My name is Marina Frei, and I’m the owner of Marina Yoga and Reiki, a healing retreat center in the small town of Ao Nang, Thailand. I am originally from Germany, but Thailand has been my home for over twenty years.
I started Marina Yoga and Reiki to share my passion for Yoga and healing with the community of Ao Nang, and countless tourists, locals, and volunteers have enjoyed this space over the years. It fills my heart with love to think of the beautiful memories created here, and I am so grateful to continually share my gift of healing with our visitors.
In addition to offering Yoga, Reiki, and meditation classes, I have also turned the center into a functioning animal sanctuary that houses dogs, cats, and birds in need of homes. I have always loved animals, and there are so many suffering in Thailand. I wanted to use this space to help all beings in need, human and animal alike.
In the crisis of Covid-19, Marina Yoga and Reiki has struggled tremendously. With the forced shut-down and the continual lack of tourism, it has taken a lot of hard work and creativity to keep the center alive. After several months of hoping things will improve and just managing to stay afloat, I am right on the edge of closing the center and having to surrender some animals to a local shelter. Between the high cost of electricity, water, and my Thai work permit, I simply can no longer afford to cover the monthly expenses required to keep the center running with no business coming in. The cost of animal food is becoming increasingly more difficult for me to pay, and I still have my personal expenses to take care of.
Myself, my lovely staff, and our precious animals are desperately reaching out for help in this difficult time. After nearly six months of little to no business and not many signs of improvement in the future, we must do all we can to keep Yoga and healing available, and to provide much-needed homes to the animals of Ao Nang. The world needs healing right now more than ever, and I have dedicated over two decades of my life to help bring it to this community. I hope with all of my heart that I can continue to do so.
If you or anyone you know is financially comfortable and feels the need to help out those that are struggling, please consider donating to Marina Yoga and Reiki. Your donation, however big or small, has the power to keep this business alive and improve the lives of the many that rely on it for their personal wellbeing. My team and I thank you in advance for anything you can give, even if it is just spreading the word that we are in need of support.
I would also like to mention that the money raised in this campaign will be shared as much as possible with those around me in need. The local people of Ao Nang are struggling just as much or more as I am, and sometimes they come to me hoping I will have extra food or money to give. I sincerely hope that with these donations I can not only support myself and my business, but also continue to share resources with others.
Lastly, I am offering an array of free services for anyone who donates. I can perform Shamanistic and Reiki distance healing with divination, tarot card reading, or distance animal healing and communication. Please reach out to me if you would like to receive one of these offerings in exchange for your donation.