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JULY 29-31, 2022

We all know what a challenge the last 2.5 years have been.  Now, we have the chance to renew and reconnect.  Our human hearts have a remarkable capacity for renewal and growth.  Every human being has wisdom already present in their bodies and minds.  How can we access this wise nature of being human that can nourish, heal and replenish us? 
Words alone can’t express or reach this part of our nature.  We need to go beyond words and practice directly to connect with our inner wisdom.  Silent, community practice can allow us to access this miraculous capacity within each of us. 
On this retreat, we will step back briefly from everyday life to cultivate the wise, healing capacity of our inner nature.  We will practice mindfulness and self-compassion in silence together as a community to contact the present moment directly, beyond words.  We will try to practice continuously in breathing, sitting, walking, eating and resting, so we can receive the healing and nourishing energies present inside every human being.



Who is this retreat for?  We welcome anyone who has completed the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course and anyone who has experience with mindfulness meditation and/or self-compassion practice. 

Teachers:  The teachers on this retreat are Siri Chandler and Ben Weinstein. 

  • Siri Chandler is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), with teacher training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). As an enthusiastic life-long learner, she devotes her time to continuously deepen her own practice which she has been cultivating over the past 30 years.

  • Ben Weinstein is a clinical psychologist and certified MSC teacher.  Ben works as psychotherapist, lecturer and facilitator and is teaching faculty for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Retreat schedule:  See schedule in the full announcement (see download button on this page)

Companionable Silence:  Following the orientation on Friday, the retreat will be conducted in companionable silence until Sunday morning at 11am.  Participants are invited to turn off and set aside their devices so that they can turn attention inwards for two days of healing silence.  This allows us to practice continuously in each moment so we can create a shared energy of concentrated mindfulness and compassion.

Location:  Kanokrat Hotel in Samut Songkhram.  Kanokrat is a small, local hotel with a serene atmosphere located near Amphawa- see images below.

Registration fee:  4500 baht (shared room) or 6500 baht (single occupancy) includes accommodation and vegetarian meals.  The rooms are the same rooms (each room as Kanokrat has two beds (sometimes three).  This fee does not include transportation (please see transportation information below).  There are no refunds after July 10.