Mike Narada is German and he has been living in India since 2009. As co-founder of Gaiatreeschool Foundation and the Vishwanedam Ashram in the center of Odisha, he has been involved for many years for the rights of Adivasi or tribal people. His yoga classes are well structured and are testimony of a sound knowledge and basic experience.
Shashi is 25 years old and was born in Odisha, India. Together with her seven years younger twin siblings, she grew up in a small village in western Odishas. She fulfilled her greatest wish as a yoga teacher in recent years. She has practiced yoga since childhood and studied for more than two years in different places in India. Her yoga classes are very empathetic and balancing.
Monika Iseli-felder Switzerland
January 2018, BookMeditationRetreats
Es war eine Erfahrung mit Tiefgang. Man fühlte sich wie in einer Familie. Das Schweigen während den Mahlzeiten schätzte ich sehr. Das gab Raum zum Reflektieren und um die wunderschöne Umgebung intensiver wahrzunehmen. Das abendliche Bad bei den heissen Quellen war jeweils eine Wohltat und schönes Gemeinschaftserlebnis. Dieses Retreat mit diesem Lehrer kann ich wärmstens empfehlen.
Das Thai Essen war einfach himmlisch. Noi, die Köchin und Haushälterin mit ihrem freundlichen Team, kochen immer mit frischen Zutaten.
Die Unterkunft ist einfach und nicht aufgemotzt für Touristen. Die Teachings und das Essen haben das jedoch mehr als wettgemacht.
Beautiful location, very laid back great food. Wonderful teachers.
Annet Gosens Netherlands
GaiaTreeSchool is a really nice teachers training course. Although the programme is quite tight and tough, there is still time left to relax, study or whatever you like. The place, Ban Bourton (about 45 minutes from Chiang Mai) is really nice! It is at the country side and only a 10-minutes walk to the village, it is a quiet place, surrounded by a lot of nature. The hostess named Noi is a very lovely woman and a terrific cook! Every day she surprised us with her cooking arts. Even if you are not a vegetarian, you start thinking about to become one.I can really recommend this course to everyone who is thinking of becoming a yoga teacher or everyone who wants to 'refind' themselves!
Hope Matthews United States
I had a wonderful experience at Gaiatreeschool! The setting was beautiful, the accommodations were rustic but clean and appropriate for the setting and atmosphere. Meals were delicious. Noi is an awesome cook and so sweet! She really makes you feel cared for. Mike was a great leader and really cared about making your experience the best it could be. I would definitely recommend going!
It was an awesome retreat. The location was great and the yoga center was on top of a tree house which overlooks the whole mountain range. It offered vegetarian food which was all organic and self- grown. My friend was a carnivore but he enjoyed it equally well. The yogis were very patient with us beginners, and the "ah ma" there was so nice to us, even offered us a ride back to the city. They were lovely people. Left with a grateful heart and light lit up by yoga philosophy
Thanks for the time with you, it was full of surprises and we had a great retreat. The environment was perfect, so peaceful and quiet, it was such a nice place to unwind and reconnect with nature and ourselves. Maybe it was the chat at the very beginning that have explained us the basics and elements of yoga plus the philosophy, so it gave us a deeper understanding of what to expect. It really helped - especially the question on happiness, it made us get into our thoughts. And your patience with us in yoga too, really appreciate that.I would say the highlight of the retreat was the hot spring at Banbourtong. It has such unique vibe of tranquility. It was so relaxing and nice to be washing up under moonlight . Will make sure to keep it secret. Didn't have the chance to say good bye and thank you to you. And also thanks to the Thai ladies who drove us back to our resort, she was so nice to us eventhough it was so late at night and still waited for us.I absolutely have no complaints and would really hope to come back some day if I can take one whole month of holidays off for the yoga teacher training. Would love to see Ladakh too! Thanks again and take care. Namaste.
