KARMA YOGA RETREAT LAOSLearn the art of letting go
6 NIGHTS IN SOUTHERN LOAS
11 – 17 October 2018
La Folie Lodge, Champasak, Laos
Going on an intensive retreat is one of the most rewarding experiences a yoga student can have…
* It is an opportunity to leave the potential stresses and responsibilities of everyday life and work behind and focus on the practice.
* It is a forced detox of the body and mind in a supportive environment with guided practices and healthy food.
* It is an opportunity to go deeper in your yoga practice and see greater progress on all levels.
* It’s a perfect way to experience a different culture and environment, with all the senses heightened.
* It is a way to connect to yourself, and the yoga community of like-minded people.
* It is an experience that will leave you feeling more whole, inspired and committed to your practice.
Whether you are just beginning your yoga journey or have been practicing for a long while, a retreat is a way to kickstart new habits for your wellbeing.
Perhaps you’d like to deepen your knowledge and experience of these ancient techniques of yoga and meditation, all while in the relaxing and supportive environment of a retreat setting.
Or maybe you find that modern life and the fast-paced, consumer-driven culture is leaving you feeling disconnected.
The Karma Yoga Retreat in Southern Laos is an experience that will leave you feeling free, nourished and full of the vitality of life!
The first of its kind in Southern Laos, and set on a car-free island in the middle of the Mekong River, this is the perfect place to de-stress, detox and let go of the worries and busy-ness of life.
Influenced by the Lao Buddhist culture of the region, and the teaching styles and backgrounds of co-hosts Emily and Tiak, the focus of the retreat is on letting go of attachment. The true meaning of Karma – “action without attachment to the fruits of the action”.
By taking this time out to connect with yourself and a beautiful community of other yogis, you’ll be able to fully integrate the practices and teachings and take the tools you learn into your life.
Join sisters-in-law and yoga teachers Emily Rose and Vonsesili (Tiak) Saysana for this unique yoga retreat in the stunning Champasak province of Southern Laos.
Surrounded by the Mekong River, and immersed in Lao culture, you will be invited to surrender attachment and open yourself to the fullness of life through yoga, meditation, generosity and community.
Coinciding with the end of Buddhist lent and the Lao boat festivals this retreat has a focus on letting go of attachment and practicing Karma Yoga by giving selflessly to others.
10% of the retreat fee will be donated to one of the local community projects on Done Daeng Island and participants will also be invited to donate their time to assist with the project during the retreat.
And of course there will be daily yoga practice. As well as experiencing some of the wonderful landscape and culture of Laos, participants will take part in twice daily yoga classes, Buddhist meditation practices and workshops, dharma talks and ceremonies relating to the theme of Karma Yoga and non-attachment.
ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATION
The lodge is a short distance from the ancient temple, Wat Phou and there are number of other beautiful areas accessed from La Folie Lodge, including the waterfalls and coffee plantations of the Bolaven Plateau and the 4000 Islands in the Mekong.
27 luxurious rooms are set in wooden bungalows, each with private balcony and magnificent views over the Mekong or the garden.
Come and enjoy the exceptional natural beauty and unspoilt charm of Southern Laos, together with first-class facilities and the legendary traditional Laotian hospitality.
With an amazing view on the Mekong River and the Wat Phou mountains, the lodge swimming pool is the ideal spot to cool down after a day in the hot sun. The poolside restaurant offers continental cuisine and Asian specialties, from early morning breakfast to late-night snacks.
FIND OUT MORE:
After settling in, meeting the group and sharing a low key Lao dinner together you will be able to retire for the night in your beautiful, luxury bungalow room…
You’ll wake in the morning to the sounds of Laos – the river, the birds and insects calling…
Each morning we will meet for guided meditation, morning flow practice around the theme of the day and breath work…
With no rush, we’ll breakfast together…
And then, you’ll be able to choose a day by the pool, a book, an trip into Champasak or the Wat Phou temple or a coffee plantation tour. Grab lunch at the restaurant or enjoy a picnic lunch out and about…
If we are not out on an adventure the afternoons will offer an opportunity to deepen your knowledge with workshops & dharma talks or volunteer work (karma yoga)…
Followed by a more gentle practice to allow you to soak in the experiences of the day. Gentle hatha flow, Yin and restorative practices to truly nurture you and allow you to further practice letting go and finding presence…
Our evening meal will be healthy and nutritious, a mix of Lao and Western food, and an opportunity to connect with the group and reflect on the days teachings and activities…
After an evening meditation, you’ll most likely be ready for a nourishing sleep again but on some nights we’ll be treated to traditional Lao ceremonies and dance to fully connect to this beautiful and spiritual culture…
You’ll experience the powerful practice of generosity and kindness.
