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Thailand Study Abroad Adventure (Jan 29- Feb. 08, 2019)

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Mala Dhara Retreat Center

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The 2019 Tour is now Sold Out...Registration for 2020 will open in February. Please join the Facebook page for more details:


Thailand Study Abroad Adventure 2019:

Come join Michael & Melissa who will be your teachers, guides, hosts and fellow explorers of the magical Kingdom of Thailand. Our tour will take place in and around Old Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand. We will weave learning new 'next level' Thai Massage techniques into an exciting and restorative retreat. We will be studying with Master Thai teachers including Michael's teachers, Pichest Boonthume and Ralf Marzen as well as with Michael and Melissa. Please note that this tour is more of a 'study abroad' trip then a 'vacation.' We expect all participants to behave ethically, exhibit respect for Thai culture as well as to take full responsibility for their own experience.

Please watch this 3 minute overview filmed on location in 2018:


We will divide the trip up into two parts of five nights each:

Part 1: Mala Dhara Retreat: We will arrange to pick you up from Chiang Mai Airport and take you to one of the most beautiful retreat centers in Thailand (See pics and video below)…Nestled in the mountains, with an organic farm, a salt-water swimming pool, herbal steam bath, and a large outdoor yoga space for us to exclusively use. We will spend five days in this idyllic setting, learning Michael’s ‘Next Level Thai Massage’ course.This 12 CE hour course is approved by NCBTMB and will focus on more advanced techniques and options for all of the positions from the Foundational Flow. We will have about 3 hours of class time each day as well as an optional supervised practicum in the evenings. There will be lots of opportunity to both enhance and hone your Thai skills with our one on one guidance. We will also have optional daily meditation, yoga and movement practice. Three Thai-Style delicious vegetarian meals made with organic homegrown ingredients will be provided. Additional offerings include a trip to private hot springs, an underground temple cave, an epic Limestone waterfall adventure and a special herbal steam/sauna as well as nightly poolside fires.

Part 2: Chiang Mai: Once we have retreated, soaked and treated ourselves so luxuriously, we will be more prepared to move into the faster paced city of Chiang Mai. In this part of the trip, we will have more independence, more options and more time to explore various aspects of Thailand. We will all stay together in a beautiful guest house called the 'Eco Resort.' This resort has an olympic size swimming pool (so be sure to bring a few pairs of bathing suits). They also have a program room that we will be renting for a few days to study with one of Michael's favorite Thai Massage teachers, Ralf Marzen (http://www.muditathaiyoga.com). Ralf will be sharing some of his 'Dynamic Thai Techniques' as well as 'Foot Walking Techniques.' I suggest watching his famous video here...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mocqeb-Nsxg.

We will arrive just in time to participate in one of the best outdoor markets in all the world…The legendary ‘Sunday Market.’ On Monday, we will visit with Master Pichest and participate in a traditional Buddhist Whi Kru Ceremony to honor the lineage and the teachers. We will also have the option to take a Thai cooking course, visit the famous temple of Wat Doi Sutep, go to the night markets and get plenty of local Thai Massage, culture and delicious food. Additional options include visiting the Elephant Sanctuary or hiking through the national forest with wild elephants.

Whats Included:

  • 10 nights of lodging (5 at Mala Dhara and 5 at a cozy and quiet Chiang Mai Guest House)
  • All Meals at Mala Dhara (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • 12 CE hours with Michael –'Next Level Thai' Training
  • Supervised evening practicum sessions
  • 4 days of Traditional Thai Massage study with Master Pichest
  • Daily Guided Yoga, Meditation and/or Movement Practices
  • Daily Salt Water Pool Use at Mala Dhara
  • Hot Springs Adventure
  • Undergraound Temple Cave Adventure
  • Night of Herbal Steam and Body Scrub
  • Fires under the Stars
  • Transport to/from the Airport
  • Transport to Chiang Mai from Mala Dhara
  • 5 nights at the Eco Resort with swimming pool access.
  • Study and Transport to Master Teacher Pichest, as well as his Wai Kru Ceremony.
  • 2-3 days of Study with Master Teacher Ralf Marzen and his 'Advanced Foot Work' class.
  • Michael and Melissa as your personal instructors, guides and Thailand resource!

What's Not Included:

  • Transport to/from Thailand
  • Lunch and Dinner in Chiang Mai, (brekfast is included)
  • All the great $10 massages you could want
  • All market purchases (Thai Pants, Jewelry, Gifts, etc)
  • Chiang Mai Options- Cooking course, Temple visits, Elephant Sanctuary, etc.
  • Snacks and Drinks

Investment, Registration and Other Important Notes:

Investment = $1645

*** If you are interested in joining this trip, please email me directly to request an application. Once accepted, you will need to go to the 'purchase a ticket' section of this page and choose the '1st Payment' option.

Registration begins with a partially refundable deposit of $500.

An additional partially refundable deposit of $500 must be put down by July 1.

The remaining balance of $645 must be paid in full by November 1.

The above payments are all 50% refundable. If you should choose not to go, you can get a 50% refund of all deposits made to date.

• You can either purchase a ticket here or to save on Eventbrite fees, you can alternately send Michael a check for $500, to: Michael Sitzer, 14 Lookout Rd, Asheville, NC 28804 (email Michael if you are mailing a check)

There is only space for 14 participants on this trip.

Priority will be given to those who have completed Michael’s TYB Certification Training.

Partners, friends and those not interested in studying Thai Massage are welcome to join but the price is the same for all.

Everything we do on the trip is optional, you can always go explore where you are being called.

Once accepted, you will be invited to join a new Facebook page exclusively for the retreat participants. Here, all concerns can be discussed and all details worked out.

We will use the facebook page to arrange flights and itineraries so we can travel in groups.

All accommodations are shared rooms with 2 double beds. Couples can get 1 shared queen.

• Liability Waivers will be required

Travel and Health Insurance is highly encouraged.

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Hope to see you in Thailand!

With Love & Metta

Michael & Melissa

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