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    What makes Trika Eco Resort ‘eco’?

    Besides being a retreat center we are also a working permaculture center. Eco stands for ‘ecosystem’. Dictionary.com defines ecosystem as “a system, or a group of interconnected elements, formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their environment. “ Here at Trika Eco Resort we believe in the importance of having a healthy ecosystem and we strive to live in a more sustainable fashion. From the beginning, our land has been cultivated with permaculture principles in mind and all of our gardens, ponds and orchards are free of toxins and chemicals. We catch rainwater, compost our waste and continue to implement natural living and building techniques. Today we are one of the largest permaculture farms in Southeast Asia. We welcome you to come learn more about living sustainably through one of our permaculture classes and workshops or just come and see for yourself how a permaculture farm runs.

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    What should I bring with me?

    Some small items are available in our small on-site store or alternatively you may be able to find something in the local village of Phu Ruea. But just in case, we recommend bringing the following:

    • Head lamp/flashlight/lantern (extra batteries if needed)
    • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.)
    • Sunscreen
    • Sun hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Mosquito/insect repellant
    • Long sleeve shirt and pants (for sun and bug protection and possible cooler evenings/mornings)
    • Cool lightweight clothing for day (shorts, sarongs, dresses, tank-tops, etc.)
    • Clothes for yoga/meditation
    • Swim suit
    • Flip Flops/sandals
    • Earplugs
    • “Glad rags/Luna Pads” or other reusable feminine hygiene product if possible
    • Personal meditation cushion/bench
    • Personal yoga mat
    • Notebook & pen
    • Phone card for making long-distance calls (Cell access may be limited)
    • Refillable water bottle
    • Reading book (we have a great library if you would like to borrow one as well!)

    Additional items for Rainy Season: (April – October)
    • Rain hat
    • Mud boots/Rain boots (optional)
    • Rain parka
    • Umbrella

    Additional items for Winter Season: (Nov – Feb) 
    • Warm hat/beanie/cap
    • Scarf & gloves/mittens
    • Warm clothes: socks, sweatshirt/sweater/jacket, long underwear. (Especially warm clothes to sleep in)

    Other useful items which are not available in our shop:
    • Alarm clock, battery operated
    • Beach towel
    • Camera
    • iPod with headphones
    • Laptop (wireless access available)
    • Herbs/Medications (we suggest immune supporters and digestive aids)
    • Sandals with ankle straps that can be worn in the water and tennis shoes or close-toed shoes for walking/hiking (especially if you will be participating in our eco-tourism adventures).
    • Work clothes, work boots/closed toe shoes & work gloves (if doing permaculture courses)
    • Spending money for excursions, shopping, etc. (We do not have an ATM on-site)

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    Can I bring children to the Resort?

    Children are always welcome here at Trika Eco Resort. While children under the age of 6 are not allowed in the main guesthouse we do have a variety of other options that can accommodate children of all ages. Please note however that we do not normally provide childcare. For longer visits please inquire.

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    What is the electricity voltage in Thailand? Should I carry an adapter?

    Thailand's voltage is 220-240AC, 50 Hertz. The plugs in Thailand are not standardised -- there are at least three different types, some two pin and some three, so be sure to either bring a universal adapter or buy one once you arrive in Thailand.

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    What is your cancellation policy?

    If your reservation is cancelled within 7 days of your expected arrival date there is a 1-night charge. Cancellations within 1 day and no shows are charged in full with no refund.

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    What are the check-in/check-out times?

    Because of our remote location and bus arrival times we have extended check in and check out hours. You may check in from 5 am to 2 pm and check out from 11 am to 12 noon. Due to same-day arrivals/departures of large groups however, we are not often able to offer late checkouts, and a fee may apply.

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    Is there an ATM on the property?

    There is not an ATM on the property. There are however many ATM’s and banks in the local village.

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    What kinds of payment do you accept?

    We accept all major credit cards through our paypal system and cash in Thai Baht only.

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    Will I be able to purchase anything I may have forgotten at the resort?

