8-Day Awakening the Chakras Yoga + Meditation Retreat
- Mala Dhara Eco Resort
- Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Dec 29, 2017 - Jan 5, 2018 (8 days)
- $1499 - $1899
>>> THE INTENTION <<<
>> Explore the chakra system through a beginners' lens. <<
>> Go deep with group-based discussions & workshops. <<
>> See where Eastern philosophy meets Western knowledge. <<
>> Find your flow with fluid meditation & movement classes. <<
>> Tap into the ancient wisdom of your body. <<
>> Immerse yourself in the local culture of Northern Thailand. <<
>> Celebrate the New Year with your new tribe. <<
THE SEVENFOLD JOURNEY
The chakra system is the rainbow bridge that takes us on a journey through and to our selves. Each chakra is like a stepping stone, and with each step we gain a greater understanding of our bodies, health, psychology, relationships, personalities, emotions, past and connection to the divine. Though many study the chakras through a Kundalini lens, we will take a step back and look at the chakras through many lenses, steeped in science, psychology, tantra & hatha yoga, anatomy and philosophy.
Each day will lead us to a new chakra, and each day will look different. We'll incorporate asanas, meditations, visualizations, psychology, philosophy, anatomy, mantras, mudras, stories and other activities to fully immerse ourselves and develop a deeper understanding of this ancient system.
We'll also be looking at the "health" of each of your chakras - considering the physical attributes, qualities, imbalances and balances. We hope that by the end of the retreat, you'll have a good idea of which chakras are balanced and imbalanced, and that will provide you with some invaluable insight into your own transformation.
The chakra system is one that I've personally used for my own healing, and it's my favorite type of yoga to teach. I look forward to journeying through this rainbow bridge with you this New Years!
Dive into a different chakra each day...
Day 1: Root Chakra
Ground into your body and explore your ancestral roots with a group sauna, fire and drum circle.
Day 2: Sacral Chakra
Explore the water element while soaking in sacred hot springs. Celebrate the New Year with an ecstatic DJ dance party.
Day 3: Solar Plexus Chakra
Invite transformation into your life as you welcome 2018 in with a sunrise yoga session & intention setting workshop.
Day 4: Heart Chakra
Learn the art of love, gratitude and compassion through interacting with gentle giants at a sustainable Elephant Sanctuary.
Day 5: Throat Chakra
Purify and open the throat center through song with a beautiful evening Kirtan & Cacao Ceremony.
Day 6: Third Eye Chakra
Invoke ancient wisdom through exploring Chiang Mai's beautiful temples & channel it with a group art collaboration.
Day 7: Crown Chakra
Come together and understand unity on a whole new level through a fun, connective partner yoga workshop.
ECO-LIVING MEETS LUXURY
Mala Dhara Eco Resort is the perfect balance of off-the-grid and luxury. Set amongst idyllic rice fields and mountains, the resort includes an organic vegetarian/vegan restaurant, an organic farm, Himalayan salt water pool, natural clay Herbal Steam, two gorgeous yoga studios, and a variety of absolutely stunning luxury villas. Time spent at Mala Dhara almost always includes serenity, gorgeous sunsets, relaxation, connection to nature, and if you're lucky, an encounter with the center's own mystical water buffalo, Jai Dee :)
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TRIP?
- 8 day/7 night stay at one of Thailand's most beautiful eco resorts
- Daily vin/yin yoga and meditation classes tailored to each chakra
- All meals served at Mala Dhara (not including meals eaten out)
- Group transportation to/from Chiang Mai airport
- Transportation & entrance fees for all day trips & activities including the elephant sanctuary, temples & hot springs
- All group activities including the herbal steam, ecstatic dance party, cacao ceremony, intention setting workshop and art night
- 1 traditional Thai massage
- Unlimited pure drinking water at the center
- Use of the Himalayan salt pool, the fire pit, and musical instruments
- Complimentary wireless internet access at public areas
- Flight (estimated flight cost is $700 - 900)
- Transportation to your designated U.S. airport
- Any transport to/from the airport outside of our scheduled transport times
- Additional activities or souvenir purchases
- Meals, snacks and water consumed outside of Mala Dhara
- Immunizations (Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended)
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended but not required)
RECOMMENDED ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
- Chakra-Based Reiki Healing session with Krystal ($30/1,000 THB for 1 hour)
- 1-on-1 healing Cacao ceremony & guided meditation with Krystal ($25 for 1 hour)
- Additional Thai massage service (~$10) or oil massage (~$20)
- Rent a bicycle for 50 Thai Baht (~$1.50 USD) per day
- Rent a motorbike and explore surrounding areas for 150 Thai Baht (~$5 USD) per day
GETTING HERE & AWAY
Arrival time: Plan to land in Chiang Mai on Thursday, December 29th between 12pm and 4pm (the earlier the better!)
Departure time: Plan to fly out on Friday, January 5th anytime after 1pm (please no earlier than 1pm!)
The recommended route to Chiang Mai
1) Fly from your designated US city to Bangkok (the cheapest route, although some may choose to fly direct to Chiang Mai).
