ALL INCLUSIVE MEDITATION & YOGA RETREATS IN CHIANG MAI, NORTHERN THAILAND
“Relax & Supercharge Your Life!”
Take time out in loving comfort during your all-inclusive transformative wellness, meditation & yoga retreat to clear your mind and discover what you want to become the master of your own destiny!
CHIANG MAI, NORTHERN THAILAND
YOGA | GUIDED MEDITATION | MINDFUL BREATHING | TAI CHI | MASSAGES | SINGING BOWLS | FIRE HEALING | ORGANIC | NATURE
Did you know that you can turn your life around in an instant with insights gathered during your retreat that lead you to make new choices? In order to cultivate and increase your well-being, you need to relax and experience stillness by looking inward to ask yourself: What do I want out of life? Is there joy, ease and lightness in what I’m doing? The answers to these questions will point you in the right direction.
Our approach to achieving great results? A simple collection of relaxation methods with a splash of comfort: yoga, guided meditation & sound, tai chi, mindful breathing, singing bowls, fire healing, organic plant-based cuisine and some wonderful massages thrown in — not forgetting to have some fun along the way!
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Why AMAYEN? “My Journey from Confusion to Clarity”
BY MIGUEL KIRJON, OWNER & FOUNDER
The Possibility of a Better You, Now!
During your retreat, you remove yourself from the constant stimulation you normally receive from your environment, including your friends, kids, coworkers, appointments and schedules, job and homes. This helps the body keep from reacting (consciously or unconsciously) to all familiar elements in your outer world that you associate with thoughts and emotional memories from the past.
Now is the time to take action, especially if you have been stuck in an unpleasant situation for a long time. Life will be so much simpler when you take the decision to become everything you can be.
Enjoy your transformative inspirational retreat while looking at your current situation with a fresh sense of perspective so that you can take the necessary steps for improvement. You hold the key to true change — take the decision to find clarity in days rather than years!
This Retreat is for You if…
You want to take a convenient and healthy break from work and routine in loving comfort.
Letting stress build up can be unhealthy in several ways. The body is designed to respond to short bursts of stress, but when stress is prolonged and the stress response is triggered repeatedly and on a regular basis—as can happen in a stressful job or a conflict-ridden relationship—the situation turns into one of chronic stress, where the real health problems set in.
Those who experience chronic stress are more susceptible to conditions ranging from more frequent headaches and gastrointestinal issues to more serious conditions like high blood pressure, which brings an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. When our allostatic load, or overall level of stress, accumulates to a certain level, stress can just snowball because we’re constantly in a state of reactivity.
At this point, even positive events can feel overwhelming if they take energy to enjoy, and we’re not able to respond from a place of strength and wisdom, but rather from a place of anxiety, or we work on auto-pilot.
How Taking a Break From Work Helps
Vacations and even shorter breaks where we get some physical and psychological ‘space’ from the demands of life can bring many rewards. Obviously, we feel less stress when we’re not in a stressful environment.
But vacations bring more than that: they interrupt the cycle of stress that can lead to being overwhelmed. They give us a break from chronic stress so we can restore ourselves physically and mentally to a healthier place.
Because a chronically-triggered stress response can lead to decreased creativity, memory problems, mild cognitive impairment, and other issues, this break in the stress cycle can lead to sharper thinking and increased creativity that can spill into all areas of our lives. This makes us better at our jobs, more available in our relationships, more energetic with our families, and more able to enjoy life for a prolonged amount of time after we return.
Signs That It’s Time to Take a Break
Sometimes, it’s obvious when a vacation is necessary. But other times, the stress we experience can sneak up on us, and we may be less able to recognize when we’re at risk for overwhelm and burnout.
Because we all respond to stress in unique ways, our signs of overwhelm may be unique as well. However, there are some general warning signs that apply in most cases. If you’re experiencing one or more of the following, it’s a good idea to start planning some downtime, even if it’s in the form of a weekend ‘staycation’ to recharge your batteries: lack of energy, lack of motivation, more frequent frustration, feeling ‘fuzzy-headed’, mild health issues or sleep disturbances due to stress.
