Raw Essence Retreat

About This Center

A woman is highly-attuned and deeply receptive.

 She requires deep and sensual nourishment to exist in the relaxed state that enables her body, mind and spirit to move with ease through the cycles of her life. 

The fast-paced modern world can obstruct her connection to the natural rhythms within – there is simply too much to do and too much to be.

 When the messages of her body are ignored, the connection to the wellspring of power within her is severed. 

 Our retreat does not promise to awaken the Goddess within you. 

 We know a woman is much more than a Goddess; she is flesh, blood, spirit and bone; she is the moon, the sea, the flowers and the earth. There is nothing she is not and nothing she cannot be. 

 Our embodiment retreat calls her back to the knowing within; back to her natural feminine state of deep peace, joy, integrated shadow, balanced energy, creativity, security, orgasmic connection and inner-knowing. 

 It is from this place of embodiment that her gifts flow freely. 

Through 10 days of yoga, meditation, ceremony, breath work and sacred feminine practices, a diet of delicious vegan and vegetarian food, in a secluded retreat space on the paradise island of Koh Phangan, we guide women back home to these gifts… back to their Raw Essence. 

Barbara Galdos ​ "Marta practices yoga as a dance. The way she links postures is like a choreography full of consciousness. I have been practising Vinyasa Yoga regularly with her for over a year. Her calm energy and the depth of her words inspire me every time I attend her classes. Each yoga session she offers is spontaneous, lively and changing. She challenges automatisms, inviting her students to come closer to full consciousness every day. However, she also knows how to remind us that nothing is to be expected, because all the things we are looking for are already inside ourselves. Listening to the bodies of her students, she knows how to adapt the postures to everyone's possibilities. Marta lives in the present, and through yoga she shares with her students her ability to seize each and every moment." Romina Galiano “If I could describe my experience in Marta's classes I would say: self-exploration, awareness and creativity. I found my experience as her student very enriching. Each encounter seems different, as if it was the first time, always full of creativity and fluidity, but also with a very traditional, strong foundation. I will call it art. Her philosophy and the way she teaches reflects a path lived through yoga with dedication. ​ I recommend her classes to everyone looking for personal development, self-knowledge and joy. Asli Leone​ “I have been fortunate enough to practice yoga with Marta a number of times in different places around the world. She is one of my favourite teachers and my inspiration to keep going. Besides being a wonderful human being, her enthusiasm, love of yoga, sense of humour and demeanour make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. She knows some challenging asana techniques that I have never seen anywhere during my travels and can adjust them easily to all types of personality and body structure. Her classes flow beautifully like good poetry and I always leave her classes full of joy." ​ Hyun ​ "Seulhee has a huge passion and love for yoga and she herself is dedicated to her practice. She always brings her enthusiasm and positive energy to her students. Outside the class she is open, peaceful and humble and in class she exudes charisma as she leads practice in her clear voice with simple instructions. I have learned from her strength and softness in asana and how working with the breath is a way to find my depth. Anyone would be lucky to practice with her!" ​ Min ​ "Seulhee taught me how to approach yoga postures with awareness rather than just technique. I started yoga as an exercise, but through her classes it developed into something much deeper. I especially love to listen when she shares her own experiences of her practice with the class. It makes me think that we are the same yoginis, even though we may have different abilities. This alone gives me motivation to keep on practising. I don’t need to challenge or push myself. Seulhee’s teaching has a huge influence on my yoga experience and I am very grateful to her for helping to change the way I see yoga." ​ Ji ​ "I met Seulhee when I started Ashtanga yoga. Since then I have completely fallen for yoga. She always encourages me with her warm and positive words. She guides me with her adjustments and compliments in her deep, calm voice. I hope to continue to practice under her teaching and guidance long into the future." ​ Return to Home Page Testimonials Ida Eckhel "When I first saw Miriam it was like I found a magnificent creature in the middle of jungle. Her graceful movements and soft voice made me feel special for being a woman, for being there in her presence. ​ Everything about her is so peaceful and calming, yet you can feel her wildness. We started our yoga class like an ancient ritual full of mysteries. She taught me to be grateful for my body through which I can make my mind peaceful. It is a gift to be guided by Miriam." ​ Sofie Karlström "You know those beings you might run into briefly, but whose impact and presence is strong enough to stay with you forever? To me, Miriam is that kind of being. Her loving presence had a deeply healing impact on me as she guided me through her Vipassana meditation and Yoga Nidra classes during my vacation in Thailand. She reminded me of what really is important and where I want to be (here). I keep her in my heart as a loving reminder of this." ​ Ronit Zafran: "Miriam's classes gave me a totally new approach and understanding to yoga from what I experienced in the last 6 years I’ve been practising. I never felt more connected to my body and my femininity than after a class with her, especially after her women’s workshop. She made me aware of my own power and capacity during every single practice. I am very grateful for this experience."

Venue Highlights

Private beachfront centre overlooking crystal clear ocean on the island's peaceful West side.


Guests can choose from private or shared rooms.
Each room is elegant and simple with a double bed and ensuite bathroom.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Vegan buffet brunch of tropical fruits, gluten-free crepes, chia parfait with almond milk, local herbal tea and coffee, fruit juices and smoothies.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

To feed my soul so that I may return to my students with more inspiration and love to share! Jennifer

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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