life.
We will cover these topics:
● Samkhya ● Sattva/Rajas/Tamas ● 5 Vayus ● 5 Elements ● 3 Doshas ● 10 Senses and Sense Therapies ● 6 Tastes ● 7 Tissues ● Prana/Tejas/Ojas ● Ayurvedic Clock ● How Dosha Forms and Can Be Managed
Course II | Ayurvedic Principles in Motion, Sequencing with Ayurveda | Jan. 11th – 17th 2020
Mornings 7:30 am – 9:30 am Afternoons 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Description Course II | Ayurvedic Principles in Motion, Sequencing with Ayurveda
This program covers how to apply Ayurveda in practice – yoga and other healing modalities. Through the application of Course I, Ayurvedic Foundations, Yoga Flow and Theory, we are now able to see how these processes build and build upon each other. We can now apply methods of Ayurvedic Balance to mitigate the effects of imbalance as well as imbalance itself.
This portion of the training will be geared toward therapists and yoga teachers. It is also perfect for those who are serious practitioners/students of Yoga and bodywork who are looking to use concrete methods to perceive physical and psychological imbalances in themselves, as well as students and clients in order to create sequences or therapies to support.
Each morning we will begin with a 90 minute Ayurvedic Yoga Class. After our morning break we will discuss the themes presented in the morning’s asana class. We will review the Ayurvedic Philosophy and Science behind the day’s focus, and spend time in small groups. We will craft sequences (asana or therapeutic remedies ) to support the days focus. We will share and teach these sequences to the class and discuss what was supportive/unsupportive. By the end of the 6 days, course II, Ayurvedic Principles in Motion, Sequencing with Ayurveda we will complete the course with students presenting their understanding of ayurvedic sequencing to the class and discuss our understanding together as a group.
We will cover these topics:
Ego/Mind Development Brimhana/Langhana Chikista 10 senses and 10 sense therapies 10 Vessels Seasonal Sequencing Sequencing for Age/Stage of Life Sequencing for Doshic Balance Pranayama for Balance Pulse How to Perceive Balance/Imbalance How to Use 5 Tastes to Balance
Investment in Ayurveda and You:
Early Bird Price Single Course I, Nov. 25th 2019 : 8,000 B Price Single Course I after Nov. 25th 2019 : 9000 B
Early Bird Price Single Course II, Nov. 25th 2019: 9,000 B Price Single Course II after Nov. 25th 2019 : 10, 000 B
Early Bird Price Full Course, Nov. 25th 2019: 14,000 Price Full Course after Nov. 25th 2019 : 16,000 B
– 50% Non-refundable deposit is required to register, please pm for details.
Pa Pae Meditation Retreats Chiang Mai provides a quite, serene and authenticly Thai alternative to some of the busier Vipassana and Meditation Centers around Chiang Mai, at a very affordable rate – starting around 400 thb suggested per day for accommodations and meals. Their meditation retreats are ongoing throughout the year. Pa Pae is well known for their Middle Way Meditation approach and their easy and gentle demeanor when it comes to comfort and sitting in rigid postures for long periods of time – compared with other Vipassana Centers in Northern Thailand. Pa Pae is also known for their variety of meditation halls and sites in nature around the center to meditate.
Located in the scenic jungles on the way toPai, Pa Pae Meditation Retreat Center is a easy stop off when going or coming from the Pai area. It is also just close enough to the Chiang Mai, about an hour and a half, as to feel easily accessible and yet removed from the city enough to see, feel and experience the real village life of Thailand’s countryside.
7 Day Transformative Yoga Retreat
@ Chiang Dao Mountain, Chiang Dao Nest, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Yoga for Every Body: A Transformative 7-Day Retreat
January 13-19, 2020
Join Gernot’s yoga retreat intensive in the mountains of Northern Thailand and learn how to make your yoga practice smarter than your habits. Learn how to honor limits you can’t change, how to intelligently address limitations that you can, and how to know the difference. But most importantly, learn how to generate joy in your yoga practice regardless of your limitations, to make your practice as beneficial as it can be.
Gernot Huber has been teaching yoga full time for over 10 years, and practicing yoga for over 20.
Location: The Chiang Dao Nest 1, Chiang Mai, Thailand
The Chiang Dao Nest is a boutique eco resort shaded by majestic old-growth dipterocarp trees at the foot of stunning Chiang Dao Mountain in Chiang Mai Thailand. The Nest has two restaurants that feature some of the best food in Northern Thailand. The resort is 75km north of Chiang Mai and has been a favorite getaway in Northern Thailand for the last 10 years. Enjoy nature walks, excellent birding, sacred caves and local temples all within walking distance of the resort.
Each day Gernot will lead a yoga asana practice from 9:30 to 12:30, and a meditation and pranayamapractice from 15:30 to 17:30. This schedule allows for in-depth yoga explorations, but leaves plenty of time to explore the local hiking trails, temples, villages, caves, and hot springs. You can, of course, also simply relax by the pool and make friends with like-minded yogis in the midst of stunning tropical mountain scenery.
On the fourth afternoon of the retreat the group will take a trip to a beautiful local hot spring. This excursion is included in the price of the retreat.
Dynamic Elastic Band Yoga is a fun and creative way to inspires your body to move and stretch more dynamically and effectively, supporting you to go deeper into your yoga postures and understanding of yoga asana.
Dynamic Elastic Band Yoga works through tensegrity and resistance of the body tissues. It helps you to improve body function and stimulates the body and brain connection.
