Change Your Mind, Change Your World: A Mindful Yoga Retreat
with Kim Roberts, 13 – 17 February 2013
Being fully present is the key to manifesting transformation. In this mindful yoga retreat, you will learn practices that train you to do just that. We will explore the foundations of Ashtanga yoga– asana, pranayama, dristi and bandha — preparing a solid foundation for settling more and more deeply into meditation.
Individual guidance will be offered relevant to each practitioner’s particular needs, in order to harmonize body, speech and mind, creating a more conducive internal atmosphere for meditation to arise. We will explore what it means to settle body and mind in order to ripen the fruits of practice: the ability to rest in stillness, spaciousness, stability and silence, so that you can listen to the message of your calling.
In addition to a daily yoga and sitting meditation practice, we will learn to identify what prevents us from manifesting the life that we want. Writing practice will be incorporated, as well as interactive exercises, in order to call by name influences that undermine our ability to listen deeply. When you can really listen, then you can hear where your life truly wants to take you.
The retreat will begin at 7.30 pm on the evening of Wednesday, February 13 with an introductory talk, and end on the afternoon of Sunday, February 17 at around 5.00pm.
You are welcome to arrive anytime between 1pm and 7.00pm on Wednesday. Please do not arrive outside of these times. You are also welcome to join us for a healthy dinner at 6.30pm!
Retreat fee: 6500 baht per person
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:
Please note that New Life is a non-profit organization. The retreat fee covers food, electricity, accommodation, and the teachers’ fee. 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.
Most rooms are single rooms. A very limited number of twin rooms are available for couples. All come with ensuite toilet and shower, warm water, fan, and towels.
NB: An added cost of 500 baht per person per night applies if you wish to stay at the foundation after the retreat ends. Please inform us at time of registration.
Simple, healthy meals will be served, consisting of breakfast with fruit and Thai-style meals for lunch and dinner. Do let us know if you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies.
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.
For a detailed map and directions, see this page: http://www.newlifethaifoundation.com/contacts/
Things to bring:
- Comfortable clothing
- 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 path to our earthen meditation hall is very dark at night
- A refillable water bottle: we have a natural filtration system for drinking water
Some more background on Kim Roberts:
Kim earned her Masters degree in Psychology from Naropa University (in Boulder, Colorado), an Kim Roberts, MA, originally trained as a psychotherapist, and started practicing yoga and meditation in 1992 while doing graduate studies at the Buddhist Naropa University. She has been based in Asia for the last fifteen years where she has led retreats and trainings and has been the resident yoga teacher at many exclusive wellness hotels in the region. She studied extensively with Richard Freeman in the US, and earned authorization to teach Ashtanga yoga after spending a year studying with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. 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.
Kim’s website: http://www.papayayoga.com/
Wednesday, 13 February: Orientation and opening session
Thursday, 14 February: Listening to the body
Friday, 15 February: Identifying feelings
Saturday, 16 February: Minding the mind
Sunday, 17 February: Manifesting your life