Natural State of Being
AYURVEDA & YOGA
If you feel overwhelmed from every day life challenges and wish to expand and live life more fully, balanced and connected, then join Nancy for her NATURAL STATE OF BEING- Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat on the magical crystal island Koh Phangan
in Southeast Asia.
8 days practice of healthy and joyful living in the ever-flowing oneness with mother nature herself.
An Wholistic nature experience for the alignment of body, mind and soul.
NATURAL STATE OF BEING RETREAT
16th – 23rd March 2019
14th – 21st September 2019
„You must find the place inside yourself, where nothing is impossible“
~ Deepak Chopra~
We invite you to come immerse yourself in the art of living wholistically in mind, body and spirit with NATURAL STATE OF BEING RETREAT! By Wholistic, we mean that which is whole, balanced and therefore, complete.
The heart and soul of this retreat is rooted in the ancient sister systems of Ayurveda and Yoga (combination of Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin), two practices that have personally transformed my relationship to a balanced healthy life and guided me on the path I’m on today. While the wisdom and life practice of Ayurveda dates back 5000 years old, the art of modern wholistic living welcomes all curious seekers and travellers who wish to expand and live life more fully, balanced and connected!
But don’t just take my word for it, I invite you to try it for yourself. In fact, if you’re still reading this, you’ve actually already planted the seed.
Imagine yourself when you’ve arrived on the magical island of Koh Phangan, Thailand — a luscious island teeming with nature’s abundant tropical breeze, rolling mountains, sparkling blue ocean waves and crunchy crystal quartz.
For 8 days, you gather with like-minded travellers to convene as a small community in conscious curiosity and practice of healthy and joyful living in the ever-flowing oneness with mother nature herself.
With each day that passes, you unplug from the daily stresses of life and expand your mind and body with the gifts of the ancient Vedas. You commit to channeling your inner voice through meditations and yoga asanas designed for your healing journey, and eat only the highest quality, locally sourced and seasonally prepared Ayurvedic vegetarian meals that leave your mind and body feeling energized, clear and fully authentic.
We will also practice one day conscious fasting according to your body type- kitchari, coconut water or juice fasting. Fasting has numerous healthy benefits and gives clarity and a great energy boost to body, mind & soul.
We have limited this retreat size to 14 participants by design, to create an intimate and safe space for all to receive the quality of attention, care and space for an optimal wholistic experience.
In this unique and joyful time together, NATURAL STATE OF BEING Retreat will cultivate an experience that balances:
:: community sharing with individual reflection time ::
:: depth of knowledge with ease of relaxation ::
:: mind-body activities with stillness ::
:: nutritious food with conscious fasting (just one day!) ::
:: learning with practicing ::
:: inner joy with outer joy ::
The first step of practicing a Wholistic lifestyle. Gifting yourself the permission to prioritize YOU!
- Connect to the source of all wholistic healing with an experienced Ayurveda practitioner
- Fill up your energy tanks and expand your practice and knowledge base with daily meditation, Yoga and Ayurveda workshops
- Truly unplug and relax with an intimate group against the backdrop of a stunning tropical oasis in the comforts of a traditional Thai-style villa
- Become stronger mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically and in time, find more clarity and purpose in life
- Enjoy the beautiful offerings and adventure of magical Koh Phangan
- Return home fully recharged, refreshed and even ready to live more wholistically
- Feel empowered upon your return with ongoing support from the retreat team! This includes access to our private Facebook group and an optional free 30- minute Wholistic session one month after the retreat to check in and make sure you are integrating everything you have learned.
- Know you’ve made a difference. 5% of retreat proceeds will go to the Thai Child Development Foundation, a good friend’s organization that supports local underprivileged Thai children with medical care, education and personal development support!
