Retreats

Family Retreats

At Mindfulness Academy of Asia, we conduct mindful activities that help families experience the joy of being in the present moment and being together. Parents and children are encouraged to participate in activities that foster understanding, loving speech, and mindful listening skills. The retreat takes 24  hours and requires an overnight stay.

Goals: As parents, we all experience challenges that comes in the form of stress and circumstances that make us asks ourselves, “are we good parents?”  Sometimes, it makes us feel weary. The purpose of this retreat is to help parents experience the benefits of a continuous practice which results in mental clarity, deep relaxation, and increased resilience. We will also discuss ways in which we can teach our children the beauty of Asian culture, social etiquette, and respect. In addition, it provides strategies in how we can raise our children mindfully. The retreat will be  a chance for you to recharge your batteries and to improve your parenting skills in your everyday life and surroundings. Most important of all, we are giving our children a taste of what it feels like to live without technology, therefore, learning to enjoy the beauty of nature, friendship, and family.

Preparation:

What to bring: pillow and blanket (Optional:If you have a sleeping bag, bring that too.), amenities, your own food if you have specific diet

What to wear: comfortable clothes of any color as long as it is easy for you to stretch your body, bring one white outfit for the special chant

If you have a bike for you and your child to ride, please bring them. Bring swimming suits (just in case the children want to swim).

Meals: Three meals will be provided.

Housekeeping rules:

  1. The outer bedroom is reserved for females and the inner bedroom is reserved for males. Anyone can sleep in the living room or the meditation room on the second floor.
  2. Make sure you keep everything clean and wash the dishes and glasses after every meal.
  3. Sweepers and trash cans are behind the front door.
  4. Please provide a written feedback at the end of the retreat.

 

Schedule - Day 1: 

Time Activities for Parents Activities for Children
 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.  Check In / Housekeeping Rules  Housekeeping Rules
 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

 Vision Exercise

 Light Snacks

  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Drinks                  

 Vision Exercise

 Light Snacks

  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Drinks         
 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.  Start Practice with Mindful Movements  Activity with a teacher
 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.  Sitting Meditation  Activity with a teacher
 11:45 - 13:00 p.m.  Lunch @ Peace Cabin  Lunch @ Peace Cabin
 13:30 - 14:00 p.m.  Mindful sitting, walking, total relaxation  Mindful sitting, walking, total relaxation
 14:00 - 14:45 p.m.  Lesson from .b  Lesson from .b
 15:00 - 15:45 p.m.  Mindful coloring  Mindful coloring
 16:00 - 17:30 p.m.

 Exercises of your choice:

 Biking to the lake, golfing or jogging

 Exercises of your choice:

 Biking to the lake, golfing or jogging

 

Schedule - Day 2: 

Time Activities for Parents Activities for Children
 5:00 - 5:30 a.m.  Wake Up and Get Ready for the Day  
 5:30 - 6:00 a.m.  Sitting Meditation  
 6:00 - 6:30 a.m.    Children wake-up
 6:30 - 7:00 a.m.  Mindful movement in the garden  Mindful movement in the garden
 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.  Breakfast  Breakfast
 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  Cleaning the house, sweeping the   leaves. Please divide work among   yourselves.

 Cleaning the house, sweeping the leaves.   Please divide work among yourselves.

 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Shower time  Shower time
 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Thank You Ceremony  Thank You Ceremony

 

Overnight Retreat for Educators

The Mindfulness Academy of Asia provides a sleeping space for an overnight retreat in this beautiful glass house in the midst of trees, lake, and beautiful garden. Dorm rooms are available during summer and holiday seasons. Schedules for overnight retreat will be posted after new year 2019.

Goals of Overnight Retreat for Educators: As educators, we all experience challenges that comes in the form of stress and circumstances that put us through an emotional and ethical tests. Sometimes, it makes us feel weary. The purpose of this retreat is to help practitioners experience the benefits of a continuous practice which results in mental clarity, deep relaxation, and increased  resilience. We will also discuss common challenges that we all face,  especially  when trying to implement mindfulness  in  our school. The retreat will be  a chance  for you to recharge your batteries and get inspired to produce meaningful work in your everyday life and surroundings.

Preparation:  

What to bring: Pillow and blanket (Optional:If you have a sleeping bag, bring that too.), amenities, your own food if you have specific diet.

What to wear: comfortable clothes of any color as long as it is easy for you to stretch your body

Meals: Three meals will be provided.

 

Schedule - Day 1: 

Time Activity
 15:00 - 16:00 p.m.  Check In/ Housekeeping Rules
 16:00 - 16:30 p.m.

 Light Dinner/Snack

  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Drinks                   
 18:00 - 18:45 p.m.  Start Practice with Mindful Movements
 18:45 - 19:00 p.m.  Break
 19:00 - 19:45 p.m.  Mindful Breathing
 19:45 -  20:00 p.m.  Break
 20:00 - 21:15 p.m.  Discussion (The 10 Great Habits for Schools)
 21:15 p.m.  Time to Relax
 22:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Sleep in Absolute Silence

 

Schedule - Day 2: 

Time Activity
 5:00 - 5:30 a.m.  Wake Up and Get Ready for the Day
 5:30 - 6:15 a.m.  Morning Meditation
 6:15 - 7:00 a.m.  Sweeping the leaves
 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  Mindful Walking in the Garden
 9:00 - 9:30 a.m.  Break
 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

 Discussion

 (Challenges  in Teaching  Mindfulness in Education)
 10:30 - 12:00 p.m.  Sitting Meditation
 12:00 - 13:00 p.m.  Lunch
 13:00 - 14:00 p.m.  Final Reflection
 14:00 - 15:00 p.m.  House Cleaning
 15:00 p.m.  Head Home  (Van available to Udom Suk BTS)

 

Visit to Kao Wong Temple

The Mindfulness Academy of Asia organizes one day to and overnight retreats at Wat Khao Wong, one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand. These trips are designed to take attendees away from the hassles of daily routines, in order to clear their minds, and find peace and contentment.

Situated in Saraburi province, Wat Khao Wong provides a beautiful natural scenery that allows our mind to tune into nature. The beauty of the cave, forest, and waterfalls at the temple premise is mesmerizing.