KARMA YOGA RETREAT LAOS
KARMA YOGA RETREAT, LAOS
7 day / 6 night Yoga Retreat in Southern Laos
11 – 17 October 2018
Location: La Folie Lodge, Champasak, Laos
Join sisters-in-law and yoga teachers Emily Rose and Vonsesili (Tiak) Saysana for a unique yoga retreat in the stunning Champasak province of Southern Laos. Surrounded by the Mekong River, and immersed in Lao Buddhist culture, you will be invited to surrender attachment and open yourself to the fullness of life through yoga, meditation, generosity and community.
La Folie lodge is situated on Done Daeng island, a car free island in the middle of the Mekong River. This luxurious resort has a restaurant (where we will eat freshly prepared vegetarian food), a swimming pool and beautiful Lao bungalow style private rooms. 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. Southern Laos is often described as the lost treasure of South-East Asia. It is a place where you can slow down, find peace and reconnect with the world and with yourself.
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.
Investment: USD$1950 (includes a 10% donation to local community project)*
* Early bird price USD$1750 available until 30 May 2018
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
ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATION
LA FOLIE LODGE,
DONE DAENG ISLAND, CHAMPASAK
La Folie Lodge is located in Done Daeng, the “Red Island”. This charming car-free island, part of the Champasak cultural and natural heritage, sits along the Mekong River, on a beach facing the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Wat Phou. 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.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
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 THE 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.