Roy Langer Denmark
Gaiatreeschool rocks!The 6 Days Yoga and Vipassana Retreat with the honoured Ajarn Mike Narada in Ban Bourtong has been both a challenging and purifying experience for both my body and mind. Ajarn Narada was mindful and attentive to both newbies and more experienced participants, so everyone learned a lot. The unique Gaiatreeschool combination of yoga and meditation was very powerful. The location - in the middle of the forest, but close to a village and hot springs - was simply perfect. And, being a food lover, I will never forget gracious Noi and her staff, who prepared the most delicious vegetarian meals for us.In conclusion, I am - weeks after - still really happy about this retreat experience. Hence, I can recommend this retreat to anyone, who would like to get control of her/his restless mind and a stronger, more healthy and agile body. Gaiatreeschool indeed improves and rocks you!
Gaiatreeschool yoga retreat was the perfect way to end my 2014. Spending the last 5 days of the year in silence, going within and just being with myself in the waking hours and through the meditations while nurturing the body through yoga, was the best gift I could give myself. The location of the retreat was also absolutely beautiful. It reminded me to be thankful for being alive on this beautiful Earth.
Amrei Hellwig Germany
Thanks for the nice time in Banbourtong / Chiang in May. It was a wonderful time for me and my girlfriends with meditation, yoga in a beautiful , jungle -like nature and silence , served delicious food , lovingly prepared by Noi . I am happy to come back
Tk Matsabu South Africa
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Absolutely unreal experience. Only went for 5 days but this place helped me get in touch with my mind and body. Learned some amazing lessons I can apply to everyday and met the greatest people during my stay. Mike and Sashi are such great teachers! Namaste.
Tracy Javis United States
The retreat in Banbourtong Thailand was truly a magical experience. I have done many yoga and meditation retreats, each are unique and each stick with you the rest of your life. This was an individual journey; a spiritual cleansing even if you are conscious of it or not. Every day life can drive you away from perspective and a retreat like this helps get you back on track. It also gives you the tools to create new habits and ways to bring more peace to every day life. Our mind is a muscle and Mike helps jump start the work out; to observe and control your daily reactions.It is evident that Mike lives and breaths these teachings, they are rooted in wisdom and authenticity. He bring decades of experience from all over the world and from the source of yoga, India! The yoga covers all kinds of styles and is customized to the students. It is not easy for sure, but nothing that is worthwhile is. I am a certified yoga teacher and not only learned a lot but was challenged. We also had students that have never done yoga and they were able to successfully learn.Learning Vipassana and taking silence for a week was obviously difficult but not at the same time. It was peaceful, and necessary to really learn and go inside. The retreat schedule was full from morning to night, from classes, to walks, to hot springs trips, to massages and fantastic food. I enjoyed the intense schedule and thoughtfulness of the flow. You can tell everything was built to teach you from the ground up, it was well structured and came from love.The house was rustic, the location was peaceful and the staff were beyond sweet. This was home for a short time but will be a lifetime of memories to help find our way home when we get lost.I highly recommend considering a retreat with Mike! Thank you again for a wonder end to 2014, I am beyond grateful!
Hi Mike. After many years of more or less regular yoga practice, this year I joined your YTTC from 01.06.2015 - 28.06.2015 in Leh, India. I had planned just four weeks of intensive one on one yoga practice. You've managed to inspire me so that after the very intense four weeks training, little by little I have found fun in teaching yoga myself. Within those four weeks, I have received a very challenging yoga practice through you, a very interesting anatomy lesson by Anke and a lot of help by Shashi. I gained a lot of new experiences, had a lot of yoga practice, a lot of fun and got a lot of ideas and suggestions.Your Yoga was very challenging for me, but I never felt overwhelmed. You've also shown me where my weaknesses are, and where I still need to catch up. Even the Meditation Retreat in Choglamsar was an very good experience I would not want to miss.So as a conclusion: It was a four very beautiful, exhausting weeks for me, very good accommodation, good tips and help, even during preparation, everything well organized. Time went by so fast because I felt very much at home in Leh. Thank you very much.
Jamie Thomas Haugheys Germany
Gaitree Retreat is beautiful nature with hotsprings with healing power and no tourism. It is colder out here in the mountains of Chang Mai and at night the forest is playing a complete symphony of crickets, frogs, birds and creatures I have not yet decided what they are.
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