What is the daily program like? What should I bring?
Guided Meditation Retreats with Mana
- All our courses are oriented to living full contemporary lives – including relationships, social engagement, study, exploration, work, business.
- Practical orientation – meditation is here to bring more awareness into our lives so we can make more informed and genuinely effective choices in our lives.
- Work at your own pace – You will be encouraged to extend yourself, and also to rest when needed – You will learn how to craft a day of awareness. We find this approach really helps our meditators integrate the benefits of meditation into their daily lives.
- We bring a variety of awareness through movement practices into your retreat, including your own improvised movements. This directly helps us find a fresh, flexible and energised awareness.
- Natural hot spring baths on site – helps you keep your body supple and well.
- Broad spiritual path – we use many Buddhist practices, terms and ideas as they are just so useful and so well tested. However, we are not exclusively Buddhist, many of our teachers are also from Sufi, Hindu, Taoist and Shamanistic traditions.
- As well as the traditional practices of Thai Buddhism, we also offer many courses in Tibetan Buddhism. We offer a wide range of traditional and contemporary teachings in Theravadin, Mahayana and Vajrayana schools. If you would like further information on this, just ask us.
- We offer guidance for all levels of experience.
What to bring Loose & comfortable clothing, notebook and pen, alarm clock, torch. Mosquito repellant if you wish. November – Mid January is winter here – mostly lovely sunny days mid-20’s, with cool evenings & mornings – pack warm socks, & a sweater or light jacket.
Please bring an alarm clock that is separate from your phone or other connected device.
Before you come We strongly recommend that you complete all phone calls, emails and messages, and let people who may be wanting to contact you that you will be offline with your phone and computer switched off for the time of your retreat. Please also complete any arrangements for banking, onward journeys, medications, personal toiletries etc. The nearest ATMs and markets are 7km away. Please arrive at the centre a day early if you know you need some time in Pai to complete these preparations before your retreat begins. You are welcome to arrive a day or some days early for some chill or preparation time, depending on availability of rooms.
During retreat Keeping it simple.
We do not have a rule of silence, but we do want to simplify our lives so we can begin to open up to what is going on at deeper levels than our usual conversations, activities or general busy-ness. Also, let us know if you want to be silent, you will be supported in this.
- We strongly recommend that you stay and eat at the centre. This will help your meditation retreat – a lot! We have nutritious and tasty vegetarian meals with meat options available at our cafe three meals a day. Depending on availability, you may be able to use our guest kitchen
- We ask that you turn off your phones / tablets / computers etc completely.
- During your retreat please put aside all phone calls, skype, internet, emails, messaging, reading.
- Small amounts of journaling are ok, and sometimes some small amounts of relevant reading also – please check about these with your instructor
- Please stay on the property, unless cleared with your retreat instructor
- Please live as well as you can by the five precepts during your stay at the Centre
- Most people also offer some karma yoga to help support the centre
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