"The House of Sweet Smelling Herbs"
GENERAL INTRODUCTION. You can click on what interests you below.
We're a Traditional Thai Massage School and Herbal Medicine Centre as well as a sort of Thai village inn with Live-in Accommodations for both students and guests. Licensed by the Thai Ministry of Education, we offer courses in Traditional Thai Massage, Womblifting and Related Herbal Therapies -- 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.
Our Director, the well-known teacher, Homprang Chaleekanha, is licensed as a Traditional Doctor, Herbal Pharmacologist, and Midwife by the Thai Ministry of Public Health, and our Certificates 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, Christopher Woodman, and we welcome writers, artists, musicians, actors, philosophers, circus performers and indeed anyone who is troubled by whatever you call that thing buzzing around in your bonnet.
OCTOBER 14th, 2021
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OUR LATEST CALENDAR of COURSES.
November 15th, 2021 to June 2022.
We feel more and more confident that Thailand will be open again by November 1st, and that we will be able to launch our first Post-Covid course on November 15th, 2021.
But our advice to you is, Don't book your flights until the proposed 'Quarantine-free Opening for Vaccinated & Tested Foreigners' is officially announced. Indeed, we won't be sure until the details of the new Visa Regulations are announced.
While you're waiting for that crucial announcement you might have a look at what we say about VISAS in general on our Training Page.
Finally, we would like to remind you that we close our courses at 12, and if by November 1st a course has 8 or more applicants we will ask you to make a definite verbal commitment. If by mid November flights to Thailand are back to normal, we will also begin to ask for deposits again to be sure we know whether or not a course is full. This serves your interests as much as it does ours -- we don't like turning students away when there is actually room any more than you like that happening to you, and deposits make that much less likely.
Students who already have Deposits and/or Credits with us are welcome to use them to book places in any future course or courses.
TWO POSSIBLE COURSE SERIES
A number of students have expressed the desire to study with Homprang for 2 or 3 months in a row, and we understand that as everyone in the world is so longing to get away and do something at last. So we are offering the following two Course Series.
(The individual may, of course, take as many or few of each Series as he or she wishes.)
Nov. 15th to 25th, 2021
A 60hr HERBAL WORKSHOP including 'FOOD AS MEDICINE'
Nov. 28th to Dec 22nd, 2021
150hr THAI MASSAGE COURSE
January 3rd to 27th, 2022
150hr SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE COURSE
January 3rd to 27th, 2022
80hr THAI MASSAGE COURSE
March 21st to 30th, 2022
60hr WOMBLIFTING, POSTPARTUM CARE & RELATED HERBAL THERAPIES
April 18th to May 12th, 2022
150hr THAI MASSAGE COURSE
Please visit our CALENDAR PAGE for a full description of each course.
(Click on the Photo to see other things she does.)
Baan Hom Samunphrai is the home of Maw Samunphrai ("Herbal Medicine Doctor") Homprang Chaleekanha, 62, a specialist in Traditional Thai Massage (Nuad Boran) and Thai Yoga (Rasidaton) who also 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 here.
Homprang is now not only licensed by the Thai Ministry of Public Health as a Traditional Doctor but as a Herbal Pharmacologist, a Traditional Midwife, and a Massage Teacher, and her 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 influential work.
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 production. Congratulations!
To view the whole 46 Minute Zoom Presentation you can go to the HERBAL THERAPIES & WOMBLIFTING section of our TRAINING PAGE.
An appreciation of us by Brie Jacobs.
"Thailand 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)
Click on Brie's Porch for an inspired visual diary.