Reclaiming Wholeness Retreat

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An immersive week of self-renewal, joy and discovery.

This is a rare opportunity for you to adventure to Thailand and deep dive into the practice of coming home to yourself.

We live in rapidly changing, unpredictable times that continue to blur boundaries and transitions that no longer feel sustainable. Depleting resources has contributed to more stress and anxiety within the work environment, but also within our bodies. Feeling scarce inside ourselves is vulnerable often translating as I have nothing more to give. When we lose touch with our life force, creativity, and pleasure, we feel disconnected from our life purpose and freedom. 

This retreat is a full-hearted invitation to lay down the weight of responsibilities you carry in daily life, and reclaim a more real, intimate, and liberated experience of yourself, your needs, and desires. 

The pathway is slowing down first to replenish your system – because joy and creativity come from within and are the outcome of replenished energy. 

This means filling your cup first. 

We begin by allowing the natural beauty of our surroundings in Thailand to be an inspiration as stress and anxiety melt away.

When we trust ourselves to slow down, stillness, silence and breath will become our refuge, from which spaciousness and clarity begin to emerge. While somatic gentle movement, yoga practices and meditation will be the foundation for change

As we progress through personal and group exploration, integrating yoga, meditation, enquiry, self-reflection, and insight, you’ll feel into the most authentic expression of who you are. 

So in reality, you can’t do more to get there. As you unravel, there’s a discovery of how to do less. 

Integrating mindful embodied experience in our lives guides our thoughts and actions so that we can respond intelligently to our challenges. We can also collaborate joyfully and effectively with others. Ultimately, supporting each other in creating a more meaningful impact in the world.

All are welcome. Previous knowledge of yoga is recommended, although not conditional. This retreat is designed to be accessible with modifications and variations offered as needed.

 

Thailand Samahita Retreat
Samahita Retreat has been a pioneer in healthy programming for the body, breath and mind for 20 years. It has been called by many as a “hidden gem” located on the quiet beach of Bang Kao on the southern coast of Koh Samui, a tropical island in the Gulf of Thailand.

Surrounded by towering coconut trees in a quiet, spacious area, with incredible sunrises and sunsets that play with the colors of the water, sand and tropical fauna. The beach is non-touristy and virtually undisturbed, creating a beautiful, peaceful setting for you to enjoy your Thailand stay. The island has the allure of a remote island paradise but with the accessibility of the region’s most popular destinations.

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Program Includes

 Package Includes

  • 7 overnight stays with full board
  • Accommodation in private and semi-private rooms, shared lofts and private suites, all with private balcony
  • Morning and late afternoon yoga practices
  • Daily pranayama and meditation
  • Workshops, discussion and Q&A
  • Cycle studio
  • Beachfront swimming pool
  • Herbal steam room and meditation garden
  • Full use of retreat facilities, beach front, kayak and paddle boards
  • 3 Total Self-Care Therapies with a selection of massage holistic therapies and treatments
  • Early morning tea, coffee and bananas
  • Delicious balanced brunch buffet: Homemade breakfast: Fresh Thai fruit, juice, smoothies, eggs, bread, birchermüesli and other tasty treats
  • Delicious variety of lunch buffet items, Thai and international
  • Afternoon fresh Thai fruit and juice
  • Tasty and enjoyable variety of evening buffet items
  • Guided Walk to local temple
What Is Not Included:

  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance.
  • Optional excursions and holistic therapies
  • Extra treats from the juice and snack bar
  • Local taxis
Retreat Facilities 

  • Dedicated indoor yoga shala
  • Beachfront open air shala with roof
  • Meditation garden
  • Beachfront saltwater swimming pool
  • Poolside herbal steam room
  • Secluded, non-touristy beach
  • Kayaks and paddle boards
  • Cycle studio
  • Fitness Loft
  • Beachside lounge
  • Healthy brunch & dinner buffets
  • Holistic wellness center – excellent therapeutic, deep tissue, aromatherapy, sabai, Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal massage and traditional Thai massage
  • Herbal and galvanic facial treatments, foot reflexology massage,
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), detoxifying body scrub & wrap
  • Float therapy – a profound experience that induces a deep dream-like state of relaxation on water within a state-of-the-art Dreampod
  • Infrared sauna therapy
  • All natural juice & snack bar
  • Mineral drinking water
  • Wi-Fi internet
  • Eco-lifestyle boutique
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Program
Arrival Day | Check Out

