Natural Awareness & Wisdom Retreat: January 2018

with Cheryl Slean, 7-12 January 2018

The Buddha taught that the causes of our stress and suffering can be understood and released through meditative insight, a natural, spontaneous process of intuitive knowing that begins with the clear seeing of a steadily aware mind. More than just paying attention, the wise mindfulness practice that uproots and releases patterns of suffering is based on an attitude of friendliness, non-resistance, compassion, and forgiveness, qualities that in themselves are wonderfully beneficial, but can sometimes be hard to find.

In this 5 day, mostly silent retreat, we’ll practice sustained mindfulness emphasizing wise attitude. We’ll learn a relaxed, effective meditation technique that lets go of expectation and turns toward whatever’s happening with curiosity and an attitude of learning. We’ll experiment with reflections and practices that incline our hearts and minds to compassion, goodwill, balance, and forgiveness. We’ll practice continuity of mindfulness through all activities, with periods of sitting and walking meditation, dharma teachings and instructions, interviews and some group work. In the process, we’ll create the conditions for meditative insight and a relaxed, clear and loving mind.

This retreat is suitable for both new and experienced practitioners.

About Cheryl Slean

Cheryl Slean has been practicing insight meditation intensively since 1995, including hundreds of days of silent retreat. She was authorised to teach in 2007 and is currently serving on the Teachers’ Councils at Against the Stream and Insight Community of the Desert. She teaches classes and residential retreats at these centers and at spiritual and secular venues worldwide including Seattle Insight, Vallecitos Retreat Center, Mindful Schools, Refuge Recovery, Foundations Recovery Network, Santa Monica Hospital, Google LA, and many other health and wellness and business settings. She has a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation (CMF) from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. Cheryl is also a writer, filmmaker, and educator working in the arts and sustainability, and is executive producer of VisionLA Climate Action Arts. For more information on Cheryl, see

Retreat Information

The opening session of the retreat will be at 19.30 on Sunday, 7 January 2018.

Arrival and registration will take place from 13.30 to 16.00 on Sunday, 7 January 2018

The retreat will end by 17.00 on Friday, 12 January 2018.

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 yogurt, 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 is limited so please register quickly.

Retreat fee:

10,500 baht per person, ensuite fan single room.

The retreat fee covers 5 nights’ accommodation on January 7/8/9/10/11 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 the night after the retreat ends. Please check space availability with us at the 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 guest, resident 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.

Travel information
Detailed map and directions

Things to bring:

  • loose, comfortable clothing
  • mosquito repellent
  • torch
  • a refillable water bottle and/or cup or mug
  • your own toiletries
  • a warm jumper or jacket, socks, a light scarf or hat – it can be cool in the mornings and evenings in January

We provide meditation cushions and yoga mats but please feel free to bring your own if you wish.

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