22 Days Pre-Vipassana Yoga Course in Koh Phangan, Thailand

  • location Samma Karuna, 84/13 Moo 8 Haad Chao Phao, Ko Phangan Surat Thani, Thailand

Rejuvenating Thailand Yoga and Meditation Retreat

Start a deep journey into yourself whilst you experience an authentic and fun spiritual community where you can be yourself, relax, and prepare for your Vipassana meditation retreat. At Samma Karuna the organizer loves Vipassana and embraces it as an authentic path for happiness and inner peace.

22 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English; Spanish;
The maximum participants in the group is 10


  • Yoga class twice a day
  • Introduction to Vipassana and daily qigong sessions
  • One to One interviews with a senior teacher to guide you through the program
  • OSHO Dynamic and active meditations plus insightful lectures and exercises
  • 7 Thai massage sessions, complimentary bag, and introduction booklet
  • Transfer service from the pier
  • 21 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Retreat Style

  • Vipassana Yoga
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Running throughout the year, the Pre-Vipassana course uses active, dynamic and still meditations along with yoga and Qigong to leave your body and mind ready to take the best benefits of a Vipassana retreat. They understand that it is important to work on “the big stones” before deepening on the subtle world of Vipassana. This course is suitable for complete beginners to very experienced Vipassana meditators. A senior teacher will meet up with you and tailor the course to your particular needs.

Yoga practice

Samma Karuna’s yoga is gentle, spiritual and therapeutic. Suitable both for beginners and experienced practitioners. A senior teacher may recommend you to take some asanas practice in order to help you develop the strength required to sit for long hours in meditation posture.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is a practice of mastering Qi in the body (life force energy) through rhythmic breathing, slow and sometimes rapid movement, static poses which are held for a period of time, and deep focus. A senior teacher may recommend you take some classes in order to help you improve your awareness of the subtle sensations present throughout your body.

Samma Karuna AUM Meditation

Fifteen stages intense cathartic meditation inspired on Humaniversity AUM meditation and OSHO’s AUM Marathon. Three and a half hours journey of opening up to your emotions, reconnecting with your body and celebrating life. A senior teacher may recommend you take this experiential before your Vipassana retreat if your mind and the current emotional state requires strong cathartic work.

Awakening class

As a school of self-realization, our main concern is to help our students finding authentic and long-lasting happiness. As a non-dogmatic, non-religious school, our aim is to help you develop your own light and wisdom. The awakening lectures are designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of what is meditation, what is Vipassana, and how it can help you to be happy.

Rebirthing B=breathwork

Rebirthing is a gentle yet powerful conscious breathing technique. It brings into awareness our unconsciously held beliefs, emotions and the relationships you have with your bodies and yourselves. By birthing with awareness we make it possible to resolve, integrate and heal previously unresolved issues in your lives.

Osho Dynamic and Osho Active meditations

Active meditation created by the spiritual master Osho is a meditative process that uses movement and expression to lead you to stillness and meditation. A senior teacher may recommend you to take some of these meditations as part of your Pre-Vipassana retreat if you have no previous experience in meditation.

Sudarshan Kriya / Samma Karuna Aurora SoHam

Breathing is the first act of life. Within the breath is the unexplored secret of life. Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful yet simple rhythmic breathing technique that incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath, harmonizing the body, mind and emotions. This technique eliminates stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration, and depression. Leaving the mind calm and focused, the body energized and completely relaxed.

Daily schedule

  • 07:15 - 08:20 Vipassana meditation or Osho dynamic meditation
  • 08:30 - 10:30 Yoga practice
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Qigong
  • 12:00 - 14:30 Break for lunch and rest
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Osho Active Meditations or Riberthing
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Yoga practice
  • 17:30 - 18:30 Break
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Evening activity social meditation, awakening class, Atisha’s heart meditation, Sudarshan Kriya

What is included

  • 21 nights accommodation
  • One to one interviews with a senior teacher to guide you through the program
  • Yoga class twice a day
  • Daily qigong practice
  • Introduction to Vipassana meditation
  • OSHO Dynamic and active meditations
  • Insightful lectures and exercises
  • 7 Thai massage sessions
  • Complementary bag and introduction booklet
  • Transfer service from the pier

Additional Details


  •  Shopping
  •  Concierge desk
  •  Garden
  •  Lounge
  •  Restaurant
  •  Yoga shala
  •  Yoga studio
  •  Parking lot
  •  Tour assistance
  •  Wireless internet

During the retreat, you will be staying at Samma Karuna, Koh Phangan.

