"Deon led an outstanding Partner Thai Yoga workshop for my friends. He helped create a safe and nurturing atmosphere for us to explore Thai Yoga Massage. Not only was it fun, but it also felt wonderful. I left the workshop practically floating and empowered with some of the basics of this wonderful practice, instructed by a highly capable practitioner-teacher."
- Robert Jacobsen, Los Angeles
"This was one of the best continued education workshops I have been to in my massage career. The hands-on was excellent. I didn't ever feel rushed or as if I was being judged. I am excited to take the other classes available. You have a beautiful spirit and wonderful touch. Thank you so much for sharing what you love."
- Kim Neater, Charlotte
"Deon, I love your style of teaching! I love the analogies to describe the poses, and the time spent on the background of Thai Massage and the benefits and how to deal with tricky situations."
- Teresa Castaneda, Santa Barbara
"I like the honesty and helpful critiques throughout the sessions. Also liked switching partners so I could understand different bodies. Also felt like mindfulness was present and equanimity."
- Level 1 Student
"It was wonderful. I wouldn't change anything. The whole class flowed, and I feel I learned a lot in 5 days. It was fun. Thank you!"
- Kaja Gawronski, Santa Barbara
"Great workshop. Deon is a great teacher with passion for the material and very clear instruction, and a very well developed system."
- Jonathan Whittle-Utter, Los Angeles
"Thank you so much! This has been a wonderful and life changing experience. Looking forward to taking more of your classes!"
- Lindsay Neese, Wilmington
"I loved being able to work with everyone in the workshop. It truly made the experience that much richer. The attention to details and walking us through instruction was invaluable. I feel like I'm leaving here with a solid foundation for giving Thai Therapy."
- Jeaneal Guy, Wilmington
"Thank you for coming out to teach last month. It was a lovely experience. I especially enjoyed the emphasis on needing to connect with ourselves first, before connecting with our partners and the explanation of the different levels of touch between humans, including non-sexual, but sensual-conscious. I appreciated the pace at which you taught and the attention you gave to each of us. It really seemed to flow naturally and by the end I felt another level of acceptance and non-judgment of my partner. I am a very body-based person and this experience gave me an opportunity to receive my partner's touch in a compassionate and non-judgmental way - in the framework of learning & growth, rather than 'this is how it should be.'"
- Michelle Lai, Echo Park
"I love these workshops. I feel like I learn so much and Deon is so patient and helpful! Awesome!"
- Anni Herring, Arizona
"I loved when Deon verbally guided us through the massage and when needed, he guided our bodies where they needed to go."
- Stephanie Hechtman, Los Angeles
"My husband and I attended Deon's Thai Yoga Massage training as a couple and were delighted! Deon's teaching style and focus on practicalities provided a foundation in a modality unfamiliar to us, with ease and enjoyment. We have been practicing with one another, weekly and it continues to be a wonderful opportunity for sharing loving affection and intimacy."
- Jennifer Klein, Wilmington
"I loved the fact that there was philosophical discussion as well as practical instruction. Deon creates such a safe and open space."
- Dena Drotar, Los Angeles
"Beautiful location, delicious food, amazing students, and some mighty fine teaching."
- Teresa Castaneda, Santa Barbara
"Deep gratitude for your suggestions and kind teaching. Your gentle approach really resonates with the way yoga practice is all about. You are a wonderful gift to the yoga and Thai Yoga Practitioner training Sangha. Namaste & Om Shanti."
- Pradnya Bhende, Charlotte
"This workshop was both practical as well as inspirational. The instruction and course material were clear and incredibly useful for after the class. The environment was just perfect and made this feel like a retreat. The pigs roaming around were perfection. I am excited to come back for future classes. Thank you to Deon for making such a fab course!"
- Tatum De Roeck, Los Angeles
"This workshop was not only a great training, but also very grounding. I left feeling like a better person. Thank you!"
- Martina Sanchez, Los Angeles
"Really enjoyed from start to finish. Learned many techniques (intentions!!) that I will be able to utilize in both my massage practice and yoga instruction."
