New Life, New Year: Waking Up Together Retreat

with Peggy Rowe and Larry Ward, 28 December-2 January, 2014/15

Tree, Flowers

Please join Dharma teachers Peggy Rowe and Larry Ward, Senior Dharma Teachers with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in the tradition of Plum Village, as we celebrate together at this auspicious time of the year. Every moment, every breath, every step offers an opportunity to begin anew – and we have a wonderful opportunity to practice beginning anew at this time of year. Peggy and Larry will share practices and tools that invite us to begin anew in each moment as well as practices and tools to gracefully herald in a new year.

Peggy Rowe, Larry WardPeggy Rowe and Larry Ward are teachers and practitioners in the tradition of Plum Village. Both received the Dharmacharaya (Dhamma Lamp) transmission in 2001 from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and  have traveled with him and supported retreats in the Plum Village tradition for over 20 years. Peggy has her doctorate in Education and Counselling Psychology. Larry is Director of The Lotus Institute, a non-profit religious and educational institution, and helped to co-found Plum Village’s Deer Park Monastery in California. Larry is currently completing his PhD in Buddhism and Neuroscience. Peggy and Larry also co-authored the award-winning book, Love’s Garden: A Guide to Mindful Relationships. They live in Bangkok where they are helping to support the integration of mindfulness into a K – 12 international school.

This retreat is now full. More information on other upcoming retreats and our resident and volunteer programs can be found on our website.


Retreat Information:

The retreat will begin on the evening of Sunday, December 28 at 19:30pm. It will end on the afternoon of Friday, January 2.

Check-in will take place from 13:00pm to 16:00pm on December 28. 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 or registration, please contact us at:

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 teachers’ fees. 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.

Our community practices noble silence from 21:30pm until 08:00am the next morning (until 09:00am on Sundays). Retreat participants will also be asked to adhere to noble silence during these times.

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.

Retreat fee:

Single room: 6500 THB

Twinshare: 5500 THB

The retreat fee covers 5 nights’ accommodation on Dec 28/29/30/31 + January 1,  3 meals per day, and all retreat sessions.

NB: An added cost of 780 baht per person per night (single room) 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:

–       Warm, comfortable clothing, socks, a jacket, and a raincoat/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

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