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Daily Core Program

• traditional Zen meditation form
• yoga, qigong, and other body/mind wellness tools
• shared meals that are mindful, healthful, and delicious
• flexible half-day core programme
• help create & maintain our sacred space
• sustainable on-site ecology and permaculture
• organic and biodynamic agriculture

• community service and volunteerism
• special guest teachers and presenters

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Variable Program

outings and excursions
art and craft programmes
• mind-body-spirit wellness practices

• courses and workshops
• Thai cultural activities
• natural and integrative healing classes
• guest healing practitioners
• off site activities, 
eco-tourism
• public events, open house

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Community Service

• long term plan for community outreach
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optional volunteer activities for retreat guests
• Chiang Mai elephant care and community
• guest participation in elephant care and rescue
• english language class for Thai children
• Thai children's ecology programme
• promotion of organic and permaculture practices
• Middle Path Retreat open house events
• your support will make these projects a reality!

 

 

What makes the Middle Path Retreat Different?

A life optimized, and a life inspired

Middle Path retreat is a values-based model for conscious living, balancing personal development and healing with acts of service to a larger whole. It is in integral approach to personal and global wellbeing. Everyone is welcome. We believe it is important to make choices and take action that directly and immediately support the changes one wishes to see in the world while also optimizing one’s own wellbeing. This brings together the simple enjoyment of life, with a sense of connection and purpose, and the imperative to serve others and contribute to a greater whole.

We seek to balance the great wisdom traditions in dynamic synergy with emerging technologies, cutting edge knowledge on human flourishing, and rational model for spiritual growth and the expansion of consciousness. Wether you are looking for healing, rejuvenation, practical life hacks, inner peace, or taking your whole being to the next level, we believe we can help you along the path. You might even experience a little magic.

Sustainability, optimized health, and the joy of eating

...are expressed in our kitchen, garden, and in the courses and workshops we offer. 
Food is such an important part of life. It directly informs our health and social interactions. We feature Thai and international cooking including strong Indian, Japanese, and European influences. Our programme director Pierre Black is a passionate cook, and has studied cooking in Japan, India, Mexico, Cuba and elsewhere. We also feature guest cooks and cooking teachers based on demand and availability. Kitchen duties are shared by guests; its an opportunity to share and serve, take a cooking lesson or teach us your favourite healthy recipe!

We are interested in sustainability and optimal health for the individual as well as the ecosystem.
We consume animal products as part of a healthy traditional diet that is also backed by science. 
We teach informed and mindful omnivory and a balanced, personalized approach to optimizing your own diet.
Shared meal experiences - and your participation - are essential to the Middle Path experience. Participate, learn, share, contribute... and please help with the dishes!
We lean toward, but are not strictly limited to the following popular dietary concepts and guidelines: low carbohydrate, paleo, primal diet, gluten free, cyclic ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting, fat adaptation, high (healthy) fat/moderate protein/low carbohydrate diet, high nutrient density.

 

Take-home wisdom you can really use

We seek to impart daily practices that enhance your global wellbeing and can be integrated into your daily life. 
Many retreats provide only a temporary experience that may not be sustainable or cannot be easily integrated into your everyday life.
True healing and true wisdom can be integrated and carried with you as you move on with your "real life". 
We adjust to your pace and your needs, and provide you with real life strategies for self-healing, enhanced wellbeing, and personal growth.

Middle Path director, Pierre Black is an experienced Naturopath with an extremely diverse background and professional skill set. He specializes in practical wisdom and helping clients integrate positive change into their daily lives. In the context of the retreat lifestyle, you can directly experience the benefits of the tools we teach with gentle supervision, structure, and accountability. This provides an experiential foundation for the integration of new positive self-care tools and habits into everyday life once you leave the retreat.

 

A rational model for spiritual evolution

We propose that spirituality is a natural, accessible, human experience available to us all, right now. It is free, evolving, rational, inclusive, and cogent. It is the optimization of the human experience that is at once personal and transpersonal, present and future oriented. It is pleasure, joy, and love in the present moment that includes oneself and others, and ripples and expands into the future.

A strong foundation in the great traditions, and an emerging path informed by science. We offer a deep bow to the great spiritual and wellness traditions, while steering clear of dogma and forging a brave new path into the emerging sciences of human flourishing. Middle Path programme director Pierre Black has a strong background in Zen Buddhism, Taoism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda; while also embracing a variety of emerging approaches to human potential and wellbeing such as biohacking, modern nutrition and supplementation, and the latest psychology and neuroscience.

Why Zen then? Meditation is a powerful tool with clear benefits toward overall wellbeing. Choosing and consistently utilizing a particular meditation form or structure enhances and deepens the effects of a regular meditation practice. Middle Path programme director Pierre Black has a strong background in Zen Buddhism, having spent 2 years living in a small rural Zen Temple in southern Japan.  Zen offers a time-tested, simple, yet powerful approach to meditation that is free of clutter or intellectualization. We intend to provide a solid meditative practice that you can take with you and practice on your own terms, and an established form and lineage that will allow you to to participate in Zen meditation communities around the world, should you wish to. Morning meditation practice is the foundation of the Middle Path Retreat experience.

 

Continuous retreat program and permanent location

We live here.  And we want to share our way of life with you. Organic gardening and permaculture, community living, immersive interaction with your hosts and guest teachers...
The Middle Path is a land-based project where the ecology and stewardship of the land is essential and is an integral part of your experience here. When you plant a tree here, we hope you will return to see it bear fruit. We operate continuously for at least 10 months of the year. We offer a medium-intensity lifestyle retreat programme that gives you ample time to relax and do your own thing, take advantage of optional activities and excursions, with the flexibility to engage your hosts and other guests outside of the fixed core program.

We offer gentler version of a monastic or temple lifestyle. We are not a hotel or a glossy "spiritual" resort experience. We are a community in which you participate directly. We care for the land, we maintain a sacred space, we live and work together. You are an essential part of the experience here.