Awakening Ananda....Still ;)

Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand

14 reviews
Nov 18 - 25, 2018
Group size: 14 - 20
Awakening Ananda....Still ;)
Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand

14 reviews

Nov 18 - 25, 2018
Group size: 14 - 20

About this trip

7 DAYS in Northern THAILAND
November 18th, 2018 - November 25th, 2018 

Meditation + Elephant Sanctuary + Floating Yoga Shala + YOGA+ Hiking + Thai MAssage
Mopeding +

Ananda refers to a joy that “changes and dances itself in many ways to enthrall your mind and keep your attention occupied and interested forever”. Let’s practice blissing out in Thailand.
This adventure retreat is meant to be a retreat from the daily grind. A retreat away from whatever it is that is keeping you from fully expressing yourself as the light that you are.

This is a time for conscious individuals to come together on a journey of truth, of compassion, of self inquiry and of selfless service.
We will spend much of our time together in commUNITY enjoying sunrise meditations, morning and evening asana practices, Thai Massage training, dharma talks, and various creative workshops.. Aside from our daily yoga schedules we will step outside our comfort zones, and take adventures into the beauty of Northern Thailand during the days.

We want more than anything, for our students to leave this retreat with open eyes, open hearts, and open minds. Life is much too short to spend any time in the dark.
We must awaken to all that is around us.
And it is up to us to choose what path we take.
We can either fear change, challenge, and risk or we can embrace them fully.... and at the same time fundamentally change our perspective of the world around us as well as our participation with and in it. 
Let’s play friends. 

Echo and Cole


Most rooms are shared occupancy. If you are traveling with a friend please let us know and we’ll get you connected in the same accommodation or else we’ll match you up with a new friend.  A few single occupancy rooms are available at additional prices, just ask! All packages are inclusive with food, activities, and all the other goodies listed above.

Our first 3 nights we will be staying on a floating bamboo center called Om Waters in the middle of a's quite magic!  They had simple double accomodations.  We will move for the last four nights to Maladhara to relax in style.   The price points refer to the last four nights and are as follows.....

The Luxury Villas (Shared)
$1550 early bird/ $1650 after May 1st
Beautiful villas each have a unique earthen adobe design with high domed ceilings, smooth  curves throughout. Villas have twin beds A/C, refrigerator, and wifi.

The Mala Villas  (Shared) 
$1400 USD early bird/ $1500 after May 31st
The Mala Villas are earthen structures mixed with brick work, large beds, cotton mosquito nets and tastefully chosen furniture. Each have their own air con, fridge, wifi and fans. There is a stunning spiral outdoor bathroom only steps away from the villa. While they are smaller than the luxury villas, they are no less amazing.

$500 non-refundable deposit

6:30am: Sunrise Meditation, and Yin/Yang Yoga Practice

7:30 am: Breakfast, tea, and community

9am: Thai Massage Partner Workshop

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm: Activities off site.....adventure time

6:30 pm: We encourage everyone to take a 30 minute break before dinner to write and journal over the daily theme, or anything personal that they may want to reflect on.

7pm: Dinner at Mala Dhara

8:30: Restorative Yoga or Thai Massage/ sometimes both & Satsang

While we will be staying about 30 km outside of the hustle of the old city, we will journey into the cultural center of Thailand as well.
Nestled amongst forested foothills, Chiang Mai is much older than it first appears. During the city's medieval heyday, almost everything was made of teak hauled by elephant from the surrounding rainforest, with the notable exception of its towering wát. The monasteries still remain, centred on ancient brick chedi (stupas) in a remarkable range of shapes and styles, but the gaps between them have been filled in with modern Thai houses and traveller hotels. Despite this, the historic centre of Chiang Mai still feels overwhelmingly residential, more like a sleepy country town than a bustling capital.


Don't bring more than one bag. Trust me, you won't want to lug it around with you. Ideally you should bring a backpack, and a small purse or day bag.

DON'T PACK TOO MUCH! I repeat, DON'T DO IT! Pack the basics. If worse comes to worse, you can buy whatever you need at your destination. Just remember that.

