The Baan Hom Samunphrai School

 

 


     
 
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the
 Thai Ministry of Education
     Chor Mor 04-004/2554

 

 


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Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362

        053-124-164

 tel.  081.885.1429

           (Homprang direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com
website:
www.homprang.com

 

 

 

  
 

 

 

Homepage

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Conferences & Seminars

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Christopher Woodman

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Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362

        053-124-164

 tel.  081.885.1429

           (Homprang direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com
website:
www.homprang.com

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

Homepage

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Conferences & Seminars

Accommodations

Credentials

Christopher Woodman

Calendar & Events

 

 


 

Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362

        053-124-164

 tel.  081.885.1429

           (Homprang direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

website:
www.homprang.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homepage

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Conferences & Seminars

Accommodations

Credentials

Christopher Woodman

Calendar & Events

 

 


 

Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362

        053-124-164

 tel.  081.885.1429

           (Homprang direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

website:
www.homprang.com

 

 

 

 

 

Homepage

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Conferences & Seminars

Accommodations

Credentials

Christopher Woodman

Calendar & Events

 

 


 

Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362

        053-124-164

 tel.  081.885.1429

           (Homprang direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

website:
www.homprang.com

 

 

 

 

 

Homepage

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Conferences & Seminars

Accommodations

Credentials

Christopher Woodman

Calendar & Events

 

 


 

Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362

        053-124-164

 tel.  081.885.1429

           (Homprang direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

website:
www.homprang.com

 

 

 

 

 

Homepage

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Conferences & Seminars

Accommodations

Credentials

Christopher Woodman

Calendar & Events

 

 

 


 

Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362

        053-124-164

 tel.  081.885.1429

           (Homprang direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

website:
www.homprang.com

 

 

 

 

 

Homepage

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Conferences & Seminars

Accommodations

Credentials

Christopher Woodman

Calendar & Events

 

 

 


 

Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362

        053-124-164

 tel.  081.885.1429

           (Homprang di

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

website:
www.homprang.com

 

 

 

 

 

Homepage

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Conferences & Seminars

Accommodations

Credentials

Christopher Woodman

Calendar & Events

 

 

 


 

Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362

        053-124-164

 tel.  081.885.1429

           (Homprang direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

website:
www.homprang.com

 

 

 

 

 

Homepage

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Conferences & Seminars

Accommodations

Credentials

Christopher Woodman

Calendar & Events

 

 

 


 

Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362

        053-124-164

 tel.  081.885.1429

           (Homprang direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

website:
www.homprang.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         MEMBER OF
The  Association of Thai Tradi-
    tional Healers (Chiang Mai)


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 Under the control of the Thai
        Ministry of Education:
      Chor Mor 04-004/2554
 

 

 

 

 

 

   TRAINING COURSES

 

The Baan Hom Samunphrai School offers training courses in Thai Traditional Massage and related herbal therapies at all levels. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced practitioner, our teaching is very hands-on and personal. Maw Hom also encourages the individual to discover his or her own strengths and strategies, as every healer is individually built and uniquely endowed. Age matters too, as do cultural habits--some 'Nuad Boran' positions are physically impossible for many westerners, for example, but that doesn't mean they can't be adapted to western talents. Indeed, if you're one of those who fears you may not be able to do it, come to us for support and encouragement. Equally, if you're a professional with years of experience come to us for renewal, tuning and, so important to all in-depth body-work, inspiration that really touches the earth!

     

Maw Hom teaches many aspects of Thai Traditional Medicine. Left to right. 1.) She teaches professional therapists who are preparing to take the new Thai Ministry of Public Health exams at a local Buddhist temple-clinic ; 2.) young westerners who are learning to prepare and use herbal compresses; 3.) and traditional healers from all over the world who want to know more about old herbal medicines and how  to use them effectively in a modern context.

 

  HOW WE WORK

We award Thai Government Certificates for 60 hours (9 days of study plus 1 day off), 80 hours  (12 days of study plus 1 or 2 days off) or for 150 hours (22 days of study plus 3 days off). We welcome students for shorter workshops as well,  but we are not permitted to give official certificates for shorter periods.

