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Study in Thailand Program

2016 Dates: October 10-30            2017 Dates: July 10-30
Week One - Traveling and Exploring Thailand
Week Two - Advanced Thai Folk Medicine
Week Three - Thai Medical Apprenticeship

Course Fee: $2999 (includes lodging, training, travel expenses during Week One, and food during training on Weeks Two and Three) Students will need to coordinate and pay for their travel to Bangkok, Thailand and from Chiang Mai, Thailand based on the schedule.

Prerequisite: Basic Thai Massage Course or equivalent 40-hour course at another school.
Instructors/Hosts: Kristine Traucht, Marty Traucht, David Roylance, and Sararut Roylance

All of our programs and courses of study are built on the idea of providing the absolute best opportunity for students to learn the Thai healing arts while in their home country. Our programs are enriched with Thai cultural knowledge and steeped in the traditions of Thailand teaching only traditional Thai medicine and traditional Thai massage.

Despite our long history of offering classes and educational opportunities as if you are actually in Thailand, there is no replacement for learning the Thai healing arts in its country of origin. Traditionally native Thai students who wanted to learn the healing arts would move in with their teacher for a period of time to fully grasp an understanding of their knowledge and absorb as much as possible while contributing to the running of the household. Teachers helped their students to learn deep detailed knowledge without reservation through immersion. Often times students would live with their teachers for several years. Through this process, the student was exposed to much more than could ever be offered in a modern classroom setting. It is with this spirit of traditional Thai teaching that we are offering students the "Study in Thailand" program.

If you would like to explore Thailand and her culture, deepen your current understanding of the Thai healing arts, and study with a Thai teacher, our "Study in Thailand Program" could be the perfect opportunity for you.

Kristine and Marty Traucht will be offering a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience. It will commence with a group travel excursion through Thailand. After which, Sararut and David Roylance will open their home in Chiang Mai, Thailand to offer students a unique and customized training program. Only a limited number of spaces are available for students to receive this in-depth learning and growth. Enrollment is available to only 12 students.

Week One: 
Exploring Thailand and Her Culture

During this week students will be traveling with two teachers and veteran travelers. Our journey will begin in Bangkok, Thailand. Group excursions will be planned to explore the temples, markets, shows, and "city life" in the bustling Capital. We will travel north through Central Thailand, visiting areas and villages and enjoying opportunities to learn about the history, culture, and beauty of Thailand.

Week Two: 
Advanced Thai Folk Medicine - Herbalism, Buddhism, Midwifery, and
Indigeneous Healing Practices with Sararut Roylance

Traditional Thai massage is part of comprehensive indigenous medical practices that include a litany of herbal remedies, midwifery, and bodywork with countless varieties of specific techniques that form each discipline. A knowledgeable and well-prepared healing arts practitioner or massage therapist (at advanced levels in Thailand “a Doctor of Massage”) would have an understanding of the vast array of Thai folk medicine available to help their clients. This course will introduce students to herbal practices, practices of a midwife, and how massage plays an important role in the ability of clients to obtain or maintain health within the Thai tradition.

Week Three:
Thai Medical Apprenticeship with Sararut Roylance

Now, for the first time, Western students will have the opportunity to experience a uniquely "Thai" style of teaching and learning through our "Thai Medical Massage Apprenticeship" taught by Sararut Pilakun Roylance. Sara has excelled in her studies within both the traditional oral style of learning and through Thailand's formalized structure of learning with the Ministry of Public Health. This apprenticeship will involve specific lessons taught as a group, as well as customized learning for each individual student based on your individual goals. Sara will also identify areas of growth for you to achieve based on your current Thai massage practice. This is an opportunity to work alongside a seasoned and experienced practitioner of the Thai healing arts. You will have an opportunity to develop your practice well above and beyond your current level of knowledge. See more about this learning experience at the designated link and go here to learn more about Sararut

It is our goal to provide the most in-depth and unique training opportunity possible to students while visiting Thailand. There is no substitute for being able to visit Thailand and learn with a native Thai instructor. Now, you have the opportunity to learn with her in Thailand where she can bring you face-to-face with the most relevant and unique learning opportunities.

