Shamanic Healing Retreat
May 4th - May 9th 2020
Shamanic Healing Retreat
a journey through the medicine wheel
Vikasa Yoga Retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand
The breathtaking retreat center is built along a cliffside on the ocean. It's just a 20 minute drive from Koh Samui International Airport and located between Lamai and Chaweng.
This location offers gorgeous views of the ocean and incredible sunrises. Simple but beautiful accommodations, and a cafe and spa on site. There are 3 open air yoga shalas with views of the ocean.
Arrival May 4th, 2020- Departure May 9th, 2020
This retreat is designed to take you on a transformative journey through the medicine wheel. Each of the four full days we will focus on one direction releasing the old self while grounding, facing fears and walking through emotions, living in a state of pure joy, connecting with the divine and flowing with the universe.
Mornings will begin with a beautifully curated four directions yoga practice. Some days the practice will include more powerful movement and energizing techniques, and other days will be more about releasing and relaxing through yin and restorative. A morning meditation will be held to bring in balance for the day ahead.
The afternoon can be used as free time or you can join with the group for an optional activity on the island- ideas include- hiking, visiting one of the many beautiful beaches, snorkeling, going to the fisherman’s village for shopping, spending time at the elephant sanctuary, or visiting temples.
The group activity will correspond to the direction of the medicine wheel. There are many activities for free or you can add on any signature island trips for $50-75 per person through Vikasa.
There is also a spa on site for relaxation, pampering and grounding. This open air spa is built along a cliff side overlooking the ocean. They use organic, local made products. They provide traditional thai massage and many other treatments starting at $20. They are open from 9:30am to 6:30pm.
We will meet together again at 5pm. We will have evening activities such as creating a mesa (spiritual alter), drum journey to find your spirit animals, cacao ceremony, mala making, and sound healing.
We will end each night with a sacred gathering calling in the 4 directions and spirit guides and offering our gratitude.
You will leave this retreat gifted with the knowledge and wisdom to create sacred space for transformation and healing. You will learn rituals for self care and new ways to stay centered through meditation techniques. You will know how to call upon your guides for help, and how to live your life in a constant state of growth.
7:30am-8:00am Opening/ creating sacred space
8:00am-9:00am Yoga class
11:30am-5:00pm Optional activities/ free time
8:30pm-9:00pm Nightly ceremony
-Starts at 5pm- Meeting your community
-Introduction to the 4 directions of the medicine wheel
-Yoga flow to honor the 4 directions
-Calling in the 4 directions
-Starting a Mesa
-Meditation to clear what’s not needed for this journey
-Calling in the energy of the Serpent
-yoga class- releasing flow- slow flow followed by yin and restorative, focus on root and sacral chakras
-meditation- connecting to the earth
-Free time or optional activities (beaches and spa)
-yoga flow followed by a drum journey to find spirit animals
-learn how to call upon your spirit animals, and how to release old stories of the self
-Nightly ceremony with mantra and giving gratitude to the 4 directions, adding to our Mesa- earth element
-Calling in the energy of the jaguar
-Yoga class- power flow- strong flow to bring heat, deep hip openers to release emotional blockages, focus on solar plexus and sacral chakras
-Meditation- releasing fears and finding your power
-Free time or optional activity (snorkeling)
-yoga flow followed by meditation to find empowerment
-journal/discussion- facing fears and walking through emotions
-release and burning of fears through fire ceremony
-Nightly ceremony with mantra and giving gratitude to the 4 directions, adding to our Mesa- Fire element
-calling in the energy of the hummingbird
-Yoga class- joyful flow- fun and creative flow, deep heart openers, Kriyas and mantras, Focus on heart and throat chakras
-Meditation- drawing in loving energy and spreading it to the world
-Free time or optional activity (exploring fisherman’s village)
-cacao ceremony and mala making
-learning how to infuse your life with intention
-Nightly ceremony with mantra and giving gratitude to the 4 directions, adding to our Mesa- water element
-calling in the energy of the condor
-Yoga class- enlightening flow- intentional flow mixed with lots of pranayama and meditation, balancing and inversions (suitable for any level), Focus on third eye and crown chakras
-Meditation- allowing diving love to flow through you
-Free time or optional activity (visiting temples)
-sound healing or yoga nidra
-discussion/ journaling- learning to set yourself free- where do you want to go from here? who really are you? And who are you not? What is your purpose in life? What is your truth?