By integrating Dynamic Elastic Band Yoga into your yoga practice you will learn to move and stretch the body in new ways. This enhancing method improves body coordination and balance.
In this 4 Day Elastic Band Yoga Series, we will explore tensegrity in our body, from skin to muscle, to connective tissues, tendons and bones. By exploring this connective chain, we deepen our connect with our body and the ways in which we express our yoga postures.
Join us as we explore the 6 Directions: (forward bend, backbend, lateral bend, compression, extension, and twist), in the basic foundation of our movement with Dynamic Elastic Band Yoga from the simplest to the most complex yoga expression.
This is a two week residential training with the legendary Partner Acrobatics team – and a unique opportunity for participants to create their own personal ACRO adventure.
During this training, special emphasis is placed on accommodation multiple levels of participants. As such there are two programs running at the same time. One Intensive and the other Advanced Intensive .
However, the the Advanced Class offerings have specific, seperate pre-requisites for those participants.
Bring your current challenges, learn all the tricks you’ve been wishing you could do, and know that it will all take place in a supportive community full of lightness, laughter, and general shenanigans.
No partner necessary, however if you expect to be training with someone of a particular level they recommend you bring that partner.
In this Partner Acrobatics program they cover many different acrobatic disciplines including: standing acrobatics, handstand training, washing machines, trio tricks, Icarian games, just to name a few.
This physical intensity is balanced out with their therapeutic sessions, which aim to heal and restore the body.
This program will give you the chance to refine your Acro skills and to have loads of fun.
For more information on how to join the Partner Acrobatics team on this retreat or to explore more about the teachers and program – visit their website. PARTNER ACROBATICS
Moving From Within| Embodiment & Bodywork Immersion | July 2nd – 11th 2020 10 Nights
with Daphne Chua
Mala Dhara Yoga Retreat Center, Eco Resort & Organic Farm is one of a kind in northern Thailand, with annual organic rice harvests, traditional Thai steam nights, saltwater pool, vegan restaurant and adobe earthen villas all surrounded by iconic views of the rice fields and mountains – it is easy to fall in love. Ploy Issara, the owner and designer is a yogi, vegan and farmer with a love and passion for life and its’ spiritual pursuits.
Join Daphne Chua as she moves from within to “uncover the subtle mind body mapping, bringing to our consciousness the way we inhabit in our environment, and how we respond to elements and people around us.”
Daphne Chua is an acomplished E-RYT 500 Hour yoga teacher and bodyworker steeped in a multi-disiplinary approach including traditional Thai Yoga massage, Cranial Sacral, Chi Nei Tsang, Reiki, Tai Chi and Yoga Therapy.
This retreat is a wonderful opportunity for anyone in Chiang Mai during this time to join Daphne Chua on this journey.
The history of Traditional Thai Medicine begins with the land known today as Thailand, previously known as Siam.
The origin of every traditional medicine system starts with the land and its environment- Nature.
What makes traditional systems of medicine around the world different and unique is the fact that the land, climate, plants and diseases are different and unique all around the globe.
The ancient kingdom of Siam ( nowadays Thailand), bordered south by Malaysia, West by Burma, East by Cambodia, North by Lao and right in the center of the trading route between China and India exposed the territory to many influences.
Predominantly a Buddhist culture, the primary figurehead in traditional Thai medicine is the Buddha as he is viewed as the the ultimate physician and Dhamma ( his teachings) the ultimate healing tool to eradicate suffering. So Thai Medicine is inherently Buddhist Medicine.
Thai Massage is part of one of the five branches that make Traditional Thai Medicine.
These branches are:
Internal Medicine ( herbology )
External Medicine ( Reusi Dat Ton, Thai Massage, Acupressure, Tok Sen, Scraping, medicated oils, herbal compresses, balms, liniments….)
These branches are weaved together by Buddhist principles and Five Element theory creating a unique, comprehensive system of healing wisdom.
As a natural medicine, it uses the Five Element theory to understand individuality and diagnose imbalances. As a spiritual practice it incorporates the Buddhist principles of Vipassana (mindfulness) and the Four Brahamaviharas (Divine states of Mind)- Metta, Karuna, Mudita, Uppekha (loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity).
Powerful stretches and deep acupressure are applied carefully along as a fluid meditative dance creating a relaxed supported body work that allows a profound sense of space and relaxation, bringing opposites (yin/yang, solar/lunar , masculine/feminine) into union.
Join us for a 10 day tour in Northern Thailand, exploring the Heart of Thai Massage and Traditional Thai Medicine, conscious touch, non-verbal communication, meditation , prayer, ritual, mantras, Reusi Dat Ton ( Thai Yoga) and more.
Meet local healers, spirit doctors, Buddhist teachers and masters!
An unforgettable journey into traditional timeless wisdom.
Thai Medicine Tour Schedule:
5 days at Chiang Mai Mala Dhara Yoga Retreat Center & Eco Resort.
Accommodation and 3 vegan meals a day included.
Learn the foundation of Thai Massage in the context of Thai Healing Arts. Understanding its origins and evolution this course presents the theory behind the practice.
. History and origin of Thai Massage
. Thai Element Theory
. Condensation/Dissipation concept
. The Four Bhramaviharas
. Principles of touch
. Movement Meditation
. Reusi Dat Ton ( Thai Yoga)
5 days exploring the area of Chiang Mai, Doi Saket and Chiang Dao and visiting local healers, Reusi (shamans), teachers, temples and power spots.