Whew! It’s been a while since I last posted about my traveling adventures… besides over on my Instagram 🙂 Be sure to pop on over there and follow along (so much fun!!)
Joe and I have been traveling for about 9 months now all over the globe. So far, we have been to the UK, Italy, Malta, Spain, Hungary, Croatia, Singapore and now Thailand!! What an adventure we’ve had and we are so grateful that my current business (Spiritual Life + Business Coaching) allows us to do this full-time while serving my clients across the globe.
Every once in a while, we find a place that we MUST visit – whether it be to feel the energy of the place, to escape the city into nature, or to just relax and retreat from the hustle and bustle of traveling while working full-time. This time, Joe was researching a place to visit outside the city of Chiang Mai, where we are staying for over a month… when he found Amayen Sanctuary: an all-inclusive yoga, meditation and transformation retreat north of the city. After hearing about the services and rituals offered there, knew we had to visit!
To be honest (as I am in all of my reviews on here) I didn’t think Amayen was going to be as nice as it was when I walked into the place. I thought it was going to be an upscale yoga center with rooms… but I was wrong. A taxi picked us up from our condo in Chiang Mai and brought us all the way to the resort where Lin greeted us upon arrival with fresh mango passionfruit juice and towels to freshen up after a day of travel. (The juice alone was worth an entire meal we would have paid in Chiang Mai… that’s how much I enjoyed it — fresh passionfruit YUMMMM).
We were escorted to our room and had a little time before dinner to relax and unwind. Upon dinner time, the gong rang (as it does before each activity) and we went to our first dinner — an evening near the river in nature, which finished with a spectacular lantern ritual where we released our wished into the Universe! Night 1 was a success.
We got up at 6am the next day, as we would every day to join the morning rituals with the other guests which included a mix of qi gong, mindful breathing, meditation and yoga. Definitely my kind of retreat!! The rest of the day was spent either on an activity (on day 1 we went to see a cave in the area) or on massages, lunch, swimming or another leisurely activity. Our nights were spent having dinner and sometimes a ritual afterwards with the other guests staying there.
Miguel is highly knowledgable when it comes to mindfulness, meditation, and other forms of expanding consciousness and your awareness. He makes a point to create a space for guests to bring down practicality into what could be overtly spiritual tasks. As you guys know… This is part of what I teach to my clients, so I’m ALL IN with this type of thing, but the rituals and routines were a fit for beginners as well. I left with clarity on my purpose, mission and next steps on my journey, which is what I was looking for when we came to the retreat.
Besides what I stated above, what I loved most about the retreat was the space provided for self-inquiry. Miguel gives all the guests guide book with decoding their life’s purpose through numerology in their own unique guidebooks. He also put together a workbook to fill out during down time to get clarity on your next steps moving forward and what really matters most to you in career, life, etc. The information in my guide book was so on point for the current phase in my life.
Other than that, the connection with the other guests through the group activities we all did together was truly memorable. Whether it was a nice breakfast, a yoga class or a ritual, we definitely bonded with the other guests in the retreat and had a bit of a hard time leaving the place. You do become like family at the end of your stay there 🙂
Miguel and Lin truly put their heart and soul into this place – I even asked him how he built it, and part of it was indeed built by hand. From the fresh fruit and welcoming smiles, to the soul-filled nourishing plant-based food, to the gold bell you carve and the notebook you fill out when you leave the place… It truly felt like a second home while we were there. The small homemade touches are what makes this place exquisite. We can’t wait to be back — until then, a huge thank you to Miguel and all the staff at Amayen Sanctuary!!
Stay tuned for all our travels to come… We are headed to an elephant sanctuary soon where we will experience what most travelers come to Chiang Mai for – elephants!! Stay tuned on that to come.