Yoga Retreat in Thailand


with Melissa Spamer &  Zoreh Afsarzadeh
March 29th – April 5th, 2019
Mala Dhara Eco-Resort Chiang Mai

Join Zoreh and Melissa for 8 days and 7 nights at a beautiful eco-resort in the hills of Northern Thailand. This custom built retreat center is a quiet oasis forty five minutes outside of the bustling walled city of Chiang Mai, one of the most culturally rich cities in all of Thailand. Each day you will enjoy 2 Yoga classes, one with Melissa and one with Zoreh, alternating morning and afternoon classes.

Come and experience one of the most enchanting cultures in all of S.E. Asia.

About Your Stay

Mala Dhara has built stylish, ecologically sound private villas surrounded by rice paddies, organic gardens, and rolling hills of lush forest. Each villa has two twin beds and private bathroom, as well as a private lounging area. 

There are two Yoga shalas, one is a circular enclosed Yoga room, and the other is an open air studio with a palm roof set amongst the rice fields. Everyday there will be an active Yoga class in the morning, and a restorative or yin practice in the late afternoon or evening. All Yoga props will be provided for you.

Your retreat includes all meals during your stay. Mala Dhara prepares beautiful organic meals, with plenty of raw and vegan options, as well as traditional Thai dishes for your enjoyment. 


Additionally, included in your retreat, are two day trips to Chiang Mai. One during the day to explore the city, its temples, spas, and shops – lunch on your own. And one towards the evening, so you can visit their infamous night market and shop until your heart is content – dinner on your own.

We will also visit the local hot springs very close to Mala Dhara resort and go on a hike through the nearby hills, forrest, and caves. 

A highlight of the retreat is visiting the Elephant Sanctuary. After your morning Yoga practice we will travel to the Elephant Sanctuary to learn about, bathe and feed the elephants. A Thai lunch will be provided there.

There will also be plenty of time to rest and restore at the retreat center, to receive bodywork, lay by the pool, and relax in the many lounging areas at Mala Dhara resort.




Your retreat includes:

2 Daily Yoga Classes with Melissa and Zoreh

All Meals while at Mala Dhara

2 Day Trips to Chiang Mai

½ Day Trip Sippa Hot Springs  &  ½ Day Hike

Day Trip to the Elephant Sanctuary

Evening Steam Room Experience At Mala Dhara

One Thai Massage at Mala Dhara

Roundtrip Airport Transfer to Mala Dhara - from and to Chiang Mai


Your retreat does not include:

Roundtrip Airfare from your city of origin to Chiang Mai

Travel Insurance (Optional)

One Lunch and One Dinner During Day Trips to Chiang Mai

Cost of Retreat and Registration

Rates are based on room selection. You may select from the options below.
Click on the links to submit your non-refundable deposit of $350 to reserve your space (or to pay in full) and note that your balance in full is due by January 30th, 2019. Once registered, Melissa will send you a link to pay your balance.
Please carefully review the Cancellation Policy and contact Melissa Spamer for more information. 

Phone: 505-913-1835 // Email:  

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your retreat, the required deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable, unless we can fill your spot with another participant, given sufficient time.
Full refund, less deposit, will be given before 90 days notice of retreat start date.
Cancellations made within 90 days of your retreat: 50% of the total amount (less deposit) will be refunded.
Cancellations made within 60 days of your retreat: We apologize, but absolutely no refunds can be given, no exceptions.

Bamboo House with Shared Bath: $2000 - No Longer Available


A two story bamboo building with 4 beds on the second floor.
There are two shared bathrooms on the main floor.

Double Villa with Private Bath:  $2200 - No Longer Available


Spacious villas set up as one king bed or two twin beds with private attached bathroom.

Single Room with Private Bathroom: $2400 - No Longer Available

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About Melissa & Zoreh

Zoreh Afsarzadeh

Melissa has been teaching Yoga for 20 years, on five continents. She has led advanced teacher trainings, retreats, special workshops, and weekly classes. She has completed over six teacher trainings herself, and has specialized training in Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, Vinyasa, and Alignment based asana practices. She has also studied extensively with Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, and Rama Vernon - some of the first Western Yoga teachers, all of whom have inspired a rich tapestry of creative, highly energetic, and in depth knowledge of Yoga which she weaves throughout her classes. She has been traveling to S. E. Asia since 1995, and considers it to be a spiritual home. She has journeyed to Thailand many times, and is certified in Thai Massage.  Aside from teaching Yoga regularly, she is also a licensed bodyworker, licensed counselor and Ayurvedic practitioner, living happily in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Zoreh is the founder of High Desert Yoga and has been teaching yoga since 1985. She is a faculty member of the High Desert Yoga Teacher Training Program since it origins 15 years ago. For the past twenty years she has been teaching classes for the general population and offering private yoga sessions to help many with back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle issues become pain free with proper alignment and mindfulness. Zoreh's upbringing started her on the path of Sufism and she has studied numerous paths and methodologies including Iyengar, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, meditation, and the yoga methodology of the American Yoga College. Zoreh's joyous personality and sense of humor endear her to her students with a teaching style that is both nurturing and fun. Her teaching combines a delicate knowledge of the body that allows a compassionate spiritual expression of the postures to emerge.