3 Day Retreat Registration Form - Pa Pae Meditation Retreat
This specific registration form is for the more structured 3 - Day retreat that will consist of more formal teachings spread across the 3 days and will only be running at specific start and end dates. If you would prefer to apply for the "Flexible Style" of retreat that allows for more freedom in regards to the daily schedule and time of arrival, please visit this application form

Thank you for your interest in the Pa Pae Meditation Retreat! This first section will provide you with important information regarding the retreat. Please fill out the necessary information and read all sections carefully so that you can prepare properly. The next section will be dedicated to collecting relevant personal information so that we can accommodate you to the best of our ability.
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General Info
During our 3 day retreat, participants will learn how to meditate in a peaceful environment in the middle of nature with the guidance of our teaching monks. The meditation technique that you will learn is called The Middle Way technique, and it is easy to learn and practice for meditators of all levels of experience. This technique and the overall environment of Pa Pae places a large emphasis on comfort, which, we believe, is the foundation necessary to experience true inner peace. If you wish to learn how to meditate with this method and even practice a bit before arrival, you can do so by listening to our instructional audio and guided meditations.  

For the first evening and first full day of the retreat, we ask that participants remain silent, so that you can give your mind time to slow down and become peaceful. During this time period, it is ok to ask questions to the teaching monks, but we ask that you remain silent outside of the sessions. After the first day and a half is over, you may begin to talk with and get to know your fellow participants. However, we always ask that you stay mindful with the subject, volume and frequency of your conversations. When you live in a community (especially a spiritual one), it is important to always remain considerate of those around you. If you wish to remain silent throughout the entire retreat, we have a "silent badge" that you are welcome to wear. We also have plenty of space for your to spread out and find your own quiet corner.
COVID Safety Precautions and Guidelines
Please be aware, that in order to ensure your safety and the safety of our community here at Pa Pae amidst the rise in COVID-19 cases in Thailand, we do ask that you abide by all of the following guidelines and safety precautions : take temperature on arrival, notify us if you experience any symptoms, and wash hands with soap or alcohol often. 
3-Day Program Schedule
Please do your best to arrive between 2pm-5pm the day before the official retreat start date. This will give you enough time to check in and go on the tour of the retreat grounds at 5:30. The first introductory session starts around 7pm. If for any reason you cannot make it at this time, then please let us know. 

The following 2 days will consist of 4 sessions per day that incorporate meditation instruction and practice as well as teachings on wisdom. The first morning meditation session will begin at 6 am and the evening session will typically wrap up around 9pm. There is also always space given for a Q&A where participants can ask any question they like to the teaching monks. The final day will be a half day that starts at 6am and ends after lunch. 

You will be provided with 2 meals a day (breakfast and lunch) and some light refreshments in the evening time. 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.

The timetable will look something like the following: 

First Evening
14:00 - 17:00 - arrival 
17: 30 - 18:15  - tour
19:00 - 21:00 - introductory session

Day 1 (silent)
5:30 - 6:30 - morning meditation + chanting
7:30 - 8:30 - breakfast
9:30 - 11:30 - meditation + wisdom talk
11:30 - 12:30 - lunch
14:00 - 15:30 - free meditation at sunset/river
19:00 - 21:00 - meditation + wisdom talk 

Day 2 
5:30 - 6:30 - morning meditation + chanting
7:00 - alms offering to the monks
7:30 - 8:30 - breakfast
9:30 - 11:30 - meditation + wisdom talk
11:30 - 12:30 - lunch
14:00 - 16:00 - meditation + wisdom talk
19:00 - 21:00 - meditation + wisdom talk 

Day 3
5:30 - 6:30 - morning meditation + chanting
7:30 - 8:30 - breakfast
9:30 - 11:30 - meditation + wisdom talk
End of 3 Day Structured Retreat

What To Bring
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.  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 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. 
Cost
In order to cover food, utilities, accommodations, 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 retreat, then we would be very grateful for your generosity.
Opportunity to Stay Longer for Personal Meditation or as a Volunteer
After you have undergone our 3 day retreat program, we are open to allowing you to stay with us longer term. As long as you have proven that you are able to and will continue to live harmoniously with other participants 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. After the activities stated below, there will not be any official sessions each day, so you will have plenty of time to practice by yourself. You are welcome to join our monks for evening chanting and meditation, but outside of this you will be free to meditate where and when you would like. This option would include the daily suggested donation of 500THB per person.

The second option available to you would be to stay on with us longer as a volunteer. There are many opportunities to contribute including but not limited to: cooking, gardening, organic farming, cleaning, landscaping, developing land for various projects, construction, walking alms round with the monks, helping out with future retreat programs, etc. 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. 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.
What Time Do You Plan to Arrive? *
Due to a drastic influx of both international and Thai visitors, we have decided to implement a stricter policy on arrival times and also only receive new guests 5 days out of the week. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL US ASKING FOR EXCEPTIONS TO THESE RULES. In order to make sure our staff is able to sustainably handle the work load, these rules will not be adjustable. 

Although between 2pm and 5pm is the best and most convenient time to arrive, we will receive guests between 8AM - 11AM & 1PM - 5:30PM. Please do not arrive 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 until 1 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. 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 :)

Although it is possible to arrive during the time frame shown above, the best time to arrive is between 2pm-5pm (14:00-17:00) on the afternoon before the start of your retreat date. (ex. this means that if your retreat date is 7-9 July, you should arrive between 2pm-5pm on 6 July.) If you arrive during this time, you will have enough time to check-in and join the tour of the retreat grounds at 5:30pm. However, if you cannot make it at this time, (although not ideal) arriving the morning after could also work. If this is your only option, then it would be best to listen to our instructional audio and guided meditations before arriving so that you are up to speed. 
                                                                                                                                      
Please be aware, that the van takes about an hour and a half to arrive at the retreat center if you are coming from Chiang Mai or from Pai. If you plan to take this form of public transportation, please factor this into your estimated time of arrival below.



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“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 the ticket.

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