The idea for Island Yoga was born in 2005 when David Sharpe heard stories of an enchanted island in southern Thailand and the modern world was yet to be discovered. He discovered a pristine island rich in tradition and culture that also had many recreational opportunities. He quickly realized he had found the ideal setting for a unique fusion of yoga retreats and outdoor adventures.
Attending an Island yoga retreat is to experience a return to the simple ways of being in the world. Life and Yoga on enchanted Koh Yoa Noi, with few tourists, friendly locals and outstanding natural beauty, provides a holistic experience that both rejuvenates and restores harmony and balance.
With plenty of free time during the day, you can explore remote beaches and lively markets, rice paddies and rubber plantations. This is also the time to treat yourself to a massage or take a Thai cookery course. Recreation options include swimming and snorkeling, hiking and biking, rock climbing and kayaking.
You can rent bicycles, kayaks and motor scooters at the lodge to explore the island. If you need a taxi, just speak to Ning and she’ll organize one for you!
To get to your wild and humble escape, known as Ulmar’s Nature Lodge (Island Yoga), it is easiest from Phuket. From Old Phuket town, local buses leave from the fresh market to Bang Rong Pier everyday. You can also take a tuk-tuk to the pier. Then catch the ferry to Koh Yao Noi (Manoh Pier) and enjoy a beautiful journey surrounded by turquoise blue waters. This unforgettable way of transportation will take approximately 30 minutes by speedboat or 1 hour by long tail. From there you can take a local taxi to Ulmar’s Nature Lodge. Taking an island stroll from the pier is also an option, as the Lodge is only a 10-minute walk. There will always be taxi’s waiting for you at the pier, no need to pre-arrange this.
Born in the Snowdonia National Park of North Wales, David’s twin passions have always been outdoor adventure and spiritual seeking. In 1987 he created an outdoor oriented school with the emphasis on experiential learning and personal empowerment. Moving to the US in 1996, he continued to impart his unique brand of insight teachings through yoga and personal growth workshops. David has studied yoga, meditation, Chi Gong and sacred chants in India, China, S. E. Asia and Europe.
When David is not in the yoga shala, he will probably be found on one of the island’s stunning rock climbing walls. David also hosts the weekly “Yoga-on-the-Rocks” climbing adventures.