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Thailand Study Abroad Adventure (Jan 31- Feb. 09, 2020)

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Mala Dhara Retreat Center

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Thailand Study Abroad Adventure 2020:

Come join Michael & his spectacular staff (David & Meredith) in 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 Pichest Boonthume and his son Aon as well as with Michael. 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:

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 northern 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 the first four days in this idyllic setting, learning Michael’s ‘Next Level' Advanced 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. There will be a strong emphasis on 'hand's free' techniques including using the feet and learning how to walk on the body. We will have about 3 hours of class time each day as well as optional supervised practicums in the evenings. There will be lots of opportunity to both enhance and hone your Thai skills with one on one guidance as well lots of fantastic bodywork trades. We will also have optional daily meditation, yoga and/or movement practice, led by a phenomenal teacher, David, who is also a Thai massage teacher & practitioner . Three daily Thai-Style delicious vegetarian meals made with organic homegrown ingredients will be provided at the retreat center. Additional offerings include a trip to one of the most beautiful temples I have ever seen (Wat Doi Saket), a journey underground into a sacred temple cave, and a special herbal steam/sauna as well as nightly poolside fires and song cirlces (led by Meredith).

Part 2: Chiang Mai: Once we have retreated 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 Euronabotique Hotel. This resort also has a swimming pool (so be sure to bring a few pairs of bathing suits). It is located in my favorite part of the 'old city' of Chiang Mai, walking distance to local markets, great health conscious restauants, fresh juice bars, temples, yoga studios and some great Thai massage therapists.

The first four days in Chiang Mai we will visit with Master Pichest and his son, Aon. Together they offer the perfect combination to learning a Traditional approach to Thai Massage. Pichest, being a buddhist monk, offers sage like wisdom while encouraging his students to unlearn what they think they know, to let go of the techniques and instead to focus on the feeling of each unique moment and client. His work and his reputation is amazing to witness and very difficult to duplicate. Hi son, Aon, (on the other hand) offers very grounded and skillful techniques to unlocking pain patterns in the body. His focus is on using gravity, leverage and minimal effort, with most of his techniques being hands free and easy to learn. He will provide a 'certification course' as well as a manual and taking video is allowed. I was truly impressed with his teaching style and designed this year's trip to include more opportunity to study with him.

This year's adventure also includes a Thai cooking course, a visit to the remarkable temple of Wat Doi Saket, plenty of shopping opportunities at both the 'Night Market' as well as the legendary ‘Sunday Market,' and an all day hike through an Elephant Sanctuary, where we can see, bathe and feed wild elephants in their natural habitat.

Whats Included:

  • 10 nights of lodging (3 at Mala Dhara and 7 at a cozy and quiet Chiang Mai hotel).
  • 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 & Aon.
  • Traditonal Thai Cooking Class with local herb and vegtable market tour.
  • All day hike through a nationally protected elephant and nature reserve.
  • Daily Guided Yoga, Meditation and/or Movement Practices.
  • Daily Salt Water Pool Use at Mala Dhara and at the Euronabotique Hotel.
  • An Undergraound Temple Cave Adventure.
  • A Night of Herbal Steam, Sauna and Body Scrub.
  • Nightly Fires and Singing under the Stars.
  • Transport from the Airport to Mala Dhara.
  • Transport to Chiang Mai from Mala Dhara.
  • Transport to Master Teachers Pichest and Aon.
  • 7 nights at the Euronabotique Hotel with swimming pool access and breakfast.
  • Thai cuture and language class with Meredith.
  • Monk guided tour of Temple Wat Doi Saket.
  • Sharing circles and check ins to help the group process.
  • Spontaneous song circles, laughter and unexpected synchronicity.
  • Michael, David & Meredith as your personal instructors, guides and all around trip support!

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)

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. The other 50% would then be held as a credit towards a future trip.

• 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


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