Kind Awareness Retreat

with Jason Murphy, 5-12 November, 2016


Look within,

Be still.

Free from fear and attachment,

Know the sweet Joy of living in the way.

– DhammaPada

This retreat will be an opportunity to deepen into the practices of mindfulness, concentration and compassion. These age-old techniques will be offered in a practical and pragmatic form designed to help the participants gain insight into the nature of this mind/body experience as well as develop a kind-hearted approach to the struggles of life.

The theme of this silent retreat is designed to help practitioners develop insight into the habitual patterns of reactivity and causes of suffering. This retreat will follow a simple and systematic approach through the unfolding of the four foundations of mindfulness while simultaneously opening to the natural peace and ease that is the natural state of the heart/mind. Each day will include gentle guided instruction, silent reflection, walking and eating meditation, and mindful movement (Qi Gong). Each evening will feature a dharma talk (teaching of the Buddha) and specific instruction in developing open-heartedness.

Jason Murphy-Pedulla

About Jason Murphy

Jason Murphy-Pedulla, M.A., has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1994. He is the author of a new book, Mindfulness for Teen Anger, as well as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist who has been working with youth, families, and adults for over 20 years.

Jason has taught mindful awareness in a variety of settings throughout the United States and internationally. He has implemented MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) into educational systems, businesses and community organisations.  He has taught at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre and Against the Stream Meditation Society. Jason has sat long-term residential retreats in the U.S as well as in Asia.

Jason has studied and trained with several prominent teachers in the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. Some of them are Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Passano and Amaro Bhikkhu. Other teachers and mentors include Gil Fronsdal, John Travis, Sylvia Boornstein, and Jack Kornfield.

Jason is empowered to teach by the Spirit Rock teachers counsel. He received his training with Noah Levine, MA, author of Dharma Punx and Against the Stream, Spirit Rock teacher Mary Grace Orr, and Bob Stahl, PhD, guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and author of Living With Your Heart Wide Open.

More information about Jason can be found at his website, Mindfulness Recovery Counseling.

Retreat Information

The retreat is open to all levels of meditators. The language of instruction will be English. Outside of retreat sessions, retreat participants will also be expected to adhere to noble silence during the time that our entire community practices noble silence, from 21:30pm until 08:00am the next morning (until 09:00am on Sundays).

The retreat will begin on the evening of Saturday, November 5 at 19:30pm. It will end on the afternoon of Saturday, November 12.

Check-in will take place from 13:30pm to 15:30pm on Saturday, November 5. 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, please contact us at:

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, accommodation, and the teacher’s 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.

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 November 5/6/7/8/9/10/11 and all meals, as well as the teachers’ transportation costs.

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, 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, e.g. loose pants, shirts, skirts and shawls

–       A jumper or jacket and socks as it can be cool in Chiang Rai in November

–       A raincoat or umbrella in case of rain

–       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

Retreat Schedule:

Kind Awareness retreat schedule


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