The Official Blog is Moved!

Hello Everyone!

After much consideration, I have decided to move the official Blog page of Museflower Retreat & Spa onto our newly relaunched website to combine into one site, instead of having an official blog page separate from our main site. It seems to make more sense when all the information is gathered in one site instead of two different sites.

That means from now on, all new blog articles will be updated at: 

In the future, our blog will focus more on sharing health, spa, wellness, and holistic therapies information with our readers.

Do you want to live a healthy, happy and balanced life?

Do you want to know what is the real meaning of being healthy in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual (energetic) level?

Do you want to learn about various holistic therapies out there that can transform your life?

Do you want to be inspired by retreat teachers and practitioner’s stories and their wisdom?

If you answer YES to any one of the above questions,

do follow our blog at the new address here so you will receive our latest blog update.

Remember to subscribe to Museflower Retreat & Spa’s Newsletter here as well for upcoming retreat programs and exclusive offers, and receive a 500THB credit voucher instantly to use towards your next spa/retreat booking!

Thank you again for your support and I hope that we can continue to share more useful information and tips that benefit your HEALTH.

With Love & Gratitude,

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PS: At the moment, I’m not sure what will happen to The Museflower Project blog site (, but it seems like there is an idea in my head and perhaps this blog site will be used for a different purpose later on. I’ll definitely keep everyone updated when the idea is more concretely formed in my head. 🙂

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Interview: Life of a Naturopath and Life Coach – David Arenson and Blog Update

Magic happens when we trust our inner knowing, and have the courage to follow the gift of surrendering to the mystery.

WHO IS david arenson? 

A qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist, and Life Coach, David’s extensive holistic healing expertise includes working at some of the world’s top luxury destination spas as a “Visiting Master”, including Chiva-Som and Six Senses brands. He has an intuitive gift, which helps guide those seeking clarity and results, and has a background in theology, meditation, and spiritual counseling. David’s specializes in supporting people realize their true potential, managing stress, overcoming difficulties, and dealing with change.



#1 – Where are you originally from? Please describe in few sentences of your background, including where and how you grew up. 

I was born and grew up in Cape Town, at the foot of Africa. It was an era of dramatic change and epic transformation with Nelson Mandela’s release from prison after 27 years, and the liberation from apartheid. My earliest memories are of pain, growing up with a tumour that was only diagnosed at age 10. By then my leg was broken and fortunately I had a great surgeon who removed the tumour. I recovered quickly and had one further tumour removed 4 years later. It was early on that suffering, healing and personal transformation were firmly rooted in my psyche as significant in my life.

#2 – How do you get to do what you are doing now? 

Growing up in Africa with a lot of pain helped me to understand suffering from the earliest age.

My first study was Architecture and graphic design, and my love of aesthetics and beautification of the world began. I think I also learnt early on that when you change how you look at life, life changes.

After working in the media, IT and Advertising industry, I made a dramatic decision to search for God. I spent some years studying theology and the ancient biblical texts in Aramaic and Hebrew with 3 years spent in Jerusalem. My family moved to Australia, and I spent some years studying naturopathic medicine there. In the last few years, my passion has been more for Eastern philosophy and healing.

I was always interested in the journey of the soul, and how to alleviate human suffering. Meditation practice became my source of wisdom and knowledge instead of seeking answers outside of myself. Divinity became something within, without needing guidelines or religious rules to follow.

#3 – When is a recent ‘a-ha’ moment, or a wake up call for you that you would like to share?

I realised that I was trying to create my destiny and in being achievement-oriented, I was losing the magic innate in letting go and letting God. I am finding the balance between conscious creation and allowing or surrendering completely to God. The alchemy happens at that fulcrum between choice and trust, conscious volition and letting go. My path is about allowing a balance between masculine and feminine forces, much like following the Tao teaches. I am consciously allowing more mystery and releasing expectation from my life (easier said than done, of course!). It is a journey of self-discovery and awakening

#4 – What is your motto, or if the essence of your retreat/workshop is boiled down into one sentence – what would it be and why?

Expect Magic!

Always when we make a commitment to shift our perspective on life, it is that decision that defines the result. Decisions like that define our destiny. Magic happens when we trust our inner knowing, and have the courage to follow the gift of surrendering to the mystery. My retreats are always about inspiring and awakening souls via gentle leadership and support.

#5 – Who is your Museflower – something from nature that inspires you the most along your spiritual journey & why?

The stars. I have a significant relationship to the stars and stargazing. For me it is about connection, or reconnecting, coming back to my true home. We are all children of the stars, created from stardust. I remember even as a child lying on my back on the grass looking up at the heavens and pondering our position in the cosmos. Now it allows me to envision, connect and puts my life into perspective.

