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Study Abroad 2017!

Get ready to experience hands-on and energetic healing therapies from some of the most knowledgeable, respected and effective teachers in the world! We have carefully chosen the very best traditional healing practitioner’s in Thailand to guide you in your journey of discovery! In addition, you will be exploring and learning the Vedic history of Thailand’s Traditional Medical System.  Come join us on an amazing Healer’s Journey!

 
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2016 Healer’s Journey Photos

 
 
Trip Dates: November 1st – 18th, 2017

Cost: $3,595 total trip cost(includes airfare)

$1000 non-refundable flight deposit must be made by August 15, 2017

 

Healer’s Journey 2017 Includes:

  • All Airfare and Group Transportation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Guided Exploration of the ancient cities of  Bangkok, Chiang Mai,and Mae Hong Son
  • All Lodging* (group and double occupancy) *add $200 additional for single occupancy
  • 2 Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat
  • 2 Day Facial Thai Massage Course with Kru Ong.
  • 4 Day Traditional Thai Massage Course with Ajarn Sompong.
  • 1 Day Elephant Sanctuary Retreat 
  • 1 Day Hill Tribe Trekking Experience & Tour of Beautiful Burmese / Thai Border Village of Mae Hong Son
  • Beautiful Chiang Mai City Wat / Temple Tour
  • Famous Doi Suthep Wat Tour
  • Visit the Exciting Chiang Mai Weekend & Night Markets
  • Thai Massage Temple / Wat Po Tour in Bangkok
  • 1 Day Thai Cooking Course and Excursion to a Traditional Thai Farm

Healer’s Journey 2017 Does Not Include:

  • Meals and food
  • Incidentals such as massages, sak yant tattoos, souvenirs and other personal items.
  • Alternative activities outside of group excursions and activities (such as muay thai fights or evening shows during participant free time). 

The 2017 Healer’s Journey Trip Agenda is as follows:

Day 1-2: November 1-3 Thurs – Fri (Travel Days):

  • Flight from Las Vegas (LAS) to Chiang Mai (CNX) Thailand. We leave Las Vegas on November 1 and arrive in Chiang Mai on the evening of November 3. We have an overnight stay in Shanghai to provide rest and to help us prevent jet lag. 

Day 3: November 4, Sat(Chiang Mai):

  • We begin our first day in Chiang Mai with a morning city tour/walk and a breakfast of traditional Northern Thai Khao Soi. On this first day, we will provide participants with a variety of options and, will also allow those that need to sleep to rest, relax and to acclimate to the new time zone.
  • In the evening, we will experience the Saturday walking market and participate in the awe inspiring annual . This harvest celebration includes music, entertainment and two very special rituals: locals and visitors create or buy floating flower arrangements/boats and release them into the river to signify the release of one’s old beliefs and behaviors that are no longer helpful. The boats also serve as a symbol of gratitude. In addition, participants will be given the opportunity to release a beautiful lantern into the night sky. Loy Krathong festival: click here for the video

Day 4– 7 November 5-8, Sun – Wed (Chiang Mai):

  • We begin mornings in Chiang Mai at 6 a.m. with a one hour city walking tour (each day we visit different parts of the city). The walking tour is followed by breakfast at one of Chiang Mai’s charming breakfast spots. This is such a charming time of the day, the monks are out collecting offerings, the city is beginning to stir, the elderly are practicing Thai Yoga and Qi-Gong in open public areas, the markets are opening, the sights and smells are so delicious.
  • For the next four days, participants will enjoy studying with one of my favorite Thai Massage Masters, Arjarn Sompong!  
    •  4 Day Traditional Thai Massage and Thai Medical Therapy Course with Arjarn Sompong: As a Traditional Thai Doctor and Spiritual Practitioner, Arjarn Sompong is well versed in traditional healing techniques & practices. Sompong is also a Tok-Sen and Reusi Dat Thon master. I am so excited to introduce participants to my dear friend and teacher. Sompong has agreed to offer our group a training in some of his favorite Thai bodywork & massage therapies and techniques. Every morning, he will begin class with traditional Chiang Mai exercise, which looks similar to a blend of yoga and qi-gong. We will then learn a variety of Thai massage and healing techniques which will be tailored to the group’s interests. 
  • The evenings will be spent dining at some of the best local Thai restaurants in Chiang Mai, sampling flavorful street food, receiving massage and exploring night markets. There will be free time allotted for those who want to go to shows or view a Muay Thai fight. 