In fact, unless you feel energized, motivated, excited, creative and fully engaged at work and in your relationships, you’d likely benefit from a vacation because it’s a good idea to manage stress before it feels overwhelming. Vacations, ‘mental health days’, and regular self-care can keep you functioning at your best.
WE RECOMMEND A MINIMUM STAY OF 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS
You want clarity for your next step in life (ie. after a break-up, in-between jobs).
Grand visions aren’t hard to think up; carrying them out is the problem. Everyone’s days are filled with distractions. Duties and demands pile up steadily. The bigger issues become hazy when your to-do list is overflowing. So how can we bring vision and practicality closer together?
The world’s wisdom traditions tell us to look inside for the real obstacles that block the way to fulfillment. Outer demands will always fill the time given to them. Pitching into the swirling activity of daily life inevitably makes existence seem stressed and chaotic. What you can do instead is to examine your reality “in here,” which is where clarity can be found.
What most people find when they look inside are the following ingredients in their mental makeup:
Confusion: this manifests as not setting clear priorities because the path ahead doesn’t look clear and decisive.
Distraction: this manifests as a hundred small things that pull your attention this way and that.
Disorganization: this manifests as a lack of orderly thinking that leads to productive results.
These three ingredients make up the managerial part of mental life, which is a basic necessity. There’s a spectrum of problems that changes from person to person. The tightly controlled, highly disciplined thinker is at one end, while the vague dreamer sits at the other edge of the spectrum. There are countless variations on how we use our minds. If your goal is clarity, set aside the thoughts and sensations that fill your mind every day. Focus instead on the goal of finding clarity.
Confusion is solved by getting your priorities straight.
Distraction is solved by getting better at focusing your attention.
Disorganization is solved by throwing out non-essentials and tending to the important things first.
Remember that we are talking about your inner life, so achieving clarity isn’t the same as cleaning house and straightening out every room. The solution doesn’t lie in attacking the problem directly. If you became a kind of efficiency expert, you could probably sort your thinking out in a more orderly, focused way. But the effort would be a strain, and the results would likely be temporary. It is far better to find a way to let the mind become orderly, focused, and clear on its own.
We’ve all been taught, one way or another, that the mind will run amok if it isn’t watched and controlled. Like a child, it is easily distracted; an undisciplined mind will run around in all directions. But few people have actually tested whether the mind’s nature is so chaotic. We take for granted, looking at our own confusion, that it would be a struggle to turn inner chaos into something more orderly. This is where the world’s wisdom traditions offer a valuable secret.
They teach that the unsettled mind comes about through one thing only: losing sight of who we really are. You can’t be a puppet of outside demands and pressures unless you see yourself as secondary while the world “out there” is primary. After all, how can you eat, put a roof over your head, raise a family, and so on without plunging into the hard realities of daily existence? The answer lies in finding out who you really are—a conscious agent who can choose, at any time, to live from the level of the true self.
By committing to the practice of meditation, you take your mind to this level where clarity is natural and effortless. The analogy of a river helps to show what happens. On the surface, a river is fast-flowing and whipped up into waves and eddies. As you descend into it, however, the river’s flow becomes slow and steady. At the very bottom, the water may be so calm that it hardly moves at all. In the same way, there’s a level of the mind that knows only peace, calmness, and clarity. But unlike a river bottom, it’s not sluggish. There’s a beautiful balance between relaxation and alertness.
The settled mind, in fact, is the most capable of meeting the day’s demands because it is guided from within. Self-awareness dominates, which means that you know who you are and where you’re going. Suddenly, it turns out that the day contains enough time for you to find fulfillment, which is a timeless quality that is undisturbed by demands, duties, and distractions.
WE RECOMMEND A MINIMUM STAY OF 6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS
You want to get a new perspective and learn how to manifest your innermost desires.