#6 – Why should people join a retreat with you? 

I am passionate about retreats.

My work is in connecting people with their souls, helping people realise their true connection and potential. The tools we will be exploring together include ancient Qi Gong practices, Mindfulness, Meditation as well as supporting our body in transformation through a detox cleansing diet. It is through cleansing the body, that we invite cleansing of the mind, and open up a space, or a portal for change to naturally occur.

A retreat is a space of potentiality, of possibility, of awakening, and of change. A lot of suffering happens because of what we think our lives should be like. Retreats always create more perspective, open up and reveal hidden truths we have been escaping from. I also invite in gratitude. Fear cannot happen in the context of gratitude.

I welcome all souls seeking to learn and know more about the self, seekers of wisdom, transformation and healing.



David will be holding his Detox Retreats at Museflower Retreat & Spa this July 2015, including a Weekend Detox Retreats from July 17-19 (3D2N), July 24 – 27 (4D3N) and July 24 – 29 (6D5N), 2015, Spiritual Alchemy Retreat: Meditation & Qigong from July 20 – 23 (4D3N), and Sacred Meditation and Detox Retreat from July 31 – Aug 2 (3D2N), 2015.

Check out more retreats in Museflower Retreat & Spa here!




 Check out David’s personal website for his work and services at


I apologize for being silent on the blog for the past month!

I was reconsidering and evaluating the direction of where the blog is heading, how it should create and add more meaning to all of you dear readers and to myself. The past two months I have been learning and receiving many new healing modalities and I needed a break and a chance to integrate everything.

Again, the daunting question: “Is this what I’m doing adding meaning to my life?”

Having read Arianna Huffington’s wonderful book called Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, I want to re-evaluate my priorities in life and really focus on what I love to do. As a business owner, I basically have to do everything myself which is fun in some way but also challenging at times, especially the mundane details and tasks to run and maintain a business that is still new – some days I really want to give up!

One thing I’ve learned throughout these 3 years of starting and running a business is that I really cannot do everything myself. To focus on what I love to do, I must say “no” to things that are draining my energy. I am still in the process of delegating and hopefully my goal is that everything here can be running smoothly without me to be here physically.

It’s still quite a long way to go. The Museflower Project Blog will also be part of this integration / change process. Some parts of the blog will probably change to reflect on my ongoing self-discovery and healing journey. I still don’t know exactly what the outcome will be just yet. Hopefully I will have a more clear sense of direction soon. I do enjoy writing in this blog though so giving it up won’t be an option.

So thank you to those who have signed up to follow this blog. Please do kindly stay with me during this transition period and hopefully you will find the articles posted in my blog useful and fun to read.

Have a great week!

With Love &  Gratitude,

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Another blog article written by David that may interests you:

Radical Forgiveness 

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Museflower Philosophy: the Practice of Simple Bliss

Today’s blog post is a bit different. I’d like to share with you what I have written as the base philosophy of Museflower Retreat & Spa. Before this place was reborn as Museflower, there was a different philosophy in place and it was written by someone else. So, when I made a choice to move forward to carry on this place, under a different brand name, it would only make sense for me to write a new one.

Though the philosophy of “Practice of Simple Bliss” has already been a reflection of this place before it was named Museflower, moving forward I also hope that Museflower can continue to be a reflection of ‘Simple Bliss’. It is easy to fall into the arms of comfort, but is that what our bodies and minds really need?

Since growing up I’ve always been a city girl. To be honest I never would have imagined myself leaving the city, not to mention living and working in the countryside full time.

Funny enough with life isn’t it though? After high school I went to study in an university where it was in middle of nowhere. After college I went to work on an island, and then an even more remote island where there wasn’t even one 7-11 (a typical convenience store that you can find anywhere in Thailand). With one thing leading to another, now that I’m in Chiang Rai, this is like a perfect blend for me between city and countryside.

I have always loved the city, I still do. I enjoy the buzz, the glamor, the excitement of it all.

But with all these years living nearby nature, I’ve also come to appreciate the sounds of the sea, the birds, the fresh clean air, and the green and the blue. I find that I enjoy being in the nature more than the city at the end (well, let’s say 80% of the time).

It’s really a balance, isn’t it, between city life and countryside life.

Well, I hope you enjoy reading the below. Something shared from my heart. 🙂


The Practice of Simple Bliss

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We are submersed in a world where marketers define that having more things and doing more things equal happiness. We constantly are trained to seek happiness externally. If we have a bigger car, a bigger house, or more houses, then, we’d be happier.

Traditional hotels are also the same. The hotel industry has set a standard for five star, four star, three star ratings for hotels based on amenities they provide. If you don’t have a swimming pool in your hotel, there is no way that you can be a four or five star hotel. Coming back to think about it, can’t a hotel still offer 5 star quality service and product without the pool?

