with Kim Roberts, 12-16 November, 2014
Transition offers opportunity for growth. Maybe you know something has to give, and yet you don’t quite know how to maneuver the passage. In this 4 day retreat, Kim Roberts will guide us through a simple method of using mindfulness practices to proceed with grace and ease during these passages. You will learn skills to negotiate life transitions whether big or small.
It can be difficult to let go of painful experiences or feelings– not because we like them, but because they are familiar. Taking a step toward letting go of the past can be scary. You don’t know what’s on the other side. You know what you are stepping away from, but there is a moment after stepping, before the next foothold becomes apparent, where you just have to wait and trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. You are; you may simply need tools to help you learn how to proceed. These tools can profoundly improve your ability to make wise choices, to gracefully navigate your life and relationships, and to find peace of mind even in the midst of change.
The only constant is change.
This retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, gentle yoga asana, periods of silence, group discussion, creative writing exercises and small group interviews. It is suitable for newcomers and experienced meditators.
Kim Roberts earned her Masters degree in Psychology from Naropa University (in Boulder, Colorado), where she was originally trained as a Contemplative Psychotherapist. She started practicing Ashtanga yoga and sitting meditation in 1992 while doing graduate studies at this Buddhist inspired program. She was one of Richard Freeman’s original students in the US, and earned authorization to teach Ashtanga yoga after spending a year studying with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. Based in Asia for the last fifteen years, she has led retreats and trainings and has been the resident yoga teacher at many exclusive wellness hotels throughout the region. She is also an enthusiastic Buddhist practitioner, and studies regularly with her teachers from the Tibetan lineage. Kim’s retreats integrate yoga and meditation as complementary practices and doorways to self-knowledge. Kim is also a writer who has recently written a memoir of her time in Asia. She divides her time between Chiang Rai and Colorado. Her website is: Tools for Evolution
This retreat is now full. More information on other upcoming retreats and our resident and volunteer programs can be found on our website.
The retreat will begin on the evening of Wednesday, November 12 at 19:30pm. It will end around lunchtime on Sunday, November 16.
Check-in will take place from 1:300pm to 16:00pm on November 12. 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 or registration, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 teachers’ 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.
Our community practices noble silence from 21:30pm until 08:00am the next morning (until 09:00am on Sundays). Retreat participants will also be asked to adhere to noble silence during these times.
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 onsite are limited so please register quickly if you would like a room at the foundation during the retreat.
6500 baht per person (covers 4 nights’ accommodation on November 12/13/14/15 and 3 meals per day):
NB: An added cost of 780 baht per person per night (single room) applies if you wish to stay at the foundation after the retreat ends. Please inform 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.
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 and a raincoat/umbrella in case of rain
– A warm jumper/jacket and socks – November is cold in Chiang Rai!
– 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