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THAI YOGA MASSAGE RETREAT
ON EL HIERRO ISLAND

Reconnect and rebalance yourself discovering your own rhythm in the middle of the Atlantic!

Enjoy a retreat in El Hierro -Canary Islands- a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve island.

Open a new door in your life to help yourself by helping others and start to learn another job for your future. Learning the Foundations of Thai Massage, ITM certified.

Simply living up to your own rhythm -in harmony with nature.

From September 30th to October 7th, 2018

GET READY TO HAVE A BLAST!
Along with the professional Thai massage course, daily yoga classes, hiking together and team dinners with live cooking!


From € 608 per person in double room / from € 730 in double for single use

 

About the accommodation headquarters of the retreat:


El Sitio is situated between vineyards in the small village of La Frontera. Here in the northern part of the island, you can enjoy beautiful mountain views, the open ocean and the Golfo valley lying at your feet.
El Sitio – “The place”, is an open space integrated with the natural surroundings and community of El Hierro. We provide visitors with a peaceful environment for calming down body and mind. El Sitio is a canvas for people & ideas that both inspire and support El Hierro’s strategy of sustainable development, respect for the environment, culture and human dignity.
All of our “Casitas” are simple, individually designed casitas made out of traditional lava stone from El Hierro. From many places inside and outside of the houses you can enjoy great views of the sea, nearby vineyards and the mountains. 
http://elsitio-elhierro.es/en/

 

About the island: El Hierro. The Zero Meridian Island


Since the year 2000, El Hierro is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and boasts one of the world’s most ambitious sustainability programs. Land speculation, inappropriate infrastructure and developments that do not respect El Hierro’s cultural and natural heritage are significantly limited. The island government has made a firm commitment, to not walk the path of irretrievable damage, which a lot of places on our neighboring islands have chosen with regards to tourism. Few places on the „Fortunate Islands“ have developed such a keen awareness for the delicate balance, with which tourism, conservation of nature and culture have to be handled. http://elhierro.travel/en/the-island/


PROGRAM
 

Learn Thai massage Level I: Foundation of Thai Massage
Prerequisite: None

• This course covers Front Position (feet to face)
• Introduces the concept of energy lines (SEN) and Yin/Yang
• Teaches stretches, acupressure points, and proper use of body weight using 
thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet
• Emphasizes deep-focused abdominal (Hara) work
• Upon completion students will be able to perform an effective 1 – 2 hour Thai Massage


WHAT IS INCLUDED

Accommodation:
Accomodation on individual basis or double-sharing basis, depending what you choose for 1 week. All casitas have a fully equipped kitchenette and full private bathroom with shower and hot water. Prices also include: bed linen, towels (changed on request) and final cleaning. There is no TV in any of the apartments. Free of charge WIFI connection is available in courtyard and bodega.

Thai Yoga Massage lessons – Level 1 Foundation of Traditional Thai Massage - Nuad Bo Rarn:
One full traditional Thai yoga massage professional course, level 1 of Nuad Bo Rarn traditional Thai yoga massage, given by certified teachers from ITM, International Training Massage School, Chiang Mai (northern Thailand).
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Morning yoga classes
Monday to Friday morning yoga classes to prepare body and mind for the Thai massage lessons.

Certification:
Upon successful completion of the course (there will be a practical exam on Friday), you will receive a certificate approved and authorised by ITM (International Training Massage School of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand), honored as the best Thai massage school of Thailand, acknowledged by the Departments of Health and Education of Thailand.

Dinners at El Sitio bodega:

2-3 dinners at El Sitio bodega (resort's common kitchen and dining area) with typical Spanish cuisine, also from the Canary Islands. Live cooking show!

Hiking:

2 group hiking through the Island of El Hierro (after classes in the afternoons)

  • Airport pick-up on the first day & drop off on the last day on request (extra charge)

Other favorite activities to do on El Hierro (not included in the price):

  • Hiking on your own

  • Diving & Swimming

  • Paragliding

  • Biking & Mountain biking

PRICES
From 608 euro in double to share / from 730 euro in individual accomodation (all casitas are able to be single or double occupied). Extra fees for sea view houses.

Ask us for more and individual price posibilities.

Overview of our weekly schedule:

  • 30 September arrival at El Sitio

  • 1 – 5 October: Level 1 course Traditional Thai yoga Massage Nuad Bo Rarn with practical exam on Friday 5th

  • 6 October: Free time to explore and enjoy the beauty of El Hierro

  • 7 October: check out before 11am

Added values of this exceptional retreat:

  • No language barrier, all courses in fluent English, German and Spanish: we are an international school!

