Guest Teacher Program

The Art of Connecting: A Yoga and Wholistic Movement Retreat

with Summer Dien and Manu Molina de la Torre
January 4-11, and / or 11-18,  2020

About The Retreat

On planet Earth today there are over 7 billion people, speaking nearly 6,500 languages. With the advent of advanced technology and the internet, we can somehow manage to connect with people thousands of miles away. (Just like we are doing right now!)…and despite it all, the majority of us experience isolation and loneliness in our daily lives.

What about the Internet, though? What about connecting to yourself and what’s inside? More than ever before, we need a real energetic connection to each other and to Mother Nature.

How do we overcome the barriers that divide us and learn to empathize with our fellow brothers and sisters? How do we find that common thread? How can we feel a sense of oneness and union, connection?

Sometimes, all it takes to reconnect to oneself is closing the eyes and observing the sounds around us, taking in the sensations the body feels. The connection to the breath can bring us back to ourselves and remind us that we are all human beings.

No matter the color of our skin or our eyes, no matter our income, family background, or occupation, underneath it all, we are all the same. We all experience the same emotions of love, joy, anger, sadness, grief, and jealousy.

When we have a shared experience, we can relate to each other and create a powerful bond.

A connection.

The Art of Connecting retreat in January brings people together from all over the world, from all walks of life, to spend seven or fourteen days breathing, moving, laughing and living together as one.

We will investigate the Art of Connecting…
Of connecting to ourselves,
our breath,
our physical form,
to each other,
to nature.
And ultimately connecting to the inner wisdom that lives within us.

Through the modalities of kriyas, pranayama, guided meditation, asana and Wholistic Movement we will learn how to connect in authentic and meaningful ways, to our bodies and each other.

Through finding comfort in discomfort, through trusting in and surrendering to the unknown, through breathing and observing (rather than withholding the breath and reacting to emotions), we will discover new layers to ourselves and our new found friends.

  • If you’re ready to dive deep and learn the Art of Connecting, then this retreat is for you.
  • If you long to discover something beyond the physical, material world, then this retreat is for you.
  • If you’ve lost touch with your spiritual practice and need guidance, then this retreat is for you.
  • If you wish to experience more depth in your spiritual practice, then this retreat is for you.
  • If you desire to feel part of a safe and nurturing community, then this retreat is for you.

Get in touch and learn the tools to stay connected and present in your daily life.

Join Summer Dien and Manu Molina on this wondrous journey of connection at Samahita Retreat this January 2020.

Samahita Retreat truly facilitates an environment of learning and healing, from the sacred yoga shala to the healthy, delicious and nutritious Thai vegetarian food. This is a beautiful beachfront safe haven, where people from all over the world come to rest, relax, and rejuvenate.

Imagine an environment that cultivates an exploration of the inner space, without all the distractions of our hectic and stressful lives.

Come and learn how to (re)connect and leave with a toolbox full of yogic exercises that you can implement in your daily life.

What are you waiting for?

Mornings Classes:

Morning classes begin with a guided contemplation on gratitude, forgiveness, and guidance.
We will practice the yogic kriyas (cleansing practices) and pranayama, deepening our knowledge and understanding of the effects of these practices on a physiological level and experiencing the effects for ourselves on a personal level.

Each day will also focus on core strengthening exercises, building that strong connection to our power center. We will also cover one key asana pose per day, going in depth on alignment and modifications for different body types.

The asana practice will be unique to each participant. Everyone will learn an asana sequence that is suitable and manageable for their specific body type and time constraints. There will be two asana classes to choose from: a dynamic ashtanga Mysore style and a gentler vinyasa flow style class.

Both the pranayama and asana classes will be guided in the beginning and then move towards a manageable, realistic independent self-practice.

After the retreat, everyone will have a set of yogic practices available to them at any time. Students can begin to integrate these practices into their daily lives and feel immediate effects.

Afternoon classes:

In the afternoon classes, we will explore Wholistic Movement. This is a method, created by Manu, which blends movement, wellbeing and yoga seamlessly into a variety of mind, body and breathing practices that create a more wholistic approach. Wholistic Movement is inspired by a new paradigm shift in the wellness world. This new paradigm is born out of a desire to better understand movement, wellbeing and spirituality.

The afternoons integrate the morning’s practices, from a fitness and movement standpoint, as well as including breath-work and yoga. It is designed in a cohesive and progressive manner, linking movement (in different forms), fitness (with multiple modalities) and yoga (exploring various limbs and approaches).

