Ari and Daliah Barkan
Ari and Daliah are the husband and wife team who co-founded Orion Healing . They met on a Vipassana meditation retreat in 2002, at this time Ari had already opened his first Retreat Centre. They went on to establish the first Orion Centre together on Koh Phangan in 2006.
Ari is a Reiki (Universal Life Force Energy) Master who has been dedicated to the understanding and practice of this esoteric art for more than a decade. He teaches internationally on the subjects of energy channelling and healing, creating ripples of change with the potential to spread globally.
A true Master is a Master over himself and not over others.
Ari experienced the privilege of studying with a 6th-generation Reiki master from the traditional Usui Reiki lineage. In 2000, Ari received a vision that led him to an understanding of his path. He followed this vision to Thailand, where he studied meditation with Thai monks in traditional cave settings and the esoteric techniques from many religions and cultures. He has also been fortunate enough to study with several famed kabbalistis.
The journey we embark upon when we begin to heal is ongoing and ever-evolving. We travel to discover the world, but also to get away from the distractions that prevent us from aligning with our true path. Once we begin reconnecting with our inner voice and intuition, we begin to discover the joy and happiness that we are searching for.
Daliah is a Reiki Master, CranioSacral practitioner, and yoga teacher, who first set foot upon her spiritual path very early in life. Inspired by her mother, who has been a yoga student since the 1970s, she took up the practice in her homeland, England. Since then, she has studied healing techniques in Israel, Costa Rica and the Far East. She has been guiding detox retreats in Thailand since 2006.
Daliah leads Orion Reiki, Crystal Healing workshops and “Integrated Touch” CranioSacral Therapy workshops. She teaches Hatha Yoga from the Science of Yoga Chakra system and is strongly influenced by both the Ashtanga and Iyengar schools of yoga. She also crafts her own jewellery, designed to rebalance chakras and enhance healing, from combinations of crystals.
There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.
Ari and Daliah reside on Koh Samui Island with their 2 sons. Their lives are dedicated to healing using the practice of Reiki, and to teaching people worldwide to use this energy to transform their lives and find the true happiness that we are all looking for.
The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why
Our purpose is to help you to find out why.
Simon Belcher is passionate about Reiki. He is a Reiki Master and teacher. Simon was initiated at Master level by Orion’s founder, Ari Barkan during a detox retreat at Orion Healing Centre on Koh Phangan. Since then, Simon has dedicated his life to working as a Reiki healer and teacher, initially in Brighton, England where he has lived and now in Thailand as part of the team at Orion.
“After more than 20 years in the fashion industry, I was feeling dissatisfied. I had everything I believed would make me happy, a successful career travelling the world and living the high life and all the things that money could buy; but still there was something missing.”
“During a trip to Thailand, sitting on a beautiful beach one day, I realised that being here I felt more alive, more “real”. I returned to the UK and closed down my fashion business. Although that felt good, I didn’t actually know what to do with my life. Reading a book one day, I read about Reiki healing and had the realisation that it was Reiki that I needed to do, initially to bring healing to my own life.
“Having studied Reiki at levels I & II in Brighton, I was guided back to Thailand and to Orion to take the Reiki Master initiation and course with Ari Barkan. I also did my first detox. It was amazing; I had found what I had been looking for. For the first time I experienced a sense of oneness and connection and I felt a divine guidance enter my life. The alchemy of the Reiki with detox, daily yoga and the particular environment available at Orion opened the door to my complete balance and wellbeing. Since that time my life has been flowing and I have dedicated it to Reiki and detox and to helping to bring the same healing to the lives of others. I have realised that happiness can be ours, right now. We don’t need anything other than to be ourselves in perfect balance and wellness. For me, the way to achieve this is through the magic and unique combination of detox, Reiki and yoga that we offer at Orion Retreat Centre.”
We come into this world as divine sparks of pure potential. As we grow and become conditioned through our families, environment and experiences, this potential becomes limited by our fears and beliefs. We literally imprison ourselves, both consciously and subconsciously. True healing is to remove these walls that restrict us, peel away the layers of pain & suffering to reveal again that divine spark…our true nature. We are all truly magnificent beings.