The Baanhom day begins at 7am with one hour of  'Rasidaton,' an ancient yoga-like warm-up based on the essential Thai Massage movements. Breakfast is at 8am followed by 6 hours of class from 9am-12 and 1pm-4pm, making a total of 7 hours of credited work per day.  Most of our tudents live with us at the School in our full room & board accommodations, and use all our facilities, including the herbal steam baths free of charge, even on their days-off. We welcome non-live-in students, though we feel they miss a lot by not participating more fully in Maw Hom's life and family outside of class.

What is really different about us is that we do not stream our students. We restrict our classes to a maximum of 12 students, and that means Homprang and her assistants can give personal attention to everybody --  indeed, it's not surprising at all to see a naturally gifted beginner working beside a professional, or to see a professional voluntarily starting again on the fundamentals of technique as if he or she were a professional golfer working with a new swing coach, or a violinist even better!

      

Every day begins at 7am with the students chanting a Pali invocation asking for help and protection from the Buddha and his personal doctor, Maw Chiwok--the latter sits garlanded with jasmine just below the Buddha on the shrine in our  training space. This invocation is followed by one hour of Rasidaton, a Thai Yoga developed by another disciple of the Buddha, the forest hermit, Rusi--he usually sits next to Maw Chiwok in Thai medical shrines. Breakfast then follows at 8.

 

Above you can see 3 different groups doing the Rasidaton at 7am with Homprang. In fact it's not difficult for anyone, based as it is on the Thai Traditional  Massage movements and stretches. On the other hand, those trained in Hatha Yoga seem to get as much from it as those who have never done yoga before in their lives. And Homprang is one of the very few Thai Massage teachers in the world that includes an hour of it in every class every day.

 

 

      A CLASS PORTRAIT  (80 Hour 'Nuad Boran & Rasidaton')  

Screened on all 4 sides, our training sala has 3 sets of double mats along each wall, and Homprang and her assistants, in this case Aj. Bang and her Intern, Jamtsho, work from the center aisle, enabling all of the students to keep in contact with everything that's happening. There are 12 students in the class - Bang is top-center in green, Jamtsho is bottom-right, and Homprang has just stood up from the tan cushion on the left to take the photo. The 2nd photo shows you how Bang helps Inga (Latvian) with her hand position (her model is Nuala from Ireland). (It's a bit chilly in the morning at this time of year in Chiang Mai, hence the green blanket -- but no sweaters on the workers!)

     

It's always fun and always roly-poly -- on the left below Naima from Brooklyn, N.Y. shares her notes with Ornthira, a Thai from New Zealand, while Elaine (Channel Islands) and Michelle (Denver, Colorado) work more on Irish Nuala. In the final photo everybody's yellow from working with fresh herbal compresses -- the only one you don't know is Giulia from Vienna in front. And age range, you ask? In this class the youngest is 20 and the oldest 63 -- and they're all there right in front of you, believe it or not.

    

Having looked at these photos you might like to compare the mood and body language you see in Homprang's western students above with the photos of her Thai students working with her at a class in town. Click Here, and I think you'll agree that Homprang manages to create the same sense of ease, pleasure and well-being in both worlds.
 

                                                   

                                     "Hands & legs yellow with hot herbal compress oils. Good!"

 

Homprang posts on her Baan Hom Samunphrai Facebook Page almost everyday, photos as well as words of encouragement just like this. Have a look to see how many people you know as well as where you might fit in yourself! Or are you here already?

 

                      TRAINING COURSE RATES

          Take note that our fees increased as of January 1st, 2017 -- you can
                 CLICK HERE
to see the new charges. (But take note as well, if you paid your deposit  
          before January 1st, 2017,  the 2016 prices will still be honored.
)

                           LIVE-IN TRAINING per person per day

The basic Live-in Training Course rate is Bt 2200 (about $65.00) per study day and Bt 1100 (about $32.00) for days-off . There are 2 variations on the basic price depending on the accommodation you select:

STUDY DAYS:  Private room with shared bathroom -- Bt 2200 per person per day;
                            Private room with private bathroom -- Bt 2300 per day.

DAYS OFF:        Private room with shared bathroom -- Bt 1100 per person per day;
                            Private room with private bathroom -- Bt 1200 per person per day.