    The resort has a small store with basic items for sale such as toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, deodorant, hair shampoo and conditioner, soap, Q-tips, tissues, mosquito repellent, etc. We also stock batteries, notebooks, pens and at times some meditation/yoga supplies.

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    What kinds of guests visit your resort?

    Trika Eco Resort attracts people from all over the world, both male and female and from all cultural, social, economic backgrounds and sexual orientations. Their ages usually range from mid 20’s to late 60’s. We don’t discriminate or judge….all are welcome here!

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    Do you have Wi-Fi at the resort that I can use?

    Yes we have free Wi-Fi in all of the public spaces besides the practice halls and all of the accommodation options expect the rustic meditation cabins. There are also “work bars” with charger capabilities located the Yogi Café & Restaurant.

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    What is the weather going to be like during my stay?

    The weather at Trika Eco Resort changes with the seasons. This is one reason we chose this pristine location, it is the only place in all of Thailand where you can actually experience a winter and the change of the seasons!
    February to April: Hot and dry with low humidity. It can get very hot during the days and usually remains warm at night. Temperatures at this time can reach up to 40ºC/105ºF.
    April to October: Wet season with medium to high humidity. During these months the temperature remains hot with bursts of warm rain and, at times, high winds when tropical storms pass over. These are usually spectacular and guests enjoy the opportunity to enliven all of their senses and witness mother nature in action. April is usually the hottest month, gradually decreasing in temperature until October.
    November to February: Expect dry and cold “winter” weather, which can vary greatly from day to night. During these months the land is dry with low humidity. You may experience temperatures ranging from the mid 30’s(C)/90’s(F) on sunny days to low 15’s(C)/60’s(F) on overcast days. The temperature can sometimes drop down to 0º(C)/32º(F) at night and early mornings. You will see many locals visiting our local town of Phu Reua at this time; buying warm hats, scarves and hot chocolate, all excited to experience this rare weather opportunity.
    The rest of Thailand has three distinct seasons in general: Rainy (May – Oct) usually peaking around September and October, Hot, with cooler nights (Nov – Feb), and Very Hot (March – May).

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    Will my cell-phone work there?

    If your cellular plan includes international calling, your phone should work, but please inquire with your phone company before using to avoid incurring international roaming charges. We do offer free Wi-Fi, so guests with Wi-Fi-calling and Skype on their cell phones should be able to make calls through these services.

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    How do I book a massage?

    Trika Eco Resort offers a variety of different styles of massage and bodywork. You may make appointments while at the resort through the guest liaison.

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    What kind of food is served at the resort?

    The Yogi Restaurant primarily serves local Thai cuisine made with seasonal local produce, many ingredients coming from our organic farm. We predominantly follow a paleo-influenced diet with vegetable and meat dishes with an accompanied grain (rice or bread) as a side option.

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    Do you cater to special diets?

    We can accommodate vegetarian diets (not vegan) and with prior notice can usually cater to most food allergies. Please let us know if you have any medical food allergies ahead of time.

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    What if I get hungry between meals?

    If you would like a morning smoothie or latte or would like a snack throughout the day, the Yogi Café is open from 8am – 7pm. The Yogi café offers a variety of snacks, including smoothies, fresh-baked desserts, juices, drinks and coffees.

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    Is alcohol consumption and smoking permitted at the resort?

    Alcohol is permitted at the resort and is sold in the Yogi Café and Restaurant. Smoking tobacco is permitted in designated areas only. Smoking marijuana and the use of all other recreational drugs is strictly forbidden due to heavily enforced local laws.

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    Is the water safe to drink at the resort?

    Yes we have a combination of rainwater catchment and well water systems in place. All water is filtered and not only safe to drink but delicious!

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    What if I get injured? Is there a hospital nearby?

    There is a local hospital in Phu Reua 15 minutes from the center as well as a larger one 25 minutes away in Dan Sai. Two main hospitals are also located in the province capital of Loei, 45 minutes from the center. We also provide a first aid kit if necessary.

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    Is there a place to store my valuables at the center?

    You will be able to lock your hut or guest room. Money, passports, etc. may also be kept in the resorts safe.

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    Will I be able to make local or long distance phone calls while I am there?