We understand that this retreat’s program can be physically demanding and for this reason we will be giving plenty of options, variations and modifications during our classes. We honor your need to take rest if it’s ever too much for you. Please communicate with Manu and Summer with any questions or concerns. 

After the retreat, you will leave feeling empowered, connected, and have a better understanding of the inner workings of your own body and mind. We will meet you where you are, catering to your needs and holding space for your growth.

Retreat package includes:

8 days and 7 nights’ luxury accommodation

Roundtrip airport transfer

Daily brunch and dinner buffet with nourishing, nutritious and fresh homemade Thai cuisine

Complimentary Berkey filtered drinking water, herbal and caffeinated tea, organic Hill tribe coffee, daily fresh fruit snack

3 x 60-min Total Self Care treatments at Wellness Center

Daily classes in beachfront yoga shala with ocean view

Twice daily classes of guided meditation, kriyas, pranayama, asana, fitness and movement with expert hands-on adjustments from experienced teachers

Use of all facilities at Samahita including saltwater pool, herbal steam room, kayaks, stand up paddle boards

Excursion on long tail boat with snorkelling, visit to night market at Fisherman’s Village, guided walking tour of Laemsor Pagoda

Free Wi-Fi

Smoke free, alcohol free, meat free environment

Opportunity to do a digital detox

Investment (in USD):

  • Private Room Single: $1988
  • Semi Private Room: $1848
  • Private Room Couple: $1708
  • Shared Loft: $1708

*Early bird rates until October 31st 2019

**A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD is required to reserve your place

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Summer Dien

Summer Dien is an international yoga teacher of pranayama and Ashtanga with nearly a decade’s worth of experience.

She is trained in the classical pranayama practices of the Khaivalyadham lineage and in the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa system. Summer continues to study extensively with her teachers Sri OP Tiwari and Paul Dallaghan in the areas of pranayama and asana, and has over 1100 hours of advanced yoga education.

Summer has a liberal, non-dogmatic approach and believes in using the body in the most efficient and intelligent way possible. She advocates modifying the poses to suit the student’s current needs and abilities. She is gifted in working with both advanced and new practitioners alike. Summer is committed to the path of yoga and dedicates her life fully to supporting and uplifting others.

Within the past couple years, she has taught classes, given workshops and retreats in Bali, Singapore, Maldives, Thailand, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Switzerland, Germany, UK, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Morocco, Costa Rica, and Belgium. Summer is very excited to connect with you all and share her knowledge and experience.

Connect with Summer on social media:

www.facebook.com/summerdien

www.instagram.com/summer.dien

YouTube teaching video, sun salutation for beginners 

Yoga video bio

Manu Molina de la Torre

Manu is a yoga and movement facilitator, developer of the Wholistic Movement method. He is a certified personal trainer by the American Council of Exercise since 2017. Manu is specialized in body-weight training, indoor cycle, TRX and Kettle bells, amongst other modalities. He is also a yoga teacher and is trained in different approaches to asana including Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Restorative yoga. Manu has also studied Kriyas and Pranayama in the Khaivalyadham lineage with Sri OP Tiwari and Paul Dallaghan.

Manu has been practicing movement and yoga regularly since 2007 and coaching since 2010. The essence of his work is to make yoga and movement accessible to you, to empower yourself in the process of pursuing and reaching your full potential as a human being and to help you to create a healthier, more balanced and meaningful lifestyle.

“I recognize the human being as a WHOLE, made up of different parts such as body, mind, emotions, energy and spirit and I believe in an integrative and attainable approach to wellbeing”. –Manu.

Credentials:

Certified Personal Trainer ACE (American Council on Exercise) Fit Thailand in Bangkok 2017.

E- RYT 500. Yoga and Pranayama. Centered Yoga at Samahita Retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand. From 2014 to 2016.

Certified Yoga Teacher CYT 200. Yoga anatomy and Vinyasa Flow. Yoga Medicine at Samahita Retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand 2017.

Accredited Yoga Instructor 200 CYA International. Yoga & Pranayama. Kaivalyadhama Institute in Lonavla, India 2016.

IG: with.manu

FB: With Manu

YT: With Manu

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Daily Schedule

6:45am Tea / Coffee / Banana
7.30am –10.00am Morning Practice
10:00am – 1:00pm Brunch Buffett
1:00pm – 4:00pm Free Time
4.00pm – 6.00pm Afternoon Practice
6.00pm – 8.00pm Dinner Buffet
8.00pm Meditation

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.

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.

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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