Have a vision. You need to know exactly where you wish to go. There is no way around this first step. It’s like going for a trip somewhere not knowing exactly where. You might end up in your neighborhood wondering why you aren’t some better place. Well, you just wanted to get somewhere else, without a clear vision and that is what you’ve got — you’re somewhere else. Once you know that you’re heading to Hawaii, you know which plane to take. It works exactly the same with anything in your life. Once you have a direction, your mind will align your actions towards your goal.
Have a strong desire. Now we know where we’re going and we need something that energizes the vision. If you’re flying to Hawaii, you know that plane needs fuel to get there. The same works for your vision, you need the right fuel so you can manifest it. Have a vision that moves you and each time you think about it, you feel lighter and joyful. These are the emotions that will get you where you want to go. Dare to dream and think big, it will help you to literally energize your vision.
Have a clear intention. Conscious manifestation is all about intention. Intend that your vision happens at your will. Manifestation doesn’t require an effort but being focused on what you want. Intention gives a clear direction to your desire. By being focused, you say to the energy where it should go. Imagine that you’d like to start a yoga studio but your energy and focus would go on being on Facebook and chatting with your friends. While there is nothing inherently bad about that, the thing is that you lack energy that you need to support your dream. Every dream needs a certain amount of energy to manifest in a physical reality. This is where focus and intention play a major role.
Develop an unflappable belief. Very likely you haven’t manifested what you desire because deep down you don’t believe that it could be yours. This is absolutely common and there is nothing bad about it. Nevertheless, if you lack the belief that it can be yours then it CANNOT manifest. With your disbelief you block the manifestation. Let’s say that you have a clear vision with strong desire but you don’t believe that it could happen for you. Then what happens is like saying; ‘’Actually, I cannot have it. I don’t believe that it can be mine.” The Universe responds; “so be it”. Why don’t you believe that it can be yours? Dig deep within yourself to find out what you belief is and then work on changing it.
Acceptance. The next principle of conscious manifestation is acceptance. I don’t mean giving up or attitude saying ‘whatever’. What I’m talking here about is acceptance of your new belief and that it’s true for yourself and you can have it. Just accept that it’s already yours. Don’t focus on reasons why it shouldn’t work out, instead surrender yourself to your desire and fully accept it in your life. Accept that this is what you want and that you want to have it.
Take an aligned action. Align your actions with your goal. If you want to go to travel the world then you might need to save more money or have some other source of income while you travel. In order to ground the energy, do what you would be doing in the case when you’d be certain that it’s already yours. In our example, by saving money for your travels you’re aligning yourself with the realizing your dream — you show to the Universe that you’re certain that you’ll go therefore you’re preparing for it by saving money.
Absolute detachment. This step is one where most people stumble. We like to control things in our life because we’re afraid that if we wouldn’t control them then they would not happen. And this is exactly the reason why we need to let them go. If we’re attached to what we want and we obsess about having it NOW then we’re simultaneously saying that we don’t believe that we can have it. Which undermines principle number 4 — creating an unflappable belief. By letting go of when and how, you show that you believe that it is already yours. Because only he who is certain of the outcome can afford to wait.
Support yourself. Reality just reflects back to you your own support. So if you feel like the Universe has forgotten you and your dreams then look at the way you support your dreams. By ignoring your dreams or withdrawing from them, you create the kind of reality that is ignoring you and your dreams as well.
Be as clear as a laser beam. The ‘’ideal’’ effortless and conscious manifestation should look like a laser beam. Laser beam is 100% focused on one goal with all its energy and purity. We have to be certain and focused just as the laser beam is. If there is anything holding you back from believing or focusing on your goal then this something will be stopping your from manifesting your desire. I know that it’s very difficult to be crystal clear and focused but also shorter periods of time can do the magic because it brings up back to what I wrote earlier — conscious decision can create miracles. If we decide with all our will and focus then we can change an unwanted outcome into something what we want instead.
WE RECOMMEND A MINIMUM STAY OF 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS
You want a healthy body, a balanced mind and feel and look younger.
