Yoga Retreat

Christmas Week Retreat

Build Joy, Balance, Inner Peace & Strength through all the Techniques of Centered Yoga

Paul Dallaghan and the Samahita Team
December 22 – 29, 2018

About This Retreat

Paul and the Samahita team will share in the task of teaching and guiding all guests across the range of yoga and meditation practices, core strength work and cycle classes. Yoga and its techniques cover a number of practices that include sitting meditation forms, focused breath work that develops into a pranayama practice, and the physical yoga practice of asana. In addition, as in our YogaCoreCycle program, we incorporate core strength sessions and cycle work outs. The aim is for you to experience and practice yoga across its spectrum, taking care of the mental and emotional side to the different aspects of the physical. Every morning involves sitting and breath work practices. This serves as a platform for all other activities. The physical yoga asana practice will be offered on a number of levels that includes experienced self-practice, guided vinyasa classes, explorative asana classes, and restorative afternoon sessions. Weaved into this schedule are different core classes in the morning and/or afternoon. We alternate the cycle classes between silent-sunrise classes to mid-afternoon fun-cycle classes. As is the case at Samahita, you are free to attend all sessions or choose those that are working for you on a particular day. Our intention is for you to feel uplifted and clear in what to practice by the time you end the retreat.

The first week will place an emphasis on asana practice in the workshops, with more on the Philosophy by the second week, apt for an understanding to contemplate closing the old year and opening the new, with both weeks focused on the breath. Keeping things fluid Paul will still entertain questions on all subjects over the different weeks.

There will be a Christmas Eve celebration with special gourmet feast and performances and fundraiser for our local charities. On New Year’s Eve there will be a special ceremony to acknowledge 2018 and welcome in 2019 as well as a feast and performances. The special ceremony will help you close and heal the past year, setting the energy and intention for the year coming with an impetus to follow through on it. The rest of your time will be a nice break from all the crazy holiday happenings and commercial onslaught. Come and really enjoy a genuine holiday break from the ‘holidays’.

Musical celebrations!

In addition to yoga practice and optional fitness, this year’s Christmas and New Year’s retreats will be infused with magical flute music, concerts, tea ceremonies and ecstatic dance, featuring two international guest musicians, collaborating in kirtans while leading their own unique performances!

A Breath, Energetic, Yoga and Core Extravaganza Journey to Your Heart, Mind and Body, in a Truly Special Place

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Bibi Mcgill

Bibi McGill, lead guitarist with Beyonce, is not your typical rockstar guitarist—she’s also an internationally acclaimed yoga teacher. Bibi will deliver a healing experience that brings balance to the entire being as she leads ecstatic dance workshops and tea ceremonies infused with breath, sacred sound and hypnotic playlists. www.bibimcgill.com

The Samahita Team

Paul

Paul Dallaghan

Paul has been immersed in the practice and study of yoga, the breath, and meditative techniques for over 30 years, has gained a reputation as a yogi, scientist and teacher, while being a happy father to two sons. He has witnessed his own growth through many techniques and years of practice, watching how practices evolve over time as a student develops over time. His dedication to the path of yoga has come from a combination of intense practices, meditative experiences, silent retreats and numerous pilgrimages in India, Tibet and Thailand. He has had the good fortune to spend many rich years with his main teacher in pranayama and the meditative process, Sri O.P. Tiwari, and is now placed to carry forth these teachings and the tradition of Kuvalayananda. He was one of the dedicated few to spend many years living in Mysore with Pattabhi Jois in the old days of ashtanga vinyasa, certified by him, with an expertise in asana. Living in Thailand for many years Paul has also been involved in Buddhist culture and practices, many retreats in forest monasteries which are curiously appropriate for all these yogic practices.

Gill

GILL BREETZKE

Gill was born in South Africa, and has lived abroad in the UK, Ireland and Asia. She began her international teaching career, working in Inner city London schools, supporting children from challenging backgrounds, then on to Dublin and Yangon. Koh Samui is now her home where she combines her love of yoga and music in this unique transformational place. She began her daily practice of yoga in 2004, training with Paul Dallaghan and Richard Freeman, and is Yoga Alliance (500RYT) and 1100 hour Centered Yoga Certified teacher. Samahita has always been a welcoming, transformative space for her and in early 2016 she was grateful to fully embrace this magical place and call it home.

