Meditation Teacher Training | 12 Days | KOH PHANGAN, THAILAND

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  • Become an expert meditation teacher.
  • Gain advanced knowledge about meditation, clarity about who you are, and be empowered to share your passion for meditation with others.
  • If you are a yoga teacher, coach, meditation practitioner, or just eager to learn more about yourself, this 50 Hours Certification Meditation Teacher Training is for you!
  • Next Training: 21st January – 1st February 2020.
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Upcoming Training: 21st January – 1st February 2020

About Institute for Meditation

Meditation Teachers, Merel and Paul, teach meditation as a tool to free yourself from exhausting life patterns. They will help you to discover the life you want to live. Institute for Meditation offers meditation teacher trainings in Koh Phangan, Thailand and meditation retreats in The Netherlands. 

What students say

“When I first met Paul and Merel, it felt natural and I felt completely at ease. The training brought me back to the core of who I am. I can honestly say that changed my life and that’s something very special. Thank you!” – Anne-Marie, The Netherlands

“Merel and Paul are extremely passionate about what they share, and that gives you a great passion for it as well. The course teaches an open view of meditation and bestows you with skills of how you can apply it practically in your day-to-day life. Genuinely, thank you both.” – Colette, Ireland

“I love the freedom of the way of teaching and of the practices we did. Paul & Merel guided us into a research of understanding ourselves. The training allows a lot of time and space for your own personality and process. You rock guys, thank you!” – Berenice, France

Meditation Teacher Training Program

With this 50 Hours Certification Meditation Teacher Training you will gain a broad and profound understanding of meditation, and the experience and confidence to share meditation with others. 

The program is a combination of experiencing meditations, theoretical sessions and discussions, practicing guiding meditations, sharings, self-study and time to relax and digest..

The program is an alive and joyful exploration, where everybody becomes an inspiration to each other and where lifelong friendships are made. The program is rooted in the open sharing and celebration of your present experience.

Our signature

Institute for Meditation offers a holistic approach to meditation. This means we don’t teach one specific method, but rather give a comprehensive perspective on the various traditions of meditation.

With this training you will be able to recognise the benefits and limitations of the different approaches to meditation. This enables you to consciously choose the right meditation techniques to fit your specific interest, purpose and audience.

In the training we will teach you to use your creativity and develop your own meditations. Share your authentic guidance with the world!

Why teach meditation?

People are looking for silence, clarity, and answers in a more complex world. More and more companies, yoga studios, and schools acknowledge the benefits of meditation and incorporate meditation into their daily operations. With teaching groups and individuals, you can inspire thousands of people by sharing your authentic guidance for opening up to life. Read more about meditation teacher training in this article written by Merel.

The best way of learning is teaching

Scientists found out that students enlisted to tutor others work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately, and apply it more effectively. Feedback from students or peers further enhances the tutors’ learning. A teacher training is the best way to explore and understand the fundamentals of meditation.

What meditation teacher training graduates gain

Graduates have the skills and confidence to guide meditations, the knowledge of a vast variety of meditations, the creativity to fit the right meditation for the right audience and situation, the knowledge of ancient meditation philosophies, a deepened human understanding to guide and coach people, a progressive set of tools for teaching or other ways of guiding groups (yoga, primary & secondary school, corporate trainings etc) and an official Meditation Teacher Certification with the Institute for Meditation.


After successful completion of this training you will receive an official Meditation Teacher Certification with the Institute for Meditation. Participants receive a certificate of completion that can be counted as 50Hr of continuing education with the Yoga Alliance. If you are a registered yoga teacher (RYT) you must meet the Continuing Education (CE) Requirements on an ongoing basis. Every three years starting from your initial date of registration you must complete and log a minimum of 30 hours of yoga related training. Institute for Meditation is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider® (YACEP) who has been verified by and is in good standing with Yoga Alliance.


The teachings by Institute for Meditation are based on philosophies derived from Tao, Advaita and Buddhism. We focus on becoming aware of our basic assumptions about life and their implications in our daily life. With ancient teachings and models from Tao and Advaita philosophy, we recognize and unveil limiting ideas to explore a spontaneous, open-minded way of living. With the ancient knowledge of Buddhism we explore the vicious circle of searching and suffering in life (Samsara) and the opportunity for liberation from this cycle (Nirvana).

Course content

Meditation practice

You will become familiar with a broad variety of meditations based on Zen and Buddhist traditions. You will experience passive meditations like silent sitting and active meditations involving sound and movement. The main focus of this training is insight meditation, which is based on the process of enquiry.

  • Zen, Buddhist & Osho meditations
  • Silent sittings
  • Active meditations
  • Insight meditations
  • Bodyscan techniques
  • Sharing & Discussion

Meditation philosophy

You will become aware of your beliefs and their implications on your emotions, thoughts and behaviour. With ancient knowledge from Taoism, Buddhism and Advaita philosophy you will be able to guide people towards clarity.

