How do we define a sanctuary?
According to the Oxford dictionary a sanctuary is a sacred place, such as a church or temple . Or it can be a a place of refuge from arrest or imprisonment.
The sanctuary in Thailand has been both for me.
It is a sacred place that is made special by not only the feminine energy that dominates the lush tropical hill surrounded beach. It is the energy of the people who visit, and those who wander and stay, that create this sacred temple.
Never have I been in a place that has shifted so many people into a state of consciousness in such short periods of time. People will come with the weight of the western world on their shoulders, their energy carrying the karmic weight of constant battle too repress the true self.
This place then slowly embraces them with its magical touch and bam! Your heart explodes open and you first feel the ecstatic feeling of joy. The joy that keeps you dancing all night and all day to the sounds of sweet life. This may leave you, it is an energy that cannot be maintained. Though when it leaves you. You are left in an even sweeter state. That constant state of peace.
Where you just breathe in the beauty of the air around you and you sigh in content. It is such a sensual pleasure . To stop and look at the pink flower that blooms slowly day by day, changing color and loosening its tight hold on itself, ready to flourish open. The day you stop to smell it's sweet nectar. How can I describe how nourishing this scent was to my soul?
It is a place of refuge from imprisonment. The imprisonment of society. Societies beliefs and judgement. Here you are free to be you. To truly express every part of who you are. To laugh, to cry, to scream , to sigh. You are free.
So as I sail away to the land I call home, I look back to this bay that has stolen and broken open my heart and I am grateful . For the experience of finding the pure joy that is being and loving me.
For this I am forever grateful .
For those who wander lost in this world. Let your heart and feet guide you to this magical place. It is one experience that will show you how amazingly beautiful you and life really is .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Established in 1991 The Sanctuary is a unique beach front resort offering beautiful houses, comfortable bungalows and budget dorm beds & boasts a 300 + vegetarian and seafood menu & bakery. Offering a diverse Spa menu & Detox fasting center, day trips, Kayaking, snorkelling and our gym to encourage you out of your beach front hammock. An eclectic mix of guests ensures a special beach holiday. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Sanctuary Island Hotel Koh Phangan
- The Sanctuary Island Spa