Flexible Retreat Registration Form - Pa Pae Meditation Retreat. 
Thank you for your interest in the Pa Pae Meditation Retreat! 


If you would prefer to apply for one of our more structured retreats, then you can see if you are available for one of the dates listed on our other application form

But if you would prefer a more flexible format with less formal teachings, more opportunity for personal practice, and flexible dates of arrival, this form will be the right one for you. We will of course still provide you with meditation instruction and guidance from our teaching monks and a comfortable place in nature with plenty of time and space to practice. 

In this flexible retreat style, you are able to choose your own dates to come and join us. You are welcome to stay with us as long as you please. If this interests you, then please continue reading below for further information.
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General Info
During this time period, we are welcoming people who want to come meditate to stay with us in a more relaxed setting. 

As opposed to a highly structured retreat with many participants and a packed schedule, it will be more akin to integrating as a member of the community and going along with our typical daily schedule. 

This type of setting comes with the benefit of having more free time and space to practice by yourself and reflect, and it also allows you to get to know our volunteers better as well as getting the opportunity to ask more questions and get closer guidance by our teaching monks. 

There also is no designated time limit or minimum amount of stay, so please choose the dates that you would like to attend. You are welcome to stay longer term if you are interested to do so.
Q: How do I get from Pa Pae to Chiang Mai/Pai?
A: We can assist you in booking a van from Pa Pae to your next destination when you arrive here. 

Q: How can I make a donation?
A: Donations can be made either via bank transfer or cash.

Q: What is your address to type in on Google Maps?
A: Our address can be found on Google Maps by typing in 'Pa Pae Meditation Retreat'

Confirmation of your stay
After submitting your application, you should expect to receive a copy of your application form. But even if you don't, that's ok. You are counted in once you apply. We will not send a separate confirmation email.

You are confirmed upon applying! :)
Rough Daily Schedule (subject to change in the event of special activity)
Please arrive during our registration window, between 2pm-5pm on the day of your arrival. This will give you enough time to register, get settled in, take a tour, which will happen at 5pm, and have an introductory session around 6:30pm. However if you wish to learn how to meditate and even practice a bit before arrival, you can do so by listening to our instructional audio and guided meditations. 

After your first registration evening, the typical daily schedule will be as follows: in the morning you can do morning chanting and meditation at 5:30am or you can follow the monks through the village on alms round at 6:30. You are welcome to try out both activities on separate days if you wish. 

You can also choose to do a late morning session after breakfast (10am) or an afternoon session, where the teaching monks can guide you in meditation and answer any questions you may have. 

You are also invited to join our daily evening chanting and meditation with the monks and volunteers at 6:30pm.

Outside of these sessions you will have free time to practice by yourself. 

If you wish to remain silent at any point during your stay, we provide a "Silent Badge" that you are welcome to wear. 

You will be provided with 2 meals a day (breakfast and lunch) and some light refreshments in the evening time. This is the eating schedule followed by monks and individuals seeking to deepen their spiritual practice. This type of eating schedule helps support your meditation practice and ability to sleep better and wake up feeling more refreshed. 
If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know in the "personal information" section that follows.
Arrival at Pa Pae
Between 2pm and 5pm is the best and most convenient time to arrive.
However, we will also be receiving guests between 8AM - 11AM.
  • Please refrain from arriving between 11AM and 1PM as our staff must eat lunch during these hours.
  • If you show up during these times you will have to wait for someone to either pick you up or check you in.
  • Also, if you are unable to make it before 5:30PM, you must find another accommodation for the night and come to our retreat the following day, as our staff will not be available to receive you. 
  • Given that it takes about an hour and a half to get to our site from Chiang Mai or Pai, please do not select a van that leaves after 4pm. If you plan to take this form of public transportation, please factor this into your estimated time of arrival below.
Please make sure that you do not choose a date of arrival that conflicts with our 3 day retreat dates listed.

Thank you for your understanding, as we must take care of our people and make sure they can maintain good health and inner peace while aiding others on their spiritual journey :)
What To Bring
Please be ready to present your passport/visa upon arrival. We will need to check that you are here on a valid visa, we can not accept guests who are here on an expired visa.

When you arrive, we will provide you clothes to be worn during the entirety of your stay:
  • 2 pairs of white pants
  • 2 pairs of white shirts
Why white clothes?
White clothes will help you to be more mindful, as they can get dirty easily. 
Also, it helps you to reduce the amount of attention you pay to how you or others around you are dressed since everyone will dress in the same, modest fashion.

Warm clothes
Please note, that since we are in the mountains, it is colder than in the city. In the morning or evening the weather can be a bit cooler, so please bring a light sweater or any other clothes that you would like to stay warm.

For footwear, sandals or flip flops would be the most convenient since you will be required to take them off before entering each meditation hall. 
However, you may wear any other type of closed shoe if that is more comfortable to you. Please note however, that there will be plenty of walking up and down the hill side on stairs and dirt roads that can be slippery when wet. So please walk with caution.

