Phuket Meditation Center
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Phuket Meditation Center

69 / 509 Moo 1, Soi Chaofah 5, Chalong, Phuket Town, Phuket 83130 Thailand
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We at the Dharana Meditation and Retreat Center offer authentic meditation retreats, workshops, seminars and coaching events here on Phuket Island. We work together with several wonderful locations to create a warm atmosphere of kindness and inner growth for our guests. Our program includes in-depth Mindfulness training, Lifecoaching & Counseling, Energy and Breathwork as well as Yoga and Meditation to help you live a more fulfilling life. Why do a regular holiday when you can enjoy true holidays of the heart? We look forward to see you soon. Tobi and Parn Phuket Meditation Center
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69 / 509 Moo 1, Soi Chaofah 5, Chalong, Phuket Town, Phuket 83130 Thailand
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nadiam291 wrote a review Mar 2024
New Delhi, India2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I highly recommend the meditation retreat to everyone and especially those new to meditation. Although I'm writing this review a month after my retreat, the lessons and experiences have stayed with me everyday. The retreat was incredibly well organized and Parn and Tobi made me feel very comfortable from day 1. They took us to the most beautiful places for the morning excursions and provided thoughtful and most importantly, practical teachings. By the end of it, I felt peaceful, well-rested, mindful and happy. Thank you!!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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AnnaMarkovich wrote a review Feb 2024
St. Petersburg, Russia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a great and valuable experience. Toby is a great teacher. In a very few words he can describe a lot, exactly what you need. And Parn makes you stay very comfortable being absolutely invisible. They both make your meditation full, complete and very comfortable. I had a lot of things I needed in a beautiful place, all meditation locations were fantastic and picturesque and all my stay was perfectly prepared and organised. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Just calm down. You don’t need to worry about anything, it’s perfectly organised and for you...
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Armin P wrote a review Jan 2023
7 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I would recommend this retreat to anyone who is interested in the true self. You meditate, do yoga and have good, deep conversations. Tobi is an excellent teacher with a lot of experience and a deep understanding of life. His wife Parn is a very nice person who takes great care of the participants. it takes place in a very nice relaxed environment. I would definitely participate again.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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neil858 wrote a review Mar 2023
Exmouth, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
have just returned from my 4th retreat.
The first one changed the way I thought of life, and with daily practice of this wonderful system I come back every year to learn more. Toby makes it so relatable to use in everyday life, he is so honest with himself and his students and his passion to pass on teachings he believes in 100% are inspiring...
The retreat itself is now set up so well, everything is there for you to relax and enjoy.
I would personally recommend staying in the hotel they recommend, went for the food package this time and it's perfect as they really look after you and it gives time for discussions with the others, your all in it together and it's a good feeling. To make sure your food is correct and to sort out any other problems that may occur, there is Parn Toby's wife she always seems to be where she is needed, she helps things run very smoothly and allows Toby to do his job more easily..
You won't regret it just go!!!
Neil.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Leave your phone alone for the time your there, not easy but worth really switching off
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andrewtorf wrote a review Feb 2024
Saint Charles, Missouri1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This retreat can be life changing if you go in with the right mentality. If you’re serious about meditation and hoping that it can help you with your life, Tobi will ensure that you get to where you’d like to go. He is a FANTASTIC teacher. He brings a perspective into meditation that you don’t find much in western practices. I can’t understate how much I highly recommend Tobi, the Phuket Meditation Center, and this retreat!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Giulia V wrote a review Mar 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Tobi and Parn are amazing at what they do. The meditation retreat at the beginning of the year was what I needed to recharge, re-focus, and get ready to serve others for another year. Tobi provided a safe space and excellent guidance. Everything was lived fully, in presence. I would 100% do it again.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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martina4u wrote a review Jan 2024
Innsbruck, Austria2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Under Tobi´s guidance I was able to truly enjoy my meditating for the first time. Moreover, he gave me really valuable advice on how I can best go on persuing my spiritual path at home. I am deeply gratefuld to him and his wonderful wife Parn and I am looking forward to doing another retreat with them next Christmas.
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Date of stay: December 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Jane R wrote a review July 2012
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia28 contributions38 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I attended the Phuket Meditation Centre in April 2012; I have a fair bit to say so here it goes;

Arriving at the Centre – I was delivered by taxi to the back of a Thai suburb, when I got out I was standing in front of a private home with a banner on the fence with the centre’s name on it. I thought to myself “Oh my God, what have I done”. I looked over the roof thinking maybe the nice resort is behind this building? What I later found was the resort was just down the road about 5 minutes away. The house is where Toby and Parn live and they run the centre from here.

