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 their 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. By discussing your passions, your life goals, challenges you face and fears you have, the ajarn will have a deeper understanding of what is important and sacred to you, and find a protective sak yant which embodies them to help you in your journey through life. Using his wisdom, you will end up with a yantra which 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. It is always best to come with an open mind and open heart – we’ve helped thousands of international guests receive yantras, and have always been able to help find the right one for our guests.
Note: In the end, you do have the final say if this is a yantra which resonates with 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 the ajarn, as are latex gloves.
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 will be visiting Toronto from August 19th to 24th, 2017 and giving traditional consultations and sak yant in Toronto.
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 the 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 are honoured that we will be able to host this event in a heritage home in downtown Toronto. Due to the private nature of the experience getting a sak yant tattoo, and wanting to create an ambiance that is conducive to that spirituality and peacefulness, we felt this was the best location to do this in, as we will not have the distraction of other tattoo artists or loud music playing, as you may find in 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 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 first event of its kind in Toronto. Experience a traditional sak yant in Toronto and be part of an 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.
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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 the 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.
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