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12 Days 50-Hour Certificate Meditation Teacher Training and Retreat in Koh Phangan, Thailand

Meditation Teacher Training, Koh Phangan Thailand

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This training is designed for professionals to expand their techniques of guiding groups and individuals in bringing clarity to their professional and daily life. You will study and learn how to apply profound tools of relaxation and self-inquiry. The training consist of meditation practice, art of teaching, meditation sequencing, and meditation philosophy. Whether you are a yoga teacher, trainer, school teacher, coach or therapist, this training will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to share your passion for meditation.


  • Daily meditation classes
  • 50 hours of teacher training
  • Massage and Body Scan relaxation
  • Teachings of Tao, Advaita, and Buddhism
  • Daily dynamic and active meditation
  • Silent sitting or Zazen practices
  • Certification upon completion
  • 11 nights accommodation


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Private accommodation

During this retreat, you will be staying at a resort arranged for you by the Institute of Meditation. The resort offers a private room with fan. It is equipped with a balcony, hammock and en suite bathroom with shower facilities.

The resort is located in Sri Thanu and a 1-minute walk from the beach. The resort is a 15-minute scooter drive to Thong Sala Pier and Haad Rin and a 5-minute scooter drive to venue Samma Karuna. Laundry services are available with additional charges.

Meditation Teacher Training by Institute for Meditation


After successful completion of this training you will receive an official Meditation Teacher Certification with the Institute for Meditation.

Why teach meditation?

One should teach meditation because more and more people are looking for silence, clarity, and answers in a more complex world. More and more companies, yoga studios, and schools acknowledge the benefits of meditation and incorporate meditation into their daily operations. With teaching groups and individuals, you can reach thousands of people sharing your authentic guidance. The best way of learning is teaching.

Scientists found out that students enlisted to tutor others work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately, and apply it more effectively. Feedback from students or peers further enhances the tutors’ learning. Teacher training is the best way to explore and understand the fundamentals of meditation.

What meditation teacher training graduates have

Graduates have the skills and confidence to guide meditations, the knowledge of a vast variety of meditations, the creativity to fit the right meditation for the right audience and situation, the knowledge of ancient meditation philosophies, a deepened human understanding to guide and coach people, a progressive set of tools to facilitate corporate trainings, and an official Meditation Teacher Certification with the Institute for Meditation.


Institute of Meditations teachings are based on philosophies derived from Tao, Advaita and Buddhism. They focus on becoming aware of basic assumptions about life and their implications in your daily life. With ancient teachings and models from Tao and Advaita philosophy, we can assist in unveiling limiting ideas and explore a natural, open-minded way of living. With the ancient knowledge of Buddhism we can help in investigating the vicious circle of searching and suffering in life (Samsara) and the opportunity for liberation from this cycle (Nirvana).

With the ancient knowledge of Buddhism, you will investigate the vicious circle of searching and suffering in life or Samsara and the opportunity for liberation from that cycle or Nirvana. After a successful completion of the training, you will receive an official Meditation Teacher Certification with the Institute for Meditation.

The following topics will be covered

  • Meditation practice
  • ​*Meditation philosophy
  • ​*Art of teaching
  • Meditation sequencing

Meditations in this teacher training

Relaxation meditations

  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Zazen or silent sitting meditation
  • Vipassana meditation
  • Body Scan
  • Massage

Enquiry meditation

  • Loving-kindness meditation
  • Insight meditation
  • Self-inquiry meditation

Active meditation

  • Dynamic meditation
  • Kundalini meditation
  • Walking meditation
  • Shaking meditation
  • Dance meditation

Daily sample schedule

  • 07:00-08:00 Dynamic meditation
  • 09:30-10:30 Silent sitting or Zazen
  • 11:00-13:00 Teaching
  • 17:00-18:00 Active meditation or contemplation
  • (schedule might be due to changes)


Samma Karuna

Samma Karuna is an International School of Awakening and Healing, and Yoga Retreat Centre in Thailand. It's a mindfulness community, for people who are called to learn to live a happier, more fulfilled and enriched life, based on principles of self-development, acceptance and celebration.

