Unplug and revitalize yourself on an epic beach, trekking, meditation and sailing adventure on Thailand's island paradise Koh Phangan. Learn about the unique tropical ecology of the Gulf of Thailand.

Join us in Thailand for an epic 7-day adventure where you will train the habit of bringing your full attention to present moment using flow psychology and sensory immersion meditation.

Immerse yourselves in spectacular rainforest ecology of Than Sadet National Park national park on Koh Phangan, enjoy a sailing adventure around the tropical islands of the Gulf of Thailand and spend a few days unplugged from the modern world in Ang Thong National Marine Park, a 42 island archipelago.

On this retreat, you will learn about Thailand's forest monk tradition of meditating in the trees and the forest monk who's foresight has led to nearly half of Koh Phangan being protected in a National Park reserve. We will practice sensory immersion meditation while climbing Koh Phangan's highest peak Khao Ra, swimming in cool waters of waterfalls and trekking to legendary Bottle Beach.

For the last 2-days we will go on a sailing adventure around the islands in the Gulf of Thailand and spend a couple days exploring Ang Thong National Marine Park's unique ecology. We will sleep under the stars on deserted islands, climb the highest peak overlooking the entire 42-island archipelago for the sunrise and sunset, and experience sensory deprivation meditating in the massive crystal caves.

On the sailboat, we will catch our own fish and spend the days relaxing eating delicious, healthy food surrounded by other inspiring leaders interested in ecology and meditation from all over the world. There will be daily self-knowledge and ecology workshops on building keystone habits, flow psychology, Advaita Vedanta philosophy, Thailand's forest monk tradition, sensory immersion meditation and creating your own Hero's Journey.

Surround yourself with epic people who want to create a better world and build their lives around passion and purpose. Learn creative ways to lead a more meaningful and impactful life, make lifelong friends and then return home ready to share your knowledge in your local community.


Day 1: Visiting Koh Phangan's Nature Monks

The first morning we will visit the spectacular monastery Wat Koh Tham up in the mountains above the town of Ban Tai. We will learn about the forest monk tradition in the Thailand and hear the story of the forest monks who fought to preserve the nature of Koh Phangan in what is now called Than Sadet National Park.

We will learn about the ancient forest monk tradition in Thailand and how a forest monk on Koh Phangan fought to preserve nearly 50% of the island in a protect national park reserve.

We will learn about the ancient forest monk tradition in Thailand and how a forest monk on Koh Phangan fought to preserve nearly 50% of the island in a protect national park reserve.

We will learn about Thai Buddhism on a tour of Wat Koh Tahm, a mountaintop monastery. After the tour, we will do our first walking meditation session in the jungle.

We will learn about Thai Buddhism on a tour of Wat Koh Tahm, a mountaintop monastery. After the tour, we will do our first walking meditation session in the jungle.

The viewpoint Wat Kohm Tam mountaintop forest monestary overlooking the town of Ban Tai and the island of Koh Samui in the distance.

The viewpoint Wat Kohm Tam mountaintop forest monestary overlooking the town of Ban Tai and the island of Koh Samui in the distance.

In Than Sadet National Park, we will hike up to the Cloud Forest to learn about the ecology and see the amazing view of the Coconut Plantations from the Dome Sila viewpoint.

In Than Sadet National Park, we will hike up to the Cloud Forest to learn about the ecology and see the amazing view of the Coconut Plantations from the Dome Sila viewpoint.

After the hike, we will visit the Phaeng Waterfall for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear pools.

After the hike, we will visit the Phaeng Waterfall for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear pools.

In the late afternoon, we will travel to Mae Haad to snorkel and explore the tidal flats. Afterwards, we will watch the sunset over this peninsula from 360 Bar.

In the late afternoon, we will travel to Mae Haad to snorkel and explore the tidal flats. Afterwards, we will watch the sunset over this peninsula from 360 Bar.

After dinner we will go to the Dome for an interactive music experience, bonfire and sweat lodge.

After dinner we will go to the Dome for an interactive music experience, bonfire and sweat lodge.


Day 2 - Khao Ra Trek and Barefoot Walking Meditation

In the morning we will rise early to climb Khao Ra (627 m), the highest peak on Koh Phangan and learn more about the trees, plants and fungi of the cloud rainforest ecosystem found at the higher elevations on the island.

The epic view from the top of Khao Ra of Chaloklum Bay and Mae Haad. On a very clear day you can see the island of Koh Tao in the distance.

The epic view from the top of Khao Ra of Chaloklum Bay and Mae Haad. On a very clear day you can see the island of Koh Tao in the distance.

The untouched wilderness of Than Sadet National Park on the eastern half of Koh Phangan. After the hike, we will swim in the Khao Ra waterfall that flows from the cloud forests.

The untouched wilderness of Than Sadet National Park on the eastern half of Koh Phangan. After the hike, we will swim in the Khao Ra waterfall that flows from the cloud forests.