  • Small-group course direction, direct learning from Jorge himself personally (not assistant teachers with limited knowledge)

  • Daily yoga (optional)

  • Each student should come away from the retreat, with their own unique, and emerging style

  • A complete commitment to providing you with high quality resources

Reservations:
Limited places available!
To make sure that you can join, you can reserve here:
info@thai-hand-berlin.com

If Massage, energy renewal and spirit replenishment are your priorities, then Join Jorge on this beautiful 1-week long Massage retreat.

This full and inspiring retreat combines dedicated Thai massage techniques with evenings and time free for you to relax, unwind and digest all you have learnt, soaking up local culture, wonderful food and beautiful local architecture accommodation. This is your time to reconnect yourself, be pampered and develop your practice in idyllic surrounds... Feel uplifted; confident and supported with Thai Massage skills and tools that are usable on a daily basis and applicable to almost any situation in your business and massage career.

Crucial in the learning of this exclusive material is that retreat members will receive knowledgeable and up-to-date guidance and immediate feedback on retreat.

“I will be dedicated to you and you will receive direct feedback from me to progress faster”.
-Jorge Márquez (Senior retreat Teacher)
 
 


About This Massage and your retreat facilitator:

 

Massage will be taught by Jorge Márquez Graffigna, co-founder and manager of ITM Thai Hand Berlin, who has been holding retreats like this since 2011. Jorge was born in the Canary Islands and raised between Spain and Africa. Since his childhood he liked to travel, learning about other cultures and traditions.  You will benefit from Jorge’s extensive experience and skills, including a varied Tourism career, involving working in hotels throughout Spain and Germany, as a tour guide, language teacher, directing several tourism enterprises including restaurants and travel agencies, as well as his expertise in delivering the ITM Thai Hand Berlin and Amsterdam course to international students, from all over the world, since 2011. A trip to Thailand in 2007 marked a huge inner transformation, and since then, his passion in everything related to the ancient traditional Thai medicine! Jorge Márquez is a committed teacher and therapist of Nuad Bo Rarn, Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Chair and Table Massage Thai Style, Essential Oil Massage-Aromatherapy Lanna Style and Foot & Hand Reflexology Massage. Jorge designs his lessons for all levels from the complete beginner to the experienced practitioner. He gives lots of individual attention and adjustments in the classes so everyone is well looked after.  Jorge offers a unique and humourous, engaging style of instruction paired with a powerful combination of massage hotel spa knowledge, merged seamlessly with age-old Thai living practises and a dash of spiritual wisdom.


How to get there:

 

Jorge will personally will help you to find out the best flights and tips to get El Hierro!

Our student TESTIMONIALS:

 

“This Thai massage is very healing and relaxing, after every massage it is like a whole day at the spa! Jorge is a fantastic teacher; he gives individual time to every student, and is very gentle and clear in his teaching method. Since he speaks English, Spanish and German, everyone can easily understand. Mostly you can tell that he truly loves helping people with Thai massage, and this love comes though in the touch and the teaching. I would certainly recommend Thai Hand Berlin to anyone interested in developing skills for healing and relaxation”.

 

“The courses were great, I loved every second spent at the school, and the teacher is a very nice guy who is gonna make you understand and perform all the techniques perfectly fine. I strongly recommend you Thai Hand Berlin if you wanna learn Thai. Looking forward to going back as soon as possible!!!” - 1st February 2016

 

“I've been coming to this school for a long time, and the whole experience has been wonderful. Smaller class sizes keep things personal and effective, and the teachers are top class and very easy to work with. The location itself is very nice and the school is equipped with great amenities and facilities. Also, they speak German, English and Spanish, and I don't know of any other schools that offer that sort of flexibility. To anyone looking for professional training, or even just a week (or weekend) class to learn something fun and new, I would heartily recommend this school”.

“After having my first Thai Massage course at ITM in Chang Mai, I was searching for the premium quality school to continue my lessons in Europe. The offer of ITM school in Berlin came to my just in time and I eagerly enrolled there. Jorge goes above and beyond just simple teachings. Small groups, intimacy, lots of practical and theoretical materials in a wonderful place of the high and clear energy. The practice itself is held in a harmonious way of thorough, wide reaching, and relevant manner combined with joyousness and good sense of humor. ITM is a great choice for anyone who wants to learn the ancient techniques of Thai massage in a very traditional and respectful way. Do not miss to receive the genuine Jorge's massage

on the top of that!” - 1st October 2015

 

“If you want to learn about Thai Massage you have to have a strong foundation. The Thai Hand Levels 1 and 2 offer a great Sequence, which is applicable even if you’re already into Thai Massage for a long time. It features the more dynamic Northern style stretches and Sen Line Knowledge too. A great solid basis for further progression.

Jorge is a great Teacher and a very kind and helpful human being overall. He will make learning easy and fun for you, he easily changes between German, English and Spanish language to make sure all you guys keep up and learn the Sequence properly. Overall best way I know to get started into Thai Massage”. - 4th September 2015

ITM Thai Hand Berlin member of WMF