2) From Bangkok, take a domestic flight (about 1 hour) to Chiang Mai via Air Asia, Thai Airways, Nok Air, Lion Air, Bangkok Airways or Thai Smile.
3) Once in Chiang Mai, you'll find a driver with a sign that says "East West Retreats".
4) Group transportation will be provided to Mala Dhara (around 1 hour away).
Ps. Don't like planning travel? We can book your entire journey for you for a fee of $50 USD. Email us for further details.
Transport to/from the airport
- Arrival: We will provide shared transportation from the Chiang Mai Airport to Mala Dhara. The first car will depart at 12pm, and the last will depart at 4pm. Please note that since transport is shared, this may mean a short wait time for you after your arrival, but no more than a few hours.
- Departure: We will leave Mala Dhara as a group on Friday, January 5th at 11am. Please try and schedule your flights at least 2 hours after this time.
*****Please note: Should you arrive or depart outside of these time slots, we are still happy to help but the cost of transport will not be included.*******
ABOUT CHIANG MAI
Ahhhh, Chiang Mai. Ranked by Travel and Leisure magazine as Asia's #1 city and #3 on a list of the world's best cities, Chiang Mai as a lot more to offer than meets the eye. I remember my first time stepping foot in this magical city in 2013. It was sunrise, and I got to witness the beautiful exchange of blessings for food between three monks and a family of locals. Ever since the fateful morning, thie city has captured my heart, which is why I now call it my home.
Located in the mountains of Northern Thailand, it is a city of many faces and sides. On one corner you may find hundreds of street stalls serving up pad thai in a bustling night market, and on another corner you might find a peaceful Buddhist temple with the sound of divine mantras humming from its windows. Hop on a motorbike and drive any direction in Chiang Mai for 20 minutes and you'll end up amongst mountains, waterfalls, endless ricefields; or if you're lucky, all three.
Chiang Mai also has an internationally recognized digital nomad and artist community, so you'll never get bored with the countless workshops, festivals, events and coffee shops around. And the food? Oh, don't even get me started. It's population of Jai restaurants make it vegetarian and vegan heaven. And if you are a carnivore, don't forget to try the region's most famous dish, Khao Soi, that is hard to find outside of this magic city.
Chiang Mai has enough going on to keep you on your toes, but enough space for you to sit on a peaceful lake and contemplate your existence. As the cultural capital of Thailand and quieter alternative to Bangkok, it's a beautiful mix of temples and tempura, monks and motorbikes, mountains and markets. Don't stay too long in this city, or you might just end up cancelling your departing plane ticket. Trust me, it's what I did! I look forward to introducing my favorite city in the world to you on this retreat!
Got a question? Here are answers to your most frequently asked questions about your upcoming retreat!
How do I book the retreat?
In order to reserve your spot, you'll need to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit. Your spot will not be officially confirmed until you pay your deposit, due within 7 days of your booking. Once you pay your deposit, you can choose to pay for the retreat in full, or consider a payment plan (see below). All payments for the retreat are due 30 days before departure.
What payment plans are available?
Typically, we'll split the cost of the retreat into 4 manageable payments for you. All payments will be due 30 days before your retreat departure.
What date should I book my outbound flight for?
The retreat will officially begin on the evening of December 29th so plan to book your flight out of your home country into Bangkok or Chiang Mai for the evening of December 27th and then another flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on the morning of December 29th. This may mean spending an evening in Bangkok, but if you need help finding the right timings, let us know! Please plan to arrive in Chiang Mai no later than 4pm on December 29th. Please note that while all international flights fly into Suvarnabhumi Airport, some domestic flights to Chiang Mai may depart from another airport (Don Mueang International Airport). Please check your tickets to avoid any hiccups in your travel!
What date should I book my return flight for?
The retreat will officially end the morning of January 5th at 11am, so please book your flight at least 2 hours ahead of that time. Be careful and make sure you leave enough time for yourself between your flight from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Please note that while all international flights fly out of Suvarnabhumi Airport, some domestic flights from Chiang Mai may depart from another airport (Don Mueang International Airport). Please check your tickets to avoid any hiccups in your travel!
What airport do I fly into?
To get to Chiang Mai, you can book a direct flight from your designated US city, or for a cheaper option, fly into Bangkok, and then book a domestic flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai via Air Asia, Thai Airways, Nok Air, Lion Air, Bangkok Airways or Thai Smile.
How do I get to the retreat center?
When you arrive at the Chiang Mai airport, our staff will be waiting with a sign that has "East West Retreats" on it and we'll make our way to the retreat center together. The Chiang Mai airport is around 1 hour from the retreat center, so only a short drive away via taxi or shuttle.
How much will the flight cost me?
Typically, a flight into Bangkok will cost around $700 - $1,200, depending on the size of the airport you fly out of. We recommend flying out of a huge hub airport (ie. Houston, Chicago) to save an incredible amount of money. We have never paid more than $900 for a flight to Thailand, so keep your eyes peeled for great prices. For your flight from Bangkok or Chiang Mai, it will only cost you around $30 (for real!). Also, don't forget about trip insurance, which is usually around $49 per person.
