Ten plus ten days meditation retreat and adventure

in the jungle and in the monastery

20-30 NOVEMBER 2023

PLUS TEN DAYS MONASTERY RETREAT, OR BEACHFRONT CILL-OUT

1-10 DECEMBER

 

Experience the jungle of Khao Sok on a whole new level with a meditative escape, and in the meanwhile get teachings on practical spiritualism loaded with three times meditations daily. Enjoy invigorating mindfullness sessions with a majestic view of the real jungle in action.

Discover its beauty through various excursions, discovering treks and tours, indulge in delectable cuisine, and simply allow yourself to take in the pure bliss that this overhelming nature and culture can truly offer. Enjoy the vibrant and rich culture of the real spiritual countryside of Thailand. This retreat is perfectly suited for a delightful meditation getaway concatenated with adventurous jungle programmes!

We learn and practice several meditation techniques three times a day. We melt into the timeless energies of the jungle, sucking deeply into the steam of millions of concentrated years, waking up and sleeping to its infinitely varied sounds. 

Each morning you may experience Asanas combining mixed modalities. Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyassa and Yin yoga, Iyengar methods of alignment, or Thai Chi and Qi Gong. Meditation in quiet stillness and breath awareness with intention and focus based on compassionate Dao and Yogic philosophy.

After breakfast, we can take part in the jungle with a variety of adventurous programs: bamboo rafting, elephant bathing, jungle tour, national park visit and tour, everyday encounters with monkeys, special lake tour with visits to deeper caves in the jungle and so on.

In the afternoon, we will receive lessons on various Asian techniques of the mind that can be used in all areas of life, such as intuition, lucid dreaming, effective creation by the mind, Vippasana and so on.

After the 10 day retreat in the Jungle, the group will separate, and there is the option to continue and attend another 10 days meditation retreat in Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage just a few hours drive from the rainforest. Or if you have enough of „doing nothing” you just take a short 2 hours minibus trip to the beautiful beaches and islands of Southern Thailand. 

Highlights

What is included in the price

  • Accommodation in Suan Mokkh rainforest monastery for 3 nights

  • Accommodation in Khao Sok jungle for 7 nights

  • Practices for 10 days

  • Additional 10 days vipassana retreat at Suan Mokkh monastery

  • Mindfulness meditation sessions 3 times per day

  • Teachings on various types of spiritual techniques from around Asia

  • Programs and adventures in the jungle

  • Professional yoga sessions every day

  • Transfer from Phuket airport to Khao Sok jungle

  • Domestic transportations

Retreat Location

Deep down in the jungle of Khao Sok

This meditation retreat will take place in the rainforest of Khao Sok, Suratthani province, Thailand. It is said that this is the oldest jungle on the planet (165 million years), as it wasn’t hit by the ice age. Even older and more diverse than the Amazon rainforest!

Khao Sok National Park has amazing flora and fauna, including wildlife such as the Malaysian tapir, the Asian elephant, the sambar deer, the wild boar, the pig-tailed macaque, the white-handed gibbon, and even bears, leopards and tigers! Yet there is no need to be afraid of anything, as these beasts avoid the small village where we will live.

Although it is also very famous for its largest flower on earth (Rafflesia), I have to disappoint everyone because it is very difficult to find and only blooms for 5 days. It should be a series of rare coincidences for one to see this huge flower. However, here is also the largest butterfly, the Atlas butterfly, which is not a big rarity in the Khao Sok jungle.

Retreat Accommodation

Traditional jungle huts with a bit of luxury

Throughout the ten-day retreat, you will stay 7 nights in Morning Mist Resort at Khao Sok National Park and 3 nights in the old Suan Mokkh Monastery. Later you can attend to a 10 days Vipassana meditation retreat in the modern part of the monastery.

Morning Mist Resort is one of the greenest resort in Khao Sok with 42 rooms, full service and a pool nestled in the lush hills, overlooking the bright scenery of the limestone mountains. It offers a unique combination of breathtaking views and modern accommodations. Completely hip and cool, Morning Mist Resort is an oasis for guests seeking a respite from the crowds and noise from the more urban locations as well as those seeking a light meditation retreat or a wellness holiday. The poolside restaurant serves delicious Western and traditional dishes. Daily meals are included in the price.

