Come and celebrate the Thai Lantern Festival in Northern Thailand!
November 9th-16th 2016
PRICE: $1400 Based on Twin share
We begin the retreat by unplugging and submerging ourselves in Nature with 2 nights at OM Waters, a floating Shala on a beautiful lake in Sri Lanna National Park, only an hour from Chiang Mai, Thailand. We invite you to join us for this unique 2 night experience of Yoga, connection and community in a magical setting. With very little external distractions, our senses will be heightened and be able to absorb all that nourishes us. It's an opportunity to clear that head space, boost your energy, laugh, play, and meet like-minded awesome people.
Early November is also an amazing time of year to be at OM Waters. Cool mornings and evenings, with warm temperatures in the daytime. When's the last time you jumped into a lake? Slept under the stars? Immersed into nature? Or taken the opportunity for self-care? This space has been created for you.
Then we will transfer to Kaomai Lanna Resort to enjoy our last 6 days in luxury, culture and leisure. Spend your time by the pool nestled in the beautiful gardens, at the spa indulging in a traditional Thai massage or exploring the old city of Chiang Mai.
Kaomai Lanna Hotel and Resort is a unique boutique accommodation only 40 mins out of the busy Chiang Mai. Set on 20 acres' natural land, surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The rooms are renovated from the former tobacco curing barns, decorated in contemporary Lanna style with colonial style teak wood antique furniture.
Kaomai Lanna has a beautiful wooden tree house style yoga shala where we will diving deep into our practice exploring the Pranayama, Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga practices. This is suitable to ALL levels.
The retreat culminates with the celebration of Yi Peng, (Lantern Festival), in Chiang Mai, the old capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. This is one of those bucket list experiences, where a multitude of Lanna-style sky lanterns adorned with good luck wishes and prayers are released into the sky.
First 2 nights at OM Waters has cozy comfortable camping on the houseboats
Good to know:
Then we move to Kaomai Lanna where all standard accommodation is stylish and comfortable with western beds, air conditioning, shower, hot & cold water, hair dryer & teak furniture. Standard accommodation is twin share.
Kaomai Lanna Spa.
You can all book therapies and treatments at affordable prices any time throughout our stay.
60 minutes Thai traditional massage
60 minutes Aromatherapy massage
60 minutes Herbal Compress
60 minutes Swedish massage
60 minutes Foot bath and reflexology massage
45 minutes Body scrub
45 minutes Green secret face treatment
Getting there and away
OM Waters is floating on a lake in Sri Lanna National Park one hour from Chiang Mai, Thailand. You must arrive in Chaing Mai by 12pm to get your transfer to OM Waters, as you can not enter the National park at Night.
Kaomai Lanna is 25 km‚ from the Chiang Mai airport and takes about 45-60 minutes by taxi.
You can get International flight direct to Chiang Mai Airport, Thailand
Alternatively you can fly to Bangkok and take a 1hour domestic flight to Chiang Mai. Train or Bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes approximately 12 hours.
Most nationalities get a 30 days visa on arrival. If you intend to spend longer in Thailand then we recommend you apply for a 2 months tourist visa. Check the Thailand embassy in your country for up to date information on visas.
About The Lantern Festival:
The festival is celebrated throughout the Kingdom on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. Loi Krathong and Yi Peng are celebrated at the same time, we will see lanterns floating on the waters, strings of pretty lights hanging from houses and temples, and hundreds of beautiful lanterns floating by in the sky during the celebrations.
For some a Lantern especially when lit, is meant to honour Buddha. For most Thais, however, it is a way to thank the Hindu Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha, for her endless help in providing the most basic of all human necessities. For Buddhists participating in these acts it serves as a time to reflect and let go of negativity whilst at the same time generating good luck.
Since this festival is a spiritual, ancient and sacred affair that invites new beginnings via spiritual cleansing, it is the perfect time for self-reflection and to bring our yoga retreat to a close.
Sample Yoga Program:
Free time to explore, shop, get treatments, swim and relax
4-6 Afternoon restorative class or workshop or cultural excursion in Chaing Mai