Checking in – I believe the website said to make sure you arrive before 4pm. I arrived around lunch time and they were just about to have a session. I think it was the daily meditation session open to the general public. Parn took me to the office and Toby came in to greet me. He commented on my being early and I was taken aback by his nature. To me it seemed like I had inconvenienced him? I was left with Parn who very briefly went over the schedule. She provided me with a menu to select my meals. Not being too familiar with Thai food nor a vegetarian I knew that I would find the meals difficult but I had made the decision when booking that I would just go without if I didn’t like something. Parn didn’t seem very confident and at first I found her English a little hard to understand, she kept saying that Toby would go over everything with me later so I didn’t press her for too much information as I didn’t want to make her more uncomfortable. Toby never went over anything later but I think perhaps I should have asked him when we had our first meeting.

Resort – The resort was lovely, situated far away from stores and distractions, beautiful little cabins, surrounded by palm trees and a pool. The cabin had a little verandah, was air-conditioned with a TV (that you’re not supposed to watch) and a private bathroom. Unfortunately the shower head was quite near the toilet, this meant the seat was always wet and had to be dried off. On my first two days I asked 5 times for toilet paper. On the second day Parn gave me a small packet of serviettes and told me the resort didn’t have any paper left and the manager was too busy to get some. As there were no shops close by I couldn’t go out and get some for myself (also you need to be careful in the streets as there are quite a few dogs roaming about – Parn warned me). Luckily I had a couple of packets of tissues in my bag which lasted the rest of my stay, but I was very annoyed by this. Also my room was never cleaned and I had to mention this to Parn who told me the cleaners don’t come because they don’t want to interrupt in case you’re meditating (fair enough). Perhaps this is one of the things that should or could have been mentioned when checking in (maybe if I had spoken to Toby I would have found this out?).

Meals – As previously stated when booking I knew I would find the meals difficult but I had decided I would go without if it was something I didn’t like. What I hadn’t counted on was the cook (also the manager of the resort) taking offence to me not eating her meal. During breakfast she came and asked me why I did not eat dinner and I had to explain that there was nothing wrong with the meal it was just me not being used to that type of food. She told me to just tell her what I wanted and she would cook it for me, Parn also agreed that if I didn’t like a meal it could be changed. I thought well ok if you’re happy to do that then I’ll change my order, no point in wasting time cooking a meal that won’t be appreciated. The following day I thought I should ask for a lunch change as I was sure it was the same meal I disliked previously. Parn was reluctant to make the change which I found strange from the previous days conversation but she accommodated my request however she stated I should really talk with Toby. Later in the day Toby asked to speak with me to find out what the problem was and I had to explain all over again. He was quite annoyed and told me that since I was only there for 3 days he would let it go but if I was staying longer than I would just have to go without. I was caught off guard and tried to tell him that was my intention from the start but in the end I gave up, it just seemed pointless.

