Thai Medicine Immersion Weekend

An residential retreat of theoretical and practical self-care, bodywork, and medicinal foods from the ancient Thai medicine tradition

May 24 - 27 2019​

four days and three nights at

Om Oasis Retreat Center

Aptos, CA


About Thai Medicine Immersion Weekend

You are invited to join us for a very special residential weekend retreat where we will immerse ourselves together in the study of traditional Thai medicine as it has historically been practiced.


While many holistic healers have exposure to Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic, and various Yoga traditions, the Thai medicine tradition is less widely studied in the west.  Thai medical theory has roots in Buddhist teachings as well as pre-Buddhist animist practices, and grows from thousands of years of indigenous medicine in Southeast Asia. 


This weekend offers us a rare and exciting opportunity to study the traditional theory and practice of traditional Thai medicine in a natural forest retreat setting with a qualified teacher who is actively connected to a Thai medicine lineage - without us having to travel to Thailand!

This course welcomes holistic healers, bodyworkers and yoga teachers as well as those who are new to the Thai medicine tradition and interested in developing tools for self-care of themselves and their families.  Even those of us who have been practicing "Thai massage" for years will benefit greatly from connecting our bodywork practice into the theoretical foundations of these rich and ancient medicine traditions.  We will learn not only what to do, but also how to listen, how to read the body through a traditional lens, and expand our appreciation for how we can best to select healthy foods and herbal preparations to support each unique body's natural capacity for self-healing.  


This course will integrate Thai medical theory in lecture, conversation and hands-on experiential application to bodywork and self care.  We will also bring our attention to the kitchen and examine how our wise choice of foods can help bring us back into balance.  In this way we will learn how everything we do from massage to meditation, from exercising to eating dinner, is all rooted in the elements of earth, water, fire, wind, and space through the lens of the Thai medical system.  



In this Thai medicine sampler held in the beautiful Om Oasis retreat center amidst the coastal Redwood forest of northern California, we shall: 

• Learn what traditional Thai medicine is, where it comes from, and what it encompasses.

• Learn a set of Thai bodywork techniques for alleviating pain and tension in the neck and shoulders.

• Participate in a daily Thai healing arts traditional ceremony. 

• Learn range of motion exercises and self massage from the ancient Thai self care system, reusi da ton.

• Do Thai element meditations.

• Eat healthy meals together while discussing how the foods we eat affect our elemental balance. 

• Come to understand ourselves and each other through a holistic healing system that is anchored in the Buddhist practices of goodwill, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity.

Please note that the instructor has the ability, as all instructors should, to adapt the curriculum in order to meet the needs and abilities of the students. 


About Nephyr Jacobson

Nephyr Jacobsen is a student, practitioner, teacher, researcher, and writer on the subject of traditional Thai medicine and is the director and founder (and floor sweeper and sheet washer) of The Naga Center, School of Traditional Thai Massage and Medicine in Portland Oregon and author of two books on Thai medicine.

Nephyr has been a massage therapist since 1990. She has been traveling to Thailand regularly since 1998 to study Thai bodywork, and the larger umbrella of traditional Thai medicine, and she and her family lived in Thailand for two years from 2012-2014.  


She is a research maven dedicated to understanding how Thai medicine has been historically practiced in Thailand prior to modern adaptations and shares her findings in an effort to assist in the preservation of traditional knowledge. She has infinite gratitude to all of her teachers, and specifically to her primary Teacher, Tevijjo Yogi.

Nephyr's books, "Seven Peppercorns - Traditional Thai Medical Theory for Bodyworkers" and "Thai Herbal Medicine - Traditional Recipes for Health and Harmony" are available to order through your local bookstore.  If you would like to purchase the, please consider supporting the continued magical existence of brick and mortar independent bookstores by ordering and purchasing locally.  If this is not possible for you, links are provided below for online purchase from Powells Books, a local bookstore in Portland Oregon that ships far and wide, and, if for any reason that is not an option for you, they are available at

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Sample Daily Itinerary

  • 06:30 AM    Silent Meditation & Forest Bath

  • 07:00 AM    Yoga Asana

  • 08:30 AM    Breakfast

  • 10:00 AM    Morning Class Session 

  • 01:00 PM     Lunch

  • 03:00 PM     Afternoon Class Session

  • 06:30 PM     Dinner

  • 08:00 PM     Evening Program (Herbal Steam Bath, Kirtan...)


Arrival from 3pm Friday May 24, 2019

Departure by 1pm Monday May 27, 2019


Om Oasis Retreat Center


Om Oasis is a beautiful and lush retreat center on several acres of a remote and peaceful mountain top property near Santa Cruz, CA.  Om Oasis Retreat hosts visitors from around the world for healing, meditation and yoga retreats as well as personal getaways.  The center is located on private property 10 minutes up the mountain from Aptos, CA and partially off-grid with limited cell reception and wifi only in designated areas, offering a rustic eco-chic retreat where you can spend time solo or encounter other friendly guests and wildlife.

The amenities on the property include all-weather heated 30' shala yurt, swimming pool & sun deck, infrared sauna, two hot tubs, outdoor bath & showers, redwood yoga deck, herbal steam sauna, hiking trails and more!

Course Fee
The immersion retreat registration fee is $654 per person.  Registration is fully inclusive of all classes, workshops and activities, plus full access to Om Oasis for four days and three nights, including 24 hour access to the pools, hot tubs, saunas, showers, bathrooms, gardens, tea house, and communal kitchen.   The registration fee is also fully inclusive of all food and beverages, including the meals  from Friday evening on May 24 through Monday morning on May 27. 

There are several options for unique, cozy, tree-houses, yurts and houses with hotel-level comforts available on the property for a additional fee.  Each unit is unique and sleeps from one to four people may thus be shared between participants - or enjoyed alone. 
Redwood Yurt Hideaway
1 King bed - $395 for 3 nights - 2 people max

The Redwood Hideaway is a magical private yurt, located on lower portion of the property, close to all shared community spaces including the bathrooms, outdoor showers and the kitchen. There is a redwood circle and deck just outside the door. As you enter the yurt you will find a portal to another dimension, furnished with a king sized bed and a skylight.  
Adobe Casita
2 twin beds - $345 for 3 nights - 2 people max
The Casita is a private, one-room structure.  Inside you will find a twin bed that expands to add an optional second bed. 
Redwood Treehouse

1 King & 1 Sofa Bed, Private Kitchen, Private Bathroom - $695 for 3 nights - max 4 people

This brand new tree house accommodates up to four guests and is placed among towering Redwoods. This clean and elegant space comes equipped with a full kitchen, modern and lux bathroom, a living room with a pull out couch revealing a full bed, and a king size bed located atop a loft adorned by an octagonal hand crafted ceiling and skyview.

PLEASE note: This treehouse is located up a mulched trail and then down a zig-zag dirt/mulch path and is not suitable for those with limited mobility

Cedar Treehouse