From monk to healing champion.

Detox par excellence.


Canadian John Stewart has traveled widely and experienced a great deal. After many years in the Himalayan mountains, he is now passing on his knowledge of the world’s healing traditions in Thailand – curing people suffering from stress there.

“Every time you make a decision, the course of your life changes,” says John Stewart. The founder of the Thai luxury resort Kamalaya Koh Samui is one of those people with an inner radiance and a magic that captivates immediately. Some call it an aura, others charisma. In any case, its origin, John Stewart would say, lies in trust: trust in your own strength, and your own path.

“You have 90 days to live at the most!” How frightening is a hepatitis C diagnosis if you – like John Stewart in the year 2000 – are a 46-year-old who has already seen more than many others do in their entire life? If you have battled forest fires in order to be able to afford your plane ticket to Europe as a young Canadian? If you then crossed 20 countries there by bike, surviving solely on shoots you had cultivated on your luggage rack? If you were taught for 16 years in the Himalayas by Indian monks and the legendary Yogi Babaji?

The answer: rather than becoming frightened, you search for healing. John Stewart’s life story begins in Canada and takes in the USA, Europe, India, and Nepal before reaching Thailand.

When he was just 15 years old, Yogi Babaji appeared to Stewart in a forest in California. The morning after his high school graduation ceremony, he started his journey to India. It took years for him to arrive there. “That was an intense spiritual journey,” he says today.

After seven years in North America and Europe, he reached Babaji’s ashram in the Himalayas. He later met his wife Karina, to whom he is still married, there – since 2005, they have run the Healing Hotel & Holistic Spa Kamalaya on the Thai island of Koh Samui.

He chose that location because the herbs that grow there cured his life-threatening hepatitis in the year 2000 and because he was fascinated by a cave where Buddhist monks had previously lived. Today, it is the central point of his facility.

Stewart gathered expertise from all traditions and created a place where stressed souls can find peace and lasting healing. But above all, he passes on his own experience.

“True happiness comes from helping others.”

John Stewart, Founder of the Healing Hotel & Holistic Spa Kamalaya


For Karina and John Stewart, “truth, simplicity, and love” are the key to inner satisfaction and a happy life. In addition to detoxes, burnout prevention, world-class life coaching, bodyforming, and much more, their luxurious holistic resort offers an incredibly beautiful location to find yourself and relax.

Kamalaya is one of the world’s leading healing resorts – Stewart’s decision to open it has positively changed the course of many people’s lives!

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