Private Group

The Art of Connecting to Your Power Center: A Yoga and Fitness Retreat

With Summer Dien & Dalila El Merini
February 16 – 25, 2019

About This Retreat

This is a 9 day holistic yoga and fitness retreat designed to help you develop a deeper understanding of your core, in terms of fitness, yoga, and also who you are as an individual.

Each day, we will take time to connect to our breath, our bodies, and our core. All the yoga and fitness classes incorporate exercises that will show you how to connect to and access the muscles you need to support you while working out, doing yoga and just going about your daily life.

  • Strengthen your body from the inside out.
  • Connect to your core.
  • Connect with others.
  • Feel yourself apart of a supportive community.

Mornings with Summer:

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. These seated practices require proper engagement of the pelvic floor and lower abdomen to have a good effect on the nervous system.

We will then move into the asana practice, utilizing the body as a vehicle to better understand ourselves.

Everyone will learn an asana sequence that is suitable and manageable for their specific body type and time constraints. Both the pranayama and asana classes will be guided in the beginning and then move towards a manageable, realistic independent self-practice.

Afternoons with Dalila:

Our main focus will be to move with intention: to connect to our center and feel the energy flowing smoothly throughout the whole body. The beginning of our class will be dedicated to mobility in order to create heat in the body, prepare the joints for the workout and prevent injury. This is where the mind-body connection comes into play. We will then learn how to engage our deep core muscles to help stabilize the joints, fire specific muscles and activate the central nervous system which in turn will enable us to maximize our neuromuscular efficiency, building strength and power for the training session.

After the fitness class, we will gently cool down the body with a restorative yoga sequence, supported by props that will allow us to completely relax and rest. Each pose will be held for 5 minutes or more. Restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle backbends.

More Retreat Info

During the retreat, there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy alone time and group bonding, all on the beautiful island of Koh Samui, in Thailand.

As a former teacher at Samahita Retreat, Summer is overjoyed with the opportunity to share yoga with others at this world renown holistic health and wellness mecca.

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 connect to your core and leave with a toolbox full of yogic exercises that you can implement in your daily life.

This retreat is open to all ages and levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. Modifications and variations will be offered as needed. The practice will be tailored to suit your specific needs. We will make the practice work for you and your life.

This retreat is suitable for:

  • Complete beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Those with injuries
  • Pregnant women – modifications will be offered
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Summer Dien

Summer Dien is an international yoga teacher, specializing in pranayama and ashtanga. Summer has had a dedicated and sincere sadhana since 2010 and been teaching since 2011. Summer completed her foundational training in 2013 with Paul Dallaghan at Centered Yoga. She worked at Samahita Retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand for two years, where she taught pranayama, mysore/ashtanga, restorative, and guided meditation. Summer continues to study extensively with her teachers Sri OP Tiwariji and Paul Dallaghan in the areas of pranayama and asana, and has over 1100 hours of advanced yoga education. She is trained in the classical pranayama practices of the Khaivalyadham lineage and in the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa system. Summer has a liberal, non-dogmatic approach and believes in using the body in the most efficient and intelligent way possible. While non-traditional in some ways, she adheres to the general principles of the Ashtanga Vinyasa method. She advocates modifying the poses to suit the student’s current needs and abilities. Summer in 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 by passing on the ancient yogic practices of asana and pranayama.

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, Belgium, Morocco, and Costa Rica.

Summer is very excited to co-teach this retreat and combine yoga and fitness with Dalila at Samahita Retreat, her yoga home.

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Dalila El Merini

Dalila is an internationally certified personal trainer and yoga teacher; she has been guiding and helping others change their lives physically and mentally through movement and mindfulness since 2015. Certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, she believes in training the body in a systematic and progressive way by improving all functional abilities, including flexibility, core stabilization, balance, coordination, strength, power, and cardiorespiratory endurance. Through her own yoga practice, she has realized how differently we experience movement when we connect it to the breath and stay fully present throughout the whole range of motion.

Her training incorporates different styles such as functional training, yoga and metabolic conditioning, keeping the workouts fun and exciting while emphasizing on core activation and mind-body connection. She always makes sure the workouts are modified and adapted individually to suit each person’s needs and abilities.

In the last few years she has worked in Germany, Brazil and Morocco and has had the opportunity to engage with people from all ages and backgrounds speaking French, German, Italian, Portuguese and English.

Dalila is very thrilled to co-teach this retreat and combine fitness and yoga with Summer at Samahita Retreat.

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Room Type Retreat Rate
Shared loft $1562
Semi private $1742
Private room couple $1562
Private room single $1922

Daily Schedule

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

7.00 – 7:25 am Option to join YCC silent cycle on Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri
7:30 – 8:30 am Kriyas, Pranayama and Meditation with Summer
8:40 – 10.00 am Asana (guided class moving towards self-practice) with Summer
10.00 am – 1.00 pm Brunch Buffet
1.00 – 4.00 pm Free Time
4.00 – 5.00 pm Fitness Class with Dalila
5.00 – 6.00 pm Gentle Restorative Yoga with Dalila
6.00 – 8.00 pm Dinner Buffet
8.00 – 8:30 pm Meditation on Sun, Tue, Thu nights

Wednesday afternoons are free and guests can enjoy a complimentary boat and snorkeling trip from around 1-4pm, weather permitting.

Being a total beginner in a retreat with more experienced yogis, it was hard for me to keep up with the class sometimes. Summer was very kind and attentive, gave me a lot of encouragement to overcome the challenges and came up with modifications whenever something turned out to be too much for me. She managed to create a very positive learning environment, and it was next to impossible not to share in her joy and love of yoga. I’m very grateful that Summer was my teacher, she truly made my first real yoga experience a positive one.

Marek, Czech Republic

I have attended the retreat of Summer Dien at Samahita Retreat. I have appreciated a lot the program, the approach and the style. The program was a complete one, with contemplation, kriya, pranayama, asanas and meditation. Summer’s approach is the best I have experienced so far with a yoga teacher. Summer explains all practices, what they are useful for and what the benefits are for the mind, spirit and body. Then, she is calm and inspiring calmness. She can manage groups with very different levels of practice, following the needs of everybody and providing corrections and explanations to all. She listens the concerns of everybody and supports and encourages all. I would like to have her as a teacher in Brussels!

Anna, Italy

I am very grateful for being part of your Yoga retreat at Samahita. Total immersion into yoga, pranayama and meditation has brought a lot of peace and light to my soul. Not only I enjoyed every second practicing with you, I came back home absolutely inspired to integrate all I’ve learnt into my daily practice. Thank you for your guidance, genuine support, deep practice, you wisdom which you generously shared with us. And most of all – for miraculous vibes you radiate to the world and people around you.

Much love,

Olga (Russia)

Just finished this one week retreat “Yoga and Meditation Magic” with Summer Dien at Samahita Retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand. For me it was not just a great experience with a lovely group of people in a nice surrounding but also a great way to learn more about Pranayama, Meditation and Asanas. Thanks to Summer, our excellent teacher, for explaining even complex exercises in an easy and understandable way, which helped me a lot during Meditation and Pranayama. Due to her great adjustments during asana practice I was able to improve and found a new approach for my practice.

So, if you have the opportunity to take part in one of Summer’s retreats, do not hesitate, it’s definitely worth it.

Erich, Germany


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