The Heart Of Yoga, A Thailand meditation and yoga retreat with Anne Douglas, Julie Seibt and Fuyuko Toyota

Julie Sitting by the Lake in Thailand
January 8, 2019 - January 15, 2019
About

The retreat looks over this lake.

Restore, Reconnect, Renew

Restore, reconnect, renew.  Awaken to your  innate sense of well-being and open your heart to abundant joy, essential wholeness and freedom.  Breath Sensing/Pranayama, iRest® Yoga Nidra, meditation in motion, self-inquiry and periods of silence form the foundation of this beautiful retreat.

Indulge in exquisite Thai food, jungle excursions, calm-water kayaking, optional cave meditation and a comfortable floating bungalow as your home on the remote Khlong Long Lake in Southern Thailand. 

Whether you are new to meditation or have an established practice, embodied meditative presence reveals your natural state of peace-love-joy and an even deeper abidance as infinite peace and stillness. We can think of no better location to support this abidance.

Periods of silence, from 8:30 pm to 8:30 am and some silent spaces during the day enhance your inner inquiry and deep rest. Individual requests for more silence will be supported by the teaching team and staff. 

Your home away from home is a comfortable floating bungalow at a unique and spectacular venue offered by Jungle Yoga (www.jungleyoga.com).

Register early as bungalow-availability is limited. The venue is exclusively reserved for this retreat.  Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary is a remote, pristine lake inthe interior of Southern Thailand.

There is easy access from Koh Samui, Kao Lak, Krabi and  Phuket. Most
participants will take a one-hour, inexpensive flight from Bangkok.

Recommended Reading before this retreat:

"Embodied Awakening" by Anne Douglas, Teacher

For millennia, humans have searched for the meaning of life and for a connection to the natural order of things and to a higher or all pervading consciousness that is central to all of existence. It could be said that every philosophy or religion has its roots in attempting to answer this enduring question, and Self-Realization, Enlightenment
or Awakening as the remembrance or resolution of it.  Read more by clicking here to download the full pdf (three pages).

The Teachers

Julie is thrilled to announce Anne Douglas will be joining this retreat as our Featured Teacher:

Anne Douglas:

Anne Douglas
Anne Douglas

Anne Douglas has been teaching yoga, meditation, yogic philosophy and holistic health for over 30 years. She travels internationally to teach trainings, retreats and workshops and is the creator of Anahata Yoga Therapy and the iRest Daily meditation program. She is a senior Trainer for the iRest Institute as well as a feature teacher on the Simple Habit meditation app, with over 1.4 million listens. Anne offers skillful facilitation through her compassionate heart, depth of wisdom and gentle humor. Her clarity, sensitivity and passion create an inspiring environment for learning. http://www.anahatayogatherapy.ca

 

Julie Seibt:

Julie Seibt
Julie Seibt

As an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist and IRI Certfied iRest Teacher® , Julie’s passion is to inspire others to listen to their inner wisdom as they journey down the path to optimal wellness in each stage of life. Julie teaches and facilities retreats in Canada, Hawaii and Thailand each year. She lived in Thailand for five years and is eager to share her favourite “cushy” and off-the-grid location with you. As a yoga therapist, Asian Bio-Energetic Therapist and Master Reiki Teacher, Julie brings a holistic, compassionate and mindful approach to well being. Julie is grateful to her primary teachers, Anne Douglas, Richard Miller, Steven Smith and Michele McDonald.

 

Fuyuko Toyota

Fuyuko Toyota
Fuyuko Toyota

Fuyuko Toyota is a certified iRest Senior Trainer, Retreat Leader and Supervisor/Mentor. For the past 22 years, she has been deeply committed on the path of Yoga and ancient Non-dual wisdom. She is also a certified meditation teacher, a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher, and Yoga therapist. She incorporates iRest and Self-Inquiry in her teachings of Yoga, Somatic body awareness and meditation at her yoga studio “Prema Yoga” on the Gold Coast, Australia and internationally.

In 2007, Richard Miller, her spiritual teacher, brought to Fuyuko a deeper understanding of who we are. From a life of ever deepening joy, astonishment, and stillness, a heartfelt wish and vow to share these precious teachings have arisen authentically.

She teaches iRest training and retreats in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia countries. She has been assisting and co-teaching iRest training in North America for Richard Miller and other senior trainers.