Leave room for souvenirs in your bag! And that goes back to not packing too much...

2-3 pairs of leggings/comfortable pants for adventures and yoga of course.
5-7 pairs of underwear – Make sure they’re comfortable and easy to air-dry. It is hot in Thailand, and most clothes are washed and then hung out to dry. So bring ones you do not mind hanging out for the world to see, haha.
Thongs, or flip flops and bring one pair of tennis shoes for hiking
1 fleece/cover up - This is ideal for your flight, chilly evenings or for covering your arms and upper body on long sunny moped rides.
Ladies maybe bring a few sun dresses, or plan on purchasing some at the markets. I promise you will not regret this decision.

Please use natural products.  We are staying at a eco resort that is very mindful of the effects of chemicals and we know you are too!
Sunscreen (it’s more expensive here)
Ladies: Pads/Tampons/ or Diva Cup (this last one is a game changer) - Female products aren’t as common in some areas.

Very important....if you want to drive a moped in Indonesia head to your local AAA (US) AA ( outside the US) branch, and purchase a $25 International Drivers License. It will last you a year, and it is necessary for driving internationally although extremely easy to get.
A money belt or pouch to keep your important items such as passport, money and visa info in
A small shoulder purse, backpack or fanny pack is always nice to have, but can be purchased abroad for cheap!
1-2 empty plastic bags - for your dirty clothes and other unknown opportune times!

Bug spray - Don't risk getting covered in bug bites.
Camera (and maybe a memory stick)- An iPhone will do too.
A book or eReader - We will be doing a great deal of traveling, so bring something to read!
A journal and a pen - to track your journey!
Headphones and some sort of music to listen to during your travels
A couple of granola bars or snacks for when you're on the go or traveling
All essential medicines, and prescriptions you may need. But remember that medicine abroad is reliable and CHEAP, so don't bring your whole medicine cabinet. Just some essentials like allergy medicine, birth control, prescriptions, etc.

You will fly into CHIANG MAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  Very probably you may be coming up from Bangkok.  If you have extra time, it’s nice to stay a day or two in the capital and hop a cheap, short flight to CM.  There are also cheap trains from Bangkok if you want to squeeze in another adventure.
We will have detailed instructions for where to meet in Chiang Mai and we shall all ride out to our paradise together!

Arrival date: November 18th......anytime before 11 AM.
Departure date: November 25th  anytime after 2 PM.
We are both quite travel savvy so don’t hesitate to ask any and all questions!
Please note: Should you arrive or depart outside of these time slots, we are still happy to help but transport will not be included.

Your Hosts

Eight years ago, I took my very first yoga class at a drug and alcohol treatment center. I was painfully broken.  But this crack allowed the sweetness of the yoga practice a sliver of an opening to seep through.  Though I wasn't ready to change my life at that point, a seed had been planted that there may, just possibly, be another way to live.  Eventually, through several more years of crazy and chaos, I realized the mat, the practice, was my only way to freedom and I've held on ever since.  What a ride! Yoga has supported me to reclaim my inner power, peel back the armor and layers I had been suffocating under, and begin the fascinating process of coming back to wholeness.

While our stories may look different on the outside, we are much more similar than we may appear, as everyone is recovering from something.  The common human thread is a disconnection from self; an isolation from who we are and the world around us. Yoga means to yoke, to connect, to create union.  It supports us to balance and harmonize our lives in an ever changing and challenging world.  We can ALL move closer to wholeness.  That thing that is holding you down can also be your ticket to breaking through to something amazing.
Whether through a vigorous asana, the stillness of meditation, or diving deep into the beautiful philosophy of yoga, I hope to support you to find your own unique dance towards freedom.  
As well as teaching yoga, I'm also an instructor in the beautiful practice of Thai Yoga Massage.  I'm so thrilled to also be sharing this bodywork with you in the land where it has flourished!  