The live-in fee covers full room & board (3 meals a day), 1 hour of yoga and 6 hours of training and supervised practice every day, a total of 7 credited hours. Students  are also welcome to use the centre's facilities free of charge on their days-off including the pool, the steam baths, the wifi, computers and bicycles, and free transportation into Chiang Mai is available once a day.

Any student can be accompanied by a non-training partner, friend, or child who will be charged at the ordinary accommodation rate for meals and housing, and as a perk can join their student partners in the steam baths and on the trips to town free of charge. We've have had a number of couples with young children -- one parent babysitting while the other is studying, giving great pleasure to the staff and everybody else.

                     NON LIVE-IN TRAINING per person per day

We also offer Training Courses for those who already have accommodation in Chiang Mai. The fee is Bt 1600 ($47.00) for our 11 to 12 hour day: one hour of Rasidaton at 7am, breakfast at 8am, 6 hours of class from 9am to 4pm, a healthy Thai lunch at noon, and a herbal steam bath after class about 6pm. Transportation is not included for non-live-in students, who must make their own arrangements to get here.

Transportation by tuk tuk or song taew will cost about 250 baht for a morning pick-up and the same again for an evening return. An alternative for a non-live-in student is to rent a motorcycle, or even a bicycle -- we've had a number students who have biked out here on a regular basis, even in the rainy season., even at 6.00am in the dark!

 

                        M.O.E. CERTIFICATE COURSES

We are a Thai Ministry of Education school, and offer M.O.E. Certificates for 60 hours (10 days), 80 hours (13 days) and 150 hours (25 days). All these courses include one day-off for every week of study.

The live-in fee is Bt 2200 per day and covers everything, the course, room & board, steam baths and transportation. There is a reduction for students who are willing to share rooms, or a small surcharge added for those who prefer private bathrooms.

The non-live-in fee is Bt 1600 per day and, in addition to the 6 hour class work, includes the Rasidaton at 7am, breakfast at 8am, lunch at noon, and a herbal steam bath after class at 5.30pm.         [Bt 34 = $1.00].

60 Hour Herbal Therapies (various topics).  9 days study  plus 1 day off.

Cost: Bt 20,800 ($611.00) for 10 days live-in or Bt 14,400 ($423.50) for 9 days non-live-in.

Topics: In addition to the preparation of herbal applications like Compresses for Steam Baths & Massages, Relaxants, Tiger Balm, Shampoos and Lotions, these Workshops can include Food as Medicine, Womblifting, Post-partum Care Abdominal Work, and Foot Massage. Our Calendar makes it clear what  will be the focus of each workshop, but there are always surprises depending on the special interests of the participants.

80 Hour Nuad Boran & Rasidaton. 12 days study plus 1 day off.

Cost: Bt 27,400 ($805.00) for 13 days live-in or Bt 19,200 ($564.70) for 12 days non-live-in.

Topic: Thai Traditional Massage (Nuad Boran) and Rasidaton (Thai Yoga). This course concentrates on the classic two hour Thai Massage: legs, arms, side, prone and sitting positions. Because technique with fluency is the focus,  the stomach, face, and head are not included in this course, they are so intimate and particular. The modern tendency is to focus on the harder, more esoteric maneuvers at the expense of the simple grace, touch and flow of a whole, harmonious massage, yet the latter is far more difficult to acquire than any of the parts --  and once you've developed bad habits, grace, touch and flow are really hard to recover!

Hardworking beginners can learn the full Thai Massage 'set' in this course, while professionals can improve their technique, refine their touch, and learn how to look after both themselves and their clients even better. Rasidaton (Thai Yoga) is included in all Homprang's courses, but it's particularly important in this one as it is the Thai massage therapist's best friend, constant guide, and guardian against burn-out.

150 hour Complete Thai Massage Course. 22 days study plus 3 days off.

Cost: Bt 51,400 ($1511.00) for a total of 25 days live-in including 3 days off or Bt 35,200 ($1035.30) for 22 days non-live-in. Suitable for serious beginners, experienced Thai Massage students, and professionals. This is the bread and butter course, it's where all the parts come together.