  • Enquiry into effort & control
  • Theory Nature of the Mind
  • Theory Circle of Suffering (Samsara)
  • Theory The Way of Tao (Yin Yang)
  • Theory Advaita (non-duality)
  • Sharing & Discussion

Art of teaching

You will learn to share from your OWN experience. In this training you will become your own authority. The only valuable and convincing teaching is simply being authentic, which will inspire others to do the same.

  • Practicing guiding meditations
  • Master with voice: tone, volume, tempo, rhythm, enunciation
  • Exploring your playfulness and creativity with words
  • Approaches holding space
  • Giving feedback on meditations

Meditation sequencing

You will be able to design custom-made meditations to fit your specific intention, focus and audience. A simple yet profound structure enables you to trust on your own experience and flow with your intuition while guiding meditations.

  • Theory different types of meditation
  • Enquiry into intentions & purposes of meditation
  • Sequencing techniques
  • Sharing & Discussion

Meditations in this teacher training

Relaxation meditations

  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Zazen (silent sitting meditation)
  • Vipassana meditation
  • Body Scan
  • Massage

Inquiry meditations

  • Loving-kindness meditation
  • Insight meditation
  • Self-inquiry meditation

Active meditations

  • Dynamic meditation
  • Kundalini meditation
  • Walking meditation
  • Shaking meditation
  • Dance meditation

Daily schedule

  • 07.00 – 08.00 Meditation Practice
  • 09.30 – 13.00 Meditation Philosophy, Art of Teaching, Sequencing
  • 13.00 – 16.00 Self-study, integration and relaxation
  • 17.00 – 18.30 Meditation Practice or social activity
  • Occasional: 19.00 – 21.00 Shared dinner and evening program

Please note: timings and content are subject to change.


  • This training is for beginners & advanced students and everyone who wants to learn more about meditation.
  • No qualifications required for joining this training.
  • The willingness and commitment to participate in all scheduled activities. 
  • We’ll ask for your motivation to determine if the content of this training matches your expectations. If we believe your motivation doesn’t match with the offered program, we will suggest to look out for other schools. 

Location: Koh Phangan, Thailand

Koh Phangan: A magical island of freedom and serenity.

Located in south east of the country, at the gulf of Thailand, Koh Phangan is a magical island of freedom and serenity. Wild nature, beautiful unspoiled beaches, simple and loving people, a free and liberated atmosphere.. You can find everything you really need here: beautiful diving sites, great authentic Thai food, wild crazy parties and advanced yoga and retreat centres. A harmonious mixture of body and soul.

Koh Phangan is spiritual and authentic. It is a place of simplicity. A place to reflect and be grateful for just being. Phangan is an island of joy, an island of wonderful trails, profound experiences and mind blowing interactions. It is full of crazy amazing sunrises and stunning sunsets. It is the perfect place to deeply relax or totally get wild. You never know what a new day will bring..

Venue: The Yoga House

The Yoga House in Koh Phangan offers a unique space for trainings, retreats, workshops and special events. It aims to create an inspiring and supportive atmosphere where groups and individuals can learn and experience different practices and techniques of self awareness and personal expansion. With its natural surrounding and intimate setting, The Yoga House is a perfect place for a meditation teacher training. At the same time it is ideal for relaxing, taking time out, and experiencing Koh Phangan’s special vibe. Although private and secluded The Yoga House is only a few minutes from Koh Phangan’s main beaches, villages and the main town.

  • Yoga Shala

The Yoga House is known for its amazing Yoga Shala. The Shala can hold 30-40 practitioners and has provided a serene space for a wide range of activities: Yoga, Tantra and Meditation retreats, Teachers Training Courses (TTC), Music and Dance Workshops, Lectures, Cultural Gatherings and many more.

  • Chill

The Yoga House has a large, comfortable living area. It has many intimate niches and places to hang around, socialize or to just be with yourself and reflect. This spacious living area is surrounded by a wide wooden balcony overlooking the beautiful swimming pool, tropical garden and creek.

  • Sleep

The Yoga House has six spacious bedrooms. All bedrooms have air conditioning and fans. Four rooms have an en suite bathroom and two rooms share a bathroom. 

  • Food

The Yoga House will supply breakfast and lunch for this Meditation Teacher Training. It offers a vegetarian range of dining options during the 10 course days, from special healthy vegetarian meals to local Thai cuisine. The modern kitchen will also be available for cooking your own specialty in the evening.


  • 11 nights accommodation in a luxurious villa
  • Daily breakfast & lunch included, offering a wide range from special healthy vegetarian meals to local Thai cuisine
  • 10 days of training (50 hours) including experiencing meditations, learning advanced knowledge of meditation philosophy, practicing guiding meditations, discussions, sharings and more
  • Private swimming pool
  • Beautiful tropical garden
  • Fully equipped modern kitchen
  • Convenient central location: 10 minutes drive from Thong Sala Pier and 15 minutes from the popular Sri Thanu beach area & Zen Beach
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • The experience and confidence to share meditation with thousands of people
  • Official Meditation Teacher Certification with the Institute for Meditation
  • 10 days of fun, dance and celebration
  • A life changing experience and friends for life!

