"Little did I know where I would end up on the little time that I had here. Destiny brought me to these quiet hills on Koh Phangan. I was not sure what I needed, but you guys helped me realize more of myself. You're both living the dream that was made for both of you and setting a great example to all the many people you are helping. Thank you once again. Your friend Mikkeline." Australia
Although there can be several guests on different programs, the day is structured just enough so that all guests meet regularly for meals or for scheduled activities. This enables our retreat center to give our guests the freedom to do what they want, but still provide a bit of structure so that you can mingle with the guests and staff. Interacting with all of us is a big part of the fun as we enjoy learning about our guests, sharing stories, and just being together. A typical day looks like this:
8:00 am Yoga & Meditation
9:30 am Breakfast
1:00 pm Lunch
5:00 pm Activities such as Yoga Nidra, Kundalini Dance Meditation, etc.
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening Film, as scheduled
Sunday's are a day of reflection. Meditation, Yoga and Activities are not held on Sundays.
During the afternoons, guests will have treatments depending on what program they are doing. As some treatments may be more intense than others, guests normally take the time to rest and reflect, stroll around the retreat center, take short walks on the beach, breathe in the fresh tropical air, or lay in their hammocks. Guests who are more active will find their way to kayaking, wakeboarding, kite surfing, snorkeling, or enjoying one of the many other activities the island has to offer, which are all within walking distance or 15 minutes taxi ride.
The Yoga in the mornings is a beginner yoga class, but advanced students are always welcome to join and you can modify the positions for your level.
The meditations in the early mornings are a fine way to begin your day and relax your mind. Our meditation teachers have many years of meditation experience. We offer Vedic meditation practice along with guided meditations. Those who think that they can't meditate or those who are having a difficult time with meditation will become more comfortable and confident with their practice. Many guests also improve their visualisation and manifestation skills during their stay.
The Deck, located in the Main Building, is the focal point of Monte Vista. It is where guests all come together and share their day with yoga, meditation, meals, and chats. Facing west, it overlooks the entire Gulf of Thailand, with views of Koh Samui and the islands of Ang Thong Marine Park. In the evening, we are blessed with sunsets of unimaginable glorious colors. Our view is the best on the island and several postcards have been designed and sold by international photographers – you may even see some of them in Thong Sala!
In the evenings guests are free to do whatever they would like. Sometimes guests will have spontaneous dance sessions, discuss philosophy and spirituality, share stories from their travels, tell jokes and laugh, or just sit quietly gazing at the stars.
When scheduled evening activities (free for our guests) have included powerful group Sacred Breath sessions, watching self development videos and introductions to other forms of meditations, to name a few.
Monte Vista Retreat Center has a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere. Most people say that they feel this immediately as they arrive.
The energy is charged from nature, especially the big old giant boulders that we have sitting around in abundance, and of course from the healing work that happens here. Once you have spent a few days here with us – you may feel it too. We have found a piece of paradise and are honoured to share it with each and every one of you.