In recent years, the Inner Mind Center has built a special partnership with the monks in northern Thailand who teach us everything about meditation and mindfulness. During this retreat you will be immersed in a bath of mindfulness in one of the most special authentic tempels in Thailand. The monastery will leave a deep impression on you. It is therefore an opportunity that does not pass by so often.
7-day mind retreat
Retreat to a secluded temple and practice among the Buddhist monks for 7 days
Deepen your mindfulness skills
Initiate a positive change! Learn new mindfulness techniques and how to deal with problem points.
For beginners and advanced practitioners
This retreat is for you if you are new to mindfulness or if you are already a more advanced practitioner.
This retreat is scheduled to take place in January, 2023 (exact date to follow)
Essential Mind Retreat (MRT)
Welcome! Great to see that you are interested in our retreat to Thailand. It promises to be 8 beautiful, educational and special days and you will certainly leave again with many new insights. We will train a lot and intensively, but you will also be well cared for. Below you can read everything about the retreat and what you can expect.
When will it happen?
JANUARY 2023 – Essential Mind Retreat Program
The retreat is scheduled to take place in January 2023. The exact date will follow shortly.
In January, we will all gather in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is not necessary to travel together, so feel free to arrive a few days earlier in order to enjoy the country.
Master Niels will take intake interviews with everyone who has registered for the retreat. This will either happen at the location of the Inner Mind Institute in The Netherlands or online through Zoom or Skype. A date for the intakes is not yet set. More information will follow soon.
What can I expect?
The purpose of the retreat is to intensively practice mindfulness for a longer period. In addition, there is enough room for relaxation and tasty meals.
The retreat will be accompanied by the founder of the Inner Mind Institute and former Buddhist monk, Master Niels. He has been personally trained since 2010 by Thai Buddhist monks in northern Thailand. Niels was a monk himself for almost the entire year of 2020 and knows better than anyone what it is like to train at the highest level. He will teach you authentic mindfulness techniques as practiced in Thailand. During the stay in Thailand you will also be personally accompanied by the other Buddhist monks.
Guidance by Master Niels
Master Niels will guide the group during your stay in Thailand. In 2020, Master Niels practiced as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. He guided retreats in Thailand and The Netherlands in previous years, organized by the Inner Mind Institute. Now, Master Niels teaches many students online during live and on-demand courses.
Many tourists traveling around Thailand want to experience a retreat. There are many international temples where foreigners can visit and find their rest for one week or longer. The temples are often visited and it is a good way to get in touch with mindfulness. To find the more authentic and special temples, you must be familiar with the country and need to have the right contacts with locals who would like to bring you there. Master Niels has found one of the most extraordinary temples over the years and has established a special bond with the monks who live there.
The monastery is located in Lampang in the north of Thailand and is close to the famous city of Chiang Mai. The temple brings a healing and transforming energy with it and is deeply hidden in the countryside where few to no tourists can be found. Our special vipassana retreats will take place in this authentic temple. You sleep in a small primitive house with a bedroom and shower. The ecological temple is powered by solar energy and is surrounded by mango trees that provide an abundance of mangos in the summer. During the day you get up early and the mindfulness practice and lectures take place in the central hall.
More information to follow…
The delicious Thai local meals are provided by local residents who are committed to the temple. You mainly eat Thai vegetarian meals and you decide whether you eat one, two or three meals a day. In order to get the most out of the mindfulness sessions, we recommend eating no more than once or twice a day. You can experience the effect of this yourself during the retreat.
Living habits within the temple
In Thailand we come into contact with a different culture and that is why it is nice to know more about the living habits within the temple.
Thai people don’t shake hands but bring hands together in front of the chest and bend over. When saluting a monk, we bring hands together for the head, instead of the chest, to express respect.
In Thailand it is not very polite to point our feet in the direction of someone else. This is especially true in the temples and that is why we do not lay our feet in the direction of the Buddha statues or a monk. Most people are therefore sitting in a lotus position or on their knees.
