Refuge Recovery and Rejuvenation

 with Jason Murphy: 15 – 20 November, 2015

Walk, Retreat

We crave for things to be other than the way they are. We often feel that life is unsatisfactory, and so develop strategies to avoid this feeling of dissatisfaction. Often these strategies lead to unskillful behavior. For example, we become addicted to drugs, alcohol, food, or shopping in an attempt to find true happiness. The Buddha called this craving tanha, or the unquenchable thirst of becoming – an arrow in the heart.

“Craving is… an arrow. The poison of ignorance spreads its toxin through desire, passion, & ill will.” Majjhima Nikaya 105

This retreat is designed to help participants calm the mind, gain clarity, and rejuvenate the body, mind and heart through guided meditation, silent reflection and mindful movement. These age old practices will be presented in a simple yet deep way to help participants begin to see the habitual patterns that cause suffering in all its forms.

We will learn to rebel against the tendencies that keep the cycles of addiction going, while at the same time learning to develop compassion for ourselves and each other.

The teachings will emphasise the heart practices of kindness, compassion and forgiveness as a way to cultivate a deeper understanding of these habitual mind states and how we become entangled by them.

Freedom comes from our dis-identification, as we learn to Relax, Observe, Allow

About Jason Murphy:

Jason Murphy-PedullaJason Murphy-Pedulla, M.A., has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1994. He is a teacher and therapist who has been working with adults, families and youth for over 20 years. Jason has taught mindful awareness in a variety of settings throughout the United States. He has over 26 years experience in recovery, both personal and professional.

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.

He has implemented MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) into educational systems, businesses and community organisations. He has taught at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre, iBme Retreats and with Against the Stream Meditation Society. Jason has sat long-term residential retreats in the U.S as well as in Asia.

Jason is empowered to teach by the Spirit Rock teachers counsel. He received his training with Noah Levine, M.A., 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. Kindly note that the retreat will be held in silence. 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 Sunday, November 15 at 19:30pm. It will end on the afternoon of Friday, November 20.

Check-in will take place from 13:30pm to 16:00pm on Sunday, November 15. 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 for guests:

7500 baht per person, ensuite single room

The retreat fee covers 5 nights’ accommodation on November 15/16/17/18/19 and all meals.

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 light jumper or jacket and socks as it can be a little cool 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

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