    Yes we have do have a landline that guests can use for emergencies only.

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    Do you provide transportation to and from Loei airport?

    We are happy to arrange rides to and from the Loei airport. Please email us your flight details 24 hours before your arrival, and we will book you a taxi. When you’re leaving the arrivals hall, look out for someone holding a sign saying Trika Eco Resort. Travel time: about 1 hour. Cost: 1000 THB.

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    Will I be able to get a ride into the nearest town?

    Yes, we can easily arrange a taxi for you to take you into town.

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    Can you organize some sightseeing tours or day trips?

    Yes we are more than happy to help arrange a driver to take you to any of the local favorite spots. For more information please visit the Activities Page

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    Do you assist in travel arrangements for guests?

    Yes our guest liaison can help you plan your next adventure, help obtain bus tickets, and arrange cars and flights for you. Just ask!

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    I plan on traveling around Thailand/S.E. Asia more. Is it possible to leave some of my things at the resort while I am away?

    Apologies but we do not have the facilities to store personal belongings. You must take all of your things with you when you leave, even if you plan on returning a short time later. Trika Eco Resort is not responsible for returning any belongings left at the center. All such items will be donated to the local community.

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    Are there any age limits or any other requirements for someone to join in a retreat or workshop?

    Yes we do have a few minimum age limits and a few requirements depending on the retreat.

    • Trika fit retreats: 15 – 55 years. Over 55 years of age a doctor’s certificate of health is required to participate.
    • Trika Method Mentor Certification Trainings: 22 years minimum
    • Sustainability/Permaculture Workshops: 13 years minimum
    • Eco Adventure Tours: 14 years minimum
    • All other retreats and workshops are open to all ages

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    If I am taking a permaculture workshop do I need to bring my own work items?

    We offer work gloves and work hats but we do recommend bringing appropriate work shoes. Boots, closed toed shoes or sturdy sandals are fine.

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    Do people normally visit the center or take your retreats by themselves?

    Yes, the majority of our guests come on their own or with one friend. Guests generally enjoy taking a break from their “normal” lives and like the opportunity to meet other guests from all over the world. Meals and classes are taken together so there is plenty of opportunity to chat with others if you like. Many guests end up taking daily excursions together as well! But if you would like to be on your own, that is not a problem at all. The centers staff and guests know how to give you the space you need.

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    I have never done yoga or meditation before. Is it okay for me to join in the group classes or sign up for a yoga retreat?

    Yes! All of our group classes and the majority of our retreats are suitable for beginners. Those retreats, which are for intermediate or advanced practitioners, will be clearly stated. So no worries… our classes are always mixed ability and our gifted teachers are fully capable of meeting you where you are at!

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    I have signed up for a retreat, when should I arrive at the resort?

    We suggest arriving as early as possible to allow your body and mind to begin the winding down process. 2-3 days is ideal. If this is not possible we do ask that everyone arrive the night before the start of the retreat so we can get going, all together, the following morning.

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    Is it possible to stay longer after my retreat or workshop is over?

    Yes. You are more than welcome to stay as long as you like to continue in your process, to just hang out and relax, or to explore the local area with some of our daytrips.

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    I am coming for a retreat but traveling with a friend who does not want to join. Is this okay?

    Yes, this isn’t a problem at all. Your friend is welcome to come and enjoy all Trika Eco Resort has to offer as a regular guest.

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    Do you offer any yoga or meditation classes outside of scheduled retreats and events?

    Yes we are happy to offer free yoga classes, which include short meditation sessions, to all guests every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 am – 8:00 am in our main yoga temple. All levels are welcome!

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    Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?

    We do have yoga mats available to borrow if you do not have your own.

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    What kind of yoga is taught at the resort?

    We teach Adi-Yoga, the system found in the Trika Method. Adi-Yoga is one of the rarest forms of ancient Trans-Himalayan Yoga. It is a never-ending path of enjoyment and self-discovery. The tradition of Adi-YogaTM has come down through the ages to the present untouched by the commercial exercise trend popular in yoga today to emerge as a comprehensive and authentic method of self-discovery, self-mastery and self-realization. There is much more to the yoga tradition than physical postures, some breathing exercises and concentration, but until now there was very limited access to this amazing traditional form of yoga.