We are used to staring at a computer screen during work, stare at our smartphones in between breaks and during commute, stare at the TV when we are back home, and stare at the smartphone again before falling to sleep. And then when wake up again, we stare at the smartphone again.

Often times we became so lost in this busy world that is so busily bombarding our senses, we forget that bliss is simple.


Listening to the birds chirp in the morning.

Breathing fresh air.

Feeling the rain.

Watching a sunset.

Tasting fresh vegetable picked from the garden.

Connecting with another human face to face. A smile is not an emoji but an actual smile.

At Museflower, we want to remind our guests how the simplest things can bring us the biggest joy.

When we are stripped away of all the entertainment – the TV, the internet, the smartphone, do we know how to spend our time?

When we are stripped away from air-conditioning, do our bodies still know how to regulate our body temperature?

When everything external is only a reflection of our inner world, then are we quiet enough to listen to what our inner self is saying to us?


At Museflower, you will not find a TV in your room, nor free wifi. There is no IPOD dock, nor radio. There is no telephone, nor a working desk.

Museflower is a space for our guests to retreat back to their inner being, nurture themselves, and be reconnected to nature.

Watching the stars in the sky gives you more HD than a HD TV.

Listening to the thunderstorm gives you better surround sound than home theatre.

Having to walk to talk to a person gives you more reason to exercise.

And all the time, feel your inner being – smiling, crying, inspired.

In Museflower, we want to remind how simple BLISS can be.

This is a place to Be the TRUE You.


Want to experience what it means by “Simple Bliss” yourself? Come join our retreat programs at Museflower Retreat & Spa throughout the year. We offer yoga, meditation, healing and awakening retreats, as well as Spa holidays. Check out our retreat program here

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A Mother’s Love is Everywhere in Chiang Rai


May is a month when most countries celebrate Mother’s Day, though not in Thailand. It’s not that we don’t celebrate mothers, but because we have our own Mother’s Day on August 12, which is the Queen of Thailand’s birthday. Since the royal couple are much cherished as the father and mother of all Thai people, then it seems only logical that we celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Days on their birthdays, doesn’t it?

Did you know, there is enormous mother energy everywhere in Chiang Rai! You might notice that the name Mae Fah Luang crops up everywhere – there’s a Mae Fah Luang university, hospital, botanical garden, and foundation, and all are named after the late Princess Mother, who was the mother of the current monarch. The Princess Mother was a trained nurse, a passionate environmentalist. and in the 1960s she started visiting remote hill tribes by helicopter, bringing doctors with her to give medical care to the mountain villagers. This earned her the name Mae Fah Luang, which means Royal Mother from the Sky.


Srinagarindra, Princess Mother of Thailand” by The Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary – Licensed under CC BY 1.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The Princess Mother was especially passionate about flowers and collected pressed flowers which she picked and catalogued herself. She established Mae Fah Luang Garden so that local people who didn’t have a chance to travel overseas could enjoy flowers and get to see temperate flowers from other countries. It‘s filled with hundreds of different types of flowers and is considered the most beautiful garden in Thailand. You can also visit the beautiful Doi Tung Royal Villa, which was her home in Chiang Rai and is now a museum open to the public. She chose to live in Chiang Rai to be close to her royal projects, and it was her first real home of her own in Thailand since she had always lived in official palaces in Bangkok before that.


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She was down-to-earth and loved nature, trekking, and plants and flowers, and donated vast amounts of land and initiated the Doi Tung Development Project, which promotes reforestation and the development of crops that help improve the lives and livelihoods of the hill tribe people. When you see the name Doi Tung around Chiang Rai, you’ll know that these products are from royally sponsored projects that are helping the lives of local people. Doi Tung coffee, macadamia nuts and cotton fabrics are wonderful, high quality gifts to take home from Chiang Rai!


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Want to learn more about Doi Tung Royal Villa and Garden in Chiang Rai? Check out Chiang Rai’s attractions and tours available for our guests here at Museflower Retreat & Spa, Chiang Rai, Thailand? Find out more here.


morning glory flowerMorning Glory lives in Bangkok where she takes care of her family and works as a writer and communications consultant.Her past struggles with stress, chronic fatigue and a spine injury led her on a journey in search of alternative healing, and she has travelled around Thailand, Bali, India and Sri Lanka exploring different types of healing retreats and techniques, and led her to practice yoga and Reiki.

Morning is her favorite time of day, when she wakes up to the sound of birds singing in the garden. This flower always reminds her of her childhood, and Thai sautéed “Red Fire Morning Glory” is one of her favorite vegetarian dishes!

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