I am so super excited about this trip! I’ll be teaming up with Dr. Michael Sapiro, founder of Maitri House Yoga, for a 10-day Northern Thai immersion retreat from January 24 to February 3, 2017.
This trip is appropriate for people with a sense of adventure and would make an amazing graduation gift. Michael and Sararak have led many retreats to Thailand, many of which have taken on a life of their own with unexpected side trips — among other things — to participate and witness once in a lifetime events with Buddhist monks. (Personally, I’ve never travelled anywhere in Asia, which is part of why I’m thrilled to be joining Michael and Sararak. What a once in a lifetime chance to see a country with locals!!)
Northern Thailand is a magical place of immense beauty and serenity. The locals’ carefree attitude is a refreshing — and for some a much needed — change from our regular frenetic pace. This retreat offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the Thai culture and really feel the easy-going and gracious hospitality of the local people.
We’ll begin our trip in Chiang Mai, an ancient city nestled by mountains. Chiang Mai is an ancient region that has benefitted from relative isolation. It has it’s own separate culture, distinguished by unique architecture, arts & crafts. We will learn about Thai language, customs, and culture and take advantage of some of the region’s famous food. We’ll take cooking classes that leverage Northern Thai cuisine, which is made up of a blend of Thai, Lao, Shan and Yunnanese ingredients. From Chiang Mai, we’ll head south to Lampang and Tak Provinces.
I will be touring these locales with you, but during our time in Lampang Province, I’ll also be leading retreat activities and sharing practices from my book, The Sweet Spot.