THAILAND, Chiang Mai

Calling all creatives! Dancers, Artists, yogis! This is a beautiful PathFor an abundant, creative, thriving new you in 2021! 

Ella Mesma invites you to welcome the New Year in with a very special restorative, heart opening, meditative and abundant experience in Thailand.

Located in a beautiful luxury Homestay in Chiang Mai Thailand, Maya Gandaia are offering their PathFor series over 7 days, as well as Yoga, movement workshops, meditation, luxury, food, massages and exploring the beautiful sites of Chiang Mai including temples, cookery school, dance classes, waterfalls and mountains. This is a journey back home to our authentic selves surrounded by nature and with expert tuition.

Deep down we all know we are powerful, we all know have a creative gift to share with the world, but sometimes, we feel that you should be further along in your career/ feel a little lost. Would you love to get back in touch with your inner artist? with your authentic self? to be creating and thriving abundantly beyond your wildest dreams?

Maya Gandaia and the Path For retreats are about shining a light on the illusions we have made up that get in the way of our true creative spark shining. We ALL have immense power when we create from joy: we are all pure creative spirit!

Over 7 days we will journey through the Chakras on a path of self awareness using dance, art, voice work, journaling and meditation to come back home to your truth: to that version of you who was free to be herself, who will sing out loud, dress and express herself and her lioness goddess without worrying what others think and who knows herself deeply with passion and love.

This is a trip of a lifetime for Goddesses to embody their true CREATIVE expression.

The PathFor Series:

Under her company ‘Maya Gandaia‘ (which translates as ‘Illusion to Joy’), Ella Mesma has devised ‘The PathFor Series’: A PathFor all towards true creative expression. This series of 7 workshops is each inspired by a Chakra, to help step out of the illusions which hold us back from being our true selves.

The PathFor Series were originally developed on Ella Mesma Company: a dance theatre company, to facilitate the telling of the performers stories and dealing with all the stuff that comes up in a work space and during the creative process in a way that was healing, affirming and helped the dancers access the beautiful place of vulnerability and genius where creative magic happens.

This series uses creative devices to offer a fun and accessible PathFor healing, self-reflection, connection and growth. This is a PathFor everyone, but with an emphasis on those who would love to connect to their inner artist. This is a PathFor coming home to our authentic selves, for remembering who we truly are.

The PathFor Series workshops are:

HOME | MULADHARA (Root Chakra) | GROUNDING AND FOUNDATION“The ache for home lives in all of us: the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned” Maya Angelou

HEART | ANAHATA (Heart Chakra)| GIVE AND RECEIVE “The more love we feel in our hearts, the more it will be brought to us” Deepak Chopra

WOMB | SVADISTHANA (Sacral Chakra) | PLEASURE AND SHADOWS  “I live in a queendom, ruled by a womb-iverse.” Erykah Badu 

SING | VISHUDDHI (Throat Chakra) | SELF EXPRESSION “Reclaim your potent voice, filling in the past silences” Tererai Trent

FLY | AJNA (Third Eye Chakra)|INTUITION “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ” Maya Angelou

CREATE | MANIPURA (Naval Chakra) | CONFIDENCE AND RESPONSIBILITY “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey 

SPACE | SAHASRARA (Crown Chakra) |CONNECTED THROUGH ALL TIME AND SPACE“I am connected to everyone through all time and space” William Whitecloud

If chakras are blocked this keeps us from flowing freely in our lives, from creating, from taking control of our lives. Each lower chakra corresponds to an upper chakra, and so we like to run our sessions in this order to achieve balance, and each time we move up to a new chakra raising a higher vibration. The origin of the rainbow chakras and the kundalini serpent derive from the Yoruba Orisha system of ancient West Africa, deified in the divinity Oshumare and that is why the PathFor series focus on the dances of these deities as well as movement styles and artistic mediums to allow us to connect with our pure creative spirit. No previous experience is needed: all womxn welcome just come with an open heart and a curiosity, and we invite you to participate at the best pace for your path!

This retreat will focus on one chakra a day, and will be complemented with a morning meditation and yoga practise, as well as some evening practises. We invite you to gift yourself with this powerful opportunity to unlock your true potential and balance your chakras in a beautiful natural setting.

The series of 7 PathFor sessions: workshops inspired by the chakra system using movement, meditation and journalling will take just over 3 hours per day, and will set you up for life: to be your best self!

Also included on the trip is:

2 massages

A herbal steam

Delicious food (using Thai ‘super foods’ and spices that work together to give your immune system a boost, fight inflammation, speed up your metabolism, and help to create a healthier you!)