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    Is one on one instruction available in yoga, meditation and health routines?

    One-to-one instruction is available and will allow you and your Adi-Yoga instructor to fine tune what you learn and pace it appropriately for you. This is the way yoga has been taught for thousands of years and Adi-Yoga wants to preserve this important aspect of learning yoga.

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    Is Adi-Yoga physically strenuous?

    Our instructors will help you find what level of effort is appropriate for you. But Adi-Yoga should never be performed with struggle or pain. It is very important to understand the difference between effort and struggle as pertains to your practice of Adi-Yoga. You are moving your body through space in relation to gravity so there must obviously be some effort and tension in your body and some postures do require exertion. There is nothing wrong with effort or tension in the body if it is appropriate. What you want to avoid is excessive effort which we call “struggle.”
    Properly practiced, Adi-yoga should heal and rejuvenate body and mind. If the opposite is occurring you should reflect on whether you are struggling against your body in practice. A good rule of thumb for Adi-Yoga practice is to work at 60-80% of the effort you are capable of producing.
    The modern approach to exercise –“no pain – no gain” – makes holding yourself back to 60-80% of what you are capable of feel like you are slacking. You’re not. If you are consistent in your practice sessions you will progress naturally and without struggle. This is especially true when your mind and body become one. This takes time.

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    What are some signs that I am overexerting in my yoga practice?

    Some signs of overexertion (or struggle) in Adi-Yoga practice are: panting, profuse sweating
, making grunting sounds as you move through the asana
, intense soreness the following day
, prolonged shaking in postures
 and exhaustion instead of refreshment following your practice session.
    In the Adi-Yoga system there are more dynamic and vigorous sets such as Salute to the Sun and Warrior Yoga Series, but proficiency in these must be developed very slowly.

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    What should I wear during yoga practice?

    You should wear something comfortable and stretchy or loose enough that is warm enough that you do not catch a chill when reposing in between postures, but it should not be so loose that your limbs get snagged when you move. Clothes or undergarments that are too tight can restrict the flow of prana.

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    Is there a proper yoga or meditation diet?

    The opinion on diet in modern yoga circles is to have strict rules about what you eat, how it is prepared, when to eat it, etc. By contrast, Adi-Yoga is informed by a pre-Buddhist view of Ayurveda which states that you should assess what, when, how, and where to eat through the lens of “for whom and when.”
    This means that you should judge the real needs of your body at the moment of hunger and respond appropriately as to what you should eat, how much, how it should be prepared, etc. To cultivate the Adi-Yoga approach to diet, which is based on an appropriate response, two things are necessary: knowledge of Ayurveda and a deep intimacy with your own body and its ever-changing needs. Both of these will come with study and practice.
    Tantra, the Mother science of Adi-Yoga, teaches that if you harmonize your small nature with greater Nature you will come to know the truth of the Universe. To do so you must become acutely sensitive to your body and your situation from moment to moment.
    Hard and fast rules around diet may be useful for a short while at the commencement of your yoga practice so that you develop some awareness and discipline related to your eating habits, but adhered to for longer than this, rules become damaging to your budding sensitivity and experimentation with appropriate response.

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    I heard you should be a vegetarian if you practice yoga and meditation. Is this true?

    The Adi-Yoga - Trika Method way of framing vegetarianism, or any “ism” for that matter is to ask – “Will this response to my present condition be appropriate for me or not?” This approach keeps you actively engaged with your real needs, and without this base level of self-knowledge there is no possibility of dissolving the illusory perception of a separate individual to merge with greater Nature.
    For the emaciated, nourishment starved yogin who looks dry, brittle and ungrounded, a high fat, high protein meal consisting of some type of meat may be an appropriate response to hunger. And this may be the worst response to hunger for the sedentary CEO with gout.
    You must remember that your spiritual ancestors in this tradition sought at all costs to harmonize with Nature regardless of societal or religious rules. There are numerous examples of meat eating yoginis and yogis who realized the highest state possible.
    In short, there really is no shortcut to understanding the correct diet for yourself. You will have to spend some time reading and experimenting with your diet. Your Adi-Yoga instructor may be able to recommend some good books with which to start.

