Sawat dee krop / greetings, friends!
I am happy to share this amazing experience with you and know you’ll have an incredible time participating in this 12-day Thai Yoga Massage + Cultural Adventure February 14-25, 2020 (not 2019). Now is the time to start planning!
I have traveled to Thailand 12 times to explore its unique regions and have created an experience for you that is authentic, engaging, varied, organized, and affordable.
This all-encompassing experience is targeted to those seeking professional development, personal development, and a cultural experience. I have carefully selected our itinerary to maximize our time in Thailand and have garnered group discounts, which I am passing along to you. As a result, a minimum of 10 people is required for this journey to occur.
Below is all the information detailing the many components of this unforgettable experience. I invite you to take your time reading through it, viewing the images, and picturing yourself on this journey, Feel free to contact me with any questions you have.
I look forward to traveling with you and sharing an amazing life experience together!
Journey to Thailand
A 12-day Thai Yoga Massage + Cultural Adventure
with Eric Spivack, LMT, EAMP, RTT
February 14-25. 2020
Included in this package*:
54 hrs of NCBTMB-approved Thai Yoga Massage CE credit + course manuals
3 night’s accommodation in a modern 4-star Bangkok boutique hotel
8 night’s accommodation in a luxury/eco-friendly Ko Samui seaside yoga retreat center
Hotel/airport transfer in Bangkok + Ko Samui
Round-trip flights between Bangkok + Ko Samui
Guided tour of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site, including the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, Wat Maha That (over 600 years old), the remains of the Palace of Wat Na Phra Mane, and Wat Lokayasutharam
Lunch cruise on the Chao Praya River in Bangkok
Guided tours of the historic Grand Palace, Wat Arun/Temple of Dawn + Wat Pho, one of the largest and oldest temples that also houses a school for Thai medicine + Thai massage
Guided tour of the Elephant Nature Park
Sunset dinner cruise in Ko Samui
Daily delicious + healthy meals
Complimentary yoga classes (Ko Samui)
Swimming in a rooftop pool (Bangkok) + in an infinity pool (Ko Samui)
Snorkeling + swimming in the warm ocean
Night markets, food markets, shopping + Thai massage
Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis
Eric Spivack, LMT, EAMP, RTT
Eric Spivack is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist + NCBTMB-Approved Continuing Education Provider, an East Asian Medicine Practitioner, Certified Viniyoga Instructor + Ayurveda Health Coach. He has taught Thai Yoga Massage workshops for over 22 years and has presented courses throughout the United States and at the Washington state + national American Massage Therapy Association conventions. Eric has been to Thailand 12 times to study with a wide variety of teachers and holds certificates from many Thai institutions. He is considered a fun + attentive instructor who has a deep passion for teaching.
Prerequisites: None. The Journey to Thailand / Thai Yoga Massage course is open to everybody!
CE hrs: 54 hrs of NCBTMB-approved + Thai Healing Alliance International Continuing Education
Thai Yoga Massage is an elegant and interactive form of meditative bodywork that combines assisted yoga stretching, acupressure, gentle rocking, and rhythmic compression along energy lines. In all modules, participants will learn to effectively use their hands, forearms, elbows, and feet to open and gently release blockages that inhibit the flow of energy, or Qi. Fundamental techniques applied in the supine, prone, side-lying and seated positions will be taught.
Participants will receive a complementary workbook with photographs and detailed descriptions of all poses taught. Byt the end of this course, you will have learned enough poses to successfully give a 3-hr full-body Thai Yoga Massage session. The course will have lecture and demonstration with the majority of time being hands-on. Class will begin each day with a yoga warm-up routine. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for 54 NCBTMB + Thai Healing Alliance International CE hours.
Module 1 components:
History of Thai Yoga Massage
Introduction of Sen line theory
Essential elements of Thai Yoga Massage
The concept of energy
Benefits of practicing + giving Thai Yoga Massage
Precautions + contraindications
10 Principles of Thai Yoga Massage
Techniques and proper body mechanics
Pali prayer + yoga warm-up
Fundamental Thai Yoga Massage poses in the supine, side-lying, prone + seated positions
Poses focus on the hips, legs, low back, shoulders, neck + arms
Module 2 components:
Theory + location of the Sen energy pathways
Thorough review of Module 1 poses and material
Skillful integration of Module 1 + Module 2 material including transitions between poses
Intermediate Thai Yoga Massage poses in the supine, side-lying, prone + seated positions
Poses focus on the hips, legs, low back, shoulders, neck + arms
Module 3 components:
Thorough review of Module 1 + Module 2 poses and material
Advanced Thai Yoga Massage poses in the supine, side-lying, prone + seated positions
Skillful integration of Module 1, Module 2 + Module 3 material including transitions between poses
Poses focus on the legs, hips, low back, upper back, shoulders, arms
Day 1: Bangkok
You will arrive at the Bangkok airport and take the complimentary airport shuttle to your 4-star boutique hotel.
Before our group dinner, you may check out the gym or rooftop spa where you can relax, receive a Thai massage or swim in the pool. A delicious buffet breakfast + lunch are included each day we’re in Bangkok.
Day 2: Ayutthaya + River Lunch Cruise
After a delicious buffet breakfast, we will have a group tour guide show us around the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, Wat Maha That (over 600 years old), the remains of the Palace of Wat Na Phra Mane, and Wat Lokayasutharam.
We will enjoy a delicious lunch buffet as we float along the Chao Phraya River and observe the beauty of Thai rural life. We will also pass the Grand Palace + Wat Arun, which we will visit the following day.
