Getting a Sak Yant in Toronto, Canada
Sak Yant bamboo tattoos are believed to give the bearer a magical blessing to help in their own personal journey.
Sak Yant (traditional Thai ‘bamboo tattoos’) have been around for centuries as a form of protection and enchantment for certain aspects of your life. A wise shaman, known as an ‘Ajarn’ in Thailand, undergoes years of training learning ancient incantations and magical spells while perfecting his craft and knowledge of the spiritual practice of Sak Yant. There are thousands of yantra (magical protective tattoo) designs, each with its own special enchantment and spell. These can range anywhere from “luck in love”, “luck in business”, “protection from harm”, “enchantment for creativity”, and so on.
The enchantments tend to be basic at face value, though through a consultation with your Ajarn, he can find a far deeper connection to your own personal values, aspirations and goals, by associating back-stories of the yantras. Through discussion of your passions, your life goals, challenges you face and fears you have, Ajarn will have a deeper understanding of what is important and sacred to you. With this information, he will find a protective Sak Yant that embodies those elements to help you in your journey through life. Using his wisdom, you will end up with a yantra that is personalized and profoundly meaningful to you and you alone, even if someone else had a similar design based on their own personal and very different journey.
Note: In the end, you do have the final say if this is a yantra that resonates with you, regardless of his suggestions for you. You will not end up with something which hasn’t been discussed and approved by you first (though it is rare to not find a deep feeling of connection to the wise Ajarn’s suggestions). The highest levels of hygiene and quality are ensured with this ancient experience. New needles and ink pots are used for each guest of Ajarn.
Who is Ajarn Neng?
Ajarn Neng is one of Thailand’s most respected Ajarns who has given Sak Yant to thousands of Thais and foreign visitors including Brooke Shields and Steven Seagal and was featured in Forbes magazine. He is planning a visit to Toronto, once the CoVid situation is under control and International travel is easily possible again, to give Sak Yant tattoos. Email Us to get on the waitlist and be amongst the first to be notified once planning starts.
What is the process of getting a Sak Yant in Toronto?
You are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early for your session where you will be briefed and walked through the process. There may be a slight waiting period or the opportunity to start a few minutes early based on the guest before you and the length of their own consultation and Sak Yant. Upon the commencement of your own experience, you will be guided through traditional ceremonies, introduced to Ajarn Neng, and begin your consultation. Your consultation will be translated from English to Thai and vice versa with Ajarn’s assistant, a trusted member of Where Sidewalks End staff. Once a Sak Yant has been determined and agreed upon, you will be given your sacred ink. A final blessing ceremony will take place, and you will be free to go to your next destination. Support both before and after the ink experience will be available for you with any questions you may have regarding the Sak Yant traditional and sacred bamboo tattoos.
Please note: due to the limited time frame available for each guest, we will only be able to offer up to a medium-sized/detailed yantra. Larger can take up to several hours, and will not be available for this event. Some examples of the size/detail that is included can be found below.
Where is the Sak Yant event in Toronto going to take place?
We have several partner tattoo shops partners currently optioned, depending on their availability at the time of the future event. Due to the private nature of the experience of getting a Sak Yant tattoo, and wanting to create an ambiance that is conducive to that spirituality and peacefulness, we have selected the best location to do this in, as we will not have the distraction of loud music playing, as you may find in some traditional tattoo shops.
Once you have made your reservation, we will send you a follow-up email (check your junk mail if you don’t see it in the first 10 minutes after the booking). We will give more details and instructions for your Sak Yant. We will also send you a reminder email a day or two before your reservation with some tips and suggestions for getting the most out of your time with your Ajarn.
Learn more about Sak Yant with our comprehensive Sak Yant FAQ page.
This is the second event of its kind in Toronto (our first Toronto Sak Yant event took place in August 2019, and sold out in just 2 weeks after the announcement). Experience a traditional Sak Yant in Toronto and be part of the ancient history, while adding to your own.
Space is limited to 10 private sessions per day!
Reserve your session with Ajarn Neng above by selecting your desired date and time slot from the calendar above. Space is first-come, first-serve.
Please Contact Us with any questions you may have.
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Cancellations & Rebooking
All purchases booked through WSE Travel are bound to our Terms and Conditions, which were modelled after most other travel services such as flights, hotels and other tour operators.
Should you need to cancel or change your reservation for any reason (including but not limited to traffic, illness, or change of mind), you will still be bound to the terms and conditions agreed to at the time of booking.
Should you give us more than 14 days’ notice of a change in your reservation, we can store your payment in the ‘safety deposit box’ to be used for a future event date, either by you or to be transferred to a friend or family member. Refunds are not available unless your reservation is cancelled by WSE Travel for circumstances outside of our control. Due to the expenses of bringing Ajarn over from Thailand, we must ensure all time slots committed through reservations are upheld, as there are many overheads for him coming to Canada.
This flexibility is a bend in our Terms and Conditions to try and be fair both to our guests, and our special guests from Thailand hired to facilitate your reservation. If you feel there is a high chance of cancellations or changes, please make sure you have appropriate cancellation insurance which will be able to reimburse you for cancellations.
Salviano (verified owner) –
It’s was a great experience and a opportunity to get a Sak Yant on Toronto.
My next one will be on Thailand.
Mélanie (verified owner) –
Words can’t begin to describe how much I appreciated this experience. Was it because Ajarn Neng was here in Toronto that added to the overwhelming feelings of warmth, welcoming, sacred experience? Maybe it had something to do with it!
It was my second experience with him and with WSE. I know there will be a third one.
Darnell (verified owner) –
I had a wonderful experience getting a Sak yant from Ajahn Neng while he was here in Toronto in August of 2019. Ajahn Neng was very warm and welcoming, he took his time and explained things to me (the guide and translator helped me to understand exactly what he was saying). I have a yant from a visit to Thailand in 2014 and Ajahn Neng added pieces all around my original yant that compliment it beautifully! I would do this again in a heartbeat and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in getting a yant, it’s the next best thing to going to Thailand and getting one done ( might even be more convenient for some folks as this brings a bit of Thai culture to you)!
Farhad Rahaman (verified owner) –
I had my Sak Yant tattoo done in Toronto from Arjahn Neng about a month ago. I must confess I’ve always wanted a tattoo the old fashioned way with bamboo sticks and prayers. The entire experience has been so positive and I dare say the things I wanted so far has come true. It’s almost a positive prayer inscribed in your skin bringing about the things that you hold value too.
Fantastic experience and perhaps the next time Ajahn Neng comes back I will encourage my family to get one. Thank you so much!
Christian (verified owner) –
I cannot say enough positive things about this experience. Serving as a marker of a significant turning point in my life, the experience was spiritual and unique compared to any other tattoo experience I have had. Arjan Neng does beautiful work, and my conversation with him was really meaningful.
Valentino was a great translator during the session, and working with him and Ian both made this experience a breeze. I will 100% be getting more sak yants from WSE either in Thailand or when the Arjan returns to North America.
Adèle Deprez –
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