November 16th- November 30th
Join us for
the Adventure of
Join Yoga Instructors and Thai Massage Therapists, Amity Mead and Natalie Ritenour, in paradise for an all inclusive 14 day trip of a lifetime to Chiang Mai, Chiang Dao, and Pai, Thailand! Enjoy the amazing fire lantern festival of Loi Khratong. Experience what Thai culture has to offer as a gateway to health and happiness. Receive six unique Thai massage treatments (one every other day!) to have you feeling your most vibrant. Practice yoga daily.Walk in wisdom with the monks and rub trunks with elephants. Connect with wonderful people for an unforgettable experience in the golden wellness capital of Asia.
This is our 11th year of hosting this unique international adventure vacation in wellness! Every year it gets even better and that's because we have invested so much of our hearts and souls into wanting you to fall in love with Thailand, just as we did.
Daily yoga and meditation classes set the tone as we indulge in some of the world’s yummiest activities. Fruit markets filled with sticky rice and mango treats will be followed by a cooking course where you can go “green” by learning how to make delicious dishes like green papaya salad and green curry from scratch.
Part of this trip will be spent exploring the city of Chiang Mai which boasts the most amount of temples per square mile of any city in the world! Monks float by barefoot, receiving alms, as they prepare for the festival of Loi Khatrong, which we will celebrate by releasing lanterns into the sky and floating rafts of flowers down the rivers. Parades, temple offerings and celebrations ensue as the whole city cleanses it’s karma and sets intentions.
The other half of the trip is in the countryside outside of Chiang Mai, which is quintessential Thailand. Here we activate in nature with hiking explorations, elephant visits, and river rafting. The journey takes us to the magical teak and bamboo forest of Chiang Dao where we are always spoiled by chef O and her crew at the Nest as they prepare some of the most amazing Thai and fusion cuisine on this planet! During the days we hike up to cave temples to hear monks chanting, visit local hot springs and waterfalls, take a local hill tribe classroom on a field trip, and get incredible massages. In Pai we will enjoy a rolling river, canyons, more hot springs, and a lazy village town that has some of the best laid back feel in Thailand!
The markets of Chiang Mai are worth the trip alone. We will explore Wararot Market , the best place to find Thai fisherman pants, funky hats and purses, and the best Khao Soi soup (northern thai curry noodle soup!) hidden deep within the ground floor…LOCALS ONLY! Around the corner we can bathe in the colors of the hill tribe market tucked away in a maze of woven fabrics. Amazing flower markets also line the river just outside.
Last but not least, the famous Saturday and Sunday Walking Night Markets – no words to describe! You just have to experience them. Shop til you literally “drop” onto a mattress inside the market for a reflexology foot massage (and yes, if you are lucky they will use a wooden stick on you!).
Think of all the money you could save by doing your shopping here supporting the locals amidst the colorful streets of textiles, arts, and crafts. Sign up for our trip…and then come home completely rejuvenated bearing gifts for your loved ones from a wonderful new place in the world!
Chiang Mai is considered to be the wellness capital of Asia. Found in the north of Thailand in the “golden triangle” bordering Burma and Laos, it is a dreamland of ancient architecture, tribal villages, lush jungles, mountain top temples, coconuts, endless rice fields and the friendliest people on earth.
Natalie Ritenour and Amity Mead are proud to co-host this amazing retreat in one of their favorite “paradise” locations. Natalie and Amity have studied extensively in this region of Thailand and feel very honored to show you the best of the best in healing, cuisine, historical sites, nature, and shopping. Spend each day practicing mixed level Hatha Yoga to boost your energy levels to keep you moving and grooving, hiking and hunting for treasures such as exotic fruit, the best Pad Thai on earth, and coconut cream puff treats that will melt in your mouth. In your free time hang with the locals for soup in the old walled city, get another amazing massage, or sneak a peek at a drag queen show at the famous Night Bazaar.
Thailand Wellness Adventures 20223
Included for a 13 night vacation getaway:
*Daily Physical, Mental and Spiritual practices to give you techniques and tools to face anything life throws at you. Some examples are Yoga, Guided Meditation, Intention Setting, Karma Yoga Service Project, and Chanting
*Airport pick up and drop off at CNX
*Accommodations (see descriptions below)
*2 meals a day
*Transportation to and from all excursions.
