Pa Pae Meditation Retreat
Pa Pae Meditation Retreat
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Dan R
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
So I will be honest, I didn't want to go to Pa Pae, at all.

My fiance and my brother prodded me to go with them and after much discussion I reluctantly agreed. A decision that I am now very happy with.

To provide some context, I'm not religious and not very spiritual so I was a little bit skeptical of what to expect at the retreat.

However, it didn't take very long for me to be fully immersed in the learning experience and enjoying my time at Pa Pae. I found that the environment and natural setting were conducive to learning and created a very ambient setting.

The monks at the retreat were great. They were willing to answer questions, discuss mediation techniques, and elaborate on their own experiences. I was nervous that it would be TOO monastic, but the monks were able to relate very well to everyone and provide the type of context that is fundamental for learning and integration without preaching.

In fact, the monks were very accommodating and there was at no point in the retreat that I felt anything but genuine friendship with them.

I will close with this, I'm not going to say I achieved some mystical spiritual awakening but I will say that I learned a lot about myself, Buddhism, and how to live more mindfully in my personal and professional life. I will continue to try and meditate because even as a skeptic, I can't deny the very tangible benefit it had on me.

I highly recommend this retreat and hope you can take as much away from it as I did.
Written December 31, 2019
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Kallee M
Edmonton, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Wow, I was nervous going to this retreat but I am extremely glad I went and even more grateful that I choose this specific experience.

The teaching monk has so much knowledge to share, that really helps shift your perspective on success, possessions, problems and so much more.

The retreat centre is beautiful, and they have a great approach to meditation.

Their approach isn’t near as strict as many other programs I’ve looked into, but still has enough structure for benefit.

The experience that they have put together has gone above and beyond.

They also had some spiritual books/Buddhist to read while on silent time... in a hammock. Loved this.
Written February 13, 2020
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noebelk
Konstanz, Germany3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
I know, meditation is a very personal experience. I stayed there for a few weeks because I wanted to get out of my daily routine and give myself time to look deeper into myself and my "monkey mind". It is indead an incredibly beautiful place. The area is huge, all the different meditation places and accomodation are scattered around a forested hill, right beside a small village with wonderful people, always smiling at you. So much love and passion and hard work is puted into maintaining, expanding and creating the center.
In general, they offer 3 day retreats, some extended to 5 days. I can`t encourage everybody enough to take as much time as possible. Have a break, a rest, look inside of you, enjoy the beautiful nature around.
They dont ask the people to keep silence all the time, which I personaly find a missing. We get very rare the opportunity in our life to have time just with our self, listening only to our self and understand what is happening in our mind. This can be a very deep experience.Every single conversation, chatting around, sharing experiences brings us again away from us, and its far more difficult to stay mindful and present, especially when you start with meditation. Its such a wonderful experience just being with yourself and the nature and feeling supported by Mali and Phra Ajahn Pawithai and the 3 dogs.
The meditation practice is different from Vipassana, that irritated me in the beginning. But I got all the time I needed to adapt to the "Middle way" teachings.
And food and accomodation are superb, nothing is missing, they help everybody to feel comfortable.
Written March 25, 2018
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Corina N
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
This was my first meditation retreat, and it was an unbelievable life changing experience. This is a great way to learn meditation, as they are not as strict as other retreats. There is still some talking, however they recommend silence an hour before meditation. Meditation is 3 or 4 times a day, for about half an hour each time, followed by teachings from the monk. Most retreats have no food after noon, however here the lovely woman who runs it (Mali) still brings fruit and snacks around dinner time.

The retreat is located in an extremely authentic village in Thailand. I walked from the highway through the village to the retreat a couple kilometres, and the walk itself was amazing.

There is lots of food for breakfast and lunch, the food is authentic and delicious. Meditation takes place in various spots around the property, and there is even one location by the waterfall.

The price is based on donation but they recommend 400 baht a night, which includes everything for your stay. Considering what you are supplied with, the cost is extremely fair.

I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to dip their toes in meditation. I learned so much about their culture and lifestyle as well, it has been one of my best experiences in my five months traveling Southeast Asia.
Written June 8, 2016
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Lora L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
It feels wrong to write a tripadvisor review for something so meaningful, but if it gives others the confidence to go then it’s worth it.

