Befriending Your True Nature & Solution-Oriented Questioning

Double-Workshop with Robert Quinlan, 30 November – 2 December, 2015 and 4 – 5 December, 2015


Befriending Your True Nature – A Playshop

Using tools and understanding gleaned from both the work of Dr. Milton Erickson, post-Ericksonians and Acceptance Commitment Therapy, participants will be encouraged to align with aspects of their uniqueness and creativity. An outcome will be the development of goals that align with participant’s actions core understandings that this 3 day playshop will promote.

Solution-Oriented Questioning and Trance Workshop

This 2 day workshop derives from the work of Dr. Milton Erickson and Dr. Rob McNeilly (with a dash of Bill O’Hanlon). Participants will learn and practice the solution oriented style of coaching and counselling for positive change. Utilizing both a way of being with those seeking assistance and a style of questioning which assists people to experience answers to problems inherent in the dilemma they face! The workshop is open to anyone with a curiosity about this style  and a willingness to engage in the process both as a helper and helpee.

About Robert Quinlan:

mindfulness-retreat-Robert-QuinlanRobert Quinlan is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist who has presented workshops and seminars in Thailand and a number of Australian states. He is a former convenor of the Byron Bay Acceptance Commitment Therapy Mental Health Practitioners Group, has worked as a senior clinician in number of public welfare agencies and is the former Co-ordinator of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology ( University ) Substance Abuse Education Unit. He is a qualified clinical hynotherapist and mental health practitioner (social work) and has assisted Dr. Rob McNeilly in training practitioners in the Ericksonian approaches to therapy, change and hypnosis.

Praise for previous presentations:
“Robert is a remarkable teacher.  He offers a wise presence with a twinkle in his eye. I attended a 5 day retreat on ‘Aligning With Life Purpose’.  Now that is a topic where any of us could have gotten too serious.  Instead, he supported us into diving into our soul depths and helped us to solidify our ideas and ground them in present space and time.  He offers compassionate presence, deep listening and is masterful with his use of language.  I know that I was wisely led, skilfully coached and offered encouragement to realign my life of purpose and beauty. I am energised and inspired to begin anew with graceful steps and a smile on my face.  Thank you Robert”.

— Peggy Rowe Ward EdD, Dharma Teacher in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and author of Love’s Garden and Making Friends with Time.

Workshop Information:

The language of instruction will be English. Kindly note that workshop participants will 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). Workshop sessions will run 9.00am to 12 noon and 14.00pm to 17.00pm.

Please note the following instructions carefully:

Participants will need to arrive at New Life Foundation the day before the workshop begins.

  • The first workshop will begin on Monday, 30 November at 9.00am. It will end on Wednesday, 2 December at 17.00pm.
  • If you are joining the first workshop, check-in will take place from 13:30pm to 16:00pm on Sunday, 29 November.
  • The second workshop will begin on Thursday, 4 December at 9.00am. It will end on Saturday, 5 December at 17.00pm.
  • If you are only joining the second workshop, check-in will take place from 13:30pm to 16:00pm on Wednesday, 3 December.
  • It is not necessary to join both workshops, you can join either one or the other. Please specify which workshop you would like to join in your registration email.
  • 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.

Workshop fees:

Workshop #1: 6900 baht for workshop and 3 nights’ accommodation on 29 + 30 Nov and 1 Dec

Workshop #2: 4600 baht total for workshop and 2 nights’ accommodation on 3+4 Dec

Both workshops + staying at the foundation on 2 Dec (6 nights in total): 12300 baht

NB: Accommodation costs cover 3 meals per day and are for an ensuite single room. An added cost of 800 baht per person per night applies if you wish to stay at the foundation on the night of Dec 2 in between the two retreats, or 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 and December

–       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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