Topic: Thai Traditional Massage. This course also covers the whole Thai Traditional  Massage, legs, arms, side, prone and sitting positions, but from the very start adds on a detailed study of the energy points and sen lines. There is as well a strong emphasis on the much more technical abdomen, face, and head. A very popular herbal compress day is included, both the preparation of the herbs and the technical application of the compresses, and there are always interludes for the unexpected, walking-massage with sticks, for example, curious lifts, flips and roll-overs. The course has a strong academic element, and students frequently practice on each other in the evening after dinner to prepare  for the written and practical exams at the end.

80 hour Technique for Advanced Students & Professionals.
        12 days study plus 1 day-off. Cost: Bt 27,400 ($805.00) for 13 days live-in or Bt 19,200
        ($564.70)  for 12 days non-live-in. Open to advanced students and professional therapists only.

Topic: Thai Traditional Massage Technique for Professionals. This is a course for practitioners with a lot of experience who want to extend and/or renew themselves by deepening what they have been doing for years. The focus will be on touch, balance & fluency with  a special emphasis on how to protect oneself and lengthen one's professional life, enhance one's pleasure in the work and of course one's effectiveness with the client or patient. The course also qualifies any therapist to join Homprang's 150 Hour Special Therapeutic Course which is open only to ex-students -- indeed, that is one of it's most important objectives. (You can CLICK HERE for more on this course and it's relationship to the Special Therapeutic Massage Course that follows.

150 hour Special Therapeutic Massage Course.  

Bt 51,400 ($1511.00) for a total of 25 days live-in including 3 days off or Bt 35,200 ($1035.30) for 22 days non-live-in.

Open only to experienced students and professionals who have already studied with Homprang in at least one full massage course. No exceptions can be made.

Topic: Thai Therapeutic (Acupressure) Massage for Serious Conditions. This course assumes the student is already familiar with the complete Thai Traditional  Massage as taught by Homprang Chaleekanha -- the minimum requirement is her 80 Hour 'Rasidaton & Nuad Boran' course. Indeed, students without substantial experience are recommended to take the 150 Hour 'Complete Thai Massage' course as well as the 80 Hour Technique for Advanced Students & Professionals before they embark on this one.

The 150 hour Therapeutic Massage Course concentrates on the acupressure points and sen lines that are used to treat specific conditions, injuries and ailments that go far beyond what is usually thought of as 'Thai Massage:' stroke damage, migraine, and frozen limbs, for example. The abdominal area is explored in much greater depth as well, and the 'Royal Style' is taught as a special aid in the treatment of serious illnesses and injuries during the long, slow rehabilitation-type massages that are so effective at healing -- most Baan Hom Samunphrai students will have had at least one 3 or 4 hour therapeutic massage with Ajarn Bang or Ajarn Kanit after class, so they know just how much care, intelligence, concentration and, yes, courage are involved.

Serious students and professionals may opt to take this course more than once as the topic is constantly evolving, and each annual offering will be different. Homprang and her colleagues in Chiang Mai are constantly sharing new developments with one another as well as finding new angles on old  practices that still live on in the countryside, or are found stashed away in royal closets.  .

You can CLICK HERE to see the INDEX of the 150 Hour Special Therapeutic Book, and also to read more about why the course is restricted to ex-students.

You might also check out what we say about LONG TERM TRAINING just below. Indeed, there's a lot to think about in all this, and please do feel free to e-mail us your questions.

 

   A Practical Demonstration of Thai Therapeutic Massage.

 

These before & after photos were taken by Brie Jacobs of Toms River, New Jersey on Sunday, June 14th, 2015  at a small annomai (local village  clinic) near Doi Intanon. Organized by her organization, The  Association of Licensed Thai Traditional Healers, Homprang worked on the crippled left leg of this patient for over an hour using some of the special acupressure techniques she had just been teaching her western students, who were watching. The result was astonishing -- a huge inspiration and uplift  for everybody, westerner and Thai alike.

Whenever possible, Homprang integrates such experiences into her courses -- you can scroll down  for more photos of her western students involved in local Thai programs.

