There is no lack of abundance of massage in the northern region of Thailand. While one can get a massage anywhere around the country, professionals and interested parties alike have begun to gravitate to the north to receive, and learn, the ancient trade. For myself, I decided to mix my massage with a bit of off-the-grid living, heading to a course in a Lahu Village between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai (run by the Sunshine Network). Through rooster wake-ups to veggies and khow neeow for every meal, living in the small village was an adventure every minute of the day. Enjoy some photos from the 12-day immersion course.
My beautiful lodgeing
The main cafe in town, fresh with some new supplies
The view from the top of the world
Early morning fog on the mountain. Sounds like a folk song to me
The ensuing monsoon
more and more rain
One of the guard dogs
An inhospitable house guest
The course in full swing
Letting my healing flow
Breakfast each morning
Jefar looking like he has a little back pain
V for Vendetta?
Ain't no party like a Lahu party
"Coming to save, the mother f*cking day, yeah!"
Our group on the massage-free afternoon outing
ditching our massage course for tango
How I feel when I see sticky rice and veggies on the 10th day
The mangy cat not happy with paparazzi
Lahu at its finest
A rare glimpse at Beetle Nut teeth
Massage school in all its glory