Journey to Freedom - YARA Thailand Retreat
Jan
13
to Jan 20

Journey to Freedom - YARA Thailand Retreat

Volunteer at Journey to Freedom leader Mr Yo and YARA founder Sweethome Teacup collaborate to offer a unique experience which features daily elephant interactions, learning about agriculture and community through having a cultural exchange at a tribal village and volunteering at the local school in the mountains of Chiang Mai, as well as daily yoga sessions and conversation about how we all can support the health and well being of all who share this beautiful planet as our home.

Journey to Freedom Volunteers also spend the final night at Elephant Nature Park where you can swap stories of your experiences with park volunteers.

For centuries the Karen tribe has cared for elephants in the jungles of South East Asia. Through unemployment, they were forced to lease their elephants to trekking camps and elephant tourist shows. Now the time has come for the elephants to return to the village and their natural habitat. Volunteer at Journey to Freedom is a project that embeds volunteers into the culture of one of Thailand’s oldest hill tribes while gaining a fascinating insight to the life of forest elephants. Witness the daily life of the Karen people, become involved in the community and experiencing intimate encounters with the worlds largest land mammal.

Sweethome will be offering daily yoga practices, writing prompts, meditation, and teachings which will inspire and enhance the whole experience.

Highlights

  • Daily time with elephants; feed and walk alongside these gentle giants through the jungle.
  • Gain a fascinating insight to the life of elephants in their natural habitat and observe the way they behave when surrounded by the jungle.
  • Delicious Thai food, freshly cooked each day for you to enjoy.
  • Meet people from all walks of life with similar interests and make life long friends.
  • Make a difference in a community while learning about their traditional way of life
  • Daily yoga, meditation, journaling, and discussion.
  • A blessing ceremony lead by a Karen Tribe elder.

 

We are offering Journey to Freedom and Earth Home as a whole package. You also have the option of joining us for one of the weeks. 

Cost of one of these retreats is $1,000                                             Cost of two week retreat is $2,000 ~ this includes:

  • All transport from when we meet in Chiang Mai on the 14th (You have to arrive by the 13th, since we leave early in the morning on the 14th) until we return to Chiang Mai on the 27th.

  •  14 days of Lodging and meals at the elephant project and Earth Home Retreat

  •  7 days in the jungle with the elephants

  • A Thai cooking class

  • A Thai Massage

  • A Thai language class

  • A trip to the local temple and traditional Thai sauna

  • yoga, chanting, writing, meditation daily

 

All contributions go directly to support Yoga and Animal Rights Alliance.

more information needed? contact: sweethome@teacupyoga.com

There is limited space for this retreat.

Save your spot by donating your $500 non refundable donation


 

 

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Earth Home แม่โจ้บ้านดิน - YARA Thailand Retreat
Jan
20
to Jan 27

Earth Home แม่โจ้บ้านดิน - YARA Thailand Retreat

"Homestay Maejo Baandin, also known as Earth Home has become one of the learning centers for people all over Thailand and the world, sharing knowledge of how to live a simple, healthy life. We teach people how to build houses from adobe, we share knowledge on how to farm organically, and we arrange for cooking lessons for anyone who wants to learn to cook Thai food. We are proud to become a center for skill-sharing and cultural exchange, giving opportunities to locals and visitors from everywhere around the world to meet and learn from each other. We are happy that we can share our unique local lifestyle, and to help preserve local knowledge." -Tong Bai, founder and creator of Earth Home

This portion of the retreat, we will travel to a small village outside of Chiang Mai to stay with a beautiful family who created 'Earth Home' 

Highlights:

  • two yoga practices daily in an outdoor setting overlooking fields and northern thailand mountain ranges
  • incredible vegan meals 
  • thai massage at Earth Home
  • Thai cooking classes daily
  • Chanting sessions in the evenings
  • a reservoir for swimming
  • a thai language class

We are offering this retreat as a whole package. You also have the option of joining us for one of the weeks. 

Cost of each week is $1,000

Cost of two week retreat is $2,000 ~ this Includes:

  • All transport from when we meet in Chiang Mai on the 14th until we return to Chiang Mai on the 27th.

  •  14 days of Lodging and meals at the elephant project and Earth Home Retreat

  •  7 days in the jungle with the elephants

  • A Thai cooking class

  • A Thai Massage

  • A Thai language class

  • A trip to the local temple and traditional Thai sauna

  • yoga, chanting, writing, meditation daily

 

All contributions go directly to support Yoga and Animal Rights Alliance.

 

 

This will be an experience where the practice of self care is aligned with service to another species who, due to human ignorance, have found themselves needing sanctuary and love. 

more information needed? contact: sweethome@teacupyoga.com

There is limited space for this retreat.

Save your spot by donating your $500 non refundable donation

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Yelapa, Mexico - YARA Retreat
Mar
23
to Mar 30

Yelapa, Mexico - YARA Retreat

Join us in Mexico

March 23rd-30th, 2019

Our 6th annual yoga retreat at the incredible Los Naranjos Retreat Center set in the jungle by the ocean.

Located just south of Puerto Vallarta, it is a small village -- only accessible by water, so there are no cars.
~Waterfalls          ~Hiking trails          ~Quaint town       ~Beaches      ~Swimming      ~Snorkeling

~Lodging: beautiful open air palapas set in among bougainvillia, coconut, avocado, and palm trees in a small canyon that leads to waterfall.  ~Inspiring homemade family style vegetarian meals which with fresh juices daily. ~Practice yoga on an open air deck with flocks of birds flying overhead: Asana, meditation techniques, breathing exercises, Qi gong, and writing prompts to inspire our self inquiry.


Seven days in paradise with two incredibly devout teachers

Meghan Maris        www.meghanmarisyoga.com
Meghan has been devoted to teaching Yoga since 2000.She imbues knowledge, love, and humor into her teaching. She promotes clarity of mind and inspires compassionate action in every class.

Sweethome Teacup
Sweethome, founder of Yoga & Animal Rights Alliance, has studied Yoga since 1993. She approaches the practice with curiosity and awe.She has a unique and dynamic style which encourages all to live an authentic life.


Yelapa Animal Project

This year is special now that we are working in collaboration with

Yelapa Animal Project

Since 2015 they have successfully treated hundreds of local animals and organized dozens of spay-neuter-vaccination clinics. Facilitated free, rabies vaccination event working in conjunction with the government. As well as tripling the number of animals treated from previous years.

 

The cost of the retreat is $1,400

Nonrefundable deposit of $300  saves your spot

Partial scholarship is offered for this retreat

Please email sweethome@teacupyoga.com

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