Compassionate Communication Retreat
15 – 18 Jan 2015
Sri Lanna, National Park, Northern Thailand
Join us on this 3 night/4 day retreat to experience the power of communicating with compassion, clarity and authenticity surrounded by nature.
Practical exercises will deepen your understanding of yourself & others. From this understanding, we move beyond judgment, blame & criticism to express our needs in a way that can be received wholeheartedly.
The retreat includes a morning yoga practice (1h30) and two sessions (2h each) on Compassionate Communication each day.
Laurence Gilliot and Poncho Cottier have been inspired for several years by Nonviolent Communication, Conscious Language and Mindfulness.
- Meditation, Yoga (1h30)
- Morning session on Compassionate Communication (2h)
- Afternoon session on Compassionate Communication (2h)
- Free Time to enjoy the peaceful surroundings
Evening: Evening activity
What we tell ourselves and others can be a great source of joy but it can also create suffering. We will introduce the practice of Compassionate Communication, inspired by Non-Violent Communication, mindfulness and Conscious language.
We will do many practical exercises to become familiar with this tool and be able to integrate it more easily into our life.
We will practice to:
- Express our authentic voice in a compassionate way
- Listen to ourselves and others and translating blame, judgements, criticism as something we can build on
- Say "no"
- Express regrets
- Express our gratitude
- Use compassionate communication with ourselves
Yoga classes will be for mixed levels, so beginners are most welcome!
Poncho and Laurence have studied a variety of yoga styles including Anusara, Hatha yoga, Vinyasa, Yin yoga, restorative yoga, partner yoga and acro-yoga.
We invite you to take care of your body and to find the balance between challenging yourself and accepting your limits.
7:30 am - 9:30 am Yoga Asana and Meditation
9:30 am - 11:00 am Breakfast
11:00 am - 1:00 am Compassionate Communication (session 1)
1:00 pm - 2.30 pm Lunch
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm FREE TIME (to swim, kayak, read, chill in a hammock)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Compassionate Communication (session 2)
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm Evening activity
Sri Lanna National Park
Om Waters floating retreat space was created through the community efforts of a group of regular visitors to this magical place - a truly hidden escape in Chiang Mai, Thailand - where only the cool deep waters, playful friends and magical dinners by the fire can pull your attention away from the evening sunsets, starry nights and misty dawns.
OM Waters is located in the Sri Lanna National Park. This park is Thailand's 6th largest national park is just 1 hours drive from Chiang Mai International Airport and is home to no less than three large forests including Mae Ngat, Mae Taeng and Chiang Dao Forests.
How to get there?
Transportation from Chiang Mai will be taken care of.
On 15 January, we will leave together from Chiang Mai by mini-van. Once at the lake, Om Waters longtail boat will bring us on a beautiful 20 min ride to Om Waters retreat center. On 18 January, we will return together to Chiang Mai.
OM Waters has an open concept kitchen area attached to a lovely communal living space, basic sleeping accommodation with beds and mosquito nets, a shower and toilet, a beautiful wooden yoga deck and a sunny lounging deck.
Accommodation is basic and shared (dorm style) with a bedded mattress for each participant .
There is no electricity, internet nor mobile network on the floating house. Om waters is all about disconnecting from busy life and reconnecting to yourself.
If you enjoy luxurious, expensive accommodation, you will probably be disappointed. If you love nature and community, and are flexible with comfortable dorm style arrangements, this retreat is for you!
8,300 THB / 160 GBP plus transfer charges (before 28 Dec)
8,900 THB / 175 GBP plus transfer charges (after 28 Dec)
Includes accommodation, food, local transport to/from Chiang Mai & all activities.
For payment information or other questions, contact us.
* Cancellation policy:
If you cancel up to 30 days before the start of the event, we reimburse the total amount minus 10%.
If you cancel up to 15 days before the start of the event, we reimburse the total amount minus 50%.
If you cancel less than 15 days before the start of the event, we will not be able to reimburse you.
If you are ready to register, click here.
We will reserve a spot for you once payment has been received.