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International Wake Up Retreat 2024

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

INTERNATIONAL WAKE-UP RETREAT

OUR APPOINTMENT WITH LIFE

 May 1st, 2024 - May 5th, 2024

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Dear Friends,

Thai Plum Village brothers and sisters are happy to announce the upcoming International Wake Up Retreat to be open for registration.  The retreat titled Our Appointment With Life” will be organized from May 1st, 2024 to May 5th, 2024 at Thai Plum Village International Practice Center.

Follows are basic notes for friends who are interested in registering for the retreat:


●     Languages: Our main language is English, and translation into several languages including Vietnamese and Thai will be available.

●     The number of retreatants: 300 friends (aged from 18 to 35).

●     Instruction for registration: Please click on the link that follows to complete the registration form. The link will be opened on March 4th, 2024 (3:00 PM, GMT +7, Thailand time).

●     Arrival date: April 30th, 2024. The Monastery’s representatives will pick you up at the airports on that day between 01:00 P.M. and 04:00 P.M. Therefore, please kindly book your flight that arrives at the airport in the morning or before 03:00 P.M.

●     Departure date: May 6th, 2024 Our drop-off car will leave the Monastery at 08:00 A.M., please kindly book your flight that departs after 02:30 P.M. The last activities of the retreat will end on the night of the 5th of March, 2024.


Notes:

●       The Monastery is not responsible for your flight ticket if you decide to settle it before a successful registration is confirmed.

●       You are recommended to arrive and leave the Monastery on the listed dates. May we refuse to enroll any case that comes too late on April 30th, 2024 or any other days earlier or later than this day.

●       The monastery will have a period of monastic practice so extending your stay will not be possible after May 6th, 2024.

●       Please read all the information that follows before filling the registration form.


A. REGISTERING TO VISIT THE MONASTERY

To visit the Monastery, these are must-haves:

1.    Registration link: To register, please follow the link and fill in the form: Breathe and Smile. The link will be available here and open on March 4th, 2024 at 03:00 P.M. (GMT+7, Thailand time) and closed automatically when fully booked. This link is for Non-Vietnamese only. If you are Vietnamese, please visit here for information. สำหรับคนไทย กรุณาลงทะเบียนผ่านลิงก์ของคนไทย

Necessary details for registering: email address, date of birth, telephone number, Viber or Zalo number (to be convenient to pick you up at the Thai airport), passport number,...



2.    After successfully registering on the link above, you will immediately receive an email notification that shows you have successfully registered and provides instructions for you to send us your flight ticket details. You are asked to read thoroughly all the information and all the attached files. Your flight ticket details should be sent to us before April 8th, 2024. On April 8th, 2024, if your flight ticket has not been sent to us accordingly, your registration will be considered canceled.



 


B. PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF TRANSPORTATION

1.    Arrival date:

a.      For participants who registered “to be picked up at the airport”: The Monastery’s car will pick you up from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) or Don Mueang Airport (DMK) from 01:00 P.M. to 04:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 30th, 2024. You are suggested to select a flight that arrives in Thailand before 03:00 P.M. If possible, please select one that arrives at about 12:00 P.M., so that after being picked up, you will have more time to take a rest and be ready for the activities.

If you are now living in Thailand and could not arrange your own means of transportation to come to the monastery, you could register “to be picked up at the airport” also.

    Upon welcoming you at the appointed assembly point, our pick-up car will go directly to the Monastery. Please wear a face mask for the whole trip; the car will stop once for toilets at a pre-planned public place.


b.     For participants who registered “will arrive in my own means of transportation” (not “to be picked up at the airport”): Please arrive at the Monastery on Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 between 03:30 P.M. to 07:00 P.M. We may refuse to enroll any case that comes too late on April 30th, 2024 or any other days earlier or later than this day.


2.    Please note:

To help our pick-up team: Please buy a Thai sim card upon arrival at Thailand’s airport (or use Wifi at the airport to use the Viber app) to stay connected with the Monastery and our pick-up team via email, Viber, or direct telephone.


3.    Pick-up fee (Airport <--> Monastery)

a.   The pick-up fee is around 600 Thai Baht per person (or 1,200 Thai Baht per person for two rounds).

b.   If the Monastery needs to arrange a taxi pick-up, the fee is 2,300-2,400 Thai Baht/taxi. If you travel with other friends, the taxi fee will be shared.


4.    Departure date:

We can arrange a drop-off service from the Monastery to the airport (either BKK or DMK). Our drop-off car will leave the Monastery at 08:00 A.M. on May 6th, 2024. You are suggested to select a flight that departs at least eight hours and a half after the time you leave the Monastery, which means approximately four to six hours and a half of traveling from the Monastery to the airport plus two hours of check-in at the airport. For example, upon leaving the Monastery at 08:00 A.M. on May 6th, 2024, you are advised to book your flight that departs after 04:30 P.M. Because It is a long holiday in Thailand, there will be heavy traffic.



 


1.    Except for medical emergencies, please do not go out of the Monastery.

2.    Please clean your own space regularly according to the instructions of the Monastery.

3.    If you are currently taking any medication, please make sure that you bring them with you.



 


1.   The Monastery is a non-profit practice center. All activities are therefore donation-based only. We look forward to receiving your support during the time you stay in the Monastery.  For the time being, the estimated expense including food and accommodation for Retreat is 1000 Thai Baht per person per night. You may contribute by:

-       Cash (THB / VND / USD)

-       Credit cards are NOT applicable.

2.   Your donation will support the Monastery to cover the monastics’ daily expenses like food, electricity, water, and health care.  Donations can be made in Thai Baht, or USD (by cash) at our Registered office.    



 


Please read the information carefully below to prepare for the best visit to Thailand:

1.Thai Plum Village on Google Maps: Click Here

2. Health insurance and travel insurance: Depending on your needs, you may consider purchasing health and/or travel insurance when traveling to Thailand.

3.  If you are positive for Covid-19 before arriving at the Monastery, please kindly do not make it to come. The Monastery will arrange another appropriate time for you to visit.  Please keep us informed of this via email at visitus@thaiplumvillage.org.

4. Please note: Thai Plum Village Practice Center is a non-profit organization without any support from commercial establishments.  The funding is provided solely by donations from those with kind hearts. Therefore, should you develop any health problems or personal issues (including the case of being infected by Covid-19) that require treatment during your practice and stay in Thailand, please be aware that you will be fully responsible for any expenses incurred.

 


If you have any further questions regarding attending retreats or other Monastery events, please email us at visitus@thaiplumvillage.org.

 

Thank you very much!  We wish you a great Retreat with lots of joy and happiness!

 

Thai Plum Village Registration Office

Breathe and Smile

 

 

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