What the team have created in Pa Pae is just wonderful. The creativity of the execution of their physical setup, how they put together the itinerary, to their beautiful trio of dogs - what a place.

I had wanted to do something like this for a long time, and I’m so glad I chose this one.

The teaching monks are so kind and warm, so happy to share stories. The retreat was more educational than I’d expected, which was awesome for me.

They teach the ‘middle way’ which felt much more relaxed that I’d have expected (ie. it’s comfort first so sit on a chair if it’s comfier for you).

Thank you Mali, the chef, both of the wonderful teaching monks and the pups for the tail wags and happy faces whenever you approach them.

Ps. Travel tip. Pa Pae is about half way between Chiang Mai and Pai. It also happens to be directly on the bus route (I always booked through 12go Asia for the bus company Prem Pracha). Getting there is easy - ask Mali for the place to stop written in Thai over email and show it at the ticket counter.

Because I left at an unusual time.. Getting out again was more complicated but seems to work flawlessly... book your ticket out online. Then Mali will call them and tell them to stop for you in Pa Pae. If you leave at the normal time, Mali sends a driver to buy the tickets and tells them to stop for you.
Written April 26, 2019
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Audrey M
Valence, France4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
Pa Pae Meditation Retreat is the best place to learn meditation in a small village surrounded by mountains and river. The hospitality is amazing, the food is delicious and fresh, the bedroom is clean,simple and perfect. They do all their best that you can feel confortable. You can visit the village, the temple, the school. You can discover your own spirituality. I learnt a lot and hope many people will be lucky to travel and go there for few days. I stayed almost 2 weeks and didn't want to leave!
I would sincerly recommend this place!
Written March 31, 2016
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Alix B
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
I recommend this retreat to everyone. It really makes a difference in your life, at least for me, it is hard to describe so you have to live it yourself. Mali, the hostess, is so friendly and warm, the teaching monk is very inspiring and the location is beautiful, the village is small and very cozy. A wonderful spiritual experience.
Written February 4, 2017
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Teodora T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
This meditation retreat was definitely one of my highlights during the month I spent in Thailand. Very peaceful and beautiful setting, you get the opportunity to meditate in nature, away from busy life in the cities. The retreat is very well organized, Mali is very nice and makes sure that you make the best of your stay at Pa Pae and Monk Lampi Pong has a great deal to teach on meditation and his messages are easy to relate to.
Written June 14, 2016
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psvAROUNDtheWORLD
Berlin, Germany311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Solo
It was my first meditation retreat and it couldn´t have been any better.

Even though I started meditation some time ago I am still a beginner. And that didn´t matter here at all since most of the participants - who came from all over the world - were. But we had also experienced people in our group, which was fine, since the program was set up for all levels.

What we all loved the most was the way they handle it there: serious but not extreme. For example: If you have to change your sitting position after a while, because you are not used to it, just do it. Noone is forcing you into something what you don´t want or you can´t do.

We meditated up to four times a day - most of the time in different places sourounded by wonderful nature. The teacher is a real Thai monk who seems to be very smart. He explained everything about meditation and provided some extra information about buddha and life in general - always calm and friendly and never with any intent to force us into buddhism or something else...

Everything was absolute perfectly organized - thanks to Mali, the heart and soul of the place.

The accommodation is simple but very clean and still new since the place opened up only 14 month ago. The food (Thai) is outstanding good and very fresh - so is a large variety of fruits...

The meditation center is located in a quiet and very small village in mid of the nicest nature.

Usually one course lasts 3 days, but you very welcome to stay longer and visit the local school and doing some garden work for example, what i did both...

And: They don´t charge you anything at all. It´s all on donation which is highly appreciated... But please make sure you value their effort. Otherwise this place can not survive...

For a 3-day-retreat most of us donated for food, accomodation, the monk and the temple in total around 3.000 Baht which results in 84 US-Dollars. If you can give more, I think you should. If you only can donate less, it will be fine...

If you are searching for a quiet location in mid of a wonderful nature to meditate and maybe think about your life, this is the perfect place to be...
Written February 18, 2016
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James
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I had a great time on the retreat and was very impressed in all aspects. The facilities, staff, teaching monk's wisdom, and of course food were all top-notch. I appreciated the relaxed nature and gentle introduction to Buddhism/meditation
Written September 25, 2019
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