THAILAND

Wellness Adventures

 

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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 2020

Included for a 14 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

 Rates:

Sign up before March 1st to receive our Early Bird price:

Double Occupancy-  $2,650 

Single  Occupancy-   $3,200

($350 discount!!!)

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

Payment:

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. 

Accommodations:

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.

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:

Depart a day in advance to arrive on the 27th, 28th or 29th of October from North America to arrive in Chiang Mai early to be ready to start the trip on Friday, Nov. 30th. 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 DAYS –  Oct. 27-29th –  Chiang Mai - Old Walled City, Northern Gate, Tropical Inn.

Arrival day hotel stays 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).  These days are for settling in and restoring after traveling.  Participants will be arriving at various times throughout the 3 days.  They are flexible days with minimal programming.  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.

DAY ONE– Oct. 30th – Friday, Chiang Mai

Morning Wellness Practice - Wild Rose Yoga Studi

Blessings at Wat Suan Dok Flower Temple - Monk Chat

Massages

Opening Ceremony Dinner

Loi Khratong Lighting Candles Ceremony Wat Pan Tao

DAY TWO –  Oct. 31st – Saturday, Chiang Mai

Morning Wellness Practice

Basket Making for Festival

Full Moon Loi Khratong Lantern and Basket Release

Late Night Saturday Walking Market (optional)

DAY THREE – Nov. 1st – Sunday, Chiang Mai

Morning Wellness Practice

Dok Sen Thai Acupuncture Treatment in Temple

Loi Khratong Parade

Sunday Night Walking Market 

Foot Massages in market

DAY FOUR – Nov. 2nd– Monday, Chiang Mai

Morning Wellness Practice 

Exploring Chiang Mai

Doi Suthep Sunset Monk Chant

Dinner at Lake

DAY FIVE – Nov. 3rd – Tuesday, Chiang Dao

Free Morning

Elephant Nature Park

Check in to the NEST

Free Time

DAY SIX– Nov. 4th  – Wednesday, Chiang Dao

Morning Wellness Practice

Massages

Thai dinner at Nest 2

DAY SEVEN – Nov. 5th – Thursday, Chiang Dao

Morning Wellness Practice

Visit famous cave temple, caves, herbal market, ancient Chedi, National Park with waterfalls and Hotsprings

Famous Nest Barbeque

DAY EIGHT – Nov. 6th  – Friday, Chiang Dao

Morning Wellness Practice

Karma Yoga field trip with the local Hill Tribe School kids

Special Thai Style Moogata Dinner

DAY NINE – Nov. 7th – Saturday, Leave for Pai

Morning Wellness Practice

Check out of the Nest

Drive to Pai ( aprox. 3 hours)

Check in at Pripta and soak in your private tubs for sunset

Dinner 

DAY TEN – Nov. 8th – Sunday, Pai

Morning Wellness Practice

Spa Massages

Dinner

Pai Night Market

DAY ELEVEN – Nov. 9th – Monday, Pai 

White Water Rafting Adventure Day

Dinner

DAY  TWELVE– Nov. 10th – Tuesday, Pai 

FREE DAY!!!!

Day of Silence (optional)

DAY THIRTEEN– Nov. 11th –  Wednesday, Pai

Morning Wellness Practice

Biking

Pai Canyon

Sunset View Restaurant

DAY FOURTEEN - Nov.12th - Thursday, Leaving Pai

Morning Yoga Practice

Check out of Pripta

Drive to Chiang Mai/ Check in Tropical Inn

Maladhara Closing Ceremony Dinner

Late night Show

DAY FIFTEEN  – Nov. 13th  – Friday, Chiang Mai

Morning Yoga Practice

Check Out of Tropical Inn and Airport Departures

 

***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

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