I first came to Thailand in 2008 as part of a university study abroad program. Soon after graduating, I started getting into yoga and before I knew it, I was teaching on yoga retreats around the world.
The yoga was good but I found that the schedule offered too little time to experience the country and culture. After all, what’s the point of flying across the world if you’re going to lock yourself up in a retreat center all day?
Meanwhile.. for my friends and family, knowing a “local” became a great reason for visiting year after year. And then it snowballed.. before I knew it, I was hosting friends-of-friends, fellow yoga teachers and great aunts. Somehow, without realizing it, I had become the authority on what to do (and not to do) in Thailand.
So I founded Thailand Yoga Holidays - not only as a way of combining my love for yoga and Thailand - but also because I wanted to offer something different from the countless, generic yoga retreats already on the market.
At first, it went really well. I taught non-stop for the first couple years, however, I soon realized that teaching yoga and managing groups of 20 people are two entirely different jobs. Even though I knew itineraries like the back of my hand, the workload turned out to be too much for one person.
And that’s when it clicked...
...Instead of competing against yoga teachers, I wanted to work with them. I realized that by offering my invaluable experience, network and passion for Thailand I could help teachers lead successful yoga retreats here. And it’s been going really well. Teachers teach, and I handle the rest. By focusing on my strengths - and the teachers on theirs - we rock it every time! It’s the perfect business partnership.
But the job is never over, I’m always looking to improve and I’ll never get bored. When I’m not hosting retreats, I’m usually back on the road.. sourcing new destinations and dreaming up wild experiences. So that every year, when my guests come back - I can surprise them with a little something new.
Honestly... Planning a retreat can be a lot of work, but we make it easy.
So just gather your students, make the leap and we’ll see you soon! 🙂