Emotional Chaos to Clarity

Jan 29 – Feb 4, 2013

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We regret to announce that this retreat has been cancelled due to illness. We are sending Phillip our best wishes for a speedy recovery and hope to be able to reschedule the event in the near future.

In the Second Noble Truth, the Buddha shows us that it is the reactivity of the mind as it manifests in various forms of wanting that causes most of our suffering. During this five-day retreat based on his book Emotional Chaos to Clarity, Phillip Moffitt will guide us through a set of Buddhist teachings and practices that can help us develop a set of life skills such as developing mindfulness and identifying core values and intentions.  We will explore how the dharma teaches us to let go of the clinging of the reactive mind and move from dukkha to sukkha, true happiness. These skills can profoundly improve our ability to make wise choices, skillfully navigate relational issues, and find peace of mind and heart even in the face of difficulty.

This silent retreat will include guided sitting and walking meditation, time for questions and answers, and group interviews.  It is suitable for newcomers and experienced meditators. The language of the retreat is English.

Some more background on Phillip Moffitt:

File created with CoreGraphicsAt the peak of his career, former CEO and Editor-in-chief of Esquire magazine, Phillip Moffitt, traded in his worldly aspirations to explore the inner life. After leaving Esquire, Phillip spent most of his time studying Theravada Buddhism and practicing vipassana (insight meditation). He also became interested in the mind-body connection and studied yoga, Jungian psychology, aikido, and somatic healing techniques. After he had been practicing vipassana for seven years, Phillip was invited by Jack Kornfield, the founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, to participate in Spirit Rock’s three-year teacher training. In 1998 after completing his teacher training, Phillip established the Marin Sangha in San Rafael, California. In addition to teaching the Marin Sangha, Phillip travels throughout the U.S. and Canada leading silent meditation retreats and is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council. Phillip’s primary teachers are Ajahn Sumedho and Sri Swami Balyog Premvarni Ji.

Between 1999 and 2006, Phillip wrote a regular column for Yoga Journal called “Dharma Wisdom,”, and in 2008 he published his first book about living the dharma in daily life, Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering. Phillip has also written for or been featured in Shambhala Sun, Tricycle, Body and Soul, and Buddhadharma magazines.

In addition to devoting himself to teaching the dharma, Phillip also does what he calls “Life Balance” work, a process he developed for helping others find more meaning and a greater sense of well-being in their lives. In 1991 he founded the Life Balance Institute.

Retreat Information:

The retreat will begin on the evening of Wednesday, January 29. It will end at lunchtime on Tuesday, February 4.

Check-in will take place from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on January 29.

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 organisation. The fee covers only the costs of holding the retreat, including food, electricity, accommodation, and the teachers’ 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.

Our community practices noble silence from 9.30pm until 8am the next morning (until 9am on Sundays). Retreat participants will also be asked to adhere to noble silence during these times.

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.

Should rooms at the foundation become full, there is a guesthouse nearby where we can book your accommodation. We will organise a van to pick retreat participants up in the morning and to drop them off in the evening. If you would like to return to the guesthouse in between sessions, please enquire about renting a bike. The distance between the foundation and the guesthouse is around 3km.

Retreat fee (covers 6 nights’ accommodation and 3 meals per day):

Single rooms: 5000 baht per person

Twin-share rooms: 3750 baht per person

NB: An added cost of 750 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. 

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

Simple, healthy meals will be served, consisting of breakfast with fruit and Thai-style meals for lunch and dinner. We cannot cater to special diets, but do let us know if have any food allergies. There will be vegetarian options available at every meal.

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:

–       Warm clothing and raincoat/umbrella in case of rain/cold mornings or evenings

–       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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