The Thailand Experience: A holistic educational experience with adventure, culture, service and mind/body activities
A 24-day learning community retreat taking place in Thailand complete with world-class adventure sports, Thai cooking, massage, yoga and tai chi. We will give back to the community by helping to teach English in a local school.
When: November 1st – November 24th, 2016
Where: Bangkok, Krabi Province, and Ko Yao Island
Who: 8–12 participants (ages 13-25) unschoooling, homeschooling, worldschooling or self-directed teens and young adults.
A minimum of 8 participants is required to produce this learning community retreat
Thailand is a wondrous kingdom, featuring Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands. Along with a fascinating history and a unique culture that includes delectable Thai food and massage, Thailand features a modern capital city, and friendly people who epitomize Thailand’s “land of smiles” reputation. During Project World School’s 24-day temporary learning community retreat, we will immerse ourselves deep within the culture and customs and build community, learn to cook the flavors of Thai cuisine and find peace through yoga and Tai Chi. This trip promises to be a holistic educational experience as we take part in adventure, culture, service, and encompassing both mind/body activities.
Participants must be ready to push their comfort zones both physically and mentally as we expand our world views in community. The Project World School Thailand Experience is an active retreat, including kayaking, rock climbing, snorkeling, adventures. Together we will practice the art of Tai Chi and yoga, as a way ground ourselves in this beautiful land.
In the spirit of all Project World School retreats, we are not a typical study abroad program as we take advantage of the power of a learning-community to produce collaborative goals, knowledge acquisition, personal development, and changes in global perspectives. This is one you don’t want to miss. Join us in Thailand!
- Full accommodations for the duration of the learning community retreat
- All transportation from Bankok to the Krabi Province and all day trips
- All ground transportation
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinners during the retreat
- All workshops, talks, and classes throughout the retreat
Does not include: International airfare, laundry services, snacks, and meals during travel days: November 1st & November 24th. Also not included are extras such as souvenirs, toiletries, batteries, insect repellent, sunscreen or other personal items.
Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok
Day 2: Explore the major sites by riverboat
Day 3: Fly to Krabi (southern Thailand) and transfer to our “home” for the next 3 weeks: Chong Pli Climbers Camp and Bungalows; Sunset at the beach
Day 4: Intro to Thai Language and Culture + Thai Massage Course
Day 5: Trip to Krabi morning market and Thai Cooking class
Day 6: Batik Painting (Option to learn foot and oil/spa massage techniques)
Day 7: Railay and Pra Nang Beach excursion (includes swimming, caving and rappelling)
Day 8: Rock Climbing at Chong Pli
Day 9: Elephant Trekking
Day 10: Morning- Introduction to Buddhism and meditation; Afternoon/Evening- Visit to Tiger Cave Temple and dinner at Krabi night market (on the river)
Day 11: Visit to Thai School: Teach English to students
Day 12: Morning- kayaking at Ao Thalane; Afternoon- exploring the island and learning about island livelihood and eco-tourism
Day 13: Island Hopping by Longtail Boat; kayaking, fishing, deep water soloing
Day 14: Morning- Yoga; Afternoon-return to AO NANG
Day 15: Morning- Tai Chi and Qigong; Afternoon- Thai Boxing
Day 16: Snorkel Tour
Day 17: Beach Clean-Up in Ao Nang
Day 18: Day trip to the Emerald Pool and Hot Springs
Day 19: Hike Tubkaek Mountain and afternoon at beach
Day 20: Mind/Body: Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation, Qigong
Day 21: Adventure: diving, climbing, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking
Day 22: Trip to Krabi market for shopping and eating
Day 23: Hollow Mountain Adventure Park; or Treetop Adventure Park; or Snorkel/Daytrip to Ko Phi Phi
Day 24: Departure
*Schedule is subject to shift
Space is extremely limited and this retreat will sell out!
Our Partner: Michael Weitzman
Originally from the New York area, Michael has lived in Thailand for the past 12 years. Before moving to Thailand, he worked extensively in the education field. Some of the jobs were outdoor education, group home counselor, teacher (received his post-bachelor’s teaching degree at UC-Boulder) etc. For the last decade, his work in Thailand has consisted of:
- Coordinator and Teacher of an Integrative Medical Therapies selective for medical school students
- Managing Director of Laoliang Island resort
- Tai Chi instructor at Island Yoga (Ko Yao Noi)
- Climbing guide
- Coordinator of Outdoor education programs with High Tech High from San Diego; and an international school from Chiang Mai
In the Krabi Province, we will be staying at Chong Pli Climbing Camp & Bungalows. There will be two participants per bungalow, each with their own bed. We will be taking a two night overnight trip to the Ko Yao Island. There, we stay at a place called Nam Tok Bungalows (nam tok=waterfall). It is in the village of Thao Khow. There are 3 types of accommodation here: Bamboo bungalows, traditional Thai wooden bungalows on the hill, and more modern cement bungalows.
Every morning there will be the option of a western breakfast or Thai breakfast, and we make sure to always eat local! We will learn to cook Thai food one evening, and all of our lunches and dinners will be authentic Thai food. It is very easy to eat vegan and gluten free on this retreat, since dairy and wheat are not a part of most Thai dishes. Vegetarian will be a bit harder, but we will host a language class in which you will learn all the vegetarian ordering phrases you will need to know.
In order to qualify for the early bird discount, you must get your application in by August 1st, 2016 AND pay the $1,000 deposit to hold your space. 50% of your deposit is refundable if you cancel 60 days prior to the retreat (September 1st, 2016).