I urge you to stay curious about you, always ask why, and never stop exploring the world around and the world inside. Which is exactly why I'm so excited to create this journey for you! This retreat allows the important space for play, adventure, as well as quiet and introspection.  All the things wrapped up in the stunning setting of Northern Thailand!
Please join the magnificent Echo and I on a sojourn to awaken Ananda! To awaken to BLISS! See you in Thailand loves!


I started yoga about 12 years ago. I took my first class because I thought I needed something to calm my mind. I have always been a thrill seeker and sports enthusiast, and at the time I felt like I needed a shift of energy. Yoga at first was very difficult for me. Slow movements, and a focus on breath at the time did not sit well with me. I felt very unsettled on my mat in a room full of strangers, and the pace of the practice did not organically flow with me. Although I truly enjoyed powerful asana, it was very difficult for me to find peace with it because I was constantly looking for more challenge in my practice. I became a very power loving yogi, and was constantly looking to strengthen my practice physically.
Over the years my yang nature grew exponentially until I decided that I wanted to teach yoga. For many of those previous years, yoga was purely physical to me. I of course began to really connect to my breath practice because it helped me stay focused and strong in my asana practice....but meditation was always a struggle. The calmer ,more yin side of yoga, had not yet reached me. It was not until I was teaching for a couple of years that I found a softer more intimate side to yoga. I began to truly balance my yin and yang sides. I began to really appreciate stillness in my mind, breath and body. I began to notice the small subtleties in my practice, and I began to truly fall in love with the practice. I have spent the last couple of years sharing my practice around the world with students of all pedigrees and intentions. I think that there is a practice for all types of people, all types of learners, all types of energies. That is how I got to where I am today. My hope with leading YOGA+ADVENTURE Retreats, is to teach what I have learned along the way, and help to create a more open and playful community of conscious individuals and practitioners. 

I have two 200 HR RYT training certifications with a total of 400 RYT training, and hundreds of hours of teaching under my belt. My background began with Hatha, vinyasa, and power yoga......evolving to yin, restorative, Sivananda and most recently training under Baron Baptiste mentors. Like progression my practice evolves as I do. But most of my teachings are quite fluid. I focus on alignment, breath and flow. I try my best to create organic movement in my individual practice as well as the practice I share with my community. I can only hope that is what my students experience. 

What the Retreat Includes

What the retreat includes:

Accommodation for 2 nights at the amazing Om Waters Floating Shala in Northern Thailand
5 nights at Luxury Eco  Resort Mala Dhara
Transportation to/from Chiang Mai, Thailand (we can help with flight arrangements and transport from Chiang Mai as well; just ask!)
3 vegan meals/day, prepared by and amazing local chef. (vegetarian options available). All food is sourced locally and most on premise as we are living on an organic farm!
Daily Yoga, Meditation, Thai Massage classes, and other workshops, as well as adventures guided by your hosts and local guides
A couple SURPRISES, not yet announced..
WI-FI access at public area

Yoga mats and props provided

What is NOT Included

What the retreat DOES NOT include:

Flight and transport to/from Chiang Mai, Thailand
Off-site food, souvenirs, bohemian clothes, massages, and water.  You'll have to purchase your own water bottles, or even better, bring your own!
Any activities you choose to do on your own outside of the retreat schedule
Massages are available on premise for 400 baht an hour
Coconuts on premise
Moped rentals!!! You will want these!!!
Travel Insurance (highly recommended. No one plans on having to cancel an epic journey but life happens and insurance can help recoup cost for the retreat and your flight. Don’t always play it safe but in this case... do it.) 

Available Packages

Luxury Mala Villas
only 2 left

Beautiful villas each have a unique earthen adobe design with high domed ceilings, smooth  curves throughout. Villas have twin beds A/C, refrigerator, and wifi. 

These are deLUXE.  

This is the price for a shared room.  If you desire a private room please contact us to discuss options! 

Deposit: $400
Mala Villas
only 1 left

The Mala Villas are earthen structures mixed with brick work, large beds, cotton mosquito nets and tastefully chosen furniture. Each have their own air con, fridge, wifi and fans. There is a stunning spiral outdoor bathroom only steps away from the villa. While they are smaller than the luxury villas, they are no less amazing;) 

This is a twin shared room.  