Wholistic Workshop Topics:
- Introduction to Ayurveda
- The 5 elements and the 3 doshas
- Personalized nutrition, yoga/exercise, and a conscious mindset tailored to your dosha
- Connection between Ayurveda and Yoga, two sister sciences that mutually support one another in knowledge and practice
- The role of kriyas and affirmations
- Nutrition and eating for the doshas
- The importance of Dharma (life purpose)
- Intro to Agni and the role of proper digestion in health
- Self-care and self-massage toolkit
- Daily stress-management and health rituals for inner silence and self-love
- The health benefits of fasting
- Flowing with nature’s seasonal and daily cycles for increased vitality and energy
Sample Daily Flow:
7am – Morning meditation + rituals: kriyas and affirmations (ie: tongue scratching, neti pot, oil pulling)
7:30am – Ayurvedic morning tea
8-9:30am – Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation session
10am – Healthy Group Breakfast
11-1pm – Ayurveda workshop + lecture
1pm – Light Group Lunch (one day will be dedicated to conscious fasting / coconut water will be provided!)
Afternoon – Relax, Recharge & Reflect on the beach
3pm – Nature or cultural excursion adventures
6pm – Sunset Mindfulness Meditation
7pm – Dinner of your choice (restaurant list will be provided) or group gathering
Why Koh Phangan ?
The island of Koh Phangan will no doubt swallow you whole with her tropical beauty and abundance. A large part of the island is undeveloped and maintains the glow of an untouched natural Thai oasis. It still has the secluded island feel with only three main roads, no airport, and rarely any car traffic. You are away from world’s hustle and bustle, pollution and overall stresses of everyday western life. But, worry not. We are still well connected to the outside world through reliable ferries and the nearby airport on Koh Samui, the neighboring island. And of course, there’s the mainland not too far away.
We are committed to your comfort and experience end to end, including your retreat home for the 8 days we’ll be gathered together. Our Ocean View Retreat Venue is located directly on the beach, charming Thai-style bungalows will grace you with her grounding comforts and unique touch of luxury, overlooking a stunning ocean view, sunsets and farther out, the neighbor island Koh Tao. The boutique bungalow, all in their own individual style, boasts a wooden yoga shala, direct beach access, with the backdrop of Thai Jungle, healthy restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Notice this is a return back to nature. Haad Khom still has no government electricity. Daytime the restaurant and yoga shala have electricity and wifi. From 6pm- 9:30am you will have power in your bungalow.
Some of the best restaurants and convenience stores are just a few minutes drive to the fisherman village Chaloklum with a beautiful traditional Thai community.
No two bungalows are the same. They all come with their own tasteful decoartion and vibrant energy. Donned with wooden floors and a Thai-inspired minimal interior design, our rooms welcome you with state of the art bathrooms and rain-showers and kingsize bed. Cleaning service is available too for optimal convenience.
Our wish is to make you feel at home with family for the 8 days we’ll be together!
Haad Khom Beach
The wonderful beach of Haad Khom stands out because of its breath-taking beauty. Located on Koh Phangan’s north coast. The powdery, white sand containing a few beautiful stones together with the turquoise-blue sea make Haad Khom a real dream beach.
It is mainly snorkelers and relaxation seekers to be found at this beach, which is very quiet even in the main season. Fifty metres from the shore is a large coral reef surrounding the entire bay. Haad Khom is an ideal leisure destination for pure relaxation and bliss.
Meals made by Love
Every day of this retreat, you will be served an extensive balanced breakfast buffet and lunch in the modern Ayurvedic vegetarian style to suit every palate and dosha. These include delicious fresh juices, homemade muesli, hot and savory porridges, and guilt-free desserts that will surely boost your energy tanks and activate your taste buds with explosions of flavor as we move through the day!
Our vegetarian kitchen procures offering seasonal, organic and local produce as much as possible, and vegan and raw food options will also be available upon request.
Yoga at our beautiful wooden shala in the nature
We start the day in our beautiful new wooden yoga shala nestled in mother nature with enrich green mountain as the background and overlooking the white sand beach with an fantastic turquoise ocean view. The day can’t start better than that! 🙂
Each yoga class has a theme of the day, that you can easily incorporate into your day if you feel connected.
The class has gentle elements for grounding, followed by more dynamic that allows you to keep the energy flowing in your body and mind.
