Baan Hom Samunphrai A  Herbal Health Centre & School

 Chiangmai, Thailand

  

 

 

 

 

    
     
 
      Under the control of
the
 Thai Ministry of Education
     Chor Mor 04-004/2554

 

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Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362 (English)

 tel.  053-817-356 (Thai)

 fax. 053-817-362

 tel.  081.885.1429

                  (Maw Hom direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com
 


Thai Language Page

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Training Courses

Conferences & Seminars

Accommodations

Credentials & Licenses

Christopher Woodman

Calendar & Events

 


 

 

Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362 (Eng.)

 tel.  053-817-356 (Thai)

 fax. 053-817-362

 tel.  081.885.1429

                  (Maw Hom direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

 


Thai Language Page

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Training Courses

Conferences & Seminars

Accommodations

Credentials & Licenses

Christopher Woodman

Calendar & Events

 


 

 

Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362 (Eng.)

 tel.  053-817-356 (Thai)

 fax. 053-817-362

 tel.  081.885.1429

                  (Maw Hom direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         MEMBER OF
The  Association of Thai Tradi-
    tional Healers (Chiang Mai)


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 Under the control of the Thai
        Ministry of Education:
      Chor Mor 04-004/2554

"The House of Sweet Smelling Herbs"

GENERAL INTRODUCTION. You can click on what interests you below.

We're a Traditional Thai Massage School and Herbal Medicine Centre as well as a sort of Thai village inn with Live-in Accommodations for both students and guests.  Our school offers live-in Traditional Thai Massage Training Courses at all levels from novice to professional with classes limited to a maximum of 10. We also welcome the growing number who are interested in alternative medicine in general, but we offer complete courses only, not just brief introductions. On the other hand, we do offer short courses on Herbs, Herbal Therapies, Womblifting, Abdominal Massage and Foot Reflexology-- if you don't find what you want on our Training Page or Calendar, do ask us. And if you're a guest, just come and stay for as long as you like -- you can sit in this actual chair on the porch upstairs in your house.

 

Our Director, the well-known teacher, Homprang Chaleekanha, is licensed as a Traditional Doctor, Herbal Pharmacologist, and Midwife by the Thai Ministry of Public Health, and our Certificates recognized  by The Thai Ministry of Education. In addition, we host Groups, Conferences and Seminars (up to 20 participants) for those who want to come here with their own teachers and/or special interests--from yurts to yours truly and yoga. Long Stay is possible as well --we're not right for everyone but very right for some, and have had guests in full or partial Retreat for up to 6 months--writers, thinkers, bodies and minds in recovery, lives being rebuilt. Finally, this is also the home of the poet, Christopher Woodman, and we welcome writers, artists, musicians and indeed anyone who is troubled by the muse, or whatever you call that thing buzzing around  in your bonnet.

 

DAILY TREATMENTS.  How to book a treatment & how to get here.

Among other services, we offer Thai Traditional Massage and Herbal Steam Baths in a small village 9 kms southwest of Chiang Mai. It's better to phone ahead as we have only a few therapists -- tel. 053.817.362 or 081.885.1429. It takes 15-20 minutes to get here by motorcycle, car, tuk tuk or song taew -- click here for a Map in Thai and English which you can print out for any driver.

A Full Massage takes about two hours and costs 600 baht -- a Foot Massage is 300 baht and takes about one hour. Either can be combined with a  Herbal Steam Bath (200 baht) which can take up to an hour and includes dips in our cooling pool along with home-grown herb tea. A Full Massage with Herbal Compresses takes about 3 hours and costs 900 baht.

If you think you might benefit from a special Therapeutic Massage (1000 baht) or Womb-lifting (1300 baht) you need to discuss your condition with our director, Maw (Traditional Medicine Doctor) Homprang, who can suggest a specific course of treatment and therapist to work with you. Indeed, you may come just for an informal talk about your condition -- there is no charge for that.

 (You can click here for a list of our Treatments and Charges.)

                
                           You will walk by the moss-covered waterpot under our Bo Tree as you enter.

 

ACCOMMODATION:

Beside students and their partners, our guests include individuals of all ages, couples and whole families who come to us for a variety of reasons: the beauty of the place, the good company around our big table, the herbal steam baths, massages and other therapies, and of course the opportunity to relax, catch up, recover, or get on with some personal project. There are no coffee shops, restaurants, bars or even 7/11s around us, so you can't just walk out our door for urban refreshment. On the other hand, we have rice fields, the river, small local temples and earth-markets everywhere, and very likely you will be the only foreigner wherever you go, on foot or by bicycle. It's rough, simple, and there's an awful lot of litter, but it's also somehow more than just there, and much more than beautiful.

You can find out more about what it's like here in "Where We Are."

You can go to "Accommodations" for a description of our houses, and  here  for our Rates.

 
Baan Uii Dee with its hand-made green tiles -- always cool and  fresh under bare feet (no shoes are worn on any of our floors). You can see how the floor is used in the photo of the group preparing herbs for the steam bath at the bottom of  this page.

