Pa Pae Meditation Retreat

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Pa Pae Meditation Retreat
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Kallee M
Edmonton, Canada8 contributions
Exceptional- life changing experience!
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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Dan R
17 contributions
Introspective, Informative, and Insightful
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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James
4 contributions
Great place to practice.
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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Jana K
3 contributions
Stop thinking about it and try it out
Sep 2019
The three day retreat has been such a valuable experience. If you are interested in your personal development and have played with the idea of trying out or deepening your meditation practice you will be very pleased at Pa Pae. The package which is offered in exchange for a voluntary donation includes accommodation, food, meditation, easy to understand Buddhist teachings and a couple of easy free time activities. Everybody's experience is unique and so is the contribution to our lives, but as a person who has tried out meditation before, is into yoga and currently investing in my personal growth, I have no regrets. It is the opposite, I feel like I have gained an initial overview of the meditation practice and of the wisdom required to meditate effectively and successfully. I am very grateful to Mali and the Monk for their gifts to my life.
Written September 14, 2019
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Lora L
9 contributions
Magical
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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Adrian G
30 contributions
Very beautiful meditation treat
Jan 2019 • Solo
If you're looking for a fantastic meditation retreat outside of Chiang Mai in the beautiful countryside, you've found it! The teaching Monk is such a beautiful person and Mali who runs it is as well! Very fulfilling and satisfying. Just go and try- you won't be disappointed!
Written January 29, 2019
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loozymoney
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
Lunar
Dec 2018 • Solo
This was the most memorable thing I did in Thailand!
The scenery is lush. Mali and her team are remarkably kind and accomodating. The teaching monk is funny and patient.

I originally went for 3 days but came back to spend the new years there which was the most unique one I've had yet. We released lanterns and made wishes for 2019. It was so sweet. I left feeling calm and inspired.
Thank you Pa Pae.
Written January 16, 2019
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Nakemco
Toronto, Canada7 contributions
Wonderful experience
Dec 2018 • Friends
I had never tried meditation before and was going for the experience. I was very pleasantly surprised just how much I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mali is an excellent host who went out of her way to make sure we were all well cared for and the teaching monk was very knowledgeable, friendly, caring and patient as well as a good teacher. The food was excellent, simple and plentiful. Accommodation also was simple but clean and comfortable. There are a number of meditation sites all around the property, which were all very peaceful, although many are an uphill hike away.
Written December 23, 2018
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Nina R
1 contribution
3 Unforgettable days
Oct 2018 • Friends
If you are a beginner or have experience in practicing meditation and want to learn from a Buddhist monk I would recommend coming here. I came with my partner and a friend and all three of us loved it. We mediated next to a waterfall, around the fire, in a tree house, in the jungle, on the bamboo swings.. It was magical.
The nature is beautiful and the people are so kind and caring. I hope to come back!
Written October 1, 2018
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Jonathon G
Leamington Spa, UK6 contributions
Unforgettable experience
Jun 2018 • Friends
A fantastic chance to spend a lot of time with a real Buddhist teaching monk and learn a lot about their way of thinking. The host Mali was so helpful and accommodating and couldn’t do more to help. amazing Thai food was provided for every meal. Lots of time spent meditating and exploring the site which is on a beautiful forested hill beside a very small village. Be warned though this is not a holiday trip, it is very very minimalist and quite intense actually. Bring some decent sandals as there is a lot of trekking up and down the hill through the mud and also plenty of bug spray!
Written July 4, 2018
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