Nancy’s calm voice takes you on a journey of inner peace, connection to your true self and awareness of your breath. Her teaching is from the heart and brings you to your sacred place, inner calm, so that you don’t have to look anywhere else. Nancy’s strong focus is on the right alignment of the posture.
Practicing Yoga with awareness of proper alignment is intrinsically linked with better coordination, balance, stability and prevention of strain or injury. When we are comfortable in our Yoga asana, we can look inside, no effort is needed and we can go deep. We end up with a meditative relaxation for a creative and calm mind.
If you are a beginner – no worries! Classes are catered to beginners and teachers alike, from gentle to yin to power!
- Transfer ferry port Tongsala/Koh Phangan on start and end dates of retreat
- 7 night accommodation featuring 3 options: a single, double or triple occupancy at the beautiful Thai style villa
- Daily Yoga, Pranayama, Kriyas and Meditation
- 7x daily vegetarian breakfast
- 6x vegetarian lunch
- Dinner recommendations
- Welcome & goodbye dinner
- 24/7 drinks & herbal teas
- Wholistic Living Workshops
- Nature hikes
- 1x Ayurvedic Wellness-Treatment
- 1x Healing Art session, available upon request (Reiki, Thai Massage, Head- or Foot Massage)
- Sauna & wellness amenities
- 30 mins personalized consulting with Nancy
And some surprises along the way!
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Your round-trip airfare from home to Koh Phangan
- 5x dinners- we will let you explore Koh Phangan’s culinary variety with recommendations provided by us
- Alcoholic beverages not included in meals
- Souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, extra spa services, taxis, laundry, bell-boys, mini bar and tips
- Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance
Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage
Nutrition consultation with our nutritionist
Private Ayurveda Health Consultation
Watersport activities- SUP, Wakeboarding, Kayak
Motorbike or bicycle rental
Pre & Post-Retreat Bonus!
You are important to as, that’s why you will also receive:
- A clarity call-20 minutes of 1:1 time with Nancy so she can get to know you personally and best support you on your journey
- You’ll be invited to join our tribe, Facebook group, so you can get to know your retreat mates, ask questions and share in the pre-tip excitement
Post retreat includes
- An optional free 30 minute Wholistic integration session one month after the retreat, so together we can make sure you’re still on track with everything you learned.
Your Retreat Leader
I am Nancy, a Wholistic Coach, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, and Ayurvedic practitioner.
My work is rooted in empowering and guiding people to live a passionate life aligned with their authentic self, embodying a balanced body, mind, and soul with the Universe.
My story begins in Hamburg, Germany where I began my career in the corporate business world. After years of overwhelming stress and unhappiness, I eventually hit my breaking point (sound familiar?) and surrendered to the ever-growing call to travel the world. In taking this first step out of my comfort zone, I began the Trip of My Life, which brought me across all parts of Southeast Asia, Australia, India and two years later, back to the island I now call home, Koh Phangan in Thailand. Yes, it was my Eat, Pray, Love Moment; and I embraced it.
In the last two years, I’ve designed the simple yet abundant life I always wanted to live, rooted first and foremost in Nature. She continues to gift me time and time again with her boundless grounding and healing potential. Based out of my sacred home in the majestic mountains of Chaloklum, I wake up with my dog Lily each and every morning to the sounds of jungle and vibrant smells of fresh fruit around me. My mornings are spent on my yoga mat offering affirmations of gratitude and intention for whatever present moment brings.
Wholistic Island Retreats is created from a deep desire to live a balanced life in harmony with nature, aligned with the true authentic self. Wholistic Island Retreats has come to fruition through the passion of my own yoga practice, my love for Koh Phangan, and my mission to empower and guide people to live a passionate life aligned with their authentic self, embodying a balanced body, mind, and soul with the nature. It is such an honor to create these life changing experiences for you and a privilege to guide you on this inner and outer adventure of a lifetime.
From my heart to yours, I invite you on a wholistic journey with us.
WE WILL TAKE YOU ON A WHOLISTIC AYURVEDA & YOGA JOURNEY
WHAT DOES WHOLISTIC MEANS?
Wholistic: that which is whole, balanced and therefore, complete. An essential word that lays the strong foundation for healthy and mindful living.
