In this video our great friend and client Paula Shields shares about her journey throughout 2020, about her motorbike accident and her stay with us during the time that she was recovering from the injuries.

Paula had a motorbike accident on her way to work one day that resulted in an open compound fracture, four surgeries, having a metal cage in order to fixture the bones for a long period of time.

When she arrived at Living with The Spirit her leg was very swollen and discolored, this was the result of the injury and the urgent need for holistic healing.

 

Hear Paula share about her transformative journey with us, the way she perceived the accommodations, the services, the food and her entire experience and their results during her stay with us earlier this year.


Thank you Paula!

/Simba & Sara

 


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Paula – Post Surgery Retreat – Video Testimonial
I am extremely grateful to both Simba and Sarah for providing me with a safe and healthy space to work through some my personal troubles. I had been experiencing severe insomnia for around 6 months and signing up to their unique combination of spiritual healing and physiotherapy sessions was the best decision I made. Sarah was lovely to talk to and I instantly felt very comfortable in her presence.
Talking to Sarah enabled me to realise some childhood traumas that I had not allowed myself to acknowledge over the years. Through talking to her, and focusing on the weekly exercises that she assigned me, I was able to notice some of my unhealthy thoughts and learn how to improve my thought processes. While working on my mental health, I also engaged in some physiotherapy sessions with Simba. Alternating between counselling sessions and more physical sessions was perfect for me. It enabled me to realise that everything is connected – mind and body, and in order to properly heal, it is essential to recognise this link.
Simba was kind, compassionate and I also felt very comfortable in his presence. I enjoyed the Reiki session, but particularly benefitted from TRE as it helped me release tension that I had been unknowingly storing. After experiencing what I would consider to be the worst period in my life, I am pleased to say that my insomnia has gone completely. I know that this was heavily due to the tools and coping strategies that I learnt from my sessions with Simba and Sarah.
It has been 2 months now since my last session, and I continue to mediate and incorporate the mindfulness practices that they encouraged me to use. I particularly valued how Sarah and Simba incorporated Bhuddist philosophies into their work. I personally feel very aligned with this way of life and find strength in mediating on a daily basis. I am extremely grateful to these wonderful people and couldn’t recommend them more to anyone who is struggling with insomnia, depression, anxiety, eating disorders or poor physical health.
I recently left Thailand to focus on my studies, however I hope to return once I graduate. I will be sure to visit them again in their beautiful and welcoming home.
Thank you for your guidance and love,
Haaniah

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Hanniah’s Testimonial – Working Through Insomnia

Working in the field of Behavioural Healthcare I often have the opportunity to engage with other professionals and providers in support of my clients. The team at Living with The Spirit in Chiang Mai are wonderfully creative and generative in their approach to supporting healing and wellbeing, which is why I was excited by the opportunity to work with them.

 

Sara and Simba, the owners of Living with The Spirit, consulted with my team at Rise (Asia’s first gender responsive trauma informed treatment program) to help develop innovative and responsive ways to support our clientele with their treatment experiences. They offered us a unique blend of body based holistic healing methods developed with understanding and appreciation of the specific environmental and psychological needs of our clients.

 

In addition to their consulting services, Living with The Spirit offer clients in a secondary stage of recovery a safe place to continue to work on integrating somatic and emotional experiences into their daily lives. Their premises, close to the centre of Chiang Mai have a residential component, allowing people to stay, be looked after with 24/7 care, and engage in bespoke individualised healing and wellbeing treatment plans for as long as needed. This phase of early recovery as a continuation to primary treatment services, can provide a significant contribution to ongoing success and recovery for clients in need of additional services.

 

I am delighted to have already had the opportunity to work with these healing professionals and look forward to further partnership in the future.

 

Paula Shields
Program Director
Rise: The Cabin’s gender responsive trauma informed treatment program for women.

