Thailand Retreat 2019 FAQ
What is included?
- 6 days of Retreat House Exclusive Activities, including authentic relating games, partner acro, yoga, guided meditation, journaling, Thai massage, and more. See the full schedule here.
- An excursion to a beautiful waterfall
- A 2.5 hour Thai Massage Course
- A comfortable bed (either private or shared), in a shared living space (2-4 people per room) with a shared bathroom
- Opportunity to take part in an intimate community setting of 23 like-minded adventurers
- A shared kitchen space (13 people per kitchen) to prepare your meals daily
- 2 trips to a local market to stock up on food
- Two salt-water (chemical free) pools
- Bikes available at the house to ride to local spots, including a market and stores
- A welcome meal of fruit, greens, and simple cooked options upon arrival
- A simple breakfast of chopped fruit the day after your arrival
- Fresh towels, linens, and daily cleaning
- Communal lounge spaces, both indoors and outdoors
Who will be facilitating the Retreat activities?
Brittany and Conor will be facilitating nearly all of the retreat activities. They will be bringing in dancer and holistic medical doctor Dr. Tumi Johnson to teach yoga and offer a special presentation. They will also be coordinating with Remco of Blue Garden Thai Massage for the Thai Massage class. They will also be assisted by Nichole Neary, as their lovely admin assistant for the retreat. Learn more about the event facilitators here.
Where is the retreat space located?
The retreat house is located approximately 20 minutes north of the old city, on the Ping River. It is absolutely gorgeous and we are excited to be there for the first time this year. Participants are given the exact location and address upon completion of their registration.
When are check in and check out?
Check in is at 3:15pm on January 10th, 2018. We will provide transportation from Nong Buak Hard to the Fruit House. Please be at the park by 2:30pm.
Check out is at 10:30am on January 15th, 2018. We will provide transportation back to Nong Buak Hard park. The park will also be the meetup location for the public event at 1pm on this same day.
What are the sleeping arrangements like?
There are a total of 10 rooms in the 2 large villas. Each room accommodates anywhere from 2-4 people, in private single or shared double beds. Beds will be chosen upon arrival unless otherwise requested in your application.
There are 8 shared bathrooms, 2 shared kitchen, 2 pools, and ample community lounging spaces.
Is food provided?
We will have food available for your first two meals, as indicated below, after which, you will be in charge of taking care of all your own food purchasing, preparation, and clean up. We set it up this way so that everybody can choose their ideal plant food, and that we can prepare meals in community.
The first meal on the evening of January 10th will be fruit, greens, and a couple of simple cooked plant-based food options. The following morning after yoga on January 11th, we will have two simple options of chopped fruit.
We will make two group trips to the market so that you can stock up on what you need.
We recommend arriving at the house with some of your own food if you are able to get to a market before your arrival.
We encourage eating in community throughout your time at the retreat, and joining up with other participants to prepare meals as you enjoy. After trying retreats with various models, we believe that allowing each individual to see to their own dietary preferences allows for the most comfortable experience for everyone. Food is very affordable in Thailand.
Do I need to bring a towel?
No, you do not. Towels and linens are provided, however you can of course bring your own as well.
How will we get around?
We will get around by tsongtoas (covered trucks that serve as taxis), which we will have organized for the group to and from all the events on the schedule.
If you want to organize transportation for yourself to do anything else during the retreat, we recommend using Grab (an app that you can download to your phone to order a car).
There are also some bikes available at the retreat house, which you can use to bike to the market and other local stores.
How many people will be at the Retreat?
This year we have space for 23 participants. There are 3 admins, so in total we will be 26.
Can I stay with my friends?
When purchasing your ticket you may specify if you want to share a bed with a certain person. There will also be a place to add special circumstances for group bookings at this time, for example if you want to specify more than one other person that you would like to share a room with.
Do I need to eat a plant-based (vegan) diet at the Retreat?
We ask that participants only bring plant-based (vegan) food into the Retreat house. We also ask that the house be free of drugs & alcohol. We invite you to eat whatever you desire outside of the retreat house environment.
Is there wireless internet at the retreat space?
What if I am unable to make it after purchasing a ticket?
More than 30 days before the start of the retreat: If you are unable to make it and want to resell your ticket, please notify us as soon as you know. If we have a waitlist, we will refund your ticket minus the processing fees and offer the space to the next person on the list. Otherwise, we can help you post a notice about it in the Fruit Winter Facebook group. The person who buys your ticket can pay you directly.
If we are within 30 days of the retreat, tickets are no longer exchangeable.
When is the public Fruit Winter Festival?
FWF 2019 will run from January 15-24, with events scheduled by Conor and Brittany for the first 5 days around the city of Chiang Mai, followed by an open space for more impromptu gatherings, and for others to schedule meetups for the next 5 days. Learn more about the 6th year of this amazing anual, donation-based festival at FruitWinterFest.com and join the Fruit Winter Facebook group, where events will be scheduled and announcements made.
I have more questions!
Send them our way! Conorandbrittany@gmail.com <3
Join Us After The Retreat at Fruit Winter Festival!
We would love to see you at the Thailand Retreat, and also at the public festival to follow!
Learn more about the free & donation-based events!
Fruit Winter Festival
6th Annual Event
January 15-24, 2019