Suan Mokkh monastery is quite different as it is as pure as possible. No luxury at all! You will live as the monks are living in the monastery for decades. Literally you’ll sleep on the wooden ground topped with reed-maces in a wooden dormitory for 3 nights. The “bathroom” is with cold water, the restroom is not western style. Later in the International Dharma Hermitage the accommodation is much more comfortable, but not luxury. Accept that it is a real monastery.

Tas Bognar

Leader of the retreat and teacher of the mind techniques

Tas Bognar who walks you safely down the road and introduces you to the mysteries of the field of consciousness.

He will be your leader as he has known Thailand for twenty years, her daughter was born in Thailand and lived in the jungle with her family. He knows the Thai culture, speaks the language.

For 15 years now, he has been teaching around the world the aspects of Eastern spiritual techniques that show the possibilities of traveling in the field of consciousness

Ajahn Po

Master of Theravada meditations

Ajahn Po Thai monk is a master of Theravada Buddhist teachings. Abbot and headmaster of Suan Mokkh Monastery. He is a direct disciple of Master Buddhadhasa Bikkhu, who founded Suan Mokkh Monastery.

The teachings of Buddhadhasa Bikkhu and its transmission brought one of the greatest reformations in the history of Thai Buddhism.

The Master will show us theoretically and practically the vital practices of Theravada and Hinayana buddhism that we can incorporate into our life for everyones benefit.

Pi Noy

Very local  jungle guide born in Khao Sok

He will be our companion and protector who knows the jungle the most. Born in the rainforest, he spent his entire life there, so he specifically knows everything about the environment.

 He is especially nature-loving, since He is himself born of nature. He is the same man who can communicate with every animal, every plant knows him, and He also knows the spirit of the 165 million year old jungle.

He has been leading tours for about twenty years and is constantly improving his English language skills, making him an excellent tour guide.

Gisele Lupi

International Yoga Facitator and Retreat Leader

She will be the one who helps the group to be uplifted by body, mind and sould for the rest of the day.

Her yoga journey started 20 years go in New Zealand. She completed her yoga training in Thailand, and have been full-time around the globe, including a Muay Thai camp in Khao Lak, retreats in Malaysia, Cote d’Ivoire and France.

Whether you are a beginner, or at any point in your discovery of this beautiful science of yoga, her sincere desire is to share the light, and for progress and evolution.

Food

Delicious western and traditional local Thai food

Delight your taste buds with the wide array of flavors at the accommodation, or somewhere on the small main street of the jungle. Foods ranging from delectable Thai cuisine to East European, Italian, and other western recipes, the choices are many but each is definitely a feast of deliciousness.

On the other hand, lunch and dinner can be any item of your choice from the regular menu, the retreat menu, excursion menu, or you can eat outside as well. The new vegetarian and raw menu is offered as well. All the food is your choice, as it is a thing that is quite personal. So the food is not included in the price!

Each day will be like this

A day in a nutshell

Whether you pop into the pool to cool off twice a day, walk around and explore the area alone (melt into the jungle), go to the store, do your routine, there will be fixed programs of course.

  • Early meditation in your bungalow 6:00 am

  • Yoga session 7.00 am

  • Breakfast 8:00 am

  • Various adventures daily starts usually 9:00 am

  • Lunch 2 pm

  • Leisure and/or meditation time

  • Teachings daily usually between 3:00 – 6:00 pm

  • Dinner and explanation of the next day 8:00 pm

  • Silent rainforest meditation..

It is highly understood if you don’t have the mood to meditate or practice. No worries, everything is up to you! Take your time, go with the flow. If you don’t want to participate in an adventure that’s all right. If you don’t want to join to the evening explanation of the next day that’s fine…but you’ll miss lots of important information that you’ll need to know for sure!

Teachings

Practical insight into the field of consciousness

Each afternoon we will be taught mostly Eastern techniques that can be used in everyday life. The practices we learn come mainly from Tibet, India, Nepal and Thailand. Be it meditative intuition or professional clairvoyance. Conscious dreaming or conscious creation in a meditative state of consciousness. We will learn several techniques from meditations that can be used in everyday situations to professional meditations.

