Insight Dialogue Retreat: Kalyana-mitta (Spiritual Friendship) and the Power and Challenge of Meditating Together

with Sukhacitto Bhikkhu assisted by Rosalie Dores, 7 – 14 January 2017

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Insight Dialogue (ID) is an interpersonal meditation practice. Based in Vipassana meditation, it brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation practice into our interactions with others through dialogue. Ultimately, this allows us to perceive and understand things that are normally overlooked in the busyness of life, and to be more accepting of ourselves and others as they are.

As humans we are relational beings, and as we begin to awaken to this experience, we find insight, clarity, ease and joy flowing into our relationships with others. In this retreat we meditate with each other – not side by side and separate, but fully engaged and truly meditating. We will cultivate mindfulness, calm concentration, inquiry, energy, and other meditative qualities, interweaving Insight Dialogue, silent meditation, short periods of walking, and mindful movement. This is a chance to engage firsthand with the relational foundation of our humanity, and investigate the Buddhist concept of “kalyana-mitta” or “spiritual friendship”. These practices support you to remain present with others even in difficulty, to encounter social eagerness or fear with greater ease, and to recognise natural wakefulness underneath conditioned habits.

In the practice we will be introduced step by step into the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and will be guided into contemplation. Dharma reflections and time for sharing and Q & A will be provided. Mindful body movements will be offered by Rosalie.

The retreat will be held in noble silence, except in the dialogues and group sharings.

You can learn more about the practice of Insight Dialogue at www.metta.org under the “Insight Dialogue” menu (in English).

About Bhikkhu Sukhacitto:

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Bhikkhu Sukhacitto is an Insight Dialogue Teacher. He was born in Germany in 1963 and first came into contact with Buddhism in 1986 in Thailand by attending a meditation retreat, offered through Wat Suan Mokkh. He ordained there as a novice in 1989 and as a monk in 1990. He moved to the West in 1993. Since then he has lived at various monasteries in the West, including Dhammapala Monastery in Switzerland for six years and at Amaravati Monastery, UK for 4 years.

On his first Insight Dialogue retreat in 2005, he was amazed by the powerful experience of meditating together with other people and subsequently joined many more Insight Dialogue retreats. In 2010 he began his teacher training with Gregory Kramer and other teachers. In his experience, interpersonal meditation is an extremely helpful aid for the development of wholesome qualities. It bridges the gap between traditional silent meditation and our everyday lives and relations with other people. Bhikkhu Sukhacitto sees Insight Dialogue as an important tool for liberation.

About Rosalie Dores:

meditation retreat ThailandRosalie Dores, MA is an Insight Dialogue Teacher in Training. She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1995. Her formative meditation practice was within the Vipassana tradition, of S.N. Goenka, and subsequently within the Theravadin and Insight Meditation traditions where she has studied with a variety of teachers. She has been practising Insight Dialogue since 2008. Rosalie is dedicated to offering Insight Dialogue as a practice of awakening through, and within, relationship.

Rosalie is director of Optimal Living CIC, offering MBSR and Interpersonal Mindfulness Programmes to the general public, and private sector, in London. She supervises mindfulness teachers for The Mindfulness Network CIC. She is a founding member of the London Insight Dialogue facilitators group where she offers ID on a regular basis.

Retreat Information

The retreat will begin at 16.00 on Saturday, 7 January and end at 12 noon on Saturday, 14 January.

Check-in will take place from 13:30 to 15:00 on 7 January.

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

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, and accommodation. 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:

12500 baht per person, ensuite single room.

The retreat fee covers 7 nights’ accommodation on January 7/8/9/10/11/12/13 and 3 vegetarian meals per day.

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, Ban Samanmit, Don Sila, 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:

  • a refillable water bottle and/or cup or mug
  • mosquito repellent
  • torch
  • umbrella
  • light jumper or jacket
  • your own toiletries

Retreat schedule:

Insight Dialogue 2017 retreat schedule

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