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Thailand Retreat with Rachel Brice: the Heart of Belly Dance
Immerse yourself in an intensive yoga and dance retreat designed to rejuvenate your love for belly dance and re-connect with your heart.

Heart of Belly Dance retreat, Thailand

Don't miss this unique tropical all-inclusive belly dance retreat, complete with:

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair... ~Susan Polis Shutz

The Heart of Belly Dance Retreats focus on the joy of belly dance as a way to vibrant health, joyful community, and body awareness. They are held at eco-conscious retreat centers that offer healthy and nourishing food in a peaceful setting.

Spend your days practicing yoga, learning tribal belly dance technique and choreographies, read by the pool and sleep in, or get a variety of spa treatments - your choice!

Leave your cares at home and reconnect with your love for belly dance. Join us for a week of dance and yoga bliss.

Join the Rachel Brice Tribal Belly Dance & Yoga Retreat Group on Facebook!

Registration includes all dance classes, lodging, shuttle transportation, and three meals per day. Airfare, gratuity, excursions, bar and spa services are not included in the rates listed below.

Room Selection
Single Superior $2,720/person
Semi-private $2,580/person
2-bedroom Loft $2,265/person

A non-refundable deposit of $1050/person by credit card will reserve your room and your spot in the workshops.

The remaining balance will be charged to your credit card in equal monthly payments. All payment plans must be completed by December 29, 2017.
Please call us at +1 (202) 362-4400 to set up a payment plan and guarantee your spot.

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Cancellation policy: If you decide to cancel your trip, we require written notification of your cancellation. In addition, the following cancellation fees apply:

You may sell or transfer your registration to another person. If you do, please send us notice of your registration transfer.

To protect your trip investment, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

About Rachel Brice

Rachel Brice

Rachel Brice first fell in love with Belly Dance at 16 years old, when she saw The Gypsy Moor Dancers (who later became Hahbi'Ru) at a Renaissance Faire, and started classes with Atesh immediately. Soon after, she discovered a video of Suhaila Salimpour which she obsessively studied. She began making her living by performing American Cabaret Belly Dance at restaurants and teaching yoga while putting herself through school.

A decade later she discovered Carolena Nericcio's American Tribal Style, which shifted her aesthetic from nightclub to nomad, and Jill Parker became her technique inspiration. She then studied several world and contemporary dance forms as she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Ethnology. The fresh immersion in these dance forms and exposure to San Francisco culture began to mix with her 10 years as a restaurant dancer, and she (unwittingly) started to blend these influences and create something new.

In 2001 she was accidentally discovered by rock mogul Miles Copeland, and toured for several years with his company, The Bellydance Superstars. Through The BDSS, Rachel had the opportunity to work with the incredible Mardi Love, who quickly became her hero and muse. Mardi had also started with Cabaret before discovering Tribal, and as they made dances and costumes together for BDSS, a new style, influenced by the late 1800s to 1920s, emerged. These international tours, along with the newly born YouTube, sparked a global interest in this emerging style of Belly Dance, which has gone on to grow, change, and evolve.

Today, Rachel studies with her teachers Carolena Nericcio and Gary Kraftsow. Whenever possible, she takes classes with her colleagues.

When not teaching on the road, she lives and teaches at her home studio Datura, located in Portland Oregon.

About Samahita

Desa Seni

Samahita Retreat has been a pioneer in healthy programming for the body, breath and mind for almost 15 years. Known as one of the most authentic yoga teaching locations worldwide while introducing a balance of practices and activities for both body and mind that includes meditation, Pranayama and breath work as well as full cardio and core strength fitness routines. Our signature program, YogaCoreCycle, incorporates all these elements, giving a variety of options within a fully inclusive health and fitness program while still continuing with a full yoga offering, all directly on the beach.

Samahita Retreat is set away from the busy tourist areas, chosen for its proximity to Koh Samui’s important cultural and historical landmark, Laem Sor Pagoda. Formerly known as “Yoga Thailand” our lifestyle retreat center features a variety of guest room options, wifi across the property, 4 dedicated yoga shalas, an indoor cycle studio at the beach, an open air fitness and barre sea-view loft, a detox and wellness center, eco-lifestyle boutique, juice and coffee bar, drinking water stations, and our celebrated buffet–style health-food restaurant, Sattva Dining.

Samahita is owned and directed by Paul Dallaghan, a senior yogi, educator and researcher in the fields of stress management, breath, and overall well-being. Samahita has been a location for practice, learning and relaxation for tens of thousands of guests, from all walks of life. We are neither a luxury hotel nor a silent retreat – but rather celebrated by many as a friendly, inclusive center where guests from around the world can grow, relax and transform together.

Our purpose is to help positively shape and affect your lives. We encourage engagement and participation in activities and practices, knowing only through that can you experience lasting growth. Our location on this beach makes Samahita the ideal setting for long walks and relaxation. We offer complimentary tours to local markets and a boat trip to beautiful surrounding islands for all our guests.

For your health and environment, Samahita Retreat is a smoke and alcohol free retreat center. We look forward to welcoming you.

Getting to Samahita

Please book your flight to arrive on September 15, 2017 and depart on September 22, 2017. There will be no scheduled programming on these travel days.
Please fly into the *****Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS).

Shuttle Service to/from Samahita

Group shuttles between Ngurah Rai International Airport and Desa Seni are included in your registration.

Once you register for the retreat, we will send shuttle information and a form for you to book your shuttle transportation.