The school provides four types of accommodation for students taking courses according to students' requirements. By default, all accommodation provided is in a shared dorm, but students may decide to upgrade for an additional cost.

Accommodation type C

This is accommodation in the shared standard bungalow with A/C.

Accommodation type B

Private type B accommodation is in a standard bungalow with A/C.

Accommodation type A

Private type A accommodation is in a comfortable bungalow with Amenities and Sea View.


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Meet The Instructors

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Ishi, Margarita, & Nishan

Ishi Thamnopoulos

Ishi is the creator of the bio-development platform and has nine years of experience in different music therapy backgrounds. He is the founder of Samma Karuna and an international teacher, holding a background in a wide spectrum of disciplines including Tantra, Taoism (Tao garden instructor), bio-development, Biodanza, and meditation.

Margarita Karger

Margarita Karger studied music at the Collegium Musicum of Buenos Aires, in Argentina. She has a degree in speech therapy (UBA), specializing in voice therapy for teachers, actors, and broadcasters. She is currently the president of the Spanish Association of Biodanza and Education Biocentric and the Madrid Association of Biodanza. She is a member of honor of the International Biocentric Foundation. She has directed teacher training schools of Biodanza of Madrid since 1996 and the Canary Islands since 2004.


Nishan has 19 years of experience in Buddhist meditations and philosophy including over four years of teaching experience.

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Location Samma Karuna, 84/13 Moo 8 Haad Chao Phao, Ko Phangan Surat Thani, Thailand

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is in Koh Samui Airport (USM). Between Bangkok and Koh Samui, there are many daily services run by Bangkok Airways. Flying time about 50 minutes. A connecting ferry will have to be taken from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan.

From Bangkok, you can also fly to Surat Thani: Air Asia flies from Bangkok to Surat Thani daily, flying time is about 50 minutes. The transfer from Surat Thani Airport (URT) to Donsak ferry port is by coach or taxi and takes about 1 ½ hours. At Donsak, you need to take the Raja ferry to Koh Phangan which takes 3 hours. Whilst the overall journey is longer than flying directly to Koh Samui, it can be cheaper to fly via Surat Thani, depending on the time of year.

Arrival by bus

There are many bus services from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. Most of these are sleeper buses. They can be booked from travel agencies in Bangkok or by going to the central bus station (Sia Thai).

The journey takes about 10 hours to Donsak, the ferry port for boats going to Koh Phangan. From Donsak, the journey takes around 3 hours to Koh Phangan. Usually, the ferry is included in the price of the bus.

Arrival by ferry / boat from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan

The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Samui at 08:00 and 13:00. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Samui at 08:00, 11:15, 12:30, and 17:00.

The Seatran pier is located near the airport, approximately a 10-minute drive and the Lompraya pier is located 50 minutes from the airport.

The Lompraya pier is 50 minutes from the airport. Please take this in consideration when booking the rest of your journey. Ferries arrive in Koh Phangan at Thong Sala Pier.

Arrival by train

Trains leave Bangkok several times daily, the journey time is about 12 hours. Sleeping booths are available on some services. Leaving the train at Surat Thani, the transfer is by coach or taxi from Surat Thani station to Donsak Pier takes about 1½ hours. From Donsak, the ferry journey takes 3 hours to Koh Phangan.

There are 2 companies that run luxury coach services from Bangkok to Chumphon, which takes about 6 hours. At Chumphon, you should transfer to a large express boat that stops at Koh Tao before arriving at Koh Phangan. The boat journey from Chumphon to Koh Phangan takes about 2 ½ hours.

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A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
The deposit is non-refundable if the booking is canceled.

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