BIG ELEPHANT MAGIC RETREAT THAILAND
Where The Elephants Dream
Eco Elephant Adventure
February 13-22, 2022
$2,099 Per Person all inclusive*
Free rebooking until December 31, 2023
*Does not include airfare
-2 Nights at Shewe Wana Boutique Resort
-3 Nights in Never Forget Elephant Foundation
- 4 Nights Marisa Resort & Spa- Chiang Dao
-All ground transportation in minivan with AC
-2 Creative Projects
-Art supply kits for different projects
-Professional, Heart Centered, Mentoring
-6 Soul Purpose Kick Starter Sessions
-Organic Farm Visit with lunch
-Humane Interaction with Rescued Elephants
-Borderless Friendship Basecamp Orphanage
-Tribal Village Visit
-Thai Cooking class with Master Chef
-Poetry reading/Story Sharing
-Thai Dance Performance
-Guided light hiking to visit elephants
-Visit to Hot Springs
-Free use of Bicycles (Marisa Resort)
-Bottled Water/Coffee Breaks/Fruit
-Goody Bag Tote
* All meals vegetarian unless otherwise requested please note all meals at the Sanctuary are vegan.
Our Journey Begins
DAY 1, In 2017- Chiang Mai, in breathtaking Northern Thailand, was awarded the title CREATIVE CITY by UNESCO! Situated on the banks of the Ping River and surrounded by soaring mountains and verdant fields, Chaing Mai is the largest city in the North of Thailand- filled with ornate temples, a world famous night market and plenty of green space! It's the perfect gateway destination for our first night in this amazing country.
Over a sumptuous dinner, expertly prepared, we meet, get our Big Elephant Magic goodie bags! Early bird arrivals can take an optional 1/2 City tour!
Into the Mountains
Day 2, After a delicious and healthy breakfast of fresh fruit and local delicacies (try the amazing pancakes!), we will leave the hustle and bustle of the city and begin traveling south west heading deep into the heart of the mountain region where jungle clad peaks dance with clouds and the villagers live a life in harmony with nature. Along the way we will enjoy a refreshing lunch at an organic farm. Upon your arrival at the breathtaking Never Forget Elephant Project you will have ample opportunity to "soak it all in"! Relax in your hammock overlooking the picturesque village below. Hear the free roaming elephants rumble as you drift to sleep after your hearty organic meal.
Elephants and More Elephants!
Day 2-5 Never Forget Elephant Foundation! This is where your real transformation begins. Unplugged from the chaos of our day to day, each morning begins with a healthy locally sourced breakfast, after which, we will meet our elephant friendly guides for a hosted trek to meet the elephants! Each of the gentle giants at Never Forget (14 in all) has been has been lovingly rescued and returned to their forest after a life spent in service to man. Unlike other projects, NFEF offers guests a breathtaking and once in a lifetime opportunity to visit these magnificent creatures on their own terms. Chain free and unenclosed, we will enjoy profound and intimate encounters with the majestic residents of this ancient land. Like Freedom the small bull, born, as his name implies, in this lush, chain free paradise, no rides, no shows, no crowds, no fences just you, the jungle, and the mystical elephants who call this mountain home.
Our visit to the project also includes time spent with the colorful and kind hearted local Karen villagers. Our journey to their mountain home provides a fair income to local residents.
Natural Hot Springs, Sacred Caves and
The City of Stars!
Day 6-9 We will head back from our refreshing time at the Never Forget Elephant Foundation, passing through Chaing Mai for an evening at your leisure before commencing on to the gorgeous Marisa Resort and Spa located next to the third highest mountain peak in Thailand, Chiang Dao (Meaning-City of Stars). Is an easy 1.5 hour drive north into the highlands of Thailand. Upon arrival at the resort, you will be treated to a welcome lunch and your visit with our charity partner, Borderless Friendship Basecamp, where you will meet local orphaned and underserved tribal children and tour their amazing project! Meeting these lovely young people who are overcoming so much, and supporting their project is a joyous experience.
Time at the gorgeous Marisa Resort and spa will fly by with an included 4 course Thai cooking class, complimentary spa treatment and creative projects! Living next to the sacred mountains will allow you to absorb the magic of your experience and soak in the scenery!
Our time at the resort will round up with visit to the world famous Chaing Dao Buddhist caves and a soak in a steaming, natural hot spring with a chance to climb one of the most lovely waterfalls in Thailand!!
Our Grand Finale is the exhilarating traditional Thai dance party featuring the wonderful young dancers from the Borderless Friendship Program!
(Find out how your visit is helping change the lives of indigenous girls by supporting our Big Elephant Magic Scholarship Program!)
A New Chapter in the Story of You
Our vehicles will transport you back to Chaing Mai for your return journey, but Thailand and this experience will undoubtedly linger in your heart forever. The waterfalls, the smiles of the Hill Tribal people, the spark of recognition you feel when you meet eyes with an elephant matriarch in her own jungle.. What memories will you make? How will you discover, dream and explore? How will you grow and change, now that you have lived to see Where The Elephant Dream?
Elephant Nature Park Visit
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