Om Waters is a communal space available for yoga retreats, meditation retreats or for other retreats or group work. The space is designed to encourage the free flow and sharing of knowledge and ideas. Om Waters consists of five floating houseboats providing everything you need to enjoy your stay with us.
This includes a yoga shala for meditation, yoga, massage and workshops of any type; a main houseboat for sleeping, eating and lounging; full bathroom with flush toilets, sinks and outdoor showers; and two additional houseboats for staff and owner quarters, or more elegant retreat leader accommodations. Each platform is connected by a floating bridge with smaller platforms around for additional space. We are 100% solar-powered and completely off-grid.
We also provide you with yoga mats, massage mats, kayaks, a sound system, a projector, guitar, drums and charging stations so that you can easily keep your group occupied throughout your stay. Plan yoga sessions, massages, kayak adventures, jam sessions, dance parties and movie nights easily. The options are endless!
Additional amenities may be added as we continue to evolve and grow! Do you need something else? Just ask and we can try to source it for you! We are here to give you and your group an amazing experience!
The Yoga Shala at Om Waters Thailand is our centerpiece and is guaranteed to be the most memorable part of your stay!
It provides 120 sq meters of flat space which easily accommodates up to 22 people for yoga, meditation, dance, massage, workshops or just plain lounging. As you ride up in your long-tail boat to be dropped off on the Shala you will no doubt be in awe of its majesty and understand why Om Waters Thailand is a special place.
The Yoga Shala is well-lit and can be used in the evenings and early mornings for any desired activity. It is perhaps at these times that the Shala is most charming as you see it set against rising and setting suns or covered by star-filled skies.
We highly recommend turning off the lights for some star-gazing as well – light pollution on the lake is low and the skies are awe-inspiring!
Base Camp at Om Waters Thailand is considered the dining, accomodations and lounge area. The accommodation area has the capacity to hold up to 22 guests in simple yet elegant rooms – 12 guests on the lower platform and 10 on the upper platform. 10 rooms are designed to accommodate 2 guests each in their own single beds. Beds can be conjoined on request.
Two extra rooms are provided with only one bed each, usually reserved for retreat leaders and their assistants. Rooms are outfitted with bedside light, bedside table, linens, towels, a mosquito net and storage underneath the bed.
There is a large kitchen which is managed by Jacky and her staff from Cat House Chiang Mai. They will be happy to cater to whatever food requirements you have for your visit! Three meals a day are included in all bookings with catering provided by Cat House Chiang Mai.
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free, they can make a meal just for your group. With their flare for creativity, meals tend to be Thai with an international twist of fusion. They will keep you full and they will keep you happy. In addition to catered meals, we provide fruit, snacks, coffee and tea during all hours of the day!
There are three lounge areas on Base Camp. One contains a couch and two long tables where you can all dine in a cozy, warm atmosphere with views of the shala, mountains and lake. The other two lounge areas are set neatly away from the action allowing people a place to retreat for reading, playing games, or perhaps just napping and conversing.
The washrooms at Om Waters Thailand are fully outfitted with three flush toilets, running water and three rain showers. One of the showers is heated for those cool, winter mornings in Northern Thailand and another likely being sacrificed to create a Thai sauna. Excited? We are. The washrooms have taken on quite a life with its artwork and design and have become the centerpiece of many photos!
Additional capacity may be sourced by request on staff and owner houseboats for more private accommodations, teacher quarters and/or private massage rooms. Added costs may apply. Please contact us for a quote
CATERING BY CATHOUSE RESTAURANT
Three meals a day are included in all bookings with catering provided by Cat House Chiang Mai. All food is vegan and vegetarian and we can accomodate all special dietary needs. In addition, fruit, snacks, local coffee and tea are always available and can be self-served from the kitchen. Cat House food is fusion cuisine and it is as unique as its owner, Jacky. When asked why her food is so delicious, she explained, “It is because I cook with love. I cook everything like I am cooking for friends, for family. I think about how I care about their health, if they are happy, and my food turns out good.”
Jacky’s food is inspired by the cuisines of the world, including Thailand, and uses fresh, seasonal, local ingredients to create dishes with a high level of quality. We try to minimize the use of processed foods, preferring to make our own sauces, pastes, yogurts, breads, desserts and more. It takes more time, but you will taste the difference.
Our menu is constantly changing and will be adjusted to meet the needs of your group. We promise you will never get bored of our menu. We can also accommodate a full Thai food experience. If you want Jacky to make Thai food and teach you about each dish, just ask! She would be happy to accomodate!
Example menu for a day at Om Waters floating retreat
• Fresh Fruit Salad
• Gluten Free Pancakes
• Sesame Spread
• Organic Coffee and Herbal Tea
• Papaya Salad
• Fresh Green Salad
• Pad Thai wrapped in Omelette
• Seasonal Fruit
• Green Salad
• Pumpkin Curry
• Red Rice
• Stir fried Morninglory
• Mango Sticky Rice
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I have been to Om Waters a few times now with friends and I totally love it. Just a short trip out of Chiang Mai center but you feel like... read more
I have travelled to a lot of places all around the world but I have never experienced anything like Om Waters!! This retreat center/ home stay is a self-contained floating... read more
This was such an amazing place for a yoga and meditation retreat. The beautiful setting naturally sets the tone for a zen-like atmosphere. Our yoga and meditation classes were blessed... read more
The serenity of nature and beautiful sights sounds and smells
A truly magical place! Still dreaming of coming back one day 💖
Amazing experience at Om Waters! Loved everything about it especially our chefs Air and Sau...the food was prepared with so much love you could taste it. Seeing their smiling faces each morning was pure bliss. 💕
Getting to Om waters floating retreat center from Chiang Mai is easy. The retreat center is located an easy one hour drive from central Chiang Mai. The retreat is accessed through the main entrance to Sri Lanna national park. The park has an entrance fee of 100 Baht per person. Just after the entrance on the right is the boat pier. Om Waters is a pleasant 20 minute boat ride from the main pier. We ask that you arrange transportation to Om Waters with the boatmen upon arrival. We don’t include the cost of the park administration fee or the boat transportation as part of the package. We also rely on the boatmen to serve our community. Your trip helps support a small but tight knit community of boatmen and their families.
If you need further help with directions please contact us and we will provide emergency phone numbers and additional details to help you arrive at the retreat center.
We would love to hear from you. Please fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
Self organized retreat bookings
For bookings please fill out the contact form we would be happy to discuss ideas for retreat. Generally we are open to ideas regarding use of the space whether it be for a yoga retreat, meditation classes or retreats, holistic retreats of any kind or anything else you can think of.
Individual bookings and currently planned retreats
We can also accommodate individual and small party bookings on a case by case basis. If you would like to join a previously planned even being held at Om Waters please contact us and we can put you in touch with the organizer of the retreat.