Therapeutic Thai Massage Retreat with Randi Schiffman
- The Yoga Forest
- San Marcos la Laguna, Solola, Guatemala
- Feb 16 - 26, 2019 (11 days)
- Group Retreats: Shared Cabañas - Rama, Sita & Lakshmi - $500.00 Group Retreats: Private Yogi Rooms - $750.00 Group Retreats: Private Forest Cabins - $750.00
Thai Yoga Massage is a unique and powerful healing art that has been an integral part of Traditional Thai Medicine for thousands of years. Thai Massage blends elements of Acupressure, Yoga, Reflexology, Physiotherapy, Meditation, Energy Healing, Chiropractic and Ayurvedic wisdom.
This 10 day Creative Thai Massage Retreat is infused with Traditional Techniques and Therapeutics along with Creativity. We will come together to share experience, skills and love of this amazing healing art and leave with the skills to offer this practice to others.
The retreat will focus on the teaching of Thai massage as a way of life as we open to exploring, feeling, dancing, chanting, stretching, and harmonizing with ourselves first so that we can share this practice with others.
Thai Yoga Massage is a truly wonderful experience for both giver and receiver as energy blockages are released, boundaries dissolve and deep healing occurs in a space of presence and meditation.
Traditional Thai Massage has its roots in the Indian systems of Yoga and Ayurveda. It is believed to have been developed by Jivaka Kumar Baccha, the legendary founder of Thai massage. He was a physician to the Sangha, the order of Buddhist monks and nuns, at the time of the Buddha. They call him Doctor Shivago and to this day honor him as “The Father of Medicine”.
Around 2000 years ago, Thai Massage was brought from India to Thailand along with Buddhism. Since then it has been practiced, developed and handed down through the generations. It was never seen solely as massage but as a spiritual practice, and until fairly recently was mostly practiced in the Thai Buddhist temples.
Thai Yoga Massage is a very holistic therapy where the human being is seen and treated as an ever-changing network of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects that all influence each other. Its primary aim is to restore and balance the body’s energy system which comprises of 10 energy lines that run through the body called Sen Lines, similar to Meridian Lines. These energy lines cannot be seen, but are felt and are a part of many Eastern healing traditions. The vital life force that is called Prana in Sanskrit, Chi in Chinese and Ki in Japanese, travels through these meridians, supplying the body with the energy that is necessary for its survival and healthy functioning.
Due to physical or emotional trauma, bad posture, injuries or limiting belief systems this energy can get trapped or blocked, causing physical and emotional dis-ease. Thai Yoga Massage with its amazing multitude of techniques and adjustments can release these blockages and bring the body back to its natural equilibrium where perfect balance and well being are present.
7:00am Yoga (optional)
10:00am Thai Massage Theory and Practice
3:00pm Thai Massage Theory and Practice
TUITION + ROOM & FOOD PACKAGE
SHARED CABAÑA US $1,480
PRIVATE ROOM (QUEEN SIZE BED) – SINGLE US $1,820
PRIVATE ROOM (QUEEN SIZE BED) – DOUBLE US $1,480
SEMI PRIVATE LOFT (1 QUEEN, 1 SINGLE) – SINGLE US $1,820
SEMI PRIVATE LOFT (1 QUEEN, 1 SINGLE) – DOUBLE OR TRIPLE US $1,480
PRIVATE MINI CIRCUS TENT – SINGLE US $1,615
PRIVATE MINI CIRCUS TENT – DOUBLE US $1,430
Find your Self in the Forest.
Venue HighlightsSan Marcos la Laguna is a small Mayan village on Lake Atitlán in the western highlands of Guatemala. It has become a Mecca for international travelers attracted by its beauty, tranquility and diverse options for spiritual exploration and therapy. Terraced into the side of a cliff, The Yoga Forest is a twenty five minute hike up into the valley from Lake Atitlán, To escape to our lush tropical food forest please travel to us with a backpack, organic soaps, a head torch and a spirit of adventure.
- Tour Assistance
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
Menu/CuisineWe serve local organic produce whenever is possible and prepare our delicious vegetarian meal with love. We can cater to certain dietary restrictions, such as vegan and gluten free. Please advise management of your needs as well as any allergies.
AccommodationsThe Yoga Forest has multiple accommodation options to suit all explorers, from shared cabanas, private rooms, unique yogi lofts, and private forest cabins. All accommodations are beautifully appointed, built using natural building techniques and materials, featuring comfortable beds, warm feather duvets, pillows, and decorated with Peruvian Shipibo fabrics and Guatemalan cushions.
Morning Travel Recommended: Book your flight to arrive in Guatemala City, then take a direct shuttle to Antigua. Please arrange to take an 8-9am collective shuttle (Q100) from Antigua to San Marcos la Laguna in order to get you to town in the morning or very early afternoon. We offer a daily escort service from San Marcos la Laguna to The Yoga Forest promptly at 2PM. Be sure to arrive in San Marcos la Laguna with plenty of time to locate Circles Cafe before the escort service arrives.
We also can arrange a private shuttle to pick you up from Guatemala City Airport to San Marcos La Laguna. Our driver will be waiting at the airport with a sign with your name on it. The ride directly from the GUA to San Marcos is approximately 4 hours.
Please plan your travels accordingly, either spending a night in Antigua to make a morning shuttle, or stay in San Marcos la Laguna a night early. For your safety, LATE ARRIVALS ARE NOT PERMITTED.
For additional details, please see our Getting Here page on our website: https://www.theyogaforest.org/getting-here/