Samma Karuna Yoga Center

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About Samma Karuna Yoga Center

Welcome to Samma Karuna!

We are an International School of Awakening and mindful community for people who are called to learn to live a happier, more fulfilled life, based on principles of self-development, acceptance and celebration.

What we do?

Our program offers yoga, active and still meditations, qi gong, therapy dance, life coaching, mindfulness practice, tantra, wisdom classes, compassionate sharing, workshops, and more.

With support from the community and guidance from the staff, each individual develops their own action plan that enables them to discover their true potential and enjoy a more fulfilled life.

Our awakening and healing program is designed to support you in your own development. Through deep experiential activities, you will learn the tools to find your own truth and path as a cornerstone for a more happy, vital and fulfilled life.

What makes us different?

We strongly believe that true wisdom comes from your own experience, rather than the experiences of a guru, teacher or ancient text.Our aim is to help each individual to step out of the collective mind and free themselves to be who they really wish to be.A place with no prescribed answers, created to support you to find your own truth and reconnect with your inner-wisdom, for a more happy and fulfilled life.

We believe that spiritual teachings have to be understood both experientially and by our rational mind, and that a long-lasting change in our lives comes from the integration of our own personal experience.

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How to Get There

Arrival by airplane Flights from Bangkok to Koh Samui The nearest airport is in Koh Samui. Between Bangkok and Koh Samui, there are many daily services run by Bangkok Airways. Flying time about 50 minutes. See for more information about this. A connecting ferry will have to be taken from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan (see ferry info below). Flights from Bangkok to Surat Thani Air Asia flies from Bangkok to Surat Thani daily, flying time is about 50 minutes. The transfer from Surat Thani airport to Donsak ferry port is by coach or taxi and takes about 1 ½ hours. At Donsak, you transfer to the Raja ferry to Koh Phangan which takes 3 hours. Whilst the overall journey is longer than flying directly to Koh Samui, it can be cheaper to fly via Surat Thani, depending on the time of year. Arrival by bus There are many bus services from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. Most of these are sleeper buses. They can be booked from travel agencies in Bangkok or by going to the central bus station (Sia Thai). The journey takes about 10 hours to Donsak, the ferry port for boats going to Koh Phangan. From Donsak, the journey takes around 3 hours to Koh Phangan. Usually, the ferry is included in the price of the bus. Arrival by ferry Ferries from Samui To Koh Phangan The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Samui at 8:00 and 13:00. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Samui at 8:00, 11:15, 12:30, and 17:00. The Seatran pier is located near the airport, approximately a 10 minute drive and the Lompraya pier is located 50 minutes from the airport. The Lompraya peir is 50 minutes from the airport. Please take this in consideration when booking the rest of your journey. Ferries arrive in Koh Phangan at Thong Sala Pier. Ferries from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 11:00 and 16:30. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Phangan at: 7:15, 11:00, 12:00, and 16:20. From Koh Samui airport, there is a shuttle service going to the ferry ports for Koh Phangan (this is usually available as a free service). Please ask for this service when you purchase the ticket for the ferry in the Seatran/Lompraya ferry counter as you exit Koh Samui airport. Arrival by taxi Local taxis are available from the pier. Please inform the taxi to go to Samma Karuna Srithanu. Please print out instructions in Thai to give to the taxi driver, this will avoid any unnecessary delay and frustration. Taxis are approximately 200 - 300 THB per person. Arrival by train Trains leave Bangkok several times daily, the journey time is about 12 hours. Sleeping booths are available on some services. Leaving the train at Surat Thani, the transfer by coach or taxi from Surat Thani station to Donsak Peir takes about 1½ hours. From Donsak, the ferry journey takes 3 hours to Koh Phangan. There are 2 companies that run luxury coach services from Bangkok to Chumphon, which takes about 6 hours. At Chumphon, you transfer to a large express boat that stops at Koh Tao before arriving at Koh Phangan. The boat journey from Chumphon to Koh Phangan takes about 2 ½ hours.

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Reviews Of Samma Karuna Yoga Center

Sigur Syvertsen

When I tried it for many year ago, I was convinced it was processes in myself that controlled it all - and it must have been something else, you wouldn't be logical. Kind of like a psychedelic trip, Are you capable of aa count numbers you know you're not omgaas to daily, or see the colors and concepts of thinking is irrational or you know is just nonsense (?) When are you possibly at right way.