We will learn several techniques that we will be able to use in everyday life and in our profession. Things that will affect our relationship, our self-esteem, our satisfaction, the achievement of our goals, and so on for the rest of our lives.

Not only will we learn all of these techniques on a theoretical level, but we will have to practice them all on the spot, as we will immediately have questions to answer and thus correct / improve the resuscitation of our innate abilities.

Meditations

Flow within step by step

We first tune in to the environment, which can be said without any exaggeration to be mind-boggling, stunning, captivating, enchanting, hypnotic. This is guaranteed to set the mood.

We are introduced to several styles of meditation, but it is recommended to fuse them all into our own nature. There are no requirements and no expectations. Everyone is moving at their own pace on the road, no stress.

Two things will happen day by day: First, we incorporate the action-based mediated lifestyle into our daily lives. And second, we learn different techniques from experienced monks that we can’t get in the West, in such a first-hand, in such an authentic environment. In the end, we can be prepared to participate in the ten-day Vipassana retreat, or we can incorporate what we have learned into our lives and pass it on to others.

Adventures and activities

In the oldest jungle on planet earth

The first adventure is to arrive and be there. This in itself is an unforgettable experience at perhaps the most ancient point on the planet earth. So, of course, everything we feel, see, smell, and perceive on our skin that we touch is truly flying us back to prehistoric times.

We will have walks in the deep jungle, we will wash the elephants, visit the waterfall in the National Park and meditate on the side or in the pond. Having an encounter with the monkeys, explore the local cave. Raft in the main river of Khao Sok, under the huge trees, flowing in the sounds of the jungle. On a special longer day we will visit a deep turqoise sweet water lake called Cheow Larn lake surrounded by realy ancient the quite huge limestone cliffs loaded with elephants, monkeys and hidden wilderness.

So all together we can say we will have activities and passivities. It will be a smooth rollercoaster that is no doubt will be a lifetime memory for all of us. Deep in ourselves it will be a genuine treasure in our mind, heart and soul.

It is on the bucket list for millions of people and it is just right here in our hands for us!

Day 1 – Arrival and introduction day (2023. 11. 20.)

  • Transfer by minivan from Phuket airport to Khao Sok at 9:00 am (approx. 3 hours).

  • Delicious traditional welcome food and drink.

  • Unpacking packages and getting to know each other and the rainforest upon arrival.

  • Lunch and details of the retreat 2:00 pm.

  • Introduction to the nearby grocery shop, ATM, restaurants, massage saloons 2:30 – 3:00 pm.

  • Relax in the pool, explore the area.

  • Dinner and teaching on eating meditation in our restaurant 8:00 pm.

  • Silent rainforest meditation individually

Day 2 – Mindfield & Intuition day (2023. 11. 21.)

  • Sunrise meditation session individually 6:00 am

  • Yoga 7:00 am

  • Breakfast 8:00 am

  • Introduction into the nature of the mindfield and intuition 9:00 – 11:00 am

  • Lunch and eating meditation at the resort 2:00 pm

  • Leisure or meditation time (pool, jungle walk nearby, explore the area ect.)

  • Dinner and explanation of the next day 8:00 pm

  • Group meditation 9:00 pm

Day 3 – Jungle trekking & Tong len day (2023. 11. 22.)

  • Sunrise meditation session 6:00 am

  • Yoga 7:00 am

  • Breakfast 8:00 am

  • Eco adventure: jungle walk across the rainforest to the Monkey Temple 9:00 am

  • Lunch

  • Leisure or meditation time

  • Teaching on the tibetan Tong-len practice and intuition 3:00 – 6:00 pm

  • Dinner and explanation of the next day 8:00 pm

  • Silent rainforest meditation individually

Day 4 – Elephant bathing & Lucid dreaming day (2023. 11. 23.)

  • Sunrise meditation session 6:00 am

  • Yoga 7:00 am

  • Breakfast 8:00 am

  • Elephant bathing at the sanctuary 9:00 am

  • Lunch

  • Mid-day meditation session individually

  • Teaching on the tibetan dream yoga and lucid dreaming practices 3:00 – 6:00 pm

  • Leisure time and LD practice

  • Dinner and explanation of the next day 8:00 pm

  • Silent rainforest meditation and WILD LD technique practice individually

Day 5 – Bamboo rafting & Reality creation day (2023. 11. 24.)