Testimonials

Anne Douglas is an expert at delivering the ancient wisdom teachings of yoga in a manner that makes them easily accessible to all. Her innate curiosity, enthusiasm for life and inherent loving and compassionate nature provide a supportive, safe and nurturing environment that enables her students to deeply rest and relax while learning to intimately explore the nature of their own experience. I take special delight in being with Anne as a teacher as her classes call us to experience yoga as both a sensually delightful and effervescently joyful and playful experience, while at the same time revealing the deepest understandings that yoga conveys, calling us to move beyond our limited misperceptions of separation and dissatisfaction and awaken to our inherent freedom and interconnectedness with all of life.

Richard Miller, President: Integrative Restoration Institute

Julie's retreat was exquisite. Held in the most peaceful of places, surrounded by jungle, and led by a most talented teacher who guided us in an exploration of tranquility. Incomparable.
Mark H, Hawaii
 
Fuyuko Toyota is a gift to this world!
She is an exemplar of living an ethical, caring life, showering love, compassion and kindness on those she teaches and guides. Through her many years of immersion in the spiritual life, including a decade of sincere study of iRest from Dr. Richard Miller, Fuyuko displays an authenticity of both humanness and quiet, modest awakening, that touches her students, colleagues and friends.

If you have an opportunity to attend a retreat or training with Fuyuko – take it!

Leigh Blashki - Founder AIYT, past-president Yoga Australia, Certified iRest Teacher
 
I have now attended the level one teacher training and my first iRest retreat with Fuyuko and have learnt so much from her on both occasions. Fuyuko is an amazing presenter who keeps everyone engaged the whole time. You can tell she lives and breathes the iRest teachings. Just being in her presence makes me feel calm. I look forward to attending further retreats and the level 2 training.
 

– Amy, SA, Australia

Costs

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$1750 CAD (approx. 1350 USD) Double occupancy in a shared bungalow with 2 large beds.  

$1950 CAD (approx. 1500 USD) Single occupancy in private bungalow

Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • 3 meals per day
  • unlimited tea, coffee and drinking water
  • Registration fee
  • Group transfer to/from Surat Thani airport
  • Boat transfer from pier to venue
  • Tuition
  • Use of kayaks
  • Linens, towels, and mosquito nets (there are very few, if any mosquitos but some prefer a net for added comfort)

The resort is reserved exclusively for our retreat. You will have access to all common areas and an amazing team of staff members who will support your retreat experience.

Note: If you would prefer to pay a portion of the fees upon arrival in the local currency,  Thai Baht, it will save you about $75 depending on currency fluctuations. To do this, follow payment option B below. Please ensure you also bring enough cash to also cover personal expenses such as massage, park entrance fee and gift/clothing purchases. There are no currency exchange services at Surat Thani airport. You must exchange currency or withdraw from an ATM at the BKK airport if you haven’t done so earlier. It is recommended you check or adjust your daily withdrawal limit prior to leaving your home country.

Payment guidelines:

Registration fee and tuition costs are as follows and are required to reserve your space:


$750 CAD pp for double shared room (2 beds)
$950 CAD pp for single room.


Option A: Balance: $1000 Cad pp due 08Oct18.


Option B: Balance paid at venue in local currency of THB 23,000* (appx $900 CAD or $700 USD).
*Note: there is no  ATM or currency exchange  at the Surat Thani airport. Both are easily available at Bangkok airport.


Refunds:  Fees are non-refundable within 60 days of retreat, unless we can fill your spot, in which case you will receive a refund for monies paid less exchange and payment processing fees and an administration fee of $250. We suggest you purchase travel cancelation insurance.
Forms of Payment: paypal account julie@bodymindease.com.  Please consult with us for payment options from your country.

At the lake

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, gratuity, extra drinks (tea, coffee and water included at no cost) , purchases from resort store (clothing, sunscreen, etc), massage, National Park fee of 300THB (appx $9) to be paid in cash at the pier on the first day.

