Thailand Eat Pray Love

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Have your very own “Eat Pray Love” trip in Thailand
Do you feel like you want to get away from it all and rediscover yourself? Join our ‘Eat Pray, Love’ programme in Thailand. Each week has a different focus & is in a different location in Thailand.
At a glance:
Volunteering: A trip to re-invent yourself, including volunteering
​Accommodation: Shared accommodation (varies)
Meals: x3 varied and delicious meals a day included
Dates: Weekly
​Minimum stay: 4 weeks
​About the Eat, Pray, Love Thailand
After a breakup, it can be hard to remember who you are withoutare, without the other person. It might be a new haircut or new clothes, but we try to reinvent ourselves into this newly single person. But a popular solution is to get away for a while and rediscover the best version of yourself!.
This trip has been especially designed for those of you who are at that point in your life where you don’t know what you’re doing, or to heal a recently broken heart. It can help you to find yourself (cliche but true!) by pushing you out of your comfort zone and helping you out of your shell to interact with new people, take on completely new challenges; whilst being able to experience the most amazing parts of Thailand.
Each week will be completely different:.
  • First you’ll lose yourself in some martial art -Thai Kickboxing
  • Then strengthen your body & mind with beach yoga,
  • And learn the art of meditation with Monks
  • Finally, heal your soul by volunteering & caring for rescued Elephants. (Elephants fix everything!)
Week 1: Let off Some Steam With Thai Boxing
  • We all know that exercise is good for you, because it releases endorphins that actually makes you happy! Many studies have examined the ability of exercise to reduce symptoms of depression, and overwhelmingly these studies have described a positive benefit from exercise. It also energises you, boosts confidence and is a great way to get out that stress!
  • Dopamine (which makes you happy) is linked to achieving a goal or target, so after a week of thai boxing, you’ll not only be looking good, but feeling it too! #breakuprevenge
  • The program is led by a provincial champion and he will not go easy on you!
  • During this program, you will leave your accommodation in the early morning (around 5.30 or 6am)
  • After a 30 minute run for warm up, you will train for two hours led by our experienced Thai Boxing trainer. Thai boxers usually start very early in the day to benefit from the coolness of the morning.
  • After your morning shift, you will head back to your accommodation to have breakfast and relax for a few hours. In the afternoon, you will return to the boxing school for another session!
Week 2 & 3: Heal the Mind with Yoga & Thai Buddhism
  • Learn from experts in healing techniques of yoga and meditation to have a healthy body and sound mind. Meditation is the art of focusing on your mind, retraining your thoughts and looking deep into yourself. Practising it can give you a better understanding of your purpose in life and get you back on track, as well as providing you with physical and mental benefits.
  • Your body deserves a break from all that Thai Boxing!
  • You will be be guided through meditation and yoga exercises with an experienced yoga instructor, all on beautiful surrounding beaches!
  • Yoga is an ancient teaching used to ease the body and the mind through a series of poses, called asanas, that improve the health of each and every organ as well as creating muscular strength and the ability to focus and concentrate on essentials like the breathe.
  • Now that your body is stronger, it’s time to work on your mind. A significant element of Buddhist tradition is being capable of “Mindfulness”. Mindfulness is the awareness of our present moment—thoughts, feelings, sensations. It’s about accepting our current state of being without allowing our minds to drift away.
  • You’ll experience Thai Buddhism guided by local monks. You will sleep in an authentic monastery, practice meditation and learn Buddhism in its purest form.
  • Those who have recently gone through a breakup do not tend to have the ability to be mindful as we are so overcome with emotion. We become reactive instead of mindfully present. Although it may be difficult to combine the two, it is possible. This is the perfect way to really start the healing process.
Week 4: Feel Good by Giving Back
Elephants Fix Everything!
  • Volunteering is good for your soul and it’s been clinically proven to improve your health and happiness. Studies have shown the positive emotional impact of volunteering. Hormones like serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins and dopamine can be released when you see a positive impact from a good deed!.
  • Your final week will be spent volunteering at an Elephant Sanctuary where old, sick, disabled, previously abused or illegally-owned elephants now call a home. Volunteering has been clinically proven to be good for your health with 96% of people reporting that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life!.
  • Here, we work for the elephants, not the other way around. This means there will be no elephant riding in the program.
  • However, you will get the chance to experience and bond with these gentle giants by swimming with them, bathing them and preparing their food, which typically comes in the form of Bana grass, sugarcane and banana plants.
  • The elephants freely roam around the sanctuary by day, and then are taken to the forest in the early evening.
  • You will be spending time alongside experienced mahouts, who invest their entire lives gaining an understanding of the elephants and how best to care for them.
Sharpen Your Mind by Meeting New People
Meeting new people has a range of benefits and taking a trip like this will get you meeting people from different backgrounds. It will help distract you, meeting people and socialising, you even could learn something new and get a better understanding of life!
Travel offers the opportunity to connect with a range of people, whether locals or other travellers. It creates a sense of connectedness, and can improve your mental and physical health and enhance your sense of self. When you get out of your comfort zone, you strengthen your personal identity and increase your confidence.
Go Somewhere You’ve Never Been Before:
Going somewhere new, completely on your own, will not only get you away from memories of your ex, but also give you a sense of accomplishment of achieving something, no matter how big or small on your own, empowering you! – hello dopamine again!
This trip will help you to reduce stress, get out of your daily routine and into new surroundings which will resets both your mind and body. It can lower levels of depression and improve psychological functioning. Even just planning a trip can feel rewarding and exciting.
The trip will also get you out in the sun!
Sunlight makes you healthier not just emotionally but physically too. It gives us vitamin D and releases serotonin, as well as promoting healthier attitudes towards diet and exercise.
And just think of the selfies!
Ready to get out there on your own and rediscover yourself?
  • We organise your flights, transfers, and you’ll be with other like minded people.
  • Food & Accommodation is all included too so you don’t need to worry about anything – just leave it all to us. Time to focus on you!
  • If this is not quite you (e.g. we know that yoga isn’t for everybody) or you have any limitations or questions,- just let us know & we can give you a custom built healing trip to ensure you get what it is that you need from your getaway!
What’s Included?
  • Accommodation for the entire time
  • Meals (three meals a day during the week) and then breakfast & dinner on the weekends (as people usually go out for lunch together).
  • A bilingual coordinator who is on call 24-7 during your stay in Thailand
  • Pick up from Bangkok Airport
  • Assistance with your transfers & back to the airport – you’ll most likely just have to pay for the bus fare in between projects & back to the airport which are super cheap and most likely with other travellers.
  • Peace of mind from travelling with like-minded travellers
  • Flight & travel insurance assistance. You will be allocated to your own travel agent at no extra service fee.
  • Support from NZ throughout your trip
  • Your personal volunteer contribution to the Elephant Sanctuary
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