Day 8 November 9 Thurs (Chiang Mai):

  • We begin mornings in Chiang Mai at 6 a.m. with a one hour city walking tour (each day we visit different parts of the city). The walking tour is followed by breakfast at one of Chiang Mai’s charming breakfast spots. This is such a charming time of the day, the monks are out collecting offerings, the city is beginning to stir, the elderly are practicing Thai Yoga and Qi-Gong in open public areas, the markets are opening, the sights and smells are so delicious.
  • Today we visit a Traditional Thai Farm and 1 day Cooking School. Get ready to learn how to make some of the most delicious food on the planet.

Day 9-10 November 10-11 Fri – Sat (Bangkok):

  • We begin mornings in Chiang Mai at 6 a.m. with a one hour city walking tour (each day we visit different parts of the city). The walking tour is followed by breakfast at one of Chiang Mai’s charming breakfast spots. This is such a charming time of the day, the monks are out collecting offerings, the city is beginning to stir, the elderly are practicing Thai Yoga and Qi-Gong in open public areas, the markets are opening, the sights and smells are so delicious.
  • After breakfast, we fly to Bangkok to spend the next two days exploring the famous Thai Massage Temple, Wat Po. We will then tour the Royal Palace and visit Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn). We will also visit one of my favorite restaurants in the world, May Kaidee’s. In the evening we will visit the Amulet Market and/or the Bangkok Night Market (based on participant interest).
  • On the afternoon of November 11th, we board an overnight train to return to Chiang Mai (our base to  fly to the beautiful village of Mae Hong Son).

Day 11-12: November 12-13 Sun-Tues (Mae Hong Son):

  • Next, we board our flight to Mae Hong Son. In my opinion, this beautiful village on the border of Burma and Northern Thailand is one of the most relaxing and energetically healing places on the planet. Mae Hong Son is also the gateway to the best and most authentic Hill Tribe trekking. Today, we will be review what we learned from our previous trainings and will spend a relaxing afternoon and evening exploring beautiful, peaceful Mae Hong Son. This is a perfect way to de-brief after our meditation day. 
  • Our second day in Mae Hong Son will be spent trekking and exploring local Hilltribe Villages. Make sure to bring your walking shoes. Participants are expected to be able to walk at least 6-8 miles on this day. click here for the video 

Day 13-14: November 14-15 Tues – Wed (Meditation Days in Remote Forest Wat):

  • On Nov 14th, we fly back to Chiang Mai to begin the meditation portion of our journey. 
  • Participants will experience a two day Vipassana Silence and Meditation retreat, which is guided by the monks at Wat Suan Dok. Today, you will learn about the history and spirituality of Theraveda Buddhism. Since the National Religion of the kingdom of Thailand is Theraveda Buddhism, the religous and philosophical contexts have greatly influenced and shaped Thai Traditional Medicine, culture, food and other elements of Thai society.

Day 15-16 : November 16-17, Thurs – Fri (Chiang Mai):

  • We begin mornings in Chiang Mai at 6 a.m. with a one hour city walking tour (each day we visit different parts of the city). The walking tour is followed by breakfast at one of Chiang Mai’s charming breakfast spots. This is such a charming time of the day, the monks are out collecting offerings, the city is beginning to stir, the elderly are practicing Thai Yoga and Qi-Gong in open public areas, the markets are opening, the sights and smells are so delicious. 
  • We spend the next two days with Thai Massage Master Instructor Kru Ong. She will be teaching us Thai Facial Massage and will have a few special and unique techniques to share exclusively with our group. 

Day 17: November 18, Sat (Chiang Mai/Mae Rim):

  • We begin mornings in Chiang Mai at 6 a.m. with a one hour city walking tour (each day we visit different parts of the city). The walking tour is followed by breakfast at one of Chiang Mai’s charming breakfast spots. This is such a charming time of the day, the monks are out collecting offerings, the city is beginning to stir, the elderly are practicing Thai Yoga and Qi-Gong in open public areas, the markets are opening, the sights and smells are so delicious.
  • This morning, we will also visit the famous Warowat Market to purchase Thai Herbs and other local supplies. We will then visit Wat Mahawan to learn about traditional Sak Yant/Magical Tattoos. Participants that are interested can also experience an authentic Tok-Sen session at this wat.
  • We will spend the early afternoon and evening visiting an ethical elephant sanctuary where we will be able to feed, bath and play with these special, magnificent beings. 

Day 18 November 19, Sun:

  • Today officially ends our formal trip. Many group participants will fly home from Bangkok back to Las Vegas. 
  • There is an optional, informal trip extension to visit Southern Thailand Beaches and/or Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. *Although guided activities will be available, participants will be required to book and pay their own costs for this portion of the trip. If you are interested in this trip extension, please contact me,  Rebecca Farraway at 435-359-9825, rebecca@zionmassagecollege.com. I will provide you with the trip extension details and all additional information. 
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