Dear Ray and Cristina,
What can I really say other than thank you so much for an incredible three weeks. I have been so incredibly well taken care of, nurtured in fact, and I feel blessed to have met you both and at the perfect time too.
As I’ve already said the most awesome thing about Olive is you two and the fact you’re intelligent and compassionate beings that live and breathe everything you believe in and teach.
I just wanted to say that the week I spent with you all has really changed my life. Which sounds like a cliche and something I never thought would come out of my mouth but it’s true. I feel different, happier and calmer. I feel a bit more like myself...
— Milly

Re-orient Yourself in Paradise

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“The best of all worlds.”

It’s true, rather then retreating to the mountains to explore ourselves like we do at our Spain location, we get around to exploring a different local universe of mass and energy in the lovely and safe beach-side village of Khao Tao, close to Hua Hin. Here is where we "re-orient" our thoughts and feelings to combine the best of all worlds - nature, village life, beaches, mountains and forests to enhance the body-mind detox and have loads of fun. Olive Thailand is totally unique, leaving guests with a renewed sense of the possible and new friendships for life by the time they leave. The climate is as healing as the Thai smiles, a perfect setting for a 100% outdoor experience all year around. 

Feeling so alive and full of love, thanks my friends.
— John
Thank you so much for everything that you have done. Your love, knowledge and wisdom is in abundance.
Thank you for the most amazing time this week. It has been wonderful, revelatory and just the most perfect end to 205 days of travelling. It has also been the best camping experience ever! Stars, comfy sleeps and cold showers next to the jungle!! All amazing.
— Amy

Old problems require new solutions

In Khao Tao we find an opportunity to change and heal that doesn't involve pretending, pushing ourselves, or faking it until we hope we make it. The village and its beaches and nature preserves offer a worldview unaffected by the view of life behind much of our suffering.

Imagination is the first solution, and Khao Tao offers us that, and more.

Our garden is becoming a herbal pharmacy with Neem trees and medicinal herbs. We have constructed an open O·shala and Prana-Pods to keep you close to nature. Every drop of air getting into your lungs and every herb will be as clean as we possibly can provide it and every drop of water will be as close to the source as we can get it. It matters, and your detox will speak for its self. You (and others) will notice it in your eyes, your skin your movements and your mood.

In the process of creating the ultimate detox for you, we have become more beautifully minimalistic and freely less dependent on stuff, asking ourselves in the process - what do we really need? Really? If you’ve read this far you will sooner or later ask that question too and the more you get rid of the more you’ll respect your nature (body).

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Spectacular nature and the BEACHES! OMG...How can this place be so unknown?
Thanks for an endless adventure and your unconditional kindness, love and support. Hanging in the shala, testing healthy spice-coffee recipes and coming up with monkey strategies will be sorely missed. Lots of love! Enjoy the stars for me ✨✨✨
 
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Meditation is in the culture!

Meditation boosts our immune system, raises our energy levels, alleviates or eliminates anxiety and depression, raises our sense of self esteem, helps us make decisions, lowers inflammation, brings awareness, peace and tranquility, rejuvenates, boosts creativity – and more! 

At a our jungle paradise we review various historic forms of meditations and awareness and then quickly jump to more modern practices to get the most of our connection with the universe. We don’t force anything, especially our minds. We allow them to roam the history of our existences and settle into a peace and acceptance with what the universe has given us. Join us and learn about how meditation can help improve your life in so many ways, including escorting you into your own future. Free gifts from a regular practice include gratitude, awareness, serenity and liberation. 

The meditation journeys blew me away
— Julia
I get it now, it wasn’t wrong with me. I just did it wrongly. I’ll definitely continue now, it feels so good.
— Andy
The concept of Karmentum did it for me. So cool and such Einsteinish perspective on the whole universe in us. How can I thank you enough?
— Mary
 
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Yoga & Pranayamas

Yoga (see it as stretching if you'd like) enhances the detox process in a natural, healthy way. A flexible body is more likely to be a happy body. We aslo teach the Ashtangas, the 8 limbs of Yoga, that makes it so much more than a physical exercise, and that's when students often 'get it', to ultimately use the body to meditate, with no competition, no struggle, just observation. That's Healing!

Every morning we start the day with a sunrise yoga at the beach. We adapted to your needs, flexibility and strength. All levels of experience are welcome - from beginners to intermediate and even advanced. All sessions are followed by breathing exercises, or Pranayamas, and meditation or relaxation. Extra afternoon sessions are offered for those who want.

Can you believe I do yoga, and I love it. I found a perfect group next to my home. None of that bullshit look good yoga, just regular yoga
— Daniel, just six months after a retreat
 
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Food Inspires

Food is very important, but it's not only about food. We serve a delicious, homemade, Thai-inspired, nutrient-packed, all vegan diet as nature produced it (non refined) without sugar, gluten, yeast, etc. Why only plants? Because it's simply the best food and detox. You won't be hungry, tired or sluggish, the contrary. We teach you to read your own nature, your body, to restore and maximise your health. You will be delighted by our colourful food, we promise, read what the media said.

At a recent retreat, we hosted one of the food critics for The Independent who specializes in French food and wine. She said that her week with us was “the best food week of my life.” Enough said.

So beautiful and unusual. So easy to forget what I thought would never leave me.
— JBA
 
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Dialogue with O•8

You have questions and we have more questions. Each day we choose a beautiful setting and engage in stimulating dialogues about topics as varied as the science of nutrition to what thoughts hold us back from experiencing contentment and peace, energy and creativity of all forms. The answers to why we don't do what we know is good for us, will reveal. 

Old problems require new solutions and we believe in the importance of discussion for leading us to our own unique and deeper truths. One thing we can promise - you'll figure it out. The first question is always what healthy mean to you? 