Day 3: Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho + Wat Arun
After a delicious buffet breakfast, we will have a private group tour guide show us around the Grand Palace, Wat Pho + Wat Arun.
Days 4-12: Ko Samui
After a delicious buffet breakfast, we will take an airport shuttle and fly 1-hour from Bangkok to the island of Ko Samui, which is an ideal place for learning Thai Yoga Massage due to its outstanding natural beauty. Most of Ko Samui is still considered unspoiled and unpolluted. Time on Ko Samui is an opportunity to relax, unwind, explore and focus on yourself. Enjoy the natural energy of palm trees, white sand, purple sunsets, turquoise waters, dense jungle, and exotic waterfalls. Despite being so easily accessible, Ko Samui remains an idyllic island in the sun.
Our accommodations in Ko Samui will be at an stunning eco-friendly oceanside yoga retreat center. Rooms are simple and modest, yet offer similar amenities of a modern hotel. The location is majestic and awe-inspiring. The experience is priceless.
Our classroom is an open-air yoga pavilion with hardwood floors and breathtaking views of the sea. Listen to the sounds of the ocean while learning and practicing Thai Yoga Massage.
Optional evening activities include exploring the beach, yoga, a full service spa, an infinity pool, and a state-of-the-art gym.
Days 4-7: Thai Yoga Massage Course
After settling in and having a delicious lunch, we will begin the 54-hour Thai Yoga Massage course.
We will practice learning Thai Yoga Massage for 4 days, take a day off, and resume for 3 additional days.
Day 8: A Day to Relax
We will spend the first half the day touring an ethical Elephant Sanctuary, the first of its kind in Southern Thailand. The tour offers us the opportunity to learn about the importance of these phenomenal, majestic giants, with a unique opportunity to feed, walk with and observe the elephants as they forage, socialize, and play in their beautiful purpose-built pool. A delicious vegetarian Thai buffet lunch is included.
After a mid-afternoon break, we’ll enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on a 100’ long sailboat with traditional Thai style sails.
9-12: Thai Yoga Massage Course
We will continue our Thai Yoga Massage training for 3 more days.
On our last day after a delicious buffet breakfast, we will take an airport shuttle and fly 1-hour back to Bangkok, where you are welcome to continue with your travels or return home feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and excited to practice your newly acquired skills.
We will be staying at a 4-star, modern boutique hotel that is centrally located in Bangkok.
You have two lodging options: single occupancy + double occupancy.
Each of these spacious 350 sq. ft. rooms has all the amenities to make your stay comfortable. A cozy atmosphere welcomes all travelers along with rain showers, open closet, and decor which complements Bangkok’s historic + vibrant surroundings.
Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet
Mini-bar and fridge
Hot + cold shower
Desk + working area
Complete bathroom amenities
In-room safety deposit box
Bathrobe + slippers
LCD TV with satellite channels
24-hour room service
Queen or full bed
We will be staying at an eco-friendly oceanside yoga retreat center in Ko Samui, an island that is a 1-hour flight from Bangkok. Rooms are simple and modest, yet offer similar amenities of a modern hotel.
You have three lodging options:
1. SINGLE OCCUPANCY YOGA CAVE
Bridging the gap between a hotel room and an authentic Thai experience, the Yoga Caves are small, but very comfortable rooms that offer sweeping views over the sea and rocks below. Relax on your comfy bed facing out over the ocean and take in one of the best panoramas on Ko Samui. Sleep, read or meditate in peace. Modest in terms of size, but still to high standards, the air-conditioned Yoga Caves offer a quiet, personal place to stay for individual travelers. The yoga caves do not have bathrooms en-suite. There is a large shared and public restroom and shower facility located just behind the block of Yoga Caves.
Spectacular ocean view
Shared bathroom + shower (hot water)
2. SINGLE OCCUPANCY ZEN BUNGALOW
The Zen Bungalows are perfectly named, being traditional huts built with local + natural materials. They provide an opportunity to leave contemporary hotels behind and feel yourself become totally at one with Ko Samui’s natural surroundings, with the stunning views from the clifftop location right outside your door.
Air Conditioning + cooling fan
Small private bathroom with hot water
Queen or twin bed
3. SINGLE OR DOUBLE OCCUPANCY BEACH BUNGALOW
The Beach Bungalows bring guests close to nature while providing every convenience. The rooms are quite modest, rustic both inside and out, yet clean and comfortable. They feature a queen-sized bed and direct beach access. A private terrace allows you to take in one of Ko Samui’s spectacular sunrises.
Private beach + partial sea views
Private bathroom with hot shower
Private balcony with bean bag
Coffee / tea making facilities
Prices below are per person and include:
Thai Yoga Massage trainings + course manuals
Lodging in Bangkok + Ko Samui
Hotel / airport transfer in Bangkok + Ko Samui
Round-trip airfare between Bangkok + Ko Samui
Group tours, tour guide fees, and temple entrance fees
The price does not include round-trip airfare to/from Bangkok.
*Content of this travel package is subject to change.
Early Bird Pricing (before August 14th, 2019)
Pricing is based on payment in the form of cash or check.
For debit/credit cards, a $100 fee will be added to cover bank fees.
Double occupancy $3100
Single occupancy : Yoga Cave $3330
Single occupancy : Bungalow $3455
Double occupancy $3200
Single occupancy : Yoga Cave $3430
Single occupancy : Bungalow $3555
Space is limited for each of these accommodations, which will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
To ensure our sustained commitment to this training/travel adventure, a $750 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot. No refunds will be given after November 14, 2019. Please plan carefully.
Payment plans are available
After August 14th, 2019
Prices increase by $300 after August 14, 2019.