Meditation Sessions – Perhaps I misunderstood when booking but I thought I would have one solo session, a one on one session with my instructor (Toby) and one group session. However it turned out to be 3 solo sessions with a 1 hour break in between (not much time to really do anything) and then an evening group session. The one on one session with Toby occurred on my first day and lasted only a few short minutes and then again on my last day which resulted in me being in tears. In the group session Toby would raise a subject and the conversation was supposed to flow and change on the basis of retreat members contributing. Again this was not something I knew (nor other members I suspect) and most of the talking was done by Toby and I either couldn’t understand what he was saying, couldn’t relate or just didn’t agree with him, it was a lot of repetitive rambling. There were a few occasions he would say something quite interesting or on the mark that made me think but for the most part it was too much? I recommend he ask retreat members what questions they have about meditation and such instead of picking a subject and going on about it for far too long. We would end the session with a brief meditation before the evening was over. I shared my retreat with a young married couple who started a day before me and I felt on some occasions that I seemed to be missing something, like I was a step behind. Also on their last evening they spent a lot of time talking about their feelings and relationship, the subject matter was quite serious. They also spoke of the retreat and what they thought of it. During this time I felt there was no way to move the conversation onto another subject that I could contribute to and benefit from, it just didn’t seem right to interrupt. On my last day I raised these points with Toby and was quite surprised by his response. He basically told me that on our first meeting (which lasted a few short minutes) he had me pegged as being someone who spends all their time comparing themselves to others and should just worry about myself. As for not being able to contribute during discussions again it was all my fault and I only needed to speak up, he said he lets the retreat members drive the conversation and if I wanted the subject to change I should have said so. At this point I decided to give up, he seemed to have labelled and judged me and I thought it just wasn’t productive to continue. There were some valid points he made but I do feel like he was quite intolerant.

Extra Options – Yoga, not an extra option but I just wanted to say I was not fit and knew I would have trouble with this. However the instructor was a lovely considerate man who provided a lesson that allowed me to fully participate. I really appreciated that. I also had a Tarot Reading and Reflexology (by Parn), both were enjoyable although I did felt a bit awkward with Parn being my masseuse but she is a lovely lady who puts you at ease.

Toby and Parn – On my last session with Toby he came back determined to help me leave with some satisfaction and learning from my retreat. Whilst he and I clashed I do respect what he is trying to do and I think it does come from the heart. However I also think he must remember that a beginner is a beginner and it is hard. Parn was lovely, so nice, she was much more relatable and would talk about her failings and how she uses meditation to help her resolve issues. I really enjoyed our morning excursions to the Big Buddha and the Beach. Getting out of the resort in the early morning was like a breath of fresh air.

