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If you are a yoga teacher, meditation practitioner, or just eager to learn more about yourself, this meditation teacher training is for you! This training will help you to deepen your knowledge about meditation, gain clarity about yourself, and will empower you to share your authenticity.
During the training, you’ll be staying at Benjamin’s Hut. This resort is located on the Haad Yao beach and right next to Samma Karuna. Benjamin's Hut is within a 5-minute walk from the local shops and a minimart. It is a 10-minute drive from the Thong Sala pier. The hotel's restaurant serves a selection of Thai and European dishes. Drinks can be enjoyed at the bar.
You can choose a private bungalow with fan or with air conditioning. The bungalow is equipped with Wi-fi, a private balcony, hammock and bathroom with toilet and shower facilities. Laundry services are available (additional charges will be applied).
Please note: If the resort is fully booked, you’ll be staying in a different resort. In this case, you might need to rent a scooter to get to Samma Karuna.
With this 50-hour training you will gain a broad and profound understanding of meditation, and the experience and confidence to share meditation with others. The program is a combination of experiencing meditations, theoretical sessions and discussions, practicing guiding meditations, sharing, self-study and time to relax and digest. The program is an alive and fun happening, where everybody becomes an inspiration to each other and where lifelong friendships are made. The program is rooted in the open sharing and celebration of your present experience.
Institute for Meditation offers a holistic approach to meditation. This means we don’t teach one specific method, but rather give a complete perspective on the differences between the various ways of meditation. With this teaching you will be able to recognize the benefits and limitations of the different approaches to meditation. This enables you to consciously choose the right meditation techniques to fit your specific interest, purpose and audience. We encourage you to share from your creativity and authenticity. Sharing the meditation you are most passionate about!
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 inspire thousands of people by sharing your authentic guidance for opening up to life.
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. A teacher training is the best way to explore and understand the fundamentals of meditation.
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 for teaching or other ways of guiding groups (yoga, primary & secondary school, corporate trainings etc.) and an official Meditation Teacher Certification with the Institute for Meditation.
After successful completion of this training, you will receive an official Meditation Teacher Certification with the Institute for Meditation. Participants receive a certificate of completion that can be counted as 50-hour of continuing education with the Yoga Alliance. If you are a registered yoga teacher (RYT) you must meet the Continuing Education (CE) Requirements on an ongoing basis. Every three years starting from your initial date of registration you must complete and log a minimum of 30 hours of yoga related training. Institute for Meditation is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider® (YACEP) who has been verified by and is in good standing with Yoga Alliance.
Institute for 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 spontaneous, open-minded way of living. With the ancient knowledge of Buddhism we explore the vicious circle of searching and suffering in life (Samsara) and the opportunity for liberation from this cycle (Nirvana).
You will become familiar with a broad variety of meditations based on Zen and Buddhist traditions. You will experience passive meditations like silent sitting and active meditations involving sound and movement. The main focus of this training is insight meditation, which is based on the process of enquiry.
You will become aware of your beliefs and their implications on your emotions, thoughts and behaviour. With ancient knowledge from Taoism, Buddhism and Advaita philosophy you will be able to guide people towards clarity.
You will learn to share from your OWN experience. In this training you will become your own authority. The only valuable and convincing teaching is simply being authentic, which will inspire others to do the same.
You will be able to design custom-made meditations to fit your specific intention, focus and audience. A simple yet profound structure enables you to trust on your own experience and flow with your intuition while guiding meditations.
Please note: timings and content are subject to change!
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
Merel was born in the southern part of the Netherlands. She has been living in India for six years where she founded and managed a successful yoga and meditation teacher training school. Throughout the years, she has trained over 300 teacher training students to become successful yoga teachers and therapists. Merel works as a yoga teacher (E-RYT500) and yoga therapist. She studied yoga philosophy and Buddhism in various meditation centres in the Indian Himalayas. She has a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Master of Science degree in International Public Health.
Paul was born in the Netherlands but has spent the last years living in India, Australia, Portugal, and Thailand. For two years, he lived in meditation communities in India and Australia. After seeing many teachers and studying many ancient philosophies, he recognized the nature of reality. This is when he started to share his passion for meditation. He has a bachelor's degree in teaching and is Master of Science in Sociology. Paul is a certified Osho meditation facilitator. For three years, he has been working as a certified massage therapist. He did 400 hours of massage training.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.