Embodied Awakening was one of the most powerful and enjoyable workshops I have ever attended!
JS, Australia

I feel truly grateful to have stumbled upon this glorious practice and Anne!  Her teachings, I would rather call them fireside chats, brought to life what the practices is all about.  Her heart felt, dynamic and incredibly rich delivery, brought life to my meditation practice at an entirely new level.  My experience this week has been quite profound.  My deep thanks for creating an experience where that was possible.
M.M. from Idaho

"Julie's retreat actually changed my life. I was coming from a bit of a closed-minded place of what yoga means. I had so much to learn, but didn't understand that until my mind expanded through daily guidance from Julie. Most of the teachings clicked once I was back home in my daily grind. I could hear Julie's gentle wisdom guide me through difficult decisions and situations. If you are interested in developing yourself and expanding your mind, I recommend spending a week with the lovely Julie Seibt!"   Kelly H, St. Louis, MO 
 

 

 

Food/Accom

Bungalows

Accommodation is in simple floating bamboo jungalows/kutis, with one or two double to king size beds. Fresh Thai meals include wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables from the jungle and local markets, and fish from the lake. Meals will be mainly vegetarian with fish and occasionally, chicken. Drinking water is readily available. Refillable water bottles are provided. Lighting in the evening is provided by the moon and the stars. There is a small generator, usually on from 6:30pm - 10pm for lighting and outlets are available for charging a few necessary electrical items.

Some bungalows have a ensuite with toilet and shower, others share nearby bathrooms and shower areas. If you have a preference, please let us know. Many returning participants prefer the units without the bathroom because of the layout of the bungalow.

This Jungle Yoga retreat is a 'not to be missed' experience!. The serene location is unbelievable, you will meet amazing people and Julie is a really special teacher  - her quality shines through every thing she does.  Julie's commitment and deep respect for every student and the amazing environment meant everyone deepened (and enjoyed) their own practice. Add to that the amazing food  - it's heaven! (do a week  - better still two if you can!)

Grant D
New Zealand  

Bedroom

 

Getting There

The flight from Bangkok's Suvarnaphumi Airport to Surat Thani is 1 hour. From the airport, there will be a group transfer vehicle waiting for you to take you to the Pier at Ratchaprapa Dam and Wildlife Sanctuary Headquarters.

*There are also flights from Bangkok to Krabi and Phuket. Special arrangements would have to be made for pick up from these airports.

Surat Thani is a 1 hour drive from the Headquarters. Krabi is a 2 hour drive from Headquarters and Phuket is a 2-1/2 hour drive from Headquarters.

From Headquarters there is a 30 minute boat ride across a phenomenal lake to reach Praiwan Raft House (Jungle Yoga).

A shared transfer is provided from Surat Thani airport to the retreat venue and return. If you require transfers different than the group transfers, you will be responsible for the costs and arrangements.

The shared transfers will coordinate with the following flights on Thai Smile Airways: To book: http://www.thaismileair.com/

 WE251 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to Surat Thani (URT)  depart 08:10 a.m arrive 09:25a.m

WE252 Surat Thani Airport (URT) departs 10:00.m arrives BKK 11:20 a.m

If you will not be on these flights please let us know so we can meet you. On January 8th,  if you are not flying in to the Surat Thani airport, we can arrange to pick you up at the CBD* hotel in Surat Thani before picking up the others at the airport. 
Or, we can meet you at the pier (Rachaprapa Dam) at 11am. 

Another view of the lake

On January 15th, the group departure boat will leave the retreat venue at 6:30am for the van ride to connect with the Thai Smile Airways fight to Bangkok. 

For those traveling onward to the South of Thailand or Koh Samui area, take the group transfer to Surat Thani and then you can continue on from there to the ferries, or to town to the local bus terminal. Please ensure that you have your onward travel arrangements sorted before you arrive - it is busy and stressful at the airport that time of year

I find retreats with Julie to be nourishing on so many levels. I'm embarrassed to say that she actually taught me how to breath! Our practice and experience this past year has given me a greater appreciation and awareness of the body. I've learned that paying close attention to the body and areas of tension can help deepen my meditation practice. The combination of community, excellent teaching, local food and spectacular surroundings is something I could get used to! I look forward to the next retreat, wherever that may be and I want to express gratitude to Julie and all involved.
 
