A Beginning Journey in Meditation at Six Senses Spa - Soneva Gili Resort, Maldives

18th Aug 2004

The Six Senses Spa at Soneva Gili Resort in the Maldives will host a week-long retreat conducted by Meditation and Reiki teacher Derrick ‘Asaf’ Gooch, from 7th to 14th November 2004.“With every breath is a new beginning”

A journey in Meditation is a retreat that focuses on one’s inner awakening; a passage that will expand consciousness and inner silence of spirit, unblocking the daily stress and mental tensions that build up, so as to renew and reconnect with one’s inner sense of calmness.

The retreat practices the philosophy of Yoga to calm the body and the mind. It has been designed to cater to an individual’s practice and ability. The theories and practice will assist participants to overcome stumbling blocks such as anger, depression, fear, and anxiety, and lead to a more productive yet serene lifestyle.

Asaf Gooch has devoted many years to spiritual practice and helping to guide others as they begin their inner journey, in addition to being manager of the Six Senses Spas at Evason Hua Hin Resort and Evason Hideaway at Hua Hin,.

He was inspired in Thailand to write a book entitled “A Beginning Journey in Meditation” - a spiritual self-help book written from a westerner’s perspective and encouraging the reader to begin their practice of meditation. Having been introduced to many faiths, he teaches that “eventually all paths lead to the same destination in the silence” and in regard to Yoga, this is a scientific technique to discover one’s personal belief to a greater degree.


Asaf is a Reiki Master trained in both Prema Prana and Usui tradition. Reiki Healing is credited with effectively treating ailments including headaches, backaches, depression and chakra cleansing. It is also effective for recharging the body and for deep relaxation. It is an alternative and complimentary treatment that is non-invasive and seeks to replenish the energy within.

Rates for this extraordinary retreat begin at US$4,200 per person twin sharing and US$6,580 single accommodation, with transfers from Male International Airport. A 10% service charge will be added. The 7-night’s accommodation is in a luxurious Soneva Gili Suite with breakfast daily. The retreat comprises daily 90-minute recharging exercises, 60-minute meditation and discussion and 90 minute sunset Tai Chi and Qi Gong Techniques at sunset. In addition, participants receive an individual spa consultation, and a 30-minute Thai or Swedish massage plus a copy of Asaf Gooch’s book, ‘A Beginning Journey in Meditation’. They also receive a choice of spa treatments (Taksu, Holistic or Reflexology) each night of their stay.

For programme details, www.sixsenses.com/soneva-fushi Reservations can be made directly Soneva Gili Resort: Telephone +960 440 304; [email protected], or requested on-line.


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