I booked initially for 1 week but extended twice, until I had to return to my country.
I never thought i would have such an interesting time. The combination between qi kung, kung fu, strong warm ups, meditations, strechings, weapons, sanda... makes the experience so complete for body, mind and spirit, as they say. Its a healing place, in any sense, physical or mental.
The instructors are one of the most remarkable things of the retreat: since they love the kung fu as a way of life, that feeling is transmitted on the trainings. They are serious with their job, and friendly on the treatment, patient and strict at the same time. The way of teaching is based on explaining the reason why of every movement, so everything makes sense. You find easily the motivation for learning and enjoying, and wanting more.
In my case, I specially loved the spiritual and philosophical part, learning things that you can apply also to your everyday life. It is not only about fighting and training, it is also about respect, about flowing, feeling, and being relaxed to be able to move in a conscious and intuitive way.
Moreover the location, food and massages are very good. The views from the training areas are the mountains, the sunrising, the thai landscape. The food is fresh and very tasty, really, the best currys in Pai. Healthy, non gluten and no milk, with vegan and vegetarian options. And finally, the massages are given from a woman that is already used to the people of the retreat, so she knows where it hurts :)
It is really interesting also to meet different people from everywhere. The atmosphere created was full of respect and friendship, I felt really peaceful.
I highly recommend it. Im already willing to return :).
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