Sean S, Boston, MA
 

Anne Douglas is an expert at delivering the ancient wisdom teachings of yoga in a manner that makes them easily accessible to all. Her innate curiosity, enthusiasm for life and inherent loving and compassionate nature provide a supportive, safe and nurturing environment that enables her students to deeply rest and relax while learning to intimately explore the nature of their own experience. I take special delight in being with Anne as a teacher as her classes call us to experience yoga as both a sensually delightful and effervescently joyful and playful experience, while at the same time revealing the deepest understandings that yoga conveys, calling us to move beyond our limited misperceptions of separation and dissatisfaction and awaken to our inherent freedom and interconnectedness with all of life. testimonials: Anne Douglas is an amazing teacher. Her ability to convey complex ideas are beyond compare.  she does so with a heart of kindness and joyfulness that permeates her teaching.  she has the innate ability to keep on transfixed to her every word.  I would attend any event she offers in the future.

Anne is an amazing teacher.  She has both the knowledge and a delivery style that makes it come to life!

Anne Douglas is an amazing teacher. Her ability to convey complex ideas are beyond compare.  she does so with a heart of kindness and joyfulness that permeates her teaching.  she has the innate ability to keep on transfixed to her every word.  I would attend any event she offers in the future.

Environment

EnvironmentKhlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary is a remote, beautiful lake in the interior of Southern Thailand. Located on the edge of Khao Sok National Park, the lake is hidden among towering limestone karst formations. The prehistoric jungle is part of a wildlife sanctuary that is home to gibbon apes, langur monkeys, giant hornbills, serpent eagles and many other rare birds and animals. There are however, almost no mosquitoes and no black flies.

Flow

FlowingEmerge each morning from your floating bungalow on a tranquil, jungle lake. Morning pranayama (breathing awareness) and meditation will open the body and senses to the exquisite untouched embrace of nature. Still, freshwater is your playground. Ease into gentle yoga practicing and teachings, kayaking, swimming, wildlife viewing, hiking and lingering over fresh, Thai food with herbs collected from the jungle. An excursion further into the National park with a raft-boat lake tour and unforgettable cave meditation is included. A 2nd optional day excursion is available. A light evening dinner followed by a wisdom talk, body sensing or stargazing will leave you blissfully relaxed and nourished on all levels.

Teachings: Once you have stepped through the doors of heightened and sensitized perception, the practices of Kashmiri Non-dualism acquaint you with the Truth and Fullness of who you are as both embodied and Infinite Awareness.

Daily practices help to stabilize the recognition, and to ABIDE as ONE integrated whole. One mind, One heart, One Love.
Anne and Julie engage the teachings of nondual yoga through practices that include Breath Sensing/Pranayama, iRest Yoga Nidra, BodySensing & Tandava as meditation in motion, and periods of silence.  

*Tandava is known as the Dance of Bliss or Enlightenment and is experienced as spontaneous movement.

This protective, nourishing environment will be enhanced by silence from 8:30 pm to 8:30 am and a dedicated area for silence, others for mindful speech. This retreat will be free from alcohol or other intoxicants. Internet and telephone communication is not available at the venue. Unplug, kick back and open to the rare opportunity to be held in nature, community and compassionate leadership.

 

sample schedule (subject to change on excursion days)

Morning Program:

7:00-8:00 Pranayama & Meditation

8:00-9:00 Breakfast 

9:30-Noon Morning Practice: Meditation, BodySensing & Tandava, iRest Yoga Nidra

Noon-1:00 Lunch

Afternoon Program:

3:30-5:30 Inquiry Practice

6:00-7:00 Dinner

Evening Program:

7:30-9:00 Discussion/Satsanga

Julie at the lake.

 

 

I can safely say that the retreat was one of the best things that I have ever done. I learned a lot and it has changed my yoga and mediation practice for the better. What a wonderful New Year's gift!   Lisa M, UK

 

 

I have participated in muThe viewltiple retreats with Julie and it is aways amazing to work with her.  Her gentle yoga is great, and helpful for chronic pain, stress and tension.  I have had chronic shoulder problems, and the exercises I have learned in her classes helped to relieve my pain and strengthen my body.  Words do not adequately describe the beauty of this Thailand location.  The swimming, kayaking, and wildlife viewing are amazing.  It is the perfect place to go and disconnect, which is why I keep coming back!  Erin B

The retreat was perfect and life changing!  Thank-you, Anne  - Beverlee B

This retreat was a important part of my healing journey.  I will continue to use the tools I have learned to open my heart to the light within. - Kevin E.

I totally enjoyed the practices, and all the wisdom and love from Anne.  - Anon.

This was an amazing journey.  Far more than I expected and life changing.  - Rich B.

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