Embrace an opportunity where keeping active is not a chore, but a fun filled experience that you can make the most of within beautiful surroundings. Whether you want to get fit, eat more healthily, de-stress or even beat insomnia; we take a look at some reasons why our health retreats would be good for you.
Time to focus on your healthy goals
Disconnect from the distractions of modern-day life, and find the inspiration you need to reach your goals so that you can return home as a whole new person with fresh motivation.
Guilt free food
Our healthy holidays help to maximize weight loss through organic plant-based vegan cuisine. Enjoy cleansing your body with the rich nutritious food provided and prepared without refined sugar, oil and flavor enhancers. Reward your body on our health retreat getaway by cutting out the unhealthy options, so that you can return home feeling positive about yourself, while giving your body the chance to heal.
Long lasting benefits
Your health retreat at AMAYEN Sanctuary will leave you with a healthy afterglow lasting for weeks as our healthy holidays provide you with the motivation needed to continue your regime at home. The knowledge that you get from a wellness retreat will improve your long term health and stay with you for years to come. Health retreats also teach you how to separate your work life stresses from your personal life, giving you a new perspective of life
Helps you to break old habits
Whether you find you are over indulging at meal times, or smoking during your lunch break, our health retreats will help you to kick out your bad habits. When you’re in such a peaceful environment and are following a planned schedule, you won’t be able to continue your normal routine. By doing something completely new you will have the chance to break your old habits and instead form new ones, like yoga and meditation.
Meet new people
Some people choose to go on a group health retreat so they are not alone and can enjoy the company of other travelers. Our health, meditation & yoga retreats therefore give you a great opportunity to meet like-minded people who may have similar goals to yourself, providing you with further motivation. It also encourages you to broaden your horizon and step out of your comfort zone by interacting with those you may not normally speak to in everyday life.
Strong Focus on Relaxation
Because we’re so absorbed in technology in today’s society, we sometimes find ourselves struggling to maintain a healthy work life balance. We often find we are replying to emails or calling clients hours after we have left the office. On our health retreats you are in new surroundings where the idyllic scenery helps to relax your mind and body, to encourage restoration and relaxation.
Appeals to everyone
Anyone and everyone can take part in a health retreat, and tailor it to suit their own needs. Whether you are stressed from work, a sufferer of digestive problems, someone who wants to lose weight or simply wants a healthy getaway with a difference; AMAYEN Sanctuary’s health retreats are the perfect way to reconnect with nature and leave your troubles behind.
WE RECOMMEND A MINIMUM STAY OF 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS
You want to let go of the past with a clean new start towards a joyful life.
If you’re trying to move forward from a painful experience, but you’re not sure how to get started, here are some tips to help you let go.
Create a positive affirmation
How you talk to yourself can either move you forward or keep you stuck. Often, having a affirmation that you tell yourself in times of emotional pain can help you re-frame your thoughts.
For example, says clinical psychologist Carla Manly, PhD, instead of getting stuck in, “I can’t believe this happened to me!” try a positive mantra such as, “I am fortunate to be able to find a new path in life — one that is good for me.”
Create physical distance
It’s not uncommon to hear someone say that you should distance yourself from the person or situation that is causing you to be upset.
According to clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula, PhD, that’s not such a bad idea. “Creating physical or psychological distance between ourselves and the person or situation can help with letting go for the simple reason that we are not having to think about it, process it, or being reminded of it as much,” she explains.
Do your own work
Focusing on yourself is important. You have to make the choice to address the hurt that you’ve experienced. When you think about a person who caused you pain, bring yourself back to the present. Then, focus on something that you’re grateful for.
The more we can bring our focus to the present moment, says Lisa Olivera, a licensed marriage and family therapist, the less impact our past or future has on us.
“When we start practicing being present, our hurts have less control over us, and we have more freedom to choose how we want to respond to our lives,” she adds.
Remember, the past and the future hold no control over the present.
Be gentle with yourself
If your first response to not being able to let go of a painful situation is to criticize yourself, it’s time to show yourself some kindness and compassion.
