January 21 - 27, 2018

Ever wonder where yoga teachers go to unwind? Find out firsthand next January at our intimate spa retreat in Southern Thailand. Tamarind Springs Forest Spa is one of those places we like to speak about in hushed tones, lest it be discovered by the masses. It's our spa destination of choice in South East Asia; the place where those-in-the-know go to relax, commune with nature and receive some of the very best body work in the world.
Located just steps away from Lamai Beach on the east coast of Koh Samui, and bordering the island's tropical forest interior, this stunning eco-luxe spa was built with deep love and respect for the island's unique landscape. Pools and steam caves are nestled between granite boulders, yoga and massage pavilions look out over the forest canopy, and villas embody the very best of indoor-outdoor living. With only a handful of architecturally unique villas on offer, this is as boutique an experience as you can get.
Our master plan is simple: introduce a handful of our favourite people to one of our favourite places, add a little yoga and some serious pampering, and sit back to witness the magic. Think of this as an unbuttoned spa retreat with a daily dose of yoga, incredible gourmet meals and lots of spare time to enjoy the simplicity of island life.

Dates and Itinerary
Arrive January 21, 2018 (anytime after 2 pm). Depart January 27, 2018 (anytime after noon).
Your days will include:
• Morning yoga
• A substantial brunch
• Spare time for spa treatments, beach visits and sightseeing
• Dinner
We highly recommend you add on a week or two, before or after our retreat, to explore on your own. Ferries and domestic flights are budget-friendly and South East Asia is easily travelled by westerners, so you can easily island hop or head off to Northern Thailand or even head further afield to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam….

What's included
• airport/ferry dock pickup and drop-off
• six nights accommodation
• daily yoga and meditation instruction
• two spa meals a day
• Three deluxe massage treatments totaling 5.5 hours of exquisite spa time
• Unlimited use of herbal steam caves, DIY scrub station, and soaking pools

What's not included
• Airfare
• Travel insurance
• Additional spa treatments
• Taxis and ferries (if you choose to go sightseeing on your own)
• Meals, snacks and drinks offsite

Accommodations and Rates
Shared occupancy: $1750 USD
Single occupancy: $2250 USD

Secure your spot with a non-refundable $500 USD deposit payable to our travel agent Jenn Collins of TravelOnly. Email her at jcollins@retreattravel.ca or call (416) 801-2755. The balance is due no later than December 1, 2017. TravelOnly's customer funds are protected in Ontario by TICO Reg. #4316071

Frequently Asked Questions

How many spots are available on this retreat? This is an intimate retreat. We have a maximum of 12 spots available onsite.

Will you pair me up with a roommate if I choose to travel alone? We'd be happy to introduce you to someone but we will not put you in the same bed.

How much yoga can I expect to do on this retreat? We will offer two yoga sessions daily. Due to our small class size you can expect lots of personal attention.

How far away is the beach? Tranquil Lamai beach is just across the road. You can walk there in minutes. Bustling Chaweng beach is a short cab ride away.

Can you accommodate my special diet? We will do our best to accommodate your dietary preferences. Please be sure to inform us of allergies. You will be served exquisitely prepared, health conscious vegetarian Thai meals at Tamarind Springs twice a day.

How do I get there?
A. The fastest/easiest route is to fly into Bangkok (BKK) and take a flight to Koh Samui (USM) via Bangkok Airways or Thai Airways.
B. The budget conscious and those with a little more time can also fly from Bangkok (DMK) to Surat Thani (URT) via Air Asia or Nok Air and take a high speed catamaran to Koh Samui. Purchase ferry tickets at Surat Thani airport. Price includes shuttle bus to the pier. Please note this option requires you to change airports in Bangkok.
We provide free ground transport from the airport or ferry dock. Please send us your travel details as soon as you have them and don't forget to update us if the airline changes your arrival or departure time. We recommend you purchase your international and domestic airline tickets separately to avoid astronomical prices on North American travel websites.

What travel documents do I need? Please ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of departure from Thailand. Holders of regular Canadian passports, arriving by air for the purposes of tourism, may enter Thailand for up to 30 days without requesting a visa in advance.

What currency should I bring? US dollars can be exchanged for Thai baht at banks and the airport. Bring large bills that are in good condition. Wrinkled bills as hard to change and small bills receive a less favourable rate. ATMs are everywhere and are an easy way to get Thai baht.

Are there bugs? Yes, we will be in the tropics and there will almost certainly be insects. You'll likely see geckos, frogs, butterflies and other wildlife too. If you shudder at the thought of indoor-outdoor living, ask for a room with air-conditioning. All beds come with mosquito nets.

Email us with your questions and to indicate your interest in attending.

Teachers

YuMee Chung (E-RYT-500, YACEP) is a former securities lawyer who left a busy practice to engage more deeply with life. More than a decade later, she is an Advance Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher who also offers classes in the therapeutic Yoga Tune Up method. Known for her uplifting, breath-driven classes and intelligent, organic sequencing, she is a popular teacher who speaks deftly to body, mind and spirit, and communicates about the most subtle and nuanced parts of the yogic journey with grace and earthy charm. Students can expect an impeccable practice that strikes a perfect balance between spirit and sweat. YuMee is on the faculty of a number of yoga teacher training programs and she has a weekly yoga column in the Toronto Star. Though her work and teaching take her around the globe, she is happiest at home with her cats and musician husband.

Michelle Corbeil is a senior yoga instructor, big sister, social activist and co-owner of Moksha Yoga Danforth. She's well into the second decade of her teaching career and loving every moment. Friends and students will warn you about Michelle's infectious laugh and big heart. She one of those unique souls who cares deeply about life and she's not afraid to show it.
 
Michelle's journey has not been without struggle, however yoga played a significant role in her breaking from addiction and she is grateful "to trudge the Road of Happy Destiny." The desire to learn, grow and stretch beyond old ideas is what makes life interesting, according to Michelle.  She values and honours all her teachers and she acknowledges that she stands on the shoulders of those who she has studied with. She is proud to be trained in Bikram, Moksha, Anusara, Hatha, Pre-Natal, Street Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics, Moksha Flow, Moksha Level 2 and Yin.  She is also a mentor to newer yoga teachers and sits on the Moksha Yoga teacher training faculty.

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