This is a complete immersion style program where you will have direct and long term contact with instructors and hosts throughout the entire program schedule. Participating in this learning opportunity means you will experience tangible and specific growth in your healing arts practice through countless learning opportunities. Sararut and Kristine have incorporated experiential learning into this program for students to dive into living, practicing, and experiencing Thailand. You will not only have the opportunity to live in a Thai village but experience aspects of Thailand off the beaten path only accessible to native Thais. The instructors and hosts will coordinate optional field trips within Thailand to enhance your learning opportunities.

This program is detailed, personalized, and specific like no other available training in the Thai healing arts. To keep the training focused, it is only offered to a limited number of students each year and involves extensive planning and preparations. In order to reserve your place in the class, a 50% deposit is required with the remaining amount due 90-days prior to the start of the program. If canceling your reservation with 90-days notice, a refund will be provided per our refunds policy. After 90-days, the reservation in the program is confirmed and any cancellation for any reason would not result in a refund.

Send an email to kristine@thai-institute.com for questions related to this program.
(More details below.)

Week One:
Group Travel Experience

Week Two and Three:
Training Weekdays from 9:00am - 4:00pm.

** Students may choose to only attend Week Two and Three training while opting out of the Week One travel. The cost will remain the same regardless.

Price Includes

  • Assistance with Pick up and return from/to the airport, train station, and/or bus station as coordinated with hosts.
  • Lodging/Accommodations from the 10th -29th. Training center in a private
    house with four (4) full bathrooms in laid back and relaxed, secure gated Thai village community and
    easy access to all the sights and travel locations. Only 15-minutes to downtown, 10-mins to the most upscale mall in Chiang Mai, and 10-15-minutes from the airport, bus terminal, and train station.
    Students will reside at a private guest house within walking distance to the training center. Double and single occupancy is available upon request. If desired, students are welcome to stay at a location of
    their choice outside of the host location while still arriving each day for scheduled events. The price
    would not change.)
  • Wifi or high speed internet is provided for everyone.
  • Training with instructor from 9:00am - 4:00pm on Monday - Friday   17th-21st and 24th-28th.
  • Food during Weeks Two and Three for morning and afternoon meals Monday - Friday. Dinner and weekends are the responsibility of the student.
  • Field trips and destination learning will be occasionally incorporated as part of the learning experience with most trips being scheduled during Week One or in the evenings or weekends during Weeks Two and Three. The student will have the option to attend these events at their own cost.
  • Personal hygiene products and anything you require for personal comfort will be the responsibility of
    the student.



Time Event Location

Typical Weekday Schedule for Weeks Two and Three

07:00 - 08:00 AM Morning Wai Khru and Meditation
(Attendance Optional)
Meditation Room
08:00 - 09:00 AM Breakfast and Clean-up Dining Room
09:00 - 10:30 AM Instruction in Designated Program Classroom #1 or Classroom #2
10:30 - 10:45 AM Break  
10:45 - 12:00 PM Instruction in Designated Program Classroom #1 or Classroom #2
12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch, Clean up and Break  
1:30 - 4:00 PM Instruction in Designated Program Classroom #1 or Classroom #2 or off site for specific training
4:00 - 10:00 PM Free Time (travel to the city for shopping, sightseeing, dinner, a movie, receive massage, receive traditional Thai medicine treatments, or just about anything all within arms reach. Relax at home, take a quiet bike ride, walk, visit a local market, enjoy a swim in the pool or sauna session, etc.)  

Evenings & Weekends during Weeks Two and Three (Saturday and Sunday) are free for personal activities. As opportunity and time allows, the instructors may invite students on a unique spontaneous and optional event (festivals, street markets, unique dining, temples, live performances, shopping, traditional medical clinics, visit shaman, herbal farms, etc.) to deepen your learning experience.

Students are welcome to stay at the guest house that is provided or make arrangements for other accommodations during the weekends.

No tobacco, alcohol or intoxicants are allowed to be consumed on the premises nor is anyone allowed into the training center who has consumed these products.

Playground and Neighborhood

View of Village from Main Road

This program of study is for students who are respectful and mindful of others in every way. We have always experienced that students in our programs meet this criteria without reservation.

If you have any questions regarding our program, feel free to contact us at (720) 335-6053 or by email at denver@thai-institute.com.

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