*6 unique Thai healing massage treatments (2 hour full body, herbal steam balls, foot reflexology, Doxen, etc.)
*Elephant Nature Park Visit, Night Markets, Rafting
*Temple Tours and Cooking Course
Sign up before March 1st to receive our Early Bird price:
Double Occupancy- $2,600
Single Occupancy- $3,200
Sign up after March 1st:
Double Occupancy- $2,950
Single Occupancy- $3,550
* Per Person, Airfare not included
* Prices in $USD
*$500 deposit due upon sign up
A $500 non-refundable deposit upon sign up is guaranteed to hold your spot. The final payment is due October 1st. Contact us directly to make payments/deposits electronically or via check.
THE TROPICAL INN, Chiang Mai- Located in the old walled city near the Chiang Mai (north) gate and its daily and nightly markets. The Inn has a beautiful pool, restaurant with excellent coffee, and a fun casual ambience.
* This accommodations is subject to change. If a change is made a similar accommodation will be secured to the extent possible.
THE NEST, Chiang Dao- Located near the end of the road nestled at the foot of the mountain and a golden cave temple. Cozy bamboo bungalows amidst lush forest and an incredible restaurant serving delicious French and Thai cuisine. Pool with mountain views.
PRIPTA, Pai- Located above stretches of waving rice fields and a lazy river. This hotel has private hot springs tub behind each room with peaceful views out over the valley of Pai. Elegant tranquility.
Schedule of Events:
PREARRIVAL - Depart at least a day in advance to arrive on the 16th of Nov. from North America to arrive in Chiang Mai early to be ready to start the trip officially on the 17th. You can fly into Bangkok and take a domestic flight up to Chiang Mai (if you get in early enough to connect)…or you can fly directly to Chiang Mai. We recommend flying through Seoul on Korean Air to Chiang Mai as a good option.
ARRIVAL DAY – THURSDAY, Nov.16th (or any time prior) – Chiang Mai - Old Walled City, Northern Gate, Tropical Inn.
Arrival day and any time prior to 16th are not included in the trip and vary depending on how early you would like to arrive to settle in. It's different for everyone. We personally feel we need a couple days to just do nothing and acclimatize from the big time difference (15hrs). This day is for settling in and restoring after traveling. Participants will be arriving at various times. What is included is your pick up from airport, welcome package, a great orientation map, and your first Thai massage! You may do some light walking to get oriented with our neighborhood within the old walled city of Chiang Mai, and get settled into your hotel at the Tropical Inn. Take a dip in the pool to celebrate arriving from the plane journey! Please book your ticket in advance so we can reserve the rooms for your early arrival if you choose to arrive before the 16th.
DAY ONE–Nov.17th – FRIDAY, CHIANG MAI
Morning Wellness Practice - Wild Rose Yoga Studio
Chiang Mai Temple Blessings
DAY TWO – Nov.18th– SATURDAY, Chiang Mai to PAI
Drive to Pai ( aprox. 3 hours)
Check in at Pripta and soak in your private tubs for sunset
Massages at Spa
DAY THREE – Nov. 19th– SUNDAY, PAI
Sunset Look out
DAY FOUR – Nov. 20th– MONDAY, PAI
DAY FIVE – Nov. 21st – TUESDAY, PAI
Relax Spa Day
DAY SIX– Nov. 22nd – WEDNESDAY, PAI-CHIANG DAO
Moogata Thai Barbeque
DAY SEVEN – Nov. 23rd – THURSDAY, CHIANG DAO
Walking Meditation to Cave Temple
Special "Nest" Barbeque with traditional music
DAY EIGHT – Nov. 24th – FRIDAY, CHIANG DAO
Karma Yoga School Project with Hill Tribe Children
DAY NINE – Nov. 25th – SATURDAY, CHIANG DAO - CHIANG MAI -
Elephant Nature Park
DAY TEN – Nov. 26th – SUNDAY, CHIANG MAI
Famous Sunday Night Market
Famous Foot Massages
DAY ELEVEN – Nov. 27th – MONDAY, CHIANG MAI
River activities - floating our basket
LOI KHRATONG LANTERN FESTIVAL
DAY TWELVE– Nov. 28th – TUESDAY, CHIANG MAI
DAY THIRTEEN– Nov. 29th - WEDNESDAY, CHIANG MAI
Maladhara Closing Ceremonies with Ploy
Special Event at Ram Bar - Party Time!
