About Santosha Society

The days leading up to Santosha Society

Hello, my name is Kori.  This nomadic life of mine began when I was 20 years old. With a trunk full of belongings, I drove north nonstop for 7 days.  This was only the beginning of an adventure that would last a lifetime. When I arrived in Alaska, I knew I had made it home. I instantly fell in love with the crisp air, wild animals, and vast wilderness.

It is hard to sum up 15 summers in one paragraph, but I will try.  In the summers, I worked on the oceans as a trained wilderness guide and boat captain. Showing travelers this corner of the world was something I wholeheartedly loved.  As summer seasons came to an end, I ventured out into the world with a tiny backpack and a heart full of exploration. I never looked back.  For 15 years, I travelled.

The more I travel, the more I learn; the more I learn, the more I want to see; the more I see, the more grateful I become for the life I am lucky enough to live.
-Kori Hahn

I hitchhiked and bused my way through Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras Costa Rica and Panama. I lived like an African, popping on and off public transportation through Kenya,Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa. I have repeatedly traveled through China, Tibet, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Europe and Japan.

I found a spiritual life in India where I bounced and bumped my way by rail south saluting the sun and meditating along the way.  Eventually I ended up in Sri Lanka for nearly a year.  It was in Sri Lanka that I realized it was time to combine the guiding, traveling, and the yoga I have dedicated my life learning .   I wholeheartedly love this life on the road.  I am a gypsy and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

the truth to wanderlust

A worldly wander can only evolve into a spiritual pilgrimage of growth and personal development

Traveling has not only made me a more adaptable and open minded person, it has given me confidence to do things that I would have never thought possible. Traveling has taught me so much about the things I love; Ayurveda, Tibetan Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, Hinduism, yoga, meditation and most recently surfing. These things have transformed me, making my life richer and happier.

So after 20 years of study and practicing yoga.  Thousands of hours and dollars later, my teacher Nancy Gilgoff told me it was time to share all that I have learned.


The Dream of Santosha Society was born…

After all those miles, it is now clear to me that I should share my favourite destinations with those who dream to see the best of the world. It only seems natural to share my favourite life-changing activities, surfing, yoga and meditation, as these are the most healing practices I know.  I want to do more than offer a week of yoga and surfing.  I want to offer long-lasting memories with big-hearted, like-minded humans.  Of course I could keep traveling alone, practicing my own yoga but why would I when I can share these magical places and teachings with inspiring, passionate, genuinely amazing people.


What Can Santosha Society Offer you?

Santosha Society organizes intimate boutique travel adventures for surf explorers, yoga lovers, and wanderlusters. We believe travel is more than just seeing a destination. It is learning from a new culture, indulging in exotic cuisine and experiencing vibrantly colorful locals.  Our trips are to stunning destinations, eating amazing food, soaking in saltwater, relaxing and rejuvenating the mind, and at the same time connecting with lovely like-minded people. We want you to go home from a grand adventure with a greater sense of self and a calmer mind.

Santosha Society’s aim is to see the world in all of its glory while inspiring you at the same time.  We want to offer you a experienced, quality yoga teacher with a thoughtful schedule of yoga, pranayama, meditations, and yoga nidra.

sri lanka surf and yoga santosha society

Our retreats are not just located at a world class surf destinations, they are located at fascinating cultural hot spots. There is always a new experience around every corner.

While not a surf camp, nor offering video analysis.  We are a yoga escape located at a surfing paradise.  If you dont surf, that just means you are guaranteed to have the pool to yourself some afternoons.  If you are a beginner or just learning, we are happy to help you get started on your saltwater journey by organize surfing lessons with one of our favorite surf coaches at an additional cost.  All of our coaches are local, freelance surf instructors, because we feel that is the most sustainable and ethical way to support the local economy.

But more importantly, the retreat organizer will be someone who knows the culture and spent quality time in the area.  This means you will get first hand advice on local healers, simple and luxury health treatments, the culture, religion and temples, and the best secret adventures.

Kori Hahn Yoga in sri lanka

There is no greater gift you can receive than to honor your calling. It is why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.
- Oprah Winfrey

By submerging yourself in rejuvenation and relaxation on the yoga mat for a week, you will reset your body and mind and feel healthier.  By watching, soaking in and sliding on the ocean, you will connect with nature and feel happier.  By experiencing the culture you will leave with confidence and gratitude.  By surrounding yourself with fun-loving humans, you will be inspired.  We have seen it happen over and over again.  It is magic.

These are “santosha” trips,  meaning “contentment” trips.  We are here to help you manifest your dreams.  We want to have a good time. Don’t do it alone, do it with us.

We Are not a surf camp.
We are not only a yoga retreat.
We are an online & travel experience that will inspire, heal and rejuvenate.

What Is Santosha?

Santosha {संतोष} is a sanskrit word meaning “completely content, satisfied, accepting and comfortable”.  The key to happiness is accepting things as they are. When one is content, one is happy.  We believe contentment comes from learning to listen to our intuitive guide, and following what feels best to us in each moment. Your dreams are showing you the way your intuition is your guide to get there.

Why are we a “Society”?

We are a society of like-minded individuals brought together by fate to share our life experiences. We are surfers, nutritionists, healers, yogis, travelers, adventurers, artists , “dream” enthusiasts and all and all rad human beings. Our trips are created using local surfer’s knowledge, world traveler’s experiences in collaboration with health conscious yogis, naturalists, and healers to create the best trips that are thoughtfully planned from experience. Join us and meet new friends that share the same stoke as you!

How do we give back to communities?

We truly believe in Karma Yoga. Karma yoga is selflessly giving back.  We donate 10% of our profits from each retreat to a local organization in the region we are traveling to.  Come experience a new part of the world with us, and leave knowing you have given something back to make it better.  By helping yourself, you are helping others.  Check out all the amazing organizations we have worked with so far (click here).

We share a love for the ocean.
We share a love for healing, relaxing, and rejuvenating.
We share a love for exploration and adventure.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
~Helen Keller~