DANIEL STRINGER

Daniel began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2003 which led him to meet Pattabhi Jois in 2006 and experienced Guruji’s intense hands-on teachings. From Mysore he was led to Samahita in Koh Samui where he found his primary teacher Paul Dallaghan, an inspiring man with whom Daniel felt a deeper connection. Through these journeys, he has discovered how a dedicated and sincere yoga practice can be the single most transformative experience in anyone’s life. Since the birth of his son, he has focused on self-study of anatomy, philosophy and contemporary Integral spirituality. Daniel takes a balanced approach with his teaching – building inner awareness through breath, creating steadiness and strength through effective practical alignment, and allowing students to express their full potential. He takes a long-term interest in his students, helping to support inner and outer growth and development. After teaching yoga in Hong Kong for ten years at Myoga and Pure Yoga Daniel moved to Samui with his family to join the Samahita team full time in 2018.

Sarah

SARAH PIERROZ

Sarah was born in Canada, studying Art, Sciences, and Arts Education, and has travelled Africa, the Middle East, the Mediterranean Basin and Asia for over a decade. Making Egypt and then Italy her home, she was able to learn different approaches to relating to our environment and ourselves, how to promote non-violence and foster different forms of creative expression. Sarah most recently taught art, photography, and environmental science at a United World College near Venice, which focuses on promoting peace, intercultural understanding and sustainable development. She is grateful to have found an anchor at Samahita Retreat along the way. She completed a Centered Yoga Teacher training in 2011 and has continued her studies in pranayama, yoga and buddhist philosophy, and practical meditation techniques in more depth, under the main guidance of Paul Dallaghan and Sri. O.P. Tiwari. Sarah has over 1100 Centered Yoga Teacher hours, is a certified as a TRX Personal Trainer and Schwin Spin Instructor.

Ara

ARA HWANG

Ara was born and raised in Korea. She has traveled the world studying and working for last 16 years. She has worked in the fitness and wellness industry for last 11 years. In this experience she learn that: “Our body is very important to support and we need to care for it. Without a healthy body it’s hard to have a healthy mind. Taking care of your body is not a short time goal, it’s a complete lifestyle commitment.“

  • She is a certified Group Exercise Instructor, a certified Yoga Teacher with Paul Dallaghan, and has continued her education in yoga Philosophy, and Pranayama.
  • Ara is also a certified VTCT Massage Therapist Diploma Courses (600hour)
So

SO DIAWPRADIT

So was born and raised in Koh Phanghan, Thailand. He has been at Samahita since 2009 and enjoys helping others reach their fitness goals.
His vast experience in fitness and free-weight training, body weight resistance training, TRX, kettlebells, and passion for sports, such as Muay Thai, Football and running, will help you have a enjoyable and challenging session.

  • Certified as an ACE Personal Fitness Trainer in 2014

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This is a peak season retreat–other programs are not available at this time. For detox or wellness please choose an Add On Program.

The Daily Schedule

The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the retreat with a group welcome and departure is at 12pm on the last day. The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.

7.00 – 7.25 am Silent Sunrise Cycle on alternate days
7:30 am Sitting practice with inner energetic focus, breath awareness, dynamic sound, contemplation of forgiveness and thanks, into Breathwork-Pranayama and Meditation
9:00 – 10:30 am Asana practice – detailed guidance by Paul through either a Centered Contemplative Energy approach or a Dynamic Core Vinyasa. We will also make available the opportunity to do assisted self-practice with other teachers.
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Brunch buffet
3:00 – 3.30 pm Snack and refreshment
4:00 pm Q&A with Paul (or alternate days Core and Cycle) followed by Restorative yoga class with breath and sitting practice
6:00 – 8:00 pm Complimentary herbal steam room available
6:00 – 8:00 pm Dinner buffet
7:30 pm Evening program – your personal meditation in the Buddha shala or organized video or music programs

Add on a Detox Program

Enhance your stay by detoxing during your retreat for a full health make-over

Add on a Wellness Program

Take more time for yourself while on retreat and increase your wellbeing

Arrive Earlier or Stay Longer?

Samahita Retreat has a full program of yoga, breath, meditation, and fitness classes every day, all year.

Facilities

A lot goes on in this little place.
Take a tour and see for yourself.

Accommodations

A variety of private and semi-private options, clean, airy and comfortable.
Just what you need.

Rates

Rates are in US Dollars, are per person, and are fully inclusive of room, buffets, and practices for the duration of the program dates

Room Type Retreat Rate
Private Room $1,512
Semi-Private Room $1,372
Shared Two-Bedroom Loft $1,232

Need to bring a friend, partner or family member?

Subject to availability, we have Friends & Family rates for any registered Samahita Retreat guest’s partner, family member or friend, who is not interested in participating in any of the programs but will stay in a room and board capacity. Shared accommodation, food, and the facilities are open to them. If they prefer to engage in the selection of yoga, breath, meditation, and fitness classes every day then a separate booking under YogaCoreCycle is advised

Cuisine

Food should not only be healthy, it should be absolutely delicious.

Local, organic, healthy oils and no sugar, Thai and more, prepared with real care

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