DAY FOURTEEN - Nov.30th - THURSDAY, CHIANG MAI
***Schedule subject to change
CONTACT US NOW TO BOOK FOR THIS YEAR’S TRIP!
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They knew every nook & cranny in Chiang Mai. It was such a luxurious treatment to be with them in Chiang Mai. I’m normally not one for group trips, follow a guide around, etc. But Amity & Natalie definitely have it down & they offer such a unique, down to earth travel experience. I never felt removed from the culture as a tourist, yet I always felt part of it. Waking up to daily yoga was an amazing start to the day and incredibly relaxing way of life for our 2 weeks together. They set us up in the most wonderful yoga studio I have ever practiced yoga in. They both brought their different yoga styles to the studio, so every day was a new practice and we built our practice as the trip went on.
It was such an amazing & unique experience, I feel so lucky to have been a part of. I can’t Thank Amity & Natalie enough for sharing their beautiful Thailand with me!
-Leah Brown, San Francisco, CA- 2012
This trip was amazing. The food was fabulous! The coffee... delicious. I loved the daily variations of yoga, meditation and massage. The excursions were wonderful and so different I was never disappointed. I have been asked what was your favorite part? All I think of is... all of it was my favorite. I also love the fact you were free to step away from the group if you needed your own down time. The people of Thailand stole my heart. Our drivers and guide were nothing short of spectacular! Our hosts are precious and the new friendships priceless. I think I have already recruited a few people for 2019! Jump on this adventure before it fills up. Love to you all. I am still reeling from it!
-Amy Brown Sievert, Portland, OR- 2018
I have traveled to dozens of sites all over the world and my trip to Thailand with Amity and Natalie was one of the best experiences of my life. Every experience that they created for us was over the top. They were fun, organized, loving, inspirational and offered us fantastic yoga, meals and adventures every day. I have told everyone about their Thai adventure….it is not to be missed. I would be repeating the same trip if it were not for family responsibilities this year.
-Valerie Gerard, Santa Barbara, CA -2013
I've always wanted to go to Thailand and when I met Nathalie 1 year ago there was an instant attractions to go and experience this adventure, then once there I met Amity and there as well an instant connections and the adventure began. All was plan for us and all you have to think about is getting out of bed in time to go do yoga, then all the activities, the lantern festival, the elephant park the river rafting , the many temples, cooking course and so on. Since I was the only guy there I was a little nervous but that went away in a flash our group was amazingly friendly and I loved being with every single one of them, so if your a guy reading this I can tell you go for it you will cherish these memories forever and have new friends as well, and you know i guess I could say I had my own personal Harem!! lol go for it you won't regret it. I myself will most likely be going again in a couple of years. Thank you Natalie and Amity for making this a trip of a lifetime, love you both:)
-Marko LeClerc, Ontario- 2018
It had always been one of my dreams to go to Thailand and I think it was fate that led me to Natalie in Mexico
and subsequently to 2 of the most perfect weeks I have ever had. I can't think of anything that would have
made this trip better except to have it last longer. Natalie and Amity were amazing guides, mentors and
friends. They were always upbeat and delightful to be with; had unlimited patience for our endless questions or
requests - or indeed occasional inept tourist issues. The Yoga each morning was a perfect start to the
adventures of the day. Their knowledge of the places we visited was so welcome and made everything seamless.
The places where we stayed were beautiful and the food beyond belief. They really had thought of everything
to make us feel loved and looked after and like a sweet little family.
Sometimes you wonder if the itinerary promised could be as good as it sounds on paper. I practically drooled when I first read about this trip and wondered if it could possibly be that wonderful. It absolutely exceeded my expectations.
I can't thank the heavenly duo of Natalie and Amity enough for giving me the gift of this perfect trip. I truly hope to
return another year and have this become a blissful recurring dream. Sawatdee kha
-Annabel Kershaw-Vancouver BC- 2015
I participated in this wonderful adventure this past November/December. And I'm still on a high! This trip met and EXCEEDED my expectations. The venues we stayed at, the food, the activities, the amazing group of people I met (BEST THAILAND GROUP EVER)! But most of all, our 2 amazing hosts: Amity and Natalie. They are 2 of the most caring individuals I have ever met. I'm already looking forward to joining you again.
-Nathalie Wolfe, Toronto, Ontario- 2018