12 Day Thai Yoga Massage Training Retreat Garden Route South Africa

Event Highlights

  • 10 Days of instruction in Thai Massage.
  • Weekend free time to explore forest walks and beaches.
  • Organic, vegan or raw food options available from the retreat kitchen and gardens.
  • Self-catering options for those who want to prepare their own food.


Monday to Friday over 2 weeks.
10 am to 5 pm daily training and receiving massages from other students.
Lunch break from 1 to 2 pm.

About This Event

This is the 10 day (2 week) foundation course as taught in the Chiang Mai tradition, which gives equal emphasis to working on stretches and energy lines. No previous experience necessary. This course will equip you to do a professional 90 minute to 2 hour Thai Yoga Massage in the back, side, front and seated positions.

Even though it is called Thai Massage, or sometimes Thai Yoga Massage, it is based on Indian Ayurvedic and Yogic systems of healing, and reached Thailand along with the spread of Buddhism, having originally been created by the Buddha's personal physician.

Thai Massage was always seen as a spiritual practice and not just a job. Until recently it was exclusively practiced in temples, and giving a massage is still considered to be a physical application of Metta, or "loving kindness". A good masseur performs the art of Thai Massage in a meditative mood, and starts with a meditative prayer to fully center themselves, and the healing they are about to perform.

The theoretical foundation for Thai Massage is partly based on the concept of invisible energy lines running through the body. They form a second skin or second body in addition to the physical body. It is along these lines that life-energy, called "prana" in India, and "chi" in China, flows to provide the energy to all our physiological systems and internal organs for optimum function. Good health is indicated by the free flow of this energy throughout the body. Not only physical well-being, but also mental and emotional well-being are subject to this flow of energy. Blockages in the energy flow develop due to many circumstances, internal and external; posture, diet, toxic environments and products, lack of exercise, and bad emotional and mental habits. Thai Massage works with two techniques, namely energy line (pressure point) massage and stretches. The second aspect is why it is sometimes called Thai Yoga Massage, as it resembles a yoga stretching session, but all the work is done by the therapist. Also called Yoga for Lazy People!

Thai Massage is done on a thin mattress on the floor. As mentioned the method includes pressure point work on energy lines similar to a shiatzu massage, and stretching of the limbs and torso, similar to what is achieved in yoga practice. The person receiving a Thai massage should wear loose fitting clothes with long sleeves. (Thai "fisherman's pants" ideal). The massage typically last for 90 minutes, but can be anything from 1 to 2 hours depending on the need of the client.

Course director Zendrik (55) started his training in Yoga and Buddhist philosophy and meditation in 1985 at the age of 21, and has been working as a healer and massage therapist since receiving training in the esoteric healing traditions of Tibet and Native America between 1987 and 1989. He has been a Hatha Yoga teacher since 2002. He extended his knowledge by traveling to Thailand in 2010, receiving advanced training Diplomas in Thai Yoga Massage and Chi Nei Tsang. He is a certified Reiki Master. He also teaches courses in Energy Medicine and Chi Nei Tsang. Zendrik founded the Ananda Healing Center in Guatemala in 2014, and has taught several hundred students in the last 5 years. To read testimonials go to:

Zendrik's Thai massage course was everything I could have hoped for. The 10 day course was split evenly so that the content learnt each day was manageable, making for very relaxed, easy going days. Zendrik himself is a fantastic teacher.

What's Included

  • Different Accommodation options are available and the quoted price includes 11 nights accommodation and all the training fees.

What's Not Included

Food is not included in the price.
Organic, raw or vegan meals will be offered at R500 per day for 3 meals.
Self catering facilities are available to all students.

Venue Highlights

La Vera Retreat is a new retreat center on the Hoogekraal Heights above the town of Sedgefield and the Swartvlei Lake.


Accommodation options are: Camping with your own tent, hot showers and composting toilets and kitchen facilities.
Private Room with Double Bed, for one or two people. Shared kitchen with other retreat participants.
Private Apartment with own kitchen and bathroom.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Organic veggies from the garden, high vibration menu, with raw, vegan options. R500 per day for three meals.


George Airport is the closest airport.
The Garden Route is a 5 hour drive from Cape Town.

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