Ann is a warm hearted native of Thailand who believes that leading with kindness is the secret to success in any endeavor. She has several years of experience working in both the hospitality and spa industries. Her enthusiasm and sense of humor are infectious and her ability to multi-task makes her an incredible asset to Orion’s busy team! When you will come – you will understand. She will answer all your questions and solve all the problems or flaw you will consider as disturbing. With any questions about schedules, smoothies or life at Orion or Thailand in general – turn to her. She is also a loving wife and mother and she brings compassion to every interaction she engages in.
“Smile is the best answer for everything”
Nan – our secretary is a native to the Land of Smiles and her sunny disposition makes that abundantly clear! Her experience in the hospitality industry as well as her experience and education teaching English make it a pleasure to interact with her. She takes care of your time-table, and makes sure you feel welcomed in all the possible ways – starting from your booking moment till you finally arrive (by the way – it’s not a coincidence there was a driver in airport who picked you up). Nan is our kindness – with her smile, sweet gestures and advice you’ll always feel wanted and welcomed. Behind each e-mail sits her and during your retreat, she will always follow your needs and wishes by arranging unforgettable retreat. We really appreciate her selfless input and joy that she radiates! Her optimism and friendly manner envelop all she meets. Her love of reading Harry Potter books should be a giveaway… She does indeed believe in magic!
“You are what you think, so think nice!”
Carol has been a certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Bodyworker, Feng Shui consultant and teacher of Mindfulness practices for over 20 years. She has a degree in psychology and received her certifications in San Francisco, CA where she resided for much of her adult life. Her deep and clear quality of presence and open heart become a reflective mirror for her clients and a prompt for their potential for change. Her refined level of attention and unconditional approval help people feel truly seen and at ease with her. She absolutely insists that the purpose of life is to experience joy and to have fun! Bodywork modalities: Craniosacral Balancing is a light touch therapy designed to help release the trapped tensions which underlie and govern patterns of dis-ease and stressors in both body and mind. Vibrational Healing Massage Therapy blends subtle energy healing, deep structural alignment, advanced body mechanics and the power of intention to clear physical pain and emotional stress.
Erwann is french sweetheart and veeeery kind soul. His heart for sure is bigger than muscles, and everyone would admit – his muscles are quite impressive. Last year he moved to Thailand to share his knowledge and give support on this beautiful part of planet. By working in heaven and doing his dream job – Erwann daily meets, encourages, inspires and motivates many people who together with Erwann – step by step, hand in hand moves forward in direction of healthy body, good condition and great look. Erwann’s biggest satisfaction is happy client who’s bravery grows faster than muscles.
Originally from Italy, Luca Sonzogni has been living in the London, UK, for nearly 15 years working in finance and the corporate sector, until he became conscious of the impact of modern life on body, mind, and soul. That’s when his yoga practice intensified and a new perspective on life started to manifest. A completely new lifestyle followed and a deeply rooted passion for food and wellbeing emerged. Nutritional Therapist from The College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in London. Luca is a certified member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and of the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). He runs a successful nutritional therapy practice, Smiley-Nutrition.com as well as writing his personal blog NutriYogaLife.com Luca has been practicing Tantric Yoga in Thailand and London for over 5 years as well as studying different Vedic traditions. He graduated as Teacher at The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram in Madurai, India.
“Feeling awesome and alive, really connecting with the world around me, being intellectually stimulated and growing personally, a little bit every day, week and month is what I want from life. Nothing more. But that’s a lot.”
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Everyone who partakes in one of our fasting and detox programs can trust that they will receive personal attention and support throughout the process. We place our foremost attention on the unique physical, emotional, and spiritual healing process of each individual, and use our many years of experience to advise participants as to which treatments will suit their particular needs.
Each cleanse also features a holistic therapy treatment designed to energize you and aid in replenishing your ‘qi’ (pronounced ‘chi’ and also known as ‘ki’ or ‘prana’). As ancient Chinese and Indian physicians knew, this is the life force that animates us, and replenishing it is vital to the detox process. Detox yoga sessions are also scheduled each morning, and our detoxifying massages will leave you feeling completely relaxed and at ease.
Our therapists are adept at bringing ancient beliefs into use in our modern-day times. Our treatments bring about balance, equilibrium and harmony to your body, resulting in complete rejuvenation. Our core virtue is having the ability to offer people the power to heal themselves through Reiki, CranioSacral Therapy, Crystal Healing, Chakra Balancing, and Theta Healing. In fact, many of our previous guests have become very successful in their own right, with many teaching across the globe or opening their own centres.