  • Sunrise meditation session 6:00 am

  • Yoga 7:00 am

  • Breakfast 8:00 am

  • Bamboo rafting on the jungle river of Khao Sok 9:00 am

  • Lunch

  • Mid-day meditation session individually

  • Learning the nepalese technique of the constructive power of the mind 3:00 – 6:00 pm

  • Leisure time and practice

  • Dinner and explanation of the next day 8:00 pm

  • Silent rainforest meditation and visual creation individually

Day 6 – Chieow Lan lake & Lake meditation day (2023. 11. 25.)

  • Sunrise meditation session 6:00 am

  • Yoga 7:00 am

  • Breakfast 8:00 am

  • Departure from the resort 9:00 am

  • Arrival to Chiew Lan Lake: scenic longtail boat sightseeing trip around the lake

  • Lunch at the floating house resort

  • Fresh water swimming and a short lake meditation session

  • Jungle trekking to a waterfall (monsoon limits) and cave exploration

  • Return to the resort late afternoon

  • Dinner and storytelling gathering 8:00 pm

  • Night meditation

Day 7 – National Park & Waterfall meditation day (2023. 11. 26.)

  • Sunrise meditation session 6:00 am

  • Yoga 7:00 am

  • Breakfast 8:00 am

  • Visiting the Khao Sok National Park 9:00 am

  • Meditation by the waterfall in Khao Sok

  • Lunch at the resort

  • Vipassana meditation 3:00 pm

  • Leisure time

  • Jungle BBQ 8:00 pm

  • Meditation individually to be prepared for the monastery next day

Day 8 – Departure to Suan Mokkh monastery (2023. 11. 27.)

  • Sunrise meditation session at 6:00 am

  • Yoga 7:00 am

  • Breakfast 8:00 am

  • Packing

  • Check-out from the jungle resort at 10 am heading to Suan Mokkh monastery

  • Lunch at a very local foodstall

  • Exploring the rainforest monastery

  • Leisure time, Wi-Fi spot outside of the monastery for communication

  • Early dinner 6:00 pm

  • Meditation in the monastery dormitory individually

Day 9 – Suan Mokkh day (2023. 11. 28.)

  • Early meditation session 5:30 am

  • Walking meditation

  • Breakfast

  • Visit to the library

  • Lunch at a very local foodstall

  • Teaching and meditation on the hill of the rainforest monastery 3:00 pm

  • Leisure time

  • Early dinner

  • Meditation in the monastery dormitory individually

Day 10 – Registration day (2023. 11. 29.)

  • Very early meditation session 5:00 am

  • Breakfast

  • Hot spring 9:00 am

  • Registration for the 10 days retreat at the International Dharma Hermitage

  • Lunch at a very local foodstall nearby the monastery

  • Jungle walk meditation around the monastery 4:00 pm

  • Leisure time

  • Early dinner

  • Meditation in the monastery dormitory individually

After the 7 days retreat in the jungle and 3 nights sleep in the jungle monastery the group will separate. On the first of October there is the option to continue and attend another 10 day meditation retreat in Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage just a few hours drive from the rainforest.

However, if you are tired of meditation and want to relax on stunning beaches and islands, you have the option “B” to stop the retreat and visit the surrounding islands at any time. The various possibilities for this can be discussed in the jungle before the ten-day retreat. There are plenty of opportunities.

Day 11 – Ten days vipassana meditation retreat starts (2023. 12. 01-11.)

  • 04:00 Wake up

  • 04:30 Morning reading

  • 04:45 Sitting meditation

  • 05:15 Yoga / exercise – mindfulness in motion

  • 07:00 Dhamma talk and sitting meditation

  • 08:00 Breakfast

  • 10:00 Dhamma talk

  • 11:00 Walking or standing meditation

  • 11:45 Sitting meditation

  • 12:30 Lunch

  • 14:30 Meditation instruction and sitting meditation

  • 15.30 Walking or standing meditation

  • 16:15 Sitting meditation

  • 17:00 Chanting nad loving kindness meditation

  • 18:00 Tea and hotsprings

  • 19:30 Sitting meditation

  • 20:00 Group walking meditation

  • 20:30 Sitting meditation

  • 21:00 Bedtime

  • 21:30 Lights out

Included excursions

Bamboo rafting – Jungle meditation

Normally bamboo rafting is a light program, but not in monsoon, so we mut first check the actual conditions of the river so as not to take on any risk. Bamboo rafting is a slow ride down on the river for about an hour on bamboo sticks bound together.