Recommend – Firstly I must say be sure this is what you want to do. I thought spending my days meditating and discussing meditation would be great and a real chance to learn but I found it very difficult. Sitting for an hour 3 times daily for solo meditations was hard. Being at the Resort with nothing to do and no-one to talk to was also hard. I started to feel like a caged animal in a zoo with feeding time when Parn would drop off meals. I tried to steer clear of the television but the evenings were so boring I couldn’t help myself. I confessed this to the other retreat members at breakfast and they also admitted to reading books and using their ipad for entertainment! As I said I do believe this is all done from the heart but Toby is hard core (as a fellow retreat member stated) in his approach. I really think he needs to take a step back and remember what it was like to be a beginner again. On leaving the retreat Parn kindly saw me off and I must say I couldn’t wait to get out of there. I do like meditation and actually do it even more now I just think my approach is different to what the retreat offers or believes in. It simply wasn’t for me but I’m glad to have gone and experienced it and now I know what I want to gain from my meditations so it was useful in its way.
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Date of stay: April 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Just take mozzie repellent
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Responded 10 July 2012
Dear Jane, First of all, thank you very much for your lengthy review. It surely will help a lot of people to know what they are about once they start a retreat with us. You also give us a great opportunity to improve a few points that we have not been made aware of when you were still here with us. I did not know that you perceive me this way - I was clearly mistaken because I thought you'd be feeling good - in fact I remember you as such a joyful and open person. I truly didn't notice that you've had such a hard time here with us - to be honest I would have loved to know from you that you are feeling this way so I would have changed it immediately. Like this it's too late - that's really sad since both of us, Parn and me did not intend to make you feel bad in any way. We always tell our guests upon arrival that they clearly need to tell us when they feel unhappy with something to avoid offering the wrong type of service or guidance. This retreat lives by the input of our guests so clear communication is vital for us. I can't be sorry for your personal experience of the program, but I am sorry for not having had the chance to help you making it a beautiful experience as it has been for the absolute majority of our guests. I am very grateful for your review as you teach me that we have to devote ourselves even more to understanding our guests the right way. You also teach me that I obviously can't make it up to everybody on this planet. This gives me further strength to let go and be myself - just in a continuously better way. Thank you for that, dear Jane.
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romy_em wrote a review Sept 2016
Singapore1 contribution6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I must acknowledge that I primarily chose this retreat as a result of convenience (the only retreat found in this region at convenient time) and personal necessity (sense of urgency to find answers).
i was looking for running away from my life and i am glad i found such a retreat that challenges immediately the run away pattern, empowering you in your personal practice between the teaching and guided meditation session and brining sesnse of "it s retreat, yes AND it has to be practical" as it is not supposed to be a one shot. the idea is to integrate this in daily life... as Tobi told me... THIS is life when i shared my fear of going back to what i called "REAL" life. would recommend it to anyone feeling challenged to make decisions as well as to anyone...really, anyone. not only for people who feel have personal "challenges" ...even when everything goes well :-)
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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L-ECAEP wrote a review Nov 2015
Boulder, Colorado26 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Life Changing' is exactly what this retreat was for me!
Thanks to Tobi & Parn they have created a beautiful environment for "going within" by learning and practicing meditation. They have designed a relaxing program in a wonderful setting with daily excursions, thoughtful lessons, abundant practice time, yoga, Qi gong, tasty meals, and excellent accommodations (the deluxe room is great if your budget allows). I enjoyed that the groups are small and Tobi & Parn are ALWAYS available (Parn will give you a local phone to contact her at any time).
This retreat experience was a chance to give myself the gift of being still and leaning to be at peace with only the present moment. How uplifting!!
The kindness and genuine concern for each participant by Tobi & Parn was evident throughout the retreat and they are serious in their promise to provide support afterwards.
The amenities they provided such as warm tea after our morning meditation on our excursions, cold coconut water after our afternoon session or a stop at the ATM or shop just added to the wonderful experience.
I can recommend this retreat for anyone that wants to give themselves a gift that can truly change your life. I am looking forward to the next time I can go!
Go to the website, it is very comprehensive and Tobi will answer your emails quickly. The Facebook page is also very enlightening.
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Date of stay: October 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Answer from AussieinAlain
Yeppoon, Australia31 contributions15 helpful votes
It is closed until the end of this year at least. It is well worth keeping an eye on it though to see when it reopens.
Answer from Dharana-Phuket
Phuket Town, Thailand5 contributions1 helpful vote
Dear Tang, Good to know you have found your way and stay here with us now. Always nice to see old students again!
Answer from Dharana-Phuket
Phuket Town, Thailand5 contributions1 helpful vote
Hi Marko, Yes, that’s possible. We offer one-on-one coaching currently. Either online via Skype or directly in person. Please send me an email through our website and we can make an appointment. (Sorry but we are not allowed to write our email address on here) Warm regards, Tobi
Answer from Dharana-Phuket
Phuket Town, Thailand5 contributions1 helpful vote
Dear Sojuhippylou, Many thanks for your message. At the moment we don’t offer Meditation teacher training. You are welcome to come and learn with us anytime though if you like. We offer regular retreats starting on Monday, finishing on Friday. Would be nice to see you in December 😊 Warm regards, Tobi and Parn Phuket Meditation Center
AnnaMarkovich wrote a tip Feb 2024
St. Petersburg, Russia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just calm down. You don’t need to worry about anything, it’s perfectly organised and for you things happen the only way it could be "
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neil858 wrote a tip Mar 2023
Exmouth, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Leave your phone alone for the time your there, not easy but worth really switching off"
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Jennifer H wrote a tip Dec 2022
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"No preparation needed, just come"
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Azelle T wrote a tip Dec 2017
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you're travelling alone, choose a room with pool view (at least you hear some sound outside)."
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narandi wrote a tip Feb 2017
London, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose a deluxe room, because standard rooms are set away from the main area."
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Which popular attractions are close to Phuket Meditation Center?
Nearby attractions include Yak Yai Muay Thai (0.7 km), Pink Exotic (0.9 km), and Zamzara Ta-eiad (0.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Phuket Meditation Center?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Phuket Meditation Center?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Phuket Meditation Center?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Hogfather Palai, The Distillery Phuket - Home of Chalong Bay, and Cappadocia Turkish Restaurant Chalong.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Phuket Meditation Center?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Phuket Meditation Center have airport transportation?
Yes, Phuket Meditation Center offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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