 

 

            BAAN HOM SAMUNPHRAI TRAINING NOTEBOOKS

             
          56pps with 183 photos + Rasidaton                  68pps with 220 photos + Rasidaton             53 pps with 179 photos + Rasidaton

                
         92pps with 308 photos & diagrams              60pps with 234 photos + diagrams                  30pps + photos, diagrams + text        
                             + Rasidaton                                                           + Rasidaton                                                           +Rasidaton

                                                   
                                         34pps + photos, diagrams + text                                                      32pps + photos, diagrams + text
                                                          + Rasidaton                                                                                       + Rasidaton

Maw Hom's Training Notebooks are all included with her courses, but if you want one there is an extra charge of 300 baht ($9.00) for each of her 3 Training DVDs: Rasidaton (40 minutes), Foot Reflexology (40 minutes). and Nuad Boran (1 hour 40 minutes).

 

                      OUR SHORTER, NON-M.O.E. COURSES

We regularly schedule 5 or 6 day courses in topics such as  'Womblifting,' 'Abdominal Massage,' 'Foot Reflexology,' 'Herbal Compresses,' 'Herbal Therapies,' and  'Food as Medicine,' and if there is  room we will accept participants for specific topics in any of them..

We are not authorized to award MOE Certificates for courses under 60 hours (9 days). On the other hand, we can give you a Baan Hom Samunphrai Testimonial for the hours you have put in. If you do a 2 day 'Herbal Compress' workshop, for example, the Testimonial will acknowledge that you have done that specific work, and the same applies for 6 days of 'Womblifting,' for example, or 5 days of 'Foot Reflexology' or 'Abdominal Massage.'

You will find more information on all these topics below in the "Womblifting, Herbal Therapies & Other Activities" section below.

 

                                LONG TERM TRAINING

We have more and more students enquiring about Long Term Training from the beginner who dreams of becoming a Therapist to the experienced therapist who wants to become more of a Healer or even a Teacher. But the most urgent enquiry of all today is from the long-time professional who wants to add a special Therapeutic Massage to his or her practice -- a treatment lasting 3 or 4 hours at the one extreme or a short, intense intervention for those really serious problems on the other:  stroke damage, debilitating migraine, and intractable lower backs. There are books and  lectures out there describing such advanced interventions but very little real, practical time down on the mat actually doing them.

For that's the key, Homprang insists. "In the end your practice teaches you more than your teacher" -- she says while at the same time cautioning strongly against bad habits, which are indeed sometimes harder to get rid of than learning it all in the first place. "Get started right and then keep on developing," she always says. And that's why her best students keep coming back to her for more, and then a year or two later for yet more still. And of  course Homprang and her colleagues in Chiang Mai are moving on too, and of course new treatments are evolving in Thailand all the time.

Below are two of the teacher/therapists Homprang has trained, and their stories are typical -- hours and hours of practice spread over months and months, indeed years of experience (they were both Homprang's Interns for 6 months along the way as well).

    

Katja Mgler from Germany (left, black top) and Holly Mackin (right, grey top) from California had both studied for many months with Maw Hom before they decided to train as Teachers. Here they are seen working with regular students during the final days of their Teachers Training Certificate program which they completed successfully at the same time as this 150 Hour Thai Massage Course for ordinary students.

If you haven't seen it, you might like to have a look at the new section on our Homepage called Courses for the Strong & the Willing. And of course do feel free to ask us any additional questions you may have about how to put together a series of courses for yourself, including what to do with the time in between.

 

 WOMB-LIFTING, HERBAL THERAPIES & OTHER ACTIVITIES

               Below are photos of some of the special activities Maw Hom has included in recent workshops.


(l. to r.) Homprang goes every day to the earth market where she buys most of our food ; she shows how to open a coconut with a machete to make Mian Kham; she measures out the ingredients to make Tiger Balm. (She either grows the herbs  or collects them  in the wild in our neighborhood.)

 
 
( l. to r.) How to eat Mian Kham: newly made herbal compresses; preparing a herbal hot-pot for Womb-lifting; Womb-lifting with
Thai therapists in an outdoor workshop at Baan Hom. 


(l. to r.) Getting into it up to the waist in the herb garden; Homprang demonstrating herbal compresses to two Asian-American students; a student undergoing the 'hot-foot' therapy at a local Thai clinic (such a visit is always a high-point of a Herbal Therapies workshop!).

  
Click on the butterfly-pea flowers. You can  join an event from a recent herbal workshop --  filmed by Homprang herself !  (The English name of the plant that makes the suds is "Soft Bollygum," "Bai Mee" in Thai.)

