We’re looking forward to the fantastic retreats and workshops planned for the coming months here at New Life, featuring Vipassana meditation, Ashtanga yoga, Plum Village practice, and Buddhist recovery in the Dharma Punx tradition. There’s sure to be something that suits your interests!
Shavasti, known as the author John L. Payne, is been a practitioner of Family Constellations, Shamanic Practice, Bodywork, and Energy Healing work for 16 years. He is the author of The Healing of Individuals, Families and Nations, The Language of the Soul and The Presence of the Soul and has facilitated more than 400 workshops on 6 continents. Join Shavasti in an exploration of healing the heart. During this workshop you will be guided to release limiting patterns and old hurts from your past, learn to fully realise where you are holding back from opening your heart more fully, receive teachings that will transform the way you think and how you feel about your place in the world, and be given tools for transforming suffering into relief.
Vipassana (Insight) meditation teacher Grahame White will be leading a mindfulness meditation retreat together with Bangkok’s Western Buddhist monk who organises the Little Bangkok Sangha group, Pandit Bhikkhu. This retreat is open to all who would like to practice silent meditation together in a focused community for a few days. The meditation style is based on Mahasi Sayadaw method of noting mindfully the nature of the mind in the body in the present moment.
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.
In this 4-day retreat, Kim Roberts will guide us through learning skills for negotiating life transitions, whether big or small. The retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, gentle yoga asana, periods of silence, group discussion, creative writing exercises and small group interviews. It is suitable for newcomers and experienced meditators. 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 authorisation 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 recently wrote a memoir of her time in Asia. She divides her time between Chiang Rai and Colorado. Her website is: Tools For Evolution.
4. New Life, New Year Waking Up Together Retreat with Peggy Rowe and Larry Ward, 28 December – 2 January (full)
In this mindfulness retreat, Peggy Rowe and Larry Ward will share practices and tools that invite us to begin anew in each moment and gracefully herald in a new year. Peggy and Larry 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 will explore the many ways that true spiritual practice is an engagement with life that goes against the stream of the confusion of this world and is therefore an act of rebellion. This ancient path of awakening our own deepest wisdom and compassion is accessible to all who choose it.
Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher and addiction treatment specialist trained to teach by Noah Levine, founder of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, and has received training in Buddhist psychology from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS). As a long-time Buddhist practitioner and recovering addict, he has been working closely with recovering addicts for the past six years, during which time he operated intensive programs and trainings as the local director for the Mind Body Awareness Project (MBA). Dave has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. He is the guiding teacher and program director of the Against the Stream Nashville Meditation Center and teaches over 300 meditation classes and workshops a year. He provides direct services for Mental Health Agencies, Public Libraries, and speaks regularly at Addiction and Behavioral Health Conferences.