Holiday Retreat 2023 : Our True Heritage
December 25th, 2023, to January 01st, 2024,
In Person Retreat
Open 22 September
Invitation Letter | Holiday Retreat 2023“Our True Heritage”
Namo Shakyamunaye Buddhaya
Dear Beloved Friends,
The monastics from Thai Plum Village would like to invite you to the year-end Retreat with the theme "Our True Heritage." The theme was taken from a poem by our teacher, Thầy. He has touched many people’s hearts with his gentle and insightful teaching. He has offered his insight, heart, mind, life, and immaculate love as a precious gem.
“The cosmos is filled with precious gems.
I want to offer a handful of them to you this morning.
Each moment you are alive is a gem,
shining through and containing Earth and sky,water and clouds.”
Excerpt from “Our True Heritage” –Thich Nhat Hanh
Attending this retreat, you will have an opportunity to practice and cultivate joy and happiness. Every mindful step we make will contribute to the collective energy of peace for the community. During daily activities, we will have time to sit, breathe in mindfulness, and work in brotherhood and sisterhood. Living in a peaceful atmosphere, you will experience a joyful time with each other in an open and non-discriminative spirit through international cultural exchange activities.
Therefore, in the Retreat, every one of us will be a unit of happiness, and together we will build a beautiful fourfold Sangha that walks together on the path of love and understanding for a peaceful and happy life.
The Holiday Retreat will take place from December 25th, 2023, to January 01st, 2024, at Thai Plum Village International Practice Center. For more details, please visit:
We are looking forward to seeing you here and now.
“A lotus for you,a Buddha to be.”
Brothers and Sisters,Organizing Team | Holiday Retreat 2023Thai Plum Village
Thai Plum Village brothers and sisters are happy to announce the upcoming year-end Holiday Retreat to be open for registration. The retreat titled “Our True Heritage” will be organized from December 25th, 2023 to January 01st, 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 languages is English, and translation into several languages including Vietnamese, Indonesian, Chinese, Thai, and Japanese will be available.
Number of retreatants: 500 friends.
Registration link to be open: September 22th, 2023 (3:00 P.M. GMT+7, Thailand time)
Arrival date: The Monastery’s representatives will pick you up at the airports on two days: December 24th, 2023 and December 25th, 2023 between 12:00 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: Drop-off transportation service will be available from the Monastery to the airports in two days: January 01st, 2024 (leaving the Monastery at 01:00 P.M., please kindly book your flight that departs after 07:30 P.M.) and January 02nd, 2024 (leaving the Monastery at 08:00 A.M., please kindly book your flight that departs after 02:30 P.M.).
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 arrival dates. May we refuse to enroll in any case that comes too late, or any other days earlier or later than these days.
The monastery will have a period of monastic practice so extending your stay will not be possible after January 02nd, 2024.
To guarantee community practice and activities, the Monastery only receives participants five years old or older.
Please read all information that follows prior to filling the registration form.
A. REGISTERING TO VISIT THE MONASTERY
To visit the Monastery, these are must-haves:
To register, please follow the link and fill in the form: Breathe and Smile. The link will be open on September 22nd, 2023 at 03:00 P.M. (GMT+7, Thailand time) and closed automatically when fully booked.
"This link is for international friends. For Vietnamese and Thai, please register on your own laguages"
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, and contact details of a friend or a relative in case of emergency (email address, telephone number, etc.).
Nếu bạn là người mang quốc tịch Việt Nam, xin bạn đọc thông tin và ghi danh khóa tu tại đây: https://langmaithailan.org/thong-tin-ghi-danh-khoa-tu-holiday-ngay-25-12-2023-01-01-2024/khoa-tu/18518
2. After successfully registering
After successfully registering on the link above, you will receive an email with instructions to send us your flight ticket details. Your flight ticket details are asked to be sent to us before October 03rd, 2023. On October 03rd, 2023, if your flight ticket is not sent to us accordingly, your registration will be considered canceled.
B. PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF TRANSPORTATION
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 Muang Airport (DMK) from 01:00 P.M. to 04:00 P.M. in two days: December 24th, 2023 and December 25th, 2023. 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.
b. For participants who registered “will arrive in my own means of transportation” (not having registered “to be picked up at the airport”): Please arrive at the Monastery on December 24th, or December 25th, 2023 from 03:30 P.M. to 07:00 P.M.
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 2,300-2,500 Thai Baht/taxi. If you travel with other friends, the taxi fee will be shared.
The Monastery can arrange drop-off service from the Monastery to the airport (either BKK or DMK). Our drop-off car will leave the Monastery at 01:00 P.M. on January 01st, 2024 or 08:00 A.M. on January 02nd, 2024. You are suggested to select a flight that departs at least six hours after the time you leave the Monastery, which means approximately four hours of traveling from the Monastery to the airport plus two hours of check-in at the airport.
C. REGULATIONS DURING YOUR STAY IN THE MONASTERY
Except for medical emergencies, please do not go out of the Monastery.
Please clean your own space regularly according to the instructions of the Monastery.
If you are currently taking any medication, please make sure that you bring them with you.
Participants under 18 years old need to be accompanied by their parents or a legal guardian.
In case we have more retreatants, please accept to sleep in tents that the Monastery will put up.
D. MAKING A DONATION
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 Holiday Retreat is 1,500 Thai Baht per person per night.
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, USD (by cash) at our Registration office.
E. OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
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 travelling 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Thank you very much! We wish you a great Holiday Retreat with a lot of joy and happiness!
Thai Plum Village Registration Office
Breathe and Smile