Womblifting is an ancient Thai healing art that involves hot clay pots like the one Homprang is preparing here for the client visible just behind her. She is holding a pot packed with sea salt which has already been heated up until the salt crystals pop, and then tightly wrapped in the green medicinal leaves just in front of her. Used as a giant compress, the process also involves the activization of special acupressure points, and the uterus is manipulated directly with the hands on the abdomen. The procedure is used both for post-natal health and for fertility problems, but most of all for overall feminine health and well-being.

Womblifting is one of Homprang's special interests, and women come from all over Thailand and abroad for treatments as well as for training. Similar techniques are taught for prostate problems in men, who can also join the class, indeed, there are many health benefits from such abdominal work for both sexes. Furthermore, every Womblifting Course is different, dependent as each one is on the needs, culture, age, health and life experience of the real-life participants.

             You can click below to see sample programs of four typical Workshops:  

60 Hour Womblifting & Herbal Therapies Workshop.

A 60 Hour Herbs & Food as Medicine Workshop.

A 40 Hour Herbal Therapies Workshop

A 35 Hour Womblifting Workshop

 

JOINING THAI STUDENTS IN LOCAL TRAINING PROGRAMS

Below  is an Association of Traditional Thai Healers (Chiang Mai) workshop at the Women and Children's Hospital, Chiang Mai. There are six westerners in the group, and Homprang (third row centre) is not only the co-leader of the workshop but is acting as their interpreter -- indeed she is the only Thai who speaks English in this group. Michelle Tupko, a Chicago Thai Massage School teacher and colleague, is in the front row centre. Baan Hom's Acharn Kanit  is 2nd row right, and Acharn Bang 2nd row 3rd from right. Acharn Amnuay, a well-known Hmong healer and herbalist from Doi Pui, was the co-leader of this workshop.

Studying with Thai therapists can be a real eye-opener for western students. Thais know so much about natural healing already, yet they listen so attentively and take so many notes! And they're so normal as well,  funny and unpretentious -- not a single new-age hair style, mala, spiritual insignia or flowing robe  among them!

           

In the photo below, Homprang is giving a demonstration of Womblifting to Thai students studying for their professional government licenses. This meeting in Chiang Rai was organized by The Thai Ministry of Public Health -- although the practice is well known to rural healers, Homprang is the only Licensed Traditional Medicine  Doctor who is teaching Womblifting courses at present, so she is much in demand by groups like this.

           

Finally, here's a recent photograph of Homprang and her students at the Khua Mung Traditional Medicine Clinic. Just 5 miles down the road from us in a small rural village, it's a wonderful example of the way traditional Thai medicine is flourishing in the local Thai community even as Thailand's development as a whole spirals out of control.

          

Maw La (in brown) is a much respected Thai Chiropractor, Traditional Medicine Doctor, health activist. and teacher  -- the young Thais in white are university students studying Alternative Medicine with him -- Tok Sen in the photo just above. (What a wonderful opportunity for western students to get to work with such intelligent, well-trained and enthusiastic native-Thai therapists and their charismatic teacher!)

 

HOW TO ENROLL IN A COURSE.

You can see a list of all the courses we are offering on our Calendar Page -- courses that complement each other are hi-lighted in similar colors. As long as there is room you can take any combination you wish.

We ask for a 25% Non-Refundable Deposit to book a place, and we use PayPal to facilitate the process. You can pay by PayPal or Credit Card by clicking on the Deposit Button in the right hand column beside each course. There is a 4.5% fee to cover the Transfer and Currency Conversion charges -- any discrepancy will be ironed out in the final bill.

To pay the deposit with a Credit Card you must first click on the PayPal Thai Logo on the Calendar Page and then click on "Pay with my credit or debit card" at the bottom of the PayPal pop-up window. To pay with your own PayPal account, see below (it can be quite a saving.).

You can  see the status of each class on the Calendar Page. "Limited places" means there are 8 or more students already booked -- we close our classes at 12. We also have a "Waiting List" if a class hasn't opened for registration yet, or is now closed -- let us know and we will place you on it.

