When you arrive, we will provide you with 2 pairs of white pants and 2 pairs of white shirts which we ask you to wear for the remainder of the retreat. White clothes help you to be more mindful, because 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. Please note, that since we are in the mountains, it is colder than in the city. Starting in October and through March the weather can be quite cold in the morning or the evening (sometimes getting down to around 10 degrees C in Dec - Mar), so please bring a sweater, a hat, 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 off your shoes 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 mosquitos as you meditate out in nature. Also if you would like to be free from your phone, you may bring an alarm clock so that you can keep the time in that way. Finally, please also bring your own personal towel and toiletries as well.
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.