Practical info

What’s included in your package

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 10 days breakfast & lunch
  • All meditations (10 days)
  • All teachings (10 days)
  • Syllabus
  • Official Meditation Teacher Certification from Institute for Meditation upon successful completion

What’s not included in your package

  • Diner
  • Drinks
  • Travel from and to airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Scooter rent

 What to bring?

  • Loose and comfortable clothes to wear during your meditations
  • Swimming wear
  • Sun blocker
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Diary/notebook and pen

How to get to Koh Phangan?

  • Flight to Samui Airport (USM)

The nearest airport is in Koh Samui. Between Bangkok and Koh Samui, there are many daily services by Bangkok Airways. The flying time is about 50 minutes. A connecting ferry will have to be taken from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan. Traveling from the airport to the ferry port and the ferry to Koh Phangan are usually included in the flight ticket. Please check with your airline. You can always buy a ticket at the airport or ferry port.

  • Flight to Surat Thani Airport (URT)

Air Asia flies from Bangkok to Surat Thani daily, flying time is about 50 minutes. The transfer from Surat Thani International Airport (URT) to Donsak ferry port is by coach or taxi and takes about 1,5 hours. In Donsak, you can transfer to the Raja ferry to Koh Phangan which takes three hours. Whilst the overall journey is longer than flying directly to Koh Samui, it can be cheaper to fly via Surat Thani, depending on the time of year.

  • Ferry

You can take a ferry from Samui to Koh Phangan. The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Samui at 08:00 a.m. and 01:00 p.m. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Samui at 8:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. The Seatran pier is located near the airport, approximately a 10-minute drive and the Lomprayah pier is located 50 minutes from the airport. Please take that into consideration when booking the rest of your journey. Ferries arrive in Koh Phangan at Thong Sala Pier.

You can also take a ferry from Koh Phangan to Koh Samui. The Seatran ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 11:00 a.m. and 04:30 p.m. The Lomprayah ferry leaves Koh Phangan at 7:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 4:20 p.m. From Samui Airport (USM), there is a shuttle service going to the ferry ports for Koh Phangan which is usually available as a free service. Please ask for the service when you purchase the ticket for the ferry in the Seatran-Lomprayah ferry counter as you exit Samui Airport (USM).

You can also take a ferry from Bangkok straight to Koh Phangan. Check the Lomprayah website for timings.

  • Bus

There are many bus services from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. Most of these services are sleeper buses which drive at night time. The busses are double decker busses with regular (sitting) seats with adjustable chairs. They can be booked from many travel agencies in Bangkok or by going to the central bus station in Sia Thai. The journey takes about 10 hours to Donsak where there is a ferry port for boats going to Koh Phangan. From Donsak, the journey takes around three hours to Koh Phangan. Usually, the ferry is included in the price of the bus.

  • Train

Trains leave Bangkok several times daily. The journey time is about 12 hours. Sleeping booths (beds instead of seats) are available in some services. Leaving the train in Surat Thani, the transfer by coach or taxi from Surat Thani station to Donsak Pier takes about one and a half hours. From Donsak, the ferry journey takes three hours to Koh Phangan.

There are two companies that run luxury coach services from Bangkok to Chumphon, which takes about 6 hours. At Chumphon, you transfer to a large express boat that stops at Koh Tao before arriving at Koh Phangan. The boat journey from Chumphon to Koh Phangan takes about 2 ½ hours.

  • From the Thong Sala Pier to The Yoga House

Local taxis are available from the pier. The taxis are 4-wheel drives which can load up to 6 people in the back. Please inform the taxi to go to The Yoga House. A well known reference point is the Phangan Home Made Icecream restaurant. Please print out Google Maps with the location. Taxis cost approximately 200 to 300 THB per person.

  • Address The Yoga House

The address of The Yoga House: 53 / 7 Moo 2 Ban Nai Suan, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand. The Yoga House is a 10 minutes drive (3,8 km/ 2,4 miles) from the Thong Sala Pier.

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time, free of additional charges.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed, as long as it is within 48 hours of the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.


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1 review for Meditation Teacher Training | 12 Days | KOH PHANGAN, THAILAND

  1. Steph from Germany

    Thank you for the amazing and outstanding time together at Koh Phangang!
    I experienced the Meditation Teacher Training as a profound and uplifting further step on my personal path of transformation. The summary of all these different aspects like the mediations, the schedule, the group, Merel and Paul as individuals, the various life puzzle pieces I could collect when communicating and sharing as well as the beautiful paradisiac surrounding and Thai culture itself actually wanted me to stay and there forever to develop and grow.

    I loved the playful, easy, open, structured and comfortable access we got offered by Merel & Paul to find our own teaching skills and moreover our individual teaching style.

    The different feedback and resonances I got from the group as well as from Merel & Paul where incredible useful, honest, warm and encouraging. I appreciate this experience to the full and can highly recommend it to everyone that feels drawn to!

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