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Paula Shields – Program Director Rise at The Cabin Chiang Mai

It’s  a lovely space you have here, it’s good. I feel really nice and relaxed. I enjoyed all the treatments and certainly the food is just wonderful. Thank you!

 

 
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Retreat Testimonial – Alistair’s Experience

Sarah and Simba were the most important people in my journey of healing and growth! As a teenager I took drugs, ran away from home, became a criminal and so on. Years later I stopped and turned my life around 180 degrees.
As time went on I realized that I was still struggling to overcome the impact of those days and that they affected my present and future. So I began my journey of healing and growth through sessions at Living with the Spirit.

 

Over the last two years we have worked on taking responsibility, forgiving, healing, communicating, thinking and feeling constructively, staying present, asserting myself, finding my purpose, doing what feels right, and more.
We played sports, worked on my posture, healed sports injuries, did tension and trauma release exercises and meditation.

 

I can’t tell you how grateful I am! They have had such a positive influence on my daily life and happiness. I am very happy to highly recommend their work!

//Mike
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Overcoming Drugs & Emotional Blockages – Read Mike’s Testimonial

I visited Living with The Spirit after my brother committed suicide and I needed help to ground, to get emotional support and to support my over all health. I also needed support for emotional eating, moving forward with my life and to work on the pain in my hip. This is my video about my retreat at Living with The Spirit.

 


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An Emotional Healing Journey – My’s Video Testimonial
Proud to share a big supporter in my physical and mental wellbeing. Living with The Spirit – A big part of what they do is slapping some common sense into. Sports are a big part of my life and when injuries happen it can always be scary. If you’ve ever been suffering from an injury, then Living with The Spirit is your go-to. Their sports rehab support is incredible, kind, caring, and supportive. If you’re in Chiang Mai and looking for some support, consider these guys.

 


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Sports Rehab and Injury Treatment – Video Testimonial Cash

I’m deeply grateful that I chose Living With The Spirit be my home away from home on my healing journey in Thailand. Upon arriving the first day, my immediate impression was a feeling of safety, ease and acceptance in the presence of Sara and Simba.

They embraced me with open arms and a kindly smile throughout my two-month visit. Often we would chat casually about this-or-that, topics related to healing or sometimes not at all, as though we were old friends convening to catch up and exchange ideas.

It felt like family, a family with the compassion and experience to offer hope, guidance and support. Their healing center is a special space for rest and clearing. The necessities of a healthy and holistic life are looked after for guests so that they can care for themselves.

Living With The Spirit is a loving place. I hope to return to visit Sara and Simba soon.

//Adam
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Wellness Retreat Testimonial – Adam’s Experience

I have had a professional relationship with the team at Living with The Spirit for over two years. I am also a client. Sara and Simba are the embodiment of what a top level holistic service practice delivers. They truly meet their clients where they are at and build from a strength perspective allowing for goal attainment. Their expertise in holistic practice is diverse.

I cannot recommend them highly enough to any prospective business as holistic consultants or to any individual for services.

Michael Gillis, MSW
Chief Clinical Officer
The Cabin Chiang Mai
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Michael Gillis, MSW – Chief Clinical Officer at The Cabin Chiang Mai

I was heading to Chiang Mai for a ten day Vipassana retreat and was looking for a place to stay before and after the meditation. Luckily enough I found Living with the spirit. Arriving there I immediately felt welcome, totally safe and taken care of. It was a perfect place to unwind; the treatments, the food, the house, everything adding to my wellbeing.

Sara and Simba are amazing, they intuitively know what you need and have an endless variety of helpful methods for any condition you may have. Living with them made me feel more relaxed, happier, healthier, stronger and more in tune with my life. Together with Eric, they are excellent guides in physical, mental and spiritual matters, standing by your side and showing you new ways of living. And Nuchie, with her sweet presence and great cooking. They feel like family, and I wish I could visit more often but it is a long way to travel. One day I will be back, and until then I am with you all in spirit.

With love //Karin
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Spiritual Retreat – Karin’s Experience