Al Palmer joined New Life Foundation as a life coach and addictions therapist in March this year. In this interview, we chat to him about his long journey through addiction and recovery, his mindfulness practices, and what it’s like to be a life coach in the New Life community.
We currently have two earth building projects in the works here at New Life. The first is an adobe hut with a living roof, the second is a roundhouse made using an earth bag technique. The latter one has many advantages, but needed to be adjusted for New Life due to budgetary and other constraints.
With Peggy Rowe and Larry Ward, 28 December-2 January, 2014/15: Please join Dharma teachers Peggy Rowe and Larry Ward, as we celebrate together at this auspicious time of the year. They will share practices and tools that invite us to begin anew in each moment as well as practices and tools to gracefully herald in a new year.
New Life is growing more quickly than we could ever have imaged. We are desperately in need of expanding our life coaching and therapeutic facilities. Therefore we aim to raise 400.000 Thai Baht and to commence construction after the rainy season in October 2014.
The living roof on the new earthen hut is now well established. The first crop we’ve sown is organic rice, which will serve to stabilise the soil and prepare it for future crops like some tasty herbs and vegetables.
Alex had been experiencing extreme anxiety for more than ten years and had developed a phobia of speaking in public. We talked to him about his story and how New Life helped him to face his demons and overcome some of his biggest fears.
With Grahame White, 19 – 24 October, 2014: Vipassana (Insight) meditation teacher Grahame White will be leading a mindfulness meditation retreat together with Bangkok’s Western Buddhist monk who organises the Little Bangkok Sangha group, Pandit Bhikkhu. This retreat is open to all who would like to practice silent meditation together in a focused community for a few days.
Recent hail damage from a series of tropical storms meant that the beautiful teak leaf roof on our forest meditation hall had to be replaced. A change in natural material made it more durable for the future.
Kirk from Canada spent time travelling around Southeast Asia before volunteering at New Life. We sat down with him for a little chat about his journey, his experience with addictions in his family and his personal highlights here at New Life.