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 -- you can print out our Map in Thai and English for your 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's students, family, flowers and
  friends are doing you can go to her Baan Hom Samunphrai Facebook Page
  -- you can also click on the photo on the left to see more of what's happening
  around her right now.

  At the moment there are some very nice video clips on her Facebook Page posted
  by a young Thai Documentary film group called  'Where.Do.We.Go.' It's in a
 
competition organized by the Tourist Authority of Thailand, and you can show    
  your support by clicking on any of the YouTube URLs they provide at the end

Click on the photo to see her new house.

 

  CURRENT COURSES:

1. February 1st to 10th, 2016.  60 Hour Thai Traditional Therapies Workshop for Herbalists;

 The course will include the preparation of some of the herbal rubs, ointments and sprays used in traditional Thai remedies as well as heat treatments and compresses. Homprang will also arrange visits to local Thai clinics and healers to experience some of the older therapies like Tok Sen and Yam Khang, still so important in Thai villages and rarely witnessed live by foreigners. It's a course for herbalists as well as for anyone who wants to know more about grass-roots  Thai medicine and therapies without getting down on the mat.

 

2. February 12th to 17th, 2016.  35 hr Womblifting & Abdominal Massage.

Taken together with the preceding, this course will expose students to some of the most 'alternative' aspects of old Thai medicine which, in the context of our times, couldn't be fresher or newer. 'Womblifting' is a game changer, a life-transforming experience for the professional and amateur alike. To do it well requires years of experience, to feel its value just a few days!

 

3.) March 3rd to 5th, 2016.  โปรแกรมเรียนระยะสั้น   (a herbal workshop in Thai)

       3 ว้น 2 คืน (รับเฉพาะ 12 คนเท่านั้น)  โทร  081.885.1429

 

4. March 7th to 19th, 2016.   80 Hour Thai Massage Course.
This course concentrates on technique, and is relevant to all levels of expertise. It also prepares students to join one of Homprang's 150 Hour Special Therapeutic Massage Courses.
This course is now full.

 

5. March 21st to 31st, 2016. A 60 Hour Herbal Therapies Workshop: Gathering & Identification of Herbs, Making Compresses, Remedies & Preparations including for Abdominal Work and/or Womblifting

This course is for both herbalists and body-workers and in addition to the preparation of herbal medicines will include compresses and other massage applications. The Abdominal Work will be in the last 4 days, and students who do not wish to do it can leave or join the Foot Reflexology. This course has only limited places left.

 

6. April 1st to April 5th. 2016   35 Hour Foot Reflexology Workshop.

This course is taught by Ajarn Bang, Homprang's sister-in-law. It can overlap with the Herbal Therapies course depending on the interests of the group as a whole -- this flexibility has been a very successful part of Homprang's courses in the past. The Reflexology is restricted to a maximum of 6 students.

            APRIL 10th to 20th, 2016   CLOSED FOR SONGKARN

 

 

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. And finally, Homprang is very active in the local Thai community, and volunteers her time and expertise to Thai patients as well as to the growing number of Thai students coming back to their traditional medicine. Here's an inspiring example.

  

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 (middle photo above) then in her community or earth market. In the final photo, Maw Hom is showing Thai children from an International School how medicines were made when she was a child.  The students all left with a little bottle of Tiger Balm made by themselves.

 

2015 MERAKI YOGA RETREAT

Here's a quick, impressionable way to explore our orchard, almost as if you were already there. This group of 10 students from Houston Texas came to Baan Hom Samunphrai just last month with their own teacher, Alexandra Merkowitsch, in what we hope will be an annual retreat.

 

Video by Aki Ohinata.

 

 

 

  MUDITA -- an appreciation by Brie Jacobs

"Thailand for me was such a beautiful, eye opening, majestic experience. I took over 4,000 photos in an effort to preserve the impressions as much as possible for when I got back home. Its something I want to relive over and over ."
                                       (May 12th to July 2nd, 2015)

    Click on Brie's porch for an inspired visual diary.
 

 

  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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