- Beth Hanrahan, Charlotte
"I would just like to say that I think the manual is fabulous! Thank you so much for providing such detailed info."
- Rachael Harper, Charlotte
"Deon is a fantastic teacher. He explains everything so explicitly on a level that is appropriate for all levels! Fabulous workshop!"
- Ann Herring, Arizona
"I loved the attention to detail without sacrificing the flow. Wonderful clear demos, articulate guidance on the 3rd day. Appreciate the way you have integrated Anusara into both your body and in awareness of the client."
- Rachael Goolsby, Wilmington
"I really LOVE that you verbally walk us through each stage of the game. I feel more competent after the repetition. I love the routine and am looking forward to implementing the moves."
- Allassandra Rhody, Ojai
"Awesome workshop. Material was provided in manageable chunks. You were very thorough, graciously answered questions and provided a wonderful environment in which to study. Can't wait until you come back."
- Kim Bridi, Charlotte
"I love the moving yoga practice on each day to open the body and prepare for more practice. This was awesome. Intensely awesome! Thank you!"
- Angela Benton, Charlotte
"Instructions were very thorough and easy to understand. Hands on practice with different partners helped me to see and feel differences in different bodies, their limitations and flexibilities. I like the technique of instructions and general tips for improving the practice of yoga and incorporating (integrating) with Thai Yoga massage."
- Leisa Sossamon, Charlotte
"This course surpassed my expectations. I just wanted to obtain hours for my license and learn/be exposed to a different technique. I received much more! Thank you so much! I can't wait to try this on family and friends."
- Stephanie Konny, Wilmington
"I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. The materials are clear and your instruction was great. The energy that you gave to us was all positive and kind which made the group dynamics the same. Thank you and I look forward to putting this into practice and also to working with you again."
- Marie Schwindl, Raleigh
"I very much appreciate your clarity, honesty, and humor. I can't wait to go home and practice!"
- Sara Liberatore Lopez, San Francisco
"The entire 3 days was well-structured, informative, intense, enjoyable and professional. Not only have I learned some of the essentials to Thai Yoga Massage, I walk away with a mentor and friends for life."
- Melissa Rupoli-Katz, Arizona
"Excellent workshop. Enjoyed it very much. Extremely knowledgeable and attentive instruction. Material was presented very well and I was able to get a good understanding and feel for it during the course of the training. Excited to put training into my professional application."
- Dana Carlson, Wisconsin
"I loved Deon's way of guiding us through how to correctly execute this therapy. He is a wonderful instructor and I really feel confident with the material he has taught us in these 3 days. Giving a full session for practice the 3rd day really helped to tie it all together."
- Brookelin Gottlieb, Los Angeles
"Your professionalism, peaceful demeanor, and love of Thai Yoga Massage is evident in the way you teach and represent this beautiful way of healing and communicating. I appreciate all that you do, and the hard work and preparation in making the weekend so unbelievably informative, loving, and thought-provoking."
-Melissa Rupoli-Katz, Yoga Teacher, Scottsdale
I feel like I could actually go out and do this now. The lessons were easy to follow and Deon is a wonderful teacher, very thorough, descriptive and inviting. I can't wait for the next class."
- Brandi Daniels, Hollywood
"I was really surprised that such a simple series could make such profound results and create such deep opening without strain or stress."
- Michael Filipowich, Los Angeles
"After attending Deon's Guided Partner - Weekend Workshop, at Exhale in NYC, I have developed a new affinity for Thai Yoga Therapy. I have been to Thailand and received Thai Massage and never experienced the same opening and surrendering as I felt while receiving Deon's energetic practice. I have also gone to other, similar trainings, but had not fully comprehended the practice until attending this workshop. I have learned so much in a weekend - more than I have in all my collective prior experiences and training in Thai Massage and Thai Yoga Therapy. Many thanks to Deon for sharing his knowledge and love."
