So, I’ve been thinking today about how you can come to Thailand on vacation and enjoy a meditation retreat that is custom made for you. This is just something I’ve been thinking about today and I want to get my thoughts out of my head to see if this might make some sense to pursue this year.
What Is a Custom Meditation Retreat?
Well, I have never heard of such a thing but I was wondering if I could create an immersive meditative experience here in Krabi, Thailand for visitors or locals who are looking for something like this.
A Custom Meditation Experience in Krabi Could Have:
- flexible number of days
- flexible dates
- varied locations day-to-day or in one primary place
- silent retreat, minimal talking, or no restriction?
- eat regular amounts and kinds of food or fast or go vegetarian
- a little instruction or a full course – depending on experience and what one hopes to accomplish
A Custom Meditation Retreat Can be Created on Demand
At present, we have 10 day Vipassana meditation retreats and other 3 to 5 day retreats at various Buddhist temples here in Thailand. The starting time for these retreats is inflexible and travelers have to arrange their schedule to match the retreat start and end dates.
This is less than ideal because many people cannot make their schedules match.
What if you could arrange beforehand a customized schedule for a meditation retreat that takes into account the level that you’re at and what your goals are on the meditative path?
What if you could choose the number of days and the date, and the amount of meditation per day? Or even the location of meditation and how much instruction you receive? It seems to me that this would be far better than the current system of scheduled meditation retreats at the temples.
Another bonus is that meditators could choose whether or not they want to have a silent retreat or not. To me, I don’t see that much value in a silent retreat. I think talking should be kept to a minimum but to me there’s no point in making the entire retreat silent without any talking.
Where Would this Custom Meditation Retreat Be Held?
Krabi. We live here and know this place well after 16 years. We know the temples and some other places to meditate that could offer you enough silence, and a very unique experience.
There’s a good possibility (certainty) we could go to caves to meditate, temples, and other silent or near-silent areas.
Would a Limit on the Number of Meditators be Necessary?
Sure, it looks that way. It wouldn’t be all that custom if a group of people showed up who all have different ideas of how they want to spend the retreat time.
One person at a time would be ideal. Two people who know each other and can agree on what the custom meditation program should look like could probably work. Three people even. Beyond that and we’ll have to start thinking about logistics of transporting a group of people around. Three is doable. Four if everyone is small and can fit in the car! Or we could rent a tuk-tuk, songthaew, van, or something else for transportation.
Anyway, my idea was that 1-2 people could come and have a custom 2-5? day experience.
Costs would be rather considerable considering this would probably take up all of our time to make this happen for participants. “Considerable” meaning around $60 to $100 per day, depending on the schedule.
That’s considerably more than the 10 day meditation retreat cost for most participants as the average donation for these long retreats which include food and a place to stay is only around 500 THB ($13) per day.
We’d have to include meals and a place to stay, even if the place isn’t a hotel. I’ll explain what that might mean in a future post here over the next couple of days!
Free Meditation Practice Information
In keeping with my idea that as much as possible, the information I make available to you should be free to anyone who wants it I still offer the following.
Ever since I wrote “Meditation for Beginners – A 22-Day Course” at Amazon and for sale at our Jhana8.com site, I have been welcoming people who wanted to stop by to ‘have a talk’ about meditation and their practice, and sometimes other ideas like about Buddhism, life, etc.
That offer is still good – you are welcome to come anytime (we’ll arrange a meeting) and talk about anything that’s on your mind regarding meditation or extended topics. I have really enjoyed talking with people all over the world about their meditation practice and I always freely offer my advice if they ask.
So, this custom meditation retreat wouldn’t take the place of that. This custom experience is more for people who are looking for something vastly different from the typical Buddhist meditation retreat at a temple here in Thailand.
I think the minimum stay will be 2 days and the maximum around 5.
Anyway, I’m still thinking about the idea and we’ll see if I launch this in 2022. It seems like there is probably a need for it. I think it largely depends on how many tourists make Thailand their destination during this high season which runs from November to May.
If you would consider attending such a program, please send me a message and let me know. I ‘d love to start getting an idea how many people might be interested in this. 🙂 Contact here.
Peace and love and compassion,
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