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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 healthy meals a day
What's not included? Airfare and transport to Koh Phangan.
You may want to get travel insurance and a SIM card.
($1500 early bird
until December 31st, 2017)
($1350 early bird
until December 31st, 2017)
Join us for this life-changing ecology experience in Koh Phangan
from March 10th-16th.