WHAT IS AYURVEDA?
The “science of life” or longevity, this holistic medicine system comes from India and has been around for more than 5000 years. It is believed to be the oldest healing science in existence, forming the foundation of others that came after. In this personalized health practice, the patient is empowered to become a student of their Dosha or mind-body type (there are three: Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and arrive at their own self-healing through guidance and knowledge of the optimal diet, exercise/yoga practice, supplements, herbal medicine, treatments, mantras and other lifestyle choices for that type.
It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.
WHAT IS YOGA?
This Sanskrit word means “union” and was created to activate the mind-body connection. Like Ayurveda, the ancient practice of Yoga is a whole system and way of being in the world. The experience of Yoga brings ever greater alignment to one’s ability to be present and fully alive in every moment, a dynamic meditation in its own way. By bringing more attention to our daily life, we are quite literally training the muscle of the mind to expand and channel inner flow, gratitude and overall happiness.
The nearest airport is on Koh Samui. You will catch a connecting ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan (Thong Sala Pier), which can be arranged at the information desk at Koh Samui Airport. From there, we will arrange pickup to and from the retreat center.
Another option is to fly to Surat Thani Airport. From there you have to take a bus to Donsak pier (1.5hr). The ferry to Koh Phangan runs frequently and will take you 2-2.5 hours. From there, we will arrange pickup to and from the retreat center.
To experience the full 8 days, you must arrive to Koh Phangan on (16. March 2019) before 4pm.
If you want to come earlier or stay later for additional exploration, contact Nancy for support. She can help you design something fabulous for whatever feeds your curiosity and soul (as this has become a trend for many travellers, wanderlusters and expats who have fallen in love with the island). Feel free to ring her at +66 61200710. (whatsapp available)
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):
You have no experiences with Ayurveda?
No problem! The retreat will explain Ayurveda in an easy and simple way for everyone to understand and enjoy no matter their prior knowledge and background.
Have never done yoga before?
No problem! The retreat is for all levels! Our retreats don’t just include yoga – on a given day, yoga is taught once or twice per day depending on our itinerary. The excursions and meals are just as much a part of the theme of the week as yoga. It is an immersion for all of the senses and skill levels.
Never traveled abroad?
We’ve got you covered! We have traveled abroad and to Koh Phangan before many times and can give you the advice you need to arrive safely and smoothly.
Never done this for yourself?
Just do it! There’s no time like now! It will be a transformative week.
Traveling by yourself?
Perfect! This is the time now. You will meet incredible people at the retreat. Once you sign up, we will also connect you with our private Facebook page so that you can get to get to know the group before the trip, and who knows, you might even find another friend to travel with if that speaks to you more 🙂
Can I bring my husband or wife?
Our retreats are for men and women alike 🙂
What is the weather like in Koh Phangan in March?
It will be hot and sunny. Usually we have no rainy days.
What kind of clothes will I need for the trip?
The weather is warm, so pack light clothes, yoga and fitness outfits, and comfortable shoes for some nature hiking. A light sweater for the evening would also be good to have.
What currency does Thailand use?
Thai Baht. The currency exchange rate does change frequently. Check here http://www.xe.com/ucc/
I would like to immerse myself in yoga and self-exploration while I'm there. Is there time for that?
YES! There will be time to reflect and do your own practice, including journalling, photography, and sketching — whatever your creative outlet is. While we encourage you to share in the activities, keep in mind that all activities are optional. We empower you to guide your own wholistic journey!
Are private sessions and massage available?
Yes and no! You have treatments included in your package. If you want to book another one, we will book this for you for an additional fee.
Should I bring any yoga props with me (blocks, strap, etc)?
You can bring everything you need to practice yoga comfortably. We will have mats but you are welcome to bring your own.
What if I need to make a cancellation?
Keep reading below for all the details of the cancellation policy.
What’s the best way to stay up to date on retreat announcements, updates, etc?
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Still have more questions?
Contact US! We’re happy to help!
Phone: +66 612270010
If you want to arrive earlier or stay longer on Koh Phangan, we are happy to assist with recommendations and accommodation bookings.