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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         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.

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 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 massage Treatments and Charges.)


TAKE NOTE: You must be on time as we only have 3 therapists, and they are very much in demand. Indeed, you should should try to arrive 10 or 15 minutes early so you have time to relax and prepare yourselves.
 

 

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.

 

  CURRENT COURSES:

1.) January 26th to 31st, 2015: 40 Hour Herbal Workshop: Gathering & Identification, Herbal Compresses, Balms & other Preparations, Food as Medicine etc.  [This course is full.]

2.) Feb. 16th to 28th, 2015:  80 Hour Thai Traditional Massage Course. This course  covers the whole 2 hour 'set.' Beginners who work hard will be able to do it all, experienced students will have fine-tuned their rhythm and touch, and professionals will be able to do what they are already doing even better and with less strain on themselves. (Anyone who completes this course satisfactorily is eligible for the next 150 Hour Special Therapeutic Massage Course in March.) [There are limited places in this course.] 

3.) March 2nd to 6th, 2015: 35 Hour Womblifting Workshop.

4.) March 9th to 13th, 2015: 35 Hour Foot Reflexology Workshop.

5.) March 16th to April 9th, 2015: 150 Hour Special Therapeutic Massage Course.  A highly technical course for ex-students who have already taken at least one full-length course with Homprang -- participants must feel comfortable with Homprang's touch,  rhythm, and sequence, and be ready to explore more advanced healing techniques. [There are limited places in this course as well.]

We will be closed for the Songkran Festival from  April 10th to 20th - everybody goes home! We will then host 2 Specialist Workshops in French from April 21st to May 10th -- you can Click Here for more information.

6.) May 18th to 30th, 2015:  80 Hour Thai Traditional Massage Course. The following 3 courses can be taken separately by a practitioner or student at any level. For for those non-professionals who wish to get a good  hold on the practice of Traditional Thai Massage in the shortest possible time, all 3 are recommended as a sequence: the 80 Hour for technique, the Foot Reflexology for sensitivity and concentration, and the 150 Hour for a detailed study of the acupressure points and lines. In addition, any of them will give a willing professional a whole new lease on life.

7.) June 1st to 5th, 2015: 35 Hour Foot Reflexology Workshop. Taught by Ajarn Bang in her studio by the lotus pond - a unique experience altogether.

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

 

HOW TO BOOK A COURSE

Our Calendar Page lists all our Courses  to July 2015 -- we will be getting up the rest of the year very soon..

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

Click here for How to Enroll in a Course.

Click 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 an intimate glimpse into the Baan Hom Samunphrai experience, try this!

Just as he was leaving Baan Hom a few days ago, a guest called Kundan Ewan handed Christopher a colorful little book called My Friend Nasruddin. Well, we all know and love Nasruddin, and we thought -- "How kind and uncomplicated of our new friend, Kundan Ewan -- a little children's book to keep us safe and probably a bit more secure in the saddle."

Well, a few hours later Christopher pulled the book out of his pocket and started reading, and what a shock. The book was, of course, written by Kundan Ewan himself, and the Nasruddin tales in it were all Kundan Ewan's very own. And everybody at Baan Hom is now reading his stories voraciously and doing all sorts of crazy little things as if they were saints. And Christopher says that he himself, far from being a bit more secure in the saddle, is now wild with wisdom and couldn't care less!

You can click on try this above to join The Baan Hom Samunphrai Kundan Club

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