When to arrive. Most live-in students arrive the day before the class begins because the Rasidaton (Thai Yoga) is at 7am on the first morning. If you do arrive the day before, your dinner and bed for that night will count as part of your first day of class, which means your course-fee will cover you through to the end on the last day of class (plus one final steam bath if you wish). You are always welcome to stay on for yet another night, but there is a charge for that as an extra day (dinner + bed + any meals the following day)..

HOW TO PAY THE BALANCE.

After you arrive you can pay us in cash but it must be in baht. We don't mind cash payment in stages either as we know it is sometimes difficult for a traveler to get all the money together in one go.

Cash in baht can be obtained by exchanging bank notes at a Chiang Mai Bank or Exchange place, but be prepared because there is always a charge whatever the posted rates seem to say. Most visitors today are using their ordinary ATM cards in Chiang Mai, but take note that there is a charge of 200 baht (about $6.00) per ATM transaction, so it's to your advantage to arrange a daily limit on your home Bank Account that will allow you to withdraw at least 10,000 baht (c. $294.00 / 263.00) in one day. (Some machines will give up to 20,000 baht (c. $588.00 / 526.00) -- that's even better as you will save $6.00 each time on the larger withdrawal).

More and more students prefer to pay by CREDIT CARD. To facilitate this we can send you a PayPal Request for Payment by e-mail which you can then pay with your card, but there is a PayPal surcharge for the transfer as well as the conversion from one currency to the other.

 Our own feeling is that your ATM CARD is probably the easiest and cheapest way to go, and cash in euros or dollars changed into baht in Chiang Mai a close second.

The best option of all at the moment seems to be a PayPal ACCOUNT of your own. You can then use that account to pay both the deposit and subsequently the balance once you are here. That means you can pay us directly using your Credit of Debit Card, and with lower transfer charges as well. But just be sure to specify in Thai baht, please -- indeed, we recommend you ask us for some help on paying with your own PayPal account.

Finally, we discourage WIRE TRANSFERS -- in our experience such transfers are the most expensive and complicated method of all and will create problems for our accounting as well as for yours.

N.B. It is important to notify your home bank of your travel plans before you come to Thailand, otherwise you may find your ATM and/or Credit Card has been blocked -- your bank will assume your card has been stolen if it's suddenly used in Thailand without notification.

A NOTE ON VISAS

It all changes so rapidly, and the rules vary so much from country to country and person to person, we cannot give you exact answers. Here's the best we can do:

1.) Visit the website of the Thai Embassy or Consulate nearest you and follow their instructions carefully. Ignore anything else you read or anyone else tells you, particularly if they have applied at another time or in a different country;

2.) The shortest Tourist Visa is granted if you arrive overland from an adjacent country. It is just for 15 days and can only be renewed for either 1 week at Chiang Mai Immigration or for 2 weeks by leaving the country and coming back in again. That means a "visa run" to Burma or Laos  from Chiang Mai. This sort of visa is adequate for a tourist but has little scope for the sort of extension a student is likely to need.

3.) Foreigners can now fly into Thailand from abroad and get a Visa on Arrival at the Airport for 30 days -- and this visa is automatically renewable at Chiang Mai Immigration for an additional 30 days. This is a Tourist Visa, and requires no special student status, so it's the easiest to get, and  no letter from us is needed.

4.) Another way, but more time-consuming, is to apply in person at the Thai Embassy in your own country. For this you will be given a 60 day Tourist Visa visa which is automatically renewable at Chiang Mai Immigration for an additional 30 days. i.e. 90 days in all.

5.) Still more time-consuming is to apply at your Thai Embassy for a Non-Immigrant Visa (as opposed to a Tourist Visa). Up to 90 days can be obtained like this -- and 30 day extensions are granted at Chiang Mai Immigration once you are here. For this your embassy may well ask for a letter from us, but please do enquire about the details as there are many different requirements and specifications.

Take Note: The Baan Hom Samunphrai School is approved by the Thai Ministry of Education, and we can draft a Student Letter for you but only  if it is asked for. We will need your full name, home address, and passport number including the date of issue and expiration. You must also have paid the 25% deposit on all your courses to show you are genuinely enrolled. We will e-mail you a scanned copy of the signed and stamped original by return.

A letter is never required for a Tourist Visa, and as 60 or 90 days is more than enough to cover most course combinations, that is what most of our students do.

Do feel free to ask us any more questions -- but be sure to do your own research as well.

 

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