Close and Personal
Hideaway Weekend Meditation Retreat
Friday17th – Sunday 19th December
Making best use of the cool weather we will be back at the beautiful Hideaway retreat place in Pathum Thanee for an easy going weekend of meditation, and BBQ.
Cost of the weekend, for food, transport and accommodation is 1500 baht (thanks to K. Krisda for giving us the venue). It’s a very lovely place, nice atmosphere, tranquil and with few distractions. Photo album from last time is here.
We’ll meet at Baan Aree for Vegetarian lunch at 10 am. After that we will head off to a mystery location, for a highly unusual sight seeing tour of a special place (it is great fun), and then on to the venue by 4pm ish.
For the remainder of Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning we’ll alternate between group sitting, walking meditation in the gardens, and silent free time. And eating of course 🙂 We’ll be on monastic schedule, so meals are breakfast and main meal at 11 am. There will be some light food in the evening also for those who don’t like to do without.
We’ll be sharing rooms – 2 large rooms for 8 or 10 women, and 2 large rooms for 8 – 10 men, including monks. There is lots of space. The Inner part of the rooms is air con, and the ante-rooms are non-aircon. At this time of the year it is pretty cold at night – so there is lots and lots of space for everyone to spread out between the room and ante-rooms infront. There are 3 large bathrooms per building.
Take towels, toiletries, sleeping bag, a light blanket for meditation in the cold weather (we can hope!).
Vegetarian food will be served throughout, with a Veg BBQ on the final day. We’ll alternate talking and silent times.
This retreat will be fairly easy going. If you are looking for a proper, full on intensive retreat, then go for the YBAT retreat in January. This will be more relaxed, and with less guidance and instruction than the January retreat, so better if you have some meditation experience beforehand.
Here is the report from our last Hideaway retreat
Planned drop off is about 3:30 pm on Sunday 19th. Vans will deliver you to a BTS or MRT station.
Baan Aree Library is right on the Skytrain line. Go to Ari BTS station and walk back towards the victory monument about 20 meters and you should see the passage way to Baan Aree Library on the right hand side.
Baan Aree car park is accessible from the rear (Soi Ari 1) where you see the sign for ‘ BANANA FAMILY PARK ‘. Bus routes 8, 28, 29, 38, 54, 63, 74, 77, 108, 157, 177, 502, 503, 509, and 510 all pass by on the Pahonholtin Road side.
We plan to leave Baan Aree at 11:30 am (when it gets packed out with office workers) so arrive anytime after 9:30 am. click the image to enlarge.
Please book your place in advance by paying the retreat cost. Since we are limited to just 20 participants please be absolutely sure that you will be attending . Last minute cancellations mean others will have missed the chance to join us. We can’t really return the cost in case of cancellations as we still have to pay for the transport etc… so please understand, and only book if you are absolutely certain to be joining. The funds can be given to Rubby or deputy at any of our events.
Please give your Name, Nationality, email address and phone number, plus roughly what meditation experience you have had before if any, and state if you are male or female so we can divide the rooms up – and enter into the box below:
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