- The Yoga Forest
- San Marcos la Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
- Nov 2 - Dec 2, 2018 (31 days)
- Group Retreats: Private Yogi Rooms - $2,250.00
About This Event
100hr Thai Massage Immersion Course with Niss Bach
Full Program: November 2nd – December 2nd, 2018
Live and practice the sacred art of Thai Massage! We invite you to deepen your practice and start on a journey back to your true nature! Lets us join together for a month to practice the principles of Thai Massage and healing touch. As our practice deepens we learn to connect truly. We called this Creative Thai Massage for a reason. The principals will be introduced and we want you to create what works for you and your patient.
Enjoy classes and practice in the beautiful Yoga Forest, focus on the teaching of Thai massage as a way of life and during this time you will live this magical lifestyle…. exploring, feeling, opening, dancing, chanting, stretching, and harmonizing oneself living within nature and in community.
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 practices and Ayurvedic wisdom.
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. The Thais 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 wats, the Thai Buddhist temples.
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.
Watch a video on the Thai Massage course here!
The first week Level 1 (30 hours) will cover the basic flow of the energy lines (Sip Sen) and a full body Thai Massage.
The 3 weeks Advanced (70 hours) material will include:
Therapeutic Techniques (for chronic pain, injuries)
Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Massage)
High risk stretching
Step on technics
Practicing Massage on Guatemalan workers and the community
The schedule is on top of The Yoga Forest regular schedule. Yoga Forest regular schedule (none of these are a requirement to take, it is your choice):
16:00 Yin Yoga (level 1 will not have time to partake)
The Yoga Forest has other activities such as Sauna, Kirtan, Sound Healing Ecstatic Dance etc.
1st Week Level 1 Thai Massage Schedule:
Friday arrival day: meet before dinner 6pm at the Shiva Temple.
14:30-17:30 Afternoon class
9:30-12:30 Morning Class
14:30-17:30 Afternoon Class
19:30-20:30 Graduation Level 1
Friday departure level 1 after breakfast.
14:30-17:00 (Astrology intro lecture)
Advanced Schedule (3 Weeks):
Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri
9:30-12:00 Morning Class
14:30-17:00 Afternoon Class
Wed 9:30-12:00 Morning Class
Saturdays and Sundays off
Last sunday departure after breakfast or stay for dance!!
*Schedule is subject to change if needed~~
Full program: $1800 – $150 OFF if buy before September 5th, $300 OFF if buy before July 5th.
Level 1 Only: $800 – $50 OFF if buy before Sept 5th, $100 OFF if buy before July 5th $700.
Advance program only (For people with Thai Massage experience or have taken Level 1): $1200 – $100 OFF if buy before Sept 5th
Price does not include accommodation or food, after paying your tuition you can reserve your accommodation at The Yoga Forest, or you could find accommodation outside of The Yoga Forest in San Marcos La Laguna which is a 20 minute walk.
To reserve your space in space for this course, please be sure to submit your tuition payment here.
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.
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.
- 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.
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: (contact info blocked)