Now suddenly it all makes so much more sense. For the first time in a long time I feel I can do things I always dreamed of.
— Susan
 
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Sleep Perfection

Sleep is detoxing, more so when the air is fresh, and the lullaby of the jungle cicadas, ocean waves and village life is uninterrupted. Thailand is the prefect climate for living and sleeping outdoors. We have created Prana Pods for the perfect sleeping experience. Every night there is a slight breeze, and every nuance of it cascades through our high strength, lightweight design. You won't miss a breath, a sound, a subtlety. Nothing stands between you and nature but a few millimeters of sturdy screen.

The inner sleeping unit slides out for amazing moon and star gazing on the many strikingly clear nights, and on those occasions when it rains, slides back in in a matter of seconds. The functionality of the unit also allows greater floor space for naps, yoga, meditating, reading, hanging out, or just surfing the web. Up to you. Enjoy 

Cristina and Ray is an amazing combo. I don’t think there is anything they haven’t thought of.
— Liza
I can’t believe I slept the whole night. I haven’t done that in 2 years.
— Mary
 
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Exercise

Well of course! We all know that our nature is to "exercise", but do you know why? It's not only to get a strong heart muscle and a healthy respiratory system, it's also about the hormones, the micro-biome, your liver detox and to give yourself a chance to be happy and at peace.

The difference is that  we integrate it in all we do so that you won't even notice that you have done it. We bike to the village to get mangoes, we hike up the mountain for a sunset meditation, we explore the temple on the hill, or you might like shopping at the evening market, run at the beach, or swim after the morning yoga. Whatever you like is what you are going to do. We help you find out what you like.

 
I have no idea what got me to book, but I’m so glad I did. I feel alive again.
— Maria
 

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Olive Retreat Thailand has helped people in the following areas:

  • De-stress and relaxation

  • Performance

  • Creativity

  • Self-care and kindness

  • Career and life choices

  • Nutrition and cooking

  • Fitness and exercise

  • Meditation

  • Yoga and stretching

  • Anxiety, depression, loneliness, sadness, loss

  • Addiction

  • Weight-loss and obesity

  • Food allergies and sensitivities

  • Inflammation, disease and disorders

  • Relationships; getting in and getting out

  • Breathing correctly

  • Living and seeking the 'truth'

At Olive Retreat Thailand you can chose to sleep in a tent at our jungle camp site next to a national park, with all its adventures, or you can sleep in a private Thai Hut. Both are located 5 minutes from the beach and the village.


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I loved nature from before, I knew that, but at Olive I learned to love myself.
— Jana
 

Olive Retreat Thailand is part of  Khao Tao Group. We co-create with NGO's, temples and local companies to help and support each other in any way we can, and to enhance your re-orienting experience. Don't worry, we got you covered from real to proverbial door.

From January 2017 we offer special classes for Cooking, Yoga and Creativity. Check out the dates at our booking page. We truly hope to see you in the beautiful village of Khao Tao, with all its pristine nature around it.

 

Daily Schedule 

Activities are optional, you don't have to do anything. If you come to relax and sleep that's what you need. 

07:00 Yoga/healthy stretching to get your detox going, after we do Pranayamas & Meditation.
08:00 Breakfast; a protein boost for the hungry, a pleasure for the body and the mind.
10:00 Body & Mind Health Dialogue/Class; to make friends with your body.
13:00 Lunch; from nature to nurture with all the spectra of light from the source. 
14:00 – 17:00 Free time/massages/one-to-ones/walks & hikes/special activities/etc.
17:00 Mind & Body Health Dialogue/Class to figure things out.
18:00 Exercise; to fill you with the mountains, the animals, the forests, and astonishing views.
19:30 Dinner; to calm our senses and prepare for the beauty(full) sleep.
21.00 Evening activity; we just hang out, see a movie or go for a guided tour into the subconscious. 

Timing is loose and weather dependant. 

The retreat starts with dinner around 19.00 on the arrival day and ends no later 15.00 on the departure day. If your flights are booked differently that's OK too, let us know to make a plan for you.

Sunset at the beautiful beach Sai Noi, just a skip through the forest from us. Here is where we sometimes do yoga, swim, meditate, walk, our just hang out. Climb the rocks and go through the temple and you get to the larger beach in Khao Tao.

Both are amazingly free and perfect for contemplation.


All is Included

It's just easier that way, for both you and us, so please consider that when you compare prices to find your retreat.

  • 7 nights accommodation 150 meters to beaches

  • Round-trip transfers from and to the airport (bus) and to an additional cost we arrange a private car

  • In-depth health assessment (Health Questionnaire is sent once you are booked)

  • Daily Body health classes + Mind health classes

  • One-one sessions, as many as you want

  • Cooking, detoxing drinks and smoothie classes

  • Health booklets, Cookbook, Yoga book and more

  • Daily Yoga/streching classes + Meditation + Pranayamas

  • All detoxing meals: clean, real, vegan, no gluten, no sugar, no refined food (don't worry, you won't be hungry!)

  • Daily availability of detoxing snacks and drinks

  • Staff 24/7

  • All-liquid intermittent fasting day(s) and digestive flush, if suitable for you

  • Daily aerobic + anaerobic exercise in a beautiful nature

  • Daily meditations + techniques (guided and non-guided)

  • Daily pranayamas and meditation techniques

  • Time and space to relax and enjoy and laugh

  • Personal recommendations upon departure (how to continue your quest for better health based on your Ayurvedic Dosha and needs)

  • 2 months back-home support

  • A little gift to remember your stay

  • Discounts on future retreats and events

 

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Another day in paradise.
— Dan M.