Daniel has spent the better half of the last decade in retreat away from the world. During this time he tried to give workshops and retreats globally with increasing difficulty; as the yoga scene changed from a spiritually oriented counter culture to a physically obsessed pop culture. In 2018 he realised that he could not continue his work without selling out so instead of quitting he opened up his retreat in Chiang Mai for visitors who are interested in yoga that incorporates more than just postures.
Every day (except Sundays) Daniel share his morning practice (08:00 to 11:00) with visitors from all over the world who seek a deeper and more profound Yoga than most modern studios are able to offer. After the session (11:00 to 12:00) there is a simple vegetarian brunch served and after that (12:00 to 16:00) the tea garden and the teashop is open for ceremonial tea, Q&A, contemplation or socialising. The schedule continues until the 27th of December 2019.
In the morning session Daniel share all aspects of Yoga. You will encounter techniques like Asana, Vinyasa, Mudra, Bandha and Pranayama with the intent of creating the “calmly active and actively calm state of body and mind” that is crucial for meditation and understanding the deeper aspects of yogic science.
The guided meditation that follows is a inner journey (beyond body sensations, breath and mantra) towards the internal sounds, lights and vibrations as described in ancient yogic and tantric scriptures. Your ability to follow will depend more on how deeply you have embraced the lifestyle and philosophy of Yoga than if you are skinny, flexible or can do a fancy handstand. Regardless, the sessions are always adapted to the abilities and capabilities of the participants so anyone can join and benefit at any time.
After the meditation the session ends with a Satsang; where yogic philosophy, insights and experiences are shared and elaborated upon.
The aim of Daniel’s sessions is to share the genuine and potent methodology of traditional yoga and to assist you on your journey towards deeper states of consciousness beyond mind and intellect, where direct and personal experiences of the spiritual dimensions of your inner life can be had.
For thousands of years tea has been used as a sacrament by meditators and enlightened masters. In line with this tradition, Daniel sit for tea every day from 12:00 to 16:00. The tea house is next to the meditation hall and here there is generally time for Q&A and personal guidance.
You are of course welcome to expand and continue your meditation by learning and making Gong Fu Cha (tea ceremony) yourself in the garden, browse the tea shop or just hang out with a book or other visitors until the tea house close at 4pm.
Daniel also have another tea house in Chiang Mai where you are also welcome to sit for tea and meditation in the evenings after dinner.
Investment & Booking
The price for a full day of yoga, meditation, satsang and tea is 1000THB. The brunch is optional at 200THB.
Please note that all visitors and visitations have to be booked and confirmed in advance. Kindly send Daniel a message below with a brief outline of your experience of yoga, meditation and tea and if/where/when you have practiced with him before. Kindly also mention when and for how long you plan to visit.
Introduction & Initiation
Regardless if you are a beginner, yoga teacher or an enlightened master, you need to take a two hour introduction/initiation before you join the morning sessions if you have not practiced with Daniel before. This is necessary in order to bring you up to speed and to clear the space between teacher and student so that the session can flow effortlessly without misunderstanding, disturbance or injury. The introduction is by appointment and cost 1500THB. You are welcome to contact Daniel below to make arrangements.
Daniel is not a travel agent, but he can help you plan your visit and point you in the right direction regarding accommodation, transportation and similar details. Keep in mind that Thailand is one of the easiest and safestst countries to travel in so there is no need to worry if you are not used to travelling in the region. We recommend that you have a look on TripAdvisor about Chiang Mai to get an idea about accommodation and costs during the time you plan to visit.