After lunch, we will go to the majestic Guanyin Temple that overlooks Chaloklum Bay. Known as the 'Goddess of Mercy Shrine', this fascinating Chinese temple is dedicated to the bodhisattva Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy.  Inside the Great Treasure Hall, we will learn the fascinating stories of 3 legendary bodhisattvas: Puxian who is depicted seated on an elephant, Wenshu who is seen sitting on a lion and the 1000-hand statue of Guanyin.

After lunch, we will go to the majestic Guanyin Temple that overlooks Chaloklum Bay. Known as the 'Goddess of Mercy Shrine', this fascinating Chinese temple is dedicated to the bodhisattva Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. 

Inside the Great Treasure Hall, we will learn the fascinating stories of 3 legendary bodhisattvas: Puxian who is depicted seated on an elephant, Wenshu who is seen sitting on a lion and the 1000-hand statue of Guanyin.

For the sunset we will do a Sensory Immersion Meditation session on the sand flats at Hin Kong Bay. This bay offers views of Koh Samui and the summit of Khao Ra.

For the sunset we will do a Sensory Immersion Meditation session on the sand flats at Hin Kong Bay. This bay offers views of Koh Samui and the summit of Khao Ra.

From the sand flats, we can also see the islands of Ang Thong National Marine Park in the distance, a 42 island archipelago will visit later on the adventure for a full nature immersion.

From the sand flats, we can also see the islands of Ang Thong National Marine Park in the distance, a 42 island archipelago will visit later on the adventure for a full nature immersion.


Day 3: Jungle Trek to the Party at Why Nam

On the next morning, we will do a jungle trek from Haad Rin to the Tri-Bay Lookout and then to legendary Why Nam Beach. We will visit the first bay Haad Yuan to experience the viewpoint, then have lunch at the Sanctuary at Haad Thien and finally continue to Why Nam. We will spend the late afternoon and evening dancing to some of the world's best house and trance music before returning by long boat under the stars.

The 2-hour jungle trek from Haad Rin to the Tri-Bays is a great classroom for learning about the rainforest ecology of Koh Phangan.

The 2-hour jungle trek from Haad Rin to the Tri-Bays is a great classroom for learning about the rainforest ecology of Koh Phangan.

The view from the Tri-Bays Lookout of Haad Yuan, Haad Thien and Why Nam.

The view from the Tri-Bays Lookout of Haad Yuan, Haad Thien and Why Nam.

Why Nam beach, Koh Phangan's best place to dance, swim and make new friends.

Why Nam beach, Koh Phangan's best place to dance, swim and make new friends.

The Why Nam "Mother Nature Goddess" welcomes everyone to explore the mystery of life and human connection.

The Why Nam "Mother Nature Goddess" welcomes everyone to explore the mystery of life and human connection.

Live. Love. Laugh. We think that's great advice. Throughout Haad Thien and Why Nam, you will find inspirational coconuts everywhere.

Live. Love. Laugh. We think that's great advice. Throughout Haad Thien and Why Nam, you will find inspirational coconuts everywhere.


Day 4 and 5 - Bottle Beach Trek and Relaxing Day At The Beach

On the 4th day, you will have an free day where you can spend the day at the beach or exploring the islands. During the day, there will be a series of workshops you can drop in on or you can just relax and do your own thing.

On the 5th day, we will take a 2-hour trek through Than Sadet National Park to Koh Phangan's most isolated bay where you will find Bottle Beach, which is only accessible by boat and jungle trek.

The beautiful jungle trail to Bottle Beach, which gets its name from the plastic bottles that mark the way through the dense jungles of Than Sadet National Park.

The beautiful jungle trail to Bottle Beach, which gets its name from the plastic bottles that mark the way through the dense jungles of Than Sadet National Park.

Bottle Beach is the closest in Thailand that we've found to peacefulness and remoteness of the movie The Beach. We will hike up to the viewpoint in the left-hand side of this photo for a breathtaking view of the sunset.

Bottle Beach is the closest in Thailand that we've found to peacefulness and remoteness of the movie The Beach. We will hike up to the viewpoint in the left-hand side of this photo for a breathtaking view of the sunset.


Day 6 and 7: Nature Immersion in Ang Thong National Marine Park

For the last 3 days, we will sail to Ang Thong National Marine Park and camp in the wilderness under the stars.

Ang Thong translates as “golden bowl”. It occupies almost 250 sq. km and includes 50 sq. km of limestone islands and karst topography which rise from the sea as dramatic rock cliffs and bizarre rock formations. Caves, hidden lagoons and white sand beaches are there to be explored and we will go snorkelling and learn about the unique marine ecology of the shallow coral gardens.

Ang Thong National Marine Park is a protected nature reserved consisting of over 40 islands. It is world famous for its natural beauty and it is home to Emerald Lagoon, which is the original location that inspired Alex Garland’s novel The Beach. In the book, Garland places the secret beach in the Gulf of Thailand, not the Andaman Sea.  When the book was made it into the Hollywood movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, it wasn’t practical to film in Ang Thong so Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi was used because it was much more accessible for the large and heavy filming equipment.