Koh Phangan

Samma Karuna is nestled amongst the palm trees, beautiful beaches, and jungle landscapes of Koh Phangan. Koh Phangan is a beautiful island in the Gulf of Thailand in southeast Thailand in Surat Thani Province. It is part of the Samui Archipelago. Koh Phangan has two sister islands: the larger Ko Samui to the south and the smaller Ko Tao to the north. Koh Phangan is about 125 square kilometers in size, and is part of Surat Thani district.

Samma Karuna is located about 5 kilometers north from Thong Sala (commercial center of the island and where the pier is located). This site of the island is known as the epicenter of meditation and yoga.



  • Diving
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming


  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Hammock
  • Meditation garden
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio


  • ATM / banking
  • Currency exchange


During this retreat, the Institute of Meditation will not be offering food with the training. However, there is a vegan restaurant in Samma Karuna and there are many excellent opportunities around Samma Karuna to provide you with the best vegan and non-vegan food.

What's included

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All meditations
  • All teaching
  • Official meditation teacher certification from Institute for Meditation upon completion

What's not included

  • Food
  • Travel to accommodation
  • Scooter to travel to and from venue

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui

Please book your flight to arrive at Samui Airport (USM) or Surat Thani International Airport (URT). The nearest airport is in Koh Samui. Between Bangkok and Koh Samui, there are many daily services run by Bangkok Airways. The flying time is about 50 minutes. A connecting ferry will have to be taken from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan.

Flights from Bangkok to Surat Thani

Air Asia flies from Bangkok to Surat Thani daily, flying time is about 50 minutes. The transfer from Surat Thani International Airport (URT) to Donsak ferry port is by coach or taxi and takes about one and a half hours. In Donsak, you can transfer to the Raja ferry to Koh Phangan which takes three hours. Whilst the overall journey is longer than flying directly to Koh Samui, it can be cheaper to fly via Surat Thani, depending on the time of year.

Arrival by bus

There are many bus services from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. Most of those are sleeper buses. They can be booked from travel agencies in Bangkok or by going to the central bus station in Sia Thai. The journey takes about 10 hours to Donsak where there is a ferry port for boats going to Koh Phangan. From Donsak, the journey takes around three hours to Koh Phangan. Usually, the ferry is included in the price of the bus.

Arrival by ferry

You can take a ferry from Samui to Koh Phangan. The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Samui at 08:00 a.m. and 01:00 p.m. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Samui at 8:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. The Seatran pier is located near the airport, approximately a 10-minute drive and the Lomprayah pier is located 50 minutes from the airport. Please take that into consideration when booking the rest of your journey. Ferries arrive in Koh Phangan at Thong Sala Pier.

You can also take a ferry from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui. The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 11:00 a.m. and 04:30 p.m. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 7:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 4:20 p.m. From Samui Airport (USM), there is a shuttle service going to the ferry ports for Koh Phangan which is usually available as a free service. Please ask for the service when you purchase the ticket for the ferry in the Seatran-Lomprayah ferry counter as you exit Samui Airport (USM).

Arrival by train

Trains leave Bangkok several times daily. The journey time is about 12 hours. Sleeping booths are available in some services. Leaving the train in Surat Thani, the transfer by coach or taxi from Surat Thani station to Donsak Pier takes about one and a half hours. From Donsak, the ferry journey takes three hours to Koh Phangan.

There are two companies that run luxury coach services from Bangkok to Chumphon, which takes about 6 hours. At Chumphon, you transfer to a large express boat that stops at Koh Tao before arriving at Koh Phangan. The boat journey from Chumphon to Koh Phangan takes about 2 ½ hours.

Arrival by taxi

Local taxis are available from the pier. Please inform the taxi to go to Samma Karuna Srithanu. Please print out instructions in Thai to give to the taxi driver, that will avoid any unnecessary delay and frustration. Taxis cost approximately 200 to 300 THB per person.


You can find Samma Karuna on Google Maps or use the global coordinates 9.766211, 99.961954. Samma Karuna is located in Haad Chao Phao about 100 meters from FamilyMart Haad Chap Phao.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.