Releasing the Blocks to Love – February 2018 Retreat

February 16-18 2018

“Your task is not to seek for love but merely to seek and find

all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”


In what ways have we placed barriers against love within ourselves? In what ways do we deny the love that is our intrinsic nature? In this 3 day workshop, we will be exploring just that; so that we can dissolve the barriers that we have absorbed from our culture, our families and most importantly that we have created ourselves. We will do this by creating a safe space where vulnerability and shared humanity are our foundations and by using the following modalities.


  • Family constellations- exploring how patterns of behavior and beliefs get passed down the generations.
  • Shadow work- Honestly exposing our own shadow to reap the gems to be found in the darkness.
  • Biodanza and DanceMandala- Connecting to our bodies and hearts through music and movement.
  • Inner Dance- Connecting to our deeper wisdom selves through music and gentle touch.


Throughout the retreat, we will be exploring and releasing the myriad ways we hold love at arm’s length.

We have often unknowingly taken on beliefs and expectations from our families and from our culture about who we are, about other people and about the world which simply are not true and don’t serve us. We will be gently encouraged to firstly acknowledge how this works within us and then shown how to replace limiting beliefs with a deeper truth about our essential nature. We will do this using a combination of deep sharing, dance modalities, constellation work and shadow work all held within an exquisitely safe and nurturing space.


Retreat Schedule

Friday 16th

Check in by 12:30


Theme : Deepening Connection.

Intros- setting context

Meditation .

Deeper sharing

Biodanza- a chance to move from our bodies and connect together.

Evening – 7.30pm

Inner Dance- Through music, intention and gentle interventions discover deeper often unknown levels and layers of the self.

Saturday 17th


Sharing circle

Constellation work- looking at how our families and ancestral themes impact us today.


Lunch break


Shadow work- Acknowledging our own dark side and how to embrace its gifts.

Ho opono opono An ancient and powerful forgiveness practice


Dance Mandala

Sunday 18th



Sharing circle




This is a rough outline- all of the above elements will be covered but some changes may occur due to group dynamics.

About the Facilitators

Samina Khan and Ciara McArdle both lived and worked at New Life for several years and so have a strong understanding of the needs of the community. Together they have a combined forty years experience of leading transformational groups. They are both passionate in believing that transformation needs to include all levels- body, mind and spirit and as such have immersed themselves in a truly eclectic base from which to draw their own teaching. This base includes sacre
d circle, constellations, bodywork and transpersonal psychology. Their deepest intention is for all beings to know their deepest self- which is Love.

Additional Information

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.

Check-in for outside participants is before 12:30 on February 16. Check out is Sunday February 18, but there is an option of staying additional nights.

Please note that New Life is a non-profit organization. The fee covers only the costs of holding the retreat, including food, electricity, and accommodation.

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:

2,500 baht per person, ensuite fan single room.

This fee covers 2 nights’ accommodation 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

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


Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *