"The House of
Sweet Smelling Herbs"
on what interests you below.
Traditional Thai Massage School
and Herbal Medicine Centre
as well as a sort of
Thai village inn
for both students and guests.
Licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education, we offer courses in
Traditional Thai Massage, Womblifting
-- our classes are for 10 to 25 days
with a maximum of 12 live-in students from novice to professional. But what's really unique about us as a school is
our guests and non-studying partners, some even with children.
Indeed, everybody is welcome here, and anybody can sit
around our big table or in a chair on the screened porch upstairs in
one of our old wooden farmhouses.
is licensed as a Traditional Doctor, Herbal Pharmacologist, and
Midwife by the Thai Ministry of Public Health, and our
recognized by The Thai Ministry of Education. In
addition, we host
Groups, Conferences and Seminars
(up to 20
participants) for those who want to come here with their own
teachers and/or special interests. And
this is also the home of the poet,
and we welcome writers, artists, musicians, actors,
performers and indeed anyone
who is troubled by whatever you call that thing buzzing
around in your bonnet.
OUR NEW 'PROVISIONAL CALENDAR' IS UP
AT LAST --
YOU CAN CLICK
SEPTEMBER 2021 TO
If you know there is a course or series of courses you would like to
take in person here at Baan Hom Samunphrai, please let us know and
we will be pleased to pencil you in. We will commit ourselves to the
Calendar by the end of June, and at that point you should go ahead
and book your flights -- for travel advice and visa
information you can go to the bottom of our
We close our courses at 12, and if a course has 8 or more applicants
we will ask you to make a definite commitment. If by the end of
September flights to Thailand are back to normal, we may ask for
deposits again to be sure that each course is as full as possible --
a full course is to everybody's advantage!
AND SOME VERY GOOD LOCAL NEWS TOO.
INTRODUCING THE NEW CHALEEKANHA.COM
Dear Friends, Guests and Students,
I'm very proud to
introduce the new Chaleekanha.com Team that has been working
on Zoom-type presentations of my herbal work at The Baan Hom Samunphrai
That's my niece Ann Chaleekanha (25) on the left with
my nephew Man
Chaleekanha (23) at the controls -- they're both Thai Massage
Therapists who are now developing IT skills as well, and Ann with
her degree in Hotel Management has become our Business Manager.
In the background you can see me
preparing a Zoom Presentation called 'Herbs for Women's Health'
which I gave at
the 2021 Annual Thai Medicine & Massage Gathering
organized by Rose Griscom's Institute of Thai Massage in New
Jersey along with Nephyr Jacobsen's Naga Center in Oregon.
And the Chaleekanha.com team did all the production for that
presentation for the very first time. (You
can see it just below.)
Not visible is my youngest sister, Giab (Sasiwimol) Chaleekanha
(43), the Chaleekanha.com Tech Director -- she's
taking the photo. Giab has an M.A. in IT from
The King Mongkut Institute of Technology (Lad Krabang) and is also
studying Thai Traditional Medicine. And that's my niece Pop
Chaleekanha (18) just
behind Man in the photo -- she's part of the team but
wants to study, yes, Modern Medicine as well. ("Holistic Health Care"
is about caring for the whole person, and the world needs M.D.'s with
Holistic knowledge too!). (That's Pop and Anne at the controls
just to the
The new team is calling itself by our family name, 'Chaleekanha,'
and will be opening a new website to be called Chaleekanha.com.
They hope to continue to do Zoom presentations on Herbal Medicine even after the school opens again in September 2021.
With love and best wishes to everybody reading
this -- wish you were here! And speaking of here, do sign up for
some of those new courses on our
Baan Hom Samunphrai Calendar.
CLICK HERE for Part 1 (15 minutes) of the Zoom Presentation being prepared in
the photo just above. Entitled "Plai (Zingerber) and
other Herbs for Women's Health," Homprang delivered it
live at the Annual Thai Massage and Medicine Gathering organized by Rose
J. Grsicom of the
Institute of Thai Massage in New Jersey and Nephyr Jacobsen of The
Naga Center School of Traditional Thai Medicine in Oregon, USA. This was the Chaleekanha.com Team's first
To view the whole 46 Minute Zoom Presentation you can go to
HERBAL THERAPIES & WOMBLIFTING section
THIS PAGE IS IN PROGRESS: the Videos
will be operational very soon!
(Click on the Photo
to see other things she does.)
Samunphrai is the home of
Maw Samunphrai ("Herbal Medicine Doctor")
a specialist in
Traditional Thai Massage (Nuad Boran)
and Thai Yoga (Rasidaton)
practices Thai Therapeutic Massage, Midwifery and Herbal Medicine.
In the photo above she is making a compress with fresh herbs, one of the favourite
activities of her students from all over the world. (If you click on
the Photo you can see some of the other beautiful and mysterious
things she does with her students.)
'Maw Hom' grew up in a small village on the Burmese border with
no road or electricity, the only 'doctor' being
her rice-farming grandmother
who doubled as the local midwife and herbalist -- there's more
about her grandmother
not only licensed by the
Thai Ministry of Public Health
as a Traditional Doctor but as a Herbal Pharmacologist, a
Midwife, and a Massage Teacher,
school is approved by the
Thai Ministry of Education.
She has also travelled widely in Europe and North America,
and is fluent in English as well as Thai, a
very rare facility among
genuine traditional healers.
And finally, Homprang has for years been very active in the local Thai community,
and has volunteered her time and expertise to Thai patients as well as to
the growing number of Thai students who are rediscovering their roots.
Maw Hom comparing notes with a Canadian Botanist;
enjoying her friends by the pool; working with two professional
colleagues, one Thai, one English; leading the Rasidaton
(Thai Yoga) at 7am.
Introducing her western students to Acharn Suwan,
a Buddhist philosopher & herbalist, at his simple garden retreat in
Chiang Dao; demonstrating 'Womb-lifting' at an International Health
Exhibition; with her colleagues at The Association of Thai
Traditional Healers -- as a group they are heavily involved with
teaching young Thai students old medicine!
All the above roots, stems, leaves, flowers and
fruit have medicinal value, and Maw Hom will show you them if not in
her own herb garden then in her community
or earth market. In the final photo, Maw Hom is showing Thai
children from an International School how medicines were made when
she was a child. The students all left with a little bottle of
Tiger Balm made by themselves. This, she feels, is some of her most
for me was such a beautiful, eye opening, majestic experience. I
took over 4,000 photos in an effort to preserve the impressions as
much as possible for when I got back home. Its something I want to
relive over and over ."
(May 12th to July 2nd, 2015)
for an inspired