10% of the retreat fee will be donated to the local Ban Boungkham school development project on Done Daeng Island.
The school of Ban Boungkham has 115 students for 7 teachers. The village of Ban Boungkham itself is around a 100 families, but the school welcomes kids from 4 villages around. The school requires much maintenance work including toilet facilities and structural improvments.
Plus you will have the opportunity to volunteer your time on the project during the retreat.
Your yoga teachers and hosts for the week have a passion for the location and practices included and have developed a retreat schedule to combine their love for and experience in yoga asana, philosophy, Buddhist meditation, social justice, dance and self reflection.
Emily brings her 20 years of yoga practice and depth of teaching knowledge and experience, her background in international development and her commitment to sharing the teachings of yoga and the Buddha dharma for the benefit of all beings.
Tiak brings her love and knowledge of her home country, the Lao Buddhist tradition and ceremony, her love of all things movement and the integration of these in her yoga teaching.
Together they combine to share from their hearts to yours their deepest and most inspired teachings.
Some of their students share their experiences with Emily and Tiak:
Thank you Emily Rose Yoga for a beautiful day of mindfulness, reflection, yoga and meditation.
Even though we go back to our busy lives you have given us the tools to ground ourselves and the mindset to deal with life’s twists and turns all for the greater purpose of being the best we can be.Kathryn - Emily Rose Yoga - Meditation day retreat participant
A truly wonderful and rejuvenating retreat. Emily led a beautiful mix of yoga classes and the food was absolutely delicious. It was so lovely to do yoga, meditate, eat nourishing food and hike in a such a picturesque part of the world.Caitlyn - Emily Rose Yoga - Mountain Yoga and Walk weekend participant
I really love Emily’s classes. Each class is different but the same current runs through them. They feel like a real treat combining the energising aspects of asana with relaxation and breath work. She leads her classes in a friendly, open and approachable manner and her deep knowledge and love of what she teaches shine through.Lucy - Emily Rose Yoga - Class participant
I approached with apprehension not knowing what to expect and not having the ideal body type. I felt welcomed from beginning to end by a group of warm, friendly people. Classes and workshops were well planned and provided plenty of support. Combined with exceptional food and a stunning location my only complaint is that it was not long enough.Jenni - Emily Rose Yoga - Alpine Spring Yoga Retreat participant
Its been great to discover a local, community based yoga group. No pressure – just the pleasure of getting together on a Monday morning and stretching out and exercising all the bits that ache with advancing years. I love it!Meg - Saysana Yoga - Class participant
The package includes:
- 6 nights accommodation in a Private Superior room at La Folie Lodge. The Superior rooms are all located in wooden bungalows, and offer approximately 37 square meters of space luxuriously furnished with local materials. Each Superior room has its own terrace with stunning views over the Mekong and the sacred hills of Wat Phou.
- All vegetarian meals, snacks and coconut water for the duration of the stay
- Use of La Folie lodge amenities including hire bikes, swimming pool and garden
- Twice daily yoga and meditation classes with Victorian-based yoga teachers Emily Rose and Tiak Saysana (Lao national), suitable for all levels and conditions
- Workshops, ceremonies and dharma talks on the theme of non-attachment and karma yoga
- Contribution to a local Community Development project (financial contribution and optional selfless service on retreat)
- Immersion in local Lao Buddhist culture through temple visits, food, Lao Water Ceremony, Baci ceremony and Lao dance
- Spa Day in historic town, Champasak, with 90 minutes massage included (Additional spa treatment available at extra cost)
- Excursion to the Bolaven Plateau to see stunning waterfalls and coffee plantations
COST: USD$1950 per person Private Room
(includes a 10% donation to local community project)
USD$500 deposit required to secure your place.
Shared rooms and payment plans are available. Please contact us for more information and pricing.
Are you ready to book?
We can’t wait to share this country and these practices with you.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are a number of different air travel options to get to La Folie Lodge depending on your budget and starting destination.
**From Melbourne you can fly to Bangkok via Jet Star or Thai Airways. From Sydney you can fly with Qantas, which has slightly better connecting flights.
**From Bangkok you may wish to travel to Vientiane first (Laos’ capital city) to explore the central region and then fly to Pakse international from Vientiane.
