Nirodha Retreats Worldwide

The path home to the heart...

Day 1 - New Year's Eve

When you arrive, you can check in at the reception and collect your registration packet before settling into your room. The registration packet will include all the information you will need when attending the retreat, including the yogi handbook. Yogis can relax in the retreat centre until programs begin with dinner at 7pm.

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7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
 Dinner
9:30 pm to 10:30 pm
 Spiritual Circle
10:30 pm to 11:00 pm
 Noble Silence and Meditation Sitting
 11:00 pm to 11:30 pm
 "Puja" or Offering
 11:30 pm to 12:00 am
 Thai Lantern Ceremony

Spiritual Circle

The yogis can introduce themselves, share their past experiences with meditation and spirituality. This allows the group to get to know one another before sitting together for the next three weeks and share what they hope to achieve from their retreat. 


Noble Silence

The silence is one of the central aspects of the retreat experience, allowing yogis to find depth and peace in their practice. Yogis will take up Noble Silence for the retreat and participate in the first group meditation sitting at the retreat. 


"Puja"

The word "puja" literally means an offering and is renowned practice in the East, often conducted religiously. During this session, yogis will be able to participate in a meditative experience of the "puja" or offering, with guidance on the significance of each offering in relation to the practice. 


Thai Lantern Ceremony

This traditional ceremony is especially renowned in Chiang Mai. Yogis will be given a lantern on which they can write down resolutions and wishes for the new year. When the new year dawns at midnight, yogis will launch their lantern into the sky, declaring their wholesome intentions for the new year. 

Day 2 - New Year's Day

Due to the program for New Year's Eve, the morning session on the first full day of the retreat will begin with breakfast at 7 am. 


The complete retreat schedule is available below.

Day 3 to 10 - January 2nd to 9th

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 5:30 am to 6:15 am
 Sunrise Meditation Sitting
 6:20 am to 7:00 am
 Guided Body Awareness Practice / Silent Yoga
 7:00 am to 8:00 am
 Breakfast
 8:00 am to 8:30 am
 Walking Meditation Session
 8:30 am to 9:30 am
 Meditation Talk
 9:30 am to 10:00 am
 Walking Meditation Session
 10:00 am to 10:45 am
 Sitting Meditation Session
 10:45 am to 11:15 am
 Walking Meditation Session
 11:15 am to 12:00 pm
 Sitting Meditation Session
 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
 Lunch
 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
 Mindful Resting
 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm
 Sitting Meditation Session
 2:45 pm to 3:15 pm
 Walking Meditation Session
 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm
 Sitting Meditation Session
 4:00 pm to 4:15 pm
 Tea Break
 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm
 Sitting Meditation Session
 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm
 Body Awareness / Silent Yoga
 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
 Dinner
 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm
 Group Walk / Evening Stroll
 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
 Question and Answer Session
 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
 Further Practice (Optional)

Day 11 - January 10th (half retreat day 1)

When you arrive, you can check in at the reception and collect your registration packet before settling into your room. The registration packet will include all the information you will need when attending the retreat, including the yogi handbook. Yogis will be in silence as soon as they arrive and will follow the retreat schedule after settling down. 


We encourage you to book your arrival flight to get into Chiang Rai in the afternoon or morning.

 
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
 Dinner
 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
 Introduction Session for Ten Day Yogis

Day 18 - January 17th

 
 5:30 am to 6:25 am
Sunrise Meditation Sitting
 6:20 am to 7:00 am
Guided Body Awareness Session
 7:00 am to 8:00 am
Breakfast
 8:00 am to 8:30 am
Walking Meditation Session
 8:30 am to 9:15 am
Sitting Meditation Session
 9:15 am to 9:45 am
Walking Meditation Session
 9:45 am to 10:00 am
Preparation for Closing Circle
 10:00 am to 10:45 am
Closing Talk
 10:45 am to 11:30 am
 Breaking for Noble Silence / Sharing of Retreat Experience
 11:30 am to 12:00 pm
 Teacher Donations / Blessings
 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
 Lunch
 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
 Mindful Resting 
 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm
 Integration Period Orientation
 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm
 Walking Meditation Session
 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
 "Reacting Mindfully"
 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm
 Body Awareness Session
 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
 Dinner
 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm
 Group Walk / Evening Stroll
 7:00 pm onwards
 Spiritual Voices Session

Integration Period

This is an unique and vital aspect to the retreat experience. It allows yogis to smoothly transition between the deep meditative practice of the retreat and dealing with the chaos of daily life. This period will include various activities that will help yogis learn how to live mindfully, including workshops and excursions. 


Reacting Mindfully

During this session, yogis will be guided on how to conduct oneself mindfully while engaging fully in daily life and its various activities. It will involve various activities, such as mindful speaking, among others. 


Spiritual Voices Session

After dinner, yogis will sit in a circle outside while sharing their spiritual experiences, inspirational stories and will be able to engage in spiritual discussions as a group. 