How far in advance should I book my flight?
We recommend booking a flight 3-4 months in advance, although you can find cheap prices until around 60 days before departure. Booking on weekdays helps lower the prices as well. Once you book your flight, please email us your itinerary so we know when to expect you!
Do I need a visa to travel to Thailand?
If you are a U.S. citizen tourist staying in Thailand for fewer than 30 days, you do not require a visa to enter the country, but your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your entry into Thailand.
Should I purchase trip insurance?
Trip insurance is highly recommended. Insurance usually provides coverage for trip cancellation, travel delays, lost luggage, medical emergencies and more. Thankfully, trip insurance can be purchased with your flight for typically around $49 or less. To find the cheapest travel insurance, check out this article.
Do I need to get vaccinated before traveling to Thailand?
It isn't required by law to enter Thailand, but we highly recommend playing it safe when travelling. The Center for Disease Control recommends all travelers get Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations. My personal opinion is to only get Hep A, as Typhoid is a bacterial infection and can be treated with antibiotics.
Most insurance agencies won't cover them, but here are some affordable options:
Google "cheap hepatitis a vaccine" and see if any government agencies in your state offer free or affordable Hep A. For example, this Austin-based website has tons of clinics listed, so check them out. I paid around $30 for mine.
Walgreens does Typhoid vaccinations for only $90 with no appointment required.
PLEASE NOTE that most clinics the CDC lists on their website will charge you an outrageous amount of money for these vaccines. You CAN find them much cheaper by using the resources listed above or finding them on your own.
What's the weather like in Chiang Mai in December?
The cool season lasts from early December to February and is the most popular time to visit Chiang Mai, weather-wise. During the day the temperatures max out at a pleasant 30°C (86°F) but bring a jacket or sweatshirt because the temperature drops rapidly after sunset, sometimes to as low as 10°C (50°F).
What kind of yoga will we be practicing?
We'll be mainly practicing a Vin/Yin flow, which tends to be a slower, more mindful pace. Almost like yin and yang, Yin/Vin is a 50/50 combination of vinyasa and restorative yin yoga. Half the class will be active and energetic, focusing on sun salutations and strengthening poses, while the other half will be done primarily on the floor with the use of props and blankets. The joined practice of Vinyasa and Yin yoga invites students to restore their energy, strengthen the body and immune system, nourish the fluids in the joints, encourage organ health, promote deeper sleep, and calm the mind. The yin and yang qualities of the classes will help students find a healthy balance in their fast paced, busy lives. Please note, if you are looking for a power yoga retreat where you'll be sweating bullets after doing 15 sun salutations, this is not the retreat for you.
How long will we be doing yoga and meditating, anyways?
Because we are combining yoga and adventure in our retreat, we will be containing our yoga practice into one solid 2-hour practice first thing in the morning, along with a 15-30 minute meditation practice. Our evenings will be spent doing group discussions, activities, connective exercises and simply relaxing, so please be prepared to connect with those around you in a deep and authentic way.
What if I'm new to yoga?
New to yoga? This is the perfect place to start your practice! We'd be delighted to have you, and will take care and make sure your alignment is creating a safe practice for you. And don't worry if you've never heard of a chakra before, because we'll be learning about them from a beginner's lens!
I'm an introvert and don't like group exercises. Is this retreat for me?
If you're an introvert, this may not be the right space for you. Our retreats are very community-oriented, and we'll be spending a lot of time together. In every single retreat we've ever hosted, we often leave feeling like family.
What happens if something emotional comes up for me on the retreat?
Our number one concern for all retreats we hold is to offer a safe space for you to be completely vulnerable and 100% authentically you. We invite you to embrace the shadows and discomfort that might come up, and will be there with you through the journey to hold loving space for you. Remember, the more you put into this retreat, the more you'll get out.
What if I want to travel after the retreat?
This is a great idea! Glad you asked - because traveling in Thailand is very cheap and easy! We recommend checking out Chiang Mai close by, or maybe heading to the islands for some fun in the sun! If you're interested in traveling but don't want to plan, we offer trip planning starting at $100 USD, where we'll book your accomodations, transportation, activities, and give you places of interest to check out!
What kind of vibe should I expect on this retreat?
This retreat is going to be holding space for some deep inner work, so come prepared to be vulnerable and do some serious connecting with those around you. To balance the depth, you'll also find yourself feeling light and giddy on our daily adventures, checking out the local culture around us. Generally those who do best at our retreats aren't afraid to go deep, love mindful movement, want to connect with others around them, don't mind a surprise adventure, are flexible, and love the idea of community.
Is the deposit for this retreat refundable?
At this time, all deposits paid towards our retreats are non-refundable. However, we will gladly transfer the credit to you or a guest for a future retreat.
What is your refund policy?
Please see our full Policies page here for complete details on our refund policy. Generally, any cancellations made 60 days or more before a retreat are 100% refundable, and any cancellations made less than 30 days before are not eligible for any refund.