Studying in Thailand is a vibrant, inspiring blend of traditional healing therapies, harmonious chanting, warm and friendly people, spicy food, meditative practice, temples, incense and a sense of community with practitioners from all over the world. With Paul’s support and caring guidance, we were invited into the homes, clinics and classrooms of master teachers and gifted healers. In Chiang Mai, we learned daily how one might weave together a physical practice with honest self exploration, appreciation for emotional well being and respect for Buddhist precepts and ancient traditions. Yes, we did expand our skill and technique but even more meaningful was the opportunity to cultivate empathy, keep a sense of humor and nourish our confidence in an environment where Thai bodywork, kindness and meditation are a part of the indigenous cultural and historical fabric.
~ Janine Biskind
I feel that the Teacher Training (2013) taught me to slow down, pause, project my voice and be more aware of what my audience is doing and engaging with them more. It was really good practice for me presenting to a group. I think it will be very helpful for assisting with the next 6 month program and will improve my teaching of yoga. I also realized that it really takes clear and direct instructions for beginners, not over explaining but pointing out the most important points. I am interested in the idea of taking several poses and knowing the 2 or 3 points to focus on while teaching. I think the most important thing I took away from the weekend would be to slow down, pause, engage with my audience and be more aware of what they are doing. Over all, really good workshop!
~ Cathie Bond
After practicing Thai Bodywork for a short time I was looking for a school that would help me take my Thai practice to the next level. Blue Lotus and director Paul Fowler were the perfect fit for me. With deep foundational roots in Buddhist meditation, the Blue Lotus diploma program guided me on an incredible journey of self-discovery and insight. Yes, I learned great Thai techniques as well as a highly effective and innovative Thai sequence – but far more valuable to me as a bodyworker were the skills that encouraged me to look deep within my heart and soul.
~ Larry Birkett
I came into the Thailand Adventure with very little background in Thai Massage. Blue Lotus was able to connect me with a great school and great teachers. I am a massage therapist by trade, and the techniques and philosophy I learned in Thailand will certainly affect my practice forever. Not only did I learn a valuable practice, but I learned a lot about myself. I believe it’s invaluable to be immersed in new cultures. The people I met and experiences I had will stay with me always. Keep an open mind and an open heart. I can not recommend this program enough.