Earth Home แม่โจ้บ้านดิน - Retreat
to Jan 12

Earth Home แม่โจ้บ้านดิน - Retreat

4th annual 5 day Yoga Retreat in Thailand at the precious Earth Home

"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

Travel to a small village outside of Chiang Mai and stay with a beautiful family who created 'Earth Home' 


  • two yoga practices daily in an outdoor setting overlooking fields and northern thailand mountain ranges

  • incredible vegan meals

  • thai massage availabe at Earth Home

  • Thai cooking classes

  • Chanting sessions in the evenings

  • a reservoir for swimming

  • a thai language class

  • Day trip to the Chiang Dao Temple

  • Traditional Herbal Sauna at the local temple

Join us for this 5 day retreat

Cost $750


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

more information needed? contact:

There is limited space for this retreat.

Save your spot by donating your $250 non refundable donation

(balance due one month before the retreat)

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Walk with The Elephants - YARA Thailand Retreat
to Jan 19

Walk with The Elephants - YARA Thailand Retreat

Thailand Elephant Retreat

January 13th-19th, 2020

(You must arrive by the 12th since we head out from Chiang Mai bright and early on the 13th)

Join YARA founder Sweethome Teacup at Never Forget Elephant Foundation to offer a unique experience with the elephants and culture of Thailand.

The trip features daily elephant interactions, learning about agriculture and community through having a cultural exchange with the local Karen Hill Tribe community and volunteering with the local community in the mountains, as well as daily yoga sessions and conversation about how we all can support the health and wellbeing of all who share this beautiful planet which is our home.

Never Forget

The 7-day immersive program includes:

  • Participation in ethical, daily interaction with free roaming elephants by hiking with them in the jungle

  • Education about local culture and history of elephant ownership in the Karen Hill Tribe community

  • Daily Yoga and Meditation practices

  • Opportunity to provide community service that includes teaching English at the local school

  • Time to connect with like-minded, passionate individuals from a variety of walks of life

  • Shared lodging in traditional Karen bamboo huts with comfortable mattresses, warm bedding, pillows and mosquito nets

  • 3 delicious vegan meals per day with coffee/tea and snacks as desired

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For centuries Karen Hill Tribe communities have cared for elephants in the jungles of South East Asia.  In recent decades a new model of tourism with elephants in performances and riding/bathing has emerged, to the mental and physical detriment of elephants’ wellbeing.  Through the Never Forget program, elephants are removed from tourism and logging venues and are brought home to their natural habitat. The program 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 experience intimate encounters with the world’s largest land mammal in their natural habitat.

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  • Daily time with elephants; walk alongside these gentle giants through the jungle

  • Gain a fascinating insight into the life of elephants in their natural habitat and observe the way they behave when surrounded by the jungle

  • Delicious vegan food, with the majority sourced from the local organic garden

  • Meet people from all walks of life with similar interests and make lifelong 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 shaman

    What to bring:

    • Travel insurance that covers the duration of your stay (per requirement from Never Forget Elephant Foundation)

    • Hat, sunscreen and insect repellant

    • Layered clothing.  This trip is offered in January when the weather is colder at night.  The temperature in the mountains in Northern Thailand ranges from warm weather during the day to cool temperatures during the evening.  Plan to bring layered clothing to ensure you are comfortable during activities and at night.

    • Sturdy shoes that you are comfortable in to hike in the jungle.  Rubber boots are a great option.

    • Yoga mat

    • Sandals/flip-flops

    • Gardening gloves

    • Flashlight and/or headlamp

Yo, our guide, and one of my favorite people!!

Yo, our guide, and one of my favorite people!!

YARA is offering this retreat for the cost of $1,375. This includes:

  • All transport from when we meet in Chiang Mai on the 13th (You have to arrive by the 12th, since we leave early in the morning on the 13th) until we return to Chiang Mai on the 19th.

  •  7 days of Lodging and meals at the elephant project 

  •  7 days in the jungle with the elephants

  • yoga, chanting, writing, meditation daily

  • volunteering with local community

  • All program-related activities during the week


All contributions go directly to support Never Forget Elephant Foundation and Yoga and Animal Rights Alliance.

more information needed? contact:

There is limited space for this retreat.

Save your spot by donating your $200 non refundable deposit



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Yelapa, Mexico - YARA Retreat
to Mar 21

Yelapa, Mexico - YARA Retreat

Join us in Mexico

March 14th-21st, 2020

Join us for our annual yoga retreat at the incredible Los Naranjos Retreat Center set in the jungle by the ocean.

Located just south of Puerto Vallarta, Yelapa is a small village -- only accessible by water, so there are no cars. You will enjoy:

~Waterfalls          ~Hiking trails          ~The quaint village      

~Beaches      ~Swimming      ~Snorkeling

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Seven days in paradise with two incredibly devout teachers

Meghan Maris 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, 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.

~Lodging and Meals

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 served on an outdoor dining patio.

~The Retreat:

two daily yoga practices 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. In the evenings we will gather to chant watching the sunset on the beach or in the gardens at Los Naranjos. It is an exceptional place with enough time to deepen your practice and nurture some long lasting rejuvenation.

To be of service

We work in collaboration with

Yelapa Animal Project

The Yelapa Animal Project strives to help any animal, domesticated or wild, in Yelapa that may be sick, unwanted/homeless, neglected or abused. We have created an animal sanctuary in Yelapa that houses our rescued animals and works to release them when wild, to find them new forever homes when domestic and adoptable or give them refuge in our sanctuary when not. We will have the opportunity to visit and have an educational tour with the founder and friend, Dana Hutson. We will learn about more ways of getting involved and supporting the health and well being of all beings.

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 $1,600

Discounted price of $1400

if registered before September 15th, 2019

Nonrefundable deposit of $300  saves your spot

Please email with any questions

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