We suggest that you bring your own bug repellent, so that you can protect yourself from mosquitoes as you meditate out in nature.

If you would like to take a break from your phone, you may bring an alarm clock so that you can keep the time in that way. Please note that we do not have a retreat wide alarm clock or bell, so you must wake yourself up.

Please bring your own personal towel and toiletries. We have limited supply to borrow if needed.

Note on warm clothing (during the months of October – March) – chances are it will be cold during the night/morning time (sometimes less than 10 degrees Celsius) so it is best to come equipped with the warmest clothes that you have including thermal undershirts, long Johns, scarves, warm socks, etc. to wear especially while sleeping. We can provide you with extra blankets or sleeping bags if needed.

We have separate accommodation for men and women. Mostly rooms are shared (double beds) and some single rooms are available. Please do not request for a single room as they are limited and we do not reserve rooms as to give everyone a fair chance. Just depends what is available upon your arrival.
Cost & Donations
In order to cover food, utilities, accommodations, supplies, cleaning and maintenance, and other service costs, there is a suggested donation of 500THB per person per day. 

However, what is most important to us, is that everyone has the opportunity to learn meditation and wisdom. So, if this cost is outside of your budget, please just come and contribute whatever you can.

Also, if you are interested to donate a larger amount in order to pay gratitude to the teaching monk or help support the continued growth of the retreat, then we would be very grateful for your generosity.
Opportunity to Stay for Personal Meditation or as a Volunteer
As stated earlier, we are open to allowing you to stay with us longer term. As long as you show that you are able to live with others harmoniously and follow the community guidelines properly, then the following two options will be available to you.
  • The first option would be to stay longer while focusing primarily on your meditation. This option would include the daily suggested donation of 500THB per person as mentioned above.
  • The second option available to you would be to stay with us longer as a volunteer. There are many opportunities to contribute including but not limited to: food prep, gardening, organic farming, cleaning, organizing, landscaping, driving, developing land for various projects, construction, walking alms round with the monks, helping out with future retreat programs, etc. These are just some ideas, but we are certainly open to any other ways in which you can contribute to the community.

We would love for dedicated volunteers who have a passion for any of the previous activities to help us maintain and beautify our retreat while becoming a more integrated part of the community. 
If you are willing to volunteer each day for any of these activities, then we can offer you a discount on the suggested daily donation for staying at Pa Pae. If you decide to volunteer, you can speak to the staff or existing volunteers to join the team.

We can talk about more details upon your arrival. If either of these options interest you, then please designate it in the "personal information" section below.
Public Transportation Options
If you are in need of public transportation, you have a few options that are detailed in this link - https://www.papaemeditation.org/en/?page_id=33. If you decide to take the van (which is the most affordable and popular option) then please make sure to reserve your ticket ahead of time as they can often run out. Reserve your ticket from Chiang Mai Arcade to Pai (or vice versa if you are coming from Pai) through this link - https://premprachatransports.com/welcome/.  Pa Pae is about half way between Pai and Chiang Mai, so this is the right route to take.

However, you must clearly tell both the person at the ticket counter and your driver that you want to get off at Aw Baw Dtaw Pa Pae, otherwise, they will pass that stop, since it is not a typical stopping place. This has happened multiple times to previous participants, and it will require you to buy another ticket back the other way. If it is too late, you will have to find accommodation and wait for the following day.

In order to make sure that this doesn't happen, show your driver the sentence in the next section, which clearly says the stop you want to get off at.

Once you get off at the stop, please call P Than at 084-093-8383 and he can come pick you up at the stop and bring you to the retreat grounds. Otherwise, you can follow the signs and walk 1km to our site.

For a simpler process to book a bus from Chiang Mai or Pai and to signal are drivers to pick you up at the Pa Pae bus stop please follow this form
Show this sentence to the van driver and person at the ticket counter when you use the public van. Feel free to screenshot
“Returning Van” for Prempracha Transportation 
If you would like to get a returning van from PaPae, please put this information in front of your name when you are booking your van ticket. This is not necessary to write on our application form, only on the Prempracha website.

You can copy and paste this sentence; 
(อบต.ป่าแป๋) your name
P.S. Approximated time from PaPae to Chiangmai International Airport is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

To book a bus from Chiang Mai or Pai and to signal our drivers to pick you up at the Pa Pae bus stop please follow this form
Meditation Instruction/Guided Meditation Audio
If you would like to get a better idea of the type of meditation that we practice here and how to do so effectively then you may take a look at our Soundcloud which will give you a good foundation of knowledge to understand how to practice properly as well as guided meditation to follow along with. Enjoy!

Audio Orientation & Guidelines
If you would like to better understand the environment of the retreat and the community guidelines that we have, then please go ahead and listen to the following: 

You can also check out a list of our community guidelines (that is referenced in the last part of the audio linked above) by checking out the following google doc:

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