Koh Mak Retreat: January 3-28 2023
We welcome you to an inspirational retreat of transformative Ashtanga Yoga and self-discovery, taking place in the quiet surroundings of Koh Mak island, on the South-East coast of Thailand.
Ashtanga Yoga Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy, Thai Vegan-Vegetarian Meals, Thai Massage, Swimming, Diving, Snorkeling, Paddle boarding, Sun bathing…in a relaxed and warm environment.
Mornings include Mysore-style Ashtanga asana practice (on Friday’s optional Led Primary series class or Mysore class), guided beginner’s classes, and kid’s yoga (twice a week if there will be enough children). Afternoons are filled with thorough technical analysis, in-depth discussions and extra workshops. Pranayama, relaxation and meditation sessions are offered in the evenings.
The retreat is designed for yoga practitioners of all levels.
You will be guided safely by Petri Räisänen and Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen
Registration and bookings
In 2023 retreat the Yoga classes and accommodation + meals will be paid separately.
Yoga classes and extra classes will booked by emailing to Petri (firstname.lastname@example.org) and paid to Petri’s and Wambui’s company or by cash before your first class. We will give you the bank details after your booking.
Accommodation + meals will be paid to Koh Mak Resort or Seavana Resort (“our resorts”) or if you are staying at another resort, then to that resort (check drop in Yoga below).
Petri is managing the student & accommodation list for Koh Mak Resort and Seavana Resort. You can first check with him the available rooms..then book and pay the room through Koh Mak Resort or Seavana Resort.
First email to Petri (email@example.com) to check the rooms availability and then email to Koh Mak Resort or Seavana Resort to tell your room number and standard.
Koh Mak Resort email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seavana Resort email: email@example.com
For Drop-In students who will stay in another resorts, we have a page where you can find more information.
Drop-In Yoga for minimum one week is required (6 practice days). More info about the Drop-In Yoga.
Two Options – Resident or Drop-In
The Yoga Shala is located at the Koh Mak Resort’s side right next to the Seavana Resort. These two resorts works as our Retreat resorts.
The other option is to attend to the retreat as a Drop-In student. Then you can choose the classes from the Mysore style morning classes to Full day program or Additional workshops. More info about Drop-In Yoga.
Please book the room straight through the resorts.
Koh Mak Resort and Seavana Resort Fees
Will be booked and paid trough the Resort
Seavana Beach Resort :
– Suite Beachfront bungalow(S) x1 room S6 ,price 5900 THB/night
– Deluxe Beachfront room(T) x5 room T1-5 ,price 4600 THB/night
– Jacuzzi Balcony Seaview room(J) x1 room J1 ,price 4900 THB/night
– Superior Seaview room(V) x1 room V4 ,price 3300 THB/night
Seavana Beach Resort : Period 3-28 Jan 2023
– Deluxe Beachfront room(2 queen beds) *T room x 5 rooms
– Suite Beachfront bungalow(Double) *S room x 1 room
– Jacuzzi Seaview room(Double) *J room x 1 room
Koh Mak Resort :
– Comfort Beachfront bungalow(Double) x3 rooms B4,B5,B6 price 3200THB/night
– Comfort Beachfront bungalow(Twin) x4 rooms B7,B8,B11,B12 price 3200THB/night
– Family Deluxe Upstair(Double) x2 rooms F2up, F3up price 3400THB/night
– Family Deluxe Downstair(Triple) x2 rooms F2down, F3down 3400THB/night
Meal cost 900 THB/day/person
– Extra person 500 THB/person/night(age 11 yrs+) , Children(5-10 yrs) 300 THB/chd/night
– Early check out on notice less than 14 days prior to check in date will incur fully book charge.
– Family Deluxe bungalow up stair and down stair room have to reserve in same period.
Yoga classes will be paid to Petri’s and Wambui’s company account by bank transfer or by cash at the island before attending to the classes.
Minimum attendance of one week (6 practice days per week) is requested. On the first week there will be only 3 practice days (Wed-Fri). On the other weeks Sunday is the first practice day and Friday the last. On Fridays there will be Mysore or Led class option. Saturday is the day off.
The whole-day Basic Yoga Program (without meals) 50 € / day or 280€ / week (6 day per week program).
First week 140€ / 3 days (Wed-Fri).
Only Mysore classes in the morning 35 € / class or 200€ / week
Single afternoon classes 15 €/class.
For Additional workshops check below..
If any questions please mail to Petri: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meals are prepared by local chefs from mostly local, organic and gluten free ingredients. Three yummy vegan-vegetarian meals per day (buffet style) + afternoon snack. There will be free cooking class on Fridays (check the Schedule).
According to Koh Mak Resort, we would need a 30 students to pay the meals to make it financially possible to keep the kitchen open for the yoga retreat. We really hope this will happen as the food is great and has a very local Thai taste.