**If you are coming directly to the retreat you can either fly via Lao Airlines direct to Pakse (40M transfer to La Folie lodge) or fly to Ubon Ratchathani on the Thai / Laos border (2H30M transfer to La Folie lodge).
Any questions contact us and we can provide you with the retreat information pack and put you in touch with our recommended travel agent!
Do you need a bit more information?
We know this is a big investment, of time and money, and this may be your first trip to Laos. So, we have prepared an information pack with all the information you might need to know about planning your trip.
Just pop your details in the form below and we’ll send it through or if you’d prefer to contact directly you can email [email protected]
ABOUT LAOS AND CHAMPASAK PROVINCE
Laos is a land-locked country located in Southeast Asia. The key geographic feature of Laos is the Mekong River (Mènam Khong – in Lao), which means the Mother River. The River flows through the country right from the north to the southern-most point of the country and it is the lifeline of Lao people and the surrounding region. Laos is one of the few countries in the world that is still rich with green tropical forest resources. It also has a long history of Buddhism practice that can be dated back to the 7th or 8th century and Buddhism remains the main spiritual practice of Laotians.
2018 is the “Visit Laos Year” and Simply Beautiful Laos and the Lao people warmly welcome you.
To find out more about Laos visit Tourism Laos
Champasak is one of the 18 provinces of Laos and located in the Southern Laos region. The province and this southern region are charmed by much untouched nature and cultures – The 4000 islands, the Bolaven plateau which has numerous waterfalls and home of the best coffee from Laos and the Wat Phou (Temple (on the) Mountain), which is said to have close connection to the Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The province is also the home to Done Daeng (the red island), the car-free island and place for you to slow down and relax.
The best way for you to experience the region is for you to visit but you can find out a little bit more here or view this beautiful video of the ‘secret place’ Southern Laos!
ABOUT YOUR TEACHERS
Emily has been practicing yoga for 18 years and generally teaches a strong yet slow vinyasa style of yoga that blends building strength with a softer more meditative, often philosophical side and focuses above all on assisting students to ground themselves in their bodies in order to uncover deeper layers of their being. After finishing teacher training in Hot and Vinyasa yoga in Melbourne Emily has also completed Prenatal, Postnatal and Restorative yoga teacher training with Bliss Baby Yoga and Yin Yoga and Mindfulness training with Sarah Powers. She is registered with Yoga Australia (Level 1) and Yoga Alliance Australia® (350 Hour RYT).
Holding a Masters in International Development, Emily is passionate about human rights and social justice and also committed to living a more sustainable, ethical, healthy life. She is always searching for ways to combine yoga with her quest to make positive change in the world by helping people to create deeper connections with their own body-mind, each other and the earth.
Emily loves whole foods, nature, adventure activities, mountains, the energetic and mindfulness practices of Yoga, Taoism and Buddhism, and above all connecting people in love and kindness through yoga workshops and retreats. You can read more about Emily here.
Vonesili (Tiak) Saysana
Tiak is a yoga practitioner and teacher from Laos. Tiak has been practicing yoga since 2004 when she was introduced to the practice to maintain physical fitness and find peace and focus while studying. More than that, Yoga has helped Tiak to discover her inner happiness. Tiak has been dedicated to her self practice of Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and meditation ever since. In 2017, Tiak took the next step in her yoga journey by completing a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training from Yoga Flame.
Yoga and Laos are two of Tiak’s loves and she is passionate to promote both, especially since she moved to her second home in Melbourne (with her small family) in 2014. Also, coming from a Buddhist background, Tiak has been exploring and integrating Buddhist practice and meditation, which includes four meditation postures: sitting, walking, standing and lying down, into her own yoga practice and the yoga classes that she has been teaching.
Prior to moving to Melbourne, in Laos Tiak travelled to almost every province both for pleasure and work (where she worked on development and agricultural projects). She visited many beautiful and exotic places and met with different heart-warming and interesting people, yet, there are still much more to discover and explore in Laos. Tiak would like to invite you to visit and experience the less travelled area of Laos, in Champasack province, on the car- free island called Don Deng (the Red Island), where the retreat will be organised. As a Lao’ person Tiak will ensure you have the quality time in this beautiful country during, before and after the retreat.
Does this sound like the retreat for you?
Request more information in our Karma Yoga Laos Retreat Information Pack by completing the form below.
Or, if you are ready to book – register and pay your USD$500 deposit and we’ll be in contact to help you make your way to Laos and on this journey with us.