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    What does Adi-Yoga mean?

    Adi-Yoga is a comprehensive system of Classical Kundalini Hatha Yoga. It is called “Adi,” which in Sanskrit means primordial or source, because it is Yoga in its original form as it was practiced and transmitted by the Himalayan masters of the tradition.
    The Sanskrit word “Yoga” in Adi-Yoga has three meanings. First, the word yoga means union or joining together. This refers to the Yogic view that when the world of opposites is unified in your experience of self and Universe, a bliss that is your true Nature is revealed.
    Yoga teaches that the suffering you experience is due to being bounced between the poles of pleasure and pain, desiring and rejecting, happiness and sadness, control and out-of-control, etc. By practicing the path of yoga (its second meaning is “path”) dualities are resolved and the inherent, uncreated and non-dual bliss and freedom of your true nature is discovered. Classical, authentic Hatha Yoga as presented in the Adi-Yoga system is a complete path of spiritual cultivation. It has been practiced since before the Upanishads were written and the Buddha was born.
    The third relevant definition of yoga is “technique or method.” Adi-Yoga has an incredible amount of techniques available for the practitioner to work with. In the traditional practice of Hatha Yoga it is considered very important for you, the student, to find the right combination of methods that is appropriate for your capacity, competency, and emotional-mental disposition (adhikara, bhumikara, svabhava in Sanskrit).

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    What is the Trika Method?

    Trika Method is an easy to use system that delivers total life optimization for Body, Mind and Spirit. It combines the best practices from the ancient systems of Central Asian yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation with the most advanced research in neuro-consciousness, quantum physics, nutrition and longevity into one comprehensive system of self-healing and self-discovery. Please visit the Trika Method website at www.trikamethod.com for more information!

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    What are the benefits of practicing the yoga and meditation in the Trika Method?

    The Trika Method uses methods to cultivate all 3 centers of our being: body, energy and mind. When these 3 centers of being are all functioning at their highest capacity and in harmony with each other, a human being is maximizing their creative potential. Following the Trika Method programs will give some of these benefits:

    • Vibrant Health
    • Longevity
    • Self-Realization
    • Contentment
    • Clarification of one’s purpose
    • Increased capacity for compassion
    • Decrease in life’s karmic obstacles
    • Natural ease
    • Non-attachment
    • Wisdom
    • Increase in the ability to self-nourish and attract good circumstances

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    How do you meditate?

    Meditation is the active expression of one’s essence. It can take two forms; meditation ‘with form’ orsapekṣa dhyānam and meditation ‘without form’, nirapekṣa dhyānam.
    Sapeṣka Dhyānam, or meditation with form, is a way to express the energetic aspects of our essence. It can take the form of expressing the more relative and concentrated aspects of being human like staying focused on one object, one mantra, etc. Sapeṣka dhyānam can also work with the more expansive experiences on the continuum of expressing essence-energy in the form of non-dual bliss or non-dual compassion. In summary, sapekṣa dhyānam is every meditation technique that is not nirapekṣa dhyānam.
    Meditation without form, nirapeṣka dhyanam, is an experience of completely unwinding any entanglement, any volitional engagement with any type of form or activity to the degree that it is possible while still remaining conscious and awake.  Non-conceptual meditation, or non-form meditation, is a stand alone practice. It is a individual practice but it is also a complete system by itself, in a manner of speaking, and this is why it became so strongly emphasized in the Chan Buddhist and Zen systems of meditation.
    These are important practices, whether form or non-form meditation, in the non-dual dharma traditions because they give a voice to our inner essence which is beyond the changing and shifting, surface circumstances of our lives. They help us re-calibrate back to essence on a daily basis, they are a means to return to source.
    While the spiritual benefits of meditation stated above are the primary goals of ardent spiritual practitioners, it is also worth noting that there countless physical, mental and emotional health benefits enjoyed by anyone who practices meditation for any purpose or desired outcome.