Peggy and Larry Ward, dhamma teachers in the Plum Village tradition of Zen master Thich Nhat Thanh, visited New Life in December to co-facilitate our Winter Solstice Festival. In this interview, New Life volunteer Susan chats to Peggy and Larry about what brought them to Thailand, how they incorporate mindfulness practice into their daily lives, and how Buddhism transcends the boundaries of religious faith.
Welcome to our first agriculture update for the year! Our gardens produce fruits and vegetables in abundance. In this blog post you will find out more about our current organic farming projects and how you can support New Life on the way to our goal to become a learning centre for sustainability,
With Areerat K Tri-siddha, 7 – 9 February 2014: This retreat will provide an opportunity for you to explore and experience your own authentic movement expression that is healing and transformational. We will draw from our own body wisdom, mindfulness practice in dance and movement, intention setting and connection to compassionate rhythm and heart vibration as tools to re-awaken our awareness into deeper connection with our true ‘self’.
At New Life we try to live as mindfully and compassionately as possible. It’s a big part of the reason why we are striving to become a learning centre for sustainability and organic farming. And now, we’ve decided that one of the best ways to put the quality of compassion into practice is by becoming a vegetarian community.
With Kim Roberts, 11- 16 April, 2014: Thai new year (Songkran) is celebrated as a time to let go of past mistakes and undertake new beginnings. Align with your inner wisdom so it can guide you to the next stage of your development. Let this year be the one where you finally drop the bad habits and focus on what really matters to you.
An expert in sustainable building techniques, Jon Jandai is the co-founder of the Pun Pun Centre for Self-Reliance. New Life was proud to host Mr. Jandai for our Winter Solstice Festival. In this post, Mr. Jandai chats about his projects and how building mudbrick houses empowers people.
We’ve made swift progress on our new earthen hut within just a few short weeks since the Winter Solstice Festival, when we began building it with Pi Jon Jandai of Pun Pun Centre for Self-Reliance. More updates coming soon, so stay tuned.
A poem by New Life transpersonal counsellor and life coach, Samina, which makes us all feel just a little less alone: “All of us are naked, all of us have been brought to the floor. Pain, fear, grief and rage have left their indelible mark on our tattered bodies on our grief-stricken hearts. And yet, we think we’re alone…”