Thailand Yoga Retreat

Celebrate the Spectacular Buddhist Lantern Festival in Beautiful Northern Thailand with Joanne and Anna Smallwood

From the floating yoga shala in the National Park at OM Waters to the Tree House yoga shala at Kaomai Lanna you are sure to enjoy this unique yoga experience!




We begin the retreat by unplugging and submerging ourselves in Nature with 2 nights at OM Waters, a floating Shala on a beautiful lake in Sri Lanna National Park, only an hour from Chiang Mai, Thailand.  We invite you to join us for this unique 2 night experience of Yoga, connection and community in a magical setting. With very little external distractions, our senses will be heightened and be able to absorb all that nourishes us. It’s an opportunity to clear that head space, boost your energy, laugh, play, and meet like-minded awesome people.

Early November is also an amazing time of year to be at OM Waters. Cool mornings and evenings, with warm temperatures in the daytime.

When’s the last time you jumped into a lake?  Slept under the stars? Immersed into nature? Explored A daily Yoga Practice? Or taken the opportunity for self-care?  This space has been created to nourish your soul.


OM Waters


Then we will transfer to Kaomai Lanna Resort to enjoy our last 5 nights in luxury, culture and leisure.  Spend your time by the pool nestled in the beautiful gardens, at the spa indulging in a traditional Thai massage or exploring the old city of Chiang Mai.

Kaomai Lanna Hotel and Resort is a unique boutique accommodation only 40 mins out of the busy Chiang Mai. Set on 20 acres’ natural land, surrounded by lush tropical gardens.  The rooms are renovated from the former tobacco curing barns, decorated in contemporary Lanna style with colonial style teak wood antique furniture.

Kaomai Lanna has a beautiful wooden tree house style yoga shala where we will  diving deep into our practice exploring the Pranayama, Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga practices. This is suitable to ALL levels.

The retreat culminates with the celebration of Yi Peng, (Lantern Festival), in Chiang Mai, the old capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. This is one of those bucket list experiences, where a multitude of Lanna-style sky lanterns adorned with good luck wishes and prayers are released into the sky.



First 2 nights at OM Waters has cozy comfortable camping on the houseboats

Good to know:

  • There are sinks and toilets and showers at OM Waters but it is camping style. Options: creative wet wiping, sponge baths, jump in the lake!
  • No alcohol or drugs permitted. If you smoke, please smoke away from the communal areas.
  • No WiFi.
  • Things to bring: bathing suit, towel, own water bottle to refill, bug spray, sunscreen, flashlight, layers for cool mornings/evenings.
  • Unlimited drinking water will be available.
  • Please note that the sleeping area will be either on bed frames or on the floor, and closed or open, depending on the number of bookings.
  • No yoga, meditation, or nature experience needed. All levels are welcome.
  • Then we move to Kaomai Lanna where all standard accommodation is stylish and comfortable with western beds, air conditioning, shower, hot & cold water, hair dryer & teak furniture. Standard accommodation is twin share.


Kaomai Lanna Spa

You can all book therapies and treatments at affordable prices any time throughout our stay.
60 minutes Thai traditional massage
60 minutes Aromatherapy massage
60 minutes Herbal Compress
60 minutes Swedish massage
60 minutes Foot bath and reflexology massage
45 minutes Body scrub
45 minutes Green secret face treatment

Sample Yoga Program

7-8 Pranayama
8-10 Asana
Free time to explore, shop, get treatments, swim and relax
4-6 Afternoon restorative class or workshop or cultural excursion in Chaing Mai



All meals are vegetarian made with the freshest ingredients available purchased at local markets daily and prepared by our wonderful chefs.


$1400 AUD.   Full payment is due upon booking as we are so close to the retreat dates. Retreat size is limited, so please register early to secure your place.  Bookings contact Anna at


Breakfast, lunch and dinner when not out on an excursion
7 days of Yoga.
Transfer to OM Waters
Transfer from OM Waters to Kaomai Lanna Resort
Cultural excursion to Ganesh museum and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Accommodation based on twin share, private rooms may be available.

Does not include: flights, other optional outings and activities, meals while on excursion, travel insurance, travel related expenses and any massages or treatments.  Hotels can arrange departure airport transfers, but this is at your expense.



9-16 November 2016.  7 Nights.


Getting there and away

OM Waters is floating on a lake in Sri Lanna National Park one hour from Chiang Mai, Thailand. You must arrive in Chaing Mai by 12pm on the 9th to get your transfer to OM Waters, as you can not enter the National park at Night.  Kaomai Lanna is 25 km‚ from the Chiang Mai airport and takes about 45-60 minutes by taxi.

You can get International flight direct to Chiang Mai Airport, Thailand.  Alternatively you can fly to Bangkok and take a 1hour domestic flight to Chiang Mai.  Train or Bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes approximately 12 hours.



Most nationalities get a 30 days visa on arrival.  If you intend to spend longer in Thailand then we recommend you apply for a 2 months tourist visa.  Check the Thailand embassy in your country for up to date information on visas.


monks and lanterns



About The Lantern Festival

The festival is celebrated throughout the Kingdom on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. Loi Krathong and Yi Peng are celebrated at the same time, we will see lanterns floating on the waters, strings of pretty lights hanging from houses and temples, and hundreds of beautiful lanterns floating by in the sky during the celebrations.

For some  a Lantern especially when lit, is meant to honour Buddha. For most Thais, however, it is a way to thank the Hindu Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha, for her endless help in providing the most basic of all human necessities. For Buddhists participating in these acts it serves as a time to reflect and let go of negativity whilst at the same time generating good luck.

Since this festival is a spiritual, ancient and sacred affair that invites new beginnings via spiritual cleansing, it is the perfect time for self-reflection and to bring our yoga retreat to a close.


About the Instructors

Anna Smallwood

Anna SmallwoodAnna Smallwood was first introduced to yoga in 1998 as part of her intensive training as Professional Contemporary Dancer. She completed a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of The Arts and always maintained her yoga practice while working as a dancer. Anna immediately fell in love with Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow practices, as they promote freedom through movement, yet unlike dance are driven by the breath.
Anna completed her yoga teacher training at Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India, with Julie Martin, in 2005. She has since returned to India many times to both teach at Brahmani Yoga and to deepen her own yoga practice.
Anna also teaches internationally on Brahmani Yoga and Shakti Spirit, Yoga Alliance teacher training programs in Bali and Goa. She is the founder of Roaming Yogis, and runs a beautiful little studio called The Berry Yoga Shala, on the south coat of NSW.
Today, Anna’s classes are inspired by her love of dance, movement and music, as well as the joy of tapping into moments of stillness and spaciousness, and really listening to what arises from within that space.
Anna is forever grateful for the teachings of Julie Martin, Emil Wendel, Clive Sheridan, and Rachel Hull, who have illuminated her Sadhana with their teachings. She enjoys sharing her understanding and deep love for yoga with others and witnessing the transformation it brings to her students.
Anna is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance.



Joanne Smallwood

Joanne SmallwoodJoanne Smallwood has been a devoted yoga practitioner since her early twenties, and has taught internationally for the past 11 years. Completing her Teacher Training in 2005 at The Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, with Ron Reid and Diane Bruni, she soon traded the infamous Canadian winters for warmer shores of India. Since 2005, Joanne has been working in Goa, India, as the general manager of Brahmani Yoga, one of the leading yoga centres in the region. This enabled her to expand her knowledge and love of yoga, her teaching, whilst allowing her to further develop her passion through courses and in her own practice.

Joanne has developed a strong focus on Brahmani Style Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal and Restorative yoga.