Daily tourism visits including:

Mountains, Waterfalls, Lanna wooden houses, Thai traditional dance class, temples, Cookery school lesson and more (including a very special NYE surprise!)

With all the comforts of a five-star high-end family run resort tis trip will also raise your vibration in terms of a luxury experience to set you up to create a fabulous 2021!

The Taladya 5* HomeStay  is absolutely breathtaking: trust us: we have been and we can tell you: it is an amazing setting to be working on yourself!

The Facilitator:

Ella or Maya Gandaia is a yogi, a coach, an artist and has been working in the arts and yoga for over 10 years. She loves dance, art, languages and the world of connectivity: through technology and mind! Ella received Maya Gandaia (pronounced My-A Gan-dye-A) as her Earth name on a magical journey of meditation in early 2017.

Maya means ‘Illusion’ in Sanskrit. ‘Gandaia’ is the joy. She has also always loved Maya Angelou and so the name Maya Gandaia has brought her pure joy on this path as a seeker of truth moving from the illusion of identity to joy.

Ella trained in dance at Laban/LSCD conservatoires, and first studied yoga with Abby Hoffman (Embodied Dancer Teacher Training) in 2011 (with a Gil Clarke Scholarship) and then at the Karam Kriya School to learn Kundalini in 2018. She also recently completed her facilitator training in The Wheel Of Consent.

As a dance performer she has been involved with the Russell Maliphant Company (The Rodin Project), Lea Anderson (Trying it On: The Chomondeleys), the Olympics Opening Ceremony, and projects which took her to India, USA, Brazil, Cuba and South Africa. Ella Mesma Company create theatre work to look at gender, race and identity.

What are people saying about the retreat/The PathFor Series/Ella

“The coaching session I had with Ella was what I didn’t know I needed after ending a week full of planning and going into a week of taking creative risks. The visualisation, the writing and reflection were super useful in helping me feel so much more connected creatively whilst recognising the ways I block my own creativity.” Patricia Verity Suarez

“This workshop allowed me to open and connect to myself and others in movement. What a beautiful mix of techniques (from Yoga, Tango, Butoh … amongst others) to reach the heart of your own movement. Thank you Ella”Participant, Bristol

“It was such a wonderful experience attending the HOME workshop, as a dancer I felt totally immersed in the movement. HOME provided me with an opportunity to dance many styles, including my own and to meditate towards healing. Throughout the session I was guided through movement meditations; learning new dance vocabulary and improvising in my own flow – a wonderful synergy”. Dani Byars, Leeds

“I came a woman and left feeling a goddess. It was an intense afternoon delving through our inner workings but I left with a huge sense of euphoria and affinity for the other attendees.”Anna Demming

“I thoroughly enjoyed Ella’s invitation to seek deeper, to ground further into the inner expression of myself. A mindful workshop to root in your own dance”. Agüi Garcia

“Ella’s HEART workshop is a unique combination of yoga, tango and dance/contact improvisation techniques mixed seamlessly so that anyone can benefit. The workshop I attended had participants aged from 20-70 with varying degrees of dance backgrounds. It was a privilege to see everyone working and creating together with genuine joy. Ella has the ability to allow each individual to shine and to reach their creative potential. A rare and precious gift. I can honestly say it was a transformative experience-it won’t change your life but it may change the way you live it”. Natalie Teitler (Participant in London at The Place)

“You bring a lot of calm and safety to the room, holding space for everyone and making us comfortable and connected quite easily. Your workshop was really playful which I think is so important and I really enjoyed the fact that it mixed a lot of different techniques and influences, giving us opportunities to use our bodies, minds, voices, theatrical skills… And I also liked the fact that it had strong spiritual/ self-love and self-care element without being too serious. Laughter and dance all the way!” Melanie Berard, London

“The knowledge she gave, the vibe created and being able to access the “Home” place we so regularly forget about and overlook, all led to a soul warming and fulfilling experience. I would highly recommend all artists from any background to take Ella’s workshops” Kiran Kumar, Student, Leeds

Prices (this trip is limited to 11 spots so we advise you to book your stay as soon as possible)


29th December 2020 


Earlybird Prices: (Please note if paid via PayPal charges apply)(Book and pay by May 1st 2020)

Paid upfront: £1400Early bird deposit

(Pay deposit of £450 by May 1st 2020) £1450 (then two payments: 1st August £500 & 1st October £500)

Normal Prices:From May 1st 2020:

Paid in full: £1500

Paid in installments: £1550 (Deposit £550) (then two installments of £500 on 1st August & 1st October)

Prices do not include flights and travel insurance.




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