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Yoga and Meditation Retreat at New Life Foundation!

August 16, 2012

Finding Balance in the Midst of Chaos: A Mindful Yoga Retreat

19–23 September, 2012 – with Kim Roberts

New Life Foundation is pleased to announce a 4-day retreat in September with our friend Kim Roberts on our beautiful sustainable farm in the scenic north of Thailand. This is an excellent chance to build upon and refine your mind and body development techniques with a truly inspiring and experienced yoga instructor and meditation teacher. We invite you to join us for this wonderful event!

Kim’s rigorous training includes over ten years’ close study with her mentor, distinguished Ashtanga yoga master Richard Freeman. After more than a year of further intensive training in Mysore, India, with the world-renowned guru K. Pattabi Jois, she received his special authorization to be a teacher of Ashtanga yoga. Her other important teachers include Dr. Shankanarayana Jois, a prominent Sanskrit scholar and Yoga Acharya, as well as the Venerable Thrangu Rinponche of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

The focus of the retreat is to learn practices to help maintain balance during challenging or transitional life phases. Kim will lead participants in exploring 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. Other aspects of the teachings include investigating 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, participants will learn to identify what upsets our equilibrium and how we can best work with these obstacles. Writing practice will be incorporated, as well as interactive exercises, in order to identify influences that undermine our inner harmony. Suggestions will be offered on how to incorporate these practices to encourage a more balanced approach to daily life and to help us maneuver gracefully through the rough patches.

Information:

The retreat will begin at 7.30pm on the evening of Wednesday, September 19, with an introductory talk by Kim, and end on the afternoon of Sunday, August 23, at 5.30pm. You are welcome to arrive anytime between 2pm and 8pm on Wednesday, or after 6am on Thursday. Please do not arrive outside of these times. The retreat will be held in English.

Retreat fee: Single Room/Twin share room  6500 baht per person

Places are limited so please sign up immediately so that we can reserve a room for you. For more information or registration, please contact us at:

retreats@newlifethaifoundation.com

Please note that New Life is a non-profit organization. The retreat fee covers only the teachers fee and expenses, food, electricity, and accommodation. Being a young foundation, we need a lot of support, so additional donations are very welcome! Please help us spread the word and bring some friends.

Most rooms are single rooms. A very limited number of twin rooms are available for couples. All come with ensuite toilet and shower, warm water, fan, and towels. NB: An added cost of 500 baht per person applies if you wish to stay at the foundation an extra night on Sunday after the retreat ends.

There will be plenty of time to enjoy the swimming pool and our herbal steam bath. Simple, healthy meals will be served, consisting of breakfast with fruit and yoghurt and Thai-style meals for lunch and dinner. Do let us know if you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies. Coffee and tea, fruit and snacks will be available during the breaks.

Location: New Life Foundation

No. 49 Moo 1, Tambol Don Sila, Amphoe Wiang Chai, Chiang Rai, Thailand

The retreat fee does not include transportation to and from the retreat location. There are a number of low-cost carriers within Thailand and the Asia region if you would like to fly to Chiang Rai. Buses are also a good option. Taxis and tuk-tuks that will take you straight to the foundation can be hired at the airport or bus station.

For a detailed map and directions, see this page: http://www.newlifethaifoundation.com/contacts/

Things to bring:

  • A bathing suit
  • Warm clothing, as September evenings and mornings can be chilly
  • A meditation cushion and yoga mat if you have one
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Swimming clothes

Our website: 

www.newlifethaifoundation.com

Some more background on Kim Roberts:

Kim earned her Masters degree in Psychology from Naropa University (in Boulder, Colorado), an accredited, Buddhist-inspired university founded by the renowned Tibetan master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In addition, she has completed both the basic and advanced Teacher Training courses offered by Richard Freeman, and earned a teaching certificate at the White Lotus Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Furthermore, Kim has had over ten years’ experience practicing psychotherapy and has facilitated counseling groups and taught yoga and meditation in an eclectic variety of settings: a county jail, a psychiatric hospital, by correspondence with Hi Max prison inmates, luxury resorts, embassies, schools, studios and retreat centers in North America, Europe and Asia. She also taught privately in Paris while working in the Inter-Religious Dialogue department at UNESCO, ran retreats in post-tsunami Sri Lanka to help garner support for victims, and from 2006-07 directed the yoga program at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong. From 2008-2010, she hosted yoga and meditation retreats at a small luxury resort in the Paro valley of Bhutan. Kim is currently based in Phuket, Thailand.

Kim’s website: http://www.papayayoga.com/

Retreat Schedule:

Wednesday 19 September: Arrival

Introductions and opening talk

Thursday 20 September: 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.

Friday 21 September: 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.

Saturday 22 September: Mindfulness of Mind

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

Sunday 23 September: 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.

Wednesday 19/09 19.30 Introductions and opening talk
Thursday 20/09 06.15 – Individual sitting meditation
  07.00 – Silent breakfast
  08.00 – Tour of the foundation
  09.00 – Loving Kindness meditation
  10.15 – Pranayama and yoga practice
  12.00 – Lunch
  13.00 – Free time to read, rest, or swim
  15.00 – Restorative practices, sitting/ walking meditation, writing/partner exercises, discussion
  17.30 – Herbal steam bath and/or silent nature walk
  18.30 – Dinner
  19.30 – Optional evening program
Friday 21/09 06.15 – Individual sitting meditation
  07.00 – Silent breakfast
  09.00 – Meditation on Compassion
  10.15 – Pranayama and yoga practice
  12.00 – Lunch
  13.00 – Free time to read, rest, or swim
  15.00 – Restorative practices, sitting/ walking meditation, writing/partner exercises, discussion
  17.30 – Herbal steam bath and/or silent nature walk
  18.30 – Dinner
  19.30 – Optional evening program
Saturday 22/09 06.15 – Individual sitting meditation
  07.00 – Silent breakfast
  09.00 – Meditation on Joy
  10.15 – Pranayama and yoga practice
  12.00 – Lunch
  13.00 – Free time to read, rest, or swim
  15.00 – Restorative practices, sitting/ walking meditation, writing/partner exercises, discussion
  17.30 – Herbal steam bath and/or silent nature walk
  18.30 – Dinner
  19.30 – Optional evening program
Sunday 23/09 06.15 – Individual sitting meditation
  07.00 – Silent breakfast
  09.00 – Meditation on Equanimity
  10.15 – Pranayama and yoga practice
  12.00 – Lunch
  13.00 – Free time to read, rest, or swim
  15.00 – Restorative practices, sitting/ walking meditation, writing/partner exercises, discussion
  17.00 Goodbyes, setting intentions

 To book please email us at retreats@newlifethaifoundation.com

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