All of the islands in Ang Thong National Park are uninhabited and undeveloped except for two. One being Koh Wua Talap where will stay the night and the other is Koh Paluay, which is inhabited by sea gypsies who earn a living from fishing.

We will visit Koh Wua Talap, which has the park ranger's station. Here we will learn about the unique ecology of the archipelago and how Thailand's burgeoning ecotourism industry is developing in the Gulf of Thailand.

We will visit Koh Wua Talap, which has the park ranger's station. Here we will learn about the unique ecology of the archipelago and how Thailand's burgeoning ecotourism industry is developing in the Gulf of Thailand.

We will enjoy an afternoon swim at the spectacular powdery white sand beach at Koh Wua Talap. From this beach, we will do hikes to the viewpoint and the crystal caves inside the mountain above the beach.

We will enjoy an afternoon swim at the spectacular powdery white sand beach at Koh Wua Talap. From this beach, we will do hikes to the viewpoint and the crystal caves inside the mountain above the beach.

The awe-inspiring view from the mountain viewpoint on Koh Wua Talap. We will camp under the stars in the valley below and climb to the best viewpoint in the national park to do a Sensory Immersion Meditation session during the sunset and then rise for the sunrise the next morning as well.

The awe-inspiring view from the mountain viewpoint on Koh Wua Talap. We will camp under the stars in the valley below and climb to the best viewpoint in the national park to do a Sensory Immersion Meditation session during the sunset and then rise for the sunrise the next morning as well.

The view from the top of Ang Thong National Park is one of the best in all of Thailand.

The view from the top of Ang Thong National Park is one of the best in all of Thailand.

We will hike into the interior of Mae Koh island to see the surreal green colour and thick rainforest of Emerald Lagoon.

We will hike into the interior of Mae Koh island to see the surreal green colour and thick rainforest of Emerald Lagoon.

The erosions patterns in Ang Thong are very unique, giving the impression from a distance that some of the rock formations are levitating above the water.

The erosions patterns in Ang Thong are very unique, giving the impression from a distance that some of the rock formations are levitating above the water.

Langurs rule Ang Thong National Park. In addition, there are 16 species of mammals like otters, langurs, crab-eating monkeys, hogs, silver haired bats, dolphins and whales.

Langurs rule Ang Thong National Park. In addition, there are 16 species of mammals like otters, langurs, crab-eating monkeys, hogs, silver haired bats, dolphins and whales.

The waters of the national park are home to butterfly fish, angel fish, parrot fish, blue-spotted fantail rays, blacktip reef sharks, snappers, groupers, sea slugs, blue swimming crabs, sea fans, sea whips, giant clams, oysters, and coral.

The waters of the national park are home to butterfly fish, angel fish, parrot fish, blue-spotted fantail rays, blacktip reef sharks, snappers, groupers, sea slugs, blue swimming crabs, sea fans, sea whips, giant clams, oysters, and coral.

 Caves are the cathedrals of nature. For millenia, sages and seers have used the silence and darkness of caves to heighten their awareness and explore the nature of consciousness. Inside the incredible Bua Bok Cave we will learn about the stalagmite and stalactite formations and do a meditation session in complete darkness and silence deep inside the cave system.

 Caves are the cathedrals of nature. For millenia, sages and seers have used the silence and darkness of caves to heighten their awareness and explore the nature of consciousness. Inside the incredible Bua Bok Cave we will learn about the stalagmite and stalactite formations and do a meditation session in complete darkness and silence deep inside the cave system.


Koh Phangan Accommodations:

On Koh Phangan we will be staying on the beach at Phangan Cove Resort near the village of Srithanu. 

For the nature immersion in Ang Thong National Park, you will have the option to stay in a private room or camp under the stars.

The beachfront at Phangan Cove near the village of Srithanu, which is the yoga capital of Thailand and home to large learning centres such as Samma Karuna and Agama Yoga.

The beachfront at Phangan Cove near the village of Srithanu, which is the yoga capital of Thailand and home to large learning centres such as Samma Karuna and Agama Yoga.

The restaurant at Phangan Cove is one of the best on the island. We will eat all our meals together and do workshops here to explore deeper into fascinating topics like biomimicry, storytelling and Vedic cosmology.

The restaurant at Phangan Cove is one of the best on the island. We will eat all our meals together and do workshops here to explore deeper into fascinating topics like biomimicry, storytelling and Vedic cosmology.

Pricing and Accommodation Options:

We will pick you up the day before the retreat begins at the ferry docks in Thong Sala.
You can fly to nearby airports in Koh Samui or Surat Thani from Bangkok and take the ferry to the island.

Private accommodation
3 healthy meals a day
Transportation
Daily workshops

What's not included? Airfare and transport to Koh Phangan.
You may want to get travel insurance and a SIM card.

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Private Bungalow

$1800 USD

($1500 early bird
until December 31st, 2017)


Private Room

$1500 USD

($1350 early bird
until December 31st, 2017)


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March 2018

Join us for this life-changing ecology experience in Koh Phangan
from March 10th-16th.