Treat yourself like you would treat a friend, offering yourself self-compassion, and avoiding comparisons between your journey and those of others.
Hurt is inevitable, and we may not be able to able to avoid pain; however, we can choose to treat ourselves kindly and lovingly when it comes.
Allow the negative emotions to flow
If you’re fear of feeling negative emotions is causing you to avoid them, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, many times, people are afraid of feelings such as grief, anger, disappointment, or sadness.
Rather than feeling them, people just try to shut them out, which can disrupt the process of letting go. These negative emotions are like riptides. Let them flow out of you… It may require mental health intervention, but fighting them can leave you stuck.
Accept that the other person may not apologize
Waiting for an apology from the person who hurt you will slow down the process of letting go. If you’re experiencing hurt and pain, it’s important you take care of your own healing, which may mean accepting that the person who hurt you isn’t going to apologize.
Surround yourself with people who fill you up
Allowing ourselves to lean on loved ones and their support is such a wonderful way of not only limiting isolation but of reminding us of the good that is in our lives.”
Give yourself permission to talk about it
When you’re dealing with painful feelings or a situation that hurt you, it’s important to give yourself permission to talk about it. Sometimes people can’t let go because they feel they aren’t allowed to talk about it. This may be because you are embarrassed or ashamed to talk about it. But talking it out is important.
Give yourself permission to forgive
Forgiveness is vital to the healing process because it allows you to let go of anger, guilt, shame, sadness, or any other feeling you may be experiencing and move on.
WE RECOMMEND A MINIMUM STAY OF 28 DAYS/27 NIGHTS
* from THB 8,200 per night * 24 sqm, air-condition, organic locally sourced bathroom amenities, shower, luxury bedding, hot water & tea, hair dryer, indoor seating area.
Deluxe King Room
Deluxe King Room
Deluxe King Room
Select Your Own Retreat Start Dates and Duration
Start on any day that suits you best and stay as long as you wish. Benefits as listed in the packages (Option 2) below will be applied here as well depending on the minimum duration of your stay. All prices are in Thai baht. No deposit or credit card required.
All-inclusive price starts at THB 6,515 per person per night depending on single/double occupancy, accommodation type and season.
Choose One of Our Bestselling Packages
Start on any day that suits you best. All prices are in Thai baht. No deposit or credit card required.
INCLUDED PER PERSON:
6x Yoga Classes (60min)
1x Thai or Aroma Oil Massages (60min)
1x Foot Massages (60min)
3x Mindful Breathing Sessions (30min)
3x Meditation Sessions (30min)
3x Visits to Mountain Cafés/Temples
3x Nights Accommodation
Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
2-Way Airport/Hotel Transfer
STARTING FROM THB 19,545 per person
depending on single/double occupancy, accommodation type and season.
> BOOK NOW and select a 3 nights stay!
INCLUDED PER PERSON:
10x Yoga Classes (60min)
2x Thai or Aroma Oil Massages (60min)
2x Foot Massages (60min)
4x Mindful Breathing Sessions
5x Meditation Sessions
1x Singing Bowl Healing (20min)
1x Tai Chi Class (30min)
5x Nights Accommodation
5x Visits to Mountain Cafés/Temples
1x Fire Healing Ritual (20min)
Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Vegan Cooking Class
2-Way Airport/Hotel Transfer
STARTING FROM THB 33,925 per person
depending on single/double occupancy, accommodation type and season.
> BOOK NOW and select a 5 nights stay!
INCLUDED PER PERSON:
14x Yoga Classes (60min)
4x Thai or Aroma Oil Massages (60min)
2x Foot Massages (60min)
1x Herbal Compress Treatment (60min)
5x Mindful Breathing Sessions (30min)
7x Meditation Sessions (30min)
2x Singing Bowl Healing (20min)
2x Tai Chi Classes (30min)
7x Nights Accommodation
7x Visits to Mountain Cafés/Temples
2x Fire Healing Rituals (20min)
Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Vegan Cooking Class (90min)
2-Way Airport/Hotel Transfer
STARTING FROM THB 45,605 per person
depending on single/double occupancy, accommodation type, and season.
