Moving to Stillness Meditation Retreat

with Ani Pema, 12 – 18 June, 2017

Participants in this retreat will learn how to recognise and manage their physical and emotional discomfort. A range of practices for a grounded body, emotional stability and opening and healing the heart will bring profound change to their daily life and relationship to self and others. Gentle mindful movements combined with breathing, relaxation and heart opening practices will prepare the body, mind, and heart for the deepening of awareness meditation.

The retreat program will progress through these stages:

  • Creating calm and ease in the body and emotions
  • Opening the heart through loving kindness and compassion
  • Sharpening insight through awareness meditation

These practices are derived from yoga and Tibetan Buddhist teachings, but are suitable for individuals of any background, and will be adapted for any level of physical ability. Individual needs will be sensitively addressed with an emphasis on assisting each participant to find the most suitable practices for their own psychology and lifestyle.

About Ani Pema

meditation retreat Thailand

Ani Pema (Karen Schaefer) practiced meditation and yoga intensively in India with her meditation master for 12 years. Additionally she has trained in Tibetan Buddhism for 25 years, ordaining as a Buddhist nun in Bhutan and Taiwan. She has directed yoga and meditation centres in Sydney and developed and conducted training for yoga teachers for many years. She is qualified in Transpersonal Psychology and counselling and has conducted retreats in India, Australia, and the U.S. at the request of her teachers. Ani Pema applies a psychological and practical approach to yoga and meditation. She has spent long extended periods in personal meditation retreat in India, Thailand, Bhutan, and Myanmar.

Retreat Information

The opening session of the retreat will be at 19.30 on Monday, 12 June.

Arrival and registration will take place from 13.30 to 16.00 on on Monday, 12 June.

The retreat will end at 16.00 on Sunday, 18 June.

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, 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:

10,500 baht per person, ensuite single room.

The retreat fee covers 6 nights’ accommodation on June 12/13/14/15/16/17 and 3 vegetarian meals per day.

NB: An added cost of 950 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, guest, or volunteer programs!

Dana: The retreat teachings are offered freely in accordance with the Buddhist tradition of Dana (the cultivation and practice of the virtue of generosity) where the retreatant is invited to contribute financially to the teachings and the mentoring based on their individual income and the value that they place on what has been offered. The livelihood of the teacher is dependent on the generosity of Dana. There will be more details provided on this during the retreat.

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
  • your own toiletries
  • we provide meditation cushions and yoga mats but please feel free to bring your own

Retreat schedule:


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