Day 19 - January 18th

Schedules for the activities conducted during the integration period will be provided at the retreat. 


Meditating at Phu Chi Fa

This is a mountain and national forest park, which has spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and is renowned for the "sea of mist", the view of the fog-surrounded hills (about 1200-1400m). It is home to many animals including the barking deer, wild boar, palm civets, canaries, pheasants and magpies. 

"The Mindful Yogi: How Yoga Supports the Meditative Journey" 


This workshop will provide insight into the relationship between yoga and vipassana meditation. It will go over how yoga and meditation complement one another, as spiritual practices. Furthermore, it will provide meditators with useful background into mindfully balancing the relationship between body awareness, physical activity and health in daily life.

Johnny Ward is a senior yoga teacher and director at the Richmond Yoga Studio in the United Kingdom. He is a dedicated meditation practitioner, who has been a longtime student of Dhammaruwan. He is currently a member of the Nirodha Vipassana Meditation Teacher Training Program. 

Other Tentative Workshops:

  • "Searching for Peace and Happiness and Embracing Life" 

Day 20 - January 19th

Meeting the Hill Tribes

The hill tribes migrated from China into Burma, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand about 100 years ago. The six main tribes are the Karen (Kariang, Yang), the Hmong (Meo), the Yao (Mien), the Akha (Ekaw), the Lisu (Lisaw), and the Lahu (Mussur). These are farming tribes with distinct cultures, religions, language, art and dress.


Visiting the White Temple

Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple) is a contemporary art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple owned by Chalemchai Kositpipat who designed and constructed it in 1997. Some of its key features are the bridge of "the cycle of rebirth" which crosses over a small lake; the gate of heaven; the ubosot, an all-white building with fragments of mirrored glass embedded on it, which represents the mind; and the golden building, which represents the body and the idea to focus on the mind instead of material possessions. 

"Holistic Living: Mindfulness for Mental Wellbeing"

This workshop will provide yogis with a meditative approach to the concept of holistic living; specifically applying the practice of mindfulness and other psychological approaches to find balance in health, relationships and spirituality. It will consider the aspects of a healthy and holistic lifestyle that supports the mental and emotional wellbeing of a meditator, drawing from the insights of the scientific community and the timeless wisdom of the vipassana practice. 

Rusara Seneviratne is a student of psychology and has been practicing meditation since she was five years old. She has been training as a teacher since she was sixteen when she gave her first public meditation talk. She is currently a member of the Nirodha Vipassana Meditation Teacher Training Program. 

"Living with the Practice: Spiritual Partners and Musical Expression"


This workshop will provide yogis with an insight into the life of a dedicated meditator, who has been practicing meditation for some time, while engaging in lay life. It will share the experiences of practicing with one's partner and sharing the journey of meditation. It will also consider the practice of mindfulness as applied to hobbies and activities in daily life, such as music, considering purposeful body action and honesty as principles by which to live a spiritual life. 

Aaron Smith is a dedication practitioner from the United States and has been a longtime student of Dhammaruwan. He and his wife, Priscilla, began their practice as members of the core group in Sri Lanka. He is currently a member of the Nirodha Vipassana Meditation Teacher Training Program. 

Day 21 - January 20th

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5:30 am to 6:15 am
 Sunrise Meditation Sitting
 6:20 am to 7:00 am
 Body Awareness Session
 7:00 am to 8:00 am
 Breakfast
 8:00 am to 8:15 am
 Group Photo
 8:15 am to 9:30 am
 Packing and Preparation to Leave
 9:30 am to 10:00 am
 Walking Meditation Session
 10:00 am to 10:45 am
 Sitting Meditation Session
 10:45 am to 11:15 am
 Walking Meditation Session
 11:15 am to 12:00 pm
 Sitting Meditation Session
 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
 Lunch
 1:00 pm onwards
 Departing from Retreat Centre

We encourage you to book your return flights after 1 pm on the 21st January. 

Food at the Retreat

During the retreat, meditators will be able to enjoy organic lacto-ovo vegetarian food which is sourced from the on-site Aquaponics system and organic garden, or from local farmers. Aquaponics is a farming system based on the principles of permaculture, where the waste water of fish is used to fertilize and grow vegetables, and in return the water is purified and feeds back to the fish. So there is no waste generated in the process. The vegetables are freshly picked on the same day from the organic gardens, which cover about 1.6 acres of the property.


Breakfast:

Oat porridge, hot soup, noodles or congee, kefir, almond milk, fresh fruit and muesli, one glass of fresh juice, herbal tea


Lunch:

Salad buffet, hot dishes such as curry, stir fried vegetables, omelet etc., local Thai dessert, fresh fruit and herbal tea


Supper:

Simple hot dishes with salad or vegetables raw or steamed, fresh fruit and herbal tea