> BOOK NOW and select a 7 nights stay!
Daily Retreat Itinerary
Feel free to join only activities you enjoy 🙂
15:00 Fresh Juices are served
16:00-17:00 Yoga (beginners/intermediate)
18:00 Organic Plant-Based Dinner
19:30-19:50 Singing Bowl Healing (Tue/Fri)
19:30-19:50 Fire Healing Ritual (Wed/Sat)
07:00-07:30 Mindful Breathing (Mon/Wed/Thu/Sat/Sun)
07:00-07:30 Tai Chi (Tue/Fri)
07:40-08:40 Yoga (beginners/intermediate)
09:00 Organic Plant-Based Breakfast
10:00-10:30 Guided Meditation & Sound
12:15 Organic Plant-Based Lunch
13:00 Visits to Mountain Cafés/Waterfalls/Temples
YOUR RETREAT STARTS AT 15:00 ON YOUR FIRST RETREAT DAY AND ENDS AT 13:00 ON YOUR LAST DAY.
YOUR MASSAGES ARE AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT BETWEEN 9:00-21:00 DAILY.
YOUR COOKING CLASS IS AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT (MINIMUM LENGTH OF STAY: 5 NIGHTS)
What You Should Know
You can start on a day that suits you best and stay as long as you wish.
Perfect for yoga beginners & advanced.
We welcome only guests 16 yrs upwards.
Silence is required from 21:00 onwards.
WiFi is only available at our restaurant.
All rooms are without TV.
No alcoholic beverages are served.
We have no religious affiliations.
Activities are Voluntary
We deeply care about you and want to provide you with the most inspiring experience possible. Some of you enjoy occasional activities whereas others prefer a more restful retreat time. You have of course, at any time the freedom not to attend any of the scheduled activities throughout the day.
Your All-inclusive Retreat Includes…
Tai Chi *
Singing Bowls **
Meals & Drinks
Cooking Class ***
Fire Healing ****
Organic Vegan Cuisine
> organic plant-based meals.
> no meat, poultry and fish.
> no dairy products.
> no oil.
> no refined sugar.
> no flavor enhancer (MSG)
> selected food groups per meal.
> a mix of cooked and raw food.
> herbs from our own garden.
I am yoga beginner. Is it OK to join your retreat?
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Things to do in Chiang Mai
Find below some inspiration for independent sightseeing if you would like to enhance your all-inclusive meditation and yoga retreat experience in Chiang Mai before, after or during your retreat.
Meet the Team
Chef / Manager
My journey to yoga began when I was working as a graphic designer in Bangkok. I started experiencing chronic pain and soreness caused by sitting or remaining in the same position for long periods of time, mainly while working on the computer in an office setting. I dealt with constant headaches and insomnia. I needed relief. After discovering yoga, and making it a daily routine in my life, my symptoms began to go away.
Not only did yoga lessen my chronic pain, it helped me sleep better. The physical benefits were wonderful, but practicing yoga also helped in other ways. Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of my yoga practice was how it helped me manage stress and made it easier to relax. I was a happier person because of my yoga practice.
One day my friend suggested that I join a yoga teacher training program. I figured I would just learn new poses and improve my technique, but I found a new level of happiness when I had the opportunity to teach yoga. It was so exciting to share my knowledge and passion for yoga with others. Yoga changed my life and it can change yours, too. Through yoga, I want to make a better day for everyone that I meet.”
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Inner Engineering by Sadhguru
The 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
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The Alchemist by Paulo Cohello
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The Life Your Were Born To Live by Dan Millman
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Address: 237 Moo 6, Pa Miang, Doi Saket Chiang Mai 50220, THAILAND
Transfer from your Hotel in Chiang Mai – Should you already be in Chiang Mai town, just simply send us the name of your hotel and we will pick you up at 14:00. The drive to our beautiful boutique resort will take about 45 minutes.