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12 Days 50 Hours Certification Meditation Teacher Training and Retreat in Koh Phangan, Thailand

Meditation Teacher Training, Koh Phangan Thailand

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.

Meet the instructors

Merel & Paul
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  • 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
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Private Accommodation

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.


Meditation Teacher Training Program

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.

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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!

Why teach meditation?

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.

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. A teacher training is the best way to explore and understand the fundamentals of meditation.

What meditation teacher training graduates gain

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).

Course content

Meditation practice

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.

  • Zen, Buddhist & Osho meditations
  • Passive meditations
  • Active meditations
  • Insight meditations
  • Body scan techniques
  • Sharing & Discussion

Meditation philosophy ​

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.

  • Enquiry into effort & control
  • Theory Nature of the Mind
  • Theory Circle of Suffering (Samsara)
  • Theory The Way of Tao (Yin Yang)
  • Theory Advaita
  • Sharing & Discussion

Art of teaching

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.

  • Practicing guiding meditations
  • Practicing with voice: tone, volume, tempo, rhythm, enunciation
  • Exploring your playfulness and creativity with words
  • Approaches holding space
  • Giving feedback on meditations

Meditation sequencing

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.

  • Theory Types of Meditation
  • Enquiry into intentions and purposes of meditation
  • Sequencing techniques
  • Sharing and discussion

Meditations in this teacher training

Relaxation meditations

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

Enquiry meditations

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

Active meditations

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

Daily sample schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Meditation Practice
  • 09:30 - 13:00 Meditation Philosophy, Art of Teaching, Sequencing
  • 13:00 - 16:00 Self-study, integration and relaxation
  • 16:00 - 17:00 Meditation Practice or social activity
  • Occasional: 19.00 - 21.00 Shared dinner and evening program

Please note: timings and content are subject to change!


Merel Martens

Paul Verkuijlen


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 teachings
  • 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

Recommended Airports

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 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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