10 February 2024:
5pm Opening Circle + Gentle Post-Flight Restorative | Welcome Buffet Dinner

17 February 2024
8.00 – 9.30am Closing Circle + Meditation + Gentle Yoga | Brunch
Room Check Out: 12:00 | Safe Travels

Sample Retreat Schedule
(subject to change)

6:45 am Coffee/Herbal Tea
7.00 – 7.25 am Self Silent Cycle
(Optional and subject to availability)

7.30 – 8.15am Morning Pranayama, Meditation
8.30am – 10.00am Energizing Yoga Practice

10.00 – 13.00 Brunch Buffet*

11.00 – 4.30 pm Free Time (massage, holistic therapies, swimming, reading, excursions, relaxing …)

4.30 – 6.00 pm Evening Mindful Yin, Restorative or Yoga Nidra Meditation Practice, Workshops, Discussion, Q & A
6.00 pm Dinner Buffet
(6.00-8.00 pm Herbal Steam Room available)

*Buffet: 8:00 am Lite Breakfast, 10.00 am Hot Breakfast, 11:00 am Lunch

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Accommodations

Samahita is beyond a hotel, more than a resort. It is a purpose-built retreat center dedicated to your wellbeing, bringing vitality into your body and mind, a place to learn the tools that upgrade your life, and a place to relax and enjoy time at the beach. Regardless of which room you choose, the beach, pool, dining, and practice facilities are seconds away.

Our guest rooms are in two locations on our property:
“Inhale” Beachfront Rooms are right at the beach with 100m of beachfront, an additional pool, incredible seaviews and morning sunrise views.
“Exhale” Gardenview Rooms are set back behind the beachfront facilities in the garden area, with a variety of quality rooms at different price points for all budgets.

Regardless of which room you stay in, the beach, pool and practice spaces are seconds away.

In every room you will find:
  • Private nature balcony or a beachfront deck
  • Kingsize beds in all NEW “inhale” Beachfront Rooms
  • Queensize bed in all “exhale” Gardenview Rooms
  • New optimal sleep mattresses in ALL private and semi-private rooms
  • Fresh 100% natural non-bleach cotton sheets
  • New, fresh, and comfy to touch Bath Towels in ALL rooms
  • Double layer black out and sheer curtains in ALL private and semi-private rooms
  • Sustainable and Eco-natural Bio bathroom Toiletries
  • Hot water kettle, tea mugs, water glasses, and homegrown herbal tea supplies
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fan
  • Mosquito screens for the fresh air nature effect
  • Room diffuser for an essential oil in-room aroma
  • Writing desk and refrigerator
  • Personal locker drawer suitable for laptops and other personal effects
  • Room safe and hair dryer
  • Wifi internet access
  • Peace, quiet and at-home luxury in comfortable simplicity !!
The eco-friendly design of the rooms includes:
  • Cross-ventilation of air
  • Energy-saving magnetic key card
  • Low energy appliances
  • Reduced EMF (electromagnetic frequency) exposure due to no TV
  • Structured brick-work that minimizes both energy and sound loss
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Photo sensor light switches
  • Low-flush water-saving toilet and bathroom fixtures

The AC is provided for your comfort. Please use as needed. We do encourage the use of the fans and open breeze as much as possible to be conscious of the environment.

Please note, other than Wifi, there are no phones or TVs in our guest rooms to reduce and manage EMF exposure.

Room Types

“Inhale” Beachfront Private Room Single

Exclusive beachfront sea-facing rooms.

Exceptional morning sunrise views to all day beach views from both the room and deck. This is the ultimate beachfront experience. “Talk about location, location, location. True beachfront living, a rare gem to find! Only 7 Beachfront Private rooms are available.

  • King size bed
  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Perfect for single travelers, ideal for couples
  • Max capacity: 2 adults, 1 child
  • 38 sqm with a private deck
  • Clear beach and sunrise views
“Inhale” Beachview Private Room Single

Prime views just 10 meters from the beach.

Exceptional all day beach views from both the room and deck, with a few steps to the pool and beach. Only 3 Beachview Private rooms are available.

  • King size bed
  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Perfect for single travelers, ideal for couples
  • Max capacity: 2 adults, 1 child
  • 38 sqm with a private deck
  • Direct beach views
“Inhale” Beach Private Room Single

Nature seaview rooms 20 meters from the beach.