In the temple we wear white clothing.
Five general Buddhist rules of life
- Do not kill (humans nor animals)
- Do not steal
- Do not lie
- Do not commit adultery
- Do not take intoxicants such as alcohol and drugs
Three rules that help us train and purify the mind
- Meals – Try to limit yourself to eating one or two meals a day before 12:00 noon (this is of course not an obligation).
- Entertainment – During our retreat period we try to entertain ourselves as little as possible. In the next two weeks we try not to entertain ourselves by dancing, singing or listening to music and / or other entertainment. Reading about Buddhism or spirituality is of course allowed and writing about your own inner processes can even be beneficial. Appearance: Apart from our natural attention to hygiene, we pay little attention to our appearance in the temple. That way we don’t have to use perfume, jewelry or other items to make ourselves look better.
- Beds – In the temple we do not use luxury or high beds. Of course, a solution is looked into if someone has back problems or other limitations.
Clothing and supplies
- 3-4 sets of white, light clothing (covering, long pants, dress, etc. T-shirts are allowed) to wear inside the temple.
- Shawl / thick sweater against the cold in the evenings
- Bottom sheet and a single duvet cover
- 1 or 2x a large and a small towel
- Washing powder for clothing
- Toilet roll and waste bag
- Slippers and normal shoes
- (Wind-up) flashlight
- Mosquito repellent and possibly afterbite
- Notepad to take notes
Lamphun has a relatively dry climate compared to the surrounding provinces. In the winter period there is little rain and the temperature is on average between 17 at night and 35 degrees during the day. The winter season is characterized by dry, sunny and pleasant weather. The warm weather is alternated with cool and sometimes foggy nights.
- There is enough clean drinking water in the temple
- You can shower in your own cabine every morning, afternoon, or evening
- In the temple there are both toilets where you can sit or squat
In Thailand we come into contact with a different culture and that is why it is nice to know more about the living habits within the temple.
We recommend the following vaccinations:
- DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio)
- Hepatitis A (infectious jaundice)
- Possibly Rabies
More information (in Dutch) about this can be found at: http://www.ggdreisvaccinaties.nl/land/thailand
or check the municipal health service in your country of residence for information.
Make sure you have good travel insurance when you go on a retreat.
We recommend that you put your bank cards on world banking. If you do not do this, you cannot use your bank card abroad.
What do we expect from you?
It doesn’t matter if you have just started or that you have a lot of experience with mindfulness. The retreat will be tailored to your level. During the retreat period, most people feel as if they are stepping into a warm bath. At the same time, you will also experience that your mindfulness sessions can be challenging. It therefore requires perseverance that will lead to deep insights and relaxation.
Try not to pay attention to the time during the retreat. This can sometimes be challenging because you are not yet used to the mindfulness sessions and disciplined life in the temple.
Make it clear to yourself why you have decided to go on this special journey. The more dedication you have during the retreat, the more you can reap the benefits at the end of this beautiful period.
The willingness to grow and develop. Self-development is a conscious choice for a higher growth rate. This means that new insights will arise, and where new insights arise, change will follow.
Kindness and compassion
Be kind to yourself and others.
Try to stay positive during the retreat and during the trip itself. By dealing mindfully with your feelings you give yourself a very big gift.
Most flights depart from Amsterdam Schiphol to Bangkok. From there, there are plenty of long-haul flights to Chiang Mai, where you will be picked up by a minivan to take you to the temple.
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Essential MRT in Thailand
* Accommodation, guidance, and organization are included
** Flight tickets are booked by the participants themselves
* Cost of the airline tickets depends on the time of booking.
* It is recommended to arrive a day earlier so that we are all present in time at the airport / in the temple.
* After your registration, you are invited for an intake interview with Master Niels. This means that your registration does not guarantee a spot in the retreat.
* After Master Niels has confirmed your participation in the retreat, you will receive an invoice for a fixed price of €1850 (inc. VAT) which is due to be paid within 5 business days.