Khao Sok National Park adventure – Waterfall meditation

We will discover the inner part of the official national park, and find a relaxed waterfall where you can swim and meditate. The sounds, smells, and views will take you to a place that you’ll never forget in your heart for a lifetime.

Jungle walk – Temple and cave meditation

We will spend a half day on a leisurely walk through the jungle from the resort to the Monkey Temple on the side of a huge limestone hill. Monkeys will surround us, coming very close and you will be able to touch them, interact and bond with them, and feed them.

Viewpoint – Akasha meditation

This activity is a nice way to regain perspective of where we are in relationship to the Kho Sok jungle ecosystem. We will hike up the hill for a beautiful panoramic view over the mountains and the whole jungle of Kho Sok. If time permits along the way we will visit a fresh morning market.

Lake tour – Rainforest meditation

A full day trip in the scenic landscape of Ratchaprapha Lake takes you a million years back feeling. We will swim in the lake, having boat tour aroung its astonishing nature, we will trek to a waterfall in the jungle with having a meditation on the spot.

Elephant bathing – Sensoral meditation

It is a unique experience to touch and bathe an elephant. A much deeper connection reveals its timeless secrets of mother nature. This is the reason we study on Tong-len on day before we meet with this majestic animals.

Jungle monastery of Suan Mokkh – Deepest meditation

We are happy to introduce you to Suan Mokkh Monastery. There are two choices: stay there for three nights, and after that get back to Khao Sok Jungle, or Bangkok, or the southern islands and beaches.

Costs and booking

Retreat – 1,800 USD

  • Accomodation in the jungle with pool

  • Delicious western and Thai meals

  • Teachings on spiritual practices and meditations

  • Programs and adventures

  • Transportations with A/C minivans

  • Extra 10 days Vipassana Meditation in the jungle monastery

Flight – 700 USD approximately

  • There is no big difference in the price of a flight whether you are flying from England or from America.

  • Be aware of additional costs at the airport (eg. bag wrapping 20 USD)

Additional costs – 200 USD approximately

  • It’s up to you how much you spend on yourself, but surely Thailand is cheaper than you think.

  • You will buy some clotches, or yoga mat, or shoes if needed for you.

  • You’ll probably buy something in the local store or in the local market.

  • There is no need to apply a visa to Thailand if you stay not more than 30 days.

What’s included

  • Transportation from Phuket airport to Khao Sok by minivan
  • 7 nights accommodation in the Jungle
  • 3 nights accomodation in Suan Mokkh Jungle Monastery
  • 3 meditations daily
  • 6 teachings
  • One day lake tour
  • Elephant bathing
  • National Park
  • Bamboo rafting
  • Jungle BBQ
  • Deep jungle exploration
  • Viewpoint
  • Free Wi-Fi

What’s not included

  • Meals and drinks

  • Additional activities and services

  • Airfare

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Personal expenses

Services

  • ATM / banking nearby

  • Bike and motorcycle rental nearby

  • Currency exchange nearby

  • Laundry service nearby

  • Free Wi-Fi on the spot

Application process

  • The application deadline is 2023 September 1st.

  • Send an email to khaosokmeditationretreat@gmail.com to arrange an online appointment.

  • We chat in person using Skype or Messenger.

  • The deposit must then be sent by bank transfer or Paypal to the Morning Mist Resort. 

  • You will have to buy the flight ticket and the insurance. We will discuss the exact details (type of insurance, date of flight and exact location, etc.).

  • Under current Thai law, it is necessary to register for a Thai Pass at tp.consular.go.th. Here you will need to know a few things in advance, and you will need to have some documents to register smoothly. Due to the changes in the current pandemic, we are constantly informing you about changes in the law.

Contact and Information

More information

khaosokmeditationretreat@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Khao-Sok-Jungle-Meditation-Retreat-103261477877983/

The retreat is technically organized by Morning Mist Resort.

Passenger information is the sole responsibility of Tas Bognár as a passenger attendant and teacher.