Prime location at the beach with delightful views of nature and sea from the room or deck, but turn a corner and in a few steps there’s the beach. Only 10 Beach Private rooms are available.

  • King size bed
  • Ensuite private bathroom
  • Perfect for single travelers, ideal for couples
  • Max capacity: 2 adults, 1 child
  • 38 sqm with a private deck
  • Multiple views of tropical nature, the sea, and our glorious tamarind tree.
“Exhale” Garden Private Room Single (fully inclusive rate) 

70-80 meters from the beach

  • This is our classic private room
  • 70-80 meters from the beach
  • Suitable for singles or couples
  • Max capacity: 2 adults, 1 child
  • 35 sqm plus a private balcony
  • Queen size bed
  • Ensuite private bathroom
“Exhale” Garden Semi-Private Room
70m from the beach

Two private bedrooms with a shared bathroom.

  • Suitable for a family of four or two people sharing (but with some privacy)
  • Max capacity: 2 adults, 2 children – across 2 semi-private rooms
  • 25 sqm private bedroom plus its own balcony & 12 sqm shared bathroom
  • Queen size beds
  • Shared bathroom with separate access from adjacent semi-private room
“Exhale” Garden Shared Two-Bedroom Loft

80m from beach

Open plan shared room and bathroom.

  • Suitable for two people sharing or family of four
  • Max capacity 2 adults, 2 children
  • 50 sqm plus a private balcony with table and chairs
  • A duplex two-bedroom, split-level loft
  • Queen size beds
  • Private bathroom for shared occupants
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Meet Karen

Karen Kurzmeyer
Karen Kurzmeyer
Karen Kurzmeyer

As a driven and over-worked business owner, I tried yoga to help relieve stress and regain strength and flexibility. I never looked back and sold my company to dedicate my career to inspiring others to prioritize their health, well-being and stress relief through yoga.

Since 2014 I have completed 1100+ hour yoga teachers training at Centered Yoga, Samahita in Thailand, am certified by Yoga Alliance RYT 500 and regularly attend continued professional development in philosophy, anatomy, movement including alignment and somatic practices, pranayama (breath work) and meditation. I specialize in teaching private clients as well as offer coaching, holistic immersion programmes and lead retreats.

In 2020, I became a certified Integral Facilitator through Ten Directions Integral Facilitation Program led by Diane Musho Hamilton, a master facilitator, mediator and Zen Roshi. The training combined leading insights from the fields of developmental psychology and Zen awareness together in an Integral approach has had a profound effect on the way I connect to the world around me and approach my work and life.

I’m currently studying a Mastery program with Suzanne Anderson, psychologist, author, executive coach and transformational facilitator having completed her 15-month in-depth integral leadership development program for women in December 2022. This deep work explores the powerful evolutionary capacity for women to live, love and lead with a whole new level of consciousness and leadership capacity.

My background as a professional ballet dancer, teacher and business owner plus being a mother of 3 sons and living in a foreign country all contribute to my strengths as a teacher, allowing me to help clients who are looking for a way to integrate their whole beings and awaken to their innate wisdom, courage and potential.

 


Find inspiration and beauty in a simpler way of being.

Retreat is limited to allow for specialized attention.

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 What others are saying about the Retreats in Thailand.

Yoga and Self-Care Retreats with Karen Kurzmeyer
I am very pleased, that I could be part of this great experience. I love your approach, the structure, and all the useful and important information and teachings you provide … I did a lot of writing, making notes, to which I return now regularly and it helps me to be more present, mindful and aware about myself and the world around me.

The retreat content was what I had hoped it would be and even more. The first couple of days I was easing into the practice. I loved the structure and combination of meditation, pranayama and the flow. I noticed the benefits of being able to do it all with more ease after my body warmed up and the regularity and consistency of practicing every day. I have taken so much home with me, which I try to integrate into my everyday practice.

Most of all I appreciated the sense of calmness and self-awareness that I felt overall.  The amazing food, climate, weather and beautiful location. The meaningful conversations with you Karen 🙂 Great company of people within the group. The Thai people were also very polite, friendly and welcoming. 

