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Dharma Punx Retreat at New Life Foundation

December 29, 2015

360 Degree Mindfulness:

Cultivating Internal and Interpersonal Awareness Retreat with Josh Korda and Kathy Cherry

21 February – 26 February, 2016

Buddhist mindfulness retreat

Interpersonal spiritual practice brings the awareness of silent meditation into our relationship with others. Developing receptive, non-judgmental awareness in dialogue, we create safe containers for each other’s awareness and freedom. Quiet meditations will be interspersed with guided practices, along with mindful interpersonal interactions, which support investigating our shared human experience, and opens the possibility of achieving peace and liberation together.

This retreat welcomes both new and seasoned practitioners. It will offer step-by-step instructions in both traditional awareness meditations and meditative interactions. This retreat will be held in a container of noble silence with time dedicated to dialogue practices and interviews with teachers.

mindfulness recovery retreatAbout Josh Korda:

Josh Korda began his studies in Theravada Buddhism in 1996 and  received his initial teacher training with Noah Levine. He has been a meditation teacher at Dharma Punx NYC since 2005. He also teaches at, a non-profit organisation that trains hospice volunteers. Josh has had the honor to study with countless other spiritual practitioners, including Ajahns Geoff, Sucitto, Amaro, Brahm, Vajiro, Sharon Salzberg and Tara Brach, to name a few.

About Kathy Cherry:

Kathy is a meditation teacher and classically trained metalsmith and jewellery designer. She runs the Dharma Punx NYC Buddhist meditation and recovery community with Josh and also facilitates a meditation group in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Retreat Information:

The retreat is open to all levels of meditators. The language of instruction will be English. Kindly note that much of the retreat will be held in silence, interspersed with mindful insight dialogue practices. Outside of retreat sessions, retreat participants will also be expected to adhere to noble silence during the time that our entire community practices noble silence, from 21:30pm until 08:00am the next morning (until 09:00am on Sundays).

The retreat will begin on the evening of Sunday, February 21 at 19:30pm. It will end on the afternoon of Friday, February 26.

Check-in will take place from 13:30pm to 16:00pm on Sunday, February 21. A tour will take place at 17:00pm the same day, and dinner will be served at 18:30pm.

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

Please DO NOT send your retreat fee prior to registering with us at the above email address. Kindly send an email first to check room availability.

Please note that New Life is a non-profit organisation. The fee covers only the costs of holding the retreat, including food, electricity, accommodation, and the teacher’s travel expenses. 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.

We are a vegetarian community. Simple, healthy meals will be served, consisting of breakfast with fruit, eggs, cereal, bread, and yoghurt, and Thai-style meals for lunch and dinner. We cannot cater to special diets, but do let us know if have any food allergies.

All rooms come with ensuite bathroom, warm water shower, ceiling fan, sheets and towels. The number of places available are limited so please register quickly.

Retreat fee:

9000 baht per person, ensuite single room

The retreat fee covers 5 nights’ accommodation on February 21/22/23/24/25 and all meals.

NB: An added cost of 800 baht per person per night applies if you wish to stay at the foundation after the retreat ends. Please check space availability with us at time of registration. The retreat fee must be paid in full, in advance. Please notify us of payment details and send a copy of the transfer receipt so that we can complete your registration. 

Want to stay for longer? Enquire about our resident or volunteer programs!

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.

Things to bring:

–       Light, comfortable clothing, e.g. loose pants, shirts, skirts and shawls

–       A light jumper or jacket and socks as it can be a little cool in February

–       A raincoat or umbrella in case of rain

–       Mosquito repellent: this is a natural environment and we do not use pesticides

–       A bathing suit: if you would like to use the swimming pool or steam bath

–       A torch: the foundation grounds are very dark at night

–       A refillable water bottle: we have a natural filtration system for drinking water

–       Your own toiletries

–       Your own cup or mug

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