I am very excited to be running my very first retreat, together with my great friend Ruth Hogg - Pilates instructor extraordinaire. We are joining forces to bring you a truly unique experience.


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oOOMA - Body Art & Mind Retreat

October 31 - November 3rd


Join us in Chiang Mai at the Kaomai Lanna Resort, a UNESCO heritage site set in the lush tropical countryside of Northern Thailand.  This collection of old tobacco curing barns have been carefully restored with love and charm to create the most magical place.


See what I mean!


Why Pilates and Art?
Ruth and I have been teaching for 20 years and both share a passion for passing on our skills to others. Having experienced each other's classes our teaching styles are very similar. Our common goal is simple; to make everyone feel comfortable and at ease.

Pilates and Art share the same meditative qualities that can take you away from the daily stresses as you focus your mind on the task at hand.  They also both provide an opportunity for growth and learning in a relaxed way.  We believe that experiencing Pilates and Art as part of the same retreat will be a truly uplifting experience.   As soon as we visited Kaomai Lanna we knew it was the ideal place to host oOOMA


Do I have to be arty or bendy?  

Absolutely not. Beginners to Pilates and Art are welcome, along with those well versed in the bridge pose or handy with a brush. We will be providing the most open and accessible sessions that anyone can enjoy. 

Start and end the day with an energising or restorative Pilates session and in between, you'll be guided through some simple art techniques to experiment with using the stunning backdrop as inspiration. I promise that you will be impressed with what you achieve during the art sessions and that you'll have fun doing it. 


The retreat is three and a half days and here's what a typical day looks like:


  • 7 - 8am - Rise and Shine Pilates Class with Ruth
  • 8:30 - Breakfast
  • 10am - 12pm - Art with El
  • 12:30pm - Delicious Thai Lunch
  • Free afternoon to relax, read, book a massage, have a swim
  • 4 - 5:30 - Afternoon Tea and Sketching with El
  • 6:00 - 7:00pm - Relaxing Pilates with Ruth
  • 7:30pm Dinner


Upon arrival you'll receive a gift tote with all the art materials you'll need, including a journal, travel watercolour set, brushes and pencils. 

Everything you will need for the retreat is included in our fee so you don't need to worry about a thing.

Three meals a day will be served and our special treat of afternoon tea will be provided along with the afternoon sketching class.  You won't want for anything but if you do, Kaomai Lanna has its own stylish coffee shop serving the most delicious coffee and cakes. 

 As this is our first time running the retreat we are offering it at a special rate. There are three options depending on a shared room, private or deluxe duplex.  Please email to reserve your spot.

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