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Welcome to the official website for the English-language meditation retreats at the International Dharma Hermitage of Wat Suan Mokkh
Our 10-day silent meditation retreats start at the 1st of each month. Registration has to be in person on the last day of the previous month. Advance booking is not possible. The retreats end on the 11th day of the month.
There are neither shorter nor longer retreats available and it is not possible to join only part of a retreat or to start a retreat or other organised activities at other times of the month.
However, everyone is welcome to visit the main monastery at Suan Mokkh between retreats to do their own practice (full details on the Wat Suan Mokkh page).
Founded by Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu in 1986 in a southern Thailand coconut grove, the Suan Mokkh International Dharma Hermitage aims to foster world peace and mutual understanding between religions. Emphasizing humility, simplicity, and intimacy with nature, its monthly meditation retreats led since its foundation have trained about 30,000 (as of Sep. 2023) international visitors from many walks of life, between 17 and more than 70 years of age in the theory and practice of Dhamma.
The retreat allows us to withdraw from our usual activities to a quiet and secluded place and devote our time to study, contemplation and meditation. The teachings and the structure of the retreats at the International Dharma Hermitage of Wat Suan Mokkh are designed for a period of 10 days and therefore we ask the participants to commit themselves for this period of time. We do not accept people for less than 10 days.
The meditation technique taught is
Mindfulness with Breathing.
(concentration and vipassana meditation)
Besides learning and practising how to meditate, participants will get an introduction to some other aspects of the Buddha's teaching, including the Four Noble Truths which include the Noble Eightfold Path.
In order to do the retreat successfully, you must be really free from all commitments for the period of the retreat. All phone calls, e-mail, letters, tickets, flight confirmations, money changing, visa extensions etc. must be arranged and organized before the retreat begins.
There is no way to do them during the retreat.
Your phone, tablet, notebook etc. has to be deposited for safe keeping during the retreat.
You must be in good general health, both physically and mentally. The retreat is not suitable for people with mental disorders or drug addictions.
A motto of Venerable Ajahn Buddhadāsa was "Live plainly, aim high". This is reflected in the retreat's very simple living conditions in close contact with nature. For example:
- The private room for your use is small, containing just a hard bed with a simple straw mat, a blanket, a mosquito net, and a wooden pillow.
Toilets (mainly Western style) and baths (Asian style mandi) are shared facilities.
- We'll have two vegetarian meals a day plus a drink in the evening.
We cannot provide any extras or special diets and you may not bring any food or drink in the retreat.
Dormitory - inner courtyard and private room
Some purchases (toiletries, etc.) can be made during the retreat at our small shop.
- Loose clothing e.g. T-shirt, fisherman pants. Due to monastic custom the body should be completely covered from the shoulders to below the knees, including the upper arms. No see-through clothing please.
It is not necessary to dress in white during the retreat.
- Slippers, since shoes have to be taken off in all buildings.
- Personal toiletries, mosquito repellent, towel, hand mirror for shaving.
- Umbrella or raincoat (during rainy season).