 

 DAILY EVENTS & PHOTOS on FACEBOOK:

For an almost daily account of what Homprang and her students are doing you can go to her Facebook page, Baan Hom Samunphrai -- you can click on it to see what she might have put up today.

At the moment you can scroll down for some very nice Baan Hom video clips by a young Thai Documentary film group called  'Where.Do.We.Go.' It's in a competition called 'Green Rangers: Creative Move' organized by the Tourist Authority of Thailand. You can give them your vote by clicking on Tony Richard's nose to find out what so astonished him in "How To Unlock Your Senses" (you may have to scroll down to June 9th for this particular clip).
 

                                           

 

  CURRENT COURSES:

1.) June 8th to July 2nd, 2015:  150 Hour Thai Traditional Massage Course. This course includes acupressure massage. It is suitable for anyone who wants to work really hard as there's an awful lot to learn beside just  how to do Thai Massage. There's a written as well as a practical exam at the end. This course is in progress.

   We will be  closed for the whole month of July.

2. August 2nd to 12th, 2015: 10 day Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with Teune van der Wildt: You can click on the title to read about Teune van der Wildt and his Yoga Retreat at Baan Hom Samunphrai. Please contact Teune directly if you're interested.

3. August 17th to 29th, 2015: 80 Hour Thai Traditional Massage Course. This is the best course for the beginner who wishes to get a real feel for the technique which is so important in Traditional Thai Massage. It is also the perfect course for the advanced student or professional who has not yet had a chance to work with Homprang and would like to qualify for her upcoming 150 Hour Therapeutic Massage Course.

4. August 31st to September 9th, 2015: 60 hr Herbal Therapies Workshop: Gathering & Identification, Herbal Compresses, Remedies & Preparations. Includes Abdominal Work and/or Womblifting.

5. September 7th to September 11th, 2015: 35 Hour Foot Reflexology Workshop.   Taught by Ajarn Bang, Homprang's sister-in-law, the course overlaps with the last days of the 60 hr Herbal Therapies Workshop. Students who do not wish to do the abdominal work in the former may shift over on Monday, Sept. 7th. Restricted to 6 students.

6.) September 14th to October 3rd, 2015:  150 hr Special Therapeutic Massage Course Open only to ex-students, this highly technical course concentrates on massage techniques and maneuvers for medical  conditions not usually included in regular Thai Massage training. A very demanding course.

 

HOW TO BOOK A COURSE

Our Calendar Page lists all our Courses through April 2016

Our Course Fees are listed on the Calendar Page just below the Courses.

Click here for How to Enroll in a Course or here for Breaking News on Visas.

 

HOMPRANG CHALEEKANHA 

Baan Hom Samunphrai is the home of Maw Samunphrai ("Herbal Medicine Doctor") Homprang Chaleekanha, 56, a specialist in Traditional Thai Massage (Nuad Boran) and Thai Yoga (Rasidaton) who also practices Thai Therapeutic Massage, Midwifery and Herbal Medicine. 'Maw Hom,' as she is called, grew up in a small village on the Burmese border with no road or electricity, the only 'doctor' being her rice-farming grandmother who doubled as the local mid­wife and herbalist -- there's more about her grandmother here. Maw Hom is now not only licensed by the Thai Ministry of Public Health as a Traditional Doctor but as a Herbal Pharmacologist, a Traditional Midwife, and a Massage Teacher, and her school is approved by the Thai Ministry of Education. She has also travelled widely in Europe and North America, and is fluent in English as well as Thai, a rare facility among genuine traditional healers.

  

Maw Hom comparing notes with a Canadian Botanist; enjoying her friends by the pool; working with two professional colleagues, one Thai, one English; leading the Rasidaton (Thai Yoga) at 7am.

Introducing her western students to Acharn Suwan, a Buddhist philosopher & herbalist, at his simple garden retreat in Chiang Dao; demonstrating 'Womb-lifting' at an International Health Exhibition; with her colleagues at The Association of Thai Traditional Healers -- as a group they are heavily involved with teaching young Thai students old medicine!

   

All the above roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruit have medicinal value, and Maw Hom will show you them if not in her own herb  garden then in her community or earth market. Herbal preparations are an important dimension in  all her training courses.

 

We are honored to have been selected by the Tourist Authority of Thailand 
  
 to illustrate their 2014 CREATIVE TOURISM initiative. We very much support
    the concept as we've always had difficulty explaining who we are. We're not a
    'Resort Hotel,' not a 'Guesthouse,' not a 'Spa,' not even a 'School' in the western
    sense as we don't teach an academic 'curriculum,' don't give 'grades,' and don't
    stream our classes.

"We're none of the above," we always end up by saying -- maybe we're just Thai!

 

    For a glimpse through Bulgarian eyes, have a look at what Annie Pecheva says about us  here.

          

                                              THE BLOG OF ANNIE PECHEVA

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