- Anna Carbonell, Yoga Coordinator, Exhale MindBodySpa, New York City
"Thank you so much for the class you taught here this week. The feedback has been great and it is a pleasure working with you. Some of the students' comments: '... really enjoyed the practical.' 'It over exceeded any expectations that I had.' 'Learnt a whole new treatment, was fantastic.' "
- Lauren Buchan-Swanson, Senior Instructor, London, United Kingdom
"Les Nouvelles Esthetiques SA, South Africa's leading professional spa magazine, was proud to have hosted Deon as one of our speakers at our 3rd Annual Spa Conference. Deon provided his insight and knowledge to delegates from all over the African continent. Based on their feedback, he was one of the highlights of our speaker program.
His knowledge and professionalism, whilst conducting a Thai Yoga Therapy Foundation Course, after the Conference, allowed for spa therapists to gain the keys to this remarkable art form that he teaches. We look forward to his future visits in South Africa, where we already have a waiting list for his return."
- Dr Nadine de Freitas, Managing Editor, Johannesburg, South Africa
"The International Dermal Institute, the world's leading provider of postgraduate education in skin and body therapy, is a proud host to Deon's Thai Yoga Therapy workshops at our training centers in the US and abroad.
Student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we are always delighted to invite Deon to lend his unique approach and results-oriented regimen to our skin care therapists. Our students have declared that Deon's teaching style, level of expertise, depth of knowledge and passion for Thai Massage far exceeds their expectations.
With stringent criteria for whom we bring onto our roster as a guest lecturer, we have been very pleased with Deon's reception not only in the US, but also in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand."
- Annet King, Director of Training and Development, Carson, USA
"I am always looking for ways we can do things better at the Medspa - particularly how to enhance our clients' experience. After having such an incredible, educational and insightful session at one of Deon's workshops I knew that I needed to incorporate some of his techniques into our services."
- Colin Hurren, CEO, Skin Deep Laser Medspa, Pasadena, USA
"I'm using all those techniques you showed us that Sunday, and they are great. Thank you SOOOOOO much. They have saved my palms, thumbs and arms - and back, even."
- Georgina Purple, Thai Massage Therapist, Los Angeles, USA
"Thank you again for the amazing training. Your teaching was a rich offering filled with technique, heart and healing energy. It was to my amazement how my Anusara (Yoga) training blended so well with this therapy. They are great tools to learn. I have been using them in my classes as well as with my private clients. As you suggested, I did one person a week to practice and now I have regular paying clients. What a true gift. I look forward to learning more so I can serve the community even better."
- Hillary Rubin, Yoga Instructor, West Hollywood, USA
"Thank you for conducting such a wonderful and successful course for the International Dermal Institute in Australia. The students absolutely loved the course and want more! It was phenomenal and has been one of the most successful courses we have run - thank you."
- Leanne Rigney, Divisional Education Manager, Sydney, Australia
"The result of this way of working was to open the body in a much deeper way, I felt like areas that had never been open before were finally getting to breathe, almost like having a light shone into a dark place.
I was so amazed at how my body was feeling that I decided to come back for the following days instruction. Upon my return to New York I continued to feel the benefits of the practice as well as Deon's way of teaching.
If you are reading this flyer and if you are even thinking for a second that this may be something you would like to try.... do yourself a huge favor and sign up for the experience.... you'll never feel the same again."
- Catherine Owens, New York City, USA
"The therapy is working well within my practice and I enjoy giving this treatment so much ... Well, I just cannot thank you enough! I have adapted the treatment for my disabled clients and they love it. "
- Jean Simon, Spa Owner and Therapist, London, United Kingdom
"I studied Thai Yoga Therapy with Deon on my visit to Los Angeles last summer. Since then, I have been combining a lot of the Thai Yoga Therapy methods into my everyday practice. I feel that it has helped me develop as a knowledgeable Massage Therapist. Deon's a great teacher and was able to work the class well. No matter what level people were at - whether they were in the class to learn to be able to do this on friends and family or to take it on professionally - he was able to customize the class to fit everyone's individual needs."
- Joe Rubino, Certified Massage Therapist, London, United Kingdom