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New Life Foundation, Chiang Rai, Thailand


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Join us in Northern Thailand to learn life-saving practices to help maintain balance during challenging or transitional times. We will explore the foundational practices of Ashtanga yoga– asana, pranayama, dristi and bandha — preparing a solid foundation for settling more and more deeply into meditation. Individual guidance will be offered relevant to each practitioner’s particular needs, in order to harmonize body, speech and mind, creating a more conducive internal atmosphere for meditation to arise. We will explore what it means to settle body and mind in order to ripen the fruits of practice: the ability to rest in stillness, spaciousness, stability and silence.

In addition to a daily yoga and sitting meditation practice, we will learn to identify what upsets our equilibrium and how we can best work with obstacles and strong emotions. Writing practice will be incorporated, as well as interactive exercises, in order to call by name influences that undermine our inner harmony. Suggestions will be offered on how to incorporate these practices to encourage a more balanced to daily life and to help us maneuver gracefully through the rough patches.

Click here for further information and booking through New Life Foundation.

Retreat Schedule:

Thursday 2/21—Arrival

4h30 Introductions and opening talk
18h30 – 19h30 Dinner

Friday 2/22 Mindfulness of Body

Learning to listen to the experience of body rather than placing demands or expectations on it; using body as a tool for awareness and healing; learning to shift posture to adjust attitude/mood.

06h30 – 07h30 Individual sitting meditation (led by NLF staff)
07h30 – 08h30 Silent breakfast
08h30 – 09h30 Community Meeting
09h30 – 12h30 Loving Kindness Meditation, Pranayama and yoga practice
12h30 – 13h30 Lunch
13h30 – 15h30 Free time to read, rest or swim
15h30 – 17h30 Restorative practices, writing or partner exercises, discussion
17h30 – 18h30 Herbal steam bath and/or silent nature walk
18h30 – 19h30 Dinner
19h30 – 21h30 Optional evening program

Saturday 2/23 Mindfulness of Feelings

Relaxation as a foundation for attention, tuning into feelings using breath; breath as tool for awareness and healing; how to shift experience through observing breathing patterns.

06h30 – 07h30 Individual sitting meditation (led by NLF staff)
07h30 – 08h30 Silent breakfast
08h30 – 09h30 Community Meeting
09h30 – 12h30 Meditation on Compassion, Pranayama and yoga practice
12h30 – 13h30 Lunch
13h30 – 15h30 Free time to read, rest or swim
15h30 – 17h30 Restorative practices, writing or partner exercises, discussion
17h30 – 18h30 Herbal steam bath and/or silent nature walk
18h30 – 19h30 Dinner
19h30 – 21h30 Optional evening program

Sunday 2/24 Mindfulness of Mind

Slowing down enough to identify patterns of mind; awareness practice as a tool for identifying and healing destructive thought patterns; how to identify recurrent patterns as simply the play of the mind.

08h00 – 09h00 Silent breakfast
09h30 – 12h30 Meditation on Joy, Pranayama and yoga practice
12h30 – 13h30 Lunch
13h30 – 15h30 Free time to read, rest or swim
15h30 – 17h30 Restorative practices, writing or partner exercises, discussion
17h30 – 18h30 Herbal steam bath and/or silent nature walk
18h30 – 19h30 Dinner
19h30 – 21h30 Optional evening program

Monday 2/25 Mindfulness of Life

Applying mindfulness and awareness techniques to daily life; learning to shift perspective by looking from a larger view; using awareness practice as a tool for identifying and healing negative lifestyle patterns.

06h30 – 07h30 Individual sitting meditation (led by NLF staff)
07h30 – 08h30 Silent breakfast
08h30 – 09h30 Community Meeting
09h30 – 12h30 Meditation on Equanimity, Pranayama and yoga practice
12h30 – 13h30 Lunch
13h30 – 15h00 Goodbyes and instructions/invitations for follow up and accountability

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