JOYMAMMA Family Retreat Rejuvenate and Restore on an island paradise in Thailand An 8 day restorative escape especially designed for busy parents in need of a break.
Koh Phangan 26 Apr - 3 May 2020
Koh Phangan is a peaceful island located in the Gulf of Thailand. We first came here nearly 30 years ago and have returned regularly with our children to enjoy the simplicity and beauty that it offers. As parents of 3 busy kids, we often found it difficult to relax on holidays, let alone even practice yoga - and there would never be any time just for us. After a lot of careful thought and consideration, reflecting on our past experiences of holidaying with young children, we have now created the solution to getting that much needed time to relax, restore and rejuvenate.
Staying in your own self contained beach side bungalow with onsite childminding services, you will be welcomed into our nearby private villa for daily yoga, meditation and massage. We have personally selected the location and accommodation in an area that has an abundance of organic, vegan, vegetarian, healthy eating options.
This Family Retreat is a chance for you to take time for yourselves, whilst staying close to your children in a safe environment.
Carrie & Steve Jeff
Eco Friendly Family Bungalows
Limited to only six families, we will have exclusive use of these recently renovated, contemporary, traditional Thai bungalows. Each with a fully equipped kitchen, modern bathroom, air conditioning and sleeping up to 4, the bungalows are comfortable and luxurious. Set in a tropical landscape surrounded by palm trees, the environment is private and safe for you and your family.
Child Free Zone - The Villa
Less than 50 metres away from the Family Bungalows is The Villa where we will be staying and holding daily yoga classes. Here you will find the peace and space you need to re-charge. Every afternoon from 1 pm, the villa is open to you if you want to wander round for a swim, a sunbathe, read a book or have a snooze. The afternoon Babysitting Group service is from 3 pm - 5 pm but you're welcome to come earlier if you take turns in parenting duties.
Morning and afternoon classes are held daily in and around the beautiful surrounds of the Villa. Childminding services are available for the afternoon session, so you can both attend class together.
Even if you've never tried yoga before, we encourage you to join these sessions where we clear the deck and release tension. Parenting is rewarding, but most of us find it stressful. Learn ways to release this built up stress, feelings of irritation or upset and return to a more peaceful state. When you approach the challenges of parenting with the same mindfulness you learn on the mat, you can apply the practices of staying grounded and breathing into difficulty - to your relationship with your children. Yoga teaches us that, while it's not always easy, we can stay calm whether in a yoga pose - or in our role as a parent.
To build resilience you need to acknowledge and connect with the many challenges of being a parent, and then focus on all the positive and good feelings. You will practice this daily and learn new tools to take with you back to your life outside the Retreat setting.
Suitable for beginners but all levels welcome. All classes are optional but we do recommend it; you'll notice the benefits!
yoga nidra under the stars
As a parent, the self-care you need is deep relaxation. These evening meditation sessions will help you restore and unwind, helping you to disconnect with everything else by focusing on what is happening inside. Once the kids have gone to bed, we'll lay out the mats outside your bungalow and lead you through a guided meditation that will help send you off into a deep and nourishing sleep.
An Abundance of Organic Restaurants
We know how fussy kids can be and that all kids are hungry at different times, so we have chosen not to include meals in this package and provide self catering accommodation, there is a supermarket close to the Family Bungalows. We love eating out in this area and have specifically selected this location for its abundance of organic, vegan, vegetarian and healthy eating options. There are plenty of pizza places and lots of western food as well as authentic Thai restaurants. We can help you choose and select from our list of favourites.
This part of the island is quiet and peaceful, there's not a lot of activities organised for the kids. We believe in letting them create their own adventures and what better place than a beach front setting with shallow water and low tides, meeting new friends and socialising with the locals. Kids nowadays lead a life that is structured and organised, this is a time to let them be free to play in nature away from technology so they can be led by their imagination and freedom.
Airport pick up from Koh Samui Airport on 26 April Transfer to Koh Samui accommodation 1 night accommodation Koh Samui Family Pizza night on arrival on Koh Samui
Afternoon Ferry to Koh Phangan on 27 April 7 nights accommodation in Koh Phangan 2 x Yoga classes daily 1 x evening meditation session daily 1 x Thai Massage Daily organic juices Daily breakfast fruit baskets Afternoon light refreshments 2 hours of babysitting daily (more available at additional cost!) Shuttle Bus to our favourite restaurants
Morning ferry to Koh Samui on 3 May Transfer to Koh Samui Airport
Meals we know how fussy kids can be, and that all kids are hungry at different times, so we have chosen not to include meals in this package and provide self catering accommodation. There is a supermarket nearby and we will personally recommend cafes and restaurants that are suitable for your needs. Airfares Travel insurance (a requirement)
Location Koh Phangan, Thailand
Accommodation Self contained villas occupying 2 adults and 2 children
What's Included: 7 am - 8 am: Morning Energising Yoga Class at The Villa 8 am: Fruit basket and fresh organic juice delivered to you 9.30 am: Optional Shuttle Bus to Restaurants and neighbouring beach
3 pm - 5 pm: Kid's Babysitting Group at Joy Bungalows 3 pm - 4 pm: Afternoon Slow Flow Yoga Class at The Villa 4 pm - 5 pm: Refreshments served at our child-free zone at The Villa
Massage Service available between 2 pm - 5 pm
5 pm - 7 pm: Walk to nearby kid-friendly restaurants (childminding available) 8 pm: Yoga Nidra under the stars
Tel: 0402 595 356
JOYMAMMA Carrie Jeff HBCE Birth Doula Active Birth Educator HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator Steering Committee Member - Hypnobirthing International Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation Teacher Pregnancy & Post Natal Yoga Teacher Registered Hypnotherapist ABH USA HypnoMothering Educator Sunshine Coast Australia