-Nightly ceremony with mantra and giving gratitude to the 4 directions, adding to our Mesa- air element
-Gratitude to the 4 directions and our spirit animals and ourselves
-Yoga flow honoring the 4 directions- grounding/releasing poses, empowering flow, joyful heart openers, and connecting to the universe
Healthy brunch and dinner buffet is included on site at Life Cafe.
Meals include a diverse selections of local cuisine, fresh local fruits and vegetables, coffee and tea, juices, and deserts.
Meals are vegan friendly, and they are able to accommodate other dietary restrictions as well. They have one seafood option available for dinner and eggs available for breakfast.
Life Cafe is open from 9:30am to 9:30pm to purchase any additional meals or snacks.
**2 daily buffets are included, but extra meals and snacks must be purchased**
If traveling from outside of Thailand, a passport is required.
Standard tourist visa upon arrival is normally valid for 30 days without prior application for most passport holders. Please consult a Thai embassy representative in your home country just to double check.
Book flight to Koh Samui International Airport which is located 20 minutes from the retreat center. Cheapest options usually include flying into Bangkok (BKK) first, then booking a second flight into Koh Samui (please note there are 2 airports in Bangkok— make sure your flights connect at the same airport- BKK)
Airport shuttle available for $20 per person per way. Must set up with Vikasa at least 48 hours prior to arrival.
Lodging options and prices:
6 Days/5 nights
Shared room- 2 people, shared bed - Beach Bungalow- $1099 each
Shared room- 2 people, 2 beds - Beach Bungalow - $1099 each
Private room- 1 or 2 people Queen Bed - Zen Bungalow- $1299 each
*Early bird special- $100 off if booked by Feb 29th
Check in is at 2pm on the first day, with our opening class at 5pm
On our final day, class ends at 9:30am with brunch 9:30-11:30am and check out by 12:00pm
We highly recommend spending extra time in Thailand before or after your retreat! Chiang Mai and Bangkok are wonderful areas so you get a mix of island and city life in Thailand!
lodging at vikasa
lead Facilitator Bio
Victoria Pollinger - RYT 500, E-RYT 200, Reiki & Seichem Master Healer, Holy Fire III Reiki
“I have fallen so deeply in love with soulful expression and the healing arts. To me, it all feels magical. Living this lifestyle and sharing it with others is such a gift. It feels like exactly where I was always supposed to be. Doing exactly what my heart has always wanted.”
My whole life changed after my first yoga class. I had overcome some very difficult situations in my life but was still trying to crawl my way out of a dark hole. After that class, it was as if I could finally see that there was a light. It was dim, but I followed it.
Through my journey, I have broken through so many obstacles (most of which I was unknowingly creating). I have realized the things that held me back and discovered the things that set me free. I have learned to strip away the masks that I hid myself with- slowly releasing layers to unveil my truest self. I have learned to sit with myself- no distractions, just me. I have found ways to heal, ways to grow, and feel whole. Ways to release negativity, and bring in love and happiness.
It wasn’t easy at first, but I continued down that long dark road, following the light. I followed it until the darkness faded away and I was left with a sense of freedom.
What I chose to do with my life makes perfect sense-- sharing with others what makes me the happiest. Sharing what basically saved my life. On this journey I discovered many ways to heal and bring in love and light. And many of those things I now share with others.
My unique offerings blend together the many elements I have traveled the world learning about. My yoga classes blend together many different styles- vinyasa, yin, restorative, ashtanga, kundalini, Hatha, iyengar and power. And I infuse practices with elements of shamanic healing, ayurveda, sacred ceremony, reiki, sound healing, drum journeys, meditation, aromatherapy, adjustments, and more. I look at each session as a complete healing experience. It’s my ultimate goal to hold sacred space for others to create their own transformation and step into living their purest truth.