2016-09-28 07:30:45

Bianca Božena

Such a wonderful centre, a family, a home away from home to discover, experience and enjoy your true and highest self

2016-09-28 07:30:24

Sharonna van Waveren

Love this school, great program, awesome teachers, beautiful area. Love Love Love it! Spend my summer in Sri tanu and being at Samma Karuna was such an heart opening experience, just what i needed :)

2016-09-28 07:30:05

Andreas Papanastasiu

Brings an uncontrollable smile in my heart and on my face every time I think of it:)) I love this place.

2016-09-28 07:29:48

Bianca Basak Dikturk

Love this place!! Very welcoming with wonderful people and great energy all around. Spent many hours there and hope to spend many more <3

2016-09-28 07:29:23

Sosan Sosan

I don't know where samma karuna located but someone says that is special place.I think that may be holy place lastly I like to know about this greate place.

2016-09-28 07:29:00

Jaime Alcaraz

A little note to anyone thinking of attending the Samma Karuna School of Awakening and Yoga: DO IT! I did my first yoga TTC in late summer 2014, and loved every minute of every 14hr day. It was one of the most amazing, intense and rewarding experiences I've ever had; emotionally, physically and spiritually. I am highly recommending the entire experience, whether it be a full intense course, a less "full-on" experience, or even just a few yoga or awakening classes. Whatever you decide, Samma Karuna will welcome you with open (and non-dogmatic!) arms. A journey I will never forget, and am already thinking of continuing.... Enjoy! :)

2016-09-28 07:28:24

Selysa Love

This place has been graced with in-quantifiable amounts of love, compassion, and joy. It brings you to your truth, and then gives you the tools to help you stay there. Truly life changing and transformative in only positive ways.

2016-09-28 07:28:06

Ania Drupka

This place welcomes you like a family member and at the same time the teachers are helpful and truly professional. It is not only a place of practice but also of understanding and knowledge. They have a beautiful relaxation area where you can meet other yogis.

2016-09-28 07:27:42

Anja Maier

An amazing place to do yoga, try different meditations, meet wonderful, like minded people from all around the world, do great workshops... And the yoga platform in the middle of the jungle is just stunning!!!

2016-09-28 07:27:22

Helena Díaz

If you want to know what it's open up your heart, to feel a warm and loving hug, to be part of group that really takes care of your feelings; to live and learn different tecniques related with the spiritual world from excellents teachers, in an paradisiac island of Thailand; this is the perfect place. I'll be eternally gratefull to the Samma Karuna team for the oportunity to share with you!!

2016-09-28 07:26:53

Emma Hewitt

Samma Karuna is beautiful school of wellness & healing arts that all who are seeking excellent classes, nurturing community & the added bonus of personal transformation should go to. I spent the month of March 2015 at their yoga teacher training program & it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Beyond preparing me to teach yoga, I found myself again, made lifelong friends, and my heart feels stronger & more full than ever before. I am eternally grateful for my time at Samma Karuna & can't wait to return again.

2016-09-28 07:26:28

Alexander Field

Samma Karuna is a special place. You have the opportunity to learn and try many different kinds of meditation which are led professionally. The location is beautiful and so is the owner, Ishi. I went through a hard time on Koh Phangan and even though I hardly knew the owner, Ishi gave me the support I needed by offering an ear and advice. I wasn't truly able to express my gratitude at the time, so big thank you to you Ishi. You are wise, humble and have an open heart. Yours truly,

2016-09-28 07:26:09

Taariq Bousaleh

I had the genuine pleasure of attending Samma Karuna for several months, and I am so grateful to the universe for bringing me into contact with this magical center of love!!! Samma Karuna is so much more than a place where people do yoga, and can explore a wide variety of meditations, wisdom sessions, tantra, and many many other heart opening workshops.... I felt this place has been truly enchanted by the love and good will poured into it by the creators, teachers, student, and volunteers alike... Unfortunately, there are no words to describe some things, you just have to experience it for yourself!! So If you are thinking about spending some time here, all i can say to you is to follow your heart..... and do it! :)

2016-09-28 07:25:49

Lena Holzwig

I"ve been volunteering at Samma Karuna for one month and loved it so much that I returned for another 4 weeks. Samma Karuna is a truly loving space full of genuine people. It offers everything from Yoga to Osho Meditations and Cuddling Groups. Being part of the community was more than healing and a life changing experience. Anyone who is looking for love light and peace Samma Karuna is the place for you!