Prices for Meals
If you are staying at the Koh Mak or Seavana Resorts, you can choose to pay the meals separately with your accommodation or not to include the meals to the accommodation price.
The meals will be paid to Koh Mak Resort before the meal and you will get a receipt or bracelet to show that the meal is paid. You can pay for one or more meals at the same time.
If you do Drop-in classes and want to eat with us at Koh Mak Resort you will have several options..
The whole day meals are 900 THB / day or Breakfast 250 THB, Lunch 300 THB and Dinner 350 THB.
Children 5-10 years 550 THB / full day or Breakfast 100 THB, Lunch 250 THB and Dinner 200 THB.
Children 0-4 years has free meals.
The Yoga Class Descriptions
Basic Yoga includes Yoga each morning from Sunday to Friday (on the first week Tuesday to Friday), as well as all the classes in our Basic schedule (check the schedule page). On the third and fourth weeks there will be a special Vipassana meditation classes by Ricardo Martin and Joy Phrombut which is part of the Basic Yoga program.
Beginners Yoga: We offer two guided Ashtanga classes for beginners at the start of the week (on Sundays and Mondays). Note that the first week will start on Tuesday and Wednesday. Beginners can then join in to the Mysore style (self-practice) classes from Tuesday onwards until Thursday. Friday is guided primary series or half primary series for all who wish to practice a led class.
Kid’s Yoga: (twice a week if there will be minimum 5 children)
Petri’s Energy Healing Workshop (weeks 1 + 2) and Petri’s Hands on Adjustments Workshop (weeks 3 + 4) 125 – 200€/week. (read more from Additional workshop page)
Ro’s Always Already There: Equity and Justice in the Yoga Sutras online workshop (week 2; Jan 8 -14) 125€/week
Join Ro for a walk through the Yoga Sutras with an eye on practices that support Social Justice and Anti-racism work.
Miss Nhong’s Thai Massage/Healing additional Workshop. Miss Nhong is a local Healer who has a great understanding about the body, energy and traditional Thai healing methods. There will be 5 minimum two hour classes (usually 2.5-3 hours) on the third week (Jan 15-20 Monday till Saturday). Most of the classes will be held at Miss Nhong’s Healing centre. Highly recommended if you are interested about healing, therapy and Thai tradition. 8000 Thai Bhat (to be paid to the teacher in cash). More info about the Additional workshops.
Wednesdays – Trip day and Movie evening! We arrange a trip day during weeks 2,3 and 4. After practice in the morning, you can join in on a day trip. Previous destinations have been to Koh Chiang waterfall and White Sand Beach, Koh Kood holy tree and waterfall, Buddhist monasteries and Beach resort ; Trat temple and shopping tour. You can also arrange your own program and join us in the evening for a yoga/spiritual film.
Friday – Party day! We pick up a resort or music event from the island and everyone who is interested can join.
Saturdays – Rest day! There is no yoga class on Saturday. You are invited to rest and integrate all the teachings from the previous week. Alternatively, you can volunteer your time with the Trash Hero program and help with island/beach clean up by picking up the trash.
Moondays – We will inform when the full and/or new moon lands during the retreat. You have the option to practice in the Mysore room or attend a Restorative yoga class.
Discount for Thai citizens and 4 week Yoga students
We are giving 30% off from the Yoga classes for Thai adult citizens and 60% off for Thai children (5-12 years) citizens. 10% from the Yoga classes for the students who will join for whole 3.5 week Yoga program (Mysore, Basic Program or Petri’s Additional workshops). The discounts are only for the Yoga program, not for the accommodation and meals.
Mental Health Disclaimer
Yoga can be an effective and beneficial tool for reaching a more peaceful state of mind, managing stress better and getting physically well. Our workshops and retreats are designed for people with normal physical and mental conditions. If you are on medication, are currently taking (or have taken) therapy and/or counseling, or have any known mental condition(s) that would in any way hinder your participation in a workshop or retreat, please inform us, as well as your doctor/therapist before registering. We do not provide any specialist therapy or counseling at our workshops/retreats who would be able to help, should the need arise. If a student’s behaviour causes disruption for other workshop participants and the teachers, he or she will be requested to stop participating in the workshop and to seek appropriate help. In such a situation, we do not offer refunds, but are available to provide any documents necessary for insurance claims.
We believe the practice of Yoga can heal the world, both on and off the mat. We believe Yoga contains the wisdom for both individual self- transformation and collective, societal progress. In this spirit, we are survivor-centric and survivor-oriented, and abuse, sexual assault, and discrimination will not be tolerated. We recognize our aspiration for our yoga spaces to feel welcoming and warm for anyone who wishes to take practice. We continually contemplate how we can make our yoga spaces safer, welcome and more accessible to all, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, caste, sexual identity, class, age, nationality, immigrant status, disability etc. Our workshop follows safer space guidelines.