I would definitely recommend this retreat. Karen’s retreats are just such a special and important, time well spent for me. There is always a shift, a kind of transformation, a transition between the before and after feeling. It gives me so much clarity and awareness for my busy everyday life. This time I came back a different person, I am much more positive, in the way I consider my tasks and the busy, stressful life around me. The way I am able to give advice to someone who is struggling the same way, and share my experiences about my journey with others. A lot has changed for the better!

 Aniko. S.


The curiosity to explore new behaviors to strengthen my holistic well being was satisfied – and then some! – due to the knowledgeable, caring manner that Karen architected and delivered on our Samahita Retreat experience.  Her ability to tap into the needs and wonders of each participant and foster an environment of safety and exploration reaped rewards far beyond improved physical flexibility… my mindset shifted, my nutrition has been altered and connections were made that I will forever be grateful for.

Pausing my typical day to day opened brain space that has created a sustainable, healthier outlook that benefits me everyday.  This life-changing souvenir exceeded my hopes for the retreat.”

Amanda B..

Yoga and Self-Care Retreats with Karen Kurzmeyer

Yoga and Self-Care Retreats with Karen Kurzmeyer
I would totally recommend this retreat. It was a great deal better than expected. Beforehand, I felt a mix between not being sure what I was getting myself in for and guilt for leaving work – but left full-hearted and immensely grateful for the experience.

Shuyun K.


Replenish your body, mind, and soul.

Retreat is limited to allow for specialized attention.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Transportation Details

International Flights to Koh Samui, Thailand are direct through Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore, Kuala Lumpar and Hong Kong. Booking three months in advance will usually produce the best option.

From the US there are good choices through Korea, Japan, Taipei and Singapore.

From Europe, there are also many choices. Some airlines, like Swiss and British Airways, fly directly to Bangkok and Singapore, with a daily service.

From Australia/New Zealand or Asia, flying over is very easy. Check prices online for an idea of costs, e.g: www.skyscanner.com,  www.orbitz.com or www.expedia.com

Transfers: If there are other guests arriving or departing at the same time, Samahita will coordinate this and costs shared between guests

Visa Requirements

For up-to-date information we advise checking with the Thai embassy of your resident country.

Can My friend/spouse stay and not do the Retreat Program?

Yes, though it will depend on booking levels for your chosen dates. Friend / Family Rates: Subject to availability, we have Friends & Family rates for any registered guest's partner, family member, or friend who prefers not to participate in any program but will stay in a room and board capacity. Shared accommodation, food, and facilities are open to them.

Do I Need to Take a Yoga Mat?

We recommend bringing your own yoga mat. This will help you stay accountable, build your confidence and make progress so that you can practice after the retreat has finished. However, a few mats are available for use and it is also possible to purchase a yoga mat at the Eco-Life Boutique. All yoga props will be provided at the retreat. 

Philosophy on Food

Samahita is renowned for its delicious, nutritious food based on the principle of Ayurveda and thus yoga. To keep it natural means all homemade without processed food, local ingredients as much as possible, organic if available, and a well-balanced mix of ingredients. Equally, to keep it healthy in today’s modern food environment means no sugar, no iodized salt, no MSG or related products, and only the use of stable and healthy oils and fats.

The timing of food on the buffet is designed to support your practice and activity level. Equally, how the food is made and what is in it are vital to your reenergizing of life and how your body gets cleaner, lighter and stronger. Hidden ingredients like oils, salt and sugar, along with bad food combinations, are often the main culprits behind low energy, weight gain, poor digestion, disturbed sleep, and a variety of other maladies. There is a team of over 10 Thai cooks and a talented head chef. They make all the food with care and love, ensuring everything is homemade and fresh. They also cater for a wide variety of diets, displaying all possible allergens, give raw and vegan options while also catering for those who like to eat fish and dairy. 
 
I Have Pre-Existing Pain and/or Injuries, Can I Still Practice?

Yoga and Mindful Movement practices are often advised to those dealing with pain or healing from injuries. However, please be sure to receive your doctor’s permission to begin any new physical activity. It is essential you tell me if you’re experiencing pain or recovering from any injuries, so I can help guide you through a safe practice.

Should I Eat or Drink Before I Practice?

Try not to eat anything heavy before you practice. It will make breathing and your movements that much easier on an empty stomach. Try to avoid drinking during practice. Please bring your own water bottle.

I Have a Question, Where Should I Ask?

Please email me at karen@karenkurzmeyer.com with your questions and I’ll get right back to you.

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