2016-09-28 07:25:29

Laura Prychidko

I have just spent an amazing 6 weeks volunteering and being apart of the Samma Karuna family. It really is a special place, with the beautiful energy of Ishi, Darina and all the other staff and volunteers it's a welcoming and excepting place for everybody to come. I would highly recommend spending some time here, not only because of the wonderful people but also for the varied program they offer. Here is a place to love, heal and be excepted.

2016-09-28 07:25:05

Erika Lepe C

One of the best places on earth, the best energies, love and second family. Thank you for everything Samma Karuna �❤️

2016-09-28 07:24:03

Esti Esti Esti

I have just completed a month of volunteering at Samma Karuna Awakening and Healing Centre, and I wish I could stay longer. This has truly been a transformative experience. Surrounded by wonderful open-minded people, immersed in love and wisdom I found myself in an environment where growth comes naturally through daily yoga and meditation practice. There is a variety of classes to choose from to work on your mind, body and spirit, and all this in a friendly supportive atmosphere. Truly wonderful place. Thank you, beautiful family.

2016-09-28 07:23:43

Sina Aukamp

Samma Karuna is the place to be if you wanna find happiness, love and a second family when you are traveling. Everybody has a friendly word for you and the classes are just amazing. They have so many different teachers that everybody can get what he wants. I am really exited to do my Yoga Teacher here. Can't wait. !!!! If you are in Thailand just come and visit us. And if you have four weeks time: Come and be a volunteer <3

2016-09-28 07:23:23


A place to cocreate and let our dreams become reality. Thank you for existing, Beatrice

2016-09-28 07:22:51


Testimonials I have learned a lot about myself through Wisdom class and angels walk and Im so thankful for helping me to find my way. I will now also hug with an open heart and see more with open eyes & heart. Thank you so much.

2016-09-28 07:22:29

Jaspee & Julia

Special thanks to Ishi and Effie for welcoming us everyday with a big smile and warm hug. Love and Grattitude, Jaspee & Julia

2016-09-28 07:21:58


Such a lovely place, great workshops and activities, wonderful people, lovely energy!!! I enjoyed so much volunteering here. Thank you for everything! Love, Michal

2016-09-28 07:21:30


Testimonials Thanks for being my family. For all the love and beautiful moments of happiness. Love, Sofi

2016-09-28 07:21:12


Four weeks have passed in this blessed place, four weeks that changed my life. I felt loved, Samma Karuna became my home, it opened my heart to unconditional loved, settled down my mind and showed me The way to real happiness that is always been inside of me. Love and bliss, Filipo.

2016-09-28 07:20:52


Thank you Samma Karuna for this wonderfull place, for being so open, gentle and loving every day Big Hug and Big Thank you! Katleen

2016-09-28 07:20:34


Testimonials Samma karuna changed my consciousness, my awareness. I now I understand that I can really feel love and other emotions in my heart and in my whole body.

2016-09-28 07:19:45


After spending 4 weeks volunteering I have found myself again. This place works wonders on the heart & soul. It is a place full of warmth, love & amazing free spirits. I look foward to return to my second home. All my love, hugs & kisses, Lisa

2016-09-28 07:19:24


I congratulate you on succesfully setting up a quiet haven in which people can learn and awaken themselves in a comfortable meaner with so much love and support. All my love, Serafina

2016-09-28 07:19:07


I fell happy with myself now and its all thanks to Samma Karuna. Love you guys. Keep up the good work. Keep in touch. Love and hugs, Michele

2016-09-28 07:18:51

Alex & Liz

Yours classes have opened our eyes to so many things that we want to continue to explorer and develop. We also enjoy meeting and having the peasure to have such dedicated and beautiful teachers. We will think of you and dream of coming back again one day. Big big love, Alex & Liz

2016-09-28 07:18:16


I feel liberated from many chaings of my past and so much happier person now. Thank you for opening your hearts to me and everyone who comes to Samma Karuna. We keep conected though the universe! Love you! Barbara.

2016-09-28 07:17:49


You are amazing. The time I have passed was fantastic, I have found a wonderful familiy of love and light. Mayinca, Love always.

2016-09-28 07:17:27

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