Although Senior Teacher, Deon de Wet regularly travels to practice and teach at different venues in the United States and abroad, the main training facility is in the Upper Ojai Valley in Southern California, about 75 miles northwest of Los Angeles. On site is a studio and residential quarters situated in a pristine natural environment that lends itself to retreat, renewal, learning and growth.
The wood-floored training studio lies on land lush with live oaks, fruit trees, green lawns and a vegetable garden. Next to the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County, it is a peaceful haven where hawks swoop by and owls hoot at night. Along with resident squirrels, rabbits, and raccoons, we are often honored with visits by deer, coyotes and bobcats. Even black bears and mountain lions are spotted in the vicinity from time to time.
Resident on the property are a trio of goats; a horse and a couple of donkeys, three pigs; a flock of chickens, ducks and turkeys; several cats and dogs; and an assortment of turtles and tortoises. The presence of all the animals and the abundant vegetation at the deonThai Studio in Upper Ojai makes for a very satisfying setting, adding to the profound experience of natural bonding and communication that students undergo during their training modules.
Beverly Hills Studio
Conveniently situated right in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, this is a favorite location for teaching the deonThai METHOD. Steeped in an atmosphere of harmony and alignment, this magical studio is a hidden gem, where Yoga and other wellness-related Arts have been practiced for many years.
The Craftsman-style buildings, shaded patio and finely landscaped garden have been a welcome waypoint for many a traveller on a journey of transformation. The people who live here are profoundly dedicated to the holistic practice of physical and spiritual wellness, through the pursuit of conscious diet, meditation and mindful movement.
Milo and Stella, the resident Basenji Dogs are regular participants in the classes and workshops, while hummingbirds often peer in through the studio windows, perhaps attracted to the sweet nectar being generated inside...
Wilmington, North Carolina
This North Carolina town with an Historic Riverfront as well as a world-class surfing beach has become Deon’s true “home-away-from-home,” where he’s been offering private treatments and regularly teaching Thai Yoga Massage workshops, since 2009...
Here’s what Lonely Planet says: “Wilmington is pretty darn fun, and it's worth carving out a day or two for a visit if you're driving the coast... eastern North Carolina's largest city has historic neighborhoods, azalea-choked gardens and cute cafes aplenty. All that plus reasonable hotel prices. At night the historic riverfront downtown becomes the playground for local college students, craft beer enthusiasts, tourists and the occasional Hollywood type – there are so many movie studios here the town has earned the nickname 'Wilmywood'.”
When he’s in town, Deon does treatments in the wonderful Avalon Heart Wellness Studio, near Wrightsville Beach, where the amazing healer, Joni King, has been making her special kind of magic for many years. So whether you’re a local or in town for a special occasion, do check in and see if Deon’s around for a private session.