New Location: Shri Kali Ashram is now located on the tropical island of Koh Phangan, Thailand. Our ashram spans several acres of secluded jungle hills, which overlook the sea. Here we have the opportunity to develop our community in a peaceful environment well-suited to the relaxing immersive study and practice of Traditional Tantra Yoga. The new season will run from the 1st of November, 2018 to the 28th of June, 2020.
Our teacher certification classes are held the 1st three weeks of each month (1st-21st) see Yoga Teacher Training. The fourth week of the month (22nd-28th) students are welcome to stay on and experience ashram life – deepening their practice, study, integration and relaxation at regular price rates (363 USD all-inclusive a week) but in an informal setting. You may stay as long as you want to study with us on a weekly basis. Rates decrease after two months stay.
Over the last many years, Shri Kali Ashram has made its home in different parts of India, Thailand, and Malaysia. As always, we continue to share the same universal science of Traditional Tantra Yoga, taught in accordance with the ancient texts and lifelong study and practice of our guru, Bhagavan Shri Shanmukha Anantha Natha along with Shri Ma Kristina Baird, whose depth of knowledge and understanding of the tradition are unparalleled in the world. All of our teachers have studied this system for many years and will be sharing it with you during your stay.
These are our GPS coordinates (9.756312,99.978727). If you put them into Google maps, it shows where we are.
Most students fly to the nearest airport which is on the neighboring island of Koh Samui (USM). From Koh Samui it is a 30 minute ferry ride to Koh Phangan. Take a boat to Thong Sala Pier on Koh Phangan and we can arrange a taxi to pick you up and bring you to the ashram (200 baht). You can pre-book a ferry on the following website Ferry Booking.
The last ferry from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan runs at 6 PM, so if your flight arrives in the evening, you will need to plan to stay one night on Koh Samui.
The next closest airport is in Surat Thani (URT) on the mainland, from which you can also arrange a taxi and a ferry to reach Koh Phangan.
If you only fly as far as Bangkok (BKK), you can reach Surat Thani via bus or train, and catch the ferry from there.
The last daily ferry from the mainland runs at 6 PM. Ferries from Surat Thani or Donsak are either 1 or 2.5 hours.
You can use the following website to research visa rules for your country to Thailand: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand.
***Below is general information that will not be true for all nationalities. It is very important that you confirm the specific visa rules for your country of origin before making your travel arrangements.***
Many nationalities can arrive to Thailand without a visa and are granted permission to stay for 30 days. Among these countries, most can also extend for one additional 30 day period after they have arrived in Thailand in order to stay for a total of 60 days. To process your extension, you need to take a day trip to the neighboring island of Koh Samui. To extend the visa currently costs 1900 baht, and you can expect to pay approximately 1000 baht in travel expenses for your ferry and taxis.
For those staying longer, it is best to apply for a visa before you travel to Thailand. Most people can easily get a single entry tourist visa, which is good for 60 days and can be extended for an additional month after your arrival on Koh Phangan island for a total stay of 90 days. The extension is processed in the same way as above.
For students that want to stay longer than that, they can do the option for 90 days as described above, and then a local agency can arrange a visa trip to nearby Penang, Malaysia, in order to get another visa which can be used for an additional 3 months stay in Thailand. The complete trip to Penang, including travel, accommodation, and visa can be arranged with a local travel agent for around 7000 baht (approx $200 USD).
If you are applying for a Thai visa from your home country, many nationalities will be eligible to get 6 months multiple entry tourist visa. These usually also require that you leave and re-enter with no single stay in Thailand exceeding 90 days, but it is simple to arrange transport via bus to and from neighboring Malaysia or to fly briefly to a nearby destination that you may also want to visit while in Southeast Asia.
There are also options for some nationalities to be granted long-stay non-immigrant visas which can allow stays of more that 90 days at a time. The most common case of this is the retirement visa for those over 50. These long-stay non-immigrant visas have differing requirements and you will need to research the possibilities based on your nationality and circumstances.
Wifi is available on site.
We have a large private space in nature including an organic garden which provides some of the fruits and vegetables for our daily meals.
We are within walking distance (20-30 minutes) of the beach, as well as several shops and restaurants located in the Sri Tanu area of Koh Phangan.
Many of our students choose to rent a scooter while they are here in order to get around the island, but it is not necessary.
Local sim cards can be easily obtained in order to have constant 4G internet throughout the island if necessary.
Laundry machines are within walking distance (5-10 minutes) and the cost 30-40 baht per use.
Feel free to contact us for any more information.
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Last update: Date and EST Time in Florida, Miami, USA: 24th November 2011 03:48:24 AM