Deposit: $400
Double Bed Earthen Structures
Sold Out

Creatively designed and curated earthen structures with fan, aircon, bathroom, and fridge.  These are to be signed up for as a couple.  

Deposit: $400
Bamboo Dorms
only 2 left
Deposit: $400
Tina's Prorate package
Sold Out
Deposit: $500

Your Organizer

Cole Chance Yoga
14 reviews
Cole has been practicing and teaching Thai Yoga Massage for a decade, is a 500-RYT, international retreat leader, passionate about teaching to the addiction recovery community, consistent in broadening her knowledge in Yoga and Buddhist philosophy, ravenous book nerd, croissant connoisseur, wanderlust junkie, and seeker of the full range of experience. Her philosophy is to live wide, love big, look deep, and ALWAYS leave room for possibilities!


Wonderful time. Beautiful setting, delicious food, and fun to meet new people. Really relaxing and rejuvenating. Only thing is I would have liked a little more yoga.
By Lavanya S for The Gathering : A Yoga + Writing Retreat in Texas Hill Country on 04 Dec, 2021
A Sicilian Summer Yoga and Creative Writing was a wonderful experience for me. The location was divine, and both Cole Chance and Victoria Erickson were phenomenal instructors - excellent at teaching, but also connecting with all attendees and intuitively adapting and bringing what was needed to each class and helping every attendee grow. In addition, the overall schedule of the retreat was perfect with plenty of good yoga and writing content, but also free time to mingle and explore. I felt comfort and familiarity, but also challenged and successful at finding the personal growth I was seeking. Yoga and writing together provide a unique retreat experience and feed off of each other to expand and enrich all of the classes and content, as well as help find flow and ease, something I greatly needed. I also loved the diversity of the group of attendees and what each person brought to the experience. My heart is full, from each person that was part of the retreat to the depth of the teaching and overall experience. This is truly one of the best and most memorable things I've ever done for myself! I will be better for it for the rest of my life. Cheers to Victoria and Cole!
By Laura W for A SICILIAN SUMMER - Yoga + Creative Writing on 21 Sep, 2021
If you feel stuck, if you are running, if you are numb, if you are choosing all the things that you know you don't want to choose but you aren't sure what else to do - then join Emerge. This is an amazing 8 week journey that you will share with other humans struggling just like you. Cole Chance guides you through structured content including self-inquiry, journaling, yoga, meditation/mindfulness (with Jacq St. Pierre), Buddhist philosophy, and even neuroscience. The way it's all tied in really helped it make sense to my brain. There is so much information and available resources that it's hard to get through everything, but that's some of the point. You pick and choose what works for you, leave the rest (or set it aside for later). There are guest workshops that give additional viewpoints and provide other resources to help you. But the biggest help for me were all the check-ins. We met several times a week, and each Sunday was a Satsang specifically built community interaction to talk about wins, challenges, and anything else about the topics covered for the week. The support, connection, compassion, inspiration, courage, openness, and vulnerability that each of us showed to one another and shared with ourselves was beautiful. I'm not fixed or healed, and recovery may be a long forever journey - but I was provided tools, I made friends, I connected with ideas and philosophies that helped me. I was able to challenge the inner voices that always tear me down and start to look at myself as worthy of being in this life again. Reaching out and waiting for this program to start was the hardest part, and once it started showing up each time became easier because we all grew to love one another. If you are struggling or just looking for something more, you deserve this connection too.
By Julie Y for EMERGE 2021 (summer session) on 06 Aug, 2021
Loved it! This was a really incredible experience! Taos is an incredible place, and just the right venue to channel one's creative energy. The vibe was relaxing yet stimulating. Very well organized, with a good balance of organized activities and free time. Thank you for everything!!!
By Dawn A for Desert Stories: Writing + Yoga in Taos with Victoria & Jacq St Pierre on 12 May, 2021
Transformative journey
By Ramone D for EMERGE 2021 on 03 Mar, 2021
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