Many incredible retreats planned for the upcoming months here at New Life. Dance, insight/vipassana meditation, or Ashtanga yoga – whatever your interest, we’re offering it!
1. Dance Weekend Retreat with Areerat K. Tri-siddha, 23 – 25 May
Areerat K. Tri-siddha is a certified yoga teacher and a DANCEmandala and biodanza facilitator/trainer. Based in Chiang Mai, where she runs the Yoga Tree Centre, she trained at Triyoga and the Dorset School of Biodanza in the UK. She currently teaches yoga and meditative dance, leads regular workshops, and conducts teacher training (DANCEmandala) in northern Thailand.
2. Insight Meditation Retreat with Grahame White and Pandit Bikkhu, 19 – 24 October
Grahame White has been involved in Buddhist meditation practice for over 40 years. He began his study in England in 1969 before being ordained as a Buddhist monk for one year in Bodhgaya, India in 1971. He took a primary role in the establishment of Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw in Australia and co-founded the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre outside of Sydney. Grahame leads meditation retreats in the Illawarra & Sydney areas in Australia, in Honolulu, Hawaii with the meditation group Vipassana Hawaii, and in Sri Lanka with the Nirodha Trust. He has also helped pioneer a workshop format that enhances the transfer of mindfulness from the formal sitting practice into daily life. Grahame returns to Myanmar (Burma) regularly in order to teach and to deepen his own practice and study of the Buddha’s teachings. He teaches a classical tradition of insight meditation with a relaxed, accessible style.
Pandit Bikkhu (Pandit Cittasamvaro) is the organiser behind the Little Bangkok Sangha. A British-born Bhikkhu of 17 years, he ordained as a Buddhist monk at Wat Luang Phor Sodh in Rajaburi Province in 1996. Four years later he moved to Wat Paknam, Bhasicharoen and attained a degree in psychology at the monastic university. He has had experience in the meditation styles of Mahasi Sayadaw, Ajahn Chah, Dhammakaya, and some Tibetan practice. However, Pandit Bhikkhu claims no lineage other than Buddhism. His own approach uses reflection on the six senses to hold the mind in empty alert awareness. His interests include psychology, faerie tales, and other mystic religious traditions.
3. Aligning With Your Life’s Purpose Yoga Retreat with Kim Roberts, 12-16 November
Kim Roberts earned her Masters degree in Psychology from Naropa University, where she was originally trained as a Contemplative Psychotherapist. She started practicing Ashtanga yoga and meditation in 1992 while doing graduate studies at this Buddhist inspired program. She was one of Richard Freeman’s original students in the US, and earned authorization to teach Ashtanga yoga after spending a year studying with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. She is also an enthusiastic Buddhist practitioner, and studies regularly with her teachers from the Tibetan lineage. Kim’s retreats integrate yoga and meditation as complementary practices and doorways to self-knowledge. Kim is also a writer who has recently written a memoir of her time in Asia. She divides her time between Chiang Rai and Colorado. Her website is: Tools For Evolution.