How many places are available
10 people can participate in the retreat.
We wish you a very pleasant and inspiring journey!
If you are interest taking this Essential MRP in Thailand, you can register by clicking on the button and using the contact form below. After your registration, we will contact you as soon as possible.
Register for the Trial Mind Retreat
First select if you wish to participate in the physical MRT in The Netherlands or the online MRT streamed live on Zoom, and then complete the registration form.
What do others say about our courses?
“This course was wonderful! I learned a lot about mindfulness. I’ve continued practicing everyday with the techniques I learned. I live in America. I was willing to get up at 330am. It was that good.”
“My whole life I’ve been struggling with my ‘monkey mind’ and self doubt. It controlled my life. During this 10-week course I have learned so much, and so fast, about how to become the observer of my thoughts. More and more I’m able to create mindful energy at any moment of the day. I feel more calm, more love, more aware. I’m very grateful that I had the opportunity to join this course. And thankful for Niels being such a great teacher and putting all this effort in making this knowledge accessible for me/us/others. You rock Niels!”
Kevin la Grand
“For me this course was an amazing adventure. Mindfulness which I knew was different. I like to discover my new possibilities and this course gives me many new practice insights to do so. I am very grateful to Master Niels and team IMI.”
“A must for everyone! Follow this groundbreaking mindfulness course and learn how being aware of your body and your thoughts can significantly change your life in a positive way.”
“This is a fantastic course to begin to understand how to be mindful and how to use everyday mindfulness practice to deal with various problems. Good guidance, assistance at every step during and after sessions, and interesting and helpful materials to support the everyday practice. Thank you!”
“This course has given me much more than I expected. There has really changed a lot in how I look at things and how I approach things. My life is more effortless and lighter!”
Frequently asked questions
The next edition of our Mindfulness in Everyday Life starts on Thursday, 3 March 2022, at 7.30 pm (CET) with sessions each Thursday from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. You can find the complete schedule on this page.
Our introductory course Mindfulness in Everyday Life is given on a donation-basis. You can make your donation before, during, or after this course through https://donorbox.org/creating-an-online-platform-for-mindfulness or via bank transfer:
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The entire course takes 7 weeks with one session of about 90 minutes each week. You will conclude the course with a special mind retreat.
It’s our goal to spread our knowledge about mindfulness to as many people as possible. That’s why we choose to give this introductory course on a donation basis. You can make your donation during or after completing this course.
By donating, you help us grow our organization and spread this profound knowledge of mindfulness over the world.
Before the start of each session, you will receive an email with a link to join the live session. You can easily watch the session in your preferred browser on desktop, tablet, or smartphone. No additional software is needed.
We will publish a replay after each session on our online platform for mindfulness. You can watch the replays and access your study materials for this course with our monthly membership IMI Plus. Click here to get IMI Plus.
Yes. We will publish a replay after each session on our online platform for mindfulness. You can watch the replays on our online platform in the module Mindfulness in Everyday Life. In this module, you will also find your study materials for this course. Replays and study materials are available only for IMI Plus members. Click here to get IMI Plus.
Your study materials for this online course are part of IMI Plus. With IMI Plus, you have access to replays, study materials such as exercises and practice schedules, as well as additional courses and modules to support your mindfulness practice.
You can simply access all of the courses by logging in to our online platform and navigating to your student dashboard.
You will have access to all sessions of this online introductory course and the additional study materials for as long as you are an IMI Plus member. Once you have canceled your monthly membership, you will still have access to your study materials until the end of your billing period.
Yes, with IMI Plus you will have access to selected modules and courses. We are still adding new content and new modules periodically, so you will have access to plenty more study materials over time.
IMI Plus is a membership to the online platform of the Inner Mind Institute. For only €10 per month you get access to the study materials for this 7-week introductory course, Mindfulness in Everyday Life, and other